Author Archives: Bob Sutor

What I’m Reading on 07/27/2014

The History of Ruby “The Ruby language is 21 years old. Its strong community and adoption by the open source community has kept this language steady and improving. Ruby has changed drastically over the years. It has grown from a … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/26/2014

‘Firefly’ cast to reunite for online game – CNET “The entire cast of Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi Western will lend their voices to a new online role-playing game.” tags: bs firefly online game Apple’s BookLamp acquisition aims to beat Amazon … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/24/2014

Apple’s alliance with IBM counters BYOD ‘nightmare’ for companies adopting iPhone “As many as 6 out of every 10 employees at one Wall Street firm have gone back to carrying a corporate BlackBerry alongside their personal iPhone thanks to “Bring … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/22/2014

Computerworld India Features | 10 Things You Should Know About Apple’s Swift | Computerworld.in “Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won’t accept submissions built using Swift to the … Continue reading

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Supermoon over the Adirondacks

The Supermoon over Cranberry Lake, New York, in the New York Adirondack Mountains on 11 July, 2014.

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What I’m Reading on 07/16/2014

PythonForArtificialIntelligence – Python Wiki “This page attempts to collect information and links pertaining to the practice of AI and Machine Learning in python.” tags: bs python AI Interactive: The Top Programming Languages – IEEE Spectrum “This app ranks the popularity … Continue reading

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IBM and Apple mobile announcement: important links

Yesterday IBM and Apple made an important announcement about partnering to significantly growth the use of mobile via Apple devices in the enterprise. That is, the collaboration will significantly increase the functionality and value that mobile brings to people in … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/15/2014

Deploy a WordPress Application on IBM Bluemix – BlueMix Dev “WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/13/2014

IBM News room – 2014-07-07 IBM Research Launches Project “Green Horizon” to Help China Deliver on Ambitious Energy and Environmental Goals – United States “Dubbed “Green Horizon”, the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/11/2014

How to install Virtualbox guest additions on Ubuntu 14.04 “After installing Ubuntu inside virtualbox, you need to install the guest additions to get better hardware functionality inside it. These include full screen resolution, mouse wheel and pointer integration, copy paste … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/10/2014

With Microsoft, IBM and Red Hat backing it, Google’s Kubernetes is a peace pipe and Trojan horse — Tech News and Analysis “A handful of technology companies big and small have vowed to support and contribute to Kubernetes, Google’s open … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/09/2014

Developers hustle to learn new Apple language – Blue Sky Innovation “They say it’s relatively simplified, which will make it easier for less-experienced developers to learn, and is designed to reduce programming errors. Yet Chicago-based developers say they foresee a … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/07/2014

Getting REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop) in iOS8 Swift and Terminal – iOS-Blog “Xcode’s debugger includes an interactive version of the Swift language, known as the REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop). Use Swift syntax to evaluate and interact with your running app or write new code … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/03/2014

Maxima on Android – Android Apps on Google Play “Maxima, a full featured computer algebra system, now runs on your Android mobile devices. Maxima, and its predecessor Macsyma is one of the most long-established software in the world, back in … Continue reading

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On tools

Having a collection of fewer high quality tools is better than having many cheap, inaccurate ones that won’t last long and may be dangerous. Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 07/01/2014

iTextEditors – iPhone and iPad text/code editors and writing tools compared “This is a feature comparison of text editors on iOS. The information was compiled by the web community on an open Google spreadsheet. I cannot vouch for its current … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/30/2014

Google finally shuts down its first social network, Orkut | VentureBeat | Social | by Harrison Weber “In a blog post, the firm shared today that Orkut will shut down on September 30. Users will not be allowed to create new Orkut … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/26/2014

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice | Whole Foods Market “Back in the day, I used to look at a recipe that called for boiling something destined for the grill and think “What? Why cook it twice? Will there … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/23/2014

Quirky & GE make a big connected home play with the new Wink hub | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Ruth Reader “Due to its early success and/or promise, Wink is about to become its own company, according to the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/20/2014

Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong : The New Yorker “Most big ideas have loud critics. Not disruption. Disruptive innovation as the explanation for how change happens has been subject to little serious criticism, partly because … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/19/2014

Apple’s new $1,099 iMac is a MacBook Air in a desktop’s body | Ars Technica “Apple isn’t upgrading the iMac family today, but it is making the family a little bigger. The company is now offering a new $1,099 entry-level model … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/18/2014

iOS 8 beta 2 seeded to developers | ZDNet “Apple seeded iOS 8 beta 2 to registered developers today with a number of new features and stability enhancements. The new iOS 8 beta 2 build, labeled 12A4297e, marks the return of the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/17/2014

Walmart Labs snaps up mobile startup Stylr | ZDNet “Born in New York by two Stanford alumni and funded by New York-based incubator Dreamit Ventures, Stylr is a location-based mobile app that allows shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/13/2014

Zeichick’s Take: Forget Objective-C: It’s time to learn Swift – SD Times: Software Development News “I expected a new version of OS X, the operating system for Mac desktops and notebooks. I expected a new version of iOS, the operating … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/11/2014

Calling all Macs: Why OS X Yosemite is your iPhone’s new best friend – CNET “If you own an iPhone and a Mac, Apple‘s new system for connecting the two is one of the best new features for OS X … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/10/2014

Make Your Selfie Look Like The Work Of Avedon Or Arbus, Courtesy MIT | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce “Even dabblers in the world of selfie-taking know how to cheat the system with filtering apps on their phones: … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/09/2014

Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vs HBase vs Couchbase vs Hypertable vs ElasticSearch vs Accumulo vs VoltDB vs Scalaris comparison :: Software architect Kristof Kovacs “While SQL databases are insanely useful tools, their monopoly in the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/07/2014

Beyond Android and iOS: The top six mobile operating system alternatives | ZDNet ” There is a world of operating systems beyond Android and iOS. Will any of them lock down third place? Can any of them give Google or … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/06/2014

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python | edX “This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/05/2014

Barnes & Noble’s Nook plan: Get smaller, ride shotgun with Samsung | ZDNet “A deal with Samsung would position the Nook more as an ingredient brand. It’s worth noting that Amazon gets a lot of play on Samsung devices too. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 06/03/2014

iTunes – Books – The Swift Programming Language by Apple Inc. “Swift is a new programming language for creating iOS and OS X apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/28/2014

Microsoft buys mobile analytics vendor Capptain | ZDNet “Microsoft has purchased French mobile-analytics vendor Capptain for an undisclosed amount.” tags: bs microsoft mobile analytics Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say – NYTimes.com “A new set of income statistics … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/27/2014

START-UP NY | “There’s a new advantage to doing business in New York. A big one. START-UP NY, Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative, is transforming communities across the state into tax-free sites for new and expanding businesses. Now, businesses can operate … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/26/2014

Hotel’s history exposed – AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Saranac Lake region — Adirondack Daily Enterprise “Roedel restoration of Hotel Saranac is in full swing” tags: bs hotel history adirondacks Unless You Have Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity is in Your … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/24/2014

A Tour of Machine Learning Algorithms | Machine Learning Mastery “There are so many algorithms available. The difficulty is that there are classes of method and there are extensions to methods and it quickly becomes very difficult to determine what … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/22/2014

Want a composable business? You need Agile and DevOps | ZDNet “The concepts of “composable business,” Agile and DevOps aren’t necessarily related, but they increasingly are the most important pieces of emerging digitized, mobilized and cloudified enterprises.” tags: bs devops … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/21/2014

GitHub Atom: 5 Tips For Getting Started – ReadWrite “Atom, GitHub’s new open source text editor, was designed to steamroll over the old way of doing things. You use modern conveniences instead of fighting the text editor—for instance, you customize … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/20/2014

Moments, Memories and Narrative—the Power of the Clip | True Ventures “The power of wearables is to make the invisible visible. To show us what’s really happening around us. The last time I felt this way about a device was Fitbit. Seeing … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/18/2014

Missing your Mac’s Users folder after yesterday’s update? Here’s how to find it – GeekWire “Some users who updated their Macs to OS 10.9.3 yesterday are reporting that their Users folder has disappeared. Like the name suggests, the Users folder … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/16/2014

Is This The Beginning Of Cloud Consolidation? Rackspace Looks At Exit Options – Forbes “The news today at Bloomberg  is that Rackspace has hired Morgan Stanley to look at “strategic options” for the future. Rackspace has long been something of … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/13/2014

Visual Studio goes cross platform with Cordova integration from Microsoft | Ars Technica “At its TechEd conference today, Microsoft announced the next step in its “mobile first, cloud first” strategy with a preview of Apache Cordova support in Visual Studio. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/11/2014

Makeappicon – Generate app icons of all sizes in a click! “This tool resizes and optimizes your icon designs into all formats needed for iOS and Android mobile app!” tags: bs app icons generator mobile ios android Posted from Diigo. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/10/2014

iOS Development iPhone Tutorials | Ray Wenderlich “This site contains a ton of fun written tutorials – so many that they were becoming hard to find! So I put together this little page to help everyone quickly find the tutorial … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 05/02/2014

Six clicks: Single board computers: Banana Pi, Raspberry Pi, and more | ZDNet “There were many single-board computers (SBC) before the Raspberry Pi showed up, but its combination of price, power, and community made it the poster-child for the do-it-yourself … Continue reading

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Photo: Some books for work and interests

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What I’m Reading on 05/01/2014

Containers bring a skinny new world of virtualization to Linux | ITworld “That’s all well and good, but hypervisor support takes up a lot of system resources — every VM runs not merely a full copy of an operating system, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/30/2014

How To Win At Rock-Paper-Scissors | MIT Technology Review “The first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors reveal a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge.” tags: bs game theory Posted from … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/27/2014

Watch an Incredibly Complex Lego Machine Make Electronic Tunes | Design | WIRED “Alex Allmont is a full-time coder, a part-time Ph.D. in polyrhythmic music, and a long-time Lego fan. All those things come together in his latest creation, a … Continue reading

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APIs and SDKs for Wearables

Wearables are the hot new thing, though the market is still shaping up. Nike has already exited the hardware part of the business. Here are some public descriptions of APIs and SDKs for wearables that could be used for mobile apps … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/25/2014

Cortana: everything you need to know about Microsoft’s Siri rival | News | TechRadar “We knew Cortana was coming, but we didn’t expect her to keep her codename: in the Halo games Cortana is an artificial intelligence that goes wrong.” … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/24/2014

Tim Cook iPad Sales – Business Insider “Tim Cook Had A Really Interesting Answer For Why iPad Sales Appear To Be Stalling” tags: ipad sales bs Facebook Acquires Activity-Tracking App Moves “Facebook has acquired Moves, the iPhone and Android app … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/23/2014

Ubuntu ‘Trusty Tahr’ is a solid step forward, not a leap | Linux – InfoWorld “Ubuntu, Canonical’s edition of Linux aimed mainly at end-users and desktops, published its 14.04 release on Thursday. It’s an incremental upgrade, polishing existing features rather … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/21/2014

IBM boosts MobileFirst offering – SD Times: Software Development News “IBM is adding new and improved features that focus on mobile strategy and security, application development, and device procurement and management to its MobileFirst portfolio. The enhancements are meant to … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/19/2014

Johnny Depp Stars in ‘Transcendence’ – NYTimes.com “Johnny Depp, who’s built a brilliant career despite many of his lamentable film choices, may not be the first actor you think of to play a genius – much less humanity’s destroyer or … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/10/2014

How to protect yourself from the ‘Heartbleed’ bug – CNET “A new security bug means that people all across the Web are vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen. Here’s what consumers can do to protect themselves.” … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/05/2014

ProgrammableWeb To Launch API Conference For Developers, Providers, and Strategists “For over eight years, ProgrammableWeb has served as the Web’s defacto journal of the API economy; offering news, advice, API directories, research data, and other information when it comes to the world of Internet-based APIs. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/04/2014

96 Stocks APIs: Bloomberg, NASDAQ and E*TRADE “Our API directory now includes 96 stocks APIs. The newest is the Eurex VALUES API. The most popular, in terms of directory page views, is the Bloomberg API. Below you’ll find some more … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/01/2014

Mobile health devices can increase patient adherence | Medical Economics “According to a study by Mobile Future and Infield Health, the wireless pill bottle, a device that digitally monitors the amount of pills in a bottle and can send Health … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/31/2014

GNU Octave “GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: What is Big Data?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Why do data scientists want more data, rather than less?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: What issues can analytics present?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Approach to policy can determine outcomes

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/27/2014

Presentation Software that Inspires | Haiku Deck “Meet Haiku Deck, a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.” tags: bs presentation software ipad Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/24/2014

Lego Robot Smashes Its Own Rubik’s Cube Record, 40% Faster in 3 Years | Singularity Hub “A Lego robot just crushed the Rubik’s cube speed world record. David Gilday and Mike Dobson’s Cubestormer 3, posted a mark of 3.253 seconds … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/20/2014

20 essential WordPress plugins | Econsultancy “This is the eighth and final instalment (for now) in a series of posts discussing how to set up and run a WordPress blog from a relatively experienced expert, which will feature many helpful … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/19/2014

IBM’s Watson, New York Genome Center partner on brain cancer treatment – The Washington Post “The two will collaborate on a computing prototype that could suggest treatment options for patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Watson would analyze an … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/18/2014

How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive | Macworld “Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7), Mavericks (OS X 10.9) doesn’t ship on a disc—it’s available only as an installer app downloadable from the Mac … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/14/2014

Dual-boot phones: The answer to a question that nobody is asking | Ars Technica “Huawei is planning to introduce a combo Android/Windows Phone device this year.” tags: bs phones Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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What I’m Reading on 03/13/2014

Five tips for creating a successful presentation with an iPad – TechRepublic “With a few tips and tricks, you can ditch your laptop and use just your iPad to create presentations that are both fun and educational. “ tags: bs … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/11/2014

US NSF – CISE – IIS Staff Announcement “The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS). Formal consideration of interested applicants … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/10/2014

Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features | ZDNet “The latest version for iPhones and iPads landed on Monday, with new features, user interface tweaks, and a number of bug fixes that aims to appease … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/07/2014

Report: IBM Global Business Services Ranked #1 in Thought Leadership – WSJ.com “IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that its consulting organization was named the top provider of thought leadership materials by Source for Consulting, a leading provider of research about … Continue reading

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Presentation: For the Love of Big Data

This is a presentation I gave yesterday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA, on March 6, 2014. This short presentation was meant to stimulate ideas that would then be complemented by discussions about privacy policies … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/06/2014

RIT launches nation’s first minor in free and open source software and free culture – RIT News “Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nation’s first … Continue reading

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