September 19, 2014

Wearable tech pioneer and Google Glass mastermind
Starner said he hasn't experienced any negativity while using Glass in public. He said the media has overstated the complaints against Glass wearers in public. While wearing Glass at the UbiComp and ISWC conference in Seattle this week, he deftly tapped the side of Glass and turned it on and off. "You can see when this is on," he said, pointing to the small light that appears when Glass is in use. "You can look closely and see what I'm doing. The gestures are socially appropriate." Priest-Dorman said, "People aren't threatened by eyewear. Both that the device becomes more accepted and more commonplace and doesn't stand out as much."

PaaSLane 2.5 optimizes Java and .NET apps for the cloud
This release of PaaSLane adds support for Google's AppEngine and Compute Engine. It also makes it possible for a customer's code to be analyzed locally rather than requiring the code to be uploaded to the cloud. The company calls this "local profiling." Profiling .NET applications has also been improved. ... CTP's move to offer local scanning and optimization will help companies that were uncomfortable loading their source code into a cloud environment. This one change could result in more of them consider integration with or migration to cloud computing environments.

Pragmatic Functional Refactoring with Java 8
You may be hearing a lot of buzz around functional programming. For example, Java 8 recently introduced new features (lambda expressions and method references) and APIs (Streams, Optional and CompletableFutures) inspired from functional ideas such as first-class functions, composition and immutability. However, what does this mean for my existing codebase? In this talk we show how you can refactor your traditional object-oriented Java to using FP features and APIs from Java 8 in a beneficial manner.

Why you should tap into the power of Ruby from the comfort of the JVM
The most important piece of JRuby for Java developers is one known as JRuby Embed. RedBridge is an small part of JRuby used to embed Ruby code atop a Java program. You can use it using a bare metal API, which means that you use internal classes provided by RedBridge to execute Ruby code inside Java; alternatively, you can you can use the JSR 223 spec as well. The disadvantage of the latest approach is that it raises the level of abstraction and probably you will end up by mixing both approaches, so for these examples we are going to use the JRuby Embed API directly.

Beyond Big Data: Consider the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Data Management
In today’s data management processes, data experts devise ways to measure the relevancy and currency of information stored in the companies’ databases. Methods are developed to score information based on recent usage. “Best record” methods are developed to identify duplicates and determine the surviving records. All these methods take time to develop and implement. Also consider that today most employees find it very difficult to report on the quality or usefulness of the data in a database. Employees need to find who in the company is responsible for the quality of the information or the appropriate data owners.

Developers Failing at Mobile App Privacy, Security
"Apps are becoming central to our lives, so it is important we understand how they work and what they are doing with our information," said Simon Rice of the United Kingdom's Information Commissioners Office (ICO), which issued a news release about the study. "Today's results show that many app developers are still failing to provide this information in a way that is clear and understandable to the average consumer. "The ICO and the other GPEN members will be writing out to those developers where there is clear room for improvement," Rice continued. "We will also be publishing guidance to explain the steps people can take to help protect their information when using mobile apps."

Big Success with Big Data
Organizations that start and complete big data projects see practical results and significant value, according to a recent study by Accenture Analytics. Those standing on the sidelines may be left behind. Executives report big data delivering business outcomes for a wide spectrum of strategic corporate goals — from new revenue generation and new market development to enhancing the customer experience and improving enterprise-wide performance. Organizations regard big data as extremely important and central to their digital strategy.

10 free analytics tools to help you manage social media
Everyone is after data. If you're running social media for a brand or company, it's best you're armed with information on the social accounts you manage -- not only so you can show how social efforts are lining up with business goals, but also for the sake of a deeper understanding of what works and what doesn't. There's no shortage of tools that will tell you various parts of the story, from who is mentioning you and where, to what hashtags mean and how to best to use them. The following 10 tools, however, are built for giving users analytics. Most of the them are free or have a free version to get you started.

Web Application Security Vulnerabilities
Vulnerability is any weakness or flaw in the application that exposes the application to the attacker who can use it to perform unauthorized actions such as retreiving confidential information. Many website security problems come from believing that users will perform only the actions that they are supposed to perform. A malicious user may try to perform the actions that he is not supposed to. Software vulnerability is one of the biggest challenges of the software industry. Particularly public web sites are more prone to vulnerability attacks since they are exposed to lot many users.

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps
"Too often, big data enables the practice of apophenia: Seeing patterns where none actually exist, simply because enormous quantities of data can offer connections that radiate in all directions. In one notable example, Leinweber (2007) demonstrated that data mining techniques could show a strong but spurious correlation between the changes in the S&P 500 stock index and butter production in Bangladesh," they wrote. In her paper The Surveillance-Innovation Complex: The Irony of the Participatory Turn, Julie Cohen noted that surveillance has become increasingly privatised, commercialised, and participatory. Surveillance is no longer something to fear and regulate.

Quote for the day:

"Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion." -- Bill Hybels