December 24, 2012

Cloud-Powered GPS Chip Slashes Smartphone Power Consumption
A Microsoft Research project suggests that there’s a way for location chips inside smartphones to use far less power. Reducing the power consumption of GPS chips could not only extend the battery life of smartphones and tablets, it could also make it practical to add GPS functionality to more devices, including low-power remote sensors.

Excel: Data Model specification and limits
A data model is embedded data inside a workbook that powers data visualizations such as PivotTable, PivotChart, and Power View reports. This article documents the maximum and configurable limits for Excel workbooks that contain data models.

5 myths that hold back brainpower
Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi, explain that new discoveries and new thinking are helping people create a new “relationship” with their brains that help unveil new perceptions and new opportunities. In their latest book, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being, they explain that people need to acknowledge their roles as “leaders,” “inventors,” ‘teachers,” and “users” to their brains.

The Innovator's Straitjacket
A person in a straitjacket also loses the ability to do many other things, particularly creative tasks that require typing, drawing, manipulating objects, and so on. Even the sanest of companies can unintentionally put themselves in a straitjacket that makes it hard for them to create high-potential new growth opportunities. Here's how leaders unintentionally limit their innovation efforts.

Despite Apple, NFC is catching on -- just not for payments quite yet
Near Field Communication (NFC) is steadily making headway in the U.S. for sharing data and music among smartphones, but the technology faces years of slow growth as a replacement for physical wallets.

India's Lava aims for 100 mobile app patents
In an Economic Times report Sunday, SN Rai, the company's co-founder and director, said: "We have realized just by selling handsets it is not possible to maintain growth momentum. Innovation in product is key to survival. Our wishlist is to make a century of patents in the next 2 to 3 years."

4 Fantastic, Free Things Google Drive Will Now Do For You
Now, however, would be a good time to pay Drive some mind. Google has done impressive work making it easier to keep your files organized, share any file with anyone, and keep everything in your work life one search away. Very specifically, these are the things Drive can do for you at no cost, and requiring just enough effort to remember Drive can do that.

Splunktalk: Getting the Message from MOM
In many respects you can think of MOM as the glue that stitches heterogeneous enterprise computing environments together. Now why am I so interested in this ? Well, MOM and the messages transported represent a massive source of machine data that Splunk can index and resolve into operational visibility on many different levels..core operations , business analytics, transaction tracing etc..

Taking Healthcare IT Seriously Demands Culture Changes
Healthcare is moving cautiously into cloud computing, virtualization, BYOD and other IT innovations. And there's good reason for the caution. Until an organization's IT leaders take meaningful steps to change what's typically seen as a lackadaisical privacy and security culture, the risk of patient-information loss remains high and costly.

Boost up your serialization/deserialization similar to JSON
MessagePack is effectively JSON, but with efficient binary encoding. Like JSON, there is no type checking or schemas, which depending on your application can be either be a pro or a con. But, if you are already streaming JSON via an API or using it for storage, then MessagePack can be a drop-in replacement.

How Object Storage and Information Dispersal Address Big Data Challenges
Object-based storage offers an alternative approach that is ideally suited for storing massive amounts of unstructured data. Object-based storage systems are not organized hierarchically. Instead, an object is identified and located by its unique identifier. This enables the number of objects to grow substantially beyond the limitation of traditional file systems while still maintaining the integrity and consistency of the data

Quote for the day:

"The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows" -- Aristotle Onassis

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