September 23, 2013

Here’s what you need to know about the Apple TouchID “hack”
A big selling point of the new generation of fingerprint readers, including that in the iPhone 5s, is that they don’t simply read the outer, dead layer of skin – instead, they use a radio frequency (RF) scanner to read a living layer of skin underneath. ... then TouchID isn’t actually that good at making sure it’s dealing with a living finger. It appears that it can be fooled by, as Starbug describes, breathing on the latex sheet “to make it a tiny bit moist” before using it on the sensor.

Vodafone pilots ‘Virtual Shelf’ shopping wall
"We are combining the traditional grocery store with the online store," Bruser continued. "We invented the idea and we developed the Virtual Shelf in partnership with Vodafone, who supplied the LED screens for the display and helped us in making our idea become a reality." The Virtual Shelf is based on an array of monitors so does not include NFC tags in the display itself — something which is much more easily achieved with printed shopping walls.

The Dysfunctionally Connected Workplace
Our friends at the Ken Blanchard Companies just released an stunning inforgraphic about leadership and communication. According to their research, over 80% of leaders don’t listen effectively or give praise to their followers. Check out the entire info graphic below or click on it to download it as a PDF.

Introduction to Java multitenancy
Sharing the JVM saves both memory and processor time. But with traditional JVM technology, sharing the JVM normally removes any remaining isolation from the infrastructure layer, requiring the top-level application itself to provide that isolation. This article introduces the multitenant feature that's available for trial use in IBM's latest Java 8 beta. This feature enables deployments to gain the advantages of sharing the JVM while it maintains better isolation than can be achieved when a traditional JVM is shared.

Towards a Blended Reality: Interview with augmented reality pioneer Thad Sterner
With no need to "want" I'll always get the digital things I need in the physical world. This experience of a "blended realty" won't be far off from a true experience of a digital Singularity. "Doe's it blend?" will have a whole new meaning when applied to digital gadgets and technologies. Here is an interview of Nikola Danaylov talking with Thad Starner, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and technical lead for Google Glass.

Larry Ellison Unveils ‘In Memory’ Oracle Databases
In a speech to kick off a big Oracle conference in San Francisco, Ellison discussed the launch of a new database that stores information on memory chips rather than disk drives. He said with speeds 100 times faster than traditional databases, a retailer can analyze its sales trends quickly and make adjustments accordingly. Such “in-memory” databases have been getting more popular, aided by technology changes and lower prices for memory chips. Ellison also unveiled new back-end computing hardware to pair with the software, and a new type of machine to back up its zippier databases.

COBOL on an Integration Spree
The key has been to keep the language current with new processing ideas and new capabilities. This makes it easy to adapt COBOL to new environments even though it is a mature language with a lot of operating lines of code. COBOL has a unique capability in that the same COBOL code can be compiled into native code, .NET and to the JVM without changing a single line of code.

E-SBCs take on WebRTC gateway and BYOD security functionality
The battle lines are being drawn over where WebRTC will connect in enterprise UC platforms. With WebRTC standards firming up and support already built into Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, real-world deployments of Web-enabled communication applications are just on the horizon. Staking a claim as the logical broker for WebRTC applications, nearly every E-SBC vendor has included support for the standard in their product roadmap.

Managing Sustainability in Development Projects
Scholars have described a dichotomous nature of sustainability where the linkages between sustainable development and project management may be spotted. The famous dichotomy is that “Sustainability is about both short term and long term orientation”. This dichotomous nature of sustainability describes well the linkage between sustainable development and project management. In fact, the project nature is mostly short-term though the wish is to get it flowing in the long term orientation of the organization.

Cloud Shines Brightly as Future of Disaster Response IT
Disaster response IT comprises the same building blocks as traditional IT—servers, networks, applications and the like—but its deployment is as unpredictable as the disasters themselves. Moreover, in the best-case scenario, money invested in response technology will never be used in practice. For disaster responders, this unique challenge creates an intricate calculus of benefit against cost, in which, unlike traditional IT, what sits in the balance is human life and well-being, rather than simply productivity and efficiency.

Quote for the day:

"The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow." --Rupert Murdoch

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