January 16, 2014

How to make an HTML5 developer smile: A Google Web Designer wish list
Of course, exactly what Google Web Designer will be when it is released is still a mystery. At it's core, Google is a company that is interested in advertising dollars, and every project they promote has padding the bottom lineas the primary, if not sometimes obfuscated, directive. Despite what the development community might be wishing for in a new web design studio from Mountain View, Google Web Designer may be nothing more than a cross-platform plugin that simply makes it easier to drop DoubleClick ads into Android and iPhone applications

The 26 UX Axioms
The set of UX axioms has gone through an evolution over the last year as we iterated through the concepts, refined and combined ideas. We started with 150 concepts and ideas that were combined and synthesized into an initial set of 50 axioms presented to IxDA Grand Rapids in Nov 2012. Over the course of 2013, Erik presented the UX Axioms several times and further synthesized the set down to 21 Axioms. We recently added a few more axioms to the set we felt were missing. The current set stands at 26 UX axioms.

When did Passion for Your Work Become Passé?
Is it out of style to be vocal about your passion for your work, your profession or your firm? Perhaps. At least when it comes to articulating how excited you are to be doing what you are doing, it’s better to show than tell. And while the use of the term may generate a bit of a cringe factor for a variety of reasons, including the suspicion that someone is making it up, showcasing your passion for your work never goes out of style!

Reaping The Benefits Of Diversity For Modern Business Innovation
Diversity is critical for organization’s ability to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and most admired leaders will tell you the same thing. Diversity is essential to growth and prosperity of any company: diversity of perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders, and age. Why? Because diversity breeds innovation. And innovation breeds business success. Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Google stages coup against Windows 8 with Chrome OS-like update for 'Metro'
Google has made no secret of its push to subvert devices running rivals' operating systems and turn them into pseudo Chromebooks by shifting features from Chrome OS to Chrome the browser. A year ago, for example, Google started baking parts of QuickOffice, a popular iOS and Android app substitute for Microsoft Office, into both Chrome OS and the Chrome browser. Analysts have viewed the strategy as part and parcel of Google's desire to insert itself and its core services -- search, mapping, email and others -- onto as many systems, both PCs and mobile devices, as possible to optimize traffic and associated ad revenue.

Our CIO Is Leaving — Now What?
Confronting CIO succession in this competitive environment is rarely easy. Approaching the problem strategically and systematically helps identify priorities, issues to be mitigated and options that may not have been readily apparent at the outset. Furthermore, such an approach maximizes the chances that the widest pool of appropriate candidates will be considered and that once a candidate is chosen, he or she will be able to meet and surpass the expectations of the CEO and the board.

Data visualization tools may be glamorous, but focus on business value
Data visualizations are about more than just how pretty the information looks, according to Cindi Howson, founder of BI Scorecard. At their best, visualizations help users retain information and make better-informed decisions. Graphic displays can be understood much more quickly than simple data dumps, and well-designed visualizations do this even better, enabling collaborative data discovery.

Massive denial-of-service attacks pick up steam, new nefarious techniques
Today, Prolexic issued its quarterly global DDoS attack report, noting that even Android-based mobile devices are being spotted as instruments to launch DDoS attacks. In the report, Prolexic says its response team “uncovered evidence of the use of mobile applications launching DDoS attacks against enterprise clients, including one of the world’s largest financial firms.” Prolexic says signatures matching AnDOSid, a DDoS attack tool for Android devices, were observed in DDoS attack campaigns.

18 great uses for an old Android device
As we move multiple generations into mobile technology, more and more of us are building up collections of old, dated devices. And more often than not, those devices do little more than take up space and gather dust. Here's a little secret, though: Your abandoned Android gadgets are actually virtual gold mines. You just have to find the right way to tap into their potential and give them new life. So grab the nearest DustBuster and get ready: Here are 18 ways to make your old phone or tablet useful again.

Discover and Diagnose Java Concurrency Problems Using Contemplate's ThreadSafe
Contemplate's ThreadSafe Solo is a commercial static analysis plugin for Eclipse, designed specifically to discover and help diagnose difficult concurrency bugs lurking within Java programs. By being focussed on concurrency bugs, ThreadSafe can find bugs that other static analysis tools, both commercial and freely available, often miss or are not designed to look for. As far as we have been able to determine, none of the defects in the examples below are caught by any other Java static analysis tool.

Quote for the day:

"Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself." -- Robin Cook

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