April 04, 2015

Are Wearables The Future Of Banking?
Berdak says that banks that are unconvinced by the current crop of wearable devices will still benefit from creating low-cost prototypes however, trialling a few technologies and preparing for when adoption surges. “Banks would be silly not to try and engage with this technology early on,” she says. “They do not have to have final apps already launched in the marketplace, but they definitely should be thinking about what they want to do in this space, building some proof-of-concepts and creating some early stage plans.” This is not only because of an expectation that customer adoption will pick up, she says, but also because banks will often need to build up a skill base ... as well as getting the right teams and developing best practices.

Adding Greater Realism to Virtual Worlds
Improbable has developed techniques that make it possible to share large amounts of information between multiple servers nearly instantaneously. This will allow many more players to experience a virtual world together than is currently possible. It will also allow more realistic physical interactions to take place within those worlds. Currently, in even the most elaborate virtual worlds, some characters and objects cannot interact because it would require more computational power than is available. Virtual worlds will no longer feel as if they’re built of “cardboard,” saysImprobable’s CEO and cofounder, Herman Narula. Moreover, using Improbable’s technology, objects and entities will be able to remain in the virtual world persistently, even when there are no human players around

Intel releases the 750 Series SSD, its fastest consumer flash
"The key to this product is raw performance. It's the highest SSD performance you'll see ... for a long time," said Jeff Fick, an Intel product marketing engineer. "We're delivering anywhere from two to four times the performance over our last SATA-based drive." The 750 Series SSD comes in 400GB ($389) and 1.2TB ($1,029) capacities. Using 4KB operations, its random read/write performance peaks out at 440,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 290,000 IOPS, respectively. "We focused this product specifically on random [performance]. What we're targeting here ... is high-end desk top users as well as workstations," Fick said. "But the sequential performance is quite high as well when we compare it to SATA-based products."

Developing hybrid mobile apps with Phonegap, AngularJS, Bootstrap
Bootstrap is a mobile-first responsive front-end framework. What this mean? Bootstrap has an easy to use responsive grid which allows you to position your layout in a well structured responsive way. As the framework is built with mobile use in mind, it responds well to different screen sizes and adapts the layout of the app easily to different screen sizes. This is a good possibility to use the very same implementation for tablet and mobile devices of different screen sizes. And it is not only the grid that makes it special. It helps you manage typography, responsive images, forms, form validation messages, notification messages, responsive tables, and a good number of UI components. You can download it from getbootstrap.com.

Setting standards for in-house app development and delivery
Internally developed applications are designed and built within an organization by its own IT staff. Many businesses have some sort of development capability, whether that means a single developer or thousands, and more and more companies want to build custom apps for their employees to use on mobile devices. By developing apps internally, a company has complete control of what features they include and when to make changes. Programmers don't have to worry about including third parties in the process, and, furthermore, developers can tailor the user interface to the organization's particular needs.

The Allure of Singapore, the World’s Second Gateway to China
Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s more mature data center markets, Jabez Tan, senior analyst at Structure Research, says. Telcos dominate data center markets in other parts of the region, while Singapore has a good mix of both telcos and data center specialists. The primary reason the small island nation has such an active data center market is that it has become an Internet gateway between China and the rest of the world, Tan explains. Now on its way to reaching a gateway status that’s on par with Hong Kong, Singapore is where international companies go to serve customers in China, and where Chinese companies go to serve customers in Europe or North America.

How to design the right blueprint for your IT project
To truly succeed businesses need to accept that regardless of any precautions taken, things will go wrong during IT projects, but the most important thing is to respond quickly. IT managers should not be afraid of failure. Leading companies today have adopted “accepting failure and recovering quickly” as key elements of their innovation processes. Finding out what doesn’t work is often a necessary step on the path of exploring new territory and essential for successful innovation and remaining competitive in a fast changing market. The skill is in learning to fail fast and cheaply - identifying as early as possible that a project is no longer likely to provide a return on its investment, so as to be able to minimise the cost.

Building Scalable and Resilient Web Applications on Google Cloud Platform
A highly-available, or resilient, web application is one that continues to function despite expected or unexpected failures of components in the system. If a single instance fails or an entire zone experiences a problem, a resilient application remains fault tolerant—continuing to function and repairing itself automatically if necessary. Because stateful information isn’t stored on any single instance, the loss of an instance—or even an entire zone—should not impact the application’s performance. A truly resilient application requires planning from both a software development level and an application architecture level. This document primarily focuses on the application architecture level.

Are privacy laws and regulations strangling Europe’s productivity?
This fear is predicated on the fact that the current privacy and data protection laws have placed a fair amount of burden on businesses in Europe. The greatest difficulty stems from the fact that these laws are different for each of the 28 European Union states. This is particularly burdensome for multinational companies that must consequently deal with hundreds of different regulations and 28 different national data protection authorities (NDPAs) across the region. “If your company has subsidiaries in every country in the EU, you will have to declare every personal data file to the country's NDPA in the national language,” says Yves Le Roux.

Three ways a CSO can stop being the bad guy
And when you're not going around telling people to stop doing what they want, or asking for money, are you delivering bad news about breaches? "I was the least invited person to meetings," recalls Adam Bly, who, before founding his own security company, San Francisco-based Bluebox Security, used to manage security, risk and compliance at companies like TiVo and Walt Disney. "I would 'no' to a lot of things because there was risk and I didn't have a solution," he said. But some security executives are redefining their roles to become people who say "yes," and restructuring their departments around becoming enablers of business. Here are some of the ways they're doing it.

Quote for the day:

"A 'strong' leader isn't someone who always has answers. It's someone who isn't afraid to learn and question." -- @Bill_George

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