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MongoDB 2.6 Release - An Interview With Kelly Stirman

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 10, 2014

MongoDB needs no introduction for NoSQL users. Kelly Stirman, Director of Product Marketing at MongoDB is answering questions about the latest stable 2.6 release. Storage fragmentation, index intersection, full text search and MongoDB in enterprise are discussed. Finally, we have more info about one of the most watched and voted feature requests at MongoDB jira tracker, collection level locking.

Spring Boot Goes GA

by Dan Woods on  Apr 10, 2014 1

Pivotal, last week, announced the first general availability release of the Spring Boot framework.

iBeacon Device Maker Estimote Releases 1.3 SDK with UUID Customization

by Sam Taha on  Apr 10, 2014

Estimote, a maker of iBeacon devices, has released a new version of their mobile SDK that allows developers to build contextual computing solutions using small Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE or BLE) beacons called “motes”. These devices are capable of broadcasting BLE signals that can be detected by compatible smartphones to enable a variety of micro-location services.

JCP Members Voting No on JSR-48 WBEM

by Victor Grazi on  Apr 09, 2014

London Java Community and other JCP members will be voting "no" on JSR 48 WBEM Service Specification, a set of APIs for Web-Based Enterprise Management.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

WinRT Apps Move Slightly Closer to Being Enterprise Ready

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

A major limitation of WinRT apps in the enterprise has been the licensing model. In the past companies were asked to setup an Active Directory or pay 3,000 per hundred computers for side-loading keys. As part of the Windows 8.1 Update that requirement has been considerably softened.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

Google publishes FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2014

Google has just announced FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings. FarmHash is a successor to CityHash, from which it inherits many tricks and techniques. FarmHash has multiple goals and claims to improve CityHash on several accounts.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.

Highlights from Build 2014’s Second Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Today felt like a day of housekeeping. Mostly it was about promoting products from preview/beta to production status. There were some big revelations around opening sourcing Roslyn the formation of the .NET Foundation, but even these were just doing what the community has been asking for all along.

Spark Gets a Dedicated Big Data Platform

by Charles Menguy on  Apr 03, 2014

Spark users can now use a new Big Data platform provided by intelligence company Atigeo, which bundles most of the UC Berkeley stack into a unified framework optimized for low-latency data processing that can provide significant improvements over more traditional Hadoop-based platforms.

Android/iOS Testing with Devices as a Service

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

As new combinations of hardware, operating system version, and carrier customizations continue to proliferate, testing mobile devices has grown increasingly challenging. Perfecto Mobile’s solution to this is their “Devices as a Service” offering called MobileCloud. Rather than purchasing all of the devices you need for testing, MobileCloud allows you to rent them on an hourly or monthly basis.

Patterns and Anti-Patterns for Scalable and Available Cloud Architectures

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014

More than anything else, architectural choices matter when designing a system with high scalability and availability. Using Azure customers as an example, Microsoft talks about the patterns and anti-patterns they see with their Azure customers and how it affects the four facets of system architecture.

The Shallot 2014 Edition Published

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 01, 2014

The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.

Lean UX Conference Returns to NYC

by Todd Charron on  Apr 01, 2014

The Lean UX Conference is returning to NYC April 10-12, 2014 and this year includes a wide variety of speakers as well as workshops from Jeff Gothelf, Dave Snowden and Michael Cheveldave. I had a chance to sit down with one of the conference founders, Will Evans to discuss what to expect from the conference this year.

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