Klaus' Korner http://www.klauskorner.com Musing about Apple, Photography, Programming, Standards and Technology Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:34:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Installing Sony’s GPS Assist Data manually http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/07/installing-sonys-gps-assist-data-manually/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/07/installing-sonys-gps-assist-data-manually/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:34:13 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2581 Sony succeeded in making it very difficult to update the GPS Assist Data on their GPS enabled cameras using a Mac or Linux. Sony supplies a windows-only software for downloading and updating the GPS almanac on the camera. The supplied PMB Portable software runs on Apple’s OS X, but it does not support downloading the GPS almanac.

Here are the steps to do so manually on any OS:

  1. Download assistme.dat using this link
  2. Download assistme.md5 using this link
  3. Verify that the MD5 sum of the assistme.dat file matches the one in the assistme.md5 file
  4. Create a top-level folder hierarchy on the memory card for the camera (not the internal memory of the camera) called PRIVATE/SONY/GPS/
  5. Place the downloaded assistme.dat file in the PRIVATE/SONY/GPS/ folder
  6. Place the memory card in the camera and verify that the GPS Assist Data is valid

IMPORTANT: The GPS Assist Data is only valid for approximately 30 days, after which it is necessary to re-import the data.

Brix Andersen has written a small perl script for automating the above tasks. The script takes the mount point of the memory card as argument. It will run on any OS that has Perl installed.

You can get a copy using this link.

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In the News: 2015-01-07 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/07/in-the-news-2015-01-07/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/07/in-the-news-2015-01-07/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:35:03 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2580 Apple News: 7 things Steve Jobs would have hated about Apple today
A lot has changed at Apple in the years since Steve Jobs died. While much of it is good (record-breaking iPhone sales, work on the new Apple campus, the stock-split leading to new share price highs), it’s unavoidable that one or two (or, indeed, 7) things would slip through the cracks, which Apple’s notoriously perfectionist late CEO would have hated. The recent publishing of a patent for an iOS stylus — an accessory Jobs was vocal about opposing — got us thinking about other aspects of Apple, circa 2015, that likely would have rubbed the company’s late CEO the wrong way. Here’s what we came up with.
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Technology News: Car of the future emerges at Las Vegas electronics show
It has four wheels, is always connected and the driver is optional: the car of the future is starting to take shape from collaboration between automakers and their technology partners. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new breed of cars with nearly complete autonomy and elaborate gadgetry has provided a peek into transportation solutions in the coming years. One of the most ambitious of the prototypes on display comes from German auto giant Daimler, which rolled its electric-powered Mercedes-Benz F 015 through the streets of Las Vegas without a driver to show how four occupants can converse face-to-face while leaving the driving to an on-board computer. The interactivity extends beyond the vehicle itself: the car can project a virtual crosswalk to assist pedestrians in its path.
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Programming News: Which programming language is the most popular in your state?
Python is huge in Idaho, and Michigan loves PHP. That’s the upshot of a map of the most-tweeted programming languages across the 50 states as measured by Experts Exchange, a network for tech professionals. Although tweeting isn’t necessarily the best indicator of popularity, the map, based on activity in October 2014, does reveal a surprising geographic variation in coding languages. Most notably, Java has a stronghold in New York and New Jersey, but also New Mexico and Minnesota. C# is big down south, while California and Texas love them some JavaScript.
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Photography News: 15 Tips for Protecting Your Images While Traveling
You have saved and saved and spent a large investment to go on a trip, on your photography gear, to photograph what matters to you, and to create lasting memories and images. Losing your images is not an option. Have you thought about the precautions to help make sure your images are safe after the shutter is pressed? Many people cringe at the thought of losing their images while traveling or any other time for that matter, and rarely do they think it will happen to them. Yet, unfortunately the reality is that people lose their precious images. Has your memory card ever suddenly decided to give you the dreaded “error” notice? Maybe your new back-up hard drive failed or maybe you simply lost your camera bag by leaving it in the over-head bin of the airplane? Sound familiar? Maybe one of these situations has happened to you, or one of the many other possibilities that can occur to ruin all of your dream trip photography has taken place.
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In the News: 2015-01-06 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/06/in-the-news-2015-01-06/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/06/in-the-news-2015-01-06/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:49:06 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2579 Apple News: Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better
This subject was addressed by us in a MacDailyNews Take on the Monday before Christmas and also last October. In case you missed it, we post them here, combined as an open letter and with certain additions, subtractions, and language adjustments, to Apple CEO Tim Cook:

Dear Mr. Cook,

“It just works.” That’s getting tougher and tougher for us OS X and iOS users to say with straight faces lately.

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Technology News: Bold Predictions Sure to Go Wrong in 2015
For the past three years I’ve made an attempt at predicting what the future might hold for the Educational world, usually around the area of technology. The truth is, anyone can predict fairly obvious things (like Google will be the number 1 search engine), so what I attempt to do here is make some daring predictions that may or may not come true (like Alta Vista will make a comeback! Ok…maybe not that daring). Here’s a look at my 2013 and 2014 predictions which I also review every year to see how I did. Some of my predictions that have gone right include my 2013 predictions that a non-Apple devices will rise up to challenge iPads in education (see Chromebooks) and my 2014 that a new form of social media will crop up with teens (see YikYak or Whisper). And so, I present to you, my 2015 bold predictions that are sure to go wrong this year.
Read full story => HookedOnInnovation

Programming News: Significant Software Development Developments of 2014
One of my favorite posts to write each year is the year-ending summary of some of the developments in the world of software development that I have read about or observed during that year. As with any opinionated posts, these are significant developments from my perspective and may be more or less significant to others than they are to me. I’ll undoubtedly completely miss some significant events in the world of software development during 2014 as well.
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Photography News: 13 photography truths you cannot disagree with
There’s plenty of photography advice out there that deals with the nuts and bolts of camera technique and photography concepts. But what about the stuff that other photographers don’t tell you when you’re starting out in photography – the facts that you only discover after putting in the hours, months and years with a camera? Well, we’re here to save you some time. Here are 13 digital photography truths that you’d normally only get to appreciate with hindsight. We challenge you to disagree with any of them…
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In the News: 2015-01-05 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/05/in-the-news-2015-01-05/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/05/in-the-news-2015-01-05/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:12:22 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2578 Apple News: Apple Watch predicted to account for 36% of company’s revenue growth in 2015
The Apple Watch is expected to be a significant part of Apple’s growth story in calendar year 2015, according to research firm Evercore, which advised investors to buy in to AAPL stock ahead of the wearable device’s imminent launch. Evercore analyst Rob Cihra said in a note to investors on Monday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, that he believes the Apple Watch will launch around March, and will achieve an average selling price of $500. At that price, and with some nine months to sell in calendar 2015, he expects the Apple Watch will be a “meaningful” addition to the company’s bottom line. Specifically, he predicts that the Apple Watch will add 4 percent to its calendar 2015 revenue, and will account for 36 percent of its growth over 2014.
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Technology News: News flash: CIOs are sick of cloud everything
For those who wanted cloudwashing to just go away, 2014 wasn’t a very good year. But that won’t keep CIOs and other techies from hoping the practice — in which vendors and others append the term “cloud” to almost anything, whether it’s relevant or not — will die in the coming year, as CIO Journal (paywall) pointed out in its year-in-review opus.
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Programming News: A Comprehensive Story of ‘this’ in JavaScript
‘this’ keyword just got a whole lot easier to understand! Variable scoping has always been a part of every programming language. Whether we are using a class based object oriented language (e.g. Java/C#) or a class-less object oriented language, scope has a very important role to play. In easiest terms, scope defines the visibility of any variable/data. In JavaScript, you can define a piece of code (function/method) globally or you can keep it within an object and expose it for public use. The keyword ‘this’ has a special significance when it comes to JavaScript. Other languages also use the ‘this’ keyword but it needs some serious attention if you are trying to use or understand it in JavaScript world.
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Photography News: What produces the best photographs?
I don’t know about you, but many of my best photographs are from some time ago when I was using equipment that is not near as technically good as today’s equipment. It would seem as if some things that led to great photographs in the past are being lost in today’s choices. Today’s lenses are technically very good, yet in many cases are approaching a level of perfection that to some extent takes away from the character of photographs, especially as more and more photographers seem to be after a crispness, sharpness, and loss of distortion across the entire image. If we all could afford the technically best lenses, shoot them at the F Stop the produces the best technical image, and they were all easy to use – what would that do to the world of photography?
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In the News: 2015-01-04 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/04/in-the-news-2015-01-04/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/04/in-the-news-2015-01-04/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:02:43 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2577 Apple News: Why Apple, Inc. Shouldn’t Launch an iPhone 6s Mini
Apple might launch a smaller and cheaper iPhone 6 soon, according to Wall Street analysts. Last February, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty claimed that it “makes sense” for Apple to launch a cheaper “iPhone Mini” for emerging markets. Last month, Zacks Equity Research claimed Apple could sell 10 million smaller iPhones in 2015. Meanwhile, supply chain rumors claim the Mini will sport a 4-inch display similar to the iPhone 5s and 5c, instead of a larger screen akin to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s look at why Apple might launch an iPhone Mini, and why it might not make much sense at all. Why Apple might launch an iPhone MiniLaunching an iPhone Mini would continue the size and price variation strategy Apple adopted with the iPod, iPad, and iPhone 6.
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Technology News: Smart House predicted the smart home in 1999. So where is it?
In 1999, before internet of things was a buzz word and back when we still used floppy disks, there was a movie called Smart House. It was a Disney Channel Original movie, directed by LeVar Burton, and unless you are in your early 20s (or a parent to a millennial), you’ve probably never seen it. But if you happened to catch its run on the Disney Channel, at the changing of the millennia, you would’ve seen the future: an intelligent home with a built-in Siri-esque AI that could do anything from control your home temperature to cook meals. It projected rock concerts or waves to wake you up. And if you had seen it, you would be left, like me, wondering why it’s not here yet.
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Programming News: Coding Standards and Best Programming Practices
Anybody can write code. With a few months of programming experience, you can write ‘working applications’. Making it work is easy, but doing it the right way requires more work, than just making it work. Believe it, majority of the programmers write ‘working code’, but not ‘good code’. Writing ‘good code’ is an art and you must learn and practice it. Everyone may have different definitions for the term ‘good code’. In my definition, the following are the characteristics of good code:

  • Reliable
  • Maintainable
  • Efficient

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Photography News: 9 creative photo ideas to try in January
As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by both amateur and professional photographers who are experts in these fields. We’re kicking off January with a new list of exciting projects like finding ways to make photo art from the mundane and everyday, astrophotography, movie poster portraits and many more.
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In the News: 2015-01-03 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/03/in-the-news-2015-01-03/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/03/in-the-news-2015-01-03/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 14:58:53 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2576 Apple News: Behind the scenes of Bentley’s iPhone-filmed, iPad Air-edited ad
When luxury auto marque Bentley released a short documentary highlighting the new Mulsanne sedan earlier this week, it chose to shoot and edit the entire sequence on Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPad Air — with a little help from third-party gear. AppleInsider has the details of what equipment Bentley used to create the visually stunning piece. Apple has demonstrated the capabilities of its iOS product lineup in ads and promotional material, but perhaps more impactful are instances when parties not affiliated with the Cupertino company choose to use — and by extension advertise — those same devices. For example, The Tonight Show featured a Billy Joel-Jimmy Fallon duet powered by Apogee’s audio interface for iOS.
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Technology News: UK wants hot tech grads to do spy work before building startups
The British government is considering a program that would see the most promising tech graduates spend some time working for the GCHQ signals intelligence agency, the U.K.’s equivalent to the NSA, before they move into the private sector. As per a Thursday article in The Independent, confirmed to me by the Cabinet Office on Friday, the scheme would give the U.K. a rough equivalent to the system in Israel, where many tech entrepreneurs have come out of Unit 8200 of the Israel Defence Force. Unit 8200 is also a signals intelligence operation, and the cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks is a notable spinout.
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Programming News: Problem Solving for Software Engineers
The work of the software engineer is a never-ending effort of solving complex logical problems with ever-changing tools and technologies. We spend a great deal of time learning trending technologies and keeping up with new frameworks and methodologies. Yet, we frequently neglect to develop the very core skill of our profession, the ability of thinking critically and creatively about problems and their solutions. In 1945, the Hungarian mathematician George Pólya published “How to solve it”, a very unique and insightful book on heuristic, the art of reasoning upon a problem. While mostly focused on mathematics, many of the guidelines provided in this small volume are generic in nature and can be applied to any logical problem. Following is my attempt to ‘flavor’ these key problem solving concepts based on my experience as a developer. There are four main phases that are clearly identifiable in the process of solving problems:
Understanding the problem, Devising the plan, Carrying out the plan and Retrospection.
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Photography News: 10 photography techniques you can use everyday
It’s a new year, and many of you are probably getting to grips with new cameras! In their first guest blog post of 2015, the team at Photoventure suggest ten photography techniques you can use everyday to help improve your images and become a better photographer.
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In the News: 2015-01-02 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/02/in-the-news-2015-01-02/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/02/in-the-news-2015-01-02/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:14:54 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2575 Apple News: Why Apple’s IBM partnership was the biggest tech news of 2014
2014 will go down as one of the biggest years in Apple history. The stock hit record highs. The company’s first wearable was revealed. And Apple dropped $3 billion on its biggest acquisition ever. But of all the huge news Apple dropped the last twelve months nothing is likely to have as big an impact as the unthinkable announcement that Apple and IBM decided to bury the hatchet and partner up. The move was significant not only for the historic significance of the two titan rivals uniting, but also for how it will impact all of us in the workplace. In his final note of the year, top Apple analyst Horace Deidu dubbed the IBM partnership “the most significant technology news of 2014.” That may sound ridiculous considering how much hype Apple Watch is getting ahead of its release, but Deidu points to the first wave of apps created by the partnership that show just how transformative the relationship could be. Finally, enterprise apps are being designed for its users (the employees) rather than their employers who pay for it.
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Technology News: The Solar System Is Slowly Re-Arranging Itself
The Enūma Anu Enlil, a series of 70 clay tablets, was found in the ruins of King Ashurbanipal’s library in Nineveh (on the eastern bank of the River Tigris, opposite modern-day Mosul in Iraq). The name means “in the days of Anu and Enlil”; Anu was the sky god, Enlil the wind god. The tablets, which date as far back as 1950 BC, list 7,000 omens from Babylonian astrology: “If the moon can be seen on the first day, the land will be happy.” But tablet 63 is different: it gives the times when Venus first became visible, or disappeared, over a 21-year period. This Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa is the earliest known record of planetary observations. The Babylonians were expert astronomers who produced star catalogues and tables of eclipses, planetary motion and changes in the length of day. They were also capable mathematicians, with a number system much like ours, but using base 60 rather than ten. They could solve quadratic equations and calculate the diagonal of a square with precision, and they applied their mathematical skills to the heavens. In those days, mathematics and astronomy were part and parcel of astrology and religion, and the whole package was intimately bound up with agriculture through the progression of the seasons.
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Programming News: Future of Programming – Rise of the Scientific Programmer (and fall of the craftsman)
[Disclaimer: I am by no means a Scientific Programmer but I just want to become one] It is the turn of yet another year and the time is ripe for the last year reviews, predictions for the new year and its resolutions. Last year I made some bold statements and made some radical decisions to start transitioning. I picked up a Mac, learnt some Python and Bash and a year on, I think it was good and really enjoyed it. Still (as I predicted), I spent most of my time writing C#. [working on a Reactive Cloud Actor micro-Framework, in case for any reason it interests you]. Now a year on, Microsoft is a different company: new CEO, moving towards Open Source and embracing non-Windows operating systems. So how it is going to shift the innovation imbalance is a wait-and-see. But anyway, that was last year and is behind us. Now let’s talk about 2015. And perhaps programming in general. Are you sick of hearing Big Data buzzwords? Do you believe Data Science is a pile of mumbo jumbo to bamboozle us and actually used by a teeny tiny number of companies, and producing value even less? IoT is just another hype? I hope by reading the below, I would have been able to answer you. Sorry, no TL;DR
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Photography News: Fun with Macro Photography
Macro photography has been on my bucket list of photography genres to experiment with for a long time. Unfortunately, a good macro lens is not cheap and, since I have no use for it for my commercial work, it is not an expense that I can easily justify. However, I am a firm believer that when you make a living with your photography, it is essential to work on personal projects to keep your passion alive and fresh. Just like the fish eye lens, the macro lens is the perfect toy for any photographer. I received one for my birthday last spring and my adventure into the world of macro discoveries and challenges began. Like many photographers, I concentrated first on capturing macro images of flowers and insects. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but quickly realized I wanted to try other things. Besides, there is snow cover for four to five months a year where I live, so opportunities for outdoor macro photography are limited. I decided to step up my macro photography efforts and experiment with other shots.
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In the News: 2015-01-01 http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/01/in-the-news-2015-01-01/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2015/01/01/in-the-news-2015-01-01/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 14:59:19 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2574 Apple News: What to Expect from Apple in 2015
As 2014 comes to a close, we’re seeing lots of predictions related to Apple for the coming year. And many enthusiasts (and some market analysts) are expecting great things. It seems a safe bet that we’ll see a 12.9-inch iPad in 2015. Lots of rumors have been circulating, and Apple’s partnership with IBM is giving Apple’s iOS devices more of a presence in the enterprise — which would be a prime market for a larger iPad. Of course, 2015 will also see the launch of the Apple Watch, with estimates suggesting Apple could sell some 30 million. Not only will the new watch make a huge splash in the wearables market, it will finally help bring out some of the potential of Apple’s Health app and the HealthKit platform. Both were introduced with much fanfare, but haven’t made much of an impression since the introduction of iOS 8 in September. The Apple Watch will likely change that, with its ability to feed data to the iPhone’s Health app.
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Technology News: Dylan’s Desk: Four trends to watch in the coming year
It’s the traditional time for journalists to take a look at the past year, extend the trendlines forward, and make some predictions about how the coming year will play out. Unfortunately, journalists’ track record on that score is not so great. For instance, three years ago, I predicted five gadgets would dominate headlines in 2013: the Lytro camera, the Kindle Fire 2, the Tesla Model S, Nokia’s Lumia phone, and Apple’s iTV television set. Of those five, only one did really well — the Tesla — while the Kindle Fire took its sweet time about becoming a big deal, really taking off only in 2014. Lytro is all but out of business, Nokia sold itself to Microsoft after failing to take the world by storm, and Apple’s long-awaited television still doesn’t even exist. In my defense, I’ll say this: All five were really cool ideas. But sometimes “cool” isn’t enough to make a product a stunning market success, or even a reality.
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Programming News: Web Beacon Speedup for Improved User Experience
Web Beacons have been used by site developers to understand the behavior of customers. These Beacons are used, among other things, to count the users who visit a web page, track scrolling within the page, or count clicks on a particular ad/video etc. Sometimes these beacons can either take too long or too many beacons are fired from the page, thereby slowing down the performance of the site. Most beacon servers normally have an proxy server fronting them, so all requests pass through them. Lets look at what we can do to minimize the impact of these Beacons on the site performance by using the proxy.
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Photography News: After Dusk – What You Need to Know About Night Photography
As photographers, our medium is light, yet some of the most dramatic and evocative images we take are when there is a distinct lack of light, in other words, evening or night photography. In this article we aim to give you a few tips on getting the best out of your night photography. Night photography can be split into to distinct timeframes, the hour just after sunset, l’Heure Blue as the French call it, which translates as the Blue Hour and the time after, the night proper. The two need slightly different approaches and can give very different results.
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In the News: 2014-12-31 http://www.klauskorner.com/2014/12/31/in-the-news-2014-12-31/ http://www.klauskorner.com/2014/12/31/in-the-news-2014-12-31/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:23:56 +0000 http://www.klauskorner.com/?p=2573 Apple News: T-Mobile CEO On Apple Watch: It’s Going To Huge
Apple’s new smartwatch doesn’t even have a proper release date yet and the war is already well and truly underway between the Apple Watch and the plethora of Android-powered alternatives that continue to beat it to market. Unsurprisingly though, the Apple Watch has already made some friends in the technology space and one notoriously outspoken figure is sounding the battle cry in Cupertino’s favor. Never shy of passing a comment, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has thrown his weight behind the Apple Watch long before it is due to go on sale, saying that he believes that its arrival will act as a tipping point for the niche wearable market.
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Technology News: This Diagram Shows Cornell’s Revolutionary Method For Taking Notes
Business Insider recently discovered that we’ve been taking notes wrong for decades. This is shocking, given that we’re reporters, and notetaking is basically our job. But MIT grad Hooman Katirai revealed to us that the standard method for notetaking — listen to what someone says, write down what you want to remember — is not the best way. We present the Cornell Notetaking System.
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Programming News: A Collection Of Useful jQuery CSS3 Navigation Menu Tutorials
Are you looking for some good and detailed tutorials on creating jQuery navigation menu? Do you want to create useful and fully functional navigation menu by using jQuery? If your answer is yes, then this compilation of 40 useful jQuery navigation menu tutorials is for you. We hope that you will like this collection and feel these tutorials helping as well. So, take a look at this collection and grab some amazing techniques to make your website navigation easier for your visitors in order to find their desired content. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!
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Photography News: Ten tips for taking great iPhone photos
It’s almost the new year, and to celebrate, we’re going to try starting a new section on photography tips. Former iMore editor Leanna Lofte used to run a regular column back in the day, and we’ve had multiple requests to start it up again, so here goes. I’ll be covering both iPhoneography and DSLR tips here, though we’re going to start off with some how-tos for the portable camera most of you have in your pocket right now: The iPhone. The iPhone is a fantastic device for snapping pictures: It has excellent hardware, smart software, and it’s easy enough for your grandmother to use. It has limitations, as any camera does, but you can work around most of them by being smart about your snapping. Here are ten of my favorite tips to help you along the way.
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Company continues its Apple-copying ways with latest facsimile. If you’ve ever wondered why top-rated startup Xiaomi – now valued at more than $45 billion thanks to its ability to attack Samsung successfully in the former’s home market of China – hasn’t yet entered any major first-world markets like the US, the answer is because the company has a distinct tendency to model its mid-range offerings as direct copies of popular Apple products, to a level that puts even Samsung’s “shameless” copying to shame. Xiaomi’s latest notebook, recently leaked to GizmoChina, is a direct lookalike of Apple’s MacBook Air.
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Technology News: The ‘Third Era’ of IT will bring massive changes to the data center
Imagine you worked in a data center a decade ago and then moved to a remote island. Ten years later, you’ve returned and it’s your first day back in the data center. You walk in and survey your surroundings. The servers have all been virtualized. Much of the software controlling them has changed. In short, it’s a very, very different world. But then you notice something strange: Despite the huge datacenter changes, the networking gear today is virtually indistinguishable from the way it was when you left a decade ago. That’s about to change as we enter what I call the “Third Era of IT.” With Big Data, mobile, and the Internet of Things putting an ever greater strain on the network, the status quo is about to get thrown on its head. As someone with three decades in the IT industry, I can appreciate how far the networking industry has already come, even as we stand on the verge of yet another huge change. When I first started at the minicomputer company Digital Equipment Corporation, in the early ‘80s, the IT industry was monolithic, meaning everything — storage, compute, networking, applications — was combined in one central mainframe/minicomputer.
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Programming News: What It Really Takes To Be A Professional Programmer
There’s a lot more to professional programming than writing code. From working with a team to solve problems to version control, you won’t make it to the major leagues without a toolkit of other critical skills. With all the buzz about learning to code, it’s easy to think that knowing a programming language is all it takes to be a professional developer. However, like other jobs, it takes more than one skill to really be great. We can’t list everything that every programmer may need, but here are some of the most important skills (besides coding) you should work on if you really want to be a developer.
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Photography News: Don’t Miss Out: Soon These 12 Photography Training Deals Will Be Gone Forever
As 2014 races to an end – so too are our amazing 12 photography deals of Christmas. In just on 48 hours (as the calendar ticks over into 2015 US Eastern Time) these fantastic deals will close forever. Among them are some great savings to be had – up to 88% off resources that will help you make 2015 the year of great photos! Each year we get readers ask for our recommendation on the best deals to pick up so as this all comes to an end we like to reveal the best selling deals so you can see what is hot! Of course the best deal is what is right for you. All these deals come with 60 day money back guarantees so if you’re not quite sure if a deal is for you you can pick it up and then get your money back if you find it doesn’t meet your expectations. It’s also worth saying that while the first 4 in the list stood out from the rest of the pack considerably – there wasn’t a great deal between the other 8 in the list!
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