The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

robottoy The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. Read More

Should commit history be used to convey critical information to developers?

rjzii asks:

During a meeting regarding the rollback of a third-party SDK from the latest version, it was noted that the SDK developers already announced in the commit history that the latest version should not be used.

Some developers argued that this was a bad practice and there should have been something either in the source file (i.e. ‘// Don’t upgrade SDK Version x.y.z, see ticket 1234’) or in a project level ‘README’ file. Others argued that since the commit history is part of the project documentation, it is an acceptable location for such information since we should all be reading it anyway.

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Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

BlackBerry Classic Front It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More

Staples Estimates Hackers Breached 1.16 Million Credit Cards

Staples confirmed on Friday that suspicious cyber activity, first spotted in September, was most likely a malware attack that may have breached 1.16 million credit cards.

A preliminary investigation found evidence of malware installed in the point-of-sales systems at 115 locations. The malware may have given hackers access to cardholder names, credit card numbers and verification codes. The breaches began in late summer and continued until the retailer detected and removed the malware in mid-September.

The company said that affected customers could request free identity protection services and would not be held liable for fraudulent charges.

How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation

government-issue-iphone Editor’s note: Anne Altman is the general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries.
Applications that simply deliver information can be useful, but government agencies are now pushing user engagement to new heights. With 173 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, citizens are continuously equipped with an Internet connection, GPS functionality and a digital… Read More

IDC Predicts SaaS Enterprise Applications Will Be A $50.8B Market By 2018

By 2018, 27.8% of the worldwide enterprise applications market will be SaaS-based, generating $50.8B in revenue up from $22.6B or 16.6% of the market in 2013.  IDC estimates the overall enterprise applications market in 2013 was $135.9B. These and other insights are from IDC’s Worldwide SaaS Enterprise Applications 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 […]

11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

6818192898_c132e81824_z From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19. 1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and calls James Franco, James Flacco). Sony’s CEO responds… Read More

Caramel Apples Linked To Recent Listeria Outbreak

A recent outbreak of listeria has been traced to prepackaged caramel apples, sickening at least 24 persons and resulting in four deaths in 10 states. Health officials are warning consumers to avoid these products until a full investigation by the CDC reveals the source of the outbreak. According to the CDC, there […]