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Four short links: 21 December 2011 - Be a Data Hound, Secure Traveling, Secure SMS, Mozilla's Wider Focus

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2011

AntiMap -- open source Android software to gather arbitrary data and visualize it. This enables you to be a 21C Francis Galton, the man who walked the streets of England using a pin to prick holes on a cross of card in his pocket, all to keep track of the relative average beauty of women in different parts of...

Six API predictions for 2012 - In the year to come, APIs will continue to transform into core business tools.

By Anant Jhingran
December 19, 2011

Among the key API trends to watch in 2012: enterprise APIs will go mainstream, data-centric APIs will become common, and APIs will need to be optimized for mobile apps and developers.

Four short links: 19 December 2011 - Version Control, Web-based ID, Mobile Design, and Node.js Tools

By Nat Torkington
December 19, 2011

The History of Version Control (Francis Irving) -- concise history of the key advances in managing source code versions. Worth it just for the delicious apposition of "history" and "version control". BrowserID -- Mozilla's authentication solution. BrowserID aims to provide a secure way of proving your identity to servers across the Internet, without having to create separate usernames and...

Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.

Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.
By Mac Slocum
December 16, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill offered five big data predictions for the year to come, Marc Herman discussed his new Kindle Single and how that platform could help long-form journalism, and Joshua Bixby examined mobile frustrations and expectations.

Developer Week in Review: HP sets webOS free - HP wraps webOS up with a bow, Oracle lands in court, and one lucky coder escapes justice.

Developer Week in Review: HP sets webOS free - HP wraps webOS up with a bow, Oracle lands in court, and one lucky coder escapes justice.
By James Turner
December 16, 2011

This week, we had heartwarming stories of one corporation's generous donation, one corporation fighting a lawsuit alleging extortion, and one company billing time for the man who wasn't there.

Four short links: 5 December 2011 - Spatial Search, Exposing Your Phone's Perfidity, School Unconference, and Wikipedia Viz

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2011

VP Trees -- a data structure for fast spatial searching. A form of nearest neighbour, useful for melodies (PDF) and image retrieval (PDF) and poetry. (via Reddit) iYou -- iTunes plugin to show you all the stuff your phone collects about you. Bar Camps in Primary Schools -- NZ teacher deploys bar camps among students. Great things happen. Realtime...

Commerce Weekly: Cyber Monday lives up to hype - The biggest online spending day ever, observations from a Groupon Now merchant, and RIM's NFC play.

Commerce Weekly: Cyber Monday lives up to hype - The biggest online spending day ever, observations from a Groupon Now merchant, and RIM's NFC play.
By David Sims
December 1, 2011

Cyber Monday 2011 was the biggest online spending day ever. Also, a restaurant owner explains why he likes Groupon Now, and RIM pins its hopes on NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation - Angolan entrepreneur Nyanga Tyitapeka on mobile commerce and data's potential.

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

Keeping Safari Books on top - Andrew Savikas on how Safari Books is evolving to meet customers' needs.

Keeping Safari Books on top - Andrew Savikas on how Safari Books is evolving to meet customers' needs.
By Joe Wikert
November 28, 2011

Safari Books Online CEO Andrew Savikas talks about Safari Books' success and how it's incorporating mobile technologies into its business model.

Prognosticating the Future of Mobile Audio

Prognosticating the Future of Mobile Audio
By Peter Drescher
November 27, 2011

Seven years ago, at Project BBQ, I predicted a "convergent technology" device that would be a phone, a camera, an iPod, and a web browser -- two and a half years before the first iPhone was released.

VoIP Drupal reaches out to the developing world

By Andy Oram
November 21, 2011

The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment - What happens when everyone has access to your Starbucks card? Jonathan Stark found out.

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment - What happens when everyone has access to your Starbucks card? Jonathan Stark found out.
By Audrey Watters
November 21, 2011

Jonathan Stark raised eyebrows last summer when he made his Starbucks card available for anyone to use. Here, Stark looks back on the "Jonathan's Card" experiment and examines its lessons.

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache - Flex goes FLOSS, some cheap Pi, and brain on a chip.

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache - Flex goes FLOSS, some cheap Pi, and brain on a chip.
By James Turner
November 18, 2011

Adobe just gave away Flex, a new single-board computer might dethrone Arduino as the tool of choice for makers, and researchers bring us a step closer to our robotic overlords.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.

Understanding Apple fans - There's a gap between Google's version of Android what the mobile carriers deliver.
By Mike Loukides
November 17, 2011

AT&T and other carriers are not helping Android, or themselves, by turning a great product into a second-rate one. And maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I now understand what Apple fans hate about Android.

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday - Retailers accept mobile's in-store presence, Android developers are keen on Kindle Fire, and Square rewards loyalty.

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday - Retailers accept mobile's in-store presence, Android developers are keen on Kindle Fire, and Square rewards loyalty.
By David Sims
November 17, 2011

Brick-and-mortar retailers adopt the "if you can't beat 'em ..." attitude toward mobile devices. Elsewhere, Android developers are intrigued by the Kindle Fire, and Square wants to put loyalty program punch cards out to pasture. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 15 November 2011 - Internet Asthma Care, C Fulltext, Citizen Science, and Mozilla

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2011

Cost-Effectiveness of Internet-Based Self-Management Compared with Usual Care in Asthma (PLoSone) -- Internet-based self-management of asthma can be as effective as current asthma care and costs are similar. Apache Lucy -- full-text search engine library written in C and targeted at dynamic languages. It is a "loose C" port of Apache Lucene™, a search engine library for Java. The...

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents - A global conversation with finalists in Ashoka's civic media innovation competition.

Civic media competition attracts a new generation of change agents - A global conversation with finalists in Ashoka's civic media innovation competition.
By Alex Howard
November 14, 2011

Finalists in the Ashoka Foundation's civic media competition offered honest and perceptive observations about the role of civic media in the expanding information ecosystem.

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash - Adobe immobilized mobile Flash, Eclipse joins the vanity language fad, and one man asks if brainteasers really find good program

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash - Adobe immobilized mobile Flash, Eclipse joins the vanity language fad, and one man asks if brainteasers really find good program
By James Turner
November 10, 2011

Flash isn't dead, but Adobe is checking into hospice options. Eclipse adds another language to the list of ones almost but not exactly like Java. And how do you find good programmers? Probably not with brainteasers.

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts - Abandoned shopping carts, Intuit cuts AT&T subscribers a break, and PayPal dips its toe into NFC.

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts - Abandoned shopping carts, Intuit cuts AT&T subscribers a break, and PayPal dips its toe into NFC.
By David Sims
November 10, 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 10 November 2011 - Access Over Ownership, Retro Programming, Replaying Writing, and Wearable Sensors

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

Strata Week: The social graph that isn't - Pinboard founder questions the social graph, Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data.

Strata Week: The social graph that isn't - Pinboard founder questions the social graph, Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data.
By Audrey Watters
November 10, 2011

In this week's data news, Pinboard founder Maciej Ceglowski challenges the notion of a "social graph," Cloudera and Kaggle raise money for big data, and the Supreme Court looks at GPS and privacy issues.

Four short links: 9 November 2011 - Social Graph Dismissed, Anonymous Explained, Resistance Explored, and Android Improved

By Nat Torkington
November 9, 2011

The Social Graph is Neither -- Maciej Ceglowski nails it. Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers - that's the social graph. Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party,...

Commerce Weekly: Square upgrades Card Case with geofences - Square's upgrade links location and real-time, and a new survey finds mobile users are shy about buying.

Commerce Weekly: Square upgrades Card Case with geofences - Square's upgrade links location and real-time, and a new survey finds mobile users are shy about buying.
By David Sims
November 3, 2011

Square's Card Case adds geofencing capabilities to allow merchants to tap passers-by. Oracle's new survey finds users are becoming more comfortable about sharing location data, but they're still sheepish about transactions. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.

Top Stories: October 24-28, 2011 - 10/30/11 is Dennis Ritchie Day, post-PC and the new tech revolution, publishing's fundamental shift.
By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly called for a Dennis Ritchie Day to honor the computing pioneer, Mark Sigal examined the players and products in the post-PC revolution, and Hugh McGuire discussed the seismic shifts that are reshaping the publishing industry.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing - Tweets and related information from Tim O'Reilly's Silverchair Strategies 2011 presentation.

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility - Amazon launches KF8, The Guardian becomes more engaging, and tablet users don't discriminate between print and digital.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility - Amazon launches KF8, The Guardian becomes more engaging, and tablet users don't discriminate between print and digital.
By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Commerce Weekly: Groupon's long and winding road to an IPO - Groupon takes its show on the road, Square targets the mainstream, and contactless payment is coming to airplanes.

Commerce Weekly: Groupon's long and winding road to an IPO - Groupon takes its show on the road, Square targets the mainstream, and contactless payment is coming to airplanes.
By David Sims
October 27, 2011

We take a look at Groupon's bumpy road to an IPO and its slow-but-promising Now product. Also, Square makes a deal with Walmart and WestJet will test tap-and-pay in the skies.

What's on the agenda for Velocity Europe - Steve Souders previews Velocity Europe 2011.

What's on the agenda for Velocity Europe - Steve Souders previews Velocity Europe 2011.
By Steve Souders
October 27, 2011

Velocity co-chair Steve Souders highlights a number of Velocity Europe speakers and sessions that caught his attention.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on mobile metrics and tablet apps vs phone apps.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when - Flurry's Sean Byrnes on mobile metrics and tablet apps vs phone apps.
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

What to watch for in mobile web apps - How WebGL, device APIs, and ample experimentation will shape the future of mobile web apps.

What to watch for in mobile web apps - How WebGL, device APIs, and ample experimentation will shape the future of mobile web apps.
By Jenn Webb
October 25, 2011

Sencha's James Pearce discusses the most promising mobile web app technologies and explains why device APIs could make the web a lot more interesting.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing - An examination of the post-PC wave and its major players.
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011 - The joys of animated geo data, Angry Birds and the future of mobile testing, and a look inside The Guardian's creative process.

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011 - The joys of animated geo data, Angry Birds and the future of mobile testing, and a look inside The Guardian's creative process.
By Mac Slocum
October 21, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk explained why data, maps and animation work so well together, we discovered the connection between a game-playing robot and the future of mobile app testing, and we learned how The Guardian develops its data journalism.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone - Getting serious about Siri, Open Office on the rocks, and Google embraces SQL.
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Strata Week: A step toward personal data control - Singly believes your data tells your story, news orgs debate word clouds, and Mary Meeker looks at the latest Internet trends.

Strata Week: A step toward personal data control - Singly believes your data tells your story, news orgs debate word clouds, and Mary Meeker looks at the latest Internet trends.
By Audrey Watters
October 20, 2011

Data democratization takes a step forward with Singly 1.0, The New York Times and The Guardian debate the finer points of word clouds, and Mary Meeker presents her annual report on Internet trends.

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops? - Moving from "tablet-plus-laptop" to "tablet-only."

Open Question: What needs to happen for tablets to replace laptops? - Moving from
By Mac Slocum
October 17, 2011

What will it take for tablets to equal — or surpass — their laptop cousins? See specific wish lists and weigh in with your own thoughts.

Commerce Weekly: PayPal wants to "one click" across the web - PayPal has a big vision for single sign on, and a reporter searches for Bitcoin's creator.

Commerce Weekly: PayPal wants to
By David Sims
October 14, 2011

PayPal Access is a single sign-on tool that enables transactions — and it's got sweeping ambitions. Elsewhere, a reporter searches for Bitcoin's developer. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Velocity is coming to Europe - Velocity Europe will be held Nov. 8-9, 2011 in Berlin.

Velocity is coming to Europe - Velocity Europe will be held Nov. 8-9, 2011 in Berlin.
By John Allspaw
October 13, 2011

The Velocity Conference has already turned once exotic topics like database scaling and mobile performance into common knowledge. Now, Velocity is bringing its mix of web ops and performance evangelism to Europe.

Four short links: 13 October 2011 - Memorable Indexes, Mobile Sensors, Augmented Reality Toys, and Collaborative Editing

By Nat Torkington
October 13, 2011

Memorable Indexes (Futility Closet) -- Carroll's index also includes entries for "Boots for horizontal weather," "Horizontal rain, boots for," "Rain, horizontal, boots for," and "Weather, horizontal, boots for". They're silly and whimsical, but the underlying problem of making multiple accessible entrypoints into a single corpus of content is with us today and only compounded by the vast growth of...

Why indoor navigation is so hard - Your phone can get you to the museum, but it can't guide you to the T-Rex.

Why indoor navigation is so hard - Your phone can get you to the museum, but it can't guide you to the T-Rex.
By Nick Farina
October 11, 2011

The mapping applications built into smartphones are fantastic ... until you arrive at your destination. Here, Nick Farina explains how indoor navigation apps can and should work.

Four short links: 10 October 2011 - Education Startups, Smartphone Robotics, Google SQL, and Deleted Timezones

By Nat Torkington
October 10, 2011

Why Education Startups Do Not Succeed --This fundamental investment vs. expenditure mindset changes everything. You think of education as fundamentally a quality problem. The average person thinks of education as fundamentally a cost problem. This and many other insights that repay the reading. (via Hacker News) Romo -- smartphone robotics platform Kickstarter project. Google Cloud SQL -- Google offers...

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft - More bucks for Microsoft, more horsepower for SPARC, and more votes for ... someone.
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value? - Square asks, who needs NFC? Fire's threat to iPad, and UK mobile broadband use.
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Spoiler alert: The mouse dies. Touch and gesture take center stage - The shift toward more natural interfaces requires new thinking and skills.

Spoiler alert: The mouse dies. Touch and gesture take center stage - The shift toward more natural interfaces requires new thinking and skills.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
September 28, 2011

As touch and gesture evolve from novelty to default, we must rethink how we build software, implement hardware, and design interfaces.

Amazon's "Prime" challenger to the iPad - Why Amazon's Kindle tablet can succeed where others have failed.

Amazon's
By Mark Sigal
September 26, 2011

While conventional wisdom says that to compete with the iPad you must emulate Apple's best practices, Mark Sigal argues that Amazon can do just fine by blazing its own trail.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.

For local news, TV is dominant but the Internet is our digital future - A Pew survey of local news sources reveals the influence of social and mobile trends, along with a generation gap.
By Alex Howard
September 26, 2011

A new Pew report on local news reveals reasons to be hopeful about digital platforms as information sources. But it's not all positive: The decline of local newspapers will leave a civic gap for local government accountability.

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK - Android meets Arduino as the ADK and NFC allow new physical interfaces.

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK - Android meets Arduino as the ADK and NFC allow new physical interfaces.
By Bruce Stewart
September 26, 2011

Brian Jepson and Tyler Moskowite discuss Near Field Communication, the Open Android Development Kit, and the role Android can play in hardware hacking.

ePayments Week: Google Wallet debuts - Google Wallet launches on the Nexus 4G, consumers not yet interested in mobile payment, and a new look at Android users.

ePayments Week: Google Wallet debuts - Google Wallet launches on the Nexus 4G, consumers not yet interested in mobile payment, and a new look at Android users.
By David Sims
September 22, 2011

Owners of Samsung's Nexus 4G on Sprint are the first to get Google's NFC-powered mobile wallet. Also, a new survey finds most Americans don't want mobile payment (yet), and a new batch of insights on Android users.

Four short links: 21 September 2011 - Unregulated Printing, Mobile Data, Open Source ERP, and Future Technology

By Nat Torkington
September 21, 2011

Gun Part on Thingiverse -- we're used to thinking of the legal problems caused by cheap and decentralized copies of digital works. Now the problems we had with pipe bombs (designs are free on the net, the parts are cheap) are just as applicable to every type of restricted object (in this case, a gun). The difference between regulating...

ePayments Week: Who will own your mobile wallet? - The who, what and how of mobile wallets. Also, Pew survey finds 1 in 4 use location services.

ePayments Week: Who will own your mobile wallet? - The who, what and how of mobile wallets. Also, Pew survey finds 1 in 4 use location services.
By David Sims
September 9, 2011

Three major questions about mobile wallets emerged from a recent payments conference. Also, a Pew survey finds around a quarter of Americans use the location-smart capabilities of their mobile phones.


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