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Talking to Chromecast from iOS

By James Turner
February 24, 2014

Now that Google has opened up the Chromecast API for anyone to play with, it’s possibile to create iOS applications that can leverage the $35 device as a way to display to HDMI devices wirelessly. In this series of tutorials, …

Talking to Chromecast from iOS

By James Turner
February 24, 2014

Now that Google has opened up the Chromecast API for anyone to play with, it’s possibile to create iOS applications that can leverage the $35 device as a way to display to HDMI devices wirelessly. In this series of tutorials, …

Four short links: 18 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 18, 2014

Offensive Computer Security — 2014 class notes, lectures, etc. from FSU. All CC-licensed. Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (Quinn Norton) — The net doesn’t make social problems. It amplifies them until they can’t be ignored. And …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Upward Mobility: Your phone is your robot’s best friend

By James Turner
February 3, 2014

Recently, Glenn Martin wrote an article describing how robotics in moving out of the factory and into the house. And while Glenn restricted himself mainly to the type of robots that pop into your head when someone says the word …

Four short links: 30 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2014

$200k of Spaceships Destroyed (The Verge) — More than 2,200 of the game’s players, members of EVE’s largest alliances, came together to shoot each other out of the sky. The resultant damage was valued at more than $200,000 of real-world …

Podcast: Solid, tech for humans, and maybe a field trip?

By Jim Stogdill
January 23, 2014

We were snowed in, but the phones still worked, so Jon Bruner, Mike Loukides, and I got together on the phone to have a chat. We start off talking about the results of the Solid call for proposals, but as …

Four short links: 17 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 17, 2014

Making Remote Work — The real­ity of a remote work­place is that the con­nec­tions are largely arti­fi­cial con­structs. Peo­ple can be very, very iso­lated. A person’s default behav­ior when they go into a funk is to avoid seek­ing out inter­ac­tions, …

Upward Mobility: Predictions for 2014

By James Turner
January 6, 2014

It is a generally accepted requirement that all technology pundits attempt a yearly prognostication of the coming 12 months. Having consulted my crystal ball, scryed the entrails of a falcon, and completed a 3 day fasting ritual in a sweat …

Robots will remain forever in the future

By Mike Loukides
December 18, 2013

(Note: this post first appeared on Forbes; this lightly edited version is re-posted here with permission.) We’ve watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions, continued with the …

Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Four short links: 10 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 10, 2013

ArangoDB — open-source database with a flexible data model for documents, graphs, and key-values. Build high performance applications using a convenient sql-like query language or JavaScript extensions. Google’s Seven Robotics Companies (IEEE) — The seven companies are capable of creating …

Four short links: 27 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 27, 2013

CT Scanning and 3D Printing for Paleo (Scientific American) — using CT scanners to identify bones still in rock, then using 3D printers to recreate them. (via BoingBoing) Growing the Use of Drones in Agriculture (Forbes) — According to Sue …

Four short links: 22 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2013

Google Educator MOOCs — online courses for teachers who use Google in their classrooms. Algorithms and Accountability — Thus, the appearance of an autocompletion suggestion during the search process might make people decide to search for this suggestion although they …

Upward Mobility: The Mobile Payment Problem

By James Turner
November 4, 2013

There was a time when the two big unsolved puzzles of online finance were micropayments and mobile payments. Micropayments were a problem because no one seemed willing to make sub-dollar transfers economically viable, while mobile payments had a chicken-and-egg solution …

Four short links: 22 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 22, 2013

Sir Trevor — nice rich-text editing. Interesting how Markdown has become the way to store formatted text without storing HTML (and thus exposing the CSRF-inducing HTML-escaping stuckfastrophe). Slate for Excel — visualising spreadsheet structure. I’d be surprised if it took …

Four short links: 30 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Steve Yegge on GROK (YouTube) — The Grok Project is an internal Google initiative to simplify the navigation and querying of very large program source repositories. We have designed and implemented a language-neutral, canonical representation for source code and compiler …

Four short links: 26 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Google Has Spent 21 Billion on Data Centers — The company invested a record $1.6 billion in its data centers in the second quarter of 2013. Puts my impulse-purchased second external hard-drive into context, doesn’t it honey? 10x Engineer (Shanley) …

Four short links: 3 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2013

Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services (PDF) — slides from a talk by Jeff Dean on fanout architectures. (via Alex Dong) JS MESS — porting the stunning MESS ultimate emulator to Javascript. Interesting challenges like Chrome currently has …

Four short links: 30 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2013

intention.js — manipulates the DOM via HTML attributes. The methods for manipulation are placed with the elements themselves, so flexible layouts don’t seem so abstract and messy. Introducing Brick: Minimal-markup Web Components for Faster App Development (Mozilla) — a cross-browser …

Four short links: 31 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 31, 2013

How to Easily Resize and Cache Images for the Mobile Web (Pete Warden) — I set up a server running the excellent ImageProxy open-source project, and then I placed a Cloudfront CDN in front of it to cache the results. …

Upward Mobility: A Web of Dependencies

By James Turner
July 29, 2013

The recent unavailability of the Apple Developer’s Portal just underscores how increasingly dependent developers have become on third parties during the software lifecycle. For those who are not following the fun and games, the developer.apple.com sites, which include much of …

NoSQL Choices: To Misfit or Cargo Cult?

By Eric Redmond
July 29, 2013

Retreading old topics can be a powerful source of epiphany, sometimes more so than simple extra-box thinking. I was a computer science student, of course I knew statistics. But my recent years as a NoSQL (or better stated: distributed systems) …

Four short links: 18 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2013

Ten Rules of the Internet (Anil Dash) — they’re all candidates for becoming “Dash’s Law”. I like this one the most: When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the …

Four short links: 2 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2013

How to Make Help Microvideos For Your Site (Alex Holovaty) — Instead of one monolithic video, we decided to make dozens of tiny, five-second videos separately demonstrating features. How Google is Killing Organic Search — 13% of the real estate …

Asynchronous Processing with PHP on App Engine

By Amy Unruh
July 1, 2013

Note: Amy Unruh, Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations, is just one of the many fantastic speakers we have at OSCON this year. If you are interested in attending to check out Amy’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click …

Four short links: 19 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2013

Multithreading is Hard — The compiler and the processor both conspire to defeat your threads by moving your code around! Be warned and wary! You will have to do battle with both. Sample code and explanation of WTF the eieio …

Google Glass: From Google I/O to Maker Faire

By Rachel Roumeliotis
May 20, 2013

I had quite an experience at Maker Faire this weekend. So instead of a follow up on Google I/O today I’m going talk about how wearables, specifically Google Glass, seem to be bringing people closer together rather than farther apart. …

Strata Week: Are customized Google maps a neutrality win or the next “filter bubble”?

By Jenn Webb
May 17, 2013

Google aims for a new level of map customization Google introduced a new version of Google maps at Google I/O this week that learns from each use to customize itself to individual users, adapting based on user clicks and searches. …

Google Glass and the Future

By Mike Loukides
April 29, 2013

I just read a Forbes article about Glass, talking about the split between those who are “sure that it is the future of technology, and others who think society will push back against the technology.” I don’t see this as …

Strata Week: Revolutionizing human resource management with work-force science

By Jenn Webb
April 26, 2013

Big data replaces gut instinct in HR management In a post at the New York Times, Steve Lohr took a look this week at a new data discipline: work-force science. The field pairs big data with human resources to help …

Commerce Weekly: Wal-Mart looks outside the (big) box to battle Amazon

By Jenn Webb
April 4, 2013

Wal-Mart wants to crowdsource delivery, while Google chases same-day On the heels of launching its in-store delivery locker program to compete with Amazon Locker, Wal-Mart has announced it’s toying with the idea of having in-store customers deliver online orders to …

The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service

By Mike Loukides
March 21, 2013

Om Malik’s brief post on the demise of Google Reader raises a good point: If we can’t trust Google to keep successful applications around, why should we bother trying to use their new applications, such as Google Keep? Given the …

Four short links: 15 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2013

Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment (PDF) — We find that new and infrequent users are positively influenced by ads but that existing loyal users whose purchasing behavior is not influenced by paid search account …

Commerce Weekly: Visa pursues NFC mobile payments

By Jenn Webb
February 28, 2013

Visa looks to kick-start NFC Visa is taking aim at the NFC mobile payment holy grail. On Friday, the company announced the Visa Ready Partner Program. Leena Rao reports at TechCrunch that the initiative “aims to help mobile device manufacturers, …

Commerce Weekly: Visa pursues NFC mobile payments

By Jenn Webb
February 28, 2013

Visa looks to kick-start NFC Visa is taking aim at the NFC mobile payment holy grail. On Friday, the company announced the Visa Ready Partner Program. Leena Rao reports at TechCrunch that the initiative “aims to help mobile device manufacturers, …

Commerce Weekly: Best Buy wants to end showrooming, Google wants to start

By Jenn Webb
February 21, 2013

Google takes on brick-and-mortar; Best Buy takes on ecommerce The Google retail store rumor ignited again this week. Seth Weintraub reported at 9to5Google that “[a]n extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building …

Commerce Weekly: Best Buy wants to end showrooming, Google wants to start

By Jenn Webb
February 21, 2013

Google takes on brick-and-mortar; Best Buy takes on ecommerce The Google retail store rumor ignited again this week. Seth Weintraub reported at 9to5Google that “[a]n extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

Commerce Weekly: Google targets Amazon’s shopping platform

By Jenn Webb
February 7, 2013

Google acquires Channel Intelligence, pursues Amazon shoppers In a recent post at Wired, Marcus Wohlsen took a look at the success of Google’s switch last fall to all-paid product listings — such as the top result for a search for …

Commerce Weekly: Google targets Amazon’s shopping platform

By Jenn Webb
February 7, 2013

Google acquires Channel Intelligence, pursues Amazon shoppers In a recent post at Wired, Marcus Wohlsen took a look at the success of Google’s switch last fall to all-paid product listings — such as the top result for a search for …

Book Publishing Unbound

By Neil Ayres
February 6, 2013

Brand Perfect’s new report looks at how traditional publishers are contending with the challenges being brought about by increasingly fragmentary digital publishing, and highlights some of the most successful commercial projects that are responding to them. On the state of …

Four short links: 29 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 29, 2013

FISA Amendment Hits Non-Citizens — FISAAA essentially makes it lawful for the US to conduct purely political surveillance on foreigners’ data accessible in US Cloud providers. [...] [A] US judiciary subcommittee on FISAAA in 2008 stated that the Fourth Amendment …

Four short links: 24 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 24, 2013

Google’s Driverless Car is Worth Trillions (Forbes) — Much of the reporting about Google’s driverless car has mistakenly focused on its science-fiction feel. [...] In fact, the driverless car has broad implications for society, for the economy and for individual …

Publishing News: It’s time to embrace mobile

By Jenn Webb
December 14, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Readers are going mobile, so too should publishers In a recent video interview with Shama.TV, Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh talks about the future of …

Four short links: 11 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 11, 2012

Burrito Bomber — drone that delivers burritos. (via BoingBoing) Copyright Hardliners Adopt the Language of Reform — Sadly, in the end, Barnier’s “copyright fit for the Internet age” looks depressingly like the current, dysfunctional version: one based on a non-existent …

Commerce Weekly: Same-day delivery war heats up

By Jenn Webb
December 6, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. The high price of instant gratification The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Bensinger took a look this week at the e-commerce same-day delivery trend, a service …

Global ebook distribution complexities

By Ruediger Wischenbart
November 28, 2012

A publisher at the Sharjah International Book Fair asked me about Google providing access to ebooks in Arabic. How could they do so without asking Arab publishers for permission, he was wondering. This was a simple question requiring a complicated answer. …

Publishing News: Publishing’s worst-case fate, Amazon as US Steel

By Jenn Webb
November 16, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Applying an historical perspective to the fate of the publishing industry NPR’s Adam Davidson looked this week at the Penguin-Random House merger from an industrial …

Creating reader community with open APIs

By Leonhard Dobusch
November 15, 2012

I spoke at the “Frankfurt Digital Night” at this year’s Frankfurt Book fair, making essentially three points (see slides embedded below): first, publishing requires – and has always required – a commitment to creating and courting communities of readers. Second, there …


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