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What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay

By Tim O'Reilly
September 30, 2014

Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it. The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. The swiping and waiting. Now payments …

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 24, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

Scaling NoSQL databases: 5 tips for increasing performance

By Alex Bordei
September 24, 2014

Editor’s note: this post is a follow-up to a recent webcast, “Getting the Most Out of Your NoSQL DB,” by the post author, Alex Bordei. As product manager for Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, I work with a lot of amazing …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

In pursuit of universal IoT standards

By Peter Lewis
September 24, 2014

The first remotely operated domestic machine — a toaster — was connected to the Internet less than a quarter-century ago, in 1990. The Internet of Things (IoT) doubled in size a year later with the addition of a coffee pot. …

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 23, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

Inside Solid: who will build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things?

By Jon Bruner
September 22, 2014

Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services. It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

The promise of Promise Theory: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 18, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As systems become increasingly distributed and complex, it’s more important than ever to find ways to accurately describe and analyze those systems, and …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.

By Jonas Luster
September 10, 2014

Despite some misgivings about the company’s product course and service permanence (I was an early and fanatical user of Google Wave), my relationship with Google is one of mutual symbiosis. Its “better mousetrap” approach to products and services, the width …

One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.

By Jonas Luster
September 9, 2014

Despite some misgivings about the company’s product course and service permanence (I was an early and fanatical user of Google Wave), my relationship with Google is one of mutual symbiosis. Its “better mousetrap” approach to products and services, the width …

Small brains, big data

By Jeremy Freeman
September 4, 2014

When we think about big data, we usually think about the web: the billions of users of social media, the sensors on millions of mobile phones, the thousands of contributions to Wikipedia, and so forth. Due to recent innovations, web-scale …

Small brains, big data

By Jeremy Freeman
September 4, 2014

When we think about big data, we usually think about the web: the billions of users of social media, the sensors on millions of mobile phones, the thousands of contributions to Wikipedia, and so forth. Due to recent innovations, web-scale …

Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Postmortems, sans finger-pointing: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. When you’re dealing with complex systems, failure is going to happen; it’s a given. What we do after that failure, …

Postmortems, sans finger-pointing: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link. When you’re dealing with complex systems, failure is going to happen; …

Postmortems, sans finger-pointing: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
August 21, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link. When you’re dealing with complex systems, failure is going to happen; …

Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

Not just the government’s playbook

By Mike Loukides
August 20, 2014

Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want my government to run like a business — whether …

The Drupal API turns a CMS into a true enterprise application

By William O'Connor
August 19, 2014

Contributing author: Ben Schluter Drupal is well known as a Content Management System (CMS) — famously used by the White House and elsewhere. At the company where I work, Achieve Internet, we view Drupal as more than just a CMS …

The Drupal API turns a CMS into a true enterprise application

By William O'Connor
August 18, 2014

Contributing author: Ben Schluter Drupal is well known as a Content Management System (CMS) — famously used by the White House and elsewhere. At the company where I work, Achieve Internet, we view Drupal as more than just a CMS …

The Drupal API turns a CMS into a true enterprise application

By William O'Connor
August 18, 2014

Contributing author: Ben Schluter Drupal is well known as a Content Management System (CMS) — famously used by the White House and elsewhere. At the company where I work, Achieve Internet, we view Drupal as more than just a CMS …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Ten years of OpenStreetMap

By Tyler Bell
August 15, 2014

Next to GPS, the most significant development in the Open Geo Data movement is OpenStreetMap (OSM), a community-driven mapping project whose goal is to create the most detailed, correct, and current open map of the world. This week, OSM celebrates …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Smarter buildings through data tracking

By Andy Oram
August 14, 2014

Buildings, like people, can benefit from lessons built up over time. Just as Amazon.com recommends books based on purchasing patterns or doctors recommend behavior change based on what they’ve learned by tracking thousands of people, a service such as Clockworks …

Programming in concert mode

By Simon St. Laurent
August 1, 2014

Music and programming share deep mathematical roots, but have very different senses of “performance”. At OSCON, Andrew Sorensen reunited those two branches to give a live “concert” performance as a keynote. Sorensen brought his decade of “live coding musical concerts …

Programming in concert mode

By Simon St. Laurent
August 1, 2014

Music and programming share deep mathematical roots, but have very different senses of “performance”. At OSCON, Andrew Sorensen reunited those two branches to give a live “concert” performance as a keynote. Sorensen brought his decade of “live coding musical concerts …

Programming in concert mode

By Simon St. Laurent
August 1, 2014

Music and programming share deep mathematical roots, but have very different senses of “performance”. At OSCON, Andrew Sorensen reunited those two branches to give a live “concert” performance as a keynote. Sorensen brought his decade of “live coding musical concerts …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

Signals from OSCON 2014

By Mac Slocum
July 24, 2014

Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh …

Talking to big machines

By Jon Bruner
July 22, 2014

One of the core ideas we set out to explore at Solid is “design beyond the screen” — the idea that, as software moves into physical devices, our modes of interaction with it will change. It’s an easy concept to …


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