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Google Exerting More Control Over Android Ecosystem

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One of the reasons that Google’s Android operating system became so popular over the past few years is that third-party manufacturers can modify it to their heart’s content. Samsung, Amazon and others have all used the software as a foundation for creating their own mobile ecosystems, each with a unique look and feel. However much that openness benefited Google, there are signs that the party might be at an end, at least with regard to the next-generation devices running Android:… continue…

4 Python Frameworks You May Not Know About

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The phrase “Python frameworks” usually refers to Web frameworks, collections of software that aid development of websites and services. But there are a few frameworks that aren’t for Web development, and some that you might not have come across. Say hi to QuePY, Cement, Carrot and Charm. Click here to find Python jobs. QuePy Ever heard of Freebase or DBPedia These are very large collections of free structured data. DBPedia is where structured data from Wikipedia is held, while Freebase… continue…

Google I/O: Android ‘L’ Makes Its Debut

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Google kicked off its I/O conference this week with a preview of Android “L,” the next version of its popular operating system. Android “L” will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous Android versions and adopt a dessert-oriented nomenclature as it approaches release later this year—the tech press seems to assume it’ll be “Lollipop.” But “L” is also a radical departure from its predecessors, especially from a design standpoint: The new interface incorporates Google’s new design language, known as “Material… continue…

Brainstorming and Mind Mapping for Business Analysis

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There is no more need to have long and boring meetings with analysts and stakeholders to encourage them to come up with new ideas and strategies—at least not if you can make your meetings more engaging, interactive and, dare we say it, fun. For this, you might want to consider brainstorming as a way to bring in a breath of fresh air. Click here to see business analysis jobs. What Is Brainstorming? I’ve seen brainstorming described as a “process for generating… continue…

Google Wants You to Build a Watch App

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Google will kick off this week’s I/O conference in San Francisco with a lengthy keynote, and it’s likely that the executives onstage will devote a considerable amount of time to wearable electronics. In previous years, Google used I/O to show off Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality headset. While Glass will surely make an appearance at this year’s show, the new Android Wear might seize much of the proverbial spotlight. After all, so-called “smartwatches” are supposed to become the Next… continue…

Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python Top RedMonk List of Language Rankings

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RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, has issued its latest programming-language rankings, and the list should come with no surprises to seasoned programmers and developers: Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++/Ruby, and CSS all top the list of most-used languages. Any language “observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow” can end up in RedMonk’s rankings, according to the firm’s blog posting. “No claims are made here that these rankings are representative of general usage more broadly. They are nothing more or less… continue…

Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…

PHP vs. .NET: Which Should You Learn?

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If you’re a software developer, there simply isn’t enough time in the world to learn every single technology, language and platform you might need for work, or to land a better job; at some point, you’re going to have to decide in what direction you want to expand your knowledge base. The choices you make in that regard will have a huge impact on your life. If you devote too much time to learning a technology that’s on the verge… continue…

More Than 300k Servers Still Threatened by Heartbleed

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When security researchers unveiled the “Heartbleed” security bug in April, it kicked off a worldwide freak-out. For years, the online world had operated on the assumption that OpenSSL was a secure protocol, trustworthy enough for people to use it for everything from email to financial transactions; thanks to Heartbleed, however, an attacker with a moderate level of programming knowledge could exploit a loophole to grab anything from passwords to encryption keys. Click here for security jobs. Following the announcement, developers… continue…

Booming Mobile Games Take Backseat at E3

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Amid the din of E3’s flashy console game demos, Re/code noted a quiet corner of the Los Angeles Convention Center: The mobile and social gaming pavilion. From the lack of crowds and unassuming placement at the game industry’s largest trade show, it’s hard to believe that mobile gaming is the business’s fastest growing segment and its largest source of digital revenue. Last year, Re/code says, smartphone and tablet games generated $3 billion in U.S. sales. And while sales of packaged… continue…