Software

Want to Test iOS 9? You Might Get Your Chance

Posted In Living in Tech, Mobile
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Apple isn’t exactly a company known for its openness, so the rumors that it’ll offer a public beta program for the upcoming iOS 9 comes as a bit of a surprise. According to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Apple would use the program to avoid at least some of the unpleasant surprises that sometimes accompany a software release’s first days in the wild. Apple has caught some flak in recent months from users disappointed in what many perceive as the software’s increasing… continue…

Does Apple Have a Software Problem?

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Mac OS X
Over the past few weeks, the Apple-focused blogosphere has rumbled with tales of discontent about the current state of Mac and iOS software. The blogosphere is rumbling because a few of those tales of discontent come from prominent Apple fans, including Marco Arment and Glenn Fleishman. The crux of the collective argument goes something like this: Although Apple continues to build industry-defining hardware, Mac OS X and iOS have become increasingly buggy over the past few releases. While Arment later… continue…

Developers: Stop Using Buggy Code

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As researchers uncover one serious flaw after another in widely used software, it’s increasingly clear there are lots of vulnerabilities, everywhere. While there are efforts underway to identify and fix these issues before criminals exploit them, the bigger challenge is stopping developers from using buggy code. There is no such thing as perfect software, but developers can reduce the number of bugs by following secure coding practices. There are also tools which can analyze individual libraries—both open-source and commercial—included in… continue…

5 Top Python GUI Frameworks for 2015

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As a Python developer, sooner or later you’ll want to write an application with a graphical user interface. Fortunately, there are a lot of options on the tools front: The Python wiki on GUI programming lists over 30 cross-platform frameworks, as well as Pyjamas, a tool for cross-browser Web development based on a port of the Google Web Toolkit. How to choose between all these options for Python GUIs? I started by narrowing it down to those that included all… continue…

Can Microsoft Survive on a Freemium Model?

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Microsoft Productivity
When Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer ran Microsoft, profit was king. As far back as 1976, with Gates’ “Open Letter to Hobbyists” memo, the company focused on getting as many dollars as possible in exchange for its software and hardware. Under new-ish Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the focus is still on making money; the company’s shareholders and board wouldn’t tolerate anything different. Nonetheless, Microsoft’s recent decision to allow iPad and Android tablet users to create and edit Office content without… continue…

Daily Tip: Choosing a Software Platform

Posted In Working in Tech
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A lot of apps promise to “disrupt” our lives in a positive way, and for every over-hyped piece of software that fails to gain any marketplace traction, there always seems to be one or two that might actually change how we communicate, schedule, and work. But how to determine which app might prove useful for your business, versus a piece of junk you’ll have to replace after a year because it fails to meet your needs? For software development jobs,… continue…

Leaked Screenshots Hint at Next Office for Mac

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Office for Mac 2015
It’s been four years since Microsoft refreshed Office for Mac OS X, and it looks like a new version of the productivity software is in the pipeline for release next year. Leaked screenshots of an internal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation posted on Chinese website CnBeta (and reposted on The Verge) suggest that Office for Mac 2015—or whatever its official name—will closely align with the most current version of Office for Windows. It will feature a retooled ribbon and support for Retina… continue…

Microsoft’s Clippy Making a Comeback?

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Remember Clippy? The animated character tortured many a Microsoft Office user during its late-90s heyday, popping up uninvited to “help” write letters and other documents. Microsoft finally administered Clippy a well-earned coup de grâce in the mid-2000s, but not before it had evolved into a cultural laughingstock. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. Like the nigh-invincible creature in a horror movie, though, Clippy is back from the dead… sorta. The next version of Office won’t feature an animated paperclip bounding… continue…

Microsoft Pulls Latest Windows Update

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File this one under “Whoops”: Microsoft has rescinded its latest Windows update after it reportedly caused users’ PCs to either crash or spit back error messages about fonts. The issues with the August update affects Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2. (In other words, those who refuse to give up Windows XP, despite Microsoft pulling official support for that aging operating system, are safe from this latest snafu.) Click here… continue…

Download Apollo 11′s Source Code

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This weekend’s 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing reminded everyone of what one nation can accomplish if it has enough money, engineering ingenuity and people willing to strap themselves into a rocket bound for space. Despite its impressive hardware, NASA’s computing power for the mission seems paltry by modern standards. The agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center relied on IBM System/360 Model 75 mainframes to maintain communications with Apollo 11, running programs no more than a few megabytes in… continue…