Feb 28, 2015
据财经网报道，本周四，谷歌向美国最大的住宅太阳能系统安装公司 Solar City 投资3亿美元，资助其25000多个家用太阳能项目。SolarCity是美国一家专门发展家用光伏发电项目的公司，但公司仍处于起步期，而太阳能系统的前期成本并不低。为了解决这一问题，SolarCity利用投资资金为居民住宅安装了太阳能电池板，住户只需要支付每月使用费，而无需支付20000多美元的太阳能系统安装费。
据国外媒体报道，帮音乐人处理音乐版权问题的音乐代理公司Kobalt Music获得6000万美元C轮融资，投资方为Google Ventures和Michael Dell。这家公司成立于2000年，他们创立了一系列的服务来帮助音乐人管理自己的音乐作品。目前，Kobalt代理了8000多位音乐人、450多家发行公司和60多万首发行的歌曲。在美国和英国的音乐前100歌曲排行榜中，有40首左右都是他们代理的。
据同花顺报道，跨境投资私募股权投资基金凯辉基金近日宣布：全面收购互联网广告公司Smart AdServer的股份。该公司将从母公司Aufeminin拆分，成为一家独立运营的企业。该投资由凯辉二期和中法(中小企业)两支基金共同完成。Smart AdServer是一个综合广告技术平台，会给发布者提供所有工具和专业需要从而更有效地在所有平台、所有销售渠道来管理他们的广告模块。
Feb 27, 2015
By Shane Hastie
At the upcoming Agile India conference Mark Lines, co-creator with Scott Ambler of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) a process decision framework designed to help organizations to apply agile and lean for their unique context, will present a whole-day workshop on DAD. In advance of the conference he spoke to InfoQ about the challenges DAD is designed to help overcome and the value of certification By Shane Hastie
事实上，线下移动支付并非什么新鲜玩意儿，无非是手机将钱包中的借记卡、信用卡、会员卡、礼品卡等以数据的形式录入手机应用，别人用POS机刷卡，你刷手机，仅此而已。谷歌早在四年前就开始捣鼓谷歌钱包。美国三大无线运营商Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile共同的儿子—–移动支付产品Softcard，如今也已经五岁了。
不得不说，苹果就是霸气啊。2014年9月苹果支付亮相iPhone 6和iPhone 6 Plus的发布会，10月份正式上线，就有约500家金融机构及22万商户可实现NFC近场支付。截止2015年1月底，苹果已介入750家包括银行及信用卡，约三分之二的近场交易来自苹果支付。此外，苹果还与美国科技达成合作，将支付又延伸至20万个服务点，停车，洗衣及售卖等也可以刷苹果手机了。这样的发展势头，无怪乎库克在今年1月份的电话会议上称“2015年将是苹果支付年”。
目前，只有最新款iPhone 6和iPhone 6 Plus搭载NFC，用户结账时只需轻点屏幕，或直接指纹感应，便可实现瞬间支付。据称，万众期待的苹果智能手表也将搭载此项功能。
此外，LoopPay几乎可以在所有手机上使用，而苹果支付只能在iPhone 6，iPhone 6 Plus这两款智能手机上使用。
参考来源：LoopPay.com, cnet.com, USA Today, zdnet.com, zacks.com, moneyunder30.com
Stephan Janssen interviews Spring Framework Project Lead Juergen Hoeller at Voxxed Days Vienna about the upcoming 4.2 release of the Spring Framework (due in early July). They chat about new features, which will include first class support for service and events and event handling, and improved user experience. Discussion also includes Java EE 8, and lambdas in Java 8.
Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, had reached 30,000 page views on his home page – http://RobertoMedrano.SYS-CON.com/ – on the SYS-CON family of online magazines, which includes Cloud Computing Journal, Internet of Things Journal, Big Data Journal, and SOA World Magazine. He is a recognized executive in the information technology fields of SOA, internet security, governance, and compliance. He has extensive experience with both start-ups and large companies, having been involved at the beginning of four IT industries: EDA, Open Systems, Computer Security and now SOA.read more
Since we last checked in, we’ve made a lot of progress both with the Express documentation itself and in the “infrastructure” of the expressjs.com site. Although developer and author Hage Yaapa and I have been leading the documentation efforts, we’ve been working closely with Express lead maintainer Doug Wilson, and with the community as a whole. Here's what's new...
One of the more interesting data points to come out of our State of Application Delivery 2015 was the overwhelming importance placed on availability – even over security. When respondents were asked which service they would not deploy an application without, they chose availability. Security came in a close second.
This caused a great deal of discussion. After all, one of the most often cited impediment to adopting, well, everything has been and remains security. One would think, then, that security is top of mind and clearly a priority for everyone.
Yet availability beat it out for what amounts to the “most important application service.”read more
We know that even the smallest service disruptions can cause inconveniences on your end – and not being able to find information about what’s happening can be even more frustrating. We do our best to make sure outages don’t happen, but when they do, we think it’s important to be transparent and communicate those issues.
Starting today, you’ll be able to receive status updates for Google Cloud Platform services on the Google Cloud Platform Status Dashboard. This augments the additional tools and services – including Google Cloud Monitoring – that monitor your service’s health. We hope that these services will make disruptions a bit more bearable by surfacing the latest information and helping you quickly find workarounds.
As disruptions in service occur (and we’re working very hard to ensure they don’t!), they’re reported on the dashboard with a red bar, which persists until the disruption is resolved. The example below shows an example of a Google App Engine service disruption that occurred last month on Jan 28th.
The current status of Cloud Platform services is shown by the column of indicators on the right side of the graph. In the example above, the indicators are all green which means that all services were operating at normal levels at the time the screenshot was taken. You can also check out the status history of each service – the dashboard will always show the last seven days, but just click on “View Summary and History” to see any of the incidents reported over the past 90 days.
Click on any incident to get a more detailed explanation of what happened. The screenshot below details the above incident that began at 2015-01-28 17:01 and lasted 26 minutes. As you can see, the green indicators next to the dates and times mean the incident has since been resolved.
We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Please submit your feedback by clicking the link at the bottom right of the dashboard page.
Gene Kim’s blog “IT Revolution” is one of the most popular starting points on the topic. Basic questions of the DevOps world are answered in a short and understandable way within the “Top 11 Things To Know About DevOps”.
The oft-cited blogpost DevOps Convergence by John Willis is also a must read if you’d like to know the history of DevOps and its thought leaders.
Those of you hoping to nail down a globally acceptable definition of DevOps and its function should have a look at Does DevOps drive agility, or does agility result in DevOps? by Tony Bradley
A creative Forrester headline with the title The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective DevOps also made it into my list of must reads (shared here in abbreviated form).read more
By Leisa Good
Do you have a lot of friends on Facebook? Do you have a lot of junk lying around the house? Do you have a product that you could sell? Well, then selling on Facebook might be your answer.
Unless, you have been living on a desert island without a cell phone or any hint of civilization since 2004, you no doubt know about Facebook. You probably don’t just know about it, but have many friends and followers who love to share pictures, “like” recipes, and instant message or text one another throughout the day.
You also probably know that businesses use Facebook to promote their brand via Facebook ads, fan pages, contests, and uploaded articles. You can actually have either a personal Facebook account, a business Facebook account or both.
But did you also know that you can sell your unwanted items on Facebook? Yes, you are no longer limited to just eBay, Craigslist or offline yard sales and flea markets. You can sell a variety of unwanted items via Facebook yard sales or Facebook events such as home parties. Over the years, I have been invited and attended both Facebook yard sales and Facebook home parties.
What Are Some of the Ways to Sell Things on Facebook?
Actually, there are several ways to sell on Facebook, but I will just touch on the three main ones. They are:
- Facebook yard sale groups
- Facebook home parties
- Facebook F-Commerce stores
What’s All the Buzz About Facebook Yard Sales?
You can do a search within Facebook and find or connect with a yard sale group in your area. If you’re like me, you’ve already been invited to several in your area and can just join and “like” them for now until you decide to post your own items.
If you haven’t, you can find a group by typing in the search field: yardsale + your county or city name. Once you find it, an administrator may have to approve your request, which could spell a waiting period for you. If it is a closed or private group, you’ll have to try to find someone to invite you.
If you live in a very small town, you can always try a varied search and use terms such as “garage sale” to try to find the nearest county or town yard sale Facebook group to join.
What Makes Facebook Yard Sales So Successful?
While it goes without saying, it would depend upon what you are selling. However, given any yard sale group, what generally makes Facebook yard sales so successful are:
- the non-stop obsession with potential buyers checking their Facebook accounts.
- any time someone comments on an item, the item goes to the top of the event page.
- you can communicate via private message and don’t have to worry about too many calls, texts, and less than desirable people wanting to come to your house.
- you can “tag” people who might be interested in the item you are selling.
- the number of people in the group could be several thousand.
Once you are in the group then you just upload your items, give them a name and description, and then give them a price. You and the buyers can later decide how to work out the payments.
It also goes without saying, that there will be rules and regulations for each group, and you want to make sure that you are adhering to those rules and regulations.
How Can You Also Sell on Facebook Via Home Parties?
Another great way to sell is through online home parties. Since January, I have been to two Jamberry Nails parties and an Origami Owl jewelry party. Both were done by creating an event on Facebook and inviting others. The one I remember the most was the Jamberry Nails party, where we folks online had a free conference line to call in on and listen to the hostess and the people at her house as well as interact on the Facebook event page.
Online we “virtual virtuosos” on Facebook were answering trivia questions on the timeline and trying to be the first to post our answer to win a prize. There were also other types of online games geared towards winning more prizes and giveaways. The online party went on for about four hours. During that time, I could log out and come back as many times as I wanted.
Photos were also being posted as we learned about different products and nail designs. We were also able to click a link to a product page to order.
Just How Popular Are Facebook Stores and the F-Commerce Model?
Thirdly, another way to make money on Facebook is to set up a store offering what you sell. Instead of e-commerce, a term we all should know by now, it is F-commerce or Facebook commerce. Even small businesses with only one person can set up a Facebook store and sell cakes, handmade jewelry, knitted clothing, etc. Most of these vendors also have online presences at Etsy, Amazon, and their own website. I found a very positive article about a few vendors who have done very well with their own Facebook store.
In conclusion, these are the three main ways that individuals can sell and make money on Facebook. While there are other ways, and as sure as this article is published, there will be some innovative individuals coming up with even more ways to make money selling items on Facebook.
If you are interested in using any of these three methods to make money selling items on Facebook, then just get on there and start inviting your friends. The worst thing they can do is decline the invitation, and that just means more prizes and bargains for everyone else!
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Apple didn’t divulge what it intends to talk about at the March 9 event, but signs point to Apple Watch. Here’s what else Apple might announce. Source:: NEWS & ANALYSIS from eweek
Let’s start with a short story. I proposed a change on the a Java core libs mailing list to override some methods which are currently final. This stimulated several discussion topics – one of which was the extent to which a performance regression would be introduced by taking a method which was final and stopping it from being final.
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Streams and lambdas are powerfool constructs to facilitate functional style in Java 8. There is a specific limitation related to checked exception handling one might bump into though. I'll illustrate the issue through a simple example: converting a collection of Strings - containing urls - to a collection of URL objects using the Stream API.
By Michael Stelzner Are you on Snapchat? Do you use it for marketing? To learn how to use Snapchat for your business, I interview Gary Vaynerchuk and Shaun McBride. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works […]
One thing that drives me absolutely over the cliff is how ORMs try so hard (and fail) to abstract the power and expressiveness of SQL. Before I write further let me say that Frans Bouma reminded me yesterday there’s a difference between ORMs and the people that use them. They’re just tools (the ORMs) – and I agree with that in the same way I agree that crappy fast food doesn’t make people fat – it’s the people that eat too much of it.
By Abel Avram
Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications. By Abel Avram
How do you aggregate thousands of data points from your data center into a handful of metrics that you can put on a single dashboard? Here is a nice implementation from Eugene (Dynatrace) and Stephan (SSQ Financial Group) including an explanation on how they did the aggregation and how they use these dashboards for troubleshooting
Microsoft is purportedly assembling an application called People Sense, which would coordinate Bing Maps with informing and calling gimmicks. The application will work like the Find My iPhone characteristic for Apple gadgets, permitting clients to figure out where their companions are at any given point in time.
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