Sep 30, 2015

Intuit to Present at @ThingsExpo | #IoT #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

Sensors and effectors of IoT are solving problems in new ways, but small businesses have been slow to join the quantified world. They’ll need information from IoT using applications as varied as the businesses themselves. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Meike, Distinguished Engineer, Director of Technology Innovation at Intuit, will show how IoT manufacturers can use open standards, public APIs and custom apps to enable the Quantified Small Business. He will use a Raspberry Pi to connect sensors to web services, and cloud integration to connect accounting and data, providing a Bluetooth LE workflow, iBeacon-based time tracking, and sensor-driven invoices. The quantified small business will not only be possible; it will be the norm.\

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Amazon SES 'bulks up' incoming email support

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Web.com Group Downgraded to Sell at Zacks (WWWW)

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Web.com Group Receives $26.80 Consensus PT from Analysts (NASDAQ:WWWW)

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5 Games That Teach You How to Code

These Web games will give you a fun and engaging introduction to the world of programming.

CodeCombat

CodeCombat is an HTML5 role-playing game (RPG) that teaches you fundamental programming concepts.

CodeCombat

In CodeCombat, you play a hero adventuring through the game’s levels. The first level is Kithard Dungeon, which covers basic programming concepts. You’re faced with coding challenges throughout your journey, and if you overcome them, you’ll unlock the next level and earn experience points (XP) that you can use to improve your hero.

Levels in CodeCombat

CodeCombat is appealing to young, aspiring programmers. According to an in-game survey, 62% of CodeCombat’s users are under 18 years old.

CodeCombat supports five programming languages: JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Lua, and Python. The game covers a wide range of programming topics — strings, variables, method invocation, vector drawing, and much more.

Code Hunt

Code Hunt is a Sci-Fi-themed HTML5 game developed by Microsoft Research.

Code Hunt

In this game, you play as a code hunter tasked with repairing code so that it returns the expected result. There are 14 levels, called Sectors in the Code Hunt nomenclature, for you to complete.

Code Hunt user interface

Code Hunt supports either Java or C#. Programming concepts you’ll learn include arithmetic, loops, and conditions.

Teachers who would like to extend the game with additional Sectors can do so by first reading the Code Hunt Designer Manual.

CodinGame

CodinGame is a huge suite of challenging games for programmers. If you want to improve your coding skills, playing CodinGame is a fun way to do so.

CodinGame

Over 20 programming languages including PHP, C, and JavaScript are supported by CodinGame. The user interface is feature-packed and can be customized. For example, you can choose your code editor’s style: "Emacs", "Vim", or "Classic" (the default theme).

CodinGame example

The game can be played on single player mode or multiplayer mode. In multiplayer mode, you can solve CodinGame challenges with other users.

Screeps

Screeps is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for JavaScript programmers.

Screeps

The game is an open-world strategy game where you control units, called creeps, that will help you mine resources, establish your territory, and so forth. Being a multiplayer online game means your creeps will be alongside the creeps of other players.

Screeps simulation

Controlling your creeps involves writing JavaScript. (Screeps = scripting your creeps.) To learn how to play the game, hit up the docs.

FightCode

In FightCode, the objective is simple: Create a robot that will defeat the robots of other players.

FightCode

How do you create a robot? By writing some JavaScript. For example, you can use the .rotateCannon() method to rotate your robot’s cannon by a certain number of degrees when a certain event happens.

FightCode demo

Before building your indestructible, world-dominating robot, the first step you’ll need to take is to read the docs to learn how to code a robot.

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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces Canadian dollar equivalent of ...

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces Canadian dollar equivalent of ...
MarketWatch - 2 hours ago
("APUC") (AQN) today announced the equivalent Canadian dollar exchange rate for its third quarter dividend. On August 13, 2015, APUC announced that the Board of Directors of APUC declared third quarter 2015 dividends of U.S.

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Cloudant Named “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | @IBMcloudant #BigData #IoT #API #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.

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Canadian Dollar Undervalued, Gluskin Sheff's Rosenberg Says

Canadian Dollar Undervalued, Gluskin Sheff's Rosenberg Says
Bloomberg - 7 hours ago
The Canadian dollar is undervalued relative to the U.S. currency and is trading at a bargain, said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates.

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Steamlined Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #SDR

Yesterday I attended a session in Palo Alto on the subject of Data Refinery and the speaker was Will Gorman of Pentaho. I did not realize that Pentaho was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems couple of months ago. The terms “data lake” was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho. I wrote a blog on this subject last year. As soon as the term started to appear in the data lexicon, other interesting terms such as “data swamp” appeared.

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Develop full-stack Java apps with Vaadin in the cloud

Use the Vaadin Rich Web Starter boilerplate to deploy a customized DB2-backed, three-tier order-desk web app to the Bluemix cloud in minutes.

Full-stack Java web dev with Vaadin

Java web developers are often forced to learn JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5 (cornerstone of all modern browsers) in order to create compelling interactive user experiences for their web applications. Vaadin open source framework empowers Java developers by giving them full-stack control within a 100% Java world.

The Data Lake Has Landed | @ThingsExpo #BigData #DevOps #IoT #M2M #API

The biggest, and possibly the most hated buzzwords to happen to IT in the last 10 years have been… Cloud, Internet of Things, and drumroll… Big Data (featuring its ugly stepchild the Data Lake). And over the past 10+ years, I’ve had the job of explaining these “things” to people (many of whom are not technical). Nobody likes new buzzwords – at least not the kind of people I like. But if they become understood, and validated, people start to understand why they’re legitimately needed. And this is the year, 2015, when Data Lake earns its keep.

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IoTization By @TonyShan | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020, according to an IDC's study. Are we ready for this massive demand? How can we deal with the challenges? Some firms choose to take no action by claiming they are too busy with what they are doing. Some organizations blindly jump into it with no thinking or planning. Some companies opt to take a bold stance to bet on something immature. Needless to say, all these attempts are highly risky and naive. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth.

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TSX climbs 187 points; Canadian dollar up

TSX climbs 187 points; Canadian dollar up
Times Colonist - 2 hours ago
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX index was up 187.44 points at 13,224.40. On Tuesday, the index gained 32 points after see-sawing for most of the day.
Toronto, US stock markets show strong gains, loonie advances - The Province

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DevOps with Openshift By @RedHatNews | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #OpenShift #BigData

Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.

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Data Lake and Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

The concept of a ‘data lake’ was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho Corp. and this is what he said – If you think of a datamart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The contents of the data lake stream in from a source to fill the lake, and various users of the lake can come to examine, dive in, or take samples. Think of a data lake as an unstructured data warehouse, a place where you pull in all of your different sources into one large “pool” of data. In contrast to a data mart, a data lake won’t “wash” the data or try to structure it or limit the use cases. Sure, you should have some use cases in mind, but the architecture of a data lake is simple: a Hadoop File System (HDFS) with lots of directories and files on it.

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The Data Briefing: Connecting the (Data) Dots—NASA’s NYSpaceTag App

The Open NASA logo

OpenNASA has recently completed another redesign of their site. With over 31,000 data sets, 194 code repositories and 36 APIs, OpenNASA probably has the largest collection of open data of any of the federal agencies. An especially helpful feature is a set of icons devoted to five types of visitors: the Citizen Scientist, the Developer, the Citizen Activist, the Govvie and the Curious.

A great feature to engage NASA’s audience is the Data Stories section where people talk about the projects they created with NASA datasets. NASA’s Data Portal has also been redesigned to help users discover datasets, APIs and visualizations more easily. Developers should check out the SODA API development tutorial to learn how to access NASA APIs.

NYSpaceTag’s solution enables users and government organizations to add and locate meaningful metadata and concepts that can better leverage data assets that may initially appear unrelated. It allows government agencies to see how their data is being used across different organizations and maximizing the impact of the collected information.

To see some great examples of apps built with NASA APIs, check out the Innovation Space section. You can browse through the solutions created with NASA’s open data during NASA Challenges. I especially like the NYSpaceTag, which is a “tagging system that extracts natural keywords from titles and descriptions. It allows users to explore concepts, see related concepts and drill down directly into the data.” NYSpaceTag uses “fuzzy searching” to find keywords and related concepts and to display the results in an easy-to-navigate visual graph.

This is a great solution not only for NASA’s data but for all federal agencies. Many agencies have large datasets that are isolated from each other, which makes searching across the databases difficult. It is also challenging to use search terms that are universal enough to span the databases, but not too general that the query retrieves irrelevant data. As more agencies release data, and the data inventory on Data.Gov continues to grow, the need to better index and search the datasets is vital.

Data Tools Needed

Not just the keyword search or even the “related to” conceptual searching is enough. A tool that can display how data from one agency could be connected to another agency’s dataset to derive a complete picture of the subject would be ideal: for example, how the Department of Transportation (DOT) road maintenance grant information can be connected to Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data. This combination of data can demonstrate the link between DOT grant funding and optimal hiring levels in the local construction industry.

Open data is a great start, but the real promise lies in the innovations that are created when developers and citizens can create insights by connecting the dots between the federal government’s datasets.

Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends.

Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.

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How OSTP Crowdsourced A Crowdsourcing Toolkit

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To promote crowdsourcing, one effective tool is, well, crowdsourcing.

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) unveiled the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit. The toolkit contains information, resources, and best practices federal agencies can use to harness the power of public participation.

Specifically, the toolkit provides:

  • Process steps—An outline of five important steps agencies can use to plan, design and implement crowdsourcing or citizen science projects
  • Case studies—Demonstrated success stories, benefits and challenges from other federal agencies that can inspire new projects or help in pitching ideas
  • Map of U.S. projects—Citizen science and crowdsourcing projects across the United States
  • Resource library—Examples, guidance, and helpful links from successful practitioners
  • Innovation communities—Information about working groups and other related communities that can provide in-person support for projects.

The Toolkit was developed in response to the 2013 Second Open Government National Action Plan [PDF]. As part of the the plan, agencies were charged with developing an Open Innovation Toolkit; the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit is the first component of the Open Innovation Toolkit to be completed.

Building the Building Team

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OSTP and CCS had a wealth of subject matter expert knowledge but did not have resources or expertise to build and host a publicly available toolkit.

Jenn Gustetic, Assistant Director for Open Innovation at OSTP, looked for assistance from the Open Opportunities platform, which allows agencies to tap into federal expertise and provides professional development opportunities to federal employees. Two groups were formed via Open Opportunities: one tasked with building the toolkit, and another charged with ensuring that the toolkit content adheres to Section 508 standards.

In six months, Open Opportunities participants built the user-centered toolkit, collaborating with innovators from more than 25 agencies. Building the toolkit is a step forward for both federal agencies and the citizen science and crowdsourcing fields as a whole.

“A lot of the work for the toolkit was done for the first time ever: some of the definitions and ideas are not explained anywhere else,” Gustetic said.

Participants also expanded their skill sets as a result of the collaboration. Sara Cope, Project Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that she signed up for the Open Opportunity because she wanted to work on a WordPress development project within government.

“I have worked on many WordPress projects on my own time, but I knew that development in government can be more challenging, as far as regulations and restrictions, and that is something I wanted more experience with,” Cope said. “I’m currently a project manager and have been considering transitioning back to development full-time. The Toolkit project gave me an opportunity to work in the developer role without having to fully commit to a job change and that has been invaluable. It has been great to work with folks from other agencies and learn about their tools, processes and workflows. I have been with the VA my entire government career, so it’s nice to get to learn how other agencies get work done.”

Behind the Scenes

The toolkit was built on Sites, a free shared service that provides federal agencies with an open-source CMS and secure cloud hosting. Analytics code from the Digital Analytics Program was implemented on the toolkit website, and DigitalGov Search powers the toolkit’s search box.

Gustetic noted that the project was done with no funding, making the availability of tools and shared services essential in the success of the toolkit.


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Migration to @Citrix XenApp By @ChrisFleck | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #IoT

For VMware customers shops under pressure from users to improve their app and desktop experience, gain greater infrastructure flexibility and simplify end user computing management, Citrix has announced a free service to migrate VMware Horizon View virtual app and desktop deployments to XenApp and XenDesktop. Powered by the new Citrix Lifecycle Management Service - now available from Citrix Workspace Cloud - the new service enables administrators to do an in-place migration in less than 15 minutes by easily exporting application and desktop settings from Horizon View into the Citrix app and desktop delivery solution. The creation of the migration service addresses numerous requests Citrix has received to salvage failed, stalled and small VMware VDI deployments.

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ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens

ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens
Western Producer (subscription) - 23 hours ago
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ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens

State of the Art in Big Data Analytics | @CloudExpo @HP #BigData #IoT #M2M #API

The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling.

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Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again

Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again
Pound Sterling Live - Sep 28, 2015
"The sharp decline in Chinese industrial profits is the only legitimate reason for the weakness in not only the New Zealand dollar but other commodity currencies as well.
USD/CAD: Trading the Canadian GDP - Forex Crunch

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Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again

IoT Maturity Model By @TonyShan | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

The Internet of Things Maturity Model (IoTMM) is a qualitative method to gauge the growth and increasing impact of IoT capabilities in an IT environment from both a business and technology perspective. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan will first scan the IoT landscape and investigate the major challenges and barriers. The key areas of consideration are identified to get started with IoT journey. He will then pinpoint the need of a tool for effective IoT adoption and implementation, which leads to IoTMM in which five maturity levels are defined: Advanced, Dynamic, Optimized, Primitive, and Tentative (ADOPT). Subsequently he will characterize the IoT maturity continuum at each individual level, followed by a description of key enablers. He will then walk through the technical architecture and components for the selected enablers to illustrate the building blocks to construct IoT solutions. Further he will articulate how to leverage IoTMM in the real world. Best practices and lessons learned are discussed during the session.

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Sep 29, 2015

Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 13 hours ago
Data comes from ICE Futures Canada, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Transparent Cloud for ‘Data’ from ‘Things’ | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data.

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Identity in Communication | @ThingsExpo @MojoLingo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC #InternetOfThings

Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, will discuss the impact of technology on identity. Should we federate, or not? How should identity be secured? Who owns the identity? How is identity created, addressed, and shared?

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[session] Analysis Engines for Internet-of-Things Data By @MapR | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData

You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”

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Disaster Recovery Survival By @NaviSite | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData #DevOps

Does your data center strategy contain a few, potential dark, rain clouds of unknown costs, sustainability of business continuity? Business continuity has to be purpose driven with real, practical goals while maintaining an achievable cost of ownership. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Joe Thykattil, Technology Architect & Sales at TimeWarner / Navisite, will discuss how to leverage the Service Provider and VMWare Air disaster recovery to the cloud partnership to create your BCDR strategy.

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Canadian dollar drops to 74.40 cents – lowest since June 2004

Canadian dollar drops to 74.40 cents – lowest since June 2004
Hamilton Spectator - 1 hour ago
On Monday, Canada's main index plunged 373.99 points or 2.8 per cent to 13,004.58. The last time the index closed below 13,000 was in October 2013.

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Running QEMU/KVM Virtual Machines | @CloudExpo #DevOps #Docker #BigData

At first adopted by enterprises to consolidate physical servers, virtualization is now widely used in cloud computing to offer elasticity and scalability. On the other hand, Docker has developed a new way to handle Linux containers, inspired by version control software such as Git, which allows you to keep all development versions. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Dominique Rodrigues, the co-founder and CTO of Nanocloud Software, will discuss how in order to also handle QEMU / KVM virtual machines versions, they have developed a new tool, called Vm_commit, which can create commits, backup any commit, rollback to a previous commit or rebase all the commits up to a given one for any running virtual machine, on the fly.

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iBeacon Protocol, #API and the #InternetOfThings | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData

Forbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon. AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we network, get drunk, vacation, shop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become acutely location-aware. Plus, if Google, Apple, and Facebook are betting on it, shouldn't you? We'll dive in and learn how beacons interact with APIs, how the different beacon protocols work, and what makes for a quality beacon experience.

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Canadian dollar not an issue in Quebec City expansion bid

Canadian dollar not an issue in Quebec City expansion bid
Sportsnet.ca - 8 minutes ago
The biggest question surrounding this bid is the Titanic-esque Canadian dollar. At current rates, the expansion fee of $500M (US) would come in around $670M (CAN).

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Canadian dollar not an issue in Quebec City expansion bid

Quebec bid team not worried about weak Canadian dollar

Quebec bid team not worried about weak Canadian dollar
Toronto Sun - 24 minutes ago
Even with the sagging Canadian dollar, the men spearheading the bid to bring an NHL expansion team to Quebec City are confident that a franchise can survive there.
Duhatschek: It's make-or-break day for Quebec City's NHL expansion plans - The Globe and Mail

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Trends on Tuesday: How Much Does It Cost to Go Mobile?

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A penny saved is a penny earned. But spending your pennies on mobile development is necessary to meet 21st century needs.

Regardless of how you plan to create that awesome anytime, anywhere mobile experience, it’s going to cost you. While the most obvious parts of the mobile price tag for native app development are initial development and launch, the long term maintenance of the app must also be considered. And you aren’t always penny pinching with responsive website redesigns—they can also come with a hefty price tag. We asked some MobileGov Community of Practice members to tell us about their experiences.

Initial Development

Mobile Development

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There are many factors that influence the cost of native app development: functionality, integration with existing databases, contracting, and the unique requirements your agency may have (creating new content, for example).

MobileGov CoP members reported that app development costs for federal apps ranged between $50,000 and $300,000.

For app development more broadly, Comentum released a detailed report about average app development costs and factors that influence the price tag.

Getting Your App on the Apple Store and Google Play

There are small but potentially on-going monetary costs associated with posting apps on the Apple and Google Play stores. Access to Apple developer tools costs $99 annually, and Google Play developer tool access has a one-time cost of $25. You’ll also need to negotiate a mobile Terms of Service to get your apps added.

Apple App Store and Android Google Play icons

Maintenance

MobileGov CoP members reported annual maintenance costs of $10,000 to $12,000 per app. This cost only includes operating system updates and minor tweaks to content. If your agency decides to change major parts of the apps functionality, the costs will increase.

Going Responsive

Agencies that do a website redesign to go responsive must also contend with costs. For one agency we talked to, a fixed cost contract for a Web redesign with 6 templates cost $85,000, not including in-house development over a period of 9 months.

As the world becomes increasingly mobile first, agencies must meet the rising demand for mobile friendly products, information, and services, while also keeping an eye on both short and long term expenses.

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Canadian dollar sinks, markets edge higher after Monday's plunge

Canadian dollar sinks, markets edge higher after Monday's plunge
CBC.ca - 22 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar hit fresh 11-year lows and stock markets were on edge on Tuesday, a day after a steep plunge in North American markets.

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Canadian dollar sinks, markets edge higher after Monday's plunge

Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004

Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004
The Globe and Mail - 5 hours ago
The Canadian dollar tumbled today to its lowest level since mid-2004, and by most accounts it won't stop there. “Weak global equity and commodity markets have been the triggers for the increase in risk aversion,” said George Davis of RBC Dominion ...
Canadian Dollar Drops Against Most Majors - RTT News
Canadian Dollar Extends Decline To 6-day Low Versus Australian Dollar - London South East (registration) (blog)

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Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004

Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward

Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward
The Province - 28 minutes ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was little-changed and U.S. index futures were positive ahead of the North American stock market open.

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Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward

Sep 28, 2015

[session] Dev+Ops = DevOps By @Ericsson | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

As a company adopts a DevOps approach to software development, what are key things that both the Dev and Ops side of the business must keep in mind to ensure effective continuous delivery? In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Hydar, Head of DevOps, Ericsson TV Platforms, will share best practices and provide helpful tips for Ops teams to adopt an open line of communication with the development side of the house to ensure success between the two sides.

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WebRTC and CloudRTC Platforms | @ThingsExpo #IoT #RTC #Java #WebRTC

Disruption in the communications ecosystem is creating a market opportunity for Cloud Real-Time Communications (RTC) platforms. We expect this market to represent a $4.5 billion opportunity by 2018. Cloud RTC Platforms are cloud services that enable mobile and web developers to integrate communications into their applications with just a few lines of code. Via REST APIs and SDKs Cloud RTC Platforms enable developers to easily integrate voice, messaging and video calling into mobile and web applications supporting more contextual conversations. These tools have the potential to change in how we interact with each other in the future.

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NASA + Lunar Eclipse = A Super(moon) Match Made in Metrics Heaven

A screen capture from Analytics.USA.gov shows that 274,629 people visited U.S. governnment websites at 10:19 pm on September 27, 2015 during the Super Blood Moon lunar eclipse.

NASA’s reach over the last 24 hours eclipsed that of the regulars typically seen in government digital metrics. But, all agencies can drive the conversation and accomplish a similar feat with a good content strategy.

NASA defines a supermoon, which appears approximately 14 percent larger in diameter due to its proximity to the Earth, as a full or new moon that falls closest to the fall equinox, and is at its closest approach to the Earth.

Sunday’s supermoon eclipse, visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and the eastern Pacific, lasted an hour and 12 minutes. It is the first time since 1982 that both a supermoon and an eclipse have made an appearance together.

If you weren’t able to make one of the eclipse parties happening in many cities, or were experiencing heavy cloud cover, NASA Television live-streamed the event from their Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Hosts conducted many live and pre-recorded interviews about last night’s supermoon, lunar and solar eclipses, and interesting facts about Earth and the moon. They referred to the #AskNASA hashtag to answer questions from the public across various social media channels, from 8pm until midnight. ICYMI, watch the broadcast on NASA’s Ustream channel.

While the next supermoon will be October 27, 2015, the next supermoon eclipse won’t happen until the year 2033 (this rarity has only happened five times since 1900!).

Recent Stats

NASA’s hashtag, #SuperBloodMoon, dominated popular social media channels:

Instagram

61,901 Instagram posts used the hashtag #SuperBloodMoon. The top post, with with over 236,000 likes, is a shot that NASA posted of the supermoon eclipse as seen above the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

The September 27, 2015 Super Blood Moon eclipse, seen above the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., in an Instagram post by NASA.

NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

 

Facebook

This morning, the hashtag was still the Top Trend in Facebook’s Science and Technology ticker. NASA ran a #SuperBloodMoon Photo Contest on their Facebook page, which received over 1,500 submissions from all around the world within the first 2 hours. The best shots are being featured in their gallery on Facebook; voting begins at 3pm Eastern today. This is a great example of harnessing user-generated content to keep the conversation going.

Twitter

According to a report run on Hashtags.org, use of the #SuperBloodMoon hashtag peaked around around 9 pm Central with approximately 525,600 tweets per hour.

#SuperBloodMoon 24-hour Trend Graph

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Microblog tumblr users also got in on the #SuperBloodMoon hashtag action with tons of fun eclipse photos, videos, animated gifs, and memes.

A "Death Star" Super Blood Moon meme from tumblr.

 

Analytics.USA.gov

A screen capture from Analytics.USA.gov shows that NASA websites held 17 of the Top 20 visited pages, including the first 9 spots, at 10:19 pm on September 27, 2015 during the Super Blood Moon lunar eclipse.At 8:45 pm, about 20 minutes before the first partial eclipse began, Analytics.USA.gov, which updates every minute, reported 157,796 people were visiting U.S. government websites. NASA had 13 of the Top 20 and held the first 7 spots. As the night progressed, so did the numbers.

9:07 pm: start of first partial eclipse
– 186, 370 visitors; NASA had 12 of top 20; first 7 spots

9:40 pm: during first partial eclipse
– 224, 228 visitors; NASA had 14 of top 20; first 9 spots

10:11 pm, start of full eclipse and “blood moon” phase
– 240,974 visitors; NASA has 17 of top 20; first 9 spots

The number of people visiting government websites—particularly NASA websites—peaked around 10:19 pm, about 7 minutes into the full blood moon eclipse, with 274, 629 visitors. NASA still had 17 of the Top 20 pages, but held the first 11 spots. While the number of visitors dropped dramatically only a half hour later (206, 371), NASA still held the reigns on the Top 20 list with 16 spots, including the first 9.

As this rare celestial event began to come to a close at 11:23 pm with the start of the 2nd partial eclipse, NASA held on to 14 of the Top 20 as 126,642 people visited U.S. government websites. When it ended at 12:27 am, NASA still had the attention of over 50 percent of 66,871 Web visitors with 11 spots in the Top 20, including the first 6.

What’s next?

During the broadcast of last night’s supermoon eclipse on NASA TV, solar scientist Mitzi Adams of NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center shared her pre-recorded interview from Friday with a Scientist Emeritus of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Astrophysicist, author, and eclipse expert, Dr. Fred Espenak, spoke about one of the upcoming eclipse events, the Total Solar Eclipse.

Also known as America’s Eclipse and the Great American Eclipse because it runs exclusively through the United States, this too is a rare eclipse and is predicted to happen August 21, 2017. Those lucky enough to be in the Path of Totality (the path that the moon’s shadow takes as it crosses the United states), from Oregon in the northwest to the Carolinas in the southeast, will be able to see the all phases of this kind of eclipse which hasn’t happened since 1979.

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Introducing the U.S. Web Design Standards

Joanne is a young Army Veteran who is looking to make use of her GI Bill Benefits and apply for federal student loans to attend college.

In trying to access the federal programs which will allow her to afford college, Joanne must navigate the websites of multiple agencies. She finds dozens of government websites which all seem relevant to what she’s looking for. Joanne is confused. Are these programs related to each other? Are they even all a part of the federal government? Are any of these a scam? When she tries to access the sites on the bus on her commute to work, she finds half of them are impossible to use on her phone. She’s overwhelmed by how hard these tools are to use, misses opportunities she’s eligible for, and feels frustrated and isolated.

Joanne is not alone. When the American people go online to access government services, they’re often met with confusing navigation systems, a cacophony of visual brands, and inconsistent interaction patterns.

Each button, a special snowflake. A snapshot of a quick survey of buttons across government websites.

Dedicated federal workers are striving to build helpful digital tools for people like Joanne. But our work happens in silos, under unique brands and programs. As a result, we spend a lot of time “reinventing the wheel” — recreating common patterns such as buttons, forms, and search bars — over and over again. At the end of the day, we’re creating poor user experiences, and wasting American taxpayer dollars in solving the same problems again and again.

Taking after a growing trend in the private sector, several federal agencies have begun creating design patterns and user interface (UI) toolkits to build unity within their own digital brand. Some shining examples include those of the Consumer Financal Protection Bureau (CFPB), US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Healthcare.gov.

This is a time-intensive endeavor, and not all agencies have the resources to support it. To best serve users like Joanne, we need to set a new bar for simplicity and consistency across government services, not just within a given agency or program.

The question in front of us became: Is it possible to create a shared set of tools to provide consistent, beautiful, and easy-to-use government websites?

What we built

The U.S. Web Design Standards are designed to be viewed on any device.

The U.S. Web Design Standards are the U.S. government’s very own set of common UI components and visual styles for websites. It’s a resource designed to make things easier for government designers and developers, while raising the bar on what the American people can expect from their digital experiences.

In the Web Design Standards, you will find:

  • A visual style guide: Typography and color recommendations that are 508 compliant, flexible, and designed for readability and impact.
  • Common UI components and patterns: A collection of foundational interface elements for government sites and the code that powers them.

In creating these tools, we set out to accomplish four goals:

  1. Make the best thing, the easiest thing. We believe that making tools that align with the values and needs of digital workers in the federal government will drive adoption.
  2. Be accessible out of the box. We created tools that seamlessly meet the standards of 508 accessibility, from colors to code.
  3. Design for flexibility. We aim to give the American people a sense of familiarity when using government services, while allowing agencies to customize these tools to fit their unique needs.
  4. Reuse, reuse, reuse. We reviewed, tested, evaluated, and repurposed existing patterns, code, and designs from dozens of government and private sector style guides to make use of tried-and-true best practices.

The process

What began as an idea turned into four months of rapid development and iteration by a collaborative team at 18F and the U.S. Digital Service, under the guidance of an advisory board of talented, experienced government workers in the CFPB, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Education, the Internal Revenue Service, and the GSA.

As with all 18F and U.S. Digital Service projects, we’re working in the open to create a resource that everyone can own and contribute to. We’ve taken an iterative, user-centred approach to ensure we’re addressing the needs of our users as well as government designers and developers. A cross-functional team of UX, front-end, and visual designers each played a key role in this process:

An early wireframe of our design suggestion for a reset password page

User Experience

“Making the best thing the easiest thing” starts with making the standards website itself easy to use. With every iteration of this product, we conducted numerous interviews, usability tests, and card sorts with designers and developers across government. Everything from the site’s organization scheme to its code snippets and download buttons are informed by user research.

The design of every component follows data-informed best practices, found both inside (DigitalGov) and outside (Nielsen Norman group articles) of government. Many components were derived from other agency and style guide patterns; more complex patterns were further tested with end users.

We believe agencies should still usability test everything they build, but following the standards will help everyone avoid common pitfalls.

All of our standards include code samples.

Front-end

We wanted to create a single reference point for developers in need of common patterns, providing the building blocks of code for teams to assemble websites. Our goal was to build a system of components shaped by modern best practices in front-end development and government accessibility standards.

We built the UI components on a solid HTML foundation, progressively enhanced to provide core experiences across browsers. All of the code is 508 compliant, so it’s accessible to everyone. Our styles are written with Sass and can be used as a Sass library or included directly as compiled CSS. In order to make sure our code was easy to read and easy to pick up, it had to look like it was written from a single voice. After speaking with dozens of front-end developers and designers in government, we sought to strike a balance between modular CSS and code that’s clean and easy-to-use.

The Design Standards include an extensive color palette.

Visual design

We set out to create a single common visual style to apply flexibly on a broad range of government platforms. We wanted a clean, modern aesthetic that communicates credibility, trust, and warmth and meets high standards of visual accessibility.

We conducted a branding exercise, auditing dozens of government websites, logos, and brand styles. We tested dozens of typefaces, with a laser focus on open source and highly-legible pairings. The font suite we selected — a sturdy serif and slender sans serif — meet a range of layout needs, from polished marketing pages to content-heavy digital services. We landed on a palette of blue, gray, white, and red that can be applied generously or sparingly to create a distinctly American flavor with adaptability baked in.

We’re just getting started…and we need you!

Like any true alpha, this is a living product; we will continue to test our decisions and assumptions with real-world feedback as it develops and evolves. We encourage you to explore the U.S. Web Design Standards, contribute your own code and ideas, and leave feedback on GitHub. We will use your input to improve the standards and make regular releases in the coming weeks and months.

Check out the U.S. Web Design Standards and let us know what you think!

This project was a collaboration between 18F and the U.S. Digital Service (USDS). The team was lead by Mollie Ruskin (USDS), and made up of designers and developers in both groups, including Maya Benari (18F), Carolyn Dew (18F), Julia Elman (18F), Victor Garcia (USDS), Angel Kittiyachavalit (USDS), Colin MacArthur (18F), and Marco Segreto (18F).

This project was a major feat of collaboration. We’d probably still be off in a corner designing buttons if it hadn’t been for the encouragement, feedback, and support of this incredible group of people both inside and outside of government.

A heartfelt thanks to Mollie Bates, Nick Bristow, Danny Chapman, Scott Cranfill, Elizabeth Goodman, Victor Garcia, Kavi Harshawat, Michael Jovel, Jeremiah Kimelman, Deepa Kunapuli, Maria Marrero, Brad Nunnally, Alex Ose, Eric Ronne, Nick Setthachayanon, Jessica Teal, Jennifer Thibault, Ryan Thurlwell, Russ Unger, Charles Worthington, and Emily Wright-Moore for always being available to help us think through some of the extra sticky bits. Major kudos to Mike Bland and Alison Rowland for making 18F Pages work seamlessly for this project.

And finally, a special shout out to Julia Elman for her hard work in getting this thing off the ground and to John Yuda for seeing us through to the end!

 

This article was originally published on the 18F blog by Mollie Ruskin of USDS and Carolyn Dew, Maya Benari and Colin MacArthur, 18F team members.


by Ashley Wichman via DigitalGov

Security in the Evolving IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #RTC #BigData

Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted its subsidiary, Finjan Inc., with U.S. Patent No. 9,141,786 (the '786 Patent) covering malicious mobile code runtime monitoring system and methods. Exponential growth in the use of connected computing devices and content available on the Internet has led to unprecedented challenges in protecting users' data. Today this is recognized as a growing segment of the security sector called cybersecurity.

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The Content Corner: Defining Your Core

Through the course of this blog, I have frequently mentioned the need to feed the content beast and have discussed tactics such as the content pillar and various other aspects of developing a solid content strategy.

Recent research from the Content Marketing Institute found the average business-to-business (B2B) company uses 13 content marketing tactics or channels, such as blogs, videos, events, etc. I’m sure that most federal agencies also have as wide an array of channels as well. DigitalGov itself is a good example, where we leverage blogs, videos, podcasts, live events (both in-person and Web-based), plus several social media accounts. That is a lot of ways to share and consume information.

One important thing is to remember or establish what your core channel is. I like to refer to it as home base: it should be where all your other content channels lead back to. And it doesn’t always have to be your .gov homepage; in fact, it seems more and more common that an agency or company’s core is not their traditional homepage.

Building a Home on Someone Else’s Land

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As you work to establish your home base or core channel, be careful if you set up camp on a platform where you have little control and no true ownership. Similar to concerns about user-generated content (UGC), you have to be aware of the terms of service on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.

A frequent issue with these platforms, such as Facebook, has been their changes to algorithms and how that can impact your exposure. A slight tweak can have a huge impact on your audiences, such as the news feed changes they implemented in 2014. We all know the importance of various social media channels, but I recommend thinking of them as supplements or feeders for your core and not your core itself.

Or, you can follow the recent move by Nescafé whose chief marketing officer declared, “The dotcom is reflection of us talking to people; this approach is dead. It should be much more inclusive and allow conversations.” This was during an announcement that they converted their dotcom website into a Tumblr blog. While I agree with their focus on conversations and their acknowledgement of the power of UGC, but establishing their core on someone else’s platform? Time will tell if that was a good move or not.

Planting Your Flag

Once you have decided what channel will be your core, whether it is your blog or .gov page (or maybe even Tumblr), you should then examine and establish your content flow. Your core is your focal point—all other media should feed back to it, and you should not have a haphazard combo of both social media content that promotes back to core and core that promotes to social media and various other places. What is your main sign post? Where is home base? Always lead back to it because you have to have one.

Some of this also reflects your content strategy and the goals of your various other channels. Asking the simple questions of:

  • “Why do we have a Facebook page?”
  • “What do we expect a user to do with it?” and importantly,
  • “What will be the main home for our content?”

As I state above, as a general rule, your various social media channels should flow two directions: out to the user and back to your core. What it seems like Nescafé is doing is trying to have all of their conversations in one single place (Tumblr), but traditionally social media is where you reach different audiences to perhaps discuss different topics. At the core (get it?) of these various conversations are content types that would typically lead a user back to your core for additional information or to take some action (volunteer, find a form).

I have already presented DigitalGov as a great example, and one of the other agencies that led me down this path after falling in love with their Tumblr page is Bureau of Land Management.

At first blush, one could offer an argument that their Tumblr page seems like their core, with its breathtaking photography and leveraging of other Tumblr accounts. But as you look deeper, you can see the answer to their, “Why do we have this?”, question. BLM’s Tumblr is using its rich vein of photography to promote specific initiatives, and once they grab your attention, you can then go to a core and explore further. One of their current main initiatives is Every Kid in a Park, so in various places throughout their Tumblr, you get fed back to that core. There are also examples, such as using appropriate images, to make people aware of the Continental Divide Wilderness Study Area.

Each agency has a different mission—and audience—and different ways they need to serve the citizen, but in the end, all their efforts should lead back to one central location: the core channel. From a practical standpoint that makes it easier to maintain your content and perform audits (not to mention any archival requirements). It also helps provide a clear focus for all your promotional efforts instead of creating a tangled Web of various social media sites or blogs. Make sure that regardless of how many channels you have, they all lead back to your core.

You’ve just finished reading the latest article from our Monday column, The Content Corner. This column focuses on helping solve the main content issues facing federal digital professionals, including producing enough content and making that content engaging.

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Join @JFrog at @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley | #API #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that JFrog, maker of Artifactory, the popular Binary Repository Manager, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based in California, Israel and France, founded by longtime field-experts, JFrog, creator of Artifactory and Bintray, has provided the market with the first Binary Repository solution and a software distribution social platform.

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Low Canadian dollar impacting Manitoba trips to US: Poll

Low Canadian dollar impacting Manitoba trips to US: Poll
MetroNews Canada - 16 minutes ago
People go to the US mostly for the variety of products - 85 per cent said shopping for products unavailable in Canada was their primary reason for going.

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Low Canadian dollar impacting Manitoba trips to US: Poll

Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 1 hour ago
Data comes from ICE Futures Canada, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Join Agema Systems at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #API #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Agema Systems will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Agema Systems is the leading provider of critical white-box rack solutions to data centers through the major integrators and value added distribution channels.

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Announcing @HPMnetworks to Exhibit @CloudExpo | #IoT #M2M #API #RTC #InternetOfThings

SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Canadian dollar, US futures down ahead of TSX opening

Canadian dollar, US futures down ahead of TSX opening
Times Colonist - 11 minutes ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was down one-third of a cent and U.S. index futures were negative before stock markets opened Monday.

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Join DataClear at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that DataClear Inc. will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The DataClear ‘BlackBox’ is the only solution that moves your PC, browsing and data out of the United States and away from prying (and spying) eyes. Its solution automatically builds you a clean, on-demand, virus free, new virtual cloud based PC outside of the United States, and wipes it clean, destroying it completely when you log out. If you wish to store your data, the solution will include a custom data encryption system with multiple factor authentication. DataClear also provides a corporate solution for multiple networked users and secure cloud based servers.

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NoSQL and the Enterprise Data Hub | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Hadoop #IoT

If you’re in business, you have data. And if you’re like a lot of businesses, you have a lot of data. And it’s not only coming from your customers, it’s coming from other business units, partners, in-house applications, the cloud, hardware logs, etc. And that data could help you be better at your business, if only you had the right solution to access it in ways that deliver quantifiable value.

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Cheatsheet: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

This useful cheatsheet shows the keyboard shortcuts for important Adobe Photoshop CS6 commands.

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Note: For Photoshop commands that are displayed in blue, such as "Quit", "Close", and "Merge Layer", you must also press Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac OS. For example, to issue the "Quit" command, press Ctrl + Q if you’re on Windows or Command + Q if you’re on Mac OS.

This excellent resource is by ZeroLag. ZeroLag provided me with a special version of their existing Adobe Photoshop CS6 Shortcuts Cheatsheet. The version I posted here doesn’t display their logo.

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How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar

How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar
The Globe and Mail - 7 minutes ago
The lower Canadian dollar is helping to boost the bottom line for small businesses exporting products to the United States, but a chunk of those profits are being eaten up by the higher cost of importing goods from the country.

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How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar

Cloud in the U.S. and in Germany By @ProfitBricksUSA | @CloudExpo #API #DevOps #Docker #BigData

The cloud has reached mainstream IT. Those 18.7 million data centers out there (server closets to corporate data centers to colocation deployments) are moving to the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Achim Weiss, CEO & co-founder of ProfitBricks, will share how two companies – one in the U.S. and one in Germany – are achieving their goals with cloud infrastructure. More than a case study, he will share the details of how they prioritized their cloud computing infrastructure deployments and the details they’ve learned. From performance to network configurations, they've got interesting architectures running in the cloud now. ProfitBricks learned from these two customers and he will give you some tips on how to make your move to the cloud painless.

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Sep 27, 2015

Cloud's Provisioning Problem | @DevOpsSummit #IoT #DevOps #BigData

Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the means by which applications (and infrastructure, in many cases) scale horizontally. It is load balancing that is at the heart of elastic scalability models, and that provides a means to ensure availability and even improve performance of applications. But simple load balancing alone isn't enough. Too many environments and architectures are wont to toss a simple, network-based solution at the problem and call it a day. But rudimentary load balancing techniques that rely solely on a set of metrics are doomed to fail eventually. That's because a simple number like "connection count" does not provide enough context to make an intelligent load balancing decision. An application instance may currently have only 100 connections while another has 500, but if the capacity of the former is only 200 while the capacity of the other is 5000, a decision based on "least connections" is not the right one.

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Industrial Internet and Beyond | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and the sometimes over-simplification of what constitutes an IoT company or service, one area there is no disputing is the significant advancement in the Industrial Internet (a term made popular by GE). Ongoing improvements in sensor technologies – including performance, miniaturization, cost and energy consumption – make intelligent products more accessible.

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Building ROI with DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Microservices

Decisions about budgets and resources are often made without IT even having a seat at the table. As technologist we understand the value of DevOps - but do your business counterparts? If they don't, your DevOps initiatives could lose funding before they start. In her session at DevOps Summit, Jeanne Morain, Strategist / Author at iSpeak Cloud, LLC, will provide insights on how to bridge the gap between business and technology leaders. Attendees will learn prescriptive guidance on balancing workloads, critical communication processes and considerations for building out a solid return-on-investment model.

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Keep CALM - Embrace #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #IoT #APM #Microservices

There are not many times in my career that I am going to be able to quote Will Smith, but in the “Will2K” video, Will states “You Never Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been”. For me, this summarizes why measurements and metrics are so important. Unless you can understand where you are right now then there is no way to understand whether you have been successful in regards to an initiative, in this case, DevOps adoption. Choosing the right DevOps measurements is important to eliciting the right behavior amongst IT teams, ensuring that they know what they need to focus on and, key to making sure that you are delivering the right value to the business.

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DevOps Summit Was a Terrific Event! | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #Docker

DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was well received and so was Stan's joint presentation with RingCentral on Devops for BigData. I also participated in two Power Panels – ‘Women in Technology’ and ‘Why DevOps Is Even More Important than You Think,’ both featuring brilliant colleagues and moderators and it was a blast to be a part of.

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Seven Jaw-Dropping Applications of Cloud By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #BigData

Here are seven completely real, jaw-dropping applications of cloud computing that can transform humanity. Made possible with cloud technology, don't be surprised if you have never heard about such applications. 1. Shoes Sold by the Step Imagine buying the world's best shoes or for that matter any pair of shoes and paying zero dollars for them upfront. That would be crazy right? Well the Internet of Things can make this possible. With new technologies that can power everything we do and create new ways of doing them, vendors of consumable items can sell items based on a unique measurement rather than on a flat fee. Shoes may be sold for the number of steps you are expected to take in them or car tire manufacturers may charge you based on the number of kilometers you drive. No matter what, the fundamental aspect of charging a customer will change with the Internet of Things and cloud computing. This idea is based on consumption cloud computing that measures the usage of a specific service or product and charges the end user in real time. The possibilities are endless.

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Guide: Rapid Application Delivery Platforms | @CloudExpo @OutSystems #APM #Cloud

This complete kit provides a proven process and customizable documents that will help you evaluate rapid application delivery platforms and select the ideal partner for building mobile and web apps for your organization.

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The Economics of Information Optimization | @CloudExpo #Microservices

We talk about optimization a whole lot. There’s cloud workload optimization, there’s mobile optimization for website presentation and there’s every other type of optimization as we move through the ‘full stack’ of information technology from the base logic layer all the way up to the Graphical User Interface (GUI). You get the picture, there’s a lot of optimization going on – but this is a natural thing, i.e., we spent the end part of the last century trying to get more processing speed, better form factors for devices and cheaper memory and storage.

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Forrester: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

According to Forrester, public cloud platforms are evolving, blurring the lines between Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in order to satisfy the needs of enterprises and widen their appeal to developers. In The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, Q4 2014, Forrester evaluates the 16 most significant Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms and details how each vendor fulfills the 19 evaluation criteria points.

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Sep 26, 2015

Chef and AlertLogic to Present at @DevOpsSummit | #IoT #DevOps #BigData

More organizations are embracing DevOps to realize compelling business benefits such as more frequent feature releases, increased application stability, and more productive resource utilization. However, security and compliance monitoring tools have not kept up and often represent the single largest remaining hurdle to continuous delivery. In their session at DevOps Summit, Justin Criswell, Senior Sales Engineer at Alert Logic, Ricardo Lupo, a Solution Architect with Chef, will discuss how to successfully integrate security controls in your DevOps program.

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Convergence of Big Data, Cloud, and IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #BigData

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.

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An ESB Anti-Pattern and #Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData

I’ve been thinking a bit about microservices (μServices) recently. My immediate reaction is to think: “Isn’t this just yet another new term for the same stuff, Web Services->SOA->APIs->Microservices?” Followed shortly by the thought, “well yes it is, but there are some important differences/distinguishing factors.” Microservices is an evolutionary paradigm born out of the need for simplicity (i.e., get away from the ESB) and alignment with agile (think DevOps) and scalable (think Containerization) development and deployment architectures. Martin Fowler and James Lewis defined nine core characteristics of microservices in their seminal post.

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As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azure Machine Learning, enabling you to invoke machine learning modules over streaming data to perform anomaly detection, classification, and other predictive analytics in real time.

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Connected Cars By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData

In recent years, we’ve watched mobile, cloud technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) enable increased connectivity for every network and every industry, ranging from connected cars to commercial vehicles and fleet management to smart cities to data centers. At MWC, it was clear that professionals in these areas are continuing to make strides in their fields. Below are a few of the major developments we noticed and look forward to hearing more as 2015 progresses.

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