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Why all businesses must prioritise technology, and embrace new ways of developing apps

Thinq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:30pm

We’ve got some thoughts fresh from the Mendix World 2014 conference, including the opinions of Mendix CEO Derek Roos who believes every IT department should be an ‘innovation department’.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/17/why-all-businesses-must-prioritise-technology-and-embrace-new-ways-of-developing-apps/

Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:29pm
Eight vulns healed, including XSS and DoS paths

Adobe belatedly pushed out critical updates for its frequently-attacked Reader and Acrobat PDF software packages on Tuesday.…

US appeals court baulks at Apple’s patent payout to Virnetx

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:22pm

Go direct to bridge, do not collect $368.2m

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Slashdot - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:13pm
Daniel_Stuckey writes: Friday night in Southern California's Silverado Valley, relief flew in on an old airliner. In this summer of drought and fire, the DC-10, an airplane phased out of passenger service in February, has been spotted from Idaho to Arizona delivering up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in a single acrobatic swoop. The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made its final flight on February 24. But some designs defy obsolescence. The DC-10 had already been converted to function as a mid-air refueling airplane for the Air Force, and in 2006, the first fire-fighting DC-10 was unleashed on the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County, California.

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CIOs: Want to find out how to break into the boardroom?

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:02pm
Not at the top table? Come to our roundtable

Reg Events  Very few businesses don’t rely on technology these days. Yet how often do they place real strategic power in the hands of the people running IT? You know who we mean - you.…

Lexar doubles fastest SD card record with 2000x series

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:55am

But you'll need a special reader to get the full benefit

What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:42am
It's all about making it easier - on their bottom lines

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.”…

Advertising watchdog sides with BT and Sky over Virgin's five times faster claim

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:23am

Branson and Bolt in braggadocios broadband BS barney

Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:22am
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze

We're on final approach for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission to touch down at Spaceport America. Since we're relocating Stateside, it seems appropriate that the final high-altitude test flight should be carried out by our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory.…

Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 11:00am
At least it mostly it makes them rich

Worstall on Wednesday  Last weekend's headlines screamed that Chinese workers making Apple's iPhone 6 were developing cancer. Is Apple's greed for ever-greater profits literally killing its Middle Kingdom wage slaves?…

Sony quadruples annual loss expectations as smartphone sales falter

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:58am

Firm struggling to compete with Apple, Samsung and Chinese competitors

AMD and RealVNC bring remote desktop to mobile devices with Firepro graphics

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:37am

Allows users to edit and render large video, 3D and CAD files faster and easier

UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:28am
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £4m fund to help small businesses fight cyber crime. This has not gone down well with the infosec world.…

Users are now the commodity, from social networks to Minecraft

Thinq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:15am

We discuss how the customer is now the commodity when it comes to search and social sites, not to mention Minecraft, and why Microsoft snapped the game up.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/17/users-are-now-the-commodity-from-social-networks-to-minecraft/

Moto Maker goes live in the UK, customise your Moto X now

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 10:12am

But you cannot order it yet

Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:59am
Channel recruitment plans are stalling - and US spy accusations still dog the firm

Huawei’s enterprise biz outside of China is crawling along, hampered in Europe by a slower-than-forecast recruitment of channel partners and in the US by government paranoia concerns over espionage.…

Apple switches on iCloud two-factor authentication

L'Inq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:34am

Following celebrity images hack

eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

El Reg - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:29am
Tat bazaar: We're protecting YOU from our BUTTER FINGERS

eBay is telling some of its sellers that their fees will be refunded, following Sunday's seven-hour-long outage - which was the latest in a series of technical blunders hitting the online tat bazaar.…

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Slashdot - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:16am
nerdyalien writes: A few years back, I worked for a large-scale web development project in southeast Asia. Despite formally adopting Agile/Scrum, development was driven based on fear imposed by managers. Scott Hanselman defines Fear-Driven-Development as having three parts. 1) Organizational fear has "worried about making mistakes, breaking the build, or causing bugs that the organization increases focus on making paper, creating excessive process, and effectively standing in the way of writing code." 2) There's also fear of changing code, which comes from a complex, poorly-understood, or unmaintainable codebase. 3) The most common one is fear of losing your job, which can lead to developers checking in barely-functioning code and managers committing to a death march rather than admit failure. My project ran four times its initial estimation, and included horrendous 18-hour/day, 6 day/week crunches with pizza dinners. Is FDD here to stay?

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How to provision infrastructure at the speed you roll out applications

Thinq - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:15am

Muneyb Minhazuddin, senior director for product marketing at VMware, gave a keynote at Global Mobile Vision 2014 on software-defined enterprises in the mobile cloud era. Here are the highlights.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/17/how-to-provision-infrastructure-at-the-same-speed-you-roll-out-applications-/
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