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As I started to read this book my plan was to skim through the first 6 chapters and then really dig in starting with chapter 7 App Design. I figured with a year of iOS programming under my belt the first few chapters would just be regurgitating a bunch of stuff I already knew. To some degree I was correct, but I did not count on the book's awesome layout and the authors' great writing style to keep pulling me into the chapter's topics, making this a much longer read than I had planned on. By the time I reached chapter 4 I had given up on skimming, since I wasn't really skimming anyway. I took 4 books on a weeklong dive trip, and found myself still reading this book when the plane bringing us home landed. The book is massive, it covers a ton of topics, and it covers them in depth. The book is broken down into three parts. Part I Getting Started includes seven introduct... (more)

Telepresence Options Launches WebRTC News And Resource Website

Telepresence Options, the leading publishing firm covering videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration has launched a dedicated page to follow WebRTC news and innovations at For the uninitiated, WebRTC is short for “real-time communications,” WebRTC is an open source web API which enables web browsers to support videoconferences without the need for a plug-in. Users simply click on a link, such as in an email invite or instant message, to launch a video call or to join a videoconference. This eliminates the configuration and troubleshooting difficulties which can accompany a traditional videoconferencing installations. Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ WebRTC Journal ▸Home Telepresence Options publisher Howard S. Lichtman stated: “The interest in WebRTC for videoconferencing and vi... (more)

How Mobile Solutions, Digital Disruptions and Code Halos are Transforming Industries

Software Eats the WorldDid you read that Uber, the mobile application company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month?  Why would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire industries. They are a data driven start-up enabled by mobile devices. For insight into this innovative and transformative company read their description, "Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our [mobile] apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Now that is an ambitious "About" statement! Do you know how many taxis Uber maintains?  NONE!  They are a company using data in innovative ways to make money.  Data on drivers, riders, locations, history, payment infor... (more)

Greenpeace Suffers Major Credibility

Security Track at Cloud Expo Let me start this article off by saying that I am all for the ‘green’ movement. If we as a society can reduce what we consume, reuse as much as possible and recycle rather than throw away, I believe we will be much better off than the alternative. If we can reduce global emissions across the board and lean more heavily on renewable energy, all the better. What I don’t agree with, however, is attacking certain industries with only half of the story. It’s one thing if it was due to ignorance and a complete different monster if it was done intentionally. I’m not going to cast judgment as to which one it is, but without a doubt it is one of the two and I’ll leave it to you to decide for yourselves. By the way, I am referring to the Greenpeace report cited at the end of the article. Please look there if you want more information. One of the... (more)

Tech Predictions – How Wrong Can They Be!

I came across an interesting article on the ten dumbest tech predictions. It starts with Steve Balmer’s comment in 2008 on Google Android and the future of apps. He said, “Let’s look at the facts. Nobody uses these things..”. How wrong was he: after only 3 years we see hundreds of applications written on Google Android. Let me list some of the dumbest tech predictions for your entertainment. “This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication”. – Western Union internal memo back in 1876. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers”. – Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943 “The world potential for copying machines is 5000 most”. – IBM executives to eventual founders of Xerox “Do not bother to sell your gas shares. The electric light has no future”. – Professor John Henry Pepper, celebrity Victorian scientist,... (more)

Remember When Hand Carts Were State of the Art? Me Either

Funny thing about the advancement of technology, in most of the modern world we enshrine it, spend massive amounts of money to find “the next big thing”, and act as if change is not only inevitable, but rapid. The truth is that change is inevitable, but not necessarily rapid, and sometimes, it’s about necessity. Sometimes it is about productivity. Sometimes, it just plain isn’t about either. Handcarts are still used for serious purposes in parts of the world, by people who are happy to have them, and think a motorized vehicle would be a waste of resources. Think on that for a moment. What high-tech tool that was around 20 years ago are you still using? Let alone 200 years ago. The replacement of handcarts as a medium for transport not only wasn’t instant, it’s still going on 100 years after cars were mass produced. Handcart in use – Mumbai Daily We in high-tech are... (more)

Microsoft Reportedly Moving Office to the iPad

The Daily, a made-for-the-iPad start-up national news service that kicked off in February, claims it's heard from anonymous sources that Microsoft is adapting Office to the iPad. The blog puts the price at around $10, because that's what Apple charges for its own iWork Pages, Numbers and Keynote programs. ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley, who usually has the inside track on things going on at Microsoft, says she wouldn't be surprised but wonders exactly how much functionality such a thing would have since Microsoft has to be wary of cannibalizing its second-biggest cash cow. She offers perhaps Office Web Apps, the free webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that only allow document viewing, not document editing or creating or something concocted out of the ad-supported Starter version of Office 2010 and its dumbed-down versions of Word and Excel meant to en... (more)

Samsung Files New Suit Against Apple

Hours before Apple introduced its new third-generation iPad Wednesday Samsung said it filed a new suit in South Korea charging the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with trifling with three of its patents. Samsung told the Korea Times there would be "no compromise" with its single largest customer. That was after the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Apple had offered Samsung a license for $5-$15 a device (more of this anon). And to kinda prove Samsung's point, the Korea Times said that Samsung has upped the budget for its worldwide court battle with Apple from $200 million to $260 million. Anyway, Reuters says the new charges relate to the way data is displayed, the user interface and short text messages. The so-called utility IP involved is not standards-essential so Samsung is taking a different tack perhaps persuaded by the fact that the European Commission is inve... (more)

Apple Misses, Stock Tanks, Blame the Rumor Mill

Apple missed by Wall Street standards when it reported its Q3 numbers Tuesday and its stock tanked, dropping more than 5% after-hours, down roughly 31 bucks to $570 at best. It sold only 26 million iPhones, down 26% sequentially. Wall Street expected maybe 28 million or better. On the other hand, it sold 17 million iPads, which was better than the 15 milion-16 million the Street figured. It also got off 6.8 million iPods and four million Macs, up 2% and better than negative 1% IDC is giving the industry. At $35 billion revenues, although up 23%, it fell short of the $37.2 billion analysts expected. Ditto earnings. They were up 21% to $9.32 a share, but Wall Street wanted $10.35. Of course Apple had only guided to $8.68 on $35 billion so maybe it's Wall Street that ought to get a grip on its inflated expectations ahead of a big product transition. The Wall Street ... (more)

World’s Most Valuable Company on August 20, 2012

As the day dawned and stock markets opened, Apple shares went up by $16 to $647 and made it the most valuable company worth $623 Billion. It beat its next rival Exxon Mobile. Towards the end of 1999, Microsoft was worth  $616B, but its value now is $257B, less than half of Apple’s value. Who could have imagined this ten years ago? Apple was derided as the company that paints PC’s (multiple color workstations) for a living. I have written before on Apple’s rapid growth and success. After Steve Jobs returned to Apple the second time, he revived the sinking ship and then started new categories that became market leaders. The new MacBook Air started a new trend in light-weight, sleek design with its ultra-fast operating system. No longer one has to wait minutes for the system to boot up. Then came the iPod that turned the music business upside down. Then followed the n... (more)

Book Review: iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters. The author starts off with a really cool chapter called The Basics. It covers a ton of basics. Everything from packaging iOS apps for distribution to Objective-C language basics to loading data from bundles to using NSNotificationCenter to broadcast events. The rest of the chapter's recipes topics are reflected in the titles of the chapters. I have listed them all below. 1. The Basics 2. Implementing Controllers and Views 3. Auto Layout and the Visual Format Language 4. Constructing and Using Table Views 5. Storyboards 6. Concurrency 7. Core Location and Maps 8. Implementing Gesture Recognizers 9. Netw... (more)