Saturday, 1 November 2014

Introducing SIMD.js

SIMD.js will accelerate a wide range of demanding applications today, including games, video and audio manipulation, scientific simulations, and more, on the web. Applications will be able to use the SIMD.js API directly, libraries will be able to use SIMD.js to expose higher-level interfaces that applications can use, and Emscripten will compile C++ with popular SIMD idioms onto optimized SIMD.js code.


Looking forward, SIMD.js will continue to grow, to provide broader functionality. We hope to eventually accompany SIMD.js with a long-SIMD-style API as well, in which the two APIs can cooperate in a manner very similar to the way that OpenCL combines explicit vector types with the implicit long-vector parallelism of the underlying programming model.


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Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel

Sometimes it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down exactly what word best expresses your current emotional state.


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Friday, 31 October 2014

Thursday, 30 October 2014

TimeSheet.js: una libreria per visualizzare attività ed eventi

TimeSheet.js è una semplice libreria JavaScript utile per visualizzare delle attività o degli eventi estesi nel tempo, per esempio uno schedulatore di lavori o, addirittura, un diagramma di Gantt.


Timesheet.js


Con poche righe di codice e senza dover includere librerire esterne come JQuery o AngularJS , è possibile generare una TimeSheet in HTML5 graficamente personalizzabile tramite CSS3.


Se, per esempio, vogliamo visualizzare una timesheet delle auto restaurate negli ultimi 5 anni dalla nostra (ipotetica) officina, il codice JavaScript sarà il seguente:




new Timesheet('garage-timesheet', 2009, 2014, [

['08/2009', '06/2011', 'Lancia Stratos'],

['04/2010', '05/2013', 'Fiat 600 Multipla',

['06/2010', '04/2013', 'Volvo P1800'],


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Feast: Another Disney Short Film to Look Forward To – Or Not

We’re huge fans of short films here at ForeverGeek. When Paperman was released, we even asked everyone to “drop everything” and watch the short immediately. Some of my favorite Disney short films include Geri’s Game, Jack-Jack Attack, The Blue Umbrella, and For the Birds. In my opinion, Partly Cloudy is the best of them all. […]



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Google releases its souped-up bookmarks manager for Chrome... again

We've caught glimpses of Google's new image-rich bookmarks system for Chrome a couple of times in the past, and now it's back with a new name, but not much in the way of new features. The extension formerly known as Google Stars is now simply (and...



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Microsoft Launches Microsoft Health And The Microsoft Band


Today Microsoft launched a new platform called Microsoft Health, and to accompany this they are officially launching the long rumored health and fitness band, called, well, Microsoft Band. And to satisfy the new cross platform initiatives by the company, Microsoft Health is compatible with several fitness tracking services such as UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, and Runkeeper. The Microsoft Band will be compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, which should satisfy most smartphone owners, and there is a Heath app available for each platform as well.



Microsoft Health is described as a cloud based service which can unite data from different health and fitness devices and services into a single secure location. This will allow a more holistic picture of your health and fitness activities to be monitored. Microsoft Health will track things such as steps, calories, heart rate, and other data, where it can then be analyzed by the Microsoft Intelligence Engine which will let the user know things such as which exercise they performed that burned the most calories during a workout, and how much restful versus restless sleep they are getting. Over time, and if you allow it access to more data, it will be able to extrapolate if eating breakfast helps you run faster, or if the number of meetings during a day impacts how you sleep, as examples. You can also opt in to connect Microsoft Health data with the already existing HealthVault to share your data with a medical provider. It is early days yet, but as a platform this seems to be where the health and fitness industry is heading. If you can get over the big brother aspects of having all of your movements and activities tracked, there may be some real insights gained in how your work, fitness, and leisure activities affect your health and wellbeing.



Microsoft is planning a steady release of information regarding Microsoft Health over the next while, including additional device and service partnerships and SDK availability.



It has long been rumored that Microsoft would re-enter the smart watch game, but over time the rumors morphed into a fitness band. The Microsoft Band is a smart band designed to be worn continuously, 24 hours a day. It includes 10 smart sensors for heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, sleep quality tracking, and more. It will also include guided workouts which are curated by well-known fitness experts. In addition, it will provide some of the smart watch capabilities such as notifications as well as access to Cortana if you are connected to Windows Phone 8.1. The Microsoft Band is available starting October 30th for $199 from the Microsoft Store.




































































Microsoft Health
Microsoft Band
Band MaterialThermal plastic elastomer with adjustable fit clasp
Display11mm x 33mm 1.4" TFT Capacitive full color display, 320 x 106 resolution
Battery Life48 hours of normal use; advanced functionality like GPS use will impact battery performance
Average Charge TimeFull chage in less than 1.5 hours
Battery TypeDual 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries
Operating temperature ranges-10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Maximum operating altitudeapproximately 12,000m
SensorsOptical heart rate sensor

3-axis accelerometer/gyro

Gyrometer

GPS

Ambient light sensor

Skin temperature sensor

UV sensor

Capacitive sensor

Galvanic skin response

Microphone
Additional technologyHaptic vibration motor
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 LE
Operating System SupportWindows Phone 8.1

iOS 7.1 and later

Android 4.3-4.4 phones with Bluetooth
Water ResistanceDust and Splash resistant
Warranty1 year limited
Price$199

The wearables market is certainly in its infancy, so it is exciting to see the different array of devices appearing. Whether the market will tolerate them has yet to be decided, but companies such as Fitbit have proven that there is certainly a market for the health and fitness band. Microsoft has a relatively affordable offering here which is both cross platform, and a capable smart device. Microsoft Health as a platform is the bigger play here. Allowing access from many vendors is a great way to get initial buy-in from users, and once the fitness data is up in the Microsoft Cloud, I am sure Microsoft is hoping to capture some of these users for their other cloud offerings.







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Themosis – Build Custom Applications with WordPress

Themosis framework is a tool to help you develop websites and web applications faster using WordPress. Using an elegant and simple code syntax, Themosis framework helps you structure and organize your code and allows you to better manage and scale your WordPress websites and applications. From a technical point of view, Themosis framework is a [...]


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Red Hat begins offering free OpenShift to startups


Red Hat is looking to lure startups to its web of services with a new program that gives budding businesses free access to OpenShift Online, Red Hat's public cloud app development platform.


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Google’s Project Ara Modular "LEGO" Smartphone Shown Booting Up on Video

Latest video shows a functioning prototype



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On Asm.js

Asm.js deserves closer inspection for two reasons. First, it's the one "native browser VM" that doesn't massively reinvent wheels. Second, it's the only time a browser vendor's "next-gen JS" attempts have actually gotten everybody else to pay attention. But what are we transitioning into exactly?



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Four short links: 29 October 2014

TweetNLP — CMU open source natural language parsing tools for making sense of Tweets. Interview with Google X Life Science’s Head (Medium) — I will have been here two years this March. In nineteen months we have been able to …



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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

An Open Source Platform That Makes Building Apps Cheap and Easy

An Open Source Platform That Makes Building Apps Cheap and Easy

Schmidt thinks it's a waste of time for companies to build the same foundations again and again, which is why he founded Meteor, which builds an open source web programming framework that anyone can use to build complex, desktop-style applications in the browser. "The idea of Meteor is that everyone should have that stuff," he says. "It shouldn't take a couple years to get to the market."


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Four short links: 28 October 2014

Build Quality In — an e-book collection of Continuous Delivery and DevOps experience reports from the wild. Work in progress, and a collection of accumulated experience in the new software engineering practices can’t be a bad thing. UX Directory — …



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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

rjmarvin (3001897) writes The Worldwide Web Consortium today has elevated the HTML5 specification to 'recommendation' status , giving it the group's highest level of endorsement, which is akin to becoming a standard. The W3C also introduced Application Foundations with the announcement of the HTML5 recommendation to aid developers in writing Web applications, and said the organization is working with patents holders of the H.264 codec to agree on a baseline royalty-free interoperability level commitment.

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Adding REST-based Web Services to IoT Devices

Using JavaScript and Node.js to quickly add new capabilities to IoT projects



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