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Microsoft Reverses XBox One Policies, Twitter Buys Foursquare-Like Startup | SiliconANGLE Daily News Roundup
Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Thursday June 20, 2013 here’s your SiliconANGLE daily round-up. Xbox reverses unpopular game policies for online users After a great deal of backlash from the Xbox community, Microsoft has reversed the wildly unpopular online check-in and used game policies for the Xbox One. The console will still require users to check-in with Microsoft, but now instead of requiring a check-in every twenty-four hours, the authentication will only be needed during a one-time setup with the new Xbox One. Once the console is cleared, you can play any disc-based game without ever connecting online again. Adding to... more »
Tony Parisi Explores Responsive User Experiences in the Age of Multiple Computers + Devices | #velocityconf
Tony Parisi, CTO at Large, discussed users experience in the current web and mobile environment with theCUBE host John Furrier, live at the O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara. Asked about the current state of the web, Parisi said "I give the web an A for effort on user experience," but execution still was kind of spotty in some areas. "All the work being done in performance, it's really about delivering responsive user experiences," he added. Setting the stage for new standards The UI side "has come a long way. You can build pretty much anything in HTML5 and CSS" Parisi said. However,... more »
In the world of game development, you will come across different set of programming languages: Lua, Unreal Script, Live Code, Boo etc. Some of these tools are a derivative or an extension of what is already available (mostly taken from Python) on other gaming platform, while some have been explicitly developed for mobile. Adding to the list is a new cross platform game development programming language – Lobster. If you familiar with Python then you might find Lobster of interest as the syntax appears very similar. Lobster is designed and implemented by developer Wouter van Oortmerssen and uses C++ 11 features... more »
For the second day of Velocity Conference 2013, broadcasting from Santa Clara, CA, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick talked to Ilya Grigorik, Developer Advocate for High Performance at Google. The "tech athletes" discussed hot topics such as Web Performance, Velocity and Mobile Web. There's a lot of R&D at Google (Google Glass and self-driving machines to name two initiatives), but the bills are paid with search and AdWords. Furrier joked that the faster the pages load on the internet, the faster people click on Google links, so speed is definitely essential for Google. Grigorik agreed, stating that "Google is... more »
For people at Atlassian, the word DevOps is synonymous with work practice. As the team that brought us JIRA and Confluence, Atlassian has recently launched an interactive website called DevOps Dojo, where it shares thoughts on the cultural and technical aspects of adopting the DevOps way of developing software. Recently, Atlassian started a new community event series called the Open Dojo where four Atlassians joined a Google Hangout and talked about various challenges faced by distributed teams who decide to embrace DevOps principles. The Hangout sparked interesting discussion on a wide range of DevOps topics such as DevOps culture, tools, and... more »
Ofer Bengal, CEO Garantia Data, introduced the company's in-memory NoSQL database product, Redis Cloud, and discussed its benefits with theCUBE host John Furrier, live at the O'Reilly Velocity conference. Redis Cloud was very fast and provided great performance, Bengal said, adding that Velocity is the right place to showcase their offering, because "this is all about performance." Asked why the solution was so popular, he said that it "has many attractive data types and commands, useful for any type of application, that is why developers love it." "The basic idea is to provide developers with all they need" in relation to detabase needs,... more »
Everyone talks about Git and Mercurial, but many developers continue to rely on the Apache Subversion version control system. According to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), Subversion is the most popular and most widely used open-source version control system. Despite the development and popularity of decentralized systems such as Git and Mercurial, Subversion is very popular in commercial companies and projects that use a centralized approach to version control and configuration management software systems. The Foundation yesterday presented the new 1.8 version of the source code control tool. In preparing a new release Apache focused on the adaptation of Subversion use in... more »
At a press event today, Facebook unveiled Video for Instagram. Yup, the rumor is true and you can already start going crazy creating video clips on Instagram. And yes, it’s competing directly with Twitter’s Vine. So what does Video for Instagram have that Vine doesn’t? First off, videos are longer. Instagram users can take 3 to 15 seconds of video. To record a video, you select the "video" icon, then press and hold when you're ready to record (similar to Vine). What's vastly different, and makes for a far better user experience in my opinion, is the ability to delete the most... more »
Rumors of Microsoft making a bid for Nokia’s handset business have once again resurfaced, but this time, it’s highly unlikely that anything will come of it. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, sources stated that Nokia and Microsoft had originally made significant progress on an acquisition deal, but now the deal is apparently off the table. It wasn’t clear whether there was a dispute over the acquisition price, but the WSJ states that it’s unlikely that the deal will be revived again any time soon. A Nokia representative refused to comment on whether Microsoft was really eyeing the company... more »
The amazing Adafruit Industries has come up with a combination of the Raspberry Pi--a small, micro form factor general purpose computer--with a wireless card and Tor--a powerful Internet anonymizing network and service--in one device: the Onion Pi. For just $90, you can get a kit to construct this little hardware-based peace-of-mind-and-privacy device. The idea is simple: the Rasberry Pi loads up a Tor proxy that you can access via ad hoc wireless--it takes some setup, as with all kits and maker projects, but it could be exactly what people looking to increase their privacy in the wake of PRISM and other... more »