Category Archives: Software
Last week, facebook announced that it had given its website, largely written in a programming language called php, a programming equivalent of a face lift. They also made a splash in the web development industry by releasing a new web programming language called Hack to the open source community. Hack is based on the php, but claims to keep “all the good parts” while removing some of its limitations. Since Facebook has been converting it’s legacy php to hack for some time now, you can trust that hack can stand up to the highest expectations, and that Facebook clearly has a lot of faith in the strength of the language. Continue reading
Google announced on March 18th that they had created a new interface for wearable technology based on the Android platform, which they named, “Android Wear”. This adaptation of Android is meant to be lightweight, highly contextual, and aware of your surroundings. Check out the video after the break. My thoughts on the technology to follow. Continue reading
After completing a $50,000 kickstarter campaign in under 40 minutes, this small company’s mission is to shrink the size of your wallet by decreasing the amount of plastic a person has to carry to a single card.
A small step to the transition of plastic to digital money management, there is a lot to like about the slick promo video for the card that can store debit card, credit card, and loyalty/gift cards on a single swipe-able card. I love the idea, but will the execution be solid enough to stave off the security concerns around a comprehensive identity theft target? Continue reading
Over this week, I have been reading a lot about new companies creating new industries, markets, and services for the unmet needs IT organizations as they shift to the more and more mainstream paradigm of cloud computing. Gone are the days of a 2D IT department! It’s no longer just about Operations and Engineering. The challenges of managing infrastructure outside the corporate wall, processing big data, and growing threat of cyber attacks have created some cool opportunities – and in this post I want to highlight a few that caught my attention. Continue reading
The graphic may misrepresent the actual numbers of iPhone users comparatively to the Android platform, but it certainly feels like over the last three years the Android platform has gotten bigger and bigger, capturing more mobile market share, with mods, apps, and number of hardware platforms running the software all ballooning. It is a major contender for the #1 mobile platform. But there are side effects to growth that fast. With finite resources, there are plenty of requested changes, plenty of potential improvements, that never get made in favor of keeping the lights on. The Dalvik runtime is one such bit of code in the android platform.
Dalvik is the process virtual machine (VM) in Google’s Android operating system. It is the software that runs the apps on Android devices. Having gone largely unchanged in years, Android has begun open beta of its replacement, the ART runtime, which promises better performance and battery life. Here’s how ART will deliver on that promise.