Thursday, 24th May 2012
The ownCloud project is adding features fast and furiously. The open-source file synchronization and sharing project announced the Milestone 4 release earlier this week, taking ownCloud in an interesting direction for corporate users. Forget Dropbox killer - ownCloud could be something even better, someday.
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
A Utility That Makes You Master of the Twitterverse
You can do a lot more with Twitter than the official Web, mobile and desktop clients allow. To do it, though, you'll need to access Twitter's API — or use a tool that digs deeper into the API than the usual clients. If you're comfortable with a command line interface, or willing to learn how to use one, t gives you simple, fine-grained control…
Monday, 21st May 2012
Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App
The idea behind Amazon's Mechanical Turk is pretty simple - break programming work down into bite-sized chunks, and put it in front of a large workforce that can do the work quickly and cheaply. Part of the challenge of that is making it easy for requesters to create the bites that workers are chewing on. The new categorization app from Amazon…
Thursday, 17th May 2012
Oracle's Itanium Document Drop Catches HP With Its Pants Down
HP's Itanium debacle provides plenty of lessons for anyone who is willing to pay attention. For the past decade, HP has been making a valiant, if extremely misguided, attempt to support the high-end Itanium chip architecture and the HP-UX Unix implementation that runs on it. Oracle's open letter and drop of documents as part of the…
Wednesday, 16th May 2012
Loomio: Making Better Decisions Remotely Possible
Email, instant messaging, forums, code forges and other collaboration tools make it possible for distributed teams to get work done - but they're not great tools for making decisions. The team behind Loomio wants to solve that with a new Web-based tool for focused, concise discussions that allow all team members to be heard.
Monday, 14th May 2012
Google Prices its Cloud SQL Offering, Solidifies Cloud Database Market
The cloud database market continues to solidify as Google puts a price tag on its Cloud SQL offering. With actual charges to begin on June 12th, the move finally gives developers a way to see what they'll be spending on Cloud SQL, but comparing Google's offering to Amazon, Microsoft and others might still be a bit tricky.
Thursday, 10th May 2012
Google Easy Dashboard Library Makes Using Analytics API Easier
Google has long provided an API for automating Google Analytics, but it required developers to jump through a few more hoops than many would like. Yesterday, the company announced its Easy Dashboard Library, which should let developers speed up custom-tailored dashboards and reports.
Why Is Microsoft Trying to Hobble Firefox on Windows 8 Tablets - and Why Does It Matter?
As Windows 8 approaches, Mozilla developers have been working hard on a Metro version. If you're using Windows 8 on the desktop, no problem. Tablet users, however, are going to be denied a fully functional Firefox - and will face restrictions on many other third-party applications. In the name of security, Microsoft is forcing them into a "sandbox…