iOS developers poised to win big in Apple-IBM deal

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Mobile developers with knowledge of Objective-C and Apple’s fledgling Swift language could be the big winners in Apple’s newly announced partnership with IBM.

That alliance has IBM firmly endorsing the iPad, with Big Blue reselling Apple’s popular tablet device preconfigured with enterprise apps for vertical industries. More iPads will end up at large IBM shops, opening up new markets for iOS application builders.

Some — but not all — iOS developers could have a major opportunity to earn lots of income in the enterprise space, said iOS application developer Christopher Allen, CTO of software developer ReOrientmedia.com. “Working at an enterprise level often requires ‘full stack’ skills, from UX to client engineering and on through to a scalable back end, which is the kind of experience the more indie app developers don’t have,” he noted. “Those teams that have this broader experience will do well.”

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Review: Cloud Foundry brings power and polish to PaaS

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Cloud Foundry was created by VMware to streamline deployment for application developers, application operators, and cloud operators. Then in April 2011, Cloud Foundry was announced as open source under the Apache 2.0 license, with the pitch to developers that they could code in the language and Web framework of their choice without worrying about the IT environment.

In February 2014, VMware spin-off Pivotal announced the formation of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, with Pivotal, EMC, IBM, Rackspace, and VMware as Platinum sponsors. The foundation has since expanded to 33 members and 42 contributing companies. One differentiator for Cloud Foundry is support for Pivotal HD Hadoop MapReduce, HAWQ SQL for Hadoop, and GemFire XD analytics. Another is the availability of the Pivotal Mobile Services Suite, thanks to last year’s acquisition of Xtreme Labs. Pivotal’s big data services and mobile services are both now integrated with Pivotal CF, the company’s enterprise version of Cloud Foundry.

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ESPN will broadcast Valve’s ‘Dota 2’ e-sports tournament this weekend

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Valve is partnering with ESPN to air the championship rounds of this year’s Dota 2 e-sports tournament. Dubbed The International, the tournament kicked off on July 8th and features a record-breaking prize pool of more than $10 million — most of which came from the game’s dedicated fanbase. The final rounds of the tournament start tomorrow, and will be featured on the sports network’s digital channel, ESPN3, in addition to Valve’s own streams.

The coverage also includes an ESPN-exclusive preview of Monday’s final, which will air on ESPN2 at 8:30 PM PST on Sunday. Valve has made great efforts to turn the Dota 2 tournament into a more mainstream event, going so far as to introduce new streams designed to ease newcomers into the experience….

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Humanity now has a cheat sheet for breeding the perfect wheat

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The world is going to need more food. One of the obvious paths toward resolving that issue is crafting versions of widely used crops that can better grow in harsh environments, and among the big crops that researchers have been looking at is wheat. The genetics of bread wheat have been under investigation for years now, but today a group of researchers is publishing a draft of the crop’s genome, which they say will provide the tools necessary to start planting better wheat.

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Nike’s Secret New York Vending Machine Trades Free Swag For FuelBand Points

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BsvXeqCIYAAKlsk Free Nike gear sitting in the middle of a public place? This will either go down in the books as a damned clever marketing move or a great way to cause a panic. Nike just hid a vending machine in NYC. But there’s a twist! This vending machine only dishes out Nike gear… and it doesn’t accept cash. To get something out of the machine, you’ll need to cough up some points from… Read More

Microsoft Shares Trade Higher In Wake Of Layoffs Announcement

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microsoft-earnings Early this morning Microsoft announced that it will reduce its headcount in the wake of its acquisition of Nokia’s hardware assets. The company was, at one point, up more than 3% in per-market trading following the news. The company opened above $45 — a fresh 14 year high — before retreating, and then regaining some ground. Investors, it seems, are content with the scale of… Read More

Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

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10173491_295448507303390_1386082327_n-1 Facebook is try out letting you use a credit card on file to pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebook would be charging businesses for the feature eventually, it said… Read More

Photo App Flayvr Rebrands As MyRoll, Aiming To Become Your Default Mobile Gallery

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iPhone5_Moments_OP Three months after taking on a new $2 million round of funding, the Tel Aviv-based startup known for the Flayvr photo album app is undergoing some big changes. Today the company is officially rebranding as MyRoll, and launching updated versions of its apps for Android and iOS that aim to be the go-to replacement for the default smartphone photo gallery. In an interview in San Francisco this… Read More

How big are Microsoft’s layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be laying off 18,000 employees over the next year, the largest round of cutbacks in Microsoft’s history. For anyone who loses their job, that’s painful news — but in the context of big layoffs at some of Redmond’s peers, Nadella’s move is also quite severe. We stacked up the job cuts that have taken place at Microsoft, which were principally targeting the company’s Mobile division and the employees it took on when it acquired Nokia. We compared that to the cuts made by Google across Motorola Mobility and layoffs at HP, Intel, and BlackBerry since 2011. In terms of raw numbers, Microsoft’s announcement is the second largest — and it’s also the second-highest percentage of…

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The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

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Screenshot 2014-07-17 11.16.35 By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.
The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own closed network on which they can communicate. Read More

New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

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framed-skate-square Last year Instagram made its first acquisition, buying Y Combinator company Luma which had come up with an app which could stabilize normally shaky video. It needed this stabilisation technology for obvious photographic reasons, leaving the way open for a new company to take its place. Steady is a new app from long-time online video startup Stupeflix, which has slowly but surely been building up… Read More

Innovator’s Dilemma Is Real And Requires Bold Action To Overcome

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7155138495_b708a7eee8_k There has been some debate of late as to the validity of Clayton Christensen’s basic idea of the Innovator’s Dilemma. I’m here to tell you it’s real and it requires brave and decisive leaders to work through it. In his 1997 seminal book by the same name, Christensen recognized that companies and indeed entire industries are being challenged constantly by changes in… Read More

Appcelerator Makes Its Platform More Flexible With Native SDK Support, API Builder And Updated Analytics

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Funnels Insights The mobile technology company Appcelerator has been around since 2006, and chances are that if you know about it, you mostly think of it as the company behind Titanium, its open-source mobile development environment. In the enterprise world, however, the company has also made a name for itself with its Appcelerator Platform, which is meant to help large companies build apps and mobilize… Read More

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