Geek Reading July 11, 2014

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I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process.
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Learn How to Build a Complete HTML5/PhoneGap App with the Appery.io in Atlanta

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I will be in Atlanta July 16 showing how to build a complete HTML5/PhoneGap App with Appery.io. The event is sponsored by Atlanta HTML5 User Group and Atlanta Mobile Developers Group. Hope to see you there.
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I will be in Atlanta July 16 showing how to build a complete HTML5/PhoneGap App with Appery.io. The event is sponsored by…

Kindle for offline html docs reading

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Summer is here. While laying on the beach, you can use the time to learn new programming language or get some overview on the framework of your interest. Possibly the things you had no time left for over the year.

I bought myself Kindle, my beach holiday is just a day away, so it’s time to fill the reader with content.
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Get an online html docs to Kindle for offline reading.
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Google Glass pioneer moves to Amazon

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Babak Parviz, the man who founded and led the Google X project that gave rise to Google Glass, has moved to work at Amazon. Revealing the news on his Google+ page, the Iranian-American scientist describes himself as “super excited” but doesn’t disclose any details about what he’ll be developing next. The focus of Parviz’s research so far has been the pursuit of an intelligent contact lens that would both obtain readings about its wearer through sensors and provide information via augmented reality visual overlays. In many ways, Google Glass is the compromise solution on the way to that goal.

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Samsung suspends business with China supplier after accusation of child labor

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Last week watchdog China Labor Watch published an investigation into Samsung’s supply chain that found evidence of child labor at the Shinyang Electronics factory in Dongguan, China. The discovery contradicted Samsung’s own self-audit, and now the Korean company has suspended business with the supplier after beginning a follow-up investigation. Samsung says Chinese authorities are also looking into the allegations.

In a statement, Samsung said it discovered that instances of “illegal hiring process” may have taken place at the Dongguan factory on June 29th, despite conducting audits at the location three times since 2013 and most recently on June 25th this year. “If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children…

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Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

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thing Mostly lost in the noise surrounding the World Cup final, a screenshot floated around the Microsoft-watching community. The image picked up attention because it contains what some claim is an image of the soon-to-return Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Microsoft promised that the user interface element would come back in a keynote this April. In the ensuing few months there hasn’t been much… Read More

US charges Chinese hackers for obtaining military data from Boeing, Lockheed Martin

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The US government is continuing its efforts to put pressure on Chinese cyber-espionage activities. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department filed charges against a Chinese national living in Canada named Su Bin. The business owner is charged with working with two anonymous hackers to illegally obtain information on military aircraft produced by US defense contractors.

The three conspirators allegedly worked from 2009 to 2013 on obtaining the information, and they were apparently successful in stealing some sensitive documents related to the Lockheed Martin-built F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Boeing’s C-17 military transport aircraft. The complaint additionally alleges that the conspirators provided Bin…

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The first full trailer for ‘Doctor Who’ series 8 is here

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After weeks and weeks of teasers, the first full trailer for the next season of Doctor Who has finally landed. In this new spot, Capaldi really gets to stretch his legs a bit in his new role as the Twelfth Doctor. But more than anything, there’s a bit more gravitas to this incarnation, as he tells his companion Clara Oswald that he’s taking them “into darkness.” We can’t wait for the premiere on August 23rd.

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Rough cut of ‘Doctor Who’ series 8 premiere leaks online

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The BBC is struggling to keep its new Doctor under wraps. Series 8 of the legendary sci-fi series is returning to BBC on August 23rd with new star Peter Capaldi, but the premiere has leaked online just days after scripts for the first five episodes were posted on torrent sites. According to The Mary Sue, the episode isn’t final — it’s a rough draft and the video file is entirely in black and white. In addition, the frame is covered with watermarks and warnings.

In a statement released to RadioTimes, the BBC says that “This is part of BBC Worldwide’s ongoing security investigation into leaked unfinished Doctor Who materials. This content is currently being removed and originates from the same Miami server we disabled last week, it is not…

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Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

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Snapchat World Cup You can watch the World Cup final game on ESPN or Univision, but Snapchat is transporting all its users to Brazil today through clips of people celebrating in the streets or cheering from the stadium. With this bold test of its new collaborative Our Story feature, people in Rio De Janeiro can submit snaps to Riolive2014 which are curated by Snapchat into a feed anyone around the world can… Read More

A close look at Michael Bay’s explosive visual style

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We all know that “epic” Michael Bay look and feel with lots of hugely impressive imagery. But how does the director achieve this? Perceptive film blogger Tony Zhou has put together another wonderfully intelligent and comprehensible breakdown, this time focusing of Bay’s style — often called “Bayhem” for obvious reasons. Zhou shows how complex camera movements and the coordination of multiple different elements produces incredibly busy frames that brim with action. Ultimately, Zhou believes it’s Bay’s choices of when to deploy his signature moves that makes so many of his films devoid of substance.

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Watch how the Wachowskis changed the ending to ‘The Matrix’ trilogy for this 2005 video game

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There usually isn’t much to say about mediocre tie-in video games, but the ending to 2005’s The Matrix: Path of Neo is so spectacularly odd that it’s worthy of discussion nearly a decade after its release. The Wachowskis wrote and directed the game, which sees players take control of Neo through many of the battle sequences in the film trilogy, but the siblings made a few changes to the story to accommodate the demands of a video game. Most notably, the two scrapped Neo’s role as a martyr in the final film, instead having “The One” smash and bash his way through a gigantic version of Agent Smith made from cars, wreckage, and thousands of his clones.

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