Salesforce Pours $6M Into SF Schools, Computer Science Education

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Salesforce.com, one of the most visibly involved tech companies in San Francisco local politics and community, said it’s gifting $5 million to the city’s public schools and $1 million to Code.org for computer science education.
“We’re really doubling down on what we learned in our first year of creating digital classrooms and we’re really focusing on computer… Read More

Promise Pegasus2 M4 (4x1TB) Thunderbolt 2 DAS Review

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Typically multi-bay external storage devices tend to utilize 3.5" drives due to the lower cost and higher capacities. The downside, however, is that 3.5" drives are physically larger and heavier, which makes a multi-bay enclosure rather difficult to move around on a regular basis. To fix this, Promise is offering a 4-bay 2.5" RAID solution called the M4. Read on for our full review of this compact DAS.

The Hidden Cost Of Estimation

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“Why would you want a rough estimate, when I can do a more precise one?”

And really, if we can do something better, why do it half way?

There’s a simple answer, but I’ll give it after the long detailed one.

Let’s start by asking again:
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“Why would you want a rough estimate, when I can do a more precise one?” And…

Alternative Logging Frameworks for Application Servers: WebLogic

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Introduction
Welcome to the second in the blog series of using alternative logging
frameworks with application servers. This entry will focus on WebLogic,
specifically 12c, and configuring it to use Log4j and SLF4J with Logback.

The first part of this series can be found here: Part 1 – GlassFish
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Inside Tumblr and the battle for net neutrality

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It’s Wednesday afternoon on Tumblr, and the internet is in a perpetual loading state. Starting early in the morning, users have been greeted with a cluster of spinning wheels in place of the normal dashboard. “Make it stop,” says a button at the top. Click it, and Mark Ruffalo will explain to you in a video why the FCC (represented whimsically by stock footage of Santa Claus) needs to stop cable companies (a man in a sweater and hard hat) from slowing down the internet (an exploding Earth,…

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‘Grand Theft Auto V’ is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18th

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Grand Theft Auto V is going next-gen on November 18th. Rockstar Games had previously announced that its crime-fuelled epic would be coming to both the PS4 and Xbox One in the fall, but today the developer finally revealed the exact date that the new version will arrive. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated PC version, which was announced at the same time, has been delayed and won’t launch until January 27th 2015. GTA V first launched last September where it proved to be an incredible success on the PS3 and Xbox 360, earning $1 billion just three days after it was released. For those who didn’t get in on the action the first time around, the new version not only includes additional content like more cars and guns to play with, but also…

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Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6+ And 6 Now Available For Pre-Order

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IMG_4208 Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6+, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers starting next week, on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the… Read More

Apple drives the internet insane with failed iPhone 6 pre-orders

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Pre-ordering a new iPhone is never an easy process. You wake up at 3AM if you’re on the East Coast, stay up late on the West Coast, or simply eat your breakfast if you’re in Europe. But this year it has been an especially tricky process for Apple’s most loyal customers in the US. Apple’s online store in the US was down for two hours and 25 minutes, leaving customers who stayed up late rather frustrated. Online Apple Stores outside the US appear to have been unaffected by the troubles.

Some were able to sneak orders onto the US site or via the Apple Store app for iOS, but many have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Most are angry, others have given up, and some used humor to lighten the mood of those desperately refreshing…

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The iPhone 6 is available to pre-order

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Apple’s latest smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, are now available to pre-order from carriers around the world. Shipping and in-store pickups are set for next Friday, September 19th, but as ever with iPhones you might want to act fast to secure the model you want. Stock of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in particular may be thin on the ground, if various reports are to be believed.

As of this writing, access to Apple’s online store appears to be very limited and you will likely have better luck with carriers. For all the information you need on how and where you can pick up your phone, read our guide below.

How to buy an iPhone 6

And if you’re still unsure as to which model is right for you, we’ve got you covered there as well.

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HTC looking to enter GoPro territory with a rugged camera of its own

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HTC is not a company unfamiliar with making quirky smartphone accessories. While we wait for it to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon, it seems the company’s working on a different sort of wearable device to augment its series of phones: a GoPro-like rugged camera. Bloomberg‘s Tim Culpan reports that HTC is planning a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens that would connect directly to your smartphone via Bluetooth. While that sounds more like Sony’s QX series of smart lenses, Culpan suggests it would be more of a GoPro competitor — meaning an emphasis on video capture and ease of use. Still, you don’t need 16 megapixels just to shoot video and this could turn out to be HTC’s solution to the one pervasive flaw in its flagship One…

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Spies spot a black X-Wing on the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set

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Star Wars‘ most iconic ships were pictured in the English countryside earlier this week, when engineer Matthew Myatt accidentally snapped images of Episode VII‘s British set while taking aerial photos for the flying school he works for. A half-built Millennium Falcon was obvious, but just to the side sat what appeared to be an X-Wing, under cover from the elements.

Now, thanks to drone photographers who provided their images to the Latino Review, we’ve seen under those covers. The pictures show a departure from the original trilogy — where Luke, Wedge, and Red Squadron’s X-Wings were all decked out in a uniform gray and red color scheme, at least one of Episode VII‘s X-Wings will be painted black.

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Windows 9’s new Start menu demonstrated on video

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Microsoft may have demonstrated its new Start menu earlier this year, but thanks to a recent “Windows 9” leak we’re now seeing every single part of the company’s plans for bringing back this popular feature. German site WinFuture has posted a two-minute video that demonstrates how the Start menu works in the next major release of Windows. As you’d expect, it’s very similar to what Microsoft demonstrated with traditional apps mixing with modern apps (and their Live Tiles) into a familiar Start menu.

The account options have been placed at the top of the Start menu for now, allowing you to lock and sign out of a machine, while shutdown and restart options can be access by a visible button alongside the account section. The new Start menu…

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SanDisk’s 512GB SD card is the biggest in the world

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It looks like a standard SD card, but SanDisk’s new Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card is noteworthy — by packing 512GB into its flat frame, it’s the highest capacity SD card available to consumers. The company says the huge card is aimed at pro-level photographers and videographers who want to shoot in 4K definition.

Lexar released the first 256GB SD card onto the market in 2012, but SanDisk has made an effort recently to give its products the most storage space, launching two biggest-in-class memory cards this year. In February, the company released the world’s largest microSD card, with 128GB of storage in its tiny 15mm by 11mm body. As it launched its latest 512GB model, SanDisk touted the fact it had increased SD storage 1,000-fold…

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Nikon joins the selfie camera craze

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Camera makers are really into pumping out “selfie” cameras these days. Put an okay sensor in a portable camera, toss in a tilting, touchscreen LCD, add a few Instagram-like photo filters, and you’ve pretty much arrived at the standard formula. Nikon is the latest company to claim it’s mastered the selfie cam with its new Coolpix S6900. It features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor paired with a 12x optical zoom lens that’ll fit all of your friends into group shots thanks to its wide-angle coverage (25-300mm).

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Nikon’s D750 is a pro-level DSLR with a practical side

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What would happen if you pulled some of the best features from Nikon’s D810, and others from the company’s flagship D4S, and put them all inside a smaller, lighter body? You’d get the D750: a new, full-frame DSLR from Nikon that slots in between the D610 and D810. Replacing the finely aged D700, this new camera is actually the lightest among Nikon’s traditional pro series. Weighing a very apt 750g, it’s significantly lighter than both the D4S and D810, and even bests Nikon’s D610 and Canon’s…

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