Agile Decompiled: In Conclusion

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If you have been following my series on agile development then you will have some understanding about the concepts behind the terminology. My article on Test Driven Development covered one aspect of that practice within an agile process.
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Hopefully these articles have helped the reader decide if a) agile will work for them and b) if…

Geek Reading August 18, 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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An Appetite for Change

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I’ve been part of a discussion on Twitter about the vices of imposed Agile adoptions versus the virtues of the approach put forth by Daniel Mezick, OpenAgile Adoption. Regardless of the arguments for or against each approach, creating this dichotomy misses the point.
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So, regardless of whether a change is imposed by the management of…

HTC’s new flagship phone is designed to take over Japan

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HTC CEO Peter Chou was in Tokyo today to unveil the company’s latest flagship smartphone for Japan, the new J Butterfly (HTL23) on KDDI. The phone has much in common with the excellent HTC One (M8) released in the rest of the world earlier this year: it features a 5-inch 1080p display, twin front-facing BoomSound speakers, a second camera lens to allow for Lytro-style refocusing after taking the shot (though the main sensor is 13 megapixels rather than the M8’s four-“ultrapixel” unit), and so…

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DataGravity Wants To Make Your Storage More Intelligent

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Edge of 2.5 inch solid state drive box. DataGravity, a flash storage startup with a data-driven twist, wants to change the way we interact with storage and give companies a more intelligent way to deal with storage information. Most companies today have their storage, search and governance in separate and disparate applications. The search tool has to crawl the storage. The governance tool has to monitor for issues such as credit… Read More

ReddX is the Xbox One’s new dedicated Reddit app

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Microsoft is launching a dedicated Reddit app on Xbox One. ReddX, which allows Xbox One owners to browse the hyper-popular social network, submit their own links, and up and downvote content from the console, will be available on the system in North America from the 19th of August. Other apps, such as Reeddit, exist to make browsing Reddit easier with a controller, but Xbox’s Larry Hyrb says ReddX is the first app ever built exclusively for a console.

Topics on the site’s front page appear on the left hand side of the ReddX app, while images, YouTube videos, and GIFs will automatically load on the right. Users can zoom in on pictures, skip through videos, and — apparently using some kind of witchcraft — fast-forward, rewind, or pause…

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Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

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Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

Google’s new subscription music service will reportedly be called ‘YouTube Music Key’

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Google has been rumored to launch a YouTube-branded subscription music service for months now, and we’re getting a big look at what it might entail when it finally launches. Android Police is reporting that the service will be called YouTube Music Key, which will offer ad-free playback, the ability to save songs and videos for offline listening, and an audio-only interface for when you’re multitasking or want to have music on in the background, all for $9.99 per month.

It sounds like basically every other streaming music service out there, including Google’s already-established Google Play All Access service — but at the same time as YouTube Music Key launches, Google is expected to rebrand its current offering to Google Play Music Key….

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Supreme’s winter lineup brings the heat to the hypebeasts

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

I’ve been collecting Supreme for two years. What first got me is that red box logo — it’s bright, striking, and the typeface is iconic. The clothing is expensive, limited, and designed with patterns and materials you simply can’t get anywhere else. There’s just one store in NYC, LA, and London, and six in Japan. Most of the pieces I attempt to buy online each week sell out before I can finish entering my…

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Who said it: Elon Musk, or a random YouTube commenter?

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Elon Musk is a billionaire entrepreneur and genius. The people I found by reading the comments under NASA YouTube videos are not. But can you tell the difference?

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