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In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scrum (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber – also Mike Beedle) DSDM (DSDM Consortium represented by Arie van Bennekum) ASD (Jim Highsmith) XP (Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries – Martin Fowler) Prior to the meet all these methodologies were classified as “Lightweight Methodologies”. The mee... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Round-up

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Despite a push for mobile business, China’s Baidu only has 35 percent of the mobile search volume.  The company is pushing for pre-installation of its search engine in mobile devices.  Read Original Content According to a recent survey by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, over 50 percent of full-time employees prefer mobility and employing mobile technology into the workplace.  Read Original Content Indian e-commerce site offers a unique customer service plan in which customers can simply recharge their prepaid mobiles online and in return receive gift coupons of the same ... (more)

Valve’s SteamOS is a Linux-Based OS for Your Living Room PC

SteamOS is Valve’s Linux-based solution for bringing gaming to the living room, the company announced on Monday. The operating system will be available free to license for manufacturers building “living room machines,” and it will also be available as a free download to users. Valve has customized Linux and Steam to facilitate gaming on big-screen TVs. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself,” said Valve. “SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.” Valve said SteamOS contains “significant performance increases in graphics processing,” and the company is now working on improving input latency and audio performance. According to Valve, “hundreds” of games already run on SteamOS. Read the full story at ... (more)

Social Network Analysis at New Frontiers in Computing 2013

by Joseph Rickert This past Saturday, the New Frontiers in Computing Conference (NFIC 2013), held at Stanford University, explored the theme: Social Network Analysis: It’s Who You Know. The speakers were a well-chosen, eclectic lot who covered a remarkable array of issues in less than a full day. Ian Hersey, former CTO of Attensity spoke on Lessons from Large-Scale Social Analytics. Michael Wu, Chief scientist of Lithium Technologies, provided an introduction to social network analysis and very gamely conducted a live experiment building a social network of attendee tweets during the conference. Rong Yan, the Engineering Manager for Ads Relevance and Quality at Facebook spoke about machine learning insights. Zahan Malkani, an engineer at Facebook, presented “Dog”, the yet to be released social media programming language. Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, Chief Scientist f... (more)

Cloud Gaming and the Future of Console Gaming

With the fall/winter 2013 release of Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the console world is starting to buzz about the possibilities of Cloud gaming. Now, we have to admit, we normally use this space to blog about more VPS Cloud centric topics however, we, like you, are nerds, geeks and gamers. Due to this, we are going to break from our normal indulgence in Cloud tech to talk about the future of console gaming and how it relates to the Cloud. Cloud Gaming: A Short History Before we can chat about the real subject of this post (the Cloud capabilities of PS4 vs. Xbox One), we have to take some time to cover the history of Cloud gaming. From the founding of Cloud gaming at the turn of the millennium to last year’s acquisition of Gaikai (the world’s largest Cloud gaming community) by Sony to Microsoft’s announcement that legacy games will only be playable by way of optical di... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly - Week of February 16, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! According to Deloitte’s Global Technology Media and Telecommunications predictions report, more than 20 percent of Australian adults will own a wearable electronic device by August of 2014.  Deloitte Australia's Stuart Johnston states “In our region we expect phablets to out-ship tablets and TVs into Asia this year give... (more)

Arxan Takes On Mobile App Security Challenges, Strategies and Solutions for Banking and Payment Apps at the FS-ISAC & BITS Annual Summit

BETHESDA, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/14 -- Arxan Technologies, the industry-leading provider of software security solutions that protect the App Economy, announced today it will offer to all FS-ISAC & BITS members a complimentary, new iOS Mobile App Vulnerability Assessment that analyses the integrity of binary code. Arxan is also leading a panel at the FS-ISAC & BITS Annual Summit on mobile app risks and security strategies unique to the financial services sector. The panel, titled "Mobile App Security for Financial Services - Challenges, Strategies and Solutions," will be held Wednesday, May 7, at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from 2:15-3:15 pm. The FS-ISAC annual summit provides industry executives and practitioners with the latest information on cyber security-related threats, trends, and technology. The financial services industry continues to align wi... (more)

Instart Logic Announces Two Industry-First Software Innovations That Improve Web Application Delivery Performance up to 50%

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- Instart Logic, the Cloud Application Delivery Service for performance-obsessed organizations, announced today InstantLoad cache optimization and SmartVision, a new computer vision-based image analysis technology. These industry-first technology innovations are the latest additions to Instart Logic's unique software-defined application delivery service. The patent-pending new features could improve application performance up to 50 percent across all device form factors. InstantLoad leverages Instart Logic's client-cloud architecture and browser caching improvements defined by HTML5 to accelerate web application performance. HTML5 browsers now include several different caching and storage mechanisms, each with their own performance and capacity characteristics. InstantLoad provides an abstraction layer that insulates ... (more)

How To Eat Crow And Like It!

When "LinDows" first appeared I had signed up for the mailing notifications. I kept hearing and reading about all the great things it would do. A Linux operating system with the ability to run Windows programs. - in my mind this was taking the best of both worlds and merging them. But there was secrecy eveloped around this new OS, followed by brouhaha when MS filed an injuction against this new upstart company. I followed the story and developments for many months, and when nothing was ever delivered as originally stated I became suspicous, downright paranoid, that this was just a marketing ploy by MS. In the February issue of Linux Business Week (Vol. 2, issue 2) I stated flat out that I did not think this was a viable company, and that their stated direction was nothing more than a diversionary tactic to foil the public into thinking MS was against this company. I... (more)

The 'End of the Beginning' at E3

As a platform for games and entertainment, the mobile phone seems to have ascended to a position that now demands serious attention. At the E3 convention in Los Angeles this past May, it seemed that an entire generation of growth and development had occurred in less than 12 months. E3 (Electronic Enter-tainment Expo) is the video gaming industry's largest gathering, and it is now clear that traditional game developers and publishers not only recognize the potential of mobile entertainment, they are ready to embrace it. At this time last year you didn't see video game giants like Sega, UbiSoft, and THQ with mobile aspirations. At E3, these traditional console game publishers were showing off the results of their partnerships and newly formed wireless divisions. By this time next year, it's likely that every major game developer will have a wireless strategy to push t... (more)

Build a Simple Mach-II Application

In the August edition of CFDJ, Ben Edwards and I presented a first look at Mach-II, a new, object-oriented framework for building software applications. In this issue, I offer a tutorial (with commentary) on building a simple Mach-II application. My choice of subjects for our Mach-II application may have been influenced by spending the last two and a half weeks in Las Vegas training students on Java, Mach-II, and Fusebox 4, culminating in the Fusebox conference. What inspired me for the application was watching otherwise intelligent people trying to outdo each other in throwing away money. Blackjack and poker, I understand; there the player does have some possible positive expectation, but craps and roulette? Watching players eagerly give up 5% or more to the house – with predictable results – I decided that the new Las Vegas slogan, "What happens here stays here,"... (more)