In the News: 2015-03-31

Written on:March 31, 2015
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Apple News: Apple is finally getting serious about the iPhone’s battery life
One challenge faced by all smartphone and tablet makers is how to keep their high-spec creations running for any length of time between charges, and it’s a problem that Apple has particularly struggled with, especially on its phones. However the next generation of iOS devices could see improvements, as the company is going on a hiring spree for new battery experts. The job listings, spotted by AppleInsider, are for the likes of an ‘iOS Battery Life Software Engineer’, an ‘iOS Power Analytics Manager’ and an ‘iOS Software Power Systems Engineer’, alongside other roles which don’t specifically mention iOS, such as a ‘Battery Firmware Development Manager’.
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Technology News: IBM commits $3B for new Internet of Things business unit
Technology giant IBM announced today the formation of a new Internet of Things (IoT) business unit and said it would invest $3 billion in it over the next four years. As part of the new push, IBM will begin to provide companies with several industry-specific cloud-based services, as well as new tools to help developers populate applications with data from Internet-connected devices. This domain has become increasingly compelling to technology companies in recent years. Internet-connected wearables containing sensors have become more popular. Consumers have become more open to thinking about the possibilities of collecting, analyzing, and acting on such data — or data from sensor-packed industrial devices, for that matter. And in turn, the IoT has turned into something frequently cited by chipmakers, storage hardware makers, and networking hardware sellers, among others.
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Programming News: 7 reasons why frameworks are the new programming languages
In the 1980s, the easiest way to start a nerd fight was to proclaim that your favorite programming language was best. C, Pascal, Lisp, Fortran? Programmers spent hours explaining exactly why their particular way of crafting an if-then-else clause was superior to your way. That was then. Today, battles involving syntax and structure are largely over because the world has converged on a few simple standards. The differences between the semicolons, curly brackets, and whatnot in C, Java, and JavaScript are minor. Interesting debates about typing and closures still exist, but most are moot because automation is closing the gap. If you don’t like specifying a data type, there’s a good chance the computer will be able to infer exactly what you meant. If your boss wants JavaScript but you like Java, a cross-compiler will convert all of your statically typed Java into minified JavaScript, ready to run in a browser. Why fight when technology has our backs? Today, the interesting action is in frameworks. When I sat down with other faculty members at Johns Hopkins University to plan out a new course, frameworks dominated the conversation. Is Angular better than Ember? Is Node.js all that?
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Photography News: The Circle Of Confusion And Its Impact On Photography
The circle of confusion is a technical term used quite often in photography. It’s related to how your lens focuses as well as the aperture value that you use to shoot your images. It also influences depth of field, as well as how some lenses tend to produce softer images than others. If you’ve always been intimidated by these factors, this video by Mark Wallace should clear your confusion around the circle of confusion. To understand the circle of confusion we need to understand how light travels from a point source, through the lens’s many elements and then goes on to hit the sensor inside the camera. Light originating from a point source hits the lens’s front element. Now, there are many elements inside the lens but the one that really matters for this discussion is the focus element.
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In the News: 2015-03-30

Written on:March 30, 2015
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Apple News: Will Apple Inc. Compete Against Google Glass and Microsoft Corp.’s HoloLens? Apple could eventually challenge Google , Microsoft , and Sony in the augmented reality, or AR, market, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster believes Apple has dedicated a small team to exploring AR, which he claims could be “as profound a technology as the smartphone today.” Unfortunately, AR devices, which “enhance” reality with digital overlays,…

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In the News: 2015-03-29

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Apple News: Why Apple Inc.’s $10,000 Gold Watch Is A Win For Investors Tech giant Apple’s Watch strategy is as good as gold (pun intended), or at least, that’s what it wants to you think. I, and many others, have voiced a somewhat skeptical perspective on Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch. To counter this swelling skepticism, Apple executives have been hard at work on the PR trail, arguing you won’t believe it…

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In the News: 2015-03-28

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Apple News: As Apple Prepares To Disrupt The Cable Industry, Don’t Expect An Apple TV Set Any Time Soon Apple’s forthcoming television product has garnered plenty of headlines lately, and rightfully so. I’m a firm believer that entering the TV market could pave the way for a new frontier of growth for the tech giant. However, the news that Apple intends to upend the cable industry has rekindled speculation that…

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In the News: 2015-03-27

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Apple News: Why Angela Ahrendts joined Apple Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts has explained in a new interview why she left her role as CEO of fashion brand Burberry and joined Apple in 2014. Ahrendts was interviewed by Fortune as part of a story about Tim Cook’s leadership skills. She praised Cook as the main reason she chose to join Apple. “The first time I sat down with him, I…

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