17 Dec

VMware Acquires SpringSource for $420 Million

first_imgLeading virtualization company VMware announced today that it’s acquiring SpringSource for $326 million in cash, plus another $58 million worth of stock and options. SpringSource will retain its executives and become a division within VMware. SpringSource is used in many top companies to manage the full lifecycle for Java applications in the enterprise, on the Web, and in enterprise integration. The purchase merges VMware’s focus on infrastructure with SpringSource’s expertise when it comes to enterprise application and rich Web development. For VMware, it’s the beginning of a complete platform as a service offering for Java. Will It Stay Open?SpringSource is highly influential in open source communities such as Apache Tomcat and Groovy and Grails, and it recently acquired Hyperic, a popular open source systems and server monitoring solution for IT. Since it will retain its top talent and operate as a separate division within VMware, SpringSource will be able to continue to remain open and fully support its community, said CEO Rod Johnson in a blog post today. Java PaaSSpringSource was founded by the lead developers on the Spring Framework, which is one of the most popular for Java programming. SpringSource’s core mission surrounds how streamlining enterprise applications are built, but they also have customers from hugely popular Web properties such as Wired.com and LinkedIn. It might seem strange for a company focused on cloud computing and virtualization to buy up one whose core is enterprise application management. But according to a blog post by VMware CTO Steve Herrod, the aim of this acquisition is to provide a comprehensive platform as a service (PaaS), which can be run either in datacenters or external service providers. In other words, VMware wants to place itself alongside platforms such as Force.com or the Google AppEngine, but with a stronger focus on enterprise applications. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img steven walling Tags:#enterprise#news Related Posts last_img read more

15 Dec

Microsoft Mixes Apps And The Web With Its HTML5 Port Of “Contre Jour” Game

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Contre Jour site went live on Tuesday. According to Gavin, the experience isn’t “locked” to IE10, it’s playable by any browser that can support HTML5. I could play a preview version of the site using my up-to-date Google Chrome browser on a Chromebox, although touch obviously didn’t work on my standard LCD monitor.Gavin said that Maksym (Max) Hryniv, the creator of Contre Jour, and the team at Mokus needed some convincing before Hryniv agreed to allow Microsoft to port the game. Once persuaded, however, Hryniv designed the ten “Machine” levels that form the third chapter of the game.Those levels essentially serve as an introduction of sorts to the app itself, which will be available as a Metro app for both Windows 8 and Windows RT, Gavin said. “If there’s an app available, a little message will light up and say, ‘There’s an app available,’ and it will take you to the [app] store,” Gavin said. “So we’ll actually detect if there’s an app available and draw you right into that.”Unfortunately, saved games will not carry over from the website to the app, a Microsoft spokesman said in an email.Touch Is The New Fast“It used to be three, four, fie years ago that it was all ‘fast, fast, fast,” and browser performance was sort of the conversation du jour, with benchmarks and all that,” Gavin said. Now, he said, “fast” has become the table stakes of the browser market. (Last week, Google released the RoboHornet benchmark, which Microsoft’s IE10 topped according to one report; that benchmark later generated its own criticism from Microsoft and Mozilla.) First, there was the Web. Then there were apps. Then there was the Web – plus apps. That’s the message behind Microsoft’s porting of the award-winning Contre Jour game to the Web in HTML5, intentionally blurring the line between the Web and apps.Contre Jour is the next step in Microsoft’s “Beauty of the Web” campaign, centered around its browser, Internet Explorer; its search engine, Bing; and the multitouch “Surface” tablet, all due this fall. Contre Jour is designed for the multitouch environment exemplified in both Surface and IE. The idea is to create a seamless transition between the operating system and the Web, according to Ryan Gavin, the general manager of Internet Explorer for Microsoft.Unlike Flash games, Contre Jour does not sit within a browser “box;” there’s absolutely no indication – not one pixel – of a browser framework surrounding the game. “One of the cool things of the experience is that people instantly forget that this is a website, and that’s the point,” Gavin said.  Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … markhachman Related Posts There’s been a constant struggle between apps and the mobile Web, with apps recently winning the war. (See  Why Facebook Ditched The Mobile Web & Went Native With Its New iOS App.) Raj Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Localytics, a mobile analytics and engagement platform, recently called the mobile Web the “lowest common denominator, so it works across a large number of platforms.”In some sense, Gavin said, the Web has become a second-class citizen – and that’s the attitude Microsoft is working to overcome. Combining the Web and apps not only helps developers to push their content to new users, but also provides a bridge to a native application. “How do we make those sites, from a performance, from an experience, from a touch perspective, as good as native apps?” Gavin asked. “And there’s partners on the other end of the spectrum that are just going to have apps. But there’s a lot in the middle, with sites and apps.”Microsoft isn’t the only browser maker trying to show off games that started as apps and have moved to the Web; Google, for example, persuaded Rovio to develop a browser-based, socially connected version of its Angry Birds franchise for its Chrome browser and Google+ social network. In fact, Google offers a number of games from Zynga and other developers. It’s just that Microsoft is now using games to show off its implementation of the Web to best effect, with sites like the Atari Arcade and a Web-based version of Cut the Rope. Physics Is The Soul Of The GameThe game charts the progress of a “Little Prince”-like spherical monster, and his quest to collect water droplets for his friend, a rose. The game plays out using a mostly grayscale palette, save for the brilliant blue of the water. Players don’t control the monster, Petit, directly; instead, they manipulate his environment, “pulling” the ground upward to create inclines, and stretching tentacles for Petit to grab on to. Instead of using sprites, Contre Jour stitches together four or more canvases at a time, meaning that the physics are calculated in real time, tapping into the PC or tablet’s native hardware acceleration to process the calculations. Browser performance levels have become consistent, Gavin said. “What is not consistent, however, is level of touch.” “The reality is that people are touching the Web more than they have been, and the reality is that that just doesn’t work today.”Contre Jour doesn’t necessarily require multitouch to play; a mouse and keyboard works fine, although users may have to click quickly in spots. The exception, of course, is in the custom-designed third chapter, where the initial level requires the user to touch three points simultaneously – something users can do only with IE10, Gavin said. At that point, a message does appear noting that the level requires multitouch.Gavin said Microsoft intends to continue showcasing the Web’s innovative content: “We believe the browser is the theater, and the sites you go to is the play. Our job is to provide comfy seats, the building, a drink at the right time, and make your experience awesome. But when you’re driving home at night with your wife, you’re talking about the contents of the play. It’s Facebook. It’s Gmail. It’s whatever sites and apps I’m going to.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

30 Nov

Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’d love to explore it,” Spieth said. “It’s just a matter of, like I’ve said every year, I try and figure out what’s going on the next week, let alone a year from now.”Spieth will play next week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where tournament host Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf. Wolves beat Booker-less Suns “It was a great finish,” Spieth said. “I felt like I hit a lot of really beautiful shots that weren’t necessarily rewarded today based on just trying to judge the crosswinds.“That’s all it was today. I really felt like I shot 62 today and it was 67, I had so many looks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth was coming off his longest layoff since his college days, nearly seven weeks since last playing in the Presidents Cup.Spieth was also playing without his regular caddie, Michael Greller, who stayed in the U.S. after the recent birth of his son. Spieth’s longtime coach, Australian Cameron McCormick, was on his bag the week Spieth was trying to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years.He won the Australian Open in 2014 in his first appearance in the tournament when it was played at The Australian. He won again last year in a playoff at Royal Sydney. In 2015, he finished in a tie for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.He said having his coach as caddie was beneficial.“I was just kind of voicing a lot more than I would have ever voiced to Michael,” Spieth said. “I thought it was important for Cam to kind of hear how I’m feeling hole after hole, day after day and about different situations. I think we actually made a lot of progress in that sense, or at least have a good starting point to make some progress this off-season.”Spieth was non-committal about making another trip Down Under for next year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 10th hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth’s difficult week in Sydney ended on a positive note Sunday — the American eagled the 18th hole for a 4-under 67.Spieth never seemed comfortable at The Australian Golf Club earlier in the tournament and couldn’t break 70 over the first three rounds, posting earlier scores of 70-71-70 for a tournament total of 6-under 278.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

17 Nov

Karnataka makes it compulsory to install CCTV cameras in crowded areas

first_imgFrom now onwards, installing CCTV cameras is compulsory in the state as per the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act, 2017 enacted by the Karnataka government.A release from the office of the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) stated, ‘With immediate effect, all commercial establishments, industrial establishments, religious places, educational institutions, hospitals, sports complexes, railway and bus station and places of organised congregation wherein more than 100 people gather at a time or more than 500 people frequent per day are liable to provide and maintain public safety measures.’There are penal clauses for those that fail to comply with the provisions of the public safety act and rules.For the first offence, the defaulter will be penalised Rs. 5,000. For the second default, it will be Rs 10,000. Temporary sealing or closure for continued failure to comply with the provisions is the last step.The release also states that every establishment should provide information about their establishment in Form No 1 to the jurisdictional inspector of police. They will also have to submit periodical returns in Form No 15 once in 3 months.This order comes into force with immediate effect.last_img read more

28 Oct

a month agoFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala fee

first_imgFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala feeby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have failed to agree a compensation deal with Nantes over Emiliano Sala.The Championship club had originally agreed to pay £15 million for the Argentinian before his tragic death earlier this year.Cardiff have now disputed the figure agreed with the Ligue 1 club.FIFA will get involved this week to find a resolution. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

13 Oct

Hotels apologize in China after video shows how they clean

first_imgBEIJING — At least four major international hotel chains have apologized after a hidden camera video of their room cleaning practices in China was posted online.The Shangri-La Hotel in Fuzhou said Thursday that what’s shown in the video violates its hygiene standards, while the Park Hyatt in Beijing called it an isolated occurrence. The Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai and the Sheraton in Guiyang city also apologized.The 11-minute video shows cleaners wiping cups and sinks with dirty towels and sponges. Some use the same towel to wipe the toilet seat.An activist blogger who uses a pseudonym posted the video late Wednesday on his verified account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. It was picked up by Chinese media and had been shared 78,000 times by Thursday afternoon.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

Junior Dragons Den Submission Deadline March 15 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The 2019 Junior Dragons Den’s (JDD) deadline for submissions is March 13th, 2019 to enter the competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business or expansion of their current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Five applicants from each category will advance to the Regional Competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills. These chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements.The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Final Competition on April 29, 2019.To download an application; CLICK HERElast_img read more