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TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

by Gizmoration March 28, 2015
 On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But [...]

How custom software streamlines business processes, and three common problems

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
When you think about streamlining your organization’s business processes, your thoughts may turn quickly to automation. With all of the buzz around business automation — and the benefits that are supposed to go along with it — that makes sense. But as is so often the case, the real story behind streamlined processes isn’t as [...]

OnePlus One’s OxygenOS software delayed

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
OnePlus doesn’t have a great track record at meeting deadlines, so you probably won’t be too surprised to hear its OxygenOS software has been delayed. As a result, the company has been forced to give away five 64GB One smartphones. OnePlus promised back in February during a Reddit AMA that its first OxygenOS ROM for [...]

Updated: Best photo editing software for Mac and PC: we rate 7 top image editors

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
Best photo editing software The world of digital imaging and photo editing is changing. Photographers don’t just need image-manipulation tools any more, they also need programs that can organise, search and share an ever-growing library of photos. And as more and more of us shoot raw files, the quality of the raw conversion process grows [...]

How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

by Gizmoration March 27, 2015
There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league. A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the [...]

Gymtrack Combines Hardware and Software to Create Better Gym Experience

by Gizmoration March 26, 2015
Two years ago, when friends Pablo Srugo and Lee Silverstone decided they wanted to start a business, they realized that the gyms they attended didn’t offer that much in terms of tracking. “It started out that we wanted to put QR codes on these machines, and you would take a picture of it and it [...]

How to Streamline Your Accounting and Invoicing with Modern Software Solutions

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
TELUS is a proud supporter of entrepreneurs. We’ve partnered with Techvibes on a series for business success. We’re also inviting business leaders to share their personal tips with eager entrepreneurs across Canada. Accounting has never been an entrepreneur’s favourite aspect of running a business; fiddling with all those numbers just doesn’t feel big-picture enough to [...]

PS4 System Software Update 2.50 Arrives Tomorrow

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
Sony has announced PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura”, will be available from tomorrow morning. The highly-anticipated patch is set to add a range of features, including the Suspend/Resume feature, which enables you to suspend your game by putting the PS4 in Rest Mode and then quickly resuming where you left off by [...]

Software vulnerabilities up 18 percent in 2014 and Microsoft isn’t to blame

by Gizmoration March 25, 2015
Errors in software, whether operating systems or applications, are usually the root cause of security issues, allowing hackers and cyber criminals a way in to systems. In 2014, 15,435 vulnerabilities across 3,870 applications were discovered according to a new report from vulnerability intelligence specialist Secunia. That represents an 18 percent increase in vulnerabilities compared to [...]

Apple acquires database software makers FoundationDB to speed up cloud services

by Gizmoration March 24, 2015
Apple has reportedly acquired database company FoundationDB, according to a new report from TechCrunch. The report cites sources and notes that the company is no longer offering downloads of its main database software product after posting the following notice to its website: Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful [...]

After a year, Pixar sets Renderman software free (as in beer)

by Gizmoration March 24, 2015
Last year Pixar announced that it would be releasing a “free” (that is, available without cost) version of Renderman, the in-house rendering engine that produces the visuals in all of Pixar’s animated films and many other Hollywood blockbusters. Though the actual release process ran into some delays, it has finally happened: Renderman is now free [...]

Lowering Solar Customer Acquisition Costs With Phones, Software and the Cloud

by Gizmoration March 23, 2015
According to GTM Research, it costs 49 cents per watt to acquire a solar customer in the U.S., which equates to about $ 3,000 for the typical 6-kilowatt residential rooftop. Meanwhile, a report by Lawrence Berkeley Lab estimated a cost of less than 7 cents per watt in Germany. Marketing, advertising and sales made up [...]

How Runtastic Went from Software to Developing Hardware [VIDEO]

by Gizmoration March 22, 2015
In order to create hardware, you need to be able to commit a lot of time and money; before considering going into the hardware business, this is definitely one of the top realities that you have to face. And according to Runtastic cofounder and CEO Florian Gschwandtner, having this realization is the only piece of [...]

Opinion: Microsoft’s brave new world: Samsung, Android, and third-party software?

by Gizmoration March 22, 2015
Microsoft’s mobile ambitions have flitted from being a foreground issue to a background issue and vice versa within the company over the past decade. Windows Mobile, pre-iPhone, was class-leading and enabled a whole swathe of businesses to work on mobile, sending and receiving email in a time when everyone else was chained to their desk. [...]

Opinion: Microsoft’s brave new world: Samsung, Android, and third-party software?

by Gizmoration March 22, 2015
Microsoft’s mobile ambitions have flitted from being a foreground issue to a background issue and vice versa within the company over the past decade. Windows Mobile, pre-iPhone, was class-leading and enabled a whole swathe of businesses to work on mobile, sending and receiving email in a time when everyone else was chained to their desk. [...]

A software project full of ‘male anatomy’ jokes is going crazy right now

by Gizmoration March 20, 2015
There’s no question that the tech world is an overwhelmingly male place. There’s legit concern that tech is run-amok with “brogrammers” that make women programmers feel unwelcome. On the other hand, people just want to laugh. It’s at that intersection that programmer Randy Hunt, aka “letsgetrandy” posted  a “project” (in geek speak known as a [...]

New Tesla software update intends to keep you from running out of juice

by Gizmoration March 19, 2015
Several days ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was going to “end range anxiety” with an over-the-air software update affecting all existing Tesla Model S vehicles. The Internet speculation machine exploded (with some people possibly believing that Musk was going to literally beam newer, bigger batteries into the cars), but we had [...]

Updated System Center add-on improves server-less software deployment

by Gizmoration March 19, 2015
Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has become one of the leading products form managing large groups of computers, whether or not they’re running Windows. In order to improve its usefulness still further, add-on provider Adaptiva is launching the latest version of its flagship SCCM solution. OneSite 4.5 is focused on enhancing visibility and security [...]

Opera acquires SurfEasy to integrate its VPN service into its software

by Gizmoration March 19, 2015
Cross-platform browser maker Opera just bought SurfEasy, a Canadian virtual private network (VPN) service that lets users browse the Web privately and anonymously. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition will allow Opera to integrate SurfEasy’s secure browsing services into “joint products” for desktops and mobile devices. The most logical step for [...]

Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

by Gizmoration March 19, 2015
 Opera, makers of a suite of software for browsing the web on mobile and desktop devices used by some 350 million consumers, has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users. It has acquired SurfEasy, makers of a virtual private network (VPN) app that lets users browse the web more securely. This is [...]

 
 
 
 

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