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Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

A Short History of Programming - Part 3 | @DevOpsSummit #AI #ML #DevOps #FinTech #Blockchain

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 3 By Omed Habib Look at how far we’ve come. Just seven decades ago, the word “computer” referred to someone in an office with a pile of charts and a slide rule. Then ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared. It was followed quickly by the Commodore 64 personal computer and later, the iPhone. Today, the Sunway TaihuLight crunches data by combining 10,649,600 cores and performing 93 quadrillion floating point operations every second. Where will we be in another seven decades? In part one of this series, we covered how the evolution of hardware shaped the development of programming languages. We then followed up in part two with the impact of the software created by those languages. In this final blog in the series, we’ll look at how programming has taken the leap beyond computers into devices, with an emphasis... (more)

You’ll know Apple blew it when it makes a fingerprint dongle

By now you’ve probably read that Apple’s next flagship iPhone might be running a bit behind the company’s usual release schedule. The culprit seems to be a fingerprint sensor of Apple’s own design, that’s meant to sit behind the full edge-to-edge OLED display on the front of the new premium iPhone. Apple’s said to be struggling to perfect the technology such that it can be mass produced at iPhone scale — a non-trivial task, to be sure. Samsung reportedly tried and failed to integrate a Synaptics sensor into the OLED display of the Galaxy S8, forcing it to move the sensor to an awkward position on the rear of the phone. There was a time when Apple could be expected to overcome these kinds of challenges to the surprise of the industry and the delight of its customers. Now, I’m not so sure. Personally, I’m treating the fingerprint sensor as a litmus test for Apple’s ... (more)

Trends that will shape ios apps development in 2017

Although Apple’s operating system holds second place in the global market share with only 12%, iOS app development is much more lucrative. When developing for the iOS platform you are targeting an audience with much greater purchasing power, but more importantly, is loyal to the platform. To retain these loyal customers within its ecosystem, Apple has to satisfy all their whims by constantly improving and enhancing the platform with the latest technology available. Let’s see what technology trends will set the pace for iOS app development in 2017. It is vital for developers, as well as for entrepreneurs, to know these trends in and out, and to closely follow them, not only to survive the brutally competitive mobile app marketplace but also to derive the maximum benefit from the Apple’s relatively small but “willing to spend” customer base. Incorporating Augmented... (more)

Apple Could Rise 10% in 6 Months

Apple was low-hanging fruit when Barron’s recommended the stock last spring at $108 (“Why Apple Is Worth $150 a Share,” April 9). It recently fetched $140, for a return since our story of 32%, including dividends. That compares with 19% for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Don’t sell yet. Wait at least until the end of summer—apple-harvesting season in our home state of New York—when buzz for the coming 10-year anniversary iPhone is likely to hit a peak. Apple shares (ticker: AAPL) could return another 10% by then. While rumors swirl around Apple’s planned devices, the company’s high-margin services revenue probably will continue to race quietly higher. As we wrote a year ago, services are a key to smoothing out Apple’s earnings swings and garnering its shares a handsomer valuation. So far, the stock’s rally has hing... (more)

Setting the Scene and Overview of a MEAP

As I said in the initial article SUP is a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), which in my opinion and also of folks like Gartner, is the only way forward in multiple application mobilization and multiple device support. SUP abstracts the data access and Business Logic into Mobile Business Objects (MBO's) that take care of accessing, updating and deleting back end data. That data could be from files, corporate RDMS and other 3rd party systems such as SAP. If you are on LinkedIn and interested in MEAPs be sure to join the Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms group and take part in the discussions. Below is a high level architecture diagram of Sybase's MEAP the Sybase Unwired Platform. I can hear you all now... 'But what application was project going to build? What I decided to code was something that was created four years ago in Sybase PocketBuilder c... (more)

TokBox Launches WebRTC Support

TokBox, a Telefónica Digital company, today announced that their OpenTok on WebRTC platform now supports Chrome 29 for the desktop and Chrome for Android. WebRTC Journal ▸Home TokBox, with its industry leading OpenTok on WebRTC platform, powers enterprise-grade WebRTC video communications for businesses and developers around the world. In addition to supporting WebRTC's native P2P standard, OpenTok provides a range of application development and management capabilities in the Cloud. OpenTok's Mantis cloud-scaling infrastructure enables multi-party calling, bandwidth controls and scaling as well as dynamic traffic-shaping for audio and video-quality. Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸Registrations WebRTC Journal ▸Home TokBox's Cloud Raptor SDK adds management capabilities to OpenTok applications, letting enterprises create a centralized controller that can li... (more)

iPhone for the Enterprise: My Unofficial iPhone Survey Results

Recently I used a great new facility on LinkedIn and started a poll. For this poll I posted a discussion link that stated "What will be the widestly adopted Enterprise Mobile Device in 2009?". Quite an emotive question in the mobile arena, I'm sure you would agree, but I placed it on various groups I'm a member of such as... Enterprise Mobility Mobile Architects Mobile Developemnt Professionals Mobilists The poll is still ongoing but here is a snapshot of the results last week. It also brought a very interesting comment from Vernon Germano, CIO Innovative Medical Software... which I would like to share with you. Vernon Germano wrote, "The adoption of the iPhone as an enterprise device seems reminiscent of the early days of the PC industry when enterprise was forced to accept the introduction of PC hardware; after all, employees already used it at home and were bringin... (more)

The Beauty of USB & Bluetooth on the iPhone

Soon the smart phone world will be changed because of the of iPhone OS 3.0. and the possibility of the integration of applications with a wide number of 3rd party hardware accessories. We all love our iPhone’s and also all the applications available on it, whether it’s Shazam, Monkey Ball or Facebook. iPhone is simply irresistible . The next release of the iPhone OS software brings with it even more fun but will also bring some very useful facilities. Imagine how well it would be, to control almost any hardware device with your iPhone. Let’s take as an example a printer an external HDD a camera or even your TV. If we take this a step further, how about medical devices, like blood pressure devices or diabetes accessories. Soon, a medical device manufacturer can build a blood pressure gauge accessory and associated software application that plugs direct into your iPho... (more)

SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit Day One ROCKS

Today was the first day of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit, in the Roosevelt Hote in NYC... and I'm pleased to report that the first day ROCKED! We had an average of 65+ attendees in the 5 sessions today, concentrating & listening to our technical presenters. Some attendees were already iPhone Developers, some newbie's and some just here to understand what the excitement is all about for developing for this cool device. So basically a real cross section, which makes for a exciting conference! I'm sure they wre not disappointed, as the first presenter to kick off the conference was Julio Barros giving an cool overview of Getting Started Programming with Objective-C and the iPhone, followed by Senthil Krishnapillai of Sybase, who presented a very nice overview on Sybase's view of Breaking the Mold - iPhone for the Mobile Enterprise. Straight after lunch followed Jaso... (more)

Mobile Application Stores: What's the Operator's Play

Mobile application uptake-it isn't only about iPhones.  Sure Apple's App Store now offers over 65,000 applications, and users have downloaded more than 1.5 billion iPhone and iPod touch applications in the 1st year since launch. But while getting a late start, other mobile application storefronts are trying to catch up.  In the 3 months since launch, RIM's BlackBerry App World has 2,000 applications ready for download. The Nokia Ovi Store is leveraging (and paying 70% revenue share to) the large Symbian developer community to create new applications for its user base. At the myTouch 3G launch, Google announced that there are more than 5,000 applications in the Android Marketplace. Recently joining the party is the LG Application Store, initially targeting markets in Asia.  But if mobile application uptake continues to center on smartphone application stores, how wi... (more)