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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Developers Updates Week 4 of Feb 2014

In the last updates series (Week 4 of Oct 2013), the most interesting update was the announcement of Ericsson Application Awards 2014.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • IBM - Feb 23 to Feb 26, Las Vegas, Nevada - Pulse 2014 Cloud Conference
  • PR - San Francisco, Feb 18, 2014 - Kamcord Begins Expansion Into Asia
  • PR - Berlin, Feb 17, 2014 - KeepTool's Oracle Database Software Expanded and Realigned
  • MSDN - Feb 15, 2014 - uNFC - Windows Embedded Platform NFC Library
  • PR- Feb 7, 2014 - Malaysian Developers Can Now Offer Paid Apps and Games on Google Play
  • PR - KL, Jan 30, 2014 - AMD Optimizes Graphic Cards for Latest Photoshop® CC Release
  • PR - KL, Jan 28, 2014 - AMD: First ARM-based CPU and Development Platform
  • Jan 6, 2014 - Announcing Wolfram Connected Devices Project



IBM - Feb 23 to Feb 26, Las Vegas, Nevada - Pulse 2014 Cloud Conference

Nine out of 10 global CEOs view the cloud as critical to their business plans; while IBM has 37,000 dedicated cloud experts with deep industry knowledge.

The tracks focus on cloud deployment, security, optimization and best practices.

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse/agenda/schedule/

PR - San Francisco, Feb 18, 2014 - Kamcord Begins Expansion Into Asia

Kamcord has begun expanding its gameplay recording and sharing service to Asia. In response to significant demand for the service in region, Kamcord announced the localization of its gameplay recording SDK for Chinese and Japanese, with Korean to follow very shortly.

The localization of the SDK allows developers to provide their Chinese and Japanese users with a gameplay recording experience in their native language. With Kamcord implemented in games, players can record, replay, and share in game videos via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and email. Kamcord’s gameplay sharing service drives organic downloads and its community oriented features promotes high retention and engagement among mobile gamers.

Over 200 games across Android and iOS are using Kamcord today to provide a deeper social layer around video and to market their games effortlessly.

Details.

PR - Berlin, Feb 17, 2014 - KeepTool's Oracle Database Software Expanded and Realigned

KeepTool, producer of Oracle productivity tools since 1997, announces the release of KeepTool 11 on 17 February 2014. This occasion also marks the debut of KeepTool's Light, Professional and Enterprise editions. The three new editions combine the functionality most often sought by business users, IT professionals and Oracle power users, respectively. KeepTool 11 can be deployed on all recent Windows operating systems, and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It supports Oracle up to the latest release 12c.

DB Compare pinpoints divergences between any two schemas in the same database, or in different databases, showing added, dropped or changed objects. Likewise, it analyzes all changed objects and zooms in the differences in the scripts that defined them. This makes it a simple matter to execute the statements needed to get the objects in sync.

Details.

MSDN - Feb 15, 2014 - uNFC - Windows Embedded Platform NFC Library

Similar to the SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface), the I2C (Inter-Integrated Circuit) is a synchronous communication bus used to connect and exchange data between a microprocessor and external devices; it was developed by Philips, now NXP, today it is "de facto" standard.

The I2C bus unlike the SPI is obviously not full duplex and is slower. Hence, the main advantage is simplicity in programming provided by .NET Micro Framework - I2CDevice class (namespace Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware, Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware.dll assemblies)

Hence, check out the latest open-source code uNFC – NFC library for .Net platforms from CodePlex.

The library supports all three types of .Net Framework :
  • .Net Framework 4.0 for PC based on Windows 7 / 8 or embedded systems based on Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard;
  • .Net Compact Framework 3.5 / 3.9 for embedded systems based on Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013;
  • .Net Micro Framework 4.2 and 4.3 for embedded systems like Netduino boards and .Net Gadgeteed boards;

The development and testing was made using NXP PN532 chip and RFID/NFC Breakout board from Elecfreaks available at http://www.elecfreaks.com/store/rfid-nfc-c-82.html

http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/blog/uNFC-Windows-Embedded-Platform-NFC-Library

PR- Feb 7, 2014 - Malaysian Developers Can Now Offer Paid Apps and Games on Google Play

Starting today, developers in Malaysia can offer paid applications and games on Google Play, reaching potential buyers in over 130 countries.

If you are an Android developer based in Malaysia, you can get started right away by signing in to your Developer Console (http://goo.gl/9o56wp) and setting up a Google Wallet merchant account.

If your apps are already published as free, you can monetize them by adding in-app products or subscriptions (http://goo.gl/1pYZU4).

For new apps, you can publish the apps as paid, in addition to selling in-app products or subscriptions.

PR - KL, Jan 30, 2014 - AMD Optimizes Graphic Cards for Latest Photoshop® CC Release

AMD today announced that it has delivered significant optimizations in the graphics processing pipeline to increase performance for powerful creative features and workflows in the newest version of Adobe® Photoshop® CC. Use of both OpenCL™ and OpenGL standards enables Adobe Photoshop CC to directly tap the compute and graphics processing capabilities of AMD FirePro™ Professional Graphics, AMD Radeon™ Graphics, and AMD A-Series APUs to unlock new levels of performance in the Smart Sharpen filter, and provide highly responsive, visually accurate experiences for the new 3D printing workflows, and transformations such as Perspective Warp.

Details.

PR - KL, Jan 28, 2014 - First ARM-based CPU and Development Platform

During the Open Compute Summit V, AMD introduced 64-bit ARM®-based server CPU, fabricated using 28 nanometer process technology, the first from an established server vendor. AMD also announced the imminent sampling of the ARM-based processor, named the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series, and a development platform, which includes an evaluation board and a comprehensive software suite.

AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a robust 64-bit software ecosystem for ARM-based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software, in order to address key workloads in Web-tier and storage data center environments. The AMD Opteron A-Series development platform will be supported by a broad set of tools and software including a standard UEFI boot and Linux environment based on the Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution.

Details.

Jan 6, 2014 - Announcing Wolfram Connected Devices Project

The project has the intention to convert all available internet-capable devices in the market - connected device - into software objects so that such can be utilized as data and functions for the computing processes of Wolfram Alpha platform.

In other words, the idea is to have an exhaustive information of all available connected devices in the market, in order to create a knowledge-base that is searchable and usable as programming functions.

To enable this, Wolfram has already created many frameworks which can help with this daunting and time-consuming tasks: Wolfram Language framework, Wolfram Data Framework, Wolfram Data Repository, Wolfram Data Science Platform,Wolfram SystemModeler, control systems functions and etc.

Device manufacturers are encouraged to discover these frameworks in order to connect devices to the Wolfram Alpha platform.

The goal is to get seamless integration of as many kinds of devices as possible.

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