Month: February 2018

Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

“We’re at a tipping point with connected devices,” a recent blog post from Microsoft Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer team reads. “Every day, 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated worldwide. That’s over five times more than the number of babies born each day!” They’ve got a point, but it is a sad irony for Microsoft that so few of those mobile devices run their software.

But Microsoft has sold more than 70 million Xbox 360s and has a very TV-centric followup, the Xbox One, coming in November. As Forbes.com contributor Tristan Louis points out in today’s post on Smarter TVs, ”the upcoming battle for the living room is a chance to redeem itself and turn its fortune around.” The parody video that Louis refers to shows all of the instances of the words “TV,” “television,” “sports” and “Call of Duty” in the launch announcement. Although the announcement raised the ire of hard core gamers, the emphasis on TV (and perhaps the two things TVs are most used for, watching sports and playing Call of Duty) must have been highly intentional.

Games have been Microsoft’s route into the living room, but that strong association is now an impediment to its more generalized assault of the living room. Non-gamers are probably thinking more about the future AppleApple TV than about the Xbox as their upgrade path to interactive TV. In response to this perception, Microsoft has launched a new program called “Companion Web.” The idea is to facilitate real time interactions between different devices. And because Microsoft has no footprint to speak of in the world of mobile, they are now trying to emerge as a unifying force between iOS and Android.

The problem Microsoft is trying to solve (other than the risk of their own irrelevance) is that “the majority of sites on the web are built for only one device at a time.” The user can search for related information to what they are watching on their TV, for instance, but real time it ain’t. And content owners can make second screen experiences, but they have tended to be operating system (and sometimes even device) specific. Microsoft is after a more generalized solution that does not impose an unmanageable burden on developers.

“Regardless of who makes the device or software that powers the device, the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between these devices,” the IE blog post reads. “For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. For consumers, Companion Web means you’ll seamlessly move from one device to the next, interacting with your photos, videos, music, movies, television shows, files, and more.”

Companion Web would seem to be a more generalized version of the Xbox SmartGlass, which also allowed you to interact with your TV via Windows devices and select iOS and Android devices, but only on very specific games and content. The promise of the Companion Web is of a much broader range of experiences that the user could have between devices.

So far, Microsoft has released three such “Companion Web experiences” working with outside developers. I became aware of the program through Luke Wroblewski who has created a version of his Polar app that works in this companion manner with Internet Explorer. As you can see in the video below, Polar uses IE’s snap mode to assign a “sidebar” portion of the screen (in this case a Surface tablet acts a s a proxy for a Windows 8/Xbox One enabled TV) to itself while the user uses the balance of the screen to watch Futurama.

Wroblewski demonstrates the ways that you can find polls with Polar about Futurama and watch the results update in real time while you are watching the show. You can imagine something like this being a lot of fun for big live TV events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl, where the amount of real time activity would be high and seeing how other people are reacting becomes part of the entertainment. Similarly, you can make up your own hashtags for polls in Polar so that the reactions you are monitoring are only a select group of people. Either way, mass or niche, the real time linkage with the content on the big screen really extends the idea of the Polar app by making these interactions available to a room full of people—each potentially interacting with their own mobile devices.

And, important to note (since this is IE, after all, that we are talking about) that this all uses standard open web technology. Specifically, Wroblewski tells me, Companion Web uses web sockets to create the real time connections between devices. He says, “you can make a connection between pretty much any two ‘modern’ Web browsers regardless of device.” One of the other really interesting things about the Polar demonstration is that, as I described in a recent post, it uses a multi-device web page that enables all kinds of input (touch, mouse and keyboard) depending on device. And in the Companion Web experience, all all of these inputs can be used to control the connected screen.

What the other “modern” browsers don’t have that Internet Explorer 10 has is this snap mode. If there was one thing that iOS 7 should have copied from Windows (instead of all that flatness stuff) it would have been snap mode. So these Companion Web experiences will work across virtually all devices (because they use standard web tech) but the Xbox One will retain an advantage of being the only way to uses these “companions” on the screen simultaneously with other activities. And Polar, I think, has shown how this could become a really powerful feature.

The other two Companion Web experiments released so far do not make use of this snap mode feature. DailyBurn, see video below, uses a smartphone or tablet to get real time data related to workouts you view on your TV. This app is clearly trying to appeal to users who may need some constructive excuse to get an Xbox One.

Mix Party, introduced in the (purposely?) obnoxious video below, allows people at a party to create real time, collaborative playlists with their phones. As with Polar, the real time aspect of this is part of the entertainment value. I’m not sure if DailyBurn is intended as a solo experience or if multiple people could monitor their own individual performance of a shared video workout or not, but Mix Party and Polar clearly have real time, fact to face interactions in mind.

What is interesting to me about this strategy is that there are some extra capabilities that Microsoft has built into IE 10/Xbox One (and likely will build more) that will give it an advantage as an app enabled web TV platform, but the apps developers write will also work well on all devices. This strategy of “progressive enhancement” is a comfortable one to developers because it keeps their options open. Allowing for these entropic possibilities is a smart way to get developers on board, which, in turn, could be the means to Microsoft’s resurgence through the big screen.

PC Laptop Accessories Launches New Series

Jakarta – Toshiba Singapore Digital Products & Service Group (DS) has launched a new range of accessories to complement the latest Toshiba laptop PC in Jakarta, July 4, 2013. Among the accessory circuit is Canvio ® Slim II and Hard Disk Canvio ® Connect. Software comes with NTI ® Backup Now EZ ™, this product provides safety back-up data for users to restore the original data in a computer crash while. Both the hard disk comes with Pogoplug ® PC so as to facilitate the process of backing-up data video and photos directly to the hard disk of smart phones, tablets, and other devices. As a bonus, Canvio ® Slim II has a data storage capacity of free cloud 10GB1 are always ready to keep a copy of important data users. Toshiba launches Camileo X150 camcorder is equipped Full HD resolution (1920x1080p), 10x optical zoom, and video stabilization for high-quality recording. This product has a mini-HDMI and mini-USB 2.0 for easy data exchange and content to an HD TV or other PC.Produk is Toshiba Mobile Display 15.6 “USB-based power. Additional display screen with LED panel features for image clearer and clearer on any laptop running Windows ®.

SOA Software Announces API Management for DataPower

SOA Software, a leading provider of API Management that helps businesses plan, build, secure, monitor and share APIs, announced today API Management for the IBM WebSphere DataPower family of SOA appliances. The new solution manages the full lifecycle of DataPower-based APIs and extends the capabilities of the widely deployed SOA Software Integrated Governance Solution for IBM DataPower.

This unified approach to managing both APIs and services extends the capabilities of DataPower infrastructure, enabling mobile and web solutions for internal mainframe and WebSphere MQ based services. SOA Software’s API Gateway, Lifecycle Manager for APIs and Community Manager have been integrated with DataPower, providing our customers a seamless API Management solution.

SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower goes beyond basic API management by offering management of the full API lifecycle. From plan, to build, to run, to share, the API Management solution provides the ability for customers to manage every aspect of both APIs and internal services using a single, comprehensive solution. With this new solution, customers can realize a complete API solution quickly and cost effectively.

“APIs present a challenge to IT organizations today,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software. “SOA Software’s unique approach to API management on DataPower allows IT organizations to keep pace with technology advances presented by next generation mobile and web applications while benefitting from the same rich enterprise support we already offer customers today. Our solution makes managing secure, integrated APIs easy, whether a mobile app needs to securely access mainframe data or a web application needs to initiate a business transaction using WebSphere MQ.”

The SOA Software API Management solution for DataPower supports a wide variety of API standards including REST, JSON, OAuth and OpenID. It ensures interoperability with diverse backend systems through its support for SOAP and WebSphere MQ. It supports diverse security standards including SAML, Kerberos, LDAP, X509 and WS-Security. DataPower’s enterprise integration capabilities for APIs are further strengthened by SOA Software’s rich orchestration features, as well as its support for transformations including WebSphere Transformation Extender. Support for monitoring, metrics, service level agreements, and API access control all ensure API programs run consistently and predictably.

The API Management solution for DataPower enables rich communities for DataPower API developers and app developers through its developer portal. The developer portal lets API developers publish their DataPower APIs for app developers to find and consume. Social media features, API documentation, and integrated forums make it easy for developers to collaborate. Real-time system monitoring gives developers up to date status of their APIs and apps.

APIs help organizations expose critical internal business data to their customers to increase transparency and improve the customer experience. SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower lets DataPower customers use DataPower to secure and integrate their APIs within an enterprise environment. The result is a cost effective, full lifecycle solution for DataPower APIs that makes it easy to quickly yet securely expose internal resources to mobile apps and Web applications.

About SOA Software

SOA Software is a leading provider of Enterprise API Management and SOA governance products that enable organizations to plan, build, run and share enterprise services and APIs. Some of the world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use SOA Software products to harness the power of their technology and transform their businesses. Gartner placed SOA Software in the Leaders Quadrant for the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies.”

Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Will Increase

Kansas – Some telecommunications companies in the United States, such as Verizon, AT & T and Sprint are currently in the process of major reform efforts on a smart phone that is now being loved, Samsung Galaxy S4. Although there is no official announcement from them, any reports from various sources stating the same thing.
According to a report quoted by CNET site, with updates on Samsung Galaxy S4 users can move apps from internal storage to microSD card. This capability can empty the internal storage. So that the performance can be optimized.
Other updates to security software yitu Samsung Knox and bootloader. Developmental changes are also located in the settings are easy to apply and other additional software.
Users of Samsung Galaxy S4, just need to wait for an official announcement about this renewal. Sprint and AT & T amid spreading rumors this renewal. While Verizon is working on desktop software via Samsung Kies.

Acer ships Z3-605 all-in-one Windows 8 touch PC

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 series All-in-one desktops are now available for consumers in the United States. The new 23-inch AIO includes two three-watt front-facing Harman Kardon speakers, in addition to up to a Core i5 processor. The unit can be configured with as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory, and a 1TB hard drive.

The new line includes a HDMI input port for attaching a gaming console or television. Two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10 point touch. The IPS technology delivers consistent images, colors and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees. The unit is also configurable with integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 series AIO desktops will be available at leading retailers at a starting price of $700 without touch capabilities, and $800 with touch.

Logitech Mouse M235 sold Rp 190 Thousand

JAKARTA – Not only unique, Logitech ® Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition is fairly advanced. Because the mouse has been equipped with a Logitech ® Advanced Optical Tracking that can work in almost any kind of surface.
Connectivity Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless gives you the freedom to faster data transmission and no lag or connection is lost.
This advanced wireless mouse connected via nano-receiver is so small sturdy nan, you simply connect it to the USB port and then forget about it. Product contoured and comfortable in the hand, with rubber grip and scroll whell to scroll naturally.
Logitech ® Wireless Mouse M235 is equipped with On / Off button and an intelligent sleep mode, to help you to conserve battery power, so the battery can last up to 1 year, depending on usage patterns and computing conditions.
Logitech ® Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition has been available in the Indonesian market with a retail price of USD 19.99 or approximately USD 190 thousand.

OpenMP 4.0 Specifications Released

The OpenMP 4.0 API Specification is released with Significant New Standard Features

The OpenMP 4.0 API supports the programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity

The OpenMP Consortium has released OpenMP API 4.0, a major upgrade of the OpenMP API standard language specifications. Besides several major enhancements, this release provides a new mechanism to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device.

Bronis R. de Supinski, Chair of the OpenMP Language Committee, stated that “OpenMP 4.0 API is a major advance that adds two new forms of parallelism in the form of device constructs and SIMD constructs. It also includes several significant extensions for the loop-based and task-based forms of parallelism already supported in the OpenMP 3.1 API.

The 4.0 specification is now available on the 

Standard for parallel programming extends its reach

With this release, the OpenMP API specifications, the de-facto standard for parallel programming on shared memory systems, continues to extend its reach beyond pure HPC to include DSPs, real time systems, and accelerators. The OpenMP API aims to provide high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aeronautics to biotech, automation, robotics and financial analysis.

New features in the OpenMP 4.0 API include:

· Support for accelerators. The OpenMP 4.0 API specification effort included significant participation by all the major vendors in order to support a wide variety of compute devices. OpenMP API provides mechanisms to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device. Several prototypes for the accelerator proposal have already been implemented.

· SIMD constructs to vectorize both serial as well as parallelized loops. With the advent of SIMD units in all major processor chips, portable support for accessing them is essential. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to describe when multiple iterations of the loop can be executed concurrently using SIMD instructions and to describe how to create versions of functions that can be invoked across SIMD lanes.

· Error handling. OpenMP 4.0 API defines error handling capabilities to improve the resiliency and stability of OpenMP applications in the presence of system-level, runtime-level, and user-defined errors. Features to abort parallel OpenMP execution cleanly have been defined, based on conditional cancellation and user-defined cancellation points.

· Thread affinity. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to define where to execute OpenMP threads. Platform-specific data and algorithm-specific properties are separated, offering a deterministic behavior and simplicity in use. The advantages for the user are better locality, less false sharing and more memory bandwidth.

· Tasking extensions. OpenMP 4.0 API provides several extensions to its task-based parallelism support. Tasks can be grouped to support deep task synchronization and task groups can be aborted to reflect completion of cooperative tasking activities such as search. Task-to-task synchronization is now supported through the specification of task dependency.

· Support for Fortran 2003. The Fortran 2003 standard adds many modern computer language features. Having these features in the specification allows users to parallelize Fortran 2003 compliant programs. This includes interoperability of Fortran and C, which is one of the most popular features in Fortran 2003.

· User-defined reductions. Previously, OpenMP API only supported reductions with base language operators and intrinsic procedures. With OpenMP 4.0 API, user-defined reductions are now also supported.

· Sequentially consistent atomics. A clause has been added to allow a programmer to enforce sequential consistency when a specific storage location is accessed atomically.

This represents collaborative work by many of the brightest in industry, research, and academia, building on the consensus of 26 members. We strive to deliver high-level parallelism that is portable across 3 widely-implemented common General Purpose languages, productive for HPC and consumers, and delivers highly competitive performance. I want to congratulate all the members for coming together to create such a momentous advancement in parallel programming, under such tight constraints and industry challenges.
With this release, the OpenMP API will move immediately forward to the next release to bring even more usable parallelism to everyone.
 – Michael Wong, CEO OpenMP ARB.

WhatsApp Luncurkan Fitur Baru di Windows Phone

Jakarta – WhatsApp is one of the instant messaging service that can be used by many types of cell phone operating system. Not surprisingly, WhatsApp has 250 million active users. According to the Wall Street Journal website, this amount is equivalent to the number of users on Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.
What’s more, the instant messaging application also does not include ads in their services. Users were not bothered by ads that sometimes appear like the other instant messaging services.
Now, WhatsApp update the application with new features for Windows Phone users. Some of the new features that include
1. Make voice calls;
2. Background API (Application Programming Interface) which can play music;
3. New Smiley;
4. Notifications are updated to the user;
5. Quick summary (if the application is open and the user clicks the notification, the application will open fast like on Android);
6. The user will be asked whether you want to save the conversation history, users can arrange it through the settings menu, and
7. Images are displayed larger.
Updates on Windows Phone devices can be downloaded in Windows Phone Store.

Why designed a front-end programming language from scratch

Today’s programming languages have traditionally been created by the tech giants. These languages are made up of millions of lines of code, so the tech giants only invest in incremental, non-breaking changes that address their business concerns. This is why innovation in popular languages like C, Java, and JavaScript is depressingly slow.

Open-source languages like Python and Ruby gained widespread industrial use by solving backend problems at startup scale. Without the constraints of legacy code and committee politics, language designers are free to explore meaningful language innovation. And with compile-to-VM languages, it has become cheap enough for individuals and startups to create the future of programming languages themselves.

Open-source language innovation has not yet disrupted front-end programming. We still use the same object-oriented model that took over the industry in the 1980s. The tech giants are heavily committed to this approach, but open-source has made it possible to pursue drastically different methods.

Two years ago, I began to rethink front-end programming from scratch. I quickly found myself refining a then-obscure academic idea called Functional Reactive Programming. This developed into Elm, a language that compiles to JavaScript and makes it much easier to create highly interactive programs.

Since the advent of Elm, a lively and friendly community has sprung up, made up of everyone from professional developers to academics to beginners who have never tried functional programming before. This diversity of voices and experiences has been a huge help in guiding Elm towards viability as a production-ready language.

The community has already created a bunch of high quality contributions that are shaping the future of Elm and are aiming to shape the future of front-end programming.

Dev tools

Early on, I made it a priority to let people write, compile, and use Elm programs directly from their browser. No install, no downloads. This interactive editor made it easy for beginners and experts alike to learn Elm and start using it immediately.

In-browser compilation triggered lots of discussion, ideas, and ultimately contributions. Mads Flensted-Urech added in-line documentation for all standard libraries. Put your cursor over a function, and you get the type, prose explanation, and link to the library it comes from. Laszlo Pandy took charge of debugging tools. He is focusing on visualizing the state of an Elm program as time passes, even going so far as pausing, rewinding, and replaying events.

Runtime

I designed Elm to work nicely with concurrency. Unfortunately, JavaScript’s concurrency support is quite poor with questionable prospects for improvement. I decided to save the apparent implementation quagmire for later, but John P. Mayer decided to make it happen. He now has a version of the runtime that can automatically multiplex tasks across many threads, all implemented in JavaScript.

Common to all of these cases are driven individuals who knew they could do it better. This is how Elm got started and how it caught the attention of Prezi, a company also not content to accept JavaScript as the one and only answer for front-end development. I have since joined the company for the express purpose of furthering work on Elm.

We do not need to sit and hope that the tech giants will someday do an okay job. We can create the future of front-end programming ourselves, and we can do it now.

 

Genius SlimStar T8020, a New Wireless Keyboard Touchpad Equipped

Electronic products on the market today are very diverse. With the extraordinary amount of money, no wonder the producers is unique in its product offering. It is also owned by the latest wireless keyboard called the Genius SlimStar T8020.

This wireless keyboard uniqueness lies in his numerical pad. Numpad keyboard can also be used should a touchpad. And like the touchpad in general, the numpad also support Windows 8 gesture.

To change the function of the touchpad is not overly difficult. This keyboard user need only press a button MODE.

In addition to the uniqueness of the touchpad, wireless keyboard has a button on the keyboard as well as 11 other function keys. As a complement, the keyboard is also coupled with the 2.4GHz USB pico receiver that allows you to connect the keyboard to the PC. Regarding the price, this keyboard is priced at 44.90 USD.