StackOverflow for GIS Launches Private Beta

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins StackOverflow started as software developer Q&A site. The traffic on the site spiked like mad and stayed that way. Then, its founders, Joel and Jeff, had to buy a warehouse to keep their VC money in. Now, they’ve begun rolling out verticals. Today, the latest version opened for private beta. GIS StackExchange is for people involved or interested in Geographic Information Systems. The beta is restricted to members of the Area51 GIS community but the public beta will begin on the 29th. The verticals are being produced in a very consensus-focused way, which fits the cooperative nature of the original. The Area51 site hosts a large number of proposals for new roll-outs. Among the hottest proposals are a lot which are tech-oriented. No surprise there. What’s surprising is how many are not. These include Food and Cooking and (be still my beating heart!) English Language and Usage.Via Jason Birch Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Location#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Via SXSW: Hands on with Kinoma Play’s Mobile Platform

first_imgRelated Posts Kinoma, a mobile platform company acquired by chipset maker Marvell back in February, is here at SXSW showing off its technology to interested users, developers and handset makers. The company’s smartphone experience called Kinoma Play is more than just a new app you can download on your mobile phone – it’s the smartphone version of a new app platform that will soon work on Android devices, both phone and tablet, in addition to some Windows Mobile and Nokia devices. It’s also available to handset makers and other hardware manufacturers to implement in their products.For app developers, the potential is the ability to develop apps that work on multiple phones through this platform. And for end users, Kinoma Play offers what is in many ways an improvement to the default Android experience.One of the nice things about using Android is that you can customize the phone to your own personal preferences. You’re not stuck using the same user interface that ships with Android, or even the handset maker’s own interface, like HTC’s Sense UI. Homescreen replacement apps, launchers and other customizations allow even the most novice smartphone users to make the phone their own.Along those lines, Kinoma Play, which will arrive in beta for Android in mid-2011, will appeal to those who like trying new front-end experiences for their device.Kinoma said it will give us our readers interested in the Android beta exclusive invites, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.Kinoma Play is Not an App, It’s a PlatformBut this Kinoma Play “app,” isn’t really just an app. It’s not just a launcher or homescreen replacement, either. Included in the Kinoma Play download is a complete suite of applications including a music player, video player, photo viewer and more. It even has its own built-in app store which contains apps of its own.There are some interesting benefits to Kinoma’s platform. For example, everything, including the homescreen itself, works in landscape mode. When streaming content, a quick tap of the “Now Playing” icon from the homescreen makes it easy to get back to your play/pause controls.  You can see a live thumbnail of a video playing when you return to the dashboard to multi-task. The photo gallery downloads thumbnails faster and renders images in a higher resolution (and much quicker) than when you’re using the default Android photo gallery app. And with just a press of the finger, you can zoom deep into a photo to see more detail than you could before. And those are just a few of the new experiences Kinoma has to offer.A Dashboard Where Apps Work TogetherHowever, one of our favorite features is the Kinoma dashboard, which functions like a better notifications interface for Android devices. It does not replace Android’s notifications, though – that’s still accessible when Kinoma is running. This new dashboard offers a stream of information from your apps which you can scroll through both up and down, and within each app’s section, side to side. (See the video below for what this looks like).Kinoma’s apps are integrated to work with each other, too, which allows for interesting interactions – for example, the Twitter app can use Bing’s translation feature to translate tweets into other languages while the photos app can upload content to other third-party services. Not Just for AndroidWhat makes Kinoma more interesting than, say, a general homescreen replacement app, for instance, is the combination of Marvell’s experience in chipsets combined with Kinoma’s software. Marvell can now offer a complete solution – from silicon to applications – which is an alternative that may pique hardware manufactuers’ interests.According to Peter Hoddie, VP of the Kinoma Platform, Kinoma’s platform can power other types of devices beyond smartphones, including  tablets, printers, and even smart grid devices.Kinoma doesn’t see itself in competition with Android because it runs on top of the Android OS. Even if a handset maker chooses to make Kinoma the primary experience for their phone, it’s not displacing the OS. It’s augmenting it with new capabilities.We got to see Kinoma Play in action here at SXSW and we’re looking forward to trying it on our own Android devices in the near future. sarah perez Tags:#Android#apps#mobile#news The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Red Hat’s Big Data Push: All Hat, No Cattle

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Hadoop#Open Source#Red Hat 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now david hamilton Big Data is, well, big these days. (Maybe too big for its own good.) So it should surprise exactly no one that Red Hat, itself a big open-source enterprise software and services company, wants to wear the Big Data hat, too. Which is exactly what it announced in an hour-long Webcast on Wednesday.So, terrific. Red Hat is now a Big Data company – at least, that is, if you believe Red Hat. What does that mean, exactly? Surprisingly little.Let’s put it this way: Red Hat’s big news was that it is open-sourcing its storage plug-in for Hadoop, a popular open-source software framework that supports both distributed data and distributed applications. (Simpler explanation: Hadoop makes it possible to run data-intensive applications physically near the data itself, which greatly speeds things up because it’s no longer necessary to shuttle great piles of data across a network.)As a step toward transforming Red Hat’s own storage file system into a “fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for big data environments,” as the company puts it, this is doubtless noteworthy. As something concrete on which enterprise customers can, uh, hang their hat, it leaves a lot to be filled in later.That wouldn’t be a problem if Red Hat had provided other noteworthy details, such as a road map for its development of what it calls an “open hybrid cloud.” It’s a nifty enough idea, essentially amounting to a data environment that would help business move their applications from in-house servers to those offered by cloud providers such as Amazon’s Web Services unit without having to rewrite them.But while Ranga Rangachari, Red Hat’s vice president of storage, talked up the open hybrid cloud and the “robust network” of partners Red Hat plans to work with to make it a reality, he had nothing to say about time frames or even the identities of its partners. “Just stay tuned as we come up with more definite dates and times and start – we’ll absolutely make those partners available,” Rangachari pleaded at the end of the event.Maybe Red Hat is saving the details for the next roundup.(See also Big Data: Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst Looks 20 Years Into The Future)Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Bulls-eye for archers in qualifiers

first_imgIndian archers topped the qualification round in the recurve team and individual events to begin their gold quest at the Games on a positive note at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.In the recurve team event, India topped with 1,944 points. England were second with 1,904 and Australia were third with 1,841.In the men’s category, Rahul Banerjee topped with 679 points, while cadet world champion Deepika Kumari topped the women’s category with 609 points. Rahul’s sister and veteran archer Dola Banerjee came second, four points behind Deepika.Jayanta Talukdar finished second three points behind Rahul, while Canadian Jason Lyon was third with 674 points.India’s Tarundeep Rai stood 13th with a score of 647.In the women’s individual recurve event, Naomi Anne Folkard of England was third with 642. Bombayla Devi of India was ninth with 624 points.Monday’s show left India topranked in the elimination round for the men’s and women’s recurve event on Tuesday. However, India did not fare well in the individual compound event for men and women.In the men’s compound event, South African Septimus Cilliers topped with a score of 704, while Englishman Duncan Busby finished second a point behind.Kiwi Stephen Clifton took the third spot two points behind.India’s Jignas Chittiboma ( 693), Chinna Srither ( 691) and Ritul Chaterjee ( 685) finished 17th, 18th and 21st respectively.In the women’s compound section, Gagandeep Kaur came 15th, followed by Jhanu Hansdah, 17th, and Bheigyabati Chanu, 21st.last_img read more