Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Kent Beck,Martin Fowler,David Heinemeier Hansson: Is TDD dead? - Parts 3 and 4



Keep up with all of the past hangouts on #IsTDDDead here:http://martinfowler.com/articles/is-t...

"TDD as One True Way" versus "TDD as devil-spawned tempter" is not a productive contrast. Most of us have similar goals for development: confidence, impact, challenge, belonging. Test-driven development is one path toward these goals, but there are many other paths. This conversation in six parts explores tradeoffs in development, places TDD in those tradeoffs, and gives you perspective with which you can decide for yourself how you want to program.

Speakers:
Martin Fowler
Kent Beck
David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)
Is TDD dead? [Part III]


Is TDD dead? [Part IV]

iCon: card-sized single board computer on Kickstarter for the Internet of Things



iCon: The endless Internet of Things experience

iCon is a uClinux based, credit card-sized single board computer with 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, CAN, RS-485...

We have seen many projects that let people turn lights on and off with their smartphones. That's great. But we believe people want to do much more. Imagine you have the most common wireless technologies integrated right on a single circuit board. No more messing around with dongles or stacking daughter boards. The goal of this project is to deliver an affordable short range wireless platform for people to experiment and to develop their own unique machine-to-machine applications. We are proud to introduce our iCon.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/830019875/icon-the-endless-internet-of-things-experience

HP to add 14-inch slatebook running Android



HP 14-inch notebook approximately $422, runs Android 4.3 and will feature the following line-up of internals:

Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 (ARM Cortex A15 @ 1.9GHz)
14-inch HD WLED touch display
2GB RAM
16GB eMMC
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
HD Webcam
Beats Audio Speakers

http://www.omgchrome.com/hp-slatebook-14-dissemble-price-guides/

LG G3 hands-on from the Verge - nice camera features



Vlad Savov takes a hands-on look at LG's 2014 flagship Android phone, the G3

BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones not convinced by Google glass after a 6 week trial



After wearing Google Glass for six weeks now, indoors and out, at work and at home, in restaurants, on the tube - even at the dentist  Rory Cellan-Jones concludes that Glass isn't quite ready for the mainstream. Mos of the issues seem to be around the quality of the software and the usability of the product... and Glasse's ability to understand British English.  The good news is Rory is convinced that wearable computing is the future... but may be not where Glass is right now.

Full review  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27585766

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Internet Of Things - Robot Vacuum posts dirty pictures to Instagram

Internet Of Things - Predictions of what will happen when devices go wrong 



Robot Vacuum
Dear Sir or Madam: Because of a software bug in the CleanSweepR 5000, the onboard camera on the vacuum has uploaded photos of your filthy living room to our marketing department. Due to circumstances beyond our control, some of these photos were posted to Instagram, and have subsequently been repurposed as online “memes,” including a rather humorous mashup with Doge. Much sad. Very apology.
http://www.informationweek.com/interop/product-recalls-from-our-iot-future/a/d-id/1269165

Google project tango - another game changing device

Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 10 2 not coming anytime soon... but google are working on a game change 7-inch tablet PC built around its “Project Tango”. The device has image capture technology with two back cameras, infrared depth sensors, and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects... 4,000 units set to be ready early days June.

https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/

Vint Cerf - Pew Research - the good and bad of the Internet Of Things



Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, gave a response that touches on many of the key likely issues. “The benefit is that these appliances will be coordinated to improve our daily lives,” he wrote. “The risk is that inimical forces may gain control and create serious problems. Wearables will monitor health and also draw computers into the context of our daily lives, conversations, and activities. A big opportunity for AI [Artificial Intelligence] awaits.

Full report from Pew Research: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/05/14/internet-of-things/

Internet OF Things - business will track your activity to improve your performance



Welcome to the machine...

Track everyday activity like steps, distance, calories, stairs climbed, and active minutes.... Pega Systems: "We've seen an incredible increase in activity levels...
When you have this Fitbit tracker and see how little you move, it's incredibly motivating.”

"Fitbit sells its trackers in bulk to 'thousands' of employers at a discount" https://www.fitbit.com/uk/product/corporate-solutions