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Open source training and the Red Hat Challenge Labs

Open source training is a powerful tool, and the skills and experiences learned can be immediately applied to numerous real-world working situations. Red Hat Challenge@Labs is a strong starting point for students, as they have the opportunity to design solutions for real-world problems and pitch them to industry experts.

September 16, 2014 by

EU scrutinizes Google-Yahoo deal

More trouble for Google's advertising deal with Yahoo: The European Union is launching an antitrust "inquiry" into the deal, even though it only applies to Yahoo's search in North America. If the inquiry proves fruitful, the EU Competition Commission could escalate it into an "investigation.

September 16, 2008 by

Wizkid robot unveiled at MoMA

On February 24, 2008, a new exhibit will open at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. And until May 12, 2008, you'll be able to interact with Wizkid, which looks like a computer, but is really a robot. As said the European researchers behind this project, 'with its social skills and physical presence, Wizkid introduces the simplicity of everyday interactions in the world of computers.' You will not need to learn any language or type anything on a keyboard, Wizkid will understand you. Wizkid 'introduces the simplicity of everyday interactions in the world of computers.' But read more...

February 20, 2008 by

Ads should be on 15-20% of visible Web page

The perfect content page design should dedicate more screen real estate (40% to 50%) to the combination of navigation and promotion than to the content or story itself (20% to 30%), along with user-generated content elements (10% to 15%) and advertising (15% to 20%), according to JupiterResearch.

January 24, 2008

Artificial brains for robots?

An international team of European researchers has implanted an artificial cerebellum -- the portion of the brain that controls motor functions -- inside a robotic system. This EU-funded project is dubbed SENSOPAC, an acronym for 'SENSOrimotor structuring of perception and action for emerging cognition.' One of the goals of this project is to design robots able to interact with humans in a natural way. This project, which should be completed at the end of 2009, also wants to produce robots which would act as home-helpers for disabled people, such as persons affected by neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease.

August 28, 2007 by

Apple's sexy iPhone

I might have bought a Zune recently, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the design skills of the team at Apple. I knew that Apple would do a phone at some point, but I didn't know what it would look like (well, nobody did).

January 9, 2007 by

Further offshoring for IT inevitable: NIIT

Australian enterprises will increasingly have to engage offshore technology providers to offset declining population growth, according to Arvind Thakur, the CEO of Indian offshoring specialist NIIT Technologies."Australia is challenged in terms of its population," Thakur told ZDNet Australia, although he said the country had a good track record for high-level project management and design skills.

August 29, 2006 by

CRN: IBM´s Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan

A very long interview with LotusGM Mike Rhodin.  If you've been wondering what Mike has been up toin his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot.  Hetalks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption,branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and more.  A few examples:"I'mcomfortable with the progress we've made with Workplace... You'll see usposition the open standards-based, components-based composition model stuffas the front end to the SOA architecture IBM's bringing to the market.That will start to clarify things for people because it's where interactionand collaboration services meet business process through the SOA framework.When we started talking about Workplace being collaboration in the contextof business process, people thought we'd start to implement business processthings in workplace, and weren't' thinking about it as the front end tothe business process stuff we're doing in another part of Software Group"...Rhodin: Since the day I got toLotus, when I headed up the engineering teams, I made a promise to customersthat I was not going to create a cliff that they had to jump off to getto the next thing. I was going to provide a smooth path forward and guaranteeapplications moving forward and I believe I've delivered on that promiseCRN : So if you were talkingto a traditional Notes/Domino ISV, say Percussion, what do you tell themto do going forward? Stick with Domino? Rhodin: What you'll see unveiledat Lotusphere and in the coming year is how these things will start toconverge. We've been really working hard with our customers to understandwhat seamless evolution means to you. And what we get back is it's choiceand flexibility about when I do what. No forced dates or forced migrations.If your skills are in Domino applications, we'll carry those skills forwardand those assets forward. Scripting will continue to work. New releasesof Domino coming out. ...If people want to keep their skills on DominoDesigner building new apps, we're actually seeing more people buildingthis year than last the previous year people are more comfortable withthe longevity of the platform and no one's come up with a better solutionfor building apps faster than Domino Designer. In order to bridge the skills gap forthose moving toward J2EE technologies, we came out with Workplace Designer,which brought the skills of the Domino developer to a new tool that wouldbe familiar in a couple of hours to build apps except what gets generatedout of the bottom is J2EE components that fit into it without ever havingto write any Java code. CRN : Given the continued confusionaround Workplace/Domino, will you pull back on the Workplace messagingat all? Rhodin: We're going to continueto try to clarify it. The key thing is we believe the whole composite appmodel around workplace is fundamental to how SOAs are going to be builtin the future. What we've focused on all along is positioning he portaland workplace stuff as the interaction surfaces for SOA. That's alwaysbeen the design point Various analysts have written some prettynutty stuff. I can't believe we were in the same meetings. They keep tryingto spin it back into "This is just a new definition of e-mail, newdefinition of instant messaging." My point is, no. Those things becomeservices. They're commodities. No matter how you look at them, it's whatyou do with them that becomes interesting. And making those componentsavailable as part of this composite application model versus a separatee-mail system or separate IM system is what makes it interesting Just as when Notes came out 15 yearsago, no one knew what groupware or collaboration was. It was the firstset of applications that were built that started to show people the way.We're heading into that phase. Link: CRN:IBM's Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan>

December 24, 2005 by

Does Phil Zimmermann need a clue on VoIP?

Updated: 8/5/2005 @ 4:06 am Phil Zimmermann of PGP fame, a legend in the cryptography world, was cooking up a new secure VoIP brew at last week's Black Hat conference--but could he be just a little bit out of touch?  As much as I respect the man's intellectual prowess and his contribution to the field of cryptography, I don't think I can say the same about his product design skills.

August 4, 2005 by

Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Make money from the EU! Design new mobile phones! The next revolution in case modding! The Christian way of file sharing! All this and indoor cricket too? Just another week with Rupert.

July 4, 2003 by

Opera tunes up Mac browser

Opera Software, based in Oslo, Norway, released its fourth beta version of Opera 5.0 for Macintosh platform OS X. New features include support for Apple Computer's QuickTime multimedia software and patches for unspecified bugs. Opera's Mac browsers, including a final release of version 5.0 for Mac operating systems 7.5.3-9.2.x, are available for download from the Opera Web site, with a 30-day advertising-free trial. Opera also released version 6.01 and Opera Composer for the Windows operating system. The browser comes with several minor changes as well as a start-up page made by Terra Lycos. Composer is new software that lets people design their own browser interface with custom graphics, link lists, language preferences and buttons. --Paul Festa, Special to ZDNet News

February 13, 2002 by

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