The tablet statistics just keep coming: one quarter of tablet owners in the US now say it's their primary computer , over 165 million tablets will be shipped next year, up from 117 million in 2012 , and Apple has around two-thirds of the tablet market . The popularity of the tablet continues to grow, and businesses are beginning to come to terms with the slate invasion – one-fifth have them on their shopping lists, recent research found, and they are embracing the devices as part of the BYOD trend. But there's one vertical where the tablet invasion has yet to make itself felt: government. While the UK public sector spends £16bn on IT a year, only the tiniest of tiny fractions goes on tablets. ZDNet contacted more than 20 central government organisations, including some with annual IT budgets over £1bn, to see how many iPads they'd purchased over the last two years. A number of central government departments, including the Home Office, the Department of Work and … [Read more...] about iPad inertia: Does Apple’s tablet have a future in Whitehall?
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posted on 14 Nov 2013, 10:53 1 1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012) Law suits in 3,2.. posted on 14 Nov 2013, 10:57 9 2. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011) Another day, another BS apple patent....i mean, not their fault as they just submitted the application, it was USPTO that approved it, but still...Likely this will be overturned if ever questioned, come on USPTO! posted on 14 Nov 2013, 13:33 1 17. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered) And can we please stop talking bout patents. posted on 14 Nov 2013, 11:05 10 3. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012) "So, we're not exactly sure what in the patent made the USPTO think this was an original procedure." posted on 14 Nov 2013, 16:08 1 31. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012) Or politics? posted on 14 Nov 2013, 11:08 17 4. tedkord (Posts: 15791; Member since: 17 Jun 2009) Finally. Now Apple can sue the internet. posted on 14 Nov 2013, … [Read more...] about Comments for : Apple patent gives Siri the wisdom of the crowd
Sony Vegas. Since I am a huge proponent of Sony Vegas, I embraced this opportunity.The question was actually a very good one because the creators of Sony Vegas decided not to call it a masking tool like other image editing applications. Rather, it chose to call its tool Cookie Cutter.Sony Vegas is a consumer product made for the average amateur editor, but when it comes to overall functionality, Vegas rivals its more extensive and expensive competitors. Keeping that little tidbit in mind let us proceed to the tutorial. This blog post is also available in PDF form as a TechRepublic download.Figure A).Figure ANew fileOnce you open your new file, the next step is to browse for content you will be using. I will be using a simple JPEG for this example (Figure B).Figure BAn example JPEGThis technique will work for static images as well as your stock video footage. I will talk a little more about other features of the masking tools for video footage later.After choosing your media, drag out … [Read more...] about How do I… Create an image mask when using Sony Vegas?
It's human nature to find your niche in the IT world and remain in that comfortable place. But when I look back on my IT career as a systems analyst and developer, I realize that I learned the most when I took on new challenges. I would like to share with you the opportunities that I took advantage of — and a few that I missed.The items listed are targeted toward programmers, developers, and analysts, but if you are in a different IT position you can still benefit from many of them. Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.I have heard the saying "Hardware is easy and software is hard," probably said by a programmer. I'm guessing that many software developers have never built a PC and therefore know little about component compatibility, how PCs work, or how to replace them. Software is hard, but hardware poses its own set of challenges.I have over the past three years built three PCs, and I gained a lot of knowledge about hardware in the process. This is an … [Read more...] about 10 things you can do to advance your career as a developer
One of my readers wrote in to me with the following message: Would you study and write about why programmers are not subject to the protective labor laws of society? When and how did the term salaried become coequal with slave? Look at the change in contracting laws where independent programmers were not accepted by corporations and the middlemen got the profit and the programmers got to be salary-slaves.I asked Justin James, our Programming and Development blogger, if he would like to take a crack at covering this topic. He gladly agreed. Here is what Justin had to say:There are a large number of underhanded and often illegal labor practices in the software development industry, and the abuse of "contractual" workers is amongst the most prevalent.Before we go any further, please keep in mind that I am not a lawyer, and none of this is intended to be treated as legal advice. I'm just telling you about my personal experiences and directing you to information that … [Read more...] about Why programmers are not subject to protective labor laws
Photo: CanonAvailable for less than $500, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is one of the company’s most affordable DSLRs, and offers a lot for the money. It can take 18 megapixel images at very high speeds (up to 1/4000 of a second) and capture HD video. However, the T5 offers a lot of features that can intimidate new users. But it doesn’t have to be scary: once you work out which controls and modes to use in different situations, you can unleash the power of this remarkable camera. Here is a guide to getting the most out of your Rebel T5.First, let’s take a tour of the controls on the camera.Quick Tips: The P (Program) setting is the best option for general shooting. Press the Lv button to get a live preview of the image. Don’t push the ISO higher than 3200, or you’ll get very grainy photos. Use Partial metering mode when photographing objects against snow. Don’t use the built-in flash unless you have no other options.Mode DialThe mode dial on the top of … [Read more...] about How To Take Great Pictures with The Canon T5
Finishing up our Web Directions South build up, we talk to Andy Clarke, Web designer, presenter and invited expert to the W3C's CSS working group. Andy gives us the low down on standards, the new way of designing Web sites and the problem with Web 2.0.Andy has a book out titled Transcending CSS, and has just finished presenting a whole day workshop in Sydney with the same name. He's giving a talk at Web Directions South on the "October Revolution": drawing inspiration from comic book designs to create innovative Web sites. How important are standards in Web development?I think standards are incredibly important, there's been a lot talked about standards over the past few years and I think you've got to look at it from two sides. Firstly you've got to look at it from inside the standards environment, and particularly with microformats — which to me is really just an extension of what we've been talking about with standards development for years — it's really about giving … [Read more...] about The spider’s Web of CSS
Maria Klawe is something of a tech gender diversity guru. During her 10-year tenure as president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, the percentage of female computer science majors grew from less than 15% in 2006 to 55% in 2016.Nationally, only about 16% of computer science majors are women. "The general idea is to make learning engaging and supportive for everyone," Klawe said. "We want to remove the intimidation, and get rid of the idea that some people are good at computer science and some people aren't. The truth is that everyone who works hard will succeed. We want to create an environment where everyone is expected to succeed." SEE: Can these tech tools fight gender bias and increase workplace diversity?With major shortages of women and minorities at most large tech companies, and a number of technical jobs left unfilled, it behooves both universities and tech hiring managers to rethink how they are getting women into the system, Klawe said. Here are seven tips for … [Read more...] about What universities can do to graduate more women in comp sci: 7 tips from Harvey Mudd
In February, 2017, Rosanna Nadeau, principal consultant with Prism Perspectives Group, which consults with organizations to help them optimize performance, said that one of the top priorities of managers today is ensuring good health by watching their diets, regularly exercising and seeing their doctors for checkups on a regular basis.But how many managers practice make good health a priority on a daily basis?Soon after I received a promotion to vice president in a semiconductor company, I left with a marketing manager for a meeting we had with the executive vice president of marketing. We found the EVP slumped over his desk, the victim of a heart attack at the age of 47.I will never forget the experience—and the experience wasn't lost on our CEO, either. Soon afterward, executives at the VP level were required to have comprehensive, annual, company-paid physicals, and we were expected to utilize an in-house exercise and fitness center. We had arrived at a point as a high-tech … [Read more...] about 3 ways to promote a healthier work environment
Tim Low, Vice President of PayScale and Mykkah Herner, Compensation Consultant at PayScale, contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Helping companies with 50 to 150 employees get a grip on their compensation strategy can be a very rewarding experience. When companies grow to this size, there's a general understanding the current approach for setting compensation isn't working, yet there is also concern about developing something too rigid. Today, many small organizations are lifting their salary freezes as the economy stabilizes. Recent research shows small companies are increasing salaries more rapidly than medium or large organizations, perhaps indicating they are playing catch up in the talent market. Creating a clear compensation strategy will help small businesses to better allocate their limited compensation budget and stay competitive in the new economy. Here are three steps for small businesses to follow when creating compensation … [Read more...] about Why You’re Never Too Small for a Salary Comp Plan