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Preparing for an interview? Want to just revisit Java SE 7 features? Trying to recollect or revise a Java SE programming construct? Let me take you back in time to what was introduced first in Java SE 7? Join me for this tutorial series on Java as we all eagerly await the official release of Java SE 9. Java SE 7 Release Date: 28-07-2011 Java SE 7 Code Name: Dolphin Java SE 7 Highlights Strings in switch statements. Automatic resource management in try statements. Improved type inference for generic instance creation, AKA the diamond operator <>. Simplified varargs method declaration. Binary integer literals. Allowing underscores in numeric literals. Catching multiple exception types and rethrowing exceptions with improved type checking. I have provided some of the most important core language enhancements for JDK 7.0, along with code samples. The examples provided bel... (more)

Microsoft’s Reportedly Working on a Smartwatch

Asian suppliers told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft has been sampling components including a 1.5-inch display for a potential touch-enabled smartwatch that would compete with a purported watch from Apple and others coming from Google and Samsung as well as the Martian Passport Watch and the Pebble wristwatch that sync with smartphones and vibrates to alert the wearer to incoming messages and calls. One executive said he met with Microsoft's R&D people in Redmond but it's unclear if the company will follow through. Microsoft put out a Smart Watch 10 years ago that sent wearers news headline, sports scores and instant messages. It stopped selling the thing in 2008. Gartner projects the wearable smart electronics market will be worth $10 billion by 2016. ... (more)

Why Innovation Is Still Cloud Driven

When I was asked about innovation, the first thing I did was review my research to get an idea of what my peers in the industry were predicting for our parallel IT futures. Not surprisingly, they all reflected the same sentiment: the cloud is growing, and employees will continue to bring their own devices (BYOD). BYOD is a trend that has remained a hot topic, and point of controversy, throughout the year. Now that we're entering the second half of 2013, I think we can safely say that those predictions have been realized. Because the cloud is the common theme throughout all innovation and tech conversations, I am going to focus solely on where I believe the cloud is heading. At this time I would like to take this opportunity to look even deeper into the crystal ball and provide some insight into where the cloud conversation is heading for the remainder of 2013 and 20... (more)

Google & Apple Stint on Kodak Patents

Eastman Kodak was hoping to garner $2.2 billion-$2.6 billion from its broadly licensed 1,100 patents to repay creditors and reorganize. It reportedly got opening bids of $150 million-$250 million from two consortia involving Google-RPX-Samsung-LG-HTC on the one hand and Apple-Microsoft-Intellectual Ventures on the other according to the Wall Street Journal. The bankruptcy court has thrown a cloak of invisibility over the process until a winner emerges but Kodak is reportedly unlikely to see more than $600 million. Of course there's no telling where it could wind up although its prized patent was invalidated by the International Trade Commission last month. The auction is set for Wednesday, with an announcement expected on August 13. The two lots for sale include patents for capturing and processing images on cameras, smartphones and tablets and another for storing ... (more)

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Starts Today

A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009. Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User Experience customizations and addressing multi-tenant requirements. Cloud Security - is the focus of a whole welter of sessions in Santa Clara. "It's Nothing New; It Changes Everything!" is the title of the session being given by Sun's Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette, for example. Brunett... (more)

The Cloud is a Radical and Transformational Change

Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive more custom application development. This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures, and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains; the cloud is about a radical and transformational change in the quantity and quality of business automation. The cloud isn’t just about surface concepts like “storing all your data on S3” or “spinning up servers on GoGrid”; those things are just the beginning. What it is REALLY about is what each of those things in turn wi... (more)

A Message from Barry X Lynn, CEO 3Tera

3Tera Session at Cloud Expo We started 3Tera to radically ease the way IT deploys, maintains and scales - MANAGES - applications. Our AppLogic® cloud computing platform provides the foundation of our partners' orchestration of cloud services for public and private clouds around the world. Today, we're taking the next step in moving toward making cloud computing mainstream by joining CA. CA and 3Tera share a common vision for the future of cloud computing, and we are excited about the opportunities that this acquisition will create for our customers, partners and their cloud users. This is a historic moment in Cloud Computing. The significance of this acquisition is a heck of a lot more than just a land grab in a hot space. We are confident that as a team, CA and 3Tera, will extend our leadership of the cloud computing platform market. We are honored, given the pleth... (more)

Search for Energy Efficient Servers Leads Ex-Weatherman to Build-a-Blade

The Next Blade Revolution Begins Open platforms have always meant more cost savings and greater flexibility in business computing. In the ‘80s, proprietary desktops gave way to clones, and the ‘90s saw proprietary servers and workstations dissolve into off-the-shelf x86 architectures. Today, a handful of "big iron" vendors own the blade market with their proprietary enclosures and restrictive designs...and history is about to repeat itself. Change in the Wind In 1978, Anthony Watts was a Purdue-trained TV meteorologist with a background in electrical engineering. By 1985, when Willard Scott was in his prime, Watts invented the first NTSC broadcast encoder for the IBM PC for use in television weather broadcasts. Not content with the then-blazing 6 MHz of IBM AT machines, which could take up to ten minutes to render a single frame, Watts modded the computers with a cus... (more)

Hyperloop: A New Layer of Infrastructure?

Sometimes, people frustrated with the status quo within an industry come up with a better solution, much to the surprise of that industry's experts. Evolution comes from within. Revolution comes from the outside. Wake up America - especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so "last century" and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual value is just another money-wasting monument built to honor and perpetuate bureaucracy. We cannot afford to waste billions of dollars in such a competitive global economy. We cannot afford to waste billions of dollars because at this point, we have no billions to waste. We need to explore ne... (more)

CIOs and the Art of Pepsi-Flavored Disruption

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services There's a great management book called "The Other Guy Blinked" by the ex-CEO of Pepsi that describes the episode when Coke tried to change its formula and make its core product better. The company re-wrote its product recipe and tried to shake up the market. In the case of Coke, the company famously failed as consumers reacted negatively to the new drink and moved in droves to Pepsi as their preferred carbonated beverage of choice. Disruptive innovation This kind of so-called "disruptive innovation" has been popularized by the technology press many times over as a means of describing product reinvention and service innovation. Real innovation today is said to come from fixing something that isn't broken (hence the term disruption) and examples come in many forms. One of the better ex... (more)

What Foot Traffic Says About Your Store & Customers | @CloudExpo #Cloud

We all have and use them on a daily basis. Whether for work or play, our feet get us where we need to go as the most common form of transportation. Although monitoring foot traffic is common practice for retailers, literally measuring each footstep is not something many retail executives think about to understand their customers, but foot traffic offers an accurate and unique way of gaining knowledge about your store's audience. Ever wondered if your marketing efforts for an in-store sale or event are impacting, or even reaching, your customers? Foot traffic is a great indicator of marketing effectiveness. By comparing foot traffic before, during and after sale promotions you're able to identify if any increases (or decreases) have occurred, giving you a better understanding of how a marketing campaign worked or why it didn't work. From there, you can take the step... (more)