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Floyd “Money” Mayweather made headlines last weekend for making light work of Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor. But he also made tech headlines recently by endorsing the Hubii Network, an initial coin offering (ICO), on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. This isn’t the first time Mayweather (who’s dubbed himself Floyd “Crypto” Mayweather) has endorsed an ICO. In late July, he promoted the ICO for the Stox project, which went on to raise more than $30 million in its token sale. (BTW: There are subtle differences between an ICO, a token sale, and a crowdsale, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Search the terms to learn more.) What Is an ICO? An ICO is similar to an IPO (initial public offering) in that it offers a certain amount of ownership in a company to the public. In an IPO, a share of stock represents fractional ownership of a corpor... (more)

What Makes a Web Application Enterprisey?

We’re starting to writing a book for O’Reilly that’s titled “Enterprise Web Applications: From Desktop to Mobile.” The book will be available under the Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and provide your feedback from the get go. Here’s the github repository where we’ll keep the current version of the book. In the morning we had a discussion about the meaning of the word Enterprise applied to Web applications. Below is the draft we came up with and we ask your input – would you agree or have a different understanding of the meaning of the term “Enterprise Web Application”. The easiest way to do this is by example. Creating a Web application that will place process orders is not the same as creating a Web site to publish blogs. Enterprise applications, including company-specific workflows, might need to be integrated with a number of internal syst... (more)

Doing BI in the Cloud Using PowerBI for Office 365 | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Early last year Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of PowerBI for Office 365. Office is the most used office program and PowerBI brings in great value by providing a self-service means to discover, analyze and visualize data leading to deep insights. Using PowerBI for Office 365 one can easily deploy a cloud-based BI application for sharing insights; collaborating and accessing reports from practically anywhere. Power BI for Office includes the following Microsoft 'Power' tools: Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“). Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“). Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data model... (more)

Research and Markets: The Study 'New Television Insider: The Business of Emerging Technologies' Features IPTV, Interactive Services, TV over Mobile and High Definition Television

Research and Markets( has announced the addition of the "New Television Insider: The Business Of Emerging Technologies" subscription to their offering. The New Television Insider package combines both online access and a fortnightly PDF-delivered publication. Unrivalled journalism stands alongside analysis and insight on the delivery of multichannel television. New Television encompasses digital delivery formats via cable, satellite and terrestrial transmitters. It also includes IPTV, interactive services, TV over mobile and High Definition Television. New Television Insider is written by analysts who know the business of multichannel broadcasting. They include Robert Briel, Julian Clover and Chris Dziadul. There's no paper edition of New Television Insider. Instead each issue is delivered elect... (more)

Java Games Development - Part 2

Part 1 of this series appeared in the August issue of Java Developer's Journal (Vol. 8, issue 8). JDJ: I'd just like to pick up on that 85% portability goal Jeff mentioned earlier. I'm just going on assumptions, but I think if you were developing a title for the PS2, GameCube, and XBox you would attempt to make sure that only the graphics and audio functionality were platform-specific and make the rest of the game as portable as possible. Seventy-five to eighty-five percent portability would therefore seem to be an achievable goal in C/C++, in which case Java has just lost one of its advantages, has it not? Cas P: Usually I'm even more optimistic than Jeff about something here. I think I can achieve 100% portability. By focusing on a "pure Java platform" like the LWJGL (Lightweight Java Gaming Library), which, once you realize you're coding to the LWJGL Java API, not... (more)

Star Trek Technology for Java3D

The Star Trek universe has inspired many technology ideas but I'm disappointed I don't have a transporter yet. One Star Trek technology that has been available for sometime is the particle system. No, this is not an exotic propulsion system for your flying car. The particle system was invented to animate the Genesis effect in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. While the Genesis device was used to transform a barren planet into one full of life, we can adopt this technology for more modest effects in Java3D. In the Beginning In previous articles, we've focused on creating planetary surfaces with Java3D. One challenging area of graphics programming is rendering irregular or ill-defined objects like clouds, smoke, or fireworks. William Reeves faced that challenge when Lucasfilm was asked to create a planetary creation effect called the Genesis effect for Star Trek II: Wra... (more)

SKRM Interactive Asks: Are You Ready to Game?

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ready, Set, Game! Video games, since the introduction of Pac-Man to the technically dazzling systems of today, have always been popular. Over the past several years a new trend has emerged: online video gaming. In this virtual world of gaming, players from across the globe compete, team up, and take the gaming experience to a new level. From futuristic landscapes to ancient battlefields, gamers roam cyberspace looking for virtual adventure. All you need is a computer, connection to the internet, a little cash and you are on your way. To get a feel for the popularity of this booming market, in 2005 over $3 billion was spent on online gaming. The leaders of this online phenomenon are in South Korea. With growing populations hungry for online adventure, games like World of Warcraft (WOW) by Blizzard Entertainment have bec... (more)

BIZ Outsourzing, Inc. Acquires Mobile Game Developer In China; Targeting US$ 150 Million Market

GUANGZHOU, China, April 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- BIZ Outsourzing, Inc. (Other OTC: BIZO.PK) (''BIZO'') today announced that it has acquired the business operations of Guangzhou Yin Han Technology Company Limited ("YinHan"), a mobile game developer and distributor incorporated in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. Incorporated in 2001, YinHan is a leading mobile games developer in China. Among its game library are the popular Role-playing Game (RPG) 'Journey to the West' and 'Essence of Swords', both distributed over the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) platform of China Mobile network; and other game types that ride on a variety of mobile phone services platforms including, kJava, Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform. Strategically headquartered in Guangzhou City of China, YinHan has maintained solid relationships with... (more)

XNA, Game Development for Everyone

Maybe some of you remember a time when we created a sprite on a piece of graph paper and afterwards hacked zeroes and ones in so we could see something eventually move on a TV screen. I have to admit that those days have been gone for a long time and a lot of things have happened in IT since I developed simple games on my C64. And one of these new things is XNA Game Studio (the current version is 2.0). Is this something for you? Well, maybe you have a good idea for a computer game, but don't know how to do it. In the past game development was very hard, but it's become easier (I wouldn't call it easy now, but it's a lot easier than it used to be). And wouldn't it be great if you could deploy your game not only to your PC, but also to an Xbox 360 and play with or against a friend on his own PC or Xbox 360 over the network? Ah, I see I've got your attention. What Is... (more)

XNA or Game Development for Everyone - Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we started to develop a small racing game using XNA Game Studio Express 2.0. We learned about the game loop and how it’s implemented by the XNA (by using the Update and Draw methods) framework. We also created our first track on the screen and four cars started moving on the screen, but, sadly enough, they left the track and weren’t seen again. What does that mean? It means we should take a closer look at collision detection. In addition we should design a menu with different options. You might remember that we want to have a racing game with three computer-driven cars or a network game with one or more other humans playing against us. Sounds easy? Well, it’s not that hard, but we’ll see that a few small changes in the behavior will lead to a few other problems that have to be solved (i.e., a game menu means we have to use so-called game s... (more)

SimSTAFF Launches New Division to Serve Game Development Industry

James Brewer, director of Studio Development for GameSTAFF, said the firm's new GameSTAFF division focuses on one of the fastest growing sectors of digital technology. "Digital gaming technology is best known for its multi-billion dollar entertainment sector but the technology has wide practical applications as a critical component of our nation's defense systems as well as corporate and individual security system services and technical training," said Brewer. Craig Fouts, chief operating officer of SimSTAFF Technical Services, said the Central Florida region is a fertile market for digital gaming technology. "Central Florida's prominent role in the development of simulation, modeling and training technology for the defense industry has led to major growth in digital gaming technology here," Fouts said. SimSTAFF Technical Services is a client of the UCF Business Incubatio... (more)