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Gartner Hype of Emerging Tech 2014

According to Gartner’s 2014 Hype of Emerging Technologies, there is Internet of Things which is most expected. Well, in this post, I would like to shed light on the term ‘Internet of Things’ as this term is becoming more popular.

 

Internet of Things

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of all Internet enabled things. Objects of our daily life: garments, animals, appliances and trees, if enabled with a capability to provide data, can do so.

An ex of IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks communicating:

A person being driven home from his office, in an automated car. The car heads home, en route is alerted by a traffic signal that there is traffic congestion ahead. The car uses its location information, drives via an alternate route. When it is about 15 mins from home, it informs the devices at home of its expected time of arrival. Upon receiving this information, the heating system at home is turned on, the basic lighting is turned on and the coffee machine is signaled. The coffee machine responds indicating that the milk and cream levels are low and orders them at the local store. The car is instructed to drive by the store. Upon the car’s arrival at the store, the store assistant hands over the ready package containing the milk and cream, following which the car reaches home.

Internet of Things

IoT will help enhance the overall quality of life by making smart home and smart cities a reality.


Microsoft Mauritius – Windows Azure Bootcamp 2014

Microsoft Mauritius

 

Welcome to Global Windows Azure Bootcamp! On Saturday, March 29, 2014 we are out to make some records!

 

With over 130 confirmed locations around the globe, the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp is going to be a truly memorable event – and now here’s your chance to take part!

 

In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! This year we want to again offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on discovering Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research!

 

In Mauritius, the event will be organised by Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands & French Pacific in partnership with The Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC) and sponsored by Ceridian, Emtel & Microsoft

 

Venue: Cyber Tower I, Ebene, 1st Floor, Auditorium

Date : 29th March 2014

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

 
Want to attend?

Register at http://aka.ms/gwabmru

 

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own computer which can run Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 (i.e. Windows, OSX, Ubuntu with virtualization, etc.) and have it preloaded with the following:

  1.      Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 – trial http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs
  2.      The Windows Azure SDK from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/

 

Optionally (or if you will not be doing just .NET labs), the following can also be installed:

  1.      Node.js SDK – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/nodejs/
  2.      JAVA SDK – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/java/
  3.       Doing mobile? Android? iOS? Windows Phone or Windows 8? – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/
  4.      PHP – http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/php/

 

More info here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation

Please do the installation upfront as there will be very little time to troubleshoot installations during the day.


Distracting elements and e-reading

Already 3 weeks of using my new Apple iPad 2, and I am loving it! My primary purpose if for e-reading. Today is the eve of the annoucement of the new iPad 3.
iPad 3 preview

Well, me personally, I wanted to have an e-reader. I found that I could not carry my bookshelf (My Bookshelf) along with me, despite the availability of the PDF or epub version of the books. That’s was sad because I so want to read (or go through again) the books. And this urge tempted me to purchase iPad 2 on 13 Feb. 2012 at eShop Caudan, Port Louis. Since then, I am a happy e-reader!

Apple iPad (iBooks)

Apple iPad’s iBooks application can read .epub format e-books. In order to read your .epub book on the iPad, you’ll need to sync the book file to iBooks.

1. Open up iTunes and verify that you have the latest updates for the iBooks app. 2. Navigate to “Books” in your iTunes library. You should see any other books you have synced to iBooks. 3. Drag the .epub file  into the iTunes Books library. 4. Plug in your iPad device. 5. Click on the device then navigate to the “Books” syncing preferences. 6. Check “Sync Books” and either:

• “All books” will put your entire iTunes library of books on your device. • “Selected books” will require you to check the box next to the books you want to read on your iPad. Check

the box next to the  book title. 7. Click “Sync” to sync your iPad.

When you open up the iBooks application, your Rockable Press book will appear in your library. Enjoy!

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Then furthermore, the joy of reading latest issues of magazines or the New York Times on the Newsstand:

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I have subscribed to Newsweek and hence can download the latest issue of the magazine, as soon as they are available for download.

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Below is a help on How-To navigate in a Magazine.

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I find it super-interesting to view the high-quality photos, the tweet updates, the social bookmarking options and most importantly the ability to view Videos featured in the magazine. That’s awesome. Furthermore, for purchasing books (The Kindle Edition) from Amazon.com, there is the Kindle App for iPad.

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On the other hand, there are some arguments against e-reading outlined int the Gizmodo.com post: Reading Books on a Tablet is Dumb

It is argued that tablet device has a distracting nature: Our emails, IMs, and apps are perpetually notifying us about new things.

Extract from The New York Times article:

People who read e-books on tablets like the iPad are realizing that while a book in print or on a black-and-white Kindle is straightforward and immersive, a tablet offers a menu of distractions that can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in its tracks.

E-mail lurks tantalizingly within reach. Looking up a tricky word or unknown fact in the book is easily accomplished through a quick Google search. And if a book starts to drag, giving up on it to stream a movie over Netflix or scroll through your Twitter feed is only a few taps away.

My Personal Opinion:

I agree that one is tempted to check the incoming mail upon hearing the “New Email sound notification” or comment on the Facebook notification on a photo or status update etc… But, anyway, there is the Airplane mode!!