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Friday - October 31, 2014
Andy Rubin, the creator of Google's ubiquitous Android mobile platform, has left Google, the company confirmed on Friday. "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," said Google CEO Larry Page. "With Android he created something truly remarkable -- with a billion plus happy users. Thank you." Rubin reportedly is departing to start a tech incubator for hardware-focused startups. He stepped down as head of Android in March -- turning over the reins to SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai -- and turned his attention to robots instead. [More...]

Friday - October 31, 2014
Microsoft's Kinect motion controller may have been intended to keep gamers moving while in the throes of play, but some intrepid explorers have been using it for a different purpose altogether: hunting ghosts. Thanks to its skeletal-tracking and infrared-sensing capabilities, Kinect can "see" as many as six players in a room. What makes spines start to tingle, however, is when it sees some who aren't there. Use of the device in this way was demonstrated in the Travel Channel's paranormal investigation show Ghost Adventures. [More...]

Friday - October 31, 2014
Qubes OS is a hybrid computing technology that raises the bar for security. It takes locking down computers to a new level. It has advanced far beyond the primitive proof of concept demonstrated more than four years ago. Beta Release 2, which arrived in late September, is a powerful desktop OS. Qubes succeeds in seamless integrating security by isolation into the user experience. However, comparing Qubes to a typical Linux distro is akin to comparing the Linux OS to Unix. [More...]

Friday - October 31, 2014
There aren't many areas in business where processes used to save money and maximize deal sizes also result in a better customer experience. The exact opposite is usually the case -- the drive to save money by making an internal process more productive or to increase the amount being sold to the customer usually impacts the customer experience for the worse. A notable exception to this is configure price quote software. CPQ usually has been employed by larger companies when deals are complicated or involve a varied product mixg. [More...]

 

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