With APFS, Apple focuses on storage efficiency in its OSes

Apple this week announced that macOS Sierra, its newest operating system for the Mac and the successor to OS X El Capitan, will include the next-generation Apple File System (APFS) and a bounty of data storage features for SSDs.
The new APFS will o…

Apple this week announced that macOS Sierra, its newest operating system for the Mac and the successor to OS X El Capitan, will include the next-generation Apple File System (APFS) and a bounty of data storage features for SSDs.

The new APFS will operate as a file system across all the company's platforms, including iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, Apple said during a keynote at its WWDC 16 conference in San Francisco.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday surrounded by student developers at WWDC.

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IDG Contributor Network: A 10x future demands change

In last month’s blog I talked about keeping your team innovative. One of the key tenets of an innovative team is the concept of moonshots or “10x Thinking” or audacious goals. In a “moonshot economy,” while a breakthrough can mean the start of a new industry leader, it can also mean the death of an industry stalwart.

First, let’s take a look at some previous moonshots and how they’ve impacted various industries and the world.

The first is, of course, the great Space Race. JFK’s challenge in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade led to not only technological breakthroughs, but was designed to demonstrate international leadership during the Cold War. The success of this moonshot had ramifications way beyond Neil Armstrong’s footprints in the lunar dust. The Space Race launched a wave of technology innovation and boosted nascent industries such as semiconductors and commercial satellites.

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In last month’s blog I talked about keeping your team innovative. One of the key tenets of an innovative team is the concept of moonshots or "10x Thinking" or audacious goals. In a “moonshot economy,” while a breakthrough can mean the start of a new industry leader, it can also mean the death of an industry stalwart.

First, let’s take a look at some previous moonshots and how they’ve impacted various industries and the world.

The first is, of course, the great Space Race. JFK’s challenge in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade led to not only technological breakthroughs, but was designed to demonstrate international leadership during the Cold War. The success of this moonshot had ramifications way beyond Neil Armstrong’s footprints in the lunar dust. The Space Race launched a wave of technology innovation and boosted nascent industries such as semiconductors and commercial satellites.

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U.S. phone users least likely to switch after security breach

Globally, 47 percent of consumers would switch their mobile phone carrier in the event of a security breach, up 7 percent from last year, but only 29 percent of Americans would do the same, according to a new Nokia survey of more than 20,000 custom…

Globally, 47 percent of consumers would switch their mobile phone carrier in the event of a security breach, up 7 percent from last year, but only 29 percent of Americans would do the same, according to a new Nokia survey of more than 20,000 customers.

Mexico ranked the highest, at 73 percent.

Part of the reason for the difference is that customers have different attitudes toward the relationship between them, their phones, and their carriers.

"In some markets, people think that they own the device, and the operator is just the connection," said Giuseppe Targia, vice president of the security and IoT business unit at Nokia Group.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active (AT&T)

With the Galaxy S7 Active, Samsung adds a shatter-resistant build and a bigger battery to the already spectacular Galaxy S7, making it the best rugged phone AT&T subscribers can get.

With the Galaxy S7 Active, Samsung adds a shatter-resistant build and a bigger battery to the already spectacular Galaxy S7, making it the best rugged phone AT&T subscribers can get.

New shell packs power of Python and Bash

Xonsh, now in development, provides a shell that combines the Python language with features of Bash Unix and the fish and zsh shells.

Pronounced “conch,” the tool works with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, and it offers a shell language and command prompt. It compiles to a Python AST (Abstract Syntax Tree), features a superset of Python 3.4, and relies on the Python standard library and the PLY parsing tool.

“The first thing you’ll notice about Xonsh is that it’s really meant to be used as a general-purpose shell,” lead developer Anthony Scopatz, associate professor in the nuclear engineering program at the University of South Carolina, said at this week’s PyCon 2016 conference in Portland, Oregon. “But on the other hand, it really is Python, so you can do things like add two numbers together.”

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Xonsh, now in development, provides a shell that combines the Python language with features of Bash Unix and the fish and zsh shells.

Pronounced “conch,” the tool works with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, and it offers a shell language and command prompt. It compiles to a Python AST (Abstract Syntax Tree), features a superset of Python 3.4, and relies on the Python standard library and the PLY parsing tool.

“The first thing you’ll notice about Xonsh is that it’s really meant to be used as a general-purpose shell,” lead developer Anthony Scopatz, associate professor in the nuclear engineering program at the University of South Carolina, said at this week’s PyCon 2016 conference in Portland, Oregon. “But on the other hand, it really is Python, so you can do things like add two numbers together.”

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Google Gboard (for iPhone)

Featuring integrated Web, emoji, and GIF search, Google’s Gboard is a shining beacon of light in a dark world of lackluster iPhone keyboards.

Featuring integrated Web, emoji, and GIF search, Google's Gboard is a shining beacon of light in a dark world of lackluster iPhone keyboards.

Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in India officially rejected by the Commerce Ministry


The Indian Government has officially rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in India, as per a latest PTI report. A report earlier this month had cited a telecom ministry official over the rejection of Apple’s plan …


The Indian Government has officially rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in India, as per a latest PTI report. A report earlier this month had cited a telecom ministry official over the rejection of Apple’s plan …

After blaze, world’s largest solar power plant offline for up to three weeks

A fire last Friday that shut down one of three massive concentrated solar power plants in the Mohave Desert was caused when mirrors that focus the sun’s rays on a boiler tower instead locked up and set the tower ablaze.
NRG, which manages the Ivanp…

A fire last Friday that shut down one of three massive concentrated solar power plants in the Mohave Desert was caused when mirrors that focus the sun's rays on a boiler tower instead locked up and set the tower ablaze.

NRG, which manages the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Plant near the California-Nevada border, said the error was caused by software problems that occurred during regular maintenance.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department said the fire lasted about 20 minutes and damaged pipes and wires about two-thirds of the way up the boiler tower. Plant workers extinguished the fire with handheld fire extinguishers before the fire department arrived.

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Silicon Valley’s tech workforce diversity has long way to go, say feds

In recent years, major high-tech firms have started releasing workforce diversity data, along with a promise to improve. And there is much room for improvement, according to federal officials.
Among the top 75 Silicon Valley tech firms, whites make…

In recent years, major high-tech firms have started releasing workforce diversity data, along with a promise to improve. And there is much room for improvement, according to federal officials.

Among the top 75 Silicon Valley tech firms, whites make up 47% of the workforce, Asian Americans 41%, Hispanics, 6% and African Americans 3%, according to an analysisby the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The commission held a hearing Wednesday on diversity in technology and to consider ways to improve it.

Women account for 30% of the workforce at these 75 firms.

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10 hopeful startups strut their stuff at TechCrunch Disrupt

New businesses try for successImage by Barbara KrasnoffTechCrunch Disrupt is a city-by-city gathering of technology startups looking for seed money, partnerships and/or media attention; investors looking for possible investments; techies looking for jo…

New businesses try for success
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Image by Barbara Krasnoff

TechCrunch Disrupt is a city-by-city gathering of technology startups looking for seed money, partnerships and/or media attention; investors looking for possible investments; techies looking for jobs; and tech fans looking for the Next Big Thing.

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