OPEN SOURCE: Small Packages of Code Are the Biggest Thing in App-Making. Even though we hear a lot about big open source projects such as the Linux operating system or the Hadoop data-crunching platform, a bigger movement is afoot just beneath the surface of practically all of today’s software. Instead of building big, monolithic applications, programmers are increasingly stitching apps together using open source software packages. Read more

WINDOWS 10: Build 10056 Unveils Updated MSN Apps With New UI And Vertical Scrolling. While the latest official release of Windows 10 Technical Preview still stuck in build 10049, a new preview of the operating system (build 10056) recently leaked onto the web. This release of the OS unveiled a number of changes, improvements and updated apps including a new Weather app. Additionally, Microsoft is also including new redesigned version of its Sports, Money, and News apps (now called MSN Apps). Read more

ANDROID APPS: Google’s New Handwriting App Can Read Your Chicken Scratch And Turn It Into Text. If the popularity of styli like Microsoft’s pen accessory for Surface devices is any indication, there’s still a place for handwriting in a touchscreen-keyboard world. Apps that demand any degree of real precision require a stylus, which is probably why Google’s subtly encouraging them with the release of a new app for Android. Read more


DEBUGGING: Using Chrome DevTools to Debug JavaScript in Any Browser with Ghostlab 2. Modern desktop browsers offer powerful integrated developer tools that let you get to the bottom of CSS or JavaScript problems quickly. Whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari, you will be able to inspect the DOM, apply CSS modifications in real-time, browse through loaded script files, set breakpoints to manually control the flow of execution and trace any exception or unexpected behaviour to its cause. Read more

RESPONSIVE WEB: 14 Best CSS Frameworks for Mobile Devices. CSS frameworks enable us, the web designers, to create 100% responsive websites without any headache. We do little, but the client gets satisfied. We get paid on time so we get satisfied. The world becomes a happy place if you have these CSS frameworks. Read more

DESIGN TOOLS: 9 Amazing Material Design Frameworks For Modern Website. Google has started one of the biggest developments of Android and finally, it looks good. Many believe that the android design can keep up with iOS. Besides the mobile apps, many websites are using the new material design. You can try to implement good and appealing design either by yourself or use material design frameworks from online markets. Read more


BEST PRACTICES: Three Network Security Practices CISOs Should Avoid. CISOs can avoid these practices without sacrificing security posture or breaking the bank. Despite good intentions, there are several common network security practices that result in reduced network availability, increased expenditure or risk, and can alienate your customers. Read more

MICROSOFT: Azure Network Security Whitepaper Version 3 Is Now Available. This updated white paper provides information on how customers can use Azure’s native network security features to help protect their information assets. You can download the full whitepaper from Microsoft Azure Network Security Whitepaper V3. This update describes capabilities available as of January 2015 and the below highlights are just some of what you’ll see in this recent version. Read more


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