Learn more about Excel and Power BI from the Data Insights Summit, streaming online March 22-23

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – Redmond’s staple event for everything business data-related, is fast approaching, and the company has taken to the Office blog to talk about the event and how you can attend it at not cost – virtually.

The summit will feature the latest info about Power BI and Excel – two of Microsoft’s mainstays for business data – wrapped in 12 online sessions that will be open to not just business analysts, but anyone interested in the topic. Some highlights include an opening key note from  Microsoft CVP in Business Application, James Phillips, and a session with famed statistician Nate Silver, author of “The Signal and the Noise”. Here’s the full schedule and what you will get to know:

Tuesday, March 22

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote: Your path to modern BI, delivered by James Phillips
10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Whirlwind tour of Power BI
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Shape external data with unprecedented ease and power in Excel
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. From hindsight to foresight—machine learning with Excel and Power BI
2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Monitor your business using Power BI
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Executive panel led by James Phillips

Wednesday, March 23

8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Storytelling with infographics
9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Excel and Power BI—better together
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Enabling deeper business decisions using Cube formulas and Power Pivot
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Create impactful reports with Power BI Desktop
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Data modeling with Power BI Desktop
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Keynote: Nate Silver, author of “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t”

The live stream of the keynotes and select sections will be available for free viewing at PowerBI.com.



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Why open source is the ‘new normal’ for big data

Big Data analytics machine learning

It’s no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are the hottest technologies in big data, but what’s less often remarked upon is that they’re both open-source.

Mike Tuchen, a former Microsoft executive who is now CEO of big-data vendor Talend, thinks that’s no coincidence.

“We’re seeing a changing of the guard,” he said. “We expect the entire next-generation data platform will be open source.”

The platform he’s referring to is an expanded Hadoop ecosystem, in which the whole stack is open source. “It’s the new normal,” he said.

As a provider of integration technologies for that platform, Talend has placed a significant bet of its own on Hadoop, Spark, and open source in general, so Tuchen’s enthusiasm isn’t exactly surprising. Talend offers products focused on big data, cloud and application integration, among others, and all are based on open-source software.

Still, Talend’s bet seems to be paying off. The company will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, and it claims big-name customers like GE, Citi, Lufthansa, Orange and Virgin Mobile. It’s also in the middle of a major expansion. At the end of 2015, it was selling its products in five countries; by end of this year, it will be selling in 15, Tuchen said. Making that happen will mean hiring about 200 new people, he said, bringing the company’s total head count to about 750.

Customers appreciate how open source allows them to “try before you buy,” but they also see the open-source world as evolving more rapidly than the proprietary world because of the sharing that takes place among developers.

“The whole Hadoop ecosystem is moving faster than it could if it were just one vendor,” Tuchen said. “When you look at it that way, it’s hard to see how the world would ever change back.”


[Source:- Javaworld]

Dying Light DLC coming to Rocket League on Xbox One

According to a recent post on Reddit, you can get a buggy skin for Rocket League in Dying Light: The Following on Xbox One. The exclusive content allows you to get a Rocket League skin for a buggy to play Rocket League with a friend in Dying Light.

Also announced on Twitter, just go to dockets.dylinglightgame.com and enter code “LIGHTMYROCKET” to redeem. No word yet if we’ll see a Dying Light-inspired buggy in Rocket League, but it is highly likely to happen.

Dying Light: The Following is new standalone DLC for Dying Light on Xbox One featuring a map that dwarfs the size of the original Dying Light map, and features more gameplay enhancements that improves upon the original Dying Light game. Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition includes all of the content of the original plus some new exclusive features.

Dying Light: The Following is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 on Steam for $59.99.

 [Source:- Winbeta]

Google spotlights Go language with new open source load balancer

Google spotlights Go language with new open source load balancer

Most of Google’s open source releases have centered on infrastructure-building projects, like Kubernetes, that stem from the company’s work with its public cloud infrastructure.  But Google’s latest open source project — a load-balancing technology called Seesaw —  instead comes from work done for the company’s corporate, in-house infrastructure.

Seesaw, available on GitHub, also gives Google an opportunity to demonstrate the value of its Go language in a major project.

Seesaw was designed to fill four basic needs at Google, according to the blog post announcing its release. These include routing traffic for “unicast and anycast VIPs [virtual IP addresses],” performing load balancing with NAT and DSR (dynamic source routing, used for wireless mesh networks), checking system health, and “ease of management, including automated deployment of configuration changes.”

Successful open source projects rarely start from scratch, and Seesaw was no exception. An existing project, the Linux Virtual Server, was used as the substrate for Seesaw to perform the traffic handling. Google expanded on LVS’ functionality and used Go’s concurrency and interprocess communications functions to make the bundle easier to manage.

Before Go existed, Google might have created something similar by wrapping LVS with Python. One of Go’s goals is to provide a language that’s as flexible as Python but delivering far greater raw performance and with native functions that make it easier to design decentralized, network-connected applications. Python gained some of these functions in version 3.5, but Go had them from the outset, and Google has been determined to prove that the features baked into the language are an inherent advantage.

Seesaw is available under the Apache license, although a disclaimer on its GitHub repository notes, “This is not an official Google product,” meaning Google won’t provide any support.


[Source:- Javaworld]

iOS 9.1 Jailbreak by Pangu Released for Mac OS X and Windows

Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.1

The Pangu group has released a new jailbreak for 64-bit iPad and iPhone devices running iOS 9.1, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Jailbreaking circumvents internal security measures put in place by Apple to protect an iOS device, thereby allowing third party software to be installed and other modifications to the device. While this activity is popular with a subset of advanced users, the vast majority of iPhone and iPad owners should not jailbreak their devices, as jailbreaking can void the device warranty, lead to potential security issues, and generally offer a less stable iOS experience. That, in addition to many other reasons not to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, can be read here. This is truly for advanced users only and is not recommended for most. Unsurprisingly, Apple also strongly opposes jailbreaking.

If you happen to be interested in jailbreaking, have made a backup of your iOS device, and happen to be running iOS 9.1 on a compatible iPhone or iPad, you can get Pangu from the developer site here. The Pangu 9.1 download is about 70mb.

The Pangu 9.1 tool is available for both Mac OS X and Windows, and also supports jailbreaking iOS 9 on earlier 32-bit devices. The actual process of jailbreaking is typical of a Pangu release for those familiar with the procedure, involving backing up the device, turning off Find My iPhone, connecting it to the computer with USB, launching the Pangu app, and walking through the various steps shown on screen.

Pangu for iOS 9.1

There is no way to downgrade iOS to prior final releases, so if you have already moved beyond iOS 9.1 as most likely have, this utility will do nothing for you. The current version of iOS is 9.2.1, and iOS 9.3 is expected to be available to the public in the coming weeks.

Separately, the Pangu group also mentions a jailbreak for the Apple TV 4th generation will be available soon as well.


[Source:- OSxdaily]

Opera bakes ad-blocking into its desktop browser (and mobile, soon)

Opera bakes ad-blocking into its desktop browser (and mobile, soon)

Opera has made the move to introduce built-in ad-blocking to its desktop browser, with the feature incorporated into the developer version of the browser as of today.

The company notes that it’s the first major web browser to have ad-blocking baked in, and is pushing the idea that an integrated system is best (as opposed to a third-party extension) in terms of eking out extra performance and faster browsing.

The system is even proactive, in that the browser will suggest that the feature be turned on when adverts that could be blocked are encountered, asking the user: “Would you like to block ads and surf the web faster?” You can then elect to block ads, or refuse the offer.

Flipside of the equation

Of course, the flipside of blocking adverts is the potential impact on the economics of the web and free content online in general. Some businesses and websites rely on advertising to make their money, and would go under without that revenue.

Krystian Kolondra, SVP of Engineering and Head of Opera, acknowledges this point, commenting: “Advertising fuels the internet, allowing for many services to be free for users.”

He then adds that Opera is going after bloated web pages, stating: “But, as our new research shows, most webpages today are significantly slowed down by bloated ads and heavy tracking. We don’t accept it – we want the web to be a better place for us all, as users.”

Opera claims that its ad-blocking tech can speed up web page loading times by up to 90%, and is 40% faster on average compared to a third-party advert blocking extension, the latter being possible because the filtering occurs at the web-engine level.

The new system also allows users to benchmark web page load times themselves, and there’s also an exception list so even if you turn ad-blocking on, you can disable the blocking on specific sites.

While this announcement is about the desktop browser, we asked Opera whether this capability was destined for the company’s mobile software as well, and received the response: “Yes, we expect this technology to come soon to Opera’s mobile browsers.”

So there you have it – Opera is planning this one across the board.


[Source:- Techradar]

Android N: 10 new features to look forward to

Android N: 10 new features to look forward to

Google has managed to surprise us by giving an early preview of the Android N. This is the first developer build and there might be a few iterations that will come out before it is made available to users.

For now there is no word on what the N in Android N will stand for but there are a few favourites that have been doing the rounds.

Here are the top 10 features of Android N that we liked the most.


[Source:- Techradar]

Monitor System Stats, CPU Temp, Fan Speed in Mac Notification Center

System monitoring in Notification Center widgets for Mac OS X

Many Mac users like to keep a watchful eye on their system stats, including processor utilization, memory usage, disk activity, network usage, CPU temperature, fan speed, and perhaps battery stats. The Activity Monitor Dock icon offers one way to do this, but it’s on a limited basis, so if you’d rather see all kinds of system resource activity in a single control panel you may appreciate these two free Notification Center widgets for Mac OS X.

The first is called Monit, and once added to Notification Center it offers a means of quickly seeing an overview of CPU activity, memory usage, disk activity, battery, and network activity. You can then click on any of the little activity icons to get further information about each.

Watching system resource usage in Monit for Mac Notification Center

The second utility is called Fanny, and it keeps an eye on fan speed and CPU temperature of the Mac, also within Notification Center. This tool is likely most useful for Mac laptop users but many desktop users like to know what their fan is doing and what temperature the CPU is running.

Watching fan speed activity in Notification Center mac osx

Both of these utilities are installed as usual within Notification Center on the Mac, and after you have opened the individual app you can add the widget to Notification Center by opening the control panel, clicking on “Edit”, then adding the widgets and orientating them within the Notification Center panel as you see fit. You can also uninstall them at any time through the same Edit section of Notification Center.

System Activity monitoring from Notification Center

These widgets are purely for monitoring general statistics and resource usage, there is no actionable PID list, so if you’re expecting to take action on a CPU hog by killing the app it won’t be done here and you’d need to rely on one of the various methods of force quitting a Mac app.

Do keep in mind that system activity monitoring uses a small amount of CPU itself, so if you’re really pinching for processor or resources you may not want to have these type of widgets going at all. And if you’re not the type to want to install third party tools or utilities, the top command line tool and Activity Monitor app can offer similar functionality without any add-ons in Mac OS X, which is great if you find Notification Center alerts to be annoying and the whole accompanying widget thing to be a nuisance or useless.


[Source:- OSxdaily]

Go language expands to IBM mainframes

Go language expands to IBM mainframes

Google’s Go, considered an up-and-coming language with usage in projects like Docker and Kubernetes, has netted another feather in its cap: a port to IBM’s z Systems mainframe platform.

The port was cited on a GitHub list of repositories from the Linux on IBM z Systems Open Source Team. While IBM’s mainframes are often viewed as legacy technology from years past, IBM wants to expand the horizons of its big iron systems with Go.

“We ported Go to z Systems as part of our overall effort to expand the platform’s open source ecosystem. We continue to look for ways to provide developers new options for taking advantage of the mainframe,” said Marcel Mitran, Distinguished Engineer and CTO for IBM LinuxOne, in an email.

Big Blue, however, still is evaluating specific benefits related to Go, Mitran said. The company does expect that its work with the Go community will benefit developers by making it easier to combine software tools they know with the speed, security, and scale offered by z Systems and LinuxOne, he said. “Further, collaborating with this community will enable us to introduce new technologies to the platforms that are based on Go in the future.”

The Go port was completed in late 2015. It represents a continued effort by IBM to make its mainframes more contemporary; it introduced Linux-only LinuxOne mainframes last summer. IBM’s GitHub for z Systems list also includes efforts involving Apache Cassandra and Spark as well as Kubernetes. The open source Go language debuted a little more than six years ago.

[Source:- Javaworld]

Microsoft releases new Evernote to OneNote migration tool

OneNote is becoming one of the most popular note-taking apps available, adding new features on a regular basis, and joining Microsoft’s cross-platform play with a vengeance, with apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. It’s also free to use, and comes bundled with Office and Office 365, so it’s also one of the most cost effective note taking apps, too.

So much so that there’s been enough interest in an Evernote to OneNote migration tool that the folks at OneNote have just released a OneNote Importer tool. Initially, it’s just for Windows, but a Mac version is on the way.  You can take a look at how it works in this video:

There are a couple of pre-requisites, including the Windows requirement:

  • A PC with Windows 7 or later. Once your Evernote notes are imported, they’ll sync across all your devices—Mac, iOS and Android included.
  • To speed up the migration process, it is recommended you have Evernote for Windows installed. Sign in to Evernote for Windows with your Evernote account and make sure your latest notes are synced before importing.

You can download the OneNote Importer tool from Microsoft, and get to moving over your Evernote content straight away!


[Source:- Winbeta]