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Say goodbye to the Google Earth API

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January 12th, 2015

The developer API will be shut down next year. How long does the app have?

Google plans to discontinue the Google Earth API in one year, withdrawing access to the suite that allowed developers to construct 3D mapping applications that ran in browsers using

In announcing the news on the Google Developer’s Blog, Ken Hoetmer, product manager for Google Maps APIs, said the decision was due to both Chrome and Firefox removing a needed plugin framework. The framework is the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), which both Mozilla and Google have said they would stop using for security reasons.

Along with dwindling cross-platform support, Google decided to wind down support. Usage of the Earth API has drastically dropped from 9.1% in September 2013 to just 0.1% in October 2014, so Google is basically killing something that’s already dead.

Google Maps terms of services states that an API should be supported for one year after its retirement announcement, and since that announcement was posted on December 12, the Google Earth API will be supported until December 12, 2015.

During this time, the API will only support the following browsers:
This leaves the question of what will become of the Google Earth application. The app is on version, with a build date of 10/7/2013. That’s basically ancient in software terms, letting it go 14 months without an update.

Hoetmer addressed this in the blog post, sort of:
“Regarding future plans, Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.”

Hopefully in under 14 months.

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Fast guide to Google Go programming

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September 22nd, 2014

The Go programming language is an open source programming language from Google that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. It’s part of the programming language lineage that started with Tony Hoare’s Communicating Sequential Processes and includes Occam, Erlang, Newsqueak, and Limbo. In the following 14 slides, we’ll demonstrate some of the differentiating features of the language, including its extremely lightweight concurrency. The project currently has more than 500 contributors, led by Rob Pike, a distinguished engineer at Google, who worked at Bell Labs as a member of the Unix team and co-created Plan 9 and Inferno.

The Go language extends the idea of arrays with slices. A slice points to an array of values and includes a length. []T is a slice with elements of type T. In the pictured exercise, we use slices of slices of unsigned bytes to hold the pixels of an image we generate. With package main, programs start running. The import statement is an extended version of C and C++’s include statement; here we are getting the pic file from a Mercurial repository. The := syntax declares and initializes a variable, and the compiler infers a type whenever it can. Also, make is used to create slices and some other types. A for..range loop is the equivalent of C#’s loop.

The Go map statement maps keys to values. As with slice, you create a map with make, not new. In the example above, we are mapping string keys to integer values. Here we demonstrate inserting, updating, deleting, and testing for map elements.

The pictured program prints:
The value: 42
The value: 48 The value: 0
The value: 0
Present? false

Structs and methods
The Go language lacks classes but has a struct, which is a sequence of named elements, called fields, each with a name and a type. A method is a function with a receiver. A method declaration binds an identifier (the method name) to a method and associates the method with the receiver’s base type. In this example, we declare a Vertex struct to contain two floating point fields, X and Y, and a method Abs. Fields that begin with uppercase letters are public; fields that begin with lowercase letters are private. Fields and methods are addressable through the dot notation; * and & signify pointers, as in C. This program prints 5.

An interface type is defined by a set of methods. A value of interface type can hold any value that implements those methods. In this example, we define an interface Abser and a variable a of type Abser. Note that the assignments in lines 17 and 18 work, but the assignment in line 22 does not even compile. The Abs method of Vertex, which we saw in the previous slide, has a pointer to Vertex type for its receiver, so a *Vertex implements Abser, but a Vertex does not.

The switch statement in Go is similar to the switch statement in other C-like languages, except that the case statements can be types or expressions in addition to simple values, and the cases automatically break unless they end with fallthrough statements. The cases are evaluated in the order they are defined.

Goroutines are, to a rough approximation, extremely lightweight threads, in the spirit of Tony Hoare’s Communicating Sequential Processes. Line 16 in the sample above calls the say function asynchronously, while line 17 calls the say function synchronously. Goroutines, channels, and select statements form the core of Go’s highly scalable concurrency, one of the strongest selling points of the language. The language also has conventional synchronization objects, but they are rarely needed. The program to the left outputs:


Channels in Go provide a mechanism for concurrently executing functions to communicate by sending and receiving values of a specified element type. The value of an uninitialized channel is nil. In line 16, we create a bidirectional channel of integers. We could also make unidirectional sending <-c and receiving c<- channels. In lines 17 and 18, we call sum asynchronously with slices of the first and second half of a. In line 19, the integer variables x and y receive the two sums from the channel. In line 7, the underscore _, the blank identifier, means to ignore the first result value from the for..range loop, which is the index. The program output is 17 -5 12.

Range and close
A sender can close a channel to indicate that no more values will be sent. Receivers can test whether a channel has been closed by assigning a second parameter to the receive expression. A loop for i := range c receives values from the channel repeatedly until it is closed. The cap of the channel is the capacity, which is the size of the buffer in the channel, set as the optional second argument when you make a channel, as in line 17. Note the compact form of the assignment statements in the fibonacci function. The program output is the first 10 values of the Fibonacci series, 0 through 34.

A select statement chooses which of a set of possible send or receive operations will proceed. It looks similar to a switch statement but with all the cases referring to communication operations. A select blocks until one of its cases can run, then it executes that case. It chooses one at random if multiple are ready.

Here the main function calls the fibonacci function with two unbuffered channels, one for results and one for a quit signal. The fibonacci function uses a select statement to wait on both channels. The anonymous, asynchronous go function that starts at line 21 waits to receive values at line 23, then prints them. After 10 values, it sets the quit channel, so the fibonacci function knows to stop.

Concurrency patterns, example 1
In this example we are using select to create a fan-in goroutine that combines two input channels of string, input1 and input2, into one unbuffered output channel, c. The select statement allows fanIn to listen to both input channels simultaneously and relay whichever is ready to the output channel. It doesn’t matter that both cases are using the same temporary variable name to hold the string from its respective input channel. The example is from Rob Pike’s 2012 talk on Concurrency Patterns in Go.

Concurrency patterns, example 2
This sample implements a parallel search of the Internet, sort of like what Google actually does. To begin with, replicas …Search is a variadic parameter to the function; both Search and Result are types defined elsewhere.

The caller passes N search server functions to the First function, which creates a channel c for results and defines a function to query the ith server and saves it in searchReplica. Then First calls searchReplica asynchronously for all N servers, always returning the answer on channel c, and returns the first result to come back from the N servers. The example is from Rob Pike’s 2012 talk on Concurrency Patterns in Go.

Package http
The Go net/http package provides HTTP client and server implementations. This example implements a simple Web server that returns the contents of the directory /usr/share/doc to a Web client. The example does not work properly in the Go Playground online environment, but run on a Mac command line, it returns the following to a Web browser asking for http://localhost:8080/:

Package template
The Go html/template package implements data-driven templates for generating HTML output that is safe against code injection. Without all of the escaping added by the html/template package, the example could have produced a runnable JavaScript string, Hello, <script>alert(‘you have been pwned’)</script>!.


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The downloadable extension works on both desktop and laptop computers

Laptop and desktop users can now do a Google search without typing just by speaking aloud, with a Chrome extension that Google made available on Tuesday.

The browser extension, Google Voice Search Hotword, can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and is available both for the desktop and laptops. Google designates it as being in beta.

The tool lets users perform a voice search by going to and saying, “OK Google,” then speaking the search term. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming in the U.S., Google gave some cooking-related examples in an explanatory video: Users can say, “OK Google, compare olive oil and butter,” or, “OK Google, what is five tablespoons in ounces?” (Answer: 2.5.)

Reminders can also be set with the service, so people can say, “OK Google, set a timer for 10 minutes,” or, “Remind me to buy more olive oil on Sunday afternoon.”

The active tab in the Chrome browser needs to be for it to work. But people can also conduct a new search directly from the search results page. Users will know they are good to go if the microphone icon in the search bar appears bold. To save on battery life, users can set the feature to stop listening after five minutes of inactivity.

There’s more going on behind the scenes than just talk. Google is working to improve the ranking algorithms behind its search products to provide better answers when users ask more complex questions. When Google Search turned 15 years old earlier this year, the company rolled out some enhanced features such as comparisons and filters.

Google also previewed some of the new voice search functionalities at its I/O conference for developers this past May. The release of the voice search product is part of Google’s larger efforts to build more natural language processing into search, to make the process seem as natural as possible.

During the I/O conference, Google Senior Vice President Amit Singhal likened the company’s evolving search functionality to asking a friend for information.

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Meanwhile, Google releases images of updated version of Glass

A woman said in a post on her Google+ page that she was was ticketed by police in southern California for wearing Google Glass.

Cecilia Abadie, whose Google+ profile describes her as a blogger, speaker and Google Glass pioneer, sought information on laws about driving while wearing the computerized eyeglasses.

She couldn’t be reached for comment to provide details of the incident.

“Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong???,” wrote Abadie on her Google+ page. “Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US?”

Abadie, though, did note in the comments section of her post that she was initially pulled over for, and was ticketed, for speeding.

“The speeding [ticket] was justified as I was in a 65 mph zone and thought I was on a 75mph zone, I always feel like I need some software to alert me when zones change … is that only me??,” she wrote. “Glass was not on and I honestly don’t use it much while driving but I do wear.”

Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, said the courts will soon have to settle this issue.

“If people start using glass while driving to look up points of interest or watch a video, then sure, it’s dangerous,” he said. “If someone was indeed using it for navigation, what’s the difference between looking at Glass, a phone or a navigation system?”

As Abadie was dealing with the law around Glass, Google was busy releasing images of its design upgrade.

Google announced earlier this week that the so-called Explorers who are testing the devices won’t have to buy new models of Glass when they become generally available. The prototypes can be exchanged for a new, updated version within 60 days.

That deal, however, won’t apply to the latest Glass Explorers.

Google explained that only Explorers who purchased Glass devices before Oct. 28 are eligible for the program.

Google posted two new photos of the upcoming version on its Google Glass page.

The photos show a new version that’s much like the old. The new one doesn have a single earbud that can be inserted into the user’s right ear and is attached to the back of the device’s bow.

The new units also are designed to work with shades and prescription lenses.

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12 tips and tools for Chromebook power users

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October 19th, 2013

The Chromebook can be a powerful workhorse — here’s how to replace your standard laptop for work.

12 tips and tools for Chromebook users
I’ve been using my Chromebook for several months now, and I’ve still not found the need to return to my MacBook Pro for more than a few short hours in all that time. More than that, our small office is now equipped with Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, so all our staff have enterprise-quality IT without an enterprise IT department. No one has the “hobby” of managing antivirus installs, software updates, crashed hard drives, and the rest of the IT circus. How has that been possible? Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up to make Chrome OS work for work.

The Evernote logo is an elephant because it’s the note-keeping app that never forgets.

Evernote has played a vital role in keeping my research, notes, and plans organized. It conveniently indexes notes and even images, making them searchable in a clear, well ordered fashion. A paid account, which I use, will give you effectively unlimited storage plus indexing of the text in images and PDFs.

Sadly there’s no offline mode on the Chromebook but it’s immensely useful all the same.

Secure shell (SSH) is the terminal of choice for server administrators everywhere. Handily, it’s built into the Chromebook in the form of crosh (just press ctrl-alt-t).

Alternatively a more flexible incarnation is available as the Secure Shell extension (pictured), which stores details of commonly used servers.

Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is an essential tool for those looking to make Chromebook their primary laptop but can’t quite cut the cord completely on their other machines. With it, you can screenshare any of your computers wherever they are, even behind firewalls or on home broadband.

It’s the perfect way to help family, retrieve files, and make use of apps otherwise unavailable on the Chromebook.

There is also a full version of VNCViewer available for the Chromebook, allowing sharing of any VNC server (including Macs) visible to your network. I also use the 2X RDP viewer to access Windows sessions.

With the demise of Google Reader, Feedly is my RSS feed reader of choice. It’s essential for anyone looking to keep up to date with their favorite websites.

The Chrome app is just a wrapper for, but having it installed means there’s an icon to click on the dock, which can be set to start full-screen rather than in a tab.

I use it to track the news I post to Twitter, research for my InfoWorld column, and so on. It’s able to clip text to Evernote as well as keep track of what I have read across all the places I log in to Feedly.

Unfortunately, it does not offer an offline mode for reading while traveling; otherwise it’s near perfect.

Music fans are well taken care of, thanks to the Spotify client tailored specifically for the Chromebook.

The Spotify client works flawlessly with my Spotify account — online-only, of course.

Another way to get your music fix is to purchase an “unlimited access” subscription to Google Play, allowing you to listen to any of the extensive music catalog available on Google Play.

Google+ Photo
For those moving off laptops, you may well find you’re lacking a photo app to replace software like iPhoto.

Fortunately, with the Chromebook Pixel Google released an app that will scan your cameras, SD cards and other storage plugged into the computer, upload photos to Google+ and provide many of the simple editing and cataloging functions of apps like iPhoto and ThumbsPlus.

Although not advertised as such, Google+ Photos works fine on all our Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Google Apps
It will come as no surprise that the Chromebook is perfectly tailored for working on documents.

All of Google’s productivity apps accessed from Google Drive — word processor, spreadsheet, presentations and more — work well on the Chromebook, and they also work offline, allowing documents to be created and used without an Internet connection. They clearly expect heavy use of this feature, given the extra capacity perks that come with devices.

Google’s cloud file storage also caches recently used and user-specified files offline. The only problem I’ve encountered has been the surprisingly poor support for ODF (Open Document format) in Google services. My workaround: Use Chrome Remote Desktop to access LibreOffice back at base.

Conference calls are a fact of business life. We use ÜberConference to arrange and manage telephone conference calls. It has a great Web app for setting up calls, and you can even dial in to them using nothing more than a Chromebook and a headset.

In addition to the bookmark app that’s been available all along, ÜberConference just introduced a new Chrome app that makes booking and using a conference call really easy.

Twitter needs no introduction, but TweetDeck provides a valuable HTML5 Web app that allows you to monitor multiple accounts, searches, messages and more. It also offers timed posting so you can schedule tweet updates from your various accounts in advance.

TweetDeck provides an especially good Twitter experience when your Chromebook is plugged into a large external screen and the font size is set to “small” — columns as far as the eye can see.

For users of the Amazon Kindle, there’s a Kindle Cloud Reader app for the Chromebook that offers all the same functionality as a physical Kindle or the Kindle app for other devices. It includes the ability to store and read books offline so you don’t need an Internet connection to enjoy a few chapters while traveling.

Free Stuff
One tip you shouldn’t overlook is to claim the free storage space and in-flight Wi-Fi passes Google offers all Chromebook and Chromebox buyers. There’s 100GB of free storage for two years offered with most devices — 1TB with the purchase of a Chromebook Pixel. To claim them you’ll need to be logged in to the owner account on your Chromebook and visit the Goodies page.

External monitors
Another tip for Chromebook users: Take advantage of external monitors. One member of our staff has two 27-inch monitors attached to a Chromebox, and I’m using my Apple Cinema display with my Chromebook.

We have a variety of keyboards, mouses and trackpads in use, some wired, some cordless. Chromebooks and Chromeboxes work very well with all of them.

Plus, as you replace your other machines with your Chromebook, you’ll still have use for all those old accessories.

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The last of our three-part how-to series helps you take your Google+ experience to the next level.

Getting started on Google+ may be simple, but mastering the service’s full potential is an art. Thanks to advanced options and third-party extensions, there’s always some new way to give Google+ an extra pinch of power.

Here are 25 tips and tricks to help make your G+ experience as good as it can be.
Work faster and better

1. Put your mouse down, homey: You can get around Google+ almost exclusively by using your keyboard. In typical Google fashion, G+ is loaded with keyboard shortcuts. Just press shift + the question mark key on your keyboard when you’re in the main stream view and you’ll get a list of available commands.

One common command is conspicuously missing from Google+’s keyboard shortcut collection: the ability to open up the notifications window. There is a workaround: From the stream view, press the forward-slash key, press Tab twice and then press Enter. It’s a bit involved, admittedly — sort of like a secret handshake — but if you’re a keyboard shortcut nut like me, it won’t take you long to get in the habit.

2. Need to get back to the top of your stream from the Google+ desktop site? You can always use your keyboard’s Home key, but if you prefer a mouse-oriented approach, clicking anywhere on the top navigation bar will also take you there.

3. When you mention another Google+ user in a post or comment, type a plus sign before you start typing her name. Google+ will then give you a dropdown list of users from which you can select. Doing so will notify the person that you mentioned her; it’ll also let other users hover over the person’s name to learn more about her and view her profile.

When you mention another Google+ user in a post or comment, type a plus sign before you start typing the name and Google+ will give you a list of users from which you can select.

4. Google+ makes it easy to make your posts look good: Surround any text with asterisks to turn the text bold, with underscores to make it italicized, or with hyphens to give it a strikethrough effect. Those formatting commands work in comments, too.

5. Next time you’re trying to find a particular type of photo from the images you’ve got stored on Google+, try the intelligent photo search feature. Just head over to the Photos page (you can find it in the left-hand menu) and type a term into the search box at the top of the page — “dog,” “ocean,” “picnic,” or any phrase that describes what’s in the image you want. The system’s accuracy will surprise you.

Google+’s intelligent photo search feature lets you find your photos by typing in a descriptive word or phrase.

6. You may know that Google+ automatically makes animated GIFs from related images you’ve uploaded, but did you know you can easily find all your animated GIFs in a single place? Just search for the keyword “motion” within the Google+ Photos section to see all the GIFs G+ has generated from your photos.

7. Google+’s automatic photo enhancements work on images uploaded to Picasa, too — even old images uploaded before G+ was around. To check out enhancements made to your Picasa photos, first be sure you’ve signed into Google+ from the same account you use (or used) with Picasa. Then try searching the Google+ Photos section for keywords like “motion,” “hdr” or “mix” to see the enhancements in action.

Streamline your stream

8. If there’s a post in your stream you don’t want to see, move your mouse to the upper-right corner of its card and click the small down arrow that appears. From there, select the option called “Mute post” to banish it from your life forever. You’ll also find options in that menu to report spam or abusive behavior — and, provided the post is from someone you’ve added yourself, an option to remove him from your circles right then and there.

9. Want to get a permanent standalone link to an individual post — either for sharing on another social network or for referencing somewhere outside of Google+? You’ll find a “Link to post” option in that same top-right arrow menu mentioned in the last tip; you can also just hover your mouse over a post’s timestamp and then right-click to copy the link.

10. Social media is all about engagement, but sometimes you may want to limit the ways in which people can interact with your posts. Google+ has you covered: Just click the small arrow on the right side of the “To” box while you’re writing a post. There, you’ll find commands to prevent people from leaving comments on the post and also to prevent users from resharing it.
25 Google+ tips and tricks

Get the word out

11. Track how widely any post is being shared with Google+’s Ripples feature. Click the small arrow at the top-right of a post to find the option; selecting it will show you a scalable chart with detailed info about who shared your post and how it spread.

You can also use Ripples to gauge how widely an external page — a news article or YouTube video, for instance — has been shared on G+; just add the URL to the end of this string:

Paste it into your browser’s address bar or add a bit of code into your browser’s bookmarks to create a one-click Ripples button.

(Note: If a post or page hasn’t been publicly shared on Google+ — in other words, if you’ve limited it to a specific set of people or circles — no Ripples data will be available. So if you do want to take advantage of the feature, it’s best to choose Public on the share dropdown.)

You can track how widely any post is being shared with Google+’s Ripples feature.

12. Think you’ve got some interesting people in your G+ stream? Share the love with a Google+ shared circle: From the Circles page (click on “People in the left-hand menu and then choose “Your circles” from the top menu), click on any circle you’ve created. The circle will turn black and offer three icons: a pencil (to edit), a right-facing arrow (to share) and a garbage can (to delete). Click on the arrow icon and you can then share the entire circle with your followers, who will be able to add everyone you’ve included into their own circles with a single click.

13. Take a minute to make sure you’ve filled in the “Tagline” and “Employment” sections of your Google+ profile. They’re particularly important, as the text you put in those sections appears in a small card every time someone hovers over your name while viewing content on G+.

You can edit both sections by opening your profile, selecting the “About” tab at the top, and then clicking “Edit” in the appropriate areas on the page.

14. If you have your own blog or website, you can put interactive Google+ follow buttons and badges there to encourage visitors to circle you. Google+ doesn’t currently offer a full-fledged widget for showing your latest posts, but you can create your own using a third-party service such as Widgetbox.

15. Google+ doesn’t provide any official tools for creating RSS feeds from your posts — no surprise, given the company’s broad moves away from RSS — but once again, third-party services can fill the void. A free service called is a solid option that works well.

Customize and control
16. Not thrilled with the way Google+ collapses long posts on the Web? No problem: Install a free Chrome extension called Replies and more for Google+. It’ll make the service automatically expand all posts by default. It offers a number of other interesting options, too, such as the ability to add a two-click command for sharing any post to email, Facebook or Twitter.

17. If you miss the way the Google+ stream used to refresh automatically, grab a Chrome extension called Auto Load New Posts for Google+. The extension does exactly what you’d think: It makes new posts show up in your stream as they’re sent instead of requiring you to click an icon every time they arrive.

A Chrome extension called Favorite Posts for Google+ adds a one-click “Favorites” section into the desktop G+ site for you to use.

18. For a robust post-saving setup, check out a Chrome extension called Favorite Posts for Google+. The extension adds a one-click “Favorites” section into the left-hand sidebar of the desktop G+ site for you to use; it also adds one-click commands within individual posts for you to save the post to Pocket or Instapaper.

19. You automatically see your Google+ notifications at the top of most Google services, but if you use Chrome, you can make it so they’re available anywhere on the Web: Just install the Google+ Notifications extension. It’ll put a Google+ notifications box in your browser’s toolbar area.

20. Ever wish you could schedule Google+ posts for the future? You can — sort of. While Google+ itself doesn’t yet provide such functionality, a Chrome extension called Do Share gets the job done. The catch is that your browser has to be running whenever the post is scheduled to go live in order for it to work.

Beyond Google+

21. You can interact with Google+ directly from Gmail. First, be sure you’ve set up your G+ email notifications the way you want (go into the Google+ settings and scroll down to the “Receive notifications” section). Then, when you get a G+ activity alert in your inbox, look for the commands to moderate comments, add comments or +1 a post. Performing those actions within Gmail will work exactly the same as if you had performed them from the main G+ site — and you’ll save a few precious seconds.

22. You can save content directly from Google+ to Evernote and other similar note-taking services. First, you’ll need to sign into the note-taking service and find the email address associated with your account (for example, here’s how you find your Evernote email address).

Then go to your G+ Circles page. Type that email address into the white box at the top right of the page. You’ll see a box appear with your name and the Evernote address. Click on the box; you’ll see a pop-up that lets you “Add and invite.” When you click on that, you’ll be able to create a new circle called “Evernote.” Now anytime you want to save a post to Evernote, just share it to your Evernote circle and — abracadabra! — the deed will be done.

(Note: By virtue of the nature of this process, you’ll likely receive an automated invitation to join Google+ in your Evernote account the first time you set it up.)

23. Google+ can serve as a note-taking tool itself: Just create a new circle called “Save.” Add only yourself into the circle. Anytime you want to save something for your own personal reference — whether a new note you’re making or content someone else posted — just share it into your Save circle and it’ll be there waiting for you when you need it.

24. If you use Google Docs, you can share documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly from there into Google+. Click the blue Share button at the top right of any open document and then select the G+ icon. You’ll be prompted to choose how public the document will be — either accessible to anyone on the Web or accessible only to those who have the direct link — and can also set whether other users will be able to edit, comment on or simply read the file.

Like with any G+ post, you can share a document with any circles or subsets of users you want. Once shared, it’ll show up in your followers’ streams as a readable thumbnail and will open in Docs when clicked.

25. You can make phone calls using Google Voice right from the Google+ desktop site: Open the service’s Hangouts feature, located at the right side of the main stream. Once you’ve signed in, click the small down-facing arrow in the Hangouts section and then select “Call a phone” to get started.

(While Google Voice is free to use within the United States, there is a per-minute rate for international calls. To find out what they are, click the downward arrow that appears after you’ve selected “Call a phone” and then click on “Rates.”)

You can also conduct video calls and group video chats from the same G+ Hangouts section, though those options work only with other Google+ users.


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Google to encrypt Cloud Storage data by default

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August 19th, 2013

Users can choose if they want to hold the encryption keys themselves

Google said Thursday it will by default encrypt data warehoused in its Cloud Storage service.

The server-side encryption is now active for all new data written to Cloud Storage, and older data will be encrypted in the coming months, wrote Dave Barth, a Google product manager, in a blog post.

“If you require encryption for your data, this functionality frees you from the hassle and risk of managing your own encryption and decryption keys,” Barth wrote. “We manage the cryptographic keys on your behalf using the same hardened key management systems that Google uses for our own encrypted data, including strict key access controls and auditing.”

The data and metadata around an object stored in Cloud Storage is encrypted with a unique key using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm, and the “per-object key itself is encrypted with a unique key associated with the object owner,” Barth wrote.

“These keys are additionally encrypted by one of a regularly rotated set of master keys,” he wrote. “Of course, if you prefer to manage your own keys then you can still encrypt data yourself prior to writing it to Cloud Storage.”

Data collection programs revealed by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have raised questions about U.S. government data requests made to Internet companies such as Google for national security investigations.

A Google spokeswoman said via email the company does not provide encryption keys to any government and provides user data only in accordance with the law.

“Our legal team reviews each and every request, and we frequently push back when the requests appear to be fishing expeditions or don’t follow the correct process,” she wrote. “When we are required to comply with these requests, we deliver it to the authorities. No government has the ability to pull data directly from our servers or network.”


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Google’s Moto X mimics latest Droids

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August 2nd, 2013

The Moto X, which has a 4.7-inch screen, will be available through U.S. carriers for $199.99 at the end of this month

Google’s Motorola Mobility unit unveiled the highly anticipated Moto X smartphone on Thursday at an event themed around innovation, but many of the handset’s highlighted features were similar to those on the recently announced Droid smartphones.

The Moto X smartphone has a 4.7-inch screen, and runs on Google’s Android 4.2.2 OS code-named Jellybean. The smartphone will be available at the end of August for $199.99 with a two-year contract through all major U.S. carriers, and an unlocked version will follow shortly after. The smartphone will also be available worldwide by the end of this month.

Moto X is the first result of investments by Google and Motorola Mobility in new technologies related to design and natural interaction technology, said Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, during the media event.

“This was the first device that was built from scratch since Google acquired Motorola Mobility,” Woodside said. Google completed the $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility in March last year.

The Moto X, which weighs 132 grams, offers 24 hours of battery life, and 13 hours of talk time. Users can shoot 1080p high-definition video through its 10-megapixel rear camera or 2-megapixel front camera, although the screen can display images only at a 720p resolution. The phone has 16GB of storage, and a 32GB model will be priced at $249.99 with wireless carrier contracts.

But on closer examination the Moto X is very similar to the recently announced Droids, including the Ultra, Maxx and Mini models, which will soon become available through Verizon Wireless. The phones carry similar processor, camera, display and natural interaction features.

The Moto X differs from the Droids in its design, color choices, 50GB of Google Drive storage and wide availability through all carriers, said Rick Osterloh, senior vice president at Motorola Mobility, at the event.

The Moto X has a curvy design that could make it easier to hold than competitive handsets with rectangular designs. The handset will be highly customizable when ordered through Motorola’s website, and a feature called Moto Maker will allow users to choose colors for the back and front of the handset.

The smartphone has what Motorola called “touchless control,” in which the handset responds to voice commands, even when in idle mode. A key spoken phrase will prompt the smartphone to call people, navigate or even conduct a Google search. In a demonstration, the smartphone showed the score of a baseball game from the previous day after a voice question. The feature is also available on the Droid handsets.

Voice controls offer “a safe way to operate your phone, hands free and eyes free,” Osterloh said, adding that the Moto X has three microphones and noise cancellation technology.

The smartphone also has the X8 chip system, a set of processors including the CPU, graphics processors, sensors and cores that is also used in the Droid smartphones. In the Moto X that includes a dual-core Qualcomm S4 Pro chip code-named Krait, which is similar to the chip found in the new Droids, Google’s Nexus 4, LG’s Optimus G and Sony’s Xperia Z. Qualcomm in January announced the Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips, which will succeed the S4 Pro.

Another common feature with the Droids is the Active Display, in which bits of information, like time and notifications, are provided on the screen when the phone is in idle mode. Users will be able to see email, text messages, social network notifications and calendar information without putting the phone in active mode. Motorola has implemented a custom screen buffer for the information to be displayed on the black background. This is another feature shared with the new Droids.

“Not only can I see stuff as it arrives, it takes me into the message so I can respond,” Osterloh said.

The handset incorporates camera technology called QuickCapture, in which a user can quickly take a picture without pressing a specific on-screen button. The camera automatically autofocuses and users can touch any part of the screen to take a shot. The camera sensor is able to capture more light, which allows for good low-light shots and less blur, Osterloh said.

Verizon will sell a developer version of Moto X, which can be unlocked through Motorola’s website, though the price of that phone was not available. The developer edition will also be available through Motorola’s website at a later date. Developers unlocking the smartphone will break warranty, though.

The phones for the U.S. market will be made in Fort Worth, Texas, Osterloh said.

“People want a phone quickly,” Osterloh said. “We realized if it was going to take two to three weeks [to ship], it wasn’t going to be enough.”

Making the phones in the U.S. also keeps manufacturing close to the design and engineering teams, and the company can react quickly to market trends, Osterloh said.

Motorola is also testing a Moto X with a wooden frame on the back. That smartphone could be available in the fourth quarter, though Osterloh said “we’re not sure what we’ll end up with.”

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App allegedly strips advertisements, lets users download videosGoogle on Wednesday demanded that Microsoft yank its YouTube app for Windows Phone from the market and disable any downloaded copies of the app, according to, which received a copy of Google’s cease and desist letter.

Microsoft has until May 22 to comply, according to the story by Wired’s Mat Honan.

The Microsoft-written YouTube app violates YouTube’s service terms in two ways: it strips out the ads in the videos and lets users download content from the video site. Users can download the Microsoft app from the Windows Phone App Store.

UPDATE 1: But there are at least three other Windows Phone apps, available on Microsoft’s online app store, that also appear to violate one or the other of these restrictions. All three let users download videos to their phones. A paid version of one of them lets the user block advertisements.

Here’s the list:

Tube Pro, free, by Fast Code; the WindowsPhone Store listing offers an email address for support and questions. “If you want to remove adverts, Please buy the paid version.”

YouTube Downloader, free, by AnKo Software, which seems to be a Russian developer; on Twitter @AnKo_software

YouTube Downloader, $2.49, by AutoExpert Net. No vendor contact information available, but it was the only vendor that posted a disclaimer about downloading content: “AutoExpert Net does NOT in any way endorse and is NOT responsible for downloading copyrighted material from YouTube. This application should only be used for non-copyrighted material and/or for educational purposes. All the rights of the videos/audios are the property of their respective owners. By using this application you agree to abide by local and national copyright laws.”

“Network World” emailed AutoExpert Net. and tweeted AnKo Software for comment.

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“These features directly harm our content creators and clearly violate our Terms of Service,” according to Google’s letter. “We request that you immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013.”

“Just today, during his presentation at the Google I/O keynote, Google CEO Larry Page decried Microsoft for “milking off” of Google’s innovations,” Honan writes.

The Wired story includes the full text of the letter, dated May 15. It was sent to Todd Brix, Microsoft general manager, Windows Phone apps and store. It was signed by Francisco Vareta, director, global platform partnership, for Youtube.

Wired contacted both Google and Microsoft for comment. As of this posting, Wired apparently has received none.

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Google will cut 1,200 more jobs at Motorola Mobility
Motorola described it as a continuation of staff cuts announced in August

Motorola Mobility is cutting 1,200 staff, in addition to a reduction of 4,000 staff it announced in August, to focus on high-end devices.

“These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” said Motorola spokeswoman Katie Dove in an email. “It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”

[MORE LAYOFFS: Biggest tech layoffs of 2012]

Motorola’s mobile business has been overwhelmed in the smartphone market by larger players such as Samsung Electronics, Apple, Sony, Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Samsung, the largest smartphone maker in the fourth quarter, like Motorola makes phones using Google’s Android operating system.

The revenue of Motorola’s mobile business as a result of knocks in the market was US$1.51 billion, or 11 percent of parent Google’s consolidated revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012. It also had an operating loss of $353 million in the quarter. Apple in contrast posted revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 29.

Staff at Motorola were informed by email this week that while the company is optimistic about new products in the pipeline, it still faces challenges, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The company added that its costs are too high, and it is operating in markets where it is not competitive and is losing money. The layoffs will affect workers in the U.S., China and India, according to the newspaper.

Motorola was acquired by Google in May, and it was thought that the Internet giant was mainly acquiring the company for its patents, and may not be interested in its mobile hardware business in a cut-throat market.

Google said in December that it planned to sell Motorola’s TV set-top box business to Arris Group, a broadband device vendor, for $2.35 billion.

Motorola had 11,113 staff in its mobile business and 5,204 in its home business at the end of December. The new cuts will hence reduce the staff in its mobility business by over 10 percent.



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Internet Explorer only? IE doubt it

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Fewer businesses standardizing browser use on Internet Explorer, but the practice isn’t gone yet.

Just as Internet users in general have defected in huge numbers from Microsoft Internet Explorer over the past several years, the business world, as well, is becoming less dependent on the venerable browser.

Companies that used to mandate the use of IE for access to web resources are beginning to embrace a far more heterodox attitude toward web browsers. While it hasn’t gone away, the experience of having to use IE 6 to access some legacy in-house web app is becoming less common.

“Things have changed a lot in the last three years, and I think a lot of it has to do with the emergence of the modern web and the popularity of mobile. They have made it very different for companies to truly standardize on a browser,” says Gartner Research analyst David Mitchell Smith.

One example of the changing face of business browser use is SquareTwo Financial, a Denver-based financial services company that works primarily in distressed asset management. The firm’s 280 employees handle both consumer and commercial business, buying and selling debt, and a franchise program means that there are upwards of 1,500 more people working at SquareTwo affiliates. According to CTO Chris Reigrut, the company takes in roughly $280 million in annual revenue.

“In addition to buying and selling debt, we also provide a software-as-a-service platform that our franchises (and we) use to actually negotiate and litigate the debt,” he tells Network World.

Square Two hasn’t needed to standardize, he says, because keeping their offerings diverse is part of the idea – the company’s various online resources all have differing requirements.

“We do distribute Firefox on Windows systems – however, Safari and IE are both frequently used. Our internal wiki is only officially supported on Firefox and Safari. Our SaaS ‘client’ is a pre-packaged Firefox install so that it looks more like a traditional thick-client application. Most of our employees use their browser for a couple of internal systems, as well as several external services (i.e. HR, training, etc),” says Reigrut (who, like the other IT pros quoted in this story is a member of the CIO Executive Council Pathways program for leadership development).

The Microsoft faithful, however, are still out there. Many businesses have chosen to remain standardized on IE, for several reasons. SickKids, a children’s research hospital in Toronto, sticks with Microsoft’s browser mostly for the ease of applying updates.

“We have more than 7,000 end-point devices. Most of those devices are Windows workstations and Internet Explorer is included as part of the Microsoft Windows operating system. As such, this makes it easier and integrates well with our solution to manage and deploy upgrades, patches and hotfixes to the OS including IE,” says implementations director Peter Parsan.

“Internet Explorer is more than a browser, it is the foundation for Internet functionality in Windows,” he adds.

The complexity of managing an ecosystem with more than 100 types of software – running the gamut from productivity applications to clinical programs – requires a heavily controlled approach, according to Parsan.

Smith agrees that IE still has its advantages for business users that want just such a strictly regimented technology infrastructure.

“If you want a managed, traditional IT environment … really, your only option is Internet Explorer,” he says, adding that both Firefox and Chrome lag behind IE in terms of effective centralized management tools.

Some companies, however, have gone a different way – standardizing not on IE, but on a competing browser.

Elliot Tally, senior director of enterprise apps for electronics manufacturer Sanmina, says his company’s employees are highly dependent on browsers for business-critical activities. Everything from ERP to document control (which he notes is “big for a manufacturing company”) to the supply chain is run from a web app.

Tally says Sanmina made the move to standardize on Chrome in 2009, in part because of a simultaneous switch to Gmail and Google Apps from IE and Microsoft products.

“It made sense to go with the browser created and supported by the company that created the apps we rely on. Also, Chrome installs in user space so it doesn’t require admin privileges to auto-update,” he says. “It also silently auto-updates, as opposed to Firefox, which requires a fresh install to update versions, or IE, which is similar. Chrome, over the last year or so, has supported web standards better than any other browser, and (until recently) has offered significantly better performance.”

Plainly, broad diversity exists both in the actual browsers used by workers and the approaches businesses have taken in managing their use.

That diversity, says Smith, is the reason Gartner has been advising clients against standardization from the outset.

“Standardize on standards, not browsers,” he urges. “That was a controversial position for 10 years. People really didn’t agree with it, they didn’t listen to it, and they paid the price.”

Microsoft, as well, has had to pay a price.

“[Standardization] hurts Microsoft’s reputation as an innovator; as a forward-thinker,” he says. “When people’s impression of using Microsoft technology – whether it’s a browser, whether it’s an operating system – is something that is two or three versions old, because they’re dealing with it through what enterprises want.”

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Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of Microsoft technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different products, or build on the MCTS to earn a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification.



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MCTS candidates are capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

Why get certified?

Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your proven experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Designed to be relevant in today’s rapidly changing IT marketplace, Microsoft Certifications help you utilize evolving technologies, fine-tune your troubleshooting skills, and improve your job satisfaction.

Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned professional, becoming certified demonstrates to customers, peers, and employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges. In addition, certification provides you with access to exclusive Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.

MCTS Network Infrastructure Certification

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 credential is intended for IT professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium-sized to large companies.

The MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in an environment that has the following characteristics:

250 to 5,000 or more users
Three or more physical locations
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Network services and resources, such as messaging, a database, file and print, a proxy server, a firewall, the Internet, an intranet, remote access, and client computer management
Connectivity requirements, such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet.

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The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) is a program of professional certifications awarded by Microsoft. Individual certifications are received upon passing one or more exams. The MCP program itself is designed for software developers and all kinds of IT Professionals. Microsoft also awards a variety of more targeted certifications (e.g., Microsoft Certified IT Professional).


Like Apple, Cisco, Oracle, Red Hat, Sun and Ubuntu programs, the certifications mainly focus on their respective product, as opposed to employment aptitude tests designed for programmer trainee jobs. These branches of technical series with the MC (Microsoft Certified) prefix include Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).

Each exam costs depending on the region and certification track.Exams usually take between two and three hours to complete and consist of between 40 and 90 multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and solution-building questions; and simulated content with respect to which students must perform certain common administrative tasks.



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MCTS offers different fields of specialization to IT professionals. 

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist – MCTS certification provide the foundation for Microsoft Certification. These certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of key technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different products, or build on the MCTS to earn a Professional Series credential.


MCTS candidates are capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.


 MCTS certifications can be achieved in following technologies:

* Windows technologies

* Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies

* Microsoft SQL Server technologies

* Microsoft Office System technologies (including Office SharePoint Server and Office Project Server)

* Microsoft Exchange Server technology

* Other technologies


Certification and Exam number Windows technologies


Business Desktop Deployment Exam 70-624

Connected Home Integrator Exam 70-625

Windows Embedded CE 6.0: Application Development Exam 70-571

Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuration Exam 70-654

Windows Mobile 5.0, Applications Exam 70-540

Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing Exam 70-500

Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments – Configuration and Management Exam 70-501

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration Exam 70-640

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration Exam 70-642

Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration Exam 70-643

Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration Exam 70-652

Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuration Exam 70-653

Windows Vista – Configuration Exam 70-620

Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies

Dot .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-528

Dot .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-526

Dot .NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-529

Dot .NET Framework 3.5 ADO .NET Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-561

Dot .NET Framework 3.5 ASP .NET Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-562

Dot .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Communication Foundation Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-503

Dot .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Forms Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-505

Dot .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Presentation Foundation Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-502

Dot .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-504


Microsoft SQL Server technologies

SQL Server 2005 Exam 70-431

SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Exam 70-445

SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance Exam 70-448

SQL Server 2008, Database Development Exam 70-433

SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance Exam 70-432


Microsoft Office System technologies (including Office SharePoint Server and Office Project Server)


Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Exam 70-633

Communications Server 2007, Configuration Exam 70-638

Groove 2007, Configuration Exam 70-555

Live Communications Server 2005 Exam 70-262

Performance Point Server 2007, Applications Exam 70-556

Projects 2007, Managing Projects Exam 70-632

Project Server 2007, Configuration Exam 70-639

SharePoint Server 2007 – Configuration Exam 70-630

SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development Exam 70-542

Visio 2007, Application Development Exam 70-545

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development Exam 70-541

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuration Exam 70-631


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6. The File Services Role
7. IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform
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9. Other Features and Enhancements

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The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential enables professionals to target specific technologies, and are generally the first step toward the Professional-level certifications. There are currently 20 MCTS certifications which can be roughly grouped into the following specializations, each requiring certain examinations to be passed:


Office specializations


Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007

Exam 70-632: Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects

Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007]

Exam 70-633: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

Forefront Client and Server, Configuration

Exam 70-557: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration

Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration

Exam 70-630: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

Office SharePoint Server 2007, Application Development

Exam 70-542: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development

Sharepoint 2010, Application Development

Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

.NET Framework specializations


.NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications


Exam 70-528: .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development

Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation


.NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications

Exam 70-526: .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development

Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation


.NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications

Exam 70-529: .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development

Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation


.NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications

Exam 70-536: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-562: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development


.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Applications

Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-502: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation


Application Development


.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications

Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-503: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation Application Development


.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications

Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-504: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Workflow Foundation Application Development


.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications

Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-505: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development


.NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications

Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

Exam 70-561: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development


.NET Framework 4, Windows Applications

Exam 70-511: TS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications


.NET Framework 4, Web Applications

Exam 70-515: TS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications


.NET Framework 4, Service Communications Applications

Exam 70-513: TS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communications Applications


.NET Framework 4, Data Access

Exam 70-516: TS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

SQL Server specializations

SQL Server 2005

Exam 70-431: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence

Exam 70-445: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance

Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008, Database Development

Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008 Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database

Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Design Database

Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence

Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008 DBA

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008, Database Development

Exam 70-454: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 Database Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 Database Developer

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence

Exam 70-455: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Developer


Business intelligence specializations


BizTalk Server 2006*Exam 70-235: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server

Live Communications Server 2005*Exam 70-262: Office Live Communications Server 2005-Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Configuration*Exam 70-236: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring

Windows specializations

Windows Mobile 5.0 Applications

Exam 70-540: Windows Mobile 5.0 – Application Development

Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

Exam 70-500: Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Application Development

Exam 70-541: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuration

Exam 70-631: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

Windows Vista Configuration

Exam 70-620: Windows Vista, Configuring


Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops, Deploying and Maintaining


Exam 70-624: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration

Exam 70-643: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring

Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to Windows Server 2008, Technology



Exam 70-648: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring and Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring: upgrade of Windows Server 2003 to Server 2008 for the two above aforementioned MCTS credentials consisting parts of exams 70-640 and 70-642

Windows 7 Configuration

Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring

Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment

Exam 70-681: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

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On August 9, 2011, Apple’s market capitalization briefly rose to $341.5 billion, edging it just ahead of Exxon, until that morning the highest-valued company in the world. The company Steve Jobs had co-created putting together computers, the one that Michael Dell had suggested shutting down 14 years earlier because it had no future, was now worth more than any other. The stock fell back by the end of the day, but it had made its mark; the transformation of Apple from financial basket case to ruler was complete. At the end of the day it was worth $346.7 billion; Microsoft was worth $214.3 billion and Google $185.1 billion.

Compared to the end of 1998 (Apple $5.54 billion, Microsoft $344.6 billion, Google $10 million), the aggregate wealth of the companies had more than doubled. Microsoft, though, had shrunk by 40%, after being outdistanced first in search, then in digital music and then in smartphones — in the latter category by both companies.
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The companies had changed enormously. Google was soon to celebrate its 13th birthday, having roared from a three-person garage start-up to web giant; it was struggling too with having nearly 29,000 staff worldwide. Larry Page, once more the chief executive, was forcing the divisions to justify themselves, getting divisional heads to explain their projects in soundbite-length memos. His greatest concern was that Google was getting too big and slow to act: “Large companies are their own worst enemy,” he said in September. “There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions. There are only companies that have good fast decisions.”

Where Apple hadn’t heard of Google 13 years before, now it had gone from having a common cause against Microsoft to being just a business acquaintance, and sometimes opponent; Apple and Microsoft bid together against Google for patents covering the mobile business. Apple was seeking to disintermediate Google from search with the cloud-based voice search of its upcoming iPhone. And they were constantly niggling each other in smartphones and tablets. Even so, by September 2011 the majority of mobile search still came from iPhones, according to Google testimony at the US Senate.

Apple had changed. From just under 10,000 full- and part-time staff in September 1998, it had grown to being 50,000 strong, though around 30,000 were in its retail store chain; the core of the company in Cupertino remained small and relatively tight-knit. The old enmity with Microsoft still flickered occasionally, but strategically they almost ignored each other. Apple’s position in PCs was set at 5% of the market. It had won in music. It didn’t do search. Its position in phones and tablets had pushed Microsoft to playing catch-up; yet the Redmond company could rely on the sheer heft of 1.5 billion PC installations to ensure a stream of replacements and of new sales for Office. Apple’s value, revenues and profits had all passed those of its old rival. Its reputation had been transformed from put-upon also-ran PC maker to world-spanning design brand. Tim Cook’s influence was visible in its inventory, whose value was equivalent to three days’ hardware sales.

Microsoft, by contrast, had gone from world-beater to catch-up. The staff at Microsoft (90,000 worldwide, compared to 27,000 in summer 1998) were a little battle-weary too. As Steve Ballmer, still the chief executive, spoke at the September 2011 all-hands company meeting in front of 20,000 employees, some simply got up and left, unhappy at the ‘cloud computing’ strategy, the stock’s lack of movement, and the lack of excitement at their employer. The version of Windows that would truly work on tablets was still a year away. Microsoft seemed mired in its fabulously profitable past – not a leader or innovator in search or on mobiles or tablets or anything. People began whispering that Steven Sinofsky, who had conquered internal politics and got the Windows team to grapple successfully with the future of tablets and chip architectures, might be chief executive material.

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Mozilla commits to Metro version of Firefox on Windows 8

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February 14th, 2012

Mozilla said yesterday that it will build a “proof-of-concept” version of Firefox for Windows 8’s Metro touch-first interface next quarter, then follow that with more functional editions later in the year.


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The company is the first of Microsoft’s browser rivals to publicly commit to a Metro edition. Microsoft has said it will ship both Metro and traditional desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) with Windows 8 and Windows on ARM (WOA), the new OS targeting tablets and other low-powered devices.

Metro is Microsoft’s label for the touch-enabled interface at the center of both Windows 8 and WOA. Windows 8 will run Metro and traditional 32- and 64-bit Windows applications, but WOA will run only those third-party apps designed for Metro.

In an update to its 2012 roadmap published Sunday, Mozilla said that it would craft a “technology proof of concept” of Firefox on Metro as a first step. “This is not [an] alpha or a beta, but should demonstrate the feasibility of Firefox in Windows 8 Metro,” Asa Dotzler, the product director of Firefox, wrote in a roadmap overview.

The proof of concept is currently slated to roll out in the second quarter of 2012. Alpha and beta versions of the browser will follow in July through December.

“The Alpha will prove the installation path and basic browsing features, [and] the beta will be feature complete for a 1.0-capability product,” Dotzler added.

In a more detailed planning document, Mozilla spelled out some specific goals of Firefox on Metro, saying that it will rely on existing Gecko libraries in 32-bit Windows to avoid having to port the bulk of the browser’s code to the WinRT API (application programming interface).

Gecko is the Firefox browser engine, while WinRT refers to “Windows Runtime,” the new programming model Microsoft is promoting for developing Metro apps in Windows 8.

“Firefox on Metro [will be] a full-screen App with an Appbar that contains common navigation controls (back, reload, etc.,) the Awesomebar, and some form of tabs,” the document stated.

If Mozilla’s assumptions are correct — that it will power Firefox Metro on Windows 8 via current Gecko libraries — its new browser would run only on Windows 8, not on WOA.

Mozilla has already put considerable resources into Firefox for Android, and has talked about creating a Web-based operating system of its own, dubbed “Boot to Gecko,” for tablets and smartphones.

Mozilla said it will have a better idea of the work necessary to create a Metro Firefox on Windows 8 after Microsoft ships the Consumer Preview of the new operating system on Feb. 29.

Metro apps will be distributed only through the Windows Store, Microsoft has said.

Google starts rollout of Google+ for businesses

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November 7th, 2011

After months of waiting, Google+ invites enterprises, brands into the fold

Computerworld – Google is getting ready for businesses to start jumping onboard its Google+ social network.

The social network Monday began to roll out Google+ Pages to help businesses create a presence on the social network platform for connecting with their users locally or worldwide. Vic Gundotra, Google senior vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post that users can add businesses to their circles, recommend them with a +1 and connect with business team members personally in Hang Outs.


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“For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour,” Gundotra wrote. “Google+ Pages give life to everything we find in the real world. And by adding them to circles, we can create lasting bonds with the pages (and people) that matter most.”

Google+ engineers appear to be gradually rolling out the new Pages. While some organizations, like the band ColdPlay, already have signed up, not everyone can. Some users clicking on the link to create a business page receive the prompt, “Google+ Pages isn’t ready for everyone, and asks users to “check back soon.” Gundotra said in his blog post that everyone “will soon be able to join.”

Google released its social network last June and a month later was asking enterprises and organizations to back off from using the site for business purposes.

“Right now, we’re very much focused on optimizing for the consumer experience,” said Christian Oestlien, a developer on the Google+ project, in a video blog posted last summer. “But we have a great team of engineers building a similarly optimized business experience for Google+. We are very excited about it and hope to roll it out later this year.”

At the time, Google also put out a call for business that would be interested in acting as a test group so Google engineers could see how users want to interact with companies.

A matter of days after that post, Google said it was accelerating its efforts to develop a business version of Google+. The company also noted that “tens of thousands” of businesses had signed up to be part of their test group.

In Monday’s blog post, Gundotra did not say how the company had optimized Google+ Pages for business use. Google has not yet responded to a request for more information.

Despite the lack of details, Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said this is a good move for Google+. “It’s high time that Google delivered on the promise of a more business-oriented social networking mechanism,” Olds said. “This is one area where they can get a jump on Facebook and make a name for themselves.”

Many businesses and organizations use Facebook for marketing purposes, but the social network isn’t optimized for them, Old said. Monday’s announcement could give Google+ an advantage in the lucrative enterprise market.

“With Facebook, companies are using mechanisms that are really designed and geared to individuals,” he added. “While they’re making it work, they’d probably be better served with tools that are designed with companies in mind. Google+ can get the jump on Facebook if they can put together a set of tools that make social networking easier and more effective for businesses.”

A group of businesses, including Macy’s, Pepsi, Toyota, Angry Birds and Zen Bikes, already have set up business pages on Google+.

Google Finally Responds to the Reader Outrage

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November 3rd, 2011

After ten days of hemming and hawing, Google is ready to address — but not apologize to — those users upset by the death of Reader’s social features. “We understand that some may not like this change,” a Google spokesperson told The Atlantic Wire. “Retiring Reader’s sharing features wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, but in the end, it helps us focus on fewer areas and build an even better experience across all of Google.”


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Undoubtedly, some people like Reader’s facelift for the cleaner design, but those opposed are increasingly vocal. As we’ve reported last week, the group of Google Reader evangelists known as the Sharebros did not take Google’s decision to redesign the social RSS-site lightly. About 10,000 disgruntled Sharebros have signed a petition, and some are even working on building their own replacement site, HiveMined, that resurrects the now missing following, sharing and commenting features as Google encourages people to use Google+ for these kinds of things. Francis Cleary, the developer that came up with and has been building the Reader replacement, told us on Monday, “Google+ is a cool idea, but it’s not about content first. It’s about page views — that’s not what people want.”
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Then there’s the matter of the Iranian freedom fighters. Because Google Reader worked effectively like a social network, and because it existed in the domain, the Iranian government didn’t block access as they had for Facebook and Twitter. The network of Iranian activists protested loudlywhen Google announced the move to Google+, because they were worried that the Iranian government would cut off yet another lifeline used to organize online. In a post on their official Farsi blog, Google addressed the Iranian protesters but not the domain issue. A rough (Google Translate) translation reads:[indent]
We are currently developing solutions to tackle other forms of support for the identity (beyond the common use of real names), but in time we’ll try to post more information that’s not in this report. We believe that support for pseudonyms valuable feature for Google+ and the team is trying to accomplish it. Meanwhile, Google Reader continues to support the RSS feed Subscribe (RSS Feed) to a large group of users in Iran.[/indent]
Pseudonyms could protect Iranians freedom fighters from being identified on social networks, but Iran’s history of blocking freedom of speech suggests that the probably won’t have access to Google’s social network at all. In July, Iran’s culture minister called Google+ “a new spy tool on the Web” andcut off access less than two weeks after launch. But don’t worry, “a large group of users in Iran” can still read RSS feeds. Free speech between the Iranian citizens, be damned.

Users must be alert about having their real identity from Google+ replace pseudonyms in other Google services

Google’s work to integrate its Google+ social networking site broadly with its other services could raise red flags for users who want to closely guard their privacy.

It’s valid to raise concerns over Google’s decision to integrate Google+, which carries a real-name requirement for users, with other Google services people have been using with pseudonyms for years, said John Verdi, senior counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, in a phone interview.

Google’s nightmare scenario would be for a critical mass of users to inadvertently green-light Google+ integrations only to later complain that they didn’t know their pseudonyms in certain services would be replaced by their Google+ real name.


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If that were to happen, Google could find itself in a privacy controversy that it can ill afford. The U.S. government has the company on a short leash, having mandated audits of its privacy policies and practices for the next 20 years after a privacy firestorm ignited with the launch of the now-closed Buzz service last year.

Buzz, a microblogging and social networking service, debuted with an integration with the Gmail webmail service that exposed users’ private e-mail contacts publicly and without authorization.

Since launching Google+ this summer, Google officials have been stressing that it makes it simple and intuitive for members to control what they share, with whom and how.

During this initial period, when Google+ has operated mostly as a stand-alone social networking site, consensus has been that, yes, its content sharing and privacy controls work well and as advertised.

However, Google has now started to integrate Google+ with other services, and it remains to be seen whether a critical mass of users will fully understand the interaction, cross-functionality and data sharing between Google+ and other Google services.

Google officials, from the CEO on down, are gung-ho about Google+ and it’s clear that the push to fuse Google+ with other company services will be extensive.

Google has redesigned the interface of the Google Account control panel, whose previous version clearly listed Google services available to users as part of the account, along with links to the services and some of their settings pages. The new control panel lacks that list of services.

Previously found at, the control panel is now part of the Google+ site domain, another sign that Google+ is becoming the command center for privacy controls and settings across Google services. The new control panel includes a link to the old control panel, but it’s not clear for how long the latter will be available.

The road to propagate Google+ across the Google product line is just starting, and the potential for a misstep at some point seems high, considering that at issue is the online identity of potentially hundreds of millions of people.

In some cases, shielding their real identity is of life-and-death importance for some people, such as spousal abuse victims and political dissidents in totalitarian regimes.

“If Google wants to be the broker in the relationship between pseudonyms and real names, there will be all sorts of ways that that could go wrong across their many services. If you’re a user in Syria depending on your pseudonymity in order to stay alive, that’s not a very comforting situation,” said Peter Eckersley, technology projects director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, via e-mail.

In other words, now more than ever, Google must make sure that it fully complies its famous “do not be evil” philosophy.