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The Feed: This Week in Tech News and Commentary

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The Feed will be a new weekly feature here on MIPRO Unfiltered. What is it? News and micro-commentary from this week in the tech industry that you were probably too busy to catch. We’ve all been there – trying to stay in the know, but real life has a way of interrupting. We hope this lets you catch up on a few things you might have missed.

  1. Apple has given a minor refresh to its MacBook Pro Retina models. Nutshell: new CPUs (still not Haswell, though – for that you’ll have to wait until 2015), 16 GB standard in high-end models, pricing adjusted down a little. Nice inter-macrocycle refresh, just in time for school. Link.
  2. Facebook is now requiring users to use its Facebook Messenger app if you want to send a message to another Facebook user. People are outraged by this (for some reason), but in the mega-competitive messaging space (think SnapChat, WhatsApp, etc.) your app has to be standalone and feature rich, not a bolt-on to your main service. Messaging is huge. (Side note: remember Tim Cook said ‘Messages’ is the most-used iOS app.) Link.
  3. Hilton goes high-tech: the company is investing $550 million to make sure you don’t need to visit the front desk to check in. You just go to your room, hit a button on your smartphone, and you’re in. Hilton would like to see this complete on a worldwide scale by 2016. Link.
  4. Microsoft’s Siri competitor, Cortana, now has the ability to use Foursquare location and local recommendation data. This makes sense, as MSFT invested $15M in Foursquare earlier this year. Link.
  5. In a bizarre twist of anti-piracy antics, London’s Police Department is buying ads on piracy websites telling users that stealing movies is illegal. I wonder if the London PD understands their money is funding the piracy sites. Link.
  6. Free wifi is great, right? Not so fast. If you want to scare yourself silly by learning just how easy it is for people and companies to track you (literally) and gather information about you and your habits, this is for you. 6 minutes well-invested, in my opinion. If it appears too good to be true, it probably is comes to mind. Link.
  7. Amazon now has a section of their store that has about 200 items that are 3D printed on-demand when you buy them. The future is getting closer everyday. Link.
  8. Automattic, the company behind the mega-popular CMS engine WordPress, has created an app that more or less clones Instagram, called Selfies. Available on Android only, I guess the only remaining question is why, everyone has been going crazy and getting instant Instagram followers since then. Link.

Thanks for reading this week, everyone. See you Monday.

Review: The Biggest Stories of 2013

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One of my favorite tech culture websites, The Verge, has an excellent recap of the biggest stories of 2013. From Edward Snowden, to Twitter’s IPO, to Elon Musk to Bitcoin, 2013 was an interesting year, to say the least, with many businesses opening online with sites where you can post your ideas or get free bitcoin online. To learn more about digital money industry, check out Bitcoin Trader Test software that helps you open and cancel orders very fast.

We’re primarily a tech-focused blog, so this sort of recap is right up our alley. And by “our” I mean “my,” because that’s the license I get for writing blog posts on New Year’s Day. Enjoy!

Fireplace!

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Want a big, techy, pixelated fireplace for your bedroom or office? Maybe your kitchen? Doesn’t matter. Nothing says winter like 8-bit warmth.

Take my word for it: go download Fireplace now. It’s available for Mac OSX or Windows. You can type words to interact with your new fireplace, or you can just chill and watch the logs burn to ashes (which takes about a half hour). My suggestion, however, is to play with the commands. Try these:

log
match
marshmallow
smore
eat
hotdog
fireworks
photo
paper
water

Nerdtastic fun. If you don’t agree, you might be broken.

Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!

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Amazon Storing More Than 49B Objects in S3

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Derrick Harris, writing for GigaOm:

At Structure 2011 last month, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels told the crowd that S3 was storing 339 billion objects. At this same time last year, the service was only storing 262 billion objects. One might also draw a parallel to the ever-growing cloud revenues at Rackspace, the incredible amount of computing capacity AWS adds every day or the mass proliferation of new Software-as-a-Service offerings.

That’s 100% growth year-over-year. And be sure to click the Rackspace link, because they’re not doing too shabby either.  Right now AWS leads the way, with Rackspace running in second.

My feeling is that we’re still in the beginning stages. Cloud usage growth is going to go non-linear sometime down the line.

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For Today’s Tech Blog Reading

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We think this will make things a bit more interesting.

(No fair if you apply it to our posts!)

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(Via SvN)

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PeopleSoft: How to Enable Page Anchor

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Mani over at the PeopleSoft Technology Blog has a nice summary on how to enable the page anchor function in PeopleSoft apps:

  1. The Anchor fields should be a Push Button or Hyperlink
  2. On the General tab, Check the box, Enable as Page Anchor and give the Page Filed Name as ‘Anchor1’ (upto us)
  3. 3. Keep this button at the top of the page
  4. Create one more field with the same properties (Give the page field name as Anchor2)
  5. On both the fields, change the destination (on the Type tab) to Page Anchor
  6. Once done, Action tab will be enabled on the same Type tab
  7. Give the Action Type as Page Anchor
  8. Give ‘Related Control’ as Anchor 2 for Anchor1 field and Anchor1 for Anchor2 field

Once done, if you click on Anchor1, the control goes to Anchor2 and vice versa.

Likewise, here’s an ongoing discussion on IT Toolbox about what the page anchor is and how it works.

Thoughts or comments?  Let us hear them in the comments.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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