Improving PHP performance

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PHPUse of CMS in now widely spread and we do not need to dig into low level coding to write web pages any more. This said, we still some times have to be able to tweak performance when it comes to some specific developments. With attention to minor details, performance of PHP scripts can be optimized and help to match Google’s attention to speed. Numerous articles deal with improving performance of PHP scripts, here is a collection of some easy to implement tweaks. Continue reading »»

Centrance’s Mixerface in crowdsourcing mode

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Crowdsourcing is everywhere. Now, it’s Centrance’s turn. The manufacturer of professional audio equipment launches a crowdsourcing project for its future Mixerface, a compact two channel USB audio interface.

Centrance MixerfaceThe Centrance Mixerface is a 24-bit/192kHz professional recording USB interface for Mac, PC and iDevices. It features two discrete, studio-grade mic preamps with 48V Phantom, Pan/Mixer/Monitor and a rechargeable battery. Continue reading »»

Social networks trends of 2014

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You are lost with the existing and emerging social networks wondering which social network to use in which context?

Don’t panic and check this video out.

If one trend is clear, new social networks tend to be only focused on mobile usage.

IBMLabs predicts holograms in the next five years

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With its fifth edition of its five years predictions, IBMLabs foresees:

  • generalization of data collection by the dissemination of capters for a real time image of the environment,
  • 3-D hologrammes for our telephone and Internet communications,
  • ten times superior battery life thanks to ambiant air’s oxygen charging,
  • recycling of the heat dissipated by data centers,
  • real time information (traffic, accidents, parking, alternatives, etc.) for the optimization of commutes.

See you in 2015.

Source: the IBMLabs channel on YouTube.

Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad

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Who ever was in the music industry in the eighties has bumped into Tascam’s Portastudio.

Believe it or not, modern times see the introduction of Tascam’s Portastudio on iPad. Reproducing the look and feel of the Porta One cassette based multitrack recorder that revolutionized recording in 1984, the Portastudio app records up to four tracks.
Tascam's Portastudio on iPad
The application allows to record one track at a time using the built-in mic or a headset microphone. A simulated cassette transport with position counter tracks your position while you mix with level, pan and EQ controls. When you’re ready to mix, the built-in mixdown function saves your song as a CD-quality WAV file. Your mix appears in iTunes when you’re finished, ready to share with friends and bandmates.

Idealistics will hope some hardware extension will soon allow for higher quality standard than the built-in microphone. Others will think this is a gadget lacking numerous features at times of powerful multitrack recording software…

Gmail Priority Inbox takes care of our time

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Gmail introduces Gmail Priority Inbox. To help saving time, Priority Inbox splits your inbox into three sections: “Important and unread,” “Starred” and “Everything else” based on our emailing history.

I can’t wait to see my Gmail updated.

Source: Official Gmail blog.

HP to buy Palm

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Is HP trying to catch up with the industry?

HP already bought Compaq a couple of years ago to become a major player in the PC market.

Although I’ve never tried it, I love the concept of the Palm Pre. A sound alternative to Apple’s iPhone. But it seems to have been a too big project for Palm. Will this purchase be enough for HP to become a major player in the handheld computer market? Or will it allow HP to become a player on the handheld tablet matket?

In any case, this will need HP to fight on the operating systems market. Apple on one side, Google on the other side (not to mention Microsoft who will probably try not to be left behind), not an easy task…

TED talks about India

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TEDI’ve discovered the TED conferences last summer and have to admit I’m quite fund of them. The variety of subjects and the quality of the lecturers make these talks mostly interesting.

I’ve recently stumbled across some highly interesting talks dealing with India and I wanted to shared them.

Here they are:

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West – the myths that mystify – Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
  • Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue “soft” power – India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor, not just through trade and politics, but through “soft” power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it’s not the size of the army that matters as much as a country’s ability to influence the world’s hearts and minds.
  • Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise – how and when – Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world’s dominant economic force. At TEDIndia in November 2009, Hans, managing to coment statistics as a horse race,  graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US with a nice comment about the health care system in the US.

Some eye-opening talks about the so called sub-continent (what a dreadful word)…

Beds are burning

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Two months before the Copenhagen summit, here is an international call for action to prevent consequences of the climate change. Who can still deny it? Time ticks, act now.

Visit the Time for Climate Justice web site. A free iTunes download is available from the web site. Each download counts as a supporting vote. Still reading this post?