Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) app: Microsoft Authenticator


Microsoft Authenticator - Android Apps on Google Play

"Sign in is easy, convenient, and secure when you use Microsoft Authenticator. Use your phone, not your password, to log into your Microsoft account. You simply have to enter your username, then approve the notification sent to your phone. Your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN will provide a second layer of security in this two step verification process. After, you’ll have access to all your Microsoft products and services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Office, and more."

Microsoft Authenticator on the App Store (iOS)

Get Microsoft Authenticator - Microsoft Store

gadget: portable solar chager

Amazon.com: Anker 21W Dual USB Solar Charger, PowerPort Solar for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More: Cell Phones & Accessories
$62

"21 watt SunPower solar array is 21.5-23.5% efficient,
providing enough power to charge two devices simultaneously. 
14.7 oz"


link from: .NET Rocks! vNext

DNA + Big Data = World's Family Tree



Author A.J. Jacobs Talks Genealogy And The World's Family Tree | On Point

"DNA-powered genealogy shaking up family trees."

250M people already got their DNA analyzed (and saved in a database and matched)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tesla Semi Truck & Roadster

Tesla Semi truck and Roadster event in 9 minutes - YouTube



Walmart says it’s preordered 15 of Tesla’s new semi trucks - The Verge

Elon Musk Reveals Tesla's Electric Semitruck | WIRED



This is the Tesla Semi truck - The Verge

Elon Musk unveils $200,000 Tesla Roadster, 1,000 hp Semi Truck and new solar-powered Megachargers

Tesla’s latest creation: An electric big rig that can travel 500 miles on a single charge - The Washington Post

Let's Talk About Tesla Roadster 2020! - YouTube

Tesla unveils the new Roadster | TechCrunch



kick-starter-like funding: pay in 10 days, get in 3 years
Reserve your Roadster | Tesla
$250K for "Founders Series", $50K for standard "Roadster"


Tesla's portable phone-charging battery will complement your Tesla-branded life - The Verge

"Tesla-themed battery that can charge iPhones, iPads, or any other device that takes a microUSB.
The 3,350mAh battery pack is modeled after Tesla’s Supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio... It costs $45 and ... it’s already sold out."


This contains a same single battery cell used in Model S and other Tesla cars.



internet security with Lava Lamps

One of the Secrets Guarding the Secure Internet Is a Wall of Lava Lamps | Gizmodo UK

"Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation for its secure encryption and one of the key factors in its system is a wall of 100 lava lamps in the lobby of its San Francisco headquarters."

Azure ML: Time Series Forecasting

Time Series Forecasting | Cortana Intelligence Gallery

Energy Demand Time Series Forecasting | Microsoft Docs

Time Series Forecasting with Azure ML | NaadiSpeaks

Time Series Anomaly Detection @MSDN

Azure Machine Learning Forecasting-Exponential Smoothing Web Service - Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Web Application

Forecasting with the Microsoft Time Series Data Mining Algorithm | TechEd North America 2014 | Channel 9


Sales Forecasting using Azure Machine Learning

Retail Forecasting: Step 1 of 6, data preprocessing | Cortana Intelligence Gallery

Thursday, November 16, 2017

data stats: Stack Overflow: Successful Questions



How To Ask A Successful Question on Stack Overflow
@i-programmer.info

"...highest proportion of questions with accepted answers to be in the time frame corresponding to 3:00-6:00 PM of West Coast US time" (6-9 EST)soqafraework

video steaming: Mixer.com & Philly.net user group

Beam, The Twitch Competitor Microsoft Acquired Last Year, Is Now Mixer - Tubefilter
"A service that is looking to compete with the likes of Twitch and YouTube is taking on a new name. Beam, a video game streaming service Microsoft acquired last August, is now known as Mixer."

"Microsoft wants to get into the video game live streaming realm. The tech company’s Xbox division has acquired Beam, a startup that is characterized as a competitor to Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch."


Windows 10 Update Cleanup

Windows 10 feature updates now come two times a year, in March and September, 
i.e. 1703 is March 2017, 1709 is September 2017 etc. 
Those updates are in fact full installs in a separate folder, and then all files and apps are copied from previous version. That takes a long time, and previous version takes a lot of space (20GB or more). 
The old version is saved in "C:\Windows.old" folder, to be available for "undo" if needed.
To reclaim space from previous version:

How to delete the Windows.old folder from Windows 10 - CNET
'proper way to delete the Windows.old folder:
  1. Click in Windows' search field, type Cleanup, then click Disk Cleanup.
  2. Click the "Clean up system files" button.
  3. Wait a bit while Windows scans for files, then scroll down the list until you see "Previous Windows installation(s)."'

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Visual learning: "Python Tutor", Programming for elementary school (in Serbian)

Like iPython/Jupyther Notebooks for learning programming

Python Tutor - Visualize Python, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, Ruby, C, and C++ code execution

Python Tutor - 1-minute introduction - YouTube



Petlja: Програмирање у основној школи

Petlja: Програмирање у Пајтону, приручник за шести разред

about: Petlja


Besplatni priručnici i materijali za učenje programiranja | | PC Press

https://petlja.org/BubbleBee
"Portal BubbleBee je razvijen od strane ljudi koji su zaposleni ili su bili na praksi u Majkrosoftovom razvojnom centru u Srbiji, a u izradi sadržaja su učestvovali i zaposleni i saradnici Matematičke i Računarske gimnazije, drugih škola, Društva Matematičara Srbije i Istraživačke stanice Petnica."
Microsoft Development Center Serbia

art & money: $60 => $450,000,000

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m - BBC News

Salvator Mundi

"The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).
Salvator Mundi was discovered hidden under layers of paint...
In 1958 it was sold at auction in London for $60. By then the painting was generally reckoned to be the work of a follower of Leonardo and not the work of Leonardo himself.
...

The final bid for the work was $400m, with fees bringing the full price up to $450.3m"
How Diamonds Are Polished | Natural History Magazine

"Diamonds as they are found in the rough state are not impressive. They have none of the magical flashes of light which in the finished stone make them unique among the noble family of gems. It is in polishing that a goodly part of the price of a diamond is acquired; for the art of turning a rough diamond into a glittering brilliant is a long process requiring a superlative degree of skill."


Microsoft Connect(); 2017

"Intelligent Cloud"

Microsoft Connect(); online event | Microsoft

Microsoft Connect(); 2017
2017-11-15 to 2017-11-17

Click here to get skilled up on Azure!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

book: Blue Ocean Shift: from Competing to Creating

Blue Ocean Shift
excellent podcast interview:

#231: Renée Mauborgne—Move Beyond Competing | EntreLeadership
"...the best way to fuel growth is to create a new market—with conditions favorable to you—rather than allowing the current market conditions to dictate your decisions..."

What are "Red Oceans?" : a "bloody" market competition that most industries today have, caused by excess supply a tight demand shrinking profit margins.

What are "Blue Oceans?" : creating new markets is wide open blue ocean
where there wasn't competition that uncontested market space.

Previous book "Blue Ocean Strategy" was about "WHY",
and new book "Blue Ocean Shift" is about "HOW" to create market "blue oceans"

Five steps to making "Blue Ocean:"

  1. Get Started
    • avoid too much theory 
    • start from right place (not by analyzing competition!)
    • constructing right team (close to customer info)
  2. Understand where you are now
    • getting clear about current position
  3. Imagine where you could be
    • uncover hidden pain points that limit size of industry
    • discovering "non-customers" (and why they are so)
  4. Find how to get there
    • systematically re-constructing market boundaries 
    • developing alternative opportunities
  5. Make your move
    • selecting "blue ocean" move
    • rapid market tests
    • finalizing and launching

book: What is Blue Ocean Shift? | Blue Ocean Shift
"...systematic plan to help any organization move 
from competing in existing markets to creating new markets..."

Blue Ocean Strategy Tools & Frameworks | Blue Ocean Strategy



Amazon.com: Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing - Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth eBook: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne: Kindle Store


Applying the 'Blue Ocean Shift' approach to business - YouTube @Fox

It's Not About Being Steve Jobs: BLUE OCEAN SHIFT - YouTube

W. Chan Kim on BLUE OCEAN SHIFT - YouTube


Blue Ocean Shift - Steps To Inspire Confidence And Seize New Growth @Forbes





Blue Ocean Shift: How to Find Success in New Growth | Fortune

Blue Ocean Shift: A Systematic Way to Grow Your Business Without Competing | Inc.com


Make the competition irrelevant: BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY by W.C. Kim and R. Mauborgne - YouTube by Productivity Game



Is Amazon Dooming Retailers or Are Retailers Dooming Themselves? | Blue Ocean Strategy

Why anyone is capable of creating new markets | Blue Ocean Shift

The Three Key Components of a Successful Blue Ocean Shift | Blue Ocean Strategy

How Wawa engineered its blue ocean transformation | Blue Ocean Shift

Amazon Locker Delivery in Whole Foods

at 2000 locations already...

Amazon.com: Amazon Locker Delivery
"What are Amazon Lockers? Amazon Lockers are secure, self-service kiosks where customers can pick up Amazon.com packages at a time and place that is convenient for them.
...
There is no additional cost to use an Amazon Locker
...
You have 3 calendar days to pick up your package. If you're not able to collect your package within this timeframe, it will be returned to us for a refund."






"One lucky person won a new Nissan Rogue crossover" (2014)
Nissan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gallium Nitride (GaN) vs. Silicon

Triangulation 319 Our Friend Gallium Nitride

Triangulation 319: Our Friend Gallium Nitride - YouTube



must watch demos! around
28:00: Lidar (for self-driving cars, etc.)
40:30: wireless charging of a drone
46:00: laptop charging pad based on "resonant magnetic field"
52:00: magnetic charging "power table"

Gallium Nitride (GaN) ICs and Semiconductors – EPC

What is Gallium Nitride (GaN)What is GaN?

"The leading candidate for taking electronic performance to the next level and a reactivation of positive momentum of Moore’s Law is gallium nitride. GaN’s ability to conduct electrons more than 1000 times more efficiently than silicon, while being able to be manufactured at a lower cost than silicon has now been well established. Silicon is out of gas, and a new, higher performing semiconductor material is emerging – GaN is on the rise."




Move over, silicon. Gallium nitride chips are taking over | VentureBeat

Microsoft AI School

AI School

"Dive in and learn how to start building intelligence into your solutions with the Microsoft AI platform, including pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and Bot Framework, as well as deep learning tools like Azure Machine Learning, Visual Studio Code Tools for AI, and Cognitive Toolkit. Our platform enables any developer to code in any language and infuse AI into your apps. Whether your solutions are existing or new, this is the intelligence platform to build on."





Python Data Science Handbook

Friday, November 10, 2017

IoT: Smart Parking @GCP


Off street parking

Car Parking Solutions | Smart Parking

clever web animation :)


Smart Parking and IoT Core with Brian Granatir | Google Cloud Platform Podcast

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations - Windows For Your BusinessWindows For Your Business

Premium features:
  • ReFS (Resilient file system) designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more.
  • Persistent memory: non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware
  • Faster file sharing: SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability
  • Server grade HW support Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs (today limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (today limited to 2TB).
Microsoft may have price increases in store for Windows 10 Pro Workstation, Win 10 downgrade customers | ZDNet

ML: Anomaly Detection in Time Series Data

Anomaly Detection – Using Machine Learning to Detect Abnormalities in Time Series Data | Cortana Intelligence and Machine Learning Blog


Thursday, November 09, 2017

innovator: Philippe Kahn: 1997: Birth of the Camera Phone

Triangulation 318 Philippe Kahn

"Philippe Kahn founded Borland, Starfish Software, LightSurf, and Fullpower Technologies. He talks to Leo Laporte about writing Turbo Pascal, inventing the first cameraphone during the birth of his daughter, and the data-driven science of sleep tech."


1997: Birth of the Camera Phone on Vimeo

1997: Birth of the Camera Phone from Conscious Minds on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday, Camera Phone! Your Papa Is Very Proud of You - IEEE Spectrum
This photo of Phillipe Kahn's newborn daughter, taken on June 11, 1997, was the first digital photo ever shared instantly via cell phone

Philippe Kahn - Wikipedia

Technology | Memo Musings from Philippe

Philippe Kahn  CEO at Fullpower Technologies

Meet the Man Behind the Very First Camera Phone

Better Sleep With Sleeptracker® Monitor | Sleeptracker.com

Beautyrest Sleeptracker | Sleep Monitor Technology | Beautyrest

Amazon.com: Beautyrest Sleeptracker Monitor – Wearable-Free Sleep Tracker – Intuitive App and Alexa Enabled: Kitchen & Dining
$100
IoT + AI/DL






AI+BI: Kinetica: GPU-accelerated analytics database

Amit Vij on GPU-accelerated analytics databases - O'Reilly Media

"Kinetica, a company that has developed an analytics database that uses graphics processing units (GPUs)....GPU-accelerated databases ... converge artificial intelligence (AI) and business intelligence (BI) on a single platform...
orders of magnitude faster, and you have the ability to operate on real-time data, as opposed to operating on yesterday’s data"

Converged AI and BI

ML tool: Google Colaboratory

Colaboratory – Google

"Colaboratory is a research project created to help disseminate machine learning education and research. It’s a Jupyter notebook environment that requires no setup to use. FAQ."


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

web dev video training: egghead.io

Short, instructional videos on the technologies we use on @eggheadio

"Learn JavaScript for web development with AngularJS, React, D3, and other modern tools."egghead-logo-white

free + premium 

AI, ML notebooks: Apache Zeppelin vs Jupyter

Apache Zeppelin

"Web-based notebook that enables data-driven,
interactive data analytics and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala and more."





IPython_Notebook_Workflows



AI, ML: Azure Machine Learning Workbench & Studio

Microsoft AI

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio (studio.azureml.net)

Machine Learning | Microsoft Azure

Microsoft launches new machine learning tools | TechCrunch
three major new tools:
  • Azure Machine Learning Experimentation service, 
  • Azure Machine Learning Workbench 
  • Azure Machine Learning Model Management service

Google Express vs. Amazon Prime ?

Google is concerned that some of its users now search first at Amazon when they plan to purchase.
This is a big deal for Google, even with its 80% web & mobile search market share.
Google Express is a dedicated shopping service from Google...

What is Google Express? - YouTube


20% Off Google Express Coupon, Promo Codes
Code: "SHOPMORE20" up to $30 for first time users.

Google Express vs Amazon Prime showdown: which is better? - SlashGear
Google Express vs Amazon Prime showdown: which is better?

Google Express Vs. Amazon Prime - Business Insider

Monday, November 06, 2017

Napa.js: multithreading + Node.js

Microsoft’s Napa.js adds multithreading to Node.js

"Microsoft’s beta Napa.js runtime is offering multithreaded support for the Node.js server-side JavaScript platform, to provide the flexibility of JavaScript with speedy performance akin to C++’s.

Built on the same V8 JavaScript runtime as Node.js, Napa.js can be embedded in a host process without Node.js dependency. It can be installed via NPM by typing npm install napajs."

AL, ML: Gluon: AWS + Microsoft


Microsoft and AWS Collaborate on Machine Learning @ InfoQ

"Microsoft and AWS have recently announced a new collaboration aimed at democratizing deep learning and artificial intelligence. Gluon is a joint effort between Microsoft Research and Amazon AI and is intended to make developing solutions using machine learning easier and quicker.

Gluon is an open-source deep learning and neural network solution that is exposed through a Python-based API. It comes with prebuilt neural network components that can be created on the fly and used to train algorithms making it easier to define, debug, iterate and reuse components."
...
Gluon currently supports Apache MXNet 0.11, the AI framework supported by Amazon, and will support Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit in a future release."




app/tool: Secure Shell (SSH) for Chrome Web Browser



Secure Shell - Chrome Web Store

"Terminal emulator and SSH client.Secure Shell is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies."


Sunday, November 05, 2017

cloud: Cray Supercomputers @Azure

Cray Supercomputers are coming to Azure | Blog | Microsoft Azure
"Customers can get a dedicated Cray XC or CS series supercomputers in Azure to run HPC and AI applications alongside their other cloud workloads directly on the Azure network."
Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing to accelerate Big Computing in the cloud - The Official Microsoft Blog

Cray Supercomputing in the Microsoft Azure Cloud - Cray

Azure Podcast Episode 202 - Cloud Shell

cloud: VMware @AWS "SDDC"

This is a fully managed service provided by VMware, hosted on AWS.
Optimal for "lift and shift" migration to public cloud,
and when hosted there has fast access to AWS services.

For those using Microsoft management tools migration to Azure is already easy.
Still the VM images on Azure are not identical to those on premise.

Amazon Web Services and VMware
"VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud... VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically-scalable cloud service that removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increases IT efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for you to leverage a hybrid cloud environment."
AWS Podcast | Listen & Learn About AWS


GCP: Cloud IoT Core

Google Cloud Platform has a new service Cloud IoT Core.
Interesting, AMQP protocol is not supported (yet). 

Cloud IoT Core with Indranil Chakraborty and Gabe Weiss | Google Cloud Platform Podcast



Cloud IoT Core  |  Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud IoT - Fully managed IoT services from Google  |  Google Cloud Platform

Protocols  |  Google Cloud Internet of Things Core  |  Google Cloud Platform
"Cloud IoT Core supports two protocols for device connection and communication: MQTT and HTTP. Devices communicate with Cloud IoT Core across a "bridge" — either the MQTT bridge or the HTTP bridge. When you create a device registry, you select protocols to enable: MQTT, HTTP, or both."

Saturday, November 04, 2017

app: Music to Flow By

Music to Flow By
by Carl Franklin

Music to Flow By is a subscription-based service. When you subscribe you get access to the entire library of tracks, plus at least one new track every month. First 3 x 25 minutes tracks are free. 

Music To Flow By - Android Apps on Google Play

Music To Flow By on the App Store

Music to Flow By @libsyn.com (Web App!)
"Music to Flow By is a collection of music designed specifically to promote focus. It is neither distracting nor boring. The tempos are between 60 and 80 beats per minute. Tracks are 25 minutes long, which coincide with the Pomodoro Technique of time management.


Apps are based on:
"This is not an album of music. It is a productivity tool. It will help you focus intently on any task. Use it for work, studying, reading, driving, or just relaxation. Music to Code By is scientifically designed to quickly get you into a state of flow and keep you there."



  


A related science, in a practical book: 


Microsoft AI for Developers

AI for Developers with David Carmona @.NET Rocks! vNext
Microsoft AI focus is on:

  • Reasoning about data, i.e. finding patterns, making conclusions about data
  • Understanding the world, the meaning, i.e. what is on an image, meaning of the text
  • Human interactions, removing barriers between technology and humans








Friday, November 03, 2017

gadget: L16 Android Camera, 20 lenses+postprocessing

Light | Home
"The L16 combines breakthrough optics design with never-before-seen imaging technology to bring you the camera of the future. With more than 16 camera modules packed into its slim frame, the L16 captures the details of your scene at multiple focal lengths, then uses sophisticated algorithms to combine multiple exposures into a single high-resolution photo."
52 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, $2000

or a classic design:

FUJIFILM GFX 50S | GFX Series | Digital Cameras | Fujifilm USA
"exclusive 43.8 x 32.9mm, 51.4MP CMOS sensor with approximately 1.7x the area of a 35mm sensor."

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Quantum Computing @Azure, GCP, AWS, IBM

Quantum computing - Wikipedia

The Azure Podcast | Short podcasts on Azure by Cale Teeter, Evan Basalik, Russell Young & Sujit D'Mello

PKI / RSA encryption is vulnerable to breaking by quantum computing.
Apparently there are other types of encryption that are potentially not breakable by quantum computing!

Video Indexer - Cognitive Video Indexing
Episode 201 - Quantum Computing with Krysta Svore






A diagram of the mockup nine-qubit system the Google team says demonstrates proof of principle for achieving quantum supremacy.







IBM plans to deliver ‘industry first’ quantum computers via the cloud – GeekWire

IBM Follows Up AI, Watson With Eyes Set on Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing - IBM Q - US


Quantum Computing Is Real, and D-Wave Just Open-Sourced It | WIRED

Vint Cerf & interplanetary internet

Vint Cerf: past, present, and future of the internet | Google Cloud Platform Podcast

"Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet."



cloud: Azure Container Service (AKS) with Kubernetes

Azure Container Service | Microsoft Azure

Introducing AKS (managed Kubernetes) and Azure Container Registry improvements | Blog | Microsoft Azure

"While Azure Container Service has been available since 2015 with support for multiple container orchestrators, these new features and innovative pricing are focused on Kubernetes, which has emerged as the open source standard for container orchestration. Kubernetes unique community involvement and its portability makes it an ideal orchestrator to standardize on. This comes as no surprise to Microsoft. Brendan Burns, co-creator of Kubernetes, now leads Azure’s container efforts. Earlier this year Microsoft acquired Deis, a company at the center of Kubernetes innovation."

Container Orchestration Simplified with Managed Kubernetes in Azure Container Service (AKS)
Microsoft Release Preview of Azure Container Service (AKS), a New Managed Kubernetes Service @InfoQ

"Microsoft have released a preview version of a new managed Kubernetes service, "Azure Container Service (AKS)", which is a separate product from the existing ACS that offers support for multiple orchestrators Kubernetes, Mesos DC/OS and Docker Swarm. AKS features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, user configurable scaling, and a "simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators". At launch, AKS will default to using Kubernetes 1.7.7, the software's latest stable release, and customers can opt into using the new 1.8 beta if they choose to do so."


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Web Components progress?

Many JavaScript frameworks and libraries are converging to concept of "web components"
but standardization is quite slow, so web code and content is not reusable.
If original web was so diverse, complex and custom, it would have never taken off with all benefits. 

The actual challenge is not efficiency of web development, but multi-modal communication,
including voice, VR, AR, MR etc. Smart web content should be able to auto-adapt for available interface, including M2M API-like communication.

WebComponents/ - W3C Wiki

Shadow DOM
Spec: Shadow DOM - W3C Editor's Draft
Tutorial: Shadow DOM 101 - HTML5Rocks

Custom Elements
Spec: Custom Elements - W3C Editor's Draft
Tutorial: Custom Elements v1 - Google Developers

HTML Imports
Spec: HTML Imports - W3C Editor's Draft
Tutorial: HTML Imports: #include for the web - HTML5 Rocks


Monday, October 30, 2017

Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update"

Microsoft naming of Windows 10 "Creators Updates" suggests that Windows computers are great for "creating content" as opposed to mostly "consuming content" from mobile devices like iOS and Android.

Windows 10, version 1709 now available - Microsoft Tech Community

As usual, this is a big update that replaces most of system files, similar as on mobile devices.
"Windows as a subscription" is now reality, and the changes are both frequent and large in size.

What's new in Windows 10, version 1709 | Microsoft Docs

"a list of some of the new and updated content that discusses IT Pro features in Windows 10, version 1709, also known as the Fall Creators Update. Windows 10, version 1709 also contains all features and fixes included in previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1703."


Need to be confused a bit more? 
Actual version number of Windows 10.1709 is "10.0.16299.15"
and base "build number" is 16299.15.


Same version of Windows is available for Windows Server : 
When developing UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps for Windows 10
the developer can select minimum level of features / version supported. 


"The Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge is pushing game makers to maximize their creativity and create experiences that engage gamers from across the world. This competition is open to all creators, working solo or in teams of up to seven. Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game for one of the categories below by December 31, 2017, and you’ll have a chance to win cash prizes and share your game with the world."


Sunday, October 29, 2017

tutorial: building Cortana Skill

Getting Started: Building your first Cortana Skill using the Cortana Skills Kit in under an hour!
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One Hour to your First Cortana Skill! | Coding4Fun Blog | Channel 9

Cortana Skills Kit Blog - Microsoft Tech Community


Hello World Podcast

A real treat for real geeks :)
100 interviews with great software developers.
Hello World Podcast

Hello World Podcast - Shawn Wildermuth's Rants and Raves

"Shawn Wildermuth brings you his "Hello World" podcast where we learn about how your favorite developers tell their story of how they got started writing software!"


mini-pc 4 IoT

mini-pc Archives - Liliputing

single board computer Archives - Liliputing

Asus Tinker Board is a Raspberry Pi-like mini PC with a RK3288 processor - Liliputing
4K video, $60


Rock64 is a quad-core, 4K-ready single-board PC for $25 and up - Liliputing

NanoPi NEO Plus2
$30

Windows 10 Core Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 - Raspberry Pi


Azure IoT Developer Kit (MXChip, Arduino, WiFi, display, buttons)


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Get the Azure IoT Developer Kit Now... | Coding4Fun Blog | Channel 9

Azure IoT Developer Kit: Sensor Overview – Build Azure
Built-in IoT Sensors:
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Magnetometer
  • Motion / Gyroscope

Order Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) on Amazon with FREE Shipping – Build Azure

Amazon.com: MXChip AZ3166 IoT DevKit Integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio, Azure, Arduino Software: Computers & Accessories
$39.00
  • "Build a cloud powered IoT app in minutes using Microsoft Azure services with this fully Arduino compatible board.
  • Develop quickly and seamlessly utilizing Visual Studio with the Arduino Extension
  • SoC module combines the power of the ST Microelectronics STM32F412 at its core and Cypress BCM43362 for WiFi.
  • On-board peripherals include an OLED screen, headphone output, stereo microphone and abundant sensors like humidity & temperature, pressure, motion (accelerometer & gyroscope) and magnetometer.
  • 25 external GPIO pins on the edge connector allow you to connect many external sensors and actuators."