Howard Kwong

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10 strangest things to happen on Hong Kong’s MTR

Some of us take it every day and the most drama we’ll experience is a torrent of swearing from fellow commuters as they try to shove onto an already …

React Native Tutorial: Building Apps with JavaScript

React Native Tutorial: Build native iOS applications with JavaScript.<i>Update note:</i> This tutorial has been updated to React Native 0.22 by Tom Elliot. …

JavaScript

Why Everyone is Talking About Isomorphic / Universal JavaScript and Why it Matters

Originally applied to mathematics, the term “isomorphic” was first popularized in relation to Javascript development by Spike Brehm of Airbnb. Since …

JavaScript

Wall Street is skeptical about Apple's move to ditch Amazon for Google

But Deutsche Bank believes the reality is not quite as momentous as it appears, arguing in a note to investors on Monday that the size and significance of the deal have probably been overstated.<p>"One independent check told us that the media is likely misrepresenting what has actually happened and …

Deutsche Bank

Stack Overflow Survey: JavaScript Is the Most Popular Programming Language

For what it's worth.<p>According to the 56,033 developers surveyed by Stack Overflow as part of its annual user poll, JavaScript is again the most popular programming language. Other findings: developers are more into dogs than cats (except in Germany), are mostly self-taught, and are way more into …

Dropbox mostly quits Amazon cloud, takes back 500 PB of data

<b>Dropbox moves 90% of its data off Amazon AWS,</b> in favor of its own private cloud. Dropbox built its own, custom storage servers, to store half an …

Cloud Computing

Zoomdata Introduces High Performance Visual Analytics on Amazon Web Services

A new article out of the company reports, “Zoomdata, developers of a data visualization and analytics system optimized for big data, today announced …

The cloud wars of 2016

<i>Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and everybody else</i><p>(If you like my writings, you might <b>subscribe to “Fabrica”</b>)<p><b>Short Summary</b>, in case you don’t want to read …

Amazon to Launch Cloud Migration Service

Big businesses increasingly are moving massive databases online<p>Thomas Publishing Co., a 118-year-old company once known for its big, green manufacturing guidebooks, finds itself at the center of an emerging movement in corporate computing: the great cloud migration.<p>Thomas published its trove of …

Guide Books

Comparing Hot JavaScript Frameworks: AngularJS, Ember.js and React.js

Bio<p>Matt Raible is a well-known figure in the Java community, and has been building web applications for most of his adult life. For over 15 years, he …

Facebook lays out ambitious React.js JavaScript dev plans

React.js, Facebook's JavaScript library for building user interfaces, is in line for improvements in performance, gesture capabilities, and developer …

Introducing Realm React Native

Today at Facebook’s React.js Conference, we’re launching a new Realm mobile database built specifically for React Native. It offers easy object …

Analyst warns Apple may ditch Amazon Web Services, taking nearly 10% of AWS revenue with it

Apple will reportedly give Amazon about $1 billion this year to house its various cloud features in Amazon Web Services, making up about 9 percent of …

Cloud Data Migration – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

These migration methods enhance or replace the Internet to lift-and-shift data from your current location straight into Amazon's datacenters. No …

Cloud Computing

Amazon Says Its Cloud Will Weather Winter Storm

As winter storm Jonas bears down on the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Amazon’s cloud poohbahs are telling customers not to worry.<p>In response to …

Amazon makes it easier to encrypt sites and services on AWS with free SSL certificates

Amazon is giving away digital certificates to developers, so long as they're using AWS cloud resources.<p>Amazon is now a certificate authority, or CA, …

Cloud Computing

How I ended up paying $150 for a single 60GB download from Amazon Glacier

<b>Update:</b> <i>Amazon changed Glacier pricing on 21 December 2016, about 11 months after this was originally posted. The “gotcha” pricing described herein is</i> …

Amazon Will Open First Cloud Data Storage Centers in Canada

Amazon.com Inc. will open its first cluster of data centers in Canada this year, helping to meet demand from companies that don’t want their data …

Amazon’s new AWS Scheduled Reserved Instances save you up to 10%

Cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of Scheduled Reserved Instances, a new flavor of its Reserved Instances, or virtual slices of physical servers in Amazon data centers that are reserved ahead of time, unlike the more popular On-Demand Instances.<p>Customers …

Cloud Computing

Rich men like Apple Watch, but the ladies love Rolex

Rich single men love the Apple Watch, but if they are dressing for a first date, they may want to wrist up with a good old-fashioned Rolex.<p>Rolex appears to be the way to a woman’s heart according to a survey of 1,400 members of the millionaire dating app Luxy, an unapologetic company that describes …

Smartwatches

Biometric company’s lawsuit accuses Apple of underhand tactics to gain access to heart-rate tech for Apple Watch

Biometric specialist Valencell – whose technology is licensed by iRiver, LG, Sony and others – has filed a lawsuit accusing Apple of using underhand tactics to gain access to its patented technology for use in the Apple Watch.<p>The company claims that Apple violated three of its patents for improving …

Apple celebrates the Chinese New Year with exclusive Apple Watch Sport styles

Beginning January 15, customers in those countries can get an Apple Watch Sport in both silver and yellow gold aluminum with Apple's red Sports band. …

Amazon’s Email And Calendaring Service, Amazon WorkMail, Exits Preview

Amazon this week took its enterprise-aimed email and calendaring service called WorkMail out of preview mode. The product, which first debuted a year ago, is based on Amazon Web Services and is meant to sub in for legacy solutions, like Microsoft Exchange.<p>However, instead of competing with client …

AWS launches WorkMail email and calendar service out of preview

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the biggest public cloud currently available, today announced the general availability of the WorkMail email and calendar service, nearly a year after the service was first launched in preview.<p>Think of WorkMail as Amazon’s answer to Microsoft’s Exchange, which fields the …

Cloud Computing

Four Things to Do as Soon as You Sign up for AWS

I’ve used AWS for close to four years now at work, and recently signed up for a personal AWS account. I was pleasantly surprised by a few defaults …

Why the Apple Watch will be the most accurate way to ring in the New Year

Apple's Kevin Lynch explains why the Apple Watch's carefully coordinated software makes it the most accurate method of counting in the New Year<p>As 2015 draws to a close, the world will start its own collective countdowns to usher in the New Year. This is the first 31st December that people will be …

Feature Request: Latest Apple Music ‘For You’ playlists auto-downloaded, and an official lyrics feature

Prior to the launch of Apple Music, I had a Spotify Premium subscription. Although I listened to my own music a good 80% of the time, I considered the equivalent of one album purchase a month to be decent value to have access to other music when I felt like something new.<p>But while Spotify didn’t …

Apple Music

More Beats Radio Stations Could Be Coming to Apple Music

Apple Music’s radio station, Beats 1, could soon be joined by a few more stations, according to trademark applications filed to the U.S. Patents and …

Amazon Makes It Almost Impossible To Calculate Their "Virtual CPU" Equivalent

dkatana writes: <i>AWS started out defining its virtual CPUs as being composed of EC2 compute units, or ECUs, which it defined as an equivalent to a</i> …