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APIs as infrastructure: future-proofing Stripe with versioning

When it comes to APIs, change isn’t popular. While software developers are used to iterating quickly and often, API developers lose that flexibility …

OpenAPI specification 3.0, NYC’s cybersecurity initiative, and Coding Dojo’s new Java programming course — SD Times news digest: July 26, 2017

The Open API Initiative announced the 3.0 release of the OpenAPI Specification. OAI was developed to advance API technology and provide …

How to Become Insanely Productive.

I’m one of the most productive people I know, and I never procrastinate on what is important to me. How do I do it? Let me try to share what I think …

Google Shows How To Take DSLR Quality Photos On a Smartphone

If you think smartphones are no good at nighttime shots, think again. Florian Kainz, a Google software engineer and keen photographer, has recently posted some stunning long exposure samples taken with a humble Nexus 6P which can stand toe to toe with those shot with his high-end DSLR.<p>Writing on …

Mobile Photography

The best DSLR cameras you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>The digital camera market is in the midst of a significant change. Smartphone cameras are taking control of the low end …

Use a reverse lens for macro

By mounting a lens backwards onto your camera via an inexpensive adaptor, it’s possible to turn almost any lens into one suitable for macro …

Master local adjustments in Camera Raw

Adobe’s Camera Raw partly prides itself on having local editing tools. The Targeted Adjustment tool is one such tool, and will do most of the hard …

Fake a dark background

Off-camera flash provides a relatively convenient means of producing much more effective portraiture. The inverse square law means that light will …

Software Development News, Videos & Books

The Left and Right Stumble on Globalization

We need new theories to account for new facts, since the old ones aren't holding up very well.<p>In a recent article, I presented solid evidence that the global economy has been doing very well for the world’s poor during the past 25 to 35 years. China’s growth has been stellar, India’s has been solid …

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A <i>select few</i> are completely unstoppable.<p>Those who are unstoppable are in their own …

10 tips for shutter speed success

<b>1. Don’t go too fast</b> Some cameras can shoot at exceptionally fast shutter speeds, but it’s not always required. Match your shutter speed to the …

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

How APIs can help secure rapidly evolving IT infrastructures

Mega-trends such as cloud computing, mobility and the Internet of Things are reshaping the IT infrastructures used by many organisations. Finding …

Security at the Speed of Digital Business

The digital explosion is reshaping organizational security and risk management. Mobile, cloud computing, social networking and the Internet of Things …

The next AI is no AI

Artificial Intelligence is starting to turn invisible from the outside in — and vice versa. The exact effects and workings of AI technologies are becoming more challenging to perceive and comprehend for humans. Even the experts themselves don’t always fully understand how an AI system …

Artificial Intelligence

The Year’s Most Beautiful (And Bizarre) Bird Photography

Since 1905, the National Audubon Society has dedicated itself to the appreciation of birds in all their fine feathered splendor. The annual Audubon Photography Awards haven’t been around for nearly as long–just seven years–but the content is in many ways the purest expression of the Society’s …

The MSP's Job No. 1: How to Win the CEO Over to the Cloud

When it comes to pitching CEOs about the cloud, the last thing they want to hear about is technology.<p>Sure, some bits and bytes will figure in any …

CEOs

Reach financial goals by earning more

JOHANNESBURG – Dean Furman believes financial services firms have been putting the cart before the horse for way too long. Telling people to budget, …

Create a Cloud Decision Framework

You might be familiar with some of these common (and competing) myths about cloud computing:<p>Cloud is less secure than on-premises capabilities.<br>• Cloud …

Documentation Resources

Joshua Oakes 2018-05-17T15:06:07+00:00<p>Every employee at IT Glue has to become a master of process. It’s part of the job. And so is using IT Glue to …

Lenovo Think Space - Fresh Ideas Innovation

The career of an IT professional is different to that of many other professions. In many other careers, you do the majority of your learning at the …

16 Of The Most Profound Jokes Ever Told

Sometimes humour is the best way to drive a point home. It can communicate ideas that are lighthearted or serious.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered …

Five Things I Wish I Knew When Adopting Scrum - Mitch Lacey & Associates - Scrum and Agile Training

As I coach more and more teams, people keep saying what they wish they had when they started their agile adoption. Not surprising, there is a pattern …

Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

A sociologist realized that if she were ever going to understand global inequality she would have to become one of the people who helps create it. So she trained to become a wealth manager to the ultra-rich.<p>Shakespeare said that all the world’s a stage, but the sociologist Erving Goffman added that …

Income Inequality

A clinical psychologist shares 7 tips for becoming more mindful

While the benefits of mindfulness have been well-documented for decades, learning to be mindful is paramount for everyone in today's quick-paced, multi-tasking, over-scheduled society — for #WomenWhoWork, it's especially key.<p>Mindfulness is defined as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our …

New Age Bullshit Generator

Namaste. Do you want to sell a New Age product and/or service? Tired of coming up with meaningless copy for your starry-eyed customers? Want to join …

Customers

How to Write a Twitter Bot in 5 Minutes

Twitter Bots can do interesting things. For instance, a grammar bot can monitors tweets containing misspellings and tweet the correct spelling. You …

Government's Cyber Security Strategy

The 2015 Cyber Security Strategy signals the government’s commitment to ensuring New Zealand is secure, resilient and prosperous online.<p>New Zealand's …