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3-D Gun Printing: Here’s the Software That Stops It

3-D Gun Printing: Here’s the Software That Stops It

New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of firearms that have been created using new 3-D technology.

The world’s first gun made using 3-D printing – called “The Liberator” – was successfully fired on May 6 in Austin, Texas. In just three days the blueprint created by startup Defense Distributed to produce the plastic gun had been downloaded around 100,000 times, according to Forbes Magazine.

Anti-gun campaigners have criticized the project, whilst lawmakers in different U.S. states have moved to pass new legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of the digitally made firearms. And now Danish startup Create It REAL has produced software that it says blocks users from printing guns in the first place.

“The likely buyers are 3-D printer manufacturers who want to minimize their liability risk and offer a firearm parental control feature to their customers,” Create It REAL’s CEO Jeremie Pierre Gay told CNBC.

“The feature creates a unique digital fingerprint of the firearm…the manufacturer could decide to block the print or to simply give a warning to the user of the potential danger.”

The software has taken a year to develop. The firm realized there was a gap in the market after surveying end users and 3D printer manufacturers. Gay told CNBC that his previous job working with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for technology firm Motorola served him well.

“[We realized] people are interested in the ability to put a lock on their firearms at home, the same should be possible on a 3D printer as a parental control feature. I would say that this feature is customer driven even if they did not know they wanted the feature when we asked,” he said.

“The possibility to make a firearm at home is not new, there are many plans on how to do it on Internet, the problem with 3-D printing is that it could become simply too easy, this feature makes it more complicated again.”

Cody Wilson, the man behind nonprofit Defense Distributed was skeptical that the product would actually be able to prohibit the printing of guns, which are produced as separate parts and then assembled. “The Liberator” is printed with hard plastic and fires a standard .380 caliber bullet. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail which is used as its firing pin.

“Such software must walk a very fine line, of which I’ve no doubt it is incapable…It’s interesting PR to the uninitiated only,” the 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas told CNBC.

“‘The Liberator’ pistol is an assembly of over 17 parts, most of which individually would not set off a detection software unless the exact model was blacklisted. Think about it, springs, hammer, even the grip. These are not ‘guns’.”

‘Wild West’ Regulation

Both New York City and New York State have introduced legislation to curb the making of 3-D printed firearms or ban their use altogether and similar bills have been introduced in California. Linda Rosenthal, a New York State assembly member told CNBC that New York’s bill is currently sitting with the Codes Committee after the legislative session ended on June 21.

“I have all intentions of pursuing this legislation next session,” she told CNBC. “The controversy surrounding the passage of the SAFE ACT (the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) will make passing any piece of gun-related legislation that much more difficult, but I think this is a very important issue that must be addressed before the technology becomes widely available.”

New York State should act as a leader to provide a national model for other states to follow, Rosenthal said, and welcomes the new software that she says is effectively the industry regulating its own behavior.

“It is important that industry and government partner with each other to address this issue. Neither acting alone will be able to accomplish enough to deter dangerous behavior….Given that no technology is foolproof, it is critical that the states have strong tools available to discourage wrongdoing and criminalize bad behavior,” she told CNBC.

“3D printing is a very new technology, and in terms of regulation, it is the Wild West out there.”

Despite the issues surrounding the manufacture of firearms, 3-D printing – creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models – is gathering momentum and is transforming everything from medicine to home goods. Printers that once cost $30,000 now are priced closer to $1,000 and have the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing.

The market for 3-D printing was estimated at about $1.7 billion in 2011 and could hit $6.5 billion by 2019, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.

4 Tips to Maximize Functionality OS X App Switcher

4 Tips to Maximize Functionality OS X App Switcher

App Switcher is a feature of OS X that allows users to switch between applications that are running. This feature is a common feature that is often found in other OS. App Switcher can be activated by holding down Command + Tab simultaneously.

However, if you’ve mastered this feature? Here are some tips to help you maximize the App Switcher function which has been used only for switching applications.

Switching between two applications quickly. If you frequently switch between the two applications continuously, for example when copying text from one application to another, then these tips can save you time. Press Command + Tab quickly (without resistance) to switch between the two applications directly.
Switching between applications is a major feature App Switcher. By holding down Command + Tab you can display all the active application. Continue to hold Command and press Tab repeatedly to move to the next application. Press Shift + Tab or ~ to move to the previous application. You can use the arrow keys or the mouse is also in selecting the application you want to set.
Lethal applications quickly. App Switcher when the selection is above the current application, the state retained the Command key, you can press the Q button to turn off the selected application.
Hide applications quickly. These tips similar to the previous tips. The difference lies only in the button is pressed. To hide the application, you need to press H.
Mastering the App Switcher adds one more tool for you who like to use keyboard shortcuts in. App Switcher is capable of doing some things that you can not do with a gesture like turning off the application. Thus, you do not need to switch applications just to turn off unneeded applications anymore. It is also able to save on RAM usage.

Windows 7 Losing Steam in the Enterprise but Microsoft Holds Steady

Windows 7 Losing Steam in the Enterprise but Microsoft Holds Steady

While still the most popular operating system in the enterprise, including at midsize businesses, Microsoft Windows 7’s reality in this new age of business computing is that it is slowly losing market share. Mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, and even Mac OS are quickly making inroads, largely driven by BYOD policies implemented by IT departments in the last few years.

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, Microsoft still rules the roost, however, as an overall analysis of current computer platform use at the enterprise revealed in late April at CITEWorld. Some businesses still use Windows XP. These companies still using XP need to take note that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the OS in April 2014.

Windows 8 Still to Come for the Midsize Business

In contrast to the leadership status held by Windows 7, Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 8, is making small inroads at the corporate level. Many midsize businesses appear hesitant to adopt 8, due to concerns about the usability of and training issues involved in rolling out the new tile-based operating system. Expect the next version of Windows to take steps to improve usability, including returning the Start button, and possibly offering an option to boot-up to the classic Desktop, instead of the newer Metro interface screen.

The CITEWorld article analyzes statistics revealed in a Forrest Research report on the growing operating system diversity at the enterprise. One statistic that perfectly illustrates the migration to alternate operating systems shows that while 67 percent of all computing devices were powered by a version of Windows in 2008, today 70 percent use alternatives. Of course, the rapid growth of mobile devices at the workplace played a major role in the increased diversity.

The Midsize Business Needs to Embrace Operating System Diversity

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, it is still a very popular OS at the midsize business. If the next version of Windows improves some of the issues with Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to maintain a role in business computing. Still, functional alternatives to Redmond exist and need to be considered at enterprises of all sizes.

A forward-thinking midsize business needs to allow for diversity in operating system choice, especially when considering mobile devices. As Cloud computing continues to grow in importance, hybrid tablet/notebook computers allow employees access to their work from home. A BYOD policy needs to consider this type of use, as it allows for improved efficiency as well as a potentially better work-life balance for employees. IT executives responsible for operating system choice at the midsize business need to realize that the days of one dominant operating system are over.

Crank Software Selects GrammaTech to Turn Up Software Quality and Security

Crank Software Selects GrammaTech to Turn Up Software Quality and Security

GrammaTech, Inc., a leading software developer specializing in software assurance tools, today announced that Crank Software, Inc., an innovator of embedded graphical user interface (GUI) solutions, is using GrammaTech’s CodeSonar to advance the integrity of their code.

Crank Software’s products and services enable R&D teams and user interface (UI) designers to quickly and collaboratively develop rich, animated UIs for resource-constrained embedded devices. These embedded software solutions are used in safety-critical applications, such as animated global positioning systems, in-car graphical displays and user interfaces on factory floors, so software quality and security are paramount. To enhance these areas, the team at Crank is now using CodeSonar’s advanced static analysis capability to more efficiently find and fix quality and security issues within their code.

“We wanted an innovative, high-performance static analysis tool we could drop into our process and quickly see improvements,” explained Thomas Fletcher, VP of Research and Development at Crank Software. Now that Crank’s development teams have integrated CodeSonar into their production process, quantifiable results have reinforced their choice to adopt the powerful tool. “Issues are being caught and fixed very early in the coding process. I look at these as problems I won’t have to hassle with in QA, and most critically, calls to customers I will never have to make,” he said.

CodeSonar provides Crank’s team with a high quality solution that integrates well and allows Crank’s engineers to fix problems early in development, saving time. As a result, they’ve also improved their end product and Crank Software is now feeling better-positioned for the certifications it wants to achieve to drive greater adoption. As Fletcher explained, “We wanted a comprehensive tool to push the quality and security of our software forward. And we got exactly what we aimed for.”

For a more detailed look into Crank Software’s adoption of CodeSonar, view the case study.

About GrammaTech and CodeSonar:
GrammaTech’s static analysis tools are used worldwide by Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, startups and government agencies. The staff includes 15 PhD experts in static analysis and a superb engineering team, all focused on creating the most innovative and in-depth analysis algorithms. The company’s flagship product, CodeSonar, is a sophisticated static analysis tool that performs a whole-program, interprocedural analysis on C/C++, Java and binary code, identifying complex programming bugs that can result in serious reliability or security problems. More information about CodeSonar can be found on our website at

Software maker E2open plans more revenue, less BlackBerry

Software maker E2open plans more revenue, less BlackBerry

Supply chain management software maker E2open Inc (EOPN.O) expects its revenue to hit $100 million for the first time next fiscal year, after replacing its dependence on BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) and PC makers with a host of new customers.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said he expected E2open, which went public a year ago, to boost its sales in the 12 months to February 2015 after adding up to 20 new enterprise customers in the current fiscal year.

“We do $80 million (in revenue) this year and we grow 30 percent next year. That should get us there,” Woodward said in an interview, referring to the $100-million revenue target.

E2open, which makes cloud-based software designed to assist companies in managing their supply chains, has more than doubled its annual revenue in the five years since Woodward took charge. Revenue in the fiscal year to February 28, 2013, was $75 million.

The company’s shares have risen about 35 percent since they began trading on the Nasdaq on July 26 last year.

Three of the six analysts covering E2open have a “strong buy” rating on the stock. The other three rate it “buy”, according to Thomson Reuters data. The company has a market capitalization of $460 million.

With a customer base that includes Coca-Cola Co (KO.N), Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), IBM (IBM.N) and Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), E2open has been diversifying to cut its dependence on any one large customer.

Last year, that customer was Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY.O).

Woodward said he expected BlackBerry’s contribution to E2open’s revenue to fall to less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year from nearly 15 percent last year.

BlackBerry, which pioneered on-the-go email with its handsets and messaging systems, has slipped into tough times as it struggles to keep pace with nimbler rivals.

Woodward said BlackBerry’s quarterly shipments of about 7 million units were between a quarter and a third of the volume contracted when it became a customer of E2open four years ago.

“Their usage of our systems, just because they are selling less handsets, has come down dramatically,” said Woodward.

E2open has, on average, signed up 17 enterprise customers in each of the last two years. In total, it has 76 enterprise customers – those which buy E2open’s software as well as pay for access to its network of suppliers and trading partners.

Computer maker Dell Inc (DELL) brought in 22.5 percent of E2open’s revenue in fiscal 2011. Now, it accounts for less than 5 percent – even though its contribution in dollar terms has risen, Woodward said.

“The original deal that we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million for three years,” he said. “The last bill we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million per year.”

British mobile telephone company Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L) (VOD.O) is the largest customer for Foster City, California-based E2open, having contributed 12.1 percent of the company’s revenue last fiscal year.

Another customer, Seagate Technology LLC (STX.O), held a 9 percent stake in E2open as of December last year.

Google Maps Can Detect Traffic Accidents

Google Maps Can Detect Traffic Accidents

Jakarta – Google has just updated the Google Maps application with new features. This feature comes reports of traffic accidents and the number of ways to access the various facilities.
Google Maps with accident information can be used on Android and iOS based devices. Overall, this application displays maps and their reliable navigation and traffic information.
Warning about the accident will appear on the map showing traffic flow and road construction. This information is also recommended that these options are not stuck in traffic around the accident site.
Last June, Google bought Waze, the creator of popular apps that inform traffic flow. But Google has not confirmed whether Waze’s data associated with this application or not.
The new application also allows users to find out if the place you want to target viable or not. Features »Explore” display greeting cards enjoy a meal and good night.
Through these features, users can be helped with a variety of information about the place in detail. There is also a rating system that allows users to find somewhere assessment.
Google Maps with navigation devices had previously been released for the Android and iOS platform. Product Manager for Google Maps, Nobuhiro Makida, said the superior feature of this application is the My Location, search, and referrals.
“Through My Location, users can know of its existence through the map, even if the device does not have GPS,” said Makida.
Next is a local search to find a business category. While referrals are the best route to a destination, even if the user is driving, walking, or taking public transportation.
Features can indicate the distance and direction of travel time to get to the destination. The Google Maps Navigation can be run via voice commands.

Adobe completes $600M purchase of Neolane

Adobe completes $600M purchase of Neolane

Calif. (AP) — Adobe Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it has closed on a $600 million purchase of Neolane, a French company that provides technology for marketing campaigns.

Adobe, which makes Photoshop and other creative software and is shifting its business to a subscription model, said that Neolane would bolster its digital-marketing services.

The San Jose, Calif., company already has digital marketing services, including analytics and targeting. Neolane’s technology, meanwhile, helps companies manage marketing campaigns on the Internet, email, social media and mobile devices, as well as through call centers and direct mail. It has more than 400 customers around the world, many of whom also used Adobe services.

When it announced its plans for the deal last month, Adobe said buying Neolane would not significantly affect its results this year. The company couldn’t estimate the effect of the acquisition on future earnings.

Adobe’s stock closed Monday at $48.28, up 28 percent this year.

Google Play now Become the World’s Greatest Defeat Application Store App Store

Google Play now Become the World’s Greatest Defeat Application Store App Store

Apple App Store now no longer be the world’s largest app store. Label the world’s largest app store is now officially carried by the Google Play Store that has 1 million applications.

The number also beat the applications now in the Apple App Store, which is 900 thousand units. This achievement was being the first time since the launch of Google Play Android operating system.

Not only that, Google Play Store is also giving a positive trend for the application developer. Google says that the current amount of revenue through the Play Store has increased 2.5-fold compared to the previous.

The last one, number download on Google Play Store also did not lose much. According to Google, the number of downloads in the Play Store has now reached more than 50 billion times. And it seems that number will continue to increase along with the increase of mobile phone users and Android tablets.

MetaTrader 4 Mobile Now Available for iPhone 5 and All iPad Models

MetaTrader 4 Mobile Now Available for iPhone 5 and All iPad Models

MetaQuotes Software Corp. has released a new version of MetaTrader 4 for iOS devices. The popular mobile application for online trading has received a number of important changes becoming even more user-friendly. The key feature that has been added is native support for all iPad models (including the ones with Retina display) and iPhone 5.

In addition to compatibility with mobile devices, the new version of the application features an enhanced graphical system. It provides a better performance and improved functionality when working with charts. The new version also includes financial news and internal mailbox that allows traders to communicate with broker’s representatives over a secure channel.

“When working on the new version, we were committed to providing compatibility with the new iPhone 5, – said Renat Fatkhullin, CEO of MetaQuotes Software Corp. – But what is most important is support for all iPad models anticipated by many traders. Moreover, the terminal for iPad has greater features than that for iPhone. New MetaTrader 4 iPad is now surely closer to the desktop version in terms of functionality. It features multi-function data window displaying open orders, trading history, email correspondence with a broker and news.

Only desktop version users could enjoy this feature up to now. The application now also features one click trading from a chart, as well as trading history and journal search. All this has been done to facilitate the work of traders. Another important feature of the iPad application is ability to display up to four charts simultaneously. This allows traders to monitor several symbols at a time on a single iPad screen! Thus, the new iPad terminal update tolerates no compromises!”

In general, the mobile terminal for iPhone has become even more convenient due to the improved graphical system. At the same time, apart from native support for devices with all resolutions,MetaTrader 4 iPad offers more opportunities for Forex trading.

According to MetaQuotes Software Corp. developers, similar major changes will soon be also implemented into MetaTrader 5 mobile applications. The new version is already under development.

About the Company

MetaQuotes Software Corp. is a professional developer of software applications for financial markets. With more than a decade of experience, the company is a market leader in the field of forex trading software packages. The MetaTrader 4 trading platform developed by the company is the most popular Forex trading application all over the world.

Company’s website: http://www.metaquotes.net

Application Translators ‘POedit’

Application Translators ‘POedit’

Many application developers, Äúmengijinkan, Äù user participated in the development of their software. Typically, one form of user participation that allowed the development of a software is the interface language localization applications. That is, the user is allowed, Äúmenyumbangkan, Äù everyday language used by the user as a language interface applications (usually as a plug-in).

d3-435-POeditNah, some developers of applications that allow the user to localize the interface language is usually included with the file format. PO which can be found in the installation folder. Format. PO is what can be translated, one using poedit.

As the name suggests, poedit CAT is one of the tools with the main function to help, Äúmenerjemahkan, Äù file. PO that will be stored into the format. MO. Berkestensi file. MO is what will be, Äúdikembalikan, Äù to a software installation folder so later a new language will appear in the software language selection menu. For example, there is an application with a file. PO for application interface language in English. Then you translate it into Indonesian with the help of his output poedit that turned into a file. MO. Well, file. MO you, Äúkembalikan, Äù to the application installation folder is what will make the application has a new interface language, the Indonesian language.

Poedit is specific only for files ending in. PO and management does not have as powerful Translation Memory and Glossary premium CAT tools. However, if you are interested to increase flying hours in the field of translation, you can submit a voluntary translation in the field of computing, one of them with the help of this poedit.