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Crank Software Selects GrammaTech to Turn Up Software Quality and Security

  • Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

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

4 Tips to Maximize Functionality OS X App Switcher

  • Posted on January 19, 2017 at 2:33 am

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.

Wireless USB AC D-Link It Runs in the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz

  • Posted on January 17, 2017 at 9:18 am

Jakarta – To facilitate a wireless connection with your device, the D-Link introduces the Wireless Dual Band Mini USB AC Adapter DWA-171. It is shaped AC adapter Wireless mini and can operate Dual Band. The device is intended for the novice user can operate at a frequency of 2.4 GHz (up to 150Mbps) or 5GHz (up to 433Mbps). With these two options, you can freely switch device that works on both the frequency.

Seagate claims the use of these products is as easy as installing the device in your PC and press the WPS button. Then the device can be directly connected without the need for updates and additional adapter. D-Link DWA-171 uses AC frequency which is a new network of IEEE standards. This new network architecture has a higher data rate and greater reliability.

This new standard was launched to address the challenges of our time, with more and more users use mobile devices that in fact definitely use the wireless wave. Therefore, the problem of wave interference, become an increasingly important issue. Therefore, more and more wireless devices are running on the same wavelength, the greater interferensinya. This interference makes the response rate (response rate) the lower the device. In addition, a variety of applications used also requested greater bandwidth. It would require a device that can deliver greater the bandwidth.

Adapter with USB 2.0 interface is also compatible with all Wireless N products from the previous generation, you’ve had. DWA-171 Wireless USB Adapter ACDual Band Mini will be available in stores and distribution partners in the third quarter of 2013. This device also supports encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2.

3 Reasons to Sell Your Intel Stock

  • Posted on January 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

Although Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) stock may look cheap compared to theS&P 500, there’s good reason for the low price tag. Between a faltering PC market, anemic revenue growth, and profitability concerns, Intel investors have a lot of things to worry about. Together, these factors certainly beg the question: Should you sell your Intel stock today?

PC sales still top dog
As exciting as it is for Intel to develop cutting-edge technology that threatens ARM Holdings‘ mobile computing stronghold, the company remains deeply entrenched in the PC market. Intelreported its second-quarter earnings results last week, showing that more than 63% of the company’s revenue came from its PC client group segment. With worldwide PC shipments as bad as they’ve been, it’s not surprising that investor enthusiasm would be muted toward the company’s mobile computing ambitions. Simply put, it’s going to take a considerably large tail to wag this dog.

Anemic revenue growth
Without revenue growth, a company’s earnings growth potential is dampened because there’s only so far cost-cutting can take profitability to new heights. Intel lowered its full-year forecast, now expecting revenue to be flat year over year, which doesn’t bode well for profit growth. Analysts expect Intel to post a 12.2% decline in earnings this year and grow by 5.9% in full-year 2014, driven by a 3.9% increase in revenue. For the long-term investor, profitability growth remains a fundamental driver of shareholder returns. Will a 5.9% growth in earnings from a weak comparable be enough to drive Intel stock higher?

Falling prices
Assuming Intel is successful as it gears up to enter the ultra-mobile space with its upcomingBay Trail processor, it’ll likely have a negative impact on the company’s average processor selling price. In order for Bay Trail to gain market share against the ARM competition, I’m expecting its average selling price to be somewhere in neighborhood of Qualcomm‘s, which is about $22 — roughly one-fifth of Intel’s estimated average selling price of $107. Additionally, the mobile computing revolution continues to put negative pressure on the price of PCs, further compounding Intel’s average selling price pressures.

The hope is that any future decline in processor average selling price can be offset with an increase in unit volume, but that’s not guaranteed, nor does it mean total dollar profits will remain stable. Even if Bay Trail can maintain profit margins in line with the rest of Intel’s processors, a $22 or even $30 processor simply doesn’t have as much available profit as a $107 chip.

Ultimately, Intel’s profitability prospects will be driven by a number of variables, including how the overall PC market fares, if average selling prices decline due to consumers shifting to products like Bay Trail, and if Intel can make up any shortfalls with sufficient unit growth. It’s not exactly clear-cut.

No catalyst in sight
We may get a better sense of Intel’s future prospects during its investor meeting in November, but it likely won’t be until its 2014 earnings results that investors begin to get the scoop how these headwinds are actually influencing results. At that time, Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail processors will have made their run, investors will know if the PC market has begun to stabilize, and we’ll know if ultra-mobile products are hurting Intel’s total profitability thanks to declining prices.

If you’re an Intel shareholder, the question you should ask yourself is if it’s worth waiting around for the clouds of uncertainty to potentially clear up. Being a longtime Intel stock owner myself, I’m seriously considering taking my own advice and selling my shares in the coming weeks. There are plenty of compelling opportunities where the path to long-term shareholder success is much clearer.

Green Hills Software Announces AdaMULTI Support for ARM-Based Processors

  • Posted on January 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 2, 2013) – Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced the availability of a complete integrated development environment for Ada users, who are targeting systems based on ARM® processors. AdaMULTI™ development environment for ARM has been created in response to increasing demand for ARM devices in embedded applications due to their excellent power/performance ratios and relative cost effectiveness.

The Ada programming language is typically used on projects that have real-time constraints, are developed by sizeable teams and require longevity of support. It is widely adopted in the defense sector and in security applications, such as access control. With the increasing requirement to extend the operating life of battery-powered equipment used on missions or remotely deployed in the field, ARM-based processors are being selected because of their ability to deliver the necessary performance with a reduced power budget.

Green Hills Software’s customers can rehost their existing Ada95 based applications with the new compilation environment. Additionally, some new features that have recently been added to the language are also included in the new release.

AdaMULTI for ARM is a fully integrated development environment that contains all the tools needed to complete a major programming project. These include: launcher, project manager, editor, source-level debugger, EventAnalyzer™, run-time error checking, code coverage analysis,TimeMachine™ tools suite, performance profiler and graphical browser. AdaMULTI development environment components are aware of each other and communicate among themselves, making the whole much greater than the sum of its parts. It runs on Windows, Solaris and Linux hosts and supports remote debugging for a variety of target environments, including with the Green Hills Probe and SuperTrace™ Probe for hardware debug and trace.

The AdaMULTI environment can also be used with Green Hills Software’s optimizing C/C++ compilers and other compilers that adhere to ARM Procedure Call and EABI standards. It supports a wide variety of real-time operating systems (RTOS), including Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY® RTOS, third party and internally developed RTOSes. Because the AdaMULTI environment is fully RTOS-aware, designers can debug and tune their applications at the task level. It is particularly well suited to debugging multi-tasking programs and systems that employ multiple processors and cores.

Availability
Green Hills Software’s AdaMULTI development environment for ARM is available now for ARM processors including Cortex™-A and Cortex-R series and ARM7TDMI®.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA and NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

HP EliteBook Revolve 810, “Tablet-Laptop” for Businessman

  • Posted on January 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Hewlett-Packard (HP) launched a convertible, a device that combines the concept of tablet and notebook in one package, called the HP EliteBook latest Revolve 810, Wednesday (24/07/2013).

Different from most of the convertibles that are circulating in the market these days, HP is targeting sales of products for businesses.

According to Cynthia Defjan, MDM Business Notebook HP Indonesia, EliteBook Revolve 810 comes as a device for business people who are armed with a variety of features that can not be found in consumer grade devices.

For example, a joint product between tablet and notebook is equipped with a safety feature called HP Client Security. Using these features, users can protect the devices at every layer, including hardware, software, and BIOS.

In addition, security is also installed Microsoft Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials and also the certified TPM security chip for data encryption.

“This device is targeted to enterprise-class. We make a difference in terms of manageability and security,” said Cynthia in Jakarta.

Another added value, HP also designed the device for resilient or resistant to impact. One way is to use artificial Corning Gorilla Glass screen. By using this screen, the device anti-scratch and impact.

Together with the convertible devices in general, the display of the EliteBook Revolve 810 can be rotated up to 360 degrees. To go into tablet mode, the screen rotated and folded enough.

“This is a business tablet that can be converted into a device with notebook performance. It is a tablet that comes with a keyboard,” said Defjan.

Because these devices into the enterprise, there is no standard specification defined by HP. Those who are interested can modify or order in accordance with the wishes of each.

The screen spans 11.6 inches with a brightness level of 400 nits. Available processors ranging from Intel Core Sandy Bridge generation of three to four generations of Haswell.

For the storage media, this product has up to 256 GB SSD option. He is also equipped with a camera, backlit keyboard, and NFC chip.

Operating system supplied is Windows 8. However, for companies that are not yet ready to switch to the operating system, HP provides the operating system Windows 7.

HP EliteBook Revolve 810 already ordered directly through HP. Cheapest price of this device is approximately USD 17 million.

Smartphone Advan Vandroid S5

  • Posted on January 9, 2017 at 1:46 am

Unggulkan Big Screen

The success of one of the Korean manufacturer to sell millions of smartphone unit have made a great sailing inspired many other manufacturers. However, to be sold at more competitive prices, various gadgets “rival” comes with fewer features. This is carried by Vandroid S5 from Advan.

u4-435-S5 AdvanAdvan Vandroid by PCplus quite on par with ZA987 OneScribe of Zyrex that appeared almost simultaneously. ˝ 5.3 capacitive screen with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels here look quite a contrast and not inferior to similar products from leading brands. Advan S5 Vandroid called as “Smart Note” which is interpreted as a smart gadget with a variety of features that support mobile activities. This seems to be a campaign to educate consumers.

Smartphone MediaTek MT6575 is powered by a 1GHz processor (ARM v7) plus 512MB of main memory is actually not very special and still like most other large screen smartphones. Booting the system fairly quickly became hallmarks Vandroid Advan S5.

Here also 4GB of internal memory available. Unfortunately, only 2.2 GB of available capacity that can be used. It was only by the system / application alias can not be accessed directly by the user. As a result, users must add a microSD card (up to 32GB) as a storage media to store data.

The process of exploration in the menu Vandroid Advan S5 with Android 4 systems is quite smooth because of the PowerVR SGX531 GPU to handle graphics side. Advan smartphone also includes six important sensor that is not provided other competitors. With all those fittings plus dual SIM support, he can be had for less than Rp. 2 million. This makes it an attractive alternative products in the ranks of the many large screen smartphones on the market today.

Maybe not as perfect Advan S5 Vandroid similar smartphones from popular brands. When held casing feels slippery. However, to simply live day-to-day activities of this product is sufficient. At more competitive prices, even compared to other local brands, this smartphone is certainly attractive alternative option for on a budget.

Lambda Expressions Backported to Java 7, 6 and 5

  • Posted on January 9, 2017 at 1:46 am

Do you want to use lambda expressions already today, but you are forced to use Java and a stable JRE in production? Now that’s possible with Retrolambda, which will take bytecode compiled with Java 8 and convert it to run on Java 7, 6 and 5 runtimes, letting you use lambda expressions andmethod references on those platforms. It won’t give you the improved Java 8 Collections API, but fortunately there are multiple alternative libraries which will benefit from lambda expressions.

Behind the Scenes

A couple of days ago in a café it popped into my head to find out whether somebody had made this already, but after speaking into the air, I did it myself over a weekend.

The original plan of copying the classes from OpenJDK didn’t work (LambdaMetafactory depends on some package-private classes and would have required modifications), but I figured out a better way to do it without additional runtime dependencies.

Retrolambda uses a Java agent to find out what bytecode LambdaMetafactory generates dynamically, and saves it as class files, after which it replaces the invokedynamic instructions to instantiate those classes directly. It also changes some private synthetic methods to be package-private, so that normal bytecode can access them without method handles.

After the conversion you’ll have just a bunch of normal .class files – but with less typing.

P.S. If you hear about experiences of using Retrolambda for Android development, please leave a comment.

Open Source Webcam Software Lineup Published on SoftwareReviewBoffin.Com

  • Posted on January 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm

Boffin, reputed software review website revealed today its top picks for webcam software, giving users a varied range of free programs to choose from, all informed by video quality, advanced features and overall improved user-experience. With technology improving at an accelerated speed, it’s only natural that users are expecting more and more from their live video streaming software. Boffin decided to compile a list of open source webcam software that meet all users’ requirements and expectations.

ManyCam is considered by the Boffin reviewers to be a top choice for users looking for easy to use tools. In fact, the Boffin reviewers have noted how the software boasts of smart, time-saving features making the software truly efficient and enjoyable. Its most impressive features include PNP (picture in picture) as well as its screencasting capacity, the Boffin reviewers emphasized. A wide range of audio and video enhancing features is also available for users choosing ManyCam, including audio effects, video effects and graphics as well as on-video doodling.

YawCam, short for Yet Another Webcam, is another program recommended by the Boffin team of editors. The reviewers picked YawCam for users who want to have video access to different locations to make sure they are safe. YawCam is capable of live video broadcasting and snapshot capturing all available through one’s android web browser. For Boffin, this webcam application is best suited for office and business owners wishing to monitor remote places reliably. YawCam, is a truly complete software as it provides a series of other must-have features including password-protection and media file conversion.

The Boffin reviewers also selected FWink for their lineup of efficient webcam software. This program is especially competent in snapshot capturing in a variety of popular formats. The users can personalize their webcam snapshots by enriching them with text message and other images. For those not requiring video calling support, this is a light and reliable solution.

WebcamXP is another webcam software recommended by Boffin. As with YawCam, this one allows for video surveillance for monitoring one’s office or business from the web. Apart from its full range of webcam features, WebCamXP offers extensive support for a variety of devices including USB webcams and IP cameras to name a few. The last webcam program selected by the Boffin editors is Simple Webcam Capture 1.3, which boasts of being able to lower CPU usage, making computers run smoothly and uninterruptedly.

Along with the open source webcam software lineup, the Boffin editors also issued a disclosure regarding their reviewing practices. They explained how software recommended on the Boffin website are thoroughly tested and assessed based on high quality standards to ensure the recommendations are accurate and representative. In addition, the Boffin reviewers regularly perform reevaluations of software to ensure all Boffin reviews are up to date and relevant.

Software Review Boffin reviews the latest technological products in demand on the market right now. They provide expert, honest and straightforward reviews so customers can objectively measure if a product, especially software is well worth it before making their purchase.

Facebook Hashtags Not Catching on With Consumers

  • Posted on January 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

While using hashtags in Facebook posts might be a fun tactic for brands trying to engage consumers, it doesn’t appear to be paying off, a new study finds.
Research from social media analytics firm Simply Measured revealed that while 20 percent of Facebook posts among top brands now include hashtags (which give users a way to group messages of similar content), there is no evidence that hashtags are influencing engagement.

The study shows that posts with hashtags —a new feature added with in the last several months — perform as well as those without, suggesting that people are not yet discovering brand posts by their tags.

Overall, the study shows nearly all of the companies in the Interbrand 100 — which ranks businesses based on financial status — now have a Facebook fan page, with 60 percent posting something at least once a day.

[No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive]

The research revealed that visual content is by far the primary driver for engagement on Facebook. Photos posted by top brands average more than 9,400 engagements, which includes likes, comments and shares, per post, while video posts average more than 2,500.

When it comes to text posts, brands must walk a fine line. Analysis of more than 500 status updates from the top brands shows that the longer a status update is, the less engagement it typically receives. However, if a status update is too short — less than 50 characters — it may not be long enough to capture viewers’ attention or provide the necessary context to drive the number of likes, shares and comments a brand would like.

“For most brands, Facebook is no longer just a network; it has become the hub of their social marketing efforts and one of the most effective ways to engage with fans,” said Adam Schoenfeld, CEO of Simply Measured. “This latest research once again proves that knowing your audience, understanding your content assets and measuring your efforts are extremely important to develop the social strategies that will work best for you.”

Businesses that limit Facebook fans from writing on their page might want to reconsider their strategy. The research shows that nearly 30 percent of top brands do not allow users to post on their wall. For those brands, user engagement on their page is limited to likes, comments and shares, resulting in 15 percent less engagement than brands that do allow user posts.

When it comes to drawing the most Facebook fans, no one does it better than Facebook itself. The social media giant claims the top spot with 93 million fans, followed by Coca-Cola and MTV.