DSR System Development News August 2015

The Real Reasons Behind Most ZigBee Interoperability Problems

With over a decade of experience in wireless communications software development and 7 years working closely with ZigBee, we have seen many cases where although the specification gives adequate description, developers invent their own bicycle.

SmartThings Joins ZigBee Alliance

The ZigBee Alliance today announced that SmartThings is the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, joining the Alliance at the ‘Promoter’ level.

Wireless Microcontroller with Novel Bluetooth LE Radio

Renesas has introduced a wireless microcontroller that supports Bluetooth Smart. The radio technology was revealed at the IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference this year.

Two-factor Authentication Via Bluetooth Smart

The Fast IDentity Online Alliance entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group to use Bluetooth Smart as an alternative to using a USB dongle in Universal Second Factor authentication.

Thread Group Debuts Tech Spec

The Thread Group released Tuesday (July 14) its debut technical spec: Thread Version 1.0. Established to develop reliable, secure and low-power mesh networking protocols for the Internet of Things in the home, the group said that its new specs – which passed rigorous interoperability testing – are available, starting today, to group members.

Wi-Fi Aware

Wi Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware™ is a new Wi-Fi Alliance certification program that extends Wi-Fi’s capabilities with a real-time and energy-efficient discovery mechanism that provides an immediate on-ramp to rich here-and-now experiences.

MCCI USB Host Stack for Win 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi

MCCI is providing its TrueTask USB Host stack as the connectivity engine for Windows 10 IoT Core OS targeting Raspberry Pi. A quality USB host stack is needed to make Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2 suitable for for IoT development.

  ARM Shares IoT Wish List

ARM Chief Executive Simon Segars shared an IoT wish list at the recent Imec Technology Forum that suggested semiconductor designers have their work cut out for them. The list started with ultra-low power everything and designs that push costs and area ever closer to zero, but some of the action items were surprising.

  BBC Micro Bit Computer’s Final Design Revealed

The BBC has revealed the final design of the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer set to be given to about one million UK-based children in October.

  Arduino Shrunk for Wearables

There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications.

  The Ins and Outs of Embedded Databases for the IoT

While many facets of the Internet of Things are falling into place, some hurdles still exist for the databases that will be used to manage IoT sensor data.

DSR Application Development News August 2015

IBC 2015

This year’s IBC will cover groundbreaking topics with implications that will resonate through the industry for the rest of our lives. DSR will be attending to represent its advances in IoT and its expertise in the Broadcasting and Entertainment industry. If you are planning to attend and would like to connect, please contact us – we would love to set up a meeting with you while we are there.

Google Finishes Eclipse with End of Support for IDE

Android Studio was announced back in 2013 at Google’s I/O developer conference – and since its reveal – the clock was ticking on the end of support for the popular Eclipse IDE which many developers have opted to use for their Java development for over a decade.

Every Company is Compromised, but Most Infections not yet at Critical Stage

In a recent analysis of a quarter-million endpoint devices in 40 enterprises, every single corporate network showed evidence of a targeted intrusion but most of the activity was not yet at the most-dangerous data exfiltration stage.

Google Made a Chatbot That Debates the Meaning of Life

“Instead of using rules to build a conversational engine, we use a machine learning approach,” Le tells Wired. “We let the machine learn from data rather than hand-coding the rules.” Google’s paper shows they can also drive chatbots, and perhaps move us closer to a world where machines can converse like humans.

Write Handsome, Hybrid Mobile Apps with Ionic

Everyone wants the apps they write to run on multiple platforms, but no one wants to give up the native features of mobile devices. That’s where Ionic, a relatively new JavaScript framework, comes into play. Ionic is designed to fill the UI gap in hybrid mobile apps, building on the familiar AngularJS MVC tooling with new interaction models and CSS styling.

The Art of Command Line

Fluency on the command line is a skill often neglected or considered arcane, but it improves your flexibility and productivity as an engineer in both obvious and subtle ways. There is a selection of notes and tips on using the command-line that have been found useful when working on Linux. Some tips are elementary, and some are fairly specific, sophisticated, or obscure.

15 Ways Visual Studio 2015 Enhances App Development

Microsoft’s recently launched Visual Studio 2015 delivers a number of new capabilities that help developers achieve more and extends that productivity and power across multiple platforms — from Windows to Linux to iOS and Android. It also enables developers to select a variety of third-party extensions to include with their installation.

  Smarter Grids With Sass And Susy

If you’re a designer, you’ll know that grids are your friends. More often than not, they’re the vital architecture that holds a beautiful design together; they create rhythm, structure your page, lead the eye, and prevent the whole thing collapsing in a sloppy mess. Susy is a Sass-based grid framework that solves problem of creating fast, responsive, fully customizable grids. It’s very lightweight and enables you to create entirely custom grids in CSS without touching your markup.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks

The last few weeks have been a time of neural nets generating stuff. By deep nets there are meant recurrent and convolutional neural networks, while the stuff is text, music, images and even video. Google made a big splash by showing a few pictures created by an unspecified neural network (details are even scarcer than usual – no paper so far, let alone any code or live demo). The authors call the technique inceptionism.

Why are Facebook, Digg, and Twitter so Hard to Scale?

Real-time social graphs (connectivity between people, places, and things). That’s why scaling Facebook is hard says Jeff Rothschild, Vice President of Technology at Facebook. Social networking sites like Facebook, Digg, and Twitter are simply harder than traditional websites to scale.

  Intel Announces Java-to-iOS Path

At Android Developer Conference Boston, Intel unveiled a new set of features for its Integrated Native Development Experience (INDE) developer tools platform. These new capabilities will allow Android developers to port their applications to iPhone with only UI changes likely being required.