Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.
Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that’s saved into their own archive; people can browse others’ schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe’s Illustrator software, too.
The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it’s seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to use a less obtrusive color wheel and to shrink borders around colors so designers can better judge how they look together.
Kuler is useful, though hardly a heavyweight app like Photoshop or After Effects. But it’s interesting to watch since it’s got new-era online, collaborative, and social aspects that seem to be a priority for Adobe as it tries to convince skeptics that its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription is more than just a new way to pay for the old Creative Suitesoftware.
When Adobe cut over to its Creative Cloud subscription program, it introduced an iOS app that also can pick a color scheme from a photo.
Adobe once had a Kuler app for Android, but scrapped it and is channeling its resources toward the Kuler Web interface at present.
In response to a request for a Kuler Android app, an Adobe staff member had this to say:
While the iOS app and the discontinued Android app do have similar capabilities, they are actually quite a bit different. We have found that people use tablets and mobile phones very differently. So, we created the iPhone app with a different focus in mind — which translated to different features, UI, and interactions.
We have also found the tasks most people wanted to accomplish with Kuler, on a tablet device, are very similar to the tasks people undertake with the Kuler website. So, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort into updating the site to embrace the latest Web standards (also announced at MAX). And, it should work really well on Android and iOS tablets. We look forward to getting these updates in the hands of users to hear what they think.
We understand there are many Android phone users who may find an app like the Kuler iPhone app useful, and we’ll monitor demand for that over time.
In my tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, I was able to use the normal Kuler site, but the photo upload and color-wheel shrinking features had some problems. I could use photos I took on the spot and from the photo gallery, but imports from Google+ galleries, Dropbox, and Google Drive failed. Worse, the color wheel for picking colors by hand didn’t work with my touch screen.
Microsoft unleashed Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview today. The early look at the enterprise version of Windows 8.1 follows the release of Windows 8.1 Preview at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last month, and includes a variety of tools that show Microsoft’s commitment to both BYOD and virtualization.
Aside from the slew of changes and enhancements in the regular Windows 8.1 Preview edition, Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview also includes features uniquely designed for business customers. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview adds business-friendly elements like Direct Acess, and BranchCache. It also provides IT admins with the power to configure and lock down the Start screen on Windows 8 clients.
Microsoft also has tools in Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview to help out with BYOD and virtualization: Windows To Go, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Windows To Go lets the company put an entire managed Windows 8 desktop environment on a bootable USB thumb drive, and VDI gives the business the tools to enable users to use critical business software from virtually any Internet-connected device.
One of the hottest trends in business technology today is mobility and working remotely. The driving forces behind working remotely are the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend and virtualization.
More and more companies are embracing BYOD and allowing (or requiring) employees to provide their own PCs and mobile devices. BYOD can be a cost-cutting measure for the company, because the employee is taking on some (or all) of the burden of purchasing the PC. BYOD enables users to be more productive and have higher job satisfaction because they get to use the hardware they prefer, and are more comfortable with.
BYOD also introduces some unique concerns, though, when it comes to enforcing policies and protecting company data. Regardless of its benefits, companies can’t just let employees connect rogue computers to the network, or store sensitive company data on a personal PC without any protection. The nice thing about Windows To Go is that it turns any Windows 7 or Windows 8 device into a managed Windows 8 PC without installing any additional software, or putting the personal applications or data of the employee at risk.
Another factor in working remotely is virtualization. Whether hosted locally or in the cloud,virtual servers allow the company to maximize the value from its investment in hardware, and adapt quickly to changing demand or business needs. From an endpoint perspective, virtual applications, or virtual desktop are more valuable. A virtual desktop infrastructure like in Windows 8.1 Enterprise simplifies deployment and management of software because the company only has to install and maintain it in one place. At the same time, it helps the users get more done even on older or weaker hardware because much of the processing overhead is handled on the server end.
Small and medium businesses have a lot to gain from both BYOD and virtualization. The features and capabilities of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to keeping SMB customers on the cutting edge.
JAKARTA – Google recognizes that besutannya rudimentary mapping applications. Therefore, the company continues to update and even in this case involve the user. This was stated by Google Indonesia Country Head, Rudy Ramawy.
“That’s when you make the trip? Maybe it’s been accurate. That’s why we have never held a ‘grand launch’ of our products, because the company is aware of updates and updates to keep going” Rudy said while responding to thoughts about the accuracy of the crew Techno Okezone Google Maps in Jakarta , overnight.
“We are aware that our service is not completely perfect, but we continue to make updates. Indonesia with a wide geographical conditions is a challenge to deliver the best service,” he said.
Furthermore, Rudy said that if the Android-based smartphone users to enable or diligently perform ‘share location’, it was very helpful software giant to improve the accuracy of its services. “Of course in this case we appreciate aspects of secrecy,” said Rudy.
“If the big cities such as Jakarta, the accuracy of Google Maps can be relied upon. But if remote areas, we continue to provide the best possible experience. Many ways we are doing, Google Drive one of them,” said Rudy.
Meanwhile, following the Google Maps that can be accessed offline in a number of countries, Indonesia Google promised that the service would go in Indonesia, but companies are reluctant to disclose when exactly the service that can be enjoyed.
“A number of countries able to access Google Maps offline, and Indonesia are also included in the list will receive the service. Certainty but we do not know yet,” alluded Country Marketing Manager for Google Indonesia Krishna Zulkarnain.
New York – Hacking a car is not a new field, but the secret of ‘success’ steal grounded sophisticated control of the car during the closed meeting. recently, two peratas successfully decode software commonly used among others by car thieves to disable siatem safety and escape easily incarannya car.
Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the two hackers, said they would publish details of engineering blueprint to attack the security system in the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape. This 100-page findings compiled after several months of research they conducted with a grant from the U.S. government Sserikat.
Two “white hats” – the nickname for hackers who try to uncover software vulnerabilities before criminals can exploit them – also will release software that they built for hacking a car in a hacker convention in Las Vegas this week.
They say they found a way to force Toyota Prius brake suddenly at a speed of 80 miles per hour, determine the direction of the steering wheel, to speed up the machine. They also say that they can disable the brakes of the Ford Escape at very slow speeds, so the car continued to move no matter how hard the driver depresses the pedal.
Both men said they hope the data they publish will encourage other white hat hackers to uncover security flaws more advanced automotive products that can be fixed.
“I believe the 100 eyes of security researchers more powerful than the eyes that are in Ford and Toyota,” said Miller, a well-known security expert who was formerly known Twitter reveals burglary of Apple Inc. App Store.
Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman John Hanson said the company is reviewing its security systems car after referring to their findings. He said the automaker to invest in electronic security, although they acknowledge hackers continue to find loopholes.
“It is impossible to do,” said Hanson, referring to the newly exposed hacking. “Certainly we take it seriously.”
Being a spokesman for Ford Motor Co., Craig Daitch, said the company considers the vehicle electronic security seriously. But he guarantees that the product is now in the hands of consumers is equipped with adequate safeguards.
The company behind the development applications, known as IDM or Internet Download Tonec reportedly named recently presented its latest version of the build for the users on the move IDM. The latest version is nothing but the Internet Download Manager 6:17 Build 3.
Although the official release notes have not obtained so far, the presence of this latest version of IDM build more likely intended to improve the stability and reliability of the whole application in a particular case.
Previous versions of Internet Download Manager has received an update to increase download speeds YouTube videos, as well as bug fixes in addressing some of the problems reported by users in the older release.
Internet Download Manager can be operated smoothly in all the editions of Windows out there, including Windows XP to the latest Windows 8 though. And even special versions of the latest build, reportedly can run well on both versions of the Windows operating systems that exist, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Jakarta (Reuters) – In the midst of the Muslims fasting Ramadan, Indonesian BlackBerry app launches pay the Zakat charity through the foundation for users of smart phones or smart phones.
“This may be an application of zakat (charity) is the first in the world in the BB World. Users can perform three types of payments that zakat religious endowments, Infaq, and Sadaqah,” said Managing Director BB Maspiyono Handoyo Indonesia in Jakarta, Friday night.
Applications can be downloaded on zakat homes BlackBerry World for free to all BB “Operating System” (OS), including 10 BB. The application is made by software developers (software) Indonesia PT Jaya Dihital Solutions, said Maspiyono accompanied by Head of Distribution Management and Ibn Rumah Zakat Cholidin infallible, software developers Alms Houses in BB.
Cholidin said, Rumah Zakat application will allow users to calculate the monthly zakat and provide complete information on activities, projects, and news from the zakat.
Features at Zakat House includes an easy interface to support user transactions, zakat calculator helps the user to determine the amount of funds that will be donated, the latest news about the activities of the Zakat House, related to the purchase of livestock Superqurban needs of Eid al-Adha, and Infaq Card support users make a donation for 100 years until after the death, clearly Cholidin.
But for the payment, users still have to do the transfer via ATM Bank. But in the future, will be developed through a transaction online payment system or by use BB Money, adds Ibn infallible, the developer of the software.
“With this app in BB, we would like to pay zakat into a lifestyle that gives peace and pleasure of living in the world. Such people using BB or other gadgets. Pay zakat is made easy,” said Cholidin.
Meanwhile Managing Director BB Maspiyono added, with this application, users not only get the benefits of BB ease in running businesses and organizations, but also the ease of paying zakat and “ticket” to heaven.
According Cholidin, existing donors who pay zakat through BB worth Rp172 billion from Rp400 million earned in a year Alms Houses.
Dock is part desktop OS X that characterizes Apple’s flagship computer operating system. Dock functions such as running apilkasi shortcuts or files and move from one application to another. To move from window to another window in an application, the user must use the OS X Exposé. But, what if asiknya application icon in the Dock to have features such as Windows 7, which the user can select a window which opens directly without having to rely on Exposé.
For those of you who want those features, can wear DockView apps in the App Store.
Like I mentioned earlier, DockView able to provide thumbnail windows of an application by placing the cursor over the application that has many windows.
DockView also supports thumbnail windows through the App Swithcer. Suitable for you who frequently use the App Swithcer to move the window. Still clumsy with App Swithcer? Just look at the previous tips, about maximizing the use of the App Swithcer.
Label the price is free, but it actually has a Dock View in app purchase to eliminate loading thumbnail window sometimes appears for a few seconds.
Additional Dock DockView a supplement that must be considered to accelerate access to switch between windows.
CALIFORNIA – Microsoft has denied allegations that the government says it gave the United States (U.S.) direct access to a number of Microsoft products, including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, for the U.S. government (U.S.).
Reported by Read Write, Tuesday (16/07/2013), the software giant’s rebuttal to respond to a report in The Guardian, which has channeled suspect Skype user data into the monitoring program PRISM National Security Agency (NSA) since 2011.
Microsoft confirmed the company has clear principles in responding to government demands for user information related to law enforcement and national security issues. Perusahana consumers insist only provide data in response to legal process and only permitaan adhere to certain accounts or identification.
“We appreciate our commitment to the user and in accordance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide only to respond to consumer data due process. To be clear, Microsoft does not give the government direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, or Microsoft products the other, “explains Microsoft.
In the end, Microsoft said, when companies update product liability law, may in some circumstances have to retain the ability to provide information in response to requests by law enforcement or national security.
“That’s why, we argue that additional transparency will help everyone understand and debate the important issues,” said Microsoft.
By now, we all know what the future will be like; movies and TV shows have described it in detail. We know about the flying cars (thank you, “Blade Runner”), holograms (thank you, “Star Trek”) and robot butlers (thank you, “Jetsons”).
So when will we really get those technologies? Probably on the 11th of “Don’t hold your breath.”
There is, however, one exception. As of this week, you can buy your own little piece of “Minority Report” and “Iron Man”: controlling your computer by making hand motions in the air.
The Internet has been buzzing about the much-delayed Leap Motion Controller ($80) since its first public demonstrations over a year ago. Imagine controlling on-screen objects just by reaching into empty space, just like Tom Cruise! Imagine gesture recognition just like Microsoft’s Kinect game controller, but on a much smaller, more precise scale! Imagine the future, plugged into a USB jack on the Mac or Windows PC you own today!
The Leap Motion sensor is beautiful, tiny and self-contained. If Wrigley’s ever comes out with a Juicy Fruit Designer Pack, it might look like this: a sleek, glass-and-aluminum slab (1.2 by 3 by 0.5 inches), with nonskid rubber on the bottom. A single USB cable (both a long one and a short one come in the box) stretches away to your computer; a light comes on when it’s working.
(Please note that Leap Motion has nothing to do with Leap Pad, the children’s toy. That gadget is educational in a completely different way.)
If you have a desktop computer, you put the sensor between your screen and keyboard. If it’s a laptop, you park it on the desk just in front of the keyboard. Soon, Leap says, you’ll be able to buy a PC from H.P. or Asus that has the sensor built right in.You download the Leap software, and presto: a somewhat buggy tutorial instructs you to insert your hands into the space — an invisible two-foot cube — that’s monitored by the Leap’s cameras and infrared sensors.
This device is like the Kinect in that it recognizes body parts in space. But not only is the Leap far smaller and less expensive, it’s also far more precise. According to the company, it can detect the precise positions of all 10 of your fingers simultaneously, with a spatial accuracy to a 100th of a millimeter — 200 times as accurate as the Kinect.
And remember, the Leap adds gesture recognition not to your TV, but to your computer. A machine that can run millions of different programs for all different purposes. Games, sure, but also office work. Creative work. Communication. Entertainment. Surely this little wonder is a very big deal.
Unfortunately, it’s not. The Leap’s hardware may be simple, attractive and coherent — but its software is scattershot, inconsistent and frustrating.
The first crushing disappointment is that no software recognizes your hand motions unless it’s been specially written, or adapted, for use by the Leap.
There are 75 such apps already on the Leap’s app store, Airspace; some are free, some cost a few dollars. Not all work on both Mac and Windows.
Most are games. In the best of them, you control the action in 3-D space, just as with the Kinect but without having to stand up. For example, Boom Ball ($5) is the classic Breakout game, where you try to knock out bricks by bouncing a ball against them — but your paddle is attached to your finger in vertical space.
In Disney’s clever Sugar Rush ($2), a spin off from the “Wreck-It Ralph” movie, you bake yourself a racing car shaped like a wedge of cake, and then steer it by holding both sides of an invisible steering wheel. When you play Dropchord ($3), you hold two index fingers out in space; you’re defining a line between them that you use to slice dots and avoid X’s. Cut the Rope is here, too (free).
There are some interesting music-making programs, which makes sense, since hand motions are generally associated with playing instruments. Air Harp ($1) is just what it sounds like. Chordion Conductor is a sweet-sounding arpeggiator (generates music from chords you select).
A few simple educational apps are available, like Molecules (rotate molecules on the screen; free), Cyber Science 3D (pull apart a skull; free) and Frog Dissection (you guessed it; $4).
HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today it has named Jonathan Kwok director of Asia-Pacific (APAC) sales. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for channel management and will lead the expansion of the HighJump™ Supply Chain Advantage suite in the region.
Kwok has nearly 20 years of experience in logistics software, from development and system design to professional services and channel management with some of the largest supply chain solution companies in the world. He was drawn to HighJump Software because of its adaptable solutions’ early success in China and Southeast Asia.
“APAC is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and companies here are under huge pressure to react quickly to market and consumer demands,” said Kwok. “HighJump Software has a flexible, agile and adaptable warehouse management system that companies here need and this distinguishes them in the market. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is so committed to the Asia-Pacific region and lead its expansion.”
“Jonathan brings the depth of experience and expertise that I am looking for to lead APAC. He has run a business in China, which is so important to the success of this huge market. And he is based out of Shanghai, which is a strategic location for building networks in Greater China, India and Southeast Asia,” said David Houser, vice president of international sales, HighJump Software. “Jonathan is a key addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board.”
HighJump Software also has a research and development center in Shanghai that supports the entire supply chain product suite.
About HighJump Software Inc.
HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, trading partner connectivity, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales, the TrueCommerce™ EDI Solutions Platform.