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Google Launches New Tool To Test Website Performance


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Google has announced its own tool which will help you to measure a website’s speed and mobile-friendliness. Google states,

Today we’re introducing an easy way to measure your site’s performance across devices—from mobile to desktop—and give you a list of specific fixes that can help your business connect more quickly with people online.

The site takes your URL and measures it on a scale from 1-100, your mobile design, and loading speed. It checks things such as CSS, HTML, scripts, and images in order to see the amount of time it takes for your website to load on the desktop as well as on a mobile device.

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Microsoft Announces General Availability Of SQL Server 2016


sql-server-2016Microsoft announces the general availability of SQL Server 2016, the world’s fastest and most price-performant database for HTAP (Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing) with updatable, in-memory columnstores and advanced analytics through deep integration with R Services. Software applications can now easily deploy sophisticated analytics and machine learning models in the database resulting in 100x or more speedup in time to insight, compared to deployments of such models outside of the database.

A new platform for intelligent applications

The majority of advanced analytic applications use a primitive approach of moving data from databases into the application tier to derive intelligence. This approach has been because of the high latency due to the data movement,and does not scale as data volumes grow,  and thus burden the application tier with the task of managing as well as maintaining the analytical models. The deep analytics on real-time transactions are quite impossible without a lot of heaving lifting.

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Visual Studio Code 1.0!


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Microsoft has just announced the official version 1 of Visual Studio Code. This fantastic lightweight development editor was launched little more than a year ago, has had over 2 million downloads, and is in use monthly by over 500, 000 developers. Built as an open platform, in less than six months, the editor has attracted over 1000 community contributed plugins and extensions – what a success story!

VS Code is fully localizable, and is currently shipping in nine languages. The community contributions to the codebase have been streaming in, and the team has consumed over 300 contributions into the live code-base from github.

Read more here : Visual Studio Code 1.0!

iOS 9.3.1 bug lets anyone see iPhone’s photos and contacts using Siri


A longtime iOS expert has discovered a really easy way to view an iPhone’s photos as well as contact list without fingerprint or passcode through Siri.
First spotted by the Daily Dot, YouTube user Videosdebarraquito shows how to unlock the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus with some indirect talking and tapping and not a single passcode. You will be able to view the phone’s contact list and photo albums. Check the video,

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Apple CloudKit Adds Server To Server API


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Apple’s CloudKit is the framework that allows developers to connect with Apple iCloud account and store data that can be accessed by application users. The CloudKit also gives developers to control data movement from iCloud to app and vice versa.

Until now, CloudKit API was available from the apps only. But yesterday, Apple team announced availability of CloudKit server-to-server API. The announcement was posted on Apple Developer website via a blog post.

From the announcement:

Use a server-to-server key to access the public database of a container as an administrator, not a user. You create the server-to-server certificate (that includes the private and public key) locally. Then use CloudKit Dashboard to enter the public key and create a key ID that you include in the subpath of your web services requests.

Microsoft Live Writer Is Open Source Now


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Recently, Microsoft announced an open sourced and forked Windows Live Writer. This fork is known as Open Live Writers. It is also known as OLW. The Open Live Writer is under .NET Foundation and is managed by a group of volunteers. You can now easily Download Open Live Writer.
 A tweet by Scott Hanselman, the principal program and community manager for Microsoft. Hanselman, states,
“We are going to open-source Live Writer, so don’t worry.”
This application made its debut in the year 2007, and it was part of the Windows Live Essentials, which included now-defunct programs, such as Messenger, Mail, Photo Glary, Movie Maker and SkyDrive. The last time that Live Writer was update was in 2012.

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Apple iPad Pro coming to India next week here’s all you need to know


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Apple is all set to launch its new iPad Pro in India, which is likely to hit store shelves next week.

The exact availability and pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. However, citing sources at Apple, TheQuint has revealed that the 32GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi will be priced at Rs 67900, 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi at Rs 79,900 and 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi Cell at Rs 91,900. The report also adds the availability of the device from the second week of December.

The iPad Pro with 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 pixel Retina Display is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 713 grams. On the inside, the iPad Pro sports the Apple A9X chipset which Phil Schiller had said offers better performance than 80 percent of portable laptops out there. According to Apple, the A9X offers desktop-grade CPU and console-grade GPU. It promises a 10-hour battery life as well.

To complement the iPad Pro, Apple has finally made a stylus called the Apple Pencil. This white coloured pressure sensitive stylus that it launched at $99 and is aimed more at the creative professionals who want to get precise and accurate output for their ideas. There is no word on the Apple Pencil pricing in India.

The other additional accessory is the Smart Keyboard which can fold up to become the iPad Pro cover. You can orient the keyboard to be used for typing, for watching content on the display and covering the iPad Pro. This is also sold separately.

The recent iFixit teardown leaves the Pad Pro with a poor score of 3/10. iFixit gave it a repairability score of 3 out of 10 and pointed out that the Smart Connector port is virtually impossible to replace and also, that the fused front panel increases the cost of screen repair along with the risk of damaging the LCD when opening.