Colorado Tech Weekly #7, July 29, 2013: New small devices are going to change our world

Colorado Tech Weekly Binary FlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local events every Monday morning!

The biggest issue I’ve had with set top boxes is that I can’t just go online like I can with my computer or phone. That all changes this week with the tiny $35 Google ChromeCast. I have had issues with making bigger devices touch-enabled because it just seems weird to have to hold my hand out to my computer or TV. This week, the Leap Motion controller fixes that for me too. I am really looking forward to seeing more devices like these. This is the same kind of energy and innovation I am seeing in Colorado every week when I research for these posts.

Local News

  • Colorado is poised to take on the tech world in a big way [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire awarded tax credits to create 500 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Broncos stay local and use Wayin for their social media hub [TechKnowBytes]
  • How to fail at e-recycling and end up in jail [DBJ]
  • COIN names 4 finalists in the “Glorious Failure” contest [DBJ]

National News

  • Google launches ChromeCast. Angers TV networks, but makes me happy [All Things D]
  • Famous hacker Barnaby Jack dies at 35 [Guardian]
  • Apple’s Development Center breached by hackers [TechCrunch]
  • Gesture-based Leap Motion Controllers are out! [TechCrunch]
  • XBox Live to allow independent developers to self publish [Ars Technica]

Upcoming Events

A quick note about why I love Twitter

Sure some people use Twitter to tweet about their lunch or post pictures of their cats, but there is something great about this service that only allows 140 character updates and 160 character profile summaries. It takes away so many social barriers!

This week for my computer science class, we were asked to figure out why the Java GUI components are called “Swing”. I found my answer in a blog post (Why is Swing Called Swing?), but I wanted a more solid source. So I found Georges Saab’s Twitter account and asked him myself. Being the cool guy he is, he responded:

I NEVER would have considered sending Saab an email to ask this question. I would have felt that I was bothering him. I’m perfectly fine sending it as a tweet though. This is why I love Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #5, July 15, 2013: An event every day!

BinaryColoradoFlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local events every Monday morning!

I found out about a cool new place called Galvanize, so I found a lot more events to include. It looks like a good way to scratch my entrepreneurial and techie itches at the same time. I’m going to have to go check that place out soon. If you know about Galvanize, I’d love to hear for you.

Local News

  • Innovation Pavilion building in the Denver Tech Center to get bigger, stronger, faster [Denver Post]
  • Online job-wanted posts increase in Denver, but decrease state-wide [DBJ]
  • Hasbro acquires Boulder-based game maker Backflip Studios [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup FlixMaster launches mobile video editing app [TechKnowBytes]
  • Tossing electronics in the trash is now banned. Electronic Recyclers Intl. to open up shop in Aurora in September [DBJ]
  • Boulder Digital Arts Scholarship available [New Tech Boulder]

National News

  • An Apple 1 from 1976 is auctioned for $387,750 [Denver Post]
  • Facebook’s new Graph Search pushed out to more users [Denver Post]
  • Microsoft tries to get some mojo back with a big reorganization [Denver Post]
  • Tech firms speak up on immigration reform [Denver Post]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #4, July 8, 2013: Speaker announcements for local events and, of course, PRISM

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I would have thought with Independence Day interrupting the week, there wouldn’t be much news. Luckily, I was wrong! Hope your Independence Day went as well as possible. It was a great day in Colorado to spend time with friends and family.

Local News

  • Colorado researchers collaborate on energy innovation [Denver Post]
  • CTA announces Arjun Gupta of TeleSoft Partners as the 2013 APEX Keynote Speaker [CTA]
  • COIN announces speakers for the 2013 Innovation Summit [COIN]
  • Statewide ban on disposal of electronic waste went into effect this week. How to clear your data from your recycled electronics [TechKnowBytes]
  • Congratulations to KidsTek instructor Nina Amey for her nomination for CTA Teacher of the Year [KidsTek]
  • Will a contract dispute force CenturyLink workers to strike? [Denver Post]

National News

  • An editorial on what PRISM could mean to our society [Freedom Bits]
  • Could the PRISM PR fall out affect US cloud computing companies? [ZD Net]
  • Theme suggestions for the Ludum Dare 27 game making competition (Aug 23-27) are open [Ludum Dare]
  • AT&T is considering selling anonymous user data to advertisers [BGR]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #3, July 1, 2013: The Neapolitan ice cream of tech news

BinaryColoradoFlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week every Monday morning!

When it comes to tech news, there are three popular flavors: business, privacy and innovations. This past week we get all three flavors. It’s the Neapolitan ice cream of tech news.

Local News

  • Douglas County-based companies can’t catch a break when it comes to mergers. Liberty Global misses out on Kabel Deutschland [DBJ]
  • I discovered another great local industry group. New Tech Boulder recaps the month that was June [New Tech]
  • Larimer County sues Colorado Customware over failed software [DBJ]
  • Rally Software expands their HQ to stay in Boulder [DBJ]
  • CenturyLink should come up with a better name for their new “Internet Cost Recovery Fee” [Techknowbytes]
  • What is going into the NSA’s new data center in Utah? [Denver Post]

National News

  • Facebook creates ‘shadow profiles’ and accidentally makes some private info public [ZD Net]
  • New PRISM leak says information is being monitored in real-time [The Next Web]
  • The nuts and bolts of transferring 1.6 Tb/s using fiber [Science Magazine]
  • How to see through walls (almost) using WiFi [IT World]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you! Happy Fourth of July!

Colorado Tech Weekly #1, June 16 2013: The NSA Read This Before It Was Written

BinaryColoradoFlagThe government is in your social media. Get an abert squirrel shirt for supporting Black Forest Fire victims. Dish misses out on Sprint. CTA promotes entreprenuership. Colorado IT gals rock. I learn some cloud computing. Apple brings iOS7. Microsoft brings the games. Sony pulls no punches. Warp speed may be possible, or may be a broken link.

This is my first of what I hope will be many posts about technology news with a Colorado focus. I will attempt to pick 10 news articles for the week that best reflect Colorado tech news.

Local News

Colorado’s own Senator Udall speaks up against government metadata surveillance
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23425397/colorados-sen-mark-udall-says-u-s-surveillance

Indiegogo project set up to support Black Forest Fire victims
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/black-forest-wildfire-relief 

Sprint rejects proposal from Colorado’s Dish Network
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431366/sprint-board-backs-o-8800-from-buyout-by?source=JBarTicker

CTA announces fellowship for Founding Institute
http://www.coloradotechnology.org/news/128996/CTA-Fellowship-for-Founder-Institute.htm

Congratulations to KidsTek Scholarship Winner, Essense Benson
http://www.kidstek.org/news/kidstek-scholarship-winner

My head ends up in the clouds thanks to CTA event
http://scottpantall.com/2013/06/my-head-in-the-clouds-cloud-computing/

National News

Apple unveils iOS 7 for iPhones and iPads
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431383/apple-unveils-new-operating-system-iphones-ipads

Sony and Microsoft battle for gamers at E3
http://blogs.denverpost.com/videogames/2013/06/11/e3-new-sony-microsoft-xbox-one-playstation-4/7504/#disqus_thread

Warp speed may be possible
http://geeknutz.com/2013/06/08/alcubierre-drives/

Tech companies release some government surveillance info
http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_23467969/deal-lets-web-companies-start-releasing-government-surveillance

Upcoming Events

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If you’re still reading at this point, I admire your intelligence. If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know!

My Head in the Clouds – Cloud Computing

06/11/13 – I went to my first Colorado Technology Association (CTA) event on Tuesday. It was a presentation on cloud computing hosted by CTA, OCx Networks and Nebula, Inc. with Chris Kemp, co-founder of Nebula, Inc. as the keynote speaker. The audience was a fun mix of sales representatives and engineers and lucky for me OCx Networks was giving out notebooks. As far as I know, I was the only student there. There should really be more students at these things.

What is cloud computing? 

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or  service provider interaction. (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf)

If that went over your head, cloud computing is what allows Google Drive, Dropbox and social media to exist. It’s what allows 1 million Android users to download Instagram in one day.

What can I do with Cloud Computing?

Kemp talked mostly about Openstack. Openstack is an open source software for building
private and public clouds (Openstack.org). It is one of the fastest growing open source technologies and is growing one of the biggest developer communities. As a computer science student, I asked Kemp, “What should I focus on to become an Openstack developer?” Here are some of the resources mentioned by Kemp and a guy sitting behind me who’s name I didn’t catch:

If you know of any good Openstack or cloud computing resources, both online and local, please share them in the comments.