" We recently submitted our product CloudShuttle to the Chrome web store for Google Sheets add-ons. Am I tired? Yes. Did I spend a few too many late nights in front of a code editor? Yes. Would I do it again? One hundred bajillion percent yes. So, having spent the last few month with my head way inside the process to integrate Google docs with an SAP backend through NetWeaver Gateway, I humbly offer a few tips to the blogosphere for anyone wanting to do the same thing. "
Via Martin Hawksey
Researchers from MIT and Lawrence Livermore have created a new class of materials with the same density as aerogels (aka frozen smoke) but 10,000 times stiffer. Called micro-architected metamaterials, they can withstand 160,000 times their own weight, making them ideal for load-bearing, weight-sensitive applications. To do it, the team created microscopic lattice molds using a 3D printer and photosensitive feedstock (see the video below), then coated them with a metal 200 to 500 nanometers thick. Once the lattice material was removed, it left an ultralight metal material with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. The process also works with polymers and ceramics -- with the latter, they created a material as light as aerogel, but four orders of magnitude stiffer. In fact, it was 100 times stronger than any known aerogel, making it ideal for use in the aerospace industry. Given that it was funded by DARPA, it could also end up on robots, drones or soldiers.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
In a forecast that bodes well for the cable industry’s ambitious WiFi initiatives in and out of the home, WiFi traffic will exceed wired traffic for the first time by 2018, according to a new report from Cisco Systems. By 2018, Cisco also expects high-definition video traffic to generate more traffic than standard-def for the first time. Those predictions are just two of a report full of them, alongside many other broadband-focused insights that Cisco pulled into its latest Visual Networking Index report, which looks at recent adoption trends and what’s on the horizon between 2013 and 2018. More on mobile broadband – WiFi and mobile-connected devices will generate 61% of IP traffic by 2018, Cisco predicted, noting that WiFi will represent 49% of traffic, cellular 12%, and fixed traffic 39% by then. In comparison, WiFi represented 41%, cellular 3%, and fixed 56% in 2013. IP video, Cisco said, will eat up 79% of all IP traffic by 2018, up from 66% in 2013. Ultra HD, meanwhile, will account for roughly 11% of IP video traffic in four years, up from a mere 0.1% in 2013. HD video, meanwhile, will account for 52% of all IP video traffic by 2018, up from 36% in 2013. On a broader basis, Cisco predicted that global IP traffic will grow nearly three-fold over the next four years – reaching an annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes, or half a trillion gigabytes by 2018 -- as Internet usage and IP-capable devices proliferate and use broadband to distribute video. Also by 2018, Cisco expects the majority of traffic to originate from devices other than a PC.Click headline to read more--
“Apple on Monday unveiled iOS 8, its next major mobile operating system, which will bring several important features, including new notifications, widgets support, a smarter keyboard and support for...”
Via Tiaan Jonker
“The USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe -- the reversible Type-C USB connector -- is finally ready for mass production. The USB Implementers Forum will now take the Type-C spec and start building devices, cables, and adapters that support the new reversible connector. We could begin seeing Type-C USB devices over the next few months, but it may take a little while for Type-C to reach critical mass.”
Via Tiaan Jonker
Back in 2011 I showed how you can use Google Apps Script to write POST/GET data to a Google Sheet. Over the years a couple of things have changed in Apps Script so I thought it was worth a revisit. This version uses features like LockService, PropertiesService and ContentService to make it more robust and make it possible to do ajax powered form submissions. The post includes a couple of tips that appear to be catching people out including versioning and permissions scope.
Via Martin Hawksey
by Alex Hernandez"The strategic use of software by public schools is shifting from a “nice-to-have” to a core driver of student achievement and organizational performance. Schools are deploying software to communicate with families, recruit and onboard teachers, create digital learning environments and much more."In the new report Schools and Software: What’s Now and What’s Next, Julia Freeland from the Clayton Christensen Institute and I analyze how thirty small- to medium-sized public school systems on the cutting edge of technology integration are using software--and, more importantly, what they want from the edtech industry."Here are five lessons we learned from these early adopters."
Via Jim Lerman