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Apple participating in “Hour of Code”

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Apple is taking part in the international Code.org project this Wednesday. The project, which is designed to get even the most basic of computer users to grips with computer programming, is designed to offer free one-hour sessions to both adults and children. Apple will hold sessions across all its US stores throughout the day. “It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming,” the tech giant explained on its website, before quoting former vice president Al Gore. “‘The ability to code and understand the world of programming is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connecting world.'”

Source: iOS App Store

London design agency combines technology with LEGO to create nifty organizer

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Everyone has a different way of organizing, be it on Google Calendar, by phone, or even on a Filofax. The team at Vitamins Design in London has come up with an ingenious way to sort out their schedules and keep them all in line, no matter what medium each person normally used.

This is how the LEGO Calendar was born. The LEGO calendar is an easy-to-read calendar that uses LEGO characters to represent each team member. Projects are marked by color-coded LEGO bricks, which are then organized by time (each brick represents half a day).

The most interesting feature is the software they created to work in tangent with the physical LEGO Calendar. The software automatically synchronizes every event marked on the physical calendar with a cloud one. A photo is first taken of the LEGO Calendar before it is emailed to a specific address. Upon receipt of the image, the software scans it and detects the colors and positions of each block to update the calendar accordingly.

The idea became so popular that Vitamins Designs has promised to share the computer code online. Watch their video for more.

What is Patch Tuesday?

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases security patches for many of its products. Until recently, Patch Tuesday had been followed by an “Exploit Wednesday”, as hackers reverse-engineered many of these security patches, and attacked not-yet-patched computers.

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But from August 2013, thanks to the revised Active Protection Program, some security firms receive information about vulnerabilities being patched several days before the update is released. They can use these few days to come up with their own signature for these vulnerabilities and patch their software in the same time as Microsoft’s updates come out.

You don’t have to work for a security firm to get a preview of the upcoming patches. You can sign up for an advance notification using your Microsoft credentials (e.g. your Skype or Hotmail login) on the technet.microsoft.com website, and receive a preview in each month straight into your inbox.

By Gergely Sumegi