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Windows Developer Day Creators Update is coming up

Windows Developer Day Creators Update is coming up


On February 8, 2017 you are invited to see what’s new for developers in the Windows 10 Creators Update, what it means for your apps and games, and more about Microsoft’s latest developer products. Whether you’re building for the web or UWP, the latest consumer app or line-of-business tool, there’s something in it for you.

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The Agenda for the session is listed below

Keynote   09:00 – 10:00 AM

Kevin Gallo takes us on a tour of what’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update. He’ll apply a developer’s lens as he shows off new Windows capabilities and tooling and will share some news along the way.

Improving user engagement with Windows and Cortana Skills   10:15 – 10:45 AM

Engaging with your users has always been a challenge, especially now that each user wants their app experience to flow seamlessly between their many devices. In this session, we’ll explore how you can meet this need regardless of platform and form factor—whether the devices use small screens, big screens, or no screens at all. We’ll also discuss improvements with the Windows Desktop Bridge.

Building personal and productive apps with Composition and XAML updates   10:50 – 11:20 AM

First impressions are important, so one of our goals with the Windows 10 Creators Update is to make it easier to deliver beautiful, engaging Windows app experiences. In this session, we’ll discuss how the Creators Update will help simplify building apps that feel more natural (using Ink and Dial) and more beautiful (using Composition advances). We’ll not only walk through the big new improvements, but also highlight some of the smaller tweaks that can be just as important, like menus, dialogs, scrollbars and keyboards.

Using the Windows Store to enhance your app   11:25 – 11:55 AM

The Windows Store and Windows Dev Center are constantly improving to meet the evolving needs of developers and the market. In this session, we’ll explore new Windows Store capabilities that make it easier for customers to find and acquire your apps and games, and Dev Center improvements that optimize your app submissions and management workflows.

Developer tools and updates 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Windows is built for developers, and the Windows 10 Creators Update is no exception. In this session, we’ll focus on how Visual Studio 2017 and the Windows 10 Creators Update make you more productive. We’ll discuss updates to the Windows Device Portal, improvements to Windows Developer Mode, Bash and Console, and many other cool advances.

Speaker panel / Q&A  12:35 – 1:05 PM

After a few hours of telling you what’s new, Kevin Gallo and the Windows engineering team will take the stage and answer your questions. The team loves hearing straight from our developers, and talking straight with our developers. Join us and submit your questions live.

Twitter sells Fabric software to Google

Twitter sells Fabric developer software platform to Google

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Fabric, Twitter’s developer platform, now belongs to Google. The move was announced on Fabric’s blog back on January 19th as well as being confirmed in a Twitter thread by Sr. Director of Product, Jeff Seibert.

Acquired by Twitter in 2014, Fabric is a “a modular mobile platform” designed to help app developers improve the ” stability, distribution, revenue and identity” of their products. Everything from the ability to natively embed tweets in other apps to signing in with your Twitter credentials were made possible by Fabric.

Fabric will merge with Google’s Firebase development platform. “We quickly realized that our missions are the same – helping mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their businesses,” the Fabric team wrote in its announcement. “Fabric and Firebase operate mobile platforms with unique strengths in the market today.” And if you’re an existing Fabric customer, don’t worry, the platform will continue to function. All users will once again have to confirm the terms and services agreement.

For its part, Twitter plans to continue investing in its public APIs.  Twitter also began notifying its e-commerce platform customers Wednesday that it is phasing out its in-app “Buy” button as part of a larger move to slowly retire its commerce division, “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting away from their e-commerce focus.” The company reportedly will, however, continue to allow users to make donations to charitable causes for the foreseeable future.

Labor Department sues Oracle Claiming hiring and pay Infractions

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Labor Department sues Oracle Claiming hiring and pay Infractions


The U.S. Department of Labor warns that the lawsuit could cost Oracle multiple millions of dollars in federal IT contracts if it is found in litigation to be non-compliant to federal rules.  On January 18th a lawsuit contending that Oracle has made a practice of paying white men more then other men and women. It also unfairly favoring Asian workers when recruiting and hiring for technical positions.

Since 1977  Oracle employs 136,000 globally with about 37 percent classified as minorities and 29 percent of which are women.   Women comprise 25 percent of the company’s management positions.

Source Cites Possible Political Motivation

One source cites that there could be a possible political motivation behind the lawsuit.    The source quoted to eWEEK.  “They have filed against Palantir and Oracle, two companies with public ties to the current administration and in the three last days of the Obama administration in an effort to pressure the new administration. It’s meant to embarrass the Trump administration; they will be stuck with these lawsuits, and the labor side will cast aspersions on the Trump administration if it moves to change the litigation posture favorably/fairly to business.”

The lawsuit was filed in the final 72 hours of the Obama administration.  This does make it seem that this could be political.  This is based on the inside source informing eWEEK.

“The complaint is politically motivated, based on false allegations, and wholly without merit,”  Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said. “Oracle values diversity and inclusion, and is a responsible equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Our hiring and pay decisions are non-discriminatory and made based on legitimate business factors, including experience and merit.”

Details can be read on the Department of Labor’s website by clicking here.


TechSmith Snagit update is now available.

TechSmith Snagit update is now available


Once again TechSmith has delivered on their promises by providing an exciting new update to the Snagit application.  Version 13.1 provides some new abilities in gear with software developers and technical writers.  Snagit gives you a simple way to create and edit screenshots or record videos to show a complex process, give detailed feedback, or share important information with the people who need it most.

Snagit features such as:

  • Image capture – Make sure to capture exactly what you need. Click and drag anywhere on your screen to select a region with pixel perfect accuracy.

  • Video capture – Sometimes it’s easier to talk things through. Create, narrate and trim quick videos of your screen for demos, feedback, reviews, and more.


  • Mobile capture – Capture beyond your desktop.
  • Background Auto-Fill and Magic Wand Tool – Seamlessly move or remove objects in a screenshot without affecting the original image quality. Perfect for fast image edits in documentation, website mockups, and more.

  • Add callouts, shapes, and text – Add personality and professionalism to your screenshots with a variety of pre-made styles, or you can create your own.

  • Resize images – Get your images to the correct size, right down to the pixel. Use the Resize option to enter new dimensions to scale the size of the image.

To have the ability of capturing and resizing images or contents is a big plus for anyone.  Snagit has been around for years and has improved during that time.  The cost is low but the product is priceless.

Baron Software recommends Snagit for almost anyone who interfaces with social media.  It is simple to use on Windows or the Mac and you do get free updates for that version level.  There are also free add-ons allowing you to work with your smart devices as well.  It is worth the cost to get Snagit.