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Waiting for Drupal 8? Drupal 8 already available in Bitnami!

BitNami's Blog - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 00:37

Drupal, one of the most famous open source content management platforms, has just released its new stable version Drupal 8.0.0. With over 200 new features and improvements, this is the first supported release of Drupal 8 and is ready for use on production sites. 
If you are not familiar with Bitnami, Bitnami Drupal can be deployed using native installers (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X), virtual machines and Amazon EC2, Azure, VMware, Google, DigitalOcean and Oracle cloud images. 
You can find more info about this new version and all its features here

Drupal 8 dashboard
Do you have any questions about Bitnami Drupal 8? Post to our community forum, and we would be happy to help you.
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Google Fit update adds support for strength training, diet and sleep tracking - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 00:24
The software will also be able to display real-time information on daily activities. Android users can expect it to arrive in the coming days.

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Stephen Colbert gives Bobby Jindal a 'Hunger Games' send-off - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 23:20
Technically Incorrect: The Louisianan decides to withdraw from the Republican presidential race. "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert gives him a momentous goodbye.

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An Italian invasion! Fiat Spider, Alfa Romeo debuts conquer the LA Auto Show (pictures) - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 23:08
Of the dozens of announcements at the 2015 LA Auto show, most of the buzz surrounded Fiat's new roadster and Alfa Romeo's hot sport sedan.

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Now Available: Version 1.0 of the AWS SDK for Go

Amazon Web Services Blog - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 23:03

Earlier this year, my colleague Peter Moon shared our plans to launch an AWS SDK for Go. As you will read in Peter’s guest post below, the SDK is now generally available!

— Jeff;

At AWS, we work hard to promote and serve the developer community around our products. This is one of the reasons we open-source many of our libraries and tools on GitHub, where we cherish the ability to directly communicate and collaborate with our developer customers. Of all the experiences we’ve had in the open source community, the story of how the AWS SDK for Go came about is one we particularly love to share.

Since the day we took ownership of the project 10 months ago, community feedback and contributions have made it possible for us progress through the experimental and preview stages, and today we are excited to announce that the AWS SDK for Go is now at version 1.0 and recommended for production use. Like many of our projects, the SDK follows Semantic Versioning, which means starting from 1.0, you can upgrade the SDK within the same major version 1.x and have confidence your existing code will continue to work.

Since the Developer Preview announcement in June, we have added a number of key improvements to the SDK, including:

  • Sessions – Easily share configuration and request handlers between clients.
  • JMESPATH support – Query and reshape complex API responses and other structures using simple expressions.
  • Paginators – Iterate over multiple pages of list-type API responses.
  • Waiters – Wait for asynchronous state changes in AWS resources.
  • Documentation – Revamped developer guide.

Here’s a code sample that exercises some of these new features:

// Create a session
s := session.New(aws.NewConfig().WithRegion("us-west-2"))
// Add a handler to print every API request for the session
s.Handlers.Send.PushFront(func(r *request.Request) {
	fmt.Printf("Request: %s/%s\n", r.ClientInfo.ServiceName, r.Operation)
// We want to start all instances in a VPC, so let's get their IDs first.
ec2client := ec2.New(s)
var instanceIDsToStart []*string
describeInstancesInput := &ec2.DescribeInstancesInput{
	Filters: []*ec2.Filter{
			Name:   aws.String("vpc-id"),
			Values: aws.StringSlice([]string{"vpc-82977de9"}),
// Use a paginator to easily iterate over multiple pages of response
	func(page *ec2.DescribeInstancesOutput, lastPage bool) bool {
		// Use JMESPath expressions to query complex structures
		ids, _ := awsutil.ValuesAtPath(page, "Reservations[].Instances[].InstanceId")
		for _, id := range ids {
			instanceIDsToStart = append(instanceIDsToStart, id.(*string))
		return !lastPage
// The SDK provides several utility functions for literal <--> pointer transformation
fmt.Println("Starting:", aws.StringValueSlice(instanceIDsToStart))
// Skipped for brevity here, but *always* handle errors in the real world :)
	InstanceIds: instanceIDsToStart,
// Finally, use a waiter function to wait until the instances are running
fmt.Println("Instances are now running.") 

We would like to again thank Coda Hale and our friends at Stripe for contributing the original code base and giving us a wonderful starting point for the AWS SDK for Go. Now that it is fully production-ready, we can’t wait to see all the innovative applications our customers will build with the SDK!

For more information please see:

Peter Moon, Senior Product Manager

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eBay wants you to battle for holiday deals, but Watson knows your wish list - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 22:42
Attention online shoppers: Google beefs up shopping search on mobile, eBay puts a new twist on Black Friday fights and IBM's Watson tracks which gifts are trending.

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See Harrison Ford surprise Star Wars fans via Skype - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:39
Han Solo video-bombs a few fans just to see them freak out...and also to announce a new charity campaign.

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AWS Device Farm Update – Test Web Apps on Mobile Devices

Amazon Web Services Blog - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:13

If you build mobile apps, you know that you have two implementation choices. You can build native or hybrid applications that compile to an executable file. You can also build applications that run within the device’s web browser.

We launched the AWS Device Farm in July with support for testing native and hybrid applications on iOS and Android devices (see my post, AWS Device Farm – Test Mobile Apps on Real Devices, to learn more).

Today we are adding support for testing browser-based applications on iOS and Android devices. Many customers have asked for this option and we are happy to be able to announce it. You can now create a single test run that spans any desired combination of supported devices and makes use of the Appium Java JUnit or Appium Java TestNG frameworks (we’ll add additional frameworks over time; please let us know what you need).

Testing a Web App
I tested a simple web app. It opens and searches for the string “Kindle”. I opened the Device Farm Console and created a new project (Test Amazon Site). Then I created a new run (this was my second test, so I called it Web App Test #2):

Then I configured the test by choosing the test type (TestNG) and uploading the tests (prepared for me by one of my colleagues):

The file ( contains the compiled test and the dependencies (a bunch of JAR files):

Next, I choose the devices. I had already created a “pool” of Android devices, so I used it:

I started the run and then checked in on it a few minutes later:

Then I inspected the output, including screen shots, from a single test:

Available Now
This new functionality is available now and you can start using it today! Read the Device Farm Documentation to learn more.


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Shock rock: Machine uncovers honking 1,111-carat diamond - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:07
A specialized sorting machine that uses X-ray technology sniffs out one of the largest diamonds ever discovered.

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Rainbow Six Siege beta progress won&#039;t carry forward - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:41
Plus, Ubisoft confirms people who were in the closed beta will get to play 24 hours early.

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BioShock creator&#039;s next game &#039;highly creative and innovative&#039; - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:41
"I think that would be a reasonable expectation for whatever he does next," Take-Two CEO says.

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Watch new Just Cause 3 trailer with CG done by Final Fantasy effects studio - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:41
Check out this new trailer showing off the over-the-top action game and set to the Kasabian song "Fire."

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&#039;Enhanced 1080p&#039; PS4 Beyond: Two Souls, Heavy Rain release dates announced - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:41
Beyond: Two Souls' PlayStation 4 port is coming next week, while Heavy Rain will debut in 2016.

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Halo 5 microtransaction sales still rising, now reach $700,000-plus - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:41
As a result, the Halo World Championship prize pool has risen to $1.7 million.

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The Chevrolet Volt wins Green Car of the Year 2016 - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 19:37
The second-generation plug-in hybrid claimed top honors at Los Angeles, besting cars wielding several different powertrain types.

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Will it bend? Apple Pencil gets a twisty torture test - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 19:32
The Apple Pencil sticks out from the iPad Pro when it's charging. Can it handle the rigors of bumps, bends and twists?

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Windows is 30, so here&#039;s how it took over the world - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 19:22
Windows made its debut on 20 November 1985 -- come with us on a trip through time as we see how Bill Gates' baby took over the world.

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Get rid of ads in your Windows 10 Start menu - CNET

The Wisdom of Clouds - James Urquhart - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:59
Windows 10 occasionally sneaks unwanted app "suggestions" into your Start menu.

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“Get In Early” (GIE) #005: Bluecore

CloudAve - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:15

So we’ve done a number of great “Get In Earlys” now where you get a chance to get to know a hot SaaS start-up right before it breaks out, or at least, right before everyone’s heard of them.

The first Get in Earlies with RainforestQA, Entelo, BetterWorks, and were pretty successful.  The uber-learning is that the posts do a few things.  First, they generate direct job applications.  Not 1000s — but some good ones.  They also provide a great resource for potential applicants, even for un-posted positions, and even if they don’t click through from the posting to directly apply.  Finally, they also seem to serve as a helpful validator for folks interested in these companies, but … not quite sure.

So with Get In Early #005 we’re going to experiment a little more and do the first start-up outside of the SF Bay Area — Bluecore in New York City.  It’s also a bit of an experiment as, at least by a smidge, Bluecore will be the largest in ARR.  They’re about to cross $10m ARR (our cut-off … by then, man, you’ve heard of it :-) but aren’t quite there so we’re getting this one up fast!

It’s a fun team and they’re long time readers of, and members of, the SaaStr community.  So that rocks right there :-)  More below!

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Company:  Bluecore (in New York City)

Size: High-seven figures ARR

Growth: 12% month-over-month in 2015.

What it does: Marketing automation for eCommerce. Bluecore marketing automation software easily ingests and analyzes terabytes of behavioral customer data and product catalog changes without product feeds, enabling marketers to segment audiences and automate marketing communications in seconds.

Money: $7.2M (combined Series A round & seed)

Deal Size: $50K avg

Logos: Staples, Cabelas, Nike, NewEgg, Express, BCBG

Location: New York City

Out / In-bound: 60% inbound, 40% outbound

Profile Buyers: Marketing Manager, Director of eCommerce, VP of Marketing, CMO

Hiring in Sales: Market Development Reps, AEs, Sales Engineer

Hiring in Engineering: Forward Deployed Engineer, Software Engineer, VP of Engineering

Hiring in Customer Success: Customer Success Managers

Hiring in Product: Product Designer

Hiring in Marketing: Product Marketing Manager, Performance Marketing Manager, Sr. Content Marketing Manager

More open jobs here.

(Cross-posted @ SaaStr)

CloudAve is sponsored by, and Workday.

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5 Insights I Gained From Our Customer Advisory Board

Good Data - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:22

Although much of the discussion around customer engagement focuses on digital activities, I’m still a large believer in “engaging” face-to-face. In fact, my favorite part of my job is to build relationships that go beyond initiatives or objectives.That’s why GoodData’s Customer Advisory Board is my favorite event of the year.

This year, I was able to finally meet customers I’d spoken for so long, like CSC, Walgreens, and ServiceChannel at our CAB. Over glasses of Cab (or my favorite, Pinot Noir), we were able to discuss things analytics-related and not, and generally build a true, offline relationship that matches the amount of social connection we’ve found online.

Of course, part of my excitement surrounding this year’s CAB stemmed from its location: always-sunny Portland, OR. As a Portlander of 19 years, it was nice to meet with coworkers and customers alike in a city I love. Whether we were being serenaded at dinner or discussing hurdles to analytics adoption, it was a memorable way to bring together customers old and new, without pretense. Here are the five greatest things I learned from our customers at CAB.

Insight is for Everyone, Tech-Speak is Not

Many of our customers pointed out a pain point that surprised me--the language! I talked to many customers who said that the popularization of terms like “prescriptive analytics” and “data cleansing” hasn’t helped them educate their teams on what these terms mean for their organizations.

People >> Technology

From savvy marketers to wise product managers, we had a great mix of personalities and functions at this year’s CAB. Although we get usage data from our customers, the insights we gained from in-person feedback were invaluable. The qualitative information we got from our CAB members will drive our discussions around product roadmap and GoodData’s areas of growth.

Teams are Not Born, They’re Built

Many of our customers pointed out that adoption is the first success metric of any analytics project, and of course, they’re right. In bringing together people, data, and technology, BI solutions providers need to remember that they must first convince the people to use the technology, and make decisions based on data. This can often be a hard sell, especially to high-level executives, so I had many productive discussions on how to build a culture of data.

Maturity is Possible

It’s no secret that we love to discuss analytics maturity, and how to align analytics objectives with company goals. By bringing customers together at all levels of analytics maturity, we were able to help some move up the curve, or discover the best practices needed to move the needle for their organization. This collaboration for analytics success was perhaps my favorite part of the CAB, because it was great to see our customers helping each other in real time.

Community is Everywhere

Although I’m fond of in-person meetings (and Google Hangouts, as many of our customers know), I have also built a community for our customers to call home online--GoodFriends. As an invitation-only space, GoodFriends allows our customers to get involved in GoodData initiatives, but also to ask questions of each other (and me) in a constructive community of insight.

The best part? GoodFriends is an Influitive advocate community, and Influitive is also one of our customers! We love to use our customers’ products whenever possible.

Want to find out more about GoodFriends? Email me, or click below to contact us.

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