http://www.mactech.com/blog en The Northern Spy: Modula-2 R10 Templates http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/02/northern-spy-modula-2-r10-templates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" width="125" height="85" alt="" src="http://cdn.mactech.com/sites/default/files/NorthernSpyLogo_47.jpg?1441140555" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>By Rick Sutcliffe</strong></p> <p><strong>Modula-2 R10</strong> has been the Spy's meat and potatoes in this space for a few months now. It is the fully modern dialect of Niklaus Wirth's Modula-2 that he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch have developed to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility. This month we consider the use of Generic templates to reach toward the software engineering grail of reusable code.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/02/northern-spy-modula-2-r10-templates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/02/northern-spy-modula-2-r10-templates#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:48:48 +0000 dsellers 1891721 at http://www.mactech.com Production printer market grows in the second quarter http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/01/production-printer-market-grows-second-quarter <p>The worldwide production print market enjoyed 9.4% year-over-year growth in unit shipments in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to new data from IDC.</p> <p>According to the research group, shipments grew to approximately 9,279 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 6.0% to nearly US$1.1 billion in the same time period. All of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year unit growth in the production print space. Key contributors to the worldwide growth were Latin America (32.7%), Middle East &amp; Africa (30.7%), and Western Europe (19.7%).</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/01/production-printer-market-grows-second-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/09/01/production-printer-market-grows-second-quarter#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:19:06 +0000 dsellers 1888006 at http://www.mactech.com Publishers struggle as digital ad budgets grow http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/31/publishers-struggle-digital-ad-budgets-grow <p>As the number of screens and ad impressions continue to proliferate, advertising dollars are moving from traditional to digital environments at a staggering rate. </p> <p>An important key to capturing share of the growing digital spend comes down to the ability for publishers to leverage real-time data, according to Forrester Consulting (<a href="http://www.forrester.com" title="www.forrester.com">www.forrester.com</a>). The research group found that 65% of publishers report that they used SSP/exchange analytics data for critical operational decisions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/31/publishers-struggle-digital-ad-budgets-grow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/31/publishers-struggle-digital-ad-budgets-grow#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:44:01 +0000 dsellers 1885091 at http://www.mactech.com Mobile services market to reach $21.4 billion this year http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/28/mobile-services-market-reach-214-billion-year <p>Spending on mobile services will grow 4% to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. (<a href="http://www.gartner.com" title="www.gartner.com">www.gartner.com</a>).</p> <p>Spending on mobile services will be driven by data services, which is expected to grow 15% to reach $6.5 million in 2015, says the research group. A large chunk of this growth will be driven by the increasing use of cellular services on data-centric devices, such as tablets and notebooks, through either embedded cellular modems or USB sticks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/28/mobile-services-market-reach-214-billion-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/28/mobile-services-market-reach-214-billion-year#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:42:53 +0000 dsellers 1885086 at http://www.mactech.com One in 10 iOS users listens to Apple Music http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/27/one-10-ios-users-listens-apple-music <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" width="954" height="375" alt="" src="http://cdn.mactech.com/sites/default/files/Apple-Music-Big_7.jpg?1439905728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a new research study conducted by MusicWatch (<a href="http://www.musicwatchinc.com" title="http://www.musicwatchinc.com">http://www.musicwatchinc.com</a>), a company providing consumer research for the music industry, three quarters (77%) of Apple’s iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, and 11% reported they are currently using Apple Music.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/27/one-10-ios-users-listens-apple-music" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/27/one-10-ios-users-listens-apple-music#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:49:11 +0000 dsellers 1884526 at http://www.mactech.com Portable computer shipments are expected to be flat for 2015 http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/26/portable-computer-shipments-are-expected-be-flat-2015 <p>According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research (<a href="http://www.abiresearch.com" title="www.abiresearch.com">www.abiresearch.com</a>), total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, which is essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. </p> <p>Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer. (The portable notebook PC category consists of four segments: netbooks, laptops, Chromebooks, and ultraportable PCs.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/26/portable-computer-shipments-are-expected-be-flat-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/26/portable-computer-shipments-are-expected-be-flat-2015#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:44:30 +0000 dsellers 1883991 at http://www.mactech.com IDC: personal storage market declined in the second quarter http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/25/idc-personal-storage-market-declined-second-quarter <p>Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined by -9.7% year over year and -13.8% sequentially, finishing the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) with 15.1 million units, according to the IDC research group (<a href="http://www.idc.com" title="www.idc.com">www.idc.com</a>) Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -16.1% from a year ago to $1.2 billion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/25/idc-personal-storage-market-declined-second-quarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/25/idc-personal-storage-market-declined-second-quarter#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:57:15 +0000 dsellers 1882746 at http://www.mactech.com Strategy Analytics: 2-in-1 tablet sales are taking off http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/24/strategy-analytics-2-1-tablet-sales-are-taking <p>While the overall tablet market contracts in 2015, 2-in-1 detachable tablets have become a bright spot, according to Strategy Analytics (<a href="http://www.strategyanalytics.com" title="www.strategyanalytics.com">www.strategyanalytics.com</a>). </p> <p>Traditional PC vendors like Asus, Acer, and HP have found a niche in which they can credibly compete against mobile device heavyweights, as the segment is forecast to grow 91% over the next five years due to lower prices and better designs, according to the research group.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/24/strategy-analytics-2-1-tablet-sales-are-taking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/24/strategy-analytics-2-1-tablet-sales-are-taking#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:27:09 +0000 dsellers 1882086 at http://www.mactech.com IEEE: young generations playing video games for shorter periods http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/21/ieee-young-generations-playing-video-games-shorter-periods <p>One of the most common behaviors of gaming aficionados over the years has been to sit for hours at a time playing with, or against, fellow gamers across the world, but recent findings from IEEE (<a href="http://www.ieee.org" title="www.ieee.org">www.ieee.org</a>), a professional organization "dedicated to advancing technology for humanity," has dispelled myths of the "traditional" gamer. </p> <p>IEEE today revealed data on the past and future of gaming, based on input from an interactive timeline. Gamers from around the world were invited to view and participate in the interactive timeline launched on Facebook from June 11 – July 13.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/21/ieee-young-generations-playing-video-games-shorter-periods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/21/ieee-young-generations-playing-video-games-shorter-periods#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:24:07 +0000 dsellers 1882081 at http://www.mactech.com IDC: Early movers will reap rewards from Ripple adoption http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/20/idc-early-movers-will-reap-rewards-ripple-adoption <p>A new IDC Financial Insights (<a href="http://www.idc.com" title="www.idc.com">www.idc.com</a>)study builds on recent IDC analysis of the Bitcoin ecosystem by considering the potential of Ripple, an offshoot of Bitcoin which purports to be an open source, real-time payment settlement infrastructure, and the impact it could have on the financial services industry. </p> <p>Crucially, Ripple concentrates on providing a payments infrastructure, rather than a new currency, in its attempt to overhaul the international payments landscape.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/20/idc-early-movers-will-reap-rewards-ripple-adoption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.mactech.com/2015/08/20/idc-early-movers-will-reap-rewards-ripple-adoption#comments MacNews MacTech MacNews Blog MacTech Blog Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:20:52 +0000 dsellers 1882076 at http://www.mactech.com