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Ekhtarna Lak – September 12

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Just like the oldies, ‘Ekhtarna Lak’ is a weekly digest with news about everything tech. We filter through numerous articles and hand pick the most important news, insights and interesting tidbits from around the world. And we’d love to hear your comments.

While much of the talk surrounding Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile business surrounds the inevitability of end-to-end mobile business models, there’s a vastly different lesson to take from Microsoft’s acquisition. Along with Nokia’s mobile business Microsoft got a 10-year license to a massive treasure trove of mobile patents. Read More… & More…

Most of the time, teaching computer skills to children requires the use of a computer. But a new board game that conveys programming concepts without a screen rocketed through Kickstarter yesterday, securing its $25,000 minimum goal from hundreds of backers in just five hours. At the time of this writing, it has raised nearly $173,000 and counting. Robot Turtles: The Board Game for Little Programmers. Teach your children programming.

Adobe announced today that, for a limited time, it will offer a $9.99 per month subscription package to Creative Cloud as a part of its Photography Program. Naturally, there are a few caveats involved: the offer is available only to existing Creative Suite customers who own Photoshop CS3 or above and sign-ups close on December 31, 2013. The low price tag won’t get you the full Creative Cloud treatment; the Photography Program will grant you access to the diet version, which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Behance ProSite access and 20GB of storage space. It’s a smart move on Adobe’s part, considering that the company has been fielding complaints from disgruntled customers over its subscription pricing model. You’ll have to wait until September 17th for the offer to go live, but the good news is that the $9.99 monthly rate isn’t an introductory price, therefore it won’t increase so long as your account remains active. Adobe Creative Cloud.

Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when. The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal. A must read topic…

The rise of cloud computing is altering the enterprise technology landscape in many ways, including where applications live (in a distant data centre, rather than the company server room), how they are paid for (out of op ex, rather than cap ex) and even who buys them (line-of-business managers with their credit cards, rather than CIOs with corporate budgets). Read More…

Are you endangered? Offshoring now targets corporate IT jobs, offshoring and productivity gains are expected to blow away 750,000 enterprise IT jobs by 2017. Read More…

PHP is not going to disappear soon, but its position is being undermined even further by the nascent Node.js. When the Internet exploded in the 2000′s, PHP was the thing ”all the cool kids” did. Read More…

Initially it looked like the “Hand of Thief” (HoT) Trojan would be the first successful Linux Trojan. However, further investigation by RSA, the Security Division of EMC, reveals that the Hand of Thief is just another in a long line of so-called Linux malware that’s more bark than bite. Read More…

Twitter acquired MoPub which is a hosted ad serving solution built specifically for mobile publishers. Read More…

Why it’s time to get flexible about IT projects. Read about Agile Development. Let’s talk about continuous delivery. Read More…

Google+ introduced a new tool that allows bloggers and content creators to embed public Google+ posts on other sites. Read More…

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