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Written By Hitcents Staff

E3 Highlights: 4 Major Takeaways

Recently, a few members of our Hitcents team had the opportunity to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. This yearly trade fair for the video games industry brings together publishers and manufacturers to showcase their hardware, games, technological advancements, and more. For many companies, E3 is a pivotal moment to launch the newest products and innovations. Here are the four big things we s...

June 24, 2014
gaming / technology
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Written By Robert Camp

PPTP Encryption

If you use a Windows server as a vpn head end, you are vulnerable to disclosures since a new tool was released at the end of last month which can crack PPTP encryption.  Windows servers most commonly end up using PPTP encryption because it’s the default method, however MS is now recommending against using PPTP (in conjunction with MS-CHAP authentication).  With a recording of the encrypted networking traffic...

August 30, 2012
technology
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Written By Robert Camp

Aftermath of a viral hit

 Media companies are all after a viral hit.  Viral marketing can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.  While you can attract a ton of eyeballs to your brand, you also could end up crashing your servers.  The people who consume viral media often are not going to check back later, and will have a sour view of whatever is being promoted if you can’t keep the servers online.  Hitcents exper...

November 29, 2011
draw a stickman / technology
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Written By Bryan Phillips

Aggregating Social Media for the iPhone

Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, blogs, etc. are all forms of social media. This list goes on and on and is about as infinite as human innovation. New forms are generated weekly, if not daily. Trying to sift through all the social data out there to just keep track of your very own updates can be as daunting as trying to find a needle in a hay stack.For the iPhone to keep track or even update the user on ...

October 03, 2011
technology
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Written By Jon Peppers

What is REST?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what REST or Representational State Transfer is.  Many people see an example of a REST API and merely think of it as a standard for making URLs to perform create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations against a web server.  However, it has nothing to do with how your web service works specifically, but your architecture at a much higher level. The concept of ...

August 04, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Jon Peppers

NOSQL - Just another buzzword?

These days, SQL (structured query language) has been the core mechanism for storing and accessing data within any application.  It has many advantages, such as: reliability, scalability, fast lookup, and the ability to generate any type of report you can think of.  Conventional database systems have their disadvantages as well, which is where NOSQL-based systems have surfaced to fill in the gaps.  RDBMS...

June 16, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Clinton Mills

UPS vs. FedEx API integration

I have recently taken on the task of integrating FedEx and UPS shipping into Omniprise’s shipping manager for rate calculations, printing shipment labels, and integrating package tracking. I researched the web for some comparisons between the two API with no success. Since Omniprise is now fully integrated into both UPS and FedEx, I will share my experiences so that other people looking for differences betwe...

May 18, 2011
development / technology
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Are Desktop Applications Dead?

In the Web 2.0 era, the traditional desktop application has been declared all but dead. Everything is moving to the “cloud” and the majority of user’s time is spent in their web browser. Companies like Google are leading this trend, and they have went so far as producing an operating system that consists of only a web browser.There are many advantages to a web based application. Data is centrally stored, managed an...


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Written By Jon Peppers

The Hubble Space Telescope – Porting to Windows Phone 7

For my next exploration of the MVC design pattern, I wanted to convert my “Hubble Space Telescope” application from a desktop WPF app to Windows Phone 7.  This can help demonstrate the flexibility MVC provides with such a scenario.You can see the previous article here: http://www.hitcents.com/blog/post/developing-iphone-%E2%80%93-part-4-controlling-hubble-space-telescope-mvcBy using the MVC pattern, we only have ...

April 03, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Jon Peppers

Developing for iPhone – Part 4: Controlling the Hubble Space Telescope with MVC

So for this part of the series, I wanted to explore MVC by writing a sample application that reuses code between an iPhone app and a WPF windows application.  The goal here is to lessen the amount of code required to be written on the iPhone, because what developer wants to use a Mac, right?  But this should also cut down development time, too, and should make it easier to port the same app to Windows Phones...