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DZone Weekly Link Roundup (April 22)

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Neura Gets $2M to Bring AI to the Internet of Things
Bridging the protocols and different data formats spoken by our connected devices is going to take a lot of integration, or maybe just some pattern recognition software and contextual analysis.

Android Twice as Stable as iOS: Benchmark Report
Contrary to the notion that iOS is very stable while the messy Android crashes too often due to inherent bugs, a recent survey by Crittercism reveals a handful of completely surprising facts and findings.

Red Hat Summit in San Francisco - All Things JBoss, xPaaS, and Baseball
This week was full of Summit fun down in San Francisco with my sessions and workshops around xPaaS, JBoss BRMS, and JBoss BPM Suite. Now that the dust has settled I can take a look back and show you some of the excitement that you might have missed.


How to Debug iOS Apps with APItools 
APItools has a couple of great, as yet undocumented features. One of them is proxy mode. You can set up APItools just like the proxy you would set in a browser or a phone.

The Internet of Caring Things
The INTERNET OF CARING THINGS means connected objects that serve consumers' most important needs: physical and mental wellbeing, safety, security, oversight of loved ones, and more.

Optimize Resource Utilization with Mule Shared Resources
In 3.5 we introduced the concept of domains in the Mule container. You can now set up a domain and associate your Mule applications with a domain. Within a domain project you can define a set of resources (and the libraries required by those resources) to share between the applications that belong to the domain.


7 Funny and Fitting Programmer Cartoons
Just for fun I thought I would scour the internet and see if there were any funny programming cartoons. Here are some of what I found. Honestly, it is REALLY difficult to find ones that aren't from or but I did my best. I am not going to add any comments to these as I think most speak for themselves.

Is the Toilet Free?
A few of us Many have been working on a side project that we’ve aptly named Is the Toilet Free? Its purpose to provide an at-desk indication of whether a toilet is free in an effort to remedy that laborious walk to the loo only to find that they’re all engaged. Begone queues and awkward pre-poo chit-chat. (Some of many struggles at MxM.)


Game Mechanic Explorer 
A collection of concrete examples for various game mechanics, algorithms, and effects. The examples are all implemented in JavaScript using the Phaser game framework, but the concepts and methods are general and can be adapted to any engine. Think of it as pseudocode. Each section contains several different examples that progress in sequence from a very basic implementation to a more advanced implementation. Every example is interactive and responds to keyboard or mouse input (or touch).
Man Compares His $50 3D-Printed Hand to His $42,000 Myoelectric Prosthesis
I recently had the opportunity to work with a great guy named Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. Jose found his way to me and asked if I could help make a 3D printed prosthesis for him.