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UXKit: Merging iOS & Mac, Finally?

A few weeks ago, Apple released a beta of the highly anticipated Photos app for Mac OS X. While Apple demoed it during last June's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC), we have not seen it since. As exciting as the new beta was, it was not *the* most exciting thing released that day. Instead, developers quickly discovered that the Photos app was built on an entirely new framework, UXKit.

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Why I Went Agile (and You Can Too)!

Improving IT systems development within the federal government is a passion of mine, one that has driven much of my public service. Large scale program failures are far too common in government, and have substantial impact on both the mission and taxpayers. While launching a flawed program is never the intent, the way that government plans, executes and manages these programs makes delay or failure a frequent outcome.

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Dye Vs. Spy: 3rd Party Keyboards for Mobile Devices

What is the best form of cyber security defense? Certainly numerous technologies and network or software architectures can be applied to form a robust security posture, but putting a comprehensive user awareness policy in place is of equal if not more importance. With mobile devices playing an increasing role in government today, the risks of using these devices must be gauged against the obvious benefits of adopting a mobile strategy.

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Secure Agility - A New and Intriguing Area of Cloud Innovation

This blog initially appeared at NextGov.com as Rocketing into the Future: Can Containers Help Us Secure the Cloud? We thank Camille Tuutti for her continued support.

As my colleague, Roger Baker, noted in his recent NextGov article, commercial clouds are more secure than ever, surpassing the security of most government data centers. Unfortunately, that strong security has defined limits, resulting in a shared security responsibility. While cloud providers offer solid tools for network and application security, individual cloud applications and servers still need to be secured by IT professionals, many of whom are still coming up to speed on cloud security tools and concepts.

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Why User Experience Research is Vital to Your Software Project

Most project managers understand the importance of user interface and the need for it to be user-friendly. What they don't necessarily understand is how to go about building that user-centric interface. The answer is user experience research.

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