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iOS programming: the Big Nerd Ranch guide (6th ed.)
Keur C., Hillegass A.,  Big Nerd Ranch Guides, Atlanta, GA, 2017. 416 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134682-33-4)

In the world of mobile operating systems, iOS market share accounted for 19.91 percent (compared to Android’s 73.54 percent) at the end of 2017 [1]. However, in terms of revenue share, in the same year consumers spent at Apple’s App St...

Feb 12 2018
Fully privacy-preserving and revocable ID-based broadcast encryption for data access control in smart city
Lai J., Mu Y., Guo F., Susilo W., Chen R.  Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 21(5): 855-868, 2017. Type: Article

The “smart city” will provide numerous services via broadcasted encrypted data, such as a pin or key for paid users to access water service. These researchers go beyond data security and consider data access control and identity privac...

Feb 5 2018
Harmonies of disorder: Norbert Wiener: a mathematician-philosopher of our time
Montagnini L.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 307 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319506-56-2)

Norbert Wiener was one of the great geniuses of the 20th century. Harmonies of disorder is a brilliant biography that carefully details every aspect of Wiener’s background and contributions without using any equations, making it acce...

Jan 29 2018
Markov chains and Markov decision processes in Isabelle/HOL
Hölzl J.  Journal of Automated Reasoning 59(3): 345-387, 2017. Type: Article

The intermingling of rather different domains can, at times, produce rather interesting results. Here the author explores the intersection of probability theory (in the guise of Markov chains and Markov decision processes) and formal proof (throug...

Jan 22 2018
From neuron to cognition via computational neuroscience
Arbib M., Bonaiuto J.,  The MIT Press, 2016. 808 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-96-8)

An old aphorism says that, if our brains were simple enough to be understood, we wouldn’t be smart enough to understand them. Fortunately, many scientists are not so pessimistic, and they are unrelentingly trying to decipher it. As 3D bodies...

Jan 8 2018
Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: foundations of cryptocurrency and blockchain programming for beginners
Dannen C.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 185 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484225-34-9)

Bitcoin and other blockchain variants like Ethereum are currently garnering a tremendous amount of professional and public interest. While this undoubtedly is, in part, due to their financial (highly speculative) rise, I was curious to learn more ...

Jan 2 2018
 
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