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Editor Joanna Cárdenas on the Importance of Community for Creators

Kokila Editor Joanna Cárdenas is on faculty for this year’s SCBWI-L.A. Working Writers Retreat (WWR). She has worked on critically-acclaimed award-winning books such as The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Prior to joining Kokila at the launch of the Penguin Random House imprint last year, she was an editor at Viking Children’s Books. Joanna is also on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing, a nonprofit organization that promotes

Snowden hopes new biopic makes you care about your privacy

While San Diego Comic-Con attracts a number of high-profile names, it was still surprising to see Edward Snowden's face beam down at a small cinema audience just a few blocks away from the chaos of fans celebrating fictional heroes and villains alike. "I don't think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, particularly someone who's a privacy advocate," said Snowden via live stream. Of course, the NSA whistleblower is considered both a hero and villain, depending who you...

Why Ex Machina's visual effects will stun you in their simplicity

Update: Ex Machina won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects Sunday night, beating out some heavy favorites to take home the award. Read our interview with the film's VFX supervisor Andrew Whitehurst below. With Oscars weekend upon us, we have the nominated flicks on our minds, and one standout film in particular. No, it isn't The Revenant. Ex Machina, an independent film with a small cast, is up for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It's going against big blockbusters Star Wars: The Force...

Comic-Con 2015 led us deeper down the virtual reality rabbit hole

While San Diego Comic-Con 2014 mixed cosplay with Google Glass, this year it's all about virtual reality. Conference company Dent held a special "VR Lounge" event just outside of the San Diego Convention Center Thursday night, offering anyone interested in VR or AR [augmented reality] the chance to demo some of what's being developed in the space, including the ability to walk around the Holodeck of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. While there was no formal talk at the event...

Apple and FBI to face off at Congressional hearing next week

Adding to the very public debate over a court order demanding Apple assist the FBI in breaking into a locked iPhone and the implications it has for user security, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has announced it will call on both parties to testify on encryption next week. Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey are on the agenda as witnesses for the hearing for March 1, entitled "The encryption tightrope: balancing Americans' security and privacy."

Online content earns a little respect from Hollywood

The next Emmy Awards ceremony could see your favorite stars from YouTube Red, Maker Studios or Adult Swim take home an Emmy later this year, thanks to changes to the short-form category that make room for digital content. That isn't to say the Emmys have snubbed internet content in the past, as they have included long-form series contenders from providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. However, there were only two awards (live entertainment and non-fiction) reserved for the short-form category,

Ingram Micro Cloud Teams Up with Samsung to Bring Microsoft Windows Desktop as a Service to the Mobile Prosumer Using Amazon WorkSpaces

Accessing a full virtual Windows desktop from Samsung DeX with Samsung Galaxy Note8 or Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ is made easier with Ingram Micro Cloud's service automation platform. IRVINE, Calif. – October 5, 2017 – Ingram Micro Inc. is helping drive consumer adoption of mobile virtual desktop technology with the launch today of a simplified, point-of-entry Cloud Store for Samsung DeX customers. Ingram Micro Cloud's solution automates the setup of Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft Windows Desktop...

Ingram Micro Brings Cognitive Mobile Security to Enterprise and SMB through IBM MaaS360 with Watson

Delivering AI-powered endpoint management is easy with Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, the world’s largest e-commerce platform for cloud services. IRVINE, Calif. – December 19, 2017 – Ingram Micro Inc. is helping drive AI-powered cloud technology with the addition of IBM MaaS360 with Watson on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, an automated e-commerce platform that offers more than 200 vetted cloud services to more than 44,000 resellers globally. This expanded relationship with IBM Security...

Human vs. Bot Testers

Testing your product before launch and collecting pre-release user feedback is a crucial part of the product development lifecycle. However, one question we’ve seen come up in the industry in recent years as automated testing becomes much more powerful is if human testers are needed for this type of testing anymore. If you’re trying to decide if you need human testers or not for your next test, there are certain key factors you’ll need to consider.

The Travel Industry Dives into Wearable Tech at CES 2017

The new year is here, and with it comes CES 2017. The Las Vegas-based expo holds the reputation of being the place to see what the future of tech might look like. As expected, hundreds of different wearables, home automation and IoT products, eye-popping smart TVs, and drones of every type and shape have taken over the expo. This year, we’ll also be seeing more of virtual and augmented reality technology along with a number of futuristic cars on display.

MVNOs won't be around much longer, says Vodafone Australia CEO

With the chaos surrounding the end of ISPOne and Kogan Mobile, Vodafone Australia CEO Bill Morrow believes that the time for MVNOs is near over. "I don't believe that MVNOs, the way they are structured today, are going to be around too much longer," Morrow told TechRadar. Speaking of Kogan and Telstra, he said: "I just don't think that what Kogan is offering from a price point of view, with the way consumers would use their product, is a sustainable model."

Wil Wheaton Interview: Star Trek: TNG Remastered On Blu-ray

Star Trek fans, rejoice! Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) has been remastered in 1080p high definition for the visual pleasure of nerds, geeks and the mundane human population alike. Just as the Blu-ray release of the first season becomes available around the world, Wil Wheaton took some time to discuss his thoughts on Star Trek: TNG and what it means to him now, so many years later. He has become a bit of a familiar face on the small screen, notably appearing in shows like The Big Bang...

A delicious offering

Tanveer Ahmed’s memoir covers aspects of his life with wit, compassion and understanding, leaving the reader with a craving for more, says FARRHA KHAN I have never met Tanveer Ahmed and only know him through his media pursuits, namely his opinion column in the Sydney Morning Herald and his writings for Indian Link. His recently released memoir, The Exotic Rissole provides an encouraging and touchingly honest insight into his life that had me laughing out loud, smiling or nodding along with him...

Billie: A girl, a swing and underpants

Walking into the small theatre on Cleveland Street in Redfern having no knowledge of this play until just a few days earlier, I had no idea I’d be moved so deeply as I was by Michelle St. Anne’s solo performance. Billie is an evocative play written and performed by Indian-origin actor Michelle St. Anne. She found inspiration for this play in Australian writer Tim Winton’s Booker nominated novel, The Riders. Born in Melbourne and brought up in Sydney, Michelle has been passionate about theatre...
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