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Oracle Magazine
March/April 2014



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At its core, creative confidence is about believing in your ability to create change in the world around you. We think this self-assurance, this belief in your creative capacity, lies at the heart of innovation.
Tom Kelley and David Kelley,
authors of Creative Confidence (Crown Business, 2013)

Calculator Apps

Your smartphone comes with a basic calculator, but these apps will do more. 

10bii Financial Calculator
Modeled after HP’s famed 10BII Financial Calculator, this app computes loan payments, interest rates, amortization, time value of money, investment value, and more. US$5.99 (iPhone, iPad, Android).

RealCalc Plus
This full-featured scientific calculator handles fraction conversion and calculation; converts units for distance, area, volume, mass, and more; supports binary, octal, and hexadecimal modes; and does trig functions in degrees, radians, or grads. US$3.49 (Android).

Mortgage Calculator
House shoppers can snap a picture of a house and then enter loan amount, interest, taxes, and other factors to determine monthly payments. Also handles refinancing and accelerated payments. Free (iPhone, Android).

Tired of missing the tiny keys on your smartphone screen? With this app you input mathematical operations—including exponentials, trig and log functions, and constants—by writing with a fingertip or stylus. Free (iPhone, iPad, Android). 

Top IoT Governance Challenges 

Security and privacy rank highest on the list of governance challenges related to the Internet of Things (IoT). More than 2,000 IT security and governance professionals were surveyed.


 Source: ISACA 2013 IT Risk/Reward Barometer   

A Case for Multitasking


Your iPhone needs a case, and you need to carry a multitool for work and recreation. Turn your iPhone case into a toolbox with the TaskOne case. Packing a 2.5-inch serrated knife, saw blade, screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers, bottle opener, Allen wrenches, and more, this light 89 G polycarbonate-and-metal case is available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and 5s. One downside: you’ll never get it through airport security. US$79.99–$99.95. 

Stand Up for Your Rights

Nearly 70 percent of full-time American workers hate sitting, yet 86 percent do it all day, every day. And when they do get up, 56 percent of those surveyed said it’s to get food. One thousand full-time workers in the continental US were surveyed.
Source: Ergotron JustStand Survey


This Ball Gives Back

If gadgets motivate you to leave your desk and exercise, why not work on your basketball skills? The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball has nine sensors inside that measure and deliver real-time shooting and ball-handling feedback—including shot speed, backspin, and shot arc—to an iOS device via a Bluetooth low energy wireless connection. The free companion app trains you on skills such as shot release speed and power dribbling, moves you through personalized workouts, and lets you compete with other players via social media. US$295.


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