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These guys created an app that stops college students from using their phones — and it's so successful they dropped out of college

Richardson, a computer science major, noticed something that was bugging him.<p>While in class, everyone was looking at their phones, texting, and doing whatever, with "no one paying attention to the teachers" as Gardner recalls.<p>The more they talked about it, the more annoyed they were. If technology …

Computer Science

The CEO of one of the hottest, most important startups wants to help you get a higher paying tech job

Study after study shows that one of the best jobs in tech these days is the "data scientist." It's a job that's high in demand, with not enough …

Thunkable: coding for the masses and profits for the makers

Coding is definitely something we mostly leave to the experts nowadays. After all, learning a whole new programming language is not easy, and that is pretty much what it takes to make an application. But about 5 years ago the guys at MIT came up with a handy little tool that changed everything. App …

Apps

This $279 'Keurig for food' will replace every cooking appliance you own

Called Tovala, the countertop machine is a broiler, steamer, oven, microwave, and toaster in one.<p>It is meant to replace all major cooking appliances and eliminate most of the work involved in making healthy meals.<p>The Tovala is launching on Kickstarter on Tuesday at an "early bird" price of $199 for …

Cooking

Aido is pretty much the robot they promised everyone back in the 1950s

My mom has only one story about robots – and it’s that back in the 50s when she was tiny, kids were promised that in the future, you’d basically all have a robot butler.<p>Alas, mother, the prediction was actually a little off, because you can now pre-order a robot that would kill your robot butler – …

Getting Started with Entity Framework Code-First with an Existing Database

When you’re just getting started with C#, you can get overwhelmed by the benefits and drawbacks of the different ORMs and approaches people take.<p>Say …

Databases

The Special Case Pattern

You have a method that's supposed to return some kind of object … except sometimes it doesn't. Good news! There's a design pattern for that.

Microsoft Visual Studio

The 6 hottest new jobs in IT

When CompTIA conducted an intensive examination of the IT employment market last year, it uncovered demand for jobs whose titles would have been …

Walmart's CTO Says It Wins Hiring Battles With Big Tech By Not Buying The Silicon Valley Hype

Across the corner from YouTube in San Bruno, California, Walmart techies work on the $219 billion (market cap) company’s more forward-looking technology in mobile apps, cloud computing and integrations for new services like Walmart Pay.<p>Walmart’s been in Silicon Valley for fifteen years, but only …

Silicon Valley