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5 More Awesome New Mozilla Technologies You’ve Never Heard Of

My original 5 Awesome Mozilla Technologies You’ve Never Heard Of post got a huge response and it was well deserved — Mozilla’s pool of amazing talent …

Software

Electron 1.0 | Electron Blog

Electron 1.0<p>For the last two years, Electron has helped developers build cross platform desktop apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Now we're …

The Queen's birthday: Her Majesty shares the spotlight with great-grandchildren in official portrait to mark her 90th birthday

On the day she reaches the age of 90, the Queenputs the future of the monarchy front and centre in an official birthday portrait by Annie Leibovitz.<p>On her lap is the newest addition to the Royal family, 11-month-old Princess Charlotte, while two-year-old Prince George, the future king, stands at …

Queen photographed with youngest royals to mark 90th birthday

Family portrait shot by Annie Leibovitz shows first nonagenarian monarch surrounded by her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren<p>To most she is the Queen, but to her great-grandson and future king, Prince George, she is apparently “Gan Gan”. To mark her 90th birthday, it is in the …

Getting Started With the Terminal, Git, and Node

Most JavaScript developers make heavy use of the bash terminal, git, and Node. Chances are, you won’t get far on your JavaScript journey without them.<p>…

Seattle girls who sent a balloon to the edge of space are heading to the White House

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and now the White House are taking notice of two Seattle elementary school …

Google makes building apps easier with Android Studio 2.0

In 2013, Google launched an official integrated development environment (IDE) called Android Studio to make app development for its mobile platform faster and more visual. That must have worked, as the Play Store is now bulging with nearly 1.6 million apps, the most of any store. However, it's long …

Here's why Microsoft's teen chatbot turned into a genocidal racist, according to an AI expert

Microsoft designed "Tay" to respond to users' queries on Twitter with the casual, jokey speech patterns of a stereotypical millennial. But within hours of launching, the 'teen girl' AI had turned into a Hitler-loving sex robot, forcing Microsoft to embark on a mass-deleting spree.<p>AI expert Azeem …

Stereotypes

11 tech skills that will get you a salary of $105,000 or more

More than 50,000 developers responded to Stack Overflow's annual developer survey — the absolute best look at the state of the technology industry, as reported by the people actually working in it.<p>Here are the top tools, technologies, and programming languages that Stack Overflow's developer …

Apps

6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private

NEW YORK (AP) — Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know?<p>Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh. Review …

Apps

How a billionaire who wrote Google’s original code created a robot revolution

Then, the lights went down and music rumbled on. With blue spotlights flashing, the robots began a coordinated dance to the '80s hit "Mr Roboto," swiveling their heads, waving flags clutched in their "hands," and moving with flaunts and flourishes that had the crowd hooting with glee.<p>This raucous …

These Apps Will Actually Change Your Life

YOU CAN DO THIS.<p>Pfft – so easy, right? Right??<p>Kicking bad habits or establishing good new ones is no walk in the park. But, yes, you CAN do it and it can even be fun.<p>According to one study, it takes 66 days to form a habit. If you can stick with actually making your bed for just over two months, …

In Defense of JavaScript (the Hard Way)

JavaScript can teach you programming as well as most any other language, but be wary.<p>Thanks to some thoughtful reader feedback, I've realized that my piece a couple of weeks ago about learning code "the hard way" is missing something important: why JavaScript doesn't fit among "hard way" languages …

Microsoft Continues To Make Everything Open Source

It appears as though more big names in the technology industry are looking to make the majority of their products open source. Just recently, …

Part 2: Building web app using react.js, express.js, node.js and mongodb

Introduction<p>For quite sometime now, I have been hearing some very interesting things about react.js like how fast it is and how cool it would be to …

13 of the best apps to kick off 2016

As 2016 quickly comes around, so do the New Year’s resolutions and plans for the year ahead. From realistic to outlandishly hopeful and everything in between, these apps should help make things a little easier.<p>Organization<p>If keeping up with work tasks is getting you down, Trello is worth a shot. …

How To Build Web-Site With AJAX (HTML+CSS+JS+PHP) . . . XHR & jQuery . . .For Beginners

AJAX & HTTP For Beginners . . . Implementing A Simply Online Chat . . . Flavouring It With AJAX . . .

jQuery

10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2016

Design trends often span several years (even decades for some types of design), but Web design is a quickly moving and changing industry where trends come and go quite often.<p>We’re still working with some of those trends now: responsive web design, flat design, performance and speed, and perfecting …

The best Android apps of 2015 – live-streaming video goes mainstream

From Periscope, Google Photos and Dubsmash to Apple Music, YouTube Gaming and Ninja Jamm, the 25 best new Android apps of the year<p>Let’s be blunt: the vast majority of apps used by the vast majority of smartphone owners were not released for the first time in 2015.<p>Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, …

What’s On? The Gift of Flipboard for TV & Movie Buffs

Clock out and tune in: if you haven’t had time to catch up on your favorite shows, the holidays are a perfectly acceptable time to binge watch whatever you missed. But where to begin? With the Gift of Flipboard for TV & Movie Buffs. From Game of Thrones to Star Wars, we’ve put the best shows and …

A Revealing Look at Bullets Precisely Split in Half

<i>Ammo</i> is a series of portraits featuring bullets cut in half, revealing what this powerful object looks like on the inside. With over 900 specimen in her collection, Pearlman displays the projectiles in a simple format, against a blank background, to draw the focus on the objects themselves. Each …

Ammunition

Speed test puts every iPad ever made under the gun

The iPad lineup has seen a ton of changes since Apple introduced its first tablet in 2010. Not only have the form factors evolved ever so slightly, but the internal components have pushed the product line from a cool reading/gaming device into a powerhouse machine that can replace your laptop.<p>To …

IPad Pro

Try Apple's Swift language in IBM's online sandbox

Apple recently announced that it has open sourced its Swift programming language that lets developers code software for iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS. You can now try it for yourself without installing anything, thanks to IBM.<p>The company has launched a Web-based Swift sandbox where you can write code …

Sandboxing

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Apps

Get a bird’s-eye view of the world with these drones

If you look up to the sky in public parks these days, the chance of seeing a consumer drone is becoming more likely with each passing year. Whether it is an entry-level helicopter or a high-end model for the serious hobbyist, remote-controlled devices have something for everyone in all price ranges …

Microsoft and Code.org launch Minecraft tutorial to teach kids how to code

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org that will bring Minecraft into the education curriculum.<p>Mojang, the Sweden-based game development studio that shot to prominence due to its work on Minecraft, was acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion last year.<p>Founded in 2013, Code.org is a …

2015's biggest box office flops

<b><br><br>Blackhat</b><p>Michael Mann’s financial cyber crime thriller opened the same weekend as Clint Eastwood’s <b>American Sniper</b>, which banked $90 million in its first few days – one and a half times its budget. Blackhat made less than $4.4 million against its a $70 million budget. Even Thor star Chris …

Will Shortz and the Ping-Pong Prodigy

Five years ago, dipping into the small fortune that his crossword and Sudoku puzzles have brought him, the <i>Times</i> crossword editor Will Shortz bought an old “junk dealer’s warehouse,” near his home in Pleasantville, New York, and—because puzzles aren’t his only obsession—turned fourteen thousand …

Table Tennis

Next Level Techniques for Advanced Beginners

You’ve been bitten by the photography bug – it’s not an actual insect, but you know what I mean. After the salesman pried that hard-earned money from …

Photography

Rise of the virgin birth: four IVF clinics admit taking on such cases

Fertilty clinics say women who have never had a sexual relationship are coming to them seeking donor-assisted fertility treatment<p>Dozens of young heterosexual women have had virgin births after undergoing IVF in Britain, it has been reported.<p>Four major British IVF firms said they had assisted in …