Mike Barrett

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Modular Robots Fly, Assemble Midair, and Swarm

You know how everything from gnats to dogs to people becomes more disgusting and/or terrifying in a swarm? Let’s hope that doesn’t hold true for …

ExplainShell Breaks Down Long, Confusing Linux Commands

Ever come across a tutorial online that tells you to run a long terminal command, but want to know what each part of it actually <i>means</i>? ExplainShell …

Qualcomm releases proximity beacons that track Android and iOS shoppers

Join us on<p>Newsletter<p>Subscribe to our newsletter for a daily roundup of what's happening in tech delivered straight to your inbox.<p>Short-range location services are all the rage these days, but they're nothing without the Bluetooth beacons that make them possible. Qualcomm is fulfilling that …

Security firm RSA took millions from NSA: report

What's an encryption backdoor cost? When you're the NSA, apparently the fee is $10 million.<p>Intentional flaws created by the National Security Agency in RSA's encryption tokens were discovered in September, thanks to documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It has now been revealed that …

Forget Google Glass, Meta SpaceGlasses Look Like They Were Made By Tony Stark (Video)

Forget Google Glass, Meta Pro have developed a new type of interactive glasses which look like they were designed by Tony Stark, and they come with a …

Google Glass

What Has the Titan Supercomputer Been Up To Lately? You Won't Believe It.

Twice a year, the bit-crunching community stands up and takes notice of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. That’s when the semiannual Top 500 …

University of Tennessee

Watch a robotic cube walk and balance under its own power

Cubes aren't usually the go-to shape when creating an object that's meant to move around, but researchers in Switzerland have created one that can do just that — along with a handful of other surprising talents. Called the Cubli, it measures nearly 6 inches on each side and can walk around by …

The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2013 | Official LinkedIn Blog

As 2013 draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to look back at the year that was and try to answer a simple question: “Who’s getting …

5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive

I got an email at 5 in the morning that made me angry. It pressed every button. It accused. It threatened. It cc-ed people. It attempted to make me …

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the …

Marathons

Set Up Opening and Closing Rituals to Form Better Habits

When you are looking to form a new habit, it might be wise to set up rituals to start and stop, says Hannah Braime, author of The Ultimate Guide to …

Live editing layout constants using Classy, Masonry and ClassyLiveLayout

The source code and example project presented in this post are available at https://github.com/olegam/ClassyLiveLayout and using the CocoaPod …

SOLID: Part 1 - The Single Responsibility Principle

Single Responsibility (SRP), Open/Close, Liskov's Substitution, Interface Segregation, and Dependency Inversion. Five agile principles that should …

Software Development

Best practices for App Engine: memcache and eventual vs. strong consistency

We have published two new articles about best practices for App Engine. Are you aware of the best ways to keep Memcache and Datastore in syn...

Object-Oriented Design in PHP

Object-oriented design can offer a developer a structured way to break apart an application into logical, maintainable chunks. In this course Matthew …

PHP

“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

What Advice Can Neuroscientists Give To UI/UX Designers?

<i>Answer by Paul King, Computational Neuroscientist, Software Entrepreneur, on Quora,</i><p>The best advice from neuroscience to UI/UX designers is to think of everything from the perspective of dynamic attention and reinforcement feedback.<p>While we appear to take in the whole visual field as a single …

Silicon Valley Interns Share Some Of The Awesome Perks They Get From Their Jobs

If you can land an internship at one of Silicon Valley's major tech companies, you're likely going to have an awesome experience doing innovative work while making a great salary.<p>The perks aren't too bad either.<p>We recently found a Quora thread detailing firsthand some of the coolest intern perks in …

Silicon Valley

A Game With Heart, Gone Home Is A Bold Step In Storytelling

Let me just get this out of the way: Gone Home is one of the most deeply intimate and emotionally honest gaming experiences I've had in my more than 25 years of playing video games.<p>In the game — created by The Fullbright Company, a four-person team out of Portland — you play 21-year-old Kaitlin …

RapGenius and Google: Tales in Growth Hacking Gone Wrong

Growth is the lifeblood of a young Internet company. And every startup wants to crack the code of getting big, fast.But for some, growth hacking — …

Growth Hacking

Iron Maiden Using BitTorrent Analytics to Plot Tours

<b>Update, 7:30 p.m.:</b> Andrew Teacher, Musicmetric’s head of PR, says that the CiteWorld story referenced below is “sadly not substantiated.” …

Oracle to Amazon: It’s on

Oracle(s orcl) execs do not typically like to utter the “C-word.” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has engineered (pardon the pun) the company’s move from …

Twitter is now worth almost as much as Yahoo

Another day, another surge in Twitter’s share price. With the exception of industry behemoth Comcast, Twitter’s market value is now higher than that of every cable company in the US. It also outdoes the third and fourth biggest wireless carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, which might be about to …

Wireless

Twitter restores blocking function after outcry

Twitter said late Thursday that it had reversed course after an intense public outcry and will restore a feature that allows users to "block" unwanted followers.<p>The company was responding to a virtual revolt led by users who had experienced harassment on the popular social media network.<p>The …

Retailers extending Black Friday deals amid lukewarm demand

With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.<p>Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-December shopping lull, when consumers rest their …