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Anyone Can Learn App Development: 8 Practical Approaches to Coding

Coding - it's a scary word. In fact, it's so scary that those of elder generation look with awe upon those who do it for a living.<p>It certainly was something I never considered attempting at my young adulthood stage. I was never good at STEM, and had zero interest in web development. However, in …

Apps

Educating programmers: 3 things universities need to learn from game-dev schools

Working with interns and recent graduates over the years, I’ve noticed that while traditional computer science programs produce students who understand algorithms and data structures, they are less successful at generating graduates who are ready to develop production code. Enterprises don’t expect …

Game Development

The 8 Best Industries for Flipping a Business

Looking to cash in on your company? Here are the sectors with the biggest growth in exits.<p>Starting a business is one thing, but growing a company all the way to an exit--at a high multiple--is a different story altogether.<p>While not all entrepreneurs are looking to "flip" a business to a strategic …

Here Is the One Surprising Thing All Successful Entrepreneurs Have

So many entrepreneurs try and fail, so what are they missing? It's not easy to develop, but it's the key to success.<p>A while back, I sat on a panel at a conference for entrepreneurs. There were three successful entrepreneurs and myself. As usual, the classic question came up, "What does it take to …

Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos only spends 6 hours a year talking to investors

Most CEOs would say that courting investors is an important, even essential, part of their job. Not Jeff Bezos. His company Amazon (AMZN) is famous …

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla?

Photograph: StatCounter<p>Top 5 desktop and console browsers, rated by StatCounter<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/20/1416504898068/078a2925-c2e7-443e-b945-142dbb277066-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: StatCounter<p>Top 5 desktop and console browsers, rated by …

Predicting Apple's next big move

November 20, 2014 | 5:00 AM<p>870 miles<p>That's how many miles of railway China has agreed to build along the coast of Nigeria. Not for nothing, though. The two countries signed a deal worth $11.97 billion.<p>1.51 percent<p>That's Visa's credit card processing fee, charged to merchants with every purchase. …

Li-Fi Gets Ready to Compete With Wi-Fi

As LEDs become a more common source for room lighting, they’re opening a new pathway for linking mobile devices to the Internet, with the potential …

GOLDMAN: Here Are The 10 Big Market Stories That'll Dominate 2015

Looking forward, the analysts at Goldman Sachs have been rolling out their 2015 forecasts through a series of notes. They've already offered their top eight trades for the year while forecasting that the S&P 500 would climb modestly to 2,100.<p>All of their forecasts fit in the context of their "Top …

Markets

This Jeff Bezos Quote Explains Amazon's Insanely Difficult Hiring Process

The company believes that every new employee should increase the average level of productivity on whichever team they join, ensuring that the company's standards get higher and higher as time goes on.<p>Its interviews are no joke either, having in the past used difficult questions ranging from "How …

Jeff Bezos

Automakers give away free hydrogen because there is no way to charge for it

Over the years there have been a few vehicles sold by major automakers that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Burning hydrogen to produce …

Watch This Scientist Climb a Wall in Gecko-Inspired Spider-Man Gloves

Gecko tech finally comes up to size.<p>Gloves that let a person crawl up flat, sheer surfaces like Spider-Man does now exist. Skeptical? Watch Elliot Hawkes, a mechanical engineer at Stanford who led the team that pioneered this breakthrough, test them out.<p>"To work, the surface you're climbing needs …

Why Mozilla is scared of Google

In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be handing the tiny search bar over to Yahoo. On the face of it, it's a strange move. If you're …

Intuit’s Mint iPhone app updated with faster personal finance tracking including fees, alerts, more

Users of Intuit’s Mint Personal Finance app for iPhone will be seeing a workflow speed boost with the latest version. Finance data like recent transactions and used accounts, fee and high spending alerts, and budget information is now available for tracking faster in an added Updates section. You …

Is Snapcash a tool for the porn industry in disguise?

Earlier this week, the disappearing-messages app Snapchat took a huge leap into an industry few people would have expected from what's still …

When Porn and Virtual Reality Collide (NSFW)

The porn of the future is titillating. As virtual reality matures, we'll be aroused in three-dimensional immersive alternative realities, interacting …

Why goats are the future of gaming

<i>This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.</i><p><b>How long did it take to actually build this?</b><p>Yeah the button you click to make the MMO in the trailer isn't that accurate. This is what our PC, Mac, and Linux team has been working on since this summer.<p><b>Why pretend it's an MMO?</b><p>We figured that …

The Weird Science of First Impressions

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years of working as a journalist it’s that success can come down to the two seconds after you first meet someone.<p>Do you want to be a cryptocurrency millionaire?Don't get your hopes up.VISIT HARD …

FTC shutters bogus tech support firms that scammed $120 million from victims

You've heard it happen one time or another: a senior who's not very tech-savvy clicked a dubious link online and paid a shady internet company a hefty sum to remove a virus that was never there. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book, and apparently, still one of the most effective: the Federal …

Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers

[company]Google[/company] often gets criticized by publishers for taking their content without asking them first, but the web giant has probably done …

Market slams GameStop after retailer misses Q3 earnings expectations

The game business is booming, but its biggest retailer failed to impress investors with its third-quarter results.<p>GameStop generated $2.09 billion in revenue during its Q3. That is down 0.7 percent from $2.11 billion during the same period last year. It also is well under Wall Street’s estimate of …

ARM’s secret recipe for power efficient processing

There are several different companies that design microprocessors. There is Intel, AMD, Imagination (MIPS), and Oracle (Sun SPARC) to name a few. However, none of these companies is known exclusively for their power efficiency. That isn’t to say they don’t have designs aimed at power efficiency, …

Super Smash Bros. may not be as balanced as you'd think, and that's part of its fun

Nintendo's acclaimed fighting series Super Smash Bros. is undoubtedly fun but unbalanced, according to a recent examination by Uber Entertainment senior software engineer Forrest Smith.<p>In a detailed post on <i>Super Smash Bros. Melee</i>, Smith breaks down the rise and fall of character popularity in the …

3 things to know about marketing to Generation Z

<i>This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public …

Google Contributor may be an elaborate experiment to prove people prefer ads to paid content

Today, Google launched Contributor, a pilot program that allows users to donate a few dollars to make Google’s ads disappear on select websites. For now, invited users can voluntarily donate $1 to $3 to view ad-free versions of websites that include Mashable, The Onion, and ScienceDaily.<p>Given that …

Sex toy ecommerce app in China raises $8 million series A funding

Sex shops are not hard to find in China. If you walk around any Chinese city for a while, you’re likely to see several. But as anyone who has ever …

Video: You must watch this hilarious mashup of Far Cry 4 and Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator has been one of the surprise hit games of the year, as many gamers have seemingly relished the opportunity to assume the role of a …

This Week Some Japanese Startups Battled It Out At TechCrunch Tokyo

Every year, our sister publication TechCrunch Japan has its own tech conference called TechCrunch Tokyo to bring together local investors and entrepreneurs and to introduce that crowd to some of the more successful startups from the U.S. and Europe. This year, speakers visiting Japan for the event …