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By Chris McGuigan | Coding, programming, app development and everything cool in between.

Online Game "Blue Whale" Blamed for Suicides Amongst Players

India’s Supreme Court is holding hearings by advocates who want the online game “Blue Whale” banned after blaming it for 100 suicides throughout the …

Oceans

A code review checklist prevents stupid mistakes

My team uses a code review checklist to prevent stupid mistakes from causing us problems and wasting time. In this post, I want to share the reasons …

Software Development

KING OF THE EAST. A Royal Enfield Racer from Indonesia’s White Collar Bikes

Indonesian custom bike building. It probably brings to mind images of hand-beating metal parts while enjoying a beer and the sun in a tropical …

Motorcycles

How to be an awesome programmer.

You wake up one morning after having a revelation, you decide to do one good thing in your life, instead of your usual rant. You think, OK I’ve been …

Programming

Tutorial for building a Web Application with Amazon S3, Lambda, DynamoDB and API Gateway

I recently attended Serverless Day at the AWS Loft in downtown San Francisco. During the workshop section we built a serverless web application for …

Cuphead is both my dream and my nightmare game

The most brutal cartoon you’ll ever play<p>After 30 minutes with <i>Cuphead</i>, I was mesmerized — and defeated.<p>Indie house Studio MDHR’s classic cartoon-inspired debut is something I've always dreamed of playing, as a lifelong animation nerd. It mimics the style and spirit of early shorts to the letter. …

Cuphead

Star Fox 2 Hands-On Preview

Blowing open the time capsule.<p>Though completed in 1996, Star Fox 2 was shelved for over two decades, until Nintendo decided to include it as a bonus …

Gaming

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’ Review: A gorgeous yet flawed hellscape

Imagine losing your lover to forces beyond you, then having to chase after their soul, facing off against fire giants and gods to retrieve it once …

Okami HD Reportedly Lined Up for PS4 and Xbox One

Wolf it down.<p>Okami HD will reportedly be (re-)released for Xbox One and PS4 on December 12.<p>According to Kotaku UK sources, the game has been added to …

Anime

No Man's Sky Players Are Finding Cool New Biomes In Latest Update

No Man's Sky

Pixel art RPG ‘Songbringer’ arrives on PS4 September 5th

Fans of retro games have been looking forward to <i>Songbringer</i>, a pixelated sci-fi RPG, for awhile now. Today, PlayStation announced the game's release date: You'll be able to play <i>Songbringer</i> on your PS4 on September 5th.<p>The game is from the one-man studio Wizard Fu and is the brainchild of Nathanael …

RPGs

Final Fantasy VII player gives life meaning by hitting level 99 before first boss

A lesson for us all<p>Two things in this world can make life meaningful: having the strength to forge your own destiny, to live by your own rules, and not be swayed by the whims and wishes of others; and really sticking it to some stranger on the internet. When Twitch streamer CirclMastr spent two …

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

This is crazy.<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human brain …

6 Ways Consistently Productive People Get Things Done

Using themes and grouping tasks will help train your brain to be productive<p>You are frustrated because you didn't get enough done.<p>You are not alone. The lack of time (and lack of time management) is an epidemic and a virus eating away at your productivity.<p>Sure, there are thousands of ways to manage …

Time Management

Memory Reboot: How to Remember 90% of Everything You Learn

We all know the value of making a great first impression, so why is it that 90% of the time after we've just been introduced to someone we forget …

The Brain

Bro culture is poisoning Silicon Valley

In an hour-long talk today at SXSW, best-selling author Dan Lyons broke down bro culture in three parts: What is it? Why does it exist? How do we fix it?<p>Lyons, author of the New York Times bestseller <i>Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble</i>, delivered a compelling talk in on his experience …

Silicon Valley

Creating stunning charts with Vue.js and Chart.js

Dive into the options of chart.js to create stunning charts.<p>Interactive charts can provide a cool way to visualize your data.<br>However most out of the …

React.JS Top 10 Articles for the Past Month (v.Feb 2017)

<b>For Jan-Feb 2017,</b> we’ve ranked nearly 1,200 React.JS articles to pick the Top 10 stories (0.83% chance) that can help advance your career.<p>This …

JavaScript

Am I still a Junior Developer?

I started to learn how to code in August 2014 at General Assembly. After finishing the 3 month Web Development Immersive course there I was able to …

Kinetise now lets you download the code you make in their drag and drop app creator

The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor and get locked into one platform forever. But now app development house Kinetise is offering the best of both worlds.<p>Kinetise, who I’ve talked about …

Microsoft's DeepCoder programming AI can take over coding's dirty work

There’s a great deal of controversy lately over artificial intelligence and robotics, specifically the potential for both to replace human workers …

Best Android apps for learning to code

• Best First Overall<br>• Best Free<br>• Best for Kids<br>• Best for Beginners<p>Best overall<p>Udacity<p>See at Play Store<p>Learning to code can seem daunting, but with lessons …

Learning

Upstart JavaScript framework dreams of challenging Angular, React

Mithril, an open source JavaScript framework for single-page applications, is looking to best Facebook's React, Google's Angular, and Vue JavaScript …

JavaScript

Know Your Language: Meet Processing, the Lingua Franca of Creative Coding

What started as a programming learning tool developed at MIT now pretty much owns code-based digital art.<p>Processing is an enormously popular, very-high-level programming language that began at MIT in 2001. As originally developed by MIT Media Lab alums Casey Reas and Benjamin Fry—both artists and …

Programming

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life

My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.<p>I am a robot, programmed to obliterate my to-do list. During the day, I direct a research laboratory, write papers, and teach classes as a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Come 4:30 pm, I run a kid …

Coding school graduates: Are they worth hiring?

More than 90 coding bootcamps across the US aim to quickly train students in computer science skills to fill job gaps. Here's what your company …

Computer Science

8 of the best free workouts on YouTube

Who says you need an expensive gym membership to get fit?<p>If your New Year ambition is to get fit, but the cost of a gym membership is putting you off …

Exercise

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250 Million Business

In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major agency. He switched to freelance, but felt so much anxiety he struggled to go out in public.<p>A friend knew just the cure: an energetic, amiable “Jeeves” for taking care of your brain. It …

Meditation

A New Plugin Reveals Exactly What Facebook Knows About Your Photos

Well this isn't creepy 😳<p>Facebook’s algorithms work in mysterious ways, but a new plugin helps to shed light on one of its lesser known …