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

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 …

Cloud Computing

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. …

Star Fox 2 Is a 21 Year-Old Technological Marvel

Though completed in 1996, Star Fox 2 was shelved for over two decades, until Nintendo decided to include it as a bonus game in the SNES Classic …

SNES

‘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

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 internal …

Anime

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

Atlas Rising, the latest <i>No Man’s Sky</i> patch, promised players “increased biome variety and rare exotic biomes.” Over the weekend, intrepid space …

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 …

Final Fantasy

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

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 …

JavaScript

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 …

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 …

Employment

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 …

Software

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

Why it matters to you<p>Programmers might one day be able to focus on the problems that need solving instead of the most tedious work involved in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Mind

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 …

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 …

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

Headspace cofounder Rich Pierson and CEO Sean Brecker at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif. Each peg in the map contains feedback from a user. (Ethan Pines for Forbes)<p>In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major …

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 …

Machine Learning

10 Must-have apps that programmers shouldn’t live without

Share22<p>Tweet<p>Share10<p>+13<p>Shares 35<p>Every programmer knows that nothing can replace a well-equipped laptop or desktop computer as a workplace for the …

Programming

Learning Web Development in 2017 is Much Easier than You Think!

I am a web developer. Although, this was not always the case. Years ago, I took a two-year course which resulted in a certification to be a software …

Learning