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Take it from a software engineer: learning code can be a nightmare

• Choose <b>one</b> type of software development that interests you enough to define your career: web, mobile, gaming or embedded. I recommend web because it’s flexible. There are a ton of jobs and a ton of learning resources. If you’re passionate about something other than web development, leave this blog …

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Where and how do Ars staffers work? Our computers, let us show you them!

Last year you saw our chairs, and this year you’ll see our desks and PCs.<p>Our quick "Chairs Technica" write up last Thanksgiving was a hit, and we all …

How video game remakes do retro right and wrong

It’s easier than ever to play old video games. Well, perhaps that’s not the right way to word it. It’s indeed easier than ever to <i>access</i> old video games; the widespread adoption of digital distribution means that, depending on rights, publishers can sell their back catalogue on modern consoles at …

Uber’s data-sucking Android app is dangerously close to malware [updated]

Uber has been sideswiped by a ridiculous number of controversies lately, but things are about to get even worse for the ride-sharing service. A security researcher just reverse-engineered the code of Uber’s Android app and made a startling discovery: It’s “literally malware.”<p>Digging into the app’s …

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Wish List: Handoff for iTunes and Music

iOS 8 and Yosemite’s Handoff feature is pretty cool: Start writing an email on your iPhone, for example, and you can seamlessly pick it up on your …

Feds Shutter Illegal Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0, Arrest 26-Year-Old San Francisco Programmer

Another year, another dark web takedown.<p>A year ago, the FBI shut down Silk Road, an anonymous online narcotics website that generated $1.2 billion in sales, and arrested its alleged creator Ross Ulbricht in a San Francisco library. On Thursday, the FBI announced that it has done it again, seizing …

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China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts

China got its first official shipments of new iPhones last week, but a new report from web censorship watchdog Great Fire indicates Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise when they try to connect to Apple services at large. As of last night, the Chinese firewall is blocking all local …

Apple aiming for $5 Beats Music streaming subscriptions

Having helped pioneer the concept of the $0.99 music track on iTunes, Apple is now trying to bring down the price of streaming music.<p>According to a new report published by <i>Re/code</i>, Apple is pushing music labels for extensive price cuts that would bring the cost of a Beats Music subscription from its …

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How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet

It was 7 o'clock in the morning when the knocking on Dan Durrer's front door woke him up. His dog started barking, and Durrer thought he was getting …

Google Expands Further Into Biotech, Hardware With Lift Labs Acquisition

Google's distant past as simply an Internet company is one step further away.<p>The search company expanded further into its hardware and biotech realms Wednesday when it said it was acquiring Lift Labs, a small company that has built a high-tech spoon that stabilizes food for people with essential …

How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

'Destiny' Isn't Too Small, It's Just Too Empty

Right around the time of the beta, there was a lot of fuss being made that Destiny seemed like it wasn’t shaping up to be as “epic” in scope as many believed. Some fans had visions in their head of a whole galaxy full of planets to explore, and instead they were told they’d have four or five worlds …

The Dreamcast's boss reminisces 15 years later about 'The Little Console That Could'

Sega launched the Dreamcast in North America on Sept. 9, 1999, kicking off the sixth console generation and the era of internet-connected gaming consoles. Today, exactly 15 years later, Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore — who was the president of Sega of America back then — posted …

Mayo Clinic will reportedly take part in HealthKit presentation during Apple media event

Apple first unveiled its Health application and associated HealthKit framework during WWDC earlier this year with a quote from Dr. John H. Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, a development partner for the iOS Health platform. Now a new report from the Star Tribune claims that the Mayo Clinic will …

Same box, better graphics: improving performance within console generations

The hardware may stay the same, but the fidelity improves as time goes on.<p>In the never-ending war between PC and console gamers, one of the PC side's …

Reimagining Finder’s ‘Get Info’ dialog for OS X Yosemite

With Yosemite, OS X is getting its biggest visual overhaul yet, courtesy of Apple design head Jony Ive. But not everything is changing. Case in point: OS X’s File Inspector function.<p>Shown when you right click on a file in Finder and click ‘Get Info,’ Inspector shows you the nitty-gritty details of …

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Son Finds His Late Dad's 'Ghost' In A Racing Video Game

This is lovely, strange, and wrenching all at the same time. A teenager whose father passed away when he was just six had pulled out an old Xbox game …

What Silicon Valley refuses to learn from Steve Jobs

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love?<p>Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm, or investment company in Silicon Valley, and you’re sure to hear people say how much they admire Steve Jobs. They’ll say that he …

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will | Business

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called …

Who will wear Android Wear?

At Google I/O on Wednesday, the company finally launched Android Wear, its new wearables and smartwatch software platform, and announced the availability of the first Android Wear smartwatches from LG and Samsung. Glass-wearing Googlers cheered in San Francisco's Moscone Center, and the tech press …

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If It Sounds Too Good To Be True… — Krebs on Security

The old adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” no doubt is doubly so when it comes to steeply discounted brand-name stuff for sale …

Amazon announces perplexing Fire Phone, matters nothing for Apple and iPhone

You've got a 720p display sitting on top of a Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics chip. There's 2GB of RAM, which beats the iPhone on …

Why Amazon’s Fire Phone doesn’t really impress me (yet)

After years of whispers, rumors, and speculation, Amazon(s AMZN) has entered the smartphone market. The giant e-tailer turned hardware maker launched …

Snowden a 'traitor': Andreessen

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a "traitor," venture capitalist Marc Andreessen told CNBC. The secrets he's revealed have hurt Silicon Valley by …

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …