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By Kesit Barotoardi | tech, design, lifestyle and beyond

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Mobile Technology

Google's Tango phone, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, is coming in November

Clay Bavor, head of VR and AR at Google, has confirmed the release date of the first phone with Google's depth-sensing 3D camera system.<p>2016 is set to be a very big year for Google phones. The search giant just announced two new Pixel phones to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy …

Augmented Reality

Hack This: Become a Command Line Assassin

One of your operating system's most powerful tools is more accessible than you think.<p>No matter what kind of cluttered, icon-littered hellscape your filesystem happens to be, take heart that your computer provides a pristine alternate reality in the form of its command line interface. Essentially, …

Why Everyone is Talking About Isomorphic / Universal JavaScript and Why it Matters

Originally applied to mathematics, the term “isomorphic” was first popularized in relation to Javascript development by Spike Brehm of Airbnb. Since …

Gardening

Confirmed: Oil palms were planted on just-burned land outside an Indonesian orangutan sanctuary

Late last month a tweeted photo went viral among Indonesians. It shows oil palms freshly planted in burned land still shrouded in smoke.<p>The pic was posted by Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who serves as chief of data and information for Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency. The accompanying text …

Indonesia

The 16 best ways to sabotage your organization's productivity, from a CIA manual published in 1944

In 1944, the CIA's precursor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), distributed a secret pamphlet that was intended as a guidebook to citizens living in Axis nations who were sympathetic to the Allies.<p>The "Simple Sabotage Field Manual," declassified in 2008 and available on the CIA's website, …

Hypocrisy

Hitler’s world may not be so far away

Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?<p><b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of …

European History

The iPhone's New 3D Touch Is the Future of Apple User Interaction—Here's How It Works

It’s official: The new iPhone 6S will have force feedback. But the new feature, called 3D Touch, won’t be quite like any other haptic feature Apple …

iOS

Node.js grows up with its first stable release

Node.js, the cool new kid on the JavaScript block, has finally hit a stable version today with the announcement that 4.0 is now available.<p>The release is a big one, because it marks the official merge of Node.js and io.js for the first time after they violently split last year over a dispute with …

JavaScript

7 paid iPhone apps worth $28 that are all on sale for free right now

Labor Day brought with it some great paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and several of the 10 apps we shared with you yesterday are <b>still</b> …

More Than 9 Coffee Add-Ins You Have to Try

Cardamom Coffee<p>Coffee purists beware: This post explores coffee add-ins beyond a splash of cream or milk such as sugar, spice and everything nice — …

Ashley Madison Hack Latest Reminder Stupid Passwords Are Stupid

The recent hack of fembot dating extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison, which resulted in data from millions of accounts being dumped online, has one more salutary yet familiar lesson to deliver: even very well encrypted stupid passwords are still stupid.<p>While plenty of aspects of Ashley …

Security

China, Japan battle to build Indonesia's first bullet train

Jakarta (AFP) - China and Japan are locked in an increasingly heated contest to build Indonesia's first high-speed railway, with the Asian giants sweetening deals and turning up the charm as time runs out to woo Jakarta.<p>The rivalry over this major project is just the latest to flare up as China …

China

U.S., Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations, reopen embassies

<b>Havana, Cuba (CNN) —</b> One bitter holdover of the Cold War slipped into the history books at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations. For the first time since severing ties in 1961, they reopened embassies in each other's capitals.<p>Cuban Foreign Minister …

Cuba

5 habits shared by Steve Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell, and other visionary thinkers

Want to be seen as a leading thinker? Want to be the Seth Godin of your industry or the Malcolm Gladwell of your field?<p>Want to revolutionize entire industries — and business paradigms — like Steve Jobs?<p>It’s not easy. It takes a lot more than sitting at a computer while the children are nestled all …

Success

Launching a startup? Don’t learn to code. – Steve Tingiris – Medium

Launching a startup?<br>Don’t learn to code.<p>I’ve been a coder for a long time and founded multiple startups. I’ve been successful, but I might have been …

11 JavaScript Code Snippets for Dynamic Web Projects

Arduino and NodeJS Communication With Serial Ports

Hello everyone, 2 days ago I recieved my arduino kit that I had ordered and i’m really excited to tell you that I’ll be posting more arduino …

Arduino

Solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore — the world's first road paved with solar panels is working better than expected

The Netherlands made headlines last year when it built the world's first solar road - an energy-harvesting bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels.<p>Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 …

Clean Energy

35 explanations of Silicon Valley lingo that the rest of the world doesn't understand

In some ways, Silicon Valley is a world of its own, where the brightest and geekiest minds get together to work on the next Facebooks and Googles.<p>But that could create a big gap in the language they use from the rest of the world.<p>In order to bridge the gap, entrepreneur and engineer Kilim Choi, …

Silicon Valley

The Hacking Team leaks taught criminals a new way to hijack computers

Hackers are using a previously undiscovered vulnerability in Adobe’s commonly used Flash software to install blackmailing malware on victims’ machines.<p>The Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability was uncovered by researchers at security firm Trend Micro, who claimed to have found it while examining …

Information Security

AI, PNG, PSD, EPS and SVG Elegant Vector Kit

These are neat Parallax WordPress themes that will make your background, and subsequently your website, more dynamic.<p>A beautiful collection of …