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Swift: a developer's guide to Apple's new programming language

Apple took developers by surprise on Tuesday by announcing Swift, a new programming language for developing apps across Apple’s platforms.<p>Until now, most apps on Apple devices have been built using Objective-C, the language almost exclusively adopted by NeXT corporation years ago and subsequently …

The World's Most Powerful Bitcoin Miner Is Worried About How It Could Destroy Bitcoin

How hard is it?<p>The makers of the most powerful miner in the world can't even satisfy the insatiable demand for their product, because they would probably ruin Bitcoin if they did.<p>Here's the problem: Bitcoins are mined by computers solving math problems. More technically, they unlock blocks of …

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VOTD: Thirty Minutes of 'Return of the Jedi' Outtakes From Lost Laserdisc – /Film

Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted snippets of new footage from the production of <b>Return of the Jedi</b>. Which is odd considering the film turned 30 …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Relentlessly inessential

The Galaxy Gear isn’t a complete disaster — it’s sort of attractive, sort of innovative, <i>sort of</i> futuristic — but it fails to justify its existence.<p>After a day of using Samsung’s new smartwatch, a device first revealed by VentureBeat, I still don’t understand what problem the Galaxy Gear is trying …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

This could be the clearest image yet of the Nexus 5

A forum post on <i>MacRumors</i> offers what could be the clearest glimpse yet of the next Nexus phone. Nearly a month after a Google employee appeared in a promotional video for Android Kit Kat holding what appeared to be a new Nexus, a single close-up image of a slate-gray phone has emerged. In response …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Three is the magic number. Three is lucky. Three's a crowd. Okay, ignore that last one, but the number 3 does also apply to the latest Galaxy Note, and we're curious to know which of those maxims might apply. What are the marquee features this time around? Well, there's the usual bevy of …