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Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

Nvidia Is About To Steal The Cryptocurrency Mining Crown From AMD

Buried on the 17th page of Tom’s Hardware’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card review is a simple benchmark result that will dramatically disrupt the landscape of cryptocurrency mining. In fact, it’s the kind of data that should send AMD back to the drawing board — at least if they want to maintain …

Sony forms genome analysis company in move towards personalized medicine

Sony is forming a new company to focus on genome research with a view towards realizing personalized medicine and healthcare. The venture, currently called P5 Inc, is a collaboration with M3, a medical company in which Sony is the majority stakeholder, and Illumina, a US-based manufacturer of …

Google's Next Big Battle: A Conversation With Ad Chief Susan Wojcicki

Straightforward and unflashy, Susan Wojcicki doesn’t come off like the most powerful woman in advertising that Forbes and others have labeled her. When we meet outside her office at the Googleplex in Mountain View, she’s dressed in jeans and a simple maroon top and speaks with an almost …

How Google's Fitness API Will Buff You Up

Google may be working on an application programming interface for fitness tracking in Android smartphones.<p>This new API could help Android smartphones automatically detect its users’ daily motion and exercise routines to provide contextual information for users, but it could also help third-party …

The future of transportation — as seen by a sci-fi author

<i>William Hertling is one of my favorite science fiction writers. If you are in the tech industry and haven’t read his books Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall, I encourage you to go get them now on your Kindle and get after it. You’ll thank me later. In the mean time, following</i> …

"The iPad isn’t the future of computing; it’s a replacement f…

"The iPad isn’t the future of computing; it’s a replacement for computing."<p>This article and accompanying diagram really changed my thinking back in 2010. It was instrumental in convincing me to buy my first iPad. It made me realise we were experiencing an 'iPad moment' rather than just seeing a bigger iPhone.<p>This week I powered up my iPad for the first time in 175 days (mostly because I wanted to play with the Google Play Movies app) and I realised that that the iPad moment is an example of …

One of Uber's core crew said to launch on-demand doctors

Word has it that Oscar Salazar has been working to create a startup for the "1 percent" that will send doctors on home visits.<p>With the US government's botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, it appears some techie types are thinking about how to startup-ify doctor visits for the country's upper …

Android Developer Interest Is Catching Up To Its Market Share

The app developer community may have finally hit an inflection point for Android. A year ago mobile developers preferred Apple’s iOS, given superior tooling and revenue opportunities. Yet, today’s developers simply can’t ignore Android’s and outsized and rapidly growing installed base. Practical …

As App Store Optimization Heats Up, MobileDevHQ Goes Free, Launches API

A company helping mobile developers optimize their app store listings for better discoverability, MobileDevHQ, is this week making its basic set of tools free for app marketers while branching out further into the enterprise, with the debut of an API. The API will provide the service’s high-end …

Yahoo's head of mobile products talks new products, acquisitions, and the road ahead

Adam Cahan joined Yahoo in 2011 when his startup, the TV companion app IntoNow, was acquired. A year later, Marissa Mayer became CEO, and soon after she put him in charge of the company's lineup of mobile products. Over the next several months, Cahan oversaw an upgrade to nearly Yahoo's entire line …

Qubole is offering Facebook’s Presto query engine as a service

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Qubole, the cloud-based Hadoop service launched by Hive creators Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma in 2012, is now offering …

Big Data

The New York Times website redesign is great, as far as it goes — which isn’t very far

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Having worked for many years on the web side of a large national newspaper, I know that a website redesign is a huge …

Journalism

9 Lies About Fat That Destroyed The World's Health

1. A Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet is The Optimal Human Diet<p>Back in 60s and 70s, many prominent scientists believed that saturated fat was the main cause of heart disease, by raising the "bad" cholesterol in the blood.<p>This idea was the cornerstone of the low-fat diet. Because of a few bad studies and …

Nutrition

Big Data Myths Give Way To Reality In 2014

For many enterprises, Big Data remains a nebulous goal, rather than a current reality. Yet it’s a goal that more and more enterprises are pushing to the top of their priority list. As Gartner surveys have shown, everyone is keen to board the Big Data bandwagon, yet a comparative few really …

Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

I’m a cool aunt. Or so I tell myself. It is this hubris that led to a $50 charge on my iTunes account, after I so willingly handed over my iPad mini …

In-App Purchases

The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Blow Your Mind

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that is most definitely the future of gaming.<p>The device straps onto your head and completely immerses you inside a video game. It also has motion sensors so you can look around as if you were really inside the world.<p>But it's nearly impossible to explain. …

Virtual Reality

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

How artificial intelligence is shaping the future of Facebook

Earnings calls are usually meant to do little more than reassure investors — but in Facebook's most recent call, the day before Halloween, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled something unexpected. Facebook had formed an Artificial Intelligence group, Zuckerberg announced, and the company was acquiring a …

Khan Academy & Comcast team up to bring affordable Internet to low-income families

The problem with online education is that it’s so limited to people with high-speed Internet access.<p>The poorest and most rural communities, who could stand to benefit most from free online education, often lack reliable broadband. So Comcast, the maligned cable company, is making its largest …

Google plans to expand Chromecast in 2014

Look out for an open SDK, international expansion and new devices from Google's Chromecast system over the coming year.<p>The search giant is planning …

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

Facebook Launches Open Academy To Give Kids College Credit For Open Source Contributions

A perfect GPA isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Advancing an open source project. To help computer science students prepare for jobs (and boost its own recruiting efforts) Facebook today publicly launched Open Academy. The partnership with premier CS universities sets up a special class where …

How many people are missing out on JavaScript enhancement?

A few weeks back, we were chatting about the architecture of the Individual Electoral Registration web service. We started discussing the pros and …

As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Smart Destinations, Creative Commons<p>The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of …

Creative Commons

What To Expect Before Becoming 'Engineer #1' at a Startup

“It kinda sucks to be engineer #1.”<p>That’s what a couple of my friends – engineers at Google and Bloomberg who have been following the rise of startup culture with intrigue – told me recently. They were referring to non-founder engineers, most commonly the first hire for technology businesses.<p>Often …

Vessel’s A/B Testing Platform For Mobile Launches Out Of Closed Beta

Vessel, a new A/B testing platform for iOS and Android apps, is launching its service out of closed beta today after testing it with 10 million users, including prominent clients such as RunKeeper and online radio service TuneIn. The service was founded by TuneIn’s former lead mobile engineer …