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Facebook brings GPU-powered machine learning to Python

Facebook's AI research team has released a Python package for GPU-accelerated deep neural network programming that can complement or partly replace …

Machine Learning

WATCH: Disabling IPhone Animations Can Actually Speed Up Your Device

Just one little tweak makes your iPhone feel brand-new again!<p>Compared to desktop computers, iPhones run very lean and very mean, but that's not to …

Web Development

Metal: Blazing Fast Image Processing

Metal allows developers to perform graphics rendering and parallel computing directly on the GPU. Before Metal, OpenGL ES was the framework available …

iOS Apps

One commodity is defying the global rout, and it's all about the future of energy

A Renovo Coupe production prototype vehicle in Las Vegas. The USD 529,000, zero-emission electric car is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Ethan Miller/Getty Images<p>While the big miners and energy producers are seeing their revenues shrink as prices for iron ore and oil keep falling, there is one …

Electric Vehicles
Mathematics

Fashion guru Tim Gunn shares where he buys his suits

Every man needs a good suit in his closet, but that doesn't mean he needs to spend a fortune to get it.<p>We recently had the chance to chat with American fashion consultant and television personality, Tim Gunn, about where he gets his suits.<p>His secret is Amsterdam-based Suitsupply, a company that …

Clothing

How to play retro arcade games on your Apple TV

Want to play your <i>Mega Man 2</i> ROM on your new fourth-generation Apple TV? How about <i>Super Mario Bros. 3</i>?<p>It’s a ton of fun to play classic console arcade games, especially if you have a few ROMs lying around on your hard drive and would like to play them on the big screen.<p>Here’s how to get your new …

Purchasing a $500 pair of boots showed me why it’s worth investing in quality

And, yes, I admit, that is a lot of money. Unfortunately, that's just how much good leather footwear costs. And quality clothing isn't just about aesthetics — it's a practical thing.<p>I did my research and made sure that the purchase would pay off.<p>The reality is that high-quality, long-lasting …

Clothing

Former Apple CEO John Sculley shares the most important thing he learned from Steve Jobs

That's the now-famous question Apple's cofounder Steve Jobs used to convince John Sculley, a former president of Pepsi, to become Apple's chief executive in 1983.<p>While Sculley and Jobs had a falling out in 1985 and never talked again, Sculley still speaks highly of Jobs and says in his new book, …

John Sculley

Swift Tutorial: Introduction to Generics

Why make three boxes when a generic one will do?<i>Generic programming</i> is a way to write functions and data types without being specific about the types …

Mathematics

How to Add Stack Views Programmatically and (almost) avoid AutoLayout

Some people don’t like Interface Builder and like to code instead. Sometimes your layout is so dynamic you need to lay out in code. In either case, …

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.</i><p>One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of …

Study: Kids on screen-time diet lost weight, performed better in school

Research suggests parental monitoring of media consumption can have a lasting effect on a child’s development<p>Parents are in a much more powerful position than they realize.<p>A new study of over 1300 3rd to 5th graders found that parental monitoring of children’s media has ripple effects that extend …

At Lunch With Restaurant Payment Startup Cover, Which Just Raised $5.5 Million

Splitting meals is what they do -- professionally.<p>Mark Egerman and Andrew Cove have shared more than a few meals together. Egerman and I pick the Nicoise salad for lunch at Lure Fishbar in New York’s Soho neighborhood, and he quickly starts snagging fries off Cove’s burger plate without …

Whoops! World Cup Security Shares Its Wi-Fi Password With the World

Clearly this is red card-worthy digital offense.<p>The folks in charge of security at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil probably thought they were being clever by substituting some numbers into "Brazil 2014" to make their Wi-Fi password, "b5a2112014." They might have gotten away with this crappy password, …

Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of <i>billions</i>. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, …

Pikichat Is A Deadly Simple Photo Chat App Built In One Week

Pikichat is a new iPhone app to share quirky photos with your friends. It is very reminiscent of Snapchat when it comes to design and branding. But the story behind the app is nothing like Snapchat. Two French engineers went to the countryside and coded this brand new app from the ground-up. After …

Apple says some European iPhone USB adapters ‘may pose a safety risk’, announces free replacement program

Apple has today announced a replacement program for some European iPhone USB adapters. The company says that it has identified that some USB adapters bundled with iPhones (as well as sold separately) may overheat and ‘pose a safety risk’. The adapter shipped with European models of the iPhone 3GS, …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

Prototyping

Restaurant Waitlist Platform NoWait Raises $10 Million Series B

Mobile wait listing service for restaurants NoWait has raised $10 million in Series B funding, the company is announcing this morning. The new round was led by Drive Capital, the $250 million Ohio-based fund focused on Midwestern companies, and co-founded by former Sequoia partners, Mark Kvamme and …

SpotOn lets people rent out unused space for parking

David Kim needed a place in San Francisco to park the six cars he lists on RelayRides, an Airbnb-type service that lets people rent their personal autos to others over the Internet.<p>So it was only natural that he made a deal with SpotOn Parking, which lets San Francisco homeowners and businesses …

San Francisco

Don't blink! FireChat takes ephemeral messaging to whole new level

Built with the sole purpose of allowing mobile messaging without cell service or Internet, FireChat has grown into a rabbit hole somewhere between SnapChat and Chatroulette.<p>Nobody manages this centrally. You literally can't shut it down."<p>Christophe Daligault, Open Garden sales and marketing chief

Apps

FireChat sees 100K app downloads a day with a huge uptake overseas

The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

It seems as though any time you hear about Web design these days, you can’t help but come across the term “flat design.” While the flat Web design trend has been emerging in recent years, it seemed to have exploded in popularity thanks to large companies and organizations changing their design …

Social porn: why people are sharing their sex lives online

From PornTube to Pinsex to Pornostagram, sex websites are following the lead of social networks, allowing users to like, share, repost and comment on each other's pornography<p>• The Urban Dictionary guide to sex<p>In his 2008 book, Click, online behaviour expert Bill Tancer declared that social media …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

A core reason why recent hits like Flappy Bird and Threes found success -- and are massively addictive -- lies in the way they put us in a unique zen-like state known as flow.<p>There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally …

The Sims

If WhatsApp Is Worth $19B, Then WeChat’s Worth “At Least $60B” Says CLSA

Heads turned when Facebook forked out $19 billion for messaging service WhatsApp in February, and eyes popped when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was probably worth even more. Now, analysts over at Crédit Lyonnais Securities Asia have taken up the baton on outsized messaging app valuations: …

Blend Lands $2.7M In Seed Funding Led By NEA

Blend, a social networking app for college students that looks to include brands right from the get-go, has today announced that it secured a $2.7 million seed round led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Trinity Ventures, Foundation Capital, Lerer Ventures, Maveron, BoxGroup, XG …

Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub

Apple is making it easier for developers to find the resources they need when designing their iOS apps. The company added a new "Designing Great Apps" hub to its developer website that includes both videos and documentation on iOS user interface design, transitioning to iOS 7 and more.<p>Exceptional …

How to Tell a Unique Story with Web Journals in iPhoto for iOS

You can tweet or update your blog. You can upload images or video to your favorite online photo storage or sharing app. You can post to your Facebook account or whatever social network you’re into.<p>But unless you have Apple’s iPhoto for iOS (iPhone or iPad), you cannot create a Web Journal. Web …