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Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings.<p>It’s simple enough: Set …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

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Microsoft Research Launches Code Hunt Game to Teach Programming

Microsoft Research today launched Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone interested in learning how to code by playing. The premise is straightforward: the player must write code to advance in the game.<p>The built-in tutorial introduces you to the game:<p>Greetings, program! You are an experimental …

BillGuard Launches Its Personal Finance App On Android And Adds Data Breach Alerts

Personal finance startup BillGuard has been working hard over the last several years to help its users to identify fraudulent charges on their credit and debit cards, and also to keep track of their spending on the web and on its iPhone app. Today it’s expanding its reach with the launch of an …

How to protect your digital privacy

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>The technology we’ve come to love is fast becoming one of our worst enemies and you need …

Privacy

Scio: This device tells you the chemical makeup of your food, drinks, and pills

Consumer Physics is unveiling its Scio handheld sensor, which can scan food, pills, or plants and tell you the chemical makeup of the object. It delivers those results wirelessly in real-time to the user’s smartphone.<p>Once the device ships later this year, you’ll be able to use it to decipher the …

Free movie rental from M-GO: Available for iOS, Android, & Roku (~$5 value)

M-GO is giving out free movie rentals to new customers who create an account at this special promo page. This on-demand streaming service does not require a subscription and works on iOS, Android and even the new $50 Roku streaming stick. M-GO has several high profile new releases like 12 Years a …

Vysk QS1 Case Encrypts Phone Calls Against Hackers, Spies

This case will tell hackers to buzz off -- literally.<p>Smartphones, just like computers, are vulnerable to hackers, who target mobile devices with malicious software to access your personal information. There are security apps that can help prevent this, but one San Antonio-based startup thinks it …

Codecademy gets a major redesign to take the pain out of learning how to code

Two years after launching, and with more than 24 million users learning how to code on its platform, Codecademy is getting a facelift.<p>The New York City startup unveiled a sleek new website redesign today, which should make Codecademy easier to use for newcomers as well as make the site more useful …

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

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Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Princeton Whiz Kids Create Open-Source API For Voice Control Assistant, Runs On Raspberry Pi

Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha are a couple of undergrads from Princeton University that could have a major league opportunities in front of them and I’m betting there are a few talent scouts looking to draft these boys in the first round. While Apple may be planning big things for Siri and …

Impala for Android recognizes your pics and automatically sorts them into categories

Say goodbye to your messy photo gallery and say hello to better-organized and automatically sorted photos courtesy of Impala, an app that uses computer vision technology to help you categorize your photos.<p>First released as an iOS-exclusive app and now available for free on the Google Play Store, …

Apps

Former Facebooker builds Bibao, a Chinese app for virtual/crypto currency traders

Bihang, a China-based digital currency application developer, today launched Bibao for Android, a mobile app for Bitcoin and Litecoin exchanges.<p>With Bibao, which is similar a stock market app, you’ll be able to:<p>watch exchange rates of Bitcoin or Litecoin on major Chinese virtual currency exchanges …

Lingvist Raises €1 Million To Reduce The Time It Takes To Learn A New Language

Estonian startup Lingvist, which is developing “adaptive” language learning software that it claims significantly reduces the time it takes to learn a new language, has raised a €1 million round of funding. The investment comes from SmartCap (the investment arm of the taxpayer-funded Estonian …

Android privacy tool feeds fake data to prying apps

When you install an app on your phone, it often spreads its tentacles into other various parts of the device. Sometimes, it taps into the hardware …

Lingua.ly, Which Turns The Internet Into A Language Learning Tool, Launches Its First App

One of the most tedious parts of learning a new language is stumbling half-asleep through a boring textbook. When I was studying Chinese, one of my readers included articles on how to renew a student visa, why credit card debt is bad, and whether or not depression is a “disease of civilization.” As …

Opera Max Review

Opera Max is being released in open beta to users around the world. It’s from the makers of the popular Opera Browser and they’re known for coming out with some pretty good applications. Is this app worth your time? In this review, we’ll find out. As usual, you can read it below or watch it …

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Design & Development News | The Next Web

All stories in Design & Dev<p>Here's proof notifications don't have to suck<p>Notifications suck. I mean they really, really suck. Consider what my desktop workspace looks like at any given time. I mean, yes, I did create those reminders and yes, I do need to do all of those things, but displaying …

Raspberry Pi Car Computer

Use the inexpensive Raspberry Pi to make an on-the-go, wi-fi enabled media center in your vehicle.<p>I have always loved those old TV series with futuristic tech in those futuristic vehicles, like <i>Knight Rider</i>, <i>Airwolf</i>, and <i>Street Hawk</i>. So it got me thinking about how easy it would be to add a computer …

CodeBunk's Collaborative Coding Platform Adds 6 New Languages

CodeBunk, a platform for collaborative coding and feedback, has announced that it now supports a range of new programming languages.<p>As well as being a shared space for coding, the service is aimed primarily at bringing the tech recruitment space up to speed. The company says that online interviews …

Telegram Hits 35M Monthly Users, 15M Daily With 8B Messages Received Over 30 Days

Telegram, the mobile messaging app that offers secure communications created by VK.com co-founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, today announced a new milestone in its traction, which has increased considerably since Facebook acquired rival WhatsApp: The app hit 35 million users, and TechCrunch has …

Codementor Wants To Be An Uber for Developers In Distress

Junior developers stuck on a coding problem for hours will probably breathe a huge sigh of relief to hear they can get help instantly from experts with the click of a button — as that’s what Codementor is setting out to do.<p>Codementor is a Techstars-backed startup based in Taiwan and San Francisco …

ScratchJr coding-for-kids project hits $25k Kickstarter goal in two days

Developers will release iPad app this summer, but hoping remaining 37 days of campaign will fund Android version<p>The latest crowdfunding project hoping to get children interested in computer programming has surpassed its $25,000 goal within two days of launching.<p>ScratchJr is an "introductory …