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Oculus CTO John Carmack disputes claim that he copied code

John Carmack, renowned programmer and Oculus executive, spoke out this week about claims that he developed the Oculus Rift using code he’d written at his previous job.<p>The claims were made during the ZeniMax Media vs. Oculus lawsuit, which ended on Wednesday (Feb. 1). The jury awarded ZeniMax $500 …

The Psychological Research That Helps Explain the Election

At the end of most years, I’m typically asked to write about the best psychology papers of the past twelve months. This year, though, is not your typical year. And so, instead of the usual “best of,” I’ve decided to create a list of classic psychology papers and findings that can explain not just …

Psychology

What You Should Know About The App Design Process

And while this approach has become a truism in most of our industry, it’s far from obvious for anyone entering the field. A lot of articles have been …

Trump campaign admits Melania's speech plagiarized Michelle Obama | VICE News

Donald Trump's campaign has acknowledged that Melania Trump's speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention used identical phrasing as a speech from Michelle Obama in 2008.<p>The admission came in a written statement (viewable below in its entirety) on Wednesday from Meredith McIver, the …

Scientists say smart people are more likely to stay up late and do drugs as adults

There's one group of people you should definitely include on your guest list: The geniuses.<p>When the rest of your friends start nodding off around midnight and declining another glass of wine (how rude), your super intelligent invitees will just be getting started.<p>According to a growing body of …

There's a Real, Scientific Reason We Love Oral Sex

Let's take it back to basics.<p>Why do we engage in oral sex? As foreplay, or because we genuinely like it?<p>Well, according to a recent study, it looks like there is a lot more science behind why we love oral sex than simply moving from third base to fourth base. We all know why we have an innate need …

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Software Company?

A lot of startups talk about revenue, but not many talk about costs--operating or starting up.<p>How much money do you think it takes to start a software company? $10,000? $100,000? ONE MILLION DOLLARS?<p>A lot of startups talk about revenue, but not many talk about costs--operating or starting up.<p><i>Note:</i> …

Welcome to the post-app world?

Tom Goodwin Contributor<p>Tom Goodwin is EVP, head of innovation at Zenith Media and the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times podcast and event series held at Soho House in New York.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The battle for consumers gets physical (instead of virtual)<br>• In the …

Want to Code? A University Degree Might be a Huge Waste of Time

A lot of people think they need a university degree to get a job as a software engineer.<p>A few days ago, I published a post called “Learn to Code: 13 …

Machine Learning

Secret Teacher: teaching robbed me of my health – and nearly my life

Today is a good day. I have got up and washed the dishes, and maybe if today continues to be a good day I will have a shower, wash my hair and change my clothes. I might even pick up my children from school.<p>These may seem small tasks, but for the last three weeks I have been living in a fog brought …

Mental Health

This education startup's promise: We'll get you a tech job or your money back

In this case, it's a promise that graduating students will get a job in their field, or get a full refund.<p>Since 2012, founder Sebastian Thrun (also known for launching Google's secretive hardware lab Google X) has aimed for what he describes as the "societal moonshot" of democratizing tech …

This Is How Climate Change Deniers Are Tricking You

National Review tweeted out an impressive-looking graph on Tuesday. Don't be fooled.<p>If there's one takeaway from this misleading climate change graph shared by the conservative National Review, it's that data visualization is only as honest as the people using it.<p>National Review, a conservative …

Science Says It's More Than How You Look that Makes You Attractive

Attractiveness is more than just physical beauty. It is a magnetic force that pulls people together, connecting people of different sizes and shapes. …

Are Facebook ads worth the money?

Quick! What was your CAC (cost of customer acquisition) for that Facebook ad you ran? No idea? You're not alone. Few people realize that Facebook, and other social media platforms, have powerful sales-tracking tools built in – tools you can use to make a quick assessment of whether your ad campaign …

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

What venture capitalists do all day

And so, in order to be successful, venture capitalists are always on the lookout for growth companies.<p>This means digging down on specific data to assess opportunities.<p>It means asking probing questions: What's happening to the cost of storage and bandwidth that could make cloud storage and …

From drug addiction to Uber intern to powerful Uber exec at age 30, Austin Geidt's life is already the stuff of Valley legend

Five years ago, she saw some tweets about a startup looking for an intern. That startup was Uber.<p>It was 2010 and the economy was rocky. Jobs — even internships — were hard to get and her résumé was "blank," she told the audience at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in San Francisco on …

A startup that finds discount flight tickets 'hidden' on airline websites just launched in the US

So when Oliver Dlouhý and Lucie Brešová told me their startup, Skypicker, helps people find flights that cost as much as 90% lower than those booked via a regular flight ticket, I was skeptical, but definitely interested.<p>If you're like me, you probably use a flight aggregation service to buy your …

Atom: My New Favorite Code Editor

As a hobbyist Python programmer, over the years I have tried a variety of different editors. Back in the day I used to use <i>Eclipse</i> with the <i>PyDev</i> …

10 Things You Need to Have Before Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding can help entrepreneurs get the cash they need to build a successful business opportunity. The only problem is that many entrepreneurs …

9 Tips to Make Your iPhone Run Faster

Technology is pretty great, and we all benefit from it. But sometimes, when it fails, it’s super frustrating. Waiting for your phone to load is totally a first-world problem, we know. However, you can’t deny that watching that pinwheel of death spin, or the blue screen of death is a special form of …

Apps

The A to Z of Alphabet, the company that now owns Google

So here's the gist: Google has spun off Google, renamed itself Alphabet, which now owns Google. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will run Alphabet as CEO and president, respectively, while Sundar Pichai will run Google as its new CEO. Got it? Good. So let's talk about Alphabet.<p>In the …

10 ways to monetize your mobile app

Building a mobile app these days is easy. However, monetizing that same app has become nearly impossible, given how saturated the market is with free options (and potential customers unwilling to pay).<p>So to find out how founders can make money from their app, I asked a group of entrepreneurs from …

ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge

ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian has learned.<p>Climate denial – from Republicans in Congress and …

Climate

The daughter of the CEO of the biggest mobile ad company on the planet told him she hates seeing ads on her mobile phone

The context here is that InMobi is the largest independent mobile ad company on the planet. It has revenues of around $400 million and about 900 employees. Some people think Google ought to buy it. If you have seen an ad on your phone, you've almost certainly seen one served by InMobi.<p>Here's what …

Mobile

A man who just sold his startup for $575 million in cash gets to keep every single penny — here's how he did it

Markus Frind, 36, is the founder and CEO of the Vancouver-based Plenty of Fish.<p>Frind told Business Insider he started Plenty of Fish in 2003 "as a way to improve my résumé."<p>"At the time there was a new programming language called ASP.NET, and I don't like reading books, so I just went and created …

25 Great Resources For App Developers

Developing and promoting apps isn’t an easy endeavor, mainly because app markets are ridiculously crowded. As an app developer, you should only be …

Study says if you're driving an electric car on the East Coast, you're probably polluting more than your gas-guzzling neighbor

The researchers used county-level measurements of total pollution to compare electric cars to gas ones, and observed which are actually better for the environment. Electric cars still have to get their energy from somewhere — they need to be charged after all — and the thesis was there would be …

Electric Vehicles

12 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about business

The online movie and TV service has a vast cache of business and tech documentaries that anyone with a subscription can watch instantly. The topics range from profiles of great tech innovators like Steve Jobs to deep dives into industrial design.<p>Each of these 12 documentaries offers an entertaining …

Bill Gates