Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How to Pick the Right Programming Language”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How to Pick the Right Programming Language”

How to Pick the Right Programming Language

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:58 AM PDT

During the course of every coding project, a software developer must make dozens of decisions. Sometimes this involves solving a problem unique to a particular domain space or a particular architectural issue. Other times it's about which language is best for a job. That is actually one of the most critical pieces of getting a project right.

Too often, languages are applied to a problem space where another language would be better. Here's a quick look at some of the major business sectors and the languages best suited for each.

Financial Sector
The financial sector benefits from a number of languages. One of the key features for calculations is functional programming characte…
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Ouya Raises Over $2.4 Million and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Ouya Raises Over $2.4 Million on Kickstarter

Ouya has raised over $2.4 million, far surpassing its initial goal of $950,000, for the development of an Android gaming console.

The project founders now want the public to give them ideas for "stretch goals." In other words, they want you to tell them what to do with all that money.

"We are blown away by your support. With your help, we just raised $2 million. And it's only the first day. Now we want to blow you away. The…
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Gloves Turn Sign Language Gestures Into Speech With App [VIDEO]

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:11 AM PDT

Three Ukrainian students invented sensory gloves that work with an app to turn sign language into automated speech. The Enable Talk project won first place at Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2012 this week in Syndey, Australia.

Students on the winning Team QuadSquad -- Anton Stepanov, Anton Posternikov, and Maxim Osika -- beat out 350 students from 75 countries for the gold. Their Enable Talk glove gives deaf and hearing-impaired individuals the ability to communicate with those who don't know sign language.

"A while ago, in the supermarket we saw a cashier having difficulties understanding a speech-impaired person and we thought how useful it would be to have a device to overcome this c…
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Apple Responds to Criticism After Withdrawing From EPEAT

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 02:48 AM PDT

After withdrawing its products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry, Apple has faced a considerable amount of criticism, most recently from San Francisco's Department of Environment, which said the city will no longer be able to purchase Apple products.

Now, the company has responded, claiming that its own environmental standards are, in many cases, stricter than EPEAT's.

"Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2. We also lead the industry by reporting each product's greenhouse gas emissions on…
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Department of Homeland Security Testing Molecular Scanner [REPORT]

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 01:47 AM PDT

If the TSA's full body scanners make you nervous, the Department of Homeland Security's new molecular scanner may have you locking yourself at home and ordering in for the rest of your life.

Gizmodo is reporting that the government agency has been working with subcontractor In-Q-Tel to develop a new laser-based scanner that will be able to tell more about you than ever before, from your adrenaline level to what you ate for breakfast. The anonymous report indicates the molecular scanner is ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than current scanners and would be used at airports and border crossings to quickly identify explosi…
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Former Print Publication Now Produces iPad-Only Performance Art

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 01:21 AM PDT

2wice, a visual and performing arts journal, is going digital. The dance publication will be creating performance art just for the iPad. Each project will be uniquely packaged in an app.

Patsy Tarr, director of the 2wice Arts Foundation, believes dance needs to go in the direction of mobile technology. The organization chose the iPad as their vehicle of change.

"The greatest thing that digital could add is the incorporation of video," Tarr says. "And for dance, that's just the whole thing. Instead of describing the dance in print in writing and a photograph, we could actually just show the dance."

In June, 2wice released the Fifth Wall app in the Apple store (99 cents). The conc…
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Android Fans Rejoice: Jelly Bean Rollout Is Underway

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 08:35 PM PDT

Can't wait to get your hands on Jelly Bean, the newest version of Android? You won't have to hold your breath much longer.

Google announced Tuesday that its Jelly Bean rollout has begun, and Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices are the first to upgrade. Owners of that device, which runs on AT&T and T-Mobile, can expect to receive update alerts over the next several days, according to a Google+ post announcing the Android 4.1 push.

Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and Nexus 7 owners will be up next, Google says.

Google took the wraps off Jelly Bean last month at I/O, its annual developers conference.

One feature the company is touting in its new operating system is Project Butter, m…
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Dating Site Gives You One Match Per Day, 24 Hours to Decide

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 08:17 PM PDT

Name: Coffee Meets Bagel

Quick Pitch: Coffee Meets Bagel provides you one match each day and takes the hassel out of searching.

Genius Idea: Rather than make users sift through dozens of potential matches, Coffee Meets Bagel sends them one match each day to either accept or pass on.

Online dating site Coffee Meets Bagel attempts to take the work out of Internet dating, while letting its users have some fun.

Similar to the excitement of timed shopping sites, every day at noon users are sent one match, or "bagel." Users can see that person's picture and profile and have 24 hours to decide if they want to go on a date with them or not by clicking "yes" or "pass." This puts the…
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Daniel Tosh Apologizes on Twitter for Rape Joke

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 08:06 PM PDT

Comedian Daniel Tosh is known for testing limits with jokes that may seem offensive to some, but he appears to have gone a little too far during a recent standup act and took to Twitter to apologize.

The comedian, who is known best for his show Tosh.0, responded to a Tumblr post on Tuesday that accused him of making inappropriate jokes about rape.

"Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc." the blogger writes.

The blogger, who admits her unfamiliarity with Tosh, also claims to have interrupted the act to let him know her disproval.

According to the post, T…
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Fitbit Ultra, Aria WiFi Scale Make Getting in Shape Social [REVIEW]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 07:38 PM PDT

There's no such thing as a miracle solution to get fit, but there are numerous healthy-savvy companies utilizing technology to make the average non-techie consumer a bit more health conscious.

Take Fitbit's Aria WiFi scale and Ultra pedometer, for instance.

Based in San Francisco and started by technologist Eric Friedman and entrepreneur James Park in 2007, Fitbit offers products that place existing tech into gadgets we thought were beginning to get outdated (such the pedometer) or devices that seem ho-hum (your average scale, for example). Then it turns these products into fitness tech must-haves.

Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker

I've been testing the pedometer si…
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Meet Little Pete: 90s Nickelodeon Star Answers Your Questions

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 07:10 PM PDT

Danny Tamberelli, a face anyone familiar with 1990s Nickelodeon will readily recognize, will likely forever be known as Little Pete from "The Adventures of Pete & Pete."

Tamberelli also appeared on iconic 90s Nickelodeon shows "All That," "The Baby-Sitters Club," and "Figure It Out." Outside of Nickelodeon, he was the voice of Arnold on "The Magic School Bus," and played Tommy in the original "The Mighty Ducks."

The now 30-year-old child actor is still active in the entertainment industy. He currently plays bass and sings in the jam band Jounce, and performs in the sketch comedy group ManBoobs.

According to the post, Tamberelli stumbled onto a request for him to do an IamA, Re…
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MLB All-Star Game Already a Social Media Home Run

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 06:44 PM PDT

Through 1st inning, 290K+ social media comments related to #ASG, already surpassing total from entire 2011 #ASG. @MLBONFOX— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 11, 2012

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is currently making quite the splash on social media.

According to the MLB, more than 290,000 social media comments were tracked over the course of the 1st inning. This total, they say, is more than the amount that was accumulated during the entire All-Star Game in 2011.

There are likely several reasons behing the increase in mentions. Besides the rise of social media adoption in general, many more MLB players have gained robust social media followings. An increased soc…
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City of San Francisco Will No Longer Buy Apple Products

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 06:03 PM PDT

Apple's Cupertino headquarters may just be a few miles away from San Francisco, but the city won't be spending any more cash on its products.

According to the Wall Street Journal, city agencies in San Francisco will no longer be able to purchase Apple products after the company asked the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — the group that sets environmental standards for electronics — to remove all 39 of its products from the agency's green registry.

The standards set forth by EPEAT require products to be easily disassembled by consumers -- so that they can remove toxic components such as batteries – in order to be considered green. Apple's newest prod…
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DirecTV Removes Viacom Channels Amid Battle on Social Media

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 05:33 PM PDT

Two media giants, Viacom and DirecTV, used social media sites Tuesday to rally support in a spat over whether DirecTV's 20 million customers will lose access to Viacom channels.

The two companies are trying to reach a deal that would allow DirecTV to continue distributing 17 Viacom channels -- including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, BET, CMT, Spike and Comedy Central.

A blackout of those channels is set for Tuesday at midnight ET if a deal isn't reached.

UPDATE, July 11 at 12:40 a.m. ET: DirecTV has released this statement, detailing news that it has removed the 17 channels:

"DIRECTV customers were left without Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other channels today, after Viacom…
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More About: Entertainment, Facebook, TV, Twitter, YouTube, celebrities, directv, mtv, social tv, viacom

UCLA Engineers Develop World’s Fastest Camera [VIDEO]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 05:01 PM PDT

Researchers at UCLA's Jalali lab have developed the world's fastest and most sensitive camera, capable of shooting images at 36.7 million frames per second. The camera was developed to more quickly and easily distinguish elusive cancer cells.

But this isn't your typical digital camera. Because the device captures so much data so quickly, the CCD and CMOS sensors used in digital cameras would be unable to produce sharp images in a timely manner. Conventional cameras also become less sensitive to light at higher frame rates and simply wouldn't be able to produce real-time results.

Instead researchers use STEAM imaging, a process developed by UCLA…
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New Mom Battling Cancer Tells Her Story in YouTube Series

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 04:00 PM PDT

Joanna Montgomery gave birth to her first child, a healthy baby girl, at age 44. Though her pregnancy was high-risk because of her age, her daughter Magnolia was born in an emergency C-section in December 2011. That is, until her doctors discovered a tumor on her fallopian tube while she was in labor. Had it not been for her pregnancy, her tumor may not have been discovered until it was more serious. Nevertheless, the new mom is now battling an aggressive cancer.

She is now sharing her fight against cancer with the world, through a 10-episode YouTube documentary, Baby, It's Cancer created by CafeMomStudios.

SEE ALSO: Dying Cancer Patient Turns to YouTube to Try to Meet Katy Perry
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Lights, Camera, Meow! Cat Videos Get Their First Film Festival

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 03:40 PM PDT

In August of this year, your favorite cat videos will make the move off of your computer screen and onto the big screen for the first ever "Internet Cat Video Film Festival."

"I could not be more excited to literally bring this solo cat video viewing behavior out in the open," event organizer Katie Czarniecki Hill said in a blog post announcing the event.

Set to be held August 30th at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the cat-friendly hour-long festival will be free to attend and encourages cat enthusiasts to submit their own favorite feline flicks to be included in the presentation.

The event description on the Arts Center website describes a festival that will test so…
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The Politics of the Social Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 02:57 PM PDT

Can the websites you visit predict your political leanings? That's the claim of Engage, a digital agency that says its algorithms have mapped the politics of the social web.

Users of services on the left of this chart are more likely to vote for Obama, while users on the right are more likely to be Romney supporters. Services higher on the chart have more politically engaged voters, while those on the bottom have more politically disengaged users.

Engage got the results by monitoring thousands of Facebook users and their "likes" using a program it calls "Trendsetter," which it claims tied together "polling, social influence data, and consumer preferences" to deliver the above resul…
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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Politics, Social Media, US, barack obama

4D Movies Will Let You Feel, Smell The Latest Blockbuster [VIDEO]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 02:05 PM PDT

4D movies are headed to North America, bringing more than 1,000 new sensations to your movie watching experience, including the ability to smell.

The creation of South Korea's CJ Group, the 4DX system takes your standard 3D movie experience to the next level using nozzles in the seats. While you're watching a movie that mimics a trip out in the ocean, the nozzle might spray out a mist of water. Watching a movie about street racing? The nozzles might pump out the smell of burning rubber.

Seats in the theater are movable as well, so when a car crash happens on the screen it can also feel like it's happening in your chair. Large fans position…
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1960s Robin Crashes ‘Dark Knight’ Party [VIDEO]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:46 PM PDT

Holy hilarious parody Batman!

The 21st century Dark Knight may wield some pretty impressive gadgetry and a shiny, high-tech Batmobile but once upon a time Batman came from meager roots - a place where "Bam!" and "Pow!" were true mass weapons of destruction.

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. Releases 13-Minute 'Dark Knight Rises' Featurette

No one remembers this old-school Batman better than his pipsqueak of a sidekick, Robin. Only problem? Robin-from-the-60s is annoying as hell. When the partners in crime are reunited we aren't sure if we want Batman to punch out Bane or Robin (did he always look like Peter Pan?).

Which decade's version of Batman and Robin is your favorite? Tell…
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‘White Collar’ Cranks Up the Heat With Interactive Social TV Game

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:33 PM PDT

When White Collar returns to the airwaves later tonight, fans will be invited to go along for the ride in a new interactive social TV game.

The game and experience, dubbed Neal's Stash, is the final stage of a multi-faceted social TV and transmedia campaign that Ford sponsored for the USA Network show.

White Collar is about the partnership between slick con man Neal Caffrey and FBI agent Peter Burke, as the two work together to solve crimes. Although Neal has seemingly put his life of cons behind him (for now), he has various's stashes from past cons still out in the wild.

The campaign kicked off back in January with Mozzie's Mission, a game…
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Gaming Web Comic Asks Fans to Donate for Year Without Ads

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:19 PM PDT

Penny Arcade, a popular gaming web comic, is asking its fans to fund its advertising revenue for an entire year so it can remove ads from its website.

The creators of Penny Arcade launched a Kickstarter Tuesday morning asking for at least $250,000 to remove advertisements from their site for the 2013 calendar year.

The comic was started 14 years ago by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, better known as their alter-egos Gabe and Tycho. Since then, it has spawned two annual conventions that attract 70,000 gamers each, a charity that has raised millions to improve the lives of children in hospitals, and a series of video games.

The Kickstarter goal represents just the amount of reve…
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Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:05 PM PDT

The top 10 Twitter pics from this week were a perfect representation of Twitter hashtags.

From #TBT (throwback Thursday) to the ever-present #RT (retweet), photos and hashtags spread across Twitter as they always do.

You probably encounter the phrase "Retweet this if..." quite often. Tweeter's did exactly that this week with textgrams and other text-based images.

Also, as EURO 2012 came to a close, photos of the matches were immensely popular with Twitter users around the world.

SEE ALSO: More Top 10 Twitter Pics

Each week we take a look at the most popular photos across Twitter. Our partners at Skylines keep track of hashtags and photos during the week to determine t…
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Legendary Entertainment Acquires Nerdist Industries

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 12:49 PM PDT

Legendary Entertainment -- the company who along with Warner Bros. is behind Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy -- announced that it has acquired Nerdist Industries. The timing of the deal is perfect -- with the announcement coming just days before Comic Con.

Since 2008, the Nerdist brand has grown from a podcast to a multi-platform of pop culture. Founder Chris Hardwick was joined by current CEO Peter Levin in 2011, and the company is now comprised of website, YouTube channel, podcast network, e-newsletter, television footprint and live events.

Collectively, Nerdist Industries aggregates 15 million monthly viewers, readers and listeners.

Legendary Entertainment's Chairman and CEO…
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4 Ways to Make HR More Efficient

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 12:21 PM PDT

We all want our businesses to move quickly and in the right direction, and human resources plays a key role in that. Unfortunately, too many companies still depend on outdated processes to make that happen. That's like asking a car to win a race when it doesn't have gas.

SEE ALSO: The True Cost of a Bad Hire [INFOGRAPHIC]

You need to walk before you can run, which means you should first focus on small, but effective, changes in your HR department. Here are four tactical shifts you can implement immediately to help do that.

1. Ditch Your Vacation and PTO Tracking Process
No matter what your policy is, it's the process that slows you down. Most businesses use some variation o…
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Twitter Upgrades iPhone, Android Apps — Now with Built-In Video

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Twitter announced upgraded versions of its iPhone and Android apps Tuesday -- adding many of the features that users have been enjoying for some time.

Now you can click on a tweet with a video link on your smartphone, for example, and have the video play directly in the tweet -- just as you can on the website.

Expanded tweets will also include images and the summaries of articles, should the link point to one of Twitter's media partners (such as Mashable).

"This new experience will roll out gradually to iPhone and Android users," writes Twitter mobile product manager Sung Hu Kim in a company blog post.

SEE ALSO: Twitter Search Gets Smarter, Adds Autocomplete

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5 Apps to Turn Your iPhone Into a Recording Studio

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:58 AM PDT

1. Retro Recorder

This is the only iPhone app that lets you record distortion-free with audio zoom and built-in compression. It's a great recorder for on-the-go sound sampling, and also works well for voice memos and interviews. Beware: There is no recording pause button, and some users have complained that it is too easy to write over their previous recordings. Price: $0.99

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With the help of quality music-making apps, turn your phone into a classical instrument, drum or synthesizer. You can even produce and edit right from your handheld device. If you can't take advantage of a professional recording studio, several apps for the iPad and iPhone can help make those beats sound sharp.

While these mobile tools won't replace a recording artist's pro setup, they will nonetheless help tune, track tempos and even cure writer's block -- basically get more out of the audio equipment you already own. Increase production quality and save time and money, and even replace some other studio gadgets for next to nothing.

SEE ALSO: 6 One-String Guitars Make Beautiful Mu
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Domino’s Pizza Introduces Kindle Fire App

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:39 AM PDT

You can't order a pizza from Amazon -- yet -- but now you can order one from your Kindle Fire.

Domino's Pizza, which already has an iPhone, iPad and Android app, on Tuesday announced that it now has a Kindle Fire app in Amazon's Appstore.

The Kindle Fire app includes features from other Domino's online apps, including a store locator, a full national menu, a coupon search and Domino's Tracker, which tracks your order. The app, which can also be downloaded for Android phones and other Android-based tablets, was built to accommodate the screen size of the device on which it's used.

Domino's has been a pioneer in mobile apps. Its Pizza Tracker, which went live in May 2009, was one…
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Google+ Adds iPad Support in Latest App Update

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:21 AM PDT

Google+ is now available on the iPad, with Tuesday's release of the latest version of its iOS app. And Google says with this new version, you won't be able to put your device down.

Previously only offering support for iPhone, the new app will allow users to do Google+ Hangouts from their iPad as well. It also supports Google+ Events -- a potentially useful feature where users can pool and display event photos.

Google notes that it designed the new app with the iPad in mind. In its blog post, the company pointed out some new, interactive features:

Pinch and expand posts right in your stream to add your comments
Use two fingers to drag a post from your stream to easily re-share…
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Want to Buy a Jet? RIM Is Selling This One

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:11 AM PDT

If you're in the market for a corporate jet, and you have a spare $6.5 million lying around, there's a Canadian tech giant that would like to speak with you.

Research In Motion, the once-mighty makers of BlackBerry phones and tablets, is selling one of its fleet of two corporate jets, according to Bloomberg, as part of a frantic bid to cut costs by $1 billion. (Another part of that bid we already knew about: slashing 5,000 jobs.)

SEE ALSO: RIM Collapsing? BlackBerry Sales Drop 43% in a Quarter

The jet in question is a nine-passenger 1999 Dassault Falcon 50EX, pictured above. That's the actual RIM jet for sale, pictured on the tarmac during Mobile World Congress in 2008 -- a mu…
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