A Step-by-Step Guide to JavaScript Localization

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Internationalization (dubbed as I18n) and localization (dubbed as L10n) are very important (though often hard) steps for any application that is going to be used worldwide. In one of the previous articles we’ve seen how to implement I18n at the back-end powered by Ruby on Rails, but today it’s time to talk about front-end. In this article we will discuss how to localize JavaScript applications using the following solutions:

  • jQuery.I18n by Wikimedia
  • Polyglot by Airbnb
  • Globalize by jQuery team

All of these solutions are quite different and have their own specifics so we’ll see them all in action.

Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

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Cubetto teaches kids to code before they can read and write. A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a graduate of the PCH Highway 1 accelerator and backed by Randi Zuckerberg, promises families and educators a screen-free way to teach coding basics to kids who can’t yet read or write. Retailing… Read More

Cloud development platform Nitrous.io shuts down

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ide-ft-1 Nitrous.io, an online development environment and IDE, today announced that it is shutting down its service on November 14. The service is now closed for new signups and the team says it will refund any payments made after October 16. Nitrous’ existing users will be able to download their existing data soon. The team says that it will also soon release an open-source version of its… Read More

Foxconn Testing Wireless Charging For iPhone 8

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One of the first big secrets regarding Apple’s upcoming smartphone has been spilled. According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn, the firm responsible for assembling iPhones, is testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. TrustedReviews reports: Citing ‘an industry source familiar with the matter,’ the report states the wireless charging feature could appear on the next Apple handset, but it depends whether the company can produce enough satisfactory units. The source told Nikkei: “Whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple’s updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on.” The yield rate refers to the ‘number of satisfactory units in the production of a batch of components,’ and if it’s found to be too low, the wireless charging feature could be left out of the iPhone 8 according to the report. It’s also claimed the wireless tech could make it into some versions of the iPhone 8 and not others. Nikkei is also reporting that Apple’s next gen smartphones are expected to arrive in three different sizes — 4.7-inch, 5-inch and 5.5-inch — all of which will come with glass-backed bodies. The Next Web reports: “Nikkei further suggests out of the three new iPhones will be a premium model with a curved edge-to-edge OLED display; the other two models will likely have standard LCD displays. Here’s what Nikkei’s source said: “Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year.

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Google just disclosed a major Windows bug — and Microsoft isn’t happy

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Today, Google’s Threat Analysis group disclosed a critical vulnerability in Windows in a public post on the company’s security blog. The bug itself is very specific — allowing attackers to escape from security sandboxes through a flaw in the win32k system — but it’s serious enough to be categorized as critical, and according to Google, it’s being actively exploited. As a result, Google went public just 10 days after reporting the bug to Microsoft, before a patch could be coded and deployed. The result is that, while Google has already deployed a fix to protect Chrome users, Windows itself is still vulnerable — and now, everybody knows it.

Google’s disclosure provides only a general description of the bug, giving users enough information…

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How the White House will hand over social media accounts to Clinton or Trump

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The White House just published an overview explaining its plans for a “digital transition” between the departing Obama administration and the incoming 45th president of the United States. It details how each White House social media account (and position-specific handles like @POTUS, @FLOTUS, and @VP) will be transferred to the victor of November 8th’s presidential election. Since Obama is the first commander in chief to have a presence on most of these apps, there’s not much in the way of precedent for figuring out how it’s all supposed to work. So the White House developed some of its own.

For the big ones, the switchover will happen on inauguration day: January 20th. That’s when either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will assume the…

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Stranger Things video gives a news update on Barb

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Netflix seems to be making good on the promise to provide some justice for Barb. In this Stranger Things promotional video, an ‘80s-era newscaster finally acknowledges the fan favorite’s mysterious disappearance, something the series never made much effort to do. (She also compliments Barb’s “fantastic” glasses, which is a nice touch.) And then, of course, there is mention made of Eleven’s love of Eggo waffles.

Fan love for Barb after Stranger Things premiered quickly took on a life of its own, forcing the Duffer brothers to consider how the character was treated on the show. Even though she, just like Will Byers, got swept into the Upside-Down by the Demogorgon, she died alone and with much of the town ignoring her passing. It became a…

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Finally, there’s an emoji for ¯\_(?)_/¯

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The days of typing out your favorite shrugging emoticon are almost gone.

Emojipedia has info on the new emoji coming in iOS 10.2, which was included in a developer preview. Although the shrugging emoji is but a single addition in a sea of 72, it’s clearly the most important one.

The full list, which includes a black heart (much anticipated), gorilla (ugh), selfie (a true sign of the times), and “person doing cartwheel” (sure, I can find a use for that), was accepted back in June as part of Unicode Version 9.0. The update will also include an avocado emoji for those who want to celebrate this beloved fruit without being shamed for contributing to the California drought.

No word yet on when this key update is hitting, but we look…

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Smithsonian called out by congresswoman for mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations

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Last week The Verge published a lengthy investigation into the Smithsonian Institution’s apparent mishandling of a case of sexual assault that occurred on the premises of its National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The victim, a research student who we referred to by the pseudonym “Angie,” had spent the last five years trying to get museum and Smithsonian officials to take seriously her requests to be protected from her harasser — an older researcher affiliated with the museum who had admitted to the facts of the assault.

Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of the 14th District in California, who has championed the fight against sexual harassment in the sciences, wrote a stern letter to the Smithsonian’s Inspector General about the…

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Narrative lifelogging gets a stay of execution as the company considers restarting production

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Narrative Clip This was certainly unexpected. For any number of reasons. A day before the planned shutdown of cloud-based storage service, lifelogging startup Narrative — or, rather, a group of former employees – has snatched itself from the jaws of death. In an email sent to Narrative users, the company announced the launch of “New Narrative,” rising like the proverbial phoenix or one… Read More

86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game

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An 86-year-old woman named Christine McMillan from Ontario, Canada has been accused of downloading a zombie game she’s never heard of. She faces $5,000 in potential damages. From a report on TorrentFreak (condensed): McMillan is one of the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve been accused of copyright infringement under Canada’s “notice and notice” regime. Due to a change to Canada’s copyright law early last year, ISPs are now required to forward copyright infringement notices to their customers. In the letter received from anti-piracy group Canipre, she’s threatened with thousands of dollars in damages, if she doesn’t comply. “They didn’t tell me how much I owed, they only told me that if I didn’t comply, I would be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 and I could pay immediately by entering my credit card number,” McMillan told Go Public. At first, McMillan thought she was dealing with spammers but Cogeco, her Internet provider, confirmed that the email with the settlement offer was legitimate. The power of the settlement scheme lies in the uncertainty people face. McMillan is obviously not happy with the notice-and-notice legislation which she brands as “foolish.”

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Wolf Head crotch underwear “make man looks sexy and wild”

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Behold! There is an entire range of Wolf Head Crotch Underwear for gentlemen. They “make man looks sexy and wild” and can be yours for as little as five American dollars.

3D wolf pattern print underwear make man looks sexy and wild

• the wide waist design make man comfortable no tight feeling

• U convex design, large space and breathable

• High quality material and great handwork, perfect gift to boyfriend or husband

Here’s a pack of three “Sexy Hipster Wolf Animals”, available in several different wolves and also in eagle. [Amazon, via Dangerous Minds]



Memento Mori – Spectacular book of essays and 500 photos of the dead among us

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One of my most unforgettable travel experiences was visiting the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, near Prague. This small 19-century monastery chapel would be unremarkable, except that it is decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. There are skull- and femur-decorated columns, hanging garlands of bones, a chandelier made of every bone in the human body, and a replica of the Schwarzenberg family coat of “arms” – that also includes leg, finger, scapula, and coccyx bones! The memory of that space makes any Halloween display seem tame and unimaginative.

If Kutná Hora isn’t in your travel plans, check out Memento Mori, a spectacular book of essays and photographs by UCLA PhD and art historian Paul Koudounaris. His 500 color photographs here are arresting, both in subject matter and photographic technique. The handsome hardbound book includes a stunning centerfold of a bejeweled and gold-encrusted mummy. The detail and visual opulence of the photo justifies the giant four-page spread. I enjoyed reading the informative essays about the use of human bones as a form of remembrance in cultures around the world, from Europe to Thailand, Japan to Peru, and from ancient times to the present day. Here’s just one fun fact: there are two venerated human skulls (ñatitas) enshrined in the homicide division of the national law enforcement agency in El Alto, Bolivia. These two cranium crime-stoppers have provided “clues to difficult cases and have been credited with helping to solve hundreds of crimes.”

Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us

by Paul Koudounaris

Thames and Hudson

2015, 208 pages, 9 x 13.3 x 1 inches (hardcover)

$39 Buy a copy on Amazon

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Peter Thiel: what Trump represents is ‘not going away’

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Entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel, a self-described contrarian and Donald Trump’s most high-profile supporter in Silicon Valley, has vehemently defended his recent $1.25 million donation to Trump’s campaign and pro-Trump super PACs. In an extensive speech and interview at the National Press Club, Thiel also discussed his role in a lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker Media, saying the legal system was out of reach of “single-digit millionaires” like plaintiff Hulk Hogan.

Thiel is known for his investments in both mainstream tech startups and unconventional fields like seasteading and radical life extension, but his speech was largely based on developments outside what he described as an elite bubble. “No matter how crazy this election…

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Puma’s got its own twist on self-lacing sneakers

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puma-autodisc-2016-10-20-0-1 Nike’s been getting all the glory for its self-lacing sneakers – and understandably so. You can’t really beat the built-in promotion of Back to the Future pre-product placement and world class shoe model that is Michael J. Fox. But while the MAG only just launched and the HyperAdapt system is still in the works, Puma’s been doing its thing relatively under the… Read More

Here’s Fisker Inc’s first car, the all-electric EMotion luxury sport sedan

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emotion-image-1 Fisker Inc., the new electric car company founded by Henrik Fisker (not to be confused with his previous venture, now Karma) has revealed the design and specifications of its first vehicle, the luxury sport sedan all-electric EMotion (see what they did there?). The car will boast a top speed of 161 MPH, and will have a 400 mile range from its electric battery. The body of the vehicle (which… Read More

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