TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming

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droidcast-banner-28 On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as Nvidia’s Grid streamed gaming service, and fashion… Read More

Attack of the one-letter programming languages

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Watch out! The coder in the next cubicle has been bitten and infected with a crazy-eyed obsession with a programming language that is not Java and goes by the mysterious name of F. The conference room has become a house of horrors, thanks to command-line zombies likely to ambush you into rewriting the entire stack in M or R or maybe even — OMG — K. Be very careful; your coworkers might be among them, calm on the outside but waiting for the right time and secret instructions from the mothership to trash the old code and deploy F# or J.

A long time ago — long before Netflix, Hulu, and HBO battled for the living room — people went to the movie theaters for their weekly dose of video streaming. There were usually only two movies, and you couldn’t choose the order. (The horror!) The double feature began with the big stars — the Javas and JavaScripts of the acting world — but then it got interesting. The second feature, the so-called B movie, was where the new ideas, odder actors, and weirder scripts found their home. Some proved rich enough with exactly the right kind of out-there thinking to garner significant cult followings — even break through to the mainstream.

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Kurt Cobain documentary with unreleased music coming to HBO

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A Kurt Cobain documentary is coming to HBO next year with never-before-heard music recorded by the late Nirvana frontman. The “first fully-authorized” documentary about Cobain, titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, comes from director Brett Morgen. But unlike other films dealing with the rock star, Morgen’s documentary will contain recordings and home movies of Cobain that even Nirvana’s most dedicated fans haven’t heard or seen.

“Once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely…

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Get HTC’s odd little Re Camera for half price this weekend

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HTC’s first foray dedicated action camera, the Re Camera, may not be worth the $199 the company normally asks for it. But starting at midnight eastern this Friday (9PM PT, Thursday) and running through next Monday, you can pick up the Re Camera for $99, or half of the regular price. That’s less than competing options from GoPro and others, and if you’ve been wanting to check out the Re Camera without spending a ton of money, here’s your best opportunity yet. HTC says the deal will be available through its own site as well as Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile until 12:00 AM ET next Tuesday (9PM PT, Monday) or until supplies run out.

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Black Friday 2014: get some of EA’s best PC games for cheap

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Electronic Arts is celebrating Black Friday early, offering some of its best PC games for cheap through its Origin digital store. You can grab select titles for as much as 75 percent off, and there’s a pretty sizeable selection of titles to choose from, including relatively new releases like Titanfall, Need for Speed: Rivals, and The Sims 4. But if you really want a great deal, you can snag classics like Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space for $4.99, or Bejeweled 3 and Alpha Centauri for just $2.49 each. Check out Origin for the complete list.

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The full stack developer is dead, long live the un-stack developer

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In a recent TechCrunch article, Peter Yared made the argument that “it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack.”

Yared is correct in observing that to get the most of the new stack full stack, there is a lot of tweaking and monitoring that needs to be made. He’s also right in pointing out that this is probably a job best suited for multiple developers.

But what the article misses is the perspective of what most software development “needs” — and it is not some complex software using the full stack. This is particularly true for a startup that is still trying to prove its value.

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Sony to give customers refunds following misleading PS Vita ads

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Sony has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after being charged with making misleading claims about the capabilities of the PS Vita. Those claims — which Sony described as “game changing” features in ads around the time of the Vita’s launch — pertain primarily to how the handheld would be able to interact with the PlayStation 3.

“Sony claimed, for example, that PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game at any time and continue to play the game on their PS Vita from where they left off,” the FTC explains. “This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game.” Similarly, the FTC says that Sony greatly exaggerated the…

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Taylor Swift leaving Spotify was great news for YouTube

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Taylor Swift is the music industry’s biggest and best-selling star. Unfortunately for Spotify, she also happens to hate the idea of fans streaming her songs for free. But Swift has no problem letting those same people watch her music on YouTube and Vevo. And in the aftermath of Swift’s Spotify exit, internet users everywhere have seemingly developed an insatiable urge to watch her videos. Over and over again. Nielsen has been tracking Swift’s YouTube views in recent weeks, and they’ve been shooting upward all month after her entire discography was pulled from Spotify on November 3rd.

For the week ending November 9th, daily views of Swift videos nearly doubled, rising from 12.5 million on the day the music died to nearly 24 million. (The…

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Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office

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iOS-and-Android-version-1 Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropbox applications. Explains Dropbox in a blog post announcing the… Read More

Apple could ditch Google for Bing or Yahoo next year

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Google risks losing its spot as the default search provider in Apple’s Safari browser next year, according to a report from The Information. The latest extension of a deal that’s put Google Search in the hands of iPhone owners since 2007 is set to expire in 2015, and Mountain View rivals Microsoft and Yahoo are already making a case for change with Apple’s leadership. Per the report, each company has pitched Apple SVP Eddy Cue on the idea of replacing Google as the default iOS search provider; Microsoft wants Bing to be the default option out of the box, and Yahoo is vying for the same spot.

Bing has already made inroads with Apple. It’s the search provider used by Siri, iOS’s personal assistant. And on the desktop, OS X Yosemite and…

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IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units

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ipad-mini-3-feature As Apple rides a cresting wave in the stock market with its market cap now dancing around $700 billion, a dark cloud moves in from IDC. The analysts report today that full-year iPad shipments will decline for the first time in its history, amid a sluggish market overall for tablets. Apple — which ironically now offers more models of its iPad tablet than ever before — will… Read More

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