How The Internet Killed Profit

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shutterstock_115884409 New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s destroying the very foundations of business. Software is indeed eating the world, in Marc Andreessen’s words, and we’re presented with an abundance of value being generated for consumers, but… Read More

Scenes from our time with the iPhone 6

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The iPhone 6 is the best iPhone yet. For many people, it’s the best smartphone on the market. It has a bigger screen, a faster processor, a better camera, and a lot of new software. But it is, in every way, still an iPhone.

We’ve been using the iPhone 6 ever since Apple announced it, testing to see how the latest device from Cupertino compares to the best of its competitors, from the HTC One to the new Moto X. Read our full review for all the details on how the iPhone 6 stacks up, but odds…

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Can crowdfunding help San Francisco’s homeless?

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

San Francisco is home to one of the densest concentrations of startup tycoons in the country. But not everyone here enjoys the fruits of the tech revolution — the city also hosts 7,350 people living in the street or in shelters, and thousands…

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Facebook is building a Facebook inside Facebook, and that’s just great

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Facebook has a problem: your Friends list has grown so broad that sharing a photo or status with all of them probably doesn’t make much sense. People still do it out of habit, and because there aren’t many clear-cut ways to share with just your family or just your close friends. But according to a new report, Facebook is building a standalone app to help you do exactly this.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook is building a new app codenamed “Moments” that lets you share with smaller groups of people. The report says that the app most resembles Cluster, a social networking app that lets you create “spaces” for each of your family and friend groups, and then share photos or texts with them. Cluster, notably, is a network of its own, while…

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James Bond apparently really wants to be in ‘Star Wars’

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It’s not uncommon for big name celebrities to have unlisted cameos. Richard Branson can be seen for about eight seconds of Casino Royale going through security. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has two cameos in Shaun of the Dead — once as himself, and again as a zombie in a background shot. Now here’s the part where we talk about Daniel Craig’s rumored cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to The Sun (via Metro and others), Craig was on the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios last week for two days of shooting. Said the report, “Daniel is close friends with JJ Abrams. He asked for some sort of secret cameo role — and was happy to have his name left off the posters.”

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There’s a new ‘Zelda’ game, but it’s not what you’re thinking

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It’s an exciting time for Legend of Zelda fans. Following the release of last year’s brilliant A Link Between Worlds on 3DS, Nintendo is working on a brand-new, open-world Zelda that’s shaping up to be Link’s most exciting adventure in years. But while Wii U owners anxiously await that game’s 2015 release, Nintendo is launching something a whole lot weirder this month: Hyrule Warriors, a game that blends the Zelda universe with an obscene amount of action. It’s not what you’d expect from the series, but it can be a lot of of fun.

Hyrule Warriors is actually a mash-up of two different games. It’s part Zelda, and part Dynasty Warriors, an action series that dates back to 1997. What’s most surprising about Dynasty Warriors‘ lasting appeal…

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Fleksy’s iOS 8 Keyboard Offers Plenty Of Customization And Solid Predictions

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fleksy Apple’s iOS 8 operating system unlocks a key system component, providing access to the software keyboard slot to third-party developers. That’s going to mean a lot of new keyboard apps popping up in the coming days, weeks and months, but some of the top players in the space are already on board. Fleksy, for instance, will launch today along with iOS 8, and I got the chance to test… Read More

ClassPass Lands $12 Million Series A Led By Fritz Lanman, Hank Vigil

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Screenshot 2014-09-17 08.54.59 ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More

Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

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Clouds coming together and girl jumping on platform. Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning.
As Stephen Stills once sang, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.”
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JW Player Raises $20M To Help Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube

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jw player JW Player, the company behind the video player of the same name, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Even if you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve probably watched videos delivered through its player, as its customers include TripAdvisor, IMDB, The Guardian, and EA, among many others. JW Player says it’s used on 2 million sites, and its videos… Read More

Amazon’s New Kindle Could Be Called “Voyage,” Offer High-Res Screen And Bezel Page-Turning

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650x300xkindle-voyage-artikelbild1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-st23vloin Amazon is almost certainly getting ready to push the launch button on its next-generation Kindle dedicated e-reader hardware, and new leaks from the site’s German and Japanese stores (via The Verge) reveal it will likely be called the Kindle Voyage, and sport a new high-res display and bezels that can be pressed to turn pages. The Voyage is slated for a November 4 release date, according… Read More

The New Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Review

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While I talked about Motorola’s issues in the launch article for the new Moto X, it’s well worth repeating. Motorola has been through a lot these past few years. Once the iconic symbol of Android with their Droid smartphones, Motorola had lost its way. It wasn’t unusual to see one phone launch after the other, with no real regard for strategy, and no real cohesive message to tie all of their devices together. If anything, there was a point where Motorola had become an ODM for network operators in the US, with no real international presence. After Google acquired it in 2012, we saw the launch of the Moto X in 2013. The amount of hype that I saw online before the announcement of the Moto X was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately, the device that launched didn’t quite fit with the hype. The Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset was decidedly mid-range by the time it launched. The display was good for the time, but AMOLED wasn’t quite the imminent LCD replacement that it is today. The camera was also rather unfortunate at launch. For better or worse, the Moto X was a phone with the right size and shape, but a lot of hardware choices that aged poorly. This leads us to the new Moto X. On the surface, this phone corrects a lot of issues that were present in the original Moto X. The new Moto X brings an SoC that is up to par with its competition, a new camera with a Sony sensor, and an improved AMOLED panel. To find out how it performs, read on for the full review.

Interpol’s “Twice As Hard,” video premiere

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Four years since their last release, New York City’s favorite post-punk revivalists Interpol are finally back in the ring with El Pintor, a stunning LP that brings the group back to the minimalist grayscale magnificence of Antics (2004) and Turn On The Bright Lights (2002). Boing Boing is pleased to premiere Interpol’s new video for their track “Twice as Hard,” directed by Paul Banks. Read the rest

Why I will Always Try And Find A Ready-Built Library

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No matter how good your code is, there will always be parts which do not work as well as you want. These are sometimes called bugs. There are also times when we think building something ourselves will be more cost effective, if for no other reason than we simply know the code better.
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The Code Kidnapper

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 Many managers and developers think about improving productivity. As with many things, productivity is in the eye of the beholder.

We used to measure productivity in lines of code. That led very quickly to believing that the developers produce what they type. Well, what do they do the rest of the time?
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Revisiting AngularJS with TypeScript

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Many of my recent blog posts and presentations have focused on pure JavaScript. I believe TypeScript is an incredibly useful tool, especially when developing heavy client apps with large teams. I don’t use it in most examples so they stay relevant to developers who haven’t adopted it. TypeScript is a strong asset for AngularJS apps. I was recently asked about my Angular app structure using…

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