Posts Tagged ‘programming’
Just under a year into YouTube’s original channel venture, it’s trimming the content fat. According to All Things D , YouTube will only be re-investing in 40 percent of the 160 or so channels it has financed since the initiative’s January launch. The channels, which range from The Onion to Jay-Z’s Life and Times , are an effort to produce original, quality content that the video site can use to compete with traditional cable and network programming, both for viewer attention and advertising dollars.
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YouTube to cull poorly-performing original channels, 60 percent not getting renewed
snydeq writes “Facebook has said that it will soon open source Prism, an internal project that supports geographically distributed Hadoop data stores, thereby removing the limits on Hadoop’s capacity to crunch data. ‘The problem is that Hadoop must confine data to one physical data center location. Although Hadoop is a batch processing system, it’s tightly coupled, and it will not tolerate more than a few milliseconds delay among servers in a Hadoop cluster. With Prism, a logical abstraction layer is added so that a Hadoop cluster can run across multiple data centers, effectively removing limits on capacity.’” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
As part of his usual rundown of the coming week’s PSN content during the latest PlayStation Blogcast , Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein teased listeners with a brief mention of a “cool new video service” that will be revealed for the PlayStation 3. “I can’t tell you anything more about it right now,” he says. “But it’s really cool.
Earlier this week Path revealed that it would be offering integration with the Nike+ FuelBand fitness bracelet in a future update, but it appears Nike has even more in store for the device. The Next Web is reporting that the athletic company will be taking the wraps off a beta version of a new NikeFuel API at tomorrow’s SXSW Managers Hack event, with Nike stating that it will assist developers “in combining music with the Nike+ FuelBand.” An eight-hour hackathon oriented around digital music distribution, the Managers Hack also features involvement from Spotify, Pandora, and SoundHound. In our review of the FuelBand , we thought Nike could improve upon the device by providing a more robust software experience and incorporating stronger… Continue reading…
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Nike to unveil FuelBand developer API at SXSW hackathon
The web-based software hosting service GitHub is everywhere lately, hosting over 2 million source code repositories being visited by 1.3 million users. Wired has a great look at the origins of the company — and the service itself — starting with the very beginnings of the Linus Torvalds-created Git version control software in 2005. What GitHub has excelled in doing is providing access and opportunity to programmers from around the world, giving them the chance to tinker with code that they may not have otherwise had the chance to touch, and then share their changes with a broad community of participants.
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Forking the code: how GitHub is changing software development
Harmony Link users complain of frequent outages, make it through Super Bowl without a remote control
Users have been complaining of intermittent outages since the launch of Logitech’s Harmony Link , an IR blaster that lets you control your home theater with an iPad, iPhone or Android device. There was an outage just after New Years’ weekend, and the lastest issue occurred during this past weekend and lasted through the Super Bowl. Customers on Logitech’s forums say that they’re getting errors that say the remote is “unable to sync” and that they’ve entered the wrong password. A Logitech representative in the forums said that the issue was on their end both times, and users are saying the problem is that the Link must connect to its servers every single time it is used, redering the device useless whenever there’s a server malfunction
One of the great hopes for a web app future is WebGL, a software library that can enable immersive, 3D graphics directly in a web browser and work across multiple platforms. That hope has been mostly unfulfilled, however, due to sparse support on devices and a relative dearth of apps that take advantage of it, Chrome Experiments notwithstanding. A new programming mashup from Mike Gattis, a co-founder at Hunch , gives us a glimpse of what WebGL apps can be capable of. It connects up SoundCloud music with the MilkDrop music visualizer (which gained well-deserved popularity on WinAmp).
Do you like your gaming old school with a dash of open web standards thrown in? The original Command and Conquer has been turned into an HTML5 game, playable in the browser. It’s buggy and a bit awkward, but it’ll still put smiles on retro gaming fans’ faces.
The story of NAMM 2012 was iPad integration into the digital audio workspace, but no-one seems to have told CyberStep. After showing off a prototype last year, the company came to the show with a final version of its KDJ-One portable DAW, and spec-wise it’s almost a tablet in its own right: an 1GHz Atom processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB flash memory, and a 5-inch 800×480 touchscreen. It’s not short on control options, either, with a jog wheel, a Nintendoesque D-pad, a 15-key LED-lit rubber keypad and (inexplicably) a rumble pack combining to help you navigate the on-board sequencer with up to six tracks a pattern. The KDJ-One is Linux-based, and CyberStep says an SDK is coming soon allowing for the programming of new synthesizers and other… Continue reading…
If you didn’t know that there were raging battles surrounding the AI used in chess programs, you do now. Boing Boing has posted an exploration of the recent dispute involving Rybka, a program that won over 90% of the tournaments its team entered but was subsequently stripped of its titles for algorithm plagiarism. Rybka contains code and heuristics found in an earlier, less successful competitor called Fruit, and its creator seems to have taken action to disguise this, but there’s a fierce debate between various parties as to whether his actions constitute direct copying. Chess raises these questions by its fundamental nature — with such a minimal ruleset, the distinctions between individual heuristics and algorithms become..
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Chess AI scene locked in bitter plagiarism dispute
Programmer Mike Tsao has devised a clever method to program an Arduino board using sound. It’s called TribeDuino, and it uses the Arduino’s audio sensors to detect the time elapsed between peaks of sound — short periods are interpreted as binary ones and long periods as binary zeroes. It’s similar to how early modems worked, except that in this case, the audio is directly programming instead of just passing data through.
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Arduino board programmed with an audio file
On his deathbed, Steve Jobs may have been more forthcoming than we thought. Today, biographer Walter Issacson told the New York Times that he intentionally left out details about a variety of products that Steve was working on. Not only was Steve working on a television , related Issacson, but the Apple co-founder also “wanted to reinvent” photography and textbooks, too. You could argue that the iPhone 4S and iPad do a fine job of each, but it sounds like the biographer may have been privy to future plans as well. Issacson says he decided that it wouldn’t be fair to Apple to reveal details, so they’ll probably stay a mystery for now, but until a full-size Apple television materializes, we’ll remain skeptical anyhow.
Some elementary school kids play video games or ride bikes with their friends. Sixth-grader Thomas Suarez builds iOS apps — and has started a club at his school to encourage others to do the same. Doing his best Steve Jobs at a recent TEDx event in Manhattan Beach, he recounted his experience building and selling Earth Fortune and the Bustin Jieber whac-a-mole game, but pointed out that there wasn’t a clear path for other young would-be developers to do the same. ”A lot of kids these days like to play games,” Suarez said, “but now they want to make them.” Hence his club, which any student can join to learn the basics of programming and app creation. Suarez’s school also participates in one of Apple’s iPad pilot programs, which…
Mac OS X: uTorrent has long been our favorite BitTorrent client on Windows, but its Mac version was severely lacking in features. Today, it’s finally out of beta, and much closer to feature parity with its Windows cousin, adding support for RSS feeds, scheduling, and a new remote interface optimized for tablets. More »
Flickr user headwhop26 crafted this wallpaper to be informative, accessible, and overall beautiful. Commonly-used apps on the side, a huge time and date display overlay with a world clock, and a built-in Google search bar all make for a Windows desktop that looks sharp and helps you get right to work. More »
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The Offshore Desktop [Featured Desktop]
iOS: Roamz is a new mobile app that uses your social networks and your location to help you discover activities, restaurants, attractions, and other venues near you, wherever you may be. Whether you’re at home and want to try a new restaurant, or traveling far from home without a clue of where to go to unwind, Roamz can give you suggestions based on what everyone nearby is buzzing about. More »
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Roamz Finds New and Interesting Things To Do in Your Neighborhood [Video]
Google recently went through a slight overhaul of their instant preview feature, but the Google Cache links mysteriously disappeared. Here’s where to find them in the new design. More »
The MLB World Series is kicking off tonight between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals, but with Fox holding down the broadcast rights, it’s difficult, but not impossible, to find a means to watch the games without tuning in on your television. More »
You will soon be able to create a Google+ profile without using your real name, iTunes Match should be live by the end of the month, and the sensors in smartphones are more powerful than you might think. More »
A new Mac malware threat has been identified that appears to be a Flash installer, but when activated the malicious trojan disables your machine’s automatic malware definition updates and send details about your system to a remote server. The new program, known as Flashback.C, can be removed by following these instructions provided by F-Secure, the security firm that discovered the threat . More »
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Steer Clear of This Mac Malware Posing as a Flash Installer [In Brief]