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Functional Programming Principles in Scala: the final push

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The Guardian's software developers chart their progress on Martin Odersky's Scala course, now in its sixth week and getting tougherWith week six behind us, we're on the home straight in Martin Odersky's Functional Programming Principles in Scala course. We have covered a number of new concepts which we've already started...
Functional Programming Principles in Scala: the final push

What's your teen's future? Sparkon maps a path for life

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Do you have a teen who’s trying to find a direction in life? Maybe you know a kid who’s really passionate about video games, but doesn’t know what skills they need to make it in the industry. Sparkon, a Redmond-based startup that launches today, aims to provide resources for teens...
What's your teen's future? Sparkon maps a path for life

The Ecstasy of Telegraphy

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My research manager turned up this gem in the course of answering a question I had about the popular response to the introduction of the telegraph in the US (a moment that informs the working title of my next book). What I find fascinating is how the invention incited...
The Ecstasy of Telegraphy

This Pen Translates Text As You Underline With It

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Three designers have come up with a way to translate text as you underline it with a pen, Camille Bautista of Mashable reports.  The Ivy Guide is a device that fits over pens and pencils, and scans words for translation. To use it, all you have to do is press...
This Pen Translates Text As You Underline With It

Amazon's Kindle Gets Exclusive Role In New PTA Family Reading Program

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Amazon's got a new Kindle promotion vehicle, thanks to the National PTA, which wants to boost kids' reading with their families. Amazon's Kindle is the exclusive sponsor of the new Family Reading Experience program that the National PTA wants to roll out across the U.S. to boost kids' reading...
Amazon's Kindle Gets Exclusive Role In New PTA Family Reading Program

Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos

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Last summer, we wrote about a simply ridiculous lawsuit from a photographer, Janine Gordon, against another photographer, Ryan McGinley, claiming copyright infringement for taking photos that were at best marginally similar. Seriously, the similarities between these photos is hard to see in most cases, and any claims of actual copying...
Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos
It Takes Less Time Than You'd Think for the Internet to Size Up What You're Worth

Siri Shows Increasing Promise, But Accuracy Falls Short of Google Text Searches

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In what should not be a surprise given Siri's beta status and its use of new technology for voice interaction with mobile devices, a study from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster finds that Siri's abilities are still eclipsed by the traditional text-entry Google searches that have been in place for...
Siri Shows Increasing Promise, But Accuracy Falls Short of Google Text Searches

The Great CES Keynote Debacle: Qualcomm Had To Convince The World It Wasn't An "Ingredient" Company

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Going into this year’s CES, Qualcomm had a hell of a problem on their hands — how would a company that planned to talk about mobile chipsets of all things make its big keynote one to remember? As it turns out, its answer was to make said keynote as equally...
The Great CES Keynote Debacle: Qualcomm Had To Convince The World It Wasn't An "Ingredient" Company

Do online comments hurt - or aid - our understanding of science? | Alice Bell

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The 'trolling makes you stupid' story appealed to many, but having read the research, I remain in favour of blog commentsThere was something slightly ridiculous about the way the "evidence that trolling makes you stupid" story got passed around the web over the past few days: people complained about the...
Do online comments hurt - or aid - our understanding of science? | Alice Bell

Siri Gets A 'D' Grade From Top Apple Analyst Gene Munster (GOOG, AAPL)

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Apple's voice activated assistant, Siri, might represent the future of search on iOS devices, but for today, it is a terrible substitute for Google. Apple analyst Gene Munster tested 800 searches on Google and Siri. He said Siri only had 62% accuracy in its results. He gives it a "D"...
Siri Gets A 'D' Grade From Top Apple Analyst Gene Munster (GOOG, AAPL)

Zuckerberg to Startup School: MySpace was great earlier on, but felt threatened by Facebook

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At the 2012 edition of Y Combinator’s Startup School, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Paul Graham and the audience that MySpace was a great service prior to his social network coming into the market. In fact, Zuckerberg said that it was doing a lot of things that Facebook hasn’t been...
Zuckerberg to Startup School: MySpace was great earlier on, but felt threatened by Facebook

Xiaomi Phone 2 now official: 4.3-inch 720p IPS, quad core and Jelly Bean for just $310

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At last, no more secrets. Announced in Beijing just now is the Xiaomi Phone 2, and with the exception of the appearance, most of the specs match the many leaks we've come across: 4.3-inch 720p IPS display by Sharp, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core chip, 2GB RAM and...
Xiaomi Phone 2 now official: 4.3-inch 720p IPS, quad core and Jelly Bean for just $310

MagicScroll for Chrome lets you read every Web page like a book

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MagicScroll for Chrome wants to transform the way you read online. Typically, you’ll navigate a Web page by using the vertical scroll bar, the scroll wheel on your mouse or perhaps the arrow buttons on your keyboard. But the MagicScroll Web reader transforms each page into a book-like interface, making...
MagicScroll for Chrome lets you read every Web page like a book

Microsoft touts Yammer's growth: Sales up 259% YoY, 312 new customers in most recent quarter

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Microsoft’s $1.2 billion purchase of enterprise social tool Yammer caught many by surprise. Three quarters later, Microsoft is publicly trumpeting the price that it paid, right next to performance metrics for its new subsidiary. The implication is simple: Yammer was a good buy. Today in a blog post, Microsoft detailed that in its...
Microsoft touts Yammer's growth: Sales up 259% YoY, 312 new customers in most recent quarter
Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

The Case Against Links

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Links - are they a net negative for readers online? That's the idea being deliberately explored by a number of publishers, says writer Nicholas Carr today. The iconoclastic author says that he has grown sympathetic to the thinking of Steve Gillmor, the almost incomprehensibly future-bound sage tech journalist who has...
The Case Against Links

Street test measures Siri comprehension at 83%, accuracy at 62%

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While the convenience of Apple's Siri comes with searching by voice, a new test has found that Apple's personal assistant is not yet a reliable enough search engine to entirely replace text input with Google....
Street test measures Siri comprehension at 83%, accuracy at 62%

Engadget Primed: Camera metering explained

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Primed goes in-depth on the technobabble you hear on Engadget every day -- we dig deep into each topic's history and how it benefits our lives. You can follow the series here. Looking to suggest a piece of technology for us to break down? Drop us a line at primed...
Engadget Primed: Camera metering explained

Tor Exit Node Operator Charged With Distributing Child Porn

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Not this again. Last year, we wrote about how Austrian police had seized computers from a tor exit node, showing little comprehension of how tor worked, and why the operator of the node was not responsible for the content accessed. We wondered how difficult it would be to teach law...
Tor Exit Node Operator Charged With Distributing Child Porn

Owner of CyanogenMod.com hijacks domain, demands $10,000

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Android enthusiasts trying to reach CyanogenMod.com, the website for the popular community-maintained firmware of the same name, will find themselves staring at a blank filler site as of today. As has been detailed in a blog post up on the new CyanogenMod.org, the owner of the original domain name shut...
Owner of CyanogenMod.com hijacks domain, demands $10,000

AR app Blippar wins LeWeb’s London startup competition

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Augmented reality and image recognition app Blippar just won the startup competition at LeWeb2012 in London. The startup is already known for its augmented reality work with brands like Marmite, Guinness, the Guardian newspaper and Kit Kat. The event saw a number of hot competitors present their pitches in rounds...
AR app Blippar wins LeWeb’s London startup competition

How Social Reading Fragments Books and Puts Them Back Together on Findings.com

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Social reading site Findings.com won't disclose its number of users or rate of growth - but after just six months of going live, the site is bustling with far more snippets - or marginalia, as co-founder John Borthwick calls it. A recent redesign of the site focuses more heavily...
How Social Reading Fragments Books and Puts Them Back Together on Findings.com
Inkling for Web brings interactive ebooks to your browser, no iPad necessary

Is Your Twitter Audience Listening?

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You've just reached 5,000 followers on Twitter. Congratulations. Now you have 5,000 people listening to you, right? Wrong! Let's take a closer look at about how many people you might be reaching with each message. Information is processed hierarchically, following the six steps of McGuire's Information Processing Paradigm. The tweet...
Is Your Twitter Audience Listening?
PayPal destroys Google Wallet, MasterCard, Square, and VISA in digital wallet study
Siri still can’t match old-fashioned Google search, analyst says

BBC Pollard inquiry: why is it so hard to search the documents?

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The corporation has provided the material as PDFs of scanned computer print outs - making it impossible to easily search"The BBC's Linked Data Platform doesn't just know that tomorrow's episode of the Culture Show features Jarvis Cocker. It also knows that Jarvis is from Sheffield, was the lead singer in...
BBC Pollard inquiry: why is it so hard to search the documents?

Richard Feynman on the Weirdness of Physical Reality

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For several days now, as regular readers know, I've been advertising my incomprehension of the Higgs boson. And--perhaps in an attempt to bolster my self-esteem--I've suggested that even physicists often fail to comprehend sub-atomic physics; or, at least, that they sometimes have to settle for a sheerly mathematical comprehension, because...
Richard Feynman on the Weirdness of Physical Reality

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?

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Recently, the UK government passed The Digital Economy Act which included many, perhaps draconian, measures to combat online music piracy (including withdrawing broadband access for persistent pirates). Much was proclaimed about how these new laws would protect musicians and artists revenue and livelihoods. But how much money do musicians really...
How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?
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