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WinJS: 5 Things You Need To Know About Microsoft’s New Open-Source JavaScript Library

In the past, Microsoft’s Build Conference has catered to developers, but chiefly the old-school developers who built products for Microsft platforms. It took a turn to embrace Web and mobile developers when it announced it would release an existing JavaScript framework, WinJS, as open source.  WinJS is a set of JavaScript toolkits that assist developers […]

With The .Net Foundation, Microsoft Finally Bets Big On Open Source

For years, Microsoft has flirted with the open-source movement, trying to build bridges with developers that favor publicly released code over proprietary software. This week, the software giant finally made the big moves skeptics of its commitment to open source have been looking for. At a keynote presentation at the Build developers conference in San […]

10 Things You Need To Know About The Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has put Apple TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast in its crosshairs with its new Fire TV streaming device.  The box comes with many of the standard Internet video features you’d expect from a modern set-top, along with some intriguing new ones—like predictive streaming, which anticipates what you’ll want to watch next and auto-buffers it for you. […]

Twitter’s Video App, Vine, Adds Private Messages

Twitter’s Vine video-sharing service released a new feature that allows you to send video and text messages to other people on Vine. Previously, the only option was for sharing Vine’s six-second videos with the public. The new option underscores the push by social companies to emphasize more personal, one-to-one or one-to-few forms of communication, in […]

How To Build A WinJS App In 10 Easy Steps

If you want to impress your friends, try telling them you’re in the middle of “building an app.” A few billion-dollar acquisitions have turned app-building from a nerdy hobby into an indication that if you can build one, you’re inevitably going places. What we tend to forget, however, is that app just stands for “application,” […]

What It’s Like Working At A Red-Hot Big Data Startup

Worldwide IT spending is expected to increase this year, but it’s nothing compared to how much money will flow into Big Data. And for employees at those companies, more money is certainly a good thing. As a new IDC report reveals, spending in the Big Data market will reach $32.4 billion by 2017, or nearly […]

Why Nest’s Smoke Detector Fail Is Actually A Win For Everyone

Nest Labs’ sudden decision Thursday to halt sales of its smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors surprised users and drew mixed reactions. But what looks at first glance like a black eye was also the sharpest thing the company could have done. CEO Tony Fadell posted an online notice to consumers warning them that its […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pro Gaming

If “professional gaming” was once an oxymoron, those days are long gone. Video games, once a somewhat solitary affair, have exploded into full-featured social affairs, thanks to the rise of massive multiplayer online PC games and features that developed over the lifespan of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The realm of professional gaming, known […]

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Resigns After Marriage-Equality Furor; Mozilla Apologizes

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned his post today following an outburst of public criticism—some from Mozilla employees—over his opposition to marriage equality, his financial support for California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 and questions about his ability to lead a diverse organization of both employees and volunteer contributors given the controversy. There was little […]

Review: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind Of A Mess

I didn’t ask for games. I didn’t ask for photos. I asked for a streaming media solution that could do things right: Something easy to pick up, simple to use, and something that actually made the experience of playing and navigating through multimedia, dare I say it, fun. Amazon promised all of the above with […]

With Mozilla In Disarray, The Open Web Needs A Hero

Mozilla is in trouble. There is no way around that basic fact. The nonprofit maker of the Firefox Web browser needs a new CEO. Brendan Eich has resigned amid a scandal over his financial support of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California. While his donation was revealed in 2012 through […]

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