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Java And Scala: Former Competitors May Be BFFs Before Long

The Scala programming language celebrated its 10th anniversary last month while Java 8 is poised for its “final” release in March. Ironically, the two languages that competed for so many years are starting to look increasingly similar. Java still tops the charts but Scala has gained new adherents due to its emphasis on functional programming. […]

Why Facebook’s WhatsApp Deal Is Bad For Users

In Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging application, it’s easy to see who comes out on top. Less clear is who will wind up getting the shaft, though it seems highly likely that WhatsApp’s users are going to come out on the losing end. The deal nets the social network a fast-growing, […]

Google’s Project Tango: 5 Things You Need To Know

Google wants to build a new kind of smartphone—one that can see your environment just like you can, or help blind customers navigate the visible world. This isn’t a new version of Android, at least not yet; it’s a new experimental beast entirely. Google calls it “Project Tango.” “The goal of Project Tango is to […]

Facebook Drops $16 Billion To Snatch Up WhatsApp

Facebook, which has long been on the prowl for the “next Instagram,” appears to have found it. The social network will shell out roughly $16 billion to acquire WhatsApp, the giant global messaging app, in a deal that puts the world’s largest social network together with its biggest independent person-to-person messaging system. In a press release, […]

Google I/O 2014 Will Be Happening In Late June

Google I/O is coming at the end of June. The biggest developer conference of the year for Google was announced today by the company’s head of Android and Chrome platforms Sundar Pichai in a posting to his Google+ profile. This year Google I/O will take place at Moscone West in San Francisco from June 25-26. […]

Your Future Car May Be A Living Room on Wheels

ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation. The star attractions of many major international auto shows are the way-out futuristic concept vehicles that stand little to no chance of going into production. These crazy high-tech cars are an invitation to imagine an alternative transportation reality in which vehicles can fly, swim, think, and […]

HTC Has Licensed Qualcomm Toq Hardware For Its Own Smartwatch

Qualcomm Toq Smartphone maker HTC is making a smartwatch based on the hardware and design of Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch. Two Qualcomm engineers told ReadWrite in January at the Consumer Electronics Show that HTC had licensed the hardware and design of the Toq smartwatch including its Mirasol-based MEMS display and internal components. During CES, a Qualcomm […]

Keep Learning Linux—It’s The Future

Everyone’s a tech company these days. From new-school video streaming services like Netflix to old-school grocery businesses and government agencies, technology increasingly drives business productivity. At the heart of this movement is Linux, resulting in exceptional, highly paid job opportunities for Linux professionals. Software Developers’ Increased Currency Software developers are the new kingmakers, according to […]

Opening OpenStack: A New Certification Initiative Challenges Red Hat

OpenStack, the open-source cloud infrastructure project, has a lot of community activity. Perhaps too much, as I’ve argued before. There are at least two ways to tame the OpenStack community beast. One is to have a dominant vendor step in and orchestrate order. The second is to take a more bottom-up approach. Mirantis, a pure-play […]

Bitcoin ATMs Heading To The U.S.

See also: How To Sell Bitcoin—Legally Robocoin, a Las Vegas company that has installed an ATM-like kiosks for Bitcoin in Vancouver, said Tuesday that its machines are coming to the U.S.—specifically to Seattle and Austin, Tex., later this month, Reuters reports. The terminals will feature ID-checking scanners to authenticate users who wish to buy and sell bitcoins on […]

Bioshock Maker Irrational Games To Shut Down

Irrational Games, the 17-year-old development arm behind the successful games Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, will be reshaped into a new team within Take Two Interactive, according to Ken Levine, the company’s creative director and co-founder: While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game […]

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