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Apple WatchKit Hackathon

Apple WatchKit Hackathon

WatchKit is the SDK for developing Apple Watch apps which comprises an extension that runs on iPhone plus a set of UI resources which are installed onto the watch itself. At the same time developers are able to use WatchKit Apps, Glances, or Actionable Notifications in order to deliver their apps to the watch itself. The WatchKit link includes resources for building ...

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Hipmunk Is A Flight Search Engine Focussed On Visual Search Results

Hipmunk Is A Search Engine Focussed On Visual Search Results

Be patient with this video, it takes a while to get going but it’s worth it and you also get two companies for the price of one. Steve Huffman is one of the Co-founders of Reddit as well as Hipmunk, a flight search engine which delivers results in more of a visually appealing way than competitors, for example, on long haul ...

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The Next Big Leap In Javascript Performance | Moh Haghihat

The Next Big Leap In Javascript Performance | Moh Haghihat

Moh Haghihat worked with the creator of JavaScript, Brendan Eich, on the first just-in-time compiler as well as more recently leading Intel’s efforts in bring Single Instruction/Multiple Data (SIMD) to JavaScript with Google and Firefox. In this talk at HTML5DevConf, Haghihat explains the prospect of bringing the full power of modern platforms to Javascript giving it the performance of native ...

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5 Minutes To Impress At Paris Meetup

5 Minutes To Impress At Paris MeetUp

Paris New Tech Meetup group meet on the 20th for their first get together of the year but I wanted to briefly look at some of their past meetings as this group seems to attract some great little start ups. Each month 5-7 presenters get to pitch for no longer than five minutes in either French or English broadly about ...

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Grumpy French DevOps Dude Talks Docker

Grumpy French DevOps Dude Talks Docker

Jerome Petazzoni works for Docker Inc. and is the goto guy for all things Docker. According to him, if you get under his skin, he will also replace you with a very small shell script. Petazzoni gave this talk as part of Cerner’s Tech Talk series and explains the quick evolution of Docker from being written in Python to being ...

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Couchbase, Clocker, Weave, Apache Brooklyn | Alex Heneveld, Munich

Couchbase, Clocker, Weave, Apache Brooklyn|Alex Heneveld, Munich

Alex Heneveld is the CTO of Cloudsoft, an open source application management company which aims to accelerate cloud adoption by providing a platform where businesses do not lose control but are still able to fully exploit the cloud. At the Munich Couchbase Meetup in November, Heneveld spoke about the Apache Brooklyn project (go to 12:57) (currently the only automatic open source ...

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5 Tips About Learning Programming, Kerri Miller | RubyConf 2014, San Diego

welcome to newbie

For the mere mortals amongst us that are not commercial level developers (at least not yet..), I thought this talk by Kerri Miller at RubyConf, SanDiego provided some gentle reassurance that most of the frustrations that jab you in the side while finding your way around technologies and tools are completely normal! Miller’s points carry weight in that she used ...

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How To Organise And Run Your Own Hackathon

How To Organise And Run Your Own Hackathon

Thinking of running your own Hackathon? Peter Morano is the Hackathon Chair for SocialDevCamp and currently Vice President of Engineering at InContext Solutions. Dice News took the opportunity to quiz Peter about the key things to think about in creating the best possible Hackathon experience for everybody, whether it is for educational or social reasons. Hackathons have become an insanely ...

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Brewbot Automates Brewing Beer From Your Smartphone

Brewbot Allows You To Brew Beer From Your Smartphone

Anyone that has brewed beer from home will know how tough it can be to produce beer that not only tastes good but is consistent across batches. Even extract kit beers can be tricky let alone brewing from scratch. Cue Brewbot, a bunch of Designers and Developers from Northern Ireland that love to brew. They have created an app which ...

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Y Combinator Turns Startup Ideas Into Businesses

Y Combinator Turns Startup Ideas Into Businesses

Y Combinator, named after a construct in the theory of functional programming, makes it easier for people to power startups and is widely regarded as the top incubator for tech startups. When Y Combinator consider Venture Capital, they are talking about providing the advice, connections, investment and everything needed to turn great ideas into viable businesses as risk mitigation for ...

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