For someone who’s lived through one tech bubble, it’s hard not to see signs of another one every time the market starts edging upward.
Besides, no one wants to be the rube who’s the last one to realize the party’s over and the cool kids have already left.… Read the rest
More than 6,000 hopefuls from around the world entered Facebook’s programming challenge, the Hacker Cup, in January. Three months later, just 25 finalists went head-to-head in a three-hour battle for supremacy today at Facebook’s new Menlo Park campus.
The winner will have his name (all 25 finalists are male) inscribed on a 50-pound trophy, a sort of pixelated-looking two-dimensional brass fist with the work “HACK” blazoned it, which is set on top of a cube of concrete.… Read the rest
If the mobile market is a war, the battlefield is shifting.
As VentureBeat’s Devindra Hardawar recently wrote, it’s no longer a contest between the Apple iOS and Google Android mobile operating systems. Microsoft is about to shake things up in the tablet arena with the introduction of the Windows 8 operating system, which you can download in beta form now.… Read the rest
Last year’s big fashion trend was the color block, and this year’s tech trend follows suit: It’s the square.
More precisely, it’s the big, colorful rectangle filled with a solid color (like Windows 8) or a photograph (like Pinterest).
Mondrian would have been proud.… Read the rest
In Microsoft’s vision of the future, Kinect sensors are everywhere: In your living room, your kitchen, at school, and even in the supermarket, above the fruit display.
And why not? The $150 motion-sensing device provides a cheap way to add gesture and voice controls to any application.… Read the rest