In the News: 2014-04-22

Written on:April 22, 2014
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Apple News: A&E, History and Lifetime join Apple TV
Are you psycho for “Bates Motel” but lost without cable? Cheer up, lil’ Internet TV viewer. A&E Networks announced on Monday that it has launched A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV.
That means more than just “Bates Motel”; it includes popular shows like “Storage Wars,” “Project Runway,” “Devious Maids” and “Pawn Stars.” Apple TV launched in early 2007 and offered a novel way to watch content from the Internet on a regular HDTV. The latest third-generation model was released in 2013.
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Technology News: Americans Are Bullish On Technology’s Distant Future, Less So Its Present
Despite the number of popular dystopian novels written over the years, Americans have continually been optimistic when it comes to the future of technology. At least, the distant future of technology. We’re far less sanguine about the technology that threatens to upend our lives today or tomorrow, as a new Pew Research survey suggests. In 1988, the Los Angeles Times took a break from crushing traffic (no, not really) to anticipate they’d have robotic maids and holographic conference calls in just 25 years. That prediction didn’t come to fruition, but it hasn’t stopped people from dreaming of a distant future where humans can teleport from one place to another, or control the weather, even as we anguish over near-term technological realities of “Glassholes,” inbox overload and more. Following this trend, Americans are currently bullish on lab-grown organs, computer-generated art and other plausible advances in technology, with 59% expecting that technology will make our lives better.
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Programming News: Rake Part 1: Files and Rules
If you’re a Ruby programmer, you’ve almost certainly used Rake, the build utility created by the late Jim Weirich. But you might not realize just how powerful and flexible a tool it can be. I certainly didn’t, until I decided to base Quarto, my e-book production toolchain, on Rake. This post is part of a series on Rake, starting with the basics and then moving on to advanced usage. It originated as a series of RubyTapas videos published to subscribers in August-September 2013. Each post begins with a video, followed by the script for those who prefer reading to viewing. Oh, and if you are grateful for Rake, please consider donating to the Weirich Fund in Jim’s memory.
Read full story => Virtuous Code

Photography News: Get lost around Europe in 11 photos
Packing your gear and leaving your hometown for couple of days to explore new places is the best way to fill your batteries? Or you’re enjoying it as a part of your job? Look what we found for this week’s photo list!
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In the News: 2014-04-21

Written on:April 21, 2014
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Apple News: Apple makes another high-profile medical device talent hire Apple has added another prominent expert in the medial devices field to its internal team thought to have been tasked with the creation of an Apple-branded wearable device that the press refers to as the iWatch. Divya Nag, “a rising star in the medical device community,”, has joined Apple’s in-house medical technology team, according to sources with knowledge of the…

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In the News: 2014-04-20

Written on:April 20, 2014
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Apple News: Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography Dear iPhoneographers and TMO readers: my first two installments, “25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography” and “25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography” were well received, thank you. People who are passionate about technology and photography tips, tricks, and techniques are always hungry for more. I have thousands for you, but for the time being, I offer you yet another…

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In the News: 2014-04-19

Written on:April 19, 2014
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Apple News: Nike kills off wearables instead of going to war with Apple The news leaked today that Nike had laid off the entire FuelBand team, as the company looks to exit the wearables market. This is a strange move, especially considering the company has just released the FuelBand SE. But it’s not that strange at all. It’s been rumored for longer than I can remember that Apple is getting…

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In the News: 2014-04-18

Written on:April 18, 2014
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Apple News: Should Apple make Yahoo! Search the default iOS search engine? Last week, I blogged here that Apple would be well-advised to use some of its its massive accretion of cash to buy Yahoo! My reasoning? Among Apple and its two main rivals—Google and Microsoft—Apple is the only one without an Internet search engine. And since Apple is brilliant at monetizing everything it touches, an Apple-controlled Yahoo! could be…

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