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Project Sunroof uses Google Maps data to tell you if it’s worth installing solar panels on your roof

August 20th, 2015 at 5:50 pm » Comments Off

With the help of Google Maps, there is a new service called Project Sunroof that aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.

Vail Resorts uses EpicMix app to offer crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts

August 17th, 2015 at 8:27 pm » Comments Off

Vail Resorts is trying something different on its ski slopes this winter. The resort has updated its EpicMix smartphone app to offer its crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts. The app will collect data from the RFID-enabled season passes skiers carry at the resort. It’s one of the most ambitious efforts yet to bring […]

Google Search will now tell you when a restaurant or store is too busy

August 3rd, 2015 at 7:52 pm » Comments Off

Google’s new search feature shows users when local restaurants are booked up and what stores have the most foot traffic. The Google Search tweak is rolling out today on mobile for some users, and shows graphs—presumably based on geolocation from smartphones—indicating when a given venue is busiest during the day.

Data is the future of machine intelligence

July 24th, 2015 at 5:55 pm » Comments Off

Douglas Coupland: I look at apps like Grindr and Tinder and see how they’ve rewritten sex culture — by creating a sexual landscape filled with vast amounts of incredibly graphic site-specific data — and I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t an app out there that rewrites political culture in the same manner. I […]

Leonardo da Vinci would be a programmer today

July 17th, 2015 at 1:38 pm » Comments Off

Modern da Vincni – I sat quiet and still in a clean, worn armchair; a good balance between luxurious and cheap. The near absolute silence was a pleasant break from campus outside. Were it not for the electrodes taped to my head, I might have been comfortable. The television before me, much like the one […]

The 12 most influential programmers today

July 16th, 2015 at 7:47 pm » Comments Off

Richard Stallman, software freedom fighter Someone, somewhere, actually wrote the code for the apps and games you use every day.  Even the underlying platforms and hardware that those apps run on. And the web. And the entire Internet itself.  And the programming languages that people use to build this stuff first had to be written by somebody else. […]

The future of wearables

July 10th, 2015 at 9:48 pm » Comments Off

Your average wearable is good at conveying information – fitness trackers, email-alert rings, bracelets that tell you how much sun you’ve gotten - but not much more.  

Mobile game revenues will grow 16.5% in 2015, to more than $3B

February 26th, 2015 at 2:23 pm » Comments Off

According to new figures from eMarketer, US mobile game revenues—including both downloads and in-app purchases—will grow 16.5% this year to reach $3.04 billion.  

Apple’s new Swift programming language taking off with American Airlines, Getty Images, LinkedIn, and Duolingo

February 16th, 2015 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Interest in Apple’s new Swift programming language is rapidly accelerating, with iOS and OS X developers from American Airlines, Getty Images, LinkedIn and Duolingo reporting favorable impressions. NOTE: For those wanting to enter the fast moving world of mobile technology, starting April 6th, DaVinci Coders will be teaching a mobile apps course using Apple’s new Swift programming language.

How Chinese workers manipulate App Store rankings

February 12th, 2015 at 1:38 pm » Comments Off

According to a photo that has gone viral on social media in China, there are app manipulation farms, a place where devs can pay for their apps’ download numbers to be artificially inflated.

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