Finding meaning in that Kanye West Twitter rant

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This podcast will distract you from your creative process.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kanye West went on a Twitter rant aimed at Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on Wednesday. Amber Rose got the last laugh with her response, and Twitter users remained captivated the whole time.

On this episode of MashTalk, we analyze how Kanye’s rant both highlights Twitter’s strengths and exposes its limitations. We also discuss Apple’s earnings and new product rumors, Facebook’s continued dominance and a very expensive marketing mistake by Microsoft Read more…

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The Java plug-in is dying, and not a moment too soon

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The death of the Java plug-in is swiftly approaching as we move toward a plug-in-free Internet.

Oracle announced its Java plug-in will be removed in the next development kit update, which does not yet have a release date. The announcement follows the trend of browsers removing plug-in support, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

“By late 2015, many browser vendors have either removed or announced timelines for the removal of standards based plug-in support, eliminating the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plug-in based technologies,” Oracle wrote in its announcement. Read more…

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What's the best way to practice iOS and Swift development?

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In this Ask A Dev, iOS engineer Eric Miller shares what it took for him to become a lean, mean, iOS and Swift development machine, as well as how he trains every day to stay that way

Like a prize fighter or competitive eater, developers have to constantly hone their coding skills if they want to vie for today’s most sought-after gigs. While some people keep their practice routines close to their chests, Miller is kind enough to share his training methods in hopes of improving the entire development community. He’ll tell you where to look for the latest projects, how to attack new assignments, and why collaboration is the key to becoming the best iOS/Swift engineer you can be. Read more…

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This kid on a snowboard being pulled by a drone is insane

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People are coming up with all kinds of crazy sports using drones, like drone racing. But a new one called “droneboarding” might just be the most ridiculous and awesome idea involving drones yet.

Droneboarding is like kiteboarding, but with a snowboard instead of a surfboard. And instead of being pulled by a power kite, you’re pulled by a drone.

As you can see in the video above posted by YouTuber Valplushka, droneboarding is crazy insane…if you’re a kid

The consumer drone that’s shown pulling the kid on a snowboard definitely isn’t strong enough to pull an adult, but one day they will be. Think of the possibilities — imagine a swarm of drones pulling people and things across the snow. Sled dogs could be out of work in the future! Read more…

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Hands on with Brave, the browser with built-in ad blocking

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Brave, the new web browser that removes ads and blocks third-party data tracking, is on its way to the public. After removing almost all “bad” ads from web pages, Brave will fill those spaces with its own “clean” ads in an effort to improve the user experience without completely canceling out ad revenue from websites.

Brendan Eich, former CEO and co-founder of Mozilla, is working with a team to develop Brave, which has yet to reach the beta stage. You can read more details about the browser here.

I got a developer version of Brave (0.7.9) for OS X and started exploring what exactly sets it apart from other browsers. Read more…

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Apple's free iTunes Radio is no more

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As announced a few weeks ago, Apple today discontinued its ad-supported iTunes Radio. Trying to open it will now redirect you to Apple Music

It’s easy to see why Apple would prefer if you signed up for the streaming service, which costs $10 per month following a free 3-month trial period. “With an Apple Music membership, listeners can access dozens of radio stations curated by our team of music experts, covering a range of genres, commercial-free with unlimited skips,” an Apple spokesperson told Mashable in January.

However, Apple still offers an ad-supported, free radio station: Beats 1 Read more…

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