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



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



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



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



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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How Giphy got its start: The 2 guys behind the great GIF search engine



One afternoon in December, Giphy’s two dozen staff members gathered around a long picnic table in their Lower East Side Manhattan office for a year-in-review meeting. The multicolored Christmas lights and six packs of Shiner Bock in the spacious, ninth-floor room made for a festive vibe — as did the 3D poster of a cat dangling from a wine bottle. Alex Chung, the 40-year-old co-founder and chief executive officer, stood next to a whiteboard, scrawling numbers charting the company’s growth. “We’re the biggest Internet startup people are seeing right now,” he said. “We, like, did it.”

Giphy — that’s a hard “G” — really, like, did do it. It’s become the go-to library for GIFs, the seconds-long, looping video clips that people text when words are too hard to conjure or quick shots of a shivering Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant just better convey how cold you are; the startup reached 95 million unique visitors per month in 2015, quadruple what it did in 2014. And Giphy has become an adviser to movie studios and TV producers who want your texts to include their content, which they are turning over to editors to splice into a million little pieces. Advertisers and political campaigns are asking for advice, too, on using the technology to sell products and candidates. Read more…

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Uber is now 15% cheaper in New York City



New Yorkers, rejoice: Starting 7 a.m. Friday, Uber is slashing its prices in New York City by approximately 15%

The base fare for the company’s UberX service has dropped from $3 to $2.55, and the per minute rate has dropped from $0.40 to $0.35, while the mile rate has dropped from $2.15 to $1.75.

Furthermore, the minimum NYC fare will drop from $8 to $7. The prices for UberXL, which offers rides in minivans and SUV vehicles, have also dropped by around 15% — the base fare is now $3.85, the per minute fare is $0.50 and the per mile rate is $2.85. Minimum fare is $10.50 Read more…

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