"A new poll reveals that 60% of Britons long to be an author. It can be a good life, for sure – but could they handle the insecurity, loneliness and paranoia?"
"Today Swift 1.2 was released as part of Xcode 6.3 beta. This beta release includes a significantly enhanced Swift compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language itself. For the complete list of changes, read the release notes. This blog post will focus on the highlights."
"The Silver compiler, currently in beta, compiles Swift programs to run in the .NET and Java runtimes. It can also produce native binaries to run on OS X. With Silver, Swift developers can share their business logic and non-interface code across the different platforms."
"Microsoft says the companies have settled a contract dispute over Android patent-licensing but offers no specifics about the terms."
"As the recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year 2015 award, Bob Dylan delivered a 30-minute acceptance speech that was equal parts riveting, confessional and controversial. During the speech, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend thanked his many supporters and the artists who covered and spread the message of his work, while also singling out his "detractors" with sharply prepared barbs."
"The grocery chain tops a list of the 100 most visible companies in Harris Poll’s 16th annual Reputation Quotient Study. It beat out such giants as Apple and Google to secure the top spot."
"On Tuesday, the company delivered on two of those promises, adding the ability to send a private message to a group as well as adding a video recorder that allows users to shoot, edit and post video directly from Twitter’s mobile apps. (Last week, the company fulfilled another promise, adding a feature for iOS users called Recap that shows top tweets that you missed since your last login.)"
"If you want to build iOS apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, Stanford University can help. Its first Swift course is now available to download for free from iTunes U."
"Each summer budding authors flock to writing workshops like Clarion, Clarion West, and Odyssey, which help prepare students for a career in fantasy and science fiction by offering them the chance to work closely with established pros in the field. For many students, the experience proves invaluable, giving them the tools they need to finally break into magazines like Lightspeed after years of trying."
"Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels."
"Has Microsoft suddenly pushed us into the age of "Star Trek" and "Minority Report"? For those confused about what's actually going on with the company's new head-mounted gadget, here's the rundown."
"It's the end of an era... kinda. Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Consumer Preview in Redmond today and, with it, a new browser codenamed Spartan. This replaces Internet Explorer as the default Windows browser, and it represents the future of Microsoft's browser development."
"iOS 8 has been out for a few months now, but these four tips will save you time and energy on tasks you do on a daily basis. "
"The smallest version of the Ubuntu operating system, Snappy Ubuntu Core, is now opening up to smart devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Builders of drones, robots and smart-home kit will be able to develop, simulate and run their devices using the software, with an app store for customers to update and improve their devices on an ongoing basis."
"Whether a particular computer program is “intelligent,” as opposed to simply being “useful,” is arguably an unanswerable question. But computer scientists have nonetheless been asking it ever since 1950, when Alan Turing wrote “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” and proposed his now-famous test. The test is like a chat session, except the human doesn’t know if it’s a computer or a fellow person on the other end. A computer that can fool the human can be adjudged to be intelligent or, as Turing put it, “thinking.”"
"The company said Friday that it was donating for public use several powerful tools for computers, including the means to go through huge amounts of data, looking for common elements of information. The products, used in a so-called neural network of machines, can speed pattern recognition by up to 23.5 times, Facebook said."
"The Echo is one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever seen for the power of voice control, of talking to our gadgets the way we talk to each other. It’s also a powerful and infuriating reminder of its limitations, of how long the road to our robotic future really is. Alexa’s going to turn out just fine, I think, but she’s got some growing up to do."