Universities finally realize that Java is a bad introductory programming language


CS 106A is Stanford University’s introductory programming course. The module – which is also available to view on YouTube – introduces the fundamentals of coding in an accessible way, and lays the foundations for future growth. Throughout its existence, the course was taught using the Java programing language. Java is popular, certainly, but it’s also extremely clunky and syntactically bloated. But a new version of the course, CS 106J is based on JavaScript. According to the University website, “[CS 106J] covers the same material as CS 106A but does so using JavaScript, the most common language for implementing interactive web pages, instead…

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Samsung obliterates Twitter troll’s dick pic joke with one savage emoji


Samsung sure has some genuinely witty social media editors handling its Twitter account. As part of its Galaxy S8 promo efforts, the company took to Twitter to ask its followers to share the very first photos they’ve snapped with their new handset. Got your hands on the Galaxy S8? Show us the first photo you took. pic.twitter.com/HDTHWibR0A — SamsungMobileUS (@SamsungMobileUS) April 21, 2017 While many responded to the request and tweeted their first pics back at Samsung, one smartass decided to play it cool, taking this as an opportunity to troll the South Korean behemoth for easy retweets and likes –…

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You can still remap the Bixby button on Galaxy S8 to open Google Now


While the initial batch of reviews widely praised Samsung and the brand-new Galaxy S8 for its gorgeous design and silky smooth performance, one complaint tech aficionados across the board shared was the inability to freely remap the dedicated Bixby button to launch other apps and features. Crafty developers were quick to come with workarounds that allowed users to customize the button, but Samsung was even quicker to shut down such solutions. But it seems not all hope is gone: Developer Dave Bennet has found a new way to repurpose the Bixby button to open Google Now. The solution is a simple app that…

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These are the fastest growing developer technologies in the UK and Ireland


You can learn about about the technologies developers prefer to use (or, rather, are made to use) just by looking at data from Stack Overflow. The site allows devs to ask all sorts of questions, from the remedial to the advanced, on a range of programming languages and developer technologies. Today, the company announced the fastest growing programming languages in the UK and Ireland. No surprises here, Python was at the front, with 10 percent growth between January 1 and March 1. Close behind it were JavaScript and Java, each with an impressive ten percent growth. Occupying the fourth and…

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12 ways your landing page is making you lose potential customers


A study by Wishpond of 62 landing pages shows that a lot of B2B SaaS business landing pages are not able to convert about 87 percent of their visitors by not fulfilling certain aspects on the landing page. When looking at landing pages for the B2C market this metric even goes up to about 91 percent, measured on 80 landing pages. Landing pages are the vital organs for your SaaS business. The more qualified leads you generate, the faster you can acquire new customers.But what makes your landing page bad? Most businesses have certain thoughts that are stopping progress on…

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Eerie tech promises to copy anyone’s voice from just 1 minute of audio


I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada. Lyrebird has posted some audio examples that sound pretty convincing (listen below, and find more on this page). The company says that it doesn’t require the speaker to say the words that you’ll use the voice to speak in the audio you generate, and it’ll also be able to create…

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Don’t use email unsubscription services that sell your data – try this instead


A report from The New York Times on newly uncovered malpractice at Uber pointed to the company buying data about people’s Lyft ride usage through Unroll.me, a free service that helps you unsubscribe from email lists and newsletters. Unroll.me isn’t the only one; you’ll find others like Unsubscriber which are free, but may collect your data and transmit them to third parties. While such tools can come in handy for reducing clutter in your inbox, you may not be comfortable with companies scraping and selling data from your emails this way – or even granting the necessary access to your…

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