Pope Corrects Israeli Leader: Actually, Jesus Did Not Speak Hebrew

Originally posted on TIME:

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One minute into Benjamin Netanyahu’s sit down with Pope Francis on Monday, the Israeli prime minster found himself eating his words—words about Jesus, no less.

“Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew,” Netanyahu said, discussing the strong connection between Judaism and Christianity.

Pope Francis looked up and slightly pointed his finger. “Aramaic,” he corrected.

Netanyahu quickly recovered: “He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew.”

The correction was gentle, even playful—typical Pope Francis style. Everyone smiled and laughed.

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Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Kate Ray is the technical cofounder of scroll kit, a visual webpage creation tool that was recently acquired by WordPress.com. 

One of the most dangerous things I’ve seen happen to people who are just starting to code is being told that it’s easy.

Here’s what your brain does:

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Drawing by me. (I am better at coding than drawing.)

Most programming doesn’t require a special brain, but it’s more frustrating and messier than anyone lets on. There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code. They rarely mention the tedium of getting your environment set up (which, trust me, even the nicest of your programmer friends don’t want to help you with, because that stuff is mad frustrating and nobody remembers how they did it).

They don’t tell you that a lot…

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Stage5 nears Kickstarter goal for combo mobile charging dock and vibration speaker

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Vibration speakers, or surface transducers, have been around for quite awhile now. Stick one on a table or a window or any flat surface, and it turns that surface into a speaker — the sound quality can be quite poor, depending on the surface material and size, but you can find the principle applied to gadgets from the Rock-It to, er, this thing.

Now a London-based outfit called Rocket Sound Systems has come up with a solid-looking aluminum device called the Stage5, which combines the vibration speaker concept with that of a smartphone or tablet charging dock. I think it’s rather clever, not only because it makes more use of the dock’s desktop real estate, but also because it has features that can be controlled from the Stage5 app.

One of those features is an equalizer. I’d want to hear the thing in action before passing judgment on…

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Nine Ways to Build Your Own Social Network

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities. These up-and-coming companies provide so-called “white label” social networking platforms that enable their customers to build their own social networks (often from scratch) and to tailor those networks to a range of purposes.

The idea of white labeling a network is to make the platform provider as invisible as possible to the social network’s users and to brand the network with the builder’s identity or intent. While definitions of “social networking” may vary, social networks are primarily defined by member profiles and some sort of user generated content.

There are roughly three types of companies that have emerged in the space of white label social networking. The first provides hosted, do-it-yourself solutions with…

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China’s Fast-Growing Android Phone Maker, Xiaomi, Launches An iPad Mini Competitor

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China’s Xiaomi has announced its first tablet, expanding a device portfolio that has been focused on selling lots of smartphones running its MIUI Android firmware. The announcement confirms earlier rumours that a Xiaomi slate was incoming.

Prior to today, Xiaomi was also selling its own wi-fi routers and set-top boxes — as well as offloading plush toy merchandise to its army of teenage fans — but the addition of a tablet to its portfolio fills an obvious gap for consumers.

It is also potentially a big opportunity for Xiaomi, with the Android tablet space still not dominated by any one device in the way that Apple’s iPad has dominated the category.

Indeed, that’s something that company founder, Lei Jun, who has been dubbed the ‘Steve Jobs of China’, played up in comments made today at the Beijing launch event for the new Mi tablet — where he reportedly said: “We hope to put pressure on Apple.”

Specs…

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Get Listed in Kuwait’s Largest Startup Resource Directory

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Are you a web or an app developer? A designer? A business advisor? A lawyer? An investor?

Are you interested in offering your services to startups but don’t know how to reach them? Well how about you let them find you instead? 

As active members of the startup community in Kuwait we realize how fragmented the market is. We always hear great ideas from people who can’t find the right technical team to build the product. We also know people who have amazing apps and websites but have no clue how to monetize it. So we decided to take action, by connecting people and helping them build awesome startups!

As a first step we are launching a Start Up Resource Directory, a compilation of all local services available for startups. Think of it as a bridge between your SME (or if you’re a big company that caters to the needs…

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Crazy Oculus Game Has One Player Defuse A Bomb While Everyone Else Shouts Instructions

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Aaaand in this weekend’s edition of “Crazy Games Made Possible By Virtual Reality”: here’s Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.

The premise: you and everyone in the room are part of a bomb disposal team. You’ve found a bomb that is already ticking down, and you’re preparing to defuse it… but you need help.

One player, wearing an Oculus Rift, is responsible for interacting with the bomb. By bringing a Razer Hydra controller into the mix, the Oculus-wearing player is able to bring their hands into the game to emulate things like cutting wires, pushing buttons, and manipulating the bomb.

The catch? There’s no one way to defuse every bomb. The series of steps you need to follow (Cut the blue wire! Punch in “1987” on the keypad!) changes with each playthrough — and that’s where everyone else comes in.

Everyone not wearing a headset is responsible for tearing through…

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Discontinued Windows XP Still No. 2 Desktop OS After Windows7, Windows 8 Lagging Far Behind

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On the eve of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference, the folks at Statcounter have published a snapshot of the challenge that Microsoft faces to get its users to adopt its current and future products over its legacy systems. According to the research firm, in the month of March Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS held on to its place as the world’s most popular desktop operating system, with the OS installed on nearly 55% of all machines surveyed. Windows XP, which Microsoft has said it will stop supporting by April 8, is at a firm number two with 18.6% of all installations.

Meanwhile, Windows 8, the integrated OS that Microsoft has been promoting since last year, remains a distant fourth at 7.9% of installs, with Apple’s MacOSX sandwiched between with 8.6% of all desktops. Even if you add in installations of the Windows 8 update, Windows 8.1, you still get less than 14%…

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iPhone 6 “Air” Concept Imagines A Return To The Glass Back Design

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A new take on the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6 from an independent designer provides a look at what we might expect from a thinner, larger-screened, next-generation device. This latest one is the most recent in a spate of design takes by Martin Hajek on potential future Apple products and is commissioned by French blog NWE based on recently leaked sketches, which may or may not be authentic. However close this is to what we actually see in September when the next iPhone is likely unveiled, it’s a fun look at what might come next.

iPhone-6-CBAs you can see, this design embraces the glass back Apple did away with on the iPhone 5 in favor of an aluminum enclosure. The edges are matte metal, however, and the key feature here is the nearly edge-to-edge display and the ultra-thin design. It’s sort of like a cross between the new iPad mini with Retina…

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iPhone 6 screens reportedly start production in May, coming in large and XL

April Fools’ 2014: The Round-Up Of The Best

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s that time of year again, friends. The day when “up” becomes “down”, lies become truth, dogs become people, and when the Internet becomes a liiiittle bit unbearable for a day or so.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Yay.

As is something of a tradition around these parts, we’re keeping a big running list of the best (/worst?) of today’s gags from around the vast Internets. Check back throughout the day for the new stuff, as it comes in.

Google:

Always cutting edge, Google actually decided to get the ball rolling with their April Fools’ day stuff yesterday. (Screw it! Lets start April Fools’ day in February. You know what I like to say? ABF. Always be foolin’.)

Pokémon Challenge:

Yesterday morning, The Google Maps’ team tugged at the heart strings of every geek around the world by debuting a video teaser for a video game they’ll never actually release:…

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Article: Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all

Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/31/5566854/pokemon-google-maps-april-fools-2014

With Boom Beach, Supercell guns for a third smash hit — and it’s already at No. 2

Take a moment today to say thanks for Arduino

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Last year, Michael Shiloh, an engineer, tinkerer and lecturer at Bay Area colleges, co-taught an advanced architecture class at California College of the Arts that posed an unusual challenge to students: build a non-standard 3D printer in just one semester.

The class, which was by no means composed of traditional engineering students, came up with some interesting answers. One extruded clay, while another dripped solvent onto foam to create shapes. Another was affixed to the back of a hexapod robot:

“They succeeded in building these machines in one semester,” Shiloh said. “They exceeded my expectations wildly.”

Shiloh attributed part of the students’ success to Arduino, the credit-card-sized prototyping platform on which the bots ran, and which today is celebrating its ninth birthday.

Ten years ago, it would have been a little bit crazy to ask an architecture student to build a robot. Shiloh, who is the education coordinator for Arduino, said…

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Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

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We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook’s mission has changed. While once it was solely “to make the world more open and connected”, it’s expanded to also “give people the power to share.” And nothing is too crazy if it brings Facebook one step closer to that goal.

If you squint, the strategy looks a lot like the mantra of Facebook’s early days, “Move fast and break things,” but on a much more grandiose scale. Back in the 2000s, Facebook wasn’t afraid to launch sweeping new features like News Feed to the entire user base at once or overhaul privacy without warning, even if it had to apologize and back-track.

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But as Facebook approached its IPO, something changed. All thoughts seemed to turn to monetization. The product itself…

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A Brief History Of Oculus

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The Story of Oculus…
The Beginning of the Virtual Reality World begins now….

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Less than two years ago, Oculus raised 2.5 million dollars on Kickstarter.

Yesterday, they were acquired by Facebook for $2 billion.

To write the words “A Brief History Of Oculus” is a bit funny — because really, the company’s very existence has been brief. From the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to their massive acquisition, just 601 days had passed.

The company has definitely generated its fair share of buzz in its short lifespan — and yet, many, many people are hearing about the team for the very first time this week.

For those people, and for everyone who might’ve missed some details along the way, here’s their story so far.

Early Days:

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Around the age of 15, Palmer Luckey started to fall in love with the concept of virtual reality.

By day, he attended classes at the local community college. By night, he was the founder and admin of…

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Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards

Hi there everyone !

Well yes I just opened my e-mail now and I found this following message came from GameSpot:

GDC Awards Show

”GameSpot takes you down the red carpet twice in one night. Grab yourself a front row seat for the Independent Games Festival and then sit tight for the Game Developers Choice Awards. Will your favorite games and developers be honored during this distinguished double bill? Join our livestream at 6:30pm PDT and you’ll be among the first to know.”

Aren’t you excited ?!?! Tune in !!!

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