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Man Buys 99 iPhone 6s to Propose to Girlfriend, Gets Rejected

Originally posted on TIME:

If you’re planning an elaborate proposal, you should probably know the girl is going to say “yes.”

That was not the case for one Chinese programmer, Sina Technology reports. The unnamed man decided to spend two years of savings on 99 iPhone 6s—costing an estimated $85,000—arrange them in the shape of a heart, and then very publicly propose to his girlfriend.

And… she reportedly said no.

Maybe if he had sprung for the iPhone 6 Plus…

The proposal came right in time for China’s Singles’ Day — a holiday that falls on 11/11 — which many Chinese bachelors celebrate by online shopping, and ending their single-dom.

It’s probably safe to assume this newly single programmer will not be buying himself an iPhone.

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Android User Takes Apple To Federal Court Over Undelivered Text Messages

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple will soon face a federal lawsuit brought on by a woman named Adrienne Moore, who, like many former iPhone users who have switched to Android, is upset that she did not receive text messages after switching from iPhone to Android. She is seeking unspecified damages, and to make the lawsuit a class action.

Since the release of iOS 5, Apple has experienced issues with users not receiving text messages after switching from iMessage on an iPhone to an Android device. iMessage works by sending messages over the users data plan, theoretically saving that user money on text messages. If a message fails to go through on iMessage, it’s supposed to default back to text message.

Moore is far from the only person to go through this issue. In fact, Apple recently released a web tool to help users switch from iOS to Android, and prevent this from happening to…

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The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Peter Yared is the founder and CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive.

It seems as though everyone in tech today is infatuated with the full-stack developer. Full stack may have been possible in the Web 2.0 era, but a new generation of startups is emerging, pushing the limits of virtually all areas of software. From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack.

When I first started programming computers as a kid in the pre-mobile, pre-web late 1970s/early 1980s, a single person typically wrote a complete software program from start to finish, and there weren’t many other layers of software between the programmer and the hardware. Using assembly language was the norm for programmers trying to squeeze more performance and space out…

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You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it?

You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There is no cure.

The panoply of options available to developers today is ridiculous. We’re choking on a cornucopia. Over the last few years I’ve been paid to write Java, Objective-C, C, C++, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP (sorry) backed by various flavors of SQL/key-value/document datastores (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, BigTable, Redis, Memcached, etc.) Do I feel good about this? Good God, no. Mostly I just feel guilty that I haven’t done anything with Erlang, Clojure, Rust, Go, C#, Scala, Haskell, Julia, Scheme, Swift, or OCaml.

I’m a victim of

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Yummly’s cooking app is now available to Android-owning home chefs

Originally posted on Gigaom:

If you like to cook with your smartphone or tablet, you’ve always been better off owning an iOS device where recipe and cooking apps tend to gravitate. But popular recipe search engine Yummly has made the jump to Google’s operating system, acknowledging the fact millions of Android users gotta eat too.

Yummly isn’t just an aggregator of recipes from popular cooking sites on the web, it’s also a semantic search engine for food that lets you tailor your menu to specific nutritional requirements, cuisines and even your own personal tastes for salty and sweet, spicy and bitter. It parses individual recipes for food data, and personalizes its recommendations based on your cooking history.

The iOS app has already been a big hit for Yummly. In the 12 months since its iPhone app launch, its iOS apps have been downloaded 3.5 million, and it’s grown in monthly unique visitors from 10…

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Why we need a secular sabbath

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity; that’s why wise souls from every tradition have spoken of it. “All the unhappiness of men,” the seventeenth-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted, “arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.” After Admiral Richard E. Byrd spent nearly five months alone in a shack in the Antarctic, in temperatures that sank to 70 degrees below zero, he emerged convinced that “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” Or, as they sometimes say around Kyoto, “Don’t just do something. Sit…

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