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DZone Weekly Link Round-up (June 3)

06.03.2014
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NEWS

TL;DR: All the News You Need from WWDC 

From OS X Yosemite to iOS 8, Homekit to swift, Wired.com rounds up all the news out of the WWDC.

Samsung Launches Industry’s First Tizen Smartphone – the Samsung Z 
Samsung Electronics today introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3rd. 
Google Invests in Satellites to Spread Internet Access

"Google Inc. plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the globe, people familiar with the project said, hoping to overcome financial and technical problems that thwarted previous efforts."

GENERAL

Introducing Swift 

At the WWDC on Monday, June 2, Apple announced a new programming language for developing iOS applications. Here's a bit more information about it.
5 Programming Language Infographics
An interesting, visually appealing peek into the history of programming, popularity of programming languages and other topics.

The Internet with a Human Face 

"I've come to believe that a lot of what's wrong with the Internet has to do with memory. The Internet somehow contrives to remember too much and too little at the same time, and it maps poorly on our concepts of how memory should work."

HUMOR

Comics That Ask "What if?" 

XKCD's Randall Monroe gives a TED Talk addressing the "what if's" he receives on a daily basis. "In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something."

What Programmers Say vs. What Programmers Mean 

"IMHO" = "You are wrong."

NERDY

Raptor Robot Runs at 28.58 mph, faster than any human  

Whether this is nerdy or terrifying is still up in the air, but in any event it IS really cool. "Inspired by dinosaurs, Raptor is a fast-running biped robot developed by the MSC Lab at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). It has two under-actuated legs and a tail inspired by velociraptors, providing stability over high obstacles."

Graphing the Distribution of English Letters 

"I became curious about how letters are placed in English while doing many different, often quick, sometimes pointless, pattern analyses of letters for a wide variety of reasons," the author of this blog posits, then proceeds to produce some interesting data visualizations of English letters' distribution in the beginning, middle and ending of words.
Published at DZone with permission of its author, Whitney Baker.

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