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The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with a new coupon code for ZoomHash and current pricing information on 4/16/2014]
Cirque du Mac 2014 was our 11th party at the trade show now known as Macworld/iWorld. We did of course, use the excuse of "11" to go with a Spinal Tap theme, and this party definitely turned it up a notch. These photographs of the Macworld All Star Band—including, Dave Hamilton, Chris Breen, Paul Kent, Bob LeVitus, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous, and Duane Straub—were taken by Jim Tanous of TekRevue.
TOO MANY AWESOME PROJECTS ON KICKSTARTER! First world problems, right? I found another awesome one today called Pi-Bot that will let you get your nerd totally on. This is a kit that lets you build a robot powered by a technology called Arduino (not related to the Raspberry Pi that is also popular with robotics). The robot is aimed at education, but, you know, it's a robot. The project is being resented by Melissa Jawaharlal, and she's already passed her goal of US$70,000 with six days to go. There are multiple funding options that include various kits, but the Pi-Bot itself is $75. That's a super cool price for a super cool kit to make a learning robot. A frakking robot! Check it out.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another corporate purchase, a UK voice recognition firm called Novauris. Apple confirmed it without specifying terms or the purpose to which it will put Novauris, but it's a fair bet that Siri is its name-o.
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I've long seen Siri as Apple's slow motion leapfrog of existing computing paradigms, and I expect the service to grow and to morph into something that does far, far more than it does today. Acquisitions like this one will play a big role in helping Apple advance that agenda, and I expect to see more in the relatively near future.
I have a deal on a bundle of training courses that will teach you how to make games for iOS (and Android, but it's mainly iOS), and it has proven to be very, very popular. It's called "The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle," and includes an introduction to the Unity3D engine, how to use Stency to create 2D games, an HTML 5 game development course for beginners, how to make clones of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush (I recommend those for instructional purposes only—be creative!), Creating iOS Games For Beginners, and Learn Android App Development From Scratch. That's a lot of courses, and they retail for $989. You ca get it for $49 through our deal, which expires in 12 days, so giddy up!
Apple told a jury on Tuesday that Samsung didn't just copy Apple's intellectual property, but that deliberately copying the iPhone was part of Samsung's "development process." The accusation came during Apple's opening statements in the second big patent infringement trial between the two companies.
Apple released X.2 updates for its iWork suite for the Mac on Tuesday. Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 include a host of improvements and changes, including new templates, new effects and transitions, and support for the new "view only" setting for documents you share on iCloud that was released earlier on Tuesday.
Apple released Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks on Tuesday, an update that includes both bug fixes and feature improvements. The company added the ability to turn off Push notifications for a particular site, and it fixed a problem stopping some notifications from arriving. The release also improves search functionality within Safari, and it improved credit card autofill.
Square announced on Monday that the company was adding support for Bitcoin to Square Market, the company's online storefront. The system allows users to choose to pay with Bitcoins, but Merchants get paid immediately in U.S. dollars.