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ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides analysis of web products and trends. One of the world's top 20 blogs, ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.

ReadWriteWeb was founded on April 20, 2003 by Richard MacManus and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It is written by a team of Web enthusiasts.

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    Why Do Some Old Programming Languages Never Die?

    1st September 2014 17:01

    Many of today’s most well-known programming languages are old enough to vote. PHP is 20. Python is 23. HTML is 21. Ruby and JavaScript are 19. C is a whopping 42 years old. Nobody could have predicted this. Not even computer scientist Brian Kernighan, co-author of the very first book on C, which is still being printed today. (The language itself was the work of Kernighan's co-author Dennis Ritchie, who passed away in 2011.)“I dimly recall a conversation early on with…

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    Proof That Instagram's Hyperlapse App Makes Everyone's Videos Better

    1st September 2014 16:02

    <em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Creative-Hyperlapse-Videos-35580606">PopSugar Tech</a>.</em>Instagram has been an outlet for photographic and video storytelling since it was first introduced, and though we've seen new photo apps to make your Instas shine come and go over the past few years, none have been quite as hyped up as the latest and maybe greatest—Hyperlapse.The user-friedly app from Instagram itself has simplified the process of producing sleek, smooth, and creative high-quality time-lapse videos. Check…

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    Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

    1st September 2014 11:06

    The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by mikecogh: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5863997874/)What Apple Must Bite IntoThe technology is one thing.…

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    The Secret To Hiring Great Developers Is Hiding In Plain Sight

    1st September 2014 09:40

    Everyone wants to hire more engineers, including you, driving software salaries through the roof. Unfortunately, it's very likely that you don't have the slightest clue how to recruit well.Take heart. While your ability to spot real talent in an interview may be weak, open source makes it relatively easy to see who can actually code, and who simply knows how to answer useless, abstruse questions. Engineering SuccessFinding great technical talent is important. In fact, in a world increasingly run by developers, I'd…

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    Watch Out: Mobile Search Will Make Facebook Stalking Easier Than Ever

    29th August 2014 20:08

    You may want to take a quick gander through your entire Facebook history, because Facebook is testing a feature that makes your status updates searchable on mobile. And I bet there are some updates you just wouldn’t want to be found.The feature isn't entirely new; Facebook began making all your updates searchable on the Web last year as part of its Graph Search function. That uses Facebook’s massive social database to churn out results to highly specific queries like, “Friends who…

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    Google Challenges Amazon's Drone Delivery Program With Project Wing

    29th August 2014 16:22

    Google has been secretly testing delivery by drone, the company announced Thursday.A team of engineers at Google X, the technology company’s long-range research lab, safely carried out more than 30 1-kilometer test flights this month. The deliveries, consisting of items ranging from a chocolate bar to first aid, took place in Queensland, Australia to avoid the Federal Aviation Administration’s strict U.S. restrictions on drones.See also: Why Commercial Drones Are Stuck In Regulatory LimboNow that Amazon has almost convinced the world…

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    What Sort Of Man Shares Playboy? (He Friends His Mom On Facebook)

    29th August 2014 15:31

    Playboy relaunched its website on Wednesday, and one thing's for sure. This isn't your grandpappy's gentleman's magazine. Well, obviously. It's on the Internet—as opposed to a moldy box in the garage or hastily stuffed under your mattress where you shamefully hope Mom doesn't find it. As such, Playboy.com is ready for its Facebook close-up, fully clothed and safe-for-work (or SFW, as the kids say). Just in case you want to share its family-friendly content on any social network where Mom might…

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    Friday Fun: Build Your First Chrome Extension

    29th August 2014 15:01

    Google Chrome is the most popular Web browser in the world. Part of its appeal comes from its ability to let you fully customize your browsing experience with a slew of extensions. Extensions are small, lightweight programs that personalize your Chrome installation with new features. You’ve probably already downloaded an extension or two. But did you know it’s almost as easy to build your own? Chrome extensions are written in a relatively beginner-friendly language—JavaScript—and require only two files to function.…

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    How Twitch And YouTube Are Making Video Games A Big Business

    29th August 2014 14:01

    Mark this moment: Watching people play video games has become a big business, with Amazon, Google, Disney, and others vying for a piece of the action.Call it livestream gaming: Top players record themselves playing popular titles and delivering commentary—or compete against each other in big, live, arena-style events. By turning video games from a solitary living-room obsession into shared events, livestream gaming is letting advertisers tap into a hard-to-reach demographic of mostly young men.The Game Is AfootThat means a huge influx…

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    Why Doesn't Your Government Run Like This?

    29th August 2014 13:02

    Imagine your company got a 90% approval rating on its latest app. You'd be rich, right? Now imagine that your government got a 90% approval rating on anything, like passport approval or paying a parking violation or ... well, anything.No, really. Stop laughing.In the UK, a slew of changes to how technology is delivered has upended decades of dissatisfaction with government services. So much so, in fact, that one recent service upgrade netted a 90% approval rating from citizens.What's going…

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    ALS Charity Drops "Ice Bucket Challenge" Trademark Attempt

    29th August 2014 10:15

    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch takes the Ice Bucket ChallengeThe ALS Association's attempt to trademark the phrase "Ice Bucket Challenge" met with a chilly response from Internet critics. It has now withdrawn its applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  On Friday, the ALS Association announced that since July 29, it has received more than $109.9 million in donations—a 3504% increase from the $2.8 million it received during same time period last year. Those invited to participate in the in…

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    Apple Might Tap Old Tech For Mobile Payments

    29th August 2014 09:07

    I rarely buy things in stores with cash anymore. Between mobile apps and credit cards, there’s very little need.Apple reportedly wants to streamline that experience even further—by using a technology many had given up for dead.  Wired's sources tell it that the iPhone maker is putting NFC wireless chips in its next new smartphone, presumably to allow for mobile payments. The Financial Times says that Apple is working with NXP, a Dutch chipmaker which already supplies some components to Apple.If that's…

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    Our Growing Obsession With Screens Is Killing Our Brains

    28th August 2014 18:47

    Paperback readers, rejoice! It turns out reading books on e-readers doesn’t give your brain the same experience as those paper books gathering dust on your bookshelf.A new study by European researchers found that recollection of plot points and story lines were “significantly” worse for readers who read on a Kindle versus a paperback book, the Guardian reports. Fifty readers were given a mystery book to read; half were given a Kindle, and the other half, a paperback. The researchers, led…

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    Apple Confirms: It's Holding An Event On September 9

    28th August 2014 17:53

    Apple confirmed that it will be holding a special event on September 9 in its hometown of Cupertino, Calif. The company's coy teaser, "Wish we could say more," leaves us wondering what we can expect here. If rumors hold true, we'll see new iPhones (which may include NFC mobile payments), iOS updates and even the long-awaited and hotly-debated Apple wearable device. 

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    Ahead Of The iWatch, Apple Has Given HealthKit A Workout

    28th August 2014 14:02

    ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.When Apple first unveiled HealthKit, its software for weaving together fitness apps, wearables, and iPhones, there were more breathless exclamations than you'd find in your average SoulCycle workout.I was quick to deflate the hype around HealthKit, pointing out that the skimpy specs and documentation Apple released this summer showed that it was geared around fairly specific medical tasks, like recording a body-temperature reading from your armpit—not the…