Month: June 2017

Y Combinator Has Gone Supernova

It may have started as an incubator, but under Sam Altman, Y Combinator is now trying to make the whole world think like a startup.

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Posted by amiller in Backchannel, Blog
Amazon Will Offer Prime Video At Half-Price In All New Markets For Six More Months

Amazon Will Offer Prime Video At Half-Price In All New Markets For Six More Months

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is leaving no stones unturned with its Prime Video, which it expanded to over 200 international markets last December. For the last six months, the company has been offering Prime Video, the sticker price of which is $5.99 or 5.99 Euro a month, at $2.99 or 2.99 Euro as part of its “introductory offer”. That introductory offer will now be valid till the end of the year, the company said. In comparison, Netflix charges over $9 every month. According to estimates from last year, Amazon Prime Video has four times as many films available for streaming.

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Posted by amiller in Blog, Movies
Blue Origin To Build Its BE-4 Rocket Engine In Alabama, Creating Hundreds of Jobs

Blue Origin To Build Its BE-4 Rocket Engine In Alabama, Creating Hundreds of Jobs

Blue Origin has recently announced its plans to manufacture the company’s new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. According to The Verge, the benefits for Blue Origin are both practical and political. From the report: On the surface, it’s a seemingly innocuous decision meant to capitalize on Huntsville’s decades-long history of rocket development. The city is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where the Saturn V rocket was developed and where NASA’s future massive deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System, will also be worked on. Plus, many private space contractors are based in Huntsville, making spaceflight a key part of the city’s economy and a huge jobs creator. It’s why Huntsville has been nicknamed Rocket City. But the move is most likely motivated by politics as well, given Blue Origin’s plans for the BE-4. The company ultimately hopes to use seven BE-4 engines to power its future massive rocket called the New Glenn, which is supposed to launch sometime before 2020. But that’s not the only rocket that the BE-4 could fly on. The United Launch Alliance — a company responsible for launching most of the satellites for the U.S. military — is developing a new rocket called Vulcan, and it needs new U.S.-made engines for the vehicle. Blue Origin’s move to Huntsville will supposedly generate 342 jobs at the new facility, with salaries averaging $75,000, reports The Verge. Given the city’s history, the company should have no problem finding aerospace experts in the area. The only problem that could arise would be if ULA doesn’t select the BE-4 as the Vulcan’s main engine. “ULA is also considering a second option in case the BE-4 doesn’t work out: an engine being developed by longtime manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne called the AR-1,” reports The Verge. “Aerojet is only meant to be Plan B for ULA. But it has one advantage that Blue Origin didn’t have until now: it’s building its engine in Huntsville, Alabama — and that comes with some very key political protection.”

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Posted by amiller in Blog, space

FAQ: How to get the macOS ‘High Sierra’ public beta

Within days, Apple will release the first public beta of macOS High Sierra, the desktop operating system slated for a fall debut.

The beta will let anyone with a Mac — including workers with their BYOD MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, and IT admins responsible for supporting Apple’s OS — try out the upgrade, test application compatibility and explore its new features and functionality.

If the past is any predictor, as many as 3 million Mac owners worldwide — the number estimated to have downloaded and installed last year’s public beta of macOS Sierra — will give High Sierra a go before Apple taps it as done.

But Apple runs its public beta program a lot differently than does Microsoft, the enterprise king. We have the proof: Questions about everything from release cadence to support. With answers, naturally.

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7 keys to structuring your Node.js app

Node.js is catching up quickly with Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net as a preferred language for developing new web applications. The Node.js team is making the JavaScript runtime better, faster, and more rock solid with each passing day. And the user community is growing at a rapid clip.

As adoption continues to rise, more and more developers will climb the Node.js learning curve, confronting similar problems and coding similar functionalities. Thankfully, the Node.js community has come to the rescue with frameworks and design patterns that not only solve common problems, but also help in structuring applications.

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