4 Cool Things You Can Do With Wappwolf and ifttt

4 Cool Things You Can Do With Wappwolf and ifttt

Wappwolf and ifttt are a bit like the chocolate and peanut butter in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Separate, they’re pretty good. Together, though, is when the magic happens.

For folks new to the services, Wappwolf is an application that performs actions when you drop a file into your Dropbox. ifttt, on the other hand, can interact with websites…

Microsoft Uses RICO Laws To Take Down Zeus Command Servers

Microsoft Uses RICO Laws To Take Down Zeus Command Servers

The next time representatives from Microsoft come knocking on your door, it may be to actually seize your servers. And it is all legit, thanks to the RICO laws. The interesting thing is it is part of its digital crime efforts to disrupt botnet operators. On Friday, Microsoft staffers entered two hosting providers, one in Illinois and one in…

What SendHub Learned Building a Single-Page Backbone.js App

What SendHub Learned Building a Single-Page Backbone.js App

SendHub has put up a post on things its developers learned in rebuilding the front-end of its Web site as a single-page application with Backbone.js. This includes everything from template rendering to “avoiding a zombie apocalypse.”

The company decided to give SendHub.com a facelift because “the site looked a bit dated, and it just didn’t feel as…

NASA Launches Global Hackathon Challenge

NASA Launches Global Hackathon Challenge

NASA is inviting all citizens of planet Earth to take part in a two-day coding marathon next month. Called the International Space Apps Challenge, the idea is to develop software for various purposes to support NASA’s mission. It is open to just about anyone interested, including “engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators…

Nervous Medical Students Await Next Week’s Match Day

Nervous Medical Students Await Next Week’s Match Day

Imagine looking for a job at the same exact time that everyone else is doing it, and you have to adhere to rigid interviewing and application standards. Now imagine that to get the job you have to be matched with your prospective employer by a national computer system. The program is designed to take into account your preferences and your…

Pushing the 3D Boundaries in WebKit with CSS 3D and Three.js

Pushing the 3D Boundaries in WebKit with CSS 3D and Three.js

Sometimes, you need to see what a technology can do before you can fully appreciate it. Take, for instance, CSS 3D and Three.js. It’s one thing to hear about doing 3D elements for Web sites, and another to see them integrated into a well-designed site. Take, for example, Steven Wittens’ Acko.net redesign.

Visit Acko.net using a current release…

Create an HTML5 Game, Win $30k and a Trip to GDC/SF

Create an HTML5 Game, Win $30k and a Trip to GDC/SF

We bring in the new year with a new Pokki developer contest. Like the one we mentioned in October, you have a chance to win 30 large. But this one has an extra bonus with an all-expenses paid trip to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next spring. All you have to do is build a new game in HTML5 and other Web technologies (but not using…

Create Subway Maps with jQuery Plugin

Create Subway Maps with jQuery Plugin

There’s something very appealing about the design of the London Underground (PDF) Tube maps. The design has spawned plenty of spinoffs, and is in demand for all types of projects. If you’re looking to include something similar in your own project, Nik Kalyani has produced a jQuery plugin that you can use to create your own.

Tales of Extreme Coding: Shark Week at BrightTag

Tales of Extreme Coding: Shark Week at BrightTag

A blog post from the coders at BrightTag this week is instructive in how they responded to a “shark week.” No, it wasn’t giving all the developers time off to watch the popular Discovery Channel series (that doesn’t mean I can’t borrow their icon), but an opportunity to improve the performance of their code. The results were impressive: they cut…

A New Kaggle Contest for Kinect

A New Kaggle Contest for Kinect

In addition to the official Kinect Accelerator program we wrote about last month, data crowdsourcing contest site Kaggle today announced a new challenge around Kinect as well.

Kaggle hosts cash prize competitions for people to play with data and come up with various solutions. The contests are calls for hacks that jailbreak fundamental models…

Coding in the Cloud With Just an iPad

Coding in the Cloud With Just an iPad

Mark O’Connor, a Munich-based programmer, recently swapped out his laptop for an iPad and tried an experiment to see if coding in the cloud could be a viable option for a developer. The results of his experiment are posted here on his blog and they make for interesting reading. In short, he easily made the transition, and is never going back. And…

Siri, Pour Me a Beer!

Siri, Pour Me a Beer!

The history of nerds automating their potables goes back a long way, even before claims about who invented the Internet. The latest chapter has been written by the geeks from RedPepper. They have invented Beeri, the first Siri interface for pouring a beer. Or, as its creators say, “the thought leader of beer pouring.” This is just the latest…

New Stuxnet Variants Are Found in Europe

New Stuxnet Variants Are Found in Europe

The same Symantec team that cracked Stuxnet has found new variations on the same theme in packet captures from European networks. They published a blog entry and a full report that analyzes what the impacts of the virus would be, since the exploit isn’t quite a finished product yet, and not all pieces of the exploit have been recovered. It is well…

Top 6 Dumbest Hacks of All Time

Top 6 Dumbest Hacks of All Time

Alan Wlasuk, CEO of 403 Web Security, has compiled a list of the top six dumbest hacks of all time. While hackers can be dangerous, Alan shows that not every hacker is a brilliant mastermind. Think of the always amusing Darwin Awards pictured in our icon at left. With many of these exploits, the hacker left unintended clues in their code to make…

Build an HTML5 App, Win $30K

Build an HTML5 App, Win $30K

Yes, another contest (we aren’t affiliated, just like to spread the word). This one is from Pokki. You have until November 15th to submit your HTML5 app and have it approved for posting on their app store. Pokki is a desktop app platform that combines an interface, a development framework and an app store together into one package.

Teams of up to…

Foursquare Holds Hackathon Weekend

Foursquare Holds Hackathon Weekend

This past weekend groups of developers gathered across the world for Foursquare’s two-day global hackathon. Officially taking in place in New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris and unofficially in numerous other places, thousands of programmers built various add-on location-based apps which you can now vote on for your favorites here.

The…

Carnegie Mellon Team Wins Yahoo Open Hack Contest

Carnegie Mellon Team Wins Yahoo Open Hack Contest

In news that will no doubt make our Pittsburgh-based COO Sean Ammirati swell with local pride, the Carnegie Mellon University team D1W (couldn’t they think of a less geeky name) took the $10,000 first place prize in this week’s Yahoo Open Hack All Stars contest. (The team is pictured at left.) In 24 hours, the team produced a prototype…

Viadeo Launches Developer Contest With $20,000 Prize

Viadeo Launches Developer Contest With $20,000 Prize

We’ve written before about Viadeo, a business-oriented social network. Today they announced opening up their API and to get folks interested, they are starting a contest for the best app developed on their platform. The contest will run until October 14, and the top winner will receive 10 large plus a year of free service on their site.

Build Your Own iPad-based Oscilloscope

Build Your Own iPad-based Oscilloscope

James Turner writes in this month’s IEEE Spectrum of a neat project, and if you are looking for something to do over the long weekend it could be a fun one too: how to turn your iPad into a fully-functioning oscilloscope, and one that you take with you to impress your friends and be the uber-nerdy hit at parties too.

There are separate iPad and…