Lambdascript adds functional programming to Python

Lambdascript, a pure functional language built atop Python 3, provides a bridge between Python and functional programming, in yet another nod to a software development paradigm that has been attracting plenty of attention lately.

The Haskell-influenced language uses several Python features and benefits from modules written in Python, according to the project’s GitHub page. “Once a public version [is] released, it should be able to compile very well-written modules to be used in pure Python programs — or even in other Lambdascript programs,” the documentation states. The language is presently in an alpha release stage.

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Lambdascript, a pure functional language built atop Python 3, provides a bridge between Python and functional programming, in yet another nod to a software development paradigm that has been attracting plenty of attention lately.

The Haskell-influenced language uses several Python features and benefits from modules written in Python, according to the project's GitHub page. "Once a public version [is] released, it should be able to compile very well-written modules to be used in pure Python programs -- or even in other Lambdascript programs," the documentation states. The language is presently in an alpha release stage.

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Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope

Twitter has introduced live 360-degree video streaming on Periscope. Users will now be able to watch 360 degree live broadcast videos from its apps and website right from their Twitter stream. Videos highlighted with a LIVE 360 badge can be seen by moving your phone or swiping the screen while watching it live. Everyone on Twitter … Continue reading “Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope”

Twitter has introduced live 360-degree video streaming on Periscope. Users will now be able to watch 360 degree live broadcast videos from its apps and website right from their Twitter stream. Videos highlighted with a LIVE 360 badge can be seen by moving your phone or swiping the screen while watching it live. Everyone on Twitter … Continue reading “Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope”

9 big small business social media no-nos

These days, just about every business, regardless of size, has a presence on social media. It might be just a Facebook or a Pinterest page, but chances are if you are a small business owner, especially a retailer, you have an account on one of the m…

These days, just about every business, regardless of size, has a presence on social media. It might be just a Facebook or a Pinterest page, but chances are if you are a small business owner, especially a retailer, you have an account on one of the major social media platforms. And while having a Facebook and Pinterest (as well Twitter and Instagram) page can be beneficial, it can negatively impact your business if you make one (or more) of these nine small business social media mistakes.

[ Related: Facebook, Snapchat and the future of live video ]

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PHP 7 user migrations are well underway

PHP users are slowly but surely migrating over to PHP 7, the upgrade to the server-side web development language that came out a year ago. But issues like incompatibility and IT user policy restrictions are stalling their progress.

A recent survey of nearly 1,300 PHP users taken by PHP tools producer Zend found that nearly 20 percent had already made the move, 21 percent were in progress, 15 percent planned to move in the next six months, and 17 percent planned to move in less than one year.

But 14 percent were putting off the migration for more than a year, and another 14 percent were not planning to move at all. Barriers to migration include incompatibility with custom code (nearly 31 percent), lack of support for third-party frameworks and libraries (17), lack of available extensions (11), IT policy restrictions (11), and customer requirements (10).

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PHP users are slowly but surely migrating over to PHP 7, the upgrade to the server-side web development language that came out a year ago. But issues like incompatibility and IT user policy restrictions are stalling their progress.

A recent survey of nearly 1,300 PHP users taken by PHP tools producer Zend found that nearly 20 percent had already made the move, 21 percent were in progress, 15 percent planned to move in the next six months, and 17 percent planned to move in less than one year.

But 14 percent were putting off the migration for more than a year, and another 14 percent were not planning to move at all. Barriers to migration include incompatibility with custom code (nearly 31 percent), lack of support for third-party frameworks and libraries (17), lack of available extensions (11), IT policy restrictions (11), and customer requirements (10).

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Apple offers views on automated car policy, but cagey about its plans

Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

Kenner did not say if the company would design or make self-driving vehicles or perhaps only license some of its machine learning software to car makers, reflecting Apple’s continued reticence on its plans for the automated vehicles market. The company could not be immediately reached for more information on its plans.

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Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

Kenner did not say if the company would design or make self-driving vehicles or perhaps only license some of its machine learning software to car makers, reflecting Apple's continued reticence on its plans for the automated vehicles market. The company could not be immediately reached for more information on its plans.

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Pearl RearVision

The Pearl RearVision is a completely wireless backup camera that uses your smartphone as a monitor to deliver sharp, colorful video to the front seat of your car.

The Pearl RearVision is a completely wireless backup camera that uses your smartphone as a monitor to deliver sharp, colorful video to the front seat of your car.

BrandPost: IT Trailblazers: Why There’s No Such Thing as an IT Project

Andy Baer is a 30-year veteran of the IT sector, including more than five years spent as the CIO of Comcast Cable. There he was responsible for transforming the communication company’s IT strategy across all its customer care, front-line employee support, and corporate systems by introducing cutting-edge solutions to support both growth and customer experience improvements. For this edition of “IT Trailblazers,” Baer, now SVP for the Global Communications and Media Industry Group at Salesforce, shares his advice for adapting in the rapidly changing services industry and why he believes so-called IT projects are never just about IT.

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Andy Baer is a 30-year veteran of the IT sector, including more than five years spent as the CIO of Comcast Cable. There he was responsible for transforming the communication company’s IT strategy across all its customer care, front-line employee support, and corporate systems by introducing cutting-edge solutions to support both growth and customer experience improvements. For this edition of “IT Trailblazers,” Baer, now SVP for the Global Communications and Media Industry Group at Salesforce, shares his advice for adapting in the rapidly changing services industry and why he believes so-called IT projects are never just about IT.

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Next Apple iPhone tipped again to sport curved OLED display

Since the beginning of this year it has been rumored that the next generation iPhone will sport OLED display. Earlier this month, Barclays Research analysts said that iPhone 2017 will sport a larger screen with bezel-less design and curved edges. Now a latest report from Wall Street Journal also corroborates earlier reports and says that next iPhone … Continue reading “Next Apple iPhone tipped again to sport curved OLED display”

Since the beginning of this year it has been rumored that the next generation iPhone will sport OLED display. Earlier this month, Barclays Research analysts said that iPhone 2017 will sport a larger screen with bezel-less design and curved edges. Now a latest report from Wall Street Journal also corroborates earlier reports and says that next iPhone … Continue reading "Next Apple iPhone tipped again to sport curved OLED display"

Apple returns to Black Friday

Apple today signaled that it will return to offering sales specials on Nov. 25, the day this year dubbed “Black Friday” in the U.S.
Last year, the Cupertino, Calif. company skipped Black Friday discount pricing or other inducements. In 2013 and 201…

Apple today signaled that it will return to offering sales specials on Nov. 25, the day this year dubbed “Black Friday” in the U.S.

Last year, the Cupertino, Calif. company skipped Black Friday discount pricing or other inducements. In 2013 and 2014, Apple did not cut prices but instead handed out gift cards with many purchases. The cards’ value in 2014 were significantly lower than the year before.

Today, Apple’s website sported a page that declared “Friday can’t come soon enough,” and promised a “one-day shopping event.” Traditionally, Apple has not publicized Black Friday deals before the day itself.

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