Zeroqode will usher us into a codeless future

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Codeless development platforms are at once a blessing and a curse. If they’re complete enough to be powerful they are too difficult for beginners and if they’re simple enough for beginners they’re useless for serious work. Zeroqode, a one-stop-shop for codeless creation, aims to make the difficult easy and the easy more powerful.

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Are student loans wrecking the economy?

Student debt is a dangerous bubble that is piling unprecedented levels of debt on young people.

Houses and cars power recoveries. And young people aren’t buying either. That’s a New York Fed study conclusion and that can be easily read as blaming student debt for holding back the recovery by squashing home and auto sales.

 

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Wall Street investors buying up distressed area single family homes

Hedge funds, Wall Street investors and other institutions are crowding out individual home buyers.

Wall Street investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that won’t be sustainable.

 

 

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Marc Andreessen explains why software is ‘eating the world’

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Groupon, Facebook, and LinkedIn investor Marc Andreessen.

Hewlett-Packard announced this week that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility.  Hewlett-Packard and Google’s  moves surprised the tech world.  Marc Andreessen (board member at Hewlett-Parckard) explains why software is eating the world.

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Will student loan debt be America’s next big bubble?

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Since 1999 outstanding student loan debt has grown by more than 511 percent.

“I still have student loans,” David Guard, a graduate of Gettysburg College and American University, told Fox News recently, as lawmakers and the White House bickered over the debt ceiling. “I could see an increase in those interest rates.”

 

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Living in an Age of Hyper-Awareness

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  It’s amazing how a single newscast can set the world on fire.

The very second Standard & Poor’s announced they had downgraded the U.S. Credit rating, communications systems around the world began to boil. Reaction time was critical and those who could react the quickest were able to position the negative news into something less negative, perhaps even a positive.

 

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10% Increase in Computer Science Enrollments

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There is a jump in the number of  computer science enrollments.

Computer science enrollments have increased for the third year.  This ends the decline in enrollments that followed the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000-2001.  But it could be years before enrollments reach the high of the dot-com booms.

 

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Transparent BubbleTree – A Tent That Gives Camper A Great View of the Night Sky

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For those who are planning to unwind among nature during the holiday season, French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has designed a series of luxury tents “BubbleTree” for a fun-filled camping experience. The inflatable bubble tents are decked out with wardrobes, sofas and electric lights for a comfortable stay.And, the series feature CristalBubble, a completely transparent tent for the exhibitionists, while “Cocooning” is the version for those who seek privacy. Continue reading… “Transparent BubbleTree – A Tent That Gives Camper A Great View of the Night Sky”

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What’s Wrong with Venture Capital?

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The old mechanism for funding the commercialization of new technologies is in trouble.

In the summer of 1996, Silicon Valley venture capitalists put a few million dollars into a telecom-equipment startup called Juniper Networks. Three years later, after a few more rounds of funding and the release of its first product, Juniper enjoyed an initial public offering of shares, or IPO. At the end of its first day of trading, it was worth nearly $5 billion, and within nine months, it was worth almost 10 times that. The original venture investors, meanwhile, were able to walk away with profits of better than 10,000 percent.

Around the same time Juniper went public, Silicon Valley venture capitalists were putting money into a new networking startup, Procket Networks. This time, the initial investments were bigger, and over successive rounds of financing, Procket collected almost $300 million in venture money. Three years after it started, though, the company had still not launched a product, and in 2004 its assets were acquired by Cisco in a fire-sale deal. This time the VCs walked away with just a fraction of their original investments…

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