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Keeping up with the frantic updates and developments of the 24 hour news cycle is tough for anyone. But that pales with the challenges of working as a web developer for a news organization tasked with staying on top of it all. Working at the BBC News is a dream job for many, but the demanding pace of the news coupled with making deadlines and staying updated on new web development skills makes a tough job even tougher.

So how does a developer pursue new skills within the confines of their frantic daily pace? …


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It’s a sunny Saturday morning, and a group of teenagers is dutifully trekking to the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas to attend a new class. If it’s hard to imagine teenagers wanting to get up early and go to school on the weekend, you’re not alone. What makes this class different is its subject matter: These high-school students and college freshmen are learning how to create Virtual Reality experiences for the Web.

The WebVR Coding Makerspace is supported by two organizations acting together to bring more opportunities to young people in Austin. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a national organization with a goal to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. …


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Dan Zajdband is a software developer with a love of technology and journalism. He spent 10 months as a Knight Open Fellow until January 2017. Now he is a tech scholar who travels the world spreading the word about simplifying the VR creation process and how it can help us tell stories better.

This Summer Zajdband is teaching a WebVR course at the online learning school, Platzi. It’ll be the first course foray into WebVR for the Y Combinator-backed edtech startup.

Q: When was the first time you heard of WebVR?

A: 2015. I thought it was a cool standard for authoring VR. When I saw that, it blew my mind. I started thinking how easy it is to create webvr experiences. How can I make this even easier? That’s when I created GuriVR. The idea is you can write your story in literal language, and it will express your thoughts in VR. …


The only fingerprints on the gun are hers. Now she has to convince investigators she didn’t fire it at her husband. The main character of Broken Night spends a frantic evening trying to sift through her vivid and terrifying memories of a traumatic incident to figure out the chain of events that led to her interrogation.

Each memory is an interactive VR encounter. The audience can pick which memories to follow as they sift through the remnants of a shattered evening — and shattered lives — to a startling conclusion. Broken Night premiered to critics’ acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2017 and made its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. …


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Radio technology has advanced dramatically since the comparatively ancient days of antennas and transmitters. Today the majority of people listen to online radio as more and more broadcasts are consumed via the Internet rather than terrestrial radio. As radio has moved online, the medium has benefitted from improvements to sound quality difficult to achieve via the airwaves. Later this summer radiophiles and audiophiles will enjoy the uncompromised accuracy of lossless audio provided by FLAC thanks to an informal engineering collaboration between the British Broadcasting Corporation and Mozilla.

This summer, the BBC is marking the 90th anniversary of its classical music concert festival, The Proms, by streaming the music in high quality, lossless audio. The BBC launched a trial of Radio 3 in lossless audio, using FLAC and MPEG-DASH. The BBC’s Research and Development team worked with Mozilla’s engineering team to bring the project to life. …


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Mike Lacher and Chris Baker wanted to pay homage to actor Nicolas Cage by creating an immersive, virtual reality homage to the cult screen favorite. Alas, they had no experience building virtual reality (VR) apps and environments.

But they did have a mutual love for Cage’s cinematic works. “The inspiration was probably Face/Off, Con Air, and National Treasure. But every Cage movie offers something special and beautiful”, says Lacher.


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The latest Stack Overflow survey confirms what we already knew here at Mozilla: Rust is the most loved language for developers with 73% of users saying they want to keep working with it. The same month this survey came out, Developer Analyst firm Redmonk charted Rust’s move on the Github rankings from 46 to 18.

Not only does it provide a unique combination of performance and security, it also empowers novice developers with the tools to start shipping code fast. We asked Dave Herman, Director of Strategy at Mozilla Research for an update on Rust.

Q: How did Mozilla first come to work on Rust?

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Janette Ciborowski

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