• How startups are using XR to disrupt how we work, learn, and play

    How startups are using XR to disrupt how we work, learn, and play
    Emerging tech like AI, robotics, IoT, blockchain, and machine learning are kicking our organizations into high gear by catapulting our ability to process data, build products, and automate repetitive tasks. Andy Lurling, Founding Partner of impact-driven VC firm, LUMO Labs believes this shift will pave the way for us to find new and better solutions to some of society’s biggest problems. “If you want to create social impact fast, technology is the way. For example, with AI and data,
  • NASA delays Juno spacecraft’s retirement after detecting mysterious radio waves

    NASA delays Juno spacecraft’s retirement after detecting mysterious radio waves
    The Juno spacecraft, orbiting Jupiter since 2016, has a new lease on life, thanks to NASA. This robotic explorer is now due to continue its mission, at least until September 2025. A mission extension recently granted by NASA extends the Juno program means the spacecraft will continue to gather science about the largest planet in our Solar System and its retinue of dozens of moons. Some of these moons are known to have water (particularly Europa), and they may be among the most-likely places in
  • Awful parking is the worst thing about escooters — TIER has a plan to fix it

    Awful parking is the worst thing about escooters — TIER has a plan to fix it
    This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Escooter firm TIER has partnered with mapping provider Fantasmo to create what it claims is the world’s most accurate escooter parking system. Star
  • This training package can get you started on a $120,000 a year career as a cloud architect

    This training package can get you started on a $120,000 a year career as a cloud architect
    TLDR: The 2021 Cloud Computing Architect Certification Bundle can be your introduction to life as a well-paid cloud services architect with all the training needed to get you started. Every company has IT needs. And every company needs a highly skilled, borderline brilliant, ultra talented expert running point on all their tech-based admin and growth projects. Scoring a top tech talent to sit at the head of those initiatives is more important than ever.  That’s why cloud architecture
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  • If you’re having problems with your home WiFi network, this Asus router might be your answer

    If you’re having problems with your home WiFi network, this Asus router might be your answer
    TLDR: The Asus AC1900 WiFi Router has cloud controls, AI advances and a host of special features that make it a premium router upgrade model, particular at nearly 40 percent off. You can go without a refrigerator for a day or two. You can survive without an oven, or a microwave, or your fancy coffee brewing system. But there’s no faster way to bring an entire household to a screeching halt and the edge of imminent panic than if the WiFi router sputters or fails. WiFi is the lifeblood of a
  • A closer look at the AI Incident Database of machine learning failures

    A closer look at the AI Incident Database of machine learning failures
    The failures of artificial intelligent systems have become a recurring theme in technology news. Credit scoring algorithms that discriminate against women. Computer vision systems that misclassify dark-skinned people. Recommendation systems that promote violent content. Trending algorithms that amplify fake news. Most complex software systems fail at some point and need to be updated regularly. We have procedures and tools that help us find and fix these errors. But current AI systems, mostly d
  • Report: Apple may bring MagSafe and SD card slots back to MacBook

    Report: Apple may bring MagSafe and SD card slots back to MacBook
    Apple engineers are apparently feeling bit of nostalgia up in Cupertino. After reports the company is apparently planning on killing the Touch Bar, a report from Bloomberg suggests the company is planning to bring back the MagSafe charger and SD card slots. For those of you who aren’t familiar with MagSafe, it was the company’s way of preventing your laptop (or you) from shattering when you inevitably tripped over the charger. The company began to abandon MagSafe after introduc
  • New physics theory postulates the existence of SLABs: Stupendously Large Black Holes

    New physics theory postulates the existence of SLABs: Stupendously Large Black Holes
    At the center of the Milky Way lies the biggest object we can be sure exists: a supermassive black hole (SMBH) four million times more massive than the sun. Physicists believe these huge singularities can reach even greater sizes if they’ve eaten a big enough galaxy. The biggest estimates are somewhere in the range of 10 billion times more massive than our sun, but things begin to top out shortly after that. At least, that’s the conventional wisdom. A new study from a trio of Europe
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  • Google Search has a new mobile design — come spot the differences

    Google Search has a new mobile design — come spot the differences
    Google Search is getting a new, lighter, bubblier design for mobile devices. It’s rolling out “in the coming days.” Here’s what it looks like: For reference, this is what the old search looked like: Some of the changes include: A brighter design that allows people to focus on information “instead of the design elements around it.” Bolder text in search results, making it easier to distinguish between different types of information. This also includes using mo
  • A pansexual’s perspective on Mass Effect 2’s capitulation to Fox News

    A pansexual’s perspective on Mass Effect 2’s capitulation to Fox News
    Having recently been raised to the lofty position of King of The Pansexual Realms (that’s the name of my duchy in Crusader Kings III), I felt it was my duty to chime in on the latest queer-related scandal in gaming. The lead writer of Mass Effect 2 recently revealed the game was meant to have a pansexual character but, due to fear of criticism from Fox News, that idea was scrapped and the character was relegated to heterosexual interactions only. This particular debacle is fun for me
  • New ‘robomorphic’ computing method aims to speed up slow-witted robots

    New ‘robomorphic’ computing method aims to speed up slow-witted robots
    MIT researchers have developed a new way of speeding up a robot’s reactions. They call it “robomorphic computing.” The method is designed to shrink the gap between a robot’s “mind” and movements by creating customized chips that serve its specific computing needs. The system’s inventors believe it could enhance a variety of robotics applications — including frontline medical care of COVID-19 patients. “It would be fantastic if we could
  • Paris plans to transform iconic Champs-Élysées into pedestrian-friendly green space

    Paris plans to transform iconic Champs-Élysées into pedestrian-friendly green space
    This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has given the go-ahead for plans to transform the city’s Champs-Élysées into a 1.9-kilometer stretch of greenery featu
  • 4 Online Shopping Trends Retailers Must Adapt To in 2021

    4 Online Shopping Trends Retailers Must Adapt To in 2021
    As the world became consumed with the novel coronavirus in 2020, the way consumers shop and the way retailers interact with customers has changed drastically. Online shopping trends are changing fast as the pandemic...
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  • AI resurrects legendary Spanish singer to hawk beer

    AI resurrects legendary Spanish singer to hawk beer
    The legendary Spanish singer Lola Flores died in 1995, but a brewery is using AI to bring her back to life. Sevillan beer company Cruzcampo made a deepfake of the iconic Andalusian the star of a new ad campaign. The company pitches the commercial as a celebration of the diversity of Spanish accents. “Do you know why I was understood all over the world? “Because of my accent,” says Flores’ AI reincarnation. “And I’m not just referring to th
  • This all-inclusive bundle explores every step of development creation through production

    This all-inclusive bundle explores every step of development creation through production
    TLDR: The All-In-One Developer and Project Manager Exam Certification Prep Bundle features 10 courses for learning programming, app production, project management and more. Many might scoff at the one-man band, frantically playing a handful of instruments at once. But there’s a lot to be said for the self-contained solo artist that can do it all. With all the skills to create an idea, test that it works, then move that idea from the concept stage through to final production, there’s
  • Ever wondered what’s inside a Tesla battery pack? Watch this

    Ever wondered what’s inside a Tesla battery pack? Watch this
    Electric vehicle maker Tesla is lauded for its no compromises approach to battery technology. It knows drivers want big range, coupled with fast and ample recharging facilities. When it comes to these features, it’s fair to say that Tesla has set the standard. But what exactly goes into its battery packs. What do they even look like? [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] Thankfully, electric vehicle restomodders like to take Tesla battery packs apart, and cannib
  • Alphabet bursts its balloon-powered internet plans

    Alphabet bursts its balloon-powered internet plans
    Alphabet’s moonshot idea of beaming internet connectivity from giant balloons is floating back down to earth. The Google parent company announced that it’s shutting down the Loon project because the business model is unsustainable. “The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped,” said Astro Teller, who leads Alphabet’s experimental X lab, in a Thursday blog post. “So we’ve made the difficult decision to close d
  • New giant ‘radio galaxies’ help shed light on the history of the universe

    New giant ‘radio galaxies’ help shed light on the history of the universe
    Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope, located in the Karoo region, a semi-arid area in the southwest of the country. Radio galaxies get their name from the fact that they release huge beams, or ‘jets’, of radio light. These happen through the interaction between charged particles and strong magnetic fields related to supermassive black holes at the galaxies’ hearts. These giant galaxies are much bigger than most of
  • Once you go EV, you never go back — according to 82% of owners, anyway

    Once you go EV, you never go back — according to 82% of owners, anyway
    According to a report from automotive market research firm, JD Power, most electric vehicle (EV) drivers vow to never return to combustion engines. Good. JD Power says that 82% of EV early adopters “definitely will” consider buying another electric vehicle. However, it seems drivers aren’t totally loyal to the brand of their current EV, and overall satisfaction matters when it comes to their next purchase decision. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by dat
  • Google threatens to pull out of Australia over controversial news law

    Google threatens to pull out of Australia over controversial news law
    Google said that it could pull its search services from Australia if the country passes its debatable law that requires big tech companies to pay media organizations for listing their content. In a Senate hearing, and later in a video, Google Australia’s Managing Director, Mel Silva, said that the proposed media law “would break how Google search works.” Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, explains why there is a workable news code that doesn’t break
  • Study: Low-traffic neighborhoods in London are making roads 3 times safer

    Study: Low-traffic neighborhoods in London are making roads 3 times safer
    When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March last year, office workers swiftly pivoted to working from home. As travel restrictions came into force, more people were forced to spend time at their homes and in their local community. In an attempt to make inner city residential communities more liveable, councils began introducing low-traffic neighborhoods. Low-traffic neighborhoods seek to make roads a safer place for all, by limiting the volume of cars allowed on certain residential roads,
  • My team tried blocking Slack to focus — it worked

    My team tried blocking Slack to focus — it worked
    It’s time to write. I make some coffee, open a blank document, then decide to quickly check Slack before I get started. Two hours later, I’ve written nothing. Team chat apps are essential for online collaboration, but their very existence makes it hard to focus on longer-term projects. There’s always something I could be responding to on Slack, and responding to those things usually feels productive—and sometimes it is. But that time adds up, and I’m perp
  • An Indian city plans to use facial recognition to spot women in distress — what could go wrong?

    An Indian city plans to use facial recognition to spot women in distress — what could go wrong?
    It’s now fairly common for cities to install surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities to help catch criminals  — Beijing and Moscow use them extensively. However, a city in northern India is taking a different approach: it wants to detect distress on women’s faces, so it can assist them when they’re attacked or threatened. Cops in Lucknow, the capital city in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), aim to install an AI-based camera system on 200
  • Report: Apple to make a plain old VR headset before its fancy AR glasses

    Report: Apple to make a plain old VR headset before its fancy AR glasses
    For years, we’ve been hearing rumors Apple is working on some kind of fanciful AR glasses — the futuristic kind that might look like regular old lenses. And while those are apparently still on the way, the company is reportedly settling for a more boring “mostly virtual reality” device to start, according to a report by Bloomberg. Apple is planning to launch the headset, codenamed N301, as soon as 2022. It’s expected to compete against existing products l
  • Microsoft Edge gets ‘sleeping’ tabs and a password generator

    Microsoft Edge gets ‘sleeping’ tabs and a password generator
    Microsoft today added a bunch of new features to its Edge browser, helping bring it to parity with Chrome in some areas while adding some unique touches in others. Perhaps most notably, Edge now has a password generator and monitor, helping you keep your accounts safe from hackers and making sure you’re not using the same login information for every website. The browser will automatically suggest a password when you sign up for a new account or change an old password, and the new safety m
  • Commerce Rays - No-code commerce landing page builder w/ built-in checkouts

    Commerce Rays - No-code commerce landing page builder w/ built-in checkouts
    https://commercejs.com/product/commerce-rays/
  • New in Chrome 88: aspect-ratio

    New in Chrome 88: aspect-ratio
    https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2021/01/nic88
  • DIY UX Audit - Uncover 90% of the usability issues on your website

    DIY UX Audit - Uncover 90% of the usability issues on your website
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  • Trump pardoned the guy who founded the Church Of AI

    Trump pardoned the guy who founded the Church Of AI
    With all the hullabaloo surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump’s last-minute pardons slipped under the RADAR a bit. Sure, Trump’s pardoning of Steve Bannon nabbed plenty of headlines. And his snub of Joe Exotic, the Tiger King, made the trades. But what’s arguably the most interesting story of them all is 45’s pardoning of Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the Church of AI. Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the intellectual theft of Google
  • Porting Firefox to Apple Silicon

    Porting Firefox to Apple Silicon
    https://hacks.mozilla.org/2021/01/porting-firefox-to-apple-silicon/

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