• Why vacuum cleaner bags make the most effective face masks

    Why vacuum cleaner bags make the most effective face masks
    You have probably become used to wearing a face mask in public. And you probably wear a fabric one, as we’ve been urged to save N95, FFP3, and other “clinical grade” masks for healthcare workers. This is despite science not knowing how well fabric masks work. To overcome this, a team that I am part of at the University of Cambridge decided to test various fabrics to see how well they would protect the wearer and the public when used in face masks. One element of fabric mask ef
  • Report: Trump’s Twitter ban led to a 73% drop in election fraud misinformation

    Report: Trump’s Twitter ban led to a 73% drop in election fraud misinformation
    Trump‘s bans from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms may have been controversial, but they appear to have been effective in achieving one goal: combatting misinformation. According to research firm Zignal Labs, and as reported by the Washington Post, online misinformation about election fraud dropped by 73%, following Trump’s ban. According to the report, which covers the period from January 9 to 15: “Conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million
  • GitHub offers to rehire employee it fired for calling insurrectionists ‘Nazis’

    GitHub offers to rehire employee it fired for calling insurrectionists ‘Nazis’
    GitHub has apologized to a Jewish employee it reportedly fired for warning coworkers about Nazis at the US Capitol insurrection — and offered him his job back. The staff member lost his job after posting a message on the company’s Slack channel saying, “stay safe homies, Nazis are about.” One of his coworkers criticized him for using the word “Nazi,” triggering a heated internal debate, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. The employee wa
  • Watch Virgin Orbit launch its first satellites into space

    Watch Virgin Orbit launch its first satellites into space
    Virgin Orbit has successfully launched satellites into space for the first time. A 70-foot LauncherOne rocket carrying 10 satellites was dropped from a modified Boeing 747 at 11.39AM Pacific Time on Sunday. LauncherOne then ignited its engine and began soaring into orbit. Today's sequence of events for #LaunchDemo2 went exactly to plan, from safe execution of our ground ops all the way through successful full duration burns on both engines. To say we're thrilled would be a massiv
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  • Lightkey Pro uses AI to know what you’re going to type before you type it

    Lightkey Pro uses AI to know what you’re going to type before you type it
    TLDR: Lightkey Pro Text Prediction Software can predict up to the next 12 words you type in your next document or email, saving you loads of time when you write. Back in 2019, Facebook announced it was making progress on one of its favorite pet projects, creating a wearable system that could type up to 100 words per minute translated directly from a writer’s thoughts. Facebook still hasn’t cracked that particular code quite yet, but even without digging into your brain waves, techno
  • AI imaging database for COVID-19 diagnosis provided to UK hospitals

    AI imaging database for COVID-19 diagnosis provided to UK hospitals
    An AI imaging database for COVID-19 diagnosis has been provided to British hospitals and universities. The National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database (NCCID) is comprised of more than 40,000 CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays taken from more than 10,000 UK patients since the start of the pandemic. Clinicians are already using the images to track patterns and markers of illness. These insights could help speed up diagnosis, inform treatment plans, and predict whether a patient will end up i
  • Stupid CES gadgets my home doesn’t need… but I must have them

    Stupid CES gadgets my home doesn’t need… but I must have them
    Every year, I see people swarm the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — usually held in Las Vegas — along with tweets, videos, and articles about weird but fascinating gadgets. I’ve never been to the CES in person, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be virtual this year, and I could ‘attend’ the event for the first time. While CES is all about new gadgets with new standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and mini-LED, it’s also about crazy home
  • Rolls-Royce boldly skips hybrids and goes all-electric with new EV lineup

    Rolls-Royce boldly skips hybrids and goes all-electric with new EV lineup
    Rolls-Royce is developing a new electric vehicle lineup and is using an electrified Phantom as a test-bed for its future vehicles. In an article published earlier today, Autocar revealed that Rolls’ parent firm, BMW, is using an all electric version of its Phantom luxury vehicle as part of its development process for new EVs. Rumors of Rolls-Royce’s pivot to electric drivetrains have been mounting for a while. The discovery that the company already has a working EV test-bed shows th
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  • What is semi-supervised machine learning?

    What is semi-supervised machine learning?
    Machine learning has proven to be very efficient at classifying images and other unstructured data, a task that is very difficult to handle with classic rule-based software. But before machine learning models can perform classification tasks, they need to be trained on a lot of annotated examples. Data annotation is a slow and manual process that requires humans to review training examples one by one and giving them their right labels. In fact, data annotation is such a vital part of&
  • Sell for scrap or split for parts? What to do with your old car

    Sell for scrap or split for parts? What to do with your old car
    This article was originally published by Aaron Borderman on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.  What to do when calling it quits on your aging vehicle Most people sell their old car when they get a new one, but what happens if the car is beyond its useful lifespan? In some ca
  • Here’s how to simplify your app (and get more customers)

    Here’s how to simplify your app (and get more customers)
    When you’re building a product, you want to build it in a way that appeals to your target audience. But there’s a definite disconnect in how products are being built and how they’re being received. For example, in 2019, 25% of all mobile apps were only used once, which means that 25% of the time, users download an app, try it once, and abandon it forever — presenting a huge missed opportunity for the business. User Experience, or UX, plays a large role in attracting and
  • You won’t need wing mirrors in the US any more — if you’re a self-driving car

    You won’t need wing mirrors in the US any more — if you’re a self-driving car
    The National Highways and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) has published new rules that allow self-driving cars to bypass certain safety tests. It sounds alarming, but it’s not as bad as it first appears. Late last week, the NHTSA issued an update to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This document dictates what features vehicles should have and what safety testing they should be subject to, Autoblog reports. The update now recognizes the changing nature of vehicles on
  • The Capitol rioters are getting banned from dating apps

    The Capitol rioters are getting banned from dating apps
    Earlier this month, a bunch of Trump supporters stormed the halls of the  US Capitol building and caused havoc as Joe Biden’s presidency was being certified by Congress, resulting in the deaths of five people. These insurrectionists are learning about the consequences of their stupid act. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has already added a lot of rioters to a nationwide no-fly list, and more are being added.  However, these rioters might find it diffi
  • Azure is one of the largest market leaders, learn cloud computing with this $39 training

    Azure is one of the largest market leaders, learn cloud computing with this $39 training
    TLDR: The Complete 2021 Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle includes 10 courses covering everything an IT pro needs to know about running a system on the Azure platform. It’s one thing for a giant corporation like Microsoft to create a cloud services platform like Azure. It’s quite another for them to be comfortable enough to fully entrust the running of all of their most vital services through Azure as well.  But after stating their intent to move all their first-party s
  • Gas emitted by merging galaxies is stopping stars from forming

    Gas emitted by merging galaxies is stopping stars from forming
    Most stars in the universe today are found in massive galaxies called ellipticals, named for their stretched-out-circle shape. Unlike our own galaxy, which is a spiral with arms extending out from the center, the edges of elliptical galaxies are smooth. At first glance, these galaxies might seem like simple systems. However, they are among the most mysterious objects in the cosmos. Elliptical galaxies host extremely old stars and are not forming new stars. Exactly how these dead galaxies form i
  • 7 B2B Web Design Tips to Craft an Eye-Catching Website

    7 B2B Web Design Tips to Craft an Eye-Catching Website
    People say to “never judge a book by its cover,” but people will most certainly judge your website by its design. If you don’t have a clean, modern, and practical design, your audience will bounce from your site and visit a competitor’s instead.
    Your website’s design sets the first impression, so you want to make it a good one. As a business-to-business (B2B) company, it’s even more critical — you’re appealing to multiple decision-makers, and makin
  • How to manage your screen time during the lockdown, according to science

    How to manage your screen time during the lockdown, according to science
    The average daily time spent online by adults increased by nearly an hour during the UK’s spring lockdown when compared to the previous year, according to communications regulator Ofcom. With numerous countries back under severe pandemic restrictions, many of us once again find ourselves questioning whether our heavy reliance on technology is impacting our wellbeing. It’s true that digital devices have provided new means of work, education, connection, and entertainment during lockd
  • How sleep trackers can actually ruin your sleep

    How sleep trackers can actually ruin your sleep
    An estimated one in three people report regular sleep complaints. So it’s hardly surprising people are more concerned than ever about getting enough sleep. This blossoming interest has seen an explosion of sleep trackers which measure how many hours of sleep you get each night. As we sleep, we go through cycles of “deep,” “light,” and “rapid eye movement” (REM) sleep. The “deep” portion of our sleep is mainly what leaves us feeling refreshed
  • DIY music production software like Logic Pro X is now the mainstream. Here’s what you need to know

    DIY music production software like Logic Pro X is now the mainstream. Here’s what you need to know
    TLDR: The Ultimate Logic Pro X Music Production Bundle is a music lover’s dream, an 8-course collection in using this high-powered production suite to make all your own beats. Paul McCartney did it. So did Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. From Led Zeppelin to Radiohead to Foo Fighters, right up to today’s hottest artists like Billie Eilish, musicians have often sequestered themselves away from the usual recording studio setting to create their music in a secluded outpost so
  • Forget coding, you can now solve your AI problems with Excel

    Forget coding, you can now solve your AI problems with Excel
    Machine learning and deep learning have become an important part of many applications we use every day. There are few domains that the fast expansion of machine learning hasn’t touched. Many businesses have thrived by developing the right strategy to integrate machine learning algorithms into their operations and processes. Others have lost ground to competitors after ignoring the undeniable advances in artificial intelligence. But mastering machine learning is a difficult proce
  • WhatsApp delays it privacy policy update by three months — but what’s the point?

    WhatsApp delays it privacy policy update by three months — but what’s the point?
    After a ton of backlash and user exodus, WhatsApp is delaying the rollout of its controversial privacy policy by three months. Instead of applying the new privacy policy on February 8, the chat app will now apply it on May 15. In a statement, the company said that it’s going to make an extra effort to educate people about the app’s privacy and security practices: We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their
  • Glyphs 3.0 - Build, Edit and Manage Fonts on your Mac

    Glyphs 3.0 - Build, Edit and Manage Fonts on your Mac
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  • My Favorite Typefaces of 2020

    My Favorite Typefaces of 2020
    https://ilovetypography.com/2021/01/12/my-favorite-fonts-of-2020/
  • Report: Apple is building foldable iPhone prototypes

    Report: Apple is building foldable iPhone prototypes
    It’s been a pretty busy day for Apple news. After reports that the company would remove the touch bar and rienstate MagSafe on its upcoming MacBook Pros, as well as launch redesigned iMacs with an all new design, a new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is actively working on a foldable iPhone. While the report stresses the company “hasn’t solidified plans to actually launch a foldable iPhone,” the company has started work on some prototypes in its lab. At the momen
  • Scientists figured out how to turn black holes into power sources

    Scientists figured out how to turn black holes into power sources
    A group of scientists from Columbia University recently published a paper detailing how humanity could power an off-Earth colony by tapping into one of the universe’s largest and most powerful resources: black holes. The big idea here is that a spinning black hole gives off a certain amount of energy. If we enveloped this energy field with an external gravity source (a big gravity gun?) we could force the singularity to generate negative energy. This negative energy would, theoretically,
  • Starfiles - File hosting done simple

    Starfiles - File hosting done simple
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  • 6 Adobe XD plugins to test designs and get user feedback

    6 Adobe XD plugins to test designs and get user feedback
    https://blog.adobe.com/en/2021/01/14/user-testing-feedback-plugins
  • New self-supervised AI models scan X-rays to predict prognosis of COVID-19 patients

    New self-supervised AI models scan X-rays to predict prognosis of COVID-19 patients
    Researchers from Facebook and NYU Langone Health have created AI models that scan X-rays to predict how a COVID-19 patient’s condition will develop. The team says that their system can forecast whether a patient may need more intensive care resources up to four days in advance. They believe hospitals could use it to anticipate demand for resources and avoid sending at-risk patients home too early. Their approach differs from most previous attempts to predict COVID-19 d
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  • Electric vehicles can now use bus lanes in the UK — and cyclists aren’t happy

    Electric vehicles can now use bus lanes in the UK — and cyclists aren’t happy
    In December, the UK county of Cambridgeshire started a traffic regulation trial that let electric vehicle drivers use bus lanes, which are typically reserved for buses, taxis, motorcycles, and cyclists. The county council said that letting electric vehicles use the bus lanes serves as an additional incentive to get drivers out of their combustion engine vehicles and into EVs. Cambridgeshire County Council trial 'Tesla lanes' which could see cyclists sharing bus lanes with electric vehicles http

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