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How the blockchain could make you thousands through car shares and selling electricity

In the not-too-distant future, billions of smart things in the physical world will likely be sensing, responding, communicating and sharing data. …

Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

After the conservative trends fiasco, Facebook is pushing itself to a new standard of transparency. The company is publishing a formal “News Feed Values” document that details how it decides what shows up in your feed — a common question amongst users.<p>Those core values are that friends and family …

Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court battle

Many people are nervous about the prospect of using algorithms to predict crime, and a legal battle in Wisconsin is illustrating why. The state's Supreme Court is close to ruling on an appeal from Eric Loomis, who claims that the justice system relied too heavily on its Compas algorithm to …

Adobe XD update brings a ton of new features

Adobe XD has been updated, and gives designers and developers a host of new tools, all of which have been sourced from community feedback.<p>First, you can now set a custom grid for any artboard. It was one of those ‘duh’ additions, and Adobe notes it was among the most requested features in its …

Tutorials

Facebook is introducing a new prototyping tool, Origami Studio

Facebook has a new tool for designers, and it’s meant to make prototyping apps much faster and easier than your current workflow.<p>Origami Studio is native for OS X, and uses current technology like Core Animation for stability and speed. Facebook also built Origami Studio to feel like Sketch or …

Prototyping

Expresso app will show you everything wrong with your writing

If you want to see how well you’re writing, the free text-analyzer Expresso will give you a detailed breakdown of whatever you give it.<p>The web-based …

Writing

This week in patents: Facebook for IoT, Disney books and more

The hybrid propulsion spacecraft may have a high thrust (HT) engine, such as a chemically powered engine and a low thrust (LT) engine such as a solar electric propulsion engine.<p>It works by determining an optimal trajectory with low fuel/propellant use and fast flight times.<p>The optimal trajectory …

Spacecraft

Israel’s desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>Israel’s first prime …

Apple Recalls Power Adapters Due to 'Risk of Electrical Shock'

The affected adapters were sold along with Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003 in continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil.<p>Apple announced a recall today of power adapters sold between 2003 and 2015 that can break and shock their owners when touched. The …

Singtel Innov8’s New Program Seeks Startups Tackling Business Problems

Asian telecom giant Singtel has introduced a new program aimed at increasing its interaction with tech startups worldwide.<p>We’ve all seen some startups that chase ‘problems’ which seem fairly frivolous, and that’s the polar opposite of this new strategy. Innov8 Connect, which is run by Singtel’s …

The 11 best tech products of 2015, according to Product Hunt users

Here's how it works.<p>A new tech product gets added, and then people vote on whether they like it or not. In this way, the site functions a bit like Reddit, though there is a heavy element of curation by Product Hunt's team, which decides what gets featured on various pages.<p>This year, Product Hunt …

Big Data: 12 Amazing Highs And Lows Of 2015

2015 was a tumultuous year for Big Data, with highs continuing to dazzle us with the potential world-changing power of data and analytics.<p>At the same time there were plenty of lows serving as ongoing warnings that much is still unknown about exactly how it will end up changing the world.<p>So here’s a …

Big Data

Here's one of the most interesting predictions for the future of bitcoin

2015 has seen the digital currency's volatility stabilise and price jump, but it has also seen much of the hype dissipate. And there's been a divergence between bitcoin and the technology that underpins it — blockchain.<p>Blockchain, which uses complex cryptography to regulate and record transactions, …

Despite Unrest, The Israeli Tech Ecosystem Is Flourishing

Over the past few months, violence has once again scarred Israel and the Palestinian Territories, yet despite the violence and the losses on both sides of the conflict, technology companies in the region are flourishing.<p>Israeli rounds of financing, both into Israeli companies and from local …

13 Asian Startups To Watch In 2016

2015 was an eventful year for the tech industry in Asia. Funding started to flow in India, which is expected to become the world’s second-largest Internet market soon, while many tech companies in China, South Korea, and Southeast Asia also hit key milestones. The following is just a tiny sample of …

SocialRank Helps You Understand Your Followers — And Now It’s Getting Collaborative

Hey, it’s great that you’re trying to get more followers, but what about understanding the followers you already have? That’s what New York City startup SocialRank aims to provide, and today it launched a new feature called SocialRank for Teams.<p>If you haven’t used it, SocialRank analyzes your …

British government considering giving iPads to inmates for education & video chat with families

The British government is considering a proposal to give iPads to prison inmates so that they can continue their education when confined to their cells, and also keep in touch with family members via FaceTime and Skype.<p>The <i>Telegraph</i> reports that the recommendation was made by an adviser to the …

Michael Gove

Write Swift code in a web browser with the IBM Swift Sandbox

IBM has today unveiled their first public effort towards Swift, with the introduction of the IBM Swift Sandbox website. You can type lines of Swift code into the text editor on the left and then run the code on a Linux server, posting the output in the right column. This is all made possible by the …

Open Source Software

Amazing infographic shows how many Nokia 5110 displays fit in an iPhone

Anyone who remembers the days of brick-like Nokia 5110 cellphones, where the “killer app” was the puzzle game <i>Snake</i>, will know that modern smartphones have come quite a way since then.<p>But on a pixel by pixel basis, how much better is the display of a current-generation iPhone 6s Plus compared to the …

Nokia

App store optimization can double or even triple mobile app installs (research)

In a pay-to-play world, sometimes it’s what happens organically that’s most important.<p>And mobile marketers can influence that “organic” experience a heck of a lot with tools and best practices for app store optimization (ASO) that many app publishers overlook.<p>What can you achieve by optimizing for …

Apps

Speedy circuit board printer wins Dyson award

The Dyson award for engineering has been won by a high-speed printer that can produce circuit boards in just minutes.<p>The laptop-sized Voltera V-One …

Google to talk AI ethics with top minds in the industry

Shutterstock<p>To some it’s scary and to others it’s exciting, but the scientific consensus is that artificial intelligence will have a drastic impact on humanity, probably within our lifetimes.<p>What exactly that will look like is a debated range of sci-fi scenarios. Stephen Hawking made waves when he …

Artificial Intelligence

A cartoonist turned the iTunes Terms of Service into a 47-page graphic novel

It is a time-honored truth (or at least an oft-cited anecdote) that no one reads the iTunes Terms and Conditions. It's long and presumably boring (but who knows? I've never read it) and I'm not even sure there are paragraph breaks. There already exist a few projects that try to reshape various user …

I had a 5-hour layover at the No. 2 airport in the world, and it was a joy

On a recent vacation in Vietnam, I was dreading the flight back to New York — mainly because I wanted to spend more time hiking in the mountain villages and sipping killer iced coffee, but also because I had a five-hour layover on my 22-hour return trip.<p>Lucky for me, I had a fantastic economy-class …

Duty-free

Quotle Is Instagram And OneShot For Book Quotes

Quotle is an interesting beast. The best way to describe it could be that Quotle is a hybrid between OneShot and Instagram, but for book quotes. Available on iOS, it turns the good old habit of marking down quotes in a notebook into a social experience.<p>Designed by Olivier Desmoulin, there are three …

Apps

Prototyping App Marvel Acquires Design Tool Plexi

Marvel, the U.K. startup that lets you turn sketches into mobile and web app “prototypes”, has acquired design and animation tool Plexi. Terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed. However I understand that as part of the acquisition, Plexi co-founder Colm Tuite is joining Marvel to develop …

A futuristic razor that shaves hair with a laser has raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter

But two Swedes think they have a solution: A razor that shaves hair with a laser, not a blade. They call it the Skarp Razor.<p>The project went nuts on Kickstarter but has now been kicked off the crowdfunding site over concerns that it didn't have a working prototype.<p>As we previously reported, in its …

Crowd Funding

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Facebook launches Signal, a way for journalists to gather news without Twitter

Facebook has today announced Signal, a free discovery and curation platform that journalists can use to see what’s trending on both Facebook and Instagram. Available on desktop-only for now, it’s main purpose is to make the news-gathering process easier.<p>This comes one week after it made its …

Journalism