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Algos could trigger the next stock market crash

Trading by quant funds has soared to 27.1% of all stock market trading, up from 13.6% in 2013, according to a series of reports by the Wall Street Journal. These trades can last from minutes to months. Quant funds are different from algo-driven high-frequency trading (HFT) where trades last only …

Stock Markets

3D Size Comparison of Everything in the Universe is Awe-Inspiring

Like a cross between the opening credits of <i>Contact</i> and the Simpson’s Universe couch gag, this video gives us an ever expanding look at how the …

Universe

Fitbit buys Pebble's smarts, but not its products

The rumors were true: Fitbit is buying Pebble. Well, its talent and intellectual property, at least. The wearable maker confirmed today that it has acquired "specific assets" of Pebble, including key staff members and its software and firmware developments. Once a shining example of how …

The best home 3D printer for beginners (so far)

<i>By Signe Brewster</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>Though 3D printers …

Experience Design Essentials: Animated Microinteractions In Mobile Apps

Dariel Fitzkee, the famous magician, once said, “Magic is both in the details and in the performance.” Interaction design is just like that. …

Apps

Acer's 21-inch curved laptop behemoth is $9,000 - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The 21-inch curved display feels very immersive in games. There are a ton of fun features and extras, including a reversible touch/number pad, eye tracking cameras and swappable WASD keys. The mechanical keyboard is excellent for gaming.<p><b>The Bad</b> Even these high-end components don't fully …

Computer Hardware

Review: Face Browse Lets Users Scroll through Web Pages Hands Free

If you’ve ever tried using your iPhone or iPad to consult a manual or read a recipe while cooking or while arm-deep working under the hood of a car—any situation requiring both hands—you know how frustrating it can be to constantly have to reach over and flick the screen up to the next section. …

Handsfree

MIT Found a Way to Make Virtual Characters Interact With Background Video

One of the obvious tells that a computer-generated character isn’t real is the lack of interaction with the background they’ve been added to. It’s …

A man-made meteor shower launched by satellite could open the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Japanese research company ALE is bidding to create an artificial meteor shower for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The project, Sky Canvas, goes beyond your average fireworks display: It involves launching a satellite into space “loaded with about 500 to 1,000 ‘source …

Particles

Bill Gates' summer reading list will make your vacation a whole lot nerdier

On Tuesday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed his summer reading list, recommending five books he thinks you should check out this upcoming …

Bill Gates

How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid

A power pole collapses at 8 p.m. on a hot night in the remote outback of Australia. This is a problem for William and Olivia Munroe, who raise sheep …

Internet of Things

Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator

Siri co-founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus has been quietly working on a much-anticipated voice assistant powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning and integrations with third-party services. This product is called Viv and, in a world-first, Kittlaus just gave us a demo at TechCrunch Disrupt …

Artificial Intelligence

Anthony Bourdain Thinks You're Crazy for Eating Airplane Food

There's nothing Anthony Bourdain won't eat, but there's one place you won't see him eating.<p>There’s nothing Anthony Bourdain won’t eat—still-beating cobra heart in Ho Chi Minh City, seal eyeballs in Quebec—but there’s one place you won’t see him eating: on a plane. We talked to the host of CNN's</i> …

Ho Chi Minh City

Neural Networks in Javascript

Neural networks provide the possibility to solve complicated non linear problems. They can be used in various areas such as signal classi

Deep Learning

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Estonia

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

Designing a Better Notes App

<i>The ability to record and catalog thoughts is a popular market — to the tune of 100+ million users according to</i> <i>Evernote</i><i> — but the experience is still</i> …

Kickstarter

Visual Studio Code 1.0 Release

Visual Studio Code releases 1.0.Read the full article

Microsoft Visual Studio

What Happens When You Apply Machine Learning To Logo Design

The rise of neural networks and generative design have created new opportunities for designers. But what if it went the other way, and robots created a Skynet that kills off human designers (or at least their careers) once and for all?<p>A heady question. Depending on whether you embrace or fear the …

Machine Learning

Autodesk looks to future of 3D printing with Project Escher

Like so many organizations these days, Autodesk is a company in transition. It was until recently a traditional boxed software company selling licenses. Today, it’s moving to a subscription model. Yet its own business model disruption is only part of the story. As a company steeped in the …

3D Printing

High school student invents a cheaper hearing aid

A summer with his grandfather was all it took for him to be inspired.<p>When Mukund Venkatakrishnan was 14, he visited India and was tasked with helping his grandfather get tested and fitted for a hearing aid. He saw what a costly and difficult process it was and resolved to find an alternative.<p>"Since …

Hearing Aids

Senate bill draft would prohibit unbreakable encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government access data on a computer or mobile device with a warrant.<p>The draft is being finalized by the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard …

Privacy

How An Open-Source Cloud Storage Company Is Taking On Amazon and Google

The little guy, with big capacity<p>Backblaze's first server was built in a plywood box in 2007. Now the company, which is dedicated to offering personal cloud backups, stores 200 petabytes in total. (That's 200 million gigabytes.)<p>But this cloud storage company doesn't look like the big names in the …

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

This neural network ‘hallucinates’ the right colors into black and white pictures

The machine overlords of the future may now, if it pleases them, eliminate all black and white imagery from the history of their meat-based former masters. All they’ll need is this system from Berkeley computer scientist Richard Zhang, which allows a soulless silicon sentience to “hallucinate” …

Deep Learning

Using Card-Based Design To Enhance UX

Web and mobile apps move away from pages, towards completely personalized experiences. And this experience built on an aggregation of many individual</i> …

UI Design

Apple confirms killing your apps doesn't really save battery life

If you're still painstakingly killing all your apps in the hopes of squeezing out some extra battery life from your iPhone, you can officially …

Apps

Memory Consistency Models: A Primer

17 February 2016<p>The cause of, and solution to, all your multicore performance problems.<p>There are, of course, only two hard things in computer …

Software Development