Angus Kirkwood

76 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 1 Following | @AngusKirkwood | Keep up with Angus Kirkwood on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Angus Kirkwood”

Amazon lets anyone put Alexa voice control in their devices

Amazon released the Alexa Appkit last month in hopes that developers will create cool new features for the voice technology that powers the Echo. This time, the e-commerce giant is offering the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) itself as a developer preview, which both hobbyists and legit hardware …

Smart Homes

This is what The Grid's 'AI' website builder looks like

You might have heard about The Grid — it’s been endlessly running banner advertising on every tech website out there for the last few months. What you might not know is what it actually is.<p>On first look at its landing page, I thought it wasn’t real. The company claims it uses “artificial …

Z E1: a connected high-quality camera with interchangeable lenses

Small cameras are convenient, but they are often very limited. A new Kickstarter project aims to change this standard by offering a product that is portable, yet offers the advantages of a full-sized, expensive camera. They call it the E1 by Z, and it looks rather promising.<p>What makes the Z …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Cornell's website can ID bird species through photos

Casual birdwatchers may want to bookmark Merlin Bird Photo ID, a website created by Cornell University and the Visipedia research project. Thanks to powerful artificial intelligence techniques, the website can identify birds in photos you upload, so long as they're species found in the US and …

Birds

A Fundraising Template Every Entrepreneur Can Use

Raising massive rounds these days is so commonplace that most of us tune out fundraising news altogether. The fundraising environment has changed so dramatically over the past four years, it’s almost incomprehensible to those of us who lived through it.<p>A lot has been made of how ridiculous …

The Backed Pack: Nuimo smart controller is one disc to rule them all

<i>Each week our friends at Backerjack provide an update on a hot crowdfunded tech gadget. This week we profile Nuimo, which has tripled its funding goal.</i><p>With the number of apps for it slowly increasing, the smartwatch has a shot at supplanting — or at least complementing — the smartphone as the …

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/22/1432295430368/bd29904a-22b6-4b92-a6fc-230833a7305c-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

European Travel

Ex-Skypers Launch Virtual Whiteboard Deekit

Although seriously long in the tooth and being disrupted by a plethora of startups, for many years Skype has existed as an almost ubiquitous app in any remote team’s toolkit.<p>So it seems apt that a new startup founded by a team of ex-Skype employees is set to tackle another aspect of online …

Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rob Go is a co-founder and partner at seed-stage VC NextView Ventures and writes on the firm’s blog, the View from Seed.</i><p>During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these …

A New Meeting Platform Aims To Help Introverts Get Their Ideas Heard

Just launched out of beta, Attentiv aims to streamline meetings, cut down on useless chatter, and submit anonymous ideas and questions.<p>Send a meeting request and you can almost hear people groaning as they turn to dutifully enter the time in their calendars. Sitting in a conference room often …

Why Intel may be interested in spending over $13 billion on its biggest acquisition ever

In terms of revenue, buying Altera isn't going to move the needle for Intel, a massive company with over $55 billion in sales. Analysts estimate roughly $2.1 billion, or 4% of revenue, will be added to Intel's top line following this deal.<p>So why would Intel want to dole out all that money on this …

Wanna cheat? Use these apps to make sure you don't get caught

A survey conducted by affairs and dating site Victoria Milan revealed that 45% of people have either cheated — or contemplated cheating — on their partner because the other person pays too much attention to their phone.<p>And that's not the only way that our smartphones goad our unfaithful tendencies. …

Nazis 'built underground nuclear weapons facility using slave labour'

Austrian documentary-maker believes he has uncovered a sealed complex of underground tunnels in the town where notorious Gusen II concentration camp was, larger than previously thought<p>New evidence has emerged of a possible underground nuclear weapons facility built by the Nazis that has lain secret …

Archaeology

Should I worry about the life of my SSD?

Rick Maybury says that you will need to be careful about running certain programs if you install an SSD - some can shorten their lifespan<p><i>I have Norton 360 and Norton Utilities 16 installed on my laptop. After swapping the original hard drive on the PC for a SSD, a warning message was displayed from</i> …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Technology firms

In December 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season.<p>Bankers and lawyers are being priced out of office space in downtown San Francisco; all of the space in eight tower blocks being built has been taken by …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

Pinc is a whimsical VR iPhone case that tracks your hands

Virtual reality goes neon<p>There are as many kinds of VR headsets as there are proposed uses for the nascent technology. There's the famous Oculus Rift, made of somber black plastic with thick foam padding. There's Samsung's white, bulbous Gear VR and Sony's glowing, <i>Tron-</i>like Project Morpheus. …

PlayStation TV review

It's almost a year now since we first looked at Vita TV - the Japanese version of PlayStation TV, which finally launched in the UK a couple of days …

I Can’t Stop Playing This Incredible Horror Game, Even Though It’s A Free Demo

Three months ago, a free downloadable game called "P.T." showed up on the PlayStation Store — and the horror genre has never been the same.<p>People didn't know it at the time, but the game, seemingly built by a completely unknown developer called "7780s Studios" (it's actually from Konami, more on …

The Challenges of Marketing a High-Priced Product

<i>Firas Kittaneh is the CEO of One Mall Group.</i><p>Businesses make a killing selling products that rarely cost more than a hundred dollars. Take Warby Parker and H&M, for instance. It’s hard not to smile at the prices; it’s easy to swipe your credit card too.<p>For companies that offer single items worth …

At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

Back in the 1960s Jean-Luc Godard made his name in the French New Wave by breaking cinematic rules. Some 40 years later, he's still doing things his own way. Now, at age 83, he's taking on 3-D in a new film called <i>Goodbye to Language,</i> which shared the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film …

Where’s the profit in the internet of things? Hint: not in the things

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>If you’re in the internet of things arena, you probably have some sort of gizmo to sell. Good for you. But the real revenue …

The Backed Pack: A Firefox OS streaming device, a smart security system, & a slo-mo camera

<i>Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns.</i><p>Matchstick<p>Matchstick is a new streaming dongle powered by Mozilla’s Firefox OS. The small stick is a completely new product category for the OS, standing apart with its completely open …

This App Can Scan and Solve Math Equations Instantly

A viral video about a new app looks like a dream come true for anyone who struggles with math.<p>Based on the promo clip, PhotoMath, dubbed a “smart …

Kano Makes Building Your Own Computer And Learning To Code As Easy As Legos, And You Can Buy One Today

Today, Kano is now available to the public, allowing anyone looking to learn how to code and construct their own computer. The $149 kit includes all the parts you need to get started, minus the display screen, which you'll need to provide.<p>While anyone can learn a lot from Kano's step-by-step …

Is Popcorn Time Safe? Pirate Bay, Netflix Comparisons Provide Little Legal Clarification

Millions of users have downloaded Popcorn Time since the torrent software debuted earlier this year, both for its ease of use and the clean interface …

Here's what you can earn at the 20 top tech companies

While there’s debate over whether there’s a shortage of qualified tech workers, there’s one thing no one argues about: Tech companies pay their employees well.<p>We’ve heard of senior engineers getting a base salary of $160,000, with stock options and other benefits on top. Some interns are earning …

This gadget can knock drones and Google Glass offline

Bothered by gadgets like Google Glass that can, theoretically, be used to snoop on you in public? Then why not get your own gadget that can knock them all offline?<p>That's what the creators of Cyborg Unplug promise. Billed as a "wireless anti-surveillance system," Unplug is, essentially, a portable …