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Firefighter Says Saving One Dog Is ‘More Important’ Than A Million Black People

Tyler Roysdon has been suspended for his racist Facebook post.<p>An Ohio fire department has suspended one of its volunteer firefighters for a racist Facebook post suggesting he’d prefer to save a dog in an emergency than a black person.<p>Tyler Roysdon, a volunteer for Franklin Township, wrote that if …

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Cinera Theater Headset

The first immersive personal theater headset, Cinera, wants to disrupt the entire home theatre industry. Cinera combines the comfort of watching …

Israeli Settlements Controversy Explained — and Why it Matters

A controversial U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel for building Jewish settlements on disputed land has ripped open old wounds.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry warned in his last major Mideast speech Wednesday that Israel was abandoning its chance for a two-state solution if it did not …

Israel

US aware of recent ISIS leader Baghdadi movements following months of no known sightings

<b>(CNN) —</b> After months of no signs of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a US official told CNN on Thursday, "in the last few weeks we've been aware of some of Baghdadi's movements."<p>Unverified social media reports circulated in recent weeks that Baghdadi might have been injured or killed, but several …

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

53 People Were Shot Over the Holiday Weekend in Chicago

Eleven people were killed and scores were injured by gun violence in several Chicago neighborhoods over a long and bloody holiday weekend, capping a …

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy

Nikolas Badminton Contributor<p>Nikolas Badminton is a researcher and futurist based in Vancouver, Canada, and provides opinions about humanity, the future of work and life with technology. His opinions and thoughts on the future can be seen at nikolasbadminton.com.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>2017: …

Genius builds robot that communicates in GIFs

Sometimes it may feel like only GIFs truly understand you. Well now you can make a bot that will always catch your drift.<p>A user on Imgur by the name …

Texting is forcing us to confront some uncomfortable truths about our weird personalities

A friend of mine had a baby a little while ago, her second. Her brother texted me a photograph of big sister Anna (one year old) staring at little brother Quinn (one day old) with the most incredible expression on her face: this mixture of excitement and happiness and utter bewilderment, and, …

Text Messaging

Everything We Think We Know About Samsung’s Next Galaxy Phone

Samsung is expected to release its first major smartphone since it recalled the Galaxy Note 7 sometime in early 2017.<p>The phone, which will presumably …

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People - MIT Technology Review

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene …

Cybersecurity

Review: Comparing Google Wifi to other mesh networking heavyweights

Which should you use to drench your house in sweet, sweet Wi-Fi signals?<p>Here at Ars, we’ve been rocking some high-tech Wi-Fi setups for a while—in …

Wi-Fi

Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum

Silicon Valley seems to have lost a bit of its verve since the Presidential election. The streets of San Francisco—spiritually part of the Valley—feel less crowded. Coffee-shop conversations are hushed. Everything feels a little muted, an eerie quiet broken by chants of protesters. It even seems as …

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, is having a productive autumn.<p>A couple of weeks ago, Snap filed confidential documents for a coming stock offering that could value the firm at $30 billion, which would make it one of the largest initial …

Elon Musk's OpenAI and Google's DeepMind release their AI playgrounds to everyone

Artificial intelligence developed by the likes of Google's DeepMind and Elon Musk's OpenAI is taught within the confines of game worlds – including …

Artificial Intelligence

Prefab’s Moment Of Reckoning

An experimental modular skyscraper holds lessons for the future of prefab . . . and the building industry in general.<p>Prefabrication has been an architecture industry obsession for decades, a promising technique in the race to build better, faster, and stronger. In the dogged quest to use this …

How the 404 Error Created the World Wide Web

It's the bane of every web surfer, the internet's version of fingernails on the chalkboard. Click almost any link that dates back to pre-2005 and brace for the inevitable: "HTTP 404 Not Found."<p>Anyone who's spent time near an internet connection is familiar with the 404 error, a webserver's way of …

Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice

Amazon's Echo has made tangible the promise of an artificially intelligent personal assistant in every home. Those who own the voice-activated gadget …

Aleppo Is Falling. What Does This Mean For Assad, ISIS and Russia?

A glimmer of hope went out as the guns which were momentarily silent in Syria's besieged Aleppo on Wednesday raged again.<p>The brief cessation of hostilities, reportedly brokered by Turkey and Bashar al-Assad supporting Russia, was broken with fierce bombings and gunfire.<p>A planned evacuation of …

Middle East

The cheapskate's guide to buying a new PC or Mac

Only suckers pay sticker price for a new Windows PC or Mac. If you're patient and willing to do some research, you can save hundreds of dollars and …

Google's Year in Search makes 2016 seem even more heartbreaking

Google has posted its top lists of most popular topics in 2016, and a lot of it is a painful reminder of all the great people that left us this …

Evernote's new privacy rules may let its employees read your notes

Evernote set off a minor fracas on Twitter Tuesday when it announced an upcoming change to its privacy policy that would enable company employees to "exercise oversight of machine learning technologies applied to account content" in order to improve the service. The changes, which will take effect …

I Am Paying $200,000 for Five Minutes in Space

On a blindingly bright January afternoon in 2010, I went to my bank to get a cashier's check for $20,000. It was my birthday, and I was buying myself the present I'd been waiting for my entire life: a trip to space.<p>This fat chunk of cash would become a 10 percent downpayment for a ticket aboard …

Silicon Valley has good reason to make nice with Donald Trump

Today the leaders of America’s most important technology companies — including Google co-founder Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — will go to Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect.<p>Silicon …

Uber’s self-driving cars start picking up passengers in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars are making the move to San Francisco, in a new expansion of its pilot project with autonomous vehicles that will see Volvo SUVs outfitted with sensors and supercomputers begin picking up passengers in the city.<p>The autonomous cars won’t operate completely driverless, for the …

Facebook's fake news problem, explained

News stories are supposed to help ordinary voters understand the world around them. But in the 2016 election, news stories online too often had the opposite effect. Stories rocketed around the internet that were misleading, sloppily reported, or in some cases totally made up.<p>Over the course of …

The Witness Review

A labyrinthine mystery through a brilliantly designed world.<p><i>Update: The Witness has been nominated for IGN's 2016 Game of the Year.</i><p>The Witness is a …

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10 Totally Unintentional 'Pokémon Go' Effects on Society

Dead bodies, nudes, live battlefields, and armed robbery have made their way into Pokémon, thanks to the real world.<p>Dead bodies, armed robbery, extreme homophobia, and militarized police forces weren't commonplace in the cheery world of Pokémon, but when Nintendo and mixed reality game developers …

Three Psychedelic Visions of the Future of V.R. Gaming

Ten years ago, at All Tomorrow’s Parties, a now-defunct music festival held occasionally in the rain-harangued British seaside town of Camber Sands, I attended a show by Lightning Bolt, a noise-rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island. They had set up in the center of a grubby hall at Pontins, …