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36 Hours in Lisbon

Forget Lisbon as the budget capital of Europe. Yes, the seafood is still (relatively) cheap, as is the wine. The old canary-yellow trams still rattle along steep hills, and you’ll never pay more than a euro and change for a pastéis de nata, the classic Portuguese pastry. But today the Portuguese …

European Travel

AI-Powered Drug Developer Hits $2 Billion Valuation, Plans Hires

Benevolent AI, a London-based startup that’s using artificial intelligence to discover new drugs, has received $115 million in additional funding to …

Artificial Intelligence

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person—from just a few seconds of video

Transporting yourself into a video game, body and all, just got easier. Artificial intelligence has been used to create 3D models of people’s bodies …

Artificial Intelligence

Qualcomm’s new vision chips can power sports cams, security cameras, and robots

Qualcomm is introducing a new line of chips today that are custom-made for smart cameras. The new line is called the Vision Intelligence Platform, and it’s meant to get AI features, extreme low-light image processing, image stabilization, and computer vision abilities into more cameras — and to do …

Supercomputers

PayPal wants to give you a debit and ATM card

PayPal is looking to round its digital wallet service with the introduction of debit cards that you can use to make payments and withdraw cash at ATMs, reports The Wall Street Journal.<p>That’s in addition to other banking services like being able to deposit a check to your account by taking a picture …

FinTech

Virtual robots that teach themselves kung fu could revolutionize video games - MIT Technology Review

In the not-so-distant future, characters might practice kung-fu kicks in a digital dojo before bringing their moves into the latest video game.<p>AI …

Kung Fu

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

Android Phones

Apple facilities now use 100 percent clean energy

Apple is patting itself on the back for hitting its goal of 100 percent clean energy. All of the tech company's facilities around the world are …

Renewable Energy

Prototype Satellite Launched on SpaceX Rocket Will Try to Clean Up Space Junk

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite launched into space on Monday will test two methods for removing debris from orbit.<p>On the whole, space is mostly empty, but the space around the Earth is anything but. Earth’s orbit is full of thousands of satellites, pieces of debris, and junk from the thousands of …

Space Exploration

This clever new font combines braille with Latin and Japanese alphabets

In an effort to make braille more accessible for the visually impaired in signage and printed media, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has hit upon a novel solution that merges those characters with English and Japanese alphabets, so they appear in the same place.<p>Essentially, the fonts in …

Typography

Fast, efficient optoelectronic chips to hit market next year

MIT spin off company Ayar Labs is combining light and electronics to create faster, more efficient computers. The new optoelectronic chips are …

Nanotech

A Chinese e-commerce giant is becoming a major investor in facial-recognition technology

In China, there are three startups valued at over a billion dollars each specializing exclusively in facial recognition. Alibaba is now an investor in two of them.<p>The e-commerce giant announced today it recently led a $600 million funding round in SenseTime, a Hong Kong-based company that provides …

Artificial Intelligence

Cisco Switches in Iran, Russia Hacked in Apparent Pro-US Attack

<b>A significant number of Cisco switches located in Iran and Russia have been hijacked in what appears to be a hacktivist campaign conducted in protest</b> …

Information Security

Documentary ‘Do You Trust This Computer?’ free to stream courtesy of Elon Musk

A new documentary from the director of <i>Who Killed the Electric Car?</i> is now available to stream for free this weekend, courtesy of entrepreneur Elon …

Elon Musk

Top Free eBooks for Web Designers & Web Developers

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — help authoring tool<p>Web design and web development are the niches that are extremely popular …

Web Design

MIT's wearable device can 'hear' the words you say in your head

If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile …

Wearable Tech

Elon Musk warns that AI could become an 'immortal dictator'

Authoritarianism is nothing new.<p>But at least Mussolini and Hitler died. In the age of artificial intelligence, we could create "an immortal dictator …

Artificial Intelligence

An introduction to projectM

Many people have seen music visualizations before, whether in a music player on their computer, at a live concert, or possibly on a home stereo …

Concerts

NASA's X-Plane is designed to fly at supersonic speeds without the sonic boom

NASA wants to prove that it can fly a plane faster than the speed of sound without blasting American neighborhoods below with sonic booms.<p>Previously, …

Aviation

Google's talking AI is indistinguishable from humans

Tacotron 2 is Google's new text-to-speech system, and as heard in the samples below, it sounds indistinguishable from humans.<p>From Quartz:<p>The system …

Columbia University

Microsoft offers public courses to build AI skills

San Francisco, April 3 (IANS) Microsoft has added a new track to its Professional Programme courses to help people working in the IT industry build …

Artificial Intelligence

This bonkers Chinese phone holds as much juice as the average laptop

It’s no secret I’m a little obsessed with obscure Chinese phone brands. As someone largely bored of the iterative nature of Apple and Samsung’s devices, the intriguing and distinct handsets pumped out of Shenzhen’s factories by the truckload have caught my interest.<p>Take, for example, the Blackview …

Mobile Technology

Intel brings a six-core i9 CPU to laptops

With its latest batch of 8th-generation Core chips for laptops, Intel is focused on delivering even more desktop-like performance. Just take a look at its new six-core monster processor, the Core i9-8950HK. We were impressed that the company was able to bring quad-core chips to ultraportables with …

Computer Hardware

Rant: In-app browsers are annoying and mostly useless

I have a pet peeve. In the past couple of years, it’s become increasingly common for apps to use built-in browsers rather than directing you to Chrome, Safari, or your browser of choice when you open a link. This is annoying at best, and counterproductive at worst – and it should stop being the …

Apps

Microsoft now offers public courses for building AI skills

Microsoft has added an AI track to its Professional Program courses. The track is open to the public and is comprised of nine online courses -- each of which take eight to 16 hours to complete -- as well as a final project. "The program provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to …

Online Education

With 'Siren,' Unreal Engine blurs the line between CGI and reality

Epic Games has been obsessed with real-time motion capture for years, but the company is now trying to take its experiments with the technology one step further. Enter "Siren," a digital personality that it created alongside a few prominent firms in the gaming industry: Vicon, Cubic Motion, …

Epic Games

Scientists Say They Have Developed A Memory-Restoring Prosthetic For The Human Brain

Scientists may have just developed the first successful memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain. Using technology that can truly be called a “brain hack,” they report being able to boost memory by about 35% over a baseline measurement.<p>This first-of-its-kind implant study took a novel …

The Brain

Nvidia stuns by driving a car in real life through virtual reality

Today at Nvidia’s GTC conference the company unveiled a wild technology demo and it’s straight out of Black Panther. Simply put, a driver using virtual reality was remotely controlling a car in real life.<p>“He’s not with us,” Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, said pointing the driver on the stage. “He’s …

Virtual Reality

Brains Cling to Old Habits When Learning New Tricks

Using a brain-computer interface, scientists are beginning to learn why learning is hard.<p>The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to learn. As …

Machine Learning