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The clean energy megaprojects powering Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> From an Africa-shaped mega solar plant powering Kigali, Rwanda, to a massive geothermal plant harvesting the power of Kenya's hot springs, renewable energy plants are popping up around the continent.<p>Sub-Saharan Africa is desperately short of power and roughly 620 million Africans live …

Renewable Energy

White House pledges $400 million for 5G research

Following yesterday's FCC vote to adopt new rules to guide the development of 5G technology, the Obama Administration is pledging support for research. More specifically, the White House announced a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative that will be led by the National Science …

You hired some star designers. Great! Now what?

Memo to the C-suite: Lean into design thinking, building and communication as core to your leadership team.<p>Innovative tech companies know that great technology and marketing will get you partway to success. Great design — and talented designers — must be central to your company to truly unlock the …

Design

29 Photos That Will Make Developers Laugh Every Time

Geek jokes are the best jokes.

Sketch now has a dedicated extension page for designers and developers

There are lots of Sketch plugins and integrations, but keeping track of them can be tedious. Now, you won’t have to — Sketch has an official extensions page.<p>Split into two categories — plugins and integrations — the Sketch extension page has a few featured offerings, as well as a link to a deeper …

Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

Driverless Cars

10 things in tech you need to know today

Happy Friday! Here's the technology news you need to know this Friday.<p><b>1. Google's parent company, Alphabet, is trying to sell Boston Dynamics, the robotics company it bought in late 2013.</b> Among the potential buyers are Toyota and Amazon.<p><b>2. Some Apple engineers say that they'd rather quit than help</b> …

Startups

10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple CEO Tim Cook. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson<p>Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Friday.<p><b>1. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is meeting investors to save her job while laying off over 400 people.</b> Mayer has apparently taken a more "defensive stance" to the idea of selling Yahoo's core …

Startups

Google’s AI just cracked the game that supposedly no computer could beat

Computers have slowly started to encroach on activities we previously believed only the brilliantly sophisticated human brain could handle. IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Grand Master Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, and in 2011 IBM’s Watson beat former human winners at the quiz game <i>Jeopardy.</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Finland's new national emoji include a heavy metal guy and a Nokia 3310

Finland, that northern European haven of moose, death metal, and milk, has just become the first country to create a set of national emoji. More than 30 Finland-specific emoji will be available to download on the web worldwide on December 30th, <i>The Guardian</i> reports.<p>So far Finland's foreign ministry …

Nokia 3310

Relics of the Cold War

Project info<p>The Cold War is over — yet signs of it still exist. For forty years the Iron Curtain divided the countries of Europe into East and West. The arms race was unleashed, nuclear fallout shelters were constructed, and everyone braced for the worst. Martin Roemers has spent ten years in …

Cold War

4 UX habits for improving interaction design

Interaction design demands continuous personal improvement. It’s a discipline that remains exciting because of the continual stream of new ideas and technical capabilities.<p>But keeping up with all the trends can equally become overwhelming. Developing some proven UX habits makes your job as a …

UX Design

Surreal Self-Portraits Communicate the Isolation of Depression

Edward Honaker’s series of dreamlike images expose his personal struggle with depression and allow viewers to further understand the sensitive topic that is mental illness. Diagnosed at 19, the young artist chose to explore the potential of communicating his emotions through a collection of …

Adobe explains how space images are 'Photoshopped'

It's not exactly a secret that those glorious space images NASA and other space agencies release go through extensive "Photoshopping," just like magazines and billboard ads. Now, Adobe has explained what exactly happens during the post-processing stage in its latest blog post. First of all, the …

University of Washington

From disc to device: Under Blu-ray's next Digital Bridge

The promise of a simple way to watch your DVD and Blu-ray discs on your phone or tablet has long eluded studios. Now the upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray format has a new method called Digital Bridge. Will it work?<p>Hollywood studios live in mortal fear of piracy, and nowhere is that fear more evident than …

Televisions

Norway Becomes Home to the 'World's Largest Outdoor Mural'

It’s a humongous girl, curled in slumber on a roof.<p>Where can a giant go in the city to catch a surreptitious nap? A sprawling rooftop wouldn’t be a bad idea, as demonstrated in this humongous artwork that Ella & Pitr recently did in Norway.<p>The street-painting duo executed <i>Lilith and Olaf</i> for the …

These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

Apps

Polaroid Snap: A New 10MP Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid today announced its new 10-megapixel Polaroid Snap instant digital camera, which the brand calls “the perfect blend of nostalgic Polaroid …

Mobile Photography
SEO
SEO

Stocks crash to push more China cash into global real estate

A wall of Chinese money is heading for global real estate as local investors look for alternatives to the country's crashing stock markets.<p>Chinese buyers have already spent billions in the U.S., UK and Australia, causing property prices to rise -- and experts say much more cash is on its way.<p>The …

Real Estate

The agonizingly slow decline of Adobe Flash Player

<i>By Jared Newman</i><p>This story on Adobe Flash was supposed to turn out a bit differently.<p>The idea was to talk with some of the biggest websites still using Adobe's browser plugin, which has fallen out of favor within tech circles for its constant security issues and thirst for system resources. Maybe …

Report: Kaspersky developed malware to trip up competition

<i>Reuters</i> reports that a pair of former employees have accused Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs of building malware to trick its competition into flagging and quarantining important, non-viral, files on customers' computers. Basically the malware would inject malicious bits of code into important PC files …

6 web design trends taking over the Internet

We’re already halfway through 2015, and in the last few months we’ve seen many trends come and go. What has not gone, however, is the deliberate movement to get back to the basics without unnecessary features.<p>The days of cluttered pages overflowing with information have passed, and they’re being …

Artist Creates Mind-Bending Optical Illusions on the Palm of His Hand

Italian makeup artist Luca Luce uses the palm of his hand to showcase mind-bending optical illusions. With the help of perspective, clever shadow placement, and a photorealistic style of drawing, he produces surreal, three-dimensional artwork that tells fantastical stories in stunning detail.<p>In a …

Art

How NYC’s First Underground Park Will Capture Sunlight

Turning an abandoned New York City trolley station from underground derelict into a verdant park has obvious appeal. Who doesn’t love reclaimed spaces, public fraternity, and promethean wresting of heavenly light cast down by modern technology? The Lowline project ticked enough boxes to become an …

New York City