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Create your own AI-powered voice assistant with Matrix Voice

The Matrix Voice development board is a Raspberry Pi add-on you can use to build your own voice assistant. I got my hands on a review unit to see if someone who is “code illiterate” could make something out of it.<p>Some people have an affinity for programming and development. I’m not one of them. …

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The 4 Types of Problem-Solvers (and Why Knowing Which One You Are Will Make You More Successful)

There is more to motivation than ambition and work ethic. Learn how to recognize and maximize key drivers for business success.<p>Entrepreneurs are typically highly motivated individuals. Driven and ambitious, they see the reward in taking less predictable approaches and embracing routines that stray …

Trump just taught a master class in manipulating language to excuse abuse

The president’s statement on Rob Porter erased his accusers.<p>The latest excuse for assaulting women minimizes the violence so much we can contain it in just one short word: “it.”<p>Donald Trump lamented on Friday the loss of Rob Porter, who resigned from his powerful post as a staff secretaryat the …

Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment<p>In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to …

9 Writing Skills You Need to Have To Be Successful | Times Square Chronicles

9 Writing Skills You Need to Have To Be Successful<p>Which writing skills lead to success? How to develop them?<p>Read about writing skills; how to …

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

“He Wants a Killer”: Post-Bannon, Post-Nunes, Post-Kelly Friction, a Frustrated Trump Searches for a West Wing Reset

He pines for old campaign hands Jason Miller, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie—but will Ivanka have the final say?<p>After the much-hyped Nunes memo failed to deliver the narrative reset that the White House hoped for, <b>Donald Trump</b> is discussing a shake-up to his West Wing, three sources familiar …

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Here's how much your personal information is selling for on the dark web

Not everything on the dark web is illegal, but it is a huge marketplace for stolen data and personal information. After a data breach or hacking incident, personal information is often bought and sold on the dark web by identity thieves looking to make money off your good name-and any numbers or …

Private rocketeers snuck their own “star” into orbit, and it will be visible from earth

When Mike Melvill piloted the first private vehicle to reach space, he enjoyed a hidden bag of M&Ms in microgravity. Elon Musk put an enormous wheel of cheese in the first SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that took to orbit, inspired by Monty Python. And, when Rocket Lab’s Electron reached orbit for the …

Space Exploration

18 words and phrases smart people never include on their resumes

While it can be tempting to load a bunch of jargon and glowing language on your resume, there are certain terms and phrases that you should avoid.<p>So, …

You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube -- and 12 other facts to put the universe into perspective

If you unravelled all of the DNA in your body, it would span 34 billion miles, reaching to Pluto (2.66 billion miles away) and back ... 13 …

Trump Accuses Clinton of Deliberately Losing Election So He Could Be Impeached

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what might be his most startling allegation against his former election opponent, Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Hillary Clinton of deliberately losing the 2016 election just so that he could be impeached.<p>“How could one of the most experienced politicians in …

Microsoft rep installs Chrome mid-pitch because Edge keeps crashing

This is truly half-brutal, half-hilarious. A Microsoft employee was forced to pause his Azure presentation in the middle of a live demo session in order to install Google’s Chrome… because the company’s own Edge browser kept crashing.<p>But here is the best part: this comical occurrence was recorded …

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The simple formula Jeff Bezos used to turn Amazon into a $480 billion company

In the early 1990s, Jeff Bezos noticed something strange.<p>He was nearing 30, and it was at the dawn of the internet revolution. The web was nowhere near what it is today, but the thing that caught Bezos’ attention was that usage was picking up at a rate of 2,300% a year.<p>Not wanting to miss out, he …

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Accused of throttling Netflix, Verizon starts site to explain how Wi-Fi works

When it isn’t out to slay net neutrality or throttle internet speeds for Netflix and YouTube, it appears that Verizon wants to educate people about the internet.<p>The telecommunications conglomerate has quietly rolled out a pleasantly-designed interactive website that aims to explain how Wi-Fi works …

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

The interaction between radio transmissions and high-energy particles in space sometimes forms a shield around the planet, protecting it from dangerous cosmic phenomena.<p>The next time someone says you’re living in a bubble, remind them that we all are.<p>A pair of NASA space probes have detected an …

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Yet another reason Donald Trump is bad news: He’s utterly lacking in “integrative complexity” — and that’s dangerous

Trump’s lack of “balance, nuance and sophistication” is obvious — and it’s likely to get many people killed<p>Last January, the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, eerily declared that “it looks like the world is preparing for war.” In fact, many notable commentators agree with this …

Orbit: SciFi UX/UI Design Kit for Adobe Photoshop

Orbit, a scifi inspired UX/UI design kit with lots of futuristic web elements for Adobe Photoshop.The creative folks of design studio Nice To Must …

China's glass walkway opens in Tianmen mountain

If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux Laptop That Fits in Your Pocket

I made this little Nintendo DS sized computer using a Raspberry Pi and a bunch of off-the-shelf parts. It is a fully functional linux computer that can do most things a full system can (games, web stuff, videos, music etc).<p>You can also output the video to an external monitor, transforming it into a …

Working Lego Particle Accelerator

Jason of JK Brickworks is at it again, this time building the “Large Brick Collider” (LBC), a working Lego “particle accelerator” that uses a Lego soccer ball as its particle. It can accelerate that ball up to 12.5 kilometers per hour (7.5 MPH).<p>Jason describes he build:<p>This working particle …

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Neural Networks: What Are They, And Why Is The Tech Industry Obsessed With Them?

The likes of Google and Facebook are pegging their futures on neural networks. Here’s why they’re the future of computing.<p>From Deep Dream to Deep Drumpf, everyone’s talking about neural networks these days. But what the heck <i>are</i> neural networks and what do they mean for the future of computing and …

Meet KATIA, a robotic arm that wants to do it all

Some people very strongly believe that robots will eventually replace humans in the workforce. Those people probably wouldn't like KATIA, a surprisingly versatile robot arm we just met here at CES. Carbon Robotics founders Rosanna Myers and Dan Corkum managed to build an industrial-grade robotic …

100 Life Hacks You Need To Read To Start Your 2016 Right

<i>What are some of the best life tips? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of CEOLifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p>Over the past 31 years of my life, I've learned a lot through my …

50 priceless gifts your children will treasure for life (that don’t cost a cent)

What are the best gifts to give your children?<p>The latest smartphone? A new laptop? A fun vacation?<p>There’s nothing wrong with giving children material …

Understanding Natural Light Part 1: Quality of Light

Light has different qualities, and by understanding those differences and using them in your favor, you can become a better image maker. From my …

Natural Light

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …