Colin Dolcetti

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Microsoft’s new coding language is made for quantum computers

When one of the first personal computers, the Altair 8800 came along in 1976, Microsoft was ready with a programming language, Altair BASIC. It wants to be equally prepared when quantum computers go mainstream, so it has unveiled a new programming language and other tools for the futuristic tech at …

Quantum Computing

Nvidia says its new supercomputer will enable the highest level of automated driving

No steering wheels, no pedals, no mirrors<p>Nvidia, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of computer graphics cards, announced a new, more powerful computing platform for use in autonomous vehicles. The company claims its new system, codenamed Pegasus, can be used to power Level 5, fully …

Autonomous Cars

How to build the video game you wanted when you were 13

Tips from a guy who did it.<p><i>OK before we get started let's get one thing out of the way. The subject of this piece is our coworker and friend. We like him. This article is not meant to be a review and it is certainly not objective. This is a story about a guy who created an indie video game inspired</i> …

Windows Phone was a glorious failure

Looking back on the bumpy road taken by Microsoft’s most ambitious mobile OS<p>This past weekend, Microsoft made official what was already known for years: the Windows Phone mobile operating system is dead. There’ll be no further development, no miraculous Windows 10 Mobile revivals, and no further …

Blippar is helping your smartphone to “see” better

COO Danny Lopez says the AR and computer vision business will be profitable in 3/4 years.

Profit

Microsoft Dynamics 365 now offers service chatbots as part of AI push

Microsoft is tapping the power of AI to provide customers of its Dynamics 365 business applications suite with new features. The company announced a series of capabilities at its Ignite conference today focused on bringing intelligence to business processes, including a pre-built chatbot designed …

Apple: Face ID didn't fail at iPhone X launch, our staff did

Company says too many people tried to use Face ID on device backstage before its unveiling, highlighting a potential problem for prospective buyers<p>Apple has offered an explanation for an embarrassing glitch at the launch of its most expensive iPhone ever, arguing that the phone didn’t make an error …

Face ID

Moore’s Law can’t last forever—but two small changes might mean your phone battery will

In 1965, when computer technology was in its infancy, a pioneering computer engineer named Gordon Moore wrote a paper that shocked technologists at the time. Moore’s theory was that the power of computers would double every 12 months while the cost of that technology would fall by 50% over the same …

Engineering

Facebook wants to build 'your own virtual friend,' and it just took an important step

Facebook on Monday is releasing new software that artificial intelligence (AI) researchers can use to test their systems for having text …

How Apple's Acquisition of 'Dark Data' Startup Might Revolutionize AI

Apple has added yet another artificial intelligence and machine learning company to its roster of acquisitions. This time, it’s a relatively small …

Build software like Lego with this smart new developer tool

The cardinal rule in programming is “<i>Don’t repeat yourself</i>,” or DRY. It says that developers should only implement a particular functionality within a project once. Doing otherwise is bad, because it introduces technical debt and potential inconsistencies.<p>But it only really applies within the scope …

How to master the startup skills you don't learn in school

Got a million dollar idea but no way to make it a reality? It’s time to go back to school and get your startup education. Now you may be thinking, …

Amazon Echo now works as a home intercom

Amazon has just pushed an update for its Echo family of smart speakers that enables a handy room-to-room intercom feature, making it a whole lot easier to<p>snoopkeep an eye on your entire family.<p>If you’ve got multiple Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show devices around the house, you can now initiate …

Cortana in Edge now finds you lower prices while you shop

Microsoft Edge, working with Cortana, may soon be able to unearth lower prices on shopping websites. The pilot feature being rolled out starting today for the Windows 10 Creators Update will initially deliver price checks for 14 business including Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot.<p>Cortana on Edge can …

Scientists discover plants have 'brains' that decide when to sprout

Researchers are quickly learning that plants are far more complex than once thought. Not only has it been determined that plants are capable of …

Botany

Link About It: California's Coffee Crop Growth

Between San Diego and Santa Barbara, two dozen California farms have begun to grow coffee bushes under the shade of their aging avocado trees. This is the first commercial effort stateside, aside from Hawaii's 800 coffee farm deep Kona bean production. It's proven to be a viable crop, and the …

Coffee

Beautiful Sauna in Island of Helsinki

OOPEAA is a Finnish architecture studio based in Helsinki. It is on one of the islands of this archipelago that they have just realized a sauna named</i> …

Helsinki

Using color fonts for beautiful text and icons

In this post, we’ll introduce you to a text technology called <b>color fonts</b>. We’ll discuss what color fonts are, when they can be useful and how to use …

Shigeru Ban Architects unveil plans for the world’s tallest hybrid timber building

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban just unveiled plans for the world’s tallest timber hybrid high-rise, the Terrace House. Slated for …

Architecture

Giant glass orb in Paris is wrapped with a rotating solar sail that follows the sun

Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines teamed up to create the stunning, solar-powered Seine Musicale located on Seguin Island in Paris. The …

Design

How close should you get to a tornado?

Lawnmower man Theunis Wessels was photographed in Alberta nonchalantly gardening as a tornado looms in the background. A stormchaser explains what makes a ‘safe’ distance from a twister<p>A tornado touches down near Three Hills Alberta, and a flurry of footage appears online. But one photo goes viral: …

A startup backed by Bill Gates that's building an early cancer detection test just pulled off a big deal

Grail and Cirina are combining, the companies announced Wednesday. Terms of the merger weren't given.<p>Cirina was cofounded by Dennis Lo, a professor of chemical pathology, who is known for his work on noninvasive prenatal testing. The test uses a sample of blood to screen for cell-free DNA that can …

How artificial intelligence will transform IT operations and devops

To state that DevOps and IT operations teams will face new challenges in the coming years sounds a bit redundant, as their core responsibility is to solve problems and overcome challenges.<p>However, with the dramatic pace in which the current landscape of processes, technologies, and tools are …

Artificial Intelligence

Setting up a Shiny Development Environment within Linux on Windows 10

While I was getting Ruby on Rails to work nicely under Ubuntu on Windows 10 I took the opportunity to set up my *nix bash environment, which was …

HPE to buy Nimble Storage for $1.09 billion in hybrid IT push

(Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co said it would buy data storage provider Nimble Storage Inc for $1.09 billion in cash, to expand its presence in the fast-growing flash storage business.<p>Signs for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. cover the facade of the New York Stock Exchange November 2, …

IT

New macOS 10.13 URL reference suggests we won’t see the jump to macOS 11 this year

Apple hasn’t officially named the next major version of macOS just yet, but we’ll likely see it debut at WWDC 2017 on June 5 in San Jose.<p>Last year Apple used the conference to shift the name from OS X to macOS — matching the three other platforms including iOS, watchOS, and tvOS — but the version …