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Science Has Just Uncovered the World's Easiest Hack for Faster Learning

Want a five to 15 percent boost in learning speed? Then make this dead simple change to your study habits.<p>We've all spent a minimum of a decade in formal education, so you'd think that in all that time, we'd have at least mastered the most basic principles of how to study efficiently. But study …

The Latest: Google seen ahead in some areas, no so in others

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) —<p>The Latest from Google's software conference (all times local):<p>1:45 p.m.<p>Google is catching up to competitors Facebook, …

Virtual Reality

Watch out, Alexa: Google’s Assistant is the next step in voice interfaces

Google’s I/O conference is going on right now, and the very first thing that CEO Sundar Pichai announced was the Google Assistant. Rather than being entirely new, it’s an evolution of the voice-search interface, modeled on <i>Star Trek</i>‘s omniscient computer, which the company has been working on for …

Google launches Gboard, an iOS keyboard that lets you search without a browser

Google this morning launched a new application for iOS devices called Gboard that puts the power of Google search directly into your mobile device’s keyboard. This keyboard had been rumored to be in development earlier this year, and it appears the original reports were accurate. Not only does the …

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

<b>Research indicates the brain’s frontal cortex controls vision; it leaves out things in plain sight.</b><p>A sportscaster lunges forward. “Interception! Drew …

Everything we know about the iPhone 7

Rumors about the iPhone 7 started emerging even before the iPhone 6s was released last September.<p>Since then, new rumors have been flowing thick and fast — like a lava flow, constantly moving forward and plowing through everything in its path.<p>Some of these rumors are more credible than others. But …

Mobile Technology

Welcome to GoogleBank, Facebook Bank, Amazon Bank, and Apple Bank

How would you like to bank with Apple, Google, Amazon, or Facebook? This is the question Fujitsu has just asked a sample of some 7,000 people …

15 stunning photos of the world's most interesting cities

This year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is now officially accepting entries, and the submissions that have already come in are pretty mind-blowing.<p>There are three categories to which photographers can submit their work: nature, cities, and people.<p>The grand-prize …

Photography

You Think You Have Free Will? Science Says Think Again

Are we really so good at decision-making? Or do we fool ourselves?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You make decisions every day, don't you?<p>You assert yourself hourly. Especially if you're American.<p>You take life by the horns and …

Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnership, Movidius is making another pretty significant announcement regarding their Myriad 2 processor. They’ve incorporated it into a new USB device called the <i>Fathom Neural Compute Stick</i>.<p>You can plug the Fathom into …

Netflix posts a mixed Q1 but adds 6.74M new subscribers

Despite adding a record number of new users in the first quarter, Netflix is having a no good, very bad day.<p>The company reported earnings of 6 cents per share — a beat — but missed on revenue targets with $1.96 billion in revenue. Analysts were expecting earnings of 3 cents per share on $1.97 …

Relationships: opposites do not attract, scientists prove

People do not form friendships or reationships with people who do not hold the same values, views and prejudices, scientists have shown<p>The theory that opposites attract is a myth, scientists have found, after discovering that people are only attracted to those who hold the same views and values as …

Your next apartment could come with a 'smart lock' installed

Instead, Latch is making its first smart door lock available to real estate developers, so that apartments will come fully equipped with the high-tech entry system. Because Latch is a smart lock, there are no keys required; the lock is operated by passcode and smartphone integrations.<p>For most …

Real Estate

New Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress to Block State-Level Efforts to Weaken Smartphone Encryption

A new bill introduced in U.S. Congress today by representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX) would attempt to block state-level efforts to ban sales of strongly encrypted smartphones, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>.<p>The federal bill will need to pass the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, …

Privacy

Light-triggered nanoparticles kill drug-resistant bacteria

Many current attempts at killing drug-resistant "superbugs" amount to racing against time, whether it's improving research technology or developing germ-fighting techniques that are less likely to promote resistance. That's not really an effective long-term strategy, is it? However, University of …

HoloLens will only have a 5.5 hour battery life

HoloLens, Microsoft's augmented reality headset, will only have a battery life of 5.5 hours.<p>New details of the wireless headset were made public by …

Busting the Hype Behind Deep Neural Networks

An MIT cognitive science researcher questions the 'unreasonable reputation' of neural networks.<p>Many technologists who are not also neuroscientists would like us to believe that human-like artificial intelligence—or something close to it—is right around the corner. Just a discovery or two away. Less …

Hoverboard maker under fire for counterfeit certification marks

Leading hoverboard manufacturer Swagway is under fire for allegedly selling products with counterfeit UL safety marks.<p>Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories issued a notification Friday that Swagway marketed and sold hoverboards bearing the UL mark without being evaluated to "any standard of …

Why top scientists are so worried about intelligent machines

The world's spookiest philosopher is Nick Bostrom, a thin, soft-spoken Swede. Of all the people worried about runaway artificial intelligence, killer …

Senior bitcoin developer says currency 'failed experiment'

Mike Hearn, a prominent developer of the cryptocurrency, has sold his coins and quit work on bitcoin citing deep-seated issues<p>A senior bitcoin developer has declared the cryptocurrency a failed experiment, blaming the end of the currency on the refusal of the community to adopt new standards which …

Bitcoin

Uber, Lyft drivers know they will be replaced by self-driving cars

Kristina Lara could easily be the poster child for Lyft. A single mother, Lara began driving for the ride-hailing startup in Dallas-Fort Worth to …

Facebook Wants to Kill Phone Numbers Forever

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The Algorithms Are Taking Over: Who Controls Our Online Future?

The online world is becoming an ever-more-important piece of our societal existence. In the US, people have become so glued to their phones that 10% of all pedestrian emergency room visits are now from cell phones and not a week goes by without another report of what has become “death by …

Internet

Spare tires become obsolete with new technology

<b>Q: I recently purchased a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. This model did not come with a spare tire. A co-worker of mine purchased a 2014 Chevy Camaro. It too has no spare tire. They do provide this huge foam molding</b> <b>where the spare and jack would be. They give you this little motor and pump in there instead.</b> …

The coolest tech of 2016 is about to go on display at CES

Want a hint at what gadgets and gizmos are coming this year? The world is about to find out, as innovators gather next week at CES, the preeminent technology expo.<p>CES is where the latest, greatest and not-so-greatest inventions get put on display each year.<p>At this year's CES, the tech industry is …

Virtual Reality

Congress Extends 'Ceasefire' On Medical Marijuana, but Can They Clear the Smoke?

President Obama extended a federal “cease fire” in the 20-year war on state medical cannabis programs on Friday evening, when he signed theFY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill. The bill contains the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment which prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with state …

Apple unveils official 25-hour battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6S

Apple's iPhones have long been a source of battery anxiety, with third-party battery cases easing these worries by offering extra juice when you need it. Now, Apple has unveiled its own Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, quietly posting the product on its online stores (as spotted …

Porsche's Tesla-fighting Mission E concept car gets green light for production

The Porsche Mission E, arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful concept cars to debut in 2015, was a huge hit at the Frankfurt auto show a few months ago — but the company hadn't committed to actually building the thing. Now, with a new press release, Porsche says that the Mission E will …