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Snapchat Is Redesigning Its Redesign

After unveiling a massive redesign late last year to much criticism, Snapchat appears to be changing a few things back to its old model.<p>The redesign …

Kylie Jenner

MIT wants to control your dreams with a glove

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a device that allows a person to maintain a semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleeping.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> There’s now a working “sleep interface,” in the form of a device that allows humans to have a small amount …

MIT

Intel is ditching its wearables effort

Intel on Wednesday confirmed it has chosen to close its New Devices Group, which has worked on augmented reality glasses and other consumer …

Augmented Reality

Boosted's $750 Mini is the electric skateboard that won't kill your wallet

Christmas is coming early this year.<p>Boosted, makers of the immensely popular Boosted Board electric skateboards, is back with not one, not two, not …

Gear & Gadgets

Nike's 3D-printed textiles make running shoes even lighter

Nike's use of 3D printing to craft ever-better performance shoes has reached its next logical level. The company has introduced Flyprint, the first 3D-printed textile upper for performance footwear. The material is ultimately a TPU filament melted and applied in layers, but the geometry is the key: …

3D Printing

Netflix CEO says apps are the new TV channels

Apple boss Tim Cook predicted in 2015 that “the future of TV is apps.” That future is here, says one of media’s biggest CEOs. Launching a TV network is now as easy as building an app.<p>“The great thing now is it’s easier to create a TV network, called an app,” said Netflix chief executive Reed …

Televisions

Twitter has removed over 1.2 million accounts for promoting terrorism

Twitter released its biannual Transparency Report today and it shared stats on how it continues to handle terrorist content. Overall, since August of 2015, the company has removed over 1.2 million accounts that promoted terrorism. During the second half of last year, it permanently suspended …

Internet

Appalachians are slow to adopt new technology for a surprising (and refreshing) reason

We have a lot to learn from folks who resist the latest gadgets.<p>When people hear “Appalachia,” stereotypes and even slurs often immediately jump to mind, words like “backwards,” “ignorant,” “hillbilly” or “yokel.” But Appalachian attitudes about technology’s role in daily life are extremely …

Political Advertising

Curved iPhone mockups look like Nokia’s famous ‘banana phone’

Apple is reportedly working on a curved iPhone that would allow users to control it by hovering their hands over the screen.<p>Unlike the edges seen on Samsung’s curved handsets, or the subtle curves seen on the iPhone X, Apple’s new design supposedly curves “inward gradually from top to bottom.” To …

Phones

MIT's Wearable Headset Can Hear The Words You Say In Your Head

This is not science fiction.<p>Lorrie Lejeune/MIT<p>The idea of humans being able to read each other’s minds has almost exclusively been the domain of …

Wearable Tech

YouTube HQ shooter Nasim Aghdam ran video channels

The San Bruno Police Department identifies the shooter, who reportedly maintained her own YouTube video channels.<p>The San Bruno Police Department has confirmed that the woman who shot and injured three people at YouTube's headquarters before turning the gun on herself was Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a …

San Mateo County

Police use Apple Watch health data as evidence in murder case

Your smartphone knows plenty about you, and it's that health data that's apparently been key to solving an Australian murder case.<p>In September 2016, …

Apple Watch

This Guy Spent a Year and a Half Building a Cake-Baking Robot

Robotics is mostly failure and a little pure joy.<p>Ok, so it doesn't bake the cake. But this messy, imperfect robot, made by the YouTuber 52 Skillz, successfully mixes cake batter from scratch. The long, arduous process is detailed in this video.<p>What's so great about hearing the process behind the …

Robotics

Tesla: Crash was worsened by missing freeway barrier shield

DETROIT (AP) — A missing or damaged safety shield on the end of a California freeway barrier worsened the impact of a crash involving a Tesla SUV that killed a man last week, the electric car maker said on its website.<p>The company also said in the statement that it doesn't know what caused the Model …

Tesla

Why Walmart Is Testing Robots In Stores—and Here's What It Learned

Inside 50 of Walmart’s U.S. stores, robots resembling vacuum cleaners affixed with small, sleek towers, patrol the aisles, checking whether the …

Robotics

Craigslist is killing off its Personals ads to keep sex traffickers at bay

Craigslist, the global classified ad site, is shuttering its Personal section for its US listings. The decision was taken in response to Congress passing the FOSTA bill from 2017 that makes sites liable for facilitating sex trafficking.<p>The site has previously come under fire – as far back as 2010 – …

Craigslist

Google Chrome’s next update will finally block autoplay videos that have sound

No more unexpected sound blasting out of your speakers<p>Google is finally getting serious about blocking annoying autoplay videos that start with the sound blaring. The next update to Chrome (version 66) will include changes to autoplay videos that mean the browser will only play them automatically …

Google Chrome

FCC's net neutrality ruling gets pushback from big tech's lobbying group

The net neutrality fight rages on, and now tech's big lobbying group is signing on.<p>The Internet Association — a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group …

Net Neutrality

Tinder and Instagram are ‘crippling’ relationships, sex therapist Esther Perel says

On the latest Recode Decode, Perel says dating apps are giving us too many options, and other apps give us an excuse to be “psychologically gone.”<p>Most people would define “cheating” in a relationship as sleeping with another person, without your partner’s consent. But psychotherapist Esther Perel …

Relationships
Autonomous Cars
Guns

You can now pretend you’re in Disneyland on Google Maps

Make believe<p>If you’ve always wanted to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando or Disneyland in California, but don’t like the idea of long lines, humid weather, and thousands of people then there’s good news today. Google is bringing 11 Disney parks to Google Maps Street View, allowing you to virtually …

Walt Disney Company

50,000 WordPress sites infected with cryptocurrency mining malware

The cryptocurrency mining malware epidemic is getting out of hand: nearly 50,000 sites have been surreptitiously infected with crypto-jacking scripts, according to security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report.<p>Relying on source-code search engine PublicWWW to scan the web for pages …

Uber's underpayment of drivers keeping it afloat, report finds

Analysis into Uber’s business model reveals the company relies on drivers’ low incomes to escalate its market value<p>Uber’s fares are made possible because the company is significantly underpaying its drivers, a new report argues.<p>UberX drivers earn well below minimum wage once all hidden costs are …

Uber

China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe

SHANGHAI — Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world.<p>For years, China has exerted digital control with a system of …

China

European Union wants to tax Apple on its global revenue

Apple is among the tech giants which could be affected by a new European Union initiative that aims to tax tech multinationals at between 2 to 6 percent of their global revenue.<p>News of the massive potential tax shift was shared by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in a newspaper interview. Le …

Guns

Gaming AI beats human top scores by cheating

The artificial intelligence system had no qualms about exploiting ancient bugs to win.<p>An artificial intelligence (AI) system tasked with playing …

Bill Gates warns cryptocurrency has a deadly side

Microsoft co-founder says criminals, terrorists and tax evaders benefit from cryptocurrencies' anonymous transactions.<p>Bill Gates is no fan of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin despite the tech community's growing enthusiasm, linking them to drug-related deaths.<p>The Microsoft co-founder and …

Bill Gates

Google has been hit with a new lawsuit claiming its ‘bro-culture’ encouraged sexual harassment

The suit claims a former software engineer had to endure lewd comments, pranks, and even physical violence<p>Google has been hit with another lawsuit, this time from a former employee who says she was subjected to constant harassment due to “bro culture” within the organization. As reported by <i>Gizmodo</i>, …

Sexual Harassment