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The House That Spied on Me

<b>Kashmir</b><p>In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as …

Living Rooms

Smart glasses are coming this year, and I'm not ready

Roughly five years after the unveiling of Google Glass, it looks like hardware brands are getting close to bringing a consumer-friendly pair of smart glasses with an augmented reality display to the market.<p>Rochester, New York-based Vuzix unveiled its Blade glasses at this year’s CES, and hopes to …

Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free?

Top-quality software that costs nothing.<p>We rely on expensive computer programs to edit photos and video, deal with office work, and protect our computers from malware. But they're not our only options. Often, commercial studios will offer the most basic versions of their products free of charge. In …

Snowden's new Android app turns your cheap smartphone into a home security system

Even the best digital security practices are often undone by sloppy physical security. An unreadable 40 character password, after all, is only as secure as the office containing the Post-it note you wrote it on.<p>(Sidebar: please don’t do this. Use a password manager for god sakes, it’s almost …

Android Apps

Regex was taking 5 days to run. So I built a tool that did it in 15 minutes.

When developers work with text, they often need to clean it up first. Sometimes it’s by replacing keywords. Like replacing “Javascript” with …

PiTunnel connects your Raspberry Pi to the world

Raspberry Pis are usually very lonely. These tiny, single-board computers sit quietly under desks or inside 3D printed cases, staring wistfully into the far distance while waiting for a little attention. Now, thanks to a side project by a programmer named Dimitri Raftopoulos, an app called PiTunnel …

Why it pays to grow herbs at home – even in winter

Basil, parsley and coriander are easy to cultivate: all you need is a windowsill – and some helpful advice<p>I have nothing against potted supermarket herbs, other than the plastic pot, plastic sleeve, peat, transportation costs and landfill implications – but they are a better buy than the cut …

Detective by Charlie is an AI tool that's like having your own personal CIA

Imagine having a button that can instantly tell you (virtually) everything there is to know about something or someone. That, in a nutshell, is Detective by Charlie, which uses natural language processing (NLP) and AI to unearth and collate information about a particular subject in a couple of …

Lean Startups

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which …

The intersection of blockchain and IoT is all about trust - IoT Agenda

<i>There are already more connected devices on earth than there are humans.</i> The number of network-connected and intercommunicating devices is expected …

AI Databases: What They Are and Why Your Business Should Care

Learn what's in an artificial intelligence (AI) database, how to train machine and deep learning models fast and efficiently, and the line between AI …

DoorCam lets you know who’s outside with no mounting required

Outdoor cameras can be expensive or hard to set up. Some cameras require you to run long cables, others require that you drill into the wall or fascia of your house. That’s where remo+’s latest product comes into play, the DoorCam. DoorCam is a battery-operated HD camera that hangs over your door …

This $20 security camera is aiming for the Nest Cam’s throne

When the Nest Cam — or the Dropcam, as it was known back then — was first introduced, it was something of a game changer. A security camera that just… worked. Plug it in, get it on WiFi, and you’re set.<p>Nowadays, the Nest Cam stands in a more crowded arena. Logitech, Netgear, Samsung, and most of …

Android Oreo will let apps launch Google Assistant

Google Assistant might be ahead of its competitors when it comes to certain tasks, but third-party integration is not one of those tasks. That looks to significantly change with Android Oreo, though there are a few things to consider.<p>Thanks to code found on the Android Developers website by XDA …

TruSense focuses the smart home on senior citizens

Complete with professional monitoring, TruSense tunes the smart home to keep an eye on your elderly relatives.<p>Pitched as an alternative to retirement homes and emergency pendants, TruSense uses smart home gear to help senior citizens live independently for longer. Complete with motion sensing, …

Facebook Shut Down An Artificial Intelligence Program That Developed Its Own Language

Facebook might have accidentally gotten a little closer to answering Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 question of whether androids dream of electric sheep. The social media giant just shut down an artificial intelligence program after it developed its own language and researchers were left trying to figure …

Artificial Intelligence

AI is trained to generate incredibly British place names

From Pratt's Bottom to Westward Ho!, Britain is known for its quaint and unusual place names, but now there is an artificial intelligence program that can generate even more.<p>US programmer Dan Hon announced a new list of place names on Twitter, created through a program that analysed thousands of …

This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play

The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device<p>Step by step, artificial intelligence is moving down from the cloud and into the device in your hand. The latest sign? This unassuming little thumb drive from chipmaker Movidius, which packs one of …

The 3rd Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. Is Medical Errors

Let’s get right to it: The <b>third leading cause of death</b> in the United States in 2013 was <b>medical error</b>. So we’ve got cancer, heart disease, and then …

Imago theory explains why we choose a partner that fits with our past

Ask someone what they look for in a partner and they may say things like smart, funny, good-looking, and may even trustworthy, loyal, and kind, all …

Hobbies

Five map and compass skills every outdoorsman should master

How to master the art of finding your way home.<p><i>This story originally appeared on</i> fieldandstream.com.<p>In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, as you may remember, Johnny Depp’s character, Capt. Jack Sparrow, navigates with a magic compass whose needle points toward the object of the heart’s desire. …

5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Be Positive

How to train yourself to be happier.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you realize it or not, the negative experiences you have lived through often influence your decisions. Your brain learns from difficult situations and painful memories, and these experiences get …

Scientists Map the Receptor That Makes Weed Work

Add marijuana to humans, and you get some fairly predictable results: euphoria, hunger, introspection, anxiety, and a whole panoply of other effects. …

Better, faster, cheaper Raspberry Pi alternatives

NanoPi NEO Plus2<p>The NanoPi NEO Plus2 is less than half the size of the Raspberry Pi, but it packs a performance and storage punch<p>H5 quad-core A53 ARM …

Raspberry Pi

Tchaikovsky’s Surprising Wisdom for Artists with Depression

The relationship between creativity and depression entails a lengthy history, as so many of those who have been labeled “genius” were (and continue …

Mental Disorders

Google's new Android app makes it easy to save mobile data on the go

The good folks at Android Police have spotted a new app from Google called Triangle; it lets you control which other apps can use your mobile data. It’s a handy little tool if you’re stuck on a crappy plan or are low on credits abroad.<p>Just fire up Triangle, grant it the necessary permissions …

LSD Changes People's Perception of Negative Facial Expressions

LSD reached America thanks to schizophrenia. Though Albert Hoffman mistakenly synthesized the potent psychedelic in 1938 in Switzerland, it wasn’t …

Dad's age linked to geekier kids, higher intelligence, and autism

Dads looking to create the next generation of geeks should hold their horses. A new study shows that waiting until later in life to procreate increases the chances that male offspring will be intelligent, aloof, and focused.<p>Researchers from King’s College London and The Seaver Autism Center at Mt. …