Kornelia Rybacka

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Computer Science

This Indian IoT Product In China Shows How Factories Will Be Part Of The 4th Revolution

One of my fondest memories of growing up in a small town in India is making gashes in the bark of a tree on the way to school. The next day we would collect the gum which had seeped out. It was fun to use the natural gum to stick labels on our notebooks, even if it was messy.<p>Later I graduated to …

Internet of Things

This is the age of the audience

For a good while now, the interruptive advertising model, designed to puncture and punctuate popular culture, has been approaching a "mass extinction …

David Bowie

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz describes his plan to save Japan's economy

Some of the criticism of its economic policies is unwarranted.<p>Growth is not an objective in itself; we should be concerned with standards of living. Japan is ahead of the curve in curbing population growth, and productivity has been increasing.<p>Growth in output per working-age person, especially …

Economics

Has tech ruined our relationship with time?

In June, the Oxford English Dictionary added a long list of new words to its definitive lexicon. Among the new abbreviations, one stood out as a particularly timely symbol: “tl;dr”. I hope it doesn’t apply to this article: too long; didn’t read.<p>A few years ago, Oxford University Press unveiled a …

Starbucks Is Now Testing Curbside Pickup

Starbucks (sbux) is testing a new way for customers to pick up their orders without even getting out of their cars.<p>One location in Snoqualmie, …

Customers

Yahoo hack could have affected billions of accounts, former exec claims

The Yahoo breach could have affected more accounts than previously reported.<p>Yahoo confirmed last week that data from at least 500 million user …

To reduce its footprint, Patagonia encourages its customers to buy less often

As a remedy to rampant consumerism and the throwaway culture of fast-fashion, a few clothing brands actively encourage their customers to buy less. But can buying less be good business?<p>The renowned, outdoor-lifestyle clothing brand Patagonia clearly thinks so.<p>The origins of the brand lie in the …

Sustainability

Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp’s patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application.<p>The Apple Inc. store is …

IT
Cryptocurrency
India

The strange, rare medical condition that leads people to insist they don’t actually exist

Cotard’s Syndrome—in which a person can believe that they’re dead, that their organs are rotting, or that they don’t exist—was first identified by the French neurologist Jules Cotard more than a century ago, in 1882. But the condition is so rare that it’s still far from fully understood.<p>Though it’s …

Artificial Intelligence
Data Protection

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October

We’re just a few days away from October, and that means it’s time for Halloween. Scary movies. Spooky stories. Specters that crawl out of your television and have really long hair. Given that, it’s hard to not see this upcoming month as a streaming service contest: which player can out-Halloween …

Entertainment

Apple loses patent retrial, owes $302.4 million to VirnetX

Tech titan ordered to pay damages for infringing patents related to its FaceTime videoconferencing application.<p>Apple has been ordered to pay $302.4 million to the patent holding and security software company VirnetX for infringing patents covering secure computer and mobile communications.<p>A jury in …

Video Conferencing
Social Media

Should We Care That Actors Lie About Their Age?

<i>This week, Neil Calloway argues that it doesn’t matter how old an actor is…</i><p>On Tuesday it was reported that, from next year, websites like the IMDb …

FATED: The Silent Oath Now $9.99 Across All VR Formats

Canadian independent developer Frima Studio today announced that its Norse-themed storytelling experience and movie-length narrative-adventure, …

Virtual Reality

Samsung's exploding phones are causing a nightmare for the company in China

The company is facing a growing backlash from Chinese customers and even the country's government after it refused to recall the phone there.<p>China is a lucrative market for smartphone manufacturers, and Apple is doing all it can to gain market share there. There was a time last year when Apple was …

Galaxy Note

Apple loses patent retrial to the litigious VirnetX, ordered to pay $302.4M

Here’s yet more evidence that the US patent system needs over-hauling.<p>Back in February we reported that Apple had been ordered to pay $625 million to notorious litigator VirnetX after a U.S. court judged that the iPhone-maker had infringed on patents held by VirnetX in its iMessage and FaceTime …

Intellectual Property