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Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s | Ars Technica

GM spent billions on a mostly fruitless attempt to automate carmaking.<p>Production had been halted for much of last week in Tesla's car factory in …

Pigzbe app aims to teach children about cryptocurrency

Children aged six and over can now own cryptocurrency using an app called Pigzbe, which functions as a digital piggy bank.<p>Created by entrepreneur …

Samsung patent suggests video chatting with AR Emoji

When Samsung rolled out its creepy AR Emoji, many assumed it was just the company’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. But Samsung was granted a patent last week that could indicate a whole other reason it rolled out the AR Emoji: to combat bandwidth issues with live video.<p>Back in 2013, Samsung foresaw …

Why Indians are choosing simple feature phones over smartphones

Reliance Jio is making Indians fall in love with good old feature phones all over again.<p>During the first quarter of 2018, India’s feature phone market doubled from a year agowhile smartphone sales remained flat, data from Hong Kong-based market intelligence firm Counterpoint Research show.<p>The surge …

India

Draw me like one of your French AI-generated nudes

Draw me like one of your French AI-generated nudes. As one of many amorphous masses of flesh, all rolls and folds like a browner Rubens. Drooping and …

Researchers teach AI to think like dogs and find out what they know about the world

They say AI trained on dog behavior could be useful for teaching robots<p>What can artificial intelligence learn from dogs? Quite a lot, say researchers from the University of Washington and Allen Institute for AI. They recently trained neural networks to interpret and predict the behavior of canines. …

Are CGI models taking jobs away from real people of colour?

Maybe you’ve seen them while scrolling on Instagram, then stopped and scrolled back in disbelief. “Them” being CGI-created models. Yep, if beauty standards weren’t yet high enough, there are now uber-perfect models who don’t really exist – even if they do have personalities and their own social …

Google's Fuchsia could replace Android and unite all devices

While the creator of one of the two most popular mobile operating systems on the market, Google’s Android does not play well with its desktop sibling …

There are now gold-backed cryptocurrencies for Muslims that conform with Sharia

Cryptocurrency is not great for your blood pressure. With prices soaring and plummeting on a weekly basis, there is a fast buck to be made, but also a lot to lose—and quickly.<p>That doesn’t go down so well with Muslim nations. In the Islamic faith, it’s believed that economic activity should be based …

Cryptocurrency

Artopia: A 3D Painting App That Lets You Create Artworks for Others to Discover in Augmented Reality | Colossal

<p>Kuwaiti game developer Omar Khalil is in the process of building an augmented reality and location-based app called Artopia, which allows users to …

Augmented Reality

From Gezi Park to Grenfell, memes are changing how we protest

“Slogans in nice typefaces won't save the human races," reads a large red poster with yellow and black lettering in Johnston font – the same as on …

Social Media

Apple Adds Pencil Support to Cheapest iPads, Debuts New Education Software

In an effort to better compete in the market for classroom computers, Apple has refreshed its lowest cost iPad, adding Pencil support and other …

Education Technology

D.C. politicians can now live the immigrant experience through VR

Politicians in Washington D.C.— including the president—spend a lot of time discussing illegal immigration through the US-Mexico border.<p>Now they have the opportunity to get <i>really</i> up close to the issue through a virtual reality installation dubbed <i>Carne y Arena</i>, which opened Monday in the US capital. …

Virtual Reality

Ancient Ruins Reconstructed with Architectural GIFs | Colossal

<p>Today, views of the world’s ancient architectural wonders are firmly based in their current state of ruin, leaving to visitors’ imaginations the …

GIF Animations

Apple's patent for a touchscreen Macbook keyboard gives us a glimpse at the future of laptops

In the future, as described by Apple's patents, your MacBook could have a second screen instead of a keyboard, your self-driving car could navigate …

Tim Cook

Cellout.me: What does it mean to own someone else’s DNA data?

<i>Jeroen van Loon, Cellout.me, exhibition view at Aksioma Project Space. Photo: Jure Goršič / Aksioma</i> <i><br>Jeroen van Loon, Cellout.me, exhibition view at</i> …

Genetics

Learning To See – Making deep neural network predictions on live camera input

Latest in the series of experiments and explorations into neural networks by Memo Akten is a pre-trained deep neural network able to make predictions …

Machine Learning

MIT's tiny rubber robo-fish is here to help save the world's coral reefs

Some fish are almost impossible for scientists to observe: the Greenland shark, which can live for more than 400 years, was caught on camera for the …

Computer Science

Meet the 16-year-old from Hawaii who’s behind those XXL fashion memes

Over the course of the last few seasons, you might have noticed that clothing – and particularly outerwear – has been expanding at an unprecedented rate. Infiltrating catwalks (quite literally – these looks take up serious <i></i>space) at Raf Simons, Acne Studios, Vetements, and Balenciaga, ‘the bigger …

Winning proposals for regeneration of Old Street Roundabout announced

In 2019, the iconic 1960s roundabout in Old Street, London, will be entirely removed and a two-way traffic system introduced, creating a new public …

Amazon working to fix Alexa after users report random burst of 'creepy' laughter

The robot wars are coming, and Alexa will have the last laugh.<p>Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter.<p>“We’re aware of this and working to fix it,” the …

Living Rooms

LiDAR scans are finding hidden Roman roads and cutting crime

What does this LiDAR map of London have to do with the rediscovery of a centuries-lost Roman Road in Lancashire, connecting Ribchester and …

How Technology Unsettled the Stock Market

At his coming-out hearing as chairman of the Federal Reserve on Feb. 27, Jay Powell made all sorts of news in finance-land, including a suggestion …

Porsche wants to build flying cars

Luxury sports carmaker Porsche is considering the development of a flying passenger vehicle, according to the company’s sales chief Detlev von Platen in an interview with the German magazine Automobilwoche. Passengers would be able to use the cars without a pilot’s license, the magazine said, since …

Flying Car

Objective Realities – Becoming an object in a smart home

Created by Automato, 'Objective Realities' is an installation and performance that explores the idea of how does it feel to be an object in a smart …

Queer Britain museum will be world's largest celebration of LGBTQ+ history

It seems both surprising and unsurprising that there isn't yet a museum in the UK exclusively dedicated to LGBT+ history. Although LGBT+ visibility has been on the increase, just a few weeks ago Bermuda, a British Island territory, became the first country in the world to repeal gay marriage. LGBT+ …

Kévin Bray pushes tools to unexpected places in his experimental music videos

“I’m really interested in the possibility film and video theory could bring to a graphic design practice by translating and bridging both mediums …

The Clash who? Graphic designer Michael Clasen envisions a new punk era

Forget the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Bikini Kill. We are about to enter a new era of punk and German graphic designer Michael Clasen is …

Nokia is bringing back the banana phone from The Matrix

Before iPhones, Blackberry BBMs, and Motorola “hello moto” Razrs – Nokia were the dons of the mobile phone universe.<p>After announcing plans to bring back the 3310, which got us all addicted to playing Snake, the company’s nostalgia trip continues as they’re revamping the banana phone made famous by</i> …

Watch Kelela’s Sims-inspired ‘Frontline’ video

Kelela has dropped a <i>Sims</i>-esque video for “Frontline”, taken from her debut album <i>Take Me Apart</i> last year.<p>In the video, the R&B star recalls her split with an ex, and sees her drive away in a Mercedes, have a smoke, and party with friends in the aftermath. It’s a colourful visual, but there’s a more …