Mark Passfield

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Google could be about to destroy the language barrier

An update to Google's mobile apps will convert your phone into a universal translater that can take your voice and convert it into recognisable audio in 80 languages, allowing you to have a natural conversation with somone even if you can't speak their language<p>Google will launch a live translation …

Language Learning

Thieves Using the iPod Nano as a Spy Camera to Steal PINs at ATMs

Thieves are reportedly using the iPod Nano as a spy camera for stealing PIN numbers from people using ATM machines. The device is small enough to …

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).<p>But it turns out I might not have …

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

It's all about price perception.<p>Amazon is known for having low prices. But a study conducted by a startup called Boomerang Commerce reveals that Amazon’s pricing strategy is much more nuanced than simply undercutting the competition.<p>Boomerang, founded by Amazon veteran Guru Hariharan, makes …

AllCast media streaming app makes it to iOS, works with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, FireTV and more

The AllCast media streaming app–which allows photos, music and video to be beamed from a mobile device to an Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, FireTV and a range of smart TVs–has now made it to iOS, following the release of the Android app last month (shown in the above video). It’s compatible with the iPhone, …

Xiaomi phone teaser leaves much to the imagination, save for its lack of girth

CES may be old news already, but that doesn’t mean January’s new tech train has slowed to a stop. In fact, given the increasingly large significance of key Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus, and Oppo, it may not be too long before the world starts to pay closer attention to trade shows that …

Molecules getting stuck: the strange case of the glass transition temperature

At this time of year it always becomes obvious when the temperature has plummeted, not simply from the ice on the puddles but from the difficulty I have in stretching my coiled-up bicycle lock so I can attach it to a stand.<p>The chain, thick metal encased in plastic, is much more resistant to …

University of Cambridge

In oil boomtown Fort McMurray, ‘it’s like the place has gone dead’

<i>This article is part of a year-long Globe project about Fort McMurray, Alta., which has come to be the emblem of Canada's energy sector, and all the issues that surround it.</i><p>Debbie March calls it, affectionately, Fort McMurray's Newfie restaurant – Ms. B's, popular among the Newfoundland and …

Uber starts sharing trip data with Boston city planners

Anonymized statistics to be used in the fight against congestion<p>Under fire from regulators around the world, Uber is trying to make friends in the city of Boston by providing its municipal government with anonymized data on all the rides it serves in the area. Specifically, Uber will inform …

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

The 25 Most Popular Photos on Flickr in 2014

Want to see the photographs that made the biggest splash on Flickr over the course of 2014? Flickr’s website doesn’t have a leaderboard — the best …