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BitTorrent launches a live video streaming platform

BitTorrent has launched a TV, mobile and desktop app that broadcasts live events, and true to BT's nature, it uses peer-to-peer technology. The product, aptly named "Live," livestreams sports matches, news and other types of programming by the company's broadcasting partners. Due to the tech's …

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

University of Maryland

AI Lawyer "Ross" Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's What the First Full-Scale Test of the Hyperloop Will Look Like

Wednesday morning, in the Nevada desert, one of the companies working to develop a hyperloop will deliver a proof of concept—the first full-scale …

High-speed Rail

Microsoft wants to connect all your favorite apps with Flow

There are so many different apps, programs and services we use on a daily basis, or even a minute-by-minute basis. Navigating through all those …

Singapore Is Taking the ‘Smart City’ to a Whole New Level

Government-deployed sensors will collect and coordinate an unprecedented amount of data on daily life in the city<p>SINGAPORE—This wealthy financial center is known world-wide for its tidy streets and tight controls on personal behavior, including famous restrictions on the sale of chewing gum to keep …

Smart Cities

Singapore Wants to Put People in Driverless Cars Before the End of 2016

News of driverless car innovations are popping up everywhere, but there's a joint venture in Singapore that has given themselves a deadline for …

Excited for drones? Green energy? Motif lets you invest in ideas, not stocks

The financial world has invaded our phones, and now you can trade stocks, invest spare change, and check the latest tickers all from a growing list …

Investing

Dealing with stress and anxiety in the Software industry

Lately I’ve seen a lot of posts about <b>burnout</b> in the the Software industry blogs. <b>Burnout</b> refers to the lost of motivation, hopelessness at work or …

What Happens When You Apply Machine Learning To Logo Design

The rise of neural networks and generative design have created new opportunities for designers. But what if it went the other way, and robots created a Skynet that kills off human designers (or at least their careers) once and for all?<p>A heady question. Depending on whether you embrace or fear the …

Machine Learning

3 trends driving the chatbot revolution

Facebook’s big announcement at its annual F8 Developer conference, was to make Messenger, its 900-million-user messaging app into a full-fledged platform that allows businesses to communicate with users via chatbots. On the surface, that sounds like a standard, if very ambitious, product …

Apps

Google launches Android Studio 2.0 with Instant Run, faster Android emulator, and Cloud Test Lab

Google today launched Android Studio 2.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with a long list of new features. You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from Android.com/SDK.<p>In November, Google unveiled Android Studio 2.0, the second …

Microsoft's mobile OS isn't Windows -- it's Cortana

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn't mention Windows Mobile once during the opening-day Build developer conference keynote yesterday, nor did any of the other executives who took the stage. But that doesn't mean the company lacks a mobile strategy: The presentation offered a bold look at how …

The importance of bottom navigation in mobile UX design

Designers know that design is more than good looks. Design also covers how users engage with a product, whether it’s a website or app. It’s like a …

UI Design

Google opens access to its speech recognition API, going head to head with Nuance

Google is planning to compete with Nuance and other voice recognition companies head on by opening up its speech recognition API to third-party developers. To attract developers, the app will be free at launch with pricing to be introduced at a later date.<p>We’d been hearing murmurs about this …

Machine Learning

Google Provides A Glimpse Into The Future Of Cloud Computing

Google hosted over 2,000 people in San Francisco this week at the much anticipated Google NEXT conference. One of Google’s goals for this conference was to show how serious the company is in winning over enterprise customers. It spent a large amount of time in the Day Two keynote talking about the …

Machine Learning

All 60 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 1

“You’ll notice we have many more startups that aren’t in the traditional software category,” said Y Combinator President Sam Altman at the start of its Winter 2016 Demo Day 1. While once upon a time YC was known for legions of social and marketplace apps no one needed, it’s branched out. Now …

Startups

Elon Musk’s Wild Hyperloop Idea Is One Step Closer To Reality

Hyperloop Technologies’ futuristic high-speed transportation system is one step closer to becoming reality.<p>The company applied this week for nearly …

High-speed Rail

One programmer almost broke the internet by deleting 11 lines of code

Everything is OK now. But it's a strange case that involves copyright lawyers, a petulant developer, and a behind-the-scenes look into how tech titans like Facebook, Spotify, and Netflix make the sausage.<p>It all starts with a developer named Azer Koçulu, who wrote a piece of code called Kik, an …

JavaScript

Alphabet Is Ending Its Robotics Program

Google parent Alphabet. is dismantling its robotics effort after less than three years and aims to sell Boston Dynamics, the legged-robot maker that was the centerpiece of the program, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The moves reflect internal disagreements about the direction of …

Google's new tool tests your Android app for accessibility issues

If you’re building an Android app and want to ensure it’s easy for anyone to use — include people with visual, physical or age-related limitations — Google’s got just the thing.<p>Its new Accessibility Scanner, available for free and compatible with Android devices running Marshmallow 6.0, goes …

Google is helping developers make more accessible apps

Designing apps is hard, especially when you're trying to cram a new feature into an already crowded interface. Even the most popular apps can become cluttered, making them difficult to use for people with poor eyesight or hand-eye coordination. To help, Google has developed an Android app called …

Apps

Understanding Java HashMap and Hashtable

HashMap and Hashtable are important data structures supported by Java collections framework.<br>Every java interview contains several java collections …

Java

Alphabet Inc. Demonstrates The Power of AI

In October of last year <b>Alphabet</b> quietly shared the news that its search results were being powered by a machine-learning algorithm called RankBrain. The news that artificial intelligence (AI) was driving Alphabet's core search product was delivered with so little fanfare it may have slipped under …

5 Google Trip-Planning Tricks That Beat Any Travel Agent

When planning a trip, your laptop screen usually looks like a tangled mess: Dozens of open tabs, hours upon hours of research and more flight-searching sites than you could ever keep track of.<p>But of course, Google is trying to change that. The tech giant launched a new Destinations tool, which lets …

Air Travel

How Google's Leaner AI Could Move Speech Recognition Offline

Google’s artificial intelligence is getting speedily (and worryingly?) better, as its recent slam-dunk of a human Go champion demonstrated. That …

Digital Advertising

Google Launches New Design Portal for Mobile App, Website Developers

As a company that derives a huge portion of its revenue from online ads, Google has a lot at stake in ensuring that people are able to access …

Plan your entire vacation with a single Google search

Google Search's latest feature makes it possible to arrange your entire holiday (flights, accommodation, itinerary) from a single search. It's the company's first foray into travel on mobile, mimicking the move that most of us are making with our browsing habits -- off PCs and onto our phones. You …