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Germans Can Now Pay For A Subway Ticket By Watching Ads On Their Phones

WelectGo lets you get a lot of value for basically just not paying attention for a few minutes.<p>Would you watch a few ads on your smartphone if it meant you got a free ride on the tram or subway? Of course you would, especially if you discovered you didn’t have any change for a ticket. You’re no …

Everyone Calm Down: Your Zodiac Sign ISN’T Changing, Says NASA

Astrology lovers were in for a shock this weekend when news outlets widely began reporting that our zodiac signs as we knew them would be changing forever, and that we all had NASA to thank. Citing the official administration as their source, the reports had a 13th sign being introduced, Ophiucus, …

Astrology

Connecting everyone to internet 'would add $6.7tn to global economy'

Report says getting 4.1 billion more people online would lift 500 million out of poverty over five years<p>Bringing internet access to the 4.1 billion people in the world who do not have it would increase global economic output by $6.7 trillion (£4.6tr), raising 500 million people out of poverty, …

Net Neutrality

The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself

Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility …

Jurors could visit crime scenes in VR in the future

Researchers at Staffordshire University in the UK are working on a way for jurors to get a whole lot more insight into the alleged crimes that they are asked to rule on, according to a report from the BBC.<p>In essence, the project combines increasingly ubiquitous virtual reality (VR) headsets with …

Google pulls Chrome extension that marked Jewish people online

Yesterday, <i>Mic</i> reported that a Google Chrome extension called "Coincidence Detector" was creating a database of Jewish people in order to notify users when they were reading the work of, or reading about, a Jewish person online. The extension placed three sets of parentheses (a symbol used by …

Google Chrome

Federal Prisoner Who Blogged For HuffPost Has No First Amendment Rights, Court Rules

NEW YORK -- A blogger who wrote for The Huffington Post while serving a federal prison sentence didn't have a First Amendment right to publish an article critical of prison conditions, an appeals court has ruled.<p>Daniel McGowan, an environmental activist whose prosecution for "eco terrorism" was the …

U.S. Federal Courts

Facebook will delete your backed-up photos if you don’t install Moments app

Social network attempts to convince users to install its new photo-sharing app by threatening to remove all photos synced from the Facebook app<p>Facebook will delete all the photos users have synced from the main Facebook app if they do not install its dedicated photo-sharing app Moments before 7 …

Apps

One country is swapping all addresses for three-word phrases

Mongolia is the first to adopt a new system aimed at ensuring even those in remote locations or refugee camps have a permanent address. You can even find one (or more) for your house.<p>Hi, I'd like to send this letter to engine.doors.cubs. Or maybe sulk.held.raves. In Mongolia, such addresses will …

The White House

A Power Plant in Iceland Has Turned Its CO2 Into Stone

Carbon dioxide is a problem. And everyone knows the best thing to do with problems is bury them deep in the ground and forget they ever …

Scientists have found a way to make sure their mutant genetic creations don't spread in the wild

In Ray Bradbury's classic short story "A Sound of Thunder," there is a lesson no doubt heavy on the minds of today's gene-hacking scientists: a man …

NIH grants $2.3M to development of FeverPhone, a portable disease diagnosis kit

Quick diagnosis of bloodborne diseases can very much be a matter of life and death, but bouncing results off a hospital can take hours or days — so the National Institutes of Health and Cornell University are working on a device called the FeverPhone that could cut that time to as little as 15 …

Portable

Hyperloop may be the new silk road between Russia and China

"The Russia-China intergovernmental council will convene in a month. I will suggest that my counterpart consider this project, in particular in terms of investments," Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told journalists, as reported by Russian TASS news agency.<p>According to TASS, the high-speed …

Silk Road

Self-driving cars are going to save a lot of lives… by killing their driver

A recent study detailed some rather perplexing problems for autonomous car manufacturers.<p>When polled, people wanted the self-driving car’s programming to minimize casualties during a crash — even if it meant killing the passengers inside the car. But here’s the rub, although this is how they …

“Godless” apps, some found in Google Play, can root 90% of Android phones | Ars Technica

Malware family packages a large number of exploits that give all-powerful root access.<p>Researchers have detected a family of malicious apps, some that …

Apps

US Customs wants to collect social media account names at the border

'Please enter information associated with your online presence'<p>Your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US visa process. Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which persons entering the country can declare their …

Social Media

Flirtey Executes First Ship-to-Shore Drone Delivery

Flirtey, the Nevada-based drone startup that completed the first legal urban drone delivery in March, has hit another milestone. On Wednesday, the …

Drones

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Free service DoNotPay helps appeal over $4m in parking fines in just 21 months, but is just the tip of the legal AI iceberg for its 19-year-old creator<p>An artificial-intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that …

The Future

Meet Articoolo, the robot writer with content for brains

There is great writing. And there is <i>content</i>. And at this juncture in the internet’s evolution it seems very plain, Dear Online Reader, that you are mostly being served a tsunami of content — accelerated into your attention trough by click-dependent digital business models that require a steady …

Skydiving

Associated Press expands sports coverage with stories written by machines

The rise of the machines continues this week with news that the Associated Press (AP) is expanding its baseball coverage through automated stories generated by algorithms.<p>The New York-based nonprofit news agency has ramped up its partnership with Automated Insights, a Durham, Carolina-based company …

This Awesome Scarf Makes You Invisible To Unwanted Paparazzi Attention

The ISHU scarf was designed to shield celebrities from paparazzi harassment. By reflecting the light from the camera flash right back at the camera, …

New research considers 'growing' drones

<b>Can you chemically "grow" a military drone?</b><p>It sounds like an idea for a science fiction film, but here in the UK scientists and engineers are spending time and money to see if they can do exactly that.<p>British warplanes are already flying with parts made from a 3D printer.<p>Researchers are already …

Aviation

Are We at the Start of a Tech World War?

It’s a battle unlike any we’ve ever seen before.<p>During this past year, various theories have been posited to suggest that our current political mood might foretell a reckoning so dark that it could eventually spiral into a veritable international crisis—some terrifying World War III doomsday …

Bernie Sanders

The World's Largest Vertical Farm Is Being Built in New Jersey

A huge vertical farm—where crops are planted, grown, and harvested all with neither sun nor soil—is being built in New Jersey. When it’s finished, it …

Cops Kill With a Robot for the 1st Time

Dallas police took out suspected cop-killer Micah Xavier Johnson with a robot. It’s the first time American cops have done so. But it won’t be the …

Nationalized data: New Russian legislation is latest example of emerging data borders

Russia began enforcing a law last year requiring data relating to Russians to be stored on servers that physically sit in Russia. Now, word has leaked of a new law (currently in draft form) that would attempt to further restrict Internet traffic along geographic borders.<p>The proposed law would give …

Bacterial Wind Turbines Could Power The Nanobots Of The Future

Computer model suggests a way to generate tiny amounts of power for tiny machines<p>Wind farms are getting bigger and bigger, producing more and more power as they grow. But sometimes, bigger isn't always better.<p>In a paper published in <i>Science Advances</i> researchers describe a mathematical simulation of …

This Scientist Is Commanding A Swarm Of Drones With His Mind

We have to control them before they control us<p>Hopefully this never gets reverse-engineered by AI.<p>Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University, developed mind-controlled drone swarms by tracking electrical activity in the brain. When the …

​Fingernails with embedded chip make for an easier commute

A UK fashion student invents a handy way to board a bus or train -- false fingernails that make quite a stylish statement.<p>British jewelry designer Lucie Davis created the kind of manicure that could make daily commutes not only easier, but a lot more fashionable.<p>Davis used an RFID chip from an …

Commuting

This drone can detect and detonate land mines

The Mine Kafon Drone is now looking for funds on Kickstarter<p>The creators of a drone that can autonomously map, detect, and detonate land mines say their technology could potentially clear the world of these deadly devices in less than 10 years' time. It's an ambitious goal, but one well worth …

Drones