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Magic Pony’s neural network dreams up new imagery to expand an existing picture

A British startup is using the unique abilities of convolutional neural networks to do a sort of scaled-up version of Adobe’s content-aware fill — but instead of filling in the gaps in a picture, it’s imagining a whole new picture, larger and more detailed than the original. Kind of hard to believe …

$2 billion lawsuit claims Apple Watch idea was stolen

A Michigan woman is suing Apple and Nike for a combined $5 billion over claims that the two companies stole her concept for a device called a “Detachable Beeper Disc Digital Gym Shoe with Sensor.” She states that she filed a patent for her invention 20 years ago, well before the companies came up …

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'Minecraft: Education Edition' launches this June

There will also be a blocky beta come May.<p>Microsoft's official <i>Minecraft: Education Edition</i> will begin its life in an early access program (kind of like how the original game did) in June. The idea here is to allow educators a chance to give the blocky building game a test run over summer break so …

Apple Is Considering Big Changes To App Store

(Reuters) – Apple has formed a secret team to explore changes to its App Store, including a new strategy for charging developers to have their apps …

Sidewalk Labs moving forward with plan to build a city, will present the idea to Larry Page soon

Earlier this month it was reported that Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wanted to build a city from the ground up to test its ideas before rolling them out on a more wide scale basis. Now, The Information reports that Sidewalk is moving forward with this plan, codenamed “Project Sidewalk.”<p>Samsung U28E590D …

Teslaphoresis-activated self-assembling carbon nanotubes look even cooler than they sound

Not all important scientific research is cool looking, or has a cool name. But now and then you get something with both. These self-assembling carbon nanotubes are created with a process called Teslaphoresis. If you’ve read a more impressive-sounding sentence today, I’d like to hear it.<p>Even the lab …

The guy who says he cofounded the startup GM just bought for $1 billion fires back at 'naked ambition' and 'greed'

In a cross complaint filed Thursday, Jeremy Guillory says that he is entitled to 50% of the company now that it's being sold to General Motors for a reported $1 billion.<p>"This case is about whether a founders' agreement means anything in today's Silicon Valley start-up culture, or if naked ambition, …

Report: Apple reaches $2.6 billion agreement for Samsung to supply OLED panels starting in 2017

According to a new report from the Korean Herald, Samsung and Apple have reached a deal in which Samsung will supply around 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017. The report comes as several other sources have stated that Apple plans to make the switch to OLED panels beginning …

Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is thin, powerful and ready to work

If you look at Samsung’s new TabPro S and think, “a Surface pro knock-off,” you’re not looking in the right direction. Samsung modeled this tablet/PC …

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SPUD Promises to Put a 24-inch Display in Your Back Pocket

- Mar 18, 2016<p>While there are options available for portable displays that allow you to offer a second screen for your laptop, how about being able …

How Lenovo Became The Largest PC Maker In The World

Computer maker Lenovo Group was originally founded in a dusty, two-room Beijing guardhouse in 1984. Today, it’s the largest PC maker in the world and a Fortune 500 frontrunner in smart connected devices with employees in more than 60 countries. But the initial innovative and entrepreneurial spirit …

New studies detail just how complex Pluto and its moons are

The New Horizons scientists published five new papers on the probe's findings.<p>Before New Horizons started sending back data and close-up images of Pluto, we barely knew the dwarf planet. We were like a love-sick fool who could only observe from afar. Now, the New Horizons scientists have enough …

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IBM Watson is creepily good at guessing what's in photos

IBM announced that its Watson AI is getting image recognition capabilities earlier in the year, but this site that lets you feed in your own photos to see what it thinks is in them is both impressive and scary.<p>The visual recognition demo lets you give Watson an image URL or upload a photo and it’ll …

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Google could pay you $100K if you can hack a Chromebook

Google is known for paying big bucks to hackers that can crack its security, but this time its doubling its $50,000 bug bounty.<p>Anyone who can create a recurring hack for a Chromebook or Chromebox that’s working on guest mode – meaning it comes back even after the machine’s been rebooted – will earn …

Face-tracking software lets you make anyone say anything in real time

You know how they say, "Show me pictures or video, or it didn't happen"?<p>Well, the days when you could trust what you see on video in real time are …

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There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Bill Gates Proves Neil deGrasse Tyson Wrong, Talks Hoverboards and the Future in Reddit AMA

Plus a little light quantum computing discussions.<p>Would Reddit exist if Bill Gates never did? That's a question we might never answer—unless he himself invents some sort of device that helps us explore alternate realities. Instead of wrestling with that multi-dimensional headache, just read some of …

Google's Music Lab is an amazing collection of interactive musical experiments

You’re probably well familiar with Google’s Chrome Experiments that show off the cool things you can pull off with a Web browser these days, but a new collection launched today touts the cool musical possibilities you can build too.<p>Google Music Lab is a small collection of interactive experiments …

500 rare Apple II programs and games are now preserved online at the Internet Archive

In an industry that constantly lusts toward the future, the Internet Archive has once again helped retain tech’s past by announcing that it has saved more than 500 Apple II programs.<p>The San Francisco-based non-profit has been doing yeoman’s work for years now, maintaining everything from historical …

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Microsoft is trying to bring back the '80s with its Windows 10 strategy

In 1980, IBM contracted a startup called Microsoft to deliver DOS, an operating system for its forthcoming IBM PC, on a tight deadline.<p>The IBM PC came out in 1981 and soon became a smash hit, surpassing the leading Apple II.<p>A horde of competitors rushed to build their own "IBM Compatible" clones …

Quantum mechanics is so weird that scientists need AI to design experiments

Quantum mechanics is one of the weirdest fields in science. Even physicists find it tough to wrap their heads around it. As Michael Merrifeld of the University of Nottingham says, "If it doesn't confuse you, that really just tells you that you haven't understood it."<p>This makes designing experiments …

NASA released an incredibly detailed photo of snow - and something else - on Pluto

Picture: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI<p>Pluto is our solar system's other "red planet".<p>Astronomers believe large swathes of the planet may be covered in "tholins", molecules that form when methane is exposed to sunlight.<p>Earth hasn't see tholins for about 2.4 billion years, as its atmosphere has an oxidising …

GetLinks raises $500K to connect tech talent with employers in Southeast Asia

GetLinks, a Bangkok-based startup focused on helping tech companies find and hire top talent, has closed a $500,000 seed round.<p>500 Startups and CyberAgent Ventures provided the money for GetLinks, which started out as a ‘Tinder for jobs’ style company before pivoting into a curated job platform. …

With artificial ‘octopus skin,’ robots can bend and stretch while changing color

By Rachel Feltman<p>Rachel Feltman<p>Bio<p>Imagine a wearable smartphone that could bend and stretch with your body, all while displaying a glittering array of colors. That's the eventual goal of this new octopus-inspired robotic "skin" from researchers at Cornell. It can stretch to six times its original …

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Google Web Fonts have been seen more than 7 trillion times

Google’s Web Font library is an impressive collection of free fonts that anyone can use on their websites to help avoid the horror that are included system fonts.<p>The company has a tiny analytics page hidden on the site that provides some interesting statistics about the Web font usage, including a …

Sony's new 'smart' accessories borrow ideas from Motorola and Amazon

An earpiece, life-logging camera, projector, and personal assistant round out Sony's idea of the future of communication<p>Sony announced a line of new accessories at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, with the Xperia Ear, a new wireless earpiece, chief among them. The Xperia Ear is similar to …

Facebook's Big Plan to Make Your Cellphone Faster

Facebook has teamed up with Nokia, Intel, and several telcos to create an open source hardware and software platform for the telecommunication …

Remix OS might just make you want to put Android on your laptop

Speaking to <i>The Verge</i>, Jide's co-founder David Ko says he believes the future of Android definitely includes desktop devices. He says that after many years, the app ecosystem is now strong enough to support this transition, and the necessary hardware is cheap and available. "The next area [for …

Yelp Employee Fired After Writing Open Letter to CEO

A Yelp employee who wrote a blistering post online about her low pay was fired, and has even got her ex-CEO responding on Twitter.<p>A customer-service …

Skype shutting down 'Qik' video messaging service on March 24

Skype is announcing that on March 24, its Qik video messaging service will be shuttered. But dry your tears, the company was also quick to point out that most of the app’s features were already integrated into the core functionality of Skype.<p>You may remember Qik as a standalone app that was …