Srivats Lakshman

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Bogged down by examination anxiety, parental pressures, Indian children have lost the ability to dream

<i>Editor's note: This is the concluding article of a three-part series on the demanding and unreasonably high cutoff levels imposed on students seeking</i> …

Microsoft has finally beaten Apple’s legendary keyboard design

Apple has always been good at paying attention to the details. For as long as I can remember, the Apple Wired and Wireless keyboards have been the …

Tim Cook Reveals Apple's 10-Year Plan For Future Tech

Vision of the Future<p>Apple revealed its 10-year plan for the future this week.<p>If you don’t remember that slide from the hours of presentations Apple …

Augmented Reality

India has made primary education universal, but not good

IN 1931 Mahatma Gandhi ridiculed the idea that India might have universal primary education “inside of a century”. He was too pessimistic. Since 1980 …

Giant glass orb in Paris is wrapped with a rotating solar sail that follows the sun

Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines teamed up to create the stunning, solar-powered Seine Musicale located on Seguin Island in Paris. The …

Design

App Store listing for new ‘Files’ application appears prior to WWDC & iOS 11 unveil

We’re less than 12 hours away from Apple’s WWDC keynote address and little by little, details regarding Apple’s plans are starting to emerge. This evening, a new placeholder listing has gone live on the App Store for a ‘Files’ application from Apple, hinting that the company might bring an expanded …

Google’s ability to understand language is nearly equivalent to humans

Google’s machine learning software can recognize human voices with 95 percent accuracy.<p>Google’s voice recognition software is nearing human-level accuracy, Mary Meeker said in her annual Internet Trends Report, delivered at the <b>Code</b> <b>Conference</b> today at the Terranea Resort in California.<p>Google is now …

Machine Learning

6 night photography tips for shooting better cityscapes

<b>There's real potential for some impressive and creative shots to be taken after the sun goes down - if you know how. Matt Parry breaks down a few</b> …

Landscape Photography

007: Bond films ranked

From 1962's <i>Dr No</i> all the way to 2015's <i>Spectre</i>, we've graded which films were 00-heaven – and which were, well, something of an oddjob. (Talking of …

Is 2017 the beginning of the end for the app economy?

For the last few years, apps have seemed set to dominate the way customers interact with brands. In 2016, Apple’s App Store grew by an average of nearly 2500 apps per day, and Google Play downloads are expected to triple by 2020.<p>At the same time visits to brand websites seem to be declining in …

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

HONG KONG — Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence was pioneered and established.<p>Instead, he went to China.<p>“You couldn’t have started a lab like mine elsewhere,” Mr. …

Artificial Intelligence

How to shoot urban landscapes during the ‘blue hour’

<b>Award-winning photographer Matt Parry offers tips for getting the best from cityscapes and how to make the most of 'blue hour' light</b><p>Millions of …

13 gorgeous car-free cities around the world

Ditch the rental car and get ready to explore<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Some of the world’s most popular cities are facing a manmade crisis: Cars are wreaking havoc, snarling streets, and contributing to …

iOS 10.3.3 beta hints at new 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple’s first iOS 10.3.3 beta, rolled out to registered developers on Tuesday, hints at a 12.9-inch iPad Pro refresh is imminent. The device could get its unveiling next month at WWDC, alongside iOS 11 and the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro.<p>iOS 10.3.3 isn’t a big update; it mostly makes fixes and …

Apple

Google Lens turns your phone into a super-intelligent camera

Google's image-recognition AI just got way smarter.<p>The company announced a new computer-vision platform, Google Lens, which could give our smartphone …

Google Lens

Microsoft Fluent Design System: Breaking down Windows 10's new look

Windows 10 is getting a huge makeover that’s starting with the upcoming Fall Creators Update. But for all the hoopla over the Fluent Design System (previously known as Project Neon) and its new aesthetic philosophy, we only got the brief look at it during Microsoft’s Day 2 Build keynote. The demo …

Microsoft Redesigns To Unveil Wholly Different UI For Entire Product Line

Video screenshot via windowsdev<p><b>On day two of</b> the ‘Microsoft Build 2017’ conference, Microsoft revealed its new ‘Fluent Design System’ for Windows—an …

Build Developer Conference

9 of the best British films you've never seen

Fair warning: when I started this list I wasn't planning to fill it solely with dark and depressing films, but that's definitely what's ended up …

11 reasons why Apple and Adobe should fear the new Microsoft

It looks to me like Microsoft has wrestled control of our creative future from Apple and Adobe.<p>When you combine Microsoft's two most recent updates of its Windows 10 operating system -- the first Creators Update and the just-announced Fall Creators Update -- with its aggressive work in …

The Iconic Architecture Of The World’s Major Apple Stores

Apple really knows how to impress and how to stay above its competitors, and not just with their products. The architecture and the design of some of …

Opinion: We may now be just two or three years away from an iPhone replacing a DSLR

I’ve always been a keen photographer. At 14, my father bought me an old fully-manual film SLR, and my aunt gave me her old darkroom equipment, so my bedroom became a darkroom with a bed in the corner.<p>When the first DLSRs hit the market, I waited impatiently for them to drop below the $1000 mark. …

Iceland and Scotland From Above: Stunning Drone Photography by Jack Boothby

<b>Jack Boothby</b> is a talented 22-year-old photographer, adventurer and filmmaker currently based in the North East of England. Jack received his BA in …

6 Composition, Cinematography, and Moral Lessons From Batman: The Dark Knight

I just watched Batman: The Dark Knight (the older one) — and was blown away.<p>Here are some life lessons, composition, and cinematography I have …

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

This is crazy.<p>Developments and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have been due in large part to technologies that mimic how the human brain …

Artificial Intelligence

Web’s Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wins the Nobel Prize of Computing - MIT Technology Review

The man who made it possible for you to read this page just received the highest honor in computer science.<p>In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a programmer at …

Nobel Prize

Within the Next Decade, You Could Be Living in a Post-Smartphone World

The Way of the Beeper<p>One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines …

I Found the World's Coolest Nightlight For My Son

I knew it was inevitable, but it arrived one night without warning: My two-year-old son woke up crying, suddenly afraid of the dark.<p>As a tech …

Home Automation

Second consumer-test organization finds MacBook Pro battery life exceeds Apple’s claims

Following extremely puzzling <i>Consumer Reports</i> tests that showed the 2016 MacBook Pro offering substantially better battery-life than Apple claimed, a UK consumer-testing organization has reported the same thing.<p><i>Which</i> found in tests of 67 laptops that Apple was the only manufacturer to deliver …

Italy’s top 5 places to disconnect and disappear

Sometimes the best way a luxury travel advisor can help you is to make you disappear. It is shocking, I know, and counterintuitive. While most of the …

A charming minimalist home

The charming home you are about to see today is elegantly decorated and sleek, with all the perks of a minimalist approach to storage as well as …

Interior Design