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The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Twitter Rolls Out Automated Direct Message Replies for Businesses: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that …

Show Me The Money—Who Really Makes Money in Internet of Things?

https://ww2.frost.com/frost-perspectives/show-me-moneywho-really-makes-money-internet-things/<p>A highly fragmented ecosystem of hardware vendors, …

Why 2017 Will Be the Year You Finally Take Business Analytics Seriously

As 2017 approaches, today’s businesses have the unprecedented ability to enhance productivity and profitability through smarter, data-driven …

Machine Learning Is Making Unstructured Data Accessible | Articles | Analytics

In a 2013 report by IBM, the amount of data created everyday was estimated to be roughly 2,500,000TB. It very likely greatly exceeds this now, as …

Why Executives Don’t Trust Their Own Data And Analytics Insights

In spite of major investments in data analytics, research suggests most decision makers don’t trust the insights they reveal.<p>Organizations of all shapes and sizes are investing heavily in data and analytics, yet few trust the resulting findings.<p>A CapGemini and EMC study of 1,000 senior executives …

The Most Important Thing That Great Innovators Do Differently

I spent most of my adult life working in some of the world’s most challenging business environments. For 15 years, I managed and consulted for media businesses in places like Warsaw, Kyiv and Moscow. It was a difficult, but incredibly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.<p>In …

Innovation

How do you teach a child to code? Don't tell them they're coding

Learning to code can be challenging, but Fab Lab wants to showcase technology that can get kids involved. For almost three years, it has been running …

ToneTree launches Kickstarter for Oak augmented reality playground

ToneTree is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its Oak augmented reality playground system. The Oak is a dock for your iPhone that turns any tabletop into an AR playspace.<p>The product brings together digital and physical toys to create an AR experience. Augmented reality is expected …

Augmented Reality

Adobe Project Felix aims to ease 3D compositing for designers

<b>Editors' note, November 7, 2016:</b> <i>Corrected an error stating that Felix can't import models and materials; it can.</i><p>Adobe has a new trend of showing off "project" applications shortly before launching a basic-featured product -- think of Fall 2015's Project Comet, which became Adobe XD in Spring 2016. …

How smartphone light affects your brain and body

There's something incredibly powerful about the blue lights that the designers of our smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens have been able to create. The lights in these screens glow so bright that we can see them even during a sunny day. At night, they're bright enough that they've been compared …

Sleep

This car insurer wants your Facebook data to determine if you're a risky driver [update: they're denying it]

Can the way you use social media determine how much you should pay for your car insurance? Is it possible to make judgements on what type of person you might be behind the wheel, just from how you use language and grammar? UK car insurance company Admiral seems to think so.<p>Admiral, for the record, …

Unfold this 24-inch monitor as a second screen for your smartphone

It doesn't matter if it's the best or most practical product, as long as it's weird enough to be sort of cool. That's the only way some will …

Android security director says the Pixel is just as secure as the iPhone

It’s a common misconception that Android is not secure. That might have been true in the past, but Google has been working hard to secure its …

Wileyfox announces Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus devices for the UK market

Wileyfox is a UK smartphone manufacturer that just announced two new smartphones. The Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus are budget phones that are very …

Harnessing mobile technologies will help the next generation vote

Maram Abdelhamid Contributor<p>Maram Abdelhamid is the founder and president of Liberty and Access for All, a nonprofit dedicated to training and mentoring young leaders from traditionally underrepresented communities.<p>With one of the most controversial and important presidential elections in our …

Voting

Google officially ends support for Eclipse Android Developer Tools in favor of Android Studio

Long ago in days of yore, Google provided a plugin for the popular Eclipse integrated development environment, the better for aspiring mobile devs to …

​Samsung offers upgraded 10nm chip production for clients

Samsung has showcased its third-generation 10-nanometer production process to potential clients and will offer process design kits in the second …

Adobe follows Microsoft's lead with its own tools for 3D modelling

Following Microsoft’s announcement of its revamped Paint 3D app last week, today Adobe is introducing its own set of tools for 3D modelling.<p>Codenamed Project Felix, Adobe’s new toolbox is specifically developed to enable graphic designers to create photo-realistic composites that blend 2D images …

OnePlus launches branded bags and T-shirts in 24-hour sale

Though OnePlus Gear might sound like a smartwatch – and it does indeed concern wearables – it’s actually the name of the manufacturer’s venture into lifestyle products. OnePlus has previously given away T-shirts and bags at its pop-up events and as prizes, but now it’s making them available for …

Mobile Technology

Boosted tells skaters its latest electric board isn't safe

One of the best electric skateboards on the market is suffering from battery problems. In a blog post, Boosted confirmed that its second-generation board has overheated on two separate occasions. In both instances, a lithium battery cell "vented" inside its fire-retardant enclosure -- no-one was …

Future wearables could use magnetic circuits to self-heal

Smart clothing might be huge, except for one problem: The printed "ink" electronics are delicate, so you can break them just by stretching the wrong way. However, researchers from the Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a self-healing magnetic ink that can repair multiple cuts in as little …

Time to get a smartwatch? Apple Watch Nike+ review

If you’ve been holding out for an Apple Watch, the Nike+ version may be a good reason to buy.<p>Probably the single best reason is that the just-released Apple Watch Nike+ edition costs no more than the least-expensive Apple Watch Series 2. Like other Watch 2 models, the Nike+ starts at $369 for the …

Raspberry Pi-powered electric skateboard lets you roll like Casey Neistat

The Raspberry Pi Guy is well-known on YouTube for his inventive uses of microcomputers.<p>Taking inspiration from YouTube star Casey Neistat and his notorious Boosted Board, in his latest video the microcomputing geek shows off his fully-functioning electric skateboard, which he built using a Pi Zero …

Raspberry Pi

Startup brings the dollar store online

What's a dollar store worth? $30 million.<p>Hollar, a startup trying to bring the dollar store online, raised $30 million in its second major round of …

Apple wants to reinvent the flip phone with a screen that literally folds in half

The 2000s aren’t back and neither is the flip phone—but a notebook-like version of it might be, courtesy of Apple.<p>This week, Apple was granted its first patent for a foldable phone. The device would be made of conventional materials—glass, ceramic, fiber, aluminum, or plastic—but there’s a twist: …

The Pico Neo headset is a clever take on standalone VR

Stay lightheaded<p>Standalone virtual reality headsets tend to come in only one flavor. Typically, your smartphone slides into a pair of goggles, and from there the headset becomes a single unit relying on the phone’s display. This means there are no cords keeping you tethered to a computer, but it …

Check out the most innovative projects from Samsung’s C-Lab

Samsung has unveiled six projects from its Creative Lab Projects (C-Lab) division, an in-house incubator program built to nurture employee projects.<p>The six projects — Ahead, FITT360, Hum on!, ItsyWatch, LiCON, Waffle — may launch on a crowdfunding website or receive investment directly from Samsung.<p>…

VRMark will tell you if your PC is ready for Virtual Reality

Oculus and Valve's own virtual reality compatibility tests will tell you if your PC is VR-ready, but how ready is a bit of a specification guessing game. Will you be able to run games at their maximum settings, or are you just going to scrape past virtual reality's minimum requirements? …