Anouk Visser

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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free.<p>In December 2012, an Icelandic woman named Thorlaug Agustsdottir discovered a Facebook group called “Men are better than …

Video: Cirque du Soleil Does Its Thing… With Drones

Cirque du Soleil is known for doing incredible things with the human body. Now it’s doing incredible things with quadcopters.<p>In a collaboration with ETH Zurich and its Swiss spin-off company Verity Studios, Cirque has gussied up a brigade of drones to look like lampshades floating about their …

The fine line of recognizing talented women in tech

Thursday night roboticist Cynthia Breazeal was one one of three women to win L’Oreal’s Women in Digital award. During the ceremony it occurred to me, wait, Cynthia Breazeal is a woman?<p>If you look at all the interviews, profiles, and stories about Breazeal, they describe about her achievements as a …

Disney Has Figured Out A Way To Get More Girls To Play Console Video Games

There's been a lot of chatter lately about female video gamers.<p>A game industry critic was forced out of her home after receiving rape threats on Twitter. At the E3 press conference in June, severed heads outnumbered women presenters.<p>The game industry has long been considered a boys club, although …

Gaming Industry

Mark Zuckerberg To High School Students: Understanding Technology Is Critical If You Want 'A Job That Pays More'

Even if you don't want to be an expert coder, most jobs require some sort of basic knowledge of technology.<p>Recognizing this trend, Mark Zuckerberg decided to give some high school students a heads-up on what's to come.<p>In a surprise visit Wednesday to Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, …

High School

Tim Cook: The Government Has Gone Overboard Collecting Personal Data

"I don't think that the country, or the government's found the right balance," he said. " I think they erred too much on the collect everything side."<p>Cook said he thinks the Obama administration is committed to rolling back some of those surveillance programs but added "it's probably not right to …

Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices

Apple is looking to expand its presence in the Pittsburgh area by possibly doubling its office space in the city, reports the <i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i>. Apple currently operates out of the Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center located at Carnegie Mellon University. Apple joined Intel, …

Apple Expanding Boston-Based Research Team Working on Siri Speech Recognition

Last year, we highlighted a profile of Apple's Boston-area speech technology team speculated to be working on enhancements to Siri. The group's efforts appear to have been ramping up since that time, with a June report claiming Apple is seeking to eventually move away from the Nuance-powered system …

Flipboard Acqui-Hires Visual Storytelling Startup Ultravisual To Boost Content Curation Features

Flipboard, the app that lets you make a personal magazine by aggregating your favourite online publications, blogs and social feeds, has acqui-hired the Technicolor-backed visual storytelling startup Ultravisual to boost its content-curation functionality.<p>Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, …

Ikea's catalog now uses 75 percent computer generated imagery

Browsing through an Ikea catalog is basically a modern adult's version of playing make-believe, letting you imagine just how gorgeous your apartment will never be. And it turns out, an Ikea catalog is even further from reality than you may have already thought: 75 percent of its product images are …

Popular iOS note taking app Notability comes to Mac

Popular iOS note taking app Notability is today making its way to the Mac, allowing users to seamlessly switch between platforms with notes synced via iCloud.<p>The Mac app has been designed specifically for the desktop but features a familiar look and feel to users of the mobile apps. It also …

Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

Why are there so few women in tech jobs? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline …

Old Coders: When Programming Is a Second Career

Liz Beigle-Bryant took her first programming class, BASIC, in 1973. At the time, computers were part of the math departments instead of the …

I Moved To San Francisco — And Now I Have Apps Doing Everything For Me

It's the kind of convenience I've become accustomed to after living in New York for over six years. I can get just about anything I want, whenever I want, all within a few blocks of my home. There's a Starbucks 184 feet away from my front door. There's a classy Italian steakhouse across the street. …

On stage or in the boardroom: How tablets can improve your public speaking

Next weekend my new musical project (a blues/classic rock band) gets under way. We’ve got a bass player, two guitarists, and a drummer. What we don’t …

Here's How Google Motivates One Of Its Most Innovative Teams To Move Faster

The catch: Every project operates on a two-year deadline.<p>In an excellent Fortune piece, reporter Miguel Helft profiles ATAP's leader, Regina Dugan, who previously spent three years as the director of the Defense Department's technology agency, DARPA.<p>Both DARPA and ATAP operate with move-fast …

DARPA

Kruger Park to Move 500 Rhinos to Save Species from Extermination

Changing Planet<p>The assault on South Africa’s rhinos has become so catastrophic that a large-scale emergency program is underway to evacuate a minimum of 500 of the endangered animals to safe havens. The move forms part of what the authorities call an “integrated strategy” to head off poachers that …

Why The Next Mark Zuckerberg Probably Won't Be A Woman

Every day this summer, MBA candidate Erica Swallow walked into the office of the Boston-based venture capital firm where she was interning and scanned the cubicles and conference rooms for someone who looked like her.<p>The only women she found weren’t deciding where the company should invest its …

Encouraging Girls to Embrace Tech, No Matter Where They Live (Video)

The State Department's “Tech Girls” program educates girls from the Middle East and North Africa.<p>Waad “Dede” Krishan is probably having a better summer than you.<p>The bubbly 16-year-old Jordanian is on a free, three-week trip to the United States (“It’s my first travel ever!”) where she’s making new …

Female Entrepreneurs Want To Inspire Young Girls With Miss Possible

Looking around their engineering classes at the University of Illinois, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves noticed something was missing — other girls.<p>And so like good engineers, they set out to solve that problem. The recent graduate and college senior invented Miss Possible, a doll and accompanying …

Why The Gmail Scan That Led To A Man’s Arrest For Child Porn Was Not A Privacy Violation

No one will argue against the outcome of a case which saw a man arrested on child pornography charges, after Google tipped off authorities about illegal images found in the Houston suspect’s Gmail account. But the nature of how the discovery came about led some to questions about the methodologies …

Why We Still Need to Promote Gender Diversity in Tech

<i>Evan Charles is the co-founder of Launch Academy.</i><p>Our technology and innovation economy isn’t doing a great job of recruiting, hiring or promoting women. And by ‘not doing a great a job,’ I mean it’s failing.<p>By most estimates, fewer than 30 percent of all tech and computer jobs are held by women as …

Girl Geek Academy wants to teach one million girls to code

Last month, the International Game Developers Association released the results of its developer satisfaction survey, revealing that, 22 per cent of people working in the gaming industry are women. Although this is almost double the percentage five years ago (11.5 per cent), it seems a bit low when …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Do Our Kids Really Need To Learn How To Code?

Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.<p>Many of today’s business and political leaders stress that coding …

Sheryl Sandberg

<b>No. 9. Sheryl Sandberg, age 44</b><p>COO, Facebook, United States<p>Sheryl Sandberg clearly knows how to command attention: The Facebook COO's 2013 bestselling book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" won famous fans (including fellow Power Women Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Beyonce), spawned …

Pixar offers RenderMan Free to Non-commercial Users and Drops Price

Pixar has announced a radical price restructuring of its RenderMan 3D and animation technology. With the upcoming version, the software will be free to non-commercial customers, and will cost $495 for individual licenses.<p>The new version and pricing will go into effect during the time frame of …

A Hackathon Designed By Women, For Women, To Solve The Gender Gap

Though female coders face similar situations on-the-job every day, this isn’t always the most inspirational environment.<p>It’s why Williams, an …