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Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers

Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. This is bad.<p>It was a treasure trove of information for the bad guys out there and …

Security

IBM’s Watson Won Jeopardy, but Can It Win the New AI Biz?

In retrospect, there was much more at stake than a mere $1 million when IBM’s Watson computer faced off against two <i>Jeopardy!</i> champions back in 2011. …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence. Existing industries like healthcare and …

Crushing the old economy: Robotics, artificial intelligence fund has tripled the Dow this year

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics are making some real money for stock investors, and beating the market.<p>The Global X Robotics …

China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones

China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from <i>Radio Free …

China

Our first look at the Steve Jobs opera is here

<i>The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs</i>, an original opera about the Apple co-founder, opens at the Santa Fe Opera this week. <i>The Ringer</i> has a great interview with its creative team out today, and it includes two images of the show.<p>The first (above), shows Garrett Soronson as Steve Wozniak and Edward Parks …

Aaron Sorkin

Aire Pulls in $5 Million, Lands Partnerships with Zopa and Toyota Financial Services

Alternative credit scoring company, <b>Aire</b>, announced today it has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Sunstone Capital, with …

FinTech

Alexa helps Android users shop in the Amazon app

iPhone users have been enjoying Amazon's Alexa digital assistant within the retailer's main shopping app for some time. Now, however, Android owners can finally ask Alexa about package shipping, to watch a show on Netflix, or even to pay their American Express bill from the Amazon shopping app on …

Amazon

Apple CarPlay now supports Google Play Music

If for some reason you're an iOS and CarPlay user that also manages your tunes with Google Play Music, you're in luck. Google's music service is now compatible with Apple's in-car system, which means you can control things from the safety of your car's display rather than fiddle with your iPhone …

Google

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Sony's high-speed 'eye' gives robots 1,000 fps vision

Sony is known for making great sensors that serve as a camera's eye, but it apparently designs eyes for robots, as well. The Japanese tech giant has announced the release of a high-speed vision sensor that will allow industrial robots to detect and track objects at 1,000 frames per second. Robots …

Robots

Fintech startup Klarna taps Permira for around $250M at $2.5B valuation

Klarna, the Swedish startup that works with e-commerce businesses and retailers to provide financing and other payment services, today announced that it has picked up yet another large investment, its third inside of two months. Permira, the private equity firm and prolific late-stage tech …

Amazon is bringing the Alexa digital assistant to its flagship Android app

Amazon is seemingly introducing the Alexa digital assistant inside its Android app, according to a report from TechCrunch.<p>The news comes after Twitter user Nick Schwab posted an image showing a preview of the new feature, which has so far been available to iPhone users only.<p>Amazon already offers a …

Amazon

Andy Rubin says Essential Phone coming 'in a few weeks'

There’s a new release date for the first phone from Andy Rubin’s Essential: August, with Rubin saying in an email to potential customers that the phones will start shipping “in a few weeks.”<p>Rubin says that the Essential Phone is now going through testing with US and international carriers and that …

Andy Rubin

Here's a look at the social media universe

<i>Today’s infographic comes from Brian Solis and JESS3, and it visualizes the massive social media universe of 2017. Make sure to view the full-size version of the graphic for the best experience.</i><p>It’s hard to believe that social media has emerged as such an expansive ecosystem in just the last 10 …

Social Media Marketing

Tesla kicks off production of the much-awaited Model 3 this week

Following months of anticipation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally confirmed the automaker will begin production for the much-awaited Model 3 later this week.<p>The news comes after earlier today Musk took to Twitter to clue in Tesla enthusiasts that the new Model 3 has successfully “passed all …

Elon Musk

DeepMind’s data deal with the NHS broke privacy law

An NHS Trust broke the law by sharing sensitive patient records with Google's DeepMind division, the UK's data watchdog has ruled. The long-awaited decision falls in line with the conclusion drawn by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the UK's National Data Guardian in May. The pair's agreement "failed to …

Privacy

Future of Work - Quartz

FAIR IS FAIR?<p>In an interview with Quartz in February, Bill Gates proposed a radical idea that rattled the internet: If robots are taking human jobs, …

The United Nations Looks at Security Of Artificial Intelligence

I recently had the privilege of attending at the United Nations an invited gathering of individuals active in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. The meeting was hosted by UNOPS with a view to consider how AI can be better deployed to support the UN mission. The attendees included leaders in AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Oh, Snap: Instagram Stories Is Killing The Competition

Instagram Stories is only eight months old, yet it it’s already more popular than Snapchat. Facebook, who owns Instagram, states that 200 million people are using Instagram Stories every day, compared to 160 million daily users for Snapchat.<p>Snapchat is showing a significant decline in viewership. …

Marketing

Brexit: No Easy Options for Britain’s Bankers

Hopes for a simple solution for single-market access are misplaced<p>Brexit is about the art of the possible. U.K. lobbyists won plaudits last week for dropping demands to keep full single-market access for London finance. But hopes that they can open doors using a simpler so-called equivalence …

Brexit

This Man's Bank Wanted To Read All His Emails To Approve A Credit Card

All your info are belong to us.<p>H/T: Medianama

Privacy

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Nintendo’s New iPhone Game

Nintendo's famed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has spent his career developing some of the world's most iconic and cherished video games, from …

Gaming

Inside the secret meeting where Apple revealed the state of its AI research

Apple has long been secretive about the research done within its Cupertino, California, labs. It’s easy to understand why. Conjecture can spin out of even the most benign of research papers or submissions to medical journals, especially when they’re tied to the most valuable company on the …

Machine Learning

Amazon Lightsail vs. DigitalOcean

On November 30th, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new service called "Lightsail" which promises to deliver easy Virtual Private Servers (VPS) …

Cloud Computing

Something weird happens to companies when they hit 150 people

The dynamics of companies change fundamentally when they exceed roughly 150 people, in ways that startup founders can struggle to address.<p>“It’s one of the magic numbers in group sizes,” contends Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox, who joined in 2005 when the internet company had fewer than …

Management

Bank of England to reveal stress test results for UK's biggest banks

Snapshot assesses resilience of six banks and one building society as well as risks to post-Brexit financial system<p>The Bank of England is due to provide a snapshot of the strength of Britain’s biggest lenders after assessing their resilience to a dramatic economic downturn and sharp fall in house …

Banking

Bank of America unveils an AI-powered bot to help customers with their personal finances

Bank of America debuted a virtual assistant bot today at Money2020, a fintech conference being held this week in Las Vegas.<p>Named Erica, the bot uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to learn your personal spending habits and offer helpful advice.<p>The bot will be available by voice …

Banking