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A World Without Netflix

A helpful argument for the next time that you have to explain to your Facebook friends why Net Neutrality is something important and deserves to be …

Netflix

How Big Data Is Empowering AI and Machine Learning at Scale

Big Data is powerful on its own. So is artificial intelligence. What happens when the two are merged?<p>Big Data is moving to a new stage of maturity — …

Big Data

Savitude matches you with clothes that fit your body shape

OK, I’ll say it: Buying clothes online still sucks. Unless you’re buying something from a brand you already own and know the sizing of, it’s nearly impossible to get the fit right on the first try.<p>This is why people often buy two sizes and return one, or just skip clothing e-commerce all together …

Clothing

Artificial intelligence is getting more powerful, and it's about to be everywhere

There wasn’t any one big product announcement at Google I/O keynote on Wednesday,the annual event when thousands of programmers meet to learn about Google’s software platforms. Instead, it was a steady trickle of incremental improvements across Google’s product portfolio. And almost all of the …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Charts, Amazon’s new bestseller list, ranks titles by ‘most read’ and more

Amazon has long relied on customers providing feedback and other ranking data as part of the process of encouraging more sales on its platform, and now the e-commerce giant is adding a new twist on this to spur more buying in its books business.<p>Today, Amazon announced Amazon Charts, a new kind of …

Harry Potter

Patreon doubles in a year to 1M paying patrons and 50K creators

Patreon’s novel idea of fans just directly paying the artists they love is having its hockey stick moment. Patreon tells TechCrunch that in a year, it’s doubled the number of monthly active paying patrons to 1 million, and the number of active creators to 50,000. It’s now on track to pay out $150 …

Digital Media

The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates - Bloomberg

“There is one and only one social responsibility of business,” the economist Milton Friedman famously wrote in 1962. And that is “to use its …

Etsy

harassment Policy

Google Event Community Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy<p>Google is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for …

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …

Architecture

Android O’s revamped notifications will anticipate your every need

Why it matters to you<p>Overwhelmed by notifications? Not to worry -- Android O gives you greater control over them than ever.<p>Buzzing alerts and …

Android O

Life-like realism, a Pixel AR and going mainstream: catching up with Project Tango

Project Tango has been around for a while, from the developer tablet and demos at MWC and Google I/O to the Lenovo Phab2 Pro and the new Asus Zenfone AR. While we’ve seen it progress quite steadily in that time, we’ve never seen it look as convincing as it did at I/O this week. With the recent …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft's true holographic display fits in your glasses

A lot of the technology billed as holographic, well, isn't. Not even HoloLens. Real holography requires a laser-generated 3D image, and it's no mean feat to stuff that into something you can comfortably wear. Microsoft just made some important progress, however. Its researchers have developed a …

Augmented Reality

Apple's biggest launch of the year may have been last week

Commentary: You may have missed it. Even when I tell you about it, you could think it's not important. But it just might be.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's all about the iPhone 8, right?<p>Oh, some new MacBooks would be nice, and a new …

Apple

Top 5 things you need to know about Kotlin, Android's new programming language

What is Kotlin and why should I care about it?<p>Google announced support for Kotlin in Android at Google I/O 2017, but many of us aren't sure what's …

Programming

If You Couldn't Attend The Google I/O 2017, Read This

What is a developers’ keynote supposed to be about? All that technical gobbledegook that you probably don’t want to get into on your first date lest someone mistake you for a geek. And while I agree that it is not best practice to let loose your inner nerd on your first tête-à-tête with your …

Google

Pi Desktop: This kit turns your Raspberry Pi into a Linux desktop

If you need to turn a Pi into a PC, this kit promises to do it -- in minutes.<p>A new kit could help turn your Raspberry Pi into a Linux desktop.<p>The Pi …

Raspberry Pi

These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn't inspired people to buy, buy, buy.<p>But what if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward.<p>Leading the charge is …

Clean Energy

LastPass will store two-factor codes alongside your passwords

Keeping track of a list of secure passwords across your myriad accounts and services is a nightmare, but it's necessary for the future we live in. LastPass, the password management app, wants to make it a little more convenient on mobile. With the latest update to its authenticator application, …

Security

Teaching the Data Science Process

Understanding the process requires not only wide technical background in machine learning but also basic notions of businesses administration; here I …

Data Science

Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses

Because we're spoiled and don't appreciate amazing technology unless it's immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we're still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other …

Augmented Reality

How Artificial Intelligence will impact professional writing

Professional writing isn’t easy. As a blogger, journalist or reporter, you have to meet several challenges to stay at the top of your trade. You have to stay up to date with the latest developments and at the same time write timely, compelling and unique content.<p>The same goes for scientists, …

Artificial Intelligence

Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies”

These two female technologists discuss the promises of artificial intelligence — and how to diversify the field.<p>A<b>rtificial intelligence</b> has a …

Artificial Intelligence

Can’t think of any female leaders in tech? It’s not because they don’t exist

There are Australian women who are technology superstars but their success stories aren’t known. We need to change this so they can become role models<p>If we want more women in tech, then we need more role models they can aspire to. This sounds relatively simple, but try and name 10 women who are …

Innovation

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …

Google Lens is Google’s future

This feature gives you a view into the meaning of AI first.<p>If you want to know where Google is headed, look through Google Lens.<p>The artificially intelligent, augmented reality feature seemed to generate the most interest at Google’s developer conference that wrapped up Friday. Of all announcements, …

Google

When Will Tech Get Smart Enough to Stop Being 'Men's Work'?

Only men should be plumbers.<p>That sounds absurd, doesn’t it? But once upon a time, it was completely acceptable to call a male-dominated trade “men’s work.” So what about the tech field? Is this men’s work as well?<p>Some people use this old-fashioned line of thinking to explain the glaring lack of …

Diversity

World's thinnest hologram will make screen size 'irrelevant'

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi -- the future is more awesome than I expected!<p>A team of Australian and Chinese researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne has unveiled the world's thinnest hologram with the potential to change the way we look at technology -- quite literally.<p>The "nano-hologram" is set apart …

Australian Universities

Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning

Google has always used its annual I/O conference to connect to developers in its sprawling empire. It announces new tools and initiatives, sprinkles in a little hype, and then tells those watching: choose us, and together we’ll go far. But while in previous years this message has been directed at …

Machine Learning