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BBC game helps kids lead the fight against fake news

The BBC wants the news consumers of tomorrow to understand and identify fake news, and has launched a game to help them do exactly that. The game, called BBC iReporter, puts young people in the shoes of a newbie BBC journalist about to break their first news story. Players must make all kinds of …

Fake News

Google officially rebrands Android Wear smartwatches to ‘Wear OS’

Over the weekend, signs emerged that Google was preparing to rebrand Android Wear to a simpler “Wear OS.” This change is now official with a new Google site for smartwatches and a revamped Wear OS companion app for Android.<p>Google confirmed the change this morning, saying that the new name “better …

Emerging Opportunities for Blockchain in Development

Amazon has a clever trick to make sure your Echo doesn’t activate during its Alexa Super Bowl ad

Amazon’s Super Bowl ad will air this Sunday in millions of homes across the country. But no matter how many times Jeff Bezos bewilderedly mutters “Alexa’s lost her voice?,” no Alexa devices should turn on during the commercial, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>That’s because Amazon has taken steps to ensure …

Computers saw Jesus, graffiti, and selfies in this art, and critics were floored

The Barnes Foundation art gallery, located in Philadelphia, boasts a collection of famous work you’d probably recognize, whether that’s Vincent van …

This wristband lets you hear phone calls through your fingers

Innomdle Lab is a South Korean startup that was spun out of Samsung’s incubator, and it’s just about ready to launch its first product: Sgnl, a wristband-slash-watch strap that turns your fingers into a phone receiver. When paired with a phone, you can hear callers by touching your finger to your …

Experts will use 3D imaging technology to assess art damage

Preserving and restoring art is a very tricky business. Trying to maintain the balance between original work and repairing damage is difficult and oftentimes methods aren't always agreed upon by members of the art community. This has been seen over and over again with works like Leonardo da Vinci's</i> …

Apple iOS 11.2.1 Has A Great Secret Feature

Apple iOS 11 has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately (and the criticism is deserved). Now more complaints are flooding in for a new iOS 11 problem, but look closer and it isn’t a problem at all. It’s actually a great secret feature…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my</i> …

Smarter SmartThings with MQTT and Home Assistant

<i>This is a guest post by Home Assistant users Jeremiah Wuenschel and St. John Johnson.</i><p>So you own a SmartThings Hub. You probably bought it when you …

Surface Phone: Microsoft Might End Up Killing An Industry With Its Latest Mobile Device

The Surface Phone's upcoming release might very well spell the end of a popular line of devices.<p>The Microsoft Surface Phone might very well be the …

Satya Nadella

Adobe Lightroom’s auto setting is now powered by AI

Adobe launched an update to its suite of Lightroom photo management apps today that, among other things, brings a new machine learning-powered auto setting to the service. The new auto setting uses Adobe’s Sensei AI platform to analyze your photo and compare it to the thousands of professionally …

AI in storytelling: Machines as cocreators

Computers don’t cry during sad stories, but they can tell when we will.<p><b>Sunspring debuted</b> at the SCI-FI LONDON film festival in 2016. Set in a …

Defining and securing the Internet of Things: ENISA publishes a study on how to face cyber threats in critical information infrastructures

Today, the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA publishes a report on the Security of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Internet of Things

Elon Musk's New Semi Truck Could Lead to A Trucking Boom. Here's Why

Some of the advanced features surprise even insiders.<p>A few hours ago, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla semi truck he's been promising. It's suposed to be cheaper per mile than diesel, and deliver a safety experience on the highway the industry currently lacks. The new all electric semi truck looks like …

Libelium Releases the First Programming Cloud Service for the IoT

<i>The company grows its product portfolio with software services to give intelligence to its sensor devices. The new service allows to program IoT</i> …

Internet of Things