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Void Star is a beautiful novel about connections in our cybernetic future

Balancing literary introspection and power armor<p>In the relatively near future, artificial intelligences have completely transcended human understanding, so much so that they can barely comprehend our existence. That’s the background of Zachary Mason’s new literary cyberpunk thriller <i>Void Star</i>, which …

Here’s what you need to know now about US Customs searches of your phone

US Customs and Border Protection agents are allowed to search the contents of travelers’ phones but not their data stored exclusively on the cloud, according to a letter from federal officials.<p>The letter (pdf), published by NBC News this week, was a response to senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from …

Privacy

Echo devices are Amazon Prime Day’s best sellers

Amazon’s decision to deeply discount its voice-powered Echo devices for Prime Day appears to be paying off for the online retailer. Though Prime Day is still underway this afternoon, Amazon has already sold more Echo devices than it did on Prime Day last year, it says.<p>Specifically, it has sold more …

eCommerce

Elon Musk bought a web domain worth millions with “sentimental value” to him

Well before SpaceX and Tesla, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made his name as the founder of the online payment network that merged with PayPal almost two decades ago, just as the dot-com bubble was bursting. Now he’s bought a piece of that internet history.<p>X.com was the domain name associated with …

Elon Musk

To counter China’s rise in the Indian Ocean, India must dive deeper

Beijing recently made public its ambitions to create a world-class navy with strong operational capabilities on, above, and below the ocean’s surface. It is investing its energies in establishing elements of dual-purpose communications, reconnaissance, exploration, and manned infrastructure on the …

China

A Cell Phone That Doesn't Need Batteries Could Be In Your Future

Imagine a cell phone that doesn’t need batteries. No more chargers, cables and phones that go dead just when you need them. It may sound like science fiction but a team of researchers at the University of Washington has built one. And they did it using off-the-shelf components. Their research is …

University of Washington

A bot on Amazon is making the best, worst smartphones cases

Cheese wheel on bady instead of table?<p>What do a collection of wooden spoons, a newly installed rain gutter, and a dialysis machine have in common? They’d all look fantastic on your next smartphone case according to my-handy-design — a bot on Amazon that’s currently going hog wild with …

Bots

When An Employee Makes A Mistake, How You React Is Everything

Have you ever reacted a certain way and then later regretted it? It might have been with a coworker, someone who works for you, your boss or even your significant other or children.<p>This is a tale of two workplace situations.<p><b>Scenario 1:</b> “Amy” works for ABC Manufacturing company. One day, she makes …

Demonstration

上海:一个我永远无法亲近的城市

我到上海已经有七年了。“到上海”永远都像昨天发生的事—即便我在这里已经度过了几乎整个二十岁区间。二〇〇八年,二十二岁的我拉着所有行李到上海时,整个城市只认识一个同学。它的浮华与摩登,我多年前第一眼看到时就备受震撼——那个乘车驶往外滩的傍晚,作为旅客的我,看到延安高架两边的霓虹一点一点闪烁起来,星星点 …

Ten Reasons To Skip Your Exit Interview

Dear Liz,<p>I quit my job today.<p>Our CEO called me ten minutes after I gave notice to my boss, the VP of Product Management.<p>The CEO told me “You’re a high-profile player and your departure will be a loss to our company.”<p>I wish I could believe him but if I am such a key player, why didn’t the CEO or his …

Employment

The World's Most Powerful Women: July 5

A new report is reiterating an already obvious fact: It’s hard to be a woman in Washington, D.C.<p>Researchers at the Center for American Women in …

China’s tech giants are racing to popularize their versions of the Amazon Echo

Since its introduction to US consumers in mid-2015, Amazon’s Echo has become a promising hit. By the end of last year, the e-commerce giant had sold an estimated 11 million of the smart-speaker personal assistants, which serve as vessels for Amazon’s artificial intelligence software Alexa. But the …

eCommerce

The reasons why millennials move less frequently than previous generations

Americans are far less mobile than they used to be. From 2015 to 2016, only 11.2% of Americans moved homes, the lowest rate since the Census began collecting this data in 1948. As recently as 1984, more than 20% of Americans moved in a given year. The rate has steadily declined in the decades since.<p>…

Demographics

3/4 Of Students Will Never Repay Their Loans - This Is Thus A Subsidy Scheme To The Poorer

There is mass outrage today at the release of a report showing that three quarters of Britain’s student loans will never be fully repaid–everyone then missing the obvious conclusion, that this must mean that the system is a subsidy to poorer people. The people who will not be repaying are those who …

College & University

怎样选择好的木地板?什么方法能延长木地板寿命?

SpaceX's capsule 're-flight' is a space travel milestone

SpaceX just took one step closer to making reusable private spacecraft seem entirely ordinary. The company has confirmed that its previously used Dragon capsule splashed down on the morning of July 3rd, making it the first commercial spacecraft to re-fly to and from the International Space Station. …

Chinese Warships Shadowing U.S. Navy: 'New Normal' In South China Sea

On July 3, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the day prior, “On July 2, the missile destroyer USS Stethem trespassed China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands [Paracel Islands in the South China Sea]. China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to …

China

The final 6 'Game of Thrones' episodes might end up feeling like a full season, thank the gods

As <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 7 approaches, we can't help but look ahead to the show's final year — which may not air until 2019, if we truly are trapped …

OCR 哪家强?反正我觉得这个工具是厉害的不得了。

效率君当了小白鼠,才给大家推荐的(~ o ~)~zZ<p>我先来科普一下什么是OCR,就是图像识别成文字。<p>之前我推荐的ABBYY FineReader,这款Win 和Mac 的OCR 的软件,真的是吊炸天呀,图片识别成文字速度快到不行,所以我再次详细介绍ABBYY FineReader,之前的文章没有看过的,大家再次看看。<p>不过今天的主角可不止一个,更精彩的在下面。<p>ABBYY FineReader<p>http://www.abbyy.cn/finereader<p>ABBYY FineReader 是一个强大的OCR(识别图片上的文字)和PDF 处理软件。<p>据说它的精确度可以达到98%,算是最强大的OCR 软件了 …

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7 Of The Best Savings Accounts With High Interest Rates

I’ve tracked rates on deposit accounts for more than 30 years. In 1982, my bank was paying me 16% on a 6-month CD! Savers were afraid to lock in longer term CDs for fear that rates would rise. Those days are long gone in more ways than one.<p>Today, It’s no secret that savings account rates are …

Personal Finance

This Chinese Phone Lasted Me An Entire Week On One Charge

If you follow any type of business news at all, you’ve heard for years about how important the Chinese market is. It’s why Hollywood, the NBA, Apple, Facebook, all are so eager to establish presence here. But to really get an idea of just how big the market in China is, consider this: Vivo and Oppo …

Phones

Galaxy Note 8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Nasty Surprise

Olixar is at is again. Having successfully leaked the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7 last year, the Galaxy S8 in January and revealed the iPhone 8 in glorious detail earlier this week, the popular case maker has contacted me with official cases for the Galaxy Note 8…<p>So confident is Olixar in its …

Galaxy Note

5 Millennial Instagramers Share How They Get Paid To Travel The World

We’ve all drooled over the ‘fantasy’ lives of the top Instagrammers. Scroll through any profile with followers in the hundreds of thousands, and you’re bound to be blown away, jealous, and glued to the screen.<p>From an onlooker’s perspective, it seems insane. How are these twenty-somethings able to …

Public Relations

The US will ban laptops on 180 international airlines unless they meet mysterious new security rules

The US announced today (June 28) it’s rolling out a set of new, largely undisclosed security measures targeting some 2,000 international flights arriving at American airports every day.<p>The new rules will apply to 180 airlines flying out of 280 airports in 105 countries, according to senior …

Homeland Security

New iPhone 8 Leak Reveals Apple's Powerful Secret

Ahead of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone comes another tantalising clue about the presumptively named iPhone 8 and a new feature for Apple’s next-generation smartphone.<p>Hiding inside the beta of iOS 11 are a set of sound effects for the user interface that are currently not used by the code. One …

Mobile Technology

Japan Is Building Out Its Own Satellite Network That Could Replace GPS

Japan is targeting independence in space-based information. In doing so, the country certainly has an eye on security at home and the wider East Asia-Oceania region. It also has one eye on the future standing of its formal ally, the United States.<p>Japan had long voiced concerns about continuing to …

Foreign Policy

A Chinese-built bridge collapsed in Kenya two weeks after it was inspected by the president

A $10 million Chinese-built bridge in western Kenya, personally commissioned by president Uhuru Kenyatta, has collapsed. At least 27 workers were injured when the bridge broke on Monday (June 26). The government has halted construction and sent a team of engineers to investigate.<p>The collapse …

Africa

What you need to know about China’s intelligence law that takes effect today

China’s new spying law goes into effect today (June 28), after it was hastily passed by the legislature.<p>In a nutshell, the National Intelligence Law gives authorities sweeping powers to monitor and investigate foreign and domestic individuals and institutions. It allows Chinese intelligence …

Surveillance

Apple iOS 11 For iPad First Look: Six Of The Best Innovations

When Apple announces its next operating software each June at its World Wide Developers’ Conference, it only tells a part of the story. Plenty of features that haven’t yet been revealed will apply to Apple’s next iPhone, for instance. But what’s been unveiled is even more interesting because it’s …

Apps