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Stanford Professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free

When it comes to the list of digital imaging pioneers, Marc Levoy is one of those names that belongs right near the top. His work has led to many of …

Tile's new Slim tracker might actually fit in your wallet

Tile's already been keeping track of our stuff for a couple years, but only now is it creating a version thin enough that it’ll fit in a wallet comfortably. Tile says its new Slim device is as thin as two credit cards stacked on top of each other. Its actual dimensions are 54 x 54 x 2.4mm. An …

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

Financial Services

New security flaw in credit card chip system revealed

Computer researchers claim to have found yet another flaw in the upgrade to the chip-based credit cards in the United States.<p>The chip on these credit cards have been praised for making them nearly impossible to counterfeit. While the cards also contain a magnetic strip, that strip is supposed to …

Programmable quantum computer can solve simple algorithms, scientists prove

A fully reprogrammable quantum computer which can solve simple algorithms had been shown to work, in a milestone which could eventually lead to super-fast machines.<p>The University of Maryland build the computer using just five electrically charged atoms, or ions, which took the place of normal …

Quantum Computing

MIT researchers use ordinary cameras to create extraordinary interactive videos

Augmented reality is in the news plenty lately, but some researchers from MIT have put an interesting twist on the popular technology. Using new …

NIST declares the age of SMS-based 2-factor authentication over

2-factor authentication is a great thing to have, and more and more services are making it a standard feature. But one of the go-to methods for sending 2FA notifications, SMS, is being left in the dust by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.<p>NIST creates national-level guidelines and …

How Facebook helped this guy’s e-commerce store go from zero to $100K+ in 3 months

22-year-old Melvin Chee from Melbourne, Australia went from experimenting with e-commerce dropshipping during his semester break to a 6-figure business in just 3 months. He had previously started several different businesses, many of which failed spectacularly. Some of his efforts were featured on …

eCommerce

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail operator into handing them some free tickets. So impressed was the management with his chutzpah that they invited him …

Education

Travel agencies embrace messenger chat bots

Travel agencies and startups are developing messaging apps and services that allow customers to chat with artificial intelligence (AI) powered bots, reports Skift.<p>These bots can perform various functions that are usually completed by travelers themselves on an online booking site. Online bookings …

Website turns your Instagram photos into a coloring book

Adult coloring books are all the rage and colored pencil sales can prove it.<p>With so many options for various types of coloring books, it seems …

Books

A new app wants to be the 'Uber for filing taxes'

Ricky Lavina was riding in an Uber car one fateful day in Miami when he had a revelation.<p>"This Uber driver has a life," he recounted to Tech Insider. "He can work whenever he wants. He doesn't have an immediate boss."<p>At the time Lavina was an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest …

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

The 6 Best iPhone Tricks To Use This New Year

They're practically magic.<p>Whether your phone is about to die or your charger is frayed, last year's best iPhone hacks can solve all of your smartphone-related in the year to come. Try these handy shortcuts as shared by Facebook users, tech experts and more.

Batteries

Pictures We Love: Exploring Near and Far

As the year began to come to a close, we asked National Geographic staff who work closely with photography—through the magazine, Your Shot, News, Travel, and Proof—to choose a photo from 2015 that they just can’t stop thinking about. There’s no formula for what makes an image resonate—it can be a …

Travel Photography

Major Stress Helps You Weather Smaller Stress

In the new study, published in the <i>Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences,</i> researchers from North Carolina State University studied 45 adults …

'Knock Knock' Is A New App That Could Maybe, Finally, Kill The Business Card

Because exchanging contacts is still a hassle in the smartphone era<p>We all want simpler exchanges of information when meeting new people in person. Yet even in the smartphone era, the humble business card arguably remains the best way. But Knock Knock, a new app launching today, seeks to change that …

Interconnected rats' brains create organic computer

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, in particular, has been making strides with his research on the subject. His team recently created a "Brainet" or a network of interconnected brains …

Neurophilosophy

5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education

What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve …

Learning

How your eyes betray your thoughts

According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is …

The Brain

How That Crazy Text Message Keeps Crashing Your iPhone

A look inside that annoying message that keeps shutting your phone off<p>You know that text that's going around? The one that will crash your whole iPhone if you get it? You may already know first hand, but it's for real. Here's how it works, as far as we can tell.<p>The text that's going around and …

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends (Slides)

In the 20 years since the Netscape IPO, 39 percent of the world's population came online, up from .06 percent.<p>Two decades after 1995, the year of the Netscape IPO, the Internet population has exploded in size, it’s much more mobile, and it’s increasingly driven by user-created content and flexible …

Control the 'GTA V' cellphone with an iPhone, Arduino and a hack

<i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> has a few mobile apps of its own, but one enterprising modder has taken the idea to its natural conclusion: an application that lets you control the in-game cellphone with an iPhone. With the application you can scroll through text messages on-screen, peep your current list of …

Arduino

Camera Modes Explained

If you’re just learning about your camera, then chances are you’ve taken a look at the top of your camera only to become immediately confused. …

How to Turn an iPad and iPhone Into a Negative Film Viewing Station

A few years ago, we wrote about how phones can be used as negative film strip viewers by simply inverting the screens. Swedish photographer Adam af …

Video Tutorials

Musikki opens up real-time music database to app developers

Musikki is the music world’s answer to IMDb – it provides a comprehensive database of information on musicians including their background, concert dates and news, and allows users to buy music through its app.<p>Today, the company has announced the launch of its Music API, which developers can use to …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …