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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

Stratospheric Zinger! KFC Chicken Sandwich to Launch to Edge of Space Today

A Kentucky Fried Chicken sandwich is scheduled to travel into the stratosphere today aboard a high-altitude balloon system.<p>The balloon launch window …

An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns

Space is a dangerous place to be, and since the Earth is in space, every living thing on the planet is at risk of eventually feeling its wrath. …

Space Exploration

The iPhone was made because Steve Jobs hated this guy at Microsoft

The design of the original iPhone has surprising origin story.<p>The now iconic design came about because of a personal grudge Steve Jobs had against a Microsoft exec.<p>Speaking at an event Tuesday, Scott Forstall, who lead Apple's iOS software division under Jobs, recounted the surprising history …

Apple

AI Can Comb Through Your Data to Create More Compelling Customer Experiences

The world has more data than ever before. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2020, we’ll produce 44 zettabytes every day. That’s equal to 44 trillion gigabytes. One gigabyte can hold the contents of enough books to cover a 30-foot-long shelf. Multiply that by 44 trillion. That’s a lot of data — too …

Customer Experience

Microsoft’s latest experimental app adds voice dictation to Office

It uses the same speech recognition as Cortana<p>Microsoft is using Cortana’s speech recognition smarts to bring dictation to the company’s Office suite. The new app is simply named Dictate, and it’s the latest project to come from Microsoft Garage, which is the company’s experimental software outfit. …

Microsoft

This smart bedding makes itself and lets you control the climate on each side

Custom like Tempur-Pedic, but your sleep number is in degrees Fahrenheit<p>You’re hot. Your partner is cold. It’s a classic story: one of you <i>throws off</i>the blankets in the middle of the night while the other is burrowed underneath them. But it defeats the point of sleeping next to your person — if …

Bedrooms

Google’s powerful job search tool is going live today

Google is rolling out new features that will make it easier for jobseekers to connect with employers, straight from the search page.<p>Here’s how it works. Jobseekers can simply type queries like “jobs near me” or “retail jobs” in the search box and Google will return a list of available positions. It …

Google

Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls

A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls.<p>The system is two-fold. The one drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another …

Wi-Fi

KFC Chicken Sandwich's Balloon Flight to Near-Space Is Delayed

The launch of a stratospheric balloon carrying a fast-food chicken sandwich to the edge of space has been delayed until Thursday (June 22).<p>The …

In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different

Andrew Ng has likened artificial intelligence (AI) to electricity in that it will be as transformative for us as electricity was for our ancestors. I can only guess that electricity was mystifying, scary, and even shocking to them — just as AI will be to many of us. Credible scientists and research …

Harvard Business Review

Apple started making iPad because Jobs 'hated' a Microsoft exec

Scott Forstall, the former head of software for Apple, made the comments during a talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.<p>The iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't "hate" an executive at Microsoft.<p>Scott Forstall, the former head of Apple's …

Apple

Fuze Code Studio will let kids use the Switch to code their own Switch games

Of the hundreds of noble efforts to teach kids to code, Fuze is one of them. Fuze has created its own programming language, Fuze BASIC, a riff on the classic BASIC programming language that was the foundation of Microsoft as a company and a formative experience for anyone who typed a program into …

Gaming

The American Student Released From North Korea Has Died

"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home," his family said in a statement.<p>Originally posted on June 19, 2017, 20:52 GMT<p>Updated on June 20, 2017, 15:36 GMT<p>Jon Chol Jin / AP<p>Warmbier at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in March 2016.<p>Otto …

Otto Warmbier

Tesla Driver in Fatal ‘Autopilot’ Crash Got Numerous Warnings, Officials Say

A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended …

Autos

Apple Music quietly added a $99 annual subscription plan

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option as Tehnot spotted. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription.<p>This setting is quite buried as Apple …

Apple

Tim Cook is throwing a jammin' house party and everyone's invited (if you have $350)

Get excited, y'all! Apple CEO Tim Cook's ready for a party guaranteed to "rock the house," and all you need to do to get an invite is drop $350 on Apple's new hyped-up HomePod speaker.<p>Cook is amped about his company's latest gadget, and he kept singing its praises in an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i> …

Apple

Amazon files oh-so-ironic patent to block people from comparing prices in its stores

Amazon has earned plenty of sales from shoppers comparing its prices to those of items on the store shelves in front of them.<p>Now the online retail giant has locked down a patent on technology to prevent people from doing just that in its own stores.<p>The system, filed under the Orwellian title …

Amazon

The “Internet of Things” is way more vulnerable than you think—and not just to hackers

Not far from San Francisco International Airport, San Bruno is a quaint middle-class residential suburb, yet underground in San Bruno was a gas pipeline controlled by SCADA software that used the Internet as its communications backbone. On Sept. 9, 2010, a short circuit caused the operations room …

Internet of Things

Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum.<p>This shift is probably being driven by a few factors. Despite its recent appreciation in value, as a …

Bitcoin

Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum

Five of the most interesting things in Walt’s personal tech collection<p>Walt Mossberg is retiring this year — he’s already written his last column, hosted his last Code Conference, and taped the final episode of <i>Ctrl-Walt-Delete</i> in front of a live audience in New York. But Walt’s also assembled an …

Motorola

New research on the biology behind over-thinking shows how it makes us less creative

Every journalist suffers from "writer's block" sometimes. Whatever job you do, you can probably relate to how it feels to be stuck in a rut.<p>According to new research, one reason for experiencing this is biological.<p>Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London …

The Brain

Uber's second-in-command leaves the company

Uber is rumored to be looking at a shakeup of its executive team as part of its attempt at reforming its broken corporate culture, and you might have just seen the first signs of that shakeup today. The ridesharing company has confirmed that senior business VP Emil Michael, second only to Travis …

Uber

How Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionizing Enterprise Software In 2017

• 81% of IT leaders are currently investing in or planning to invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI).<br>• Cowen predicts AI will drive user productivity to materially higher levels, with Microsoft at the forefront.<br>• Digital Marketing/Marketing Automation, Salesforce Automation (CRM) and Data Analytics are …

Machine Learning

Estonia’s ex-president: Countries must issue digital IDs for a viable future

As a devoted advocate for better digital policies within the EU, Estonia is currently one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to providing government services online. Many of its digital initiatives — such as the e-residency, online voting and tech-minded education — were implemented or …

Innovation

300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the human origin story

Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago.<p>But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges …

Anthropology

The leaked NSA report shows 2-factor authentication has a critical weakness: You

So you've created a strong password, kept an eye out for sketchy links, and enabled two-factor authentication — what could possibly go wrong?<p>Well, it turns out the answer is "you."<p>As the leaked NSA report on Russian efforts to hack the computers of U.S. election officials before the 2016 …

Security

Magic: The Gathering is becoming an MMO

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World, two companies with plenty of experience making online worlds, are creating a Magic: The Gathering massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG or just MMO).<p>Wizards of the Coast, which owns the popular card game franchise, announced the project today. It …

RPGs

Neil deGrasse Tyson Becomes 1st American to Receive Stephen Hawking Medal

NEW YORK — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson received the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication Tuesday (June 6), becoming the first …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

iOS 11 will stop apps like Uber from constantly tracking your location

Take that, Uber. Your shady app doesn't need constant location data anyway.<p>When iOS 11 is available later this year, users will have the option to customize how each app uses his or her location — regardless of the options a developer provides.<p>Prior to iOS 11, users could only use one of the …

iOS