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Boston's public schools have adopted a new, more accurate world map

There's nothing like a map to help explain the world. But some maps do a better job of it than others.<p>Which is why Boston's public schools have adopted new world maps for some of their classrooms. And, the district claims that it's the first public school system nationwide to make the switch.<p>The …

Education

Elon Musk says Tesla is going to run a competition for the public to make its next ad

On Wednesday, in response to a letter by a fifth grade student, the founder and chief executive of Tesla made another announcement on the social media platform - the company will hold a contest for homemade advertisements.<p>Bria, daughter of Twitter user Steven, suggested that Musk should run a …

Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet

There could be some clues here for the Surface Phone<p>Microsoft is attempting to patent a device with a flexible hinge and display that would transform a phone into a tablet. Patent filings discovered by MSPoweruser reveal that Microsoft is, at least, experimenting with this type of concept for a …

Justice report rips Chicago police for excessive force, lax discipline, bad training

In perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded Friday that the city's police officers are poorly trained and quick to turn to excessive and even deadly force, most often against blacks and Latino residents, without …

Creating the Perfect Gelled Background

Getting clean, saturated and even colour from edge to edge on your gelled background with a subtle vignette needn’t be a mystery. Simply remember …

Chinese-backed electric carmaker picks Nevada for $1B plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Chinese-backed electric car company with visions of revolutionizing transportation — but no product to show yet — …

New Indian tech could help rural communities bridge digital divide

Bringing Internet access to the developing world has been a major goal for both governments and the tech elite. One of the big roadblocks, though, has been the lack of quality infrastructure in third world countries -- but an Indian company may have just developed a device that can clear that …

'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast optic communications

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and it is able to change the amount of light it reflects by up …

India - the world's fastest growing startup ecosystem

In recent years, the Indian startup ecosystem has really taken off and come into its own—driven by factors such as massive funding, consolidation activities, evolving technology and an burgeoning domestic market.<p>The numbers are telling—from 3,100 startups in 2014 to a projection of more than 11,500 …

Uber gutted Carnegie Mellon’s top robotics lab to build self-driving cars

A 'partnership' based on poaching<p>This January, as much of the world was getting over its post-holiday hangovers, people began disappearing from Carnegie Mellon University's robotics center. At first it was only a few individuals, mostly software developers. Then it became an entire team, and …

Carnegie Mellon University

How to relight an image in Lightroom

Sometimes when you post-process an image, you may notice that some more interesting lighting would have really improved the scene and made the photo …

How To Use The 3 Most Important New Features In Lightroom 6

To be honest, I’ve been waiting for Lightroom 6 for a while now, and I know I’m not the only one! Judging from the threads on every photography forum …

Samsung wants everyone to build smart home gadgets on its new platform

A new trio of chips called Artik has been designed to kickstart the creation of connected devices<p>If you plan on building or buying a connected gadget in the immediate future, Samsung wants to be inside of it. Today the company announced Artik, a collection of small system-on-chips designed to power …

Lily Camera Is A Drone That Automatically Follows You

Meet the friendliest drone on the market.<p>That's because the drone is made to follow around its user completely automatically — no controller necessary — tracking a GPS wristband and following commands issued from a smartphone app.<p>The camera is built right into the drone, and shoots video at up to …

Photos: Getty Images is using Instagram to find photographers in underrepresented communities

A year after Sheryl Sandberg added “Lean In” photos to the Getty Images’ largely homogenous folio of stock photos to show realistic portrayals of women, Getty is entering another partnership to diversify its catalog. This one is a collaboration with Instagram, seeking photographers who use the …

Sheryl Sandberg

A Collection of 30 Awesome Photography Links

Another terrific week in the world of photography has just passed us by and Toad Hollow Photography has been very active online searching for links …

Moore’s Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60

Intel's CFO says it can keep turning out chips with less expensive transistors for a few more generations. Science says it can't go on forever.<p>Moore’s Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.<p>Since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore first made the observation in a 1965 paper …

Moore's Law

For hardware startups, it's getting less hard

The way I look at it is there's expertise, and you have to have it in-house or buy it.<p>David Austin, vice president of PCH Access

Google slashes price of Project Tango 3D-mapping tablet

Google's 3D spatial mapping tablet Project Tango is currently only available for purchase by invitation. Today some of those lucky individuals received an email informing them that the price of the tablet was being slashed by 50 percent from $1024 to $512. The email forwarded to <i>Android Police</i> also …

Canon's compact XC10 does high-quality 4K video recording for $2,500

1080p full HD video is still great, but the future of video is unquestionably 4K. Come this June, Canon's backing the 4K video recording movement in …

Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ Offers Project Creators Community Guidance

Kickstarter has enabled a private beta feature that’s starting to show up for logged in project creators, offering a kind of community knowledge base that lets users ask questions and provide answers to other creators about crowdfunding and best practices. The so-called Campus seems designed to act …

Crowd Funding

The Many Americans Who Only Use Smartphones to Go Online

One in five adults in the United States connects to the Internet without desktops or laptops.<p>The idea that new Internet users will come online on smartphones rather than computers is now well established. But it is often assumed that this population is composed entirely of people from the world’s …

Touchscreen-enabled routers double as home automation hubs

If at all possible, we like to keep our router and hub count down to a nice round number of "one." That's the idea behind a pair of new models from Almond which eliminate the need to have both a smarthome hub and router by combing them into one device. The Almond+ and Almond 2015 both support …

The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Ruch is the founder and CEO of Rocketrip.</i><p>The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but <i>how</i> they spend that money has become …

Sharing Economy

Google Fiber set to launch in its eighth market: Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah will officially be the next city to receive Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV. In a blog post published today, Google announced that the city is now in the design phase for laying out fiber-optic cable and building out the Google Fiber network. While the build out will …

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.<p>While he was a university student in the Netherlands in 2009, Pieter Levels started an electronic music channel on YouTube that he says became popular enough to pay the …

Digital Nomads

Bill Gates reveals contrasting sides of Steve Jobs, in quotes from new biography

If any of the people interviewed in the new Steve Jobs biography <i>Becoming Steve Jobs</i> shine a light on the multifaceted personality of the Apple founder, one worth noting is Microsoft founder Bill Gates.<p>It seems clear from Gates’s quotes that he liked and respected Jobs, but he speaks plainly about …

Social media is huge in the Phillipines—and many other emerging economies

One remarkable finding in Pew Research’s new report on how people in emerging-economy nations access and interact with the internet: social media is hugely popular. While 74% of US adult internet users say they’re on Facebook, Twitter, and the like, the median is 82% across the countries covered by …

Social Media