EP 60: Ree of Fort Negrita

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Fort Negrita

"touched stinging nettle for the first time today. i was intrigued by the dangling seeds. it doesn’t hurt so bad."<p>"if companies had to pay for the …

Abandoned buses become boutique hotel rooms at Chinese resort

Who says a fleet of scrapped buses can’t be glamorous?<p>More than 30 themed hotel rooms are now open in China’s Tai Tai Mountain Park, starting at …

Why gaze tracking startup Cogisen is eyeing the Internet of Things

How will you interact with the Internet of Things in your smart home of the future? Perhaps by looking your connected air conditioning unit in the lens from the comfort of your sofa and fanning your face with your hand to tell it to crank up its cooling jets.<p>At least that’s the vision of Italian …

Machine Learning

Uber raises $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, balance sheet now exceeds $11 billion

App-enabled cab company Uber today confirmed that it has raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which is the investing arm of the Saudi Arabian kingdom. The money came in at Uber’s valuation of $62.5 billion, which is the same amount at which it reportedly raised $2.1 …

Mediachain enivisions a blockchain-based tool for identifying artists’ work across the internet

On the internet, where “aggregation” is often the highest form of flattery, not everyone appreciates the compliment.<p>Content (in all its forms) is increasingly both the commodity and currency of the digital era, but the speed and ease of near-instantaneous global communication and a capacity for …

Blockchain

Facebook says its new AI is almost as good as humans at understanding context

Facebook has developed a new AI called DeepText that it claims can understand what people are writing about with "near-human accuracy." Oh, and it can do that several thousand times per second in over 20 languages.<p>DeepText was announced in a blog post today, with Facebook engineers explaining how …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the Young Black Entrepreneurs Taking on Tinder

Justin Gerrard speaks quickly, Brian Gerrard speaks slowly. Justin jumps around the room, Brian glides with caution. If you met them separately, you …

Relationships

Cleanly launches subscription laundry service with Cleanly Reserve

Cleanly, the on-demand laundry service looking to take on FlyCleaners, has today announced a new annual or monthly membership program that discounts service while offering a recurring pick-up and drop-off schedule.<p>With Cleanly Reserve, users get 10 percent off of all Cleanly services, along with …

Seed Funding

This lamp is illuminated by your phone's LED

Do you really need to buy a lightbulb when your phone has a powerful LED already built in? This is the question an Israeli company hopes to answer with its new product the UpLamp, which it's describing as "the first lampless light." Instead of relying on a bulb, the lamp directs and distributes a …

Samsung Galaxy S5

This palm-sized 'selfie drone' fits in your pocket and has foldable blades

Drones are the new hotness in the gadget world and no one makes better drones than DJI. But while DJI's Phantom 4 is both super smart and easy to …

Australia puts traffic lights in the ground to alert phone addicts

The German city of Augsburg has already tried putting traffic lights in the ground to keep cellphone-obsessed pedestrians from walking on to train tracks, but the Australian state of New South Wales wants to take things one step further. It tells <i>Mashable</i> that it's going to install ground-based …

Wishbone, an app for comparing anything with photos, dives into video

After throwing its backing behind a simple app for comparing photos and experiences geared toward a younger audience, Science is now betting that a simple way to compare videos is going to be one of the next big trends that will propel its app — Wishbone — to prominence.<p>Wishbone is a pretty …

Apps

Segway’s smart mini-transporter is up for pre-order

Segway doesn’t mention hoverboards in today’s official Ninebot by Segway MiniPro availability announcement. Of course, it’s easy to see why the company would be so quick to distance itself from the incredibly popular but extremely problematic product category. For one thing there’s the whole …

Business Development

Googling Yourself Is About to Be More Useful

People Google themselves. I do it. You do it, and if you say you don’t you’re a lying liar. Sometimes, just to make sure your internet persona is …

Wearable Tech