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An Easy to Ride, Easy to Hide Folding Bike

Adventure<p>Folding bikes are cool in the way that new versions of FileMaker are cool: They’ll enhance your life but not necessarily your social status. Cyclists whose needs demand a compact, portable solution are by definition willing to compromise performance in the name of a tidy package that can …

Microsoft embraces Python, Linux in new big data tools

Continuing its quest to make Microsoft Azure comfy for the non-Windows world, Microsoft just launched a preview of its Hadoop-based cloud tool …

Linux

Google Launches a Beta Channel for Android WebView

Android apps use a technology called WebView to show HTML content without forcing you to open a browser; think of all those times an app loads a mini-window to ask for permission to link to your Facebook or Twitter account.<p>In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google lets users update WebView separately from …

Android News

New round of $117 million lands a lot of Taboola for content discovery platform

“Here’s how to spend $117 million.”<p>That could be the teaser for this story, if content discovery platform Taboola included this in the 200 billion content recommendations it serves each month to more than half a trillion unique visitors.<p>The New York City-based company is announcing today it has …

Taboola

The algorithmic CEO

The single greatest instrument of change in today’s business world, and the one that is creating major uncertainties for an ever-growing universe of …

The Coming Rise of AI Means Humanity Will Need to Grow Up

<i>Supriya Jain heads the Global Thought Leadership Marketing Initiative at Wipro Ltd and is also the Founder of Miitra, a social organization for the elderly.</i><p>Perhaps the most exciting and talked about technology today is Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, mentions of AI can be traced back to …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple’s new Swift language experiences ‘meteoric’ growth

Apple surprised developers with its new programming language, Swift, at WWDC 2014 but it hasn’t taken long for the developer community to get behind what will soon be the replacement for Objective-C.<p>In the latest programming language popularity rankings from RedMonk, Swift has shot up from the 68th …

Stack Overflow

Edtech Funding Soars To Nearly $2 Billion

It was a banner year for education investing.<p>In December education startup Clever raised $30 million in funding, capping a record year for the industry as a slew of education-technology companies drove investment in the space to new heights.<p>Education venture and equity financing increased 55% to …

Jet Is The New Trendy E-commerce Site

If your wallet is still a little light after holiday shopping, Diapers.com founder Marc Lore has got you covered with the launch of Jet.com, a new site that’s managing to get people hyped up about spending money on the Internet (what year is it?).<p>According to Re/code’s Jason Del Rey, prices on the …

This Tiny Tech Startup Has Figured Out How To Turn Twitter's Trove Of Free Data Into A Goldmine

But there is tiny tech startup in London that has come up with a way of monetising all the free data that is coming out of Twitter. It's a mobile app called "Twizoo." It helps you find bars and restaurants based on how good they are, how close they are to you, and how expensive the prices are. It's …

Social Media

What’s Lurking In Your Microbiome? Possibly, A Cure For Disease

Startups are harnessing the trillions of bacteria inside us to eradicate diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and more.<p>The epicenter of the U.S. biotechnology business is just north of San Francisco International Airport, on a few dozen isolated acres wedged between U.S. 101 and San Francisco Bay. Unless …

Free App Friday: 5 Tools For Healthier Living

Eating, sleeping, and moving around are relatively basic endeavors. A little tweak here and there can make a world of difference, though.<p>You don’t have to be a nut to be healthy. You just have to want to get healthier than you are now. Baby steps.<p>Here are a handful of free, at-your-own-pace apps …

Intuitive Interfaces Don't Exist. Why Use Any interface At All?

<i>Wojtek Borowicz</i><i>, Community Evangelist at</i> <i>Estimote</i><i>, freelance writer, Internet of Things enthusiast.</i><p>One of the greatest lies of software industry is the so-called <i>intuitive interface</i>. It’s the fad diet of IT world: everyone, from the behemoths of tech to hip startups in the Valley, claims they’ve …

To Nail Your New Year’s Resolutions, Quantify Your Self

How can you improve your self if you can’t quantify your self? Some data pointers for your New Year.<p>It’s that dreaded time of year again when we make New Year’s resolutions and try our best to keep them. Thankfully, whether it’s hitting the gym, eating healthier or, err, flossing more regularly, …

iOS Apps

Skype can translate spoken Spanish to English in near real-time

Microsoft started rolling out a new feature for Skype on Monday: Skype Translator will translate communications from users using different languages …

Bill Gates lists his 5 favorite books of 2014

In between running one of the world’s largest charitable agencies and acting as Microsoft’s technology advisor, Bill Gates manages to find a …

Dan Dennett’s handy tools for easier thinking

“Thinking is hard.” So says Daniel Dennett at the start of his book <i>Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking</i>, published this year. As a …

Mobile Orders Will Make Starbucks Coffee More Addictive Than Ever

This could get dangerous.<p>Imagine you’re on your way to work. You walk up the stairs from the subway, and your coffee order is put in automatically. You walk into Starbucks, past the line, tell the barista your name, and she hands you your tall latte with skim.<p>Starbucks coaxes more of the world to …

Coffee

Google is funding “an artificial intelligence for data science”

Google is funding a project called Automatic Statistician that bills itself as “an artificial intelligence for data science,” it announced Tuesday. …

How baby talk gives your child the best start in life

Just keep talking<p><i>This article is being made free to view thanks to sponsorship from P&G</i><p>THERE is only one real rule to conversing with a baby: talking …

University of Washington

Most violence arises from morality, not the lack of it

WHY would anyone hurt you? Why would you hurt or kill someone else? Contrary to popular perception, people are rarely violent simply because they …

Yoozon Hosts CMS Sites Using Dropbox, No FTP Required

If you’re building a website with WordPress or a similar CMS, you’ll find it relatively easy to use and update – but what about setting it up in the first place? Webmasters still have to set up their host servers, upload files via FTP and wait for DNS to update before their projects can go …

iPhone 6, 6 Plus owners using iPads less, Pocket’s data suggests

I suppose if your products are going to be cannibalized, you might as well hope it’s your own competing products that cannibalize them. That may be …

Sony's new plan means fewer TVs and smartphones, more PlayStations

Sony may know how to build great gadgets, but convincing people to part with money in exchange for them has turned out to be nearly impossible. In the outfit's most recent financial results, its faltering mobile division was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the blockbuster profits earned …

Canadian Designer Beats Nike To The Punch Making Self-Lacing Sneakers A Reality

But will people still care if they don’t look like the ones in Back to the Future II?<p>Self-lacing sneakers have been a dream ever since Marty McFly pulled on a pair of futuristic Nikes in <i>Back to the Future II</i>, but they’ve never come to market despite the promises of Nike design guru Tinker Hatfield. …

I Attended A Conference Remotely Thanks To This Robot (And It Was A Very Strange Experience)

With a telepresence robot, you can meet people and go to talks… kind of physically?<p>It’s just another morning for me in my Los Angeles apartment. When I get out of bed on November 18, I put on a flannel shirt, a large sweater, and sweatpants. I spread almond butter and grape jelly on a pita. I make …

Glow-In-The-Dark Bikes And Handlebar Hunting Trophies: The Best Cycling Gear Of 2014

A gift guide to six of the best bike products of 2014.<p>Cyclists, rejoice: Thanks to inventions like glow-in-the-dark bike frames and clip-on handlebar coffee holders, biking is safer, easier, and more stylish than ever. Here, six of the best products for design-snob cyclists that we came across in …

Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool

Like Stuxnet that came before it, the Trojan dubbed "Regin" appears to be the work of a nation-state.<p>Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware circulating the world that appears to be used for spying at Internet service and …

Human body: The ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+

When you grow old, could you run 20 marathons back-to-back? David Robson reports on the senior ultra-athletes who are defying the limits of aging and the body.<p>A gruelling marathon and cycle ride through Switzerland’s mountains is not the average way to celebrate your 61st birthday. “I’d sworn I …