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A River Runs Through It: Sacramento's Amazonian Pitch For Amazon's Second Headquarters

Earlier this year — on one of many train rides from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento — I had an epiphany. I had been hearing talk of the two regions merging into a mega-region, with the interesting twist that high-speed rail might someday soon accelerate that merger. From where I sat, in …

San Francisco Bay Area

In Silicon Valley, Basic Income Gets Serious

This week, I had the pleasure of attending a conference entirely dedicated to Silicon Valley’s hot new topic, basic income. The CASH conference, held in the heart of San Francisco, left me, for the first time, with the feeling that basic income was something that could become official policy in the …

Basic Income

On the Cusp of Poco's 50th Anniversary, Rusty Young Keeps the Flame Alive and Opines on Digital Tips

From the ashes of the venerable Buffalo Springfield sprung the irrepressible Poco. Long before Eagles flew, Poco melded a distinctly Californian blend of country and rock. With an array of talented members in and out of the band since its inception in 1968, Poco’s longest standing member is Rusty …

Gibson Les Paul

'Destiny 2' Cancels This Weekend's Trials Of The Nine Because Of A Silly Walk

If you were looking to score some top-level loot via <i>Destiny 2′s</i> apex PvP activity this weekend, you may have to wait a little bit. This and next weekend’s Trials of the Nine have been canceled due to some glitches, and the event is scheduled to being again on November 3. From Bungie’s Blog:<p>“As a …

Destiny 2

This Is Why It's A Really Terrible Idea To Drop Bombs On Lava Flows

Every single attempt to bomb a volcano, either into submission or into erupting, has involved the United States of America. Most of these attempts took place in Hawaii, and as you might expect, none of them worked.<p>I’m a tad worried that the current Commander-in-Chief – whose temperament leaves a …

National Parks

Pokémon GO's Halloween Event Is Live, With New Gen 3 Pokémon

If you see a fresh wave of trainers out on the streets hunting for Pokémon, it’s because Halloween comes slightly early for <i>Pokémon GO.</i> The game’s second annual Halloween event just went live, offering some of the most interesting rewards we’ve seen for a limited time event yet. Developer Niantic …

Pokémon

'ELEX' First Impressions: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

First impressions are everything, or at least very nearly everything. The first chapter of a book, the pilot of a new TV show, or the opening hour of a game can be the deciding factor on whether or not a reader, viewer or gamer keeps playing. A first date can be the difference between never seeing …

RPGs

Happn Adds A Bit Of Gamification To Dating Apps With CrushTime Update

Happn is an interesting little dating app when it comes to how it handles your personal geography. With Tinder, you can swipe in any city, but hell if you are going to try to date someone 3000 miles away. OkCupid and POF generally offer up probable mates within a set radius. Happn offers up people …

Dating

Zen Protocol And The Art Of Blockchain Relevance

One of the best books ever written is Robert Pirsig’s <i>Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.</i> Even after several rereads and three decades, the words remain vivid, coherent and relevant.<p>Essentially the book talks of madness and how motorcycle road trips can clear the mind and bring intelligent …

Bitcoin

How To Protect Your Kids From Violence In Video Games

There are now more gamers over the age of 36 than there are between the ages of 18 and 35. So there is a pretty good chance your parents plays video games, too. Cartoon by Steve Napierski.<p><b>See more cartoons: How Video Game Obsession In Childhood Leads To Problems For Adults</b>

Game Development

Micro-Influencers Have Taken Over Social Media Marketing: Here's How

Influencer marketing has come a long way in just a few short years. From the beginning when behind-the-scenes deals were made with giant media stars to the mainstream influencer marketing deals of today, no marketing campaign is complete without tapping influencers to help spread the word. The …

Social Media Marketing

Fear the Walking Dead's Departing Showrunner Explains The Secret Driving The Show

We are just days away from the season 8 premiere of <i>The Walking Dead</i>, but I’m still trying to process just how great (most of) the last season of <i>Fear the Walking Dead</i> was. The shows share a universe (and soon a character), but they feel like <i>totally</i> different productions these days.<p>One of the weirder …

TV Series

How To Compete With Amazon In Shipping And Delivery

The U.S. domestic e-commerce marketplace is dominated by Amazon and large retailers, all setting the tone and pace of customer shipping expectations by offering expedited delivery options at low or no cost to the customer. Retailers of all sizes are finding themselves competing on the same turf to …

Logistics

Crafty Vaporizer Is A Smooth Combination Of Modern Design And Practicality

There are times in life when you are holding a product, or perhaps driving a car, and you can tell that it is German-made. You can tell that it doesn’t have that cheap mass produced feel like something made under questionable conditions in some third-world sweat shop. No, this feels like a special …

Gear & Gadgets

Stupid iPhone Tricks: Hide The Dock And The Secret iOS 11 'Dark Mode'

It’s been a quiet week, so I’ve been occupying myself by doing what every good tech reporter does in their downtime.<p>Trying to make their devices do things they’re not supposed to do.<p><b>Hide the Dock</b><p>On the iPad, you can activate the Dock from within apps with a swipe, which means the code is there for …

iOS

'Pokémon Ultra Sun' And 'Pokémon Ultra Moon' May Be The Last Games In The Series On The 3DS

In a new interview, Game Freak director Shigeru Ohmori explains that the upcoming <i>Pokémon Ultra Sun</i> and <i>Pokémon Ultra Moon</i> may be the last games in the <i>Pokémon</i> series on the 3DS.<p>Over at IGN, Ohmori talks about how they pushed the 3DS to its limits with these new <i>Pokémon</i> games and that it is likely they …

Pokémon

The Democratization Of Machine Learning Is At Hand, And This AI Company Is On The Front Lines

AI is transforming the world at breakneck speed, changing medicine, air travel, customer service, the auto industry, and much, much more. But so far, AI has remained the domain of the educated elite: Silicon Valley veterans and Ivy League CS graduates. But just as rapidly as AI has changed our …

Machine Learning

Mating Can Move Mountains: Salmon Sex Linked To Geological Change

A hot new study found that salmon sex can and does change the geological landscape of mountainous regions, giving new meaning to “Love can change the world.”<p>The study, conducted by Washington State University, found that specific mating habits associated with salmon while in mountainous stream beds …

Nature

Digital Fingerprints: The Data You Leave Behind

By Michael Joudeh and José Bevilacqua<p>In an age where electronic devices rule and data is easily accessible, staying connected to the world has never been easier. With thousands of public Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe, whether in a restaurant, on a plane or in your car, public Wi-Fi has become too …

Here's The Best Place To Find Gen 3 Ghosts During Pokémon GO's Halloween Event

<i>Pokémon GO</i>’s Halloween Event is going live today, and with it comes the arrival of Gen 3 Pokémon for the first time. Barring any surprises, it should just be three families of Gen 3 ghosts, five in total, counting evolutions. But where to find them?<p>They may end up being plentiful in the wild, but …

Pokémon Go

Was Arrow's Bruce Wayne Name Drop A Sign Of Things To Come?

Last night on <i>Arrow</i>, Oliver Queen found himself pushing back against allegations that he was the Green Arrow after a photo leaked out revealing his secret alter ego. He fought some Russians, eventually “proved” the photo was doctored after some technical Curtis/Felicity techno-mumbo-jumbo, and it …

Bruce Wayne

Amazon Or IBM: Who's The King Of Cloud Revenue?

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — While cloud …

Amazon Web Services

The Best Carry-On Luggage

<i>Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.</i><p>Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, alone or as part of a …

Shopping

Seeing One Example Of Merging Neutron Stars Raises Five Incredible Questions

On August 17th, both the light and the gravitational wave signals from inspiraling-and-merging neutron stars reached Earth, where both were detected, for the first time, by humans. The inspiral phase was seen for approximately 30 seconds in the LIGO and Virgo detectors, lasting more than 100 times …

Astrophysics

Amazon Is About To Disrupt The Drug Industry, But Not The Way Most Think

It’s now a foregone conclusion that Amazon.com will enter the healthcare sector. Every day there is another article on how Amazon is planning to dominate some new corner of the American economy. One day Amazon is taking down Grainger and Home Depot. The next it’s single-handedly taking down not …

Pharma

Senators Shame Tim Cook Over Apple VPN Ban In China

US senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy have jointly written to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking him to explain the company’s decision to pull virtual private network (VPN) apps from its App Store in China.<p>VPNs are the most popular way for China’s internet users to bypass the Great Firewall that blocks …

Tim Cook

How A Startup's Legal Battle WithA Software Giant Could Redefine Tech Workers' Rights

On September 6, Jessica Bell couldn’t wait any longer. Rumors of layoffs at ShareFile, a unit of Citrix Systems, a 28-year-old software maker valued at $12 billion, had been swirling through the summer. A virtual sales engineer ShareFile and a single mom with an 18-year-old daughter, Bell had …

Legal Services

'Super Mario Odyssey' Amiibo Offer Bride And Groom Outfits For Mario

As we get ready for the launch of <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> in less than a week’s time, it’s a good moment to decide how best to buy the game. If you’ve not got a Switch already there is the new <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> Switch pack ($379.99). This is not only a nice way to get the special bright red Joy-Cons …

Super Mario Odyssey

50 Years Ago, A Film Spurred The Myth Of The Abominable Snowman Of America

“For more than a century, people have been saying that a huge hairy primitive human roams the unmapped mountains of the Northwest. Here’s the first tangible evidence that this ‘Bigfoot’ or Sasquatch really exists.” So claimed an article published in the February 1968 issue of <i>Argosy</i>, a popular …

UFOs