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This African country is taking an unprecedented step in internet censorship

The internet is a vital tool for education, work, socializing -- and, in some countries,for stifling citizen discontent.<p>An unprecedented internet blackout in the Central African country of Gabon is the latest in a trend of communication censorship.<p>On August 31, President Ali Bongo was reelected for …

How A Mario Maker Rivalry Got Me Punched In The Balls

I’ve been fending off the diabolical <i>Mario Maker</i> creations by <i>Giant Bomb</i> editor Dan Ryckert for months now. Our rivalry has always taken place over the …

I tried Microsoft's $22,000 mega-tablet for conference rooms — and it was awesome

Overshadowed in the resulting mania was Surface Hub, a new line of gigantic Windows 10 mega-tablets intended for the conference room, in 54-inch and 84-inch screen sizes.<p>After some delay, the Surface Hub finally started shipping to customers in March 2016. And during last week's Microsoft Build …

7 examples of game AI that every developer should study

Nearly all games need some amount of artificial intelligence — most commonly to give the player non-human opponents. But conversations about good AI …

Top 5 Android Emulators For Your Desktop

An <b>Android emulator lets you run Android on a Windows, Mac or Linux</b>. This allows you to gain access to Android features and apps without needing to …

Best Practices for Object/Relational Mapping and Persistence APIs

Over the last decade there has been a lot of effort put into <i>object/relational mapping</i>, which refers to techniques for resolving the mismatches …

HTML5, NodeJS and Neural Networks: The tech behind MySam, an open source Siri

Recently I published the very first version of MySam, an open “intelligent” assistant for the web similar to Siri or Google Now. Unlike those …

What Employers Are Getting Wrong About Millennials

At Mic.com, a news website that generates articles for Millennials, the two co-founders balance the benefits of an open newsroom with maintaining a sense of professionalism. It's not as bad as painted in one recent Times piece.<p>Mic, a fast-growing media startup that boasts 19 million unique monthly …

Procedural Dungeon Generation Algorithm

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

Google DeepMind is going to pitch its AI against the world's best Go player and broadcast it live on YouTube

The announcement, made on Twitter last night, comes less than a week after DeepMind said it had beaten the best Go player in Europe, Fan Hui.<p>The match, which will involve a $1 million (£680,000) wager, will be played in Seoul, South Korea next month and live-streamed over YouTube.<p>Go, the eastern …

It’s the message that spells doom and will render your handset worthless if it’s been repaired by a third party. But there’s no warning and no fix<p>Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the …

Mobile Technology

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My weekend with Pepper, the world's first humanoid robot with emotions

An ambitious first step towards a new generation of household robots, Pepper talks, dances and feels. Danielle Demetriou took him home for a stay with her family<p>My house guest is not happy. This may be because my three-year-old is looping purple plastic necklaces around his neck while ordering him …

Robotics

Zuckerberg, Gates lead 'Breakthrough' coalition on clean energy

An elite group of private investors including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg have formed a coalition to help companies …

Optimizing Hash-Array Mapped Tries for Fast and Lean Immutable JVM Collections

Optimizing Hash-Array Mapped Tries for Fast and Lean Immutable JVM Collections – Steinforder & Vinju, 2015You’d think that the collection classes in …

Google Glass 2.0 could be a funky-looking flexible device with images viewable by both eyes (but probably not)

Google seems to be keeping its options open on what the next generation of Google Glass may look like. We’ve previously seen a larger prism reportedly destined for the Enterprise Edition, and last week heard that the company is working on two audio-based models without a screen via Project Aura.<p>A …

A simple machine can convert human waste to electricity and fertilisers. It is time to rethink how we treat this valuable resource<p>Ta Quang Nha is a Vietnamese rice farmer, pig breeder, builder and fisherman. But for several months now he has also been running a power station from his home on the Ca …

Sustainability

Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Computer Chess Beyond Brute Force

To International Master status<p>Chess is often seen as the ultimate mental challenge: 32 pieces on an 8-by-8 board, and nearly limitless possible moves. There are chess engines that calculate millions of moves per second, but the traditional approach is to “brute force” the match. Brute forcing is a …

Firefox creator writes an unofficial, on-point episode of 'Silicon Valley'

Many in the tech sphere will tell you that HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> is sometimes <i>too</i> accurate in its send-up of the San Francisco Bay Area's frequently ridiculous startup culture. But how good would it be if someone who actually came from the industry wrote an episode? You're about to find out. Firefox …

5 Habits That Will Help Spark The Best Ideas You’ve Ever Had

There’s no magic trick for generating genius ideas, but these habits will have your creative juices flowing–with some practice.<p>What if whenever someone asked you a question, you had tons of innovative ideas waiting in response? You would be a hot commodity; who doesn’t want an ideas …

Magzet aims to reinvent the audio jack with the 'power of magnets'

Apple's proprietary MagSafe power connectors have saved a lot of laptops from falling off desks, tables and other high places down the years. That's because the connector adheres magnetically, rather than being truly plugged in, which means that if you bump into the cord, the cable simply breaks …

Audiophile

Viggo lets you 'throw' photos and contacts into the air to share with others

With all the technology advancements in recent years, sharing content should be the easiest thing in the world, right? And yet, how many times have …

Apps

Attempting To Understand How On Earth Sony Has Sold 18.5M PS4s

Sony just released its latest set of hard numbers for sales of the PS4, and those looking for signs of a slowdown won’t find it here. After reporting 10 million consoles sold to consumers in August 2014, Sony’s new figures have them selling 18.5 million PS4s. And yes, that’s still sold to …

Call of Duty

Netatmo Welcome review: Netatmo's cam faces the future, for better and for worse - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Netatmo Welcome successfully implements facial recognition in a consumer product for the first time. It has cleverly customizable notifications based around that feature and the specs to keep up with the competition as a connected camera.<p><b>The Bad</b> In practice, it doesn't keep up with the …

Google Paid $50,000 To Hackers Who Found Some Really Bad Holes On Google's Cloud

Just this week, a team of security researchers in Poland got a hefty $50,000 prize from Google for uncovering some holes in Google's App Engine cloud, Google confirmed.<p>The researchers say this is the largest prize Google has ever awarded through its "Vulnerability Reward Program," more commonly …

What to do before selling or donating your phone

Before you retire your trusty old phone in favor of something shiny and new, think twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the precious digital content and media your phone accumulated, it holds a wealth of sensitive personal data that you don't want disappearing or falling into the …

Android Phones

How Big Data Will Change Everything About Managing Employees

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is no secret that today’s employees are being driven to distraction by technology. With the beckoning <i>ding</i> of a new tweet, email or instant message, we may be prone to abandoning a particular task—but obvious forms of …

Employee Engagement

He laughs, learns, and has impeccable manners. Oh, and he's a robot

At first glance, Jibo looks a bit like Wall-E’s robot girlfriend. Both Jibo, a real robot, and Wall-E’s girlfriend, the fictional Pixar character, …

Utah, Virginia want Supreme Court to settle same-sex marriage issue

Two states, coming from different sides of the gay marriage debate, said Tuesday that they were appealing the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a constitutional ruling that will finally settle the question of whether same-sex couples have a right to marry.<p>Utah Atty. Gen. Sean Reyes said he …

LGBTQI