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Facebook has released AI code that can help machines to 'see'

The Silicon Valley social media giant hopes that open sourcing its machine vision algorithms will help to accelerate developments in the field.<p>The code dump, announced in a Facebook blog on Thursday, includes three data sets: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet.<p>"Together, they have enabled FAIR's …

How to Actually Succeed on Google+

“Our philosophy and strategy is platform agnostic, so, it can tie into many different platforms,” said Curtis Midkiff, Director of Social Engagement at the American Red Cross.<p>According to Midkiff, this philosophy is to craft a visually focused story about the Red Cross and to engage with people …

Why I Lost Faith In Bitcoin As A Money Transfer Protocol

As 2013 came to an end, many reflected on last year’s biggest tech news — and Bitcoin was a serious contender. But the main question remains: why are people interested in Bitcoin?<p>This whole debate reappeared when Charlie Stross stated that “Bitcoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to …

oDesk and Elance merge, forming one giant freelancer company (updated)

<b>Updated at 1:45 PM PT with additional comments and details from the CEOs of oDesk and Elance</b><p>Two crowdsourcing Goliaths are joining forces to fight off those pesky Davids.<p>Elance and oDesk, two of the largest online marketplaces for freelancers, today announced their intention to merge. The deal is …

Kickstarter bans genetically engineered rewards

If you plan to fund the creation of a genetic hybrid on Kickstarter, you can no longer offer it to backers as a reward. The Web site has added a new …

Crowdfunded Startup Canary Aims To Disrupt Home Security

“Home security has been built on the same model and infrastructure for so long, that people have gotten used to lots of false alarms and the police are not responding.”<p>That’s something that Adam Sager, the co-founder and CEO of Canary, a startup that’s producing what they’re calling a “smart home …

Loop makes iPad animation easy for all

<b>A new iPad animation app makes doodling flipbook-style moving pictures super easy.</b><p>Most people will end up doodling an animation in the margins of …

Food Delivery Hits The Web, But Restaurants Pay The Price

Two big restaurant delivery websites — Grubhub and Seamless — have announced a merger. Together, they'll allow diners in 500 cities the convenience of ordering from thousands of restaurants with just a few clicks on their computer. For restaurants, the costs of being on these websites can be hard …

Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it …

MIT Students Show How To 3D Print Your Own Non-Duplicatable Keys For Easy Breaking And Entering

If there’s one thing that sucks about breaking-and-entering it’s that it’s too difficult. Three enterprising young MIT students have figured out a way to make that easier, thanks to a 3D printing workaround to the sticky issue of making duplicates of so-called “non-duplicatable” keys. All you need …

Mozilla’s Persona Login System Now Supports All Gmail Addresses Out Of The Box

One of Mozilla’s lesser-known projects is Persona, a login system that aims to eliminate site-specific passwords so you can log in with your existing email accounts without having to type in a password. Its aim is somewhat similar to what Google, Facebook and others are doing with their login …

A Tour Of Microsoft's Truly Gigantic, Sprawling Headquarters

It's gigantic, it's sprawling, and when you set foot on campus, you feel much more optimistic about Microsoft's future than people outside the campus.<p>Microsoft is a complicated company.<p>Unlike Apple, which is really just an iPhone and iPad company, Microsoft has 12 different divisions that generate …

A Week With The Sync Burn, A Battery-Powered Fitness Band

Fitness bands are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone has one, it seems, from audio manufacturers like Jawbone to upstarts like Fitbit and Basis. Now the EB Sports Group, a company that makes fitness devices under a number of brands including Everlast and Men’s Health. I’ve historically been wary …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Good deal: 5-inch Kobo Mini E-reader for $39 in US and Canada

If you’re willing to forego Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, you can get a good E-reader for laughably little money. Following a huge markdown on Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch device in the UK, Kobo is slashing the price on its five-inch Kobo Mini to just $39 in the US and Canada, reports <i>The eBook</i> …

Here's The Problem With The New Theory That A Japanese Math Professor Is The Inventor Of Bitcoin

Mochizuki made a name for himself last fall when he cracked the infamous ABC Conjecture, which dealt with the nature of prime numbers.<p>Nelson's argument, which he laid out in a video, is that Mochizuki showed a level of intelligence and breadth of knowledge that was similar to the pseudonymous …

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