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Reveries on The Future of VR

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.” William Gibson<p>As <b>we enter Year 2 of the emergence of Virtual Reality as a consumer</b> …

Virtual Reality

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Artificial Intelligence

Google coding champion whose Cameroon hometown is cut off from the internet

<b>The first African winner in Google's annual coding competition is 370km (230 miles) from home, sitting outside his cousins' house in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, because the government has cut off his hometown from the internet.</b><p>As cocks crow in the background, 17-year-old Nji Collins Gbah …

Java, C, C++ face growing competition in popularity

When it comes to programming, Java, C, and C++ still rule the roost, according to this month's Tiobe index of language popularity. But all three have …

C++

Tech

These 12 websites from the 90s show how useless the early internet was

A website. Literally, a website dedicated to the letter ‘A’<p>It will revolutionize academia, they said. It will streamline the workplace, they said. …

Web Design

Google is bringing virtual reality to its Chrome platform

Google is pretty cool when it comes to bringing new, interesting things to the masses. However, every now and then the company does something that is …

Virtual Reality

Should You Learn Python, C, or Ruby to Be a Top Coder? (Infographic)

See which coding language you should learn first.<p>Top coders have near limitless prospects when it comes to employment, or even opportunities to succeed in their own startups. In fact, learning to code is fast becoming a necessary life skill, with millions each year taking online and in-person …

Programming

D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,000 qubits and costs a whopping $15 million. More …

Quantum Mechanics

Google Voice relaunches w/ redesigned mobile & web apps, promise of ‘regular’ updates

After a false start earlier this month, the first major update to Google Voice in years has just been announced. Featuring a redesigned interface, new features, and the promise of continued updates, it will be rolling out to everyone in the coming weeks.<p>Google Voice has been redesigned around a new …

Google

Hackers Back Up US Climate Data So Trump Can’t Delete It

Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

AI’s next frontier requires ethics built through policy. Will Donald Trump deliver?<p>With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where machines are as …

Artificial Intelligence

All hail Virgin’s innovative, forward-thinking, collaborative initiative: No email

Richard Branson has built several billion-dollar businesses, launched spaceships, and set a world record as the first person to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon. But surely his latest project—banning his staff from the horrors of email—is his most brilliant move yet.<p>Roughly 200 employees at …

Richard Branson

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Is a Battle of Smarts and Skills

Alexa meets her match—or is it her clone?<p>First-mover advantage is a powerful thing in technology. You get to define the category and, if you’re smart …

Amazon Echo

AirPods are Apple’s most Apple-like product in years

Here is a short list of products that Apple has released in the past few years:<p>A stylus that only charges when sticking straight out of an iPad<br>• A mouse that doesn’t work when you need to charge it<br>• A $350 smartwatch that’s as useful as a $150 one<br>• A tablet the size of Jupiter<br>• A laptop with almost no …

Headphones

Digital Debrief – Step-by-Step: Setting Up Your Google Optimize Account and Container

Step-by-Step: Setting Up Your Google Optimize Account and Container<p>January 4, 2017<br>• /<br>• Testing<br>• /<br>• No Comments<p>Optimize is Google’s new A/B & Multivariate …

Google

The 32 most powerful people in business technology in 2016

Companies spent an estimated $3.4 trillion on business tech in 2016.<p>With that kind of money, the business technology market has created some of the most powerful people in tech this year. That's not just business power, either: Some of the market's biggest millionaires and billionaires also took up …

Salesforce

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The FIRST community-powered security automation and orchestration platform.

As the go-to platform for the latest global security news and high-level analysis, The Cipher Brief helps readers understand what the news means to …

The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B

The Internet connects billions of people and machines; it's the backbone of modern life. But tech pioneer Danny Hillis thinks the Internet just …

Tactical Victories, Strategic Defeats

Next Steps in U.S.-Cuba Relations<p>Strengthening U.S. Cyber Defenses<p>Russia Sanctions: The New Normal<p>Corruption in China: The Party’s Over<p>Change in the …

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

MOSCOW — Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.<p>Mr. Vyarya, 33, a bearded, bespectacled computer programmer who thwarted hackers, said he was suddenly being asked to join a sweeping …

Russia

Tech exec nabbed in underage sex sting

A top tech executive was arrested Wednesday near Seattle after police said he tried to pay for unprotected sex with a girl he allegedly thought was 15 years old.<p>Dov Katz, the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, was charged with attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor after he allegedly fell …

Crime

Want a Job in Silicon Valley? Keep Away From Coding Schools - Bloomberg

It was a calamitous job interview two years ago that prompted Jose Contreras to demand his money back from the coding school he attended. His …

Silicon Valley

Twitter stock is getting slammed after a series of top executive departures

It's not a great week to own Twitter stock.<p>Multiple top-level executives have left the company, and the stock is sliding downwards.<p>The stock is sitting around $16.50, after dropping 4% — and losing 12% of its value over the last week.<p>On Tuesday, the news broke that the struggling social network's …

Wall Street

How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream | Jamie Bartlett

There’s a parallel Internet you may not have run across yet -- accessed by a special browser and home to a freewheeling collection of sites for …

TED Talks