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It Takes Just Four Minutes To Explain the Entire Universe

In need of a quick refresher course on, well, the science of pretty much everything? Here’s a cheeky, irreverent summation of the universe in just …

Hack This: Edit an Image with Python

Algorithmic Photoshop, at your fingertips.<p>Whether they're being registered by the rods and cones of a human eye or being sent across a computer network in binary streams, images are just data. Pixels and parameters. Image editing thus consists only of data operations, usually a whole lot of them. …

A Google engineer invented this smart mirror that tells you the news while you admire your looks

If you’re one of the few people who remembers the middling 2000 science fiction film <i>The 6th Day</i>, you may recall that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character uses a mirror that wishes him a happy birthday and tells him his schedule for the day. That was probably the coolest thing about the movie.<p>And now …

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Conquer Python with this $39 Programming Bootcamp

Python is a widely-used general purpose programming language, which drives a great many of your favorite sites across the Web.<p>For those looking to step into the field of programming, The Python Programming Bootcamp is an ideal entrypoint with lifetime access to six courses and 50 hours of training …

Elon Musk personally cancels blogger's Tesla order after 'rude' post

But perhaps the best perk of being Elon Musk is the ability to be unbelievably petty.<p>The Californian venture capitalist Stewart Alsop learned that to his cost, he says, after he wrote an open letter to Musk about the badly run launch event for the Tesla Motors Model X (the newest car from Musk's …

UK Scientists Get Green Light to Genetically Edit Human Embryos - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | February 1, 2016 12:52 pm<p>Sperm injection into a human oocyte, or immature egg cell. <i>(Credit: Eugene Ermolovich</i> …

Under the sea: Microsoft unveils results of first ever ocean-based data ‘cloud’

Microsoft has literally taken cloud computing to new depths. The software giant recently lifted a 38,000-pound container of data from the ocean floor …

On Tesla Powerwall, and the skirmish between Moore’s law and physical laws

The product launch of the early 21st century is a well-honed little drama. It’s become as streamlined and archetypal as the automobile launches of …

Connecting jQuery via Google

<b>jQuery</b> is one of the most popular javascript frameworks. <b>Google</b> does not leave the fact unnoticed. Therefore, Google made a special vault, which …

If the dollar goes south, brains will follow

The loonie came up for air last week. After sinking to a 13-year low of less than 69 cents (U.S.) in mid-January, the Canadian dollar ended the month on an upswing as the U.S. central bank delayed increasing interest rates in that country and the Bank of Canada held off lowering them here.<p>As …

We now know how much money Alphabet loses on its non-Google business

For the first time in Google’s history, we finally have an idea of how those side projects—self-driving cars, Nest thermostats, attempts at defeating death, etc.—actually perform. And unsurprisingly, they’re bleeding a lot of money.<p>Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, reported its earnings today …

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For markets, an ugly end to an awful week

The shock from the relentless slide in oil prices is spreading ever further into Canada's economy and financial markets, with the dollar, the stock market and bond yields all descending to new lows in what was an ugly end to a volatile week.<p>Friday's losses spared few markets throughout the world, …

Apple CarPlay could completely disrupt the auto industry in one important way — and we tried it

General Motors, for one, will be making Apple CarPlay available on nearly its entire 2016 model lineup, according to Consumer Reports. Android Auto will come later.<p>We recently spent a few days with CarPlay in a 2016 GM vehicle, and the experience was a mixed bag. But that might have had more to do …

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

Xbox One Windows 10 update begins rolling out

After months of teasing, beta testing and announcements, the Xbox One's big update for Windows 10, an all-new UI and backwards compatibility with some Xbox 360 games will arrive tomorrow. According to Major Nelson, the new software will start rolling out at 3AM ET, although we wouldn't advise …

Apple devices will benefit from Bluetooth improvements for range, speed, & smart apps next year

So many of Apple’s products either rely on or benefit from wireless Bluetooth connectivity these days that viewing Bluetooth’s roadmap is almost like viewing features for future Apple devices and accessories. Today the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shared details on updates planned for the …

Why Learning JavaScript and CSS Won’t Make You the Best Web Designer

Looking at the headline, you might do a double-take and exclaim, “Say what?!?” “Are you kidding?”JavaScript and CSS are two of the foundations of web …

9 hot startup cities that aren't San Francisco or NYC

But there's a slew of other metro areas with established infrastructure and skilled work forces that can match those more established locations at a fraction of the cost of living and with less day-to-day stress.<p>These are the places where startup dreams come easier and cheaper, but can still pay …

The 11 top-grossing video games of all time

These are the highest-grossing games of all time, using the most recently available data from the Video Game Sales Wiki and Encylopedia Gamia, and adjusted for inflation in 2015.

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Samsung 16TB SSD is the World’s Largest Hard Drive

At the 2015 Flash Memory Summit in California this past week, Samsung unveiled the largest capacity hard drive in the world. It’s a 2.5-inch solid …

Gear & Gadgets

Tech companies are the new industrial conglomerates

In 1892, the General Electric Company united a wide range of businesses—making lightbulbs, phonographs, sockets, dynamos—under a simple thesis: that electricity was a pretty big deal. GE, of course, was right. It became the dominant holding company of the industrial age, a conglomerate of …

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Toptal's List Of Top Free Programming Books

The Internet is mankind’s biggest repository of knowledge, information, useful (and useless: think of cat pics) digital content. Today, we will be …

Canada a new technology hotbed? If so, we need to commit to it

<i>Khanjan Desai is the f</i><i>ounder of Neverfrost, a nanotechnology startup based in Waterloo, Ont.</i><p><i>On May 9, The Globe and Mail published Canadians can innovate, but we're not equipped to win</i><i>, by former Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie. This is part of a series responding to and expanding on that</i> …

This week in web design - Mistakes that make your site look unprofessional, secrets behind famous logos and much more

The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, tutorials, resources and …

Web Design

The best computer-science and engineering schools on the west coast

In a recent survey we conducted for our ranking of the best computer science and engineering schools, over 400 Business Insider readers rated dozens of computer science and engineering programs around the country. Even more, the No. 2 and No. 3 spots are both held by schools in California.<p>We …

​One Small Optical Chip, One Giant Leap for Quantum Computing

“We carried out a year's worth of experiments in a matter of hours.”<p>Today marked the unveiling of a reprogrammable optical chip that is capable of processing photons in an infinite variety of ways. This development marks a massive step toward the realization of a quantum computer capable of wildly …

Quantum Computing

The coding illusion: you don’t need tech skills to work at a startup

Admit it — for the 1.85 million students who just earned a college diploma, there’s no cooler calling right now than working at a fast-growing startup. Recent graduates know that startups offer more responsibility and less paper-pushing: there’s no such thing as entry level when you’re a company’s …

Apple’s Fall iPhone Event To Be Held Sept. 9

Don't get your hopes up for that long-in-the offing subscription TV service, though.<p>Apple hasn't yet officially announced its annual fall media event, but it's definitely planning one — and the date is fast approaching.<p>Sources familiar with Apple's plans tell BuzzFeed News the company intends to …