Jared R Davis

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DIY Smart Fridge Using The Internet Of Things, Computer Vision And Voice

Using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model can be and Raspberry Pi camera module Hackster.io member Pamruta has created a fantastic smart fridge which harnesses …

Raspberry Pi

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger.<p>LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer …

Leadership

Jeff Bezos admits Amazon has 'the weirdest meeting culture you will ever encounter'

If you go to work as an executive at Amazon, no matter what your expertise, you will be required to become a good writer, and a good reader, in order to lead the meetings necessary to do your job.<p>And Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos fully admits that this will likely be 'weird,' he explained during an …

Jeff Bezos

How to make your own custom Alexa commands

Use Amazon's new Skill Blueprints to do amazing new things with your Echo device, like create custom commands.<p>Amazon's virtual voice assistant just got a whole lot smarter.<p>With the arrival of Skill Blueprints, Alexa can now perform a variety of personalized tricks -- "skills," as Amazon calls them, …

Smart Homes

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North Korea Removes Major Obstacle to U.S. Negotiations, South Says

North Korea has dropped its demand that American troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea’s president said Thursday in presenting the idea to the United States.<p>President Moon Jae-in portrayed the proposal as a concession on the eve of talks …

North Korea

Design Thinking Is B.S.

In a recent talk at the School of Visual Arts, Pentagram partner Natasha Jen argues against the cult of design thinking.<p><i>This article was adapted with permission from a talk Pentagram partner Natasha Jen gave for the MA Design Research, Writing, and Criticism Department at the School of Visual Arts</i> …

Design

Amazon adds long awaited intercom feature to its Alexa-enabled devices

While Apple’ Siri digital assistant is still pretty limited in its functionality, despite it being the main input for HomePod, Amazon has been experimenting and adding new features at a rapid pace.<p>Today, Amazon is adding a much requested “intercom” feature to its Alexa-enabled devices, <i>TechCrunch</i> …

Smart Homes

How Can You Tell Someone Is Truly a Bad Boss? Look for 1 Sign That Makes Most Employees Cringe

Research has found that these bad bosses fly below the radar undetected. That also makes them very dangerous.<p>If you keep up with my column, you know that I've covered the topic of bad bosses' impact on organizations for years. Most of what I've found and documented centers around toxic management …

Employment

How to Fold 5 High-Flying Stunt Paper Airplanes

John Collins knows how to make a piece of paper go the distance. In 2012, he set the world record for the farthest flight for a paper aircraft. …

Crafting

Pope To World: Hell Does Exist

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.<p>Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of <i>La Repubblica</i>, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when …

Christianity

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny

Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back …

Kim Jong-un

Apple-Owned Workflow App Updated With New 'Mask Image' Action

Workflow, the automation app that Apple acquired back in March of 2017, was today updated to version 1.7.8, introducing a new Mask Image action, and a long list of other bug fixes and improvements.<p>As <i>MacStories</i> points out, the Mask Image action added in today's update is a feature Workflow users …

This is the Polestar 1, Volvo’s new turbocharged electric coupe

The Geneva Motor Show 2018 gets off to a fast start with a Tesla challenger<p>In an effort to take the luxury electric car fight to Tesla, Volvo spun off its Polestar performance sub-brand into its own marque last year, with the first of three cars introduced in October: the Polestar 1 coupe. This …

Mobile Technology

Sony’s new A7 III is a $2,000 full-frame mirrorless camera that should terrify Canon and Nikon

The imaging giant’s mirrorless camera lineup has never looked more intimidating<p>Sony spent 2017 releasing pricey powerhouse cameras like the A9, but today the company announced one that sounds almost as good at half the price. The new full-frame A7 III splits the difference between the pixel-packed …

Cameras

Freemasons leader appeals for end to 'discrimination' of members

Freemasons have been "undeservedly stigmatised", the organisation leader has said, and will be running a series of open evenings to prove it is not a secret society.<p>The United Grand Lodge of England placed adverts in three national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, headlined "enough is …

What not to do when building chatbots and voice-based brand interactions

Getting consumers to successfully adopt your brand’s AI-powered chatbot or voice-based interaction means sticking to simple use cases that tap into …

DIY 4-Node Raspberry Pi Cluster Using Python

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts searching for inspiration to create their next Raspberry Pi project, may be interested in this awesome Raspberry Pi 4-node …

This simple script renders data collected by your ISP unusable

After voting last month to strip Obama administration guidelines, the Federal Communications Commission ceded control of the internet to ISPs, at least for now. Corporations like Comcast and Verizon won the right to police themselves, operating on a scheme tantamount to the honor system.<p>With a …

The best gear for building your home theater

<i>By Grant Clauser</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>Everyone loves watching a great movie on a …

CleanEmail is like a Hyperloop to Inbox Zero Town

Having had the pleasure of working with TNW full-time for over three years now, I’ve accumulated more email in my work inbox than I ever thought I’d receive in a lifetime. I remember trying to develop good habits to keep it clean back when I started here, but they were all in vain – and now I’ve …

A GraphQL Primer: Why We Need A New Kind Of API (Part 1)

In this series, I want to introduce you to GraphQL. By the end, you should understand not just what it is but also its origins, its drawbacks and the …

Software Development

This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Designed by Argodesign and CognitiveScale, Cortex offers a glimpse at the future of accessible AI design tools.<p>Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big …

Artificial Intelligence

A look at the lives of 13 siblings held captive in a house full of chains — and what comes next

What started as neglect, officials said, became dangerous and pervasive child abuse over the years.<p>If they misbehaved, the 13 siblings living in a Southern California home would be tied to their beds as punishment — first with ropes, until a child whose limbs were strung together was able to …

Crime

Infiniti’s new concept car is a land yacht for movie villains

The Q Inspiration looks kind of like a Tesla Model S gone rogue<p>The hero of the story has foiled your plan. You must make a quick escape, so you slide into the back seat of the Infiniti Q Inspiration and speed off.<p>It’s a scene that seems increasingly plausible the more I look at the Q Inspiration up …

Detroit Auto Show

Don't argue with the Devil - he's much more intelligent than us, says Pope Francis

The Devil is more intelligent than mere mortals and should never be argued with, Pope Francis has warned.<p>Satan is not a metaphor or a nebulous concept but a real person armed with dark powers, the Pope said in forthright remarks made during a television interview.<p>“He is evil, he’s not like mist. …

7 Usability Heuristics That All UI Designers Should Know

As UI designers, we are confronted with design problems every day. Knowing how best to tackle these issues means investigating, analysing, testing …

UX Design

Can you hear this silent gif bouncing? Here’s why

The phenomenon may be more common than we think<p>Look at this GIF. There’s no sound, but most people who see it hear a “thudding” in their head each time the bouncing structure hits the ground. Why?<p>The answer has to do with how our senses work, says Christopher Fassnidge, a doctoral candidate in …

University of London

Volvo’s SUV subscription plan starts at $600 per month — insurance included

Deliveries of the XC40 begin in 2018<p>Volvo announced back in September that it was wading into offering subscription models for its cars starting with the new XC40 compact SUV. This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company finally revealed that those subscriptions will start at $600 per month …

Customer Service

Coders Should Fear What Happened To Writers

I’ve had two careers. I’ve been a developer, which has frankly paid most of the bills. And I’ve been a writer, which I’ve done mainly because I like …