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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Is Not Just for New Apps Anymore

Pivotal, the EMC-VMware spinoff that promises businesses a modern way to build and deploy software, has undergone a subtle but important messaging …

15 of the best new and updated Android apps from May 2015

It’s been a busy month for Android apps, with news from big names – Periscope from Twitter lading on the platform for the first time and notable updates to Flickr’s mobile apps.<p>Then, of course, there’s the black-and-white photography app Lenka, and an overhauled version of QuizUp.<p>All you need to do …

Pebble’s smartstraps are a big deal and bad news for Apple

One of the biggest criticisms of the Apple Watch, even before its officially launched, is the limited number of sensors built into the device. That’s why I suspect there’ll be some sore heads in Cupertino today after Pebble announced its plan for smartstraps.<p>After launching its color screen Pebble …

Opinion: The FCC's Net Neutrality Victory Is Anything But

The day after the FCC's net neutrality vote, Washington was downright frigid. I'd spoken at three events about the ruling, mentioning at each that …

Your iPhone has been hacked by the NSA

That iPhone in your hands? It’s been compromised by the National Security Agency through its SIM card, and government spies can access your phone through a backdoor installed on it without even needing a court order.<p>Sound scary? It is, and it’s the latest bombshell to be dropped by American …

Surveillance

As Snapchat “hack” highlights, promises of privacy and security can be very dangerous

In the wake of this week’s apparent hacking of hundreds of thousands of Snapchat images via a third-party service, it’s worth revisiting some …

The Big Picture: living sculpture made from programmed wooden balls

Let's face it: with certain exceptions, most sculptures are pretty static and won't hold your interest for more than a brief glance. You may pay more notice to Hypersonic's Breaking Wave project, however. Effectively, it's a "programmed" analog display -- an elaborate, centralized motor system …

Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School?

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all.<p>The list of high school math courses in the U.S. hasn’t changed for decades. My daughters are taking the same courses I took long ago: algebra, geometry, …

How To Send Email Without Leaving Any Data Traces

The unfolding revelations of government spying on private emails and communications have prompted a good deal of business for startups and bigger firms that sell tools to encrypt email to higher standards than easily available before. Such services prevent anyone intercepting a message from reading …

Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers: Let's Look At Royalty Statements

Like many authors, I’ve been struggling to decode all the noise coming from Amazon and traditional book publishers, in hopes of figuring out which side is right in this long-running quarrel. The breakthrough moment for me came earlier this month, with the arrival of a new royalty statement from my …

We shouldn't expect Facebook to behave ethically

There are two interesting lessons to be drawn from the row about Facebook's "emotional contagion" study. The first is what it tells us about Facebook's users. The second is what it tells us about corporations such as Facebook.<p>In case you missed it, here's the gist of the story. The first thing …

Riverbed Technology Not Exploring Sale After Going Through The Motions

It’s probably stating the obvious: Riverbed Technology has no interest in selling the company. Although the network optimization hardware maker went through motions, retaining Goldman Sachs and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati early this year after hedge fund Elliott Management offered $19, and …

This Is What Booze Looks Like Under a Microscope

Turns out Great Uncle Phil was right all along: Concocting the perfect whiskey ginger nightcap really <i>is</i> an art form.<p>A website called BevShots …

Something Very Big Is Coming

Computational knowledge. Symbolic programming. Algorithm automation. Dynamic interactivity. Natural language. Computable documents. The cloud. …

Researchers show how to slip malware into Apple’s App Store

Apple’s App Store can seem like Fort Knox, as Apple reviews each and every app before making it live. This fastidious approach works, for the most …

Top Google+ Influencers and Educators

One of the best ways to learn how to use and thrive on Google+ is to circle some of the best, most active, most engaged Google+ users. That's true on …

Marketing

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Oculus VR Mourns Loss of Co-Founder Struck and Killed During a Car Chase

An early employee of virtual-reality company Oculus VR was identified Friday as the pedestrian struck and killed during a police chase in Southern …

Virtual Reality

San Francisco's Real Start-up Secret Sauce

Everywhere from New York City to Omaha would like to be the next tech start-up capital. Here's what actually makes Silicon Valley and San Francisco hotbeds of tech start-up activity.<p>I didn't grow up in Silicon Valley. My parents weren't engineers. My dad was a Navy pilot; my mom was a mom. I …

Silicon Valley

Meet the Man Who Sold a Month-Old App to Dropbox for $100M

When Mailbox sold itself to Dropbox for a reported $100 million or so this March, the month-old iPhone app wasn't even available to the public. …

SDN Will Win—But Which SDN?

<i>March 12, 2018</i><p>An effective E-911 implementation doesn't just happen; it takes a solid strategy. Tune in for tips from IT expert Irwin Lazar, of …

The One-Person Product

Growth continued extremely strongly. It’s a good thing we got the funding, because we desperately needed more capacity. In what was becoming a …

Rumor: Google to Add SDN Smarts to Android

Here's a software-defined networking (SDN) story straight out of left field: Google, it seems, is planning to incorporate the OpenFlow protocol, …

Android News

News • Cloud Ethernet

DON'T MISS<p>Will Robins - June 21, 2017<p>Blogs can be a very valuable and very lucrative tool when they are used properly. Profiting from blogs is simple …

LogMeIn and ARM want to help you build the internet of things

Just a few weeks ago, my colleague Stacey Higginbotham covered an interesting Spanish outfit called Carriots that’s building a platform-as-a-service …

Why you should always read the small print from Facebook

Please imagine you were to spend Saturday enjoying a little reading on the beach and then, perhaps, a couple of drinks.<p>Please imagine you decided to waft down to Northern California's Half Moon Bay and wandered into an establishment called Sam's Chowder House.<p>You may or may not have been with …

Google Glass facial recognition apps not allowed until “strong privacy protections” are in place

Posting on its <i>Project Glass</i> Google+ page, Google revealed that it won’t allow Google Glass apps that use facial recognition features for the time being, as long as “strong privacy protections” aren’t in place.<p>The news is not unsurprising considering the on-going privacy-related debate we’re …