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Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from artificial intelligence? Think again

Thanks to advances in technology, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are<p>In the battle for the 21st century workplace, computers are winning. And the odds of us puny humans making a comeback are not very good.<p>A January 2017 report from the McKinsey Global Institute …

Artificial Intelligence

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Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy

Module pushes out false story about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story link about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich<p>Just months after the discovery that Facebook’s “trending” news module was curated and tweaked by human beings, the company has eliminated its …

McDonald's

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

Facebook is about to quash this Dutch artist's army of fake profiles

We all know by this point that Facebook really wants you to use your real identity on its social network. It says that creates a sense of trust and liability for comments and other content shared. It also makes the data it harvests a whole lot more valuable to know its based on a real …

Malware turns hundreds of security cameras into a botnet

Closed-circuit security cameras are supposed to make you safer, but some malware is turning them into weapons. Researchers at Incapsula have discovered code that turned about 900 Linux-based CCTV cameras into a botnet, which promptly bombarded an unnamed "large cloud service" that serves millions …

Is Virtual Reality Gaming Bound To Crash?

Techies of all varieties constantly look forward to the next great revolution. For video gamers, that revolution promises to be virtual reality. Countless new companies have emerged to research and develop virtual reality hardware, while existing video game authorities like Sony and Microsoft are …

This motorcycle airbag jacket will automatically inflate when it detects an accident

Airbag jackets for motorcycles are starting to get a lot more useful. Last week, motorcycle wear company Dainese announced a jacket, called the Misano 1000, that includes a built-in airbag and all of the tech necessary to automatically know when to deploy it. That last part is what's important: …

This pill prevents type 1 diabetes from developing in mice

If it works in humans, it could get rid of the need for insulin injections<p>A pill staved off type 1 diabetes in mice, and it may one day prevent the disease in people, too.<p>The pill blocks the buildup of a specific acid in the pancreas, which then stops the disorder from taking hold, according to …

Data Is the Next Big Thing in Content Marketing

The diminishing effectiveness of conventional advertising and the rise of social media have led more and more brands to embrace content marketing. More and more companies are seeing themselves not just as advertisers, but as publishers, launching digital newsrooms, podcasts, and other forms of …

White House helps you find the right college through open data

It's more than a little late to choose which college to attend this fall, but the White House might have the tools you need to make an informed decision <i>next</i> year. It just launched a redesigned College Scorecard website that relies on open data (a big deal in government these days) to help you …

College & University

Guilt, Shame, And Quiet: Women In 'Metal Gear Solid'

<i>[Content warning: an attempted rape scene will be described and discussed.]</i><p>Everyone’s afraid of Quiet. When she arrives on Mother Base in the early parts of <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</i>, soldiers glare at her unfamiliar face, suspecting the sniper who’d tried to kill their leader shouldn’t …

This app gives you a virtual security guard to walk you home

Some of the best app ideas are also the most obvious, and that's definitely the case with the Companion app.<p>The app makes it easy to recruit friends …

Yes, Anti-Facial-Recognition Glasses Are Coming

The perfect gift for that person in your life who wants to take their privacy protection offline, too. But is it just window dressing?<p>Has the encroachment of facial-recognition software made you a little uneasy? Are you concerned that cameras are tracking your every movement in public? Are you not …

Flipboard adds more Zite technology to its platform to help you fine-tune the content you see

Flipboard is rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps today, giving users more control over the types of content they see. With this feature, the company is further integrating technology from Zite, the competitor it acquired in 2014.<p>There are more than 72 million monthly active users on …

Apps

Darkode hacker pleads guilty to spreading Facebook malware

One of the 12 people charged when the Darkode cybercrime forum was seized has pled guilty and will be sentenced on November 23rd. According to <i>Reuters</i>, Eric Crocker aka Phastman from Binghamton, New York, has admitted that he and other hackers from the forum broke into at least 77,000 computers. …

Samsung goes old-school with its latest dual-screen flip-phone

If you looked at the image above and checked your calendar to see if we’ve gone back in time, you’re not alone. Samsung went full retro in developing its latest clamshell handset for the Chinese market, packing two screens into a compact Android device.<p>The 4G-capable dual-SIM phone has a 3.9-inch …

Phones

Instagram tidies up web profiles with bigger pictures and less clutter

It may be a tad late for spring cleaning, but Instagram redesigned profile pages on the web to cut down on the clutter. On both mobile and desktop, profile pages, hashtag collections and your home feed are all getting tweaks to make things a bit neater. Desktop profiles, for example, nix the …

Microsoft drops Xbox One price to $349 and launches 1TB model

Microsoft has announced today that it’s dropping the price of the 500 GB Xbox One to $349 and will make available a larger version of the console, with 1 TB of storage.<p>The larger version of the Xbox One, which is available for $399, also comes with a new controller that sports a built-in 3.5mm …

Xbox

Google-owned Blogger bans sexually explicit content

Google-owned blogging platform Blogger will no longer allow its users to post sexually explicit content, the company confirmed today. In a statement sent via email to selected Blogger users, Google said it would no longer allow blogs to feature "graphic nude images or video" from March 23rd. Any …

Internet

Pinterest is experimenting with MemSQL for real-time data analytics

Pinterest shed more light on how the social scrapbook and visual discovery service analyzes data in real time, it said in a blog post on Wednesday, …

Big Data

'Halo' die-hards will get their very own motorcycle helmet in July

Who says motorcycle helmets have to be functional, not fashionable? Renowned toy-maker NECA is getting into the headgear game with a street-legal design based on <i>Halo</i>'s main man, Master Chief. The helmet features front air intakes to prevent fogging and rear exhaust vents to keep your head cool and …

The black hole imagery of 'Interstellar' is helping astrophysics

You may have heard that the representation of a black hole in <i>Interstellar</i> was not only based on real science, but might tackle researchers' problems depicting these gravitational points. Well, that just happened -- physicist Kip Thorne and visual effects outfit Double Negative have published papers …

Black Holes

The Largest Update to HTTP in 16 Years Has Been Finalized

Today, the next major version of HTTP took a big step toward becoming a reality; it’s been officially finalized and now moves towards being fully standardized.<p>According to a blog by Mark Nottingham, the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group, the standard was completed today and is on its way to the …

Twitter introduces TweetDeck Teams to make managing accounts easier

TweetDeck launched a new feature for power users and brands on Tuesday called TweetDeck Teams.<p>In a blog post, Twitter described it as a "simple way …

Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?<p>The Ray Super Remote wants …

Touchscreens

De toekomst van onderwijs

R<p>Magazine<p>“Naar Amerikaans voorbeeld is het niet langer de overheid maar het bedrijfsleven dat zich verantwoordelijk voelt voor de hoognodige …

Spider-Man swings back to the Marvel movie universe, hallelujah

LOS ANGELES — Look out, Avengers: Here comes the Spider-Man. And he's already being awfully disruptive.<p>A deal to put Spider-Man back in the Marvel …

Dull for iPhone Will Keep You Endlessly Entertained

Dull, an app for iPhone that makes it easy to endlessly consume content, today launched an update to gamify online surfing when you’re bored.<p>The app makes it easy to subscribe to streams of things that are interesting to you — think GIFs, news stories, funny videos, music — and scroll through them …

App Store

Here's a TED Talk about sounding smart in a TED Talk

Comedian and synergy expert Will Stephen recently took to the TEDx New York stage to deliver a moving and profound speech about, well, delivering …