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How to set up a DIY home security system

3 ways to protect your house<p>You don't have to invest in a multimillion dollar surveillance system to keep an eye on your property and possessions. In fact, you might be able to do the job with gadgets you already own, paired with free software. We've collected three types of systems you can pick …

Smart Homes

Sony revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some significant improvements with a new model.<p>The DPT-RP1 …

Tablets

Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing

Quantum computers have long held the promise of performing certain calculations that are impossible—or at least, entirely impractical—for even the …

Quantum Mechanics

WannaCry 2.0 is latest threat to company's financial data security

The greatest threat to a business in the 21st century could come from an unknown person on the other side of the world. Hacking attacks cost the average American firm $15.4 million, according to a 2016 report by HP and the U.S.-based Ponemon Institute of Cyber Crime.<p>The recent WannaCry ransomware …

Jony Ive appointed chancellor of ‘the world’s best design school’ the Royal College of Art

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of London’s famous Royal College of Art (RCA). The RCA has been ranked as the world’s best university for art and design for three years running.<p>Ive, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the RCA back in 2009, says he is …

Product Design

HomeKit and WeMo, together at last

A bridge over troubled water<p>It's been a long time coming but Belkin is almost ready to rollout Apple HomeKit support for its WeMo smart home gear. Belkin just announced the WeMo Bridge for HomeKit that it says will bring HomeKit compatibility to over 2 million WeMo solutions on the market. Owners …

Home Automation

Tech Leaders Say You Could Be Storing Data in Your DNA in the Next 10 Years

Data and DNA<p>Microsoft executives have revealed that they aim to have a “proto-commercial” DNA data storage system available in three years and hope …

DNA

Tesla Replaces Head Of HR Amid Allegations Of Poor Working Conditions, Harassment

Arnnon Geshuri, the high-profile VP of human resources at Tesla who oversaw its 2011 hiring spree, is leaving the company, BuzzFeed News learned earlier this month and Tesla confirmed in a blog post Tuesday evening. His departure is the third in a string of HR exec exits from Tesla, which has …

Autos

Artificial Intelligence can now use a person's image and audio to create fake videos

<b>London</b>: Oxford scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can create fake videos of a person by using their still image and …

Artificial Intelligence

World's best Go player flummoxed by Google’s ‘godlike’ AlphaGo AI

Ke Jie, who once boasted he would never be beaten by a computer at the ancient Chinese game, said he had ‘horrible experience’<p>A Google algorithm has narrowly beaten the world’s best player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers say is a …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.<p>A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D …

Wi-Fi

Ford just used Wi-Fi for the first time to update its cars' software

Some of Ford's SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected car ecosystem.<p>The automaker's 2016 model-year line will be eligible for an infotainment center software upgrade that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers a better connection with …

Wi-Fi

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

Poll of 14- to 24-year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety<p>Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health …

Mental Health

Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning

Google has always used its annual I/O conference to connect to developers in its sprawling empire. It announces new tools and initiatives, sprinkles in a little hype, and then tells those watching: choose us, and together we’ll go far. But while in previous years this message has been directed at …

Machine Learning

Sight Unseen

Seeing with your tongue and other surprises of sensory-substitution technology.<p>The climbers at Earth Treks gym, in Golden, Colorado, were warming up: stretching, strapping themselves into harnesses, and chalking their hands as they prepared to scale walls stippled with multicolored plastic holds. …

The Brain

Komodo Dragon Blood May Hold the Secret to Killing Superbugs - Bloomberg

The blood of the endangered Komodo dragon is known for its toxicity, but the world’s largest lizard also appears impervious to disease and infection. …

Google unveils VR headsets that don't need smartphones

What the Google started at last year's I/O conference, where it announced the Daydream mobile virtual reality platform and headset, is now complete with the announcement of Google's new, standalone (no smartphone needed) VR headset project that uses inside out tracking it calls WorldSense.<p>Google's …

Virtual Reality

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

One Smart Bot<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …

Architecture

25 Examples of A.I. That Will Seem Normal in 2027

In the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing on the coming decade, if you …

Machine Learning

1360-HP Electric Supercar Just Smoked Gas-Powered Cars on the World-Famous Nurburgring

It broke its own record by nearly 20 seconds.<p>Last year, electric-car startup NIO brought its 1360-hp EP9 supercar to the Nurburgring and set a blistering time of 7:05.00, making it the quickest electric car at the famous circuit. Now, NIO says the EP9 has returned to the 'Ring and put down an …

Electric Vehicles

The Best Ways to Learn to Code for Free

New skills at no cost.<p>The web and our phones are playing an increasingly vital part in our lives, and that isn't going to stop any time soon. That means we're more and more at the mercy of the people who design and code on these platforms.<p>If you want to be a creator rather than a consumer of apps …

Programming

Apple’s Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm.<p>The study involved 6,158 participants …

Medicine

Companies look to make a quantum leap with new technology

Professor Paul Warburton (UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology) says companies experimenting with quantum computing stand to benefit once the …

UK Universities

Quantum Entanglement Persists Even Under High Accelerations, Experiments Reveal

Quantum entanglement is just one of the many weird things that pop up when you try to understand the laws governing the world of subatomic particles. …

Quantum Mechanics

The Age of Quantum Computing Has Arrived

Harnessing Quantum Mechanics<p>Marshall McLuhan, a media theorist of the past generation, once said, “The computer is the most extraordinary of man’s …

Quantum Mechanics

SpaceX is building the world’s most powerful rocket, and it is nearly ready to fly

The Falcon Heavy has been on Elon Musk’s mind for years: A rocket bigger than anything else currently in operation, only outstripped by the moon rockets of the Apollo program.<p>Too many years, in the minds of his critics. He’s been plotting the rocket since 2005, when he first mused about strapping …

SpaceX

This Israeli startup has a battery that can charge an electric car in 5 minutes

Israel’s StoreDot has done a lot of interesting stuff with battery technology, but what it’s demonstrating today at CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin is for the history books.<p>The company is launching its new FlashBattery technology, which promises to allow you to charge an electric car in just five …

Batteries

Tesla is opening Solar Roof orders today, starting with black smooth and textured tiles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced this morning that the company will open orders for the first solar roof tiles today:<p>It will start with the Black glass smooth tiles and the textured glass tiles. Other styles will follow next year.<p>The news comes as the company confirmed last week that it plans to start …

Tesla