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Why 2020 Is Shaping Up To Be A Pivotal Year

In <i>The Dynamo and the Computer</i>, economist Paul David explains that although electricity became widely available in the late 19th century, its major effects weren’t seen until the 1920’s. More recently, Robert Gordon’s new book, The <i>Rise and Fall of American Growth</i> showed that by the 1940’s the …

Big Ideas

Tech Companies Lash Out At Supreme Court's Warrant Rule Change

The rules change could make consumers around the world feel less comfortable storing sensitive data on cloud services.<p>Today law enforcement can't get a warrant to hack into a computer if it doesn’t know the computer’s physical location. That will change on December 1, as a result of yesterday's …

Government

Twitter just killed off the most useful Twitter account

So much happens on Twitter that it can be impossible to keep track of, even if you're staring at it for hours a day. That's what made MagicRecs so useful. It was an account Twitter created that sent you custom alerts based on the people you had chosen to follow. If 10 of them all followed the same …

Google Trips is a comprehensive mobile travel app, but you can't get it yet

Google is working on Trips, a travel app that scours your Gmail account for travel-related info and lets you plan and book your trip, all from your mobile phone.<p>The app is currently in testing, and is available as beta only to some members of Google's Local Guides program, as reported by Dutch site</i> …

Travel Technology

26 of The Hottest Startups Leading The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the convenient future. It is one of the most promising and transformative opportunities of our time. We are closer to …

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.<p>U.S. Chief …

FBI

Amazon’s earnings soar as its hardware takes the spotlight

With memories of the abysmal Fire Phone fading fast, Amazon is becoming one of the most exciting device makers in the tech industry. Sales of its Echo speaker, featuring the Alexa voice assistant, and the company's Fire TV stick have consistently led Amazon.com's electronics category for months. …

Amazon

Apple Music now plays music videos on Android

A new version of the Apple Music app for Android was released today, and Android users who haven't already pledged their allegiance to Google Play or Spotify might find the Apple Music update intriguing.<p>The new version of the app gives Android users access to music videos inside of Apple Music, …

Google

Twitter's A.I. Is Beating Facebook's At Classifying Video

The end goal: make personalized live video streams for everyone all the time<p>The future of live video could be a personalized stream of content, automatically aggregated from all around the world. If you want to watch snowboarding, turn on your custom snowboarding channel.<p>But that requires an …

Facebook

World View lands $15 million Series B to bring new stratosphere-flying platform to life

World View, the advanced high-altitude balloon company, has raised a $15 million Series B led by Canaan Partners. The round also included investments from Northwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ventures and Base Ventures. The company had previously raised $7.1 million.<p>This marks the second …

Northrop Grumman

SpaceVR has a new plan for filming virtual reality in space

Last year, a company called SpaceVR used Kickstarter to fund the idea of sending a virtual reality camera to the International Space Station. Now the company has a new round of funding and a change in plans. Today at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo in San Jose, California, the company …

Virtual Reality

Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnership, Movidius is making another pretty significant announcement regarding their Myriad 2 processor. They’ve incorporated it into a new USB device called the <i>Fathom Neural Compute Stick</i>.<p>You can plug the Fathom into …

Artificial Intelligence

How thousands of gamers are helping to decode the human body

<i>EVE Online</i> isn't just a game about internet spaceships and sci-fi politics. Since March, developer CCP Games has been running Project Discovery – an initiative to help improve scientific understanding of the human body at the tiniest levels.<p>Run in conjunction with the Human Protein Atlas and …

Life Sciences

Russian Launch Inaugurates New Spaceport, But Putin Wouldn't Let You Watch Live

The world stared at a disabled web feed while the Soyuz took off from Vostochny.<p>After a 24-hour delay because of a technical problem, a Russian Soyuz rocket made a successful blastoff from the nation's brand-new Vostochny Cosmodrome. The historic launch marked the beginning of a decade-long process …

Aerospace

Minecraft enters virtual reality on Samsung’s Gear VR headset

It’s time to move beyond the smartphone screen and into the world of Minecraft.<p>Oculus VR, Facebook’s virtual reality company, has launched Minecraft: Gear VR Edition on the Oculus Store for $7. This is the VR version of the phenomenally popular block-building game that debuted in 2009 on PC and has …

Samsung

Subaru enlists IBM Watson to enhance connected cars

IBM Japan has teamed up with Subaru to investigate how its Watson Supercomputer could help improve the automaker's EyeSight driver assist technology. …

IBM

Scientists map brain’s thesaurus to help decode inner thoughts

What if a map of the brain could help us decode people’s inner thoughts?<p>UC Berkeley scientists have taken a step in that direction by building a …

Apple dives straight into health care with release of first CareKit apps

Today, Apple announced the release of the very first apps made using CareKit, an open software platform that lets developers create iPhone apps that can help people manage various medical conditions and share information with their doctors. Among the four apps released today is one that helps users …

Software

The FBI is close to getting new authority to hack computers almost anywhere — even overseas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants giving law enforcement agents power to access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas, under a controversial rule change likely to be approved by the Supreme Court by May 1.<p>Magistrate judges can normally only …

Constitutional Law

China's push for driverless cars accelerates

<b>In the race for driverless car technology, Chinese companies are taking big strides competing with the likes of Google and Tesla.</b><p>With the Beijing Motor Show underway, the days when the country's domestic car firms was brushed off as mere copycats are well and truly over.<p>And a lot of this year's …

Autos

Stanford's humanoid robot diver explores its first shipwreck

Behold: the dawn of the merbot.<p>A group of underwater archaeologists exploring the sunken remains of King Louis XIV's flagship <i>La Lune</i> added a very special member to their dive team recently. OceanOne, a Stanford-developed humanoid diving robot with "human vision, haptic force feedback and an …

Robots

Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 terabytes in a gram

Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology startup Twist Bioscience to investigate the use of genetic material to store data.<p>The …

DNA

Philips' Hue app gets way better with an overhauled design and new features

Philips' Hue app has always been a little rough around the edges, but today that changes as Philips releases an update that both overhauls how it looks and adds in much-needed features to make the system far more useful.<p>The app looks significantly nicer<p>The new app looks colorful and modern, with …

App Store

Meet The New CEO Of The $22 Billion Genomics Company You've Never Heard Of

The gene-sequencing hardware and software giant is expanding to consumer-facing tests—and perhaps even brand partnerships.<p>A simple blood test to detect early signs of cancer. A noninvasive way to screen pregnancies for common genetic conditions. An app store for your genetic information. Illumina, …

DNA

​Apple Pay integration the result of social media pressure: ANZ CEO

ANZ CEO Shayne Elliot has revealed the motivation behind launching ANZ Apple Pay was the pressure he received from customers.<p>With 69 percent of ANZ …

Social Media

Apple Pay Now Supported by ANZ in Australia

ANZ has become the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay, turning on support today for most customers with ANZ Visa credit or debit card and ANZ American Express cards. Although Apple Pay technically launched in Australia in November 2015, until today support was extremely limited to just …

Australia

China successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile – Pentagon sources

The DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle was launch on Friday by a ballistic missile fired from the Wuzhai site in central China, unnamed US military …

Asia

Samsung's VR future includes Star Trek holodecks and no wires

Think virtual worlds, software that can track the movement of your hands and the ability to "touch" virtual items.<p>When Samsung thinks about the …

Star Trek

Otto is Samsung's cute personal assistant robot

Sadly, it's just a prototype made to demonstrate Samsung's IoT platform.<p>Samsung unveiled a big new push into Internet of Things at its developer conference today, and it's using a cute little robot to demonstrate it. It's called the Otto, a reference design for what is essentially an Amazon Echo …

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