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Leaked document shows how gig economy companies avoid the term ‘employee’

That’s not a uniform, that’s just ‘branded clothing’<p>When is a worker not a worker? When they’re an “independent supplier,” says UK takeout service Deliveroo. This is according to the company’s vocab “crib-sheet,” which features a six-page list of dos and don’ts, guiding staff on how to talk about …

Gig Economy

Police make first arrest in Facebook Live sexual assault case

Law enforcement is taking sweeping action following a horrific sexual assault streamed on Facebook Live. Chicago police report that they've made the first arrest in the case, bringing a 14-year-old boy into custody. There will be more arrests soon, according to the CPD, including a 15-year-old …

Scientists Have Turned Spinach Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

These greens are definitely good for you.<p>Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with …

Share snippets with your team in VS Code

Code snippets are templates that make entering repeating code patterns easier. Visual Studio Code has this feature from the very beginning (before …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35% | Ars Technica

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system. Images look better, too.<p>Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm that reduces …

Machine Learning

iPhone 8 Design 'Confirmed' In Double Leak

It was going to be the most radical part of the major iPhone 8 redesign, but following a report earlier in the week a double leak today suggests Apple is scrapping its plans for a heavily curved OLED display…<p>First out the gate is Nikkei. The widely respected Japanese publication says that while …

Mobile Technology

Netflix CEO says he isn’t worried that Trump administration will gut net neutrality

He thinks consumer expectations are too great at this point<p>Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he’s “not too worried” about what will happen if new FCC chairman Ajit Pai eliminates the Title II regulations that have guaranteed a neutral internet experience for US consumers in recent years.<p>Speaking to a …

Telecoms

Google's DeepMind AI Now Has a Memory

Mimicking The Human Brain<p>Since 2014, DeepMind has been playing Atari video games. Initially, its machine learning systems could learn to win games …

How Google's New Slack Killer Will Change Your (Work) Life | Inc.com

Goodbye, meeting requests. Hello, meeting bots.<p>A new Slack-killing app called Google Hangouts Chat uses a bot that can watch what you say on your team chats. It works a bit like Apple's Siri or Amazon Alexa in that it understands natural language. Let's say you and the marketing team are talking …

Chatbots

Introducing Create React Native App · React Native

Today we’re announcing Create React Native App: a new tool that makes it significantly easier to get started with a React Native project! It’s …

JavaScript

Facebook's new tool helps you get started with React Native projects on any OS

Got an idea for a new mobile app? You might want to consider building it with a new React Native tool from the folks at Facebook, which works for iOS and Android projects on any OS.<p>With the launch of Create React Native App (CRNA), you don’t need Xcode or even a Mac to build iOS apps, and …

Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?

It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.<p>75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, …

A Robot Lawyer Is Officially Assisting With Refugee Applications

A Timely Cause<p>When Joshua Browder developed the chatbot for DoNotPay, the original idea was just to help people out with their traffic ticket woes. …

Chatbots

JavaScript in parallel

TL;DR<p>JavaScript is single-threaded and long-running scripts make the page unresponsive<br>• Web Workers allow running JavaScript in separate threads, …

Nintendo tells Switch users dead pixels are their problem

Gamers distracted by display issues told that their consoles are not defective, as well as being told not to play near microwaves, laptops, phones – or aquariums<p>Switch owners complaining of distracting dead or stuck pixels, or light or dark patches on the screens of their brand new consoles, are …

Retrogaming

Microsoft explains the new Windows 10 mode that could make video games so much better

Maybe you leave Google Chrome or Skype open in the background while you play, and you get a ton of notifications, or a video loads in an open tab. The sudden demands on your system make your game freeze up, stutter, and otherwise perform poorly.<p>"Gamers may not be aware of stuff that's running in …

Software

UI Animation: Please Use Responsibly

The explosion of prototyping tools in the past few years has given designers an opportunity to create detailed interactions. Designers are…Continue …

UI Design

Uber can't even fake concern for drivers in Q&A session

Given how eager Uber seems to replace drivers with autonomous cars, a Q&A session conducted by Ridesharing President Jeff Jones on Facebook went about as well as you'd expect. He answered just a dozen or so questions (out of over 500) and cut the session off after less than half of the allotted …

Ford bets $1B on self-driving car startup

SAN FRANCISCO — Ford Motor is betting $1 billion on the world's self-driving car future.<p>The Detroit automaker announced Friday that it would allocate that sum over five years to a new autonomous car startup called Argo AI, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and will have offices in Michigan …

Autonomous Cars

Twitter free fall continues as analysts see little hope

Twitter Inc.’s fourth-quarter earnings showed a company that was still struggling with user growth issues and revenue problems.<p>Analysts do not see …

Markets

UI component explorers — your new favorite tool – Chroma

UI component explorers — your new favorite tool<p>Building complex UIs one component at a time<p>UI components make you think reusable, predictable, and …

Live edit and debug your React apps directly from VS Code — without leaving the editor 🔥 🎉🎈

Supercharge your React debugging workflow with VS Code and Chrome debugging<p>In our most recent release of our Chrome debugger for VS Code, we have …

Researchers invent paper that can be printed with light and reused 80 times

In an effort to fight the detrimental environmental impact of inkjet printing, researchers have invented a new type of “paper” that can be printed …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Neuroscience

Physicists Have Found a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.<p>Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an …

HoloLens is helping engineers visualize building blueprints

With its ability to give the real world a digital assist, mixed reality can be much more useful than the insular cocoon of VR. Microsoft is showing again how HoloLens can help designers via a collaboration with the University of Cambridge's construction IT lab. "We've never been able to bring 3D …

Apple is finally bringing its anti-insomnia 'Night Shift' mode to MacBooks and Macs

The harsh blue-white glow of computer screens is often blamed for insomnia. Used late at night, the glare of laptops and phones can upset the body's circadian rhythm, making it hard to sleep.<p>Apple's iPhone has an optional feature that tries to prevent this, by tinting the phone's screen orange …

Sleep

UX tool suite Fuse raises $12M to make apps prettier and more productive

For end users, an app’s user experience <i>is</i>, essentially, the product. No wonder, then, that app developers are investing more heavily in better user experience toolkits. Fuse is one example. The company aims to halve the development time of complex applications. Today, it announced a $12 million …

Apps

Fecal transplant improves autism symptoms

While many people are aware of the behavioural symptoms associated with autism, probably not so many realize that autistics often also have …

Life, but not as we know it: Scientists engineer first semisynthetic organism with three-base-pair DNA

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) claim to have created the first stable semisynthetic organism with extra bases added to its …

Genetics