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Interesting parental control app requires kids to exercise to earn screen time

One of the iOS 12 features to generate a lot of buzz has been Screen Time – a way to monitor app usage and set limits to reduce the amount of time spent staring at your phone.<p>You can use it yourself, of course, but parents can also use it to limit the time their kids spend using particular apps, …

Apps

Philips unveils new ‘completely weatherproof’ outdoor Hue LightStrip with HomeKit

Philips announced a new outdoor lineup of Hue lights this past spring that consists of spot lights, bollard lights, and luminaries. Now the company is expanding its offerings, unveiling an outdoor version of its popular LED LightStrip.<p>The outdoor LightStrip has shown up as a new product on Philips’ …

Home Automation

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter Launch Data Transfer Project

The open-source Data Transfer Project, intended to simplify and protect data transfer across apps, comes at a sensitive time for many of the …

Information Security

These German students just smashed a hyperloop speed record

A student group in Munich just smashed the SpaceX hyperloop speed record.<p>WARR Hyperloop, a group of engineering students at the Technical University of Munich, won the SpaceX hyperloop pod competition on Sunday. WARR's pod set a competition record with a top speed of 284 miles per hour.<p>The victory …

High-speed Rail

The writer whose book became “The Social Network” just sold another book about the Winklevoss twins

The title could just as easily be <i>Sweet Justice</i>.<p>The Boston-headquartered publishing house Little, Brown has agreed to publish a new book about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously settled a 2008 lawsuit against their former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s earliest days, then …

Silicon Valley

[$$] GE backs blockchain cyber security start-up

Xage, a cyber security start-up that uses blockchain technology to securely link industrial machines from oil wells to smart meters, is raising $12m …

Cybersecurity

Industrial robots startup Gideon Brothers raises $765K led by TransferWise co-founder

Gideon Brothers, an ambitious startup out of Croatia that is building autonomous robots to put to work in warehouses and other industrial logistics, has quietly raised $765,000 in funding.<p>The round is led by TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus, who has become an increasingly active investor, …

Deep Learning

Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune

The ‘Other Bets’ category is costing the Google parent company nearly $1 billion<p>Google parent company Alphabet posted second quarter earnings for 2018 today, beating Wall Street estimates on revenue and income. Despite the historic $5 billion fine levied against it by the European Union last week, …

Google Fiber

Free 29-part course to learn Machine Learning

Machine Learning is everywhere. Like Mathematics and Computer Science, it is quickly becoming a tool which is widely used to make everything more …

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.<p><i>Video: Scraped and</i> …

Why An Australian Space Entrepreneur Chose Tiny Singapore To Build A Rocket Factory

At a time when billionaire Elon Musk is unveiling revised plans to travel to the Moon and Mars, while predicting city-to-city transport using rockets right here on Earth, an Australian entrepreneur has chosen Singapore as his base to build his own space startup and carve out a niche of his own.<p>The …

Small Business

Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt stripped down to try this new kind of shower head and wound up investing

You might spend $699 on a new iPhone 8, but would you shell out that much for a shower?<p>Nebia, a startup based in San Francisco, wants to disrupt the most intimate part of your morning routine. Its debut product, the Spa Shower System, surrounds users in a warm cloud of mist and uses up to 70% less …

Tim Cook

Nvidia GPU prices reportedly set to keep rising thanks to DRAM shortage and cryptocurrency

Nvidia’s GPUs are continuing to fly off the manufacturing line and into the hands of consumers and cryptocurrency miners. Mizuho Financial Group analyst Vijay Rakesh is checking in with Asian equipment manufacturers who buy cards from Nvidia this week, and he reports that the company’s GPU …

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Massive opportunities in urban transportation are emerging as the industry transitions from per-vehicle to per-mile economics<p>Growing up, I dreamed of owning cars I would be proud to wax, polish, and cruise around my neighborhood. Today, I dread the prospect of being weighed down by a rapidly …

Microsoft launches new healthcare division based on artificial intelligence software

Microsoft is setting up a new healthcare department at its ­Cambridge research facility, as part of plans to use its artificial intelligence software to ­enter the health market.<p>The computer giant has created the division as part of its commitment to “transform healthcare” using technologies such …

Air Taxi Startup Lilium Raises $90 Million For Electric Mini-Jet Service

Self-driving cars and Hyperloop trains that shoot passengers through vacuum tubes at 700 miles per hour aren’t the only next-generation transportation option in the works. German startup Lilium intends to be a big player in the emerging field of on-demand air taxis to ferry people around congested …

Flying Car

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Singapore Is Beating Hong Kong As Asia's Best Place To Do Business

You expect rivalry between Hong Kong and Singapore. Both are well-off former British colonies in Asia with clean governments and a free-port approach to foreign investment – on which they heavily depend for economic development. Both have a city-like in geographic reach and populations between five …

Hong Kong

Chatty bots and AI bank managers: getting inside fintech’s future

Fintech might have started life as a buzzword, but now it’s a powerful reality. The ongoing digital revolution and the irresistible rise of …

Financial Services

Is Apple Secretly Working On AI Chips For The Next iPhone?

Creating artificial intelligence that marvels and excites people has never been an easy job, but it has always been one that Apple Inc. has been good at. The company’s virtual assistant for smartphones, commonly known as Siri, was the first of its kind to bring artificial intelligence technology to …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft releases version 2.0 of its deep learning toolkit

Microsoft today launched version 2.0 of what is now called the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. This open-source toolkit, which was previously known as CNTK, is Microsoft’s competitor to similar tools like TensorFlow, Caffe and Torch, and, while the first version was able to challenge many of its …

Google Sheets now uses machine learning to help you visualize your data

Google Sheets is getting smarter today. After adding the machine learning-powered “Explore” feature last year, which lets you ask natural language questions about your data, it’s now expanding this feature to also automatically build charts for you. This means you can now simply ask Sheets to give …

The next big leap in AI could come from warehouse robots

Kindred thinks the path to smarter software is by giving it a physical body<p>Ask Geordie Rose and Suzanne Gildert, co-founders of the startup Kindred, about their company’s philosophy, and they’ll describe a bold vision of the future: machines with human-level intelligence. Rose says these will be …

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 …

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 …

CodeCorrect finds solutions to common errors in your code

Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, one hacker came up with a project that might have come in handy for all the other developers in the room. CodeCorrect was presented as a way to fix errors developers run into while they’re writing code.<p>The project was developed by Pat Needham, a solo …

Reality is not what it seems: the science behind why optical illusions mess with our minds

In February 2015, a photo posted on Tumblr went viral on a global scale and inadvertently spoke to the issue of the subjectivity of perception - and …

Consciousness

How Batteries Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy

All over California, there’s evidence of the state’s goal to lead the country in renewable energy. Enormous farms of shiny solar panels have popped …

3 ways to improve Chrome's performance

With Chrome 57, Google's browser is less of a resource hog than it has been in the past. It achieves this efficiency by a new mechanism for throttling background tabs so they consume less power.<p>Since updating to version 57 of Chrome, I have found I can let my open tabs grow to obscene numbers …

AI In Medicine: Rise Of The Machines

Could a robot do my job as a radiologist?<p>If you asked me 10 years ago, I would have said, “No way!” But if you ask me today, my answer would be more hesitant, “Not yet — but perhaps someday soon.”<p>In particular, new “deep learning” artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are showing promise in …