Heather Leigh

148 Flips | 6 Magazines | 1 Like | 5 Following | 10 Followers | @mamakaze | I find and share cool stories about #ConnectedDevices, the #InternetOfThings, #3rdPlatform and other interesting intersections of tech, telecom and our 21st century way of life.

I took a ride in Google's self-driving car

It's a warm day in Mountain View, and just outside the Computer History Museum, Lexus SUVs are pulling up to the curb. The Lexus RX450h is a beautiful car, but today my eye travels immediately to its roof, where an attached laser radar array is spinning at 10 times per second. At around $70,000, …

Artificial Intelligence, Brains, Networks, Bugs, and Complexity

As a Computer Science graduate student in the late 70s/early 80s, I often wondered what would happen if the problems that would later come to be …

Artificial Intelligence

Nokia Pumps $100M into Connected Cars

Nokia is investing $100 million to find more ways to integrate its HERE mapping and location services into more connected vehicles.<p>HERE is one of the …

Nokia

Who's fighting to save the internet now?

Net neutrality supporters gear up to take on the FCC<p>After years of pressure from ISPs, net neutrality is under threat by the FCC itself. Chair Tom Wheeler promised to revive the Open Internet Order after it saw an unceremonious defeat in January, but a leaked version of his latest proposal would …

Mozilla: We have a fix for Net neutrality

A proposal to the FCC puts a new twist on the old idea of “reclassifying” broadband traffic to ensure that the new Net neutrality rules will stick.<p>Mozilla has drafted an alternative to the FCC's proposal to restore Net neutrality, which would require the commission to take a new approach to …

Net Neutrality

MFi sunglasses w/ embedded iBeacon notify you when lost, act as beacons in retail

The first set of eye glasses with embedded iBeacon Bluetooth LE technology and certified under Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program are coming soon. We’ve seen a growing number of companies embracing iBeacons by using the protocol: personalized retail experiences, in-store advertising, …

Net Neutrality Run Down By FCC Fast Lane Proposal

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is moving forward with a controversial plan that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge content providers for faster service, which is against the basic principle of net neutrality.<p>Wheeler’s carefully worded blog …

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

Vodafone strikes connected car deals

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom<br>Tuesday 11 March 14<p>Operator to provide embedded SIM to Volkswagen, Audi vehicles from 2015 onwards.<p>Vodafone has secured …

Volkswagen

Google developing SDK to make Android the standard for wearables

Google wants to make it easier for lots of wearables to run on the Android operating system.<p>In about two weeks, the tech giant will release an Android software-development kit (SDK) for wearable devices. This comes from Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and apps, …

Cloudera is rebuilding machine learning for Hadoop with Oryx

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Thepedestrian<p>Hadoop software vendor Cloudera didn’t make a lot of waves when it bought a …

A self-driving Tesla from Swiss futurists

The Rinspeed XchangE concept car explores all that might be possible to do in a car once you no longer have to drive it yourself.

Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

<b>Vid</b> Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of …

10 Surprising Machine Learning Applications

Today's post isn't about that. It's about the new, perhaps surprising ways that companies (and non-profits) are using machine learning to make …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Artificial Intelligence

Synference thinks A/B testing can get a lot smarter with machine learning

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Say a web publisher wants to find out which banner ad is most appealing to which audience, or which price point will make a …

The Largest Class At Stanford Right Now Will Produce A New Generation Of 'Machine Learning' Startups

Getting machines to "learn" from what they are doing is incredibly complicated, but it's a problem that, if solved, will be a huge step toward creating genuine artificial intelligence in machines.<p>This paragraph was buried at the bottom of The New York Times' recent story on machine learning:<p>The …

Six Novel Machine Learning Applications

Image credit: Additive Analytics and Unsplash.<p>You probably already know that your email provider uses a machine learning algorithm to identify spam. And that Google uses machine learning to identify and deindex webspam. And that ecommerce and technology companies like Braintree are using machine …

Why machine learning is still getting the human touch in retail

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / jocic<p>Handing power back to the people who know their business is becoming a more common practice, even …

Overclock your car and hack the Google Glass prescription limitations

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>This week on the Internet of Things podcast we focus on Kevin’s face and a variety of connected cars. First up, Kevin Tofel …

Check out that connected washing machine you didn’t know you wanted

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The connected fridge may be the much joked about symbol of the last internet of things hype cycle, but this time around, the …

The Gear Fit is what wearables should look like

Samsung steals its own limelight with a smartly designed fitness band<p>The original Galaxy Gear was always a beta device. Samsung’s first smartwatch was testing waters the company had never waded in before, and it took a lot of well-earned criticism for its shortcomings. Less than six months later, …

The internet is fucked (but we can fix it)

(but we can fix it)<p>Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and …

Find'Em Tracking: A Very Thin Bluetooth Tracker

There’s no shortage of gadgets designed to help you <i>never</i> lose your belongings. Take the Cobra Tag for instance, a Bluetooth-enabled fob that you can clip to anything and connects with your phone to tell you if either the phone or the fob-connected object move out of range of each other. There are …

QTS Builds Federal Cloud Business in Richmond Mega-Center

One of the power rooms inside the QTS Richmond Data Center. (Photo: QTS)<p>There's a saying in real estate that you make your money when you buy a …

6 Reasons Why Facebook Didn’t Pay Enough For WhatsApp

<i>Lasse Clausen is the co-founder and CEO of FOUNDD, a Berlin based discovery engine. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>For anyone who thinks Facebook paid too much for WhatsApp, I beg to differ.<p>Here are six reasons why Facebook underpaid for its latest acquisition.<p><b>1. Mobile phones are the</b> …

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

Consumer Tech

If you've got the SADs, this sunlight-tracking wearable could help cure it

There are wearables to track your exercise activity, food consumption and sleep habits. There are even wearables that want to be smartphones-lite. But never before has there been a portable tracker for daily sunlight exposure. That's a niche GoodLux is looking to fill with its SunSprite, a …

Cozy’s mission impossible: Expensive product, tiny market and an unloved vertical

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Radiator Labs is a company trying to sell a connected radiator cover that allows consumers to keep their rooms in steam-heated …