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Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles

For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic, and more recently fully electronic, these figures create a feeling of life and emotion inside rides and …

Should Chrome copy Safari and help block Facebook?

Google<p>At its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote earlier this week, Apple unveiled new anti-tracking features for its Safari browser. The Cupertino company named Facebook in the speech and it will likely be affected by the changes. However, as a major provider of targeted ads, Google …

Digital Advertising

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

12 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and other larger-than-life tech companies, somehow also seems to find time to read.<p>Musk has said that reading a variety of books — from epic works of fantasy like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to complex how-to books on building rockets — is crucial to his …

Elon Musk

Could it be your gut keeping you awake at night?

An increasing number of scientists are waking up to the idea of a link between the digestive system and problems with sleep<p>When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something stupid we said in 2003. But what if our guts …

Sleep

These secret Netflix codes unlock hidden show and movie categories

The recommended content on your Netflix account comes from a complicated algorithm analyzing your viewing history.<p>And unless you are sharing your …

Americans are starting to shop more like Europeans — and that should terrify Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, and Kraft

Aggressive retail expansion over the past 10 years and increased consumer access to online grocery options have led shoppers to have more choices than ever before — and it's contributing to a "new retail revolution."<p>According to a recent Nielson report , private label products created for stores …

Latin America

Netflix Shows Are Entertaining Enough, But It's the Digital Marketing That's Masterful

Effective digital marketing has more to do with creative strategies focused on the individual customer than it does with big budgets and advanced technology.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In five years, the share of households with a Netflix subscription has increased …

Marketing

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

Google augments AdWords with new consumer targeting functionality

Google has revisited its AdWords platform to incorporate a new suite of consumer-targeting capabilities to enable marketers to use phone numbers and …

New LinkedIn tool tells businesses about who’s visiting their websites

LinkedIn is giving businesses a new way to see what kinds of audiences they’re attracting with their marketing efforts.<p>The Website Demographics tool allows businesses to break down their website visitors across eight categories including job title, industry, company and location.<p>After all, that’s …

Marketing

Why Brands Big and Small Continue to Fail at Influencer Marketing

Brands don't know how to use influencer marketing correctly, and it's destroying their businesses.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Seventy-eight percent of marketers who used influencer marketing in 2016 noted that calculating return on investment (ROI) would be a top …

Marketing

What's different about Snapchat's next new original series

A&E has became the latest network to partner up with Snap Inc. to produce original content for Snapchat.<p><i>Second Chance</i> is the first unscripted show …

Seven reasons why grown ups should play more video games

Often seen as the pastime of friendless teenagers or a guilty pleasure, there are many huge benefits to playing video games<p>Even now, well into the second decade of the 21st century, we tend to view video games as a guilty pleasure. For anyone over the age of 25, they’re often something you sneak …

Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile

Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day. According to a new report out this evening from Adobe, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions throughout the sales holiday, Black Friday is on track to set a new record by surpassing the $3 …

Facebook's Stumbles Expose Flaws in Its Plan to Rule Advertising

The internet was supposed to mean a whole new world for the business of advertising. Gobs of data let advertisers become wildly efficient in who they …

Cloud Computing Can Probably Resolve The Gaming Industry's Hardware Crisis

How much does a truly high-end gaming desktop come for nowadays? Somewhere around $1,500-$2,000? From a manufacturer's perspective, this makes complete sense. Gaming is a highly hardware-intensive function for any device to perform, which is why it is only natural for them to be priced excessively. …

Android TV

Wiz Khalifa And Conan O'Brien Get High And Play Video Games

On Conan O’Brien’s talk show segment “Clueless Gamer,” the late-night host brought on rapper Wiz Khalifa to teach him how to play the third-person …

Social media manager becomes Facebook legend after grocery store customer finds worm in her salad

The life of a social media manager for a major #brand must be a bleak one, having to face constant complaints and trolls with corporate-mandated …

Sears tanked because the company failed to shift to digital

Sears reported disappointing Q2 2016 results, as the company continues to experience declining in-store foot traffic and sales.<p>As e-commerce becomes a nearly ubiquitous part of the retail industry, legacy department stores are trying to adapt, but compared to competitors like Target and Kohl's, …

eCommerce

Infographic: These Athletes and Brands Created the Most Social Buzz During Rio

From comedian Leslie Jones live tweeting for NBC to swimmer (and now national embarrassment) Ryan Lochte using Snapchat to document his antics—though …

Small bedroom design ideas on a budget

If any room in your home can stand to be on the more compact side, it's your bedroom. All you <i>really</i> do in there is sleep and you won't be noticing …

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23 Companies That Help You Travel The World For Free (And Might Pay You, Too)

Think you can’t afford to go on vacation? Think again.<p>A Wisconsin-based teacher and author with a passion for Spain, Abbey Algiers looks for inexpensive ways to take trips on her summer holidays. So when she discovered Diverbo, she couldn’t believe it. Diverbo offers free vacations for English …

Human Rights

This Yogurt Brand Found a Clever Workaround to Get in Front of Pokemon Go Players

Less than a month since the app launched, Pokemon Go fervor is still high and brands including Zipcar and McDonald's are getting in on the craze. But …

How 'Pokemon Go' went from prank to phenomenon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The origin of "Pokemon Go" is as peculiar as any of the Voltorbs or Snorlaxes that players track and capture in the surprise hit game.<p>Its hybrid DNA flows from a digital mapping pioneer's fascination with the world around him, Google's affinity for offbeat ideas, Nintendo's …

Thrill of the 6-day race: When endurance cycling was the sport to watch

Long before Babe Ruth filled baseball parks and Red Grange thrilled football fans, six-day bicycle racers were America's sports heroes. Their admirers were passionate, sometimes to a fault.<p>In 1896, cyclist Dottie Farnsworth's followers demolished the stands and track of a Minneapolis racing venue …