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Google Play may lose some popular apps due to their use of Accessibility Services

Google is keen to ensure that its services have truly mass appeal, and part of this means offering functions to help those with disabilities. This includes YouTube captions for the hearing impaired, screen reading for its Chrome browser, and a host of features for its premier mobile platform.<p>On …

Google

Google wants to run cities without being elected. Don't let it

A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here’s why that’s troubling<p>Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does not suffer from a lack of ambition. Its subsidiaries are tackling topics ranging from autonomous …

Smart Cities

Marcel Duchamp's moustachioed Mona Lisa sells for $750,000

Duchamp reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s classic painting includes a beard and moustache<p>One of Marcel Duchamp’s reproductions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, on to which he pencilled a beard and moustache, has sold for €632,500 ($750,000) at Sotheby’s in Paris.<p>It was part of the sale of a …

Art

Bonfoton, A Unique Lens Frame That Easily Turns a Darkened Room Into a Camera Obscura

When Finnish photographer Tommi Pirnes fell in love with the concept of Camera Obscura and the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, he and his wife …

Photography

Jeff Koons’ augmented reality Snapchat artwork gets ‘vandalized’

Earlier this week, Snapchat launched a new augmented reality art exhibiting feature as part of a collaboration with the artist Jeff Koons. ART, as it’s called, will plaster the digital artwork and sculptures of artists into geo-tagged physical locations across the world that viewers can see as a …

Augmented Reality

Your Brain on Art: The Emerging Science of Neuroaesthetics Probes What Art Does to Our Brains

If you’ve followed debates in popular philosophical circles, you’ve surely heard the critique of “scientism,” the “view that only scientific claims …

The Brain

Here’s how a Googler explains headphones with Google Assistant built-in are actually useful

After several big leaks, Google finally unveiled headphones with Google Assistant built-in this week. That functionality is debuting on the Bose QC35 II, but Google hasn’t done a good job advertising why this feature is worth buying into. Now, a Googler has given his two cents on the topic.<p>Ian …

Virtual Reality: Beyond the Hype

<b>How do you think we will use VR/AR in the future?</b><p>The vision that is generally accepted is that VR and AR will combine and become like a single pair …

52% of the world does not have internet access

A new UN report on the state of broadband says 1.5 billion more people use the internet today than in 2010, but 52% of the world's population still …

The price of bitcoin has a 91% correlation with Google searches for bitcoin

The current price of bitcoin has a 91% correlation with the volume of Google search requests for bitcoin-related terms, according to a study by SEMrush, a search engine marketing agency.<p>The study drew from a database of 120 million US keyword searches linked to the cryptocurrency. The overall …

Cryptocurrency

Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation?

WHEN WE THINK OF ARTIST residencies today, we think of the MacDowell Colony, in the woods of New Hampshire, and of the Skowhegan School, in Maine. There’s the Rome Prize fellowship, at the city’s American Academy, and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation, in Marfa. To be an ­artist in residence means …

Art

Royal Academy of Arts to reveal explicit side of Dalí and Duchamp

London gallery to warn visitors of graphic material in exhibition that demonstrates artists’ shared values<p>Some of the exhibits in a forthcoming exhibition on Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp – two of the 20th century’s most famous artists – may not be for the faint-hearted. Visitors to the Royal …

Art

Instagram posts can reveal depression better than anything patients tell their doctors

Our social media posts say more about us than we realize, including when we need help. In a paper published today (Aug. 8) in the journal EPJ Data Science, a pair of researchers found that an algorithm flagging a few key signs in people’s Instagram posts may be able to diagnose depression more …

Depression

How to stay human in the digital age

A few years ago, seeing a group of people paying more attention to their smart phones than to each other — whether in a line, at a restaurant, on a …

This exoskeleton can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

‘Alexa, let’s go for a walk’<p>Amazon’s Alexa is available on a lot of devices, from lamps to alarm clocks to fridges. But robotics company Bionik Laboratories says it’s the first to add the digital assistant to a powered exoskeleton. The company has integrated Alexa with its lower-body Arke …

At Creativity Explored, Adults With Disabilities Express Their Own Sexuality

“Just because someone has a developmental disability doesn’t mean that sense of sexuality is non-existent.”<p>“Everybody has a sexual nature to them,” curator Amy Auerbach explained during a phone conversation. “Just because someone has a developmental disability doesn’t mean that sense of sexuality …

Art

'Walden, a Game' Creator Talks the Sublime, Life's Tough Questions, Games

In 1970, the British mathematician John Conway devised a fascinating set of rules for infinite pattern generation. These rules, when enacted on a …

The Art of Neuroscience

Gray, white and wet, an image of the brain by itself can repulse more often than inspire. But when researchers and artists look past its outward …

The Brain

The Hololens ‘Transformation Mask’ is a mashup of art and AR technology

Leveraging traditional design elements, 3D printing, robotics and augmented reality, an artistic designer and team of experts from various fields …

Chinese scientists created the largest virtual universe

A team of Chinese scientists put the world's faster supercomputer to the test by using it to create the biggest virtual universe. They're calling it a "warm-up exercise" for the machine called Sunway TaihuLight, which used 10 million CPU cores to crunch numbers for the simulation. According to <i>South</i> …

China

View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks Online and Go Inside the Mind of a Genius

Thanks to the British Library, we can go inside the mind of a genius and peruse Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks. The first true Renaissance Man, Da Vinci not only painted the <i>Mona Lisa</i>, but was a master inventor who is sometimes credited with creating the parachute and helicopter. And, to top it all …

How Lara Croft's changing face illustrates Moore's law

Lara Croft is one of the most recognizable female characters in video gaming, having starred in a dozen editions of <i>Tomb Raider</i> since the series debuted in 1996. And that makes her a perfect window into the rapid pace of progress in 3D graphics over the last two decades:<p>At the left is the Lara Croft …

Tomb Raider

Why 3D audio is the next big step for virtual reality

Almost 90 years ago, in October 1927, the art of storytelling took a dramatic turn when the first “talking picture” or “sound film” was released to audiences around the world. <i>The Jazz Singer</i> was a smash hit, earning more than $2.6 million as it captivated audiences with its Vitaphone technology, …

Virtual Reality

VR For the Greater Good

<b>Calling all conscious content makers to make the real world a better place through Virtual Reality</b><p>VRTogether is a recently launched non-profit …

A new gallery in Chicago is dedicated to the artistic merit of the video game

If you’re among the many who consider video games to be entertainment for children (or childish adults), a new museum in Chicago is ready to challenge your preconceptions. The Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery, opening in the Bloomingdale Arts Building on 11 August, is making a strong case for the …

A Woman’s Selfie Accidentally Causes Over $200,000 Of Damage To A Los Angeles Art Gallery [Video]

Selfies are typically a fun way to document your day out with family, friends, or simply just yourself, that is until they go horribly wrong. …

Augmented Reality: It's Fun And Games Until You Make Your Neighborhood Mad

Do you really need a permit to place virtual objects in a real park? This and other odd dilemmas are emerging with augmented reality (AR), where virtual worlds are colliding with our actual world.<p>Earlier this year, an augmented-reality appmaker, Candy Lab, sued the County of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, …

Pokémon Go

How video games affect the brain

Video gaming is clearly a popular form of entertainment, with video gamers collectively spending 3 billion hours per week in front of their screens. …

The Brain

Makin' Moves, A Mesmerizing Animated Film Featuring Human 3D Scans Dancing a Surreal Dance

“Makin’ Moves” by designer Kouhei Nakama is a trippy, short film that features 3D scans of real humans incorporated into a crazy dance that turns …