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Why a millionaire poker player quit gambling to become an intern at a tech startup in London

If you were to choose which hobby to pursue to get into technology startups, chances are gambling wouldn't be your first choice. But Ludovic "Ludo" Lacay made a career as a professional poker player, became a millionaire in the process, and then used his poker skills to join a London startup as an …

Startups

Meet The CEO Making Sure You Never Need To Type A Password Again

In 2017, the global average cost of a data breach reached $3.2 million, representing a 10% decrease from the year prior. Additionally, the average cost associated to each lost or stolen record of sensitive or confidential information fell from $158 in 2016 to $141 in 2017.<p>Yet, while cyber security …

Information Systems

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

See if you hear a difference between Tacotron 2 and human speech.<p>Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an …

Aura’s AI tech actually learns how to keep you focused and calm...and it’s only $59.99

Now that the crush of the holidays is wrapping up, it’s a good time to take a moment and make sure you’re entering 2018 with a calm, centered, fresh outlook. Daily stresses stack up like traffic during the morning commute, but the Aura Health app can help clear that road and get you stress and …

New book explores Silicon Valley's sex party scene

Bloomberg veteran Emily Chang's book on Silicon Valley and gender could hardly hit at a more important time. After the discussion started in 2017, …

Haptx is working on VR’s long-awaited touch glove

Virtual reality can never be too immersive, at least until we get to something like the Star Trek Holodeck. While VR’s visuals and sound make you feel like you’re wandering in a 3D space, the feeling disappears the second you touch something. That’s why Haptx is the latest company to try to tackle …

Virtual Reality

The ultimate, 3500-word, plain English guide to blockchain

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. After all, they are one of the most trending topics these days  —  the ultimate buzzwords of the year. Even people who’ve never mined cryptocurrency or understand how it works, are talking about it.<p>My …

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

Samsung Connect Tag tracks your kid or pet for up to seven days per charge

A first to use narrowband network technology<p>Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things devices through cellular communication bands. The networks are designed …

Amazon will pay developers with the most engaging Alexa skills

Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices.<p>Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations — like …

In-App Purchases

Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence presents 'vastly more risk than North Korea'

"If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea," Musk tweeted after his $1 billion startup, OpenAI, made a surprise appearance at a $24 million video game tournament Friday night, beating the world's best players in the video game, "Dota 2."<p>Musk claimed …

Artificial Intelligence

Download this: Lonely Planet's Instagram-like app for travel junkies

We've all been there: you go on a trip, spend hours snapping the most Insat-worthy pics you can, and then realize there's no way you can post them …

Scientists successfully infiltrate computer using malware coded into DNA

‘We wanted to understand what new computer security risks are possible’<p>In what reads like science fiction becoming reality, researchers at the University of Washington have been able to successfully infect a computer with malware coded into a strand of DNA. In order to see if a computer could be …

Square founder Jack Dorsey talks bitcoin and says blockchain is the ‘next big unlock’

But that people should be ‘thoughtful’ in their use of blockchain technology<p>If you’ve been hearing or reading a lot about blockchain but you still aren’t entirely certain how to define it, you’re not alone. It’s something that Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer and chairman of Square (and CEO …

YouTube star gives us a look at RED's mysterious holographic phone

The world's first smartphone with a supposed "holographic display" — the RED Hydrogen — is no longer a mystery.<p>YouTube star Marques Brownlee, better …

Apple files patent for screen with privacy-viewing options

Apple is working on a screen that would allow for increased privacy on portable devices such as the iPhone and iPad, according to a patent application published Thursday.<p>Apple's application, entitled "Displays With Adjustable Angles-of-View," discusses using an electrically adjustable lens array …

Treble.fm is a new social networking app for musicians who want to collaborate

Teaming up made easy<p>A new app called Treble.fm that aims to connect musicians, songwriters, and producers launched to the public today. Artists can build a profile, mark what musical categories they are experts in (such as piano, drums, engineer, or singer), and then search for other musicians to …

Apps

Mira’s Prism is a $99 headset vying to become the Google Daydream of augmented reality

The Mira Prism is a strange product, intended to fill a gap that may or may not actually exist: the mid-tier AR market. The brand new startup is positioning the headset as the Gear VR or Google Daydream of augmented reality. It’s a fair comparison, as far as cost and utility are concerned — the $99 …

Augmented Reality

Apple launches a machine learning blog to placate its researchers

Apple hasn't always been very open about its technology or its research, but the company surprised everyone last year when AI director Russ Salakhutdinov announced that Apple would begin publishing its machine learning research. Shortly thereafter, it published its first AI paper in an academic …

You can now explore the International Space Station with Google Maps Street View

Not content with giving us eye-level views of millions of miles of roads, Google Maps has now entering the stratosphere. In a blog post published yesterday, Google announced that you can now explore the International Space Station (ISS) with Street View.<p>Of course, Google did not send its 360-degree …

Space

Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum.<p>This shift is probably being driven by a few factors. Despite its recent appreciation in value, as a …

Cryptocurrency

Report: Apple has secret team working to turn iPhone into ‘one-stop shop’ for medical info

It’s no secret that Apple has a growing interest in the health industry as it continues to expand health tracking capabilities with the iPhone and Apple Watch. Now, a report from CNBC claims that Apple is looking to turn the iPhone into a “one-stop shop” for all medical record information.<p>The …

Digital Health

An ex-plumber from Australia invented a $179 earpiece that can translate 8 languages in real-time

Lingmo International, a startup based in West Gosford north of Sydney, launched its TranslateOne2One earpiece at the UN's Artificial Intelligence for Good Summit in Geneva, revealing that IBM Watson machine learning technology had been used for its algorithms.<p>Traditionally, converting one language …

Machine Learning

Sony Built A Craft Set For The Coding Generation

It’s hard to describe exactly what Toio is, but we like it.<p>In an era of STEM “toys” that forget toys are supposed to be fun, the weird side of Sony has showed up to save the day.<p>Toio is a new game console by Sony, but it’s not for your typical video games like the PlayStation 4. Instead, the …

Tech toys are helping kids learn to code at an early age

In an effort to teach children the basics of coding from a young age, the toy market has been flooded with robots and wearables that allow users to …

Collaboration platform Smartsheet nabs $52M at $800M valuation

Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth. Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup …

The Asus ZenScreen is the best-looking portable USB-C monitor

Available in July<p>Eight months after it was announced at IFA, Asus is finally ready to begin selling its portable USB-C monitor. The Asus ZenScreen MB16AC is a 15.6-inch full HD display that comes in at just 8mm thick and features a foldable smart case that can act as a stand.<p>AOC announced a similar …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple designer creates bonkers $12,000 hourglass

Most of us gauge the passage of time through the digital displays on our phones , but there's still something intriguing about watching the physical shift of particles in a classic hourglass.<p>Apple designer Marc Newson collaborated with wristwatch website Hodinkee to introduce a high-end, very …

Smartwatches

Insta360 Nano is a cute and affordable 360-degree camera

It's doesn't give you the best image quality, but this pocketable iPhone-only 360-degree camera gets the job done.<p>Insta360's Nano ($87 at Amazon.com) is a pocket-friendly 360-degree camera. It only works with the iPhone and gets the job done without much fuss.<p>Like Samsung's Gear 360 ($69 at …

Mobile Photography

Note-taking app Bear is rapidly improving with new features

Bear is a note-taking app from Italian design firm Shiny Frog that’s seen a recent spate of popularity as a replacement for apps like the bloated Evernote, primarily due to its simple design and quick speed.<p>And Shiny Frog has been good about keeping Bear up to date, with today’s 1.2 update (as …