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Hey, Alexa, Why is Amazon Making a Microwave?

SEATTLE — If you’re one of the millions of people without a smart speaker in your home, Amazon wants to talk to you.<p>On Thursday, the company announced not one, not six, but more than a dozen devices for its Alexa voice assistant — all meant to solve problems in your life that you may not have even …

Kitchens

The Auto Industry’s VHS-or-Betamax Moment

The auto industry has a choice to make: Which language will cars speak when they talk to one another?<p>Until a couple of years ago, automakers agreed on one vehicle-to-vehicle communications platform, called dedicated short-range communications, or DSRC, based on the technology used for Wi-Fi. But …

USDOT

New Pressure on Google and YouTube Over Children’s Data

In the context of a growing national debate on tech and privacy, Google has come under increased scrutiny for how it may be tracking and targeting children for advertising.<p>Two House members sent a letter this week to the company’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, expressing concern that the …

YouTube

John Hancock will require fitness tracking for life insurance

The company is completely doing away with traditional policies.<p>Life insurance company John Hancock will stop offering traditional policies, according to <i>Venture Beat</i>. Instead, the company, which is one of the oldest and largest life insurance underwriters in the US, will only sell policies that …

Fitness Technology

Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s Accuser

Just minutes after Christine Blasey Ford, a California-based psychologist, went public with accusations of teenage sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, internet investigators began combing her past for clues about her possible motives, and trying to cast doubt …

Money Laundering

Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s wealthiest man, has been publicly agonizing over a vexing problem: what to do with all his money.<p>Last week, more than a year after asking his Twitter followers for philanthropic ideas, Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced an initial plan. …

Jeff Bezos

Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception

MASSENA, N.Y. — The hulking aluminum plant in this northern border town is starting to spew heat and noise again, four years after Alcoa shut it down. But now the hot hum comes from thousands of Chinese computer servers whirring away 24 hours a day for a very modern purpose: producing Bitcoins and …

e-tron Defined: Interior Design

What does Google know about me?

Gabriel Weinberg, CEO & Founder at DuckDuckGo (2008-present)<p>Updated Sep 12, 2018 · Author has 84 answers and 8.8m answer views<p>Much like Facebook, …

Android Phones

They Left Public Radio to Try Their Fortunes on the Blockchain

Manoush Zomorodi’s eyes used to glaze over when she heard someone bring up blockchain. Now she talks about it all the time as the host of “ZigZag,” a podcast that will go into its second season next month.<p>Ms. Zomorodi, the former host of the WNYC technology podcast “Note to Self,” created “ZigZag” …

Blockchain

My 5 takeaways from Apple’s 2018 iPhone Event

I finally had a chance to jot down my thoughts about Apple’s 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch event. With a lot more products, with many more markets and …

Apple Events

You’ll find Apple’s best AI in its camera

When Apple unveiled its new slate of iPhones on Sept. 12, executives gushed over the device’s new second-generation “neural processor,” a custom chip meant just for AI.<p>But Apple didn’t boast about how much the new chip was going to improve Siri—Apple’s virtual assistant that got eight seconds of …

Apple

Watch Plants Light Up When They Get Attacked

Plants have no eyes, no ears, no mouth and no hands. They do not have a brain or a nervous system. Muscles? Forget them. They’re stuck where they started, soaking up the sun and sucking up nutrients from the soil. And yet, when something comes around to eat them, they sense it.<p>And they fight …

Caterpillars

The reporter’s notebook

<i>Mark Hansen explains how computation has forever changed the practice of journalism.</i>Continue reading The reporter’s notebook.

Stanford University

Google Knows Where You’ve Been, but Does It Know Who You Are?

In August, The Associated Press published an investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher at U.C. Berkeley. For years, the company has allowed users to control their “location history,” which stores a detailed record of where …

Google Maps

How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

A minute-long video of Barack Obama has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. It shows the former U.S. president seated, with the …

Jordan Peele

Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures on Nuclear Reactors, Failure and Asking Questions

As an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, from which she graduated in 1996, Rebecca Lynn had an unusual campus job: she worked at the local nuclear reactor. She says her time there — assisting with cancer research — helped inspire her ultimate career trajectory.<p>Today, Ms. Lynn is a partner …

Procter & Gamble

What’s the biggest influence on the way we think? (Googling it won’t help) | John Naughton

We ask Google questions that we would not breathe to any living soul<p>This is a month of anniversaries, of which two in particular stand out. One is that it’s 10 years since the seismic shock of the banking crisis – one of the consequences of which is the ongoing unravelling of the (neo)liberal …

Banking Crisis

Why Amazon is eating the world

I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation.<p>Instead of just writing about our “internal” news, I wrote about the …

eCommerce

Nike sales surge 31% in days after Colin Kaepernick ad unveiled, analyst says

The Nike ad starring Colin Kaepernick does not appear to have adversely affected sales, an analyst said on Saturday.<p>According to Edison Trends, a digital commerce research company: “Nike sales grew 31% from Sunday through Tuesday over Labor Day this year, besting 2017’s comparative 17% …

Atlanta Falcons

Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web

If information is stored in a decentralised way, how do you ever truly get rid of it?<p>The story that broke early last month that Google would again cooperate with Chinese authorities to run a censored version of its search engine, something the tech giant has neither confirmed nor denied, had ironic …

Blockchain

Amos Lancia Delta Futurista

Automobili Amos, founded by driver Eugenio Amos, has taken one of the 1980s best cars and brought it into the 21st century. The Lancia Delta S4 was …

Carbon Fiber

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

<i>The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is</i> …

Fotografie

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems. …

Design Thinking
Fortnite

In Chastising Sessions Over Indictments of Two Republicans, Trump Crosses a Line

WASHINGTON — If President Trump is worried that he could be impeached should Democrats take control of the House in the midterm elections, he is not acting like it. If anything lately, he seems to be offering more examples for his opponents to use against him.<p>His tweet over the holiday weekend …

Donald Trump

For 2nd Time in 3 Years, Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Leaks Millions of Sensitive Records — Krebs on Security

<b>mSpy</b>, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than a million paying customers spy on the mobile devices of their kids …

Mobile Devices

“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype

From the archives: As Skype turns 15, a look back at how six Europeans changed the world.<p>Fifteen years ago this week—on August 29, 2003—Skype went …

Tallinn

Home | Perlan Project

SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST<p>OUR MISSION<p>The Perlan 2 will fly to 90,000 feet at the edge of space to explore the science of giant mountain waves that …

Gliders