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Duolingo data shows this is the fastest way to learn a new language

Language-learning app Duolingo recently combed through a mountain of user data to find the best times each day to practice a foreign language. Its findings were published today at <i>Quartz</i>.<p>The findings essentially mirrored a 2016 study that showed the positive effect on sleep between practice …

Language Learning

Discover the Seven New Wonders of the World on this ultimate bucket list trip

If you have a travel bucket list the length of your arm and are hoping to make a big dent in it … then this trip might be the answer. The 31-day tour takes trippers on a whistle-stop tour of the Seven New Wonders of the World and the last standing ancient wonder.<p>The trip is being organised by On …

Taj Mahal

Customer service on Twitter just got a big upgrade

Twitter has made new tweaks that make it easier for businesses to provide customer service through direct message.<p>Its more relaxed rules mean that businesses can more freely reply to customers who need support without having to worry about reaching a direct message limit. Spam accounts will still …

Bitcoin has a huge scaling problem—Lightning could be the solution | Ars Technica

The Lightning network could enable much cheaper and faster bitcoin payments.<p>Three startups are getting ready to launch one of the most ambitious and …

Databricks comes to Microsoft Azure

The premium implementation of Apache Spark, from the company established by the project's founders, comes to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform as a …

Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients

Some of Google’s top AI researchers are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital.<p>A new research paper, published Jan. 24 with 34 co-authors and not peer-reviewed, claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes like whether a patient …

Peer-Reviewed

Best Online Classes for Job Skills - MIT Technology Review

In 2017, people flocked to online classes about artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and data analytics. In 2018, expect more of the same, say …

Artificial Intelligence

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How.

At first blush, Scot Barton might not seem like an AI pioneer. He isn’t building self-driving cars or teaching computers to thrash humans at computer …

Machine Learning

Snapchat is using the solar eclipse to show off the real potential of its maps feature

Snapchat spent $213 million to acquire Zenly, the French mapping app that powers the recently announced Snap Map feature.<p>Snap Map allows you to see where your Snapchat friends on a map of the world. Friends are displayed using their Bitmoji avatars, which comes from another Snap acquisition.<p>To …

Solar Eclipse

Snapchat now has holiday geofilters so prepare for an onslaught

If a party doesn't have its own custom Snapchat filter, did it even happen?<p>Not according to Snapchat. The filter-friendly OGs launched a jolly new …

Saudi Arabia

India's largest telecom network Airtel announces plans for free voice calls

Paying for voice calls will soon be a thing of the past for Indians.<p>Airtel, India’s largest telecom carrier, today unveiled new tariff plans starting …

Samvat 2073: Sensex, Nifty End Flat In Muhurat Trading As Banks Reverse Gains; Lupin Tops

Trading

iPhone sales expected to explode in 2017

The iPhone 7 probably won’t be enough to reverse Apple’s declining sales slump when it reports earnings tomorrow. But analysts say Apple is sitting on a “powder keg of dramatically aging” iPhones that could lead to a super-cycle of upgrades in 2017.<p>In a note to investors, Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri …

Google Home will be followed by a slew of Assistant-powered third party hardware, report says

Remember the Chromecast? Yes, of course you do. Google’s highly successful $35 dongle has been a hit among consumers, but its virtues may expand far beyond that. According to an exclusive Variety report, in fact, it may well have proved to be a proper Trojan horse for Google, who’s now seeking …

DeepMind’s differentiable neural computer helps you navigate the subway with its memory

In his best-selling 2011 book <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i>, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman hypothesized that thinking could be broken down into two distinct processes — aptly named fast and slow thought. The former is all about your gut, the initial automatic responses you have to things, …

Machine Learning

Microsoft is using AI to bring multiple divisions under one roof including Bing and Cortana

Microsoft at its Ignite conference for IT professionals this week demonstrated some of the many ways it is building artificial intelligence into its …

iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus Review: Should You Upgrade?

“Do I buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus?”<p>For millions of Apple fans, this will be their biggest (and most expensive) tech decision of the year. But it appears opinion is changing. For the first time iPhone 7 Plus demand has exceeded iPhone 7 demand, so are people making the right choice or should …

Mobile Technology

Raspberry Pi’s first official starter kit is ‘unashamedly premium’

An easier way to start cooking up Pi<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s flagship product, its $35 microcomputer, has now sold more than 10 million units in its standalone form. But to turn the Pi into something you can play Pong on, for example, you need a few extra items. Previously these were sold …

Raspberry Pi

T-Mobile rolls out wireless tech that will significantly boost subscribers’ speeds

If there’s anything T-Mobile isn’t, it’s slow. In a press release on Tuesday, the self-proclaimed Un-Carrier announced the deployment of network …

T-Mobile

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This Data Scientist Has Mapped the Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

This chatbot is responsible for 160k dismissed parking tickets

Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay has now successfully contested over 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York.<p>The program attempts to glean information from a simple survey to determine whether an appeal is possible by asking …

The app that matches surplus food with the hungry

Plenty of businesses throw a ridiculous amount of catering into the garbage every day, often as people go hungry on the streets outside their office …

How to use LinkedIn to get a date

Have Tinder, OkCupid and The League all left you longing for love? Here's how to tap into your professional network to land a date.

OkCupid

Facebook To Decrease Publisher Reach To Show You More From Friends And Family

Facebook is worried professional publishers are crowding out regular people, so it's tweaking its algorithm to show more stories from friends and family members in the News Feed.<p>Facebook is making changes to its News Feed to align with newly articulated values, and it means you will soon see more …

Apple Confirms Unencrypted Kernel in iOS 10 Beta is Intentional

Yesterday it was discovered that iOS 10 does not feature an encrypted kernel, allowing users and researchers access to the core of the operating system and its inner workings. It was unclear at the time whether the lack of encryption was an accident or intentional, but today Apple confirmed to</i> …

How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

Tips<p>Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to …

Hate calling customer service? Let free service Service do it for you

Whether you don't have time to wait on hold or just don't want to deal with surly customer-service reps, here's an excellent alternative.<p>We're living in the service economy, right? Anything you want done but don't want to do yourself, you can hire out. Rides, restaurant deliveries and, now, …

Customer Service

Swarm Of 100 Drones Dance To Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 5' In The Night Sky

A swarm of drones dance across the night sky as an orchestra plays Beethoven's dramatic "Fifth Symphony."<p>It may sound like the heavily-CGI'd intro of a sci-fi movie, but Intel Corp. actually pulled off the spectacular stunt at the Ahrenlohe airfield in Tornesch, Germany last November.<p>The tech …

Drones

Why Microsoft's CEO was the only business leader at the State of the Union

Nadella was the only business leader in attendance, we hear.<p>"Satya is honored to attend the 2016 State of the Union and learn more about the president's vision for America's future," says a Microsoft spokesperson.<p>As CNN Money reports, President Obama is going to discuss the importance of computer …

Computer Science