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How the tiny Kano computer is helping inspire a generation of kids in STEM

There’s a new weapon in the fight to keep kids engaged in computer science — a tiny single-board computer from the U.K. called Kano.<p>Kano’s the brainchild of Alex Klein, whose young cousin Mika challenged him to create a computer that he could build like Lego. Following an incredibly successful …

Viv, Built By Siri’s Creators, Scores $12.5 Million For An AI Technology That Can Teach Itself

The company behind Viv, a powerful form of AI built by Siri’s creators which is able to learn from the world to improve upon its capabilities, has just closed on $12.5 million in Series B funding. Multiple sources close to the matter confirm the round, which was oversubscribed and values the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Conscious Web: When the Internet of Things Becomes Artificially Intelligent

When Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all agree on something, it's worth paying attention.<p>All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world's foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of AI could "spell the end of the …

Artificial Intelligence

Android Circuit: Sabotaging The Galaxy S6 Story, Xiaomi Defeats Samsung, Sony Abandons Android

Taking a look back at the week’s news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including Samsung’s battery issues and the potential of wireless charging, the story J.K. Shin could tell the press at MWC, Sony abandons Android and its Xperia smartphones, …

Wear OS

The Daisy Plant Sensor makes connected gardening affordable

Daisy's low-cost smarts can send you reminders to help you keep your plants healthy.<p>Plants didn't used to talk this much. Now, more and more devices can give them a voice. For amateur gardeners or busy plant owners that need an occasional reminder, that's a good thing. The Daisy Plant Sensor, from …

Free Shipping

Atomic Is The Missing Interface Design Tool In Your Browser

Great interface design is quickly becoming a priority as companies everywhere start realizing that it’s paramount to their succeeding in the crowded online space.<p>Then why, despite its importance, has there been such a gap in the UX design tools space?<p>Atomic, a startup team of ten based in …

New Zealand

Smart devices can make the insurance biz proactive, not reactive

Image copyright Dan Reed.Insurance companies are looking for ways to reduce the amount of money they have to pay out on claims, and one promising way …

Internet of Things

How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing Phenomenon

It’s already a powerhouse in messaging, entertainment, and merchandise, with payments and more on the way. Next stop: America.<p>When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its …

Paul McCartney

Samsung On A Possible Collision Course With Qualcomm

Investor weren’t happy last week to hear what Qualcomm had to tell them. The San Diego chipmaker’s said during its first quarter financial report that a major player wasn’t going to be using its latest mobile application processor, the Snapdragon 810, in its flagship device. The culprit? Samsung’s …

Mobile

A CEO wrote this brutal memo when he realized his billion-dollar startup was failing

Fab.com was once considered the fastest growing startup in the world. The e-commerce site partnered with thousands of designers to sell their funky decor and trinkets via flash sales.<p>Within its first six months, Fab generated $20 million and Silicon Valley investors valued the company at $400 …

One photo shows the biggest weakness with the iPhone 6's camera

Business Insider's Christian Storm and Harrison Jacobs tested the iPhone 6's camera against a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR ($3,000) and a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($169) to see exactly how the three compare.<p>Here's the bottom line: a DSLR is always going to capture higher-quality images, …

Mobile Photography

The first Ubuntu phone arrives next week, but there's a catch

It's been a long time coming, but finally Canonical is ready to release its first Ubuntu phone. After teaming up with Meizu and BQ almost a year ago, we're getting a (sort of) new handset from the latter; it's actually a repurposed version of its Aquaris E4.5, a mid-range smartphone that normally …

McDonald's beware, we're eating your lunch, says healthy fast food boss

Queues form around the block for Wrap It Up!'s 'natural' fast food as consumers spurn traditional chains<p>A natural fast-food chain that was rejected by Dragons’ Den is stealing customers from the likes of McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King, with queues around the block at its 12 London sites and …

Fast Food

Is Solar The Next Shale?

Will solar power transform electricity markets as significantly as shale transformed oil and gas?<p>That is the question posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company.<p>“Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to …

Fossil Fuels

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Work is underway around the world to revolutionise computers using the principles of quantum mechanics<p>Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the …

In Long Run, Nissan's Ghosn And Tesla's Musk Have Good Reason To Fear Fuel Cells

Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Tesla Motors honcho Elon Musk have both been loud advocates for battery-powered vehicles, but their recent bad-mouthing of hydrogen fuel cell powered cars is a reminder that neither of these technologies will make much of an impact any time soon.<p>Ghosn, leader of …

Bluetooth advances herald sleeker wearables that charge wirelessly

Imagine a Pebble without the need for a proprietary charging connector. Or how about a Galaxy Gear that doesn't lose connection to your phone every time you walk away for a quick errand? Both are evolutionary steps on the way to a truly desirable smartwatch and this week sees a pair of new …

Smartwatches, Google Glass And The Wearable Technology Chocolate Box

At $8 billion in 2013 revenues (projected), the wearable technology market is nascent but promising. By 2017, revenue from these new devices is projected to grow to $20 billion.<p>Numbers like that are just one of the reasons I get excited about new technologies, and I’ve been particularly excited …

11 SaaS Products That Will Convert Leads Into Actual Sales

Leads are great. But even if you’re swimming in them, that doesn’t mean you’re actively converting as many as you could be.<p>Luckily, there are some incredibly powerful SaaS products out there that can help move the needle forward. I asked a panel of fellow founders from the Young Entrepreneur …

Bank of America says Bitcoin could become a 'major means of payment'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for e-commerce" as well as a "serious competitor to …

BitTorrent Sync doubles users in a single month, growing '2 times as fast as Dropbox'

On Nov. 5, BitTorrent Sync, the free “private cloud” solution to syncing files between your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, hit one million users. Today, the company announced that it has hit two million users.<p>And the company says it’s growing twice as fast as Dropbox.<p>BitTorrent Sync is …

BigML says its machine learning tech makes data science easy

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — When data scientists talk about their work, it isn’t always easy to understand. At the same time, many big data startups are trying to make the technology seem simple.<p>For BigML, machine learning — a common element of data science — can be a basic two-step process: making …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

SolarCity