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Taxify is entering the e-scooter game

Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify will compete with Bird and Lime in Europe with its new brand of e-scooters, called Bolt, launching in Paris on Thursday.<p>The company has rolled the scooter sharing service into its mobile app, which has attracted 10 million users in 25 countries since it launched …

Startups

Google's new search engine reveals public datasets for research and journalism projects

Google has launched a dedicated dataset search website to help journalists and researchers unearth publicly available data that can aid in their projects. Traditionally, researchers have relied on sources like the World Bank, NASA, and ProPublica or search engines like Kaggle. This new tool will …

Google News

Logitech's Crayon for iPad is available to everyone September 12th

Look for the pen on shelves in Apple's stores.<p>Logitech's Crayon was a dream for 2018 iPad owners who wanted stylus input without paying a premium for Apple's Pencil, but there was a catch: the schools-only focus ruled it out for anyone besides students. You won't be shut out for much longer, …

Apple

Japanese engineers begin work on a space elevator

Japanese researchers have begun developing an elevator to take people into space<p>Space elevators are a work of science fiction. Dreamt up by novelist …

Space Travel

Apple to Launch a Global Law Enforcement Web Portal to Streamline Data Requests by End of 2018 [Updated]

Apple this week announced it will be launching a dedicated web portal by the end of 2018 for authenticated law enforcement officers to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from the company.<p>Apple also said it is building a team of professionals dedicated to …

Apple

Facebook Chooses Singapore for $1B Data Center

While it won't be ready until 2022, it will create hundreds of jobs, run on 100 percent renewable energy, and be the first data center to take …

World Bank

T-Mobile says hackers stole customer data in data breach

T-Mobile has confirmed hackers breached its systems.<p>The cell giant, currently merging with Sprint, said in a statement that hackers customer stole names, billing zip codes, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, and account type — such as if an account was prepaid or postpaid — in what …

T-Mobile

Man falls into Anish Kapoor's painted hole installation

Falling into a painted hole is the sort of surreal misadventure you'd expect to catch out Wile E. Coyote, but that's just what happened at an …

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.<p>In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an …

China

Meet 4 design heroes who are defending democracy online

They’re fighting for fairness and accuracy in algorithms and on digital platforms.<p>Design is a political act–and it can be patriotic, too. In recent years, designers and researchers have played a leading role in defending the integrity of digital platforms so they’re not driven by racist, biased …

Fake News

What Is A Blockchain Operating System?

Blockchain, as more and more people are finding out, is a ledger system for keeping records. More specifically, blockchain is an open (i.e. public, not held inside one company, unless it’s a private blockchain) distributed (it exists on many computers) immutable (it can not be altered, in …

Operating Systems

"It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up," says Sidewalk Labs urban planner

After disrupting our online activities, Google's parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Dezeen spoke to Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban …

This floating pyramid city generates 100% of its own food, water, and electricity

As the world’s first floating city draws closer to completion, designers like Pierpaolo Lazzarini have begun drawing up their own utopian sea-based …

This all-weather bicycle highway could fulfill the dreams of bike commuters everywhere

Architect Richard Moreta just unveiled the MINILOOP, an enclosed cycleway that could be a dream come true for bicycle commuters. Envisioned as the …

A Computer Mouse For The Year 3000

Reach out and touch someone, or something, with Stanford’s new prototype interface.<p>Virtual reality feels so real . . . until you try to actually touch something. As soon as your hand reaches out and strikes nothing but air, the illusion is broken.<p>Shapeshift, a new research project from Stanford …

Augmented Reality

4-year-old N.B. art prodigy is taking the art world by storm

When he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, four-year-old Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and his imagination to create …

Art

Moving sculptures on the beaches of The Netherlands

These sculptures might change your definition of art<p>Sculptures that can move? These mobile "animals" are the artistic vision of Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Since 1990 Jansen has been creating a new form of art in motion that lives on beaches. Jansen's animals are wind powered and …

Unforgettable underwater photography - in pictures

A new book published by the Natural History Museum showcases some of the most memorable underwater photographs taken over the last few decades in its annual wildlife photographer of the year competition. The stories behind the pictures - about both the behaviour and the photographers’ experiences - …

Natural History Museum

What Is Li-Fi? The New Alternative To Wi-Fi

Li-Fi is likely to reshape the world in ways Wi-Fi didn’t, by transmitting data through lamps, streetlights, and more.<p>Philips Lighting just unveiled a small coup. It’s providing internet to an entire office in France with nothing but its lights. That’s right, a company known for LED bulbs and …

Wi-Fi

Cherry Blossom Season Blooms Early in Asia: Pictures

Religion

World's first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car will cost under $10K

The world’s first mass-producible, 3D-printed electric car is set to revolutionize the auto industry. Italy-based electric car company XEV teamed up …

3D Printing

A dusting of salt could cool the planet

<b>THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—​</b>A last-ditch remedy for a climate disaster might be waiting in your kitchen. If efforts to control greenhouse gases fail, …

Particles

Robotic Fish to Keep a Fishy Eye on the Health of the Oceans

You’re a fish in the ocean.<p>It’s 2023 and humans have begun deploying swarms of sentinel robot fish along the reef where you live that will monitor your environment, track pollution and collect intelligence on your behavior. Welcome to the future, my finned fishy friends.<p>O.K., so you’re not a fish. …

Sierra Leone just held the world's first blockchain-powered election

On March 7, 2018, blockchain startup Agora oversaw the results of Sierra Leone’s presidential election, marking the first use of the technology in …

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Fusion

This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Eastern Washington had cheap power and tons of space. Then the suitcases of cash started arriving.<p><b>EAST WENATCHEE, Washington—Hands on the</b> wheel, eyes squinting against the winter sun, Lauren Miehe eases his Land Rover down the main drag and tells me how he used to spot promising sites to build a …

Mining

A Korean artist makes incredible sculptures out of old tires

One man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure.<p>Korean artist Yong Ho Ji uses old tires to create incredible sculptures of various creatures, …

Smart glasses can convert text into sound for the visually impaired

A Japanese company is in the midst of developing a pair of smart glasses that can help those with visual impairments or comprehension problems to …

The Handyfan Popsicle is a Deliciously Cool Concept

There was an undeniable sense of deja-vu upon seeing the efforts of Korean industrial design student 7 Nepo pop into my feed. His popsicle-shaped …

Popsicle

Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you’re worried about someone finding out what you’re pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes things further than perhaps any other anonymous browsing method by masking the page you’re viewing not …