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Perfect techie send-off? Funeral priests could be replaced by a ‘Buddhist’ robot

Why it matters to you<p>It'd be a great send-off for the dedicated techie!<p>SoftBank’s friendly Pepper robot is turning into the jack of all trades, and …

Robots

Photos: Inside one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines

One of the world’s largest bitcoin mines is located in the SanShangLiang industrial park on the outskirts of the city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region that’s part of China. It’s 400 miles from China’s capital, Beijing, and 35 miles from the the city of Baotou. The mine is just off …

Cryptocurrency

American Express Partners with Bitcoin Wallet Abra

• Tatjana Kulkarni<br>• July 25, 2017<br>• 0<p>Bookmark<p>Digital bitcoin wallet Abra is introducing its digital money transfer application to a vast landscape of new …

A fund betting on robots and AI is crushing it — and it's targeting millennial investors (BOTZ)

When Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X, was looking to start new theme-based exchange-traded funds last year, a robotics and artificial intelligence ETF just made sense.<p>"I think a lot of times the finance world gets lost in its own jargon of risk adjusted returns and Sharpe ratios and …

Artificial Intelligence

The Millennials Are Leaving San Francisco And We Need Them To Stop

Facebook pulled the plug on an anonymous employee discussion group

Facebook shut down an anonymous employee discussion group last year after the online conversations became more politically heated and …

Black Lives Matter

Box is now plugged into Google's AI, letting you easily search through images without needing to tag them first

View photos<p>More<p>(Box)<br>Presumably one of the major benefits of artificial intelligence is its ability to perform tasks faster and with less complaining …

Machine Perception

How Google parent Alphabet exercises massive influence over start-ups in Silicon Valley

A lot of corporations have venture capital arms or find other ways to invest in start-ups. But Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has at least …

Venture Capital

Everything You Need To Know About VR At Gamescom 2017

Gamescom 2017 is fast approaching and is shaping up to be another event worth watching for the VR industry. As Europe’s largest game industry event, …

3 VR Startups That Are Predicting the Future of Ecommerce

The technology to bring virtual reality into the ecommerce world is here and ready to be implemented. Entrepreneurs just have to be ready for it.<p>Welcome to the future. Virtual reality (VR) is the hot topic that's got everyone talking. It's been hailed as the way of the future, and looking at the …

Virtual Reality

Pinterest is finally adding a feature users have been craving for years

A long-awaited feature is finally coming to Pinterest: Starting Wednesday, Pinterest users will be able to zoom in on pins.<p>Up until now, Pinterest images were static — you could click to enlarge them, but there was no way to actually zoom in on those images within the app. Now, zooming will work on …

Pinterest

Get ready for sexbots that look like Bigfoot, says Dan Savage

Sex robots are going to get way, way weirder than you can imagine, the famous sex columnist predicts.<p><b>Editors' note: This interview is part of Turned On, our special report exploring the intersection of sex and technology. Some of the descriptions below may not be suited for younger readers.</b><p>The …

Dan Savage

Scientists Are Finally Set to Mass-Produce The Active Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin for everrrrybody!<p>For nearly 60 years scientists have known the chemical responsible for magic mushrooms' psychedelic reputation is a …

Magic Mushrooms

3 Stocks That Could Make You Rich -- The Motley Fool

Game-changing innovations make NVIDIA, Ambarella, and Intellia Therapeutics great picks now for possible riches later.<p>Railroads. Automobiles. …

Stocks

Less blue, more circles for Facebook app in new look

Facebook is updating its design language to feature more outline icons, more room for the GUI to breathe and attention to content.<p>Viewing posts, …

Facebook

The Apple Watch And Women Lawyers: The Perfect Match

Women attorneys in particular will appreciate the Apple Watch notifications.

Smartwatches

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to Join BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in Developing Autonomous Driving Platform | Intel Newsroom

<b>NEWS HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>BMW Group, Intel Corporation, Mobileye, an Intel company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a memorandum of understanding for …

Transportation

Amazon's Instant Pickup service shows clearly who Jeff Bezos is targeting next

In the two months since Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) announced its jaw-dropping $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) , there's been …

Amazon

University of Sydney develops rechargeable zinc-air battery solution | ZDNet

The university's zinc-air batteries have high energy densities and are more environmentally friendly, meaning they could be applied to electronic …

Batteries

BlackBerry makes its first wearable play with AR smartglasses

As we await AR to hit the big time, it's finding its feet nicely in enterprise. Vuzix is one of the biggest names in this space right now, and it's …

BlackBerry

Tree-planting drones hope to fight deforestation

Success! SpaceX launches supercomputer toward International Space Station

A spacecraft is on its way to deliver one of the most high-tech payloads ever to the International Space Station.<p>About ten minutes after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, a Dragon spacecraft separated from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket -- beginning its two-day trek through …

Disney Research’s ‘Magic Bench’ makes augmented reality a headset-free group experience

Magic Bench (credit: Disney Research)Disney Research has created the first shared, combined augmented/mixed-reality experience, replacing …

Augmented Reality

IDG Contributor Network: How AI is transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients

The development of artificial intelligence has made staggering leaps forward in recent years, with products like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa now …

Artificial Intelligence

What does a tech startup do after raising $232 million selling digital coins to investors? Set up a VC fund

• <b>Tech startup Tezos raised $232 million in July through an "initial coin offering";</b>• <b><br>Spending $50 million on venture investing, rest being put into stocks, bonds, and precious metals;</b>• <b><br>An unusual use of funds from a tech business, likely to fuel criticism of ICO sector.</b><p>LONDON — Early-stage tech …

Venture Capital

Bitcoin just passed $4,000

What a day for Bitcoin.<p>24 hours ago the cryptocurrency was trading below $3,700. About an hour ago it surged passed $4,000 and has no signs of stopping. It’s now trading around $4,135.00. For reference, a week ago Bitcoin hit an all-time high as it passed $3,000 for the first time.<p>Check out the …

Cryptocurrency

15 Things to Ask Siri That'll Make Your Life Easier

Put Siri to work!<p>It's easy to forget that the iPhone we use every day doubles as a virtual assistant. Sure, Siri may give you sass every now and …

Neato Robotics Machines Are Coming To Clean Up After Dinner

Giacomo Marini isn’t afraid of the robot future – in fact, the company he leads is betting on it. Neato Robotics was founded by Standford alums Joe …

Robots

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records