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The Problem with #MeToo and Viral Outrage | Backchannel

<b>Three days into the #MeToo meme,</b> my Facebook News Feed is teeming with posts. Female friends have shared heavy anecdotes about inappropriate events. …

Social Media

Streem’s augmented reality app gets you a quote for your home project

Your doctor appointments don’t have to be done in person in the 21st century, and now, neither do your home improvement appointments. On Thursday, …

Augmented Reality

Felix & Paul’s VR Comedy Series ‘The Confessional’ Launches on Daydream and YouTube

Felix & Paul Studios, the Emmy award-winning VR film producers, and the Just For Laughs comedy festival have launched the first episode of a new VR …

Virtual Reality

Niantic CEO: AR will reach full potential 'when we get the glasses'

Imagine playing <i>Pokémon Go</i> not with your phone, but with a pair of augmented reality glasses. That is the future that John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic (the company behind Pokemon Go) wants. "The potential for AR is immense," he said at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference today, adding …

Augmented Reality

This Company’s Robots Are Making Everything—and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings. …

Robots

Intel and Mobileye Offer Formula to Prove Safety of Autonomous Vehicles | Intel Newsroom

Speaking today at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea, professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and Intel senior vice president, offered the …

Transportation

Intel Pioneers New Technologies to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Announcing Industry’s First Neural Network Processor<p>Today I spoke at the WSJDLive global technology conference about cognitive and artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain Will Be the Foundation of Trust in the Metaverse

<i>“Virtual worlds are going to be one of the first killer apps for blockchains and perhaps the deepest users of them.” – Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder,</i> …

Bitcoin

Mapbox Announces $164 Million Series C Financing Led by the SoftBank Vision Fund

Mapbox, the mapping and location platform for developers, today announced a $164 million Series C funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund, with …

Drones

Eye Doctors Can Now Prescribe VR Lazy-eye Treatment for Home Use

Vivid Vision offers a virtual reality based treatment for lazy eye disorders. Optometrists have been able to use the company’s treatment in their …

Virtual Reality
Artificial Intelligence

Tesla has fired hundreds of employees after performance reviews

Tesla fired hundreds of employees following what the company said is an annual performance review process, the company told TechCrunch. The news was first reported by <i>The Mercury News</i>.<p>“Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the …

Employment

California fires produced as much pollution in 2 days as all the state’s cars do in a year

California Wildfires

Investment Ideas in the Robotics Industry

In August, <i>Motley Fool Explorer</i> did a deep dive into the field of robotics, and what we found was incredible.<p>Due to falling costs, demand for …

Stocks

Regulations obstruct high-value European drone market

Plea for more space and consistent regulations for drones in Europe – concerns 1,500 jobs in Twente alone The rules for the use and testing of drones …

Drones

Mapbox raises $164M to expand its location platform to cars, VR, AR and Asia

Location and mapping been two of the key features underpinning a wide array of smartphone services. Now a startup that has been at the center of building those location services for mobile devices has picked up a large round of funding to take its tech to newer frontiers in hardware, specifically …

Startups

Valve Develops Custom VR Lenses For Next Generation VR

Valve Software, the technology partner that made the HTC Vive possible, is offering “new core components” to VR hardware manufacturers, including new …

Intel Accelerates Development of Artificial Intelligence Solutions with Open Neural Network Exchange Support

Today, Intel announced that it joined the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) to enable enhanced framework interoperability for developers that …

Machine Learning

Touch Voice Gold: Speech Impaired Medical Speaking Apps

Touch Voice has released Touch Voice Gold. A medical speaking app for speech impaired persons.<p>The app transforms a mobile Android tablet/phone into …

Public Speaking

Zume Pizza lands $48 million in funding for robotic pizza delivery

If the Uber of pizza is successful, it will change the way fast food chains operate<p>A robotics startup called Zume Pizza, which is automating en route …

Robots

Physicists just broke a new quantum record for measuring with light

Shot-Noise Limit<p>Scientists have set a new record in optical measurements using photons, achieving a level of precision that before now was only …

Quantum Mechanics

Intel Is Being Rewarded for a Much-Improved Product Line, Including Coffee Lake

Sometimes, markets understand and price in good news that changes investor perceptions about a company pretty quickly. A blowout earnings report is a …

Investing

Tim Cook traveling to France this week to meet with President Macron

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to travel to France this week. According to local media reports from iPhone.fr and Mac4Ever, President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda for the week shows a meeting with Cook tomorrow, October 9th.<p>It’s expected that the meeting will center largely around Europe as a whole, …

Tim Cook

Google has found Russian ads related to 2016 election

Google has identified tens of thousands of dollars in ad buys by Russian accounts that used YouTube or Google advertising to try to spread misinformation and sow discord in American politics, sources familiar with the company's investigation told CNN.<p>These accounts used YouTube, Google search …

Advertising

Electric honeycomb: Pakistani teen in scientific first

<b>Only 17 years old and he is already a recognised scientist. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi's research on electric honeycomb was recently published in the Royal Society Open Science journal.</b><p>Physicists have known the phenomenon of electric honeycomb for decades. It occurs when a layer of oil is placed in an …

Scientific Research

5 Paid iPhone Apps On Sale For Free Right Now

<b>1. The Ring.</b><p>What you see before you, is not an ordinary thriller app – this project contains attributes of psychological audio-visual pressure. All …

iPhone Apps

Half of all viewing will be on mobile by 2020 and virtual reality is set for take off

Half of all viewing will take place on a mobile device by 2020, new research suggests, with smartphone screens accounting for half of them.<p>That's a …

Virtual Reality

Stern little Stormtrooper robot uses AR and facial recognition to help you deal with rebel scum

Want to uphold the First Order and deal with some rebel scum from your own room?<p>In the same week we've seen the new trailer for <i>The Last Jedi</i>, AI and …

Robots

Curing the incurable

Very rarely, an app comes along that changes your life. I want to tell you about such an app, and how it changed mine. I had nothing to do with its making; I have never installed or opened it on my phone; and yet, I expect that this will be the most personal of the almost 400 pieces I have written …

Pain