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Europe will try not to crash its spacecraft into Mars on Wednesday | Ars Technica

Only NASA spacecraft have survived on Mars for more than a few seconds.<p>On Monday, the popular "Sarcastic Rover" Twitter account offered a succinct …

Google DeepMind CEO thinks 'the world' should ultimately have control over AI

Several technology giants are currently developing artificial intelligence (AI) behind closed doors as they look to find new ways to improve their products and services without giving away their "secret sauce."<p>These AI systems are able to learn and think for themselves, but they're ultimately …

Artificial Intelligence

Whatever happened to 3D printing?

Sam Cervantes is a quiet-seeming guy who speaks earnestly about his line of work.<p>When I visited his Brooklyn 3D printer factory in 2013, workers in an assembly line were busy putting together Solidoodle printers. An army of assembled printers whirred as they lay down layers of melted plastic to …

Trump says 'ask the gays,' gays flip him the bird on Twitter

Technically Incorrect: Surprise. On social media, you don't always get the response you might have hoped for.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Lawyers tell me they never ask questions in court without knowing the answers.<p>This same general …

Thanks to this brain-sensing meditation device, I'm calmer and sleeping great

I've tried lots of things: Giving up caffeine (that was hard!), giving up alcohol (even harder), and getting up at 5:30 a.m. to work out (brutally, insanely hard).<p>My latest trick has been easy, fun, and unbelievably effective: I've been using a brain-sensing device called Muse to meditate for 12 …

Meditation

Disney's VertiGo robot can climb walls just like Spiderman

Apparently Disney does more than buy movie franchises like <i>Star Wars</i>. It's also in the business of creating physics-bending robots.<p>That's right. …

Slovenian startup Toshl reinvents its popular budgeting app for the modern banking era

Slovenia doesn’t often hit the mainstream startup radar, but one company from the small south-central European nation has built up a user base of 2.5 million people since its inception in 2010.<p>Available on the Web, Android, and iOS, Toshl helps its users track how much money they spend and what …

Apps

Technology's biggest untapped market is elderly care

For the first time in history, 14pc of the world is over 65. How can technology assist them cheaply and efficiently?<p>In the opening episode of Channel 4’s hit sci-fi TV show “Humans” we meet George Millican, an ageing academic, who has recently had a stroke and has no family. Millican lives with his …

Robotics

5 vitamins and minerals that are actually worth your money

Science tells us that taking most vitamins is worthless — but here’s a few that buck the trend<p>Recently, a number of studies published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> underscored a fact that scientists have become increasingly sure of: The vast majority of vitamins and mineral supplements are …

Google's vision of self-driving cars is wrong, says MIT professor

Technically Incorrect: MIT's David Mindell says NASA moon missions weren't self-driving, so why should cars be? He describes handing over power to an "opaque" corporation like Google very troubling.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our …

TSMC's A9 Chip Outperforming Samsung's in Early iPhone 6s Battery Benchmarks

Following the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last month, it was discovered that Apple is dual sourcing the A9 chip for the new devices from both TSMC and Samsung, with the chips from the two companies measuring at slightly different sizes due to different processes used in manufacturing the …

Mobile Technology

This tiny £20 box has transformed the way I listen to music

I purchased a FiiO e05, which is a cheap, £20.99 headphone amplifier, on Amazon to see if it would make any difference to how I enjoy music.<p>What you may not know is that every smartphone and laptop has an amp in it already. In fact, you probably own several headphone amplifiers without realising it.<p>…

Audiophile

Robots could take trillions of dollars of assets from the Wall Street establishment

This comes from a September 3 report from Citigroup, titled "Rise of the Machines: Retail Revolution."<p>In just two years, the report notes, robo-advisers have boosted their assets from virtually nothing in 2012 to $14 billion by the end of 2014. And they're just getting warmed up.<p>Over the next 10 …

Charles Schwab

The Struggle To Define What Artificial Intelligence Actually Means

'Artificial' is the easy part<p>When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) – which we have done lot recently, including my outline on The Conversation of liability and regulation issues – what do we actually mean?<p>AI experts and philosophers are beavering away on the issue. But having a usable …

Boomlagoon enters the collectible-card fray, announces Spirit Hunter for iOS

Boomlagoon, the Finish studio founded by former Angry Birds developers, is releasing its third game this fall. Spirit Hunter is an action role-playing game in which cards are your main resource. Collect cards and craft items to fend off the ghoulish monsters on your heels.<p>Digital card games are a …

Roam

This Low-Cost 3-D Printer Can Produce Human Organs And Bones

Cheaper biofabrication is helping researchers test drugs and treatments–it’s way better than testing on a mouse.<p>At a lab in Philadelphia’s Drexel University, a desktop 3-D printer is cranking out miniature samples of bones. In Toronto, another researcher is using the same printer to make living …

3D Printing

The Future Of The Web Is All About Context

Imagine a world where search engines proactively send recommended articles, people and companies to their users — and all of these recommendations are extremely helpful and relevant. This is an example of using context for discovery, and it’s the future of the Internet.<p>Unfortunately, today’s search …

Death to privacy: why we should wear our data on our sleeves

To say that death of privacy is "actually an ideal outcome" is a controversial statement at the best of times, but no more so than in a talk about …

A New Program Will Turn Any Screenshot Into A Playable Super Mario Bros. Level

Bored at work? Tired of waiting for the next 2D <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> game? Well, thanks to a new program called <i>Screentendo</i>, any random image on your computer can be transformed into a playable <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> level. Just drag the <i>Screentendo</i> window over something on your desktop, and the program will …

Retrogaming

Your Brain Is Wired To Move On After Heartbreak, Study Says

We know that humans are wired to fall in love, but are we also built to break up?<p>Love is what evolutionary psychologists call a human universal -- a fundamental human experience that appears across all cultures. According to a new study, the experience of falling <i>out of love</i> and moving on to a new …

Tiko Is 2015's Most Unusual 3D Printer—And It's Cheap, Too

The desktop 3D printer space is getting crowded. In just a few years, we’ve gone from “Wow! A 3D printer!” to “How cheap is it?” and “How are you going to convince me to buy it?”<p>That’s why I was surprised to be, well, surprised by the Tiko, a Canadian 3D printer that will hit Kickstarter next week. …

Printing

The Future Of Mobile May Not Look Like Apps

The Web as we know it is about to fundamentally change, according to one its luminaries.<p>WordPress may power nearly a quarter of all websites, but Drupal is no slouch, either, running roughly 5% of all websites globally and 12% of the top 100,000 websites. So when Drupal founder Dries Buytaert …

Apps
James Madison

This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed

Staring at screens right before sleep turns out to be a lot worse than previously thought. Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, lays out all of the negative effects bedtime screen viewing can have on the brain and body.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser;</i> …

Sleep

A New Wearable Zaps Your Brain To Help You Focus–Or Relax

Get the mood effects of coffee or alcohol with just some electricity–and without the downsides.<p>Sometime later this year, instead of reaching for a cup of coffee to focus at work–or a beer to relax afterward–you might use a tiny electrode to zap your brain instead. A new wearable promises to …

The Brain

Prynt's Smartphone Case Brings a Polaroid-like Experience

Prynt, the smartphone case that will spit out printed photos on the spot has launched on Kickstarter looking to raise $50,000.<p>While it’s only launching today, it’s not the first time we’ve come across the nifty little gadget for Android devices and iPhones. If Prynt is successful in reaching its …

Mobile Photography

The Coming Rise of AI Means Humanity Will Need to Grow Up

<i>Supriya Jain heads the Global Thought Leadership Marketing Initiative at Wipro Ltd and is also the Founder of Miitra, a social organization for the elderly.</i><p>Perhaps the most exciting and talked about technology today is Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, mentions of AI can be traced back to …

Artificial Intelligence

Did We Kill the Web?

The year is 2025, and one of the original digital natives is sitting with his children - telling stories of the early days. "Back when I was your age... you could connect with anyone around the world, for free." The children are enthralled with the idea of freedom, and the wild open days of the …

Texting Is Familial Glue For The 21st Century

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Nic Denholm is a content consultant for SMS marketing platform</i> <i>FireText</i><i>.</i><p>Communication is one of the bedrocks of human civilization. The tools we use – voice and face muscles, smoke signals, quills and ink, emojis – start out as delivery systems for existing ideas. Without exception, …

How being satisfied with ‘good enough’ is actually optimal

<i>This article originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>Ten years ago, Jon Bell, now a designer at Twitter, told his wife that he’d be happy with how much he was making for the rest of his life.<p>I didn’t make much at the time. But that marked the day I began trying to fight back the impulse for …