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Siri-creator shows off first public demo of Viv, ‘the intelligent interface for everything’

Voice-controlled assistance is seeing another evolution as it looks to prove its worth as the next shift in human-computer interaction.<p>Today, onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Siri creator Dag Kittlaus showed off the first public demo of Viv, an AI virtual system that aims to be “the intelligent …

Apple opens up on how it approaches security following FBI battle

CUPERTINO — In a press briefing Friday, Apple discussed how security works on the iPhone and iOS. The meeting, which was often technical, shed …

BIG-i robot looks like a trash can but is a lot more helpful

There’s a new robot butler making its way to the world and it understands voice commands, recognizes faces and interacts with your smart devices. It …

Uncle Sam wants you… to hack the Pentagon

Christopher Lynch Contributor<p>Chris Lynch is a director of the U.S. Digital Service's program with the Department of Defense.<p>The name, I was told, was a non-starter. There was simply no way we would call it Hack the Pentagon. None. You simply can’t call it that. Here’s a tall glass of Nope.<p>So …

8 innovations that could actually make airplanes more comfortable

The Oscars of the plane cabin, the Crystal Cabin Awards, were held in Hamburg on Tuesday night. This is as gala a gala event as you get in aviation. …

The complete guide to transforming your desk into a peaceful, productive place to work

Some say a messy desk is a sign of creativity. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg—all notorious champions of workplace disarray—might agree.<p>More often than not, however, a messy desk is just messy.<p>Unless you’re already a creative genius, having a helter-skelter work space is likely to …

Minimalism

You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google’s first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite.<p>The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now — though getting an invite wasn’t all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S. can simply sign …

12 quotes to inspire you to travel now

If you haven't yet made your travel plans for 2016, one magazine is on a mission to get you out there exploring the world — now.<p>For its March issue,</i> …

5 apps for exploring a new city like a local

There are some things everybody knows about New Yorkers. They pay exorbitant rents, they worship pizza and they never hang out in Times Square.<p>But …

Apps

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, organised a war game like no other. The two researchers, working with an array of bodies such as the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, set out to simulate the effects of a …

Oxford University

Living Off Hackathons: The Possible Rise Of The Pro-Hacker

Simon Lightstone Contributor<p>Simon Lightstone is on IBM's DB2 team, LifeHack author, programmer and former startup guy.<p>Hackathon prize money keeps rising each year as organizations learn to take advantage of their value. Runner-up cash prizes are now in the thousands, and grand-prize payouts are as …

Neura, A Privacy-Focused Platform For The Internet Of Things, Raises $11M Series A

Neura, a platform that helps users personalize connected devices while guarding their data, will promote its new software development kit after raising a $11 million Series A. The round was led by AXA Strategic Partners and Pitango Venture Capital, with participation from Liberty Israel Venture …

Chevy just launched its first fully electric car, and it could be the average person’s Tesla

Las Vegas<p>On Jan. 6, one year after General Motors announced the plans for its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV car, GM CEO Mary Barra went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and showed off the final model that will be going into production later this year. The compact car has a range of …

Electric Vehicles

Nvidia Announces New Drive PX 2 ‘Supercomputer In A Lunchbox’ For Self-Driving Cars

Following last year’s Drive CX, Nvidia just announced an updated version of its computing platform for self-driving cars, the Drive PX 2. Compared to last year’s model, this is a much more powerful beast, able to process data from 12 video cameras and other sensors in real time to make educated …

Self-Help: There’s An App For That

Andrew Shatté Contributor<p>Andrew Shatté is the chief science officer of meQuilibrium.<p>Digital therapy is the new frontier of health innovation — and the tech world has taken notice. Myriad apps promise to make you happier, more mindful, less anxious — you name it.<p>But, do they work?<p>Recently, …

Dwell

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Home Tours

Sean Parker on tech industry's 'tricks': 'Social media feeds our narcissism'

A generation ago, Sean Parker would have us believe, parents worried that their children were becoming couch potatoes, passive consumers of information dominated by TV. But he said that concern has now shifted in the opposite direction, acknowledging that technology companies have employed “tricks” …

Social Media

Google Maps Now Lets You Add A Stop Along Your Route, Check Gas Prices

Google announced today it’s rolling out an update to its Google Maps mobile app that will (finally!) allow users to add a stop along their current route. For example, you’ll be able to search for things like gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants while still in navigation mode, …

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Education

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince – review

Gaia Vince’s ambitious, all-embracing, compelling journey holds a mirror up to humanity’s epoch to reveal all we have destroyed, but may yet be able to save<p>UN scholars have calculated that within the next 10 years the degradation of farm and grazing land could turn 50 million people into migrants: …

Ecology

Sony Xperia Z5 review: good but not exceptional

The latest smartphone from Sony has the fastest camera available on a smartphone and promises a two-day battery, but does it deliver?<p>After the high of the Xperia Z3 and its great battery life, Sony’s follow-up the Z3+ suffered badly from overheating issues. Skipping the number four, the Xperia Z5 …

Phones

Amazon Underground aims to make Android apps and games 'actually free'

In-app purchases may have become the dominant way for developers to make money from charging for their apps, but Amazon’s new app takes a sledgehammer to the model.<p>Well, in a sense. Amazon Underground is an app for Android smartphones that offers a catalogue of apps and games with their in-app …

Apps

Stephen Hawking Aims To 'Get Under The Hood' Of A Black Hole Paradox

Holograms? Alternate universes? Here's what the famous physicist's announcement really means<p>What would happen if you fell into a black hole?<p>This question is not only entertaining (you might turn into spaghetti, according to some theories), but it's also important to theoretical physicists. …

10 apps that should be core smartphone features

So I trawled the hundreds of apps I’ve installed, and compiled a “top 10” of the ones I feel wouldn’t look out-of-place integrated into a phone’s inner workings.<p>It’s worth noting here that these aren’t necessarily the best built or designed apps out there — it’s more about the core functionality. …

Apps

The Artificial Intelligence AK-47 is coming

“The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.”<p>The Kalashnikov aka the AK-47 is the design classic we don’t talk …

Artificial Intelligence

This is YotaPhone's new white, dual-screen, smartphone

Yota Devices, the Russian manufacturer of the YotaPhone and YotaPhone 2 has today announced a revamped version of its second-generation handset that promises improved performance, significant software tweaks and a new black on white design.<p>The ‘limited edition’ white handset, more excitingly than …

Mobile Technology

Bugatti reveals Black Bess as fifth Legend edition Veyron

Say what you will about all the special editions Bugatti makes out of the Veyron. The fact of the matter is that they sell, and sell quickly. In fact, each of the four Legend editions to date – all of which have been limited to three examples, amounting to twelve cars – has sold out at prices …