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Zooming Out

<b>“Hype – an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.”</b><p>Hype, by definition …

Marketing

Pokemon Go Is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales at Small, Local Businesses. Here's How It Works

For $1.19 an hour, you can have more customers than you've ever seen in your life<p>The speed at which Pokemon Go has spread is unprecedented. Less than a week after launch, this augmented reality mobile exploration game has been installed on twice as many phones as Tinder, it has double the …

Audeze ups the ante, again, with the EL-8 headphones

The original Audeze EL-8 arrived just a year ago, but the latest models are distinctly better.<p>The high-end headphone scene never ceases to amaze me. Competition is fierce, especially at the upper reaches of the high-end, $1,000+ headphones that are still getting better all the time. Not only that, …

Audiophile

'My DIY boiler heats my six-bed home and keeps my pool at 32 degrees - for nothing'

New technology set to be introduced in the UK this summer will make it easier for thousands more people to heat and power their homes through at-home boilers and renewables.<p>Anyone who uses solar panels or wind turbines to heat their home currently has no way of storing the energy until the best …

Swimming Pools

This Affordable French-Girl Fashion Brand Is What Your Closet Has Been Missing

The name Jeanne Damas may be new to you, but if you’re after French-girl style tips, this blogger, style icon and fashion darling should definitely be on your radar. You may remember her from her dreamy French-girl collaboration with Reformation last year, but now she’s back with her own line of …

Dropbox adds new sharing features and a nifty document scanner

But will you give the company any money?<p>Dropbox announced a handful of new features today, including a new scanner for its iOS app that can identify and remember printed text. Now, Dropbox's mobile app will let you snap a photo of any document containing text, and the software will automatically …

Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming …

Artificial Intelligence

Tor Founder: Your Medical Records Are The Next Big Target For Hackers

Will the dark web save us?<p>NEW YORK -- You just don't hear this every day: "I invented the 'dark web.'"<p>For Paul Syverson, co-creator of the Tor web browser, the claim is true.<p>Syverson stood in front of journalists and tech professionals Thursday, making this declaration in an airy room tucked away …

Health Care

Here’s Why You Should Take All Your Photos Off the Internet Now

Meet the guys who beat Google at identifying people in photos and used it to build the creepiest dating site yet<p>The other day I went into the Banana …

Privacy

Samsung 'Bedtime VR Stories' might be the perfect remote parenting app

One of the most overlooked aspects of the emerging virtual reality space is its ability to bring people who are located many miles apart together in …

The 200 billion dollar chatbot disruption

In 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. That astronomical number set off waves of speculation as to what value Facebook could possibly see in a company with just 55 employees and roughly $20 million in revenue, although it had 500 million users. At last week’s F8 conference, that …

Chatbots

All Windows Users Can Now Translate Speech in Real Time

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Toward Our 3D Future

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antonio Rodriguez is a partner at Matrix Partners where he focuses on the future of computing, including virtual and augmented reality, wearables, and collaboration applications. He has made investments in Oculus VR, MakerBot, The Echo Nest (now Spotify) among others.</i><p>If the past …

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2015

Demand for Computer Systems Analysts with big data expertise increased 89.9% in the last twelve months , and 85.40% for Computer and Information Research Scientists.<p>Demand for Python programming expertise increased 96.9% in big-data related positions in the last twelve months.<p>These and other key …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Beyond Predictive Marketing: Planning With Persona-Based Strategic Narratives

In a recent interview, one of the world’s most compelling management consultant, Tom Peters, responded to a question related to what is missing from …

Marketing

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Internet of Things

How Magic Leap’s Augmented Reality Works - MIT Technology Review

A Florida startup called Magic Leap announced Tuesday that it had received $542 million in funding from major Silicon Valley investors led by Google …

In an attempt to increase its influence over the media, Facebook makes publishers an offer they should refuse

Last week, I wrote that all the handwringing over Facebook's influence on the media distracts from the amount of control Google holds over the …

This App Scans Your Proportions And Mails You A Custom-Fitted Shirt

A new app called MTailor plans to change that, however, by outsourcing the measurements to your smartphone's camera.<p>Here's how it works.<p>Shirts start at $69, but that's still cheaper than other custom shirts out there, which can cost $100 and up. Also, shipping is free.<p>First, you choose the type of …

Why women leave tech: It's the culture, not because 'math is hard'

I knew something was up when Sandhya, a talented project manager I only knew slightly, asked me if we could have lunch.<p>She had recently come back …

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there's a good reason: It's true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.<p>It wasn't …

'My iPhone 6 is tearing out my hair': How tech isn't designed for women

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been criticised for not fitting into women's pockets, being too large for one-handed use and now, for pulling out women's hair. A head-sore Radhika Sanghani reports on the need for technology designers to up their game<p>Every time Apple launches a new iPhone, …

An Open Letter to Brogrammers

Computer programming is a tough job. It's not for the faint of heart or the fair of sex. It's grueling, high-stress work, demanding that you sit on a …

What It's Like Being A Woman In Silicon Valley

Is it harder for you to raise money than it is for a man? That’s what I asked women in the startup world as I conducted interviews for my Forbes eBook, <i>Their Roaring Thirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk From Women Who Beat The Youth Trap.</i> Sadly, this answer from one woman echoes much of what I …

Grids for Mac: a Better Desktop Instagram Experience

Instagram may be among the most widely adopted imaging social networks, but there’s a limitation to the app’s presentation, especially if you often move back and forth between mobile devices and a desktop or laptop computer.<p>Sure, Instagram itself offers a more or less serviceable desktop …

Technology Is Changing The Future Of Marketing (Again)

Technology has always changed how marketing works. What is different today is the unprecedented rate of change in the both the development of marketing tools and the escalation of expectations for better experiences from customers. Yesterday at Oracle OpenWorld I presented the debut of what I call …

10 Apps You Probably Never Heard Of That Employees Are Sneaking Into Work

With our tablets, smartphones and cloud services, if we need an app, we get it ourselves.<p>This is drastically different than the way work tech used to be: bought by IT, set up by IT, issued by IT and controlled by IT. You didn't like what you were given? Oh well.<p>Interestingly, this has created …