Todd C. Thibault

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Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel …

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton Wants To Fund ‘Power To The People’ Startups

Rich Barton may still be best known for his role as a founder at pioneering web properties such as Expedia and Zillow, but in recent years he has emerged as an investor in some really interesting startups, from mobile-only hotel booking app HotelTonight to neighborhood-focused social network …

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. Ordinarily, such a goal would seem utopian, were it not for the fact that …

Will New iPhone Colors Create A Hierarchy Among Users?

After Apple's announcement this week, choosing which iPhone to buy won't be such a black-and-white decision.<p>Buyers now have a cheaper, albeit more colorful option in the iPhone 5c (starting at $99, with a contract), which comes in white, blue, pink, green or yellow. Deciding to go with the newest …

How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …

How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research

It begins with sex on the beach. Pairs of zebrafish separate from the rest of their shoal and move into shallower and shallower water, continuing to cavort around each other in rapid, darting movements. When the female reaches ground that is only a couple of centimetres below the waterline, a …

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones on their musical marriage

HIS STORY <i>Richard Jones, 34, musician</i><p>We met in a rehearsal room in 2002, when Sophie was auditioning musicians for her band. The first thing she said to me was: "Nice amp" – I was taken aback. I got the gig. I remember looking at her across the room and thinking she was this otherworldly beauty. The …