Thomas Wolfe

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International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

Were those Google Duplex AI calls edited or faked? Google won’t say

• Media outlet <i>Axios</i> has highlighted several issues with Google’s AI-powered calls shown at its developer conference.<br>• The employees in these calls don’t identify their workplace or ask for contact details when confirming appointments.<br>• Google representatives haven’t addressed these concerns, raising …

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Quantum Mechanics

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

This Swiss CEO Is Sounding the Alarm on Apple

<i>Originally published by Joe Thompson on Hodinkee.</i><p>On March 11, Peter Stas, co-founder and CEO of Frederique Constant, sounded the alarm about what he …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

"Apple Watch saved my life, I guarantee I almost died"

1<p>It was a typical weekday as I was working in my office.<p>Somehow an alert from my Apple Watch caught my attention, warning me my heart rate had been …

A first look at the sumptuous new private suites on the Orient Express

The mere mention of the Orient Express conjures up images of old-fashioned luxury, images associated with its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, when …

Blackview P10000 Pro spits in the face of everything else with ridiculous 11,000mAh battery

• Blackview’s P10000 Pro sports a huge 11,000mAh battery that promises seven days of use.<br>• The battery also promises 50 days of standby.<br>• That is more than the average laptop or tablet.<p>Thanks to more advanced processors, it has become harder for a smartphone to have truly horrendous battery life. Still, …

This app makes your headphones sound like a pro recording studio

Spend some time shopping for headphones, and you’ll quickly grow tired of devices claiming to present music “as the artist intended,” despite sporting vastly different sound. But what if your favorite cans actually <i>could</i> sound like the recording studio where your favorite music was mixed?<p>Enter …

How you can train AI to convert design mockups into HTML and CSS

Currently, the largest barrier to automating front-end development is computing power. However, we can use current deep learning algorithms, along with synthesized training data, to start exploring artificial front-end automation right now.<p>In this post, we’ll teach a neural network how to code a …

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows

Cloud and AI are Microsoft’s future bets<p>”We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. That is our bold goal,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella three years ago. At the time, Microsoft was unveiling more details about Windows 10, and surprising people with …

Blog: My first year as a full-time indie developer

& #8203;In January 2017 I quit my web application developer job to become a full-time independent game developer, following nearly five years of …

Upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 delivers more power and faster networking

Despite selling over 14 million of its low-cost DIY computing boards, the Raspberry Pi Foundation adheres to a slow release cycle. The company typically waits over a year to refresh its range, and even then improvements can be very subtle. That's exactly the case with its flagship board, the …

Raspberry Pi

Alexa’s random, creepy laugh scares the crap out of people

Anyone afraid that the robot apocalypse is imminent might head to the panic room now: Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker has begun laughing all on its own.<p>People who claim to have experienced this generally say they’re not interacting with their Amazon Echo, but it will …

Smart Homes

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

I had a good job, a loving family, and a white picket fence. This is how I lost it all.

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

Singer Bleona Qereti shocks Oscars after-party goers with NAKED dress breaking dress code at Vanity Fair bash

Now the gongs have been handed out, it's time for the free champagne to start flowing at the Oscars afterparties.<p>And the stars were left choking on …

Emma Watson

Raspberry Pi goes Android Auto: Now you can build your own cheap car head unit

Why buy a finished Android Auto head unit when you can hack one together with a Raspberry Pi 3?<p><i>Video: A guide to Raspberry Pi in 60 seconds</i><p>A …

Creative's new Super X-Fi audio tech is frigging mind-blowing

The company known for Soundblaster finally has a new killer product, and you'll probably want one too.<p>When Creative called me up to ask if I was interested in hearing something incredible, I was skeptical but curious.<p>After all, this was Creative we were talking about, the creator of the …

Earth is slowly drifting away from the Sun into space, scientists warn

Come back! Come back! Copyright: Science Photo LibraryThe Sun’s getting older, and like a lot of people in middle age, it’s now struggling to pull – …

Pro Tip: See full-screen Quick Look slideshows in macOS Finder

Quick Look is one of the Finder’s best features. Whenever you have a file selected in the Finder, just hit the space bar and you’ll see a preview of that file. It’s a great way to quickly view photos, or read the contents of a document, without opening it in an app.<p>But did you know you can pull up …

Operating Systems

This Strange Species That Lives Off Nuclear Energy Is Like Alien Life on Earth

Whoa.<p>When you're trying to figure out what alien life might look like, it makes sense to be looking in the most extreme environments Earth has …

Astronomy

This ARKit demo is what nightmares are made off

Your favorite horror movies could soon invade your living room thanks to Apple’s ARKit.<p>iOS developer Abhishek Singh has created a lot of AR experience since ARKit came out last year, but his latest is the most shocking. In a tweet posted this week, Singh showed off his latest demo that brings the …

Horror

This Is How Much Money You Need to Be Happy, According to Science

But not too much!<p>They say money can't buy happiness, but let's be honest, <i>they say</i> a lot of things – and they're not always right.<p>When it comes to …

Happiness

See a single atom in this magnificent photograph

See the tiny dot in the center of the photo above? That's a single strontium atom, visible to the naked eye. University of Oxford quantum physicist …

University of Oxford

Here’s the Perfect Thing to Say When Someone Is Rude

Recently, the British IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston was sitting on a train traveling from London, England, to Manchester, when he found himself …