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NodeJS NG conference set for Sept. 8 promises jobs for Nigerian developers

'Tis the season of Dev Conferences<p>Fa la la la la, la la la la.<p>The season of Nigerian developer (dev) conferences is upon us. Last week, Nigeria …

Meet Gabi Ngcobo, one of the most powerful curators in the world right now

It’s no understatement to say that the European art world raised its collective eyebrows when the list of artists was announced for the 10th …

Bees know nothing, and that's a good thing, new study says

The concept of zero isn't the easiest to comprehend. We understand it to be the numerical representation for nothing. Still, the Wikipedia page explaining the definition, history and usage of the digit is so dense, I zoned out more than once.<p>Most of us -- scientists included -- thought only humans …

To give bees a break, farmers pollinated an apple orchard using drones

With bee populations continuing to decline, farmers, conservationists, and technologists alike are busy searching for a solution to help carry out …

Pollination

Easier scrollytelling with position sticky

Leaning on CSS to simplify the process.

Pudding

How to set up a record player to get the most out of your vinyl

Whether you’ve got a top-tier listening setup or you’re a casual analog listener, getting the most out of your vinyl collection requires more than …

Vinyl Records

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

This MIT invention will change the way we interact with our devices https://t.co/cJJjfI1oe5

Austin test uses blockchain to improve ID for the homeless

It could reduce poverty and improve services for those with no paper ID.<p>Many people take identification for granted, but it's a serious challenge if you're homeless. If you lose what's on your back, you might lose everything -- and recovering that ID is much harder when you have no fixed address or …

Homelessness

Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain

Syrian refugees could regain legal identities that were lost when they fled their homes.<p>A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through …

World Food Program

Kobi Wu Wants To Monetize Vacant Storefronts Across The Country

Most people walk by vacant storefronts every day with their “for rent” and “for sale” signs. For former music industry executive and winner of the 2018 Black Women Talk Tech pitch competition, Kobi Wu, these vacant storefronts were an opportunity.<p>Founded in 2015, Wu created VisuWall to make buying …

Clever project gives any Mac touchscreen capabilities with $1 worth of hardware

While Apple has long resisted the idea of a touchscreen Mac, a clever solution from a group of developers gives an existing Mac touchscreen capabilities. The proof of concept is called “Project Sistine” and is based on $1 worth of hardware…<p>Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip<p>Developed by Anish Athalye, …

Touchscreens

Introduction to Bluetooth Meshes

As the producer behind software conference QCon, C4Media regularly collects feedback from attendees to improve the quality of conference content. …

How To Attract $4 Million In Client Revenue Through Content Marketing

Julia McCoy dropped out of college at 19. By 21, she started her own content creation agency.<p>Now, five years later at 26 years old, McCoy’s agency, Express Writers, just broke $4 million in sales.<p>All of McCoy’s new client acquisition is done through content marketing. That’s right: <i>every</i> paying …

Marketing

Photo Enhancement is Starting to Get Crazy

As the worlds of artificial intelligence and digital photography collide, we’re starting to see some mind-blowing technology emerge. The latest …

Piccadilly Circus' billboard is alight once more, and it's watching

Cameras and sensors monitor the area to deliver responsive ads.<p>The iconic lights illuminating London's Piccadilly Circus were switched back on this morning, nine months after going dark to accommodate some serious renovations. The huge advertising space is no longer home to six distinct screens. …

Personal Data

Change Your Password as Soon as You Read This

In all likelihood, your current jumbled password is easy to crack.<p>The official government guidelines for creating an unhackable password were established in 2003 by a man named Bill Burr. In an 8-page guide, he decreed that passwords should be made from strange mixes of capital and lowercase …

Mozilla file sharing test wipes files after one download

You'll never have to worry about files lingering in the cloud.<p>The files you share online tend to linger around in the cloud. But what if you don't like the possibility that someone might swipe your files after you're done? Mozilla is offering an answer -- it just introduced an experimental website, …

Software

Tencent is creating an entire town dedicated to esports

Tencent, China's largest online games developer among other things, is building an entire town dedicated to esports.<p>The town will be located in Wuhu, …

China

How smartphones are proving clickbait for fishermen

<b>Braving the choppy waters of the South Atlantic four days a week, fisherman David Shoshola says a mobile phone app is helping him worry less about the risk of not being able to support his family.</b><p>The 50-year-old and three colleagues fish from two small, open-deck boats based in the seaside town of …

The Most Common Terminal Commands Worth Knowing for the Raspberry Pi

While the Raspberry Pi’s operating system is Linux, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out and memorize every Linux command. The Pi is a …

China sets up $14.6 billion internet investment fund: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has set up a 100 billion yuan ($14.55 billion) fund to support investment in the internet sector, said official news agency Xinhua on Sunday.<p>FILE PHOTO - Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Hefei, Anhui province March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer<p>The fund, backed …

The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country? | Charles Foran

Telling an Italian or French citizen they lack a “core identity” may not be the best vote-winning strategy<p>Can any nation truly behave 'postnationally' – ie without state governance and control? The simple answer is no<p>As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our …

Canada

This Reference Chart Covers the Basics of Soldering At a Glance

Soldering electronics is a delicate art. If you’re just getting started learning how to solder, this handy reference chart can help you spot some …

Using Guzzle and PHPUnit for REST API Testing

APIs are increasingly becoming the backbone of the modern internet - whether you're ordering food from an app on your phone or browsing a blog using …

Commerce Dept. to send “digital attachés” to Mexico, South Korea and four other nations

The U.S. Department of Commerce is opening six new international markets for its Commercial Digital Attaché program, according to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who spoke with TechCrunch today in San Francisco.<p>The attaché program, which began in March this year, establishes …

NoHold's QuickStart lets anyone create a chatbot in seconds

There’s a strangely poetic beauty about the birth of a chatbot.<p>Over a shaky WebEx connection, NoHold CEO and Co-Founder Diego Ventura showed me how one can take form in just a few moments.<p>Here be gadgetsNot here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged.Here<p>The chatbot had a very simple job. It …

Chatbots

Amazon just launched a cashier-free convenience store

No lines, no registers, no self-checkout machines<p>Amazon just unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go, a 1800-square-foot retail space located in the company’s hometown of Seattle, lets shoppers just grab the items they want and leave; the order gets charged to their …

White Male Twitter Bots Reduce Racism by Calling it Out

In a study, men on Twitter reduced their racist comments by 27 percent once they were criticized by what they thought were other white men.<p>PCMag …

Cogito raises $15 million to help call center staff detect customers’ mood from their voice

Artificial intelligence company Cogito raised $15 million in its latest funding round, the company told VentureBeat today.<p>Cogito combines behavioral science and artificial intelligence to detect a person’s emotional state and determine if their mood has changed and how conversations are going — all …