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10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

Science Fiction

Readlang Helps You Learn a Foreign Language as You Surf the Web

The most effective way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself as much as possible in it . Readlang is a webapp and Chrome extension that …

Language Learning

Ultrawide vs Dual Monitors: Which Are Better for Productivity?

We love multiple monitor workstations, but “Ultrawide” displays, packing resolutions that rival two or three panels side-by-side, are looking better …

Computer Hardware

Google Releases a Tool to Launch Android Apps on Desktops

Google has opened up its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) to developers so they can run their apps on any desktop with a Chrome browser, reports Ars Technica.<p>ARC is a project that allows Android apps to run on Chrome OS, and it was previously limited to a small group of developers who got to …

Keep a “Single Sentence Journal” if You Don’t Have Time to Write

Journaling boosts creativity and helps you reflect. But it can be time consuming to write a page or two every single day. If you don't feel like you …

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

Nutrition

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.<p>While he was a university student in the Netherlands in 2009, Pieter Levels started an electronic music channel on YouTube that he says became popular enough to pay the …

Digital Nomads

Nvidia Titan X Graphics Card Review: Future-Proofing The 4K Game

As we’ve already concluded, Nvidia’s Titan X is the best single-GPU graphics card on the market. Of course, there exists a myriad of talking points and nuanced analysis that must be explored before the majority of us even consider plunking down $1000 for <i>any</i> addition to our rig. Over the course of …

Computer Hardware

Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week — after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email.<p>Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in …

Information Systems

The Best Free Tools for Making Your Own Video Games

With the recent release of the free version of the Unreal Engine and the announcement of the free Source 2 Engine, you now have even more options for …

Resumazing Scores Your Resume Based on a Job Posting

Lots of companies are using automated applicant tracking systems today. Resumazing figures out what changes you'll need to make to your resume to get …

Most Popular Android Downloads and Posts of 2014

Lollipop. Material Design. Android Wear. 2014 has been a huge year for Google's favorite OS. That gives us plenty of new stuff to tinker with. Here …

Digital fingerprinting could stop web trolls for good

Digital fingerprinting firm Trustev has developed new technology that it claims could stop online trolls and abusive commenters for good. The …

IBM’s Watson Analytics platform is now open to everyone

IBM’s Watson Analytics service is now in open beta. The natural language-based system, born of the same programme that developed the company’s Jeopardy-playing super computer, offers predictive and visual analytics tools for businesses.<p>https://vine.co/v/Ov6uvi1m7lT<p>Early this summer, IBM announced …

CloudScreener Helps You Decide Which Cloud To Use, Raises 600,000 Euros

What cloud should you host your applications on? That question is getting harder and harder to answer as more players join the fray and as existing companies continually add new features and change their prices. CloudScreener wants to help you by asking you a couple of basic questions about your …

Artificial intelligence is now affordable. Use it to work smarter

I’m barely old enough to have been taught how to find content the old way – using library directories and the Dewey Decimal System. Things changed quickly during my middle and high school years. By the end of it, I could do <i>almost</i> all my research from one starting point:<p>In college we were encouraged …

Bowery.io wants to set up your Web developer's work environment in 30 seconds

When Zachary Hamed took a break from school to be a Thiel Fellow, he and his partners created Bowery.io, a service for Web developers that more or less sounds like a miracle even our own tech team couldn’t believe.<p>Today, the startup is releasing the desktop app version of its product (previously …

Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

If you are a front-end developer, setting up signup forms and integrations with popular APIs can be very painful. Stamplay wants to make back-end development as easy as playing with Lego bricks. The best analogy would be to think of it as an IFTTT for developers.<p>Coding using Stamplay is all about …

Import.io raises $3m seed round backed by Yahoo and MySQL founders

Web-data platform Import.io has raised a $3m ‘super seed’ round that will help it expand its new San Francisco office.<p>The London- and San Francisco-based startup extracts data from websites and allows users to access it all via an API, without writing a single line of code. They describe their …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

New cassette tape could hold 47 million songs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget the cloud, and rework your mental image of those mysterious data centers. Sony has reinvented a tool for storing a mind-numbing amount of data:<p>A cassette tape.<p>But this isn't one of those rattling plastic tapes you used to compile your ultimate summer road-trip jams and, too often, …

How left-right brain handoffs happen without a hitch - Futurity

When tracking a moving object, the two halves of our brain need to hand off information to make sure the object isn't lost in the exchange.

The Brain

Brain Clears Away Old Memories To Form New Ones, New Research Shows (VIDEO)

Do you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming …