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Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister<p>Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Artificial Intelligence

The App Of The Moment: Meerkat Tests Our Desire To Share Live Video

After Jon Ward happened upon Meerkat, the newest live-video streaming app, he couldn't stop thinking about the reporting potential. As the senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward knew the technology involved is anything but revolutionary. Yet there was something captivating about …

Social Media

Apple Watch Event: 7 Things You Need to Know

Apple's long-awaited smartwatch has finally arrived, and here are all the details<p>The Apple Watch is finally here—almost. Orders open April 10, with the watch actually available on April 24, the company announced today during a live event in San Francisco. The most basic version will cost $349 for …

Wealthy people think these are the most important cities in the world

Which are the hottest cities for the world's ultra-wealthy? Global real estate consultant Knight Frank broke them down for us in its 2015 Wealth Report.<p>The report ranks the top 40 cities for "Ultra High Net Worth Individuals," meaning anyone with a net worth of $30 million or more. The ranking …

Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the …

Venture Capital

Google's AI Is Now Smart Enough to Play Atari Like the Pros

Last year Google shelled out an estimated $400 million for a little-known artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. Since then, the company …

The company behind the iPhone screen wants to put its glass into cars

The glass maker wants to put Gorilla glass into automobiles, and has been working with BMW for a while, according to a note from investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Corning met with Cantor analysts and investors at a dinner before the firm's Internet and Tech conference this week.<p>Corning's Gorilla …

Gorilla Glass

Gemalto Says Alleged Hack Didn’t Result in Massive Theft of SIM Keys

Company detects ‘sophisticated intrusions’ in 2010, 2011<p>PARIS—Security-chip maker Gemalto NV said Wednesday that American and British intelligence services could be responsible for a “particularly sophisticated intrusion” of its networks several years ago, but denied that the alleged hack could …

Security

Samsung creates drone, robotics and virtual reality lab

UK’s most advanced drone lab to be built at Imperial College London<p>Read more<p>Samsung has set up a new research lab concentrating on drones, robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality.<p>The research group will be part of Samsung’s mobile division but will operate independently, building on the work done …

Galaxy Note

IBM Watson is starting to think in Japanese, with Softbank’s help

Watson, IBM’s massively intelligent, cognitive computer, has many skills. It can play and win at Jeopardy, diagnose PTSD, deep-dive our tweets and …

JetBlue will become the first airline to accept Apple Pay on select flights next week

Passengers on select JetBlue flights will be able to purchase food and drinks using their iPhone, USA Today reports. Customers will also reportedly be able to use the payment service to upgrade to any open premium seat once the flight has started.<p>Payments will be handled by airline employees using …

Apple Pay

High-tech Japanese hotel to employ human-like robot staff

Going to Japan? Here's a bit of advice: if you're absolutely terrified of eerie human-like robots, think very hard before visiting Nagasaki prefecture's Henn-na Hotel that's slated to open its doors in July. Why? Because the high-tech hotel will employ 10 robots, three of which are multilingual …

What the Internet of things means for business app developers

Are you getting tired of hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT)? Well, get used to it because IoT is gaining steam as it moves from what has been a consumer focus to business adoption in 2015. And this crossover will radically change application developers should be thinking about IoT.<p>According …

Internet of Things

Are driverless cars the future of Uber?

Taxi app Uber is taking its biggest steps yet towards a driver-free world, launching the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh “to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology”.<p>It’s a massive investment in the future from a …

Autonomous Cars

The 10 easiest countries for doing business

Flickr/bibliconeEver year, TMF Group, an international professional services firm, publishes its Global Benchmark Complexity Index Report, ranking countries based on how complex they are for doing business from a regulatory and compliance perspective.<p>The research takes into consideration local …

Free Microsoft Outlook Now Available for iPhone and iPad

On Wednesday Microsoft released their Microsoft Outlook app (<b>free</b>) for iPhone and iPad. The app offers you an integrated interface for email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. You can use it to access your iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Outlook.com accounts, as well as Gmail and …

Apps

Apple Watch to be available from April, Tim Cook says

Apple's long-awaited wearable will begin shipping in April, according to the company's CEO Tim Cook.<p>Cook confirmed the release timing during an …

Twitter Updating iOS App With Group Messaging and New Video Features

Following a soft update that added a recap feature for top tweets last week, Twitter today announced a substantial feature update to its iOS and Android mobile apps that includes two new additions to the service: group messaging and "a new mobile video experience."<p>Similar to the Direct Message …

Apps

Expedia buys Travelocity for $280 million

The all-cash deal calls for Expedia to acquire its rival from travel software firm Sabre Corp and follows a 2013 agreement in which Expedia powered the tech platform for Travelocity's US and Canadian websites.<p>"Travelocity is one of the most recognized travel brands in North America, offering …

Microsoft HoloLens will take NASA scientists to Mars — virtually

Microsoft’s HoloLens is a pretty neat concept, and already showing a lot of promise. Via a headset and virtual environment, we’d be able to do all …

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it will buy Indian mobile phone marketing start-up ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million to $40 million, as the U.S. microblogging service looks to expand in the world’s second-biggest mobile market.<p>A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California December …

Enterprise Tech

Drones are getting better faster than anyone expected

For the past few years, one of the most exciting class of gadgets on display at CES has been drones. But the basic rules of what a drone was, and what it did, were stable. They got cheaper, lighter, and easier to use even as they became more powerful. But it was still a flying craft with a camera …

Intel unveils tiny Curie system on a chip for next-gen wearables

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich plucked a button off his sport jacket and held it up during his CES 2015 keynote Tuesday night. It was not actually a …

7 Surprising Biometric Identification Methods

Everything from your smell to your ears can be used to prove you're you<p>Biometrics has long been put forth as the next big thing in authentication, replacing or supplementing the concept of "things that you know"—passwords, PINs, and so on—with "things that you are." But despite lots of advances in …

Information Systems

Details Unveiled For Twitter’s Native Video Player To Rival YouTube

<b>Update</b>: A Twitter spokesperson tells us that the FAQ and terms are in reference to promoted video services for Amplify users, not the new video player that it plans to launch for consumers in the first half of 2015. Another spokesperson says there is nothing new to share at this time. Original …

These “Parasitic” Robots Are Designed To Suck Pollution From City Air

A concept for urban drones that perch on a city billboard and harness heat from the neon and pollution from the air to create a more sustainable fuel.<p>The neon billboards that line Hong Kong streets may eventually do more than just sell products. In a new project, a group of designers hopes to use …

Urban Agriculture

5 social trends you can expect to see in 2015

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Robert Churchill/Thinkstock<p>As we lay 2014 to rest, we’re topping our hats to some of the social media crazes that came …

Social Media

France’s postal service is testing delivery by drones

Amazon may have gotten all the buzz last year when it talked about delivering products by drones. But France could actually beat the e-commerce giant to the punch.<p>This week, LaPoste, France’s postal service, announced that its package-delivery subsidiary, GeoPost, had successfully completed initial …