Victor Tsaran

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The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next?

The FCC voted this morning to nullify 2015’s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification.<p>The battle is lost. What of the war? Here’s what happens next, and what you can do to …

The reason you always plug in USBs the wrong way, revealed

So simple, yet so complicated. James Martin/CNET The USB paradox is one of the most familiar experiences of the digital age. Every time you try to …

Elon Musk Thinks We're Living in the Matrix. If He's Right, It's a Good Thing | Inc.com

Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we're living in some version of <i>The Matrix.</i> In fact, he believes that there's a "one in billions chance" that reality as we know it is <b>not</b> a computer simulation.<p>No, really. You read that right.<p>"The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I …

Singularity

Nearly every country on earth is named after one of four things

When the US president says “America first” to a room full of world leaders, he probably doesn’t mean to invoke the spirit of a 15th-century Italian. When Charles de Gaulle proclaimed, “La France n’est pas seule!” he likely wasn’t talking about a Germanic tribe from two millennia past. And Gandhi’s …

Papua New Guinea

Here's how dogs actually see the world

How do dogs see the world? Dogs see differently than humans.<p>The reason lies within the eye. In the eye are light receptors called cones and rods. Cones help us distinguish different colors, while rods help us see in dim light.<p>The number of cones and rods is different for dogs.<p>Turns out, dogs have …

Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Is Dead at 77

Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped prevent the outbreak of nuclear war.<p>A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, he was a few hours into his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, the secret command center outside Moscow where the Soviet …

War

In Indonesia, 3 Muslim Girls Fight for Their Right to Play Heavy Metal

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The three teenage girls — shy and even seeming slightly embarrassed as they peer out from their Islamic head scarves — do not look much like a heavy metal band.<p>But a dramatic change occurs when they take the stage. All pretense of shyness or awkwardness evaporates as the group …

Middle School

The product design challenges of AR on smartphones

With the launch of ARKit, we are going to see augmented reality apps become available for about 500 million iPhones in the next 12 months, and at least triple that in the following 12 months — as we can now include the numbers of ARCore-supporting devices from Google.<p>This has attracted the broader …

Accessibility for teams

Accessibility for teamsMaking your site more accessible can be a daunting task. If you are approaching accessibility for the first time, the sheer …

UX Design

MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired -- in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, announced that it had terminated licensing for …

Why doesn’t anyone know we’re incredibly close to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote?

(Credit: Getty/Drew Angerer/Molly Riley/Wikimedia) It’s been six months since the divisive 2016 election, and America’s ritualistic, obligatory …

The absurd precision involved in detecting gravitational waves

Back in September 2015, the LIGO experiment detected gravitational waves formed 1.3 billion years ago when two black holes merged into one. The …

Slides: ACES 2017: An Introduction to Alt Text for Tweets

Posted on Thursday, 13 April 2017 by<p>Category: Presentations<p>I just recently got back from the American Copy Editors Society’s yearly conference, which …

Hear “Grown-Up” Children’s Stories Written by Tom Waits, Nick Cave & Other Artists, Read by Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis & More

Ten years ago, Jeff Antebi, the founder of the record company Waxploitation, asked musicians and contemporary painters to collaborate on a collection …

World's first Braille smartwatch for the blind to begin shipping next month

Dot smartwatch features a tactile watch face that lets users read messages, directions and more.<p>A smartwatch designed for the blind will shortly go …

Print your own body parts

© Matthew the Horse <b>For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform</b> …

3D Printing

Play a piano duet with Google's AI partner

When Google tries to educate public about its AI research, it often releases tools that playfully explain the grittier, technical corners of artificial intelligence. Like, say, neural network software that looks at objects through your device's camera and spits rhymes about everyday objects. But …

The Reasons Drive Through ATMs Still Feature Braille Buttons and Instructions

In an episode of Today I Found Out, Simon Whistler explains the reasons drive through ATMs still use braille. The primary reason is that they are …

How to use the Magnifier on iPhone and iPad

Note: The quality of the magnifier, including how closely it can focus on text and objects, will vary depending on the quality of the camera in your …

Pink Floyd fans will appreciate the irony of Apple’s new London headquarters

Shine on, you crazy diamond.<p>The Evening Standard, a London paper, reported earlier this week that Apple will be moving British offices to Battersea power station, a derelict coal power station that has been out of service since 1975. It’s a building that has been searching for purpose for decades, …

Pink Floyd

This man is traveling 300 miles by wheelchair to push for more accessible nature trails

Ian Mackay considers himself a cyclist and a birder — a nature buff who gets lost on lush trails near his Washington state home for hours every …

An architect with ALS designs a home controlled by blinks

CHELSEA, Mass. — Steve Saling is sitting in his bedroom at the Leonard Florence Center for Living just north of Boston. He aims his gaze at the …

Multiple Sclerosis

Xbox avatars to get a wheelchair option

Accessibility doesn't just apply to the real world -- Microsoft's Phil Spencer has revealed that Microsoft will soon launch wheelchair avatars for Xbox Live. Following a user tweet suggesting that "wheelchairs might be relatively simple" to do, and another suggesting a petition, Xbox head Phil …

Ongoing war in Ukraine turns 1.7 million people into refugees

Most 16-year-olds spend their summers working behind a counter, hanging out with their friends and maybe sneaking out to a party or two. Maria …

6 Fascinating Facts About Prince You Didn't Know

Prince, the legendary recording artist, died Wednesday in Minneapolis at his Paisley Park home, according to his publicist. He was 57. Here, TIME has …

New Web Axe blog post. #a11y #captions #youtube

Target rolls out new shopping carts designed with disability in mind

If you think maneuvering a shopping cart around a packed store is hard, imagine trying to navigate tiny aisles and impatient shoppers while pushing …

Google Offers 2GB of Free Drive Space If You Complete 'Security Checkup'

You may not be aware, but it's "Safer Internet Day" out there — not a federal holiday by any means, but as good a time as any to make sure you're staying safe online. And Google is dangling a little extra treat for anyone willing to do a brief "security checkup": 2 free gigs of space on Google …

Google Drive

The Science Behind Daydreaming And How You Can Retrain Your Brain To Focus

Our brains aren’t designed for the type of work we do, which is why we’re always distracted. But two rules can help you retrain your brain.<p>The secret to productivity isn’t getting more things done; it’s getting the right things done. It sounds simple, but the problem is that office workers are …

Google Glass disappears from Twitter and Facebook

It was a good run, Google Glass. An early wearable technology sensation, you were on nerdy heads everywhere and had even managed to invade less …