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Steve Ballmer Spends Millions To Redesign Government Information

The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner wants to give back through a powerful data visualization tool.<p>What does the average teacher make? How much does the U.S. spend on defense? Is crime going up or down–and how does that correlate with the police we employ and criminals we incarcerate?<p>…

Trump Administration

Sony's prototype projector turns any tabletop into a touch-sensitive display

A step toward holograms<p>Sony's Future Lab is a R&D group responsible for taking crazy ideas into the prototype phase, and one impressive vision shown here at SXSW in Austin this week is a projector that turns any flat surface into a screen for light to play on. The "Interactive Tabletop" concept …

Augmented Reality

Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back

Neckties embedded with QR codes. Pants that make drum noises. “Uber for medical marijuana.” These are just a few of the goofy startup ideas that have cropped up in Silicon Valley in recent years.<p>I can’t be the only one who’s disappointed with this. The Valley is the birthplace of game-changing …

Silicon Valley

How Google Is Reimagining Books

Editions At Play sees designers and authors working simultaneously to build a new type of e-book from the ground up.<p>The first sign that Reif Larsen’s <i>Entrances & Exits</i> is not a typical e-book comes at the table of contents, which is just a list of chapters titled “Location Unknown.” Click on one of …

Books

UK government wants to become a ‘smartphone state’

The UK’s Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has taken to Twitter to tap the crowd for ideas ahead of the government drafting its next five year tech strategy.<p>Having ploughed millions into East London’s ‘Tech City’ and wandered around the world with ‘Great Britain’ flags flying, the government is …

Traditional Homepages Are Obsolete, Says Quartz. Here’s What They Built Instead.

Quartz doesn’t think online publications should have homepages. Instead, they should have faces that show off their personality.<p>When Quartz first launched in September, 2012, the digital-only business publication made a bold gamble. With the future of traffic coming directly to articles from social …

Catchall

MIT’s Amazing New App Lets You Program Any Object

The Reality Editor is a Minority Report style AR app that makes programming your smart home as easy as connecting the dots.<p>The end goal of the Internet of Things is to make every object in your life programmable. But our smart objects are still pretty dumb. They don’t talk to each other, and most …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft: 2016 Will Be The Year Of AI

Microsoft researchers make their big tech predictions for 2016, and artificial intelligence takes center stage.<p>Microsoft recently asked 16 members of its technology and research organization to predict the big trends of 2016. There are some outliers–a researcher here who is really excited about …

Artificial Intelligence
Enterprise Tech

Google has its own car company called 'Google Auto'

The LLC has been running the self-driving car company since 2011<p>Google has quietly been running its self-driving car program under a subsidiary company called Google Auto LLC, according to documents obtained by <i>The Guardian</i>.<p>The subsidiary was created in 2011 when Google replaced its self-driving …

Autonomous Cars
Innovation

Ambitious new tech aims to revolutionize touchscreens

The ambitious GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) research project is building technology that will let consumers use their fingertips to literally drag data out of touchscreen displays, bringing it into the 3D world.<p>GHOST is the brainchild of four universities in the U.K., …

In Cuba, An Underground Network Armed With USB Drives Does The Work Of Google And YouTube

In a country nearly devoid of Internet access, the weekly distributors of El Paquete create a window to online content.<p>Huddled around a laptop at the bottom of a stairwell in Havana, a group of three teenage boys banter as they skip between video clips and music. A fourth arrives with some ice …

Cuba

Why Tomorrow’s Best Digital Experiences Will Feel Analog

Nature powerfully influences human behavior. Here’s how natural materials could shape the bonds we form with our devices.<p>Plenty of studies have shown that regular exposure to natural environments has a lasting positive effect on our long-term well-being in ways that getting a promotion, buying a …

Blade Runner

Elon Musk's Hyperloop 'might be free to passengers'

Elon Musk's tubular Hyperloop transportation system is more than just a pipe dream; in fact, says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of the company running the …

High-speed Rail

How Facebook Just Became The World’s Largest Publisher

With Instant Articles, Facebook has created a rich, multimedia platform to host publishers’ stories, and ensure that you never leave.<p>As social networking has taken over the web, and users no longer visit publishers’ homepages to find news, Facebook has become a primary funnel for readers, pointing …

Personalized News

How Beauty Startups Like Vênsette Are Profiting From The Instagram Economy

With $200 hair and makeup, the look fades–but the photo lasts forever.<p>“I’m going to give you a sun-kissed look, like you just got back from a vacation.”<p>Josephine, my Vênsette makeup artist, holds my chin lightly as she scans my bare face. Dressed in a black smock, her dark hair pulled into a low …

Startups

Carly Fiorina Is Running For President, But She’d Rather You Not Visit CarlyFiorina.Org

This morning Carly Fiorina formally announced her bid for the Republican nomination for president. Fiorina is running on her track record as a successful woman in business. She was CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 when HP merged with Compaq.<p>But one intrepid denizen of the Internet wants to …

Government

How Citymaps Is Trying To Take On Google

These founders literally walked the streets of New York in their quest to map the city. Now they’re offering their interface to developers.<p>In 2010, Citymaps was a fledgling idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin at a Manhattan bar. Cofounders Elliot Cohen and Aaron Rudenstine had no experience with …

Computer Science

How Facebook Unified Its Brand

Ben Barry illuminates how Facebook got its brand act together–something other companies could learn from.<p>Remember when Facebook was ugly? Truly ugly? Like the carpet of a dorm room after a weekend of Jell-O shots ugly? Then they started hiring designers, like Ben Barry, who in addition to serving …

Graphic Design

Netflix’s Reed Hastings predicts the future of TV over the next 20 years

Close followers of Netflix should watch the speech that Reed Hastings, its founder and chief executive, delivered in Berlin last week. It’s a guided tour to the future of TV, at least as he sees it.<p>The video is embedded above, and if you’re looking for the predictions, they start at 18:30. Prior to …

Televisions

Google Ventures On How To Design A Killer Website

To build the best consumer website, go shopping, says GV’s Michael Margolis.<p>What do buying coffee beans, making an investment, and choosing a doctor have in common? They’re all forms of shopping. In each case, customers follow predictable processes for finding, evaluating, and narrowing options. If …

Customers

Apple’s Phil Schiller & Marc Newson kick off Apple Watch showcase in Milan (Gallery)

Apple kicked off its Apple Watch showcase today at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Italy and on hand at the event were Apple executives including marketing chief Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson.<p>We learned earlier this week that Apple planned to showcase the Watch at the event in …

Waze Is Driving Into City Hall

Why is Waze aggressively building partnerships with government entities? It’s all about the data.<p>In just a few years, Waze has gone from a small startup to one of the world’s most successful app makers. Sure, the startup’s acquisition by Google had a big part to play in that, but their biggest …

Maps

Inside Moleskine’s Plan To Sell You More Than Just Notebooks

Can the iconic notebook company lure more customers with lifestyle accessories? CEO Arrigo Berni reckons so.<p>It’s nothing more than a little black book with an elastic string. The cover is actually cardboard wrapped in soft synthetic fabric. You’d think that in 2015, in the age of smart phones, …

To This Day

The New York Times Invents A Conference Table That Takes Notes For You

It’s called the Listening Table, and it not only transcribes meetings, but knows when they’re important.<p>Like most offices, the <i>New York Times</i> holds a lot of meetings. Editorial meetings, ad sales meetings, design meetings, you name it; all centered around a table seemingly for no other purpose than …

Amazon Echo

Making Sense of Creative Commons: What Does a CC License Signify?

There has been a bit of a fuss recently over Flickr’s decision to start selling prints of it’s members photographs. There is a potential 50 million …

The Web Is the Real World

In the hollow universe of corporate jargon, tech clichés inspire a particular kind of madness. Invoked broadly, they become absurd. Behold the <i>disruption</i>! The <i>innovation</i>! The <i>surprise and delight</i>! If everyone's failing fast, at some point, isn't everyone just failing?<p>Which is why, when everything …

The Steve Jobs Industrial Complex

"This is a very strange business and a very strange endeavor of life," Steve Jobs once said in a candid interview about his legacy in 1994. "All the …

What next for writers and Google?

After three years, Google has closed down its Authorship Programme where writers could embed tags into their Google + profiles to match their content and reputation, says Monty Munford<p>Everybody’s got a book in them it is said, thankfully most people leave that book in there and don’t share it with …