Marcel Gagne

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Checkpoint, U.S.A.: Crossing the border into Trump’s America

A bizarre encounter with an angry, paranoid border agent gives us a taste of what we missed living abroad<p>“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it, ‘all men are created equal, except …

Immigration

Finally, a tablet that folds up into a phone that fits in your pocket

Lenovo is back at blowing minds again with another concept device with a bendable screen.<p>At the third annual Lenovo Tech World last week, the Chinese tech giant wowed attendees with the Lenovo Folio, a tablet with a screen that folds in half into a phone.<p>Before you start getting too excited, you …

Tablets

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants

Amazon’s Alexa just got a new job. In addition to her other 15,000 skills like playing music and telling knock-knock jokes, she can now also answer economic questions for clients of the Swiss global financial services company, UBS Group AG.<p>According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> (WSJ), a new …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Elon Musk's doomsday AI predictions are 'pretty irresponsible'

By Catherine Clifford Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent his Sunday afternoon smoking meats and doing a Facebook Live from his backyard in Palo Alto, …

The 17 most jaw-dropping moments of Donald Trump’s speech to Boy Scouts

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump bragged about his election victory, insulted Hillary Clinton, attacked the “fake news,” told bizarre stories, …

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

<b>The first voice</b> you hear on the recording is mine. “Here we are,” I say. My tone is cheerful, but a catch in my throat betrays how nervous I am.<p>Then, …

Chatbots

Incredible worm-like robot can climb up into the air, make itself bigger and squeeze into small holes

A robot that can grow rapidly and turn corners has been created by scientists. Stanford University researchers built the soft, worm-like robot, which …

Scientists Create a 3D Chip Capable of Making A.I. Systems Work

Imagine a world where A.I. is all around you. You get in your self-driving car to go to the doctor’s office, where a slew of tests are analyzed by …

It's time to admit digital assistants are overrated

AP Photo/Eric Risberg It was a good week for Sears. On Thursday, its stock skyrocketed at least 20% on the news that it would start selling Kenmore …

Florida teens, who mocked and filmed drowning man, had no obligation to save him: experts

In the video, the teens can be heard laughing at the drowning man, telling him he’s going die and that they weren’t going to help him as he struggled …

United States

Universities finally realize that Java is a bad introductory programming language

CS 106A is Stanford University’s introductory programming course. The module – which is also available to view on YouTube – introduces the fundamentals of coding in an accessible way, and lays the foundations for future growth.<p>Throughout its existence, the course was taught using the Java …

Programming

The 'Stoned Ape' Theory Might Explain Our Extraordinary Evolution

A scientist resurfaces a psychedelic retelling of human evolution.<p>Imagine <i>Homo erectus</i>, a now-extinct species of hominids that stood upright and …

Magic Mushrooms

One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world

There is something daring in seeking out an exchange with someone, especially a stranger. For such occasions, cultures around the world develop a repertoire of easy conversation starters. In the United States and Canada, however, one opener dominates: what do you do?<p>Whatever the reason—the …

Introverts

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it

These are the quiet times.<p>From April to June, tech's biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their grand visions for the next 12 months or so.<p>Facebook kicked it off in late April with its F8 conference, followed by Microsoft Build, then the Google I/O conference, and Apple's …

Augmented Reality

Braid: Trudeau's fame grows, along with his troubles

Two phenomena follow Prime Minister Justin Trudeau everywhere these days — his own monumental celebrity and anger at the $10.5-million settlement …

Canada

People Can Look at Your Face and Figure Out Your Social Class

Psychologists reveal why upwards social mobility is so difficult.<p>There are some telltale signs of someone who is rich: that flashy wristwatch, the …

Psychology

Android killed Windows Phone, not Apple

So Windows Phone is well and truly dead (excepting a tiny handful of Windows 10 devices). There it lies, buried in the graveyard of failed smartphone …

Is Android really just Linux? - Gary explains

Read more: https://goo.gl/e4ET39 What is a kernel?: https://goo.gl/1UkMox Is Android just Linux? Or maybe a Linux distro? Or is it something else? …

Kodi Box NOT WORKING? Mobdro APK wants to fill the void left by live stream CRACKDOWN

AS THE crackdown on Kodi continues, a new streaming app – dubbed Mobdro – has emerged to enable Android set-top viewers to access live streams from …

Why are companies trying to make it illegal to repair our electronic devices?

Traditionally, when a car breaks down, the solution has been to fix it. Repair manuals, knowledgeable mechanics, and auto parts stores make car …

Father on TLC's "Quiverfull" Christian reality show "The Willis Family" sentenced to 40 years in prison for child rape

How Google Turned Open Source Into A Key Differentiator For Its Cloud Platform

Open source software has come of its age. Today it’s impossible to think of a platform company that doesn’t have an open source strategy. Even Microsoft – a company that once compared open source to cancer – has embraced it fully. Of course, we have companies like CloudBees, Red Hat and Docker that …

Google Cloud Platform

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Medicine

Photo surfaces of evangelical pastors laying hands on Trump in the Oval Office

A group of evangelical leaders met with President Trump on Monday and laid their hands on him as he bowed in prayer while meeting in the Oval Office.<p>The leaders met with Jennifer Korn, deputy director and liaison from the White House, for a day-long meeting to discuss several issues, including the …

Donald Trump

Most Republicans Think Universities And Colleges Are Bad For America

A rather striking poll by Pew Research has just been released that reveals that only 55 percent of Americans think that colleges and universities …

Higher Education

A Boss' Response to an Employee Taking a Mental Health Day Is Going Viral

We've all heard that you should take a mental health day, but how many of us are brave to actually take one — and let our coworkers and boss know …

Mental Health

The U.S. Constitution Just Ruined Trump’s Day: He’s Now Being Sued For His Twitter Activity (DETAILS)

For someone who is as vocal and outspoken as Donald Trump on social media, he has shockingly thin skin. Trump has been known to hide and run away …

Donald Trump

Why “Paw Patrol” is the Darkest Batman Prequel Out There. While both the Fox TV network and your one facebook friend of middling taste have been working really, really hard to get you i…

Why “Paw Patrol” is the Darkest Batman Prequel Out There.<p>While both the Fox TV network and your one facebook friend of middling taste have been …

Batman

Earth has entered into a sixth mass extinction event

Animal populations across the planet have decreased by as much as 80 per cent since 1900 - an event akin to "biological annihilation". The …

Extinction

Randall D. Eliason: Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer lays a solid foundation for criminal charges

The news about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer is a significant development in the investigation of possible …

Donald Trump Jr