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A coat of conductive paint can transform regular walls into giant touchpads

The late Mark Weiser, the former chief scientist at Xerox PARC, once stated, “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave …

Living Rooms

One 30-page document contains everything you need to know about AI

Congress, for the love of god, please learn about technology.<p>Congress’ complete lack of understanding when it comes things like the internet, …

Artificial Intelligence

How to build your own Alexa skills with the new Alexa Blueprints

‘Alexa, roast my friends and family’<p>Amazon is making it possible for almost anyone to make their own Alexa skills with its new Alexa Skill Blueprints program. That means it’s now easier than ever to get Alexa to say whatever you want.<p>Sure, third-party Alexa skills have been around for years, but …

Smart Homes

7 books you must read to be a real software developer

Congratulations on finishing your four-year computer science degree in two years with no actual practical software development experience or …

Programming

Another day, another $50 million ICO exit scam

Savedroid, a German company that purportedly raised $50 million in ICO and direct funding, has exited with a bang. The site is currently displaying the above image and the founder — one Dr. Yassin Hankir — has posted a tweet thanking investors and saying “Over and out.”<p>A reverse image search found …

Icos

Developer Spends 30 Days Working, Dancing, Living In VR

<b>An Italian developer tests the limits of VR comfort with a ’30 Days In VR’ challenge.</b> Thanks to new more comfortable hardware releases like the HTC …

Virtual Reality

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

Archaeology

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What …

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers keep robbing cryptocurrency YouTubers

‘You’re a walking honey pot’<p>Ian Balina, a former IBM salesman who became a full-time cryptocurrency trader and pundit, is not known for his modesty. Like many YouTube personalities in the vein of motivational speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, he brands himself as a self-starter-made-good who now wants to …

Internet

This YouTuber Fixes Ugly Websites and It's Really Satisfying

Refactoring UI is a YouTube series which takes poorly designed UI and gives it the fairy godmother treatment.<p>For me, the difference between a good user interface and a bad user interface makes and breaks a product or a service. It’s the difference between a clean, pleasant interface that welcomes …

UI Design

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

This Multibillion-Dollar Corporation Is Controlled by a Penniless Yoga Superstar

Twenty-three years ago, when he was a poor young yoga instructor living at the foot of the Himalayas, Baba Ramdev pledged to spend the rest of his …

India

This space heater mines cryptocurrency while keeping your house warm

The 'Qarnot QC1 Crypto Heater' is an energy efficient way to warm your home, but it's also a way to make some extra money, since the heater is …

Cryptocurrency

Alexa’s Creepy Laughter Is A Bigger Problem Than Amazon Admits

Alexa owners report being startled by Alexa’s phantom chuckles, revealing one of the flaws of today’s voice assistants.<p>This week, Amazon Alexa users began reporting that their devices are laughing, creepily, on their own–so frequently that the phenomenon became a Twitter Moment. Sometimes, people …

Smart Homes

Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

My wife and I were just settling into bed one night when Alexa, the other woman in my life, decided to make herself heard.<p>Without being summoned, the Amazon Echo Dot at my bedside — one of the half-dozen devices that Alexa inhabits in our house — lit up its spectral blue ring, as if it had heard …

Automation

How a French 16-year-old is teaching the world to build VR headsets for $100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly $750 million at the age of 25, having sold his …

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Black Mirror

7 ways to use Alexa around the office

You know how to use Alexa at home, but what about work? Here are 7 ways to put Alexa to work… at work.<p>We typically think of smart speakers as accessories for your smart home that not only let you control your smart lights or the temperature but also help around the kitchen or stream your favorite …

Smart Homes

Cloudflare is protecting the internet using groovy lava lamps

Cloudflare has a unique way of protecting a huge portion of the world’s internet. They call it their Wall of Entropy; a wall lined with lava lamps that are being filmed with a camera. That data is then converted to numbers jumbled up with a couple other sources of randomness in other parts of the …

IT security

As Stripe backs away from crypto payments, Coinbase offers a new solution for e-commerce

Popular payment enabler Stripe announced plans to end support for bitcoin last month, but crypto exchange Coinbase is stepping into the gap after it released a new option for online merchants.<p>Coinbase — which is best known for its service that converts fiat into bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or …

Cryptocurrency

Amazon is paying its workers up to $5,000 to quit — and it's a brilliant strategy

Amazon is offering to pay its employees up to $5,000 if they agree to quit their jobs.<p>The e-commerce giant is dangling "The Offer," as it's called internally, in front of workers this week at the company's warehouses and customer-service centers across the US, The Atlantic reports.<p>The strategy of …

Employment

Amazon has $9.99 LED light bulbs that can be controlled by Alexa and Google Assistant

If you’re not already invested in the Philips Hue ecosystem, we should warn you that Hue products are very expensive. Don’t get us wrong — they’re …

Amazon has a great perk for Prime members who love to read

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>Amazon Prime comes with a lot of perks— among which are notably free two-day shipping on all purchases and access to services like …

Indian History

37 Underrated Netflix Hidden Gems You Should Already Be Watching

*bookmarks this post for whenever I'm bored*<p>1. <i>Sing Street</i> (2016): This truly underrated musical follows a teen in Dublin in the '80s as he forms a rock band to impress a girl.<p>—irishpink<p>2. <i>Train to Busan</i> (2016): It’s a Korean film about a zombie virus outbreak, and it's got a huuuuuuuge twist ending. …

Facebook Experiments With New Unit of Time Called The ‘Flick’

<b>A Facebook engineer has created a new unit of time called the flick.</b>Flick is short for “frame-tick” and measures 1/705,600,000 of a second.The flick …

Oxford University

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

Surveying the retail world right now, it’s hard to see anything but Amazon.<p>The company offers a degree of convenience for buyers of stuff that’s never been equalled (which, while being hyperbolic may also be true), and it has made consuming new crap nearly effortless. In the process it’s become the …

Cotton Candy

To Our Readers

<b>How we will continue to inform and inspire you in 2018</b><p>The world in 2018 will be full of dramatic change, improbable victories, and game-changing breakthroughs. Elections will be won and lost. Olympians will be hailed. Cryptocurrencies will rise and fall. And technology will continue to inexorably …

BlockShell

📖README.md just includes installation guide. You can find detailed guide in this wiki page<p>A command line utility for learning Blockchain technical …

Robinhood adds zero-fee cryptocurrency trading and tracking

No-commission stock trading app Robinhood will let you buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum without any added transaction fees starting in February, compared to Coinbase’s 1.5 to 4 percent fees in the US. And as of today Robinhood will let all users track the price, news, and set up alerts on those …

Cryptocurrency

TripIt now lets you know how long the airport security line is in real-time

If you're a frequent traveller, you might have already heard of an app called TripIt. TripIt lets users streamline their entire travel itinerary by …