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Human Code Project Hack Aims To Demystify Code

Meet Roslyn Scott and Dalton Scott, a mother and son team who just demoed a neat idea for making code more accessible, here at the Disrupt London 2015 hackathon.<p>Their hack, called the Human Code Project, uses several IBM Watson APIs, including its Natural Language Classifier, to power a search …

Stack Overflow

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy

4 Ways to Bridge the Retirement Income Gap

Think you can't afford to delay taking Social Security once you retire? These steps can help.<p>If you’re on the verge of retirement, you’ve probably …

Retirement

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: Ashlee Vance: 9780062301239: Amazon.com: Books

<i>The New York Times</i><p><i>Forbes</i><p>When I walked into Barnes & Noble two weeks ago, I wasn't actually looking to purchase a book. Usually, I go in, browse for 30 minutes, and get out. But when I walked around to the Physics and Science section, the first thing I saw was Elon Musk's face.<p>Inevitably, I picked …

Elon Musk

How good is your 401(k) plan?

Now’s a good time to figure out whether you have an excellent 401(k) plan or if it’s lacking.<p>That’s because the Supreme Court ruled last week in …

Retirement

The smart card: Apple Pay competitor or simple stopgap?

The only problem [smart cards are] addressing is a fat wallet full of cards. Is that really that big of a problem?<p>Sucharita Mulpuru of Forrester Research

Fact or Fiction: Android apps only use one CPU core

We have had multi-core processors in our PCs for over a decade, and today they are considered the norm. At first it was dual-core, then quad-core, and today companies like Intel and AMD offer high end desktop processors with 6 or even 8 cores. Smartphone processors have a similar history. Dual-core …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president

Turkmenistan unveils golden statue of president with a dove as personality cult - the first such monument to the current leader<p>Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the country's president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse.<p>The 69-foot monument to Gurbanguly …

Nervana open-sources its deep-learning software, says it outperforms Facebook, Nvidia tools

Nervana Systems, one of a handful startups focusing on a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, today is announcing that it has released its Neon deep learning software under an Apache open-source license, allowing anyone to try it out for free.<p>The startup is pointing to benchmarks a …

Enter "THE VOID": The World's First Virtual Reality Theme Park

It's like laser tag meets The Matrix inside this cutting-edge "virtual entertainment center."<p>"Virtual reality theme park" might summon images of Oculus Rift-enabled roller coasters, digital carousels, and imaginary funnel cake, but THE VOID wants it to be more like a fusion of the best video games …

Warren Buffett: stock markets will be overpriced if rates rise

The billionaire admits surprise that low rates have not caused inflation and tells shareholders the dollar will still be the world’s reserve currency in half a century<p>Warren Buffett has warned that stock prices will appear expensive if interest rates increase from their current ultra-low levels.<p>“If …

Interest Rates

Windows 10 IoT Core Official Website | Developer Resource | Windows IoT

Windows IoT for your needs<p>Windows 10 IoT Core<p>Built for small, secured smart devices, Windows 10 IoT Core embraces a rich UWP app experiences and …

6 Tricks to Make the 5-Hour Workday Work for You

The five-hour workday isn't just a myth you've heard about around the water cooler. It's real, and it can work for your team.<p>Why is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the magic time? It's been used for so long that it's become immortalized in song.<p>While the traditional 40-hour workweek remains the norm, you've …

Time Management

Slack's massive new funding round is everything amazing and insane about the startup bubble

More cheddar for Mr. Butterfield<p>Slack announced yesterday that it raised $160 million at a $2.8 billion valuation. The company hasn't spent a penny of the $120 million it raised just last October. When Slack raised that money, founder Stewart Butterfield said it was enough to last them 60 years. …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

7 Truths About LinkedIn Everybody Needs to Know

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Marketing

With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

Meet Jellynote, a French startup that provides a new yet familiar experience for learning music. With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. But the killer feature is a Guitar Hero-like mode that takes advantage of …

Guitar

How a developer convinced Apple to let his banned app back into the App Store

Launcher, one of the best time-saving apps out there, is returning to the App Store six months after Apple removed it without warning.<p>Shortly after Apple's iOS 8 came out, developer Greg Gardner released a creative new app called Launcher that allowed you to launch apps and shortcuts right from …

How to save money on Mac repairs with your credit card’s extended warranty

Have you ever had an Apple product bite the dust only a few months after its warranty or AppleCare expired? Out-of-warranty repair costs can easily soar into the hundreds of dollars for Apple products, but if you purchased your Mac using a credit card that offers extended-warranty protection, you …

5 hot Raspberry Pi projects for Mac geeks

The credit-card-size Raspberry Pi has taken the tech world by storm. Thousands of geeky kids and adults use the tiny, low-cost computer boards to learn about coding and create fun projects like motion detectors, birdhouses that tweet when birds are present, and mini weather stations.<p>You, too, can …

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Happiness

Jeff Bezos’ brilliant advice for anyone running a business

If you want to build a successful, sustainable business, don’t ask yourself what could change in the next ten years that could affect your company.<p>Instead, ask yourself what <i>won’t</i> change, and then put all your energy and effort into those things.<p>That’s the advice of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, …

Pushbullet brings your Mac and iOS devices even closer

There’s no doubt that technology like iOS 8’s Continuity feature make it easier to transfer work between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. However, nothing about Apple’s creation comes close to matching the sheer, unadulterated excellence that is Pushbullet.<p>Coming freshly off a $1.5 million dose of …

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S

A breakout hit made with an $8 app<p><i>Tangerine</i>, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are the characters: flinty, funny, nobody’s victim. But the story …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

The Brain

How One Olympian's Failure Helped Her Land a Job at Google

Nine years ago, Emily Hughes was at the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy, skating before millions of TV viewers. Today, Hughes is in the trenches …

Google Fiber

None of the Fitness Wearables Figured Out How to Beat Apple

In the absence of Apple’s wearable, fitness makers like Jawbone, Fitbit, Withings and others have seen a boon of popularity as they race to tell the world that wearables are here to stay.<p>It’s been a golden time of opportunity for these new companies to try set their own bar, since nobody had …

The web in 2015: Your favorite shows auto-cached, sites that adapt to your environment, and more

When the web was first envisioned it was a generic version of apps, or what history books call “applications.” It was the lowest common denominator that could run anywhere. This put the web squarely in a “frame.” The potential functionality was confined to a rectangle of content.<p>Apps showed us an …