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Tuesday
Feb092016

Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI

[Link] : Rubin’s ambitions go beyond building gadgets or companies. He wants Playground to be the factory that creates the building blocks for an AI-infused …
Tuesday
Feb092016

The Democratization of Knowledge, or How I Fixed My TV Without Knowing Squat About Electronics

[Link] : Disclaimer: This article discusses how I fixed my television. It is not a recommendation on how you should fix your television. Fiddling with
Tuesday
Feb092016

Cockroaches: Indestructible, and Instructive to Robot Makers

[NyTimes] : "Humans may never be able to exterminate cockroaches, but they may be able to learn something from them.

The insects might even offer a new model for robots that crawl through rubble to look for survivors or gather information after disasters, according to scientists at the University of California, …"

Tuesday
Feb092016

Obama’s Last Budget, and Last Budget Battle With Congress

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday sent his final annual budget proposal to a hostile Republican-led Congress, seeking $19 billion for a broad new cybersecurity initiative and rejecting the lame-duck label as he declared that his plan “is about looking forward.”

The budget for fiscal year 2017, …"

Monday
Feb082016

Net Neutrality Again Puts F.C.C. General Counsel at Center Stage

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Every day for one month last fall, Jonathan Sallet, the general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, sneaked into a small, windowless office at the agency, its location undisclosed except to senior staff.

From 6 a.m. until early evening, with Bach streaming in the …"

Monday
Feb082016

Facebook Loses a Battle in India Over Its Free Basics Program

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — In a setback for Facebook, Indian regulators have banned free mobile data programs that favor some Internet services over others.

The regulations, issued Monday after months of intense public debate over how to extend the Internet to India's poorest citizens, effectively block …"

Sunday
Feb072016

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

[Link] : To the computer scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning …
Sunday
Feb072016

‘Dream Cities,’ by Wade Graham

[NyTimes] : "DREAM CITIES

Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World

By Wade Graham

Illustrated. 323 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $29.99.

Thomas More's “Utopia,” which appeared 500 years ago, in 1516, may have changed the world. But few of its readers, I suspect, have read the whole thing. Impatient to get to …"

Sunday
Feb072016

A Hint of Danger in the Forest

[NyTimes] : "A few years ago, I walked through an English forest with an old friend who told me there was something living in it that I had never seen before. Intrigued, I stood with him by a barbed-wire fence running across leaf ­litter dappled with sunlight. It was very quiet — just the sifting of a faint …"

Saturday
Feb062016

The removal of road markings is to be celebrated. We are safer without them

[Link] : Sensational news. The government is starting to remove white lines from the middle of roads in parts of the UK. It is doing so to reduce accidents and save lives. The idea is apparently revolutionary.

Research has shown that removing white lines induces uncertainty and thus cuts vehicle speeds by …

Saturday
Feb062016

Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’

[NyTimes] : "THE population of nonreligious Americans — including atheists, agnostics and those who call themselves “nothing in particular” — stands at an all-time high this election year. Americans who say religion is not important in their lives and who do not belong to a religious group, according to the Pew …"

Saturday
Feb062016

In a Slovenian Cave, Hoping for a Batch of Baby ‘Dragons’

[NyTimes] : "Creatures resembling dragons dwell deep within the caves of Slovenia. And now with the help of biologists, a new brood is set to hatch at an unusual aquarium, accessible by underground train.

This crystal clear egg is one of three recently laid by an olm, a cave amphibian whose long sinuous body, …"

Saturday
Feb062016

Wildly Popular App Kik Offers Teenagers, and Predators, Anonymity

[NyTimes] : "The allegations are beyond chilling: two Virginia Tech freshmen charged with the premeditated kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl who, authorities say, communicated with her murderer online.

But the way they chatted — on a wildly popular messaging app called Kik — has increasingly become a …"

Friday
Feb052016

The Town of Colma, Where San Francisco’s Dead Live

[NyTimes] : "COLMA, Calif. — While the Super Bowl will be played at Levi's Stadium, and thousands of news media members who descended on the Bay Area this week were based at the Moscone Center, Levi Strauss lay inside a marble crypt in one of this tiny town's 17 cemeteries, and George Moscone lay under the …"

Friday
Feb052016

Burberry Announces a See Now/Buy Now System for New Collections

[NyTimes] : "In perhaps the biggest shake-up of the fashion show system since ready-to-wear took to the catwalk, Burberry announced on Friday that after the women's wear season that begins in New York next week, it would move to a see-now/buy-now collection model.

It will no longer unveil clothes six months …"

Friday
Feb052016

Deal Shows Investors Are Willing to Make a Blind Bet on Uber

[NyTimes] : "A deal about to close on Wall Street illustrates just how much some investors are willing to give up to gain a piece of the hottest start-up.

Wealthy clients of Morgan Stanley are piling into a special fund that gives them a chance to bet on Uber, people briefed on the transaction said. The fund, …"

Friday
Feb052016

End of the Road May Be Near for Side Mirrors

[NyTimes] : "BEFORE engineers dreamed of eliminating drivers in cars, they imagined eliminating the side mirrors. The protuberances are ugly, create aerodynamic drag, and their associated blind spots are the bane of parking-challenged drivers everywhere.

But now, a long-sought solution looks closer to finally …"

Friday
Feb052016

This new carrier puts two phone numbers on your iPhone

[Link] : If you've ever tried to juggle two phone numbers, say a personal line and a professional line, you know how difficult and clumsy it can be. You could carry two phones around, one for your work line and one for your personal life, or use a call forwarding service like Google Voice. Neither option is …
Thursday
Feb042016

Bose's new beat

[Link] : Bose has always taken great pride in its technical innovations and the quality of its products. But new CEO Bob Maresca is betting on a new approach …
Thursday
Feb042016

Augmented Reality Climbing

[Link] : While it's possible to rearrange the handholds on an indoor climbing wall, it's not terribly easy. But now a coder named Jon Cheng has come up with a …