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Sunday
Oct082017

New Audi A8 2018 review - the most high-tech car ever?

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Sunday
Oct082017

A Robot Makes a Mean Caesar Salad, but Will It Cost Jobs?

[NyTimes] : "Salad bars are magnets for bacteria and viruses. Even if the sprouts and ranch dressing aren't tainted, the serving utensils may be.<p>The Silicon Valley start-up Chowbotics has devised what it says is a partial solution. Its device, which it calls Sally the Salad Robot, is aimed at reducing the risk …"

Saturday
Oct072017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast'

[Link] : From artificial intelligence to cheap smartphones, Google is on the frontline of technological development. But is it growing too big and moving too fast? A rare interview with Google’s boss<p>When Sundar Pichai was growing up in Chennai, south-east India, he had to make regular trips to the hospital …
Friday
Oct062017

Go ahead, try to guess what Magic Leap does based on this video

[Link] : <i>The Verge</i> has a long history of complaining about hyperbolic non-statements from Florida-based startup Magic Leap. But today, Magic Leap is taking its vague grandiosity to previously unknown levels, with a video called “How It All Began.”<p>Before I say anything more, I’d like you to go ahead and …
Friday
Oct062017

Electric Honeycombs Form When Nature Gets Out of Balance

[NyTimes] : "This is an electric honeycomb. It's what happens when certain kinds of electrically charged particles travel between a pointy electrode and a flat one, but bump into a puddle of oil along the way.<p>The polygonal pattern that emerges is what some physicists also call the rose-window instability, …"

Wednesday
Oct042017

Networked self-driving cars are smarter and safer

[Link] : You know what's better than one self-driving car on the road? Two, because then they can pool resources. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication isn't anything new, of course, but researchers at Switzerland's federal institute of technology, EPFL, are taking things one step further. By wirelessly …
Wednesday
Oct042017

How to think about Facebook & its Algorithm

[Link] : The recent debate about Facebook’s impact on politics and being easily manipulated by others (Russians for example) has resulted in a lot of outrage. …
Tuesday
Oct032017

After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong again

[Link] : The worst mass shooting in modern US history took place last night in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than than 515 others, according to the latest reports. Not long after the unfortunate event, Facebook and Google began populating news stories on their …
Monday
Oct022017

Honda's new AC powerbank will keep the juice flowing in an emergency

[Link] : At 266 × 182 × 248 mm (10.5 x 7.2 x 9.8 in) and 5.3 kg (11.7 lb), the US$800 device is portable, but at roughly the size and weight of a car battery …
Monday
Oct022017

Google Unveils Tools to Increase Subscriptions for Publishers

[NyTimes] : "Publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New York Times have long asked readers to pay for access to online articles. But many reading this article online are probably familiar with an easy workaround: Plug a search term or headline into Google, and voilà! Free access …"

Friday
Sep292017

Elon Musk’s Mars Vision: A One-Size-Fits-All Rocket. A Very Big One.

[NyTimes] : "ADELAIDE, Australia — Elon Musk is revising his ambitions for sending people to Mars, and he says he now has a clearer picture of how his company, SpaceX, can make money along the way.<p>In the lead-up to a talk on Friday by Mr. Musk at the International Astronautical Congress, the main entrance to …"

Friday
Sep292017

IKEA buys TaskRabbit to help you build furniture

[Link] : In yet another surprising union of traditional retail and the tech world, IKEA has reportedly snapped up the on-demand service TaskRabbit, <i>Recode</i> reports. The deal makes a lot of sense. TaskRabbit has made a name for itself as the go-to service for random tasks -- and that often involves moving and …
Friday
Sep292017

36 Hours in Sonoma County, Calif.

[NyTimes] : "Sipping wine only scratches the surface of what California's big-sky country has to offer."

Friday
Sep292017

Can the Yeti Unite America?

[NyTimes] : "In a country where we can't seem to agree on anything, one opinion has lately reached a broad consensus across diverse groups of people: Yeti is pretty awesome.<p>Miranda Lambert loves her Yeti. Jason Momoa, the beefy actor from “Game of Thrones,” considers his Yeti essential technology. The hit …"

Friday
Sep292017

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931)

[Link] : Paul Klee led an artistic life that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, but he kept his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the future. Because of that, …
Tuesday
Sep262017

Vimeo acquires Livestream, launches its own live video product

[Link] : After abandoning its plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand business earlier this year, IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo announced today that it’s acquiring the live video streaming platform, Livestream, and launching its own live streaming product, Vimeo Live. The move to integrate …
Monday
Sep252017

In Battle for Talent, One Startup Founder Tries 'Unlimited' Pay

[Link] : China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of …
Monday
Sep252017

Nothing Is Too Strange for Cities Wooing Amazon to Build There

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Business leaders in Tucson, Ariz., have tried to mail Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos, a 21-foot cactus. The largest conference room in the Tulsa, Okla., mayor's office has been converted to a war room, with 50 volunteers poring over videos of Mr. Bezos.<p>In Philadelphia, …"

Sunday
Sep242017

Why Texas Is No Longer Feeling Miraculous

[NyTimes] : "AUSTIN, Tex. — Call it the season of Texas' discontent. Of course there was Hurricane Harvey, which blasted the coastline, leaving cities flooded and an estimated $180 billion in damage. But Harvey is just the headline.<p>There's also the dysfunctional, ideologically driven State Legislature, which …"

Sunday
Sep242017

The Last Stand of the Amazon’s Arrow People

[NyTimes] : "Brazil is home to the largest number of uncontacted indigenous communities of any country in the world. Hidden deep in primeval Amazon forests, these groups represent the final frontier of a seemingly inexorable conquest that began with the landing of Portuguese and Spanish navigators on South …"