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Wednesday
Mar302016

Nexar is more than a simple dashcam recording app

[Link] : What do you get when you cross the smarts of an artificial intelligence (AI) dashcam app with the location and navigation prowess of Google? Apologies if you were expecting a hilarious punchline, but the answer is, in fact, Nexar.<p>So far, Nexar has pitched its inaugural product as the first AI …
Tuesday
Mar292016

Valeant’s Accounting Error a Warning Sign of Bigger Problems

[NyTimes] : "Valeant Pharmaceuticals International's accounting confession may have sounded like a rounding error.<p>The embattled drug company said last week that it had wrongly booked $58 million of revenue, a relatively small sum compared with its nearly $10 billion in annual sales.<p>But investors had more cause …"

Monday
Mar282016

Why apps like Siri and Cortana need to understand suicide

[Link] : What happens when you tell Siri that you have a health emergency? What if you confess to Cortana that that you've been raped, or that you're feeling …
Monday
Mar282016

TV-quality live videos are coming to Facebook

[Link] : Live video on Facebook is about to grow up.The social network, in partnership with several publishers, has developed equipment that will allow …
Monday
Mar282016

Is there a way to save the best of the decentralized early Internet in an age of Facebook and Google? » Nieman Journalism Lab

[Link] : In the past decade and a half, we have begun to see a radical change in the organization of information production. Enabled by technological change, we are beginning to see a series of economic, social, and cultural adaptations that make possible a radical transformation of how we make the …
Monday
Mar282016

Go Git Service - a painless self-hosted Git service

[Link] : Lightweight<p>Gogs has low minimal requirements and can run on an inexpensive Raspberry Pi. Some users even run Gogs instances on their NAS devices.
Monday
Mar282016

Steve Urkel’s Isetta Finds Second Life as a Teensy Electric Car

[Link] : A Swiss scooter company redesigned the funky Isetta as a 21st-century urban dwelling EV. The post Steve Urkel's Isetta Finds Second Life as a Teensy …
Monday
Mar282016

San Francisco, ‘the Silicon Valley of Recycling’

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Robert Reed, who is enjoying a surprising career turn as a busy tour guide at the latest hot spot here, stood smiling one recent sunny morning before 10 foreign dignitaries and journalists. They included the mayor of Genoa, Italy, and the general consuls from Italy, Canada and …"

Monday
Mar282016

Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big Thing

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — As the oracles of Silicon Valley debate whether the latest tech boom is sliding toward bust, there is already talk about what will drive the industry's next growth spurt.<p>The way we use computing is changing, toward a boom (and, if history is any guide, a bubble) in collecting oceans …"

Monday
Mar282016

Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s

[NyTimes] : "A new virtual gold rush is underway.<p>Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a rival virtual currency — known as Ethereum — has soared in value, climbing 1,000 percent over the last three months.<p>Beyond the price spike, Ethereum is also attracting attention from giants in finance …"

Monday
Mar282016

California Nears Deal to Adopt a $15 State Minimum Wage

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — California lawmakers have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, potentially signaling the biggest advance yet in a campaign to increase pay for low-income workers that has reverberated in the Democratic presidential contest and in cities …"

Monday
Mar282016

The Oculus Rift Is Here, but Virtual Reality Is Still Rough Around the Edges

[NyTimes] : "A dream of science fiction, which is how Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg describes virtual reality, is about to come true.<p>Oculus, the virtual-reality company that Facebook acquired for $2 billion two years ago, is releasing its much-hyped Oculus Rift system on Monday. With a headset, camera and game …"

Sunday
Mar272016

Netflix’s Grand, Daring, Maybe Crazy Plan to Conquer the World

[Link] : What happens when every part of an online entertainment empire is engineered to be everything to everyone, all of the time. The post Netflix's Grand, …
Sunday
Mar272016

Humans of New York Founder Takes On Donald Trump

[NyTimes] : "Brandon Stanton, the nimble shutterbug behind the immensely popular photo blog Humans of New York, has worked hard to filter politics and moral judgments out of his posts, intent on maintaining objectivity as he captures his subjects in words and on film, letting them speak for themselves.<p>That …"

Sunday
Mar272016

Holdouts of the Social Media Age

[NyTimes] : "When Ottessa Moshfegh published her debut novel, “Eileen,” last August, she did so without an online publicity apparatus.<p>Vanity Fair noted that Ms. Moshfegh, 34, was an anomaly because she had neither social media profiles nor a website. There wasn't much personal information floating around about …"

Sunday
Mar272016

A Ski Town Greenhouse Takes Local Produce to Another Level

[NyTimes] : "The Wyoming soil, iced over for eight months of the year, is not particularly hospitable to heirloom tomatoes, baby basil or lettuce plants. Instead, vegetables are trucked in from California, Mexico and other more fecund parts of the world. Yet starting this spring, Vertical Harvest, a farm in the …"

Sunday
Mar272016

In California Desert, Father and Daughter Find the Sublime

[NyTimes] : "One night not long ago, my 6-year-old staggered out of her room for the fourth time, hellbent on conveying the specific anguish of insomnia. “It's like I'm a puzzle piece for … a puzzle about nighttime but I'm a … daytime piece and I just can't fit.” My first thought was, Go the heck to sleep …"

Saturday
Mar262016

Andy Grove’s Warning to Silicon Valley

[NyTimes] : "The praise this week for Andy Grove, who died on Monday at age 79, has been wrapped up in praise for Silicon Valley, where he was a towering figure in the semiconductor revolution and the longtime leader of Intel, the world's biggest supplier of microprocessors.<p>Lost in the lore is Mr. Grove's …"

Saturday
Mar262016

The Chrome Distortion: how Chrome negatively alters our expectations.

[Link] : « Back to home<p>Chrome has taught us to idealize features for so long that we've become blind to its many glaring faults.<p>No browser is perfect, this is …
Saturday
Mar262016

Netflix Is No Net Neutrality Hypocrite for Slowing Down Video

[Link] : Netflix, one of the most outspoken corporate champions of net neutrality, admitted this week that it sends lower quality video to mobile subscribers …
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