How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

… BITNATION Founder Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof Technology has the ability to connect people across the artificial lines in the sand we call nation-state borders. At BITNATION we’re using the blockchain technology to help people create their own nations, based on their beliefs and desires, rather than on where they were arbitrarily born. Using the blockchain we’ve helped refugees. People have used our technology to get married, to title their land, to write birth …


Hands on with the world’s first 4K TV with built-in Alexa voice controls

May 18, 2017

… With the most recent Fire TV update, Amazon gave the UI a reboot to put content front and center. Westinghouse and Elements Fire TV Editions take the new UI and build on top of it, creating a smart TV interface that just makes sense. Features like the ability to rename inputs to PlayStation, or Xbox, or Blu-ray instead of trying to remember what HDMI 1, or HDMI 2, or HDMI 3 are will leave you in awe. Sure, most smart TVs let you rename the inputs, but Ive never seen anyone do it. The only reason …


GOP Still Trusts Trump With Classified Intel After He Gave It To Russians

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON A day after The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials, Republicans on Capitol Hill said they feel perfectly comfortable with the presidents ability to handle sensitive information. Sure, said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) when asked if he trusts the president with classified materials. No reason not to. The White House disputes those reports, and Trump sent out his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, …


Instagram rolls out mobile web sharing in its quest for a billion users

May 10, 2017

Your selfie sharing is no longer restricted to the IG app.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram is following in its parent Facebook’s footsteps and making its service much more accessible to those left out of its app-centric, data-heavy sharing experience. The photo platform will now give users new functionality via the mobile website, most notably the all-important ability to actually share pics outside the IG app. The new mobile utility could help in the effort to foster …


Snapchat is helping make QR codes cool again

May 9, 2017

… during the trial period. “The numbers were incredible,” Hasan said. “At the end of the day it shows the power of Snapchat and the ability to move people.” “This puts the decision back in the hand of the consumer. I don’t need to have the app on my phone,” he continued. Snapchat does not work with 1APP on an official basis, but activations like this are only good for the company. Snapchat has been pushing “Snap to Unlock” ads, and several …


Inside Microsoft’s AI ambitions

May 8, 2017

… AIs ability to identify future images. The team is also refining AI that can tell when presentation text is a process-related and then suggest diagrams that illustrate that process. That bullet list looks like a process to this AI. Image: microsoft The Focused Inbox option in Outlook is also powered by cloud-based machine learning, with the system learning through explicit and implicit actions. Moving to the box is explicit. Replying to more emails from one person as opposed to another …


Facebook Stories is a total failure

May 4, 2017

… dollars marketing and is now best known as the thing that murderers and bullies use to document their crimes. Live video, at least, has the benefit of being a tool rather than an app-shaping feature. If you’re in a situation that demands to be streamed in real time, Facebook gives you the ability to make that happen, but live video doesn’t necessarily dominate a chunk of your News Feed every time you open the app. Stories does. It’s right there at the tippity-top of your feed, …


Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

April 25, 2017

… good as cancer doctors’ Will AI kill or save humankind? 6. At your bank By analysing large amounts of data and looking for patterns, activity which might not otherwise be visible to human analysts can be identified. One common application of this ability is in the fight against debit and credit card fraud. Machine learning systems can be trained to recognise typical spending patterns and which characteristics of a transaction – location, amount, or timing – make it more or …


Completely Mute Girl Surprises Everyone When She Tells Her Therapy Donkey These Magical Words

April 24, 2017

At that time the girl wasn’t able to make a single sound. When Amber and her sister were born prematurely, she had to have a surgery that saved her life but cut off airflow from her vocal chords and made her mute. On top of that, the girl has cerebral palsy which made it a struggle for her to move around. The girl’s muscles became stronger and her health improved. Soon she had another surgery that was supposed to bring back her ability to speak. Amber’s first words ever said …


Uber communications boss becomes the latest to exit the company

April 14, 2017

Rachel Whetstone (during her time at Google), on Feb. 20, 2015.Image: Ben Margot/AP/REX/Shutterstock Another day, another Uber executive leaving the company. This time it’s Rachel Whetstone, head of communications and policy. In an email to staff, CEO Travis Kalanick sang Whetsone’s praises and indicated that the departure was amicable: Since joining in 2015, Rachel has blown us all away with her ability to get stuff done. She is a force of nature, an extraordinary talent and an …


Why are U.S. tech companies listing in Australia?

April 13, 2017

… the ASX, suggested the attraction is the ability to list at a relatively young age. While many companies see venture or private equity as the only options, the ASX thinks of itself as an alternative for companies at Series B or onwards. “If you want to go public in the U.S. and you’re less than A$1 billion ($757 million), you really are a very small fish in a big pond,” he said. “If you’re too small for the public markets in the U.S. but are interested in going …


The ‘Something To Wrestle’ podcast sparks nostalgia for old-school WWE hilarity

April 3, 2017

… eventually, he would become one of the most important people in the front office, helping write storylines, produce promos, engage in talent relations, and run the TV shows. Oh, and he got to perform in front of thousands of people as Brother Love, the fake televangelist with a bright red face who had a penchant for telling everybody (in his smarmy way) that he loved them. Perhaps the main reason Something To Wrestle works so well is because Prichard has an uncanny ability to remember most …


Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

Not everyone had faith in my ability to do so, however. “We think you’ll probably die,” one friend told me before I left. “We’ve put the odds at about 60:40.” Others were less optimistic. Image caption Rebecca meets an Egyptian named Aisha Adham In Sudan, families fed me endless vats of ful (bean stew) and let me sleep in their modest mud-brick houses. One Nubian family gently restored me to health after I ran out of water in the Sahara and …