The Worlds Workers Have Bigger Problems Than a Robot Apocalypse

June 26, 2017

… June 6. Factory work, having gone high tech, is exciting for some but daunting for others. Line workers are being called on to manage complex robotic systems, says Blake Moret, CEO of Rockwell Automation Inc. in Milwaukee. For some, he says, “There are going to be severe constraints on what they can do at the tail end of their careers.” A sense of dislocation prevails. The size of the U.S.’s contingent workforce—temps, on-call workers, contract company workers, …

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This is why airlines mess up hyphenated names

June 26, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / one photo If your name is too long, too short, hyphenated, or contains an apostrophe you probably have trouble while flying. Apostrophes, hyphens, and other special characters in names have been an issue for flyers for many years. A blog post from 2007 describes a flyer having trouble with booking a ticket because of a hyphenated last name. A decade later, another flyer, John Scott-Railton wrote a blog post about the same issue. Both airlines and technology have evolved …

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Divers take Snapchat Spectacles underwater to coral reefs and giant sinkholes

June 25, 2017

Snapchatting deep in the ocean sounds like it could be a watery mess, but three divers are doing just that with a special mask that works with the messaging app’s Spectacles video glasses. This week two divers plunged into the coast off the Mexican island of Cozumel to show off sea life normally only caught with special underwater equipment. SEE ALSO: Spectacles have FINALLY arrived in Europe Cruise line Royal Caribbean partnered with Snapchat to create a modified Spectacles mask …

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This guy created a live feed of Trump’s tweets on his living room wall

June 25, 2017

… But for one man from Sweden, it’s a long-term project that’s finally come to fruition. tech enthusiast Peder Dinkelspiel has created a screen that can display a live feed of Trump’s tweets right on his living room wall with the help of Visionect, a digital sign company, and E Ink technology. For years, Dinkelspiel was trying to create something like a “giant Kindle” that could display text on a wall. The idea was that the image would look less like a painting and …

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These AI-generated people will haunt you forever

June 25, 2017

Image: Mike Tyka When technology is used to make art, sometimes it produces beautiful results. And other times things get a little … strange. A new video going around Twitter shows an eerie girl moving her eyes as a cursor moves around on the screen. The thing is … it’s not a real person in the video. SEE ALSO: The creepiest videos from the robotics company Google just sold These beautiful and unsettling videos (okay, they’re more than a little creepy) were made by …

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Huzzah, you’ll soon be able to pay with your iPhone at Smashburger

June 24, 2017

Image: smashburger Apple is slowly but surely growing the list of places where you can pay hands-free with your iPhone and Apple Pay. The latest addition: Smashburger, which announced that it will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year. SEE ALSO: This could be our first look at the iPhone 8’s glorious edge-to-edge screen Once it’s live in store, you’ll be able to tap-to-pay just as you would at any other business or retailer that takes Apple. Additionally, Apple Pay will …

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The most difficult-to-reach Snapchat geofilters

June 24, 2017

Putting a snazzy geofilter on your Snapchats is something many of us don’t think twice about. But, have you ever swiped right in some of the world’s most far-flung and hard-to-reach places? Even in remote spots like waterfalls, caves and forests, there are snazzy geofilters for you to spruce up your travel snaps. SEE ALSO: How to make money designing custom Snapchat geofilters Never mind the ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ rule. The new rule is: geofilter or you …

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DoD still using 8-inch floppies and other infrastructure horror stories from Jared Kushner

June 21, 2017

Jared Kushner (left) and Apple CEO Tim CookImage: SHAWN THEW/EPA/REX/Shutterstock I dont care what Jared Kushners voice sounds like. Its what he said that blew me away. The globetrotting head of the White House Office of American Innovation broke his cipher-like silence on Monday to offer a stunning outline of the federal government’s recidivistic tech tendencies. Chief among them is that the U.S. Department of Defense still uses 8-inch floppy disks, a stored media technology retired by …

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Asgardia: the world’s first space nation

June 20, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Coming soon: a nation in space for humans. Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli announced his plans to form the world’s first independent nation that operates in outer space in October 2016. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to be citizens. …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… user-friendly online ads space, those companies and other major platforms are each flexing their muscles in ways that could actually compel widespread changeblocker-equipped browsers, algorithmic vetting, and machine learning. Sounds great right? Who wouldn’t love to see fewer terrible ads? Well, without the Wild West, we’re left with just the corporate dystopia. And their show of force has already rattled publishers and ad tech firms, which are wary of the duopoly’s intentions …

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A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

Facebook's moderators were exposed to suspected terrorist networks.Image: Camus/AP/REX/Shutterstock A glitch in Facebook’s content moderation tools exposed its moderators’ personal profiles to members suspected of having ties to radicalism and terror, potentially putting the moderators at risk and causing one to upend his life in fear of retaliation. The security flaw was discovered in Nov. 2016, according to a report by The Guardian, after Facebook moderators started getting …

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Research say youll love mobile VR video in 2021, but it’s questionable

June 17, 2017

Image:  Mashable Composite: Lili Sams/Mashable; Shutterstock You probably don’t have a virtual reality headset. In that case, you might be wondering why “VR” has been the buzzword for “hot, new, possibly-a-fad tech” the last couple of years, occasionally serving as an easy tech punch line now that hoverboards are finally dead. VR is even showing up as a major plot point in the new seasons of House of Cards and HBO’s Silicon Valley, even though most of …

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Marissa Mayer says her email comment isn’t trolling Yahoo!

June 15, 2017

The former Yahoo CEO says her words were taken out of context.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock Less than 24 hours after her exit from Yahoo, it seemed like former CEO Marissa Mayer was taking a shot at her old company. But, she says, her words were simply taken out of context. At a conference in London, Mayer, who had worked at Google before jumping to Yahoo, reportedly said she’s excited about being able to use the Gmail app once again, according to The Verge. SEE ALSO: Marissa …

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Uber just lost its head of business

June 14, 2017

… business, meaning he helped locked down all those big partnerships to make Uber the global tech giant that it is today. His departure comes the day after Uber’s board of director reviewed and agreed to all proposals made by an external investigation by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder into the company’s toxic workplace culture. Michael’s exit is the most high-profile removal of an executive at Uber in the wake of the investigation, though it is far from the only one. He …

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GoPro CEO opens up about Snapchat Spectacles and rampant copying

June 11, 2017

… ever. Image: raymond wong/mashable Those who know Woodman will tell you he’s one of the most candid tech CEO’s you’ll ever meet. More bro than suit, Woodman is, honestly, an adult kid. I mean, the dude was cool with goofing off with Instagram Stories’ puppy face lens, and he started our bike convo with “Did you blow minds?” referring to the world’s first public hands-on of the upcoming GoPro Fusion 360-degree consumer camera I did on Facebook Live …

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Samsung’s 49-inch ultrawide curved monitor is really ultrawide

June 11, 2017

Image: samsung Ultrawide really means ultrawide. Samsung came out with a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor on Friday and it’s basically like an actual TV. The CHG90 monitor has HDR technology usually reserved for televisions that “showcases games exactly as developers intended” with improved color and contrast. SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new Notebook 9 Pro laptops will entice creative professionals Gamers want to feel completely immersed when they play, and our new monitors …

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10 classic iPhone apps that will die with iOS 11

June 11, 2017

The next version of iOS is going to kill a lot of apps. In an effort to modernize and de-clutter its App Store, Apple will officially end support for all apps that haven’t been updated to support the newer 64-bit processors that debuted with the iPhone 5S. As many as 187,000 apps could vanish when the iOS 11 rolls out along with this change, according to estimates from marketing firm Sensor Tower.) SEE ALSO: The coming app-pocalypse could kill some of the iPhone’s greatest hits …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… plunge into premium is a good idea is up for debate. “I think they need to start with more of the basics and then move into thatto build that trust first,” Werle said. “But it doesn’t seem like that’s quite their approach.” Analysts are also a bit skeptical about Amazon’s fashion forays. The company’s sterile tech-y brand isn’t the sort of name one associates with flashy dresses and handbags. That may be part of the reason Amazon is currently …

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This startup is building an online shop around unboxing videos

June 9, 2017

… is called Packagd, and Feng wants it to serve as an umbrella for a stable of apps centered on specific product categories. So far, there’s only one: a tech-focused property called Unboxed. A beauty-centric addition is also in the works. Each app will consist of a constant video stream of people unwrapping, talking through, and sometimes reviewing various products, most of which will be pulled from existing content on platforms like YouTube (with each creator’s permission, of course). …

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The best marketers are mad scientists

June 9, 2017

… even the current crop of ad tech tools that were built to optimize what youre already doing, Brody says. The opportunity that these platforms present is enormous. Larry Kim, CEO of mobile marketing software company Mobile Monkey and a popular speaker at digital marketing conferences, is one of the top marketing mad scientists of our age. He uses tools like WordStream to give him the data he needs to analyze how large the rewards are for having an above average CTR (clickthrough rate) in Google …

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New leak shows OnePlus 5 might be nothing more than an iPhone 7 Plus clone

June 9, 2017

The now discontinued OnePlus 3T (pictured) will be replaced by the OnePlus 5.Image:  BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLE The wait for the OnePlus 5 is almost over. The smartphone startup that’s taken the world by storm will officially unveil its next flagship Android phone on June 20 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time during a live online keynote. Sounds good, but a new leak might have just spoiled everything. SEE ALSO: The OnePlus 5 could be the phone that destroys Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… proprietor, commissioned the 67-year-old architect to design a weekend mountain retreat overlooking the waterfall at Bear Run in the Laurel Highlands 65 miles southeast of the city. Wright wrote Kaufmann and his wife, Liliane: “I want you to live with the waterfall, not just to look at it.” Read: How tech revolutionizes architecture The result was a highly original and beautiful house set directly over falling water that, while overtly modern, belonged to the landscape. A daring …

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Lyft teams up with another self-driving car partner to bring its first autonomous rides to Boston

June 8, 2017

… isn’t betting on one horse to bring autonomous ride-hailing services to the masses. It will cut deals with smaller start-ups touting well-established track records just as soon as it will with the biggest tech and automotive companies in the world. Lyft will team with anyone as long as they have a good chance at ushering in the next generation of autonomous mobility. WATCH: Become the master of the ring with this extendable boxing glove More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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