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Why we hate using email but love sending texts

August 11th, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

They both allow us to stay in touch, but while email often attracts ire, text messaging is more popular than ever. Is the way we choose to communicate saying more than we might think? Around 15 years ago, I was working at my part-time job at an electronics store at the mall. One of my […]



Artificial intelligence can now help write Wikipedia pages for overlooked scientists

August 11th, 2018 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

The tech could be used to increase the representation of women scientists on Wikipedia. Quicksilver discovers scientists who should have Wikipedia articles about them and writes a first draft. Plenty of prominent scientists have Wikipedia pages. But while checking to see if someone specific has a Wikipedia page is a quick Google search away, figuring […]



Some Americans will get to vote via blockchain this November

August 10th, 2018 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

VOTING GOES MOBILE. The 2016 U.S. election was not exactly the most secure affair. Even though tech companies and lawmakers are still sorting out what happened, that’s not stopping West Virginia from thinking big and bold in 2018. According to a CNN report published Monday, the state plans to let soldiers who are permanent residents […]



Taobao leads the charge in a new ecommerce trend: livestreamed shopping

August 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

She’s not your ordinary jewelry dealer. Going by the online moniker “Xiaotian,” she commands a big fan base, jokes with her customers, and models for her own business. “Hi bao bao,” she greets her potential buyers during a livestream session one afternoon in Hong Kong, using a common, endearing nickname for online shoppers. “This is […]



The shift from 4G to 5G will change just about everything

June 20th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Including speed, bandwidth and low latency. Low latency with 5G means web pages would load in a millisecond. Telecom experts are going so far as to herald the arrival of 5G as the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. There are an ever-expanding number of high-tech devices out there trying to connect to the internet […]



Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak wants ‘pure’ bitcoin to become the global internet currency

June 8th, 2018 at 9:36 am » Comments Off

 Bitcoin’s Two Possible Outcomes According to this digital asset manager. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has thrown his weight behind Jack Dorsey’s hope that Bitcoin will emerge as the global currency of the internet. The Twitter (TWTR, +3.02%) and Square CEO said last month that the internet is “going to have a native currency” and he hoped […]



Are bots entitled to free speech?

May 27th, 2018 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BOTS. How will the courts address free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators? This conversation is coming, and it may push the Supreme Court to do something it has avoided: define who is and is not a journalist. For nearly half a century, the US legal system has lived a double […]



Snapchat launches Spectacles V2, camera glasses you’ll actually wear

May 11th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Snapchat Spectacles v2 Close Up Photos, not just video. No yellow ring alerting people to the camera. Underwater-capable. Classier colors with lighter lenses. Prescription options. Faster syncing. And a much slimmer frame and charging case. Snapchat fixed the biggest pain points of its Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, which launch today for $150. The company […]



The era of fake video begins

May 5th, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint. In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, […]



Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

April 21st, 2018 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution. “Is it ‘Electra?’” my father asks, leaning in close to the Amazon Echo my mother has just installed. Leaning in close is his trademark maneuver: Dad has been legally blind since age 18, the result of a horrible car crash in […]



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