Earlier this week, I was gloating about how right we tend to be on Uber. Well, I didn’t see this one coming: Google isn’t waiting for self-driving cars. It’s going to start competing with Uber now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has leveraged Waze to come at the market a different way. It isn’t wasting time with black cars or networks of profes […]
Last December, CB Insights posted a Twitter poll asking whether or not people thought there would be more or fewer unicorns by this time next year. The results were about 50-50. I came down unequivocally on the “more” side. And that was when I thought we’d actually see a meaningful correction this year...
After several false starts interspersed between sometimes long stretches of not starting at all, the tech IPO machine is trying to start itself again. And as has happened before, there are plenty of reasons to think the market for tech IPOs will rebound. The supply side of the market could strengthen because privately held unicorns are finding it harder to r […]
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's great wonders, but scientists have been surprised to find something equally spectacular lurking behind it. A team from James Cook University, the University of Sydney and the Queensland University of Technology have uncovered an ancient, little known reef off the coast of northern Queensland. SEE […]
For a full three minutes, AT&T's latest PSA-style ad lets you think it might be the one distracted driving message that doesn't end in tragedy. A cheerful father dutifully ignores his buzzing phone as he drives three laughing young girls to the pool — each vibration ratcheting up the underlying suspense. SEE ALSO: Poignant video campaign shows […]
A prominent Indigenous rights activist and politician has officially become Australia's first female Aboriginal MP, giving her maiden speech in the House of Representatives Wednesday. The Wiradjuri woman and former teacher was "sung in" by fellow Wiradjuri women in a powerful display of traditional culture. SEE ALSO: #IndigenousDads trends i […]
It won't float in the air and shoot lasers, but Sphero's latest toy is all about honing your use of the Force. The post Sphero's New Wristband Lets You Control BB-8 With Hand Gestures appeared first on WIRED.
The wild legal battle between the founders of the company leading the race to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop took a nasty turn today. The post That Crazy Hyperloop Lawsuit Just Got Even Nastier appeared first on WIRED.
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
Few of India’s myriad family businesses have adopted any advanced manufacturing technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And worse, most don’t plan to in the future. An article by Live Mint discusses the results of a recent survey by Tata Strategic Management Group and industry lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce... Read […]
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) presented a new way to extend the battery life of fitness trackers and smartwatches, without stuffing a larger battery inside the device. The method, named Braidio, uses Bluetooth and radio-frequency identification (RFID) to send power from a larger device, like a smartphone or laptop, to smaller […]
Crowdfunding is a noisy and crowded place, particularly in hardware where some ideas soar to great fruition and others bomb abysmally. There there’s those that leverage a decent amount of support but are hampered by long delays. Many of those funded struggle to scale and bring their creations to market in a timely manner, leaving... Read more » The post Calm […]
Advanced technologies and the rapid adoption of electronic health records are enabling the physical world to merge with the digital, leading to explosive growth in the volume and quality of clinical data. Cognified care is the application of analytics to transform this newly available digitized clinical data into knowledge that can revolutionize healthcare. […]
The Galaxy Note 7 seems like a pretty decent phone if you like phones literally the size of the galaxy (Brian does) — but be aware that Samsung’s curvy-screened flagship device may be prone to, well, exploding. Fear not, however: Samsung is looking into it. Read More
Q: Gil Penchina (the top-ranked angel on AngelList) said one of the things he has learned about investing is how little control he has on the outcome. Do you feel the same way? Absolutely. Most investors like to pretend they add a ton of value and expertise but they don’t. I am clear about it. The value I add is in having a good enough relationship with the […]
She looked more than angry as she finished her speech to supporters. She looked exhausted. Dilma Rousseff, who led Brazil for six years, was removed from office on Wednesday after senators overwhelmingly voted for her impeachment. Flanked by lawmakers and family who stuck by her throughout her impeachment trial, Rousseff walked into the presidential palace i […]
The election campaign has seen a lot of talk about an immigration "crisis" in America. But what do the numbers tell us? “There’s certainly a migration crisis worldwide,” says demographer Randy Capps. “But a lot of it is centered in the Middle East, Africa, and is affecting Europe. Here in the US, we are really isolated from that crisis.” That’s lar […]
This week, the Islamic State group announced that one its top leaders, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, has been "martyred." US officials said that an airstrike in Syria had targeted Adnani, but they have not confirmed his death. Russia, meanwhile, says it was its airstrikes that killed the Adnani. Pentagon officials have denied this, calling it "false […]
Remembering Samad Behrangi on the 49th anniversary of his death. More than the author of dark children's novels, he wrote allegories that symbolized struggles of generations of Iranian revolutionaries.
Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be runn […]
Search the word "futuristic" on Curbed and, even without images, a certain look emerges. "Not a right angle in sight." "Swoopy." "Jetsons." When the pictures load, there’s an overwhelming whiteness to go with the curves and the assisted floatation, windows like aerodynamic diagrams, columns like Tulip chairs, highlight […]
Samsung has a hit a snag with its well-received new Galaxy Note 7, according to Reuters. The phone maker is delaying shipments of the device to perform more quality control tests on the device. This comes after user reports of exploding batteries. This could cause some serious problems for Samsung, which said last week demand for the Galaxy Note 7 has vastly […]
Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany conducted a study that sent out 1,700 emails that simulated a phishing scam, and made an unfortunate discovery: around half of the participants, even ones that claimed to be aware of such security risks, clicked on the links.Read more...
The value of internet celebrity is hard to assess, but a new motion filed by the owners of the animal star known as Grumpy Cat seeks to do just that. In it, the holders of the “GRUMPY CAT” trademark have asked a court to triple a requested $600,000 award over alleged copyright infringement of a goddamn cat.Read more...
The trolley problem is a classic thought experiment in ethics, which asks you to imagine a trolley headed toward a track that five people are bound to. If you pull a lever, you can redirect the trolley to another track, where one person is bound. Do you do nothing at all and watch five people die? Or pull the lever, change fate and be personally responsible […]
Artificial intelligence technology doesn't just have to solve grand challenges. Sometimes, it can tackle decidedly everyday problems -- like, say, improving a cucumber farm. Makoto Koike has built a cucumber sorter that uses Google's TensorFlow machi...
Geologists have discovered possible evidence of ancient life in rocks that are over 3.7 billion years old. It's an extraordinary find that, if confirmed, would make the fossils within the oldest we have on Earth.
Many appliance makers are forming partnerships to drag their lineups into the smart home era, but Bosch's alliance may be something special. It's teaming up with Drop (of smart scale fame) to add intelligence to kitchen devices. The two are starting...
Humans, as it turns out, are pretty crappy drivers. Of course, we knew this already. What you might not have known is, we’re also directly responsible for most of the traffic problems we face on roadways. While we blame congestion, traffic lights and other cars for our traffic woes, as this video shows: it’s mostly us. Unlike machines, humans are reactionary […]
The shortage of women in tech is troubling. What’s more troubling is a woman, in tech, trying to keep women out of tech. Sadly, that’s exactly what Gizmodo’s Sophie Kleeman did with her recent piece titled ‘Apple’s Decision to Cast Jessica Alba in Its Reality Show Is an Outrage.’ The piece pines over the admittedly-odd casting decision while completely ignor […]
Cancer is a tricky disease to treat. With more than one hundred known types, each responding differently to treatment depending on the person they’re growing inside (and dozens of other factors), oncologists certainly have their work cut out for them. Machine learning could soon make their jobs a bit easier. IBM’s supercomputer Watson has been applying machi […]