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How 1970s Hasidic Hackers Created A Global Broadcast Network

How 1970s Hasidic Hackers Created A Global Broadcast Network

Technology
07-02-2017

This is the story of how a handful of young Hasidim set out to build a global communications network in the era before Periscope, Skype, VoIP or even satellite or Cable TV.

The State Of Residential Solar Power

The State Of Residential Solar Power

Technology
07-02-2017

Solar is "probably the only long-term supply-side energy solution that is both large enough and acceptable enough to sustain the planet’s long term requirements," but it still has a long way to go.

The Real Threat Is Machine Incompetence, Not Intelligence

The Real Threat Is Machine Incompetence, Not Intelligence

Technology
07-02-2017

Forget super-AI. Crappy AI is more likely to be our downfall, argues researcher.

How A Run-Of-The-Mill Hacker Could Easily Get Into President Trump's Android Phone

How A Run-Of-The-Mill Hacker Could Easily Get Into President Trump's Android Phone

Technology
06-02-2017

They could track him, take pictures and listen to every word he says.

Inside Cafe X, Home Of The World's First Robot Barista

Inside Cafe X, Home Of The World's First Robot Barista

Technology
06-02-2017

A new coffee revolution has begun at Cafe X inside the Metreon in San Francisco, where a robot barista will whip you up a latte in seconds flat—and thankfully, it won’t do it in a fedora.

The Warbot Builders Of The Middle East Spill Their Secrets

The Warbot Builders Of The Middle East Spill Their Secrets

Technology
05-02-2017

War is hell, as the old cliché goes. But it’s also a catalyst for innovation in weapons and tactics. Nothing stimulates creativity quite like having someone trying to kill you.

North Korea Could Test An Intercontinental Nuclear Missile This Year

North Korea Could Test An Intercontinental Nuclear Missile This Year

Technology
05-02-2017

It's really only a matter of time.

How To Keep Your Kid From Ordering Four Pounds Of Cookies With Amazon's Alexa

How To Keep Your Kid From Ordering Four Pounds Of Cookies With Amazon's Alexa

Technology
05-02-2017

Because this is a thing we all have to deal with now, apparently.

Behold Bat Bot, The Flying First Robot Bat

Behold Bat Bot, The Flying First Robot Bat

Technology
04-02-2017

It mimics the flying mammal and doesn't even need to be remotely controlled.

Inside The Poker AI That Out-Bluffed The Best Humans

Inside The Poker AI That Out-Bluffed The Best Humans

Technology
04-02-2017

For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn't just any poker player. And this wasn't just any machine.

Inside The Mind Of A Snapchat Streaker

Inside The Mind Of A Snapchat Streaker

Technology
01-02-2017

The photo sharing app is dangerously addicting, and that’s by design.

A Mystery AI Just Crushed The Best Human Players At Poker

A Mystery AI Just Crushed The Best Human Players At Poker

Technology
01-02-2017

Yesterday, after twenty days of play at a casino in Pittsburgh, an AI built by two Carnegie Mellon researchers officially defeated four top players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em — a particularly complex form of poker that relies heavily on longterm betting strategies and game theory.

A 23-Year-Old College Dropout Just Opened A Robot-Powered Coffee Kiosk In San Francisco

A 23-Year-Old College Dropout Just Opened A Robot-Powered Coffee Kiosk In San Francisco

Technology
01-02-2017

"Henry Hu, 23, hates waiting in lines at coffee shops. The college dropout and recipient of the prestigious Thiel Fellowship throws back about five cups of coffee a day on average."

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Technology
31-01-2017

Three new plants in California show how lithium-ion storage is ready to power the grid.

North Carolina Bar Forces Exam Takers To Disable MacBook Touch Bar So They Can't Use It To Cheat

North Carolina Bar Forces Exam Takers To Disable MacBook Touch Bar So They Can't Use It To Cheat

Technology
31-01-2017

The new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar has debuted to mixed reception, including a negative response from one unexpected source: bar exam administrators.

A Review Of My New Samsung Curved TV: I Hate It So Much

A Review Of My New Samsung Curved TV: I Hate It So Much

Technology
31-01-2017

The screen is curved, which means that it picks up and seemingly magnifies every glimmer of light in the room. Because that’s what you want in a television screen.

The Undeniable Beauty Of Low-Fi Gaming

The Undeniable Beauty Of Low-Fi Gaming

Gaming
30-01-2017

We live in an era of shiny new toys. But technology cannot dictate taste.

Focusing Light Through Frosted Glass Leads To New 3D Display Technology

Focusing Light Through Frosted Glass Leads To New 3D Display Technology

Technology
29-01-2017

Scattering materials, like white paint or sugar cubes, turn light into a chaotic jumble. But if we could control how they scatter light, we could turn them into useful things like focusing devices.

The Super Secure Presidential Phone (That Trump May Not Be Using)

The Super Secure Presidential Phone (That Trump May Not Be Using)

Technology
28-01-2017

A military program has created an Android-based super secure smartphone that goes with the office of the President. Is Trump using it?

Apple Has Filed A Patent For Some Sort Of Vaporizer

Apple Has Filed A Patent For Some Sort Of Vaporizer

Technology
28-01-2017

The document, filed last year, outlines plans for an apparatus that can regulate temperature to release heat from a substance within a canister. It’s also able to keep air out of the chamber of the substance being vaporized.

What’s Up With Firefox, The Browser That Time Forgot?

What’s Up With Firefox, The Browser That Time Forgot?

Technology
26-01-2017

After years of neglecting Firefox, misreading mobile users and putting most of its chips on a failed phone project, Mozilla says it is working hard to get Firefox off the mat.

Scientists Line Up For The D-Wave 2000Q, The World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer*

Scientists Line Up For The D-Wave 2000Q, The World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer*

Technology
26-01-2017

D-Wave’s qubits are much easier to build than the equivalent in more traditional quantum computers, but their quantum states are also more fragile, and their manipulation less precise. Still, scientists are eager to put D-Wave's newest model to use.

The End Of Terrible Wi-Fi Is Near

The End Of Terrible Wi-Fi Is Near

Technology
26-01-2017

Everybody hates Wi-Fi. The boxes are ugly, and it never seems to work when you need it. But just when you thought wireless internet was unfixable, the most boring and hated appliance in your house may be on the verge of actually, um, working.

iOS' Night Shift Is Coming To macOS

iOS' Night Shift Is Coming To macOS

Technology
25-01-2017

If Apple follows past practice, macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift will likely be released to the public in early spring. For now, the beta is available only to members of Apple's developer program, though it is possible that a public beta may be released in the coming days.

How To Take Screenshots Of Anything (Even When They're Blocked)

How To Take Screenshots Of Anything (Even When They're Blocked)

Technology
25-01-2017

Next to copy and paste, it's an essential function of computing.

Samsung Announces What Caused The Galaxy Note 7 To Overheat And Explode

Samsung Announces What Caused The Galaxy Note 7 To Overheat And Explode

Technology
24-01-2017

The explanation has something to do with what's called a "jelly roll" — oh, and of course, it comes down to it being a mistake they're desperate to not repeat.

How Australia Plans To Make Passports Obsolete By 2020

How Australia Plans To Make Passports Obsolete By 2020

Technology
24-01-2017

Australia is planning to adopt a new contactless passenger identification system that would eliminate the need for passport scanners, paper landing cards and manned immigration desks.

Inside Instagram’s Reinvention

Inside Instagram’s Reinvention

Technology
24-01-2017

How Kevin Systrom got over minimalism and snapped into building mode.

The Final Days Of Obama’s Tech Surge

The Final Days Of Obama’s Tech Surge

Technology
23-01-2017

The White House imported Silicon Valley’s best to transform government. Will Trump undo it all?

How To Build A Hard Tech Startup

How To Build A Hard Tech Startup

Technology
23-01-2017

The CEO of Lytro talks about how to get into the hardware industry.