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Red for Stop, Grue for Go: How Language Turned Traffic Lights “Bleen” in Japan | 99% Invisible
The color spectrum can seem immutable — a fixed physical reality that is self-evident and unchanging. But the names we give colors in one language don’t always translate into others. And some linguists argue that our experience of reality itself is shaped by language, including: which colors get named and which names get most regularly used.
11 days ago
Signal Has a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity ['sealed sender' hides sender identity from Signal network] | Wired
"Sealed sender" gives the leading encrypted messaging app an important boost, hiding metadata around who sent a given message.
5 weeks ago
Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die. Here’s who humans would kill | Washington Post
A massive experiment asked millions of people how self-driving cars should swerve -- or not -- in life-threatening moral dilemmas.
6 weeks ago
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies | Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
9 weeks ago
Rocking Compression Mould for the Apple Lightening Cable | Thingiverse
This project brings industrial-quality production to your kitchen table! In the industry, they call it desktop manufacturing. At Sugru, we developed
11 weeks ago
The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions | Bloomberg
Spread pricing, where pharmacy benefit managers like CVS mark up—sometimes dramatically—the difference between the amount they reimburse pharmacies for a drug and the amount they charge their clients.
12 weeks ago
YouTube, Netflix Videos Found to Be Slowed by Wireless Carriers | Bloomberg
The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, according to new research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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september 2018
Why You Need a Physical Vault to Secure a Virtual Currency [and how Coinbase does it] | Wired
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase stores its customers' bitcoin offline, using an elaborate process that breaks apart encryption codes and stores them on paper.
august 2018
Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We’re All At Risk | Wired
Your phone number was never meant to be your identity. Now that it effectively is, we're all at risk.
august 2018
Fusion: A Collaborative Robotic Telepresence Parasite That Lives on Your Back | IEEE Spectrum
A robot perched behind you can see what you see and control both your arms
august 2018
What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico's Year of Fighting for Power | Wired
More Americans rely on Puerto Rico's grid than on any other public electric utility. How one renegade plant worker led them through the shadows.
august 2018
Apple and Google Face Growing Revolt Over App Store ‘Tax’ | Bloomberg
A backlash against the app stores of Apple Inc. and Google is gaining steam, with a growing number of companies saying the tech giants are collecting too high a tax for connecting consumers to developers’ wares.
august 2018
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | Wired
Crippled ports. Paralyzed corporations. Frozen government agencies. How a single piece of code crashed the world.
august 2018
Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug | Wired
Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi.
august 2018
Advocates Say Paper Ballots Are Safest | Bloomberg Businessweek
They’re also the cheapest and fastest way to address vulnerable systems before the midterms.
august 2018
“I’m Google’s automated booking service.” Why Duplex is now introducing itself as a robot assistant | Washington Post
Silicon Valley’s quest for artificial intelligence has led it to build self-driving cars, drones, and robots that can do backflips. But often that journey has come down to something much more prosaic, such as booking a reservation at your local hummus shop.
june 2018
Five myths about recycling | Washington Post
This myth has been kicking around for decades. Daniel K. Benjamin, a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, recently told Big Think, “In most cities across the nation, recyclin...
april 2018
Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Adds 5G And Deep Learning For First Time | Forbes
The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies provides insights gained from evaluating more than 2,000 technologies. The eight added in 2017 include 5G, Artificial General Intelligence, Deep Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Digital Twin, Edge Computing, Serverless PaaS and Cognitive Computing.
september 2017
Microsoft Academic is on the verge of becoming a bibliometric superpower | London School of Economics 'Impact' blog
Last year, the new Microsoft Academic service was launched. Sven E. Hug and Martin P. Brändle look at how it compares with more established competitors such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Sc…
june 2017
Why don’t archivists digitize everything? | Peel Archives Blog
Today on the blog we’re tackling one of our most frequently asked questions: "Why don’t you digitize everything?" and its related runner-up, “When will you be putting all your records on the web?” As archivists we like these questions because they tell us that people are eager for access to archival records. They also show that people…
june 2017
The Utter Uselessness of [unstructured] Job Interviews | New York Times
We use them to try to “get to know” people. It doesn’t work.
april 2017
Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators | New York Times
Activists and lawmakers say a phone call can have more weight and be harder to ignore than an email or social media post.
january 2017
Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing | New York Times
Sham scholarly publications and academic conferences without rigor reflect a legitimate problem: too many Ph.D.-holders chasing too few credentials.
december 2016
How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News [opinion piece] | Forbes
Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them
december 2016
A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number | New York Times
The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to
november 2016
An Exclusive Look at How AI and Machine Learning Work at Apple | Backchannel
On July 30, 2014, Siri had a brain transplant.Three years earlier, Apple had been the first major tech company to integrate a smart assistant into its operating system. Siri was the company
august 2016
Apple Becomes a Green Energy Supplier, With Itself as Customer | New York Times
As a wholesaler, the company can cut power costs and carbon dioxide emissions. It will get much of its supply from a solar energy farm now being built.
august 2016
Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law | e Science News
Like a whirlpool, a new light-based communication tool carries data in a swift, circular motion.
july 2016
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june 2016
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june 2016
FOLIO - The Future of Libraries is Open
RT : Introducing FOLIO, A New Community Coming Together to Build an Open Source Library Services Platform. Join FOLIO
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