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Rackspace618,732*Update:* Rackspace today announced the launch of Performance Cloud Servers. Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host.  Join us at noon central time today to learn more about this powerful compute offering. Stay tuned to this event page for the live video stream.Big Cloud Announcement from Rackspace2013-11-05 19:00:00244  
Google+10,862,162The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033828  
Digital Dealer470@112374836634096795698 will present *The Art of Enchantment* live from Las Vegas. Join this hangout to watch Guy's keynote as it happens! Learn more about the 15th @102121449628552598454 Conference & Exposition and register to attend in-person at http://www.DigitalDealerConference.comGuy Kawasaki | Live from Las Vegas2013-10-16 01:00:00148  
Sarah Hill2,833,866Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  
SELF Magazine536,669We're teaming up with +Google+ to host a series of Hangouts aimed to jumpstart your New Year. Starting January 14, we'll kick off Hangouts On Air, featuring a range of experts such as SELF's Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Editors, celebrity trainers, travel experts, nutritionists, career leaders, non-profit experts and more.  Want a chance to join one of the Hangouts? Have questions on the topics below? Post your #13for13 query and what Hangout you're interested in joining and you could be selected. Be sure to use the #13for13 hashtag on G+ and tweet us @SELFmagazine. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS *Check back often for new hosts, participants and updates! http://www.self.com/health/resolutions Mon 1/14 - Travel to New Places - 12pm EST +Sonia Gil Mon 1/14 - Eat Healthy - 4:30pm EST +Shawna Coronado  Tues 1/15 - Enjoy More Quality Time with Family - 2pm EST +Kimberley Blaine  Wed 1/16 - De-stress Thurs 1/17 - Fall in Love +The Gaggle  Fri 1/18 - Kickstart Your Career - 1:30pm EST +Dan Schawbel  Fri 1/18 - Spend Less, Save More Tues 1/22 - Take Charge of Your Health Tues 1/22 - Volunteer +charity: water  Wed 1/23 - Get Involved Wed 1/23 - Learn Something New +MAKE  Thurs 1/24 - Get Fit - 1pm EST +SELF Magazine  Fri 1/25 - Revamp Your Look 1pm EST +SELF Magazine 13 Resolutions for a Better 20132013-01-14 14:00:00235  
Blythe Metz292,592This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain965,878To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-08-25 18:34:32 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Private Investigator Startup Exploits Ashley Madison Hack

at private investigation startup Trustify, business is booming—and it’s all thanks to the hack. The company has capitalized on the situation by launching a service last week that lets anyone search the data dump of Ashley Madison logins, while touting its PI wares to those who are, er, concerned by a name they’ve found on the list. “Find the truth,” the company homepage says. “Get peace of mind.”

Most reshares: 26

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2015-08-24 16:00:36 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Google Is Working On A New Type Of Algorithm Called “Thought Vectors”

The researcher told the Guardian that Google is working on a new type of algorithm designed to encode thoughts as sequences of numbers – something he described as “thought vectors”. Although the work is at an early stage, he said there is a plausible path from the current software to a more sophisticated version that would have something approaching human-like capacity for reasoning and logic. “Basically, they’ll have common sense.”

Most plusones: 34

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2015-08-24 16:00:36 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Google Is Working On A New Type Of Algorithm Called “Thought Vectors”

The researcher told the Guardian that Google is working on a new type of algorithm designed to encode thoughts as sequences of numbers – something he described as “thought vectors”. Although the work is at an early stage, he said there is a plausible path from the current software to a more sophisticated version that would have something approaching human-like capacity for reasoning and logic. “Basically, they’ll have common sense.”

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2015-08-28 02:08:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Best Way to Spot Great Racing Drivers? Videogames

THE NEXT TIME you’re about to scold your kid—or spouse—for spending too much time playing videogames instead of enjoying the sunny weather, consider this: They could be preparing for a career in motorsports. That’s a possibility Nissan and Sony have created with their “GT Academy,” a worldwide contest to find skilled racing gamers and make them into skilled racing drivers, then send them to the big leagues.

The top competitors (the number varies by year) get an in-person tryout, and the winner gets a paid sponsorship to race with Nissan, in real leagues. In real cars. Where the newly minted drivers go first depends on their skill level and where they’ll best develop. They mostly stay local—Americans race in America, Europeans race in Europe, etc. All of the 16 winners selected in the past seven years are stillracing, a testa... more »

The Best Way to Spot Great Racing Drivers? Videogames

THE NEXT TIME you’re about to scold your kid—or spouse—for spending too much time playing videogames instead of enjoying the sunny weather, consider this: They could be preparing for a career in motorsports. That’s a possibility Nissan and Sony have created with their “GT Academy,” a worldwide contest to find skilled racing gamers and make them into skilled racing drivers, then send them to the big leagues.

The top competitors (the number varies by year) get an in-person tryout, and the winner gets a paid sponsorship to race with Nissan, in real leagues. In real cars. Where the newly minted drivers go first depends on their skill level and where they’ll best develop. They mostly stay local—Americans race in America, Europeans race in Europe, etc. All of the 16 winners selected in the past seven years are still racing, a testament to the program’s success.___

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2015-08-28 01:38:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You probably can't get Valve and HTC's VR headset before next year

In a press release announcing the company's presence at the PAX Prime expo, Valve says that "HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems" later this year, "with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016." Developer units have been available for free since May.

You probably can't get Valve and HTC's VR headset before next year

In a press release announcing the company's presence at the PAX Prime expo, Valve says that "HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems" later this year, "with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016." Developer units have been available for free since May.___

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2015-08-28 00:48:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new study.

Interrupting sitting with walking breaks improves children's blood sugar

Taking 3-minute breaks to walk in the middle of a TV marathon or other sedentary activity can improve children's blood sugar compared to continuously sitting, according to a new study.___

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2015-08-28 00:30:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A curated list of awesome Machine Learning frameworks, libraries and software.

A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php. Other awesome lists can be found in the awesome-awesomeness list.

A curated list of awesome Machine Learning frameworks, libraries and software.

A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php. Other awesome lists can be found in the awesome-awesomeness list.___

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2015-08-27 22:29:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Silicon Brain: 1,000,000 ARM cores - will give you the equivalent of 1% of the human brain

The Human Brain Project is behind this attempt to build a million core brain simulator. Professor Steve Furber of the University of Manchester & one of the pioneers behind the original ARM chip, takes us through the SpiNNaker Project.

Silicon Brain: 1,000,000 ARM cores - will give you the equivalent of 1% of the human brain

The Human Brain Project is behind this attempt to build a million core brain simulator. Professor Steve Furber of the University of Manchester & one of the pioneers behind the original ARM chip, takes us through the SpiNNaker Project.___

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2015-08-27 17:04:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”___

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2015-08-27 16:12:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Codementor, A Learning Platform For Developers, Launches Live Group Classes

Online education platforms like Coursera, Code School, and Treehouse already have coding classes, but Codementor wants to compete by offering live sessions and exercises instead of pre-recorded videos so students get instant feedback.

Codementor, A Learning Platform For Developers, Launches Live Group Classes

Online education platforms like Coursera, Code School, and Treehouse already have coding classes, but Codementor wants to compete by offering live sessions and exercises instead of pre-recorded videos so students get instant feedback.___

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2015-08-27 16:05:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 16:04:15 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

New theory leads to 'radiationless revolution'

Physicists have found a radical new way confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away, akin to throwing a pebble into a pond with no splash.The theory could have broad ranging applications from explaining dark matter to combating energy losses in future technologies.

New theory leads to 'radiationless revolution'

Physicists have found a radical new way confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away, akin to throwing a pebble into a pond with no splash.The theory could have broad ranging applications from explaining dark matter to combating energy losses in future technologies.___

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2015-08-27 00:15:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Giant Asset Management Firm BlackRock Gets a Robo-Adviser

ASSET MANAGEMENT GIANT BlackRock is acquiring financial services startup FutureAdvisor. Founded in 2010, FutureAdvisor offers an automated investment service where so-called robo-advisers (or, you know, software) help clients manage longterm investment goals.

Giant Asset Management Firm BlackRock Gets a Robo-Adviser

ASSET MANAGEMENT GIANT BlackRock is acquiring financial services startup FutureAdvisor. Founded in 2010, FutureAdvisor offers an automated investment service where so-called robo-advisers (or, you know, software) help clients manage longterm investment goals.___

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2015-08-26 23:57:30 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Rise of the robots at Amazon? John Markoff’s new book foresees fully automated fulfillment centers

Advances in machine perception and robotic dexterity could make it possible for humans to “disappear entirely” from Amazon’s fulfillment centers, writes veteran New York Times reporter John Markoff in a new book about the history and future of artificial intelligence, and the use of machines to augment humans.

Rise of the robots at Amazon? John Markoff’s new book foresees fully automated fulfillment centers

Advances in machine perception and robotic dexterity could make it possible for humans to “disappear entirely” from Amazon’s fulfillment centers, writes veteran New York Times reporter John Markoff in a new book about the history and future of artificial intelligence, and the use of machines to augment humans.___

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2015-08-26 22:06:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Samsung unveils higher capacity Lithium ion batteries for electric bikes to provide 100 kilometer range in one charge

Samsung SDI unveiled a 500Wh e-bike Li-ion battery pack that can run for 100 km on a single battery charge. Samsung SDI is exhibiting six types of standardized battery packs that can either be built inside or installed on the outside for immediate use.

Samsung unveils higher capacity Lithium ion batteries for electric bikes to provide 100 kilometer range in one charge

Samsung SDI unveiled a 500Wh e-bike Li-ion battery pack that can run for 100 km on a single battery charge. Samsung SDI is exhibiting six types of standardized battery packs that can either be built inside or installed on the outside for immediate use.___

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2015-08-26 20:45:08 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

You can ask M questions along the lines of Can you make me dinner reservations? or even Can you help me plan my next vacation?—and it will comply.

_That’s because Facebook designed the tool so that AI technology responds to these questions in tandem with humans. “The AI tries to do everything,” says Alex Lebrun, the founder of Wit.ai, a startup Facebook acquired to help build this smartphone tool. “But the AI is supervised by the people.”

In the larger world of AI-driven personal assistants, M may seem like a regression. And as Facebook tests the tool with the public, it’s unclear whether this human-machine partnership can keep pace as the project expands to an ever-larger audience. But in a counterintuitive way, M may actually be a step forward for AI.

Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

You can ask M questions along the lines of Can you make me dinner reservations? or even Can you help me plan my next vacation?—and it will comply.

_That’s because Facebook designed the tool so that AI technology responds to these questions in tandem with humans. “The AI tries to do everything,” says Alex Lebrun, the founder of Wit.ai, a startup Facebook acquired to help build this smartphone tool. “But the AI is supervised by the people.”

In the larger world of AI-driven personal assistants, M may seem like a regression. And as Facebook tests the tool with the public, it’s unclear whether this human-machine partnership can keep pace as the project expands to an ever-larger audience. But in a counterintuitive way, M may actually be a step forward for AI.___

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2015-08-26 19:53:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, Kakaotalk, and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features.

But today Facebook escalated the battle for chat with the official announcement of M, its new personal assistant built into Messenger. It can actually complete tasks for you, like buying things, delivering gifts, making reservations, arranging travel, or just about anything else you ask of it.

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, Kakaotalk, and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features.

But today Facebook escalated the battle for chat with the official announcement of M, its new personal assistant built into Messenger. It can actually complete tasks for you, like buying things, delivering gifts, making reservations, arranging travel, or just about anything else you ask of it.___

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2015-08-26 19:11:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer

An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.

Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer

An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.___

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2015-08-26 17:23:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Guy Rode a Boot Camp to Startup Success

ELIAM MEDINA HAD the perfect idea for an internet startup. The only trouble was: he didn’t know how to code—and he couldn’t find a programmer he trusted to make his vision into a reality. So he quit his job as an executive at Burger King and signed up for an online code school called Bloc. The result is Willing, a free online tool that helps you make make a simple will in about five to ten minutes. Less than a year since Medina originally conceived the thing, it has attracted name-brand investors and thousands of users.

This Guy Rode a Boot Camp to Startup Success

ELIAM MEDINA HAD the perfect idea for an internet startup. The only trouble was: he didn’t know how to code—and he couldn’t find a programmer he trusted to make his vision into a reality. So he quit his job as an executive at Burger King and signed up for an online code school called Bloc. The result is Willing, a free online tool that helps you make make a simple will in about five to ten minutes. Less than a year since Medina originally conceived the thing, it has attracted name-brand investors and thousands of users.___

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2015-08-26 17:19:51 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning

Among our greatest achievements as humans, some might say, is our cumulative technological culture -- the tool-using acumen that is passed from one generation to the next. As the implements we use on a daily basis are modified and refined over time, they seem to evolve right along with us.

Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning

Among our greatest achievements as humans, some might say, is our cumulative technological culture -- the tool-using acumen that is passed from one generation to the next. As the implements we use on a daily basis are modified and refined over time, they seem to evolve right along with us.___

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2015-08-26 16:21:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.

Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer.

Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.

Approximately 36 percent of adults in the U.S. do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity. Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer.___

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2015-08-26 01:02:29 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests.

"The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of oral bacteria than healthy individuals," said Eduardo Castro-Nallar, a Ph.D. candidate at GW's Computational Biology Institute (CBI) and lead author of the study. "Specifically, our analyses revealed an association between microbes such as lactic-acid bacteria and schizophrenics."

Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests.

"The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of oral bacteria than healthy individuals," said Eduardo Castro-Nallar, a Ph.D. candidate at GW's Computational Biology Institute (CBI) and lead author of the study. "Specifically, our analyses revealed an association between microbes such as lactic-acid bacteria and schizophrenics."___

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2015-08-25 21:38:54 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Microsoft's MobileFusion lets you scan 3D objects via smartphone

Could be good technology to easily get 3D objects into a VR world. 

The teams at Microsoft Research regularly come up with fascinating approaches to technology innovation — the latest is software that turns your smartphone into a 3D scanner. Microsoft's app, called MobileFusion, allows you to point and shoot to create 3D images that can later be used for 3D-printed objects or, as the team suggests, augmented reality objects.

Microsoft's MobileFusion lets you scan 3D objects via smartphone

Could be good technology to easily get 3D objects into a VR world. 

The teams at Microsoft Research regularly come up with fascinating approaches to technology innovation — the latest is software that turns your smartphone into a 3D scanner. Microsoft's app, called MobileFusion, allows you to point and shoot to create 3D images that can later be used for 3D-printed objects or, as the team suggests, augmented reality objects.___

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2015-08-25 20:15:53 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

YouTube Gaming will be available on both iOS and Android as well. The company is also launching an easier to start a live stream, in beta, tomorrow.

YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

YouTube Gaming will be available on both iOS and Android as well. The company is also launching an easier to start a live stream, in beta, tomorrow.___

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2015-08-25 18:39:20 (1 comments, 11 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Robots are using wikiHow to figure out how to cook us breakfast

If there’s anything you’ve ever needed to know how to do, from building a birdhouse to tying a bowtie to dressing like a “pastel goth,” you’ve probably ended up on wikiHow. Now, robots are using the user-generated advice site to learn how to do all sorts of tasks for us—including making pancakes and pizza.

RoboHow, a group of robotics researchers from multiple European universities, are trying to teach robots how to cook, among other things, MIT Technology Review reported. The robots learn, like most budding cooks these days, through a combination of being shown how to make something by a knowledgable human, and then parsing information from how-to websites and videos, just to make sure.

Robots are using wikiHow to figure out how to cook us breakfast

If there’s anything you’ve ever needed to know how to do, from building a birdhouse to tying a bowtie to dressing like a “pastel goth,” you’ve probably ended up on wikiHow. Now, robots are using the user-generated advice site to learn how to do all sorts of tasks for us—including making pancakes and pizza.

RoboHow, a group of robotics researchers from multiple European universities, are trying to teach robots how to cook, among other things, MIT Technology Review reported. The robots learn, like most budding cooks these days, through a combination of being shown how to make something by a knowledgable human, and then parsing information from how-to websites and videos, just to make sure.___

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2015-08-25 18:34:32 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Private Investigator Startup Exploits Ashley Madison Hack

at private investigation startup Trustify, business is booming—and it’s all thanks to the hack. The company has capitalized on the situation by launching a service last week that lets anyone search the data dump of Ashley Madison logins, while touting its PI wares to those who are, er, concerned by a name they’ve found on the list. “Find the truth,” the company homepage says. “Get peace of mind.”

Private Investigator Startup Exploits Ashley Madison Hack

at private investigation startup Trustify, business is booming—and it’s all thanks to the hack. The company has capitalized on the situation by launching a service last week that lets anyone search the data dump of Ashley Madison logins, while touting its PI wares to those who are, er, concerned by a name they’ve found on the list. “Find the truth,” the company homepage says. “Get peace of mind.”___

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2015-08-25 17:08:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

In another league: League of Legends goes big at Madison Square Garden

The home of the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and countless boxing matches expanded its fold to include video games this weekend. Thousands packed the venue to watch the best teams in North America compete for a guaranteed spot in the League of Legends annual World Championship.

In another league: League of Legends goes big at Madison Square Garden

The home of the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and countless boxing matches expanded its fold to include video games this weekend. Thousands packed the venue to watch the best teams in North America compete for a guaranteed spot in the League of Legends annual World Championship.___

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2015-08-25 16:16:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Amazing Shrinking Firm

In his seminal paper, The Nature of the Firm, the great Ronald Coase stated that the optimal size of a firm in an industry will decrease as transaction costs in the industry decrease. The Internet has proven to be a singular tool to reduce transaction costs across almost every industry, so according to Coase, the size of the firm will shrink in response. My view is this phenomenon has only begun and will accelerate dramatically over the next decade.

The on-demand economy. The consumerization of enterprise. The bottoms-up economy. Micro-schools. Citizen journalists. Social media. All of these are symptoms of the same phenomena: the decimation of the firm. Transaction costs are being drastically lowered, enabling small companies to do what large companies used to do.

The Amazing Shrinking Firm

In his seminal paper, The Nature of the Firm, the great Ronald Coase stated that the optimal size of a firm in an industry will decrease as transaction costs in the industry decrease. The Internet has proven to be a singular tool to reduce transaction costs across almost every industry, so according to Coase, the size of the firm will shrink in response. My view is this phenomenon has only begun and will accelerate dramatically over the next decade.

The on-demand economy. The consumerization of enterprise. The bottoms-up economy. Micro-schools. Citizen journalists. Social media. All of these are symptoms of the same phenomena: the decimation of the firm. Transaction costs are being drastically lowered, enabling small companies to do what large companies used to do.___

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2015-08-25 16:06:59 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Study shows no benefit of omega-3 supplements for cognitive decline

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. It was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study shows no benefit of omega-3 supplements for cognitive decline

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. It was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.___

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2015-08-25 15:58:34 (2 comments, 13 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-25 02:13:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Systematic review shows 'smart drug' modafinil does enhance cognition

"So, we ended up having two main conclusions: first, that, in the face of vanishingly few side effects in these controlled environments, modafinil can be considered a cognitive enhancer; and, second that we need to figure out better ways of testing normal or even supra-normal cognition in a reliable manner. However, we would like to stress the point that with any method used to enhance cognition, ethical considerations always have to be taken into account: this is an important avenue for future work to explore."

Systematic review shows 'smart drug' modafinil does enhance cognition

"So, we ended up having two main conclusions: first, that, in the face of vanishingly few side effects in these controlled environments, modafinil can be considered a cognitive enhancer; and, second that we need to figure out better ways of testing normal or even supra-normal cognition in a reliable manner. However, we would like to stress the point that with any method used to enhance cognition, ethical considerations always have to be taken into account: this is an important avenue for future work to explore."___

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2015-08-25 00:29:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sony unveils drone prototype that looks like a miniature airplane

The DTO1-E looks like a miniature airplane but will be able to take off and land vertically. According to Aerosense the drone will be able to carry objects up to 22 pounds, and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of about 106 miles per hour.

Sony unveils drone prototype that looks like a miniature airplane

The DTO1-E looks like a miniature airplane but will be able to take off and land vertically. According to Aerosense the drone will be able to carry objects up to 22 pounds, and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of about 106 miles per hour.___

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2015-08-25 00:07:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Scientists get one step closer to a universal flu vaccine

Today, independent teams reported in Science and Nature Medicine how they’ve tinkered with a piece of viral protein so it can teach immune systems—in this case, in mice, ferrets, and monkeys—to fight whole groups of viruses rather than just a single strain. “It’s a great first step in the road for generating a universal flu vaccine,” says Gary Nabel, who oversaw one of the studies as former head of the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center. (Disclosure: My father works at the vaccine maker Sanofi, which has since hired both Nabel and an author on the other study. Sanofi had no role in funding these studies.)

Scientists get one step closer to a universal flu vaccine

Today, independent teams reported in Science and Nature Medicine how they’ve tinkered with a piece of viral protein so it can teach immune systems—in this case, in mice, ferrets, and monkeys—to fight whole groups of viruses rather than just a single strain. “It’s a great first step in the road for generating a universal flu vaccine,” says Gary Nabel, who oversaw one of the studies as former head of the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center. (Disclosure: My father works at the vaccine maker Sanofi, which has since hired both Nabel and an author on the other study. Sanofi had no role in funding these studies.)___

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2015-08-24 19:58:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Billions Of Dollars Will Soon Be Wagered On eSports Competitions

According to a new white paper published by gaming industry research firm Eilers Research, it is estimated that fans of eSports competition will wager more than $250 million on the outcome of eSports events in 2015.  That amount is expected to exceed $23 billion by 2020.

Fantasy eSports is dominated by Vulcun and AlphaDraft, which have each received substantial funds from outsiders.  Separately, there are eSports betting platforms like Unikrn, backed by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  Other eSports betting operations include Pinnacle, Betway, Bet365, William Hill and Bodog.

Billions Of Dollars Will Soon Be Wagered On eSports Competitions

According to a new white paper published by gaming industry research firm Eilers Research, it is estimated that fans of eSports competition will wager more than $250 million on the outcome of eSports events in 2015.  That amount is expected to exceed $23 billion by 2020.

Fantasy eSports is dominated by Vulcun and AlphaDraft, which have each received substantial funds from outsiders.  Separately, there are eSports betting platforms like Unikrn, backed by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  Other eSports betting operations include Pinnacle, Betway, Bet365, William Hill and Bodog.___

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2015-08-24 16:04:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Unicorns Hunt for Talent Among Silicon Valley’s Giants

The unicorns, a class of hot start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, are all aggressively pursuing the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley with promises of talked-about workplaces and eye-popping payouts. Amid a general scramble for talent, Google, the Internet search company, has undergone specific raids from unicorns for engineers who specialize in crucial technologies like mapping.

Unicorns Hunt for Talent Among Silicon Valley’s Giants

The unicorns, a class of hot start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, are all aggressively pursuing the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley with promises of talked-about workplaces and eye-popping payouts. Amid a general scramble for talent, Google, the Internet search company, has undergone specific raids from unicorns for engineers who specialize in crucial technologies like mapping.___

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2015-08-24 16:00:36 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Google Is Working On A New Type Of Algorithm Called “Thought Vectors”

The researcher told the Guardian that Google is working on a new type of algorithm designed to encode thoughts as sequences of numbers – something he described as “thought vectors”. Although the work is at an early stage, he said there is a plausible path from the current software to a more sophisticated version that would have something approaching human-like capacity for reasoning and logic. “Basically, they’ll have common sense.”

Google Is Working On A New Type Of Algorithm Called “Thought Vectors”

The researcher told the Guardian that Google is working on a new type of algorithm designed to encode thoughts as sequences of numbers – something he described as “thought vectors”. Although the work is at an early stage, he said there is a plausible path from the current software to a more sophisticated version that would have something approaching human-like capacity for reasoning and logic. “Basically, they’ll have common sense.”___

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2015-08-24 15:49:42 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Blockchain tech can eradicate corruption in Asia

Centralized architecture will soon be over and replaced by a decentralized one, like how the absolute monarchy has been replaced with democracy […] The blockchain technology can improve many things like […] building the financial sector architecture in a better way and even making government election processes much more effective.

Blockchain tech can eradicate corruption in Asia

Centralized architecture will soon be over and replaced by a decentralized one, like how the absolute monarchy has been replaced with democracy […] The blockchain technology can improve many things like […] building the financial sector architecture in a better way and even making government election processes much more effective.___

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2015-08-24 15:44:41 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

It was Eno who theorized that drummers have a unique mental makeup, and it turns out “Eno was right: drummers do have different brains from the rest.” Eagleman’s test showed “a huge statistical difference between the drummers’ timing and that of test subjects.” Says Eagleman, “Now we know that there is something anatomically different about them.” Their ability to keep time gives them an intuitive understanding of the rhythmic patterns they perceive all around them.

The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

It was Eno who theorized that drummers have a unique mental makeup, and it turns out “Eno was right: drummers do have different brains from the rest.” Eagleman’s test showed “a huge statistical difference between the drummers’ timing and that of test subjects.” Says Eagleman, “Now we know that there is something anatomically different about them.” Their ability to keep time gives them an intuitive understanding of the rhythmic patterns they perceive all around them.___

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2015-08-24 15:20:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-24 00:40:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While

But I wonder if the current drop and concern in the general stock market will transfer over to the valley?

Unlike the housing market and the previous Silicon Valley burst that started the 21st century, the sky is not falling here and Chicken Little should be put on mute at this stage in the tech startup game. Lessons have been learned from the past, and today’s investors and entrepreneurs do not plan on repeating history.

It’s that thought process, and the now in-depth analysis of the data that can be done, that makes what is happening now different from a bubble. The New York Times recently reminded us about what a bubble means: “A bubble, in the economic sense, is basically a period of excessive speculation in something, whether it is tulips, tech companies or houses.”

There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While

But I wonder if the current drop and concern in the general stock market will transfer over to the valley?

Unlike the housing market and the previous Silicon Valley burst that started the 21st century, the sky is not falling here and Chicken Little should be put on mute at this stage in the tech startup game. Lessons have been learned from the past, and today’s investors and entrepreneurs do not plan on repeating history.

It’s that thought process, and the now in-depth analysis of the data that can be done, that makes what is happening now different from a bubble. The New York Times recently reminded us about what a bubble means: “A bubble, in the economic sense, is basically a period of excessive speculation in something, whether it is tulips, tech companies or houses.”___

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2015-08-23 16:22:05 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.

An interesting article that should be read both by scientists and non-scientists.

If we’re going to rely on science as a means for reaching the truth — and it’s still the best tool we have — it’s important that we understand and respect just how difficult it is to get a rigorous result. I could pontificate about all the reasons why science is arduous, but instead I’m going to let you experience one of them for yourself. Welcome to the wild world of p-hacking.

Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.

An interesting article that should be read both by scientists and non-scientists.

If we’re going to rely on science as a means for reaching the truth — and it’s still the best tool we have — it’s important that we understand and respect just how difficult it is to get a rigorous result. I could pontificate about all the reasons why science is arduous, but instead I’m going to let you experience one of them for yourself. Welcome to the wild world of p-hacking.___

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2015-08-23 15:52:06 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Brain scans better forecast math learning in kids than do skill tests

Gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds’ acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests.

Brain scans better forecast math learning in kids than do skill tests

Gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds’ acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests.___

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2015-08-22 16:23:34 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

A Swiss art group created an automated shopping robot with the purpose of committing random Darknet purchases. The robot managed to purchase several items, including a Hungarian passport and some Ecstasy pills, before it was “arrested” by Swiss police. The aftermath resulted in no charges against the robot nor the artists behind the robot.

How should an AI machine be regulated when it is acting on its own, outside the control of humans? There have already been several regulatory problems identified for controlling and regulating artificial intelligence. If an AI being were to have legal responsibility for its actions, then it should have a physical, legal and digital identity similar to a human being, as well.

If an AI being is given the same legal responsibilities as a human, shouldn’t it also havethe s... more »

Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

A Swiss art group created an automated shopping robot with the purpose of committing random Darknet purchases. The robot managed to purchase several items, including a Hungarian passport and some Ecstasy pills, before it was “arrested” by Swiss police. The aftermath resulted in no charges against the robot nor the artists behind the robot.

How should an AI machine be regulated when it is acting on its own, outside the control of humans? There have already been several regulatory problems identified for controlling and regulating artificial intelligence. If an AI being were to have legal responsibility for its actions, then it should have a physical, legal and digital identity similar to a human being, as well.

If an AI being is given the same legal responsibilities as a human, shouldn’t it also have the same legal rights as a human? It is likely that an AI machine that has achieved self-awareness would demand equal rights instead of turning to killing all humans.___

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2015-08-22 16:14:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Study finds where our brain stores the time and place of memories

For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories. Results showed that the similarity of the brain activation patterns when memories were recalled was an indicator of the breadth of space and time between the actual events.

Study finds where our brain stores the time and place of memories

For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories. Results showed that the similarity of the brain activation patterns when memories were recalled was an indicator of the breadth of space and time between the actual events.___

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2015-08-22 16:06:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This Robot Is Better at Tinder Than You

Unlike Tinderbox, which learns your preference over time and acts on your behalf, Datta’s bot isn’t particularly smart. “It is intentionally enabled not to learn but just to act,” he explains. It offers a compelling look at the line between how humans and machines react to the subjective idea of attraction. Human attraction (as we all know) is irrational. A face with golden ratio proportilns might prompt Conditional Lover to swipe right, but any number of factors could get you to swipe left.

This Robot Is Better at Tinder Than You

Unlike Tinderbox, which learns your preference over time and acts on your behalf, Datta’s bot isn’t particularly smart. “It is intentionally enabled not to learn but just to act,” he explains. It offers a compelling look at the line between how humans and machines react to the subjective idea of attraction. Human attraction (as we all know) is irrational. A face with golden ratio proportilns might prompt Conditional Lover to swipe right, but any number of factors could get you to swipe left.___

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2015-08-22 01:03:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Exosomes: an opportunity for a new class of biologic therapies

Exosomes are small vesicles (30–150 nm) with a sophisticated RNA and protein profile. They are secreted by all cell types in culture and are found to occur naturally in body fluids, including blood, saliva, urine, CSF, and breast milk. Nanopartcles are not cells so do not have the same challenges faced by cell therapy (ie: fragility, immunologic memory, etc). They can modulate gene expression, transcription and translation while maintaining homeostasis. They clearly carry a future potentila in tissue repair. They are a novel, cell-free biologic delivery vehicle with a natural capacity to protect their cargo and get manufactured relatlively simply. Look out, there's a new biotherapeutic in town - and it could be dirt cheap compared with cell therapies.

Exosomes: an opportunity for a new class of biologic therapies

Exosomes are small vesicles (30–150 nm) with a sophisticated RNA and protein profile. They are secreted by all cell types in culture and are found to occur naturally in body fluids, including blood, saliva, urine, CSF, and breast milk. Nanopartcles are not cells so do not have the same challenges faced by cell therapy (ie: fragility, immunologic memory, etc). They can modulate gene expression, transcription and translation while maintaining homeostasis. They clearly carry a future potentila in tissue repair. They are a novel, cell-free biologic delivery vehicle with a natural capacity to protect their cargo and get manufactured relatlively simply. Look out, there's a new biotherapeutic in town - and it could be dirt cheap compared with cell therapies.___

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2015-08-21 16:09:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-21 16:05:35 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice

The dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes' protective caps, with positive effects in a mouse model of atherosclerosis, scientists report. The discovery highlights a potential avenue for the treatment for chronic diseases.

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice

The dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes' protective caps, with positive effects in a mouse model of atherosclerosis, scientists report. The discovery highlights a potential avenue for the treatment for chronic diseases.___

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2015-08-21 16:03:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

eSports owes its success to the accessibility of its players, says Azubu CEO

“A key ingredient is the accessibility of its top players,” he explained. “Watching the best League of Legends player in the world do his thing is no more than a click away, and streaming platforms are designed to bring communities of fans together. Imagine if Lebron James’ practice sessions were broadcast live on ESPN and he interacted with fans around the world between dunks. That kind of accessibility is a dream for NBA fans, but a reality for eSports enthusiasts.”

eSports owes its success to the accessibility of its players, says Azubu CEO

“A key ingredient is the accessibility of its top players,” he explained. “Watching the best League of Legends player in the world do his thing is no more than a click away, and streaming platforms are designed to bring communities of fans together. Imagine if Lebron James’ practice sessions were broadcast live on ESPN and he interacted with fans around the world between dunks. That kind of accessibility is a dream for NBA fans, but a reality for eSports enthusiasts.”___

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2015-08-21 03:59:57 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Entrepreneurs explain why virtual reality is part of a new technology revolution

“People are ready for a new revolution in technology, ” said Paez, whose company is building multi-sensory games and experiences leveraging virtual reality. “Taking the Internet, moving to mobile, and now with virtual reality — it presents an entirely different way of interfacing with technology where it’s truly centered around us and our natural human perception of the world, which is first person.”

Entrepreneurs explain why virtual reality is part of a new technology revolution

“People are ready for a new revolution in technology, ” said Paez, whose company is building multi-sensory games and experiences leveraging virtual reality. “Taking the Internet, moving to mobile, and now with virtual reality — it presents an entirely different way of interfacing with technology where it’s truly centered around us and our natural human perception of the world, which is first person.”___

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2015-08-20 18:42:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Android Wear watches can now translate entire conversations

Google Translate has arrived on Android Wear. Alongside a big update to watch faces today, Android Wear has been given support for Google Translate. The app is supposed to make it easy for two people who speak different languages to converse with one another.

Android Wear watches can now translate entire conversations

Google Translate has arrived on Android Wear. Alongside a big update to watch faces today, Android Wear has been given support for Google Translate. The app is supposed to make it easy for two people who speak different languages to converse with one another.___

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2015-08-20 16:19:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced today that it has signed agreements to work with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and global engineering design firm Aecom. The two companies will lend their expertise in exchange for stock options in the company, joining the army of engineers from the likes of Boeing and SpaceX already lending their time to the effort.

“It’s a validation of the fact that our model works,” says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. “It’s the next step.”

So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced today that it has signed agreements to work with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and global engineering design firm Aecom. The two companies will lend their expertise in exchange for stock options in the company, joining the army of engineers from the likes of Boeing and SpaceX already lending their time to the effort.

“It’s a validation of the fact that our model works,” says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. “It’s the next step.”___

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2015-08-20 16:10:35 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Baby boomers reeling in the years

"It's that concept of, 'my body may say I'm 75 but I'm going to keep trying to behave like I'm 25'. It's when you finally say, 'I'm going to start acting like a 75-year-old' that you really start to age," Day says.

Baby boomers reeling in the years

"It's that concept of, 'my body may say I'm 75 but I'm going to keep trying to behave like I'm 25'. It's when you finally say, 'I'm going to start acting like a 75-year-old' that you really start to age," Day says.___

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