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Bots that work everywhere (dim., 04 déc. 2016)
universal-chat-bot Bots made big headlines in 2016. They’ve been hailed variously as the future of commerce and a revolution in customer service. It seems likely that, just as the web and the cell phone once did, the messaging interface will transform how we interact with the world around us. Read More
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Apple reveals autonomous vehicle ambitions in letter to US regulators (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
tim cook Apple has publicly revealed its ambitions to play in the emerging market of self-driving vehicles with a policy recommendation letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wall Street Journal first broke news of the communique. Precise details of Apple automotive products were not revealed in the letter. But it did state that: “Apple uses machine learning to make… Read More
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Robots, jobs and the human fear of change (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
Image: Getty Images/3alexd/E+ When it comes to technology’s impact on the economy, there continues to be concern that robots and other advances will lead to unemployment. But what does history really tell us about the impact of new technologies on jobs and the economy? And more importantly, what happens to America’s ability to compete in a global economy if we reject automation and stifle technological innovation? Read More
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Why Reed Hastings is the nation’s best chance for curbing the influence of money in politics (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
Reed Hastings Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and good old fashioned DVR, other than senior citizens watching traditional news broadcasts and people watching live sports, tv ads just don’t reach that many voters anymore. Read More
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Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
computer-heart The idea of creating robots that can understand, compute and respond to human emotions has been explored in movies for decades. However, a common misconception is that the challenge of creating emotionally intelligent computing systems is too great to be met any time soon. In reality, computers are already demonstrating they can augment — or even replace — human emotional intelligence. Read More
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The NFL will reportedly relax their social media rules so teams can post more GIFs and videos (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown by Latavius Murray #28 against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) About two months ago the NFL implemented a new social media policy that effectively banned teams from posting any video-based content during games. The backlash was tremendous, with fans and teams criticizing the NFL for negatively impacting fan’s social media experiences, especially during a TV ratings slump. But now it seems the NFL has decided to relax these restrictions. In a memo… Read More
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Augmented reality treatment reduces phantom pain in missing limbs (sam., 03 déc. 2016)
an-amputee-patient-tries-out-the-ar-system Phantom limb pain is a mysterious ailment: people with amputations experience aches and acute pains in an arm or leg that isn’t there — making the problem notoriously difficult to treat. But a new type of therapy using augmented reality is surprisingly effective at reducing even the most intractable phantom pain. Read More
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What interns and new grads really get paid at top tech companies (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
Man taking money from wallet From woefully underpaid internships to legendary hiring bonuses at huge Silicon Valley companies, it’s hard for job seekers to know what they’re worth in tech. It’s even harder when they’re new to the rat race. One undergraduate computer science student at Purdue University, Jesse Collins, has taken it upon himself to gather data from undergrads and recent grads to… Read More
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ESA commits half a billion to its next Mars lander despite predecessor’s crash (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
ESA Exomars robot The European Space Agency is doubling down on Mars, dedicating nearly half a billion dollars to its follow-up mission to the planet’s surface — even though the first one quite literally cratered. But an ambitious joint plan to redirect an asteroid’s moon has been scuttled in order to find the funds. Read More
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A sneak peek at Propel’s battling Star Wars drones (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
o92a9558_720 Last year’s breakout Star Wars toy was, without question, Sphero’s BB-8. It was the perfect synergy of technology and intellectual property, which brilliantly captured The Force Awakens’ breakout star droid. In the lead up to Rogue One, there isn’t a single toy running away with the title, but Propel’s drones are a pretty strong contender. Unveiled via a teaser… Read More
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As acquisition talk surfaces, Pebble stays quiet about Time 2 shipping (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
Pebble When rumors first surfaced about a Fitbit acquisition of Kickstarter king Pebble, concerned backers were understandable concerned about what the news would mean for the status of their unreleased devices. While its hard to know how such a move might ultimately impact support for the company’s existing line of products, at the very least, Pebble 2 buyers can breathe a relative sigh… Read More
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Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
snapchat-los-angeles If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More
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Hands On With DirecTV Now, AT&T’s new streaming service for cord cutters (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
DirecTV Now event This week, AT&T unveiled its new TV streaming service for cord cutters, who aren’t ready to subsist entirely on Netflix, YouTube and whatever else they can watch for free around the web. Launched on Tuesday, DirecTV Now offers access to over 120 live TV channels, in addition to on-demand programming, and the option to add on premium networks like HBO and Cinemax for just $5 more… Read More
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Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
activ_lock_bypass Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More
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Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
menlo-park Across the Bay Area, affordable housing remains hard to come by. In a climate where many displaced residents point their blame at the techies, Facebook has decided to invest $20 million in what it calls “A partnership to strengthen our local community.” In just the last six years, San Mateo County has added 54,000 new jobs while only building 2,148 new housing units to support… Read More
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Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake. (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
beddit-ios-app Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More
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Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
jumia-gen-i Africa’s two leading e-commerce startups, Jumia and Konga, topped their 2015 Black Friday merchandise sales in Nigeria—even as the country weathers currency volatility and recession. The shopping spree of the continent’s most populous nation has become a de facto test event for each venture’s business model. Collectively backed by over $400 million in VC funding, both… Read More
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Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
pandora-ios-icon Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase. The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal with SiriusXM or any other prospective buyers. This isn’t the first time… Read More
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Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
adblock-ios2 Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More
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AWS shoots for total cloud domination (ven., 02 déc. 2016)
screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-02-45-am AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels. If that market lead isn’t enough to shake up the competition… Read More
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