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Original Content podcast: We drop by Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’

By |March 31st, 2018|

Terrace House is a tough show to explain. Like The Real World and other reality TV, the show puts a group of largely young and attractive strangers together in a house. But that’s about where the similarities end. On Terrace House, most of the cast members genuinely seem to be rooting for each other. And --> READ MORE

Arbtr wants to create an anti-feed where users can only share one thing at a time

By |March 31st, 2018|

At a time when the models of traditional social networks are being questioned, it’s more important than ever to experiment with alternatives. Arbtr is a proposed social network that limits users to sharing a single thing at any given time, encouraging “ruthless self-editing” and avoiding “nasty things” like endless feeds filled with trivial garbage. It’s --> READ MORE

Does Ready Player One reveal the future of VR?

By |March 31st, 2018|

Maggie Lane Contributor Share on Twitter Maggie Lane is a writer and producer of virtual reality experiences and covers the industry for various publications. It was barely minutes after the Ready Player One premiere, and texts from my friends and colleagues in the VR community began pouring in… “How was it?” Those of us in --> READ MORE

Knitting machines power up with computer-generated patterns for 3D shapes

By |March 31st, 2018|

At last, a use for that industrial knitting machine you bought at a yard sale! Carnegie Mellon researchers have created a method that generates knitting patterns for arbitrary 3D shapes, opening the possibility of “on-demand knitting.” Think 3D printing, but softer. The idea is actually quite compelling for those of us who are picky about --> READ MORE

Who gains from Facebook’s missteps?

By |March 31st, 2018|

When Facebook loses, who wins? That’s a question for startups that may be worth contemplating following Facebook’s recent stock price haircut. The company’s valuation has fallen by around $60 billion since the Cambridge Analytica scandal surfaced earlier this month and the #DeleteFacebook campaign gained momentum. That’s a steep drop, equal to about 12 percent of --> READ MORE

Red Hat looks beyond Linux

By |March 31st, 2018|

The Red Hat Linux distribution is turning 25 years old this week. What started as one of the earliest Linux distributions is now the most successful open-source company, and its success was a catalyst for others to follow its model. Today’s open-source world is very different from those heady days in the mid-1990s when Linux --> READ MORE

Google needs your help finding Waldo

By |March 31st, 2018|

At some point in the not-so-distant past, April Fools was about pranks and hoaxes, but given that we apparently have enough of those on the web, the day has somehow morphed into a celebration of random jokey things. This year’s Google Maps gag is no exception. Starting today, when you open Google Maps on your --> READ MORE

Tapster’s robots are built to poke touchscreens

By |March 31st, 2018|

The CEO and COO are at their desks when I knock on the door, intently assembling robots to fulfill the company’s latest order. Tapster is about as lean as startups get. Founded three years ago (on Star Wars Day), the company’s two-person staff is half the size it was at its height, but a third --> READ MORE

Tesla says fatal crash involved Autopilot

By |March 31st, 2018|

Tesla has provided another update to last week’s fatal crash. As it turns out, Tesla said the driver had Autopilot on with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. However, it seems the driver ignored the vehicle’s warnings to take back control. “The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier --> READ MORE

How Facebook Can Better Fight Fake News: Make Money Off the People Who Promote It

By |March 31st, 2018|

Facebook and other platforms are still struggling to combat the spread of misleading or deceptive “news” items promoted on social networks. Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s slow corporate response have drawn attention away from this ongoing, equally serious problem: spend enough time on Facebook, and you are still sure to see dubious, sponsored --> READ MORE