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Robot sculptures are hijacking galleries all around the world

Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard purposes. The robot‘s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, metal sculptures. It is being installed by Urban Art Projects, a company that specialises in the manufacture of sculpture and custom architectura

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Facebook is gearing up to serve branded Stories in your news feed

Facebook might be struggling to get you and your friends to use its recently introduced Stories feature, but it appears the company is already gearing up to expand the functionality to brands and pages. The popular social media platform now has a dedicated Stories field in the Branded Content section under the Page Insights settings panel. Details are still unclear, but we anticipate the feature will be an extension of Stories specifically design

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Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

From AI-driven personalized learning to virtual reality, online courses will need to innovate to address their credibility issues and fulfill their enormous promise There‘s little doubt that online courses are proving popular with students all over the world. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers such as EdX and Futurelearn have been lauded with democratizing higher education and making knowledge more accessible. Coursera which to da

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Is Twitter purposefully blocking certain accounts from becoming verified?

On this day, one year ago, Twitter rolled out what thousands of users were hoping for: an opportunity to be verified. Now, anyone can apply to be verified! Great, right? Not so fast, as a great many of us found out when we received denial emails within days of applying. It seemed that although there were reports that anyone can get verified, they were misleading, as the language on the company‘s support page states that they still favor use

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How this online accounting service reinvented itself on the fly to secure 43M in funding

Cloud-based accounting software service FreshBooks, recently announced that the company had raised 43 million USD in Series B funding led by existing investor Georgian Partners. The announcement predictably attracted widespread attention in the media. The platform also previously raised 30M USD in institutional funding back in July 2014. The success of the service is highlighted by its 10 million users across 160 countries. But, there is much mor

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This free typeface is perfect for adding placeholder text to your wireframes

Wireframing is an integral part of the design process in building web and mobile apps, and speed is key to getting your ideas on to the drawing board. That‘s why it makes sense to ditch all the standard ‘lorem ipsum‘ dummy text and go with Flow. This free typeface, created by Shopify designer Dan Ross, skips letters and instead features abstract representations of text for sentences and paragraphs in three different weights. It&

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How the death industry is going digital

On Friday, November 11, scores of Facebook users logged into their accounts to find that they were dead. With the simple addition of the word ‘Remembering,‘ placed in front of a name along the top of the that user‘s profile page, their accounts became memorials, with banners along the top urging users who were friends with the deceased to use the page as a space to ‘remember and celebrate [their] life.‘ But, of cours

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Mozilla is crowdsourcing 10,000 hours of audio so anyone can build voice apps

The tech industry is convinced that voice-based interaction will be a big part of our future, and we‘ve seen proof of that in AI-powered assistants on our phones and smart speakers. But it‘s not easy or cheap to build your own voice recognition system for an app or gadget because that requires plenty of data to learn from. The folks at Mozilla, who are behind the popular Firefox browser, want to take the stress out of that part of the

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Google adds a ‘follow‘ button to search results

Good news for folks who find Google‘s mobile news cards useful in its search app and launcher: the service will now not only bring you stories related to things you‘ve searched for, but also trending topics and happenings in your area and around the globe. Google says it‘s smartened up its feed with more powerful machine learning algorithms that are now better at figuring out what you might be interested in: For example, if you&

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Samsung‘s Bixby voice assistant is finally available to S8 owners in the US

After months of delays, Samsung has finally launched its Bixby AI-powered voice assistant in the US for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users. That took way too long. The company first proudly showed off Bixby in March, and then released it only in its home market of South Korea in May over a month after it launched the flagship phone meant to showcase the service. It‘s taken nearly three months to bring it stateside, and it isn‘t clear how long i

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This Chrome extension will blur out offensive language on your feed

If you‘re sick of reading hateful comments and distressing news headlines, Soothe is here to help. Soothe is a Chrome extension that blurs out content that is considered homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent by the user. Justchoose the general categories you want to censor, and the extension will analyze the site‘s content to blur out any triggering language. The founders, Nikola Draca and Angus McLean

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Security bot‘s creators laugh over its fountain dive

A security robot in Washington DC took an unplanned dip in a mall fountain this week - and its creators are choosing to see the humor in the situation. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn - Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 The robot - a Knightscope K5 security bot with advanced sensors, 360-degree video streaming, an

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Uber is getting sued by disability advocates again

A disability rights group in New York City has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, alleging the company doesn‘t do enough to provide for riders who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The suit, filed today, says that the few wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) available in New York aren‘t enough to accommodate the large disabled population - there are less than 100 to serve all five boroughs. It was brought by Disability Rig

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Did Microsoft just leak the Surface Phone? Probably not

Astute observers on Twitter noticed a Microsoft tweet shows a device that doesn‘t look like anything currently on the market. The tweet, which advertises a free Node.js class, shows a person holding what appears to be a large phone with a bezel-free screen that might be folded behind the device. Hey #Devs! Learn how to develop deploy Node.js web #apps in #Azure with this live virtual class: https://t.co/12TnoS1dgA pic.twitter.com/H1hIMlNWr

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How a popular Chrome extension became adware

Particle, a popular Chrome extension which allowed users to customize their YouTube UI, became adware practically overnight - and its creator is cautioning users. The creator sold the extension at some point before July 11, and informed users they‘d no longer be able to make changes to it. But the new owners did make a few changes. Users reported the Particle extension was asking for permission to read data from all websites visited, and to

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FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement(PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys. The document warns that connected toys with microphones, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, and/or bluetooth connectivity could be giving criminals access to private information about children and their families. This could lead to identity theft or worse: The exposure of such information could create opportunities for child identity

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You can now buy Snapchat Spectacles on Amazon

If you‘ve wanted to buy Snap‘s Spectacles but can‘t bear the thought of waiting more than two days for shipping, now‘s your chance. The Snapchat-video-recordingglasses have recently shown up on Amazon, available in a multitude of colors for 130. Spetacles were originally only available at special yellow kiosks, but they‘ve since been sold on Snap‘s website. Yet even after all these months, Snapchat gives an est

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The nightmare future of Google Glass in the workplace

This is a new series in which I take tech news and extrapolate it into a horrid future nightmare (that just might come true). It might be because I‘m a paranoid pessimist, but I have a hard time seeing the positives in many of the world‘s technological advancements. Somehow, I‘m always drawn to the most terrible, jarring result of whatever wonderful new gadget hits the market. Now, to get rid of this angst and not have to bother

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Snapchat‘s latest update lets you recolor any object

Snapchat has been on a bit of a roll adding new features recently with no sign of stopping soon. The company is today launching two new features: Multi-Snap and Tint Brush. Mutli-Snap lets you record multiple video snaps in seamless succession. All you have to do is hold the record button beyond usual ten-second limit and Snapchat will automatically begin filming the next clip. You can have up to six clips in a row, and the videos play without a

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The weather app dominating the field of aviation with over 26 million downloads

As the weather is a crucial factor for pilots, it should be of little surprise to learn that weather apps are greeted with an element of enthusiasm from those working in the aviation industry. A crowded marketplace has ensured that there are numerous weather apps available now making it hard for anything new to break through the white noise. However, MyRadar has somehow become very popular within a relatively short time with over 26 million downl

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Ecommerce in the Middle East: Amazon‘s entrance and difficult legislation

In the last couple of years, entrepreneurs across the Middle East have launched new products, businesses, and shown the possibility of creating a vibrant startup scene similar to Europe and the United States. Startups from the region have shown great promise with big exists. One such example is the recent acquisition of Souq, an ecommerce player that got acquired by Amazon for close to 800 million. Another notable exit from this region is Talabat

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Bored OkCupid devs are trolling one whiny user with shitty release notes

Say what you will, but developers certainly have a penchant for shitposting once boredom starts crawling under their skin and OkCupid programmers seem to have mastered the art of trolling to perfection. While the What‘s New section on the App Store and Google Play is usually reserved for documenting any changes and fixes introduced to the latest reiteration of an app, the popular dating platform has opted for an alternative approach. Inste

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Google Glass returns with its sights set on enterprise customers

One of Google‘s wackiest experiments was Glass, an augmented-reality headset that brought contextual information right in front of your eyes. The idea was a bit ahead of its time and its utility was poorly demonstrated to consumers. As such, it didn‘t take off. In 2015, the program was spun off into its own entity within Alphabet so the product could be developed further for enterprise customers. Now, after extensive testing, it&lsquo

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Welp, even ships are hackable now

Large shipping vessels and aircraft are often equipped with VSAT systems, allowing crewmembers to send and receive messages and access the Internet during voyages. Turns out, some of these VSAT systems are profoundly insecure, and could allow an attacker to gain access, and disrupt communications. Security researcher x0rz discovered that many VSAT systems can be reached from the public Internet. Not only does this mean they can be tracked through

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