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Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology
(image) While the year continues to be dominated by headlines touting the universal appeal of Alexa, there’s another gives a glimpse of what the big next step in human-computer interaction will be: eye tracking.The concept of measuring and responding to human eye motion isn’t new, but the past year saw a rising interest in the technology. There have been a slew of acquisitions of eye… Read More(image)
Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds
(image) When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More(image)
Watch SpaceX’s CRS-10 ISS resupply mission rocket launch live right here
(image) At 10:01 AM ET (7:01 AM PT) SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft for a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon vessel has 5,500 pounds of supplies for the ISS crew, including experiment support materials for over 250 studies and research projects. You can watch the launch live above, with the webcast kicking off approximately 20… Read More(image)
Brad Feld: Don’t get too excited about all those “new” acquisitions by non-tech companies
(image) Before renowned venture capitalist Brad Feld embarked on a digital sabbath, he stopped by a San Francisco event hosted by this editor, where he talked with fellow investor Semil Shah about a wide range of things. The whole sit-down was a bit hit with attendees and worth watching if you have time this weekend. (You’ll find it below.) In the meantime, it might be of particular… Read More(image)
Postmates now allows drivers to opt out of mandatory arbitration
(image) In fall 2015, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against delivery service Postmates which challenged the legality of the company’s mandatory arbitration agreement between it and its contractors. In Postmates’ fleet agreement, which contractors must sign as a condition of hire, the company had required that workers settle disagreements through arbitration. In… Read More(image)
California congressman proposes an investigation into Trump’s unsecured Android phone
(image) Remember the unsecured Android handset that newly minted President Trump gave up, but then apparently didn’t actually give up? Things had seemingly gone silent on that front as the world took some time out to focus on the rest of the deluge of insanity that is politics in 2017.Today, however, the story is rearing its head yet again, as California Congressman Ted Lieu has proposed an… Read More(image)
Snap takes aim at Facebook in roadshow video
(image) Snap is about to embark on its investor roadshow as it prepares to go public at the beginning of March. And a new video gives a glimpse at how they will be trying to persuade Wall Street to buy shares. The video starts off with CEO Evan Spiegel emphasizing their mission as a “camera company.” He compares Snap’s video experience to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of… Read More(image)
Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video
(image) A green-screen effect, or chroma keying, is nothing new. But it’s not really consumer technology — mainly because of the need for an actual green screen, a static camera and studio-quality lighting. But being able to have a live video background behind you is cool. Meet Blin.gy, a new app that’s figured out how to achieve a “mobile green-screen effect.” Read More(image)
Why is Android Studio still such a gruesome embarrassment?
(image) About twice a year, I get involved in a project that requires me to do some Android development; so, about twice a year, I re-launch Google’s so-called integrated development environment, Android Studio, with fingers crossed; …and twice a year I find myself wincing with bitter disappointment, as I rediscover that it still has all the elegant, intuitive simplicity of a Rube… Read More(image)
A big apartment management company is suing Airbnb
(image) Oh, how the tables can turn. After suing San Francisco, New York City and Anaheim, Airbnb has found itself on the other side of a lawsuit. Apartment Investment & Management Company (Aimco), which owns or manages about 50,000 properties, is suing Airbnb, saying that the company is deliberately incentivizing people to breach their leases, The Wall Street Journal reported. Aimco, which filed… Read More(image)
Theranos might be on life support
(image) It probably comes as no surprise Theranos, the blood testing technology company once worth billions, is struggling to survive. A new report from the Wall Street Journal says the company had just $200 million cash on hand left at the end of 2016 – a quarter of its $800 million in total funding. According to the Journal’s investor sources, Theranos disclosed that number on a… Read More(image)
Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows
(image) Anyone surprised by this? The growth of politically-focused mobile apps has been booming since November, with the top five political apps receiving a combined 300,000 downloads across iOS and Android over the past three months, according to new data from App Annie. This list doesn’t include news media applications, but rather those apps aimed helping people find their representatives,… Read More(image)
Mobileye outfits 4,500 for-hire cars in NYC with collision avoidance tech
(image) Mobileye’s long-game is focused on autonomous driving, but some of the tech that feeds into that can have an impact now, including advanced collision avoidance systems. The company announced on Friday that it has completed the installation of accident prevention tech across 4,500 for-hire vehicles used by drivers for services including Uber and Lyft in New York City, as part of a… Read More(image)
Why a cybersecurity solution for driverless cars may be found under the hood
(image) Autonomous vehicles were one of the most talked about technologies in 2016. Ever since Tesla, Google and Uber put these vehicles on the consumer trend map, I’ve been daydreaming of the day I might own one. Unfortunately for me, and the auto industry, that day might not be coming too soon — if they can’t keep the cars and their drivers safe, I’ll never have one sitting in… Read More(image)
App platform company MuleSoft files for IPO
(image) MuleSoft is the latest “unicorn” to file for an IPO. The company, which helps businesses with their APIs, has unveiled its financials to the public in an S-1 filing, suggesting that they are targeting a debut as soon as March. In the filing we see that MuleSoft had $187.7 million in revenue last year, up from $110.3 million in 2015 and $57.6 million the year before. Net… Read More(image)
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shows off designs for planned tech hub
(image) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team have revealed the designs for the 250,000 square foot Union Square Tech Hub. The hub, which was first announced in December, will include 58,000 square feet of “fluid space” for startups and a 36,500 square foot tech training center. (Partners in the training program include the New York City Foundation for Computer Science… Read More(image)
The importance of streaming to e-sports
(image) There are three key ingredients for a game or pastime to become a sport: playing, competing and viewing. The ability to play and compete are necessary steps in the transformation from game to sport. However, broadcasting and viewing are the crucial components to enable widespread adoption and popularity. Just as with offline sports, e-sports require these elements. Read More(image)
Beauty guru Emily Weiss on building a brand from scratch in 2017
(image) There’s no shortage of women’s beauty brands, yet for many millennial women in particular, one young outfit — the cosmetics company Glossier  — seems to stand out. Having products that customers like is undoubtedly one large reason why. The company’s “boy brow,” a kind of mascara meant to thicken and tame eyebrows, is particularly popular. But… Read More(image)
Co-founder conflict
(image) Here’s how it felt in the weeks before I resigned from my last startup: I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. Resting pulse at 120. I had reached a point where I couldn’t agree with my co-founder over the future of the company. I had to step away. Every co-founder situation is different, but one common problem revolves around how founders engage in conflict: either not… Read More(image)
Ford invests $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build self-driving cars by 2021
(image) Ford has invested $1 billion in a joint venture with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based company with ties to Carnegie Mellon. The goal is to completely outfit Ford vehicles with self-driving technology. Interestingly this isn’t a case of a large company simply hiring talent but the creation of an entirely separate company with an independent equity structure.Ford is the “majority… Read More(image)
Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself
(image) Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the President of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D animated hologram that can serve up the weather, on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More(image)
GM said to be fielding thousands of self-driving test Bolts with Lyft in 2018
(image) Self-driving fleets of cars might be sharing the streets with human drivers sooner than many thought; Reuters reports that GM will field “thousands” of self-driving test electric test vehicles, primarily based on the Chevrolet Bolt platform, starting in 2018. The fleets will primarily be used with partner Lyft for on-demand ride-hailing service, according to the report. That’s… Read More(image)
Twitter snags Showtime as a live streaming partner (but just for a boxing match)
(image) Twitter has been picking up live-streaming deals left and right these days, including most recently for rugby matches, and before that with Dick Clark Productions. Today, the company announced another high-profile grab: Showtime. But before you get too excited, the deal is just for a Saturday night boxing match from Showtime Sports. This is the first time that Showtime has brought live boxing… Read More(image)
Japanese Priest Tries to Revive Buddhism by Bringing Techno Music into the Temple: Attend a Psychedelic 23-Minute Service

Many religious leaders would like to liven up their services to attract a younger, hipper flock, but few have the necessary background to pull it off in a truly impressive way. Not so for the Japanese Buddhist priest Gyōsen Asakura, who answered the higher calling after a career as a DJ but evidently never lost his feel for the unstoppable pulse of […]

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