Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day Organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it and release CO2 as a byproduct.

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Vivo calls this particular feature the Elevating Front Camera, which makes it sound like it hovers above the phone in an act of magic.

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

This week, Sonos has put its soundbars and subs on sale, likely to capitalize on the TV deals happening through Super Bowl weekend. The Sonos Sub carries a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, buy it and stick it next to your couch.

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

The French data privacy authority CNIL ruled that Google violated GDPR because the company hadn't properly gained consent from users to use their data to personalize advertising.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Wikipedia’s blog post announcing Google’s new investment makes this strategy fairly clear, noting that the company also provided Project Tiger with “insights into popular search topics on Google for which no or limited local language content exists on Wikipedia.” Google is also providing Wikipedia free access to its Custom Search API and its Cloud Vision API , which will help the encyclopedia’s volunteer editors more easily cite the facts they use.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Black Panther and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations

Night Shyamalan's trilogy-ending almost-superhero film Glass ruled the long-weekend box office, and Pixar lost a big director. Night Shyamalan's Glass won the box office, bringing in $47 million in North America during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

The Bank has been working with the Maldives to increase the use of renewables and has invested in a $16 million solar power project on the islands of Male and Hulhumale in the Greater Malé region.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

But inside the instrument is an array of electronics that lets the player dial in a wide variety of sounds; when amplified, the Acoustasonic can take on the tonal character of different styles of acoustic guitar as well as solid-body and hollow-body electrics.

How to Tame Slack for a More Productive Workday

How to Tame Slack for a More Productive Workday

Customize your notification settings by navigating to the gear icon in the top right corner of a channel. You can also set times when Slack won’t send you notifications at all, like after you've gone home for the day.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

Getty Images As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials.

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Check Out This New Guide Flying squirrel caught on camera trap © Janet Pesaturo Trail cameras have become a common tool for wildlife biologists. That’s why Janet Pesaturo’s Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife (Stackpole Books) will be invaluable for both novice and experienced camera trappers.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

“If you’re unlicensed, you’re probably not paying taxes, you’re certainly not paying licensing fees, and you’re not participating in all the regulations and oversight the state has in place.” The number of businesses listed on Weedmaps fluctuates as shops pop up and shut down, but by the beginning of August 2018, the site was listing about 2,000 total marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in Southern California.

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

“Quite frankly, most of the jobs are still male-dominated and therefore the kind of private information that's so important to help women get ahead isn't as important to men's advancement,” says Northwestern University data scientist Brian Uzzi, the lead author on the study.

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

“Every town had an industrial center, and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories,” says photographer Ioana Cîrlig , who grew up in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the 1990s after the fall of Communism.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

In a project that drew on roughly 700,000 medical records from US veterans, the agency worked with Google parent Alphabet’s DeepMind unit to create software that attempts to predict which patients are likely to develop AKI.

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

“I see it less as a license plate and more as a communication portal," says Reviver cofounder and CEO Neville Boston. Reviver Auto If that sounds like too much money for a license plate, Boston wants you to change your perspective.

Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+

Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+

Loose ends like, you know, what was his whole deal, anyway ?) Don't Expect New Star Wars Movies on Disney+ The Source: Disney CEO Bob Iger Probability of Accuracy: If Iger is saying it, it's definitely the case.

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Rhett Allain Using this relay, you don't have to have a huge current going through both your low-power thingy and your high-power lightbulb. Also, if I wanted to use some microcontroller (like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi) to turn this light on and off, the controller only needs a small output current rather than almost 2 amps.

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

That's because in cold conditions, the local temperature of your hands and feet dictate how comfortable you feel, says Dr. Hui Zhang, a research scientist at UC Berkeley's Center of the Build Environment.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

And it’s no Lee Israel—she’d balk at all the fast-­flying verbal inanities. I speak of Smart Reply, Google’s answer, in the form of a triad of autogenerated responses, to the problem of email. It’s always been Google’s internet; we’re just living in it.

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

If you buy things directly from small vendors, you’re stuck entering your credit card information, your email, and your billing address on site after site—sinking ever deeper into the surveillance economy as each digital form puts your personal details into someone else’s database, while also giving hackers ever more opportunities to filch your data.

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