Antisocial media?

As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads’, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its Event tools,

The Short, Serendipitous Life & Untimely Death Of Antisocial Photo-Sharing App, Rando

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a piece about a new random photo-sharing app called Rando, built by a London app & design studio, ustwo -- an app that prefigured the current preoccupation for apps and services to offer users more anonymity.

Listen Carefully

There are lessons to be drawn from how people are talking about the technology services they are interacting with. Not just in general terms — whether they like or dislike a service and so on; but what more subtle linguistic signifiers might be expressing on their behalf.

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

What a week. I’m about to go spend my weekend with extended family and old friends. What a weekend. What’ve you got lined up?Read more...

The way the Internet has changed the way we communicate

Oh Internet, where would we be without you? We certainly wouldn't be instant messaging someone we met at Machu Picchu six years ago. Or trawling through an album of a girl we went to primary school with entitled 'OMG! It's a Boy!' We wouldn't be able to craft a sentence using only emojis,

How to Watch Tonight's GOP Debates (Besides Stoned)

Sure, some people might be watching the presidential debates in VR but to truly experience tonight’s GOP circus in Boulder, Colorado you should be rolling a doobie before you tune in. Here’s how. To watch, not roll a doobie.Read more...

The Mattress Gets Reinvented and Stuffed in the Trunk of Your Car

Mattress shopping can be a major pain in the ass. Something that Casper, a newly launched sleep startup, wants to remedy. The supposed solution? One single, painstakingly engineered mattress for the masses.Read more...

UK beach's ban on Borat-style mankinis is helping its reputation

LONDON — There ain't no party like a mankini party, but the mankini parties...must stop.Police in Newquay, a town in Cornwall, England, have said that outlawing the bathing suits has helped contribute to overall improved behaviour and a boost to the economySee also:

In the first episode of 'Backstrom,' Rainn Wilson is just another savant

The following review discusses plot points from the first episode of 'Backstrom.' Do not read on if you have not watched the episode.You've likely heard this one before: Brilliant but antisocial ____________ is called back on the job for his expertise in ____________ field,

Business Insider Writer Says He Was Assaulted for Wearing Google Glass

This past Friday, Business Insider's Kyle Russell (above) covered an anti-eviction protest that targeted a high-ranking Google exec. While walking home, Russell put on his Google Glass , at which point he says it was torn off his face and smashed to bits.Read more...

Brewer Blasts Beer Censors With 'Sorry Not Sorry' Letter

There are contrite and carefully-measured responses crafted by brands in the face of public relations problems. And then there's the press release issued Monday by BrewDog.The 6 year-old Scottish brewer on Monday wrote a blistering NSFW response after Portman Group,

Is Uber selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab?

If you read the tech press, you might have seen reports that Uber is pursuing a sale in Southeast Asia that would see Grab, its Singapore-headquartered rival valued at $6 billion, acquire Uber’s business in the region. Rumors of such a tie-in have been rife for a while.

Nissan and DeNA will begin testing a self-driving taxi service in Japan next month

Nissan Motor and DeNA announced today that field tests of Easy Ride, the self-driving taxi service they developed together, will begin next month in Japan. This means that Nissan and DeNA now rank among Uber, Lyft, GM, Didi Chuxing and other companies pioneering self-driving taxi pilots,

Angry Birds maker craters on bad guidance, losing half its market value

Angry Birds maker Rovio’s stock price tanked cratered after their latest quarterly earnings report painted a dismal future for the game maker. The stock is down 50 percent after the company sent investors a warning in their latest earnings report that revenues were likely to suffer in 2018.

Apple devices are butt dialing 911 from its refurbishing facility – 20 times per day

Since October, emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, California have received over 1,600 false alarm 911 calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the area.

Split raises $17M for its product experimentation platform

Split announced this morning that it’s raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and new investor Harmony Partners. Split has now raised a total of $26.8 million.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel got a $637 million bonus last year

Snap’s stock investors haven’t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of 37,447,817, which vested at the time of the IPO. In other words, that was worth nearly $636.6 million.

Visualizing the slave insurance industry

Similar to the way people insure their cars, houses and lives, slave-owners would sometimes insure their slaves. Read More

Stop what you are doing and watch Nathan for You’s brilliant Uber episode right now

If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Nathan for You, you’re in for a treat! The man behind the show, Nathan Fielder, is so wonderfully awkward in his delivery he might just make you pee your pants from laughing so hard.Last week’s episode “Andy vs.

Redesigning the TechCrunch app

Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited.

CapHorn Invest raises $150 million fund to invest in B2B startups

French VC firm CapHorn Invest recently closed a new $150 million fund (€130 million). Around 250 CEOs and executives of big established companies invested in the fund as limited partners. This is CapHorn Invest’s second fund. The firm plans to focus on Series A rounds, from $600,

FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them.

为什么中国古代人物画总是看着不那么写实?

试答。首先,中国人物画的魅力和追求的境界在于线条和气韵。线条的粗细变化和走向可以塑造怒目金刚,也可以塑造慈心菩萨。而且细节度非常高,这点不亚于西方古典人物画。左图为现代临摹,线条的差别显而易见。

Firefox OS宣布将兼容智能电视机

去年初,火狐浏览器的开发商Mozilla公司宣布,将进军智能手机和平板操作系统领域,推出火狐OS,时至今日,采用这一系统的硬件产品寥寥无几。

'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter Doubles Goal, Soaring to $2 Million

Like a butterfly in the sky going twice as high, LeVar Burton's campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow has doubled its Kickstarter goal of $1 million, eclipsing $2 million Thursday.After reaching the $1 million mark Wednesday on the campaign's first day,

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

MarkWhittington writes: Elon Musk is well known as a private space flight entrepreneur, thanks to his space launch company SpaceX. He is also a purveyor of high end electric cars manufactured by his other company, Tesla Motors. But many people do not know that Musk has a third business, Solar City,

Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

mpicpp (3454017) writes with this update about a long-awaited project, the Very Large Telescope: The partial demolition of Cerro Armazones, a mountain in northern Chile's Antofagasta region, marked the start of constructing the world's largest and most powerful telescope,

Startups Did Not Get Last Month's Memo To Stop Burning All Their Money

After checking up on their brood last month, some of the tech industry's most prominent investors scolded startups about burning through their venture capital allowance. But dad's new rule about spending wisely has not reached founders themselves, reports the Wall Street Journal. Read more...

結合雲端技術 Volvo 研發連線單車頭盔

Volvo 開發了多種道路安全技術,早前聯同了另外兩間瑞典公司,運動品牌 POC 和通訊品牌 Ericsson,聯手開發了一款讓駕駛者和騎單車人士的雙向通訊系統,有望預防汽車和單車相撞。閱讀全文

Boston Dynamics Introduces Their Newest Four-Legged Robot, 'Spot'

MicroHex writes: Boston Dynamics, creators of "Big Dog" recently unveiled their newest creation, "Spot." Originally funded by DARPA to develop the technology behind Big Dog, Boston Dynamics is currently owned by Google and continues its robotics research. From the video:

人思考时脑海里的那个「声音」是怎么产生的?

脑海中的声音,无论是在阅读这一过程,还是在思考这一过程,虽然存在着生理机制上的差别,但都是以语言的方式出现的,所谓声音,我认为其实是语言在大脑中的语音表征。

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