APP USES KIDS’ OBSESSION WITH PHONES TO TEACH THEM CODING

WHEN RAUL GUTIERREZ’S son was younger, he came up with a great name for his father’s smartphone. “He’d call it the everything machine,” says Gutierrez, founder of childrens’ app company Tinybop. “Because to him it could do everything.” The kid was onto something. A smartphone really is an everything machine. It’s a phone, a camera, a movie screen, […]

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WHY DNA IS THE MOST EXCITING PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE TODAY

WHEN SEAN PARKER was young, he cofounded Napster and changed the way we listen to music. In his twenties, he helped jump-start Facebook and changed the way we interact with each other. Now, at age 38, he’s set on changing something else: the way we treat disease. The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which he founded in 2016, has dedicated $250 […]

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TomTom killer? Your next car could come with Google Android

Google will integrate its Android operating system into cars produced by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, a move that will put its tech products within easy reach of millions of drivers. The partnership announced Tuesday will allow the automakers to install Google (GOOGL) Maps, Google Play Store and Google Assistant in vehicles starting in 2021. The prospect of Google […]

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Coding Like a Girl – Classic Coding Game

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You Have No Excuse for Shitty Passwords Anymore

The password itself is shitty. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist. Apple […]

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Will we ever get self-healing smartphones?

The BBC’s Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at the prospects for hi-tech materials that can heal themselves. You don’t have to be a liquid metal cyborg assassin from Terminator 2 to know that the […]

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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time. The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments. There is increasing concern that algorithms used by both tech giants and other firms are not always fair in their decision-making. For example, in […]

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3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating “idols” by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported that the shop was closed on 16 September and the […]

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US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears

A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based alternative, said District Judge Amy Totenberg. Fears that e-voting machines could be hacked have caused […]

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Indian Government Websites Affected By Cryptojacking Attacks

CoinHive – the infamous cryptominer – started off as a great tool for mining cryptocurrency. However, the malefactors quickly began to misuse it for cryptojacking. We already know of several reports where CoinHive cryptomining attacks victimized routers and websites. Now, the trend has reached India. Researchers have found several Indian websites, including government sites, inadvertently mining crypto […]

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