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ABC to fund VR initiatives in partnership with Create NSW
The CEO of Create NSW has announced a partnership with the ABC (among others) that would provide funding for creative artworks that employ the use of Virtual Reality. The announcement occurred during...
Foxit Reader is a PDF reader - and much more. As well as providing a way to view PDF files, the program can also be used to create this type of file, sign PDFs, and add annotations.There are also Foxit...
Did Reddit’s April Fool’s gag solve the issue of online hate speech?
Enlarge / The final, community-built image stamped onto reddit.com/r/place before the 72-hour experiment was shut down on Monday morning.Reddit reader comments 10 Share this story Data stored and shared...
Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt: We 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear next to offensive content
Google may not be able to guarantee advertisements won't appear next to offensive content, but it is working on a solution that "can get pretty close," according to Alphabet's executive chairman Eric...
Udacity: Teach a car to drive itself, win $100,000
Online learning service Udacity on Wednesday announced an open competition for teams to create one of the central elements of an autonomous car — the programming that tracks pedestrians, bicyclists and...
Business News Roundup, March 7
President Trump on Monday praised Exxon Mobil Corp. after the company announced plans to create thousands of jobs by spending $20 billion over 10 years on refineries, chemical and liquefied natural gas...
How machine learning threatens 'creative' employment
"In business, all you need is a slightly increased probability to be effective," Pratt said. Currently, the advertising industry utilizes AI in two basic ways: to analyze people through data and machine...
Terrorists are using drones to drop grenades...
Members of terror group ISIS are well into drones it seems, and they're not using them to take dramatic aerial footage of waterfalls and flocks of sheep to put on YouTube -- they're putting plastic pipes...
Amazon to create more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in US by 2018
Amazon announced Thursday plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. The move would bring the e-commerce giant's workforce to more than 280,000. The company said in a...
Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures
Scientists have developed a way to efficiently create scalable, multilayer, multi-patterned nanoscale structures with unprecedented complexity. The method introduces a significant leap in material intelligence,...
Engineers create room-temperature multiferroic material
Multiferroics -- materials that exhibit both magnetic and electric order -- are of interest for next-generation computing but difficult to create because the conditions conducive to each of those states...
Kobe Bryant says he’d rather be known for venture investing than basketball
Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant told CNBC on Monday he'd rather be remembered for his role in jump-starting tech companies than his skills on the court. Bryant has been investing alongside entrepreneur...
Facebook's newest app is heavy on video and just for the kids
Facebook is closing in on 2 billion users but Mark Zuckerberg knows people aren't really using it like they once did - especially the younger generation. That's part of the reason he now owns Instagram...
Create your own photographic toy story
Struggling to find things to shoot? Try revisiting your childhood and bringing toys to life. Felix Hernandez is picking up plaudits for his stylish scale model set-ups, and while some Photoshop work is...
How to set up a new Mac
Setting up your new MacWhen you first switch on a brand new Mac, there are a few steps to go through before you can get going with it. For starters, you'll need to personalize your Mac, and optionally...
Getting Started with Microsoft HoloLens Development
One of the most exciting and groundbreaking technology products at the moment is the Microsoft HoloLens. The ability to show real time 3D holograms mixed seamlessly with any physical environment opens...
Appian's Quick Apps Move Citizen Developers Toward Digital Transformation
Appian has delivered Quick Apps, a new platform to help bridge the developer skills gap by enabling users to build apps with little or no code. Tapping into the trend of empowering so-called “citizen...
Easy App Publishing with React Native and Siphon
Siphon is a sandbox environment which lets you create React Native apps without the need to install Xcode or Android Studio. Siphon makes it possible to push and publish instant updates to production apps....
Engineers create a better way to boil water, with industrial, electronics applications
Advances in this technology have been published in Scientific Reports and a patent application filed. The concept could be useful in two ways, researchers say -- either to boil water and create steam...
SFU professor creates water from thin air
SFU professor Majid Bahrami has created a machine that turns air into water.“People are really struggling with water so water has become a major issue,” says Bahrami, who explains the prototype took three...
How to Build a 2D Tapping Game in Unity
In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create a simple 2D tapping game in Unity. The idea is similar to the famous games of Tapping Bugs: you tap on a moving insect, it disappears, and another...
Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots
Messenger is all about bots now. As expected, Facebook unveiled the Send and Receive API at its F8 conference. It lets you create bots for Messenger to search for things and interact with businesses....
The packages of the future will have digital screens attached
Scientists working at the University of Sheffield have come up with a new type of digital screen that could one day feature on the packages being delivered to your home - so you could tap the display to...
Deploy Your Own REST API in 30 Mins Using mLabs and Heroku
This article was first published on the Heroku Dev Center The MEAN stack is a popular web development stack made up of MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js. MEAN has gained popularity because it allows...
PredictionIO and Lumen: Building a Movie Recommendation App
In the intro, we covered the basics of PredictionIO and installed its dependencies. In this part, we’re going to build the movie recommendation app. Environment Config File Inside your app directory, create...
8 Great Presentation Tools for Entrepreneurs
As an entrepreneur, it’s essential that you have excellent presentation skills. From giving presentations to potential investors and partners to presenting your product or service to potential customers,...
Make your smart lights flash when your package is on the way - CNET
I obsess over tracking packages. As soon as my Amazon purchases have a tracking number for shipment, I add the number to the ParcelTrack app on my phone and incessantly refresh until it has arrived. There...
Drunk with the Power of Composer Plugins
Composer is the sharpest tool in the toolbox of the modern PHP developer. The days of manual dependency management are in the distant past, and in their place we have wonderful things like Semver. Things...
Mobli launches Galaxia, a social network that encourages users to create numerous personas
Most social media platforms deter users from creating multiple profiles to prevent shenanigans like harassment and fraud. Galaxia, however, wants people to create a new profile (which it calls a...
The No-Coding Way to Create & Host Your Own Website (for $50)
Can you drag and drop? Then you can create a website—with the help of SnapPages. SitePoint readers can get a lifetime subscription to the Pro Plan for $49, a saving of 93%. Just choose one of SnapPages'...
Quick Tip: Build a Video Player Component in React
This article was peer reviewed by Craig Bilner. Thanks to all of SitePoint's peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! In this quick tip, we're going to create a React video component....
Facebook Lead Ads: How to Increase Mobile Conversions
This article was originally published on Single Grain. Facebook has maintained its position as perhaps the top-ranking social media ad platform over the past few years, and that is largely thanks to their...
Iceland's Genesis launches first bitcoin mining fund
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Genesis Mining, which provides computer equipment to create bitcoins in the cloud, on Thursday launched the world's first fund that invests in hardware used to create the digital currency....
Online trolls could face charges in Britain
LONDON -- Britain's prosecution service says people could be charged if they create fake online profiles in order to harass or humiliate others.The Crown Prosecution Service says it is updating its guidelines...
How I Launched My eCommerce Store in Less than 30 Minutes
I’ll be honest, I tried to launch my first store for 12 months! I followed the usual way to begin with. I incorporated myself, looked for wholesalers, underestimated my marketing budget need, developed...
Building a Hacker News Reader with Lumen
In this tutorial, we’re going to build a reader for Hacker News. We will be using the Hacker News API and the Lumen framework to implement this. The final output looks something like this: If you’re excited,...
Use this low-budget hack to control your smart home more easily - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET There are a number of ways to control your smart home without sifting through apps on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the Amazon Echo to control your lights or thermostat by...
Why Apple won't unlock iPhones for the FBI
It would cost Apple "significant" time and resources to create a new operating system to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone, the company has said, adding that such a system could never be "truly...
Tim Cook: Apple hacking phones is software 'equivalent of cancer'
Apple creating an operating system to break into Syed Farook's iPhone 5C would be the "software equivalent of cancer," Tim Cook has said.Speaking on ABC News the Apple CEO re-iterated his company's decision...
Here’s What It’s Like To Set Up An On-Demand Geofilter On Snapchat
Yesterday Snapchat opened up a new revenue stream in the form of on-demand geofilters. The new on-demand geofilters let anyone pay Snapchat to create and distribute a custom filter in a specific...
US safer with fully encrypted phones: Hayden
Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said Tuesday the government would be giving intelligence services one more entryway into Americans' data should it prevail in the dispute with Apple over unlocking...
Facebook Launches Site To Help Non-Profits Raise Money
Facebook just launched a new site full of resources for non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations looking to raise awareness about their causes and money for them. The site details...
Tech giants back Apple against FBI's 'dangerous' encryption demand
Prominent figures from Silicon Valley giants Google, WhatsApp, and Mozilla have all offered various degrees of backing to Apple's "backdoor" encryption fight against the FBI and US government.The executives...
This article was peer reviewed by Simon Codrington. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! In a previous article, I demonstrated how to build a basic...
Aldi's latest tech product is a 3D printer
We all know that 3D printers are totally awesome (well, everyone but Kanye West), but it's safe to say that one of their major downsides is that they're usually prohibitively expensive.Thankfully, Aldi...
Homebrew biology kit brings synthetic biology to the masses
Biology gets stylishAmino LabEver wanted to create your own organism? It’s now easier than ever. Just take a dash of E. coli, a pinch of jellyfish DNA, stir well and heat gently. As it bubbles away in...
New 3D printer? Here's how to create your own printables - CNET
Recently I got the chance to spend some time with a Micro 3D Printer, my first foray into the world of turning a spool of plastic filament into, well, just about anything.I had lots of fun downloading...
Netflix’s biggest threat yet
Will Apple would create original content like Netflix’s Bojack Horseman? APPLE has not canned its TV plans, and a new report says Apple is looking to ink deals for exclusive TV shows that would be streamed...
Spotify Taps Hannibal Burress to Create Playlists
Spotify relies heavily on algorithms to offer its listeners interesting music. Today the company decided to see what happens when a human comedian gives it a try.It’s interesting to see that Spotify has...
Master AdWords, Analytics, Social Media, Copywriting and More for $19
Acquiring new clients and growing your revenues is about more than creating a great product or business. Learn how to create a marketing strategy and grow your business with the three-part Full-Stack...
Games of the future will be developed by algorithms, not humans
This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 -- our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers and influencers predicts what's coming next. Be the...
Genetic 'paint box' shuffled between butterfly species to create new wing patterns
New research on butterfly genomes has revealed that the genetic components that produce different splotches of colour on wings can be mixed up between species by interbreeding to create new patterns, like...
Toshiba's Launches 12-Inch DynaPad Tablet at CES
The new DynaPad tablet weighs 1.28 pounds, runs on Microsoft Windows 10 and comes with an integrated Wacom TruPen to create pictures and text. Toshiba launched its DynaPad 12-inch tablet computer at...
Liquid crystal elastomers used to create "rubber lasers"
We generally picture lasers as being encased within hard housings, much like most other electronics. Thanks to research being conducted at Kent State University and Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology,...
How to create your own Star Wars effects for free
HitFilm has been providing Star Wars fans with the tools to help create their own fan films since just after the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace back in 1999.Now, with the release of...
Flipagram’s Stories Are Sticky And You Can Now Create 60-Second Flips
In case you’ve forgotten about Flipagram, we told you about them back in July when they raised $70 million and said they had 30 million users. The company started out as an app to create quick...
MapR Tries To Separate From Hadoop Pack With New Streams Product
MapR is one of several companies built on the open source Hadoop platform, and as such it has a bit of competition in the space. Today, possibly in an effort to create some separation from its better...
NXP closes deal to buy Freescale and create top auto chipmaker
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - NXP has closed its nearly $12 billion deal to acquire Freescale, doubling the proportion of auto-related revenue to 40 percent to create the world's top maker of automotive electronics,...
BBC testing films that are personalised to each viewer
The BBC's Research & Development department is currently testing the idea of content that changes depending on who's watching it: the length of scenes, the pace of the action and even the colour cast...
uMake Raises $5.2M To Take On AutoDesk And Others In The World Of 3D Design
The 3D market has seen an explosion of interest on the back of new hardware to create and experience it, from 3D cameras and VR headgear through to 3D printers; and a raft of popular content that...
Cramer: This market is scared of Amazon, and it's fighting back
In a market that has plenty to worry about, whether it be the Senate health care bill, retail's demise, or impending deflation, Jim Cramer says it is preoccupied by one thing only: Amazon. "I think the...
Amazon aims to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages: Sources
For each game, Amazon can sell 10 30-second spots, one of the sources said. The spots run on the live-stream while local ads air on network TV. Under the terms Amazon is offering, buyers also get to run...
We now have a closer look at how Alexa will look on the Echo Show screen
Thanks to an Amazon developers kit, we now have a good idea how Alexa will look on its new smart speaker/screen the Echo Show.The developer kit has been released so that developers can start programming...
Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
We’ve built up some pretty straightforward expectations for a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Each iteration is going to be a solid but basic mini tablet that acts as a 7-inch window onto the sprawling Amazon...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark