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Amazon’s Lunatic Idea for 3-D Printing’s Future

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While 3-D printers haven’t yet hit the mainstream, innovators and entrepreneurs are busy experimenting with potential uses for the technology, from building airline engines to creating food. But few of those concepts are as weird—or potentially as brilliant, depending on your point of view—as the one proposed by Amazon in a recent series of patent applications. According to the Wall Street Journal, which dug those patents up, the company is thinking about placing 3-D printers inside trucks. When a customer… continue…

For Women in Tech, DC Might Be Best City

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What’s the best U.S. city for women in tech? According to personal-finance site SmartAsset, which pulled the data from the U.S. Census, the answer is… Washington D.C., thanks to a combination of relatively high salaries, healthy job growth, and large number of women already involved in the tech community. “Women in Washington make up over 37 [percent] of the tech workforce, higher than in any other city we examined,” SmartAsset wrote in its blog. “This is probably due in part… continue…

Guess What Apple’s Unveiling March 9

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Apple has sent out invites for a March 9 event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. The invite, with minimalism typical of the company, says only: “Spring forward.” Considering that the Apple Watch is slated to start shipping in April, and the time-related quip on the invitation, it’s a near certainty that Apple will use the event to unveil more about its upcoming timepiece. The bigger question: What new features and apps—if any—will Apple choose to unveil? Check out the… continue…

Google’s New AI Will Beat You at Video Games

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Google has created artificial intelligence software that can play video games better than you. The project originated in DeepMind Technologies, a machine-learning startup that Google acquired in 2014 for $500 million. Of course, Google didn’t blow a cool half-billion on a company whose sole goal is building software capable of playing retro Atari games with the speed and skill of an over-caffeinated 15-year-old; in theory, a system capable of mastering a game like Pong on its own can also learn… continue…

Valve’s VR Plans Could Prove Good for Devs

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If virtual reality is going to become the Next Big Thing, Valve wants a piece of the action. Valve is famous in gaming circles for its Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead games. It also runs the Steam network, a growing channel for distributing games, and maintains SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system for the upcoming Steam Machine game consoles. Given that increasingly pervasive reach, it’s perhaps no surprise that the company would extend its ambitions to virtual reality. Check out… continue…

Want a Starring Role in Dice’s Upcoming Ad Campaign?

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If you live in San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, or New York City, you might have noticed our Hottest Tech Talent billboards popping up over the past few months. Thanks to the magnificent response to those billboards, we’re going to extend this campaign with some new photography, while continuing to use real tech professionals to highlight all the incredible things our industry has to offer. If you’re interested in appearing 50 feet tall over the skyline of a major metropolitan area,… continue…

Billion-Dollar Startup? Boring.

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Once upon a time, a startup valued at more than $1 billion was a rare thing indeed. Now, according to data from the Wall Street Journal, it seems increasingly commonplace, with some 73 venture-backed startups currently valued at more than $1 billion. Those companies include Uber ($41.2 billion), Palantir ($15 billion), SpaceX ($12 billion), Airbnb ($10 billion), and Snapchat ($10 billion). More than 20 of them are headquartered in San Francisco; five are in New York; and four take up… continue…

Want to Test iOS 9? You Might Get Your Chance

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Apple isn’t exactly a company known for its openness, so the rumors that it’ll offer a public beta program for the upcoming iOS 9 comes as a bit of a surprise. According to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Apple would use the program to avoid at least some of the unpleasant surprises that sometimes accompany a software release’s first days in the wild. Apple has caught some flak in recent months from users disappointed in what many perceive as the software’s increasing… continue…

Getting Rid of Lenovo’s Superfish Vulnerability

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As you may have heard by this point, Lenovo loaded an adware package called Superfish Visual Discovery onto many of its devices. Annoying? Absolutely: Nobody likes an add-on that inserts sponsored links into your search results. But Superfish became downright dangerous when security researchers realized it could easily double as a handy tool for a man-in-the-middle attack, thanks to its ability to always appear as a “Trusted Party” to websites. The revelations have left Lenovo scrambling to repair the damage.… continue…

In Space, a Laptop Doubles as a VR Headset

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On Earth, the engineers and developers in charge of building the Oculus Rift and other virtual-reality headsets are concerned about weight: Who wants to strap on something so heavy it cricks their neck? But in space, weight isn’t an issue, which is why an astronaut can strap a laptop to his head via a heavy and complicated-looking rig and use it as a virtual-reality device. NASA astronaut Terry Virts recently did just that to train himself in the use of… continue…