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IBM Thinks Data Can Improve Football Stadiums

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IBM Atlanta Stadium
IBM has spent years highlighting its data-analytics capabilities in the context of professional sports. At the U.S. Open tennis tournament, for example, it sets up “digital walls” that display players’ chances of winning, among other data points. But now Big Blue plans on taking its sports relationship to a whole new level. According to Bloomberg, IBM is weaving its products into the infrastructure of an under-construction stadium in Atlanta. Not only will IBM technology manage essential services such as security… continue…

Is Apple Working on an ‘iCar’?

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tesla drive train
Last week, a flurry of articles and blog postings—sparked in large part by a report in the Wall Street Journal—suggested that Apple is hard at work on an electric car that will compete with Tesla’s luxury models. According to the original Journal article, the Apple project—codenamed Titan—has been underway for more than a year and involves hundreds of employees. A separate report from Reuters, which cited an anonymous source in the auto industry, suggested that Apple is scoping out production… continue…

Vint Cerf: Dark Ages of Digital Media Await

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Vint Cerf is widely considered one of the “founders of the Internet,” so when he makes a pronouncement about the online world, people tend to listen. And right now, he’s claiming we’re at risk of losing several decades’ worth of documents and images. At last week’s meeting in San Jose of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cerf suggested that the inevitable obsolescence of hardware and software puts years’ worth of data at risk. Check out the latest… continue…

Facebook Offering a Way to Manage Accounts After Death

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Facebook now allows its users to choose “legacy contacts” to manage their accounts after they die. Legacy contacts will have the ability to post messages atop the deceased user’s timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update profile pictures and cover photos. In other words, if you opt to choose a legacy contact, make sure it’s someone you really trust, otherwise your digital afterlife could get hilarious and/or messy. Check out the latest social media-related jobs. “If someone chooses, they… continue…

Has Android Wear Failed Already?

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Android Wear
Roughly 720,000 smartwatches loaded with the Android Wear OS shipped in 2014, according to new data from research firm Canalys. (Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal for the original link.) Does that make Android Wear successful, or an outright failure? In the context of the nascent-but-growing “smartwatch” industry, things don’t look so good: Canalys also reported that some 4.6 million “smart wearable bands” shipped last year, meaning that Android Wear holds a relatively small portion of the overall market.… continue…

Creating a Drone ‘No Fly’ Zone Over Your House

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Have you ever wondered whether a drone will crash-land into your house? Does the idea of unmanned aerial vehicles buzzing over your yard make you nervous? NoFlyZone wants to calm those fears by creating an online database of addresses that drones are forbidden to fly over. “Private property location information will be included in NoFlyZone’s comprehensive airspace database provided to participating drone companies,” reads the explanatory text on the initiative’s website. “This database includes civil and military airspace, airports, hospitals,… continue…

What Google Glass 2.0 Needs to Succeed

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As previously rumored, Google has discontinued selling Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset. The company put a positive spin on its decision: “Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk,” reads a posting on the Google+ page for Glass. “Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.” Formerly a project of the Google X research… continue…

The Most Popular Bad Passwords of 2014

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Despite near-constant news of high-profile hacks, and the omnipresent threat of identify theft, millions of people around the world persist in using terrible passwords. SplashData just released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords (a list it compiled from 3.3 million leaked passwords over the course of 2014), and the results are depressing, to say the least: 1. 123456 2. password 3. 12345 4. 12345678 5. qwerty 6. 1234567890 7. 1234 (Up 9) 8. baseball 9. dragon 10.… continue…

What to Expect From Windows 10

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Windows 10 UX
On Jan. 21, Microsoft plans on giving the world a more in-depth look at Windows 10, the next major version of its primary operating system. While many features of the new operating system remain under wraps, enough details have leaked out of Microsoft to give an idea of what’s in store when the software makes its marketplace debut later this year. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. For starters, Windows 10 will almost certainly include a new browser, Spartan, with… continue…

Watch Super Mario Gain Artificial Intelligence

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Nintendo Super Mario
Super Mario, arguably the most iconic video-game character of all time, is developing a mind of his own thanks to a team of artificial-intelligence researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Those researchers took a copy of Super Mario Advance, a Mario adventure for the Game Boy Advance, and integrated it with CMUSphinx speech-recognition software developed by Carnegie Mellon. According to CNET, Mario will not only listen and respond to a human controller’s instructions, but will act on his own… continue…