How Facebook is Using AI to Help Bring Photos to Life for the Blind

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Description: New AI technology can interpret the content of photos and provide more context than was possible before. But there’s still a long way to go. Source: Fast Company Date: October 16, 2015 Trevor Thomas is a professional hiker. Heading out on some of America’s most famous trails with his dog, Tennille, for treks of up to six… Read more »

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

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Description: A new development in asset exchange transactions. Source: TechCrunch Date: October 3, 2015   To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice. In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done… Read more »

Augmented Reality Has An Image Problem

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Description: Augmented Reality will be at the forefront of the next revolution in the way we connect with the world around us. Source: TechCrunch Date: Sept 26th, 2015   To date, Augmented Reality (AR) has been referred to as “the biggest technological advancement of our lifetime” by some, a mere “gimmick” by others or, worst yet,… Read more »

The Fashion Item That Reacts When Someone Looks At It

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Description: Technically Incorrect: How dull if people were the only ones to respond to your gaze. This 3D printed cape can too, with a mind and soul of its own. But is it slightly creepy? Source: CNET Date: Sept 26, 2015   Soon we won’t know what is clothing and what is tech. Just as we won’t know what… Read more »

700 mph in a Tube: The Hyperloop Experience

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Description: This alternative travel concept could change our lives in a major way. Source: CNN Money Date: Sept 11, 2015 It’s Elon Musk’s idea, but Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is trying to make this “pipe dream” a reality. Questions for discussion: 1.  Do you feel that a technology like this is something that can be woven into mainstream society? 2…. Read more »

Google to Kill Single Most Annoying Thing About Browsing the Web

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Description: You know that panicked feeling when you’ve got a zillion browser tabs open, and one of them starts blaring music? Google is about to put an end to that. Source: CNN Money Date: August 28th, 2015 In a soon-to-be released update to the chrome browser. Google will no longer allow sounds and videos to load in background… Read more »

Facebook Changes News Feed Algorithm To Prioritize Content From Friends Over Pages

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Description: Once again, Facebook has changed its algorithms. This change will allow users to see more friends’ posts and less company/pages posts. Source: Forbes Date: April 23, 2015 Facebook product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors announced that the News Feed has been updated to show you content that matters to you the most. Eulenstein… Read more »

Google Announces Budget-Priced Chromebits and Chromebooks

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Description: Google has announced new Chrome-powered computers, which are set to target budget-conscious consumers and schools. Source: BBC News Date: April 1, 2015 The range includes a new type of device called the Chromebit, which looks like an oversized memory stick, and turns monitors and TVs into computers when plugged into their HDMI ports. The tech firm also… Read more »

Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook

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Description: A rendering of a Facebook drone, which will weigh less than a small car and have the wingspan of a Boeing 767. Facebook hopes to use about 1,000 drones to connect people to the web. Source: The New York Times Date: February 26, 2015 In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook,… Read more »

70s and 80s Tech Making Comeback

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Description: From the boombox to the Polaroid, Laurie Segall takes a look at how classic tech is inspiring today’s innovation. Source: CNN Money Date: March 27, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you purchase the updated Polaroid? 2. Are you looking forward to seeing the classic Mario Bros. characters on your smartphone?