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CES reveals the near future's most incredible toys

CES reveals the near future's most incredible toys | Technoculture | Scoop.it

From mini flying drones to jumping cars with electric skateboards in between, a new generation of toys will be on the wish lists next Christmas.

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geek as hell: random acts of geekness

geek as hell: random acts of geekness | Technoculture | Scoop.it

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An eavesdropping lamp that livetweets private conversations

An eavesdropping lamp that livetweets private conversations | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Two artists have revealed Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets of transcribed audio to Twitter. Kyle McDonald and Brian House say they hope to raise questions about the nature of public and private spaces in an era when anything can be broadcast by ubiquitous, Internet-connected listening devices.

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How speech-recognition software got so good

How speech-recognition software got so good | Technoculture | Scoop.it

For a long time speech-recognition software was poor, confirming the saying that computers find it difficult to do things humans do easily, and vice-versa. But lately it has got much better: most modern smartphones now have a host of voice-activated features which actually work.

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Top Gun, robot-style: Navy moves ahead on carrier-based drone program

Top Gun, robot-style: Navy moves ahead on carrier-based drone program | Technoculture | Scoop.it

After a four-month delay, Navy issues secret RFP for a robotic fighter plane.

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The 5 types of people you're likely to unfriend on Facebook

The 5 types of people you're likely to unfriend on Facebook | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Have you ever unfriended someone on Facebook? A new study attempts to show the types of people most likely to be unfriended.

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Brazilian Senate approves Internet Bill of Rights

Brazilian Senate approves Internet Bill of Rights | Technoculture | Scoop.it

President Dilma Rousseff will present Marco Civil as her response to spying activity carried out by the US.

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10 scary things you didn't know the Internet knows about you

10 scary things you didn't know the Internet knows about you | Technoculture | Scoop.it

If you're reading this list, it's probably too late. The Internet knows just about everything about you.

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Parents ignore Internet's choice of name for daughter: Cthulu All-Spark

Parents ignore Internet's choice of name for daughter: Cthulu All-Spark | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The British Columbia couple who turned to the Internet to help decide their daughter's name have passed on the suggestion that captured the highest number of votes: Cthulhu All-Spark. But Alysha and Stephen McLaughlin did settle on the more traditional, second-place finisher. The Kelowna couple welcomed Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin to the world on April 7.

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Friends, and influence, for sale online

Friends, and influence, for sale online | Technoculture | Scoop.it

By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song — or a policy position.

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Netflix is the real winner if the Supreme Court sides with Aereo

Netflix is the real winner if the Supreme Court sides with Aereo | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Even if the Supreme Court rules in Aereo's favor, its biggest challenges may be still to come.

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Your very own mini-me: lifelike 3D models

Your very own mini-me: lifelike 3D models | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Did you ever wish that you ever had a model of yourself? Well, if you did, now it’s possible thanks to the state of the art tech that Twinkind have developed. The 3D scanning and printing results in amazingly lifelike models of yourself, others, or even a pet.

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Wearable tech light that works with any wardrobe

Wearable tech light that works with any wardrobe | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Whether you're a cyclist, a jogger, or just walking around at night, you can protect yourself with this stylish light device that keeps you seen.

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Iconic movie scenes, as seen on Google Street View

Iconic movie scenes, as seen on Google Street View | Technoculture | Scoop.it

What happens when you bring locations that exist within movie realities into, well, real life? Google Street Scene, which squeezes iconic movie scenes into Google Maps’ Street View feature, that’s what. It’s the ingenious brainchild of Tre Baker, who has recreated these movie scenes in Google Street View style — he even blurs out the faces of the people in the shots.

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WhatsApp is well on its way to a billion users

WhatsApp is well on its way to a billion users | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people.

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Why the HBO-Amazon deal is good for everyone (except Netflix)

Why the HBO-Amazon deal is good for everyone (except Netflix) | Technoculture | Scoop.it

HBO and Amazon just put a ring on it with a giant, multi-year deal that will put HBO originals on Amazon Prime exclusively. That means you don't need an HBO subscription to watch old episodes of everything from the Wire to Eastbound & Down. And in this game of everything-but-Game-of-Thrones, everyone wins; Amazon, HBO, and you, dear TV watcher. Everyone, that is, except maybe Netflix.

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Average Internet speed up 27% to 3.8 Mbps, mobile traffic up 70%

Average Internet speed up 27% to 3.8 Mbps, mobile traffic up 70% | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The latest figures come from Akamai, which published its quarterly State of the Internet report for Q4 2013.

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Google Street View now lets you go back in time

Google Street View now lets you go back in time | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images.

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The face recognition algorithm that finally outperforms humans

The face recognition algorithm that finally outperforms humans | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Computer scientists have developed the first algorithm that recognises people’s faces better than you do. 
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The Upshot, Vox and FiveThirtyEight: data journalism's golden age, or TMI?

The Upshot, Vox and FiveThirtyEight: data journalism's golden age, or TMI? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

A New York Times site completes the trio started by Nate Silver and Ezra Klein. Maybe it's all a little too much information.

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Moscow's war on social media claims a new casualty

Moscow's war on social media claims a new casualty | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The CEO of Europe’s second-largest social network was sacked this week as the Putin regime’s campaign to silence its internal critics went into overdrive.

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How can we create a culture of secure behavior?

How can we create a culture of secure behavior? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Phishing impacts thousands of companies each year, but it's not the only issue they face: malware attacks; physical attacks on company data by workers posing as service personnel; and attacks aimed specifically at mobile devices are on the rise, and are just a few examples of the many threat vectors. 

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The plight of newspapers in a single chart

The plight of newspapers in a single chart | Technoculture | Scoop.it

This chart is all you need to know about the breathtaking contraction of the newspaper industry that coincided with the explosive growth of digital advertising in recent years.

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Who's afraid of a robotic newspaper editor?

Who's afraid of a robotic newspaper editor? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Reactions from the media to the Guardian's new algorithmic newspaper have been predictably unenthusiastic. Are the skeptics right, or are they just scared of the future?

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Major media publisher admits it is 'afraid of Google'

Major media publisher admits it is 'afraid of Google' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Worries the search giant is turning into a 'superstate' immune from prosecution.

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The computer viruses coming soon to a TV near you

The computer viruses coming soon to a TV near you | Technoculture | Scoop.it

TV sets are vulnerable to the kind of damage malicious software has already caused desktop and laptop computers, says Eugene Kaspersky.

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Fifty years after the New York World's Fair, recalling a vision of the future

Fifty years after the New York World's Fair, recalling a vision of the future | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Fairgoers share memories of family outings and moments of inspiration at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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