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Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image

Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image | Technoculture | Scoop.it

One holiday snap has been manipulated thousands of times on thousands of computers. Gordon Comstock on how a woman on a beach in Bora Bora taught the world to tinker with pictures.

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DRM on Oculus accidentally made it easier for pirates to play stolen software

DRM on Oculus accidentally made it easier for pirates to play stolen software | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An update issued by Oculus for its virtual reality platform was designed to prevent exclusive titles from being played on competitor's headsets, but may have inadvertently opened the company's games up to being even easier to pirate.

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Apple supplier Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots

Apple supplier Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Employee numbers at the Foxconn factory in Kunshan were slashed from 110,000 to 50,000.

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Algorithmic risk-assessment: hiding racism behind 'empirical' black boxes

Algorithmic risk-assessment: hiding racism behind 'empirical' black boxes | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Courts around America and the world increasingly rely on software based risk-assessment software in determining bail and sentencing.

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Twitter blows up the 140-character limit

Twitter blows up the 140-character limit | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Twitter just announced that @mentions, pictures, and quoted tweets won’t count towards the 140-character limit.

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Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the internet

Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the internet | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.

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Think you're not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you

Think you're not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Online trackers add audio fingerprinting to their arsenal of tools to identify and follow people on the web.
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Consent of the Networked: how technology can make us free, or take away our liberty

Consent of the Networked: how technology can make us free, or take away our liberty | Technoculture | Scoop.it

An indispensable, levelheaded explanation.

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Robots will rule us all: the future of American policing is the stuff of dystopian science fiction

Robots will rule us all: the future of American policing is the stuff of dystopian science fiction | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Departments nationwide are adopting wild new technologies capable of destroying what's left of our personal privacy.

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March of the Chinese smartphones gathers pace

March of the Chinese smartphones gathers pace | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In a number of major markets across the world, Huawei is now solidly among the top three smartphone purchasing choices.

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Stories about VR are boring, but content farms keep churning them out

Stories about VR are boring, but content farms keep churning them out | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The cost of calling VR a bogus trend and being wrong are too high.

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Silicon Valley's tech workforce diversity has long way to go, say feds

Silicon Valley's tech workforce diversity has long way to go, say feds | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The diversity makeup of these Silicon Valley high-tech firms is very different from the national employment picture.

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6 reasons Civilization 6 sounds totally different from past games

6 reasons Civilization 6 sounds totally different from past games | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Including game AI that's been rewritten from the ground up.

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To hell with fair use: IBM patents a printer which doesn't belong to its buyer

To hell with fair use: IBM patents a printer which doesn't belong to its buyer | Technoculture | Scoop.it
IBM wants to apply DRM to this technology from yesteryear, all with the goal of preventing copyright infringement.
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Who will own the robots?

Who will own the robots? | Technoculture | Scoop.it
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates?
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Ethereum, explained: why Bitcoin's stranger cousin is now worth $1 billion

Ethereum, explained: why Bitcoin's stranger cousin is now worth $1 billion | Technoculture | Scoop.it

For the first time since its creation, Bitcoin is in danger of losing its status as the world's leading cryptocurrency. The new challenger is a Bitcoin-like technology called Ethereum that has seen a surge of interest from users, developers, and the corporate world.

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Microsoft crafts new policy in effort to ban 'terrorist content'

Microsoft crafts new policy in effort to ban 'terrorist content' | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Microsoft announced on Friday that it will ban content 'used to promote terrorist violence or recruit for terrorist groups' on most – but not all – of its platforms.
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Facebook finds no evidence of Trending bias, but makes changes anyway

Facebook finds no evidence of Trending bias, but makes changes anyway | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It will make some changes to how the tool works, including no longer using outside sites to determine if a trending story is relevant.

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How the Gothic city of York became a broadband battleground

How the Gothic city of York became a broadband battleground | Technoculture | Scoop.it
A rented terrace in the north-west of the city is the unlikely centre of activity plans to build a national broadband network that is 100 quicker than your typical connection.
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How technology hijacks people's minds

How technology hijacks people's minds | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Product designers play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and unconsciously) against you in the race to grab your attention.

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Are the 'pretty' Snapchat filters just making you look whiter?

Are the 'pretty' Snapchat filters just making you look whiter? | Technoculture | Scoop.it
Some users are complaining that the app is reinforcing a Eurocentric notion of beauty.
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Say hello to Allo – and the AI assistants set to run your life

Say hello to Allo – and the AI assistants set to run your life | Technoculture | Scoop.it

You may not know it yet, but you’re getting a new secretary. Someone to tackle the drudgery of everyday life like booking restaurants, checking the weather and responding to your messages. And the tech world is locked in a battle to build it for you.

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The XOCO chocolate 3D printer

The XOCO chocolate 3D printer | Technoculture | Scoop.it
XOCO is a 3d-printer that can create customized objects in chocolate, aimed at innovative restaurants, serious hobby cooks, and their guests.
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Kerry Washington's reason for taking a digital detox

Kerry Washington's reason for taking a digital detox | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The Scandal star — and notorious live-tweeter — recently announced that she was disconnecting from social media in order to reconnect with the outside world.

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iPhone design is in the danger zone

iPhone design is in the danger zone | Technoculture | Scoop.it
This report about an all-glass iPhone is giving me palpitations. Apple do you want me to die? What would be the point of this mindless gimmick?
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