Tim Cook addresses Facebook privacy, U.S./China relations at Beijing event
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:14:23 +0000
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked of this year’s China Development Forum in Beijing today with an address that hit on a number of hot button topics, user privacy concerns and a looming U.S./China trade war. The executive touched on privacy regulations, in the wake of a breech of trust that found Cambridge Analytica harvesting information from […]
Original Content podcast: Confronting the tragedy of Hulu’s ‘Looming Tower’
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 14:00:01 +0000
The Looming Tower, a new series on Hulu, approaches the September 11 terrorist attacks from an unusual angle — instead of focusing on the day itself, it tells the story of the FBI and CIA investigations into Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s. In some ways, the show feels like a police procedural, with Jeff Daniels […]
Establishing ethical guidelines for marketing cryptocurrencies
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:30:57 +0000
The marketing of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) is currently operating like the Wild West. From Ethereum to Litecoin to Neo, there are over 1,300 offerings in the burgeoning crypto market, and people like James Altucher are here to profit off the confusion. However, change is afoot. Facebook banned advertising of ICOs and cryptocurrencies, […]
Snap reportedly bought its very own 3D game engine
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:51:25 +0000
Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
The web will soon be a little safer with the approval of this new security standard
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:27:14 +0000
Hear that? It's almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once... The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.
Watch Alexa rap with Too Many T’s in this interactive music video
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:31:50 +0000
Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between […]
IPOs are back, but for how long?
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:16:41 +0000
The first quarter is almost over, and despite Dropbox’s splashy debut on the public market earlier today, it was preceded by just two other U.S. tech companies to IPO in 2018: Cardlytics and Zscaler.  Will Dropbox turn things around? Will the fact that Spotify is readying its debut get the momentum going at long last? It […]
This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:13:56 +0000
It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.