algorithms

  • This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

    This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

    If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

  • Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

    Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

    This weekend, Apple’s App Store head Phil Schiller responded to complaints that spam apps and rip-offs were appearing in the App Store’s “New” and “What’s Hot” sections for certain categories. Unfortunately, this has been a longtime issue for Apple’s third-party application marketplace, and the subject of much developer frustration over the years. Read More

  • Twitter May Introduce An Algorithmic Timeline And People Are Losing Their Minds

    Twitter May Introduce An Algorithmic Timeline And People Are Losing Their Minds

    Remember Twitter? Or, at least, that would seem to be the sentiment from parts of Twitter that are now shocked that the company is considering switching to an algorithmic timeline, according to a BuzzFeed report. Everyone panic! This changes everything! Twitter will never be the same. #RIPTwitter. There’s even a top trending hashtag for it. Update: CEO Jack Dorsey said in a… Read More

  • How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

    How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

    There are many visions of what our hyper-connected future might look like. We’re packaged countless variants on the shiny-techie-future vision theme every day as marketing departments lay it on thick to try to put gloss on their latest product and restless grease on the wheels of consumption… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store’s search algorithms are returning results. Developers say that, following a series of shifts that took place beginning on November 3, app search results now appear to be more intelligent and far more relevant – especially among the top results – than… Read More

  • Pew: Twitter And Facebook Users Being Exposed To More News

    Pew: Twitter And Facebook Users Being Exposed To More News

    U.S. users of Twitter and Facebook are increasingly getting external news via the two services, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. “The share of Americans for whom Twitter and Facebook serve as a source of news is continuing to rise. This rise comes primarily from more current users encountering news there rather than large increases in the user base overall,”… Read More

  • There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

    Something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media. Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing their friends. Twitter polluting its users’ carefully curated timelines with content they did not choose to read… The drive to maximize profits in this segment is homogenizing the content we get to see. Read More

  • A Most Dangerous Machine

    A Most Dangerous Machine

    Facebook’s News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I’m not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself – that surely, I was following a nationwide news story… Read More