• The diagnosis and the cure of automation Crunch Network

    The diagnosis and the cure of automation

    I was challenged recently to “name one job in the future that won’t be automated.” I was stumped. I couldn’t think of one job that someday won’t be dehumanized. That got me thinking about the process of automation. How does it happen? Are we running down hill trying to eliminate one job at a time, or are we walking down hill trying to eliminate them all? Read More

  • Twitter tries to explain itself – again! – via a new marketing campaign aimed at attracting users

    Twitter tries to explain itself – again! – via a new marketing campaign aimed at attracting users

    Do you have to tweet to use Twitter? Is Twitter a social network? Many people still think so because the company has failed to properly position itself – and its broader use cases – to the general public throughout the years. And one could argue that it has also failed to provide essential tools for those who want to passively participate on Twitter, instead of actively… Read More

  • Security-as-a-service startup StackPath nabs $180M, 4 acquisitions including MaxCDN

    Security-as-a-service startup StackPath nabs $180M, 4 acquisitions including MaxCDN

    A mass migration of IT services to the cloud, coupled with a huge growth of connected devices, has created a perfect storm for security breaches with some 400 million malware attacks identified last year alone according to IDC. Now, a new hopeful called StackPath believes it might have the key (and size) to fighting malicious hackers once and for all. The company is emerging out of… Read More

  • Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $250 ahead of Slim launch

    Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $250 ahead of Slim launch

    This weekend, Microsoft dropped the price of the Xbox One for the third time since May, giving users access to the Xbox 360 successor for a mere $250. Remember, the Xbox One originally launched with a 500GB drive and a Kinect sensor for $499, all the way back in November of 2013. In the years since, the console has dropped dramatically in price, going to $399 in June of 2014. Since May of… Read More

  • Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Cellular data can be expensive and Wi-Fi is often free. Thankfully it seems Google Maps will soon work on just Wi-Fi. Google has yet to announce this option. Users are reporting the additional mode is found in the settings of Google Maps and replaces the “Offline areas” option. Once activated, Google Maps will load the majority of the data through Wi-Fi signals, though, as a… Read More

  • Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, live streamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The live streams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they’re logged into Twitter or not. Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports. (The Rally… Read More

  • MIT made a movie screen that brings 3D to all seats – without the glasses

    MIT made a movie screen that brings 3D to all seats – without the glasses

    Seeing 3D movies in theaters isn’t my preferred choice for a bunch of reasons, but the glasses definitely rank among its most annoying features. The cheap plastic things always have to ride atop my existing, actual vision glasses, for one, and they also always seem to be scratched or otherwise marked up. Which is why news that MIT has developed a glasses-less 3D display tech suitable for… Read More

  • Yahoo’s remaining assets to rebrand after sale to Verizon in 2017

    Yahoo’s remaining assets to rebrand after sale to Verizon in 2017

    One asset that Verizon will be getting as part of its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core assets, which it did not specifically mention in its big announcement today, is Yahoo’s (in)famous brand — main name, purple color and exclamation mark all included. This, in turn, means that when the deal is completed (expected Q1 2017) the remaining Yahoo will rename itself… Read More

  • Pokemon Go to get more Pokemon, trading, and customizable PokeStops

    Pokemon Go to get more Pokemon, trading, and customizable PokeStops

    Pokemon players will eventually be able to fill out their collections via trades, which is very good news for people eyeing region-specific Pokemon like Australia’s Kangaskhan from the other side of the world. Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed at a San Diego Comic Con panel that Niantic is indeed working on adding trading (and new training features) to their game, as well as… Read More

  • MoreUnited.UK will use tech to shake-up UK politics — and stop extremists

    MoreUnited.UK will use tech to shake-up UK politics — and stop extremists

    Crowd-funding is almost an old-fashioned concept in the tech world these days, but it’s still having a relatively new and significant impact in the world of politics. A brand new initiative is now taking the UK by storm and plans to use tech to shake up the UK’s political system in the wake of the chaos of the Brexit vote. Kicked-off by former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown… Read More

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