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Here’s a tool to help avoid that awkward moment you realize your name is trademarked

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Here’s a tool to help avoid that awkward moment you realize your name is trademarked

It’s not been a great week over at JavaScript repository NPM after a trademark battle erupted between a longtime contributor and messaging app Kik, resulting in the former pulling his code and crashing thousands of websites. But, as always in the tech community, a solution is never too far away. GitHub user Andrea Parodi has created a…

Weekend business update: Microsoft chatbot spews hate-speech, the Apple event, and more

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Weekend business update: Microsoft chatbot spews hate-speech, the Apple event, and more

Artificial Intelligence continues to surprise and shock us. Last week, we saw that AI can be better than us at playing Go. This week, Microsoft’s chatbot TayTweets showed us that machine learning can even produce AI’s that are better at hate speech than we are. Microsoft promptly hit the killswitch on that one. Whoops, maybe…

5 stupid interview questions you should never ask

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5 stupid interview questions you should never ask

As I sit down to do some work at my neighborhood coffee shop, I overhear an awkward introduction between two people at a table behind me. It’s a job interview. I take a sip of my americano misto and only put in one of my headphones. This is a ride that I want to come along for….

Flirtey’s historic drone delivery gives you an idea of how ridiculous the future will look

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Flirtey’s historic drone delivery gives you an idea of how ridiculous the future will look

Dangling precariously from a Flirtey drone is a package that represents the future. The Australian startup is celebrating what it believes is the first fully-autonomous and legal US drone delivery in an urban area made to an address in Reno, Nevada, earlier this month. The flight was signed off by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) – and although a…

You’ll soon be able to ‘holoport’ anywhere in the world with Microsoft

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You’ll soon be able to ‘holoport’ anywhere in the world with Microsoft

Microsoft research manager Shahram Izadi is showing off the company’s latest innovation using HoloLens: ‘holoportation,’ enabling him to appear as if he’s there in real-time, anywhere in the world. His image is captured in 3D by cameras placed around the room. This is then stitched together, compressed and transmitted so someone else can see, hear and interact…

You can now control your Nest using Amazon’s Alexa

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You can now control your Nest using Amazon’s Alexa

Interoperability is one of the key things that the Internet of Things lives or dies by – and so Nest and Amazon have gone live with a partnership that just makes sense for the future of smart things. You can now control your Nest from Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap using Alexa voice commands. There’s…

Microsoft’s giant Surface whiteboard is finally shipping after numerous delays

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Microsoft’s giant Surface whiteboard is finally shipping after numerous delays

After a whole series of delays, Microsoft is finally ready to release its up to $22,000 Surface Hub to the businesses. If  you’re not familiar, the Surface Hub is giant all-in-one touchscreen PC designed for conference rooms and teams. It supports dual pen input (the pens are more like digital markets) via a OneNote whiteboard, and comes…

Report: Snapchat users spend roughly 30 minutes daily in-app

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Report: Snapchat users spend roughly 30 minutes daily in-app

In an attempt to look good in front of advertisers, Snapchat is touting its ability to hypnotize its fervent teen base into consuming content. According to a report from Business Insider, citing a source familiar with the matter, Snapchat is now saying that its users spend between 25-30 minutes in the app per day. This…

A new bill seeks to kill anonymous ‘burner’ phones by requiring registration

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A new bill seeks to kill anonymous ‘burner’ phones by requiring registration

A bill proposed in congress this week would require that all users provide identification and register prepaid ‘burner’ phones upon purchase. Earlier this week we reported that burner phones are what kept Islamic extremists a step head of law enforcement in the days and weeks leading up to the Paris attack. While it’s not clear this…

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