Monthly Archives: February 2018

Why This Tech Executive Says Her Plan to Disrupt Education Is Different

Critics, however, see Lumineer Academy as another in a series of attempts by Silicon Valley to apply the same techniques used to churn out successful apps to instead turn out successful children. Photo Instead of classrooms there are “studios,” which contain no desks but often have beanbag chairs instead. Credit Asanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times In the United States, as more tech executives have tried their hands at opening schools, education experts have debated, and in some cases warned about, the effects of corporate […]

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Social publisher LittleThings shuts down, citing Facebook algorithm changes

From humble beginnings as a blog for a pet food venture, in four years LittleThings accrued millions of followers and views on its social platforms through feel-good content. But the publisher announced that it would be no more on Tuesday, putting the blame largely on Facebook’s algorithm changes in an email to all staff, published by Business Insider.  Facebook’s “prioritisation of friends/family content over publishers was the last straw” for LittleThings, something which the social media platform implemented in early January. The self-funded company has been seeking […]

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A game where David Lynch teaches you to type, while breaking the fabric of reality

We all remember sitting in front of the computer screen in middle school while the typing teacher droned on about the proper placement of your right index finger.  Then suddenly he transformed into The Man from Another Place, dancing in his red suit, and leaning over to whisper backwards English into your ear. OK, so maybe that last bit would only happen if you were being taught how to type by renowned surrealist filmmaking David Lynch. And that’s the TL;DR of Rhino Stew Productions’ David Lynch Teaches […]

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Is Bitcoin a Waste of Electricity, or Something Worse?

Bitcoin miners compete for the coins by submitting answers to difficult math problems. Instead of solving the problems, miners use computers to submit a flood of guesses. This can be lucrative: Each Bitcoin is currently valued at about $10,550. Believers insist it is a worthwhile endeavor. They describe Bitcoin as a superior currency that will eventually come into wide use, and they predict even broader applications for blockchains, the digital bookkeeping method used to record ownership of Bitcoins and to verify transactions. But Bitcoin remains so hard […]

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Air New Zealand’s ‘coolest’ safety video in Antartica prompts backlash

Air New Zealand has produced some stellar safety videos and ads in the past, but their latest set in Antarctica is prompting backlash. Starring Entourage actor turned activist Adrian Grenier, the pre-flight safety video takes viewers on a journey around Antarctica and the important conservation work being done there. Grenier meets up with scientists from Scott Base to track penguin populations, explains ice core samples and pays a visit to the hut of early Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.  Air New Zealand said Scott Base staff and scientists […]

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Free treats for students who put down phones

Image copyright Hold Image caption The three founders wanted to find a solution to device distraction An app that rewards students for time spent away from their phones is being released in the UK. Hold was developed by three students who met at Copenhagen Business School and wanted to develop something to help with the issue of device distraction. It has proved popular in Scandinavia, with more than 120,000 users across Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Experts are growing increasingly worried about the issue of device addiction. According […]

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Monumentally stupid tweet blows up in blockchain company’s face

Yeah. Not good. Image: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES By Jack Morse2018-03-01 00:30:21 UTC The blockchain can’t solve for stupid.  That painful truth hit the internet-of-things blockchain project Waltonchain hard today, with one Twitter huge fuck up leading to the erasure of tens of millions of dollars in the market cap of its associated Walton Coin. And people are pissed.  Here’s what went down: On Feb. 8, the team behind Waltonchain posted a contest to Medium with the goal of spreading awareness about the platform. If you followed the […]

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Could Spotify really be worth $23bn?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Ek co-founded Swedish streaming company Spotify in 2006 Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, has filed paperwork to start trading its shares publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm said it expects shares to sell at prices that could value the firm at more than $23bn (£16.7bn). The Swedish company will list shares directly on the NYSE, bypassing the traditional stock offering process. In a typical public offering, companies issue new shares, with the initial price underwritten […]

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The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here’s why.

The ice on portions of Michigan’s Great Lakes has turned blue, but don’t worry, there’s a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It’s happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result […]

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LG showed off a phone called the G7 at Mobile World Congress

We’ve heard rumors that LG won’t call its next G-series phone the G7, and that the company scrapped its internal plans for the phone to start fresh. But today, Israeli publication Ynet published a video of a device that’s clearly marked as the G7 with the codename Neo. It’s unclear whether this is actually the device LG will be releasing or if it’s just to show some work the company’s done on one of its next phones. Ynet reports this phone has a notch, of course, along […]

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