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Can Big Data Really Help Screen Immigrants?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, hope to build an automated computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the United States. FrankRamspott/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption FrankRamspott/Getty Images/iStockphoto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, hope to build an automated computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the United States. FrankRamspott/Getty Images/iStockphoto Can an algorithm tell if you’re a terrorist? Can it predict if you’ll be a productive member of society? U.S. immigration officials are […]

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RavPower’s popular wireless phone charger is 34% off today

Time is running out to get items shipped in time for Christmas—but with this gift idea, time doesn’t have to run out on your battery life. Today Amazon is selling the RavPower Fast Wireless charger for $33. This popular phone charger is usually $50, so you’re saving about $17—the steepest discount we’ve seen on this model so far. The charger uses the Qi wireless charging standard and works with a variety phones including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Note8. The charger […]

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Bitcoin Boom: In Code We Trust

Photo Credit Andrea Chronopoulos You don’t need brilliant financial analysis skills to notice that Bitcoin is in a bubble. It has grown in value from about 39 cents to over $18,000 in just eight years and recently attracted broad media attention by doubling in just a few days. The conventional wisdom had been that illegal and illicit transactions — buying drugs or transferring money out of Argentina — accounted for much of Bitcoin’s value. Today the mainstream view sees mere greed and speculation. Yet as Bitcoin continues […]

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50 best tweets that helped us cope throughout 2017

Let’s be honest here, 2017 has had nothing but disappointments and mediocrity.  This tumultuous year has taken such a toll on us that the only thing that made us smile, even a little bit, was our dear old friend and the best place for great memes: Twitter.  Sure it can be a terrible toilet at times, but at its best, it’s all we have.  At the end of the 2017, we might as well get a laugh out of it to hide our 365 aches.  In no […]

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Facebook strikes music deal with Universal

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has reached a licensing agreement with a major music label that will allow users to post and share music on the social media network. The global, multi-year deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) addresses copyright issues raised by unauthorised use of its artists’ material. The firms also said they were working together on new music products, a sign Facebook has set its sights on challenging YouTube. UMG said the deal was “unprecedented”. Terms were not disclosed. Universal represents artists such as Taylor […]

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US life expectancy falls for second straight year as more people die from drug overdoses

Life expectancy in the US is continuing to drop because of accidental deaths from the prescription and illicit opioids that are sweeping the country. This is the second year in a row that life expectancy declines in the US — to 78.6 years in 2016, down from 78.7 years in 2015 and 78.8 in 2014, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The leading causes of death in the US are still heart disease and cancer. But the opioid epidemic is taking […]

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Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley

Devrimb/Getty Images/iStockphoto Devrimb/Getty Images/iStockphoto Henry Wellman is the Harold W. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Kimberly Brink is a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan. Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov collected a series of his short stories on robots in his now famous anthology I, Robot. The series “revolutionized science fiction … and made robots far more interesting than they ever had been,” according to the Saturday Evening Post. I, Robot begins with a lesser-known story: Robbie. Robbie […]

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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9

It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stage for the rest of 2018 flagships to follow. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next Galaxy phone: Galaxy S9 design 91mobiles This leaked render of the Galaxy S9 shows a similar phone to the S8… not that there’s anything wrong with […]

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The Best Toys That Teach Kids How to Code

The pocket-size Ozobot Evo (ages 8 and up) does not need a screen; instead, it follows commands drawn on paper with color markers. Ozobot even has printable mazes, puzzles and races for Evo to follow. For those looking for more challenging tasks, Ozobot offers a Blockly application for advanced programming. The Osmo Coding Jam kit (ages 6 to 12) requires a mobile device, but the coding blocks are physical tiles that must be linked together in front of a tablet. The Osmo app (available for the Apple […]

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Walmart continues to gird itself for the battle against Amazon

Walmart is trying to best Amazon as your one-stop shop for everything Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Marcus Gilmer2017-12-21 17:23:31 UTC As Amazon’s plan for world domination has swallowed Whole Foods, competing supermegachain Walmart is rolling out more plans to fight back in an ongoing battle of David Goliath versus Goliath. The latest examples of Walmart’s plan to keep up with Amazon? Personal shoppers and a cashier-less store, according to Recode.  The personal shopping project is part of Walmart’s Code Eight subsidiary, which seems to be focusing on higher-end […]

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