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Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lighst run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil. Here’s how it works: during the process of photosynthesis plants release organic compounds in the soil. This causes bacteria to generate electrons and protons, which are then used in a similar way to a traditional battery. And here’s the fun part: healthier plants produce more energy. If you take care… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the digital world, there is one certainty: if there’s a need, sooner or later (and probably sooner) there will be an app for it. Digital technology has revolutionized, streamlined and enhanced just about every area of our lives. And now it’s time to do the same for our pets’ lives. Now that summer is here, pet owners everywhere are busy making pet care arrangements for the holidays. While we humans can find our ideal getaway on sites like Airbnb or Homeaway, what about our furry (or feathered or scaly) friends? For folks who cringe at the idea of Fido… This story continues at The Next Web

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A few months ago, Razer made the surprising move of buying Nextbit, a small company that had just entered the market with a cloud-oriented phone. If it wasn’t already clear then that Razer intended to make a smartphone, a report by Bloomberg corroborates the suspicion. According to “people familiar with the matter,” the company is shooting for a $3-5 billion valuation on a Hong Kong IPO in order to help fund the smartphone. This theoretical device would be aimed at Razer’s hardcore gaming audience, whatever that means. I, for one, would be curious to see a Razer phone. The company… This story continues at The Next Web

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Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. They’ve created an algorithm that can detect and measure individual heartbeats by bouncing RF signals off of people. An RF emitter coupled with the algorithm works in the same way as an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), without requiring any leads be attached to a person. This is accomplished using the same technology that we currently have in our home routers. The remarkable part is the machine-learning that goes into what the scientists are calling EQ Radio. The information the AI receives has to be processed differently than a standard… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Fiber, for all intents and purposes, was a failure. For all the promise of Gigabit speeds nationwide, Google managed just to install its super fast internet in just 20 cities while burning through billions of dollars and numerous staffers — including two CEOs in just nine months. But even in failure, few things are black and white. Google may have failed as an ISP, but we’ve all won — including Google. From day one, journalists speculated Fiber was less about competing with established ISPs like Comcast and AT&T, and instead rubbing their nose in failure. Failure is an accurate… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Microsoft is taking down suspected Russian hackers using American trademark law, with a year-long legal battle tentatively drawing to a close this week. Microsoft filed suit against the hackers last year for computer intrusion and infringing on its trademarks. It alleged the John Does responsible, through an operation called “Strontium,” have broken into Microsoft accounts and stolen info from Microsoft customers. A classic Law & Order legal battle, this is not. The hackers aren’t facing down Microsoft’s lawyers in person — it’s still not known who they are or where they’re operating from. The legal documents describe the defendants as a “sophisticated… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are creating a new microscope technology they hope will empirically determine if life exists beyond our planet. The device is called a Digital Holographic Microscope and it’s designed to find microbes in space. The last time NASA actively searched for life outside of Earth was with the Viking space program in 1976. Since then, there hasn’t been any clear consensus in the scientific community on how best to continue the search. Sure, we’ve spent time and money searching for water on other planets – figuring that was the likeliest place we’d find… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wacom tablets are normally associated with digital artists and illustrators. I am neither of those, but when Wacom sent me their new Intuos Pro M, I decided to give it a go anyway. I figured many artists used drawing tablets and their primary mousing device, so I wanted to see if it could replace my trusty Logitech G900 on the desktop. Almost. While I’ve rarely used drawing tablets, I’m no stranger to the stylus; I’ve been using tablet PCs since Vista. After I built myself a desktop in December, I missed the freedom and flexibility that came with the stylus… This story continues at The Next Web

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Lyft announced today it was opening its own self-driving car division in Palo Alto called Level 5, and its first cars will hit the streets of Boston by the end of this year. According to David Vincent, Lyft’s head of autonomy, self-driving cars won’t replace its drivers: When a passenger requests a ride that a self-driving car can complete, we may send one to complete the trip. If that person needs to go somewhere self-driving cars are unable to navigate, or their needs call for a different level of service, they will have a driver. After the Boston test, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceutical research are hot-button issues in the U.S. and abroad. As the debate surrounding federal health care plans rages in Washington D.C., a quiet undercurrent is forming to help make a change in the industry regardless of political opinion, and outside its influence. That shift is being led by a growing number of companies in the life sciences arena that are working to upset the status quo by turning data into actionable insights that can help benefit every aspect of healthcare. Over 80% of healthcare data is unstructured. Unstructured data, simply put, is any information that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook yesterday filed a patent detailing plans for a modular smart device. The patent shows off a design that would allow consumers to mix and match different hardware components compatible with a base frame. Information gleaned from the patent doesn’t make it clear whether this device is meant to be a smart phone or not. It’s possible, based on images in the document, that it could also be a smart-home speaker like Amazon’s Alexa. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a modular device concept, and this patent certainly isn’t indicating that Facebook is going to develop and manufacture the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Writing has never been easy. But in the age of emojis, abbreviations, microscopically tiny keys and autocorrect, it’s never been more painful to wade through paragraphs clogged with typos, grammatical errors and prose that would make your 5th grade English teacher smack her forehead in frustration. Thankfully, Ginger Page Premium stands ready to take back your sanity from horrendous communication. Make sure you’re part of the solution and not the problem with this app that’ll make you a better writer, on sale now for $69.99, a 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals. With a rating of 4.5 out of 5 among more than… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday Europol announced the FBI, the DEA and the Dutch National Police have cooperated on a massive investigation aimed at shutting down AlphaBay and Hansa. Now rumors are spreading that the third largest illegal dark web marketplace, Dream Market, has also been compromised by authorities. Concerned Redditors have discovered a non-encrypted (‘clearnet‘) IP address in Dream’s source code, which many users are interpreting as a sign that law enforcement agencies might have taken over control of the market and are now actively monitoring the platform. While the claims are yet to be verified by more reliable sources, the moderators of the underground Reddit… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the entrepreneurial world, it seems that many people focus their time and resources on trying to develop a brand new idea — something that completely disrupts the marketplace, something that nobody else has ever thought of before. While these ideas can lead to some incredible results, there’s no denying that they also involve a lot of money — and a lot of risk. What if there isn’t a market for this revolutionary idea? What if you don’t have the capital to get off the launchpad? The good news is that you don’t need to try to completely reinvent things.… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to research by Goldman Sachs, the virtual and augmented reality industry will become a $85 billion market by 2025. However, while a lot of the conversation surrounding VR and AR is focused on gaming and video, a huge part of the market value is being driven from non-entertainment use cases. The possibilities that these new computing platforms provide are much broader than hardcore gaming, cinematics or putting mustaches on your selfies. Here are some of the industries that already have a headstart in VR and AR. Real estate Choosing a new home or office can be a real pain,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smart home technology is increasingly commonplace. As tech-conscious consumers, we have embraced Internet-connected fridges, kettles, and thermostats feet-first. Although shiny, these often ship with significant security flaws, which can prove disastrous for users. The Heatmiser smart thermostat is one such example. Like the Nest, it allows you to regulate your home intelligently and remotely. A quick glance on Shodan shows the thermostat deployed worldwide in homes, workplaces, and schools. The thermostat offers a web portal. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly well-secured, with the login credentials available in plaintext within the source code of one page. Once you’ve obtained these, an attacker can… This story continues at The Next Web

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While India is trying to get to grips with the notion of privacy as a fundamental right for its citizens, it’s simultaneously charging forward with its program to document all 1.3 billion people in a biometric database called Aadhaar, and enforcing the accompanying unique ID to things like your bank account and mobile phone numbers. The trouble is, Aadhaar isn’t nearly as secure as it needs to be. Rights advocates have screamed themselves hoarse about the dangers of creating a nationwide database that infringes on privacy, and becomes a massive target for hackers without a clear reason for the system… This story continues at The Next Web

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How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down immediately when a human comes near. But this quick fix wouldn’t work for something like a self-driving car that might have to move to avoid a collision, or a care robot that might need to catch an old person if they fall. With robots set to become our servants, companions and co-workers, we need to deal with the increasingly complex situations this will create and the ethical and safety questions this will raise. Science fiction already envisioned this problem… This story continues at The Next Web

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“If you say things that are particularly assholeish to Cortana, she will get mad,” Deborah Harrison says. As a writer for Windows’ female-voiced virtual assistant, she should know. At a 2015 tech conference, Harrison told delegates that “a good chunk” of user inquiries were about Cortana’s sex life, something Microsoft was working to curb. And it’s not just Cortana. Siri, Alexa, x.ai’s meeting-schedule bot “Amy” and even traffic update assistant Robin have all been subjected to the sexual advances of their male users. That there’s a market for virtual sex is unsurprising. And as MEL reported in January, Abyss Creations is releasing the first RealDoll… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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The weirdest news about Atari is not that it’s made its first video game console in 20 years, but that it’s now designed a hat with built-in speakers to promote the upcoming cyberpunk flick, Blade Runner 2049. I can’t believe I didn’t mistype something in that last sentence. Anyhoo, the idea is to fit high-fidelity Bluetooth stero speakers and a mic into a baseball-style cap so you can blast tunes from your noggin anytime, anywhere – and answer calls while you’re at it. I have no clue how Atari thinks it’ll pull that off, but the company thinks it’s on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month, we heard that AlphaBay – a marketplace for illegal drugs and falsified documents on the dark web – was facing a major outage, and it was believed that the incident was tied to plans of stealing users’ funds and vanishing into thin air. Now, the story has taken another dramatic turn. The US Department of Justice announced today that it’s now shut down AlphaBay, following the arrest and suicide of the marketplace’s creator and administrator, Alexandre Cazes. That’s a huge blow to the 200,000-odd dealers and consumers of drugs, hacking tools, stolen ID documents and firearms who… This story continues at The Next Web

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Digital transformation consultant Dan Hon, trained an AI to generate British place names ー because why not? This isn’t the first time technology is being used to spew random names either. Thanks to neural networks, a rescue center’s guinea pigs have cute names, new paint colors exist, and most importantly, parents will have a new way to choose their baby’s name. But to come up with brand new British places, Dan had to compile a list of 50,000 real places in the UK, including Wales, Edinburgh, and Belfast. From there, he chose a multi-layer recurrent neural network to use and let fate take care of… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Google launched Motion Stills on iOS last year, we lamented not being able to create the same buttery-smooth GIFs on Android. Fret no more: the app has now made its way over to Google’s own OS. The app defaults to shooting three second loops, which are stabilized to almost gimbal-like smoothness. If you want to shoot something longer, you can combine multiple clips together. You can also export your results as a video if you want a higher quality option. Then there’s another mode called “Fast Forward,” which is basically Google’s take on a hyperlapse. If you’re interested in reading… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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After months of rumors and speculations, we finally have an official date for Samsung to reveal the Note 8: August 23. Samsung today sent out invites to journalists for an announcement event that will take place in New York at 11AM ET. The rumor mill specs are about what you’d imagine, with some of the usual mild spec boost compared to the S8. 6.3-inch screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio Snapdragon 835 3300 mAh battery 6GB of RAM Samsung’s first attempt at Dual cameras Improved S-Pen The dual cameras are particularly notable – it’ll be interesting to see whether Samsung takes… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung

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Google today announced it was adding a feature to YouTube to redirect anyone searching for extremist content to videos that decry terrorism. According to YouTube’s blog, this is part of Google’s larger initiative to push back against such content that keeps popping up on its video platform. Jigsaw — Alphabet’s security incubator — and counter-extremist startup Moonshot CVE partnered up to create the Redirect Method. Whenever someone searches for keywords related to extremist content, YouTube will instead show a series of videos running counter to that particular ideology. Today, YouTube is rolling out a feature using the model proven by… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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