Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Maps Show Spread and Impact of Drought On California Forests

An anonymous reader writes: According to a new study 58 million trees are dead or dying due to the California drought and hundreds of millions could die if the conditions persist. The LA Times reports: “The researchers used an airplane,

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The Power of Crowds and “Human Computation”

An anonymous reader writes with this Vice article about the power of crowds when it comes to solving complex problems. “Forget artificial intelligence: The key to solving the world’s most complex problems could be human-machine collaboration. That’s the rallying cry

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Nadine the Robot Receptionist

An anonymous reader writes: Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has unveiled an intelligent robot receptionist called Nadine. Modeled after and built by Nadia Thalmann, the director of the Institute for Media Innovation, Nadine can hold a conversation, remember a face,

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Apple Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Allegedly Slowing the iPhone 4S With iOS 9

An anonymous reader writes: A $5 million lawsuit filed in New York federal court alleges that Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating software significantly slows down the iPhone 4S. According to the complaint: “The update significantly slowed down their iPhones and

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Oculus To Ship “Lucky’s Tale” Game With Rift

An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has announced that a second game, Lucky’s Tale, will come bundled with their virtual reality headset. The system will also come with another free virtual reality game: EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games. An announcement reads:

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The E6-B Flight Computer Is 75 Years Old, Still In Use

An anonymous reader writes: Few devices have been around this long, have had cameo appearances in Star Trek, and remain in use today. The current E6-B looks almost exactly the same as the first one manufactured 75 years ago. It

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Is Wikipedia’s Popularity Causing Its Decline?

HughPickens.com writes: Researchers Halfaker, Geiger, Morgan, and Riedl have a new paper on the topic of open collaboration systems about how Wikipedia’s reaction to its popularity is causing its decline. From the Abstract: “Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia need to

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Dog With 3D-Printed Legs Gets an Upgrade

An anonymous reader writes with this update about Derby who was born with a congenital deformity that deprived him of front paws and was outfitted with a pair of 3-D-printed prosthetics. According to Gizmag: “You might remember Derby, a dog

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Feds: Your Employer Can’t Stop You From Recording Conversations At Work

schwit1 writes with news about a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board about your right to record conversations at work. The Huffington Post reports: “If you’re looking to catch your boss breaking labor law, that smartphone in your pocket

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Microsoft Makes a Selfie App For the iPhone

New submitter Nanmillerp sends word about Microsoft Garage’s newest app which aims to take the best selfies possible. The Verge reports: “Microsoft’s newest app for iOS isn’t a piece of productivity software. No, it’s a selfie app. Unambiguously called Microsoft

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