Archive for April, 2014

This machine can write a grade-A paper in less than a second

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Les Perelman, a now retired former director of writing for MIT, has long been against the idea of using machines to grade essays. “I’m a skeptic,” he told the New York Times in 2012 — and now he’s built his own machine to prove his skepticism right. Called the Babel Generator — short for Basic […]

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The Force Is Magic When ‘Harry Potter’ Battles ‘Star Wars’

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The Force Is Magic When ‘Harry Potter’ Battles ‘Star Wars’

Harry Potter. Luke Skywalker. This is the battle for fantasy-world supremacy. The two fictional worlds collide when Luke Skywalker steals Harry Potter’s phone charger. No, it’s not Daniel Radcliffe and Mark Hamill with brooms and lightsabers, but these YouTube actors and their arsenal of special effects will still keep you entertained. Source: Mashable

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New Vulnerability Found in Internet Explorer

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A new zero day vulnerability has been found in Internet Explorer according to a confirmation by Microsoft, affecting every version of Internet Explorer which is used by a quarter of the entire browser market. Attacks taking advantage of the vulnerability are largely targeting IE versions 9, 10, and 11 in something called a “use after […]

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How Much Is the Average Facebook User Worth?

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Facebook released its first quarter 2014 earnings report on Wednesday, beating Wall Street’s estimates with posted revenues of $2.5 billion. The average revenue per user (ARPU) around the world increased over the past year as well, according to the report. Worldwide ARPU (measured by payments and advertising) reached $2 in the first quarter — up […]

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Domino’s Launches Its Pizza Ordering App For iPad With 3D Custom Pizza Builder

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Domino’s Pizza has revamped its menu and turned around its financials over the last few years, during which time it also started to offer mobile ordering. Next Monday, the pizza chain will launch its iPad app, which will allow you to build your pizza and order it for take-out and delivery right from your couch. […]

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Google initiative will lease solar panels to consumers

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In order to efficiently celebrate Earth Day, Google decided to invest in renewable energy, but this time to bring cheaper electricity to homes and not to power its data centers. The internet giant is funding 250$M to buy up solar panels and then distribute them among American households. With solar panels steadily getting cheaper, it […]

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University wants you to capture the ‘soundscapes’ of Earth

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University wants you to capture the ‘soundscapes’ of Earth

Bryan Pijanowski, Purdue University’s Soundscape ecologist, developed the Soundscape Recorder app for iOS and Android and is asking people to suck down three minutes of ambient noise to help measure the changes to the sonic environment. Once you’ve recorded your moment, you’ll be asked to describe what you heard and how it made you feel […]

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NASA Announces An Earth-Size Planet That May Have Liquid Water

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NASA and Kepler telescope researchers have just announced that they’ve discovered an Earth-size planet circling a dwarf star at a distance that would allow that planet to support liquid water. The finding was also published Thursday, April 16, in the journal Science. The announcement was made in a live press conference attended by a panel […]

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Google’s new camera app brings Photo Sphere and Lens Blur to Android devices

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While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it with something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it’s available in the Play Store, ready to run on any phone or tablet using Android 4.4 KitKat. Beyond bits […]

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Forget On/Off Switches, These Force Lamps Only Shine Under Pressure

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Your average human will buckle under too much pressure, but the more weight you pile on these force-sensing lamps, the brighter they’ll shine. Designed and built by Kebei Li, a pressure sensor inside the lamps works like a bathroom scale. But instead of displaying pounds, they cause a ring of LEDs to burn bright depending […]

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