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If there is a single innovation worth saving from the wreck of modern history, it is the humble potato chip. This salty, savory delicacy, first popularized during the Industrial Revolution, is now a staple of the national diet: Americans individually eat an average of 4 pounds of chips per year, for an annual nationwide total of 1.5 billion pounds. To be honest, these figures sound a bit low to me. By a conservative estimate, I’d guess I’m eating at least 4 pounds of chips weekly. That’s not great news for my blood pressure — even if chips are the “healthiest unhealthy snack” —…

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Author: Miles Klee
Posted: September 20, 2017, 8:16 am

It’s troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam. Any one of the endless stream of innocent-looking emails you receive throughout the day could be trying to con you into handing over your login credentials and give criminals control of your confidential data or your identity. Most people tend to think that it’s users’ fault when they fall for phishing scams: Someone just clicked on the wrong thing. To fix it, then, users should just stop…

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Author: Sergey Bratus
Posted: September 20, 2017, 8:02 am

Remember YotaPhone, the brand that attempted to solve smartphone battery woes by adding a second e-ink screen on its phones’ rear panel? It’s back again with its third handset, which brings refreshed hardware and a new design, hoping third time’s the charm. The all-aluminum Yota3 packs a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display on the front, and a 5.2-inch 720p e-ink display on the back. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM, and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera, as well as a 3,300mAh battery that quick charges via a USB-C port. There’s also a dual SIM…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: September 20, 2017, 6:49 am

The Financial Times reports that Amazon is embarking on a difficult journey: it’s developing smart glasses that tether to your phone and allow you to invoke and interact with the company’s Alexa voice assistant. It isn’t clear exactly why they have to be glasses, since Alexa primarily listens for voice commands and responds vocally as well. The glasses are said to have a bone-conduction audio system built-in, so you don’t have to wear earphones to hear Alexa – but what’s the eyewear for? It’s possible that the spectacles will function like Google Glass, displaying information related to your queries in…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: September 20, 2017, 5:07 am

In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab on Twitter’s mobile app today. In addition to articles that your network is engaging with, you’ll also see stories that are gaining steam among users in your area. Twitter has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to Android and iOS, but it might…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: September 20, 2017, 4:34 am

The tech world loves finding ‘the next big thing.’ It’s just the nature of the business. With all of the excitement surrounding innovative solutions and emerging platforms and hardware, tech developers and consumers, alike, are constantly looking ahead. However, constantly living in the future tense somewhat blinds us to the growth that occurs in certain avenues like ecommerce. According to a study by the International Trade Administration, ecommerce is expected to grow by 30.7 percent in 2017, which is an incredible figure when you think about the scope of the industry. Forget about our love for AI, machine learning or,…

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Author: George Beall
Posted: September 20, 2017, 12:59 am

After iOS 11 dropped today, the internet went to work dissecting its best features. And if we’re being honest, there’s a lot to like. But one of my favorite things about iOS 11 didn’t come from Apple; it’s an awesome new ruler built on its augmented reality framework: ARKit. At its surface, a ruler doesn’t seem all that sexy. MeasureKit, however, is so much more than just a ruler. Using Apple’s AR framework and the camera sensor in your iPhone or iPad, MeasureKit can measure just about anything without hunting down a ruler or tape measure — like you could…

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Author: Bryan Clark
Posted: September 20, 2017, 12:35 am

Items on Amazon’s “Frequently Bought Together” recommendation could be used to create homemade explosives if actually bought together. Investigators at UK news organization Channel 4 recently uncovered the potentially worrying trend. Among other things, the investigators discovered that searching for one ingredient (harmless on its own), or adding it to your cart, would lead Amazon to show you that other customers bought the other incendiary components. For the sake of good taste, I won’t list the ingredients here, but the examples they gave were the ingredients for thermite and black powder. Other “ingredients” are less chemical and more practical, such as…

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Author: Rachel Kaser
Posted: September 19, 2017, 11:20 pm

The Blockchain technology has been the talk of the town as both Bitcoin and Ethereum have risen in their value per token in the past few months.   While others are busy earning digital money, investors are becoming interested as to how this technology can add value to their business. Even formidable tech writers from reputable news organizations are seeing how this trend in financial technology can also benefit different industries in the future.   As the world sees it Anyone investing in cryptocurrencies, whether it’s Ethereum or Bitcoin, have an idea of what Blockchain is. From afar, the digital…

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Author: Ellie Martin
Posted: September 19, 2017, 10:59 pm

One of the biggest players in the chat bot space, Next IT, is now opening its libraries up commercially so businesses can create their own chat bots. According to the company this represents the largest repository of AI skills available for chat bots. The move also signifies the demand for conversation-savvy AI is growing. Next IT vice president Jen Snell told TNW: We’ve been around a long time, we’ve been developing these AI libraries, and offering this full stack solution, which is great – we will continue to provide the services we do now. But, we’re very excited to be…

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Author: Tristan Greene
Posted: September 19, 2017, 10:35 pm