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What does breaking news sound like? Circa, the popular mobile news app built on brevity, thinks it can name that tune in one second.
"We want something that’s going to evoke emotion, something that has a sense of urgency but not interruptions. I want something that’s going to be synthetic but inviting."
How’s this for bad PR? A Tesla Model S car burst into flames in Washington State this week after a relatively minor accident on a highway.
Tesla has reacted to the accident, noting that the car had a “direct impact” with a “large metallic object,” which hit “one of the 16 modules within the Model S battery pack.”
The problem with amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, isn’t treatment. If caught early enough in children, the condition can be easily addressed, often with something as simple as a pair of glasses. Instead, the issue lies with detection: If caught too late, amblyopia can lead to blindness in one eye.
Traditionally, schools have been responsible for screening students for vision disorders, referring those with issues to an eye doctor. But as school nurses can attest, the process can be fraught with problems. Tiffany Vold, head nurse at Sevilla Primary School in Phoenix, said her eight-year-old son consistently passed wall-chart exams, scoring 20/20 both at her office and the optometrist. Yet when she sat him down in front of a computer to play a vision-screening game, the results were much different: He failed—twice. “Now he’s in glasses, and he can see,” she said.
"A lot of people in our community have a problem admitting that to work in technology, you often are a skinny, upper-middle-class white guy," says Kane Sarhan, a cofounder of the apprenticeship-based education startup Enstitute and the day’s instructor. “These organizations aren’t just saying there’s a massive problem. They’re putting a stake in the ground and saying, ‘There are no black people here’ or ‘There are no women here.’”
Monsieur, an artificially intelligent robotic bartender, will take your orders and craft perfectly portioned cocktails to your liking—plus, he doesn’t work for tips.
"As you get older, your tastes become more refined, and you quickly learn it’s expensive to get a quality drink. I thought I could design a machine that could provide consistent-quality cocktails to anyone—not just people who can pay $9 a drink, or even $50 a drink," cofounder and CEO Barry Givens told Fast Company.
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There are two ways to explain why Bigfoot can’t be found. There’s the conventional view—that Bigfoot doesn’t exist—and then there’s what we might call the Donald Rumsfeld view: that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. In this view, we haven’t found Bigfoot because we haven’t looked hard enough. Specifically, we haven’t looked with drones.
Let’s hope no life-threatening asteroids head toward Earth during the government shutdown.
Another awesome live Q&A on our site today! Join us this afternoon for a conversation with Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Industrial Design Manager at Microsoft.
Perhaps you’ve heard: Sitting is the new smoking. For years, a growing body of research has shown sitting for extended periods of time, the way most of us do for50 to 70 percent of our lives, can cause a host of issues from lower back pain to diabetes to an increased risk of death.
The Stir Kinetic Desk automatically and strategically adjusts between sitting and standing positions based on data it collects about your habits over time. The Stir Kinetic Desk is simple to operate, because all of its controls are packed into a little built-in touchscreen on the desk’s bottom left-hand corner. After you initially store your preferred sitting and standing heights, double-tapping on the touchscreen will cause the desk to move up or down.
We got to try one out at the office. Watch.
A small Texas firm called Tracking Point has invented a smart rifle with an intelligent heads-up-display that can turn anyone into a sharp shooter. The invention combines technology from digital cameras, mobile devices, and smart displays into one very lethal package. With a top-end Tracking Point rifle, you can accurately hit a moving target at 1,200 yards, which is about two thirds of a mile.
It’s for hunting…
Whoops. Apple Maps glitch sends drivers to airport runway…