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November 2018

Google’s annual Thanksgiving report tells you the best times to avoid traffic jams

By | November 15th, 2018|Technology|

Google has released its annual Thanksgiving traffic and search trends report, created by analyzing data from last year’s holiday season. It breaks down the best and worst times to travel by state and also throws in information about when popular places, like grocery and liquor stores, are the most crowded. Even if you can’t avoid [...]

Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics

By | November 15th, 2018|Technology|

The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level and spend money to hire professional photographers to make their photos even better. Focused on travel, Sweet Escape [...]

Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires

By | November 14th, 2018|Technology|

With California’s recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in northern California. The free Airbnb [...]

Google My Business app revamp challenges Facebook Pages

By | November 14th, 2018|Technology|

Google is giving its business customers a new way to reach their customers. The company is today starting the rollout of a revamped Google My Business mobile application for iOS and Android that will offer new tools for viewing customer info – including followers, reviews and messages – as well as a way to quickly [...]

The Da Vinci Drawmaton is a blast from the Renaissance

By | November 14th, 2018|Technology|

Robert Sabuda makes mechanical books – pop up books with mechanical features that make them move and change while you read them – and he’s made it to the top of the New York Times best seller list multiple times. Now he’s taking on a new challenge: rebuilding and selling a version of Leonardo da [...]

Prolific swatter and bomb hoaxer who broke up FCC’s net neutrality vote pleads guilty

By | November 14th, 2018|Technology|

It was a dramatic moment during the FCC’s net neutrality proceedings last December when the Commission’s public meeting was abruptly evacuated and bomb squads moved in — all while thousands watched on the live stream. The person who called in that threat has just entered a guilty plea to that and numerous other crimes, including [...]

Meet the Magecart hackers, a persistent credit card skimmer group of groups you’ve never heard of

By | November 13th, 2018|Technology|

There have been few hacker groups that have been responsible for as many headlines this year as Magecart. You might not know the name, but you probably haven’t missed their work — highly targeted credit card skimming attacks, hitting Ticketmaster and British Airways, as well as consumer electronics giant Newegg and likely many more sites that [...]

RideCell expands funding round to $60 million

By | November 13th, 2018|Technology|

RideCell, a transportation software startup, has doubled its previously announced Series B funding round to $60 million, a sign that investors believe demand for cloud-based mobility platforms will grow as more companies try to scale up car-sharing, ride-hailing and even, robotaxi businesses. The company, which has developed a platform designed to help car-sharing, ride-sharing, and autonomous [...]

How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

By | November 13th, 2018|Technology|

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine [...]

YouTube VR finally lands on the Oculus Go

By | November 13th, 2018|Technology|

Today, Google’s YouTube VR app arrives on the $199 Oculus Go, bringing the largest library of VR content on the web to Facebook’s entry-level VR device. YouTube brings plenty of content in conventional and more immersive video types. It’s undoubtedly the biggest single hub of 360 content and native formats like VR180, though offering access [...]