2018 Advent Calendars Launched for Computer Programmers and Web Geeks

An anonymous reader writes: Saturday the Perl Advent Calendar entered its 19th year by describing how the Wise Old Elf used a Calendar::List module from CPAN to update his Elven Perl Monger website with all the dates for 2019. ("It is a well known fact that all of Santa's Elves are enthusiastic Perl Developers in their free time, contributing regularly to many of the amazing Perl projects we've come to know and love...") But meanwhile, the Perl 6 Advent Calendar was describing how Santa gets ...
Tags: Tech, Santa, PERL, Jose Valim, NIM, CPAN, Elven Perl Monger, Gopher Academy

Microsoft Number One But Apple Will be Back on Top Monday With US-China Trade Deal

Microsoft surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable company in the world. reclaiming the number one spot after more than 15 years. Microsoft has a market value of more than $851 billion and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Innovation, US China Trade Deal

Saturday Night Palate Cleanser: Is This Hover Owl Good or Extremely Suspicious?

From the depths of the internet comes to us one clip of an owl in parts unknown, riding what appears to be a Segway miniPRO hoverboard (self-balancing scooter, in the company’s parlance) or something like it. Reached for comment, Twitter user Daniel Rourke commented only that he had discovered the video on Digg, where…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Scooters, Mysteries, Segway, Hoverboards, Digg, Owl, Hover Owl, Daniel Rourke

An Hour With Sarah Meister

Curator Sarah Meister Fred M. suggested this, in the comments, and I enjoyed it (I'm not quite all the way through it, but almost). It's on Slate's "Working" podcast, and it's called "How Does a Museum Curator Do Her job? Meet Sarah Meister, a curator in MoMA’s department of photography." Two bits (I couldn't quote because the format makes it too hard): she notes that the pictures on your phone or your computer are images, but that a photograph is a physical object like a print on paper, that ...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Moma, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Sarah Meister, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Sarah Meister Fred M

Google Search Hanukkah Decorations For 2018

Google has posted their Hanukkah or Chanukah decorations for the holiday season. Why they also posted the Christmas and Kwanzaa decorations as well, but since Chanukah starts in less than 24 hours - I am sharing these decorations now.
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Search Engine

Google Call Screen transcripts start rolling out to Pixel smartphones

The Call Screen feature that Google rolled out with the Pixel 3 will now get even better with the addition of the ability to save the transcripts. The extent of the rollout to Pixel phones, however, remains unclear. The post Google Call Screen transcripts start rolling out to Pixel smartphones appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Pixel, Android Army, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, Call Screening

Trump Agrees Not To Raise Tariff Levels on Chinese Goods; China Agrees To US Purchases. Two Sides To Start Broader Negotiations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Saturday to keep their trade war from escalating with a promise to temporarily halt the imposition of new tariffs [the link may be paywalled; alternative source], as the world's two largest economies negotiate a lasting agreement. China also agreed to further marketing opening, its foreign minister said. In a statement, White House said the U.S. had agreed not to increase tariffs on Chinese goods to 25% on Jan. 1. From a report:...
Tags: White House, China, US, Tech, Xi Jinping, Argentina, Donald Trump, Buenos Aires, Trump, Wang Yi, White House Press, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chinese Foreign

Developer Misinterprets Linux Code of Conduct, Suggests Replacing F-Word with 'Hug'

Seeking compliance with Linux's new Code of Conduct, Intel software engineer Jarkko Sakkinen recently requested comments on a set of changes to kernel code comments which Neowin described as "replacing the F-word with 'hug'. " 80 comments quickly followed on the Linux Kernel Maintainer's List: Several contributors responded to the alterations calling them insane. One wondered if Sakkinen was just trying to make a joke, and another called it censorship and said he'd refuse to apply any sort of p...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Linux, Neowin, Jonathan Corbet, Jarkko Sakkinen, Sakkinen

Now you can read the controversial Definers research about George Soros and Facebook

Facebook is still dealing with the fallout from a New York Times report outlining the company’s strategy to fight back against criticism, particularly its work with Definers Public Affairs, an opposition research firm with ties to the Republican Party. That work included a document that Definers sent to reporters suggesting ties between George Soros and progressive political groups criticizing Facebook. The Times story described the broad strokes of the claims made by Definers, but the docume...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Davos, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Republican Party, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Soros, Sandberg, Elliot Schrage, Definers Public Affairs

NYPD Officer Reportedly Suspended After Recording His Testicles on Body Cam

The New York City Police Department has suspended a detective after learning he recorded a 32-second video of his testicles on a body cam in what appears to have been a horribly ill-advised prank, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Harassment, New York, Science, Technology, NYC, Police, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Nypd, New York City Police Department, New York Daily News, Body Cams, Body Cam

A Sleeping Driver's Tesla Led Police On A 7-Minute Chase

"When a pair of California Highway Patrol officers pulled alongside a car cruising down Highway 101 in Redwood City before dawn Friday, they reported a shocking sight: a man fast asleep behind the wheel," reports the San Francisco Chronicle: The car was a Tesla, the man was a Los Altos planning commissioner, and the ensuing freeway stop turned into a complex, seven-minute operation in which the officers had to outsmart the vehicle's autopilot system because the driver was unresponsive, accordin...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Palo Alto, California Highway Patrol, CHP, Consumer Watchdog, John Simpson, Los Altos, Highway 101, Redwood City, Embarcadero, Art Montiel, Samek, Whipple Avenue, Tesla Montiel

When a Therapist and Journalist Comes Clean About Her Self-Doubt

As a career therapist since 1979 who decided to traverse a professional writing path beginning a bit less than a decade later, I have blended two of my passions; guiding people on their own journeys and communicating the thoughts that insist on being documented for posterity. Lofty pursuits? Perhaps. Fraught with challenges and responsibility for integrity? Absolutely. Thus, this article. A week ago, Psych Central published a piece called, “ How the President’s Communication Style Is Like...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Facebook, Politics, Aging, Vulnerability, Personal, Trauma, Self-doubt, Stigma, Authenticity, Brown, Oval Office, DSM, Brené, Minding the Media

Node.js Event-Stream Hack Reveals Open Source 'Developer Infrastructure' Exploit

"[O]n Nov. 26 it was publicly revealed that a widely deployed open-source Node.js programming language module known as event-stream had been injected with malicious code that looked to steal cryptocurrency wallets," reports eWeek, adding "The event-stream library has over two million downloads." An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: The backdoor came to light [November 20th] with this report from Github user Ayrton Sparling. Officials with the NPM, the open source project manager that hoste...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Github, Sophos, Ars, NPM, Copay, Ayrton Sparling, Chris Northwood

AI Anime Coloring on the Horizon

Numerous different researchers have combined their talents to create an “automatic colorization” technique which can be used specifically for anime production, a stroke of genius that could lessen the burden on animators and artists (should it work somewhat decently). IMAGICA GROUP Inc, OLM Digital Inc and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology were the […]
Tags: Technology, Animation, Artists, Anime, Ai, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, IMAGICA GROUP Inc OLM Digital Inc

Brazilian long term rentals service QuintoAndar raises $64M Series C

There’s quite a bit wrong with real estate in Brazil, according to QuintoAndar founder and CEO Gabriel Braga. Those seeking long term rentals in big Brazilian cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are throttled by bureaucratic policies that enforce outrageously expensive deposits, the requirement of local cosigners and sky-high insurance fees. On the supply side, amateur landlords are tunnel visioned on making money from transactions, creating a low quality of service and many wasted hours o...
Tags: TC, US, Tech, Atlantic, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, General Atlantic, Latin America, Nubank, Sao Paulo, Braga, Curitiba, Ga, Belo Horizonte Brasília, Porto Alegre, Rappi

Diablo Immortal Top 10 Android Games

Diablo Immortal Cheats to get the Gems required for creating you a boutique! Diablo Immortal is discharged in 2016, as the Diablo Immortal was made and created by Storm8 Studios. Design Story is currently accessible for nothing to download through Google Play for all the Android gadgets with the firmware required. The amusement is additionally accessible for nothing to download through the Appstore for every one of the IOS gadgets., anyway there are in application buys that you can purchase for...
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Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency in General, Had a Terrible November

Bitcoin, as well as smaller cryptocurrencies like XRP and ether, had a terrible November that saw $70 billion in value wiped off the market, CNBC reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Bitcoin, Crypto, Cnbc, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin mining, Ether, XRP

Robot couriers scoop up early-stage cash

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Bots replacing office workers drive big valuations Getting personal: Funding rises for software-driven tastemakers Much of the last couple of decades of innovation has centered around finding ways to get what we want without leaving the sofa. So far, online ordering and on-demand delivery have allowed us to largely accomplish this goal. Just point, click and wait. But there’s one ca...
Tags: TC, Column, California, Germany, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Washington Dc, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Estonia, Food Delivery, Bots, North America, Robotics, Robot

The World's First 8K TV Channel Launches With '2001: A Space Odyssey'

AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcaster NHK is launching the world's first 8K TV channel with a special edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey. NHK asked Warner Bros. to scan the original negatives at 8K specially for the channel. 8K offers 16 times the resolution of standard HD, 120 frames per second progressive scan, and 24 channels of sound. NHK is hoping to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the channel. 17 other channels also began broadcasting 4K programming today, according to Japan Times, ev...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Bbc, Sharp, Tokyo, Lg, Warner Bros, Engadget, Japan Times, NHK, Space Odyssey NHK

Soda Can Robots

Recycled Coca-Cola and Pepsi cans transformed into miniature toy robots. “Soda Pop Robot” project by Apollo Crowe. Metal cans turned into robots.  Also check out: Cans Transformed Into Cars
Tags: Design, Tech, Pepsi, Recycled Coca Cola, Apollo Crowe Metal

Is Linux Taking Over The World?

"2019 just might be the Year of Linux -- the year in which Linux is fully recognized as the powerhouse it has become," writes Network World's "Unix dweeb." The fact is that most people today are using Linux without ever knowing it -- whether on their phones, online when using Google, Facebook, Twitter, GPS devices, and maybe even in their cars, or when using cloud storage for personal or business use. While the presence of Linux on all of these systems may go largely unnoticed by consumers, the ...
Tags: Microsoft, America, Tech, Research, Sierra, Google Facebook Twitter GPS, Voice of the Enterprise, Linux Gartner, AI Linux

The Thoughtful Note That George H.W. Bush Left on Bill Clinton’s Desk Before Leaving the White House (1993)

With the passing of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton reflected on the life and legacy of his political predecessor, and particularly the thoughtful note that Bush 41 left on his desk, right before leaving the White House. Dated January 20, 1993, it read: Dear Bill, When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too. I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, College, Washington, Life, White House, America, Bill Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Bush, Nixon, Facebook Twitter, George H W Bush

Lenovo Finally Pays $7.3 M Fine Over Invasive 2014 'Superfish' Adware Pre-Installations

Leonovo will add $7.3 million into a $1M fund settling a class action lawsuit over their undisclosed pre-installation of Superfish's targeting adware on 28 different laptop models in 2014. Within one year the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had warned that the adware made laptops vulnerable to SSL spoofing, allowing the reading of encrypted web traffic and the redirecting of traffic from official websites to spoofs, while according to Bloomberg the original software itself also "could acc...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Social Security, Lenovo, Ftc, U S Department of Homeland Security, Leonovo, VisualDiscovery Lenovo

Mobile Search Is Evolving—Is Your Business Keeping Up With the Changes?

Organic traffic will always be of the utmost importance to businesses and brands across the globe. With mobile usage on the rise and mobile-first indexing now in effect with Google, focusing your time and efforts on securing top mobile search rankings is more important than ever before. As we all know, we are simply playing in Google’s arena and rules can change at anytime. Industries and markets can also disappear overnight. Google doesn’t need to have a reason to act the way it does—it simp...
Tags: Google, Sales, Mobile Search, Mobility, Search Engine Optimization, Sujan Patel, Industries, Dan Shure, PPC Landing Pages for Mobile Devices, Mobile-first, Ramp Ventures, Roy Povarchik, Andrew Terehin, Terehin, Elliott Davidson, Contrast Digital

Google officially rolling out new search bar with sticky header, rounded search bar

After months of testing, Google is rolling out the new search bar for the search results page. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. [Author: Barry Schwartz]
Tags: Google, Seo, Barry Schwartz

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian brings Armenian brandy to the US

Brett Moskowitz Contributor Share on Twitter Brett Moskowitz writes about cocktails and spirits for a variety of publications, including Food & Wine, Esquire, Saveur, Tasting Table,, Neatpour, and others. He lives in New York City. When Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, approached the members-only spirits subscription club Flaviar about bringing an Armenian brandy to market, he saw it as a unique opportunity t...
Tags: TC, Column, Europe, New York City, US, America, Tech, Reddit, Armenia, Alexis Ohanian, XO, Petkovic, Ohanian, Speedinvest, Flaviar, Brett Moskowitz

There’s a Lot More to Branding Than Creating a New Logo

If you search for branding on Google you get 773,000,000 results. Most of the articles on the front page talk about the importance of a modern logo, before analyzing how a famous company logo has changed over time. Unfortunately these articles largely miss the point. Brand identity is important, but a successful branding exercise is a lot more than creating a modern looking logo. I thought the best way to start this article would be to do something a bit contentious. Below is an image of how the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Toyota, Jeff Bezos, Aston Martin, Dollar Shave Club, Branding, New Logo, Small Business Advice, Aston Martin Cygnet

The economics and tradeoffs of ad-funded smart city tech

In order to have innovative smart city applications, cities first need to build out the connected infrastructure, which can be a costly, lengthy, and politicized process. Third-parties are helping build infrastructure at no cost to cities by paying for projects entirely through advertising placements on the new equipment. I try to dig into the economics of ad-funded smart city projects to better understand what types of infrastructure can be built under an ad-funded model, the benefits the stra...
Tags: New York, California, NYC, Berlin, Tech, Mta, Richard, Mckinsey, VOLTA, Global Institute, Urban Tech, Richard Levine Corbis, Carolyn Kormann, IKE Soofa, New York City Open Data, CityLab Feargus O'Sullivan

Tokyo Train Station Security Robot Patrols Diligently

A large and suspicious security robot has been spotted patrolling the Seibu Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. Although the robot looks as if it’s about to start sprouting legs and deploy its laser annihilation systems, it’s completely harmless and actually works to keep commuters safe from danger. The Perseusbot is an autonomous robot developed by Seibu Railway, the Tokyo […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Robots, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Anime, Image Gallery, Seibu Shinjuku Station

Recent Quasar Observations Support Lots of Mini-Bangs Instead of One Big Bang

Chris Reeve writes: Wired Magazine is reporting that astronomers have since 2014 witnessed up to 100 possible instances of quasars transforming into galaxies over very short timespans, but the article leaves no hint of the trouble this spells for the Big Bang cosmology. The article begins, "Stephanie Lamassa did a double take. She was staring at two images on her computer screen, both of the same object — except they looked nothing alike... The quasar seemed to have vanished, leaving just anothe...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Carnegie Institute, Edwin Hubble, Arp, Chris Reeve, Stephanie Lamassa, Halton Arp

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