Was Flash Responsible For 'The Internet's Most Creative Era'?

A new article this week on Motherboard argues that Flash "is responsible for the internet's most creative era," citing a new 640-page book by Rob Ford on the evolution of web design. [O]ne could argue that the web has actually gotten less creative over time, not more. This interpretation of events is a key underpinning of Web Design: The Evolution of the Digital World 1990-Today (Taschen, $50), a new visual-heavy book from author Rob Ford and editor Julius Wiedemann that does something that ha...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ford, Motherboard, Burger King, Rob Ford, Taschen, Geocities, Neil Cicierega, Julius Wiedemann, Zombie College

Google Doodle honors physicist Joseph Plateau with mesmerizing animated tribute

Google is celebrating the 218th birthday of Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau with a Doodle recalling the earliest animation device, the phenakistiscope.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Web, Illustration, Animation, Google Doodle, Doodle, Olivia Huynh, Joseph Plateau

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Andrew Chung: U.S. Supreme Court snubs University of Wisconsin appeal in patent fight with Apple (Source: Reuters) Stephanie Russell-Kraft: Akin Gump Grows IP Team with Two Washington Patent Lawyers (1) (Source: Bloomberg Law) Stephen Mayhew: Chutian Dragon Licenses Idex On-Card Biometric Enrollment Intellectual Property (Source: Biometric) Mihir Maddireddy: Ford Patent Sheds Light on 2021 Bronco’s Removable Doors (Source: Car and Driver) Source: USPTO ...
Tags: Apple, Law, Bloomberg, Ford, Uspto, Wall Street Journal, Patent, Reuters, University Of Wisconsin, U S Supreme Court, Jennifer, Andrew Chung, Fed Cir, Stephanie Russell Kraft, Juvan Bonni, Curver Luxembourg SARL

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e and S10 5G Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta program announced

It has been over a month since Google rolled out stable Android 10 update for its Pixel phones. Samsung today announced new One UI 2.0, the next major One UI update for its smartphones, which is based on Android 10 for its flagship Galaxy S10 series. New features in Android 10 One UI 2.0 update Clean and easy-to-use interface with minimized pop-ups, embedded loading indicators and simplified button arrangements. Streamlined design where notifications take up less space New, smarter layo...
Tags: Google, Android, News, Samsung, Blogging, Samsung Galaxy, Focus Mode, Samsung Galaxy S10 Android 10, Samsung Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta, Samsung Galaxy S10e Android 10

Robotic inspectors developed to fix wind farms

Scientists develop fully autonomous robots that could end the need for workers to scale dangerously-tall wind turbines.
Tags: Tech

Subway System to Shut Down at 10 p.m. Monday: Hong Kong Update

(Bloomberg) -- A Hong Kong police officer was hospitalized after being attacked as protests spread to 18 districts in the latest weekend of unrest.Sunday’s clashes follow a night of sporadic violence and come as some demonstrators debate online on whether to soften their tactics to avoid alienating more moderate supporters. Saturday’s march was called in protest against the government invoking emergency laws, including banning masks at public gatherings. The unrest erupted on June 9 in oppositio...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, Post, News, China, Bloomberg, NG, Tim Cook, Joshua Wong, Mong Kok, Apple Inc, CHAN, Wong, Carrie Lam, Paul Chan, Tsim Sha Tsui

Wired Remembers the Glory Days of Flash

Wired recently remembered Flash as "the annoying plugin" that transformed the web "into a cacophony of noise, colour, and controversy, presaging the modern web." They write that its early popularity in the mid-1990s came in part because "Microsoft needed software capable of showing video on their website,, then the default homepage of every Internet Explorer user." But Flash allowed anyone to become an animator. (One Disney artist tells them that Flash could do in three days what would...
Tags: Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Disney, Tech, Css, Msn, Newgrounds, Tom Fulp, Ishkur

Researchers Prove Humans Are Still Better Than AI at 'Angry Birds'

An anonymous reader quotes the I-Programmer site: Humans! Rest easy, we still beat the evil AI at the all-important Angry Birds game. Recent research by Ekaterina Nikonova and Jakub Gemrot of Charles University (Czech Republic) indicates why this is so.... "Firstly, this game has a large number of possibilities of actions and nearly infinite amount of possible levels, which makes it difficult to use simple state space search algorithms for this task. Secondly, the game requires a planning of ...
Tags: Tech, Czech Republic, Angry Birds, Charles University, Ekaterina Nikonova, Jakub Gemrot

Airline seatback screens may be an endangered species

Three of the largest U.S. airlines — American Airlines Group, United Airlines Holdings and Alaska Air Group — are removing screens from their domestic workhorses, the family of medium-range 737 and A320 aircraft sold by Boeing and Airbus, respectively
Tags: Travel, Business, Technology, News, Airbus, Boeing, Alaska Air Group, Boeing & Aerospace, American Airlines Group United Airlines Holdings

Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them....
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Fcc, Social Networks, Facebook Pages, Youtube, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, US, Tech, Eu, Joe Biden, Cnn

SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company

SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the collapse of the company’s planned initial public offering, We Co. is facing a cash crunch. The company was planning to raise billions of dollars in debt on the heels of its public offering to finance its continued opera...
Tags: TC, Uber, Business, Wall Street, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Economy, Companies, Vodafone, The Wall Street Journal, WeWork, Wall Street Journal, Carsharing, WSJ, Slack

Can A New TED-ED Video Series Teach Students To 'Think Like A Coder'?

An anonymous reader writes: TED Conferences has its own educational YouTube channel (now with 10 million subscribers and over 1.5 billion views). Two weeks ago it launched a 10-episode animated series about computer programming, and its first episode -- The Prison Break -- has already been viewed nearly a quarter of a milllion times. In the 7-minute video, a programmer wakes up in a prison cell -- with total amnesia -- and discovers a "mysterious stranger" squeezing through the jail cell's ba...
Tags: Youtube, Tech, TED Conferences, Eric Wastl

Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

Did you know that people with bigger hands have larger vocabularies?While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation, explains NYU professor Gary Marcus. Deep learning struggles with how to perceive causal relationships. If given the data on hand size and vocabulary size, a deep learning system might only be able to see the correlation, but wouldn't be able to answer the 'why?' of it. ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Data, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai, Nyu, Gary Marcus Deep

Millions Watch As Entire Fortnite Ecosystem Becomes a Black Hole

"Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that's left is a black hole," reports TechCrunch. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it's unclear when that new map will arrive... Fortnite's website is currently just a Twitch stream featuring a black hole. The Washington Post reports: Anyone looking for clues on Fortnite's multiple social media accounts were left staring at the same image. The same black hole greets all visitors to Fortnite's Instagram....
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How to Stream Google's Pixel 4 Event Tuesday

On Tuesday, Google is set to announce the Pixel 4. Perhaps one of the most leaked phones in history, if you’re interested in the device chances are good you probably already know a good bit about it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Lifehacks, Pixel

Short story: The Everett Arbitrage

The place is an old-fashioned coworking space, poorly maintained. About two dozen men, most of them in their forties and wearing faded crypto t-shirts, wait as a presentation adjusts itself to their psychological and semiotic profiles.It chooses something resembling 2D slides. While a deep, confident voice offers uninspired commentary, pictures pass by showing quantum processor farms, exponential time series of the Pharma Four revenues and stock prices, and deliberately ambiguous pictures of wha...
Tags: Future

NVIDIA's Job Listings Reveal 'Game Remastering' Studio, New Interest In RISC-V

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: Nvidia has a lot riding on the success of its GeForce RTX cards. The Santa Clara, California company is beating the real-time ray tracing drum loudly, adamant on being known as a champion of the technology before AMD steals some of its thunder next year with the PlayStation 5 and its own inevitable release of ray-tracing enabled PC graphics cards. Nvidia has shown that, with ray tracing, it can breathe new life into a decades-old PC shooter like id Software'...
Tags: China, Tech, Shanghai, Nvidia, Amd, Santa Clara California

Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, ‘The Politician’ is absolutely bonkers

We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not watch a show that tries to encompass all of that and more? Still, the hosts of the Original Content podcast found themselves split on whether they actually liked it. Jordan and D...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Original Content Podcast, The Politician

To live or die by Google search brings an escalating cost

Google defends its system, saying in order to offer more choice when searching for products or services, they allow competitors to bid on trademark terms.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Retail

Invisible Hardware Hacks Allowing Full Remote Access Cost Pennies

Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov quotes Wired: More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro all vehemently denied the report. The NSA dismissed it as a ...
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Apple reportedly told Apple TV+ showrunners to avoid negative portrayal of China

Apple reportedly told Apple TV+ content creators to avoid negative portrayals of China, as the company seeks to maintain a good relationship with the Asian country.
Tags: Apple, News, China, Trends, Home Theater, Apple TV Plus

Fortnite is just a black hole right now

Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that’s left is a black hole. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it’s unclear when that new map will arrive. On Epic Games’ status page, it says Fortnite is currently experiencing a minor service outage, noting “anomaly detected.” As Kotaku reports, players this morning were only able to access a team fight mode called “The End.” That led to a massive explosion that resulted in a black hole. Fortnite’s website...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Fortnite

Tech firms still seeking venture capital in UK despite high-profile flops

Marriage market for entrepreneurs and investors could be sign of a flourishing sector – or suggest bubble about to burstIn a wood-panelled auditorium in central London, a procession of entrepreneurs are explaining to more than 100 investors how they will change the world. They just need a few million pounds first.One promises to solve hair loss with a gadget in a cap; another will make fabric out of CO2: all come armed with PhDs, slick presentations and rictus grins. Continue reading...
Tags: Uber, Business, UK, Technology, London, Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Technology sector, Venture Capital, Technology startups, WeWork

The Endless Aerial Surveillance of the Border

New reports suggest that drone activity at the southern border is spreading to nearby cities, erasing the line between police procedures and immigration enforcement.
Tags: Tech

Elon Musk’s plans for Mars may be more moral catastrophe than bold space exploration

Elon Musk, founder of private space-faring company SpaceX, recently unveiled his new Starship craft. Amazingly, it is designed to carry up to 100 crew members on interplanetary journeys throughout the solar system, starting with Mars in 2024. The announcement is exciting, invoking deep emotions of hope and adventure. But I can’t help having a number of moral reservations about it. Musk has declared a fascinatingly short time line to achieve orbit with this rocket. He wants to build four or five ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Tech, Syndication

The UK's National Health System Just Opened A Treatment Center for Videogame Addiction

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The battle against gaming addiction entered a new era this week when the U.K. public health system, the National Health Service (NHS), announced the opening of its first center specializing in 'Internet and Gaming Disorders....' Starting in November, the London-based center's psychiatrists and clinical psychologists will work with patients between ages 13 and 25 whose lives have been affected by "severe or complex behavioral issues associated with gaming, gam...
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What to expect from Google's Pixel 4 phone launch

For months, gadget blogs and even Google itself have teased so many photos and videos and details about the Pixel 4 that one prominent tech publication called it "the most-leaked phone ever."
Tags: Google, News, Stories, Pixel

Google Takes AMP to the OpenJS Foundation

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: AMP, Google's somewhat controversial project for speeding up the mobile web, has always been open-source, but it also always felt like a Google project first. Thursday, however, Google announced that the AMP framework will join the OpenJS Foundation, the Linux Foundation-based group that launched last year after the merger of the Node.js and JS foundations. The OpenJS Foundation is currently the home of projects like jQuery, Node.js and webpack, and AMP wi...
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INTRUDER ALERT – Important Tip Learned For Reaching 911 When You’re Not Local

Last week, our boat was broken into while in storage ‘on the hard’. We’re currently nearly a 1000 miles away from the boat, traveling by van and staying with family in the St. Louis area. As we were settling in for the evening to watch a cop show (ironically), we got a motion alert on […]
Tags: Travel, Technology, Featured, Mobile Technology, Rving, Van, Boating, Nomadic Lifestyle, Cruising / Boating (March 2017 - present, Van Life (May 2019 - present

Ballet Crypto Hardware Wallet Review Update

In this video, I update my review of the Ballet Crypto multi-currency non-electronic hardware wallet and explain why you shouldn’t reused a bitcoin address. I also had lunch. You can watch the updated review, plus the original Ballet crypto wallet video below. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
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