Author archives: Anna Versai

Let’s face it: America is facing a rather complicated hiccup: its sluggish internet service. Its broadband infrastructure is quite antediluvian, a little overpriced compared to that of other countries, and a lot of this, perhaps, is because it’s commitment to staying in favor of telecommunication companies that rip us off our money in return for a bog-standard internet speed. Downloading a HD movie takes about seven seconds in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Zurich, Paris and Bucharest, and people pay as little as $30 a month for that con...
Marijuana legalization is inevitable. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have liberalized marijuana laws already. While Colorado and Washington state are taking a more traditional approach by establishing ‘regulated markets’, Washington, D.C. is condemning it with a new system “grow and give”. It means that ‘potrepreneurs’ hoping to cash in on the reefer rush, have to rely on ‘gift economy’ where they’re allowed to grow Mary Jane, smoke it, and give it away – but, not cash in on it. Heck, growing pot is tricky, if you...
On the second day of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, one of its secretive research arm announced an intriguing project that hopes to create conductive fabrics that can be entwined into everyday clothing. The project called Project Jacquard, is named after French inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard who revolutionized textile manufacturing and ushered in for modern computing with Jacquard Loom. Similar to screens on mobile phones, these conductive fabrics can register the user’s touch and transmit the information somewhe...
For more than a decade, Reddit, the hugely successful social content aggregation site, has been known for its freewheeling slant on letting its users govern themselves. It has resulted in a spate of user-generated content, of all kinds, attracting nearly 160 million regular users to the site. Now, Reddit is upping its privacy game in a bid to crack down on sexual content following the posting of private-nude photos of many celebrities on the site last year. The company announced that it is changing its privacy policy that bans user...
A team of Google researchers recently unwrapped the first computer program capable of learning largely impressive tasks independently, in what can be contemplated as a radical accomplishment in the field of artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence system spends all of its time playing dozens of Atari videos games from the 80s like a crazy teenager. GAME-PLAYING ALGORITHM OUTPLAYS HUMANS AT ATARI GAMES The research project carried out by DeepMind Technologies, the British startup that Google acquired last year for $400...
Microsoft’s Windows smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 930 is featured with AMOLED Technology protected by a Gorilla glass display. The Lumia 930 measures about 5.0 inches with a rendering resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 441 pixel density. Lumia 930 is powered by the Quad-core processor Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. The OS is lighter on the resources like multitasking and graphic intensive games which promises a fantastic user experience. Its glossy, colorful plastic back has an added metallic frame aro...
For many productivity equals 7 hours of internet surfing and 30 minutes of accomplishing whatever tasks they can in the office. For others internet gets in the way of their productivity. According to a new online survey of American workers by the nonprofit Pew Research Center, nearly half of the respondents surveyed revealed that the Internet, email and related technologies have made them far more productive. Only 7 percent of respondents said that the rise of technologies has made them less productive. Unsurprisingly, 61 per...
Following the successful landing of Rosetta mission’s Philae on a comet in November, a UK-based team is now tinkering its way to capitalize on a resuscitated space exploration plan. Lunar Missions Ltd. recently conducted the launch of its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with the hopes of raising funds to land a robotic probe that will bury a time capsule on the lunar south polar. The campaign has already pulled in more than $313,000 and has reached one third of its goal of the savvy budget in just 24 hours. The mission isn...
What is the first thing that comes to my mind when I want to curse somebody? May your CAPTCHAs always and forever be an unreadable mess! The best of CAPTCHAs make you question your humanity, and of bots! The sole reason why you have to fill them out is to prevent automated logins by bots. But with progress in machine learning and image recognition, computer vision has eventually reached a point where it may turn out to be quite useful to us. Flickr, photo/video hosting site recently launched Park or Bird. The single-page web app wa...
A team of students at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England have demonstrated that it is conceptually attainable to create a pair of battery-powered trousers, which would give the wearer the ability to defy gravity – stroll down the Burj Khalifa or on the your living room ceilings. To attain this, it implies creating a device/single boot that can function supporting the entire weight of both the wearer and the device itself. The group of students is currently working on calculations where this would be deemed as possibl...