Author archives: Diana Coker

The Mozilla Foundation, the maker of Mozilla Firefox or simply Firefox, just launched a site featuring 28 user-submitted stories, detailing incidents where YouTube’s recommendation algorithm that sometimes leads people towards disturbing videos. Alphabet-owned YouTube has received a lot of flak this year for radicalization, pedophilia, and mostly offensive content. This is a big issue as 70 percent of YouTube’s viewing time comes from recommendations. YouTube has previously denied suggestions that their algorithms deliberately promo...
Looking for the perfect gift for your bike-a-holic friend? Well, we’ve found a smart helmet that is designed to help prevent an accident from happening in first place. The helmet, Lumos Matrix, is nothing less than a flash of brilliance. It was released on Apple’s stores on Wednesday, October 9, and comes in two colors – black and white. Lumos Matrix helmet retails for $249.95. Eu-wen Ding, co-founder and chief executive of Lumos Matrix, said the helmet is designed to solve the modern commuter’s problem. While traditional designs a...
A team of NASA astronomers has discovered three supermassive black holes which appear to be on a collision course, a billion light-years away from Earth. Researcher Shobita Satyapal, from George Mason University, said in a statement that “Dual and triple black holes are exceedingly rare.” Satyapal’s team made the rare discovery using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope, as well as NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. The three supermassive black holes will continu...
Facebook is partnering with Luxottica (owner of Ray-Ban, Chanel, Oakley and other brands) on AR glasses nicknamed Orion. According to tipsters, the eyewear would be a promising phone replacement. Orion AR Glasses users will be able to take calls, Livestream to social media followers, and much more. The device will bear functional similarities to Google Glass. If you’re excited to get your hands on Facebook’s AR Glasses, you’ll have to wait for a mighty long time. According to insider sources, Orion wouldn’t be launched until somethin...
The French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, warned that Libra, Facebook’s controversial cryptocurrency, won’t be permitted in France if it’s launched as planned next year. Speaking at an OECD conference in Paris, the minister said Facebook Libra would put national security and sovereignty of governments at risk. Le Maire - an outspoken opponent of the cryptocurrency – also said that Libra threatens to undermine the euro and destabilize the entire French economy. He told the crowd that if France’s economy took a hi...
Technology has most importantly focused on creating a stable environment for the ease existence of humanity. It has developed to a point where we can barely identify an aspect of life without a small dose of technology. However, a group of individuals from various parts of the world has been responsible for this growth we can barely track. Recognizing them could help us to easily identify all that has been introduced lately into the swift-changing tech industry of our time. From the discovery of how fire can be controlled in the preh...
Standing two miles from Boca Chica Beach in South Texas is a 55-meter tall uncanny test article built by SpaceX. It’s no surprise that most watchers had believed it’s the construction of a large water tower during the project’s early stage. Starhopper doesn’t look like any current generation rocket by any measure or shape. Most strange of all, it’s made of stainless steel – a material that has largely fallen out of use for propellant tanks in statistics. With a minimum of 10.5% chromium content, steel’s rigidity is not in any doubt. B...
Facebook is back in the news facing fresh scrutiny over its handling of user data. Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The company confirmed that it has been transcribing users’ audio and said it was no longer doing so. Since 2015, Messenger has offered to transcribe audio clips, although this feature is turned off by default. Facebook claims that the users who opted in to the feature had their audio clips reviewed by third-...
Eye health is something taken for granted by so many of us. We rarely consider how different our lives would be if our vision was impaired. But visual impairment is a bitter reality for more than 3.4 million Americans. All is about to change, thanks to researchers from visual prosthetics company Second Sight Medical Products. The Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System, build by Second Sight, sends electrical signals to the wearer’s brain via an implant, allowing them to see again. The bionic eyes consist of: 1.) a small camera mount...
Around 1.5 billion people use Gmail every month and majority of this group trust Google to protect them from threats and hacks. Google’s existing machine learning models block more than 99.9 percent of spam, phishing, and malware from reaching people’s inboxes. But being on top of today’s highly-skilled cyber attackers, more sophisticated efforts were required.  This year in February Google revealed how it is staying ahead of refined threats. TensorFlow, an open-source machine learning framework developed by Google blocks an extra 10...