Cabs in Washington, DC are replacing meters with Square readers

Cabs in Washington, DC are replacing meters with Square readers
If nothing else, Uber has permanently disrupted the ride-for-hire system that has traditionally been served by taxis. Grabbing a ride has never been easier (at least where services like Lyft and Uber are allowed to operate), and paying with a credit…
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MIXHalo uses your headphones to fix terrible concert sound

MIXHalo uses your headphones to fix terrible concert sound
If you've ever been to a concert where everything sounded awful — perhaps because of the speakers, or the room acoustics — you'd understand the pitch behind MIXHalo. Developed by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, it's a way for concert goers to hear…
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Small island prison first to install anti-drone 'forcefield'

Small island prison first to install anti-drone 'forcefield'
Prisons have a drone problem, in that they're being used to fly drugs and other contraband over walls and into the hands of inmates. Dealing with these airborne mules is tricky because you either need to hope they crash or catch their operators in th…
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First 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer points to a fall release

First 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer points to a fall release
It's been a long wait since the first teaser trailer, but we finally have our first good look at CBS' streaming-exclusive Star Trek: Discovery series. The first trailer promises a "fall" release window, and the accompanying press release reveals its…
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Nintendo's 'Arms' has all the depth the 'Wii Sports' games lacked

Nintendo's 'Arms' has all the depth the 'Wii Sports' games lacked
For many, the Switch represents the Nintendo's return to form. It's the console that sheds both the name and the gimmicky motion controls that defined the Wii era of gaming. With traditional games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mari…
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Facebook battles clickbait on a post-by-post basis

Facebook battles clickbait on a post-by-post basis
Facebook has been steadily refining its attempts to fight clickbait articles over the years, and now it's getting very, very specific. It's updating its News Feed processing methods to account for clickbait on a post-by-post level, not just domains…
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Twitter gives you more control over how it uses your data

Twitter gives you more control over how it uses your data
Ever seen Twitter ads that were a little too relevant to your personal tastes? You now have better tools for dealing with them. Twitter has expanded both the control you have over your data inside its mobile apps as well as the amount of insight in…
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Google opens up its 'instant' apps to all developers

Google opens up its 'instant' apps to all developers
This time last year, Google unveiled "instant apps" — think of them as chunks of an application that can be run without downloading anything from the Play Store. For months after the announcement, Google only let certain partners build those bite-si…
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Google Lens resurfaces questions about AI and human identity

Google Lens resurfaces questions about AI and human identity
Today at the company's annual developer conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai uttered a phrase that will no doubt be repeated in corporate board rooms across the world for the foreseeable future: "AI first." It wasn't the first we've heard of the form…
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Google I/O 2017 by the numbers

Google I/O 2017 by the numbers
It was an exciting few hours in Mountain View California on Wednesday when Google took over the Shoreline Amphitheater for its annual I/O Developers Conference. The company announced a bunch of updates to its AI efforts (including Google Assistant),…
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