Netflix’s Grand, Daring, Maybe Crazy Plan to Conquer the World

Late into the night on St. Patrick’s Day, Netflix hosted a makeshift “war room” at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Engineers and product wranglers sat loosely around a long, U-shaped formation of desks, monitoring diagnostics and Hipchat conversations. Linguists and translators patrolled a ring of television sets to check subtitles …

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MIT’s Clever New Drone Draws What You Do. Mostly

Humans have always used tools to create art, but paintbrushes, pens, and chisels don’t have an agenda of their own; they bend to the will of the person wielding them. But a project by students at the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group ponders what happens when a machine has a voice …

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Subverting Oppressive Regimes With VR and 3-D Printed Pigs

Most 3-D printing applications are utilitarian, used to manufacture everything from red carpet-worthy dresses to stuff on the International Space Station. Morehshin Allahyari is doing something a little more radical with the technology: subverting oppressive regimes. In her new online gallery, PRINT your REALITY, the Iranian-born artist and activist uses …

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2017 iPhone tipped to have 5.8-inch curved AMOLED display

We’ve heard plenty of rumours about what’s coming down the line with the iPhone 7 later this year, but there’s now speculation about the next phone after that – the September 2017 handset, which presumably will be called the iPhone 7S. AppleInsider reports on a note to investors from KGI …

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Amazon explains how to build your own Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a wonderfully versatile and inexpensive little bit of computing kit, and one that’s capable of being transformed into all kinds of gadgets if you know how – and apparently that list of gizmos includes the Amazon Echo. Alexa Voice Service Evangelist Amit Jotwani has posted a …

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Updated: Graphene: the miracle material explained

Able to make the internet run 100 times faster and produce flexible, super-thin, almost invisible wearables – you’ve probably heard of something many are calling a ‘wonder material: graphene. It’s certainly different from the boring old silicon we’re used to – after all, one million sheets of graphene are just …

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