Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Best Gadgets Coming in 2017

Here are the likely standouts among the smartphones, VR headsets, and smart watches hitting the market this year.

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Original American Crocker superbike expected to sell for $500,000+

Less than 100 Crocker v-twins were ever made with only the first 23 units having hemispherical heads. The bike being offered by Bonhams in Las Vegas on 26 January is one of just seven “hemi head” Crockers known to have

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Original American Crocker superbike expected to sell for $500,000+

Less than 100 Crocker v-twins were ever made with only the first 23 units having hemispherical heads. The bike being offered by Bonhams in Las Vegas on 26 January is one of just seven “hemi head” Crockers known to have

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My favorite tech items of 2016 [Brian]

Today is New Year’s Eve, and while all the cool kids are out partying, I am sitting here reflecting on my favorite tech products of the year. Yeah, I’m a nerd. Believe it or not, 2016 saw me getting deeper

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Consider ethics when designing new technologies

 In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.”

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Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

 For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income. It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line

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Gay America’s Harrowing, Heartening Year

This November, in Denver, Leslie Herod became the first gay African-American to be elected to the state’s House of Representatives. One morning the following week, she awoke to find that she’d been tagged in a Facebook post: a Nissan belonging

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Reverse-engineering the universal translator

 Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to

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Android Nougat officially rolling out for OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3

OnePlus announced in November that it would release Android Nougat for its latest flagship killers by the end of 2016. And it has kept its promise, as the much-awaited update will reach OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 units starting today.

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Why can’t we afford to properly test the potential monster breakthrough of EMdrive or other possible breakthroughs ?

Here is the 712 page breakdown of NASA $18 billion 2017 budget which provides only a few million for Advanced concepts and innovation projects and has not budgeted a launch of an EMDrive to Space Station. $2.7 billion to operate

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The Growing Gap Between the U.S. and the International Anti-Death-Penalty Consensus

Last week, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a worldwide “moratorium on the use of the death penalty”—the sixth that the U.N. has approved in the past decade. Each one has gained the support

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The West Must Prevent Cold War 2.0

If we don’t get serious about resisting Russian political warfare, very soon, Putin will win.

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Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

 One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More Go to Source

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Kayako’s CEO on building a bootstrapped business

 Kayako isn’t a new company — the bootstrapped business has been around for 16 years — but it does have an interesting story. Kayako has never taken outside funding. It has offices in three countries, is profitable and continues to

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Most Popular Fine Arts Stories of 2016: Secret Sex Trove, Sotheby’s Slump… And More

Top Observer stories on fine art this year were on a Cuban art exchange and quasi-pornographic photo stash.

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My favorite tech items of 2016 [Wayne]

2016 was a bad year in lots of ways — loads of celebrity deaths, plus Brexit and Trump (depending on your point of view of course) — but a good year for new tech. Rather than just looking at what

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Foxconn heading to nearly fully automated factories

Apple iPhone maker, Foxconn, is automating its factories in three phases — and it has already completed the automation process at some of its plants, Dai Jia-peng, general manager in Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee Phase 1. Factories are equipped

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Weekly Roundup: Obama imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence, Snapchat and Oculus eat up startups

 This year, Donald Trump’s U.S. election triumph sent Silicon Valley into a spiral of uncertainty, Facebook addressed its fake news problem, the IPO landscape saw little action and the UK separated form the EU. Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. and

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What goes up: The year in space, 2016

2016 was a busy year in space with new Mars missions launched, a NASA probe saying hello to Jupiter, and the most ambitious comet exploration mission drawing to a close. It was a year when NASA geared up for the

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What goes up: The year in space, 2016

2016 was a busy year in space with new Mars missions launched, a NASA probe saying hello to Jupiter, and the most ambitious comet exploration mission drawing to a close. It was a year when NASA geared up for the

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