SpaceX’s Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket simulation is out of this world


Elon Musk today gave us our first glimpse at what interplanetary travel and colonization could look like. In an Instagram post, Musk provided a series of five videos offering a look at a computer simulation of the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket, and how it could, conceivably, one day shuttle humans between Earth and Mars. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Sep 25, 2017 at 2:41am PDT Use the right arrow button to see additional videos in the series The series of five short videos opens with a view of the new rocket design, a people carrier meant…

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Every flagship phone in 2018 will probably feature an AI chip


Next year’s gadgets, at least beyond the second quarter, won’t want to be caught dead without the killer fashion accessory of 2018: an AI chip. Yoo Hoi-jun, professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Technology, told The Korea Herald: Competition for AI chips is so intense globally that we will be able to see AI chip-equipped smartphones in the second half of next year. Samsung will reportedly begin manufacturing AI chips soon with hopes for commercialization within a matter of years. If this turns out to be accurate, the South Korean company will join the likes of Huawei, Apple, and Microsoft in…

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Mac users can download macOS ‘High Sierra’ now at Apple’s App Store


Apple’s newest update to macOS is now available. While it’s not chock-full of fancy new features, there are a few updates worth mentioning. The first is to Photos, which looks stunning. The Apple-specific photo editor now pays more attention to, you know, editing, through a couple of key additions: the color dropper and a curves palette for pro-level fine adjustments. It also has smarter AI, a “Compare” feature to check edits side-by-side with the original, and more realistic filters. It’s not an overhaul, but the added functionality should keep you from needing a better photo editor for most edits. Safari is…

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Report: Steve Bannon attempted to plant a mole at Facebook


Former White House strategist and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon apparently wanted to plant a mole in Facebook via DC job posting, according to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed obtained emails between Bannon and Chris Gacek — of the Family Research Council — that discussed a job opening at Facebook. The email, from Gacek, read: LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings. This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB. The application was for a DC-based job in Facebook’s WhatsApp…

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Fitbit’s Ionic smarwatch and Flyer headphones launch on October 1


Fitbit’s new smartwatch finally has an official release date: October 1, or this Sunday. The company also announced the Flyer, it’s new headphones, will go on sale the same day. We said we enjoyed the device in our review, but it’s more of a smart fitness tracker than a bonafide smartwatch. Though Fitbit is seeking to expand its app community, the company’s smartwatch features amount to controlling Music, playing Pandora, and using a Starbucks gift card. On the other hand, it’s packed with fitness features, including GPS, a workout assistant, a new and improved heart rate sensor, an oxygen sensor,…

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The new case for student loan forgiveness


Since 1980 the cost of college tuition has tripled while the average income has remained basically the same. As a result families have struggled to send their kids to college at a time when a college education has become more critical than ever to even just being able to survive in the job market. The result has been an explosion in student loan debt, and it’s starting to wreak havoc on the economy. Many experts are warning that this is an economic bubble that is going to burst, much like the housing bubble. Crushing student loan debts are preventing people…

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Study: Millennials most concerned about losing their jobs to robots


Smartsheet last week released its “State of Automation 2017” study which provides a breakdown of industry attitudes toward automation. While an overwhelming percentage of those surveyed believe that automation can improve their workplace (97 percent), it’s clear that millennials are far more likely than any other group to consider automation a threat to their employment. The study was based on a survey conducted on behalf of Smartsheet by Market Cube and took into account answers provided by 1,000 information workers. Respondents were considered information workers if they were over the age of 18, spend at least half of their day…

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Snapchat is celebrating its sixth birthday with ‘Sky Filters’ and more 3D Bitmoji Lenses


Snap today announced, in celebration of its popular app turning six-years-old, it will be adding ‘Sky Filters’ and more 3D Bitmoji lenses to its Snapchat app. ‘Sky Filters’ brings an entirely new set of filters to the app, designed to detect the sky in your photos and offer a carousel of effects that can then alter the sky’s appearance. Snapchat is adding a new set of 3D bitmojo after introducing the feature last week. 3D Bitmoji, one of the coolest time-wasters you can use your phone’s camera for, are Snapchat’s way of letting you interact and play with cartoons in the real…

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Apple ditches Bing in favor of Google on iOS and macOS


Apple is switching Siri’s default search provider from Bing to Google. It’s also making the switch on iOS Search and Spotlight for Mac. This means, if you ask Siri a question for which she needs to visit the web — either by asking her a question she doesn’t know the answer to or by asking her to search the web directly — the results you get will be from Google, not Bing. According to Apple, this is to make searches more consistent across all its devices. Apple told TechCrunch: Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within…

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The next era of crowdfunding: why entrepreneurs need to look beyond the launch


When was the last time you watched Shark Tank and thought to yourself, “I could do that. All I need is one good idea and my life could change forever.” Although the show is entertaining, it is an atypical representation of what it’s really like to successfully launch a product and grow a company. Coming up with a groundbreaking idea is actually the easy part, the steps that come next–finding capital, developing and testing a product, marketing, and, ultimately, growing a brand–is where most hopeful entrepreneurs lose their footholds. With more young companies and first-time entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding platforms…

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