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IBM dangles carrot of full encryption to lure buyers to new z14 mainframe

Jul 17, 4:01AM

IBM z14 mainframe computer IBM is doing its damnedest to keep the mainframe relevant in a modern context, and believe it or not, there are plenty of monster corporations throughout the world who still use those relics from the earliest days of computing. Today, the company unveiled the z14, its latest z-Series mainframe, which comes with the considerable draw of full encryption. Is that enough for even corporate giants… Read More

Judge sides with Google in its battle with the Labor Department over employee pay data

Jul 17, 3:27AM

 On Friday, an administrative law judge handed Google a victory, ruling that it does not need to hand over all the data requested by the Department of Labor as part of an audit of the company’s compliance with equal pay laws. Read More

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is great, once you upgrade Windows 10 S

Jul 17, 12:11AM

 The Surface Laptop is really nice — in fact, it’s quite possibly the best piece of hardware to carry the Surface name. But for some reason Microsoft saw fit to use the product to showcase Windows 10 S, a stripped-down version of its operating system targeted primarily at schools. Read More

Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient

Jul 16, 11:17PM

 Apple has made great strides in health in the last few years and if it gets its way, there will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient. It’s already started with a smattering of hospitals around the U.S. including Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego, MetroSouth Medical Center in Chicago and about a year ago at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Earlier this week, I went down to L.A. Read More

Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game

Jul 16, 10:27PM

 The Incredible Hulk and some of his other box office money-grabbing super pals will be coming to the world of virtual reality. Marvel Powers United VR, announced at Disney’s D23 event on Saturday, will allow players a chance to step into the shoes of some familiar heroes as they destroy lots of stuff in VR. Powers United VR, an Oculus-exclusive, looks pretty similar to existing VR… Read More

Jodie Whittaker cast as Doctor Who's first female lead

Jul 16, 9:40PM

 After months of earnest anticipation from fans, BBC finally announced this morning that actress Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the role of the 13th Doctor in the eleventh series of Doctor Who. Whittaker will be the first female actress to hold the role in the show’s 54-year history. The time-traveling sci-fi show first went on the air in 1963. The 12th Doctor, played by Peter… Read More

Startup Battlefield applications for Disrupt SF close in 24 hours

Jul 16, 7:00PM

 We’re T-minus 24 hours until applications close for Startup Battlefield, Disrupt SF 2017. If you don’t submit your application by Monday, July 17 at 12 pm PT, well then, Houston, we have a problem. Don’t miss your shot to launch your early-stage startup in the heart of Silicon Valley. Between 15-30 startups will be chosen to vie for the top prize: a $50,000 check and the… Read More

Lenovo teases augmented reality headset for new 'Star Wars' experience

Jul 16, 6:06PM

 As part of Disney’s gaming-focused D23 extravaganza happening this weekend, Lenovo showed off a smartphone-based augmented reality headset they’re using to promote an upcoming Star Wars experience called “Jedi Challenges.” The AR demo appears to be something that will be showed off publicly at Best Buy stores in the near future but it isn’t entirely clear whether… Read More

Dear United: Autonomous cars will pull you out of your seat

Jul 16, 5:30PM

 Today, for most of us, air travel consists of series of unfortunate lines, embarrassing checks, and obscure ticketing rules that leave us in a confined space where we’re uncomfortably attempting to open tiny packages without disturbing our neighbors. The fact is, the market is begging for another option and they’re racing around the corner. Read More

New models for quality journalism from Wikitribune to crypto tokens

Jul 16, 4:30PM

 The business of journalism is, simply put, experiencing an historic decline in paid advertising and circulation, leading to deep newsroom cutbacks that have harmed quality journalism at a time when quality journalism is needed most. Something needs to be done. Read More

A year with the PAX Labs Juul vaporizer

Jul 16, 4:05PM

 Nicotine vaporizer companies have a bit of a conundrum. While, legally, they can’t market themselves as smoking cessation devices, most vapers are current or former cigarette smokers. In fact, the CDC says that fewer than 4 percent people who had never tried traditional cigarettes have ever tried using a vaporizer. I’m a smoker. It’s disgusting. I hate it. I’ve quit… Read More

It's 2017, and women still aren't being funded equally

Jul 16, 2:30PM

 Broadly, the venture capital industry is thriving. But still, too often, women seeking funding are left out of the boom because of hidden biases, sexism and a general unawareness. Because of this — and recent reports of incredibly low-brow behavior among high-profile investors — it is more important than ever to understand where women founders stand when fundraising. Read More

Roborace DevBot learns during laps in NYC

Jul 16, 1:46PM

Roborace in NYC The sleek, low-slung driverless Roborace car was on display in New York City for the Formula E races this weekend, but it was the workhorse DevBot that took to the track. You can recognize DevBot by its bubble-like cockpit, where a human sits ready to take the wheel if the autonomous car needs a literal hand. Given Formula E‘s one-day structure, with qualifying sessions early in the day… Read More

Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?

Jul 16, 1:30PM

Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Andrew McAfee, author of “The Second Machine Age” and the just published “Machine, Platform, Crowd” says absolutely not. Over the next fifty years the economy will become “massively automated”, but at the same time society will have had half a century to… Read More

Death to C, ++

Jul 16, 1:00PM

 The C programming language is terrible. I mean, magnificent, too. Much of the world in which we live was built atop C. It is foundational to almost all computer programming, both historically and practically; there’s a reason that the curriculum for Xavier Niel’s revolutionary “42” schools begins with students learning how to rewrite standard C library functions from… Read More

VCs in the land of the redwoods need to stand taller and address gender inequality

Jul 16, 1:30AM

 to truly address this problem, we have to acknowledge the larger issue of gender bias within our culture, which unfortunately is often conscious, deliberate, and systematic. It sickens me and it needs to end. And ending it also needs a conscious, deliberate, and systematic effort. Read More

Lionel Richie says "Hello" to startup investing

Jul 16, 12:50AM

 It’s been a while that he’s had the idea of startup investing inside his mind… And in Lionel Richie’s dreams he’s thought of pulling the trigger on a deal at least a thousand times. Richie told me he’s seen several startups pass outside his door, but it wasn’t until the healthcare startup Heal that he’d found what he was looking for. Read More

A farm shouldn't be a factory

Jul 16, 12:30AM

 A shift to technologically driven organic farming practices could save our topsoils, lessen our dependence on synthetics and even capture 100% of today’s CO2 emissions. Read More

Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline

Jul 16, 12:29AM

 AHHHHHHH. Disney just announced something that’s potentially so damned cool that I hardly need complete sentences here: Immersive. Star Wars. Hotel. Details are still super light, but Disney just dropped this bombshell in the middle of its D23 expo down in Los Angeles. Here’s what we know so far: All of the employees (or ‘cast members’, in Disney Park lingo) will be… Read More

VCs determined to replace your job keep AI's funding surge rolling in Q2

Jul 15, 7:00PM

 These are good times for AI entrepreneurs. Venture, corporate and seed investors have put an estimated $3.6 billion into AI and machine learning companies this year, according to Crunchbase data. That’s more than they invested in all of 2016, marking the largest recorded sum ever put into the space in a comparable period. Read More

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