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Facebook Reveals Brand New Brain-typing and Skin-hearing Technology


On its annual developer conference, F8, Facebook shared some pretty amazing technology that the company has been working on. In particular, its Research and Development division has been developing interface that lets you type “with your mind” and ways to hear from your skin. Sounds crazy? It is. But it’s also real, so keep reading…

A 40-dollar Arduino can unlock millions of cars


A team of researchers from Birmingham University have discovered a way to bypass wireless car locks with a simple gadget. After doing some reverse engineering, the team managed to copy radio signals and decrypt car keys that open vehicles with a button. One of the exploits affects almost all VW models since 1990, another affects many more makers...

GM boosts self-driving car efforts, buys startup for 1bn dollars


The second-biggest car manufacturer in the world, General Motors, clearly believes in a future of autonomous vehicles. GM just invested one billion dollars in the San Francisco-based startup Cruise Automation. The startup is building a computer system that can retrofit existing vehicles, adding self-driving technology to them.

4 dollar smartphone in India is possibly a scam


A recently unveiled smartphone in India, which costs only 4 dollars, might turn out to be a scam. The phone from Ringing Bells, a company founded just last year, initially garnered tons of media attention. A recent report by Android Authority shows pictures of the phone, suggesting it is not an original device at all, but rather the Adcom Ikon 4...

Wikimedia reveals it’s developing a search engine


Wikimedia, the foundation behind Wikipedia, the number one online information source, is looking towards a big new market. After denials and unclear signals, Wikimedia finally revealed that a 2.5 million dollar grant was meant for stage one of a project called “Knowledge Engine by Wikipedia”...

Sanmay Ved who owned for a minute got 12,000 dollar for it


You might remember the story of Sanmay Ved who managed to buy Google’s domain name for twelve dollars back in September. The company now reveals that they initially wanted to give him 6,006.13 dollar (spells Google numerically). Once they found out Sanmay was donating the money to charity, they doubled the amount...

Programmer automates his job with hilarious scripts


This is a story of a programmer who wanted to automate anything that takes more than 90 seconds of his time. His code is being shared on GitHub, covering stuff like dealing with his wife, a co-worker he didn’t seem to like a lot and even brewing coffee.

Snapchat ads crazy animated selfies and $ 0.99 replays


Snapchat, the popular ephemeral app where your messages disappear after being viewed by the receiver, just added a couple of interesting new features. “Lenses” scans your face and lets you record crazy selfie videos and paid replays, which mark the first in-app purchase possibility for Snapchat.

Do freelancers need Social Media? – A survey among independent IT-experts


In former times, freelancers and contractors were using non-digital sources and instruments to ping a clients’ attention and land gigs, such as cold calls, personal networking or even letters. But things are changing fast and nowadays freelancers find themselves in a world full of new digital instruments, sources and channels for their marketing...

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