If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Kids, Australia Won’t Pay for Your Child Care

In Australia, there used to be widespread agreement that vaccinating children against fatal diseases was a good thing. Kids got shots, and the rate of childhood diseases plummeted. But then…

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Japan Trials Robot Cashier With Superhuman Ability To Initiate Conversations

Scientists in Japan have invented a humanoid robot with the superhuman ability to initiate conversations with customers. “I couldn’t believe it – I was standing there all silent-like when RoboConvo-3000 asked me how my day was going,” said Yumi Hamada. “I said, ‘good’, and then it asked me a follow-up question – I felt as if […]

Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project

Apple’s WWDC moves to San Jose, an update on Elon Musk’s tunnel project, Google makes an update that plays piano duets and Google Home steps on Alexa’s turf. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

DeVos Says Community Colleges Key to Workforce Development

Community colleges will play an important role in advancing President Donald Trump’s workforce agenda, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said at a meeting of community college leaders Thursday. It was DeVos’ first appearance at a conference event in her new role.

Transcend VR sues investor Mike Rothenberg for fraud and breach of contract

 Mike Rothenberg has been in a heap of trouble over a series of purportedly fraudulent transactions within his investment firm Rothenberg Ventures and his virtual reality startup River Studios. Now Transcend VR, as first reported in The Wall Stree…

Crunch Report | Judge Rules CRISPR-Cas9 Belongs to Broad Institute

Verizon is reportedly getting a $250 million discount on its Yahoo deal, judge rules CRISPR-Cas9 belongs to the Broad Institute and not UC Berkeley, Pixar teaches the art of storytelling on Khan Academy and MakerBot cuts 30% of its workforce. All this …

Apple may replace iPhone home button with fingerprint-scanning screen

Newly published patent describes a system that scans the surface of a finger through a screen, removing the need for a separate Touch ID sensor

Apple is working on fitting fingerprint scanners beneath the screen of its iPhone, removing the need for a separate home button, a newly published patent has revealed.

The patent, purchased by Apple as part of its acquisition of a display company called LuxVue in 2014, details a system of using LEDs mounted underneath a display to both detect finger’s position and scan its surface to be able to read a fingerprint.

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Fact-checkers are weapons in the post-truth wars, but they’re not all on one side

The practice of spreading facts to counter falsehoods has been hailed as way to counter ‘fake news’, but on the front line the picture is becoming confused

In the frantic battle against falsehoods produced by enterprising Macedonian teenagers, crackpot conspiracy theorists and, with alarming regularity, the White House, the weapon of choice has been facts, and with it the venerated practice of fact-checking.

As the Guardian’s Martin Belam argued last week, journalism has to get better at spreading facts; at making its case and showing people what it is really going on.

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Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?

Sophisticated artificial intelligence will make ‘house cats’ of humans, claims the entrepreneur, but his grand vision for mind-controlled tech may be a long way off

Humans must become cyborgs if they are to stay relevant in a future dominated by artificial intelligence. That was the warning from Tesla founder Elon Musk, speaking at an event in Dubai this weekend.

Musk argued that as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, it will lead to mass unemployment. “There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot can’t do better,” he said at the World Government Summit.

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Crunch Report | Youtuber Pewdiepie Gets in Trouble

Apple shows us trailers for its first original shows, YouTuber Pewdiepie gets in trouble over some anti-Semitic remarks in some of his videos, Microsoft wants a digital Geneva Convention and Twitter drops the ball on anti-abuse. All this on Crunch Repo…

Jaguar launches in-car payments at Shell gas stations

imgp5939-edit-edit-edit-2-edit-2 In a first for in-car convenience features, Jaguar is teaming up with Shell to launch a new payment feature that lets you use Apple Pay or PayPal (with Android Pay coming later on) to easily pay for gas right within their vehicles at the pumps. The feature is coming to the UK first, but will roll out around the world after that. The feature requires installation of the Shell app to make… Read More

Disney severs ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over antisemitic videos

YouTuber with 53 million subscribers posted videos featuring antisemitic jokes or Nazi imagery, including two men holding a ‘Death to All Jews’ sign

The Walt Disney Company has severed ties with YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos featuring antisemitic comments.

PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, is a 27-year-old Swede who built a huge fanbase making opinionated videos, mostly about video games. With more than 53 million subscribers on YouTube, Kjellberg has turned his videos into a lucrative business, earning more than $14m per year from advertising, sponsorship and appearance fees.

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What one controversy is teaching us about sex and consent in video games

Ladykiller in a Bind is the latest work from Christine Love, but it has invoked controversy about sex, representation and consent

Much like sex itself, it’s hard to get a sex game right on first try. While the genre known as interactive fiction often explores themes of sex and sexuality, players of mainstream video games are used to little more than the occasional, awkward and intensely unerotic cut scene. Creators, consumers and critics of this relatively young artform are still figuring out what the culture deems acceptable. That can lead to difficult conversations – as it did this month with one highly divisive scene in a game released early this year.

Christine Love is a writer and programmer known for making visual novels: interactive narrative games with static 2D art, in which the player’s choices often involve selecting which response to give in conversation scenes. Her latest project, Ladykiller in a Bind, is a piece of erotica, which turns out to be complicated in a medium built on interactivity.

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Crunch Report | Flying Car for $400,000

Musical.ly releases Ping Pong, a new video messenger app, PAL-V is pre-selling its flying car, Elon Musk talks about the symbiosis of mind and machine and Apple might be contemplating wireless charging for the iPhone 8. All this on Crunch Report. Read …

Tech workers demonstrate in downtown San Francisco against Trump’s immigration plans

 There was a palpable energy in downtown San Francisco today as hundreds of tech workers from LinkedIn, Cisco, Apple and other tech companies came together to talk about the plight of the American immigrant under our current administration. Read More

Utah rejects sex education bill, so porn site redirects to instructional videos

Utah visitors to xHamster are being given the option to watch educational videos after legislators rejected classes in school, including consent and contraception

A porn site is redirecting web users browsing from Utah to a series of non-explicit sex education videos after legislators rejected a bill that would have allowed sex education classes in school.

The state’s House education committee voted last week to reject the HB215 bill, which would have allowed parents to opt in for their children to attend sex education classes that include lessons on consent and contraception.

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