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How Google Translate Works Its Magic

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Google Translate has reached a milestone of 200 million users on translate.google.com. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t report a basic usage statistic like that, but this one deserves to be celebrated. Google's scale could someday make it possible for all human beings to understand each other. Here's how. Translating the Web into...
How Google Translate Works Its Magic

Project Aether films northern lights at 100,000 feet using a GoPro camera on a balloon (video)

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Sadly we can't all be spacemen. Commercial travel beyond the atmosphere is getting closer but still priced way, way, way beyond the budgetary constraints of mere human beings. The closest many of us will get to outer space is photography and, thanks to ever-cheaper and ever-more-durable cameras, getting those...
Project Aether films northern lights at 100,000 feet using a GoPro camera on a balloon (video)
10 disruptive individuals who are reshaping the mobile industry

Apple’s Mothra Quarter Was Actually More Impressive Than Their Godzilla Quarter

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Two quarters ago, Apple unleashed Godzilla. It was a quarter so spectacular that the only appropriate way to describe it was in pure expletive form. $46 billion in revenue. $13 billion in profit. 37 million iPhones sold. 15 million iPads sold. A gross margin of 44 percent. These weren’t just...
Apple’s Mothra Quarter Was Actually More Impressive Than Their Godzilla Quarter
Human hearts replaced by 10,000 RPM artificial pump with no pulse

Why sound will be bigger than video online

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The audio-sharing network SoundCloud, which allows users to share not just music but any audio recording from company earnings calls to cat impersonations, just launched a new version “Next Soundcloud” at LeWeb in Paris. “Sound will be bigger than video online”, claims SoundCloud’s CEO Alexander Ljung. VentureBeat once described SoundCloud as...
Why sound will be bigger than video online

Also warming up to Apple’s hardware and software: the life sciences industry

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According to the latest report by a subsidiary of research firm IDC, the life sciences industry is increasingly warming up to the idea of working with Apple hardware and software, following a trend that has been crystal clear in the consumer market and other professional industries. To be clear: Wikipedia...
Also warming up to Apple’s hardware and software: the life sciences industry
Top Five Exoskeletons (Gallery)

Plug in Better: A Manifesto

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The trick isn't to unplug from our devices -- it's to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy.A world ruled by spin, in which political influence lasts only until the next embarrassing YouTube video. Industries starved of creative, deep thinking, as focused effort gives way...
Plug in Better: A Manifesto
Google+ wants to be your new Flickr

Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Mail and Calendar apps

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Email and calendar apps may not be much fun, but they're essential if you intend to live on the grid, interacting with other human beings. Enter Microsoft's new Windows 8 Mail and Calendar apps, each of which takes a prominent position on the new Start screen. Of course, plenty of...
Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Mail and Calendar apps

When Facebook and Twitter bring noise, EverySignal offers clarity

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EverySignal is a new way to find the handful of important announcements from your social networks — all your social networks — in just one daily email digest. The digest brings clarity, organization, and best of all, brevity to an information-gathering process that could take hours, should you choose...
When Facebook and Twitter bring noise, EverySignal offers clarity

The GOP, Apple And The Power Of Magical Thinking

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I appreciate the value of myth and storytelling, but nevertheless I'm constantly struck by the power that myths have over us, and the ability of human beings to engage in what psychologists call "magical thinking." One example is the GOP, whose adherents last week kept believing that Mitt Romney was...
The GOP, Apple And The Power Of Magical Thinking

The great thing about a digital magazine: When you mess up (like we just did) you can fix it

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Here at The Next Web, as much as we love technology, we’re frustratingly still fleshy human beings with all the flaws that come with that. Luckily, our beloved technology can come to the rescue when things go wrong. Take for example The Next Web Magazine, the new iPad app we...
The great thing about a digital magazine: When you mess up (like we just did) you can fix it

Computer interaction conference promises cutting-edge demos

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There will be a ton of interesting research and prototypes on display at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Paris this week.The "interactivity" section will be buzzing with activity and there will be hands-on opportunities with some of the most interesting research projects."CHI is a really interesting mix...
Computer interaction conference promises cutting-edge demos
Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker on Being the Alternative to Microsoft, Google and Apple

Two vodka OJs with maverick social entrepreneur Steve Keil at #TNW2012

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Steve Keil thinks business is broken. He doesn’t think human beings should be treated like cogs in a machine. I happen to agree. At the 7th annual The Next Web Conference, I found Steve by the speaker’s bar enjoying a couple vodka OJ cocktails. His incredibly high energy is addictive and...
Two vodka OJs with maverick social entrepreneur Steve Keil at #TNW2012
China launching first manned space docking mission this month

The Fight for a Fair and Free Internet

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When Rebecca MacKinnon was working for CNN in Beijing from 1992 to 2001, she and her fellow expats expected that the coming age of global networking would strongly undermine the Communist Party's grip on the reigns. But a decade later, she writes, "I grew to believe that we were naive."...
The Fight for a Fair and Free Internet
Ray Kurzweil: “You Are What You Think” [TCTV]

Empire Avenue Revamps Interface, Adds Google+ Scoring

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Empire Avenue, while a great service, has been a bit confusing. In fact, the idea itself can kind of boggle the mind — users build up their personal brands via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, and allow people to buy and sell virtual shares of human beings. Users can...
Empire Avenue Revamps Interface, Adds Google+ Scoring

Meet Joanne Wilson, Fred Wilson's Wife And Investor In 17 Startups

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When Joanne Wilson was in college, she rented a summer room in a fraternity from one of the brothers, Fred. Now the two are married and they're a couple of New York's most involved, savvy startup investors. Fred is a partner at Union Square Ventures; his investments include Zynga,...
Meet Joanne Wilson, Fred Wilson's Wife And Investor In 17 Startups

Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court

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Google is now legally responsible for every crazy thing on the Internet–at least, in Australia. A The Supreme Court of Victoria fined Google $200,000 for not removing defamatory rumors linking music promoter, Milorad Trkulja, to organized crime. The court reasoned that Google is a “publisher” because it displays content and links...
Google Responsible For Other Peoples' Lies, Deems Australian Court
First lab-grown kidney successfully implanted in a rat

How Technology Changes Our Relationships

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Ah, the Internet. The once magnificent and glorious tool has transformed from being a fast-paced information highway to that place where we all admit, rather begrudgingly, that we spend too much time on. Alone. We love the immediate answers, the idea of relying on Google as one aspect of our...
How Technology Changes Our Relationships

LinkedIn's hacky, wacky Wednesday

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Site suffers two blows with separate revelations of severe privacy breaches as experts caution to expect more of the sameWith twin security breaches – one of which was self-inflicted – LinkedIn suffered a brutal one-two punch to its reputation on Wednesday. But analysts who watch the online privacy space caution...
LinkedIn's hacky, wacky Wednesday

Microsoft's vision of our future is big screens and big data

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What do you get when you cross a massive touchscreen, a Kinect, some sort of computing device and a whole lot of data-processing technology? You get Microsoft’s vision of our digital future, both at home and in the office. The company’s struggles to shift from a desktop-and-server-based world to a...
Microsoft's vision of our future is big screens and big data
"Dearest Tumblr User" Worm Spreading Spam on Tumblr, Seen It? Then Log Out Of Your Browser

Is the internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes.

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We’ve seen a rash of essays and articles in the mainstream press recently that take a somewhat scare-mongering tone towards social networks and digital communication of various kinds: a piece in The Atlantic raised the question of whether Facebook is making us lonely, and a New York Times op-ed...
Is the internet making us more lonely or less lonely? Yes.
Google Is Turning Search Into The Planet's Biggest Anticipatory System
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?