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The Incredible Growth of Mobile Social Apps

The growth of the mobile social apps is one of the main reasons for which mobile devices have become indispensable devices for numerous people around the world. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are three of the most popular social media platforms that allow users to interact and communicate in ways that were never possible before.   The last quarter of 2015 saw Facebook reporting strong earnings and a large part of that success is due to its mobile growth. In the spring of 2012, the company went public and at the time, had zero mobile ad revenue. Fast forward three years and mobile advertising makes up to 80% of the company’s ad revenue. As statistics show it, they only continue to grow when it comes to the mobile sector.   In 2015, Facebook added 253 million monthly users to their already very high base of 1.19 billion. However, the company was

Sega is taking Zero Latency's multi-player virtual reality gaming to Japan

Australia’s Zero Latency is heading to Japan. Image: Zero Latency  By Ariel Bogle2016-06-07 04:42:51 UTC Australian virtual reality startup Zero Latency has received rave reviews, including from Mashable, so it seemed only a matter of time before it went global. The Melbourne-based company, which built a multi-player, free-roam virtual reality experience in a inner city warehouse, announced a partnership with Sega Live Creation on Tuesday to take its game to Japan. From July 16, Zero Latency’s virtual reality gaming experience will have a permanent home in Tokyo amusement park, Joypolis. Image: Zero Latency  Zero Latency has created wireless, virtual-reality technology that can track players roaming throughout a warehouse-sized space, unlike most commercially-available headsets such as the HTC Vive, which offer a much smaller perimeter. Up to six players can be active at once and are visible to each other as avatars. In the game, they can work as a team to complete

Björk's new virtual reality experience may be better than Björk in real life

Bjork performs a DJ set during Bjork Digital Opening at Carriageworks on June 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images By Ariel Bogle2016-06-07 03:06:32 UTC As a DJ, Björk is a stunning virtual reality experience. The iconic producer of lush music and complex visual worlds premiered her new virtual reality exhibition, Björk Digital, at Carriage Works in Sydney, Australia on Friday and Saturday with a DJ set of more than five hours. Tucked into the corner of a carnivorous hall Saturday night rather than on a stage, the singer was surrounded by plants and barely visible, except to those who managed to elbow their way to the front. Others tried to spy her through the magnifying powers of their smartphone camera. Bjork performs a DJ set during Bjork Digital Opening at Carriageworks on June 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images The difficulty of catching a glimpse of Björk, further shielded behind

The Polls Are All Wrong. A Startup Called Civis Is Our Best Hope to Fix Them

During primary season, when they were still mainly just spectators to the 2016 presidential race, Dan Wagner and David Shor had a routine they liked to observe on election nights. The two men—the CEO and senior data scientist, respectively, of a startup called Civis Analytics—would stay late at work, drinking bourbon and watching returns come in. Their office, a repurposed industrial space in Chicago’s West Loop, would rattle every time the L train rumbled by. As much as Wagner and Shor were following the political horse race itself, they were also watching to see how the race’s oddsmakers were doing. The US polling industry has been suffering a crisis of insight over the past decade or so; its methods have become increasingly bad at telling which way America is leaning. Like nearly everyone who works in politics, Wagner and Shor knew the polling establishment was liable to embarrass itself this

It’s Easy to Forget Hillary Clinton Is About to Make History

Hillary Clinton speaking to supporters on June 6, 2016 in Lynwood, California.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Bernie Sanders still isn’t giving up his bid for the presidency. After the Associated Press announced that Hillary Clinton has the requisite number of delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, the Sanders campaign insisted he’ll march onward to the Democratic convention in July. He says he will work to convince the party’s “superdelegates” to turn their backs on Clinton and vote for him instead. They won’t, but over the next month you’ll likely be hearing a lot about pledged delegates versus superdelegates, contested conventions, and “the math.” And that’s fine: a vigorous, contentious contest is a sign of a healthy democracy. But amid all the conflict and drama, it’s easy to lose sight of the most historically significant fact of the 2016 election: For the first time ever, a woman is about to become a

AP Psychics Call the Nomination for Clinton—And They’re Right

Matt Rourke/AP The Associated Press says Hillary Clinton has enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee for president. The AP says its count of delegates and so-called superdelegates shows Clinton has reached the 2,383-delegate majority needed to become the party’s presumptive nominee. The declaration comes on the eve of the last major day of primaries in the Democratic race, including the delegate-rich states of California and New Jersey. Upon receiving the news, the Clinton campaign tweeted a message to supporters in tomorrow’s primary states, urging them to vote anyway: We’re flattered, @AP, but we’ve got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow! — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016 The AP determined Clinton had reached the magic number after surveying the Democratic party’s 714 superdelegates, who are free to vote for any candidate at the convention. It found that 571 superdelegates have “unequivocally” committed to

Astronauts take us inside the space station’s new inflatable room for the first time

After a few problems getting it inflated, astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Monday had their first opportunity to enter the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Installed on the space station’s Tranquility node, the inflatable pod could one day provide extra living and work space for astronauts on missions into deep space. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams opened the hatch to the ISS’s brand new room early Monday. But banish from your mind any thoughts of home comforts and appealing decor – the BEAM habitation system is a test module to see how its design and technology functions in space. Williams entered the module with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka to collect an air sample and start downloading data from sensors on the dynamics of BEAM’s expansion, NASA said. Broadcast live on NASA TV, the American astronaut told Mission Control in Houston that the living pod looked “pristine,” adding that it felt cold inside.

Researchers find a way to snoop on you through your phone’s vibration motor

Cover up your webcam, disable microphone access and put on your tinfoil hat — but it won’t make any difference, because the Illuminati can get at you through your phone’s vibration motor now. Well, kind of, anyway. Your best defense? Talk in a high voice. The “VibraPhone” research comes from Romit Roy Choudhury and Nirupam Roy, associate professor and PhD candidate, respectively, at the Electrical and Computer Engineering school of the University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign. It’s a surprisingly simple idea, really: A vibration motor is really like a tiny speaker. And every speaker can be a microphone. Think about it. Okay, if it’s not obvious — a magnetic surface that has its position controlled by an applied voltage can also be arranged so that its own position changes that voltage instead. One way it’s a speaker, the other way it’s a microphone. So it’s not “fundamentally surprising” that the vibration

HP uses 'Star Trek' universe to hype its next-gen technologies in new ad

By Adario Strange2016-06-06 23:58:48 UTC [embedded content] Borrowing some of the science fiction cool from the Star Trek franchise, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has unveiled a new commercial that weaves future concept technologies into the imaginary world of Starfleet. In the one-minute spot, we’re taken to an unnamed alien planet as a Star Trek Starfleet Academy instructor guides a group of cadets to a location where a holographic display assists the instructor as he describes “the machine,” which is supposed to be a new way of computing.  I asked the company’s representatives if “the machine” is real and, if so, what, exactly, it is. I was given nothing concrete, only broad generalities about research into a new way of computing from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. So in that respect, until we hear more detail, “the machine” sounds more like a concept than a reality. Along those lines, several HP-branded concept technologies will

Hackers, experts decode the magic of 'Mr. Robot' ahead of Season 2

By Sandra Gonzalez2016-06-06 23:29:40 UTC Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! Season 1 of USA’s Mr. Robot enjoyed the kind of acclaim that freshman shows can only dream of getting, and ahead of the new season, a collection of hackers, actors, experts and superfans are dissecting the code to the show’s success in a new special.  In Mr. Robot Decoded, creator Sam Esmail, stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater, real-life hacker Jeff Moss and several other experts open up about how the show made an extremely technical subject relatable to a wide audience and brought humanity to hackers through main character Elliot.  The special, airing June 20, also looks at much more than the show’s unlikely rise, though. It’s a catch-up for the poor souls who missed Season 1, an exploration of much larger questions about the morality of hacking, and a preview of

Canon could use Diffractive Optics tech to shrink a 1,000mm lens to half its size

It’s not uncommon to see patented products never make it off paper. But if Canon’s latest lens patent is anything to go by, Canon could soon have one of the most impressive super-telephoto lenses on the market. According to patent publication No. 2016-102852, Canon has developed the optical formula to create a massive EF 1000mm f/5.6 DO lens. Originally filed back in November 2014, the patent (translated) was only published last week and gives us a look inside what would be Canon’s longest telephoto lens since its EF 1,200mm f/5.6 L USM lens that was designed specifically for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the longest lens in the world with full autofocus capability. A blown up diagram of Canon’s thumbnail-sized optical design for the EF 1,000mm f/5.6 DO The key to Canon’s latest patent is the little “DO” inside the naming scheme. “DO” is Canon’s acronym for

Bosch's driverless parking system handles complex parking with ease

Image: Bosch By Nick Jaynes2016-06-06 23:22:13 UTC In the near future, your car will handle the complex parking — even without you in it. Auto-parts-maker Bosch demonstrated its latest partially automated driverless car system in Farmington Hills, Michigan last week. It’s called “home zone park assist” and Bosch expects the tech to make a North American debut in a production car in 2019. Image: Bosch Unlike rudimentary auto-park systems currently on the market like Tesla’s Summon, Bosch’s home zone can handle up to 100 complex parking maneuvers. In order to use home zone, the driver first sets a start point with their smartphone. He or she then drives the route manually at a walking pace. After that first demonstration, the system memorizes the route. It doesn’t just simply blindly follow a route, however. Home zone utilizes 12 ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers, plus stereo video cameras mounted near the

Waking up with Pavlok’s wrist-shocking wearable alarm clock

I can’t help but think about shock collars when I wrap the bright orange silicone around my wrist. They’ve always seemed fairly cruel. And yet, here I go, putting one on myself — not for barking or wandering out of the yard, but for the crime of having a hard time getting my butt out of bed at 6AM. And while I certainly have more agency in the matter, the comparison isn’t entirely inappropriate. After all, even the name “Pavlok” brings to mind a pack of dogs salivating in anticipation of mealtime. What the name is meant to invoke is a sort of forced conditioning. The full version of the hardware is designed to curb all sorts of bad habits, with a “manual zap” button users press when bad thoughts enter their head. The Shock Clock version that launched on Indiegogo this spring is focused largely on helping people get out

California scientitsts are experimenting with growing human organs inside pigs

While you yourself might be lucky enough to have all your limbs and organs, humanity as a whole is running out of body parts. The World Health Organization calls the shortage of transplantable organs “virtually a universal problem” due to legal and sociocultural factors in countries around the globe. Developed countries may meet demand better than the rest, but even so, patients here are still underserved. United States scientists are now attempting unconventional means to meet this growing demand – with researchers from the University of California, Davis injecting human stem cells into the embryos of pigs, reports BBC. The results are human-pig chimeras, which remain in live sows for 28 days before the scientists terminate the pregnancy and remove the embryonic tissue for study. Humans and pigs have similar physiologies, which allows scientists to use swine in biomedical research and apply their findings to humans. Related: In the future, drone taxis may deliver manufactured organs to

$30M Stampede 2 supercomputer will provide 18 petaflops of data crunching power to researchers nationwide

Watch out, global supercomputer top 5, there’s a new contender. Or at least there will be soon, once the $30 million Stampede 2 is up and running. With 18 petaflops peak processing capacity, the new system will stand shoulder to shoulder with Cray’s Titan and IBM’s Sequoia — though a good deal behind China’s Tianhe-2. The idea then, as now, was to create a world-class supercomputing platform that could be accessed by any researcher with a problem requiring intense number crunching. Things like atomic and atmospheric science simulations, for instance, that would take years to grind through on a desktop but can be turned around in days on a supercomputer. Just imagine accounting for all the movements and interactions of the 750,000 particle analogs in this simulation of a colloidal gel! Or tracking the entropy of every pseudoparticle (?) in this 2000 cubic-kilometer general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic rendering of a supernova