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Apple’s lack of daycare isn’t an oversight, it’s a feature

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After WIRED offered us all a peek into Apple’s new headquarters, one notable fact emerged: there’s no daycare center. Whooooopsie. 

Except this was no mistake. It was a big fat message to anyone who might be contemplating trying to balance family life with their obsessive devotion to their job. And that message reads, in the sleekest font imaginable, “nope.”

The 150-acre campus contains a huge fitness and wellness center and every other amenity you can possibly imagine. Basically everything you’d need to live your life at work. Unless, of course, your life includes children.

Kids are many things, but mostly they are messy. That goes against Apple’s whole vision of how the world should be — and it’s a vision that most of Silicon Valley shares. I’m not talking about being physically messy, though sticky children don’t exactly coordinate with Apple’s pristine white glass aesthetic.  Read more…

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10 new Android O features that will make your phone better

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Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed  more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android.

Though we’re still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, building on updates Google introduced last year with Nougat. (Yes, it’s another boring year for Android.)

Still, there are quite a few features to look forward to, here’s what’s caught our eye so far. Read more…

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AI is absolutely horrible at naming paint colors

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Tired of your boring eggshell walls? A new AI experiment recommends colors like “Sink” or “Bank Butt.”

Researcher Janelle Shane trained a neural network to come up with paint names, and it resulted in gems like “Stoner Blue” and “Turdly,” she wrote in a blog post.

She conducted an experiment by using a training data set of about 7,700 paint names from Sherwin-Williams along with the RGB (red, green, and blue color values). 

She then had the network generate new colors and names for those colors. The results were hugely varied, including colors with Gray or Blue in the name that had nothing to do with those colors, or completely abstract and awesome names like “Stanky Bean.” Read more…

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Deep Algo offers simple code visualization for people who don’t know how to code

 Deep Algo was one of the more fascinating companies on display in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt this week. The French team aims to make coding languages more accessible for the masses with SaaS (software as a service) offering that promises to do for languages like C++, C Sharp and Javascript what WYSIWYG does for HTML. It’s a pretty bold claim, but the company is confident that… Read More

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The only thing worse than the fidget spinner craze is fidget spinner apps

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In a matter of weeks, fidget spinners went from something almost nobody had ever heard of to the must-have toy of the season. The anxiety-reducing handheld spinners are so ubiquitous that dozens of developers are trying to cash in on the phenomenon with fidget-spinner themed mobile apps.

People are into it, apparently. So into it that the top game in the iOS app store is a virtual fidget spinner that doesn’t do anything but spin.

The app is called Finger Spinner and it lets you swipe a virtual fidget spinner. You get five swipes to get it to spin as many times as possible, and you earn coins based on how many spins you get. The coins are used to improve the stats of your spinner, and spinning unlocks new spinners that all act the same but are aesthetically different. Read more…

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A Russian embassy is promoting a right-wing murder conspiracy

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Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom is boosting a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised. 

The social media staff at the embassy are well-known trolls, but this conspiracy theory has made it clear just how far the embassy will go.

#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but 🇬🇧 MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take noticepic.twitter.com/0XVezTyfHM

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 19, 2017

Seth Rich, mentioned in the tweet above, was working for the Democratic National Committee in July when he was fatally shot while walking near his home in Washington, D.C. The reasons behind the murder are unknown, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange implied that Rich was murdered for providing Wikileaks with leaked DNC emails. Read more…

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Ford just used Wi-Fi for the first time to update its cars’ software

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Some of Ford’s SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected car ecosystem.

The automaker’s 2016 model-year line will be eligible for an infotainment center software upgrade that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers a better connection with their phones while they’re on the road. Ford announced the update in a release touting the new compatibilities, which will be available to an estimated 800,000 vehicles.  

While the new integrations will undoubtedly be welcomed by 2016 Ford owners, they’re not the real news here. 

The more notable detail is in the way the rollout of SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be handled. For the first time ever, Ford will offer a SYNC upgrade via Wi-Fi in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) software update.  Read more…

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A new era for startup investing in Latin America

 Startups in Latin America are using creative solutions to address not just local but also global problems. For investors outside the region, the prospect of working with these startups can appear attractive, yet complicated. Investing in early-stage startups in Latin America can present challenges; however, time and time again I’ve found it can be well worth the effort. Read More