Dan Nosowitz on the obsession with a mechanical toy invented 40 years ago–"simple in theory, it can be tremendously complex to conquer" — and Google's obsession with it in particular.
David Li created the Blob Opera, a wonderful creative experiment at the intersection of machine learning, music, and digital art. From the project description at Google Arts & Culture, hosts of the project: This experiment pays tribute to and explores the original musical instrument: the voice. We developed a machine learning model trained on the… READ THE REST
Google Trends has released the top search terms for 2020, and made this video to illustrate the overarching topics of what people searched for. It's a short but good look at the year, centered around the word "why," but then you see the actual lists of top searches in the US, and here are the… READ THE REST
If you depend on Google for email, docs, notes, photos, scheduling, etc, be aware that they can lock you out without explanation. From Business Insider: The developer feels betrayed by the company for shutting off access to vast swathes of his digital life in an instant, with little logical recourse. "It feels like getting baited… READ THE REST
At first, the thought of jumping into the real estate game after the world's year under the COVID-19 bubble could feel like a risky proposition. But, while the depressed economy might trigger fears of fewer business and residential customers, some prominent real estate investors say the current state has many properties selling at great prices,… READ THE REST
We're all usually overjoyed to add a new piece of technology to our galaxy of devices. But, once you've spent a lot of time with that new addition, it can start to lose some of its luster – and your eye starts wandering. Call it the 'seven-year itch' of technology. But considering how fast technology… READ THE REST
Skullcandy has carved out an interesting lane for itself in the ultra-competitive audio earbuds and headphones market. Unlike the big business interests of most of their big-name corporate competitors, Skullcandy was born from a simple human moment. Sitting on a chairlift in Park City, Utah in 2003, Skullcandy founder Rick Alden couldn't take a call… READ THE REST