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Slashdot Asks: Can Anything Replace 'QWERTY' Keyboards?
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MIT Technology Review recently discussed new attempts to replace the standard ‘QWERY’ keyboard layout, including Tap, “a one-handed gadget that fits over your fingers like rubbery brass knuckles and connects wirelessly to your smartphone.” It’s supposed to free you from clunky physical keyboards and act as a go-anywhere typing interface. A promotional video shows smiling […]

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Scientists Create Healthy Mice With Same-Sex Parents
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Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to make baby mice with two moms and no dad. “The aim of the Chinese researchers was to work out which rules of reproduction they needed to break to make baby mice from same-sex parents,” reports the BBC. “That in turn helps understand why the rules […]

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The new Razer Phone 2 tries again to make the 120Hz gamer phone a thing
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Razer Razer has announced the second iteration of its gaming-focused Razer Phone. Called the Razer Phone 2, the device improves the camera, adds wireless charging, and bumps up the specs across the board compared to its predecessor. The main draw is still its screen. The 5.7-inch LCD display has a 2560×1440-pixel resolution, HDR support (HDR-10), 645 […]

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The Hack Fund will use crypto to give startups early liquidity
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Now that “utility” tokens have become a popular and international way to fund major blockchain projects, a pair of investors are creating a new way to turn tokens into true equities. The investors, Jonathan Nelson and Laura Nelson, have created Hack Fund, an early stage investment vehicle that allows startups to launch what amounts to […]

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Social intelligence platforms Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon tp merge
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Brandwatch — the UK-HQ’d social intelligence company which raised $65M from European VCs Nauta Capital, Highland Europe and Partech — is to merge with another leading player in the space, Crimson Hexagon. The merger, expected to close in Q4, will (say the companies) create a business with around $100M in recurring annual revenues. The merged […]

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The Node.js and JavaScript foundations want to merge
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There are currently two main open source foundations that focus on JavaScript: the JavaScript (JS) Foundation, which was founded in 2016, and the Node.js Foundation, which launched in 2015. The JS Foundation’s mission is to shepherd the ecosystem around the language while Node.js obviously focuses on the Node.js technology for using JavaScript server-side with the […]

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BlackBerry races ahead of security curve with quantum-resistant solution
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Quantum computing represents tremendous promise to completely alter technology as we’ve known it, allowing operations that weren’t previously possible with traditional computing. The downside of these powerful machines is that they could be strong enough to break conventional cryptography schemes. Today, BlackBerry announced a new quantum-resistant code signing service to help battle that possibility. The […]

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Honda Will Use GM's Self-Driving Technology, Invest $750 Million In Cruise Startup
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Honda announced today that it is investing $750 million in Cruise, the self-driving car startup whose majority shareholder is General Motors. The automotive company is also planning to invest $2 billion over the next 12 years to develop and manufacture self-driving cars based on Cruise’s software. Ars Technica reports: Honda has been working on autonomous […]

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SoftBank leads $35M investment in sports engagement startup Heed
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Heed, a startup looking to create new ways for sports leagues and clubs to engage with fans, is announcing that it has raised $35 million led by SoftBank Group International. As laid out for me by CEO Danna Rabin, the company sits at the intersection of sports and IoT — which makes sense, since it was […]

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