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U.S. and Canadian Citizens May Soon Need Visas to Visit the European Union

April 8, 2016 Americans and Canadians may soon need more paperwork to vacation in Europe. Visitors from the two North American countries have long enjoyed visa-free travel throughout the European Union. But not all travelers from the EU are granted the same privilege when visiting the US and Canada. Now, the EU is...

Netflix Has Been Secretly Slowing Down Videos on Mobile

March 26, 2016 This may come as a shock, but your beloved Netflix is responsible for your slow streams on mobile, not your loathsome wireless carrier. The streaming service revealedMarch 24 that it caps video speeds on mobile networks around the world, and has been doing so for the last five years (paywall)....

Microsoft's Chatbot Became a Racist Jerk After Less Than a Day on Twitter

March 25, 2016 On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a friendly AI chatbot named Tay that was modeled to sound like a typical teenage girl. The bot was designed to learn by talking with real people on Twitter and the messaging apps Kik and GroupMe. (“The more you talk the smarter Tay gets,” says the...

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Poor Tech Skills Are Holding Women Back at Work

March 3, 2016 A lack of digital prowess is hindering women in the workplace, according to a new study. Women lag behind men in the workplace in many respects, from pay toleadership roles to opportunities in science, technology, and other fast-growing industries. They are also falling behind in the use of digital skills,...

Tech Workers Increasingly Look to Leave Silicon Valley

February 29, 2016 A growing number of engineers and tech workers from the San Francisco Bay Area are looking to leave Silicon Valley for burgeoning tech hubs such as Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington, according to a job-search site’s data. Indeed.com found that the share of searches from within the Bay Area for...

This Will be the Year of the Silicon Valley Super Bowl

February 3, 2016 When the San Francisco Bay Area put in a bid in to host the Super Bowl in 2013, it wanted to highlight its illustrious tech scene. So it delivered the proposal on a first-generation Apple iPad Mini—nascent technology, at the time, created by one of Silicon Valley’s shiniest examples of...

Researchers Have Established a Worrisome Link Between Social Media Use and Sleep

January 28, 2016 The regular, sometimes absent-minded act of checking social media may be having profound effects on your sleep. A recent study (paywall) by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that young adults who spend significant time on social media each day typically get less sleep than those who use social...

Ford Joins the Driverless Car Testing Arena on California’s Public Roads

December 20, 2015 Ford is bringing its self-driving cars to California’s public roads. The American automaker announced plans on Dec. 16 to begin testing its fully-autonomous Fusion Hybrid model on public streets in 2016, as part of a state-run Department of Motor Vehicle program. The Detroit, Michigan-based company joins Alphabet’s Google, Volkswagen, Mercedes...

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A UN Group Says the U.S. Is ‘Allowing Its Women to Lag Behind’

December 20, 2015 The US still has a long way to go in advancing women’s rights—at least that’s what a group of United Nations human-rights experts concluded after visiting the country in December. The group, which spent 10 days in America during a pivotal period in the country’s presidential election cycle, examined women’s...

These Islanders Built Their Own Wireless Network

November 4, 2015 Frustrated with slow internet service and frequent outages? A rural community in Washington state was—enough so that residents decided to take matters into their owns hands. A group of neighbors on Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands, rebelled against local internet service provider CenturyLink in 2013 after experiencing...