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The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can’t Afford to Live in Cities Anymore In the center of Boston rises the small neighborhood of Fort Hill, on top of which sits Highland Park, designed in the 1700s by Frederick Olmsted. Patriots stored gunpowder here during the Revolutionary War, and a tower fit for Repunzel commemorates their efforts. The abolitionist writer William Lloyd Garrison fought against slavery from a house on this hill. And now the battle for urban housing affordability rages on these streets. It’s a microcosm of the battle playing out on a neighborhood level in every growing city in America: a battle between those who want to keep property values high, and those who want the chance to live in the cities that have the best economic prospects. If cities want to retain a middle class, experts say, they will have to make it happen on their own. […]

Gangster’s girlfriend is forced to have her head shaved as grim punishment for ‘cheating’ on him The poor girl is forced to squat while a man takes a set of barber’s clippers to her long hair – then they mockingly place clumps of hair on head like a wig A young woman is forced to have her head shaved as a bizarre punishment after she was accused of cheating in her gangster boyfriend. The girl, dressed in shorts and a black top, is forced to squat and hold her head down while a man takes a set of barber’s clippers to her long hair. The video, which is supposed to act as a warning to other women, was posted online by the Brazilian drug dealing gang. It shows a chilling insight into their dark world of the drug cartel. People shaving the woman’s head (Photo: CEN) The shocking footage shows […]

Meet Olli, America’s first driverless public shuttle bus The shuttle, which can fit 12 passengers, will be piloted in several cities at the end of this year. What do you get when you cross self-driving artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, and public transportation? Olli, an autonomous, electric shuttle with room for 12 passengers. Local Motors, a manufacturer known for its focus on open-source vehicle designs, unveiled Olli on Thursday at its new facility in National Harbor, Md., a development just outside Washington D.C. To test Olli, Local Motors plans to offer free rides to the public around the development in what is believed to be the first public trial of a completely self-driving vehicle in the United States, reported The Washington Post. In February, the Netherlands launched a fleet of WEpod driverless buses, which can carry six passengers, on the campus of Wageningen University in a central Dutch agricultural town. Recommended: How much […]

Amazon’s Real Future Isn’t Drones. It’s Self-Driving Trucks Here in the US, trucks carry 10 billion tons of freight each year. That’s 70 percent of all goods shipped across the country, according to the American Trucking Association. The trouble is: we don’t have enough drivers, and their numbers are dwindling. The American Trucking Association says the driver deficit currently stands at 48,000, and if trends continue, that could reach 175,000 by the year 2024. The average age for an American truck driver is 63, and that’s only going up. “Where is the next generation of truckers going to come from?” says Ryan Petersen, the CEO of Flexport, a company that helps businesses organize their shipping efforts through trucks as well as ships and trains. Related Stories The US Doesn’t Want Drone Deliveries—So Amazon Took Them to England Sorry, Donald Trump: Amazon Dominates, But It’s No Monopoly Only Amazon Could Make […]

ET deals roundup: Save big on laptops, TVs, and more Still need to get your holiday shopping done? Worry not, there’s tons of great sales going on for December. From Dell laptops to VR headsets to big-screen 4K televisions, you can save a ton online, and get everything shipped to your door. • Lowest price! New Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u dual-core Kaby Lake 13.3-inch laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, 1080p Infinity Edge display for $849.99 (Coupon code: WQ12RNCZ?NP$QH — List price: $1049.99) • Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core 11.6-inch laptop with Windows 10 for $129.99 (Coupon code: 684PT369XQXTXG — List price: $199.99) • PCMag editors’ choice: Dell Latitude 14 7000 Intel Core i5 dual-core 14-inch business Windows 7 Pro laptop with 1080p Gorilla Glass touchscreen, 256GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a three-year warranty (Only 3.5 pounds, MILSPEC rated) for $729 (Coupon code: […]

The New Adidas Are Made From Lab-Grown Spider Silk The future of footwear isn’t just about self-tying shoes—it’s also about mimicking nature to make stronger, higher-performance, more sustainable materials. Earlier this month at the synthetic biology and design conference Biofabricate in New York City, Adidas unveiled the Futurecraft Biofabric. The company says this will be the world’s first athletic shoe that’s 100 percent biodegradable. How is this possible? Adidas worked with another German company called AMSilk, incorporating its Biosteel fabric, a new type of fiber “grown” by bacteria and designed to mimic the properties of natural spider silk—namely, strength and lightness. At the same time, the shoes can also be quickly broken down and safely returned to the environment, using a specific enzyme (so you don’t have to worry about them turning to mush while you’re out for a run in the rain). Watch our exclusive interview with Jame Carnes […]

 Dark patterns and the dark web: FBI joins Rule 41 in setting troubling precedent. Somebody’s poisoned the water hole. — Woody the Cowboy, Disney’s Toy Story The news broke in January that federal agents had taken down Playpen, a notorious child porn site on the deep web, and run a huge 13-day sting on its users as part of the international Operation Pacifier. Newly uncovered court documents now reveal that the Playpen takedown extends far beyond its alleged operators. It was the largest law enforcement hacking campaign ever. The FBI seized the physical server hardware under a previous warrant, but that wasn’t enough to get the people involved. So they seized administrative control over the site under the auspices of a warrant issued by Federal Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan. (The exact details of the warrant are still secret.) They couldn’t see the IPs of visitors, because most visitors were […]

All Aboard Volvo’s Very, Very Long Bus. Like, All of You Volvo Group Any half-hearted bus observer knows about articulated buses—those double-trouble mutants with an accordion-like joint. But get a load of the Gran Artic 300, introduced last week in Rio de Janeiro and billed as the world’s longest bus (though a few others are competitive). Articulated, shmarticulated. This baby is biarticulated, with two joints, the kind of bus already on the road in a few European and Latin American cities. What makes this one different is it’s 98 feet long. Ninety-eight feet long! That’s nearly one-third of a football field, or 1.5 bowling lanes, or 8 feet longer than the distance between home and first base. Volvo Buses says this extra-long beast can carry an amazing 300 people. (That’s assuming eight folks pack into each square meter—a very squashed ride.) The typical New York subway car packs about 255 passengers. Your standard city bus fits about […]

Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI   Microsoft researchers recently built an artificially intelligent system that seems to recognize conversational speech as effectively as a human. Yes, this research comes with caveats, but it’s part of a very real and very rapid leap in artificial intelligence over the past several years, a leap driven by deep neural networks.These sweepingly complex algorithms can teach themselves very particular tasks by analyzing vast amounts of data. Microsoft’s system learned to recognize words by looking for patterns in old tech support calls. But it’s not just the algorithms that are driving the recent revolution in AI. It’s also the hardware behind these algorithms. Microsoft’s speech rec system relies on large farms of GPU processors, chips that were originally designed for rendering graphics but have proven remarkably adept at running artificial intelligence models. Giant Corporations Are Hoarding the […]

Hands on with Lenovo’s unique Yoga Book convertible tablet: Is it time for an Android laptop? One of the best things about the Android and Windows ecosystems is the wide variety of innovative products brought to market. Many of them don’t survive for long, but some, like Microsoft’s Surface, persist and eventually thrive. Lenovo is hoping the same is true of its unique Yoga Book clamshell-style convertible; it’s a combination mini-laptop and tablet. Available with either Windows 10 ($549.99) or Android 6.01 ($499.99), the Yoga Book is a small, sleek tablet, with a permanently attached front side called a Create Pad. If you like Wacom tablets, you’ll likely love the Yoga Book I tested the Android version of the Yoga Book. The Create Pad half of the Yoga Book is first and foremost a well-implemented, pressure-sensitive Wacom tablet. As with most desktop tablets, you write or draw on the tablet and the […]

George Clinton Explains the Future. George Clinton is a futurist. The 75-year-old founded legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic in the early 1970s, but his gaze was already situated on the far future. Raised on a steady diet of Buck Rogers and Star Trek, the group’s pioneering groovy sound was accompanied by a sci-fi mythology concerning funky aliens. It was wild, unconventional, and irresistible. By Clinton’s own admission in his autobiography, he wasn’t the best musician around, but he was the visionary. When he closed his eyes, he saw outer space in celluloid. By putting blackness and ideas of high technology together, Clinton set down a cornerstone for what would later be coined “afrofuturism”—an idea mainly centered around the concept that the future can and will be black. But that’s not all that Clinton has contributed to the world beyond the P-Funk universe. A quote often attributed to Derrick May, the father […]

Vladimir Putin: Russia Issues International Arrest Warrant For Rothschild & Soros! Vladimir Putin, now in full control of Russia as Prime Minister, wishes to build a strong Christian nation. In a televised Christmas message on January 7 Putin said: — “The Russian Orthodox Church contributes to the promotion of moral values in society. One should not completely draw a line between the culture and the church. Of course by law in our country the church is separate from the state. But in the soul and the history of our people it’s all together. It always has been and always will be.” Russia will make The United States reflect upon what they allowed Rothschild to do to their own country. So when you see protests against Vladimir now, keep in mind it is probably staged by The Rothschild’s trying to control Russia once again. PUTIN ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR FINANCIAL TERRORIST […]

( NOW THIS IS FUNKY) GEORGE CLINTON EXPLAINS THE FUTURE. by Admin October 27, 2016 George Clinton Explains the Future. George Clinton is a futurist. The 75-year-old founded legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic in the early 1970s, but his gaze was already situated on the far future. Raised on a steady diet of Buck Rogers and Star Trek, the group’s pioneering groovy sound was accompanied by a sci-fi mythology concerning funky aliens. It was wild, unconventional, and irresistible. By Clinton’s own admission in his autobiography, he wasn’t the best musician around, but he was the visionary. When he closed his eyes, he saw outer space in celluloid. By putting blackness and ideas of high technology together, Clinton set down a cornerstone for what would later be coined “afrofuturism”—an idea mainly centered around the concept that the future can and will be black. But that’s not all that Clinton has contributed to […]

An Intriguing Link Between Police Shootings and Black Voter Registration To understand how black Americans are impacted by fatal police shootings in each state, we defined an “over-representation ratio”: the percentage of fatal police shootings in which a black American was killed divided by percentage of black Americans in a state. The number one determinant of over-representation in fatal police shootings is the percentage of eligible black Americans registered to vote. WIRED/MAIMUNA SHAHNAZ MAJUMDER Since January 1, 2016, there have been 714 fatal police shootings in the United States. That comes to 79 deaths a month, 18 a week, and three a day. For context, the US recorded 43 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus and 25 deaths from West Nile in the same time frame.For most, if not all, public health issues, some segments of the population are more vulnerable than others. Americans who engage in unprotected sex are more likely to […]

Google’s Got a Plan to Unify the World’s Wi-Fi Hotspots Google Public Wi-Fi is great. But it’s infuriating when your connection at the neighborhood coffee shop goes down minutes before deadline and the baristas have no clue what’s wrong.This frustrates the hell out of the coffee shop, too. It wants to offer secure, reliable service but usually lacks the expertise. That’s true of any business that offers free Wi-Fi, especially airports, hotels, and others that offer Wi-Fi on a huge scale. Google plans to fix this with Google Station, a suite of tools designed to make creating and maintaining public Wi-Fi a breeze. The company isn’t saying much beyond that, but it is working with unspecified Internet service providers and hardware companies to make it happen. Google is now enlisting partners like cafes and shopping malls. This goes beyond a set of recommended tools or preconfigured WiFi routers. Google will handle login info for the different hotspots. You’ll access the Internet […]