Technology

Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Your power blender may be able to link to a device on your wrist that’s been tracking your diet, then check in with your freezer and your kitchen scale. It could set up the right smoothie recipe based on what’s on hand, how much weight you’ve gained and which fruit you prefer. Photo The crowd at the Smart Kitchen Summit ...

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How to Get Cortana to Keep Track of Your Favorite Teams

Q. How do I make the Windows Cortana program on my PC collect news and scores for specific sports teams? A. You can set Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant for Windows 10 desktop and mobile systems, to keep track of your favorite teams — but you first need to tell the program which teams to follow. You can provide this information ...

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Have a Group Chat on an iPad

Q. How do you make a three-way video call on an iPad? Does FaceTime allow this? A. FaceTime — Apple’s built-in audio- and video-chat app for its iOS devices and Mac computers — currently does not support calling more than one person at a time. While FaceTime group calls are possibly in the works, you still need to use a ...

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Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine

The backlash has been fierce. “I imagined I’d raise the alarm,” Dr. Kosinski said in an interview. “Now I’m paying the price.” He’d just had a meeting with campus police “because of the number of death threats.” Advocacy groups like Glaad and the Human Rights Campaign denounced the study as “junk science” that “threatens the safety and privacy of LGBTQ ...

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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

“This is cultural hacking,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They’re feeding outrage — and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share.” All of the pages were shut down by Facebook in recent ...

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Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads

Photo Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, in San Francisco last week. Google’s role in the coordinated Russian campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign has been closely followed. Credit Stephen Lam/Reuters SAN FRANCISCO — Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign. Using accounts believed to ...

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Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company

In August, Disney announced that it would introduce two subscription streaming services, both built by BamTech. One, focused on sports programming and made available through the ESPN app, would arrive in the spring. The other, centered on movies and television shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, would debut in late 2019. “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going ...

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AOL Instant Messenger to Shut Down in December

Photo The AOL Instant Messenger logo. Credit Jin Lee/Bloomberg AOL Instant Messenger, the chat program that connected a generation to their classmates and crushes while guiding them through the early days of digital socializing, will shut down on Dec. 15, its parent company announced on Friday. Released in 1997, the program had largely faded into obscurity over the last decade, ...

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An N.C.A.A. for Esports? Rivals Angle to Govern Campus Video Gaming

“Yes,” he said. “We can help with that.” Photo Tyler Schrodt, right, is the founder of the Electronic Gaming Federation. Rockie Hunter, left, is the organization’s creative director. Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York Times Right now, there is no N.C.A.A. for esports, even though competitive gaming is expanding quickly on college campuses. Last year, 40 colleges — a group that ...

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How Europe’s Last Dictatorship Became a Tech Hub

Ten days after the awards, Facebook bought the company for an undisclosed sum. The founders, whose average age was about 25 at the time, moved to London and the United States. Together with some of those co-workers, Mr. Kovalyov is developing a new Minsk start-up, AR Squad, which creates augmented reality content. One of the first masks the other company ...

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