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The future of the internet looks brighter thanks to an EU court opinion

What is illegal in one country may be perfectly legal in all other countries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?

We don't need to put the same effort into making the conversation polite or interesting when we're talking to a chatbot. Andy Kelly/Unsplash

When you’re lost, Siri can be your best friend.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Roll-up screens and 8K resolution: what the future of television looks like

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wrapped-up in Las Vegas last week. The annual event gives enthusiasts a taste of the latest gadgets and devices on the horizon of consumer technology.

This year, we saw advances in digital health, new integrations for voice assistants, an expanding door to secure your deliveries (which can be heated or cooled), a machine to fold your clothes, and even a flying vehicle.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why has nobody found any life outside of Earth?

An artist's impression of Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone - the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fast serves don't make sense – unless you factor in physics

To serve at your best, you have to throw your racket in a way that projects the ball at a high speed – but add some spin.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Alexa, call my lawyer!' Are you legally liable if someone makes a purchase using your virtual assistant?

If you have voice shopping activated on your voice assistant, anyone in your home could potentially purchase items in your name.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Should cyber officials be required to tell victims of cyber crimes they've been hacked?

In Germany this week, the legal limbo that defines cyberspace around the world was on full display.

The country’s Federal Office for IT Safety (BSI for its German initials) had been tracking a cyber attack targeting some of the country’s parliamentarians since early December. It ultimately led to the public release of mobile phone numbers, credit card information and ID card details of hundreds of members of parliament, and other public figures.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How the right lighting could save the Mona Lisa

Lighting causes damage to paintings over time. Juan Di Nella/Unsplash

Next time you’re in a museum or art gallery, observe each painting a little more closely. You may notice cracks on the surface of the canvas, especially if the painting is very old.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to take better photos with your smartphone, thanks to computational photography

A light-trails long exposure of London's Tower Bridge, shot on iPhone8Plus using the NightCap app. Rob Layton, Author provided

Each time you snap a photo with your smartphone – depending on the make and model – it may perform The Conversation.

Holographic teachers were supposed to be part of our future. What happened?

Mixed reality can enhance teaching in ways not possible with pen and paper, or even virtual reality. Shutterstock

Cast your mind back to the turn of last century.


Originally published in The Conversation.