How Lava Lamps Are Helping in the Fight Against Hackers

One timestamped relic is now helping a web security firm fend off the most skilled hackers: lava lamps. Believe it or not, the shapeshifting novelty invented in 1963 is experiencing another renaissance. Cloudflare is filming a lava lamp—along with a pendulum in London and a Geiger counter in Singapore—and then using the shots to randomly generate pixels for a “super-powered cryptographic key.” The reason for …

Getty Images Develops AI to Help Newsrooms

As newsrooms churn out stories quicker than ever, photo editors are tasked with putting in the final touches without much hesitation. To meet the content standards of modern audiences, and the pace of the content creators, Getty Images is developing an Artificial Intelligence that will present the most applicable images by simply scanning the text–no longer are strenuous searches required. When the AI finishes its …

Sonos Creates New Bell for the Stock Exchange

When challenged with changing the chime, the team wanted to give it some soul

This morning, for the first time in the Nasdaq bell’s 18-year history, a brand new sound will kick off trading. Created by the talented sound experience team at Sonos (made up of music producers, sound designers, scientists and audio engineers), the new chime has “some soul wrapped around it,” says Chris Jenkins, who explains the main goal was to make a provocative sound. After much …

France to Ban Smartphones at Schools

It began in 2017: French officials imposed a law that limited how frequently and in what manner employers may contact employees outside of office hours. Now, the French government is setting their sights on schools. Smartphone-less students, they believe, will improve classroom efficiency, effectiveness and, on a broader level, preserve the “sanctity” of the classroom and learning experience. This new law will, however, make “exceptions …

“Connected” Glasses and Bottles Will Track Your Alcohol Consumption

Long lines at the bar, iffy brand loyalty, and out-of-touch leadership are among the woes of the liquor business—and issues that brands are looking to solve for their consumers. With “connected” cocktail glasses and liquor bottles, brands will be able to track consenting party’s habits, preferences, take their orders, and provide them with real-time discounts and recipes. The question is: it unnecessary intrusion or considerate …