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Smarter Than Your Average Wear

Canopy2
12 months ago

Technological advances have reformed the landscape of the fashion industry; it was only a decade ago that luxury brands refused to sell their products online.  Yet in the past ten years, the rapid rise of the internet caused a retail revolution, led by visionaries like Natalie Massenet at Net-a ...

Inventing the Future

Our Special Role in the Cosmos

Cosmos
12 months ago

I attended the Singularity University executive program.  They had a special session in L.A., so we got to see all the latest cutting-edge biotech, nanotech, AI stuff.  I remember seeing the demo of the Google self-driving cars.  Did you see the commercial with the blind man and he was being driven ...

Inventing the Future

Move Over, QWERTY: Here Comes KALQ

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12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Available next month as a free app for Android devices, KALQ is a keyboard layout that groups keys into two 4-by-4 grids that reside in the bottom quadrants of the screen. This relocation allows a user to type using their thumbs when holding a tablet horizontally ...