Apple Watch Is Not Yet A Home Run With Users, Survey Shows – Forbes

Sunday, June 14, 2015

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) There’s been no shortage of gadget reviews for Apple’s Apple’s latest device. For the most part, the consensus is it’s probably the best smart watch you’re going to find on the market today, but the apps aren’t anything to rave about. To date, third-party apps have been slow and clunky. Research firm UserTesting surveyed 52 Apple Watch users and found roughly the same thing. People like it, but for…

7 (Fairly) New Books Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Summer – Huffington Post

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Now that nearly everyone in the world has finished The Goldfinch, we need some other book recommendations to get us through the summer. Huff/Post50 turned to its Facebook community to find out what middle-aged readers have piled up on their bedside tables. Here are seven books that come highly recommended. 1 Simon & Schuster 2 Algonquin Books 3 Simon & Schuster 4 Fourth Estate Ltd. 5 Penguin Books 6 Broadway…

Student Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course – io9

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators over their inclusion. The graphic novels in question, Persepolis, Fun Home, Y: The Last Man Vol. 1, and The…

Academic Publishing Giant Fights to Keep Science Paywalled – Gizmodo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

One of the world’s largest academic publishing companies wants to scrub the internet of pirated science. That’d be Elsevier, which recently filed a complaint at a New York district court against Library Genesis and, two massive online hubs for scientific research articles. The sites, which are both popular in developing countries like India and Indonesia, are a treasure trove of free pdf copies of research papers that typically cost…

The 6 most awkward moments in literature – The Week Magazine

Sunday, June 14, 2015

 As selected by Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri: Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Malory (Wordsworth, $9). People forget that this book contains a passage where Sir Lancelot takes an arrow to the buttock. It’s from a lady huntress who misses a deer roaming the forest of Windsor. A close second among Lancelot’s most awkward moments is the incident when, overcome by love for Guinevere, he bursts open the iron…

BOOK REVIEW: ‘1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar’ – Washington Times

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mr. Burns details a convincing case that throughout his chosen year and into the first quarter of the next, the de facto president of the United States was a woman. Due to Wilson’s incapacity following his stroke in September 1919, the first lady’s fierce loyalty to her husband and determination to protect his privacy as well as his health led her to assume in all but name those presidential functions…

Science fiction no more? Channel 4’s Humans and our rogue AI obsessions – The Guardian

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Related: Elon Musk: artificial intelligence is our biggest existential threat RoboCop, that tin-suited keeper of law, order and a heroic portmanteau, abides by three prime directives: 1) Serve the public trust, 2) Protect the innocent, 3) Uphold the law. He lives by these rules with algorithmic devotion. As well he must: each is written into his circuitry. Not only that, his existence is dependent upon the absence of error. A…

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