Time Waster - ‘Shiritori‘
“Shiritori” is a fun and sometimes frustrating word game that you can play solo or with other real people. I’ve only ever played against the AI, so I don’t know how it stacks up against a flesh and blood human.
The premise is simple: you are given a letter and prompted to come up with the longest word beginning with that letter as fast as you can. Once you’re done, your opponent has to make a word from the last letter of your word. Then you have to make one from the last letter of his word.
UConn makes 3D copies of antique instrument parts
STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments.
Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts. As a student of music history, he realized the same CT scanning technology could help him study delicate musical instruments from the past.
OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers
NEW YORK (AP) – Think you're in control? Think again.
This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods. The fact is, big companies use customers as unwitting guinea pigs all the time -online and in the real world.
Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own devices.
Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated.
Amazon rolls out ‘Netflix-for-books’ style service
NEW YORK — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant’s latest effort to attract more users.
The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” They can also listen as much as they like to thousands of Audible audiobooks, including “Water for Elephants.”
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