JD Salinger estate finally agrees to ebook editions

Authors son explains that wish for accessibility has persuaded trustees to look past his fathers dislike of digital media After years of refusing to allow publishers to digitise his works, the estate of JD Salinger has announced that the authors famously small body of work will be published as ebooks for the first time. Salingers son Matt said that the author had always valued accessibility, but preferred the experience of reading a physical book. The Catcher in the Rye author, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, also hated the internet; Matt And in 2009, Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury told the New York Times: They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what …

Hey Siri! Stop recording and sharing my private conversations | Roisin Kiberd

Voice assistants have a dark side, and we may be paying for their limited benefits with our privacy, says the technology writer Roisin Kiberd A news story in the Guardian last week confirmed what many Apple users likely already suspected: Siri, Apples voice assistant, has the power to access your history and delete past recordings, and theres an option to stated in interviews that it generally provides a text transcript rather than the original voice recording, to third-party contractors). Microsofts Cortana collects voice data in order to improve its service, while Samsungs Bixby does the same, involving a third-party service for speech-to-text conversion. Q&A What is AI? Show Hide Artificial Intelligence has various definitions, but in general it means a …

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far

Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next week Be Right Back Season 2, Episode 1 Starring the wickedly talented duo of Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, Be Right Back was the first Black Mirror episode to tackle death and grief, topics that would pop up again in later instalments, and which are ripe for the kind of existential, brain-scrambling tales that Brooker and co do best. Atwell plays Martha, who resurrects her late boyfriend Ash (Gleeson) as a chatbot and then later as a seemingly realistic AI robot who shares Ashs appearance but sadly not the subtle details …

Robocrop: world’s first raspberry-picking robot set to work

Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the worlds first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits. After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry. It seems like heavy going for a robot that cost 700,000 to develop but, if all goes to plan, this is the future of fruit-picking. Each robot will be able to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers who manage about …

What Online Chess Taught One Teen About Digital Life

A few weeks ago, I was out to breakfast with a bunch of my guy friends and my boyfriend, crammed into a leather booth at Orphan Andy's, a diner a couple miles from where I live. We were off school that day, and one of my friends had a recurring dream about pancakes, so there we were. Per usual, I was vaguely annoyed by the omnipresent phone-checking of my friends, though this time it was accompanied by lighthearted banter of the “You dumbass, I'm going to beat you” sort, which oddly made me feel better. “What could possibly be so interesting?” I asked. This was met with a bombardment of mock disgust and the commandment to download Chess Time or …

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four

A new book about the novel examines its relevance in the age of fake news and Trump December 1948. A man sits at a typewriter, in bed, on a remote island, fighting to complete the book that means more to him than any other. He is terribly ill. The book will be finished and, a year or so later, so will the man. January 2017. Another man stands before a crowd, which is not as large as he would like, in Washington DC, taking the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States of America. His press secretary says that it was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period both in person and around the …

Myspace’s music purge is the latest cultural scrubbing we’ll regret | Will Cox

Bob Dylans first acting role was wiped because it took up space. What might we mourn from 50m songs deleted from Myspace? Back when people still bought CDs and streaming media was a slow and frustrating experience, my teenage band recorded a number of average songs and put them out. I have copies of two of the three EPs we released. What didnt get committed to those low-print-run, landfill-fodder discs was uploaded to our MySpace and left to float in the digital forever of the internet. Two weeks ago, MySpace announced on their front page that archivist Philip Morris, the self-styled Indiana Jones of archival TV, travels the world looking for old tapes, finding Doctor Who in a Nigerian relay …

‘You don’t become less ambitious’: the female startup founders going public with their pregnancies

More female startup founders are blowing up conventional ideas that having a newborn and building a startup dont mix In late January, Amy Nelson, the founder of the Riveter co-working network, posted an ultrasound on Twitter. Thats my baby girl, she wrote. She arrives in June #proudmama. Though baby announcements arent uncommon on social media, for startup world, this tweet was surprising. Female startup founders have historically shied away from going public with their pregnancies. Investors the lifeblood of startup funding have frequently hesitated to bet on companies whose founder might soon be juggling a newborn. Nelson, however, is not keeping her pregnancy on the down-low. In 2017, she walked away from a high-powered litigation career, frustrated with widespread bias …