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“Sakawa” exposes the underbelly of Ghanaian internet scammers

Source:  The Austin Chronicle How much flirting does it take to unlock a lonely man’s wallet? Spoiler alert: For the Ghanaian scam artists in "Sakawa," the answer is “roughly seven days’ worth.” Much of "Sakawa" takes place inside a cramped house where a dozen...

There’s a documentary about Ember.js and it’s really good

Source:  TNW Ember.js is a hugely popular JavaScript framework. Used across web, mobile, and desktop, it powers the likes of LinkedIn, Groupon, and even Apple Music. Behind its thousands of lines of code is a deeply human story of innovation and risk-taking, as...

To understand cryptocurrencies, the Wall Street Journal created one

Source:  The Wall Street Journal In 2017, bitcoin was one of the greatest investment manias in recent memory. This year, that boom has turned to bust. To understand what drives the wild cryptocurrency market—the technology, hype, and innovation, combined with the...

Meet the researcher building robots for your grandparents

Source:  Bloomberg For decades, we've dreamed of robots that can be our companions. Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one. Named ElliQ, the robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it's in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the San Francisco Bay...

VR art reduces need for opioids at New York City hospital

Source:  Forbes In the spring of 2017, Olivia Davis, Assistant Curator for the Montefiore Medical Center Fine Art Program and Collection, approached renowned artist Tom Christopher to create the first virtual reality experience specifically for pediatric cancer...

Vital documentary “The Cleaners” dishes the dirt on social media

Source:  CNET If you're reading this, you need to see "The Cleaners." It's an incisive new documentary that shines a light on the most uncomfortable questions about social media and the online age. You might want to look away. But, as the film shows, that's a big part...

The Science Channel readies “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story”

Source:  Realscreen An upcoming Science Channel docuseries will take a comprehensive look at Silicon Valley and how it became a fertile ground for technology breakthroughs. "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story" delves into the century-and-a-half history of the region...

“The New Radical” Asks, Is it OK to Build Your Own 3-D Gun?

Source:  Los Angeles Times Documentarian Adam Bhala Lough tackles the intersection of digital rights and the far right in his provocative, problematic film “The New Radical.” Lough sets his sights on Cody Wilson, the libertarian provocateur fighting for his...