Each week we’ve been publishing best tech reads from around the web. On this special day, we compile the best stories of the year from around the world. These were the news makers and in no particular order these are the best stories that represented them.
Yahoo’s Geek Goddess: Marissa Mayer’s leap from Google to Yahoo was tech industry’s biggest Story in 2013. In this Vanity Fair profile, Bethany McLean profiles Marissa Mayer as an engineer, product person and most importantly, Yahoo’s Saviour.
Avegant's Virtual Retinal Display prototype takes Oculus Rift-style immersion to the next level: 2013 is the year of Wearable Computing Devices. From Pebble Smartwatch to Google Glass, Samsung’s Gear to Nike+ Fuelband SE. These devices shined and then there is Avegant’s Virtual Retinal Display, not so conventional looking wearable prototype.Tim Stevens writes about the prototype device and use of Retinal Projection Technology for CNET
Supercomputers - Battle of the speed machines: In an analysis for FT, Chris Nuttall looks at the ever exploring world of Supercomputers and the race to build world’s fastest computer. The notable takeaway is China’s lead with a five-year-plan and how US will respond?
Here’s an interesting TheAtlantic article on how IBM’s jeopardy winning fame AI machine Watson was loaded with the Urban Dictionary to understand the way real people communicate and why they later deleted it from Watson’s memory.
Tesla CEO: New York Times Article Is ‘Unreasonable’: Also making a cut to our list is Elon Musk’s reply to NYT Article about Tesla Model S which did not go down that well. Aggregating the vehicle logs, it was evident that John M. Broder did not start with enough charge and hence left stranded. This is the future of car tech and how data interpretation makes its way to automobiles.
How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses: An enlightening piece in Wired about how the use of radically new teaching method developed by Sugata Mitra is helping poor children gain education. “The bottom line is, if you’re not the one controlling your learning, you’re not going to learn as well.”
Theory of the Selfie: Selfie became Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year and Alicia Eler breaks it down.