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Cognitive Computing Explained In One Paragraph

The phrase “cognitive computing” is often bandied about when discussing artificial intelligence, data mining and deep machine learning. But what does it actually mean? During Nvidia’s GTC technology conference, IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High gave a perfect distillation of this complex topic.


Why Doesn't English Have A Gender-Neutral Pronoun?

Referring to a single person who may be of any gender in English can be tricky. It can be awkward to use words like “one” or phrases like “he or she,” and many a grammarian hates using “they” as to refer to a single person. How has English gotten this far without such a convenient pronoun? Actually, it hasn’t.


Remember The 'FANBOYS' Rule For Proper Comma Usage

Commas are the most misused punctuation mark. Leaving a comma out or putting it in the wrong place can cause confusion, but you can avoid comma snafus with the FANBOYS acronym.


It's Official: Poor Grammar Is Unsexy

Lifehacker’s Mind Your Language column has repeatedly stressed that accuracy matters. According to a new survey conducted by online dating site Zoosk, it can also have a negative impact on your love life, especially for guys. More than 65 per cent of female respondents considered poor grammar to be a total “deal breaker”.


Ten Words You Never Knew Were Offensive

While the etymology of many words we use today has faded into obscurity, there are some that are more offensive than we can ever imagine. There may be some words you use every day without a thought to their original meanings. Here are ten that it pays to be aware of.


12 Everyday Phrases That People Get Wrong All The Time

Is it “wreck havoc” or “wreak havoc”? Is it “should of” or “should have”? Here are some popular phrases that people say incorrectly all the time.


Dwarfs Are Only 'Dwarves' When They're Battling Dragons

Before a certain fantasy saga by J.R.R Tolkien was published, the only accepted plural for “dwarf” was “dwarfs”. (Hence, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.) The plurisation “dwarves” was a deliberate deviation used by Tolkien to lend his prose a mythic quality. If you’re a stickler for accuracy (and not writing a fantasy novel) you’ll be wanting to use the former.


The Aussiest Things You Can Ask Cortana In Windows 10

Last week, Microsoft released an official Australian version of Cortana on Windows 10. In addition to having a genuine accent, the Australian version of Cortana will give Aussie-centric response to a range of questions and commands. Does it do a decent job? Read our Q&A session and decide for yourself…


The 10 Most Annoying Writing Mistakes [Infographic]

There’s no such thing as a perfect writer. Even professionals make mistakes from time to time, as our readers never fail to point out. (Thanks for keeping us on our toes, guys!) But some writing errors are so boneheaded and easily avoidable that they infuriate pedants and casuals alike. Here are 10 common screw-ups that every writer needs to avoid, from the embarrassing misuse of homophones to confounding double negatives.


From Murphy To Godwin: Ten Life 'Laws' They Don't Teach In Law School

These aren’t the sort of laws that a police officer will pull you over for breaking, or that will ever be debated in a courtroom. Nevertheless, common adages that for one reason or another masquerade as ‘laws’ can pop up in everyday conversation — particularly on the internet. In case you’re looking to expand your online vocabulary, we’ve tracked down ten ‘laws’ that govern your life in ways you might not expect.


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