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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp On Reality  

rickih02 writes: In 2018, we will enter a new era of machine learning -- one in which AI-generated media looks and sounds completely real. The technologies underlying this shift will push us into new creative realms. But this boom will have a dark side, too. For Backchannel's 2018 predictions edition, Sandra Upson delves into the future of artificial intelligence and the double edged sword its increasing sophistication will present. "A world awash in AI-generated content is a classic case of a u

2017-12-17 08:44:00
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Ask Slashdot: How Can Programmers Explain Their Work To Non-Programmers?  

Slashdot reader Grady Martin writes: I disrespect people who describe their work in highfalutin terms... However, describing my own work as "programming solutions to problems" is little more than codifying what just about anyone can perceive through intuition. Case in point: Home for the holidays, I was asked about recent accomplishments and attempted to explain the process of producing compact visualizations of branched undo/redo histories. Responses ranged from, "Well, duh," to, "I can alre

2017-12-17 05:09:00
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Bitcoin Jumps Another 10% in 24 Hours, Sets New Record at $19,000  

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Bitcoin's price set a new record on Saturday as the virtual currency rose above $19,000 for the first time on the Bitstamp exchange. The gains came just hours after the currency crossed the $18,000 mark. Bitcoin's value has doubled over the last three weeks, and it's up more than 20-fold over the last year. Bitcoin's value keeps rising despite a growing chorus of experts who say the currency value is an unsustainable bubble. One CNBC survey this week

2017-12-17 03:13:00
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To ICO or not to ICO?  

 Sorry… I had to. For some actual wise words about crypto, read this. Read More

2017-12-17 01:35:30
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The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction  

 As we grow as a culture, especially for newer generations, we need to start asking important questions: ‘how as a species do we begin the education process of device addiction?’ And more importantly, ‘how do we begin taking back control?’ Read More

2017-12-17 01:05:21
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'State of JavaScript' Survey Results: Good News for React and TypeScript  

"The JavaScript world is richer and messier than ever," reports this year's annual "State of JavaScript" survey, which collected data from over 28,000 developers on everything from favorite frameworks to flavors of JavaScript. SD Times reports: "A few years back, a JavaScript survey would've been a simple matter. Question 1: are you using jQuery? Question 2: any comments? Boom, done!," the developers wrote. "But as we all know, things have changed. The JavaScript ecosystem is richer than ever,

2017-12-17 00:59:00
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: Here's a quick first look - Roadshow  

The next-generation full-sized pickup truck just flew in from Detroit.

2017-12-17 00:48:13
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Krill "deposits" transport atmospheric carbon to the ocean depths   

Krill may be small, but scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) say that these tiny crustaceans play an important role in the transportation of carbon within the oceans. Not only are they a key element of the ocean's food pyramid, but they also move through the depths in such a way that they could have a major impact on the world's climate. According to a recent study, the way in which krill move between different depths can accelerate how atmospheric carbon moves into the d

2017-12-17 00:17:04
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The US Military Admits It Spent $22 Million Investigating UFOs  

Long-time Slashdot reader Joosy writes, "Until 2012 the Pentagon had a program, the 'Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program', that tracked unidentified flying objects." An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon finally acknowledged the existence of the $22 million program today to the New York Times, while also claiming that they closed the program five years ago. "But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence.

2017-12-16 23:54:00
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Uh, So the Pentagon Spent $22 Million on a Mysterious UFO Analysis Program  

The X-Files are real, y'all. No, seriously, here is some wild news for anyone who, like me, cried at the end of Arrival, or perhaps fears that one day aliens will roll on through planet Earth and absolutely wreck our shit.Read more...

2017-12-16 23:50:00
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This Brooklyn brownstone brims with beautiful music, art - CNET  

In this installment of CNET's Show Us Yours, we give you a peek into Ivan's pad. He's an artist, record company owner and an audiophile with a deep love of music.

2017-12-16 22:57:47
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Predictive Keyboard Tries To Write a New Harry Potter Chapter  

Long-time Slashdot reader Baron_Yam writes, "Some AI news items are amusing. This is one of those." ProKras reports: What do you get when a predictive keyboard app tries to write a new Harry Potter story? Apparently, you get Chapter 13 from Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. The folks at Botnik Studios trained their keyboard using all 7 Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. They used one set of training data for narration and another for dialogue. Then a bunch

2017-12-16 22:49:00
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has low initial audience scores - CNET  

Commentary: On Rotten Tomatoes, audiences don't love the new "Star Wars" movie like the critics do. The results are similar on Metacritic too.

2017-12-16 22:44:47
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Mueller Has 'Tens of Thousands' of Trump Transition Emails, Report Says  

No wonder Team Trump and GOP lawmakers appear increasingly nervous about the Russia probe and Special Counselor Robert Mueller. According to a report by Axios on Saturday, Mueller has obtained "tens of thousands" of emails from 12 accounts belonging to Trump's transition team. Read more...

2017-12-16 22:13:00
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Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep - CNET  

The privacy-promoting nonprofit says mea culpa after distributing an extension to its Firefox browser that made people worry they'd been hacked.

2017-12-16 22:09:38
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Pro-Ject's turntable makes you want to get up and dance - CNET  

The Audiophiliac goes deep into the music with the Pro-Ject Classic SB turntable.

2017-12-16 21:48:27
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Google News Will Purge Sites Masking Their Country of Origin  

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year. To appear in Google News results, websites must meet broad criteria set out by the company, including accurately representing their owners or primary purposes. In an update to its guidelines released Friday, the search giant added lang

2017-12-16 21:44:00
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California issues guidance on cell phones and health - CNET  

A state agency doesn't take a firm stance on whether cell phones are dangerous, but it offers recommendations on reducing risks.

2017-12-16 21:15:26
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Facial Recognition Algorithms -- Plus 1.8 Billion Photos -- Leads to 567 Arrests in China  

"Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds," says the chief executive and co-founder of Yitu. The South China Morning Post reports: Yitu's Dragonfly Eye generic portrait platform already has 1.8 billion photographs to work with: those logged in the national database and you, if you have visited China recently... 320 million of the photos have come from China's borders, including ports and airports, where pictures are taken of everyone who

2017-12-16 20:39:00
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Comcast and Charter want Congress to put net neutrality repeal into law  

Not satisfied with yesterday's landmark repeal of net neutrality provisions in the FCC, Comcast and Charter are now working to set their victory in stone. In a blog post following the FCC vote yesterday, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen wrote that "we really must have bipartisan congressional legislation to permanently preserve and solidify net neutrality protections for consumers and to provide ongoing certainty to ISPs and edge providers alike."...

2017-12-16 20:32:29
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Boy, I Sure Wonder Why the CDC Has Banned Staff From Using a Bunch of Words Like 'Science-Based'  

Do you remember a time when life did not consist entirely of having your brain bludgeoned to mush with copies of The Art of the Deal? Nope? Didn't think so. Anyhow, our rapidly decaying consensus reality took another neuron-devastating blow this week with news that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and…Read more...

2017-12-16 20:15:00
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Do good companies ICO?  

 There has been a veritable explosion in the use of initial coin offerings (abbreviated ICO, sometimes also referred to as a token generating event or TGE, or a WTFLOL) to fund startups. Calculating the total investment in these offerings is complicated, but Coindesk puts the total right now at about $3.8 billion cumulatively, with the bulk invested in 2017. That total volume pales in comparison… Read More

2017-12-16 19:59:48
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The Millennium Falcon Is The Lockheed P-38 Lightning Of Star Wars  

Han Solo's Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars movies is about as recognizable as Darth Vader or a lightsaber. It's a smuggling ship, hot rod and plot device all rolled into one. After all, it's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. It also shares some similarities with another famous and strange…Read more...

2017-12-16 19:45:00
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Grammarly's mobile keyboard is nice, but it's not for me  

Every once in a blue moon, Apple will make a major change to iOS for the better. One relatively recent example of this is allowing the use of third-party keyboards. When it was announced, it was the change I didn't know I needed. Although I tolerated the iOS keyboard, it wasn't my favorite and I was definitely missing some keyboard features that are easy to come by on Android devices. Although third-party keyboards can't provide every feature I miss (namely haptic feedback - yet) it is ni...

2017-12-16 19:44:51
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Why Linux HDCP Isn't the End of the World  

"There is no reason for the open-source community to worry..." writes Daniel Stone, who heads the graphics team at open-source consultancy Collabora. mfilion quotes Collabora.com: Recently, Sean Paul from Google's ChromeOS team, submitted a patch series to enable HDCP support for the Intel display driver. HDCP is used to encrypt content over HDMI and DisplayPort links, which can only be decoded by trusted devices... However, if you already run your own code on a free device, HDCP is an irreleva

2017-12-16 19:34:00
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The Government Might Be Investigating The Disney-Fox Merger  

X-Men fans might be happy about the news that Disney plans to buy a large portion of 21st Century Fox, but the Democrats on the Senate and House antitrust subcommittees aren't as thrilled. Read more...

2017-12-16 19:15:00
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China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones  

Long-time Slashdot reader WindBourne tipped us off to some news from The South China Morning Post: China is to spend 22 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) trying to perfect a form of technology largely discarded in the cold war which could produce a safer but more powerful form of nuclear energy. The cash is to develop two "molten salt" reactors in the Gobi Desert in northern China. Researchers hope that if they can solve a number of technical problems the reactors will lead to a range of applicat

2017-12-16 18:34:00
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Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups  

 Apple has more cash than any other tech company on the planet. Yet, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least on M&A out of all the “Big Five” most valuable U.S. tech companies. That’s despite the fact that it is estimated to have more than $260 billion in cash and cash equivalents. So, is it buying… Read More

2017-12-16 18:15:15
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How to spot the huge asteroid behind the Geminid meteor shower - CNET  

It's called 3200 Phaethon. It's as big as a small town. And it's flying by your place this weekend.

2017-12-16 18:06:41
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Gillmor Gang: Golden Goose  

 The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 15, 2017. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 15, 2017. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase… Read More

2017-12-16 18:00:42
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Video: iPhone X vs Note 8 - Real World Comparison after 1 month  

I started out my smartphone experience right at the launch of the very first Android phone, HTC's G1 and stuck to that OS until the last couple years. We've been comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 against the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for over a month now and I think it's time to talk about the real world differences between these two flagship devices.

2017-12-16 17:50:30
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Snap's H.R. Chief Allegedly Warned Staff About Serial Killers, Described Military Masturbation Techniques  

Snap Inc., the tech company behind Snapchat and a number of other smaller projects like Bitmoji, has not had a forgiving year beyond a really cool virtual reality hot dog. Here's something to shed a little more perspective on its recent troubles: Their head of human resources is allegedly a bro who brags about…Read more...

2017-12-16 17:50:00
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After Blowback, Firefox Will Move Mr. Robot Extension to Store  

This week, Mozilla slipped a browser extension that promoted Mr. Robot into Firefox. The goal was to give Firefox users access to an alternate reality game tied to the end of the show's third season, but because Firefox didn't initially offer any explanation for the sudden appearance of the extension, nicknamed…Read more...

2017-12-16 17:50:00
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NASA Uses Its First Recycled SpaceX Rocket For a Re-Supply Mission  

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post: SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board was a Dragon supply ship, also a second-time flier. It was NASA's first use of a reused Falcon rocket and only the second of a previously flown Dragon.

2017-12-16 17:34:00
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Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn't dead - CNET  

Despite the FCC's repeal of Obama-era regulations, the fight to preserve net protections has only just begun, says the Democrat from Hawaii.

2017-12-16 17:19:20
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Meet the researchers who used TV episodes of CSI to train artificial intelligence  

Federal lawmakers want to have a say in defining artificial intelligence. Researchers are now using TV shows to feed the predictive capability of an AI system. Google said in recent days it's opening an AI-focused research facility in China. And on and on the headlines keep coming, all of which is to say that interest in AI remains acute -- and its presence pervasive -- as 2017 draws to a close. And, based on a few recent developments, 2018 should be another big year of AI-related leaps forwa...

2017-12-16 17:01:03
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Adam Driver and Stephen Colbert Act Out A Star Wars Scene With Action Figures  

The people behind The Last Jedi are invested enough in keeping all unrevealed information about the film secret that, even as the movie premieres, they're not giving late night hosts clips of it to show. This creates a dilemma for hosts: how to help promote a project you're interested in—which is traditionally part of…Read more...

2017-12-16 16:45:00
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Saturday's Best Deals: Last-Minute Gifts, Snow Removal Gear, Cuisinart Cast Iron, and More  

Last-minute gifts like chocolate and knives, snow removal gear, under-$60 Amazon Basics luggage, and more lead today's best deals.Read more...

2017-12-16 16:35:00
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'The Gawker Foundation' is Crowdfunding a Bid To Re-Launch Gawker.com  

"Gawker may soon return from the dead," reports TechCrunch. While Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month that a bankruptcy administrator has not been able to find a buyer for the Gawker site, and that lawyers for Peter Thiel (the billionaire venture capitalist who helped fund the lawsuit that led to Gawker's bankruptcy) were arguing that he'd been unfair

2017-12-16 16:34:00
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Welcome to CTRL+T, TechCrunch's podcast about tech and culture  

 Without further ado, it brings us great pleasure to introduce you to CTRL+T, a new podcast hosted by TechCrunch Reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet. On this week’s episode, we discuss former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya’s declaration that the social network is effectively “destroying how society works,” the FCC’s vote on… Read More

2017-12-16 16:30:58
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Buy Amazon's $55 Carry-On Bag, Get a Checked Bag For Just $5 Extra  

Amazon's new AmazonBasics luggage offers great bang for the buck even when it isn't on sale, but today's discount is one of the best travel gear bargains we've ever seen, from any brand.Read more...

2017-12-16 16:16:00
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Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year  

 Netflix had a pretty good year by very Netflix-y standards: it added a ton of subscribers; its international growth plans seem to be playing out as hoped; it cleaned up in the Golden Globe nominations, and users are watching a ton of Netflix. While the company has continued to show growth with its existing strategy — investing a ton in its original content strategy in the hope that… Read More

2017-12-16 16:00:45
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Space Photos of the Week: Where Stars Go to Live and Die  

The universe is full of nurseries incubating new stars—and when they finally explode, their remnants tell scientists about their stellar lives.

2017-12-16 16:00:00
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How on Earth is this top-rated sound bar only $43?  

Last time we told you about the NakaLight Surround Sound Bar Home Theater System, it sold out in just a few hours. Of course, how could it not? This insanely affordable sound bar offers unprecedented value, giving any TV a solid audio upgrade for just $50. It supports wired connections and Bluetooth, or you can even play music on it by plugging in a memory card. On top of everything else, it has a built-in battery so you can even use it as a wireless speaker anytime you want. Here are some key d

2017-12-16 15:30:22
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Here's the Letter Alleging Uber Spied on Individuals For Competitive Intelligence  

The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Google-parent company Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee -- former Uber security officer Richard Jacobs -- on Friday, laying bare a number of explosive allegations against the ride-hailing company that include corporate espionage, unlawful surveillance, illegal wiretapping, bribery of foreign officials, and illicit hacking. From a report: The letter read: "This program, formerly kno

2017-12-16 15:30:00
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Why Didn't You Watch the Best Show Ever Made About Silicon Valley?  

It's hard to make good TV about Silicon Valley and its predecessors. Especially a drama. Watching a bunch of nerds talk about coding and CPUs is appealing to a only a painfully small fraction of the population—but someone definitely thought that same thing about advertising before Matthew Weiner trundled into AMC and…Read more...

2017-12-16 15:00:00
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Samsung Smart Speaker, Huh? Let's Talk  

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first…Read more...

2017-12-16 14:02:00
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' best and worst: Our global review - CNET  

Old and new characters meet in a galaxy far, far away, and some hit the mark better than others. CNET staffers from around the globe have their say, and that includes big spoilers!

2017-12-16 14:01:16
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10 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week  

It's that weekend of the year, movie fans! It's Star Wars, a movie many of you already have tickets for. Yes, you need to see The Last Jedi, the fantastic sequel of The Force Awakens. I will not spoil anything for you, just trust me on this one. But that doesn't mean we don't have fresh trailers for you this week. Let's check them out! Alita: Battle Angel Alita: Battle Angel seems to be a strange mix between Ghost in the Shell, and Blade Runner. It's a story about a person who...

2017-12-16 14:00:23
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The best comedies on Netflix this January - CNET  

The funniest movies and stand-up specials you can stream in the upcoming month.

2017-12-16 14:00:17
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' spoilers and reactions video - CNET  

Just seen 'The Last Jedi'? CNET editors react to the film (yes, this video contains spoilers, you have been warned!)

2017-12-16 14:00:14
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Who Wants a Pet Direwolf? Perhaps a Passenger Pigeon?  

Science writer Britt Wray has spent the last few years investigating "de-extinction"—the effort to bring back long-lost species.

2017-12-16 14:00:00
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FCC rolls back net neutrality, Disney to buy 21st Century Fox video - CNET  

The major tech stories from this week include the death of net neutrality, Disney's intention to buy 21st Century Fox and Nintendo's incredible Switch sales numbers.

2017-12-16 13:50:22
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Equip Yourself For Battle This Winter With Amazon's One-Day Snow Joe Sale  

Winter will be here before you know it (yeah, it's not actually winter yet, who knew!), but you can fight back with a well-reviewed Snow Joe snow thrower, shovel, or ice scraper from this one-day Amazon sale.Read more...

2017-12-16 13:19:00
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The future of driving -- and transport -- at CES 2018 - Roadshow  

Automakers and equipment suppliers will show off a host of amazing innovations at CES 2018 that will shape the future of transport.

2017-12-16 13:00:29
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Between 'Get Out' and 'Thor', originals and sequels can coexist - CNET  

With films such "Wonder Woman", "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Last Jedi" lighting up 2017, this year's sequels and reboots might have been better than the originals.

2017-12-16 13:00:26
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NASA sees breathtaking clouds on Earth and beyond - CNET  

Earth clouds are made of water and ice, but those mundane ingredients come together into structures of great beauty in NASA's most stunning cloud pictures.

2017-12-16 13:00:11
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An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune To Charities  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Tis the season for giving, and one Bitcoin investor claims to be giving away the majority of their cryptocurrency holdings after experiencing an incredible year. The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they've already started listing the donations and providing receipts. If this whole thing works out, you can just call this mystery person the Bitcoin Bill Gates. So far, The Pineapple

2017-12-16 13:00:00
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Facebook Squashes 19-Year-Old Bug, and More Security News This Week  

A Facebook bug, the Kaspersky ban becomes law, and more of the week's top security news.

2017-12-16 13:00:00
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CNET UK podcast 533: The year that was 2017 - CNET  

Andrew Hoyle is joined by Rich Trenholm and Nate Lanxon to sum up the year that was 2017 in tech.

2017-12-16 12:24:52
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The best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems of 2018 - CNET  

With over a dozen different brands of Wi-Fi music players to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one for you. CNET helps you sort the wheat from the chaff.

2017-12-16 12:00:05
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Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not.  

Silicon Valley is slow to come to terms with the fact that it's become the new Wall Street. In 2018, that needs to change.

2017-12-16 12:00:00
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Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband  

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, backed in part by the Koch brothers, tried to kill a municipal fiber-optic project to deliver high-speed internet access in Louisville.

2017-12-16 12:00:00
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Don't Keep Cellphones Next To Your Body, California Health Department Warns  

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. They are asking people to decrease their use of these devices and suggest keeping your distance when possible. TechCrunch reports: The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court. A year ago, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the depar

2017-12-16 10:00:00
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Chrome 64 Beta Adds Sitewide Audio Muting, Pop-Up Blocker, Windows 10 HDR Video  

Chrome 64 is now in beta and it has several new features over version 63. In addition to a stronger pop-up blocker and support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode, Chrome 64 features sitewide audio muting to block sound when navigating to other pages within a site. 9to5Google reports: An improved pop-up blocker in Chrome 64 prevents sites with abusive experiences -- like disguising links as play buttons and site controls, or transparent overlays -- from opening new tabs or wind

2017-12-16 07:00:00
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Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee  

 The $1.86 billion legal battle between ride-hailing giant Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo reached a pivotal moment today as the judge in the case released a damning letter based on the account of a former Uber employee. The letter alleges that a special division within Uber was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign… Read More

2017-12-16 04:46:27
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Crunch Report | Go-Jek Buys Three Startups  

Go-Jek buys three startups, the California Department of Public Health warns against being on your phone for too long and AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-12-16 04:00:30
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Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' for free  

Just a few short days after PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched on Xbox One, Microsoft has found a way to use it to incentivize consumers to buy an Xbox One X. On Friday, Microsoft announced on the Xbox Wire that anyone who buys an Xbox One X between December 17th and December 31st will receive a free copy of PUBG with their purchase. If you were planning on picking up an Xbox One X anyway, this is just the cherry on top. For those of you who somehow missed out on the phenomenon when...

2017-12-16 03:32:01
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The Science That's Never Been Cited  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: One widely repeated estimate, reported in a controversial article in Science in 1990, suggests that more than half of all academic articles remain uncited five years after their publication. Scientists genuinely fret about this issue, says Jevin West, an information scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies large-scale patterns in research literature. After all, citations are widely recognized as a standard measure of academ

2017-12-16 03:30:00
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New Evidence Could Blow Open the Uber/Waymo Self-Driving Lawsuit  

The Jacobs letter, a potentially key piece of evidence in the trade secrets lawsuit between Waymo and Uber, was made public—and boy do we have questions.

2017-12-16 02:54:21
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Google Maps will now tell you when to get off your bus or train  

Google Maps has long offered public transit info, helping you to find the correct bus or train to get where you want to go. Today Google announced that it's making that feature even better. Google Maps on Android will now tell you when to transfer to get off your bus or train. The app uses info like departure times and ETAs and can give you a notification when it's time to move. You can also track your progress while you're riding, just like in driving, walking, or biking directio

2017-12-16 02:10:38
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Stephen Colbert has the only net neutrality explainer you need to watch  

Unless you were living under a rock yesterday, you probably heard that the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn the net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama-era administration, giving internet service providers much wider scope to screw you over. Every vaguely tech-related publication got its dig in yesterday, but the day was perfectly capped by the current darling of the late-night circuit, Stephen Colbert. He put together a six-minute explainer on what happened, and

2017-12-16 02:01:06
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What to play this weekend: Okami HD, PUBG and Oddworld - CNET  

Plus, discounts on almost every Star Wars PC game ever made.

2017-12-16 01:59:02
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Waymo v. Uber: Letter exposes depths of alleged espionage - CNET  

Even though it's filled with redactions, the "Jacobs letter" still gives a glimpse into allegations of Uber's "illegal intelligence gathering."

2017-12-16 01:16:26
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Google shutting down Tango augmented reality platform  

Project Tango began life in early 2014 as a Google ATAP experiment aimed at helping developers to use augmented reality and create experiences like 3D scanning, indoor navigation, and immersive gaming. The effort had its ups and downs, and now it's coming to a close. Google today said that it's ending support for Tango on March 1, 2018. The reason for the decision is ARCore, Google's latest augmented reality effort. Google recently used ARCore to offer augmented reality stickers t

2017-12-16 01:14:12
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Celebrity hologram startup 8i to lay off half its staff  

 8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report in Variety and confirmed by the company. “Although we’ve made significant progress, we are continuously challenging our assumptions about where the AR/VR market is headed and how it… Read More

2017-12-16 01:11:34
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Wirelessly charge 3 devices at the same time with one $38 charging pad  

Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging pad looks pretty terrific because it can charge three devices at once. Significantly less terrific, however, is the rumored $200 price tag. If you’re a big-time Apple fan and have pretty much everything the company makes, we’re sure you’ll happily add AirPower to your arsenal. But if you’d rather save $160, the Kaci QI Wireless Charger with 3 Wireless Charging Ports can also charge three devices at a time. Actually, it can

2017-12-16 01:00:51
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Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin Into Firefox and Users Are Pissed  

MarcAuslander shares a report from Gizmodo: Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox -- and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process. The extension, called Looking Glass, is intended to promote an augmented reality game to "further your immersion into the Mr. Robot universe," according to Mozilla. It was automatically added to Firefox users' browsers this week with no explanation except the cryptic message, "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERE

2017-12-16 00:45:00
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MIT just created living plants that glow like a lamp, and could grow glowing trees to replace streetlights  

The modern world has been reinventing our relationship with energy for some time now. Cars are turning away from fossil fuels and relying ever more on electricity to make them go, while wind and solar power are slowly but surely helping to reduce our reliance on dirty energy. But what if we could actually reduce our reliance on electricity, too? A team of scientists at MIT have been working on something that might make that possible, and it's like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Imagi

2017-12-16 00:36:23
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Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices  

 Federal prosecutors are looking to unload 513 bitcoins seized as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. Worth about $500,000 when they were seized, their worth has now ballooned to over $8.5 million — and there’s no way the feds are letting that get away. Read More

2017-12-16 00:30:37
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'Pokemon Go' introduces the first Generation 3 Legendary Pokemon  

Now that the floodgates have opened and the Generation 3 Pokemon have begun to appear in Pokemon Go, it was only a matter of time before the first Legendary Pokemon from the Hoenn region made its way to the game. On Friday, Niantic announced that Groudon -- the Ground-type Pokemon found on the cover of Pokemon Ruby -- is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world. The addition of Groudon comes just hours after another Legendary creature, Ho-oh, took its leave following a two-week stay in th

2017-12-16 00:12:42
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How the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple  

This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.

2017-12-16 00:09:51
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Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango  

Google announced that it is ending support for Project Tango, the company's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. The project used an array of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas, causing the devices support Tango to be relatively large and expensive. Android Police reports: The first Tango device put into production was the "Peanut" phone, which was given to early access partners in 2014. Then came the "Yellowstone" 7-inch tablet, which was

2017-12-16 00:03:00
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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more  

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday -- the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

2017-12-16 00:02:03
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California Warns People to Limit Exposure to Cellphones   

Since the earliest days of mobile phones, a small but steady contingent of environmental activists, conspiracy-inclined folks, and some scientists have warned about the hidden damage they could be causing to our bodies, due to the radio frequency energy cellphones use to communicate with cell towers. They fear that…Read more...

2017-12-15 23:40:00
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Former Employee Accused Uber of Hacking and Surveillance  

In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practices, including hacking, trade secret theft, and surveillance—all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market.Read more...

2017-12-15 23:33:00
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Chrome will finally let you mute autoplaying videos  

Autoplay videos are the new pop-ups of the internet: ugly, irritating, and completely useless for selling things. But that hasn't stopped them from popping up on websites big and small. Although there's a few tricks you can try and use to disable auto-playing videos, it's a complicated game of cat-and-mouse, and disabling the wrong thing can completely break a website you actually wanted to use. So, the easiest way to fix auto-play is normally to just mute the video or the whole tab in Chrome,

2017-12-15 23:32:37
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Facebook Admits that Some Social Media Use Can Be Harmful  

In a new installment of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook acknowledged on Friday that social media can have negative effects on people, depending on how they use it. From a report: This might be the first public acknowledgment from the company that its product -- and category in general -- can have detrimental effects on people. Facebook is also addressing the topic shortly after two former executives publicly criticized the company for what they described as exploiting human psychology. Pas

2017-12-15 23:20:00
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Google kills its Tango augmented reality platform, shifting focus to ARCore  

 Google announced today that it’s shutting down its high-end smartphone augmented reality platform, Tango, in order to focus on the more mass market ARCore product. The company had already confirmed this much to us when they announced ARCore in August, but now we have an official timeline for Tango’s demise. Read More

2017-12-15 23:18:49
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Autonomous drone lives in a shed, down on the farm   

Drones can be of great use to farmers, for doing aerial inspections of their crops. The fact is, though, flying the things back and forth over the fields can be both tricky and time-consuming. That's why Boston-based American Robotics created the Scout. It does everything autonomously, so users can reportedly just set it and forget it for an entire season... Continue Reading Autonomous drone lives in a shed, down on the farm Category: Drones Tags: Agriculture

2017-12-15 23:02:49
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Biggest Quark Spotted in Whole New Way  

Imagine you are baking a cake. You use the same ingredients that you always use, and boom, cake. But now, imagine your surprise when you discover you can make the exact same cake—an identical cake—but with a whole new set of ingredients.Read more...

2017-12-15 23:00:00
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It looks like `Oumuamua is just a big rock after all   

The SETI initiative Breakthrough Listen has announced that preliminary observations of the first known interstellar asteroid show no sign that the 400 m (1,300 ft)-long object is anything other than natural. No directed or broadcast radio transmissions have been detected from `Oumuamua (A/2017 U1), but observations and analysis continue... Continue Reading It looks like `Oumuamua is just a big rock after all Category: Space Tags: Asteroid SETI

2017-12-15 22:53:23
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Save $50 on the kit you need if you want Amazon to make deliveries inside your front door  

Amazon Key is a little scary when you first learn about it. You definitely have to pause for a few beats to realize that it's actually completely safe... and brilliant. With Amazon Key, orders from Amazon's site aren't just delivered to your home, they're delivered inside your home. Using a special smart lock, Amazon's delivery people are able to unlock your front door to place packages inside your home. Meanwhile, a web-connected home security camera lets you watch live and records the whole th

2017-12-15 22:47:10
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Coinbase Wants Wall Street To Resolve Its Bitcoin Trust Issues   

In an effort to use digital money to reinvent finance, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is trying to legitimize itself by convincing big money managers to trust it enough to trade on its exchange. They need to "reassure regulators that bitcoin isn't a silk road for hackers, money launderers and tax evaders," reports Bloomberg. From the report: Despite the table tennis, Coinbase shows glimmers of maturity. More than 10 million customers have used the company since it began, though it recently qui

2017-12-15 22:40:00
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Roku Streaming Stick 2017 review - CNET  

The Roku Streaming Stick is an excellent choice if you couldn't care less about 4K and want to declutter your coffee table of remotes.

2017-12-15 22:26:09
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Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore  

After months spent in limbo and not a single new compatible device, Google is finally shutting its Tango augmented reality platform down for good, effective March 1st, 2018. Read more...

2017-12-15 22:24:00
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How automatic emergency braking helps save lives - Roadshow  

Yes, autobraking tech does what it says on the tin: It automatically brakes to help prevent a crash. But there's more to it than that. Roadshow explains.

2017-12-15 22:22:45
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Security robot loses its job after vandalism, threats - CNET  

A San Francisco animal shelter fires a Knightscope security robot after a fracas over its role with nearby homeless.

2017-12-15 22:18:21
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Pay Tribute To The Geekiest Moms You Know With This Gift Guide  

What would the holidays be without celebrating with your favorite geeky mom? But what do you give a geeky mom who has to juggle so much: kids, work, family time, raiding in WoW? […] The post Pay Tribute To The Geekiest Moms You Know With This Gift Guide appeared first on Geek.com.

2017-12-15 22:15:58
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Sitpack collapsible stool takes the load off wherever you wander   

Ever desperately need to sit, but couldn't find a proper seat anywhere? Maybe every seat in the room was occupied or you were outside and there wasn't a seat, stump or large rock - nothing. Whatever the situation, you were left standing there sore-legged and achy-backed. Never again, with the new Sitpack Zen. This ultra-portable, carbon-and-aluminum stool carries in a backpack or on your shoulder and ensures you always have a place to take the load right off... Continue Reading Si...

2017-12-15 22:13:28
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