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CNN is the latest to make a daily news show for Snapchat

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:00
NBC isn't the only major US broadcaster hopping on the Snapchat daily news show bandwagon. CNN has launched The Update, a survey of events that will run in the Shows section of Snapchat's Stories at 6PM Eastern. Each regular episode will cover five...
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Leading Chinese Bitcoin Miner Wants To Cash In On AI

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:00
hackingbear writes: Bitmain, the most influential company in the bitcoin economy by the sheer amount of processing power, or hash rate, that it controls, plans to unleash its bitcoin mining ASIC technology to AI applications. The company designed a new deep learning processor Sophon, named after a alien-made, proton-sized supercomputer in China's seminal science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem . The idea is to etch in silicon in some of the most common deep learning algorithms, thus greatly boosting efficiency. Users will be able to apply their own datasets and build their own models on these ASICs, allowing the resulting neural networks to generate results and learn from those results at a far quicker pace. The company hopes that thousands of Bitmain Sophon units soon could be training neural networks in vast data centers around the world.

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Google might launch a reborn Chromebook Pixel and smaller Home

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:38
Do you still have a Chromebook Pixel-shaped hole in your heart months after Google pulled the plug? Good news -- Google might be bringing it back. A source speaking to Android Police claims that a "Pixel-branded Chromebook" will launch alongside the...
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The Goat With The Hardest Core Bleat Of All Time

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:30
This is a video of a goat with a bleat that sounds like a heavy beer drinker burping/about to puke. I was not expecting that. Of course I also wasn't expecting my entire Facebook feed to be overrun with almost every single one of my friends posting the absolutely awful pictures they took of the eclipse today, yet here we are. Cool, we get it, you're alive and have access to the outside. *popping pill* What a time to be alive. "Was that a cyanide capsule?" God I wish, just a multivitamin. "By multivitamin do you mean boner pill?" Yes I do, now it's best you stand back. Keep going for the video. The goat does it twice, once at the beginning and once at the end.
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Microsoft Outlines the Upgrade Procedures For Xbox One X

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The easiest way to get all your games to the new system, as outlined by Microsoft Vice President Mike Ybarra, will be to just put them on an external USB hard drive and then plug that drive into the new console. "All your games are ready to play" immediately after this external hard drive move, he said, and user-specific settings can also be copied via external hard drive in the same way. If you don't have an external drive handy, "we're going to let you copy games and apps off your home network instead of having to manually move them or redownload them off the Internet," Ybarra said. It's unclear right now if Microsoft will mirror the PS4 Pro and allow this kind of system-to-system transfer using an Ethernet cable plugged directly into both consoles. For those who want to see as many pixels as possible as quickly as possible when they get their Xbox One X, Ybarra says you'll be able to download 4K updates for supported games before the Xbox One X is even available, then use those updates immediately after the system transfer. Microsoft also released a list of 118 current and upcoming games that will be optimized for the Xbox One X via updates, a big increase from the few dozens announced back at E3.

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IRS warns that tax-related phishing scams are on the rise

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:11
According to the IRS, the amount of phishing scams targeting W-2 forms rose sharply this year compared to last. In 2016, around 50 companies and organizations fell victim to such scams while during this year's tax season, that number increased to aro...
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Walmart is slowly expanding its Uber-powered grocery delivery

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:41
Walmart has been testing a grocery delivery service since 2013, when it expanded from San Francisco and San Jose to the Denver market. It's been using ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to deliver the goods since last year, in Denver and Phoen...
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Android O Is Now Officially Android Oreo

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:40
Android O is now officially going by the name of Android Oreo. The operating system is available today via Google's Android Open Source Project. OTA rollout is expected to arrive first to Pixel and Nexus devices, with builds currently in carrier testing. The Verge reports: The use of an existing brand makes sense for Google here -- there aren't a ton of good "O" dessert foods out there, and Oreos are pretty much as universally beloved as a cookie can be. There's also precedent for the partnership, as Google had previously teamed up with Nestle and Hershey's to call Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Oh Wow: Super Impressive South Korean Beatboxer Performance

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:30
This is a video of South Korean beatboxing star Bigman's performance for the 2017 Asia Beatbox Championship Solo Battle Wildcard. It is most impressive and I can't believe somebody can even make all those sounds (although, FULL DISCLOSURE: I don't really follow beatboxing so it could be this performance is just average on the grande scale of beatboxing skill and other people are way better). Me? I'm only good at making one kind of sound. "Fart sounds with your armpit?" Exactly. Plus they sound extra juicy if it's hot out and I've been sweating. Keep going for the video, it really is worth a watch, especially if you're into this sort of thing.
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High-powered microscope can scan cells without destroying them

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:19
Confocal microscopes are pretty wild. The instruments can capture cell division in realtime, but the downside is the lasers in existing ones tend to fry the cells they're studying. Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology m...
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Plex says recent policy changes don't mean it's sharing your data

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:02
Last week, the makers of media player software Plex sent an email to users informing them of a privacy policy. In effect, the new terms would remove the ability to opt-out of the software's data collection. Predictably, there was some pushback over t...
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Does the World Need Polymaths?

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
Two hundred years ago, it was still possible for one person to be a leader in several different fields of inquiry. Today that is no longer the case. So is there a role in today's world for the polymath -- someone who knows a lot about a lot of things? From a report: Bobby Seagull's fist-pumping and natty dressing, and Eric Monkman's furrowed brow, flashing teeth, contorted facial expressions and vocal delivery -- like a fog horn with a hangover -- made these two young men the stars of the last University Challenge competition. [...] They're still recognised in the street. "People often ask me, do you intimidate people with your knowledge," says Monkman. "But the opposite is the case. I have wide knowledge but no deep expertise. I am intimidated by experts." Seagull, like Monkman, feels an intense pressure to specialise. They regard themselves as Jacks-of-all-Trades, without being master of one. "When I was young what I really wanted to do was know a lot about a lot," says Monkman. "Now I feel that if I want to make a novel contribution to society I need to know a great deal about one tiny thing." The belief that researchers need to specialise goes back at least two centuries. From the beginning of the 19th Century, research has primarily been the preserve of universities. Ever since, says Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, researchers have labels attached to them. "They're professor of this or that, and you get a much more self-conscious sense of the institutional divides between domains of knowledge."

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Cute and creepy adventure game 'Fe' hits Switch in 2018

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:39
A year ago, Electronic Arts kicked off its indie publishing program EA Originals by announcing an intriguing gem: Fe, created by studio Zoink from Gothenberg, Sweden. The wordless adventure game follows a woodland creature as it roams a geometric, st...
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Finally, A Custom Printed Luggage Wrap With Your Face On It

GeekOlogy - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:30
This is the Head Case luggage cover sold by FireBox. For $26 - $39 (depending on luggage size, available in small, medium and large) they'll print a stretchable polyester spandex luggage cover with your face or anybody else's face on it. Then there's no way anybody can confuse your luggage for theirs. Unless of course your doppelgänger was on the same flight and also bought a Head Case. PROTIP: Use a picture from the night you passed out and your roommates drew a penis on your forehead for easier identification. Keep going for a couple more shots.
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Facebook makes Safety Check a permanent feature

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:21
Facebook is acting on its promise to make Safety Check a permanent feature. The social network is rolling out a dedicated Safety Check hub that helps you find any ongoing crisis without first being prompted to declare yourself as safe. It's not exa...
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Meeting and Hotel Booking Provider's Data Found in Public Amazon S3 Bucket

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:20
Leaks of personal and business information from unsecured Amazon S3 buckets are piling up. From a report: The latest belongs to Groupize, a Boston-area business that sells tools to manage small group meetings as well as a booking engine that handles hotel room-block reservations. Researchers at Kromtech Security found a publicly accessible bucket containing business and personal data, including contracts and agreements between hotels, customers and Groupize, Kromtech said. The data included some credit card payment authorization forms that contained full payment card information including expiration data and CVV code. The researchers said the database stored in S3 contained numerous folders, below; one called "documents" held close to 3,000 scanned contracts and agreements, while another called all_leads had more than 3,100 spreadsheets containing critical Groupize business data including earnings. There were 37 other folders in the bucket containing tens of thousands of files, most of them storing much more benign data.

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Cyberpunk shooter 'Ruiner' hits PC and consoles September 26th

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:03
When we played Ruiner during the Xbox showcase at GDC back in February, we compared it to a 3D, highly polished version of Hotline Miami. The cyberpunk-themed, top-down action game sets you up to kill the boss while taking out enemies who swarm in fr...
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Oreo is officially the next name for Android

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:46
Google loves to make a big splash when it reveals the name for the latest version of Android. But the company is going all out this year, using the solar eclipse as an opportunity to reveal that Android O will henceforth be referred to as Oreo. It ma...
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Cord-Cutting Still Doesn't Beat the Cable Bundle

Slashdot - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:40
I'd like to cut the cord, writes Brian Barrett for Wired, then, the very instant I allow myself to picture what life looks like after that figurative snip, my reverie comes crashing down. From an article: Cutting the cord is absolutely right for some people. Lots of people, maybe. But it's not that cheap, and it's not that easy, and there's not much hope of improvement on either front any time soon. Not to turn this into a math experiment, but let's consider cost. Assuming you're looking for a cord replacement, not abandoning live television altogether, you're going to need a service that bundles together a handful of channels and blips them to your house over the internet. The cheapest way you can accomplish this is to pay Sling TV $20 per month, for which you get 29 channels. That sounds not so bad, and certainly less than your cable bill. But! Sling Orange limits you to a single stream. If you're in a household with others, you'll probably want Sling Blue, which offers multiple streams and 43 channels for $25 per month. But! Sling Orange and Sling Blue have different channel lineups (ESPN is on Orange, not Blue, while Orange lacks FX, Bravo and any locals). For full coverage, you can subscribe to both for $40. But! Have kids? You'll want the Kids Extra package for another $5 per month. Love ESPNU? Grab that $5 per month sports package. HBO? $15 per month, please. Presto, you're up to $65 per month. But! Don't forget the extra $5 for a cloud-based DVR. Plus the high-speed internet service that you need to keep your stream from buffering, which, by the way, it'll do anyway. That's not to pick on Sling TV, specifically. But paying $70 to quit cable feels like smoking a pack of Parliaments to quit Marlboro Lights. You run into similar situations across the board, whether it's a higher base rate, or a limited premium selection, or the absence of local programming altogether. It turns out, oddly enough, that things cost money, whether you access those things through traditional cable packages or through a modem provided to you by a traditional cable operator.

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Every NFL team is involved in EA's 'Madden' eSports tournament

Engadget - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:39
You've seen conventional sports teams dip their toes in the eSports waters before, but probably not like this. EA is launching the Madden NFL Club Championship today, and it'll have official involvement from all 32 NFL teams -- the first time an Ame...
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