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Trump vows to cut taxes ‘tremendously’ for middle class

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President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation’s tax code. Trump met with Republicans and Democrats from the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee at the White House, telling reporters he would be releasing a “very comprehensive, very detailed report” on Wednesday that would offer the framework for his top legislative agenda. “We will cut taxes tremendously for the middle-class. Not just a little bit but tremendously,” Trump said. He predicted jobs “will be coming back in because we have a non-competi... Read More
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Search on for personal flying machine

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The search is on for a mass market personal flying machine, with a $2m (£1.4m) competition to "make the dream of personal flight [a] reality".Sponsored by Boeing and run by start-up GoFly, the competition will encourage teams from around the world to come up with designs.Entries must be capable of carrying a person 20 miles without refuelling or recharging, with a vertical or near vertical take-off and landing.A "fly-off" will take place in 2019.GoFly founder Gwen Lighter told the BBC: "I was one of those kids who was always making crazy contraptions and throwing themselves out of trees."I, like millions of people... Read More
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Boeing will give $2 million to anyone who can build a functional jetpack

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We live in a world where formerly unattainable futuristic touchstones like “flying cars” and autonomous vehicles are being treated with straight-faced sincerity by some of the biggest companies in world. So I guess it was only a matter of time before we had to start taking jetpacks seriously, too. A new two-year, $2 million global competition called the Go Fly Prize was introduced today at an aerospace industry conference in Texas with the goal of produc... Read More
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Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

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Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to spend £2bn developing a "radical" electric car.The battery-powered vehicle is due to be launched in 2020.Dyson says 400 staff have been working on the secret project for the past two years at its headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.However, the car does not yet exist, with no prototype built, and a factory site is yet to be chosen.Sir James declined to give further details of the project. "Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep t... Read More
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Vacuum company Dyson is building an electric car

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Dyson, the UK company best known for its pricey vacuum cleaners, is building an electric car. The vehicle will be unveiled in 2020, and Dyson says it already has a team “over 400 strong” working on the project. The company plans to invest over £2 billion ($2.6 billion) in the endeavor, drawing on its battery and digital motor expertise to further the vehicle’s development. In a letter sent to employees, the company’s founder and CEO James Dyson discussed his long-held ambition to reduce toxic emissions from trucks and cars. “It has remained my ambition to find a solution to the global problem of air pollution,” wrote Dyson. “At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our tec... Read More
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Firefox 57 beta arrives with major visual overhaul and next-generation browser engine

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Mozilla today updated the beta version and developer version of its browser to Firefox Quantum. “Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this upcoming release Firefox Quantum,” Mozilla explains. The new massive beta release is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new name signals Firefox... Read More
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Ex-NY Senate leader Skelos gets new trial in corruption case

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Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos has been granted a new trial in his corruption case. A federal appeals court said Tuesday the jury was wrongly instructed. That’s in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling, involving former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, which narrowed the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District on Tuesday morning released this statement: “The Second Circuit, while finding that the evidence was more than sufficient to convict Dean and Adam Skelos, held that a part of the jury instruction is no longer good law under the Supreme Court decision in McDonnell.  While we are disappointed in the deci... Read More
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Microsoft CEO on regulating Silicon Valley and the future of A.I.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joined CBSN to discuss his new book, "Hit Refresh." Nadella also discusses gender discrimination in Silicon Valley, Microsoft's stance on the Trump administration and immigration policy, and the potential for artificial intelligence.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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Dubai tests drone taxi service

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Dubai has conducted its first test of a drone taxi service that it hopes will become a viable transportation system in the city.The two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned vehicle took off for a five-minute flight above a strip of sand on the Gulf coast.The flight was watched by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.Dubai has big ambitions for becoming a smart city, with drones and robots central to its plans.The drone was designed by German firm Volocopter and the firm said it hopes to have the taxis up and running within five years."Implementation would see you using your smartphone,... Read More
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Amtrak’s big customer service win with AI (VB Live)

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For too many companies, AI myths are persistent and use cases and strategies are still on the “shiny new thing” level. Learn how to sort fact from fiction and how to see real-world ROI when you apply proven AI strategies to your business plans when you join this VB Live event. Register now for free. Alan Sebrell, senior manager of the ecommerce team at Amtrak, was looking for a tool that could help the company address one of its biggest customer self-service strategy initiatives: How do you allow customers to fi... Read More
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Priciest home sales in Mastic Beach

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Priciest home sales in Mastic Beach (11951) August 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in Mastic Beach last month ranged from $225,000 to $265,000. The priciest Mastic Beach home sold in August was a 3-bedroom, 2-bath hi-ranch on .53 acres at 38 Mill Drive that sold for $265,000. It was listed by Lori Sunshine Harrow of Flat Fee Express and sold by Michael Doctorow of Weichert Realtors. A 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath ranch on .23 acres at 215 McKinley Drive fetched $230,000. It was listed by Antoinette Terlizzo of Coldwell Banker Residential and sold by Elizabeth Mattero of Exit Home Key Realty. At 30 Doris Drive, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch on .42 acres went for $225,000. It... Read More
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Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach

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Credit reporting agency Equifax is ousting CEO Richard Smith in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans. The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn’t fix to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft. Smith had been Equifax’s CEO since 2005. Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. was named interim CEO. Although many analysts had applauded Equifax’s performance under Smith, he and the rest of his management team had come under fire for lax security and its response to the breach. Smith... Read More
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Can This Tesla Alum Build the World’s Greenest Battery?

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At Tesla, Peter Carlsson spent nearly five years at Elon Musk’s side, locating various parts of the Model S as the electric car company's global supply chain manager. "The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions, and that means low cost and high volume," Musk said back in 2006. "We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works and customers want to buy electric vehicles." Now, as Tesla build... Read More
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Tech Incubators Hatching Startups Across Long Island

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Biocogent, a provider of biotech-based products and services to the personal care and cosmetic industries, is an anchor at Stony Brook University’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. (John Griffin, Stony Brook University) The state’s Start-Up NY program may be a bit of a dud, but that hasn’t slowed the pace of other university-based programs that seek to support and commercialize innovation from students, staff and the region’s sundry entrepreneurs. The latest: Long Island University’s Post campus, where nationally renowned startup expert Dane Stangler has taken the Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and will help steer the school’s T. Denny Sanfor... Read More
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Porsche just made a 680-horsepower plug-in hybrid wagon

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Porsche may be known for powerful cars, but they want to be known these days for cars powerful electric motors. While we wait a couple more years for the fully electric Mission E, here’s a quick, plug-in Porsche that just happens to have a five-seat wagon. This is the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. What the comically long name means is the most powerful Panamera available is now available in “Sport Turismo” wagon guise, should you or your family or friends or dog need more space. And there is a lot of power, from 680 horsepower leveraged by using a 4.0-li... Read More
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Bringing education to life

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As the nation breaks out of one of the worst economic slumps in history, firms are hungry for a fresh batch of college graduates to add to their workforce. And while demand for highly skilled professionals may be increasingly high, both students and companies are beginning to expect more out of the college experience. A 2014 survey of recent college graduates from CareerBuilder revealed that while nine in 10 college students think education is a worthy investment in the long run, four in 10 don’t feel college prepared them for the real world. A 2016 CareerBuilder survey of employers echoed that sentiment; while 67 percent of employers said they intended to hire recent graduates, nearly half thought college put too much emphasis ... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: Return of the (Giant) Pumpkins

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Photo 1,810.5 pounds of pumpkin. Credit Stan Honda/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Good morning on this toasty Tuesday.It’s the first full week of fall. Cue... Read More
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Colombia: Surge in cocaine production despite government efforts

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As US officials express concern over a record surge in cocaine production in Colombia, the South American country says it has a plan to reduce the farming of coca for good. US President Donald Trump has threatened to decertify Colombia, questioning its commitment to fighting drug narcotics trafficking. The South American country could lose tens of millions of dollars in development. Alessandro Rampietti reports from Guaviare, Colombia.- Subscribe to our channel: ht... Read More
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Dubai starts testing flying taxis

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(Reuters) — Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world’s first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation. The flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop studded with 18 propellers. It was unmanned for its maiden test run in a ceremony arranged for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. Meant to fly without remote control guidance and with a maximum flight duration of 30 minutes, it comes with plenty of fail-safes in case of trouble: back-up batteries, rotors and, for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes.... Read More
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Nvidia targets China with hardware and unveils software to slash AI costs

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The Chinese are racing ahead with artificial intelligence research, and Nvidia is helping them to do it with some new announcements that the graphics chip maker’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, made today at a big AI event in Beijing, China. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia has pivoted over the past decade, adapting its graphics chips to do artificial intelligence processing, and a number of big Chinese companies — from Baidu to Tencent — are endorsing Nvidia’s approach. That’s important in a world where 60 billion video frames are uploaded per day to YouTube, and where Google Translate translates 140 billion words per day. Of the multiple announcements at Nvidia’s GPU Technology conference in Beijing, the most intere... Read More
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Bill Gates and Satya Nadella disagree with Elon Musk about an imminent AI threat

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Who really has control over the bots? In a recent interview, both Bill Gates (in a bit of a confrontational mood) and Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella (who seemed more even-keeled than ever) talked about maintaining control over technology, about how humans will build bots and use AI that is beneficial to humanity, and that the imminent threat of AI is overplayed — it won’t happen anytime soon, if at all. In the interview, Gates specifically mentions Musk: “The so-called control problem that Elon [Musk] is worried about isn’t something that ... Read More
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Ex-attorney sentenced in $1M fraud scheme

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A former attorney based on Long Island has been sentenced in a $1 million real estate fraud scheme, authorities said. Brandon Lisi, of Melville, was recently sentenced to 38 months in prison for his role in a scheme encouraging at least four people to invest real estate transaction worth more than $1 million, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In April, Lisi had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. “As he previously admitted, Brandon Lisi, a former attorney, misled clients into investing over $1 million in real estate properties,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement. “These investments yielded no profit for investors, because Lisi and his co-defendant simply pock... Read More
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Stern: Back to school means it’s time to save

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While it is arguably the best time to be on the east end of Long Island with the sun still shining brightly and the local farms bursting with their harvest, our attention begins to refocus away from the joys of a glorious summer. The traffic has given way to yellow school buses as our children return to their classrooms. This is the perfect reminder to parents about the need to plan for the costs of higher education. According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, the average cost (tuition as well as room and board) of one year at a public university is north of $30,000 and a private institution is approximately $45,000. Consider also that these costs have grown over the last decade at an average annual ... Read More
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Ex-political party chair pleads guilty to tax fraud

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A former Democratic political party official pleaded guilty Monday to state tax fraud, officials said. Gerard Terry, once the North Hempstead Democratic party chairman, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. “It was the taxpayers who gave Gerard Terry most of his business, so his failure to pay his own share in taxes is all the more outrageous,” Singas said in a statement. A 2016 investigation found that Terry, who had earned an annual income of between $200,000 and $300,000 since 2000, had not voluntarily paid his state income taxes, officials said. According to the DA’s office, like other state taxpayers who cannot file and pay... Read More
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What the latest health overhaul push means for consumers

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Only one thing is certain for insurance shoppers if the latest attempt to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law succeeds: Uncertainty. Will you be able to get coverage? How much will it cost? Will it cover my conditions? It depends. The proposal, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would shift funding and key coverage decisions for both private insurers and Medicaid to states instead of the federal government. That means the availability and price of coverage could vary dramatically from state to state. The measure is the subject of hot debate in Washington, and senators may vote on it later this week, but its prospects are shaky. Republicans r... Read More
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Poor coding limits IS hackers’ cyber-capabilities, says researcher

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Hackers working for the so-called Islamic State are bad at coding and hiding what they do, suggests research.They produce buggy malware and easily crackable encryption programs, said senior security researcher Kyle Wilhoit at security conference DerbyCon.In particular, he called three attack tools created by one large IS hacker collective "garbage".Their poor skills meant IS groups had switched to online services and the dark web for attack code, he said.Little harmWhile IS was very proficient at using social media as a recruitment and propaganda... Read More
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Priciest home sales in Shirley

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Priciest home sales in Shirley (11967) August 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in Shirley last month ranged from $290,000 to $515,000. The priciest Shirley home sold in August was a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath Victorian on .98 acres at 31 Carmen View Drive that sold for $515,000. It was listed by Gina Walter, Anthony Liberti and Alfred Walter of Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty and sold by their Century 21 colleague Douglas Sepe. A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath newly built Victorian on .21 acres at 32 Ranch Drive fetched $330,000. It was listed by Anna Marie Fiore of Mill River Realty and sold by Stephen Orsetti of Sunset Bay Real Estate. At 181 Grand Ave., a 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch on ... Read More
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New blow to GOP health bill: Paul opposes revised measure

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Conservative Sen. Rand Paul remained opposed Monday to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions, darkening White House and GOP leaders’ hopes of staving off defeat in a Senate showdown this week. Top Republicans had amended their measure overnight, adding billions of extra dollars for states and easing coverage requirements under President Barack Obama’s statute to win over wavering GOP senators. Paul, R-Ky., had opposed the earlier version of the bill, saying it spent too much money. Asked Monday if Paul’s position had changed, spokesman Sergio Gor provided a document listing three demands. It said the “primary” one was a “significant” reduction in $1 trillion in spendin... Read More
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Never mind the Elon—the forecast isn’t that spooky for AI in business

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Enlarge / Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite detected this jack-o-lantern corn maze in Bell County, Kentucky. Satellite images are being paired with other data to find a totally different sort of pattern—predicting crop yields and failures.Space Imaging/Getty Images Despite Elon Musk's warnings this summer, there's not a whole lot of reason to lose any sleep worrying about Skynet and the Terminator. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is far from becoming ... Read More
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Here’s our closest look at the Tesla Model 3 touchscreen yet

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The most controversial feature of the year’s most hotly anticipated car is a touchscreen, a 15-inch display perched on the dash of the Tesla Model 3 like an affront to decades of automotive design. Everything runs through this screen: gear shifter, music, HVAC, navigation... even the windshield wipers and sideview mirrors. There is no instrument cluster and no heads-up display. So far, the basic mechanics of the touchscreen have remained a mystery. We’ve all seen photos and pored over the promotional videos released by Tesla, but until now, we’ve lacked a close-up look at the touchscreen’s user interface. ... Read More
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How A Venezuelan Chef Is Teaching Women To Make Chocolate And Money

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Enlarge this image Entrepreneurs sort cocoa beans on a tray at Cacao de Origen, a school founded by Maria Di Giacobbe to train Venezuelan women in the making of premium chocolate. Zeina Alvarado (left) later found work in a bean-to-bar production facility in Mexico. Court... Read More
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Budget Bus Lines Flout the Rules With Little Consequence

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Still, months later, New York City issued the company a permit, designating a spot for it to pick up and drop off passengers who ride the company’s 10 buses between New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The decision prompted a sharp rebuke from the community board that represents Chinatown and surrounding neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan.“We’re doing everything we can to address a problem while it’s still a problem and not a tragedy,” said Chad Marlow, the chairman of the community board’s committee on transportation, public safety and environment. “What has to happen for a company to have their permit yanked?”... Read More
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The top 10 angel investors in AI

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The artificial intelligence space is growing quickly and, with that, so is the need among AI startups to find the right investor. I and four of my colleagues at NYU recently developed an AI powered engine to analyze investor data and identify the investors most likely to invest in certain startups. After analyzing more than 22,000 angel funding rounds since 2014 based on data available through Crunchbase, we ranked top angel investors in the AI space measuring three primary variables: Recency: measures angel investors’ latest investments in the angel round. Frequency: measures how active angel investors are in the AI space. Relevan... Read More
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Intel believes WiGig will be a viable option for wireless high-end VR

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Intel showed off a demo this week of WiGig wireless networking technology that can connect a high-performance PC with a wireless virtual reality headset, providing a new option for doing VR without the annoying cables. The WiGig technology, which uses a short-range 60-gigahertz radio, can transfer data at fast enough rates to feed VR imagery from a PC to the display in a VR headset, said Kim Pallister, director of virtual reality excellence at Intel, at a press dinner this week. That’s a departure from previous plans to in putting the PC processing inside a standalone VR headset that Intel was previously calling Project Alloy. Earlier this year, Intel CEO B... Read More
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Billionaires, Bruised Egos, and the Death of a Grand Project

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Instead, Mr. Diller said, after all the questions, “I ended the meeting so depressed.” He had grown “disillusioned” about the project in the spring, when a federal judge revoked the permit for the pier, stopping preliminary work. When settlement talks began in July, he was “uncomfortable” sitting down with the people who had used the courts to wage a war of attrition against the project.That feeling of pique only intensified the message he had been getting from his family — Alexander and Tatiana Von Furstenberg, the grown children of his wife, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. “My family essentially had an i... Read More
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The road beyond self-driving cars

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Many autonomous vehicle discussions don’t go far enough in describing the impact the technology will have on behavior over time. We are concerned mostly with whether we’re talking about “hands on” or “hands off” the steering wheel, but at some point, confidence in the technology will grow and we won’t have to pay attention to the road or other cars at all as we ride. Then we can begin to consider how other areas of life, work, and travel can be supported by these evolving vehicles. For example, when all riders are focused inward and the driving is handled by a sensor network, i... Read More
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Auto maintenance could be more efficient in the future

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Imagine if every time Apple pushed out an update for your iPhone — from a major operating system refresh to a security patch — you were required to make an appointment at an Apple store, bring your phone in at the designated date and time, and hang around for what could be several hours waiting for your phone to be serviced. Sure, maybe there would be free Wi-Fi and good coffee, but after a while the process would become tedious and frustrating. “Frustrating” and “tedious” is exactly how many people would describe a visit to the service station or dealer for upkeep on their cars. A recent m... Read More
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Study: Startups that don’t set firm goals actually do better

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New data, from a study done by my team at Bunch, could redefine what we see as the trademark characteristics of early startup success. Our study collected data from 62 early-stage startups over the course of a year to find the factors that correlate directly to higher revenues. And what we found was pretty surprising: A lower committment to goals actually resulted in better financial performance. And a high growth mindset didn’t necessarily mean higher revenues. Before I dig into the results, a quick note on how we conducted the study: We used a team assessment (that was based on a thorough study of more than 150 papers detailing significant predictors of team perfor... Read More
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Blueye Robotics’ Pioneer could be an awesome drone for underwater tourism

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Blueye Robotics recently unveiled the Blueye Pioneer, an underwater drone that consumers can navigate to as deep as 150 meters under the ocean surface — about eight times deeper than divers can normally go. I made my way to Santa Cruz, California, where the team from Trondheim, Norway was visiting, to get a hands-on look at the drone. When I arrived, the water was pretty murky with algae, so founders Christine Spiten and Erik Dyrkoren took their drone over to the nearby Seymour Marine Discovery Center... Read More
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Autonomous is a sharp thriller about robotic freedom and patent piracy

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This spring, genealogy service Ancestry.com was accused of secretly claiming rights to users’ DNA sequences. The company quickly changed its policy, denying any wrongdoing. But it was only the latest reminder of broadly companies can “own” information like biometric details, mental engagement, and even ... Read More
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Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious (And Play Super Mario Bros.)

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You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario Bros. for the very first time, but try to picture it. An 8-bit game world blinks into being: baby blue sky, tessellated stone ground, and in between, a squat, red-suited man standing still—waiting. He’s facing rightward; you nudge him farther in that direction. A few more steps reveal a row of bricks hovering overhead and what looks like an angry, ambulatory mushroom. Another twitch of the game controls makes the man spring up, his four-pixel fist pointed skyward. What now? Maybe try combining nudge-rightward and spring-skyward? Done. Then, a surprise: The little man bumps his head against one of the hovering bricks,... Read More
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VRChat grabs $4 million in a rare bright spot for social VR

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Startup VRChat raised a $4 million Series A round of funding led by HTC. The money for the social VR startup comes in the wake of AltspaceVR running out of cash and the earlier closure of Convrge, though Altspace found a lifeline of sorts. There’s still High Fidelity running strong and Linden Lab continues ... Read More
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Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence?

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EnlargeIn the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. “Beam us up, beam us up!” Kirk shouted in desperation. Then at the last second, after a tense scene of Chekov running top speed to the transporter room, their lives were saved moments before they hit the doomed planet’s rocky surface. <a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Suicide-Booth.gif" class="enlarge" data-heig... Read More
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Germany’s economic forces at play – Counting the Cost

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Ahead of the September 24 national elections, surveys show that Germans are satisfied with the state of their economy. However, analysts warn cracks are appearing and if Angela Merkel is elected to a fourth term as German chancellor she will have to deal with them.There's no disputing Germany's economic success story: The country's central bank projects that this year's growth might be even stronger than the 1.9 percent posted last year. Unemployment is at a post-unification low of 5.7 percent and the government's budget is in surplus.However, Germany has the world's second-oldest population after Japan and the income gap between the richest and poorest Germans is growing, spurring calls for gr... Read More
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Electric bus in record-breaking journey

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An electric bus has broken a world record by travelling more than 1,000 miles on a single charge.The 40ft Catalyst E2 Max bus - designed by Californian company Proterra - went 1,102.2 miles on a testing ground in New Carlisle, Indiana.Cities around the world are looking to use more electric vehicles for public transport, to combat air pollution.Some experts believe the bus's long journey could be a breakthrough moment for electric vehicles.The previous record of 1,013.76 miles was set by a light-duty passenger electric vehicle 46 times lighter than the bus.... Read More
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Even bots need to build character

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Conversation designer Mindy Gold once prototyped a fitness bot with no stated name or gender. Its function was to keep female exercisers motivated with daily prompts. While testing it with a potential customer, Mindy realized the woman was referring to the bot as “him.” “He just told me I had to burn 50 more calories,” the woman told Mindy.“How do you know it’s a male?” Mindy asked.“Because now I’m mad at it.” This phenomenon — to anthropomorphize objects around us — isn’t new. We name things like our cars and computers, and assign gender to things that are otherwise genderless. We consciously and subconsciously assign character, intent, and warmth (or lack thereof) to our intera... Read More
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Chile advances solar capacity technology leading much of Latin America

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Published on Sep 22, 2017Despite being the leader in solar capacity in Latin America, the government in Santiago is pushing for even more. Category News & Politics License ... Read More
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US solar industry braces for potential tariffs

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The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled cheap imports are harming local solar manufacturing companies. The president will decide the next move.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/72253/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosNo Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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State of the Art: On Russian Meddling, Mark Zuckerberg Follows a Familiar Playbook

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Like all tech leaders, Mr. Zuckerberg is often hailed as a visionary, but his primary talent is as a reactor. His true skill is not in seeing ahead, but in looking back and fixing where Facebook has failed. And what’s noteworthy is that when he marshals Facebook’s considerable resources to address a problem, Mr. Zuckerberg has a track record of making things right.I am not asking you to blindly accept that Facebook will be able to completely address the role it plays in modern propaganda wars. On Russian meddling specifically, it took Facebook more than 10 months after the election to reveal that Russian trolls had bought ads thr... Read More
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The odd swimming style of plesiosaurs decoded by a robot

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The plesiosaur is long extinct, but thanks to a biomechanical engineer, it has been reincarnated -- as a robot. This new so-called “robosaur” reveals the secret behind the animal’s odd but powerful swimming style, which could inspire alternatives to boat and submarine propellers.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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Once again, Nassau seeks real estate fee hikes

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Long Island real estate and business organizations are urging Nassau County lawmakers to keep from raising transaction fees for the third straight year. The Nassau Legislature will hold a public hearing Monday, Sept. 25 on a budget proposal to hike its tax map verification fee to $455 and its land recording fee to $400. The $100 increases on each of the two fees come on the heels of last year’s mortgage recording fee hike from $300 to $350 and a jump from $225 to $355 for the county’s tax map verification fee. In 2015, Nassau jacked up its tax map verification fee by 200 percent, going from $75 to $225, and raised its per-block recording fee from $150 to $300. ... Read More
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AI will redefine the role of manager

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The superstar managers of the AI era will be much more than scheduling ninjas or efficient task managers. They’ll serve as bridges between AI systems and their team members, guiding them toward more innovative and collaborative pursuits. Finally rid of repetitive and cognitively uninteresting tasks, managers will be free to unleash the full breadth of their creative skills and leadership acumen. Here’s what’s ahead for decision-makers of all seniority levels. The role of AI in management Before looking at the evolving role of managers, let’s consider the changes AI is already bringing to companies. At present, ... Read More
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McAteer: A response to calls for underground power lines

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I’ve lived on Long Island my entire life and previously served in local government. I understand the importance of transparency and fairness, especially when it comes to my hard-earned money. Recently, there have been calls by some to bury an overhead line from Eastport to Riverhead along a route that has had a similar overhead line for more than 50 years. The advocates propose the additional $70 to $100 million be charged to all Long Island residents through their electric bills. PSEG Long Island, on behalf of LIPA, goes through an extensive analysis to decide whether to build lines overhead or underground. The process weighs visual and technical considerations, including costs and benefits. There is a statewide standard... Read More
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GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

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Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement, referring to the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.” McCain was... Read More
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Northwell in deal with Irish firm

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As an extension of its partnership with Enterprise Ireland and part of its growing global reach, Northwell Health has signed a new agreement with and invested in Irish company Salaso Health Solutions. Northwele Health President and CEO Michael Dowling announced the deal in Ireland along with Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and Tánaiste Fitzgerald, Ireland’s minister for business, innovation and enterprise. Kerr, Ireland-based Salaso Health Solutions lets patients use smartphones and tablets to view videos of exercises prescribed for them by clinicians. Northwell plans to help the firm expand and hone its offerings related to physiotherapy, which restores movement and function in patients affected by injury,... Read More
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Uber Loses License to Operate in London

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A ban on operating in one of its largest markets would certainly hit the company’s bottom line. (Uber says it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in London who use its app at least once every three months.) And it could prompt other cities and countries to renew their focus on Uber’s operations.On Thursday, a Dutch appeals court upheld a ban of an Uber service in the Netherlands, saying the company’s low-cost UberPop... Read More
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Mercedes-Benz will spend $1 billion to build electric vehicles in the US

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Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, plans to offer electrified versions of all of its cars by 2022 under the new EQ sub-brand. And now the company has announced that many of those will be built in the United States. To do this, Daimler is pouring $1 billion into the 20-year-old factory the company runs just outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A 1-million-square-foot expansion will be added, with construction starting in 2018 and vehicle produc... Read More
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Leading the Legal War Against Fox

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“If Doug thinks he’s at war,” the statement said, “why does he contact us every two weeks asking for millions (40 percent for him) in exchange for peace?”Television viewers have long been familiar with Fox’s public product, but for more than a decade, there have also been persistent glimpses of its private culture as numerous women have come forward accusing men like Mr. Ailes — or the host Eric Bolling, who was ... Read More
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Groundbreaking for new Blue Point brewery

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Local elected officials are expected to join company executives the groundbreaking next week for the new Blue Point brewery in Patchogue. The 54,000-square-foot, $35 million facility will be constructed on the site of the former Briarcliffe College building at 225 West Main St., less than a half-mile from the company’s current brewery on River Ave. where it’s been since 1998. Blue Point, which was purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2014, is leasing the property, once the site of Swezey’s department store, from Swezey Real Estate. The new brewery, which will increase Blue Point’s brewing capacity by at least 400 percent, will feature a restaura... Read More
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JC Penney to hire 40,000 for holidays, the same as last year

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J.C. Penney says it plans to hire more than 40,000 people during the holiday season, the same number as last year. The Plano, Texas-based department store operator said Friday it is looking for cashiers, workers to restock its stores and beauty consultants to work at in-store Sephora makeup shops. Retailers tend to start hiring in October to prepare for the busy holiday shopping season. Macy’s, which has about 830 stores, says it expects to hire 80,000 people this year, down 4 percent from a year ago. And Target says it will boost hiring 40 percent to 100,000 this year for its more than 1,800 stores. J.C. Penney Co. says it will hold... Read More
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Priciest home sales in Muttontown

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Priciest home sales in Muttontown (11791) August 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in Muttontown last month ranged from $1.375 million to $2.9 million. The priciest Muttontown home sold in August was a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath waterfront home on .75 acres at 50 Westgate Road that sold for $2.9 million in cash. It was listed by Patricia Cadavid and Frances Covello and sold by Chunyang Zhang of Alice Justin Realty. A 5-bedroom, 3.55-bath colonial on 2.3 acres at 150 Circle Road fetched $1.543 million. It was listed by John Messina of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and sold by Lisbeth Finnerty of Daniel Gale Sotheby... Read More
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New documentary shows Lady Gaga’s personal moments

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Netflix's "Gaga: Five Foot Two" offers an inside look into some of the singer's most personal moments. In the documentary, viewers witness the star as she struggles with health issues and releases her fifth album, "Joanne." The film's director, Chris Moukrabel, spoke with CBSN about what he thinks will surprise viewers most.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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Islip board OK’s airport improvements

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Islip’s Town Board recently passed bond resolutions green-lighting improvements to Long Island MacArthur Airport’s Fire Rescue Building Communications Center and to the airport’s terminal, as well as the construction of an animal shelter. The total approved in authorizing bonds is just over $10 million. Still, Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said, “more remains to be done to bring our infrastructure to a level that is needed.” Among the approvals was a bond for $3.6 million the airport terminal and communications center improvements. These upgrades include replacing a 60-year-old mechanical, electrical and plumbing system, which officials say is critical to the airport. The $4.6 million bond for a ne... Read More
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A nine-year-old reviews the Tesla Model X

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Editor’s Note: Verge transportation editor Tamara Warren regularly rides and reviews all the latest and greatest from the automotive industry, which means that as a by-product, her son Benicio also gets to take a spin from time to time. Her review of the Tesla Model S published earlier this month, so we wondered what nine-year-old Benicio thought of the Tesla experience. Below are his honest thoughts. —Natt Garun I have been in lots of cars because mom works for The Ver... Read More
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Tesla wants to turn some of its Supercharger stations into convenience stores

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Charging an electric car isn’t like refueling one that runs on fossil fuels. The entire process can sometimes take 30 minutes or longer, and if you’re somewhere with spotty cell service, the wait becomes even more interminable. Tesla is eyeing a possible solution: small stores that sell cold beverages and salty snacks, located adjacent to its Supercharger stations, so you can fill your belly while the charging station powers your car. Yep, Tesla wants to build gas stations (minus the gas, of course). According to GrubStreet (citing a report in t... Read More
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NYSAC appoints Bellone to board of directors

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The New York State Association of Counties, which in part advocates for the states’ counties and officials who serve the public, appointed Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to its board of directors earlier this week. The organization’s mission includes informing about best practices and educating, training and providing research on public policy that is pertinent to county government. NYSAC President MaryEllen Odell said in a statement that Bellone’s perspective on the board “sharing best practices and directing our advocacy efforts” would “improve our ability to help counties and property taxpayers all over the state.” Earlier this month, officials across the county passed “Suffolk Share,”... Read More
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Retail holiday sales expected to be strong

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The 2017 holiday season will be a happy one for retailers, if a forecast released by Deloitte yesterday proves true. A 4 to 4.5 percent increase in sales over last year’s holiday shopping season is projected by the accounting and advisory firm, which says total retail sales will range from $1.04 trillion to $1.05 trillion (excluding automobile and gasoline sales) for November through January. E-commerce will be particularly strong, with online sales expected to rise by 18 to 21 percent – to $111 billion to $114 billion – according to the Deloitte report. Brick-and-mortar sales will grow by 2.5 to 3 percent, to $933 billion to $938 billion, the report said. One of the primary factors driving the projected... Read More
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After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules

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Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it’s unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Since early this year, President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have strived to curb government’s influence on businesses, arguing that regulations stifle economic growth. Lawmakers have repealed more than a dozen Obama-era rules and the House voted in June to roll back much of Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent future meltdowns. Several bills unveiled after Equifax are so far missing a key ingredient for success: Repub... Read More
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Basics: Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain

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Mr. Vaughan’s sentiment is echoed by a cadre of researchers who place mantises in a class of their own among the swarming Class Insecta, and who are discovering a range of skills and predilections that make mantises act like aspiring vertebrates.Praying mantises are the only insects able to swivel their heads and stare at you. Those piercing eyes are much like yours, equipped with 3-D vision and a fovea — a centralized concentration of light receptors — the better to focus and track.A ... Read More
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Netflix’s Neo Yokio has the makings of a brilliant anime, but fails the execution

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Netflix’s original series Neo Yokio has some strong names in its roster. The series creator is Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend, which makes good music. So does Jaden Smith, who stars in the series. So does Dev Hynes — aka Blood Orange, my favorite indie artist on Spotify — who composed original music for one episode. Some of the best anime storyboard artists are on this project as well: Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who worked on classic hits like Rurouni Kenshin and the more recent Hunter x Hunter, and Junji Nishimura, who worked on oldies but goodies like Urusei Yatsura. Jude Law and Susan Sarandon show up as voice actors. There’s a lot of talent involved in Neo Yokio, ... Read More
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In Rape Case at Rikers: Did Guards Turn a Blind Eye?

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“They knew these women were being abused, raped and terrorized by Ms. James and they let that go,” said Paul V. Prestia, a lawyer representing one of the victims. “The fact that Ms. James was indicted is no surprise. The real question is does the Bronx district attorney have the spine to prosecute the corrections officers who let this happen.”Asked about possible charges against correction officers, Ms. Clark’s spokeswoman, Patrice O’Shaughnessy, said the investigation was continuing.Ms. Clark said in a statement that the rapes took place in view of cameras or in areas Ms. Jame... Read More
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A Little Italy Tradition, Hanging by a String

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The puppets were meticulously made and operated by the family, which also made the stages, scenery and carried out every aspect of the productions, including the music, Mr. De Nonno said.The men did the heavier work, like manipulating the heavy puppets from a bridge over the stage. The women sewed gowns for the courtly heroines with detailed needlework.“These were consummate actors and they knew how to create captivating characters,” said Mr. De Nonno, before he started showing a documentary he made years ago about the Manteo family: “It’s One Family: Knock on Wood.”... Read More
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Other Ocean: Building the past, the future, and the present

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Presented by Intel With exposure on Good Morning America and across the globe’s news media as the games industry’s ‘story du jour’ in 2013, Mike Mika was thrust into an unfamiliar role. He was the hero dad who had seen his daughter less inclined to play the legendary coin-op game, Donkey Kong, after playing other games where she could choose the character she wanted to play. “Why can’t I play as her?” she innocently asked, pointing to Pauline. For Mika, General Manager of Other Ocean, games industry veteran, and enthusiastic historian of all things videogames, the question struck a chord. As someone who had been making games for 20 years, the coder in him wondered “how hard would it be ... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: Keeping Your Apple-Picking Plans

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Photo How we make sure this happens? Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times Good morning on this nebulous Friday.It’s the last day of summer.... Read More
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Archaeologists Don’t Always Need to Dig—They’ve Got Drones

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[embedded content] On the morning of August 21—the day of the solar eclipse—five archaeologists and I piled into two SUVs and drove an hour northwest of Tucson, into the thick of the Sonoran Desert. Turning off-road, we reached a yellow expanse inside Ironwood Forest National Monument through a series of latched gates. We brought eclipse glasses, but the quarter-sliver of the sun was just a sideshow. ... Read More
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Black Detectives in New York Were Bypassed for Promotions, Panel Finds

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The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found last year that the promotions process systematically stymied black detectives in the Intelligence Division, leaving them with less pay, power and prestige than their similarly qualified white counterparts. The commission, which enforces discrimination laws, ruled that a “wholly subjective and secret process” caused black detectives to receive “lesser and later opportunities for promotion consistent with their qualifications.”But ... Read More
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Destination Long Island: Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

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CRY CRY CRY AT LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET The renowned singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams are reunited now after 19 years. These three Landmark favorites have performed there a combined 11 times over the past 10 years. Headliners on their own, together they are known for their illustrious harmonies. (Landmark on Main Street. Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org. Sept. 24.) POUR THE CORE AT HECKSCHER STATE PARK There’s something about savoring hard cider outdoors with friends. Look for Woodside Orchards, Angry Orchard and Woodchuck Hard Cider as well as imported ciders and perries, made from fermented pears – similar to the way cider is deri... Read More
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Tesla is getting rid of the cheapest Model S

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Tesla will stop making the rear-wheel drive Model S 75 after this coming Sunday, September 24th, as was first reported earlier today by Electrek. The car, which starts at $69,500 and is currently the cheapest Model S available, will be on the company’s website through the weekend. It will also sell out the rest of the inventory around the country, and then it will be gone. At that point, the dual-motor Model S 75D will become the cheapest Model S at $74,500. That also means every Model S and Model X will come with dual motors — one on each axle — and the only rear-wheel d... Read More
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Building a future of friendship between humans and bots

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How do you actually become friends with someone? Is it a slow process of getting to know each other or is there a moment when you just hit it off? Do we enjoy staying friends with people who have become part of our lives or does there come a point when we just let them go? I was Facebook friends with a woman named Claire when I was in college and we used to discuss sci-fi movies together. Though we’ve lost touch, I miss the friendship we had developed over that very specific topic of conversation. As a part of my ongoing research to understand AI-driven product design, I’ve found that looking through the scope of social psychology provides a very interesting way of understanding the world. Ten people can read the same q... Read More
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The Shift: Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment

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Facebook is fighting through a tangled morass of privacy, free-speech and moderation issues with governments all over the world. Congress is investigating reports that Russian operatives used targeted Facebook ads to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Myanmar, activists are accusing Facebook o... Read More
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You can control this self-flying home assistant using Amazon’s Alexa

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Aire is a self-flying robot for the home. It pairs with Amazon's Alexa to do a myriad of things. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/tech_insider/No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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Is the hyperloop finally too big to fail?

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Today, Hyperloop One announced it raised an additional $85 million in financing, bringing its total haul to $245 million and a likely valuation of more than $700 million. That’s a lot of scratch for a transportation startup with no commercial product, no revenue stream, no government approval, and no proof that its ultrafast transit system would even be safe for human passengers. Nonetheless, the company has managed to convince a variety of wealthy backers and governments to buy into their fantastical dream of moving people and packages through airless tubes at near-supersonic speeds. ... Read More
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Cloudleaf Secures $13 Million Series A Funding from Leading Investors

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Cloudleaf’s Patented IoT Sensor Fabric™ Brings Complex Enterprise Operations to Life with Location and Context Aware Visibility MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 21, 2017– Cloudleaf, a Silicon Valley Enterprise IoT startup, announced today that it has secured $13 Million Series A funding from IndusAge Partners, ... Read More
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VC data looks at why companies buy AI startups

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The recent acquisition of Blue River Technology by John Deere is an artificial intelligence deal at its best. It shows the impact AI can have across various industries, as well as the scale of that impact. Leaders of previous technological revolutions are paying hundreds of millions for nimble AI-focused startups. They are competing with major players like Alphabet, Facebook, Intel, and Microsoft to make acquisitions that will give the... Read More
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Consumer packaging group to reduce confusing food labels

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“Sell by?” ‘‘Display Until?” ‘‘Best Before?” These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they’re also mixed up with deadlines for retailers as well.  That causes confusion among shoppers who can’t figure out what they all mean on a can of beans or a bag of pasta. As a result, shoppers discard food that is either safe or usable after the date to the tune of $29 billion a year in the U.S. alone. Now, some of the biggest consumer goods companies including Walmart, Nestle, Campbell Soup Co., Kellogg Co. and Unilever, have agreed to streamline them by 2020. There are at least 10 different date labels on packages. The Consumer Goods Forum, a Paris-based network of ... Read More
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Ribbon cutting for affordable rental complex

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Elected officials and civic leaders are slated to join developers next week to cut the ribbon on a 90-unit affordable rental complex in Copiague. Developed by Community Development Corporation of Long Island and Rochester, N.Y.-based Conifer Realty, the two-building Copiague Commons complex is a mix of 56 one- and 34 two-bedroom apartments for families with a variety of incomes ranging from 60 percent to a maximum of 100 percent of the area median income. The Town of Babylon held a lottery in April for hundreds of eligible prospective renters vying for the affordable units. Rents at Copiague Commons will range from $1,193 to $1,450 for the one-bedroom apartments and from $1,431 to $1,850 for the two-bedroom apartments. ... Read More
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Stony Brook has new place for star gazing

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Stony Brook has a new store, which isn’t so new. Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions opened at 85 Main Street in the village’s Market Square section at the beginning of this month, a day after it closed its Patchogue store, where it had done business for 32 years. Like the old store, the new 1,500-square-foot location features cameras and accessories, as well as telescopes and astronomy-related goods. The store’s owner, Jeff Norwood, is a trained photographer and technician who expanded his camera business to incorporate his love of astronomy. The new store’s display features a 12-foot-tall, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind binocular telescope. CCTS also houses a digital picture kiosk where customers can pr... Read More
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The Education of Brett the Robot

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The Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks—aka Brett, of course—holds one of those puzzle cubes for kids in one hand and with the other tries to jam a rectangular peg into a hole. It is unhappily, hilariously toddler-like in its struggles. The peg strikes the cube with a clunk, and Brett pulls back, as if startled. But Brett is no quitter, because Brett is no ordinary robot: Nobody told it how to even get anywhere close to the right-shaped hole. Someone just gave it a goal. Yet with attempt after att... Read More
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The invention of AI ‘gaydar’ could be the start of something much worse

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Two weeks ago, a pair of researchers from Stanford University made a startling claim. Using hundreds of thousands of images taken from a dating website, they said they had trained a facial recognition system that could identify whether someone was straight or gay just by looking at them. The work was first covered by The Economist, and other publications soon followed suit, with headlines like “New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph” and “AI Can Tell If You're Gay From a Photo, and It's Terrifying.” As you might... Read More
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Priciest home sales in East Meadow

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Priciest home sales in East Meadow (11554) August 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in East Meadow last month ranged from $639,000 to $647,500. The priciest East Meadow home sold in August was a 3-bedroom, 3-bath colonial on .14 acres at 116 Margaret Drive that sold for $647,500 in cash. It was listed by Josh Evans of Village Properties of Mineola and sold by Caterina Ambrosio of Realty Advisors. A 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath split-level on .15 acres at 1739 Karen Court fetched $645,000. The property was listed by Joseph Ricco of Century 21 American Homes and sold by Nicolo Caputi of Charles Rutenberg Realty. At 196 Vincent Drive, a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath split-level on .15... Read More
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Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons

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Africa proved a bigger challenge. There were fewer skeletons in museums, and most searches for genetic material failed. The environment was partly to blame: DNA is more likely to survive in colder places.“It’s been mad, watching all the advances in what we understand about European prehistory,” said Jessica C. Thompson, an archaeologist at Emory University who does field work in Malawi.Dr. Thompson was heartened by the discovery of ancient DNA in Ethiopia in 2015. Those scientists succeeded for two reasons: The skeleton they discovered had been lying for thousands of years in a cool ... Read More
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State warns of $500 daily fines for vacant property violations

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The Department of Financial Services has issued new guidelines, warned of $500 daily fines for abandoned property violations and is making a push to help remedy what it views as the “blight” of abandoned and vacant properties. The agency issued new guidance, regarding the law that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into effect, to ensure that banks and mortgage servicers comply with their obligations to maintain vacant and abandoned properties under legislation effective as of December, 2016. And the agency said it will hold a series of information sessions for local government officials about legislation, including a registry of vacant properties and daily fines for violations. ... Read More
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With new HQ looming, Amazon adds 2K in NYC

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may (kinda) still be in the running for Amazon.com Inc.’s ballyhooed second headquarters, but new administrative digs for the e-commerce titan – and thousands of good-paying jobs – have landed slightly west. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that Amazon will expand its New York City presence with a new office at 5 Manhattan West. Jeff Bezos’ 1994 startup is slated to invest $55 million bringing the 359,000-square-foot space u... Read More