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The impact of self-learning software now and in the foreseeable future

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We’ve spent so long wringing our hands and worrying about artificial and virtual intelligence that we forgot to roll out the welcome mat when they finally arrived. Now, when major tech companies give their annual keynotes, they can’t help but pepper the narrative with phrases like “machine learning.” What does it all mean, though? Should we crank up the worry now that it looks like every tent-pole feature of self-learning software could also be a critical flaw? The future is h... Read More
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Accenture predicts the top tech stories of CES 2018

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Each year, tech consulting giant Accenture makes predictions about the kind of technology we’ll see at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. I interviewed Greg Roberts, managing director for Accenture’s North American high-tech industry practice, about the predictions for CES 2018, the big tech trade show that will take place in Las Vegas in the second week of January. (Here’s Accenture’s CES predictions for CES 2017 and CES 2016). Roberts sees fiv... Read More
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Sennheiser holiday sale, Amazon devices discounts, and more of the best tech deals

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Christmas is nine days away, which makes this weekend the perfect time for last minute holiday shopping, either for yourself or loved ones. There’s a lot of great tech on sale that make excellent gifts including the Google Home Mini and Kindle Paperwhite. For more gift ideas, check out The Verge’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.... Read More
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Online streaming wars: Behind the Disney-Fox deal – Counting the Cost

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It's one of the biggest media shake-ups in recent history.The Walt Disney Company is in the process of buying up the entertainment businesses of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a landmark $52.4bn deal. If it's approved, it'll be a union of Hollywood's heavyweights.But the wider story is about how people consume entertainment content in the digital age and what this means for the corporate landscape."In the media world this is absolutely huge, but in the tech world, the combined entity is still far off the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon, and I think that's actually the point. Disney and Fox are realising that with the growth that you're seeing within the tech versus media compa... Read More
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Is Bitcoin the biggest bubble since the Dutch Tulip Mania?

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Uber allegedly hacked rivals, surveilled politicians, and impersonated protestors

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Last month, details emerged about a secretive unit within Uber dedicated to stealing trade secrets, surveilling competitors, using self-destructing messages, and dodging government regulators. The accusations came from a former member of Uber’s security team, Ric Jacobs, whose 37-page letter detailing all of Uber’s shady behavior was sent to Uber’s management earlier this year. Prior to today, only snippets of the letter have been read aloud in court. Now, a redacted copy of the letter is public as part of the ongoing litigation between Uber and Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet. And it’s a dooz... Read More
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Tax reform bill should be ‘down payment’ of more to come: Steve Forbes

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Published on Dec 15, 2017Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes weighs in on the final version of the Republican tax reform bill and how it may impact corporations. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: I THINK WE'RE... Read More
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Interview with Arvin Vohra, “The Why” 12/13/17

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No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

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Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented the future cultural phenomenon. (See what we did there, with the yellow peg?) We love a good trivia challenge, along with story tips, calendar... Read More
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The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: Power-user edition

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Enlarge / What many Arsians have on their wishlists this holiday season...Mark Walton It’s the holidays, which means it’s once again time to rack your brain in search of the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list is into tech, though, we’ve got your back. For this year’s edition of the Ars Technica holiday gift guide, we’re breaking down our recommendations into themes. Our fourth and final crop of recommendations are for power users, or people who immerse t... Read More
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AI Weekly: Inaugural AI Index report tracks industry progress and shortcomings

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One of my favorite sayings in the tech/business/startup world is “Innovation happens at the edges.” In AI, on one end of the spectrum, billions in investments and acquisitions are pouring in from  giants like Nvidia, Google, and Microsoft. On the other side, small, imaginative teams are trekking out to new frontiers untouched by AI. A great look at the performance of companies big and small is the inaugural AI Index 2017 report, which came out a few weeks ago. If you haven’t gotten to it yet, I suggest you check it out. It’s put together by some of the best known and most reputable people in AI, like Jack Clark at OpenAI and Yoav Shoham, an AI professor at Stan... Read More
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Google and Amazon are in ‘productive’ talks to keep YouTube on Fire TV

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Fire TV owners might not be losing YouTube after all. This afternoon, a Google spokesperson told The Verge that the companies are engaged in “productive discussions” in hopes of reaching “an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.” Such an agreement would almost certainly result in the massively popular video app staying put on Amazon’s streaming devices. The new statement comes on the same day that Amazon announced it would resume sales of the Google Chromecast and Apple TV after dropping them from its store more than two years ago. Other Googl... Read More
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Spotify’s valuation jumps 20% to $19 billion in private trading

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(Reuters) — The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said. The most recent private trades in the Swedish company have taken place at above $4,000 per share according to sources. One of the sources said the recent trades were at a record-high of $4,200, valuing the firm at $19 billion or more. That compares to around $16 billion earlier this autumn. Spotify is aiming to file its intention to float with U.S. regulators toward the end of this year, sources said. Also supporting perceptions of Spotify’s... Read More
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Target’s acquisition of Shipt is a win for Alabama, but coastal investors are the biggest victors

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Target’s $550 million all-cash acquisition of online grocery delivery service Shipt on Wednesday may not seem large by Silicon Valley standards. But when you consider that it’s taken startups in Shipt’s home state of Alabama five years to raise that same amount of money, you can see why Shipt’s acquisition might be cause for celebration among some Alabama entrepreneurs. “It’s one of our biggest successes, and we hope to build on that for sure. We’ve ... Read More
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Samsung’s first smart speaker will reportedly arrive in early 2018

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Months ago, DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed that his company was working on a smart speaker. Today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the speaker is targeted for release within the first half of 2018 and is expected to cost around $200. Bloomberg... Read More
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3 ways local governments can make their state or city more startup-friendly in 2018

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Contrary to popular belief, government bureaucrats aren’t trying to thwart entrepreneurs at every turn. In my experience, the opposite has been true. The state and local government officials I meet with in my role as a vice president for an economic development organization in St. Charles, Missouri, increasingly see startups as important to the future of their economy. They understand that encouraging entrepreneurship is key to maintaining a strong employer base. However, there are a few things that state and local governments can do better to support 21st century startups. Embrace the scope of economic changes We’ve only just begun to see the impact Amazon will have on local retail. If your employment or tax b... Read More
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Amazon is selling the Apple TV and Google Chromecast again

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Amazon.com will soon begin selling the Apple TV set-top box and Google Chromecast, two streaming devices that have for years been unavailable from the leading online retailer for over two years. Listings for both products have returned to the site, but Amazon isn’t accepting orders just yet. The company has directly confirmed to The Verge that it intends to do so in the near future. “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” a spokesperson said by email. The news was ... Read More
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‘The Grand Tour’ car gurus ponder why we love cars so much, and their show

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When it comes to cars, three names instantly come to mind. No, not Ford, Chevy and Honda. We’re talking Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the former “Top Gear” hosts who’ve just launched season two of their new automotive show, "The Grand Tour" on Amazon Prime. (Dec. 14)Subscribe for more Arts and Entertainment News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet fast, accurate coverage of every arts and entertainment story makin... Read More
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Target acquires Shipt, will roll out $99/year, same-day delivery

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EnlargeShipt The battle between Amazon and Walmart is widely known, but Target is now entering the space in a new way. Target announced its plans to buy Shipt, a grocery delivery startup, in a $550 million all-cash deal. Born in 2014, Shipt lets members order groceries online from various supermarkets and then sends a shopper to pick... Read More
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The Researcher Who Wants to Bring AI to Factories

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Gargantuan Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn employs more than 1 million people and tens of thousands of robots making iPhones and other electronics. It has a reputation for cost cutting, including at the expense of its workers. Now, it’s teaming up with an artificial-intelligence researcher who helped trigger Google’s reorientation around machine learning in order to make its own factories more efficient. Andrew Ng was a Stanford professor when he joined Google in 2011 to work on a project that created ... Read More
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Fox, News Corp. would merge ideally, but years away: Rupert Murdoch

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Google Brain cofounder Andrew Ng unveils Landing.ai to bring intelligence to manufacturing

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AI technology has the potential to transform all manner of industries around the globe, and one of the field’s luminaries today unveiled a new startup he’s working on to bring intelligence to manufacturing. Andrew Ng, who helped start the Google Brain project and previously served as the head of Baidu’s AI efforts, announced Landing.ai, a company aimed at helping businesses in the manufacturing sector transform themselves into AI companies. Ng picked manufacturing because it has a number of problems that machine learning techniques can help with, and AI has the potential to radically transform the industry. Landing.ai hopes to do that by creating and providing software for manufacturing companies, as well as offering ... Read More
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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

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Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. The deal gives Disney film businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. On the television side, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including “The Simpsons” and “Modern Family.” 21st Century Fox shareholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each share they own. The transaction ... Read More
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Disney to acquire assets from 21st Century Fox for $52.4B

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Published on Dec 14, 2017Rosecliff CEO Mike Murphy, FBN's Maria Bartiromo and Dagen McDowell on Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: DAGEN: YOU KNOW... Read More
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Star Citizen game makers being sued

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The makers of the crowdfunded space game Star Citizen are being sued for copyright infringement and breach of contract by development studio Crytek.Crytek claims Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm" to them.Crytek said it would seek damages and an injunction that stopped further use of its CryEngine game engine software.Star Citizen's creators said the suit was "meritless" and added that it would defend itself "vigorously".Development of Star Citizen began in 2012 and since then it has raised more than $170m (£126m) in crowdsourced fu... Read More
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This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Much of Murdoch Empire

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Enlarge this image Rupert Murdoch is selling off TV and entertainment assets at 21st Century Fox as he faces deep-pocketed competitors and tensions between his sons. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption ... Read More
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The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web. Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides. Gaming 1 Year of PlayStation Plus - $40 ($20 off) Buy on Amazon If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. ... Read More
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SoundCloud redesign shines spotlight on creator communities

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SoundCloud has introduced a refreshed home screen that allows users to see more music from the service’s most popular independent creators. The refreshed home screen features song collections sorted by genre and curated playlists popular in the platform’s community. The new home screen is a welcome update that should help differentiate the struggling service against rival offerings from Spotify, Appl... Read More
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In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

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In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had changed: Everyone paid for everything with their phones. At McDonald’s, the convenience store, even at mom-and-pop restaurants, his friends in Shanghai used mobile payments. Cash, Liu could see, had been largely replaced by two smartphone apps: Alipay and WeChat Pay. One day, at a vegetable market, he watched a woman his mother’s age pull out her phone to pay for her groceries. He decided to sign up. To get an Alipay ID, Liu had to enter his cell phone number and scan his national ID card. He did so reflexivel... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: How to make meaningful investments in the Midwest

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Last week, venture capitalists Steve Case and J.D. Vance announced they had raised $150 million for a new seed fund for startups located in Middle America. If you read VentureBeat’s coverage on the announcement last week, you’ll know that what was most important about the announcement was not that the fund had raised $150 million, but that the $150 million had come from high-profile investors like Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and Meg Whitman. Investors like Bezos, Schmidt, and Whitman can offer young startups more than just money — they can also make connections on beh... Read More
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Graeme Bannerman discusses the Jerusalem controversy and the OIC summit

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CGTN's Mike Walter spoke to Graeme Bannerman about the OIC meeting in Istanbul. Bannerman offered up his observations about Arab unity regarding the Jerusalem controversy and what role the U.S. might play in future Middel East peace talks after President's Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Detected Closed Captioning: And Out Of This Meeting here We Go X monthly Games Football today, Nor The mining team By 3 to 1 On The Smoker left the Golden Goal is The Time To Start tomorrow shows That IPHAN is This Country than Sunday knee line And He Played Right Midfield But the Time set In 2001 , He Is The Best Candidate and Thrust Left The Field In More cap Hostel... Read More
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Peruvian PM explains how the country is trying to improve education

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In Latin America, two out of five young people are neither working nor studying. But the region is at a turning point, with some room for optimism. Peru has one of the biggest skill gaps and teachers have been striking for higher pay. CGTN's Dan Collyns asked Peru's Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz how her country is trying to improve.Detected Closed Captioning: Really What We Need To Focuses In Our Teachers Our Teachers Are Key For For Development Education Of Our Education why Because Our Teachers Should Be Prepared To The New Technologies To The new Trends In Education And Of Course We Have To Bring A Dream New Teachers Into School To Provide The New Things That Are Coming In You Know So ... Read More

Microsoft launches bot engine and language understanding services out of beta

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Two of Microsoft’s key pre-built AI services for developers were made generally available today, so that it’s easier for businesses to build chatbots and other services that use language understanding. Azure Bot Service and the Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) are both generally available through the tech titan’s Azure cloud platform. Bot Engine, as the name implies, provides companies with a managed service that can be used to build intelligent automated conversation partners, while LUIS lets customers create intelligent engines that parse written text into a form that other applications can use. Both of these services are a part of Microsoft’s broader portfolio of cloud services that are supposed ... Read More
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How AI will continue its journey into the mainstream in 2018

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Artificial intelligence had something of a coming out party in 2017. While some intense sensationalization of AI persisted throughout the year, progress was made to help people understand the realities of AI-driven technologies and applications that guide several aspects of their personal digital lives. The inner workings of AI technologies and how they make decisions, however, remained a ... Read More
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Trump administration calls for U.S. government to adopt cloud services

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(Reuters) — The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and accelerate efforts to use cloud-based technology. “Difficulties in agency prioritization of resources in support of IT modernization, ability to procure services quickly, and technical issues have resulted in an unwieldy and out-of-date federal IT infrastructure,” the White House said in a report. The report outlined a timeline over the next year for IT reforms and a detailed implementation plan. The report said one unnamed cloud-based email provider has agreed to assist in keeping track of government spending on cloud-based email migration.... Read More
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Spotify and Deezer ask EU regulators to stop Apple from abusing its dominance

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A group of European tech companies have asked EU regulators to put a stop to what they see as anti-competitive practices from companies like Apple and Amazon. According to a report in the Financial Times, “Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek and Deezer chief executive Hans-Holger Albrecht called on Brussels to ensure ‘a level playing field’ by reining in platforms that are ‘regularly abusing their advantaged position’.” Spotify and Deezer are upset that Apple takes a 30 percent cut of the subscription fee when people sign up for its service through Apple’s App Store, even as Apple offers a competing ... Read More
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Tech Fix: The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

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AdvertisementLet’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.It’s easy to count the ways that tech did you wrong, especially when it came to information security. On the other hand, there was also plenty of good technology this year that worked well and offered benefits for your money. ... Read More
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The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme

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The most dramatic cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn’t anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was Minecraft. It was a hard story to miss last year: In France last September, the telecom provider OV... Read More
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The dataset snowball effect: How AI is changing SaaS

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From machine learning-powered fraud defense on Shopify to Salesforce’s Einstein, over the past couple of years, SaaS industry leaders have invested heavily in artificial intelligence R&D and have rapidly acquired AI companies to give themselves a lead over the competition. Thanks to cloud computing services democratizing access to AI, we may be on the cusp of a new age when emerging SaaS providers begin to roll out AI applications that really so... Read More
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Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

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A US-based man has pleaded guilty to creating a giant botnet that was used to disrupt access to much of the web in October 2016.The Mirai malware also caused havoc later last year when it was used to stop people's internet routers working.Paras Jha has admitted working with others to infect more than 300,000 devices and using them to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other criminal activity.He has yet to be sentenced.Two other people - Josiah White and Dalton Norman - have also agreed to plead guilty to using the botnet for criminal gain. The details we... Read More
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Long Island REDC rebounds with ‘Top’ $84.3M haul

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is back on top, once again ranked as a “Top Performer” in Albany’s annual REDC sweepstakes with a hefty $84.3 million haul. That’s terrific news for the “priority” and “regionally significant” projects on the LIREDC’s 2017 wish list, which included funding for a waterfront revitalization effort in Greenport, a new technology-focused Digital Ballpark business incubator in the Wyandanch Village development and 31 other projects that... Read More
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Twitch will start streaming US minor league basketball games

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For the first time, Twitch is going to start livestreaming the games of an official sports league. The NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, will stream up to six of its games each week, and will have a few interactive features on its Twitch channel, which goes live on Friday. Viewers will be able to click on a team name or logo to check on stats, and receive loyalty points for engaging with the stream. Points can be used to unlock achievements, climb leaderboards, and earn prizes. Twitch hasn’t given much detail yet on what kinds of prizes. The channel will be co-streamed by more than a dozen Twitch celebrities, including ... Read More
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Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

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Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon. Shipt delivers groceries to its members, who pay $99 a year. Target said Wednesday that it will add more products to the service next year, such as home goods and electronics, and most of its in-store products will be available on Shipt by 2019. Target shoppers will have to make orders through Shipt’s app or website and pay the annual fee to get same-day delivery. There are plans to incorporate Shipt into Target’s app and website, but the companies did not say when that would happen. Retailers have been looking for ways to speed up delivery as they try to match the fast service offered... Read More
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AI and augmented reality could make fixing your router a little more bearable

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When something goes wrong with the appliances in your home, what do you do to fix them? Probably, you Google the problem. Then you dig out a manual or look one up online. If none of that helps, you might call the company who made the thing, and then spend an age on the phone trying to explain what’s gone wrong. But what if you didn’t have to explain — what if you could just show someone the problem, and have it explained to you? That’s the proposition from Israeli company TechSee, which is building a customer support platform using two of 2017’s most overused buzzwords: augmented reality and artificial intelligence. But, unlike a lot of firms getting on the AR/AI bandwagon, TechSee’s pr... Read More
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Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices

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Amazon announced today that it’s adding support for Spotify and SiriusXM to the multiroom audio feature on Echo devices, letting users synchronize music across multiple rooms. Amazon launched the multiroom audio feature earlier this year, supporting Amazon Music Unlimited, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Pandora. But now, as Amazon promised back in August, Spotify (and SiriusXM, if that was a deal-breaker for you) will work with multiroom playback, too. For now, Spotify is only available with multiroom audio on the Echo in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Ireland, while SiriusXM is only ... Read More
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The Best Rice Cooker

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We tested the Hamilton Beach 37508 2-to-8 cup Rice Cooker against our top pick as an option for smaller households. In our tests, the 37508 made good short-grain brown and long-grain white rice, but the rice was not as fluffy as our top pick’s. And this small cooker couldn’t yield good sushi rice. After three attempts using three different ratios, we got everything from undercooked to soggy and overblown. As for size, the smaller Hamilton Beach measures 10½″ tall and 8″ diameter, compared with our top pick at 10″ tall and 9″ diameter. The meager 6-square-inch size difference isn’t worth its sh... Read More
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eBay acquires Canadian ecommerce analytics platform Terapeak

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Online retail giant eBay has announced plans to acquire Terapeak, an online platform that helps eBay, Amazon, and Shopify sellers grow their online sales. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded out of Toronto, Canada, in 2002, Terapeak leverages data around supply, demand, and pricing to arm merchants with the right information to sell their goods. For example, sellers can know in advance what kinds of products are selling well, the optimum prices to charge, and what kinds of things the competition is doing. ... Read More
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David Bell takes a look at the rising trends in China’s growing retail market

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Published on Dec 12, 2017CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke to David Bell on the latest trends in China's retail market. Bell is a professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Category License Standard YouTube License De... Read More
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Jim Simons, the Numbers King

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A visit to a scientific-research center usually begins at a star professor’s laboratory that is abuzz with a dozen postdocs collaborating on various experiments. But when I recently toured the Flatiron Institute, which formally opened in September, in lower Manhattan, I was taken straight to a computer room. The only sound came from a susurrating climate-control system. I was surrounded by rows of black metal cages outfitted, from floor to ceiling, with black metal shelves filled with black server nodes: boxes with small, twinkling lights and protruding multicolored wires. Tags dangled from some of the wires, notes that the tech staff had written to themselves. I realized that I’d seen... Read More
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Lessons for Modern Life Found in Ancient Story of Hanukkah

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Religion Jewish Hanukkah Festival Hanukah We live in an amazing world. Technological advancements seen in the last 20 years have changed world dynamics. There is so much good will in the world, yet negativity exists as well. Initially, we begin our lives as selfish babies and only focus on ourselves. Our world starts off so self- absorbed that we are not able to reciprocate any thanks to those taking care of our every need. A goal in life is to evolve out of this egocentric state, and begin to focus on others. When we grow up in a world surrounded by instant gratification, it’s much harder to evolve into the person we are meant to be. We used to go to the ... Read More
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New law reinstates small drone registration in the US

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Back in December 2015, the FAA announced that drone owners had to register any device over 0.55 pounds. The new rule was actually championed by big tech companies like Amazon and Google, and by drone industry players like Intel and DJI. Sensible regulations, they argued, would pave the way for faster growth of the industry overall. But lots of consumers, especially veteran hobbyists who had decades of experience flying RC aircraft under their belt, were upset. One drone owner took the FAA to court, arguing that Congress had already decided the FAA had no jurisdiction over toy aircraft. In ... Read More
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Google slashes prices for its machine learning service as AWS steps up competition

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Google has massively cut prices for its managed cloud machine learning service just two weeks after AWS released a competing offering at its re:Invent user conference. The company has introduced massive price reductions for its Cloud Machine Learning Engine managed services. For example, customers using basic-tier compute for training a machine learning system will pay 43 percent less than they did earlier this year. Google also offered customers more clarity on what they’ll be paying for those jobs. Information of the price reductions wa... Read More
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China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

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Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China to do something that goes against Facebook’s founding principles — censor content. But the Chinese haven’t obliged. They saw no advantages in letting a foreign company dominate their technology industry. China also ... Read More
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Keeping smart-home devices secure

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People have fallen in love with smart-home speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home, but this technology can also raise privacy and security concerns that could expose personal data. CNET reporter Alfred Ng joins CBSN to discuss what people should consider before purchasing one of these devies.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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Gremlin launches to help companies stress test their apps

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There’s a new company in town that’s trying to make companies’ software better — by getting them to intentionally break it. Gremlin emerged from stealth today with the mission of making chaos engineering more accessible to companies around the globe. Chaos engineering practices emerged from high-scale internet companies like Amazon and Netflix that needed to know their systems could stand up to being put under massive amounts of load without breaking. To help with that, engineers put together systems that would stress systems in various ways, and hopefully help find where they might br... Read More
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Are you ready for an internet-connected Clapper?

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The team behind the Freewrite, a distraction-free, Wi-Fi-enabled typewriter, has come together again to launch a new product: the ClapBoss. It's essentially a New Age Clapper that works with IFTTT. It can handle up to six different actions, which you can trigger through a Morse Code-esque pattern of claps and pauses. So you could clap three times and have it turn on your TV, for instance. It launches on Kickstarter today and starts at $39; it'll eventually retail for $80. ClapBoss' design is more interesting than its big conc... Read More
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Amid Amazon competition, Westfield malls sold for $15.7B

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The owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion as shop retailers struggle to keep up with the move to online sites like Amazon. The companies said Tuesday that the cash and shares deal would create a company with 104 shopping centers in 13 countries, including two on Long Island, that bring in an estimated 1.2 billion visits a year. Unibail-Rodamco invests in commercial property, from malls to office space, mainly in mainland Europe. Westfield, which started off in Sydney in the 1950s, is known for its 35 upscale shopping centers in major metropolitan areas, particularly in the U.S. and Britain. Unibail-Rodamco SE said Tuesday that its offer value... Read More
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Samsung and Amazon will start streaming HDR10+ content tomorrow

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Samsung says it will start streaming videos in HDR10+ on its premium TVs in partnership with Amazon starting on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News. Samsung says it’s the first time HDR10+ content will be available through a streaming service. Around 100 TV shows and movies are available, including The Grand Tour and The Tick with more titles to be added. HDR10+ is available to those with Samsung’s QLED or UHD TVs and Amazon Prime Video. Samsung and Amazon announced the HDR10+ open standard for high dynamic range video ... Read More
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Jam City will make Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game

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Jam City has signed an agreement with Warner Bros.’ game division to make a mobile game dubbed Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a role-playing game based on the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling. The RPG will be set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where fans can choose their own path as a student at the school. The title is a big one for Los Angeles-based Jam City, which has begun to focus on big brands for its games as the $50 billion mobile game market becomes increasingly competitive. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment ... Read More
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Amazon Web Services opens second region in China

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Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of its second Chinese cloud region today, providing customers with another environment. It’s located in the Ningxia autonomous region in central China and — like other AWS regions — is made up of three separate Availability Zones, each made up of a collection of datacenters. Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. will operate the datacenters there, though it will provide many of the AWS services that are available in other regions. That arrangement mirrors the one that AWS has with Sinnet to operate its Beijing cloud region. China is a rapidly growing market fo... Read More
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AR isn’t a gimmick — it’s a savior for local retail

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3 ways that AR could save retail When new technology platforms emerge, traditional retail typically gets disrupted — and often in painful ways. Consumers generally benefit from the added convenience and cost reductions from e-commerce in the short-term. However, the dominance of companies like Amazon has resulted in many retailers and small businesses closing up shop and laying off employees. Fortunately, the next emerging tech platform, augmented reality (AR), could result in a resurgence of in-person retail shopping. I’ve interviewed several AR influencers who discuss how the technology can reverse the implosion of retail and incentivize customers to physically visit shopping locations. Reducing customer churn... Read More
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Long Island Merchants Urge Patrons To Shop Local For The Holidays

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Published on Dec 11, 2017With Chanukah starting Tuesday and Christmas in just two weeks, some stores are launching promotions to lure you in and keep you close. CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected... Read More
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The Shift: The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

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“I’m an investor in Gab,” wrote the user, who goes by the username @AnewThomasPaine. “I believe in the idea, but I’m disappointed in the platform.” In another message, he wrote: “I barely use it as there are few active users, and few essential features even after a year.”Gab, which claims to have more than 300,000 registered users, was supposed to be an alt-tech success story. The service attracted reams of att... Read More
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Beauty Products That Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers for $50 and Under

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Keep that smile looking sparkling with Flosstime, an automated floss dispenser that sticks directly onto your bathroom mirror, tile or wall. The dispenser lights up, making flossing easy any time of day or night, $36. Available at flosstime.com Say goodbye to shine with the MAC Pro Longer Powder/ Pressed that gives a velvety matte finish and up to 12 hours of coverage in any climate. The powder comes in three shades – Light Plus, Medium Plus and Dark. The powder is packaged in a limited edition sculptural hammered gold compact specially designed by sculptor/jewelry designer, Robert Lee Morris, $45. Available at ... Read More
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Amazon’s Alexa now has music alarms, just like your bedside radio

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Amazon today announced that Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo and Echo Plus can now be set to a specific song, playlist, podcast for alarms. Setting a music alarm is a bit like when you ask the smart speaker to play music, except you ask Alexa to “set an alarm” or “wake me up,” so now you can say “Alexa wake me up to ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ at 7 am”  or “Alexa, wake me up to BBC News on TuneIn at 6 am.” Music alarms can be set with Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music. Amazon Music customers can also preset alarms with music based on their mood, activity, or remembered song lyrics by saying “Alexa, wake me up to relaxing music at 7 am” or “Alexa, set an alarm a... Read More
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Amazon adds music alarms to Alexa

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Amazon announced today that Alexa has been updated to include support for music alarms. So instead of just asking Alexa to set an alarm for you, you’ll be able to request specific songs, playlists, artists, or genres to get you out of bed in the morning. The new feature supports a variety of music services to use as alarm tones, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. You’ll be able to request songs in the same way that you can for regular playback, meaning that requests as specific as “Alexa, wake me up at 7AM to Beyoncé,” or as vague as “Alexa, wake me up to ’80s music at 8AM” will all work. The new music alarm feature should be availa... Read More
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Gary Shapiro interview: CES 2018 will have 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet

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Gary Shapiro is the showman of the greatest technology show on Earth. As the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), he presides over CES, commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2018 is just around the corner, running from early press events starting on January 7 through January 12. The big tech trade show drew 184,498 people earlier this year, and Shapiro is planning for another record-breaking event in January. The show will likely have more than 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, though final numbers ... Read More
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

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Scan your eyes over Apple's just-published list of the year's most popular iPhone apps, and there's one notable omission: Shazam.In fact, it's been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store's top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is "combining" its business with that of the smaller London company? It has not revealed the price it is paying, but the sum is rumoured to be as much as $400m (£299m), ... Read More
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In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

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Enlarge this image A Lyft driver places a company emblem on his dashboard Jan. 31, in San Francisco. Lyft announced it's offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Lyft hide caption ... Read More
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You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here’s How to Stop It

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"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months ago. On a Mac. In Palo Alto. At night. I knew this because I was running the email tracking service Streak, which notified me as soon as my message had been opened. It told me where, when, and on what kind of device it was read. With Streak enabled, I felt like an inside trader whenever I glanced at my inbox, privy to details that gave me maybe a little too much information. And I certainly wasn’t alone. There are some ... Read More
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The Best Everyday Dog Leash

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You can find an enormous number of leashes out there, many with extras such as retractable bungee sections, attached flashlights, and treat-storage bags. But in our interviews with multiple experts, we heard the same thing again and again: Ease of use and simplicity are key. “I see people come in with these leashes with all these bells and whistles, but many of those features actually cause problems,” said Shelley Smith of the San Francisco SPCA. A treat bag on your leash will bounce around and get in the way, whereas a fanny pack will hold more and be more stable, and a dangling flashlight can knock into both you and your pooch and won’t be as bright as one you carry yourself. Ellie Sadler of San Francisco Animal Care &... Read More
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The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum

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Dyson also sells a V7 Absolute, which has all the tools of the V8 Absolute, with the same battery life and suction as our main pick. A few variants of the V8 are available, too, including the V8 Animal (without the soft-fiber brush roll) and the brand-new, exceptionally expensive V8 Carbon Fiber with even more suction on Max mode. If any of those variants seem appealing to you, go ahead and grab the... Read More
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What hardware investors want to see in 2018 (and what they don’t)

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As hardware startup investors, we spend a good part of our lives looking at hardware projects and predicting winners and losers. Naturally, we’d like to see more entrepreneurs in the “winners” pile. So for anyone working on a hardware product, here’s our best advice on what types of projects are worth attempting in 2018 and what types you’d be better off avoiding — if you’re hoping to get funded, that is. 1. What will be hot RaaS (Robot-as-a-service)! Some of these startups might grow as franchises, which would help them expand across multiple cities like Uber. Robots that we never see or get scared by — in other words, robots that do dirty, dull, or dangerous jobs... Read More
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The OnePlus 5T is unable to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video in HD

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The OnePlus 5T is unable to stream content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies, and other video services in high-definition, despite its HD-capable display and powerful hardware. The deficiency was noted in a thread on the OnePlus forums and points to lack of support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, which many services require for HD streaming. The 5... Read More
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Herbs From the Underground

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People who find it weird to eat food grown in a basement have no reason to worry, said Neil Mattson, associate professor and greenhouse extension specialist at Cornell University. “There is nothing icky about it. Plants don’t care whether they get light from the sun or the lamps. It’s the same thing.”Matthew Hyland, the chef and owner of Pizza Loves Emily, a client of Farm.One, agreed. “A hydroponic garden in general is an amazing thing,” he said. “It’s lit nicely; i... Read More
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Should you say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to your Amazon Echo or Google Home?

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When you’re asking a digital assistant to do something for you, do you say “please?” How about “thank you?” It’s a question that’s been on my mind for a while, ever since I set up some smart lights in my apartment and started using Siri to turn them on and off. Demanding that my phone turn on and off the lights started feeling weird to say aloud, which got me to wondering: was I being rude to my smartphone? To be clear, this isn’t some kind of “Be nice to Alexa or the robots will kill you during the inevitable uprising” thing. I know very well that Siri and Cortana are just a bundle of voice recognition software and algorithms, and that they’ll work just as well if I ask them to “Tel... Read More
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Why the best approach to voice marketing might be nothing at all

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Seemingly overnight, capable voice recognition joined forces with artificial intelligence and machine learning to push voice-enabled experiences to the forefront of business thinking. But before brands leap into the fray, they need to recognize where and when to invest in the new technology. For some, that means investing elsewhere, for now. To see why, let’s start with the most common brand investment in voice these days: an Alexa skill. Some brands have received tremendous PR value out of them, and others have provided great customer experiences. But should you go there? The answer is yes—eventually. But before do... Read More
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Top-selling handgun safe can be remotely opened in seconds—no PIN needed

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EnlargeTwo Sixes Labs One of Amazon's top-selling electronic gun safes contains a critical vulnerability that allows it to be opened by virtually anyone, even when they don't know the password. The Vaultek VT20i handgun safe, ranked fourth in Amazon's gun safes and cabinets category, allows owners to electronically open the door using a B... Read More
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Here’s Why Net Neutrality Matters

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Net neutrality is likely going to be repealed by the FCC. Here's why that could be a big problem for anyone who pays a cable or wireless carrier bill. Following is a transcript of the video.Steve Kovach: The FCC is getting ready to repeal net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015. Net neutrality is the concept that all traffic on the internet should be treated the same. That means your internet provider can't suddenly decide to slow down YouTube or Netflix because they're not paying enough.It also means they can't charge you more to access certain services. Everything has to be a level playing field. It means prices are stable and you get the content you want no matter who your intern... Read More
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Apple’s Shazam steal is all about Siri

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Apple wants to buy Shazam, we learned on Friday. The popular app can identify music, movies, TV shows, and even ads after listening to a short sample of the content in question using your device’s microphone. I suspect Apple wants to integrate this technology further into its devices, and in particular, into Siri. TechCrunch broke the news, revealing that the deal could be announced as soon as on Monday. Reuters cited its own source regarding the deal and so... Read More
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Amazon’s limited Echo expansion hints at Alexa localization plans

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Amazon dropped something of a curve ball on Friday when it announced that its voice-enabled Amazon Echo smart speakers are now officially available to purchase in more than 80 new markets around the world. Up until now, you could only (officially) procure the speakers in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, and India. So the news represents a huge expansion for Amazon, its Alexa digital assistant, and, of course, the Echo devices themselves. However, there was a major caveat to this expansion: digging down into the fine print revealed that Amazon Echo will only “be... Read More
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Andy Rubin returns to Essential after leave of absence

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Weeks after taking a leave of absence from Essential, CEO Andy Rubin has returned to work, according to Recode. Rubin took leave from his company in late November following a report in The Information about an “inappropriate relationship” prior to his departure from Google. A spokesperson for Rubin... Read More
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The week’s best tech deals include Amazon Echo, iPhone X, and DJI Spark discounts

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We’re nine days into December and there’s still Black Friday deals that you can find online, including the new Amazon Echo, Google Home and Xbox One S console. Tomorrow, Amaz... Read More
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New trailers: Black Mirror, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and more

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I've never really been able to do the whole laughing at bad movies thing. I realize this is a little bit like saying "I don't enjoy fun," but I don't know, I've mostly just found the movies to be bad in a boring kind of way. Point is, I'm not a huge fan of The Room. But I went to see The Disaster Artist anyway last week because it looked too fun to pass up. It really is a nice movie — and I think it succeeds largely thanks to one very smart decision: it never looks down on Tommy Wiseau. Even when Wiseau is being unreasonable and kind of a jerk, he's still made out to be worthy of admiration for putting himself out there in order to live his dream. It's a nice ... Read More
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How to Rip the Mics Out of Your MacBook and iPhone

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Any self-respecting paranoiac long ago taped over the webcam on their laptop—and for good measure, the cameras on their smartphone too. But for those truly concerned that their computers have been hacked and turned into spy tools, the microphones on those devices represent just as much of a security threat as the cameras. They would allow a hacked gadget to bug an entire room. The good news for the targets of highly sophisticated cyberspies? There’s a practical fix for that audio espionage problem. The bad news: It requires some surgery. No software setting can turn off a microphone such that ... Read More
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Extreme Security Measures for the Extra Paranoid

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You've covered the basics. You've checked off the more-than-basics. But you still can't fight a nagging feeling that it's not quite enough. At a certain point, if a nation-state wants to compromise your devices or your privacy badly enough, it's going to find a way. You can at least make it harder for them. Here are a few measures designed to do just that. The Air Gap Up There The best way not to get your computer hacked? Don't connect it to any other computer, a practice known as air-gapping. In a world where practically every machine connects to the internet, that’s not easy. But for ultra-sensitive files and tasks—... Read More
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Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

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Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game. Some go further and entertain fans by dancing or by doing a series of suggestive exercises, like squats, to tempt people to subscribe to their channel or to hand over Twitch's micro-currency - bits.Dubbed "booby streamers" these young women have been a feature of Twitch for years but their numbers have... Read More
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Amazon Echo expands to 28 more countries

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The Amazon Echo is coming to 28 more countries and so is Amazon’s music streaming service, the company announced today. The service is called Amazon Music Unlimited, and it offers a little over 40 million songs and thousands of playlists and stations. The countries that the service and Amazon Echo are now coming to include Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and more. Commands like “Alexa, play music” work on voice assistant-enabled devices, and Alexa can generate pers... Read More
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Intelligent automation for the Modern Software Factory

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In the digital era, users expect constant innovation. At CA Technologies, that’s what we aim to deliver. As such, I wanted to explain the impact our latest release, CA Automic v12.1, will have on your Modern Software Factory (MSF). Version 12.1 has two major themes: Intelligent automation and the Modern Software Factory. On our CA Automic blog, we’ve covered intelligent automation in depth. Here, I wanted to explain how our automation capabilities have been further enhanced to provide the backbone of your MSF, and enable incredible new ways of delivering improved customer experiences quickly, efficiently ... Read More
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AWS’s free single sign-on launch shows expanisonist tendencies in SaaS market

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Amazon Web Services quietly planted another stake in the workplace software-as-a-service market last night with the launch of a new single sign-on offering. It’s a free service that lets companies provide their employees with a single set of credentials for logging into a variety of different applications. While AWS made its name as a cloud provider by providing companies with elastic infrastructure and platforms for running their applications in the tech titan’s datacenters, it has shown an increasing interest in providing tools to help customers improve employee productivity. This single sign-on service offers ... Read More
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Spotify and China’s Tencent invest in each other as part of ‘strategic collaboration’

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Spotify and Chinese tech titan Tencent are investing in each other’s music-streaming services as part of what Tencent president Martin Lau calls a “strategic collaboration.” The reciprocal agreement between Spotify, Tencent, and the latter’s subsidiary Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) seeks to boost the companies’ respective prospects for growth in key markets around the world. China remains notably absent from Spotify’s international roster, and as the Swedish company prepares to go public in 2018, this deal could open doors that were previously closed. TME is a major digita... Read More
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One U-2 squadron wants to be the Silicon Valley of the Air Force

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BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The U-2 is one of the Air Force’s oldest aircraft, having been flown since the 1950s, but Beale Air Force Base’s 99th Reconnaissance Squadron isn’t waiting for the Pentagon to improve the venerable spy plane. Instead, the squadron’s pilots, maintainers and mission planners have taken procurement into their own hands, and regularly chat with Silicon Valley companies about new commercial technologies that can make them more informed and effective. ... Read More
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The Best Nursing Bras

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Seamless The Cake Lingerie Rock Candy (S to XL accommodates 32B to 42F) offers double-knit yarn for strength and support, nonslip straps, and body-mapped strength panels combined with soft cup areas. But our seamless pick has features—like a higher neckline for larger busts and an extra-supportive racerback—that give it the edge over this bra. Testers liked the Ingrid & Isabel Seamless Drop Cup Back Clasp (S to XL, ac... Read More
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Vergecast: ARM-powered PCs, Amazon vs. Google, and CryptoKitties

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This week, Dieter Bohn runs the show with Paul Miller and Natt Garun, and it's been a wild week of news. Amazon and Google are basically feuding right now: Google is pulling YouTube from the FireTV so the podcast trio ponders what this frightening predicament means for the streaming and the open web. Also, Microsoft launched some ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs, so you bet these tech luminaries are going to talk about it. There’s lots more in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment (say it with me) “Color me surprised,” so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 05:00 - ... Read More
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

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Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires a much more laborious process. One that, even with the aid of sophisticated statistics, scientists still struggle over. It’s exactly the kind of problem that makes sense to outsource to artificial intelligence. On Monday, ... Read More
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Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 new markets in Europe and Latin America

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A little more than a year after launching in the U.S., Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music Unlimited on-demand music streaming service is arriving in 28 new markets from today. The ecommerce giant first introduced its Spotify competitor to its domestic market in October last year, with four core plans: $4/ month for access on a single Echo device; a discounted $8/month for access on any compatible device with a Prime subscription; and $10/month for everyo... Read More