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Roam free: A history of open-world gaming

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reader comments 0 Share this story Open-world video games bear the impossible promise—offering compelling, enjoyable open-endedness and freedom within the constraints of what is, by necessity of the medium, an extremely limited set of possible actions. These games provide a list of (predominantly violent) verbs that’s minuscule in comparison to the options you would face in identical real-life situations. Yet, we can’t get enough of them. In spite of their many obvious failings or limitations, we’ve been losing ourselves within open worlds for some 30-odd years. Today, nearly every big release is set in an open world. We delight in their unspoken possibility and shrug at their quirks. Those quirks, by the way, are not merely a consequence of current technology. The …

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Saruhan Hatipoglu discusses AIIB membership expansion

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More countries in the Americas see the investment power of the AIIB for infrastructure projects. For more insight on this exponential growth, CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Saruhan Hatipoglu, the CEO of BERI, the Business Environment Risk Intelligence group, and a CGTN Global Economics Analyst.

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Charter promises Trump a broadband push, but no extra Internet connections

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Enlarge / President Donald Trump and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. White House reader comments 3 Share this story Charter CEO Tom Rutledge met with President Donald Trump today, and he made a splashy promise to “invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years.” But Charter, the second biggest US cable company after Comcast, was already planning broadband expansions during the Obama administration. When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks 10 months ago, it agreed to a merger condition requiring it to bring 60Mbps download speeds to an additional two million customer locations. The spending Charter promised Trump today won’t guarantee broadband access for any additional customers beyond what the company already committed to during the …

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Debrief: Circular thoughts with James Hayward

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When last we Debriefed Applied DNA Sciences CEO James Hayward, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication company was forming a promising partnership with a national law-enforcement/security training organization and inching a toe into the Scandinavian auto theft prevention-and-recovery market. This week, as the biotech partners with textile manufacturer Loftex Home to launch the hot new CertainT platform, Hayward reports big gains in those maturing verticals and progress by Applied DNA’s all-star advisory board – two big parts of a master plan to reverse a string of subpar quarterly financials. The doctor’s orders: Major-league roster: We have brought on Bob Catell from KeySpan and National Grid, and Mehmood Khan from PepsiCo., and most recently Ray Kelly. Their experience really goes beyond …

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NASSAU DEMOCRATS VOTE AGAINST FUNDING FOR VITAL NITROGEN REMOVAL EQUIPMENT

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Nassau County Legislators Denise Ford and Steve Rhoads are calling upon Democrat Legislators to stop their attempt to block County efforts to clean up our environment.  In a shocking disconnect with elected officials and environmental organizations throughout New York State, the Democratic minority on the Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature Monday voted against two public works contracts aimed at cleaning up our air and waterways. The Democrat legislators voted “no” on a contract to provide $19 million in Aeration Tank process modifications at the Bay Park Sewer Treatment Plant. These modifications, which would be 100% reimbursed by FEMA upon completion, are needed to replace and upgrade nitrogen removal equipment damaged during Superstorm Sandy.  Excess nitrogen being discharged into Reynolds …

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Trump has approved the Keystone XL pipeline, as promised

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Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don’t the Rest of Us?

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In late 2010, Steve Jobs told New York Times journalist Nick Bilton that his children had never used the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use in the home.” Bilton discovered that other tech giants imposed similar restrictions. Chris Anderson, the former editor of WIRED, enforced strict time limits on every device in his home, “because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” His five children were never allowed to use screens in their bedrooms. Evan Williams, a founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, bought hundreds of books for his two young sons, but refused to give them an iPad. And Lesley Gold, the founder of an analytics company, imposed a strict no-screen-time-during-the-week rule on her kids. …

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Selling Cars the Way People Shop for Them

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Today’s shoppers expect a connected retail workflow that starts at their personal digital device and ends in a dealership environment, prepped and ready to meet their needs. They expect the sales team in the showroom to continue the conversation started online and to use technology to do it. Skeptical? Don’t be. Consider that according to Cox Automotive’s 2017 Buyer’s Journey, 60 percent of the time spend shopping for a car is indeed spent on the Internet – and the number of dealerships visited by shopper is down to around two. You get the picture. More time online, fewer dealerships = a consumer that knows what they want. But why does meeting those expectations begin with technology? Because workflow solutions that …

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What’s Wrong with Me?

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Online, I found a welcoming sick ward of fellow-sufferers, and I started to live there.CreditIllustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.” One way to tell the story is to say that I was ill for a long time—at least half a dozen years—before any doctor I saw believed I had a disease. Another is to say that it took hold in 2009, the stressful year after my mother died, when a debilitating fatigue overcame me, my lymph nodes ached for months, and a test suggested that …

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GameStop retail stores saw 13 percent revenue drop in the fourth quarter

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GameStop said that revenues for its fourth quarter ended January 28 dropped 13.6 percent to $3.05 billion, while net income was down 18 percent to $208.7 million. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $243.8 million, down 3 percent from a year ago. Those earnings were below analysts’ expectations. The world’s biggest game retail store operator said that overall video game sales were weak, particularly as the consoles show their age. But non-gaming businesses helped stabilize the company’s financial picture. GameStop’s fourth quarter GAAP net earnings were $208.7 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $247.8 million, or $2.36 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. Paul Raines, chief executive officer, said in a statement, “GameStop’s transformation continued …

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Zeldin cosponsors bipartisan legislation to fund Long Island Sound programs

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U.S. Senators from New York and Connecticut together with the co-chairs of the House Long Island Sound Caucus today introduced legislation to continue funding for Long Island Sound water quality and shore restoration programs. The bipartisan, two-house bill, the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, would combine two complementary water quality and shore restoration program authorizations at their previous authorization levels of $40 million and $25 million per year through 2020, respectively, the legislators said in a joint press release. The legislation provides for additional focus, oversight and coordination of federal activities related to the restoration of Long Island Sound, according to the release. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who co-chairs the House Long Island Sound Caucus with Democratic Connecticut …

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Deadly bat fungus has been found in Texas for the first time

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The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular form of alternative-energy generation. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Several Long Island anglers, for instance, have thrown their lines into a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management, aimed at stopping wind-farm developments off the New York and New Jersey coasts. Despite the rough seas, Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology …

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At AERTC, expansion (maybe) and the winds of war

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. “The good news is, we’re out of space,” Catell told Innovate LI. “The bad news is, we’re out of space.” While those eight tenants are at various points on the commercialization spectrum, most are not extremely close to commercial independence – and certainly, none are especially eager to …

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Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it

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Enlarge Christiaan Colen reader comments 9 Share this story In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that the measure remains missing on the vast majority of Android phones and is easily defeated on the relatively small number of devices that do support it. Like all Wi-Fi-enabled devices, smartphones are constantly scanning their surroundings for available access points, and with each probe, they send a MAC—short for media access control—address associated with the handset. Throughout most of the history of Wi-Fi, the free exchange of …

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JC Penney store closings latest sign that ecommerce may finally be devastating brick-and-mortar retail

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This week J.C. Penney released details of its plans to shutter 138 stores out of 1,014 locations, and to cut 5,000 retail jobs. That is part of the ongoing reinvention of a company that seemed to be on the verge of collapse just a few years ago. The company says physical stores remain vital to its business, allowing it to let customers order online and pickup at a store. But what’s clear is that the company, now profitable again, is going to make to with a let less physical locations. And J.C. Penney is not alone. Despite the success of a company like Apple in retail, or the experimental stores of Amazon, the fact remains that physical retail in the …

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NASA developing laser tech for high-speed space internet

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NASA is developing a space-based internet system using laser technology to enable higher data rates for communications between astronauts, spacecraft and Earth. The interplanetary system, named the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD), encodes data into beams of light which can be transmitted through space. The agency has pegged the new solution as the ‘high-speed internet of the sky.’ A NASA blog post claimed that the data can be transferred at gigabits per second, 10 to 100 times faster than radio-frequency (RF) systems, which have been used for spacecraft communications since the 1950s. The equipment is also considerably smaller and more light-weight than previous solutions. Following a prototype launch in the summer of 2019, the first LCRD system is expected to …

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The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

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Tom Steyer isn’t your average California tree hugger. The former hedge fund manager—number 1,121 on Forbes’ wealthiest people list, with $1.61 billion—was once best known for turning $15 million into $30 billion in about two decades. But then he went hiking. Steyer and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spent a day trudging through the Adirondacks. Not long after, Steyer parted ways with the leadership of his company and his oil and gas investments, began to fight the Keystone XL pipeline, and then reinvented himself as a one-man superfund for climate causes. His organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy. It’s an uphill battle. …

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Myanmar dam project raises environmental concerns

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A commission set up by Myanmar’s government is due to report on a controversial dam project that has been suspended for several years. There are fears the Myitsone Dam in northern Kachin State will damage the environment and not actually provide power to the people. Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Kachin State. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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It’s time to ditch your innovation lab

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A half decade into Corporate America’s love affair with innovation, it’s time to admit it’s not working. Innovation labs have become vehicles for marketing, not innovation. Dubbed “hipster money pits,” labs can torpedo morale (only the cool kids get to take part) and sap resources. No wonder Nordstrom downsized its innovation lab two years ago. Ad agency Ogilvy closed Ogilvy Labs last summer. Many others have abandoned theirs, too: Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Lab (shut down in 2014), Disney’s research lab (shut down in 2016), Turner’s Media Camp (shut down in 2014), Coca-Cola’s Founders Initiative (shut down in 2016), The New York Times’ R&D Ventures (shut down in 2013), and Adecco’s Ignite Lab (shut down in 2016). Why? Let’s start with the name. A lab is a …

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Can Sears Survive? Maybe Not, Company Admits In Financial Filings

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Enlarge this image Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares tumbled more than 12 percent Wednesday. Above, the department store’s location in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood today. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption toggle caption Bebeto Matthews/AP Sears used to be the titan of American retailing. But now its future is in doubt. Shares of the company’s stock tumbled 12 percent today after the company acknowledged Tuesday in its annual 10-K filing that its future viability is not a sure thing. A 10-K is a report that public companies file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, giving a comprehensive summary of the company’s financial performance. …

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AI is already driving the future of connected cars

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In 2017, we are at the dawn of the third great revolution in end-user devices. First came the PC in the 1990s with Windows, and then arrived the smartphone in 2006 with the iPhone. Now, we are on the cusp of the next big shift in end-user experience: the automobile. This shift is shaping up to be more significant than the previous two because it marks a digital path to understanding the physical world. The automotive business will grow and change dramatically over the next 5 to 15 years, with 2017 setting the stage for that growth. Gartner forecasts a market of 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020. Much of that growth will be new data services and new offerings, …

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Neil Gorsuch Makes the Case for His Own Independence

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Judge Neil Gorsuch addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX FOR THE NEW YORKER The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch has been an endurance event. On Tuesday, Charles Grassley, the eighty-three-year-old chair of the Judiciary Committee, planned out a ten-hour hearing and then sat through it, measuring out precise ten-minute breaks. (“That means we’ll reconvene at 3:31,” he said at one point.) Gorsuch, who is forty-nine, with trim white hair, wore a blue shirt and a purple tie, and followed custom by declining to comment on any topic that might theoretically appear before the Court. But, during the day, hints of Gorsuch’s personality appeared. He is a familiar …

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Save the seas: Greenpeace campaigns to protect Chilean marine life

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Save the seas: Greenpeace campaigns to protect Chilean marine life. Greenpeace has staged a flash demonstration on the southernmost tip of South America. It’s part of a new campaign to protect the seas off Chile. Salmon farming and mining are damaging the delicate environment. Al Jazeera’s Latin America editor Lucia Newman joined the group on its voyage through the Magellan Strait. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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SCHUMER: Brookhaven National Lab Decimated by White House Budget; $3 Billion in Cuts Threatens Great Research & Nearly 3,000 Jobs; Reckless Cuts Endanger the Work of National Lab—and Jobs & Companies of the Future for LI; Senator Vows to Fight Tooth & Nail to Protect Funding

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NEW YORK – Standing at Brookhaven National Lab, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that the just-released White House budget decimates the nation’s national labs, including BNL, a world-renowned lab responsible for innovation, research and nearly 3,000 LI jobs. Schumer sounded the alarm and expressed serious concerns over a proposal to cut $900 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds national laboratories, like Brookhaven, and $2 billion from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the nuclear energy office, the energy reliability office, as well as the fossil energy research office. “This major Department of Energy budget cut is a cut to our future, a cut to our knowledge, a cut to …

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Netflix’s new Los Gatos campus is made of self-tinting smart glass for optimal lighting

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Netflix’s Los Gatos employees will soon be working behind so-called “smart glass,” as the developers behind its newly built campus have enlisted the services of View to ensure workers can enjoy a bright and airy environment. In a nutshell, View’s Dynamic Glass serves to maximize the amount of natural light that enters a building, while also reducing the glare and energy usage from lighting and air-conditioning through automatically “tinting” in response to the conditions. The smart glass can also be controlled manually from a mobile device, or from wall-mounted switches, and negates the need for blinds that may obstruct the view outside. Founded in 2007, View has raised more than $500 million in equity funding, including a $100 million round back in 2014 and …

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Why More Farmers are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

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Enlarge this image Cows graze at Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it’s better for the environment and the animals. But there’s another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable. Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery Though he didn’t come from a farming family, from a young age Tim Joseph was fascinated by the idea of living off the land. Reading magazines like The Stockman Grass Farmer and Graze, he “got hooked on the idea of grass-fed agriculture — that all energy and wealth comes from the sun,” he explains, “and the shorter the distance between the sun …

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Health care battle a bellwether for politics over tax reform?

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Published on Mar 22, 2017 EY U.S. Chairman Steve Howe on Republican plans to achieve tax reform and the state of the U.S. business environment. Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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You Bought That Gadget, and Dammit, You Should Be Able to Fix It

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Michael Oberdick owns two small gadget repair shops in northwestern Ohio. He and his technicians spend their days at iOutlet replacing busted screens, repairing battered motherboards, and generally making life easier for people who’ve done something stupid with their gadgets. He found this job far easier just five years ago, when he started repairing phones for friends. Back then, anyone with basic tools, a little patience, and an instruction manual could fix just about anything. But these days, performing all but the most basic repairs requires specialized tools and knowledge that companies like Apple and Samsung guard jealously. That makes it hard for people like Oberdick to earn a living, and for people like you to repair your phone when you drop it. And that …

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Who has the power to stop massive, IoT-fuelled botnet attacks? All of us

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Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo, asks whether there are enough incentives for consumers to be concerned about the security of their IoT devices… For customers purchasing Internet of Things (IoT) devices – a group that either includes or will include just about every one of us soon enough – it’s easy to get excited about the idea of smart light bulbs, speakers, thermostats, power outlets, and a host of other convenient, connected hardware the market offers. The chief selling point of most IoT devices is their functionality and simplicity, enabling us to control or track everything in our lives with our voices or our phones. Affordability is also a key driver of sales for many of these connected gadgets, which …

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Mythic raises $8.8 million to put AI on a chip

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While there’s no shortage of hype surrounding artificial intelligence, there’s also no shortage of companies seeking to harness its potential. Mythic is one of them, and it claims to be taking a different approach than the others. The Austin, Texas-based startup wants to move away from the cloud and a dependence on network connections by putting AI-on-a-chip inside smart devices like security cameras and health wearables. DFJ believes in the potential of this approach to AI and led an $8.8 million round that was announced today. The startup has developed both software and microchips to make its AI smarter and faster. Today, artificial neural networks need big server racks powered by graphics processing units (GPUs) to handle complex algorithms. Mythic …

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Drone-hunting machines aim to counter aerial threats

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(Reuters) – The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit. The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net to capture it, and then carried the rogue drone back to its base like a bald eagle with a kill. Airspace is among some 70 companies working on counter-drone systems as small consumer and commercial drones proliferate. But unlike others, it aims to catch drones instead of disabling them or shooting them down. A demonstration at Airspace headquarters in San Leandro, California, showed a compact aircraft just a few feet wide, …

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Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

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Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of themselves that, in turn, made more copies. The replicating chains were caught in oily bubbles, which protected them and made replication easier; eventually, they began to venture out into the open sea. A new level of order had been achieved on Earth. Life had begun. The tree of life grew, its branches stretching toward complexity. Organisms developed systems, subsystems, and sub-subsystems, layered in ever-deepening regression. They used these systems to anticipate their future and to change it. When they looked within, …

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

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Enlarge this image Researchers at the Coast Guard’s Joint Maritime Test Facility on Little Sand Island, in Mobile Bayoff the Alabama coast, fit the Flame Refluxer with coils for a test burn. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption toggle caption Debbie Elliott/NPR On a cold and windy day off the coast of Alabama, a team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts gathers, conducting the first test outside a laboratory for a potential new solution to a challenging problem: cleaning oil spills from water. The invention, the Flame Refluxer, is “very simple,” says Ali Rangwala, a professor of fire protection engineering: Imagine a giant Brillo pad of copper wool sandwiched between layers of copper screen, with springy copper coils attached to …

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Scientists study how germs act in zero gravity

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Microorganisms thrive in the low-stress environment of microgravity. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/67940/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Watch a Guardian ignore Link to fight a Stone Talus in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo created an incredible playground for you to explore and experiment in with its latest Zelda. And sometimes the best way to evade bullies on a playground is to get them to fight each other. The easiest way to describe The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is “I didn’t know you could do that.” The open-world adventure debuted March 3 for Switch and Wii U, and players are still discovering new things that are possible, and these are appearing daily. For example, did you know that you can get some of the larger enemies to fight one another. Let’s say you’re running from one of the horrifying Guardian machines and you stumble into the den of the Stone Talus …

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After some bumbling, a bee buzzes onto the endangered species list

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Coming This Spring to C.I.A. All-Access, Sponsored by Samsung

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CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC SCHWORTZ / GETTY Things can get really boring here at the Company, but all-new footage of hacked Americans is the perfect way to break up the monotony of everyday spy work. Here’s a list of fresh new faces coming soon to our database, C.I.A. All-Access: David BuckleyAvailable March 22nd This sad sack from Cleveland just bought a brand-new Samsung TV during a Presidents’ Day sale, so now we have access to his entire life, the majority of which is spent directly in front of the television! Single at the tender age of thirty-one, he’s a working man on a mission to find love. David watches “Shark Tank” every night around 10 P.M., so tune in then to …

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ARM’s DynamIQ processor architecture is oriented at AI

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ARM has revealed a new micro-architecture called DynamIQ, aimed at industry-scale artificial intelligence computing tasks, and addressing the legacy needs of manufacturers and providers who need to make saleable resources out of a wide range of existing CPU frameworks. The company believes that the introduction of DynamIQ represents a ‘monumental shift’ in the evolution of multi-core microarchitecture, and for the possibilities it brings to ARM’s Cortex-A processor offerings. DynamIQ offers a new core schema that permits variegated CPUs to co-exist in memory subsystem, which it claims improves latency and responsiveness for active applications in a multi-platform environment. The new framework, as would be expected from this particular company, has fine-grained power management tools to help applications run in the most …

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The Sad, Unnatural Habitats of Polar Bears in Captivity

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Polar bears are magnificent apex predators that spend most of their lives roaming the sea ice of the Arctic, where they hunt for seals. Everything about them evolved to suit living in one of the harshest environments on Earth. All of which makes it more than a little sad to see them in a zoo, where they too often live in small enclosures, swim in lukewarm pools, and dine on anything but blubber. “Combined with artificial habitats and props, the bears look very awkward,” says Shen Wen Lo, who spent a year photographing polar bear exhibits throughout Europe and China for White Bear. “It’s a forced reality.” This is true of all zoo animals, but Wen Lo thought polar bears …

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Should investors look overseas for value?

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Published on Mar 21, 2017 Chiron Investment Management Co-Founder Enrico Gaglioti and Chiron Investment Management CIO Ryan Caldwell on the areas of opportunity for investors, the firm’s unique investment strategy and the political environment’s impact on the markets. Category License Standard YouTube License

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DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization

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Enlarge Floyd Wilde reader comments 3 Share this story Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a mechanism by which HTML5 video providers can discover and enable DRM providers offered by a browser, has taken the next step on its contentious road to standardization. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body that oversees most Web-related specifications, has moved the EME specification to the Proposed Recommendation stage. The next and final stage is for the W3C’s Advisory Committee to review the proposal. If it passes review, the proposal will be blessed as a full W3C Recommendation. Ever since W3C decided to start working on a DRM proposal, there have been complaints from those who oppose DRM on principle. The work has continued …

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Kidoz content-discovery network jumps from 1 million to 50 million users in a year

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Kidoz, a network for kids to discover content, has grown in the past year from 1 million monthly active users to 50 million. That is astounding growth for the Netanya, Israel-based company. Kidoz started out as a closed platform, providing apps in a protected environment for kids on smartphones that complied with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act, which limits communication in apps for children under 13. Kidoz locks a smartphone so that a child can only play within the Kidoz browser, which has content only for kids. In January 2016, Kidoz opened the network of games, videos, and other apps to third-party kids app developers. By using the Kidoz software development kit, the developers can generate revenue for their …

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is EA’s Godfather III

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Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games ever. But as 2017 rages on with one hit after another, I’m not sure BioWare’s sci-fi epic would hang anymore. And that’s a problem for the studio’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest entry in the series out March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, because it is no Mass Effect 2. What you’ll like Fun combat Andromeda takes Mass Effect and its conceits to a new galaxy. You leave Commander Shepherd, the hero who ended the last trilogy as a mythological savior (and a band of hot aliens) behind in the Milky Way. After 600 years of travel in cryostasis, your character — you choose either the male or …

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PlayFab taps IBM’s Watson AI to understand why gamers keep playing

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IBM and PlayFab are teaming up to deliver better insights about gamers based on analysis from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. Seattle-based PlayFab provides backend services for connected games on mobile devices and PCs. It provides things game developers need to run their games — like player data storage, player relationship management, tournaments, in-game commerce, and leaderboards. IBM will take that data, crunch it, and come up with insights that help developers run their games better. It’s a new way for IBM to participate in what market researcher Newzoo says is a $91 billion market. PlayFab, founded in 2014, already has more than 600 live games, with 45 million players and 2.9 billion game sessions. Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch launched …

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A physician’s open letter to health tech startups

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Physicians across America feel that we were either left off the guest list or have been invited late to the party, too late to change things. We’d like to receive an invitation from you — the developers of digital healthcare tools — early in the development process. We want to help you help us help people. With the rise of chronic disease and the need for continuous connected care, time is of the essence. We’d like to be a part of the innovation process that will transform how we practice medicine. While many new technologies work well after the period of adaptation, leaving end-users (physicians) out of the product development process leads to unanticipated problems such as unintuitive and frustrating …

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Our new (mixed) reality: Early adopters have become HoloLens believers at work

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Enlarge / Increasingly, businesses are adding this ol’ thing to their workflow. Luka Kojima St-Laurent / Finger Food reader comments 78 Share this story It’s been roughly two years since Microsoft unveiled its augmented/mixed reality (AR/MR) HoloLens headset and about one year since the first publicly available dev kits went on sale. But ever since launching this impressive piece of tech, Microsoft has instead seemed content with letting Virtual Reality (VR) take the limelight. Take its recent Creators Update presentation in October as an example. Microsoft revealed tons of upcoming 3D functionality to benefit both VR and AR, but the headlines came when the company announced hardware OEMs like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer would be making VR headsets of …

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How V2X technology will change how you drive

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Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology has been proving its merits in one field test after another for nearly 10 years, but recently the technology has started to take-off. What was the pivotal moment for V2X? Some experts might say it was when Tesla launched its innovative ‘Autopilot’ feature in 2014 because it signaled that autonomous driving was on the horizon. Others might say the seminal moment came last year when the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy and when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) followed that policy by issuing a proposed rule “that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet.” The NHTSA’s proposed rule creates a mandate for …

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WebVR isn’t sexy, but it will change the game for VR this year

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Events have taken a dramatic turn since I published an article last September on how WebVR, the JavaScript API that allows immersive VR experiences to be played straight from your web browser, will make virtual reality massively available. Back then the only big player that was generating some appreciable degree of buzz was the pioneer itself, Mozilla, with their WebVR open source library, A-Frame. But in the past several months news began to roll out from the likes of Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Oculus, each giant announcing advances in powering up their browsers with WebVR. “We are now capable of creating VR content that is available on the most widespread medium in existence by simply sharing a URL,” Diego Gonzalez, …

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Blackstorm Labs seizes the HTML5 instant games opportunity

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Facebook opened up a new gaming platform with Instant Games for Messenger in November. And Blackstorm Labs seized the chance to launch its own HTML5-based title called EverWing. The creators of Instant Games hope that it will bring virality back to the social mobile games business and create a chance for breakout hits on messenger platforms. Those hits can spread on social, bypassing the app stores. “We call ourselves the post-app store company,” said Ernestine Fu, cofounder of Blackstorm, in an interview with GamesBeat at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “There’s a change in how software developers are creating apps and how consumers are consuming. You don’t have to develop an iOS or Android app to just …

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Parents Can Teach Long Island Kids How to Appreciate Our Environment

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By Dan Kriesberg Stewardship requires awareness and knowledge. Awareness comes from our five senses, giving us the ability to appreciate the world around us. But two other senses are also needed, a sense of place and a sense of wonder. A sense of place is an awareness of where you are. A sense of wonder is an awareness of the “wow” in the natural world. Using all our senses increases the knowledge necessary to become a good steward of the land. Awareness without knowledge can only go so far. Knowledge without awareness limits what can be understood. With knowledge and awareness can come action, and it is action that will keep Long Island special. We must exercise our sense of …

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Customs And Border Protection Outlines Border Wall Requirements

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Enlarge this image The border fence between the U.S. and Mexico in Hidalgo, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Moore/Getty Images U.S. Customs and Border Protection is asking for design proposals and prototypes of President Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Late Friday, the agency released specifics for the first time on how tough the barrier must be. CBP posted online two different options for contractors: one proposal must be for a solid concrete wall, another is for a wall with “a see-through component/capability” that is “operationally advantageous.” “The wall design shall be physically imposing in height,” the CBP outlines say. The government says its “nominal concept” is for a 30-foot-high wall, but adds that designs …

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Alexa is not coming to an office near you

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If you’ve recently had your first interaction with a voice-based personal assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, you might get the sense that artificial intelligence is just a few years away from being able to talk and act like a human. It will soon be capable of managing our schedules, troubleshooting technical issues, or even holding conversation. According to a recent Wall Street Journal piece titled “Alexa and Cortana May Be Heading to the Office,” many businesses share that hope. One startup profiled in the piece uses “an Amazon Echo attached to the office ceiling for such tasks as adding events to their calendars,” while another is building a virtual assistant to set meetings on behalf of human users. …

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Artist fills his poems with the things he absolutely must say

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Growing up, rule number one was to always know when it was time to go home before it got too late; vigilance and wariness about one’s environment were instilled in artist Jive Poetic him from an early age. He gives his Brief But Spectacular take on expressing himself through poetry.

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Productivity, in the age of telecommuting

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By SHONA ST. ANGELO // Many companies across the country, such as Aetna and Dell, are allowing employees to work remotely. Employees save money normally spent on gas and transit costs, and save valuable hours normally spent commuting to an office. Telecommuting can also benefit employers, who can take advantage of savings from decreased occupancy costs and travel-expense reimbursements. Money saved can then be spent on customer acquisition and marketing, which will ultimately yield higher profits. One of the biggest employer benefits of a remote working environment is the ability to expand the employee talent pool. By expanding their recruitment efforts beyond a confined radius surrounding a physical office, companies are more likely to attract a diverse and talented workforce. …

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The myth of the ‘harmless’ volcano and other thoughts on yesterday's Mt. Etna explosion

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Top Kansas court clears way for new coal-fired power plant

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(AP) — Kansas’ highest court on Friday cleared a major obstacle to the long-delayed construction of a big, new coal-fired power plant, rejecting an effort by an environment group to force the state to regulate emissions linked to climate change. The state Supreme Court upheld a 2014 decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to give Sunflower Electric Power Corp . the go-ahead… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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JC Penney closing LI store

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The JC Penney department store in the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa will be closing as part of the flagging retailer’s most recent efforts to return to profitability. The Plano, Texas-based chain announced 138 store closings Friday in its “continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability,” according to a company statement. About 5,000 jobs will be shed by the store closures, which are mostly scheduled for June. Most of the affected stores will begin a liquidation process on April 17. The store closings are aimed to “help align the company’s brick-and-mortar presence” and redirect resources “to invest in locations and initiatives” that offer the greatest revenue potential. “In 2016, we achieved our $1 billion EBITDA target and delivered …

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Y Combinator-backed Xix.ai wants to predict what you’ll do next on your phone

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The other night I checked my phone and I had a Facebook Messenger notification from Emil Mikhailov, cofounder and chief executive of 1-year-old startup Xix.ai. Attached was a screenshot of his Android homescreen. In the middle was a card showing his meeting the next morning with a prominent Silicon Valley investor. Beneath it were buttons for directions to the meeting and the email thread associated with the calendar event. And still below that were eight apps that the launcher thought would be most relevant to him at that moment. “I absolutely love it!” wrote Mikhailov. “It shows me my upcoming event and associated action items.” By “it” he was referring to Xix One, the Android launcher he and his team …

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The DeanBeat: Experiential Technology event shows how far VR has to go

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I attended the Experiential Technology Conference (XTech) in San Francisco this week to hear talks about creating virtual experiences that truly immerse you in another world. It showed me that virtual reality has only scratched the surface. I liked the event, curated by Zack Lynch of Jazz Venture Partners, because it reminded me of the long view of VR and how much of a role that research and development still has to play in it. VR has made our eyes feel like we’ve gone to someplace else, but that’s only one of our senses. We have 3D sound as well, but we need more than that to achieve real immersion, said Tal Blevins, head of media at UploadVR, in a …

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Boaty McBoatface’s heroic journey to Antarctica begins today

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Boaty McBoatface’s heroic journey to Antarctica begins today – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14715061″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tldr:science:environment”,”Author”:”Alessandra Potenza:Elizabeth Lopatto”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-17 09:00″,”Hour of Update”:”09″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-17 09:00″,”Hour of Publish”:”09″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tldr:science:environment”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Alessandra Potenza,Elizabeth Lopatto”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”09″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie …

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‘Grassroots Town Hall for Unity’ meeting planned by local social justice advocates

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Local activists have been hard at work organizing a town hall event to be held in Riverhead later this month. The Grassroots Town Hall for Unity is being organized by Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force member Dr. Carolyn Peabody and retired professor and author Dinnie Gordon. The purpose of the town hall is to serve as an initial gathering of members of vulnerable or targeted groups, activists and people who want to do something about the problems they see but don’t know how to help. “It’s a very introductory event in a way,” said Gordon. “We’re hoping that out of this meeting will come a collective effort to bring people together around both their particular areas of interest and their …

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Donald Trump’s Voldemort Budget

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The White House’s proposed budget represents a wish list and a numerical expression of the President’s political philosophy.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX WONG / GETTY Strictly speaking, the “skinny budget” that the White House published on Thursday isn’t a budget at all. It says nothing about roughly three-quarters of over-all federal spending, which goes to mandatory outlays such as Social Security, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt. It doesn’t include any projections for the deficit. And a Presidential budget isn’t binding. Ultimately, Congress sets spending levels. As Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, said on Thursday morning, “this is just the very start” of the budget process. What a Presidential budget really represents is a wish list and a numerical expression of the …

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“Beauty and the Beast” and “T2 Trainspotting”

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Emma Watson is Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast in Bill Condon’s movie.CreditIllustration by Malika Favre To say that the latest Disney production, “Beauty and the Beast,” is offering something brand-new would be wide of the mark. A scholarly paper published last year presented “phylogenetic analyses” of famous folktales, assessed “the posterior probability of ancestral states,” and estimated that the origins of “Beauty and the Beast” date back to “between 2500 and 6000 years ago.” All of which means that Disney’s costume designers had ample opportunity to prepare themselves, and no excuse for not getting that butter-yellow ball gown just right. This year’s version of the legend, directed by Bill Condon, is deeply in debt to Disney’s previous effort, …

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CVE-2015-8986

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NVD – Detail Mission and Overview NVD is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data. This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance (e.g. FISMA). Resource Status NVD contains: Last updated: 3/17/2017 1:24:35 AM CVE Publication rate: 34.6 Email List NVD provides four mailing lists to the public. For information and subscription instructions please visit NVD Mailing Lists Workload Index Vulnerability Workload Index: 13.26 About Us NVD is a product of the NIST Computer Security Division and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division. It supports the U.S. government multi-agency (OSD, DHS, NSA, DISA, and NIST) Information Security Automation Program. It is the U.S. government content repository for the …

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Trump’s Trying to Chainsaw Nearly Every Environmental Program

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As expected, President Trump’s proposed federal budget delivers a wind-sucking gut-punch to the Environmental Protection Agency. If the president has his way, the regulatory agency will lose nearly one-third of its 2016 budget of $8.1 billion, mostly through deep cuts to climate, clean air, and environmental restoration programs like Superfund. Of course, the odds of Congress actually adopting Trump’s entire plan are slim—though Republicans probably won’t have too many conflicts with his environmental axe-slinging. Still, the document provides key insights into the president’s priorities, attitudes, and thinking. And he clearly takes aim at a slew of federal agencies and programs that seek to protect the planet. Across nearly every appendage of the executive body, his budget treats such projects like malignant growths. But …

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Fighting climate change isn’t a ‘waste of money’ — it’s a good investment

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Trump’s Budget Would Break American Science, Today and Tomorrow

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You can go ahead and assume President Trump’s proposed federal budget will never be the actual federal budget. Members of Congress from every political persuasion will find a lot to hate about it, and they’re the ones who have to approve it—assuming they can sort out the arcane, procrustean rules for getting any budget passed in Washington. It’s still worth looking at the budget, though—not as a blueprint for governing but as a map of a government, a philosophy of a state. From that angle it’s a singularly terrifying document, fundamentally nihilistic, that assumes a violent present instead of attempting to build a future of peace, security, and absence of want. By eviscerating federal funding of science, this budget pays …

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Trump proposes deep cuts for environmental policy

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Published on Mar 16, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget takes an ax to spending on the environment. It calls for a 31 percent reduction at the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency. Category License Standard YouTube License

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Inhofe: EPA is 'brainwashing our kids'

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But part of the agency’s mission is to study environmental issues and teach people about the environment. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/67831/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Trump’s plan to weaken fuel standards seen as blow to the environment

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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

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Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That’s something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, chatbot is now a bona fide buzzword. But Mordatch is different. He’s not a linguist. He doesn’t deal in the AI techniques that typically reach for language. He’s a roboticist who began his career as an animator. He spent time at Pixar and worked on Toy Story 3, in between stints as an academic at places like Stanford and the University of Washington, where he taught robots to move like humans. “Creating movement from scratch is what I was always interested in,” he says. Now, all this expertise is coming together in an unexpected way. Born …

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Amazon tries to lure Alexa developers with AWS credits

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Amazon plans to pay coders so they can improve the company’s Alexa digital assistant. Developers who build so-called skills for Alexa can now apply to receive $100 in promotional credits that they can use for the retail giant’s cloud computing service, Amazon Web Services, the company said Wednesday. In order to build an Alexa skill—like the ability for Alexa to answer a particular question or perform a digital task—coders need to use AWS as their computing environment, where they can create the necessary software. If the developers’ skills are popular, Amazon said it would also give them an extra $100 each month to help subsidize their rising AWS bills. Amazon currently lets developers use a free version of AWS to …

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Why some startups win

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I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing the productivity of his marketing department seemed to be rapidly declining. I wasn’t surprised. When organizations are small (startups, small teams in companies and government agencies) early employees share a mission (why they come to work, what they need to do while they are at work, and how they will know they have succeeded). But as these organizations grow large, what was once a shared mission and intent gets buried under HR process and …

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The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries

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Our pick Energizer Recharge Universal The Recharge batteries proved their worth in testing with high capacity and longevity after dozens of recharges. They are widely available at a fair price. The Energizer Recharge Universal AA batteries performed well at each step of testing: initial capacity, capacity after four dozen charges, self-discharge, and high-drain RC car racing. In raw capacity, Energizer had 30 percent more energy storage per dollar than the Panasonic Eneloop AAs, so your devices should run a little longer between recharges. In the first few cycles, that came to average of 1,888 milliamp hours (mAh) or 2.3 watt hours (Wh) of discharged capacity. When we cycled the batteries—discharged and recharged them, again and again—to show how they might …

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Why you probably won’t bother owning a car soon

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In 2015, only seven companies were licensed to test prototypes for autonomous vehicles on California roads. Today, that number has more than doubled, with 27 companies now licensed. Brands are competing to reach the mass market with safe and reliable models, so the development of self-driving vehicles is advancing rapidly. It’s a fascinating technology, to be sure — but what impact might it actually have on the way we interact with our cars? When vehicles that are fully and safely autonomous become widely available, your car can start to pay for itself while you’re at work. Similar to leasing a space with Airbnb, the vehicle could be used to transport others while you aren’t using it, to generate extra income. …

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Study: Natural Climate Swings Contribute to Arctic Sea Ice Loss

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Published on Mar 15, 2017 A study from researchers at multiple universities published a study in the journal Nature Climate Change on March 13 suggesting up to half of the Arctic sea ice loss over the past 40 years was caused by natural swings in the environment Category License Standard YouTube License

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Mag Interactive hits revenues of $29.8 million in 2016 via casual puzzle mobile games

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Mag Interactive’s 2016 sales surpassed 28 million euros ($29.8 million), up 70 percent from a year earlier thanks to revenues from casual puzzle mobile games such as Ruzzle. All told, the Stockholm-based Mag has had more than 100 million downloads for games such as Ruzzle, Wordbrain, and Wordalot. Overall profit was €5.8 million ($6.1 million). “2016 was a truly great year for MAG, as we not only surpassed 100 million downloads across our portfolio, but the end financial result exceeded our expectations”, said CEO Daniel Hasselberg in a statement. “There’s no magic trick in achieving strong growth other than constantly improving and scaling up existing games as well as releasing new titles. The continued success of our first game Ruzzle shows that with a …

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To keep the Great Barrier Reef alive, the oceans must be cooler

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Smoggy in Beijing? A lack of Arctic sea ice may be to blame

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Long Island’s Electrical and Electronic History – March 2017

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We will resume our look at early issues of Pulse to note some of the significant events of past years. We start with the May 1985 issue. The Section and the Intelligent Robots Sub-chapter co-sponsored a talk on “The Design of Intelligent Robots.” The Speaker was Professor George Wu of the University of Michigan. He described the design of a feedback control loop to obtain fine robot motions. These were still early days of robot development, and it was interesting to know that our Section was keeping up with the latest developments. A forum on “Consulting as an Alternate Career” was one of our Section’s PACE activities. Several members of our newly formed Consultants Network gave their views on being …

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I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing!

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Enlarge this image Raw fresh fish for sale at a supermarket. Using seafood guides to decide which fish is the most environmentally choice can be difficult when different guides make slightly different recommendations. intraprese/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption intraprese/Getty Images This month, I ventured to ask the man behind the counter at a Whole Foods Market what kind of shrimp he was selling. “I don’t know,” he replied. “I think they’re just normal shrimp.” I glanced at the sustainable seafood guide on my phone. There were 80 entries for shrimp, none of them listed “normal.” What about the cod? Was it Atlantic or Pacific? Atlantic. How was it caught? I asked. “I’m not sure,” he said, looking doubtfully at …

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Gallium Nitride maker EPC takes a big step forward in its quest to kill silicon chips

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The $330 billion silicon chip industry is the foundation of everything electronic. And it’s slowing down, reaching a new level of maturity that is prompting a bunch of mergers and acquisitions. And that’s why Alex Lidow, an industry pioneer and the chief proponent of an alternative material to silicon, gallium nitride (GaN), feels like his time has come. His company, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), is unveiling a new generation of eGaN chips that are half the size of previous chips and have significantly higher performance. “The bright light that we talked about two years ago, GaN, is now burning a whole lot brighter against a field of gray that is the semiconductor industry,” Lidow said in an interview with VentureBeat. …

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Everything makes you feel small as you grasp how all life is connected

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Shia LeBeouf may claim that we cannot be divided, but maybe we’ve always fought and separated from one another. And at the same time, maybe that is part of a larger, harmonious system that we cannot see from our point of view … or, at least, that’s what I think I got from the trailer for the upcoming game Everything. On March 21, developer David O’Reilly will release Everything for PlayStation 4 for $15 before the game hits PC and Mac on April 21. Everything is the result of three years of development, and it empowers players to explore existence at various scales by warping into various creatures, plants, and more. To give players an idea of what to expect, …

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EPA delays chemical storage rule amid terrorism fear

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FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speak in Washington. The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. Pruitt has delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Credit: AP) WASHINGTON – (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. The rule was imposed after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded in 2013, killing 15 people. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. Pruitt’s action late Monday …

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Another drop for oil prices pulls stock indexes lower

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Stock indexes pulled back modestly Tuesday as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve, which is beginning a two-day policy meeting on interest rates. Another drop in the price of oil pulled energy stocks to some of the biggest losses in the market. Stocks of smaller companies also took big hits. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 12 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,361 as of 12:39 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 61 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,821. The Nasdaq composite fell 35 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,841. Three stocks fell on the New York Stock Exchange for every one that rose. ENERGY SLUMP: Energy stocks in the S&P 500 …

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Microsoft Teams is now available, here’s what its bots can do

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The Microsoft Teams app became generally available today for iOS and Android smartphones, as well as for Windows and Mac desktop apps. Competing against enterprise chat apps like Hipchat, Slack, and the new Hangouts Chat, Teams is now available in 181 countries and 19 languages. More than 150 integrations with software and service are planned for Microsoft Teams, but at launch only about two dozen bots are available in the Teams bot gallery. Users of Microsoft Teams bots may recognize some bots already featured in the Slack App Directory. Among them are Growbot, which gives coworkers the chance to exchange kudos and mini bonuses, and Statsbot, which delivers scheduled reports and shares data from sources like Google Analytics and Salesforce. There’s also Polly for polling coworkers, and Leo, which trains …

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Keeping it cool in the 21st century data centre

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Innovations in data centre cooling could herald a more efficient and greener future, says Roel Castelein of The Green Grid… When considering the items on a CIO’s annual budget, few people would think of the price of cooling the organisation’s data centre as a significant factor on the ledger. However, this seemingly esoteric item can make up a large business expenditure – in many companies, cooling costs more than powering and operating the actual IT equipment that the company uses. This puts data centre cooling firmly on the agenda for the CFO and the CIO as both an area where technology can work more efficiently and a place where savings can be made. However, this is also an issue for …

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Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone

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On a plate, a single banana seems whimsical—yellow and sweet, contained in its own easy-to-open peel. It is a charming breakfast luxury as silly as it is delicious and ever-present. Yet when you eat a banana the flavor on your tongue has complex roots, equal parts sweetness and tragedy. In 1950, most bananas were exported from Central America. Guatemala in particular was a key piece of a vast empire of banana plantations run by the American-owned United Fruit Company. United Fruit Company paid Guatemala’s government modest sums in exchange for land. With the land, United Fruit planted bananas and then did as it pleased. It exercised absolute control not only over what workers did but also over how and where …

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Pilgrim innovations trim energy costs, emissions

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A relatively small footnote in New York State’s energy-efficiency annals will deliver lasting benefits to taxpayers and the air they breathe. A $1 million “energy-saving project” has been completed at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, a 290-bed inpatient and outpatient facility located in Brentwood. The innovations – including enhanced boiler controls, high-efficiency outdoor lighting and improvements to the complex’s air-handling system – are projected to save $114,000 in annual energy costs at the state-funded psychiatric center. Richard Kauffman: Reduced interest. They’ll also remove nearly 500 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere annually, equivalent to zapping about 100 cars from state roads, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The New York Power Authority financed …

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10,000 AI startups need to learn these lessons

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Artificial intelligence is having its breakout moment. Once confined to the realm of science fiction, it seems bright-eyed entrepreneurs everywhere are now getting into AI. As renowned author, editor, and futurist Kevin Kelly puts it, “The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI.” But while disruptive opportunities abound for AI, there’s also no shortage of challenges to overcome. Anyone who has tried their hand at training a fledgling AI will tell you, there’s one hurdle that eclipses them all: removing a human from the loop. It’s no secret that scaling AI typically involves human agents operating as a safety net, working in the background and ready to take the controls when …

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Zeldin calls for continuation of funding for L.I. Sound, National Estuary programs

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Zeldin called a press conference this morning in Mattituck to announce his continued support for funding to restore and protect the L.I. Sound and the Peconic Estuary, both designated estuaries of national significance. The press conference comes after reports of leaked information about President Donald Trump’s alleged plans to cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and the elimination of a list of programs, including the Long Island Sound Restoration Program. Zeldin, who this year was appointed co-chairperson of the House Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus, said it’s important to remember that Congress — not the president —  holds the federal government’s purse strings. “Regardless of who is in the White House, the Constitution puts government funding in the …

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Rizzo: Trump’s policies will impact LI, but how remains unclear

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By any measure, the first month of the Trump administration has been an eventful one, with policy proclamations and initiatives proceeding at a frenetic pace. The political wisdom of these developments has been the subject of considerable debate. But what are the economic implications and in particular, the likely effects for Long Island’s economy? Several initiatives pose threats to economic growth. Proposed increases in tariffs threaten Long lsland’s exports. For example, Long Island exported almost $300 million in goods and services to Mexico in 2015.  If tariffs are raised on imports, this could invite retaliation by Mexico, which would raise the cost of exports to Mexico. Tough trade talk also appears to have weakened the peso vis-à-vis the dollar, posing …

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Toyota Prius Prime and VICE honor Humans of the Year

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Presented by Toyota “Prime” means the best of the best, the top of the heap, the first among equals. That’s clearly one of the reasons why Toyota named its latest Prius model the “Prime.” The company calls its ecological hero the most technologically advanced Toyota Prius in the model’s nearly two-decade global history. To celebrate its cutting-edge innovation, alongside the world-changing engineering and technology that goes into the 2017 Prius Prime, the company partnered with VICE to name and honor Humans of the Year: leaders in their industries working to make a powerful, world-changing impact on the global environment, who don’t make the news as often as they should. From scientists researching Mars missions and the human brain to spies …

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WiFi as a universal ‘Satnav’ for virtual reality frameworks

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The competing Virtual Reality ecostructures currently in intense development – such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens – are all addressing the crucial issue of spatial positioning in diverse and innovative ways – and for a multiplicity of reasons, ranging from the pragmatic to the cynical. Operating in proprietary (and often prototype) environments, and servicing different visions of VR’s future, tethered and untethered, VR manufacturers have two prime motives towards making sure that the virtual worlds they enable line up with the real world with zero latency: the efficacy of their own systems and the potential to develop dominant standards which are either potentially profitable (in terms of licensing) or prestigious (in the event of open …

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How in-car sensing technology will save lives

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It’s no surprise that a future with self-driving cars and passengers as co-drivers is fast approaching. Yet while automakers race to be the first to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to the market, there is also a growing focus on the driver. Cars that are 100 percent autonomous (and affordable) are still decades away from hitting the road. In the meantime, semi-autonomous cars must learn to better understand the driver. This can be facilitated using machine learning and computer vision inside the car. Below are three areas that need improvement in the in-cabin environment to enable an immersive driving experience, regardless of whether the driver is actively driving or is cruising in autonomous mode. 1. Driver recognition Carpooling will begin …

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5 trends that matter in mobile gaming in 2017

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Some of the sheen has worn off mobile gaming. Anecdotally at least, I detect that its popularity has waned among fellow investors, with many of them viewing the sector as overly hit-driven, unsustainable and niche. They are wrong, of course. Not only has the market rewarded savvy investors well, delivering close to $30 billion of value through acquisitions in Europe alone over the last four years, but a number of emerging trends are set to shake up the top grossing app charts, displace the incumbents, and give rise to new global giants in the mobile gaming space. Against that backdrop, here are the trends which I’m most excited about in product, marketing and M&A terms for 2017. Synchronous multiplayer Just …

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The Oatmeal launched a write-in campaign to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades

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