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ispace just raised $90 million to launch two private moon missions by 2020
ispace intends to launch its first Moon mission, aptly dubbed ‘Mission 1,’ by the fourth quarter of 2019, and then to do a second by the end of 2020. The first will put its lander into orbit around the Moon for observation, and then the second will see the same lander descend to the Moon’s surface, where it will deploy mapping rovers to conduct further experimentation.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Twitch will launch NBA minor league game streaming on December 15 — with fan commentary
This also fits into NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s vision for basketball’s broadcast future. At the recent Code Commerce event in New York, he talked about how, as Recode reported, sports should “look more like video games.”
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2 days ago by seaugust
Apple invests $390 million in maker of depth-sensing chips for iPhone X
Finisar, a Sunnyvale, California-headquartered optical components company, will receive a $390 million grant from Apple to expand its R&D and production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which are basically chips for depth- and proximity-sensing that are used in Apple products. Indeed, Apple uses VCSELs in Face ID, portrait and animoji selfie modes in the iPhone X, as well as for proximity sensing in AirPods.
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2 days ago by seaugust
EBay acquires Terapeak to provide more analytics to marketplace sellers
EBay today announced another acquisition today that underscores the company’s current focus on building out better data tools for third-party sellers on its platform, to help it compete better with the likes of Amazon and other marketplaces to attract their business. It’s acquiring Terapeak, a Toronto-based startup that has built a platform that crunches data about supply, demand and pricing to help guide companies on what to sell and how to price it.
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2 days ago by seaugust
No One Wants To Work For You, And These Three Words Are Why
They’re “fast-paced environments,” of course.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back
Apple has sought to patent “a digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response.”
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2 days ago by seaugust
Google and Apple Streaming Devices Are Coming Back to Amazon
The newly listed Amazon and Google devices are still showing as “currently unavailable” on Amazon, but you can sign up to be notified when they are available. Hopefully, Amazon is planning to add Chromecast support to its streaming apps or it risks really confusing everyone who buys a Chromecast, right?
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2 days ago by seaugust
Google Study Suggests Multi-Ethnic Training for Computer Vision
That may seem like a relatively minor gain on its face, but it’s important because of the larger implication that training AI for facial recognition across multiple ethnicities can lead to a better result than training that does not address a variety of racial features.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore limited HomeKit functionality
Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for iPhone and iPad following last week's discovery that HomeKit had a major security vulnerability. The bug, first reported by 9to5Mac, allowed unauthorized users to access connected smart devices like lights, thermostats, locks and garage door openers. Apple's server-side fix of the issue corrected the problem but also disabled remote access to shared users. That functionality is now restored with the update.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed
The company has warned that passively browsing your News Feed could have a negative effect on your mood, citing research the found passive activities may lead to feeling bad whereas active participation — such as leaving comments on friends’ posts — may be beneficial.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information
In the patent, Apple describes how a mobile device could be configured to estimate its own location using radio frequency signals.
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2 days ago by seaugust
UPS bets on blockchain as the future of the trillion-dollar shipping industry
UPS announced they were going to join the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a forum for the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight industry. The alliance hopes to spur standards development for the shipping industry as a whole by implementing a secure blockchain system.
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2 days ago by seaugust
With $10M in new funding, Huddly launches its smart GO camera for video conferencing
But Norway-based Huddly thinks its smart wide-angle GO camera, which is now shipping for $499 through its resellers and which will be available directly from the company next week, can make the difference between a productive meeting and yet another wasted hour. This marks the first time that the Huddly camera is available for direct purchase. Until now, it was only available as part of Google’s Hangouts Meet hardware kits.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days
For example, if you’ve had enough of someone’s political rants or baby photos, you can temporarily opt to see less of them in your News Feed. You could also turn off a particularly chatty Facebook friend whose continuous updates clutter your feed.
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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem
Writing for Grist, Eric Holthaus calculated that by July 2019, the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network—remember BitTorrent? Like that—would require more electricity than all of the United States. And by November of 2020, it’d use more electricity than the entire world does today.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Nanotextured surface kills bacteria without hurting mammalian cells
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an electrochemical etching process that can be used on common stainless steel alloy that is able to kill bacteria without hurting mammalian cells. The team believes that the process may one day be used to prevent microbial attack on implantable medical devices and food processing equipment.
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2 days ago by seaugust
A new version of Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch rival, hits iOS and Android
The launch comes at a time when Microsoft is trying to gain ground in mobile gameplay streaming, in a market where Amazon-owned Twitch has been dominating.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox, and the Result Could Change Streaming Forever
But this latest merger does signal that big changes are coming to streaming. It’s still largely Netflix’s and Amazon’s domain, but there’s a mouse in the house now.
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2 days ago by seaugust

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