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Netflix purges all user reviews like it said it would
Netflix purges all user reviews like it said it would Prospective August 19, 2018 at 03:12AM


If you're browsing Netflix for a new show to watch, don't bother looking for reviews on the platform to see if a title is worth your time. The streaming service is done purging user reviews -- a decade's worth of comments praising and excoriating shows, all gone. Under the question "How do I post reviews on Netflix?," the service's Help Center now says: "Netflix customers were able to leave reviews on until mid-2018, when reviews were removed due to declining use. To learn how Netflix suggests TV shows and movies we think you'll love, visit our Ratings & Recommendations article."

It won't come as a surprise if you previously heard about the company's decision to remove written reviews by mid-August. And frankly, it won't be something you'll miss if you mainly access the platform through its mobile app. Reviews were only visible on the web anyway, and that most likely contributed to its "declining use."

Netflix probably had reasons other than the section's decline in use, as well. For instance, it had to deal with issues like "review bombing" by trolls hoping to bring down a show's rating back when it used stars instead of the thumbs up-down system. Netflix might have decided that reviews don't lead to enough views to warrant spending resources on policing them. It has a "percentage match" system that suggests titles based on previous ones you've watched, after all, so there's probably very little incentive for the platform to keep the reviews section running. Engadget August 19, 2018 at 03:12AM
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Facebook hit with federal complaint over discriminatory housing ads
Facebook hit with federal complaint over discriminatory housing ads Prospective August 19, 2018 at 01:42AM


Despite past efforts, Facebook hasn't avoided federal-level trouble over allegations it enabled discriminatory housing ads. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has officially filed a complaint against Facebook, accusing the social network of violating the Fair Housing Act. HUD claimed that Facebook's ad personalization let advertisers redline ZIP codes and exclude people based on gender, race, religion, accessibility, national origins and even parental status. The company was limiting home choices for protected classes "under the guise" of targeted ads, HUD said.

The US attorney for the Southern District of New York threw support behind HUD's move with a statement of interest in the case.

A Facebook spokesperson reiterated the internet giant's stance in a statement to Politico. There was "no place for discrimination on Facebook," the spokesperson said, pointing out existing policies. The firm intended to respond to HUD's complaint in court.

HUD's qualms ultimately revolve around past actions. Facebook has already excluded thousands of terms from ad filtering in the years since the first concerns surfaced, and it recently forged an agreement with Washington state barring discrimination. The complaint may serve more as a reminder that Facebook's eagerness to court advertisers hasn't always factored in the social impact of its strategy. Engadget August 19, 2018 at 01:42AM
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The latest in a new generation of giant telescopes broke ground — Quartz
The latest in a new generation of giant telescopes broke ground this week Prospective August 19, 2018 at 12:54AM

Space is hot.

Thanks to new rockets built by the private sector and the remarkable discovery of evidence of water on Mars, space flight and exploration are receiving more attention now than they have in decades. Soon, it won’t just be Earth’s immediate neighborhood in the news, either.

Construction began this week on the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile, a mammoth, $1 billion project designed to see to the very edge of the universe. The telescope, scheduled to begin operation in 2024, will have an array of seven enormous mirrors totaling 80 feet in diameter, giving it 10 times the precision of the Hubble telescope. Among its advances is technology to help it correct for the distorting effect of Earth’s atmosphere by using software to make hundreds of adjustments per second to its array of secondary mirrors.

The project’s architects, a consortium of universities and institutions in the US, Korea, and Australia, chose to build in Chile’s Atacama desert for its clear, dry skies. Astronomers will use the Magellan Telescope to study the origins of elements and the birth of stars and galaxies, and to examine planets that have been identified as potentially harboring life.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is but one of several gigantic new telescopes expected to begin operation in the next decade. Also in Chile, the aptly-named European Extremely Large Telescope—a project funded by 15 European countries—will search the sky with a mirror 40 meters in diameter. In Hawaii, a team of American, Canadian, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian institutions are planning the very literally named Thirty Meter Telescope (it has, of course, a 30-meter diameter) for atop Mauna Kea, although local objections to its placement have stalled its progress.

And in 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will launch. Intended to succeed the Hubble, the Webb won’t orbit Earth liked its predecessor. Instead, it will orbit the Sun, at a distance 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, three times farther from us than Hubble. In deep space, it will have the conditions necessary to find the universe’s most distant galaxies yet to be seen. Quartz August 19, 2018 at 12:54AM
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Skype previews texting feature for PCs
Skype previews texting feature for PCs Prospective August 19, 2018 at 12:12AM


Skype has given Insiders on Android a sneak peek of an upcoming feature called "SMS Connect." Windows Blog Italia has spotted an option in the latest version of Skype Preview's settings that would allow you to send and receive texts using Skype on Mac or Windows PC. Say, a friend texts you on your Android phone -- you can reply to that message straight from the Skype app on your computer. You can only see the feature right now if you're an Insider with Skype Preview on Android, but it looks like you still can't switch it on. Rest assured that the feature is real even if you can't see it: Skype Insider's Twitter account has confirmed that it's something the team is working on.

[Image credit: Windows Blog Italia]

According to Windows Central, an update for Skype Preview on desktop also comes with a change log that says "Use Skype on your PC or Mac to read and reply to your Android phone's SMS messages. To get started, tap the button to install Skype on your Android phone." No word on whether SMS Connect will also be available for iOS. If you're a Windows Insider, you'll have the chance to test it in upcoming builds to ensure it's as bug-free as possible when it rolls out to everyone in the future.

Based on your feedback for this feature, we're really excited to introduce SMS Connect to Insiders! You've seen our sneak peak of the setting in 8.29. 🙂 We'll let you know what scenarios to help test in future builds as we light up the feature.
— Skype Insider (@SkypeInsider) August 17, 2018 Engadget August 19, 2018 at 12:12AM
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Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event
Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event Prospective August 18, 2018 at 10:42PM

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NVIDIA hasn't been shy about plans to unveil Turing-based GeForce video cards at its August 20th Gamescom event -- its teaser video effectively spelled out "GeForce RTX 2080" through not-so-subtle clues. But just how powerful will these cards be? You won't have to wait until the launch to find out. A slew of leaks on Reddit, WCCFTech and VideoCardz have spilled the beans on the first GeForce RTX-series boards, and they promise fundamental leaps in performance over the GTX 1000 hardware you're used to.

The centerpiece would be the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which reportedly packs the same 11GB of memory (now with speedier GDDR6) and 352-bit memory bus as the GTX 1080 Ti, but now with a whopping 4,352 CUDA cores -- that's 21 percent more than the 1080 Ti, and nearly as many as in the pro-oriented Quadro RTX 6000. It's hard to say how much faster the RTX 2080 Ti would be when some details haven't been nailed down (such as the memory clock speed), but hints of a $1,000 price suggest it'll be aimed squarely at gamers who are willing to pay whatever it takes to have the fastest machine.

The other cards wouldn't be slouches. The regular GeForce RTX 2080 would be closer to the Quadro RTX 5000 with 2,944 CUDA cores (versus 3,072) and a 256-bit memory bus, just with a more modest 8GB of RAM. You might see some non-RTX graphics cards, too. There are fewer details for these lower-end models, but purported tests of a GeForce GTX 2060 have the mid-range design outperforming an overclocked GTX 1080 in 3DMark tests. While there's no guarantee that it's accurate, you might just get the kind of speed that required a flagship card just two years ago.

The main questions revolve around price and availability for the larger lineup. Will prices go up? And will the cards be available soon after their debut, or is NVIDIA announcing things far in advance for the sake of bragging rights? There are signs it may be a quick launch (possibly as soon as the same week), but you might not see an RTX in your PC for a while unless it's both relatively affordable and widely available. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 10:42PM
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Netflix axes Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale talk shows
Netflix axes Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale talk shows Prospective August 18, 2018 at 09:06PM

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Netflix has been experimenting (rather aggressively) with talk shows for a while in an effort to diversify its titles, but results have been hit or miss thus far. It's hard to get attached to a particular program only to see it canceled after a few months and one season: case in point, The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale, which were released in May and in February, respectively. While Netflix doesn't reveal viewership numbers for its offerings, The Hollywood Reporter says the two comedy shows failed to gather enough views to warrant a second season.

Both were promising new entries to the platform's roster: Wolf, in particular, was the talk of the town after delivering a scathing routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner that targeted members of the Trump administration, including people in the room. McHale, on the other hand, promised a show that could make fun of anyone and everyone.

While these cancellations suggest that Netflix still hasn't found the format that works best for the platform -- it also recently canceled Chelsea -- it's still in the talk show business. It released the second season (on the service, that is) of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in July. There's also David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which landed former President Obama as its first guest and enjoys positive reception. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 09:06PM
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Elon Musk says Tesla could build $25,000 EV in about 'three years'
Elon Musk says Tesla could build $25,000 EV in about 'three years' Prospective August 18, 2018 at 07:36PM

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When Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's second master plan, the $35,000 Model 3 represented the price floor. It wasn't set in stone, but you couldn't realistically expect more. However, the dream of a truly affordable Tesla EV just got a little more tangible. When tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee asked Musk in an interview about room for a lower-cost Tesla, the executive estimated that his company could build a $25,000 car in about three years "if we work really hard." This wasn't a promise of a car at that price point, to be clear, but Musk saw the vehicle as possible through a combination of both technical achievements and economies of scale.

He likened it to the progression of the cellphone from the clunky, limited cellphone from Wall Street (Motorola's DynaTAC) to modern smartphones. It took many iterations to get there, Musk said, and you need sheer manufacturing volume and demand to lower the price. This is part of why you can't buy a Model 3 for $35,000 just yet. The technology finally arrived in 2017, but the manufacturing scale still isn't large enough for Tesla to make money on each car at that price point.

The Brownlee chat provided a few additional tidbits. For one, the next-generation Roadster's rear-view mirrors might not be mandatory. Musk believed that manufacturers were required to include them, but owners weren't -- you could theoretically take them off at the track to improve your aerodynamics. The CEO also characterized the Model 3's upcoming Track Mode as more of a general "expert user mode" where you'll get to fine-tune multiple performance characteristics to your liking, not just switch to a pre-set advanced configuration. The worst might be over for Tesla, but it still has a lot on its plate both in the near term and the long run. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 07:36PM
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Walmart wants to take on Amazon with virtual reality shopping — Quartz
Walmart wants to take on Amazon with virtual reality shopping Prospective August 18, 2018 at 06:35PM

Walmart, the world’s biggest company, is better known for cheap tube socks than its technical wizardry. But the company has thousands of developers plugging away in an airport-sized building at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and has launched a tech incubator, Store No. 8, that is cooking up ways to combat rival Amazon.

One potential front in the retail battle is virtual-reality shopping. Walmart has applied for patents for intellectual property that creates a “virtual showroom,” according to Bloomberg. The technology would give home shoppers with VR headsets and gloves the ability to browse through a (presumably uncrowded and meticulously clean) virtual store, pick up merchandise, and instantly add it to a queue for home delivery.

In theory, the technology would appeal to those attracted to Walmart’s prices and want to handle merchandise before they buy, but who dread visiting its vast supercenters.

Walmart is already starting to thrive online. In 2016, the company spent $3.3 billion to acquire the e-commerce site and its CEO Marc Lore (paywall), who was charged with revitalizing Walmart’s online sales. Walmart has also diversified its assortment of goods available online with purchases of companies like Bonobos and ModCloth E-commerce sales surged 40% from last year in the quarter ending June 30, and the company says it expects to finish the year up 40% from 2017. Industry analysts attribute the success to the overhauling of its website.

AliBaba, the giant Chinese e-commerce site, debuted VR shopping with its Buy+ in 2016, and there are hints that Amazon is exploring the concept. But any VR retail strategy will need much wider adoption of headsets and home technology to become viable.

Walmart has made other forays into virtual reality. It uses a VR set to help prepare employees for the crush of Black Friday shoppers, and in February, bought Spatialand, a small VR developer. At the time of the purchase, the company was coy about its intentions for the technology. Now we’re starting to see what Walmart has in mind. Technology – Quartz August 18, 2018 at 06:35PM
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Elon Musk's decision to round to $420 could cost him $170 million — Quartz
Elon Musk’s decision to round to $420 could cost him $170 million Prospective August 18, 2018 at 04:45PM

In an Aug. 16 interview with the New York Times, Elon Musk revealed that he fired off the fateful tweet saying he was considering taking Tesla private while driving himself to the airport. He says that he’d wanted to offer a roughly 20% premium over the price at the time for the electric car company’s stock. As he sat in his car in California, midday Aug. 7, that would have been $419. Then he decided to round it up to $420, saying his funding for privatization was secured.

That extra $1 added more than $170 million to the price he would need to pay. He was then valuing the company at about $71.6 billion.

A seemingly harmless decision to round up landed Musk with millions more in funding to find and in whole bunch of hot water about whether he was making some purposeful reference to marijuana with the 420 price.

“It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419,” Musk told the New York Times. “But I was not on weed, to be clear. Weed is not helpful for productivity. There’s a reason for the word ‘stoned.’ You just sit there like a stone on weed.”

Regardless, how Musk will pay for the privatization at $420 a share is still unclear as it turns out the funding wasn’t really that secure. Tesla shares are now trading at about $305, down 11% from the day before Musk’s privatization tweet. Quartz August 18, 2018 at 04:45PM
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Best Weekend Tech Deals: Bose QuietComfort, Galaxy Note 9, iPad, Xbox One S | WIRED
Best Weekend Tech Deals: Bose QuietComfort, Galaxy Note 9, iPad, Xbox One S Prospective August 18, 2018 at 03:09PM


Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes)

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The brain's complexity is shown in the Art of Neuroscience — Quartz
These beautiful works of art illustrate the brain’s complexity Prospective August 18, 2018 at 01:32PM

Art is sometimes the easiest way of understanding the mysterious and unknowable.

The Art of Neuroscience competition, organized by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, solicited entries from around the world to help “make the research from neuroscience labs more tangible…[and] for scientists to evaluate their own work from a different perspective.” The recognized entries come from practicing scientists presenting their work in creative ways as well as artists who have collaborated with scientists.

The work illustrates both the physical complexity of human brains—and the sensitivity of our mental conditions.

Alvin Kamermans, a Ph.D. student at Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, shows an image of astrocytoma cells, a certain type of brain cancer.

Alwin Kamermans/Art of Neurology

Human Astrocytoma Cells
Yishul Wei, a researcher at the Netherlands institute, charted the rhythms of the autonomic nervous system, which controls the most basic functions of the body, breathing, digestion and in this depiction, heartbeat. He adds, “clearly seen the heart rhythm is not perfectly periodic, otherwise the heartbeats (R-waves or “spikes” in the ECG) would overlap.

“The rhythm is also not random, but have complex structures reflecting the underlying complex nonlinear neural control outside of our consciousness.”

“Complex Rhythm Sustaining Complex Life”
To depict the complexity of the sensation of smell, Carles Bosch Piñol of The Francis Crick Institute and artist Francesca Piñol Torrent adapted a 3D scan of neurons of the glomerulus—the portion of the brain that helps process smell—into a woven tapestry.

Carles Bosch Piñol and Francesca Piñol Torrent

Artist Lynn Lu built an interactive art installation around the research of neuroscientist Carmine Pariante on connections between stress, the brain’s biology and mental health.

Artist Jenny Walsh, working with neuroscientist Kate Jeffery and technician Jeremy Keenan, produced a musical glass sculpture that “represents a head-direction network that is controlled by the head movements of an exploring mouse.” Quartz August 18, 2018 at 01:32PM
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The US government wants to wiretap Facebook Messenger in an MS-13 case — Quartz
The US government wants to wiretap Facebook Messenger in an MS-13 case Prospective August 18, 2018 at 12:26PM

In a case in a California federal court, the US Department of Justice wants Facebook to break the encryption of its Messenger app, Reuters reported. The government and tech companies have for years been at odds over privacy considerations, which aim to protect users, but can impede law enforcement investigations.

The case is under a seal, so there are few details available, but unnamed sources told Reuters that it involves an investigation into the MS-13 street gang, an international crime organization and Donald Trump’s favorite bogeyman in immigration discussions. The government reportedly seeks to access a suspect’s voice messages sent through the app. The judge, Reuters reports, heard arguments on Tuesday over whether Facebook should be held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with law enforcement demands.

The decision could have major implications for the tech industry—if the court sides with the government, law enforcement could make similar arguments in the future, rendering encryption and other privacy protections significantly weaker.

Facebook Messenger isn’t automatically end-to-end encrypted for all users—you have to enable a special feature called “secret conversation.”

In a parallel case in 2016, the government took on Apple, which would not unlock the iPhone of the mass shooter in San Bernardino, California. Earlier this year, the DOJ found that the FBI did not exhaust all of its options to access the phone before engaging in a court battle with Apple.

Tech companies routinely comply with government requests for information, and Facebook itself produces some information for nearly 75% of all such requests. But Facebook says that in this case, it would have to re-write the code for the entire app and all its users, Reuters reported, since Messenger communications are encrypted end-to-end, and no one but the sender and addressee can access them. Alternatively, it would have to hack one of its own users, the government’s target. Technology – Quartz August 18, 2018 at 12:26PM
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A beer giant's investment in a cannabis startup is the beginning of Big Pot — Quartz
Marijuana is going corporate, and the government isn’t ready Prospective August 18, 2018 at 12:07PM

An alcohol conglomerate pouring $4 billion into a marijuana startup shouldn’t surprise, but it might be cause for concern.

This week, Constellation Brands invested in Canopy. The former’s products include Corona beer, Woodbridge wine, and Svedka vodka, while the latter is among the largest legal marijuana businesses emerging in Canada, the first major economy to legalize cannabis on a national scale.

Canopy’s CEO called the investment “rocket fuel.” Another Canadian company, Tilray, went public on the NASDAQ exchange in New York last month and is now valued at $2.8 billion.

In the US, the size of cannabis companies is limited by federal prohibition and the varying legal regimes in different states and localities. But as more states approve recreational cannabis use—including California, a larger economy than Canada—Big Marijuana will soon be as real as, or even become, Big Alcohol.

Constellation is among a handful of corporations that dominate global alcohol sales, led by Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken Holdings.

The political clout of the booze lobby—on alcohol taxes and drunk driving laws, but also in its quasi-cartels—makes public consumption of alcohol worse for society than it could be. Experts, meanwhile, say the public should extend marijuana the same “grudging toleration” it now does tobacco, which no longer has a free hand in marketing its products.

For now, neither do most legal marijuana businesses, which operate under tight scrutiny. As cannabis’ legal status shifts from illicit narcotic to recreational commodity—often under the slogan “regulated like alcohol”—public health experts fear regulators won’t avoid the mistakes made while creating legal markets for alcohol and tobacco.

But governments need to act quickly, as this cottage industry enters the age of the mega-corporation. As one drug policy researcher observed at a marijuana policy conference in 2016, “there’s a good chance that people in 25 to 40 years will look back and shake their heads and ask, what were you thinking? Why did you think it was a good idea to create an industry of titans to market this drug?” Quartz August 18, 2018 at 12:07PM
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Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems
Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems Prospective August 18, 2018 at 11:42AM


Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago, Google began applying AI to its data center cooling systems and it offered system controllers recommendations about how to boost energy efficiency while maintaining optimal temperatures. Now, Google says its AI is running the show.

When the company developed its AI-powered recommendation system, it said the thinking behind the move was simple. "Even minor improvements would provide significant energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions to help combat climate change," DeepMind said in a blog post today. After implementing the system, the company's data center operators reported that it was uncovering some improved techniques, but vetting and manually implementing they system's recommendations was requiring a fair amount of time and effort. That's when Google began to explore an automated system.

Now, the AI system is implementing actions on its own, though human operators are always there to supervise and take over if need be. Every five minutes, the system takes a snapshot of the cooling system and that information is fed into DeepMind's neural networks. The AI then assesses which actions should be taken to maintain temperature but minimize energy consumption, and after those actions are run through a number of safety checks, they're implemented.

Google says that the system has been in place for a few months and it's producing energy savings of around 30 percent. It's also continuing to find new techniques to satisfy energy saving goals. The company adds that data centers might not be the only places that could benefit from such a system. "In the long term, we think there's potential to apply this technology in other industrial settings, and help tackle climate change on an even grander scale," it said. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 11:42AM
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The strong dollar is this year's most disruptive financial force — Quartz
The dollar tricked everyone Prospective August 18, 2018 at 11:03AM

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the US dollar. Nearly 90% of all currency trades involve the dollar, meaning the currency is involved in $4.4 trillion worth of trades every day (pdf). Some 60% of currency reserves held by global central banks are in dollars, a total of $6.5 trillion. As the world’s dominant currency, the dollar is the lifeblood of the global financial circulatory system.

And yet, even with all the world’s eyes trained on it, the dollar has hoodwinked analysts, traders, and others this year. In 2017, the greenback suffered its worst year since 2003 as global growth picked up and forecasters expected the weakness to persist. Instead, the dollar has strengthened against nearly every other major currency in the world. It’s now at its highest level in more than a year.

The move wrong-footed traders, with disruptive consequences (paywall) for emerging markets in particular. The Turkish lira went into freefall as the dollar’s rise stoked fears that the country may struggle to repay its large stock of dollar-denominated debt. This fear infected other countries that don’t have ties to Turkey but do have a similarly large share of of dollar loans. This quashed the synchronized upturn in global economic growth at the start of the year, which was the talk of the Davos set. The share of countries growing above their economic potential has dropped to about 60%, from 80% last year, according to analysts at JPMorgan.

Perhaps the most prominent figure flummoxed by the unexpected strength of the dollar is Donald Trump. The US president can’t seem to decide whether the dollar’s strength is good or bad. Last month, he complained that a strong dollar put the US at a disadvantage. Yesterday, he boasted that “money is pouring into our cherished DOLLAR like rarely before” (emphasis Trump’s). He clearly likes the aesthetics of a strong dollar but is torn by the implication that it crimps his growth and trade agendas by making American exports less competitive, puts a dent in companies’ overseas earnings, and takes the sting out of tariffs he’s imposing on major trading partners.

Analysts are undeterred, with many predicting that the strong dollar’s days are numbered. For real this time. Quartz August 18, 2018 at 11:03AM
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Raconteur Report: The Leftese Dictionary
The Leftese Dictionary Prospective August 18, 2018 at 10:03AM

If you are unacquainted thus far with the work, wit, and wisdom of Andrew Klavan, and more specifically, his latest YouTube endeavor, The Leftese Dictionary, you should remedy that lack immediately.

At 2-3 minutes apiece, they are an absolute scream.

He's six letters in, and twenty to go, and he's absolutely killing it thus far.


The series, should give you something fun to watch for the rest of the year, if not a full year, as he seems to putting them out in batches every couple of weeks or so.


Enjoy. Raconteur Report August 18, 2018 at 10:03AM
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Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV
Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV Prospective August 18, 2018 at 09:42AM

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Valve seems to have unveiled a Twitch competitor with nary a peep of fanfare. A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain, the website started live streaming The International 2018, Valve's Dota 2 esports tournament. The stream is no longer available, but CNET was able to try it out before it went offline. Based on what the publication saw, its features are still quite limited: it was able to stream the tournament, but it had no option to broadcast your own gameplay. 🤔(yes, it's real)
— Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) August 17, 2018

While you don't need to log into your Steam account to watch, you'll be able to access your Steam Chat friends list and group chats if you do -- you'll even be able to invite friends to watch with you. CNET has also discovered that it has built-in voice chat you can use in-browser.

[Image credit: CNET]

Considering the website is now offline, Valve was probably just testing it out. We'll likely see more features in the future after the company officially launches it. We've reached out to Valve to ask what it plans to do with the domain and the platform, and we'll let you know when we hear back. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 09:42AM
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Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices
Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices Prospective August 18, 2018 at 06:42AM

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Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not everyone is as confident in its ability to keep your data private.

Confidential mode is now available on mobile devices and can help you protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. Learn more about this feature
— Gmail (@gmail) August 16, 2018

Once you've turned on confidential mode for a specific email, you can set an expiration date and passcode so that you can restrict access to the email either in the web interface or via SMS. Recipients of these confidential emails won't be able to copy, paste, download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled.

That doesn't stop anyone from taking a screenshot of your message, however. As Google notes, "Although confidential mode helps prevent the recipients from accidentally sharing your email, it doesn't prevent recipients from taking screenshots or photos of your messages or attachments. Recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may still be able to copy or download your messages or attachments. This feature isn't available for G Suite customers at this time."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) digital privacy advocacy group thinks that this new mode isn't secure at all, and might even lend users a false sense of security. Confidential mode is not encrypted end-to-end, so Google could in fact read your messages in transit. In addition, the EFF points out that expiring messages do not, in fact, disappear from your Sent mail, which means they are retrievable. Also, if you use an SMS passcode, you might need to give Google your recipient's phone number (if the company doesn't already have it). That means that Google now has another bit of personal data — an email connected to a phone number. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 06:42AM
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A 'Vampyr' TV show is on the way
A 'Vampyr' TV show is on the way Prospective August 18, 2018 at 04:06AM


If you're looking for a new supernatural television series, you're in luck (if you don't mind waiting a while). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce a new show based on the video game Vampyr by the developer of Life is Strange, Dontnod. The title came out for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 5th.

The RPG game explores 1918 London through a dual lens. The male protagonist is a doctor who believes in science, but also a supernatural being who must feed on the living to survive. Most combat can be avoided in Vampyr, and you don't have to kill innocents to finish the game. The title won a Best of E3 award in 2017, and reached the number one spot on the Steam charts.

The deep, dark world of Vampyr could make for some compelling entertainment. "We believe it is a fantastic premise for a television show, said Dontnd CEO Oskar Guilbert in a statement. "This is a new and exciting way for fans of the game, as well as the uninitiated, to enter and engage with Vampyr's rich, deep story." Engadget August 18, 2018 at 04:06AM
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MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down
MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down Prospective August 18, 2018 at 02:48AM

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It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical -- encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow as to be virtually unusable. MIT thankfully has a solution in the form of GAZELLE, a technology that promises to encrypt convolutional neural networks without a dramatic slowdown. The key was to meld two existing techniques in a way that avoids the usual bottlenecks those methods create.

To start, users uploading data to the AI rely on a "garbled circuits" approach that takes their input and sends two distinct inputs to each side of the conversation, hiding data for both the user and the neural network while making the relevant output accessible. That approach would normally be too intensive if it was used for the entire system, though, so MIT uses homomorphic encryption (which both takes and produces encrypted data) for the more demanding computation layers before sending it back to the user. The homomorphic method has to introduce noise in order to work, though, so it's limited to crunching one layer at a time before transmitting info. In short: MIT is splitting the workload based on what each side does best.

The result leads to performance up to 30 times speedier than what you'd get from conventional methods, and promises to shrink the needed network bandwidth by "an order of magnitude," according to MIT. That could lead to more uses of internet-based neural networks for handling vital info, rather than forcing companies and institutions to either build expensive local equivalents or forget AI-based systems altogether. Hospitals could teach AI to spot medical issues in MRI scans, for example, and share that technology with others without exposing patient data. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 02:48AM
'Star Wars Resistance' trailer shows off its anime style
'Star Wars Resistance' trailer shows off its anime style Prospective August 18, 2018 at 01:42AM


Star Wars' latest animated series, Rebels, ended its four-season run this spring -- but fans didn't have to wait long to get a tease of details for the next show. While the last was set between the prequels and original trilogy, Star Wars Resistance explores what happened before The Force Awakens as General Leia Organa rallies her rebels to oppose The First Order. We knew it would have an "anime-inspired look," but today, the first trailer dropped, showing off a rad cel-shaded look and fun, kid-friendly adventure.

Take to the skies with #StarWarsResistance. Premiering Sunday, October 7 at 10pm ET/PT on @DisneyChannel.
— Disney (@Disney) August 17, 2018

Resistance follows new recruit Kazuda Xiono as he joins Leia's growing forces alongside a squad of ace pilots -- including Poe Dameron, voiced by Oscar Isaac (Gwendoline Christie is also slated to appear as Captain Phasma). The series has plenty of DNA from previous Star Wars animated shows, with Lucasfilm Animation lead Dave Filoni (who supervised and produced The Clone Wars and Rebels) and other veterans executive producing Resistance. It looks to be a breezy adventure show, with more high-flying action:

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that's been a big influence on me," Filoni said, per iO9. "There's a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we've captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time."

Resistance debuts on October 7th on the Disney Channel at 10PM EST before coming to Disney XD sometime later. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 01:42AM
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The government is demanding Facebook let it access Messenger calls
The government is demanding Facebook let it access Messenger calls Prospective August 18, 2018 at 01:06AM

Facebook has become the latest tech company to receive an ultimatum from the government: allow us access to encrypted data to help with a criminal investigation.

Reuters is reporting that at a sealed trial in California, the government has asked the court to hold the social networking company in contempt of court for refusing to allow law enforcement to access voice calls made in Facebook’s messenger app. The case itself involves an investigation into the MS-13 gang, which the Trump administration (and other Republican candidates) use as a political football in the fight over immigration. Facebook says it is impossible to comply the request, because phone conversations on messenger are encrypted end-to-end and there is no way for the company to access them.

The case is the latest in a series of battles between law enforcement and tech companies about access to the personal data and communications we give those companies and store on their devices–and what expectations we have when we we do it. The last major  front in this fight was when the FBI attempted to use the courts to force Apple to unlock the phone of the deceased San Berardino shooter, which was ultimately resolved not with a new legal precedent because the FBI found a different way to access the phone.

What will happen in this case, writes Reuters, could create major changes in who can access our data:

The potential impact of the judge’s coming ruling is unclear. If the government prevails in the Facebook Messenger case, it could make similar arguments to force companies to rewrite other popular encrypted services such as Signal and Facebook’s billion-user WhatsApp, which include both voice and text functions, some legal experts said.

Law enforcement agencies forcing technology providers to rewrite software to capture and hand over data that is no longer encrypted would have major implications for the companies which see themselves as defenders of individual privacy while under pressure from police and lawmakers. Co.Labs August 18, 2018 at 01:06AM
Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage
Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage Prospective August 18, 2018 at 12:42AM


With Alexa's latest skill, users can now ask the digital assistant to show them recorded security camera footage on their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. Currently, the skill is supported by Alexa-enabled cameras from Ring, Arlo, Cloud Cam and August and all you have to do is say, "Alexa, show the event that just happened at the front door," for example. You'll then be able to view the last recorded event from that particular camera.

Amazon had already introduced the ability to see live security camera feeds on its devices, but pulling up recorded video wasn't an option. While that's now possible with certain cameras, users still won't be able to request a video from a certain date or time. Amazon says the new capability is available now in the US and should expand to other countries soon. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 12:42AM
Gfycat and Overwolf team up to make instant gaming GIFs | GamesBeat
Gfycat and Overwolf team up to make instant gaming GIFs

The popular website Gfycat and PC game extension creator Overwolf are launching a way to make it easy for players to create instant gaming GIFs, which gamers share on social media for bragging rights for victories or funny fails.

Animated GIFs are the silly moving images associated with Internet memes in the 31-year-old graphics interchange format. GIFs are often the progenitors of viral internet memes. Gfycat has more than 2.5 million creators who have produced more than 40 million GIFs that reach more than 180 million monthly viewers.

Gfycat and Overwolf today released a new integration that allows players to instantly produce high-quality GIFs of their best gaming moments in real time.

“Products for gamers are a major priority at Gfycat,” said Gfycat’s CEO, Richard Rabbat, in a statement. “We partnered with Overwolf because of the extensive in-game services their platform enables, along with their long history in the PC gaming space.”

Above: Gfycat captures Fortnite fun.

Image Credit: Gfycat

Gfycat has been innovating GIFs for years, changing them from slow, smeared visuals into quality video loops, indistinguishable from full-quality footage. In the past, gamers were forced to record their games (typically using a screen record), and then manually create and cut videos, before converting them into GIFs via’s creator tools.

But with the new tools, Gfycat expects a lot more gaming content thanks to Overwolf, which is a PC platform for gamers providing access to tons of in-game tools, apps and extensions. The company works with hundreds of developers around the world to improve gaming experiences and player results in many popular games. With Gfycat’s integration in Overwolf, gamers can now easily and quickly create high-quality GIFs straight from their game’s end-screen.

“Besides gaming, players love nothing more than to share their experiences” said Overwolf’s CEO, Uri Marchand, in a statement. “Our partnership with Gfycat will bring best-in-market GIF creation tools into Overwolf, enabling millions of players to quickly create and share their best (and worst) moments with other gamers. We’re proud to work with Gfycat and cannot wait to see the awesome GIFs our community will create.”
Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity
Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity Prospective August 18, 2018 at 12:12AM

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Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal changes.

The addition of Bluetooth support was somewhat expected, as Google told the FCC earlier this year that it planned such an update, Variety notes. The current version of Chromecast does include a Bluetooth chip, which is used during the setup process, but future iterations of the device may offer full support for the standard and open up the streaming dongle to more flexible connectivity with other devices.

Meanwhile, Google is altering an antenna to bolster 5GHz WiFi connections. We could see the next version of Chromecast arrive at Google's usual fall product event, where it seems likely the company will unveil the Pixel 3 and possibly a smart display. Engadget August 18, 2018 at 12:12AM
Amazon is working on a recorder for live TV
Amazon is working on a recorder for live TV Prospective August 18, 2018 at 12:06AM

TiVo dominates the current market for recording live TV, but Amazon is reportedly now working on a new device of its own.

A source told Bloomberg that the device, internally dubbed “Frank,” would connect to Amazon’s Fire TV boxes. Fire TV can currently stream programming from Amazon Channels, but it hasn’t been possible to store video locally. Bloomberg reports:

Users will be able to record live TV and stream the video to a smartphone so it can be watched later. That functionality is similar to offerings from TiVo and Dish Network Corp.’s Slingbox. Amazon hasn’t made a final decision on rolling out the streaming feature, the person said, noting that the plans could either be canceled or delayed.

The company is developing the DVR in its Lab 126 R&D center, which also designed the Echo speaker and is reportedly working on Project Vesta, a domestic robot. Co.Labs August 18, 2018 at 12:06AM
Valve registers the domain for | VentureBeat
Valve registers the domain for

It looks like Valve has registered for the domain, as SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik first spotted. By looking at the source data for the webpage (which you can do by hitting F12 in Chrome), Djundik found that is probably a real Valve product, because owns its security certificate. That SSL certificate is from August 14, which is just three days ago.

I’ve reached out to Valve to ask for details about what this product is, and I’ll update this story when and if I get an answer. 🤔

(yes, it's real)

— Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) August 17, 2018

But it’s easy to imagine that this is a new homepage for Steam’s built-in streaming functionality. You can stream games on Steam right now, but those live videos live in the Steam app and are not as easy to broadcast to the web as those from competitors like Twitch and YouTube.

And as ResetEra forum user JaseC pointed out, that the certificate belongs to and not (Valve’s store website) makes it more likely that this is something akin to Twitch. is Valve’s social hub, and it has handled its live video initiative so far.

If Valve is planning its own video livestreaming hub that you can easily visit in browsers, then that would match some of its other recent updates. Early this summer, the company reworked its chat system to more closely resemble competitor Discord. If it is chasing down other services in the gaming space, it would make sense that it would want a piece of Twitch as well.

Finally, was completely blank except for some bold text at the top that said “Welcome to” But since Djundik tweeted about it (and since I emailed Valve to ask for answers), that text has disappeared.
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DOJ wants access to suspect's encrypted Facebook Messenger chats
DOJ wants access to suspect's encrypted Facebook Messenger chats Prospective August 17, 2018 at 11:48PM

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The US government wants Facebook to help break Messenger's encryption to get access to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal case, sources told Reuters. The probe is under seal so filings aren't publicly available, but the sources stated that Facebook has contested the DOJ's demand, and may be held in contempt of court for refusing.

This is in keeping with the tech industry's consistent resistance to government requests for access to encrypted data. Apple has been subject to many of these in the last few years, and its CEO Tim Cook has criticized Facebook for its lax privacy standards. Nevertheless, the social network finally introduced optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger conversations in October 2016, and that seems to be what the DOJ wants Facebook's help breaking in to.

The DOJ has been pushing harder for tech giants to grant access to their consumer devices, but it's just as happy to ask companies running messenger apps for the same. While governments around the world have frequently demanded Facebook's help breaking in to WhatsApp in the past, now that Messenger is encrypted, it may get more of those requests -- assuming users remember to turn on encryption before starting a conversation they want to keep private. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 11:48PM
Your low-carb diet could be shortening your life
Your low-carb diet could be shortening your life Prospective August 17, 2018 at 11:36PM

Eating a low-carb diet might help you lose weight now. But a new study suggests it might make it more likely that you will die earlier.

The study, published in Lancet Public Health, tracked more than 15,000 people over 25 years. The people who ate a low-carb diet (meaning less than 40% of their calories came from carbs like pasta and bread each day) or a high-carb diet (more than 70% carbs) were more likely to die during the study period than those who ate a moderate-carb diet (50 to 55% carbs). The researchers also pulled data from seven other studies involving more than 400,000 people in 20 countries.

The research didn’t definitively prove that the difference in diets was the cause of early deaths, but the researchers estimate that a 50-year-old eating a moderate amount of carbs might live about four years longer–to the age of 83–than someone eating a very low carb diet. There’s a caveat: If you’re eating low-carb and also vegan, you have a lower risk of dying early than someone who replaced carbs with meat and dairy. The authors write:

These data provide further evidence that animal-based low carbohydrate diets, which are more prevalent in North American and European populations, should be discouraged. Alternatively, if restricting carbohydrate intake is a chosen approach for weight loss or cardiometabolic risk reduction, replacement of carbohydrates with predominantly plant-based fats and proteins could be considered as a long-term approach to promote healthy ageing. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 11:36PM
Some baseball fans want robot umpires, and they make a pretty compelli
Some baseball fans want robot umpires, and they make a pretty compelling case Prospective August 17, 2018 at 11:06PM

Half the fun of baseball is yelling at the umpire when you disagree with his calls of balls versus strikes. In fact, baseball games would be quiet places without fans hollering “What are you, blind?” after every swing.

Now some fans and even players are calling for a new way to solve the problem of bad umpire calls—give them a little help from machines. There’s a growing movement, led by Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, to turn those baseball rulings over to software.

Technology Review lays out a pretty compelling case, noting that the tennis world has managed to embrace robot judges—or at least robot-assisted judges—through the “Hawk-Eye” program, which has final say when it comes to deciding whether a ball is in or out. Perhaps baseball will be next, although it would ruin the fun of hollering at the umpire, since robots don’t really care if you yell at them.

Read the full story here. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 11:06PM
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Netflix test interrupts your binge session with video promos
Netflix test interrupts your binge session with video promos Prospective August 17, 2018 at 10:42PM

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Netflix is trying out a new way to suggest content to viewers: Show them promos between episodes. The streaming company confirmed the tests to TechCrunch, but it doesn't appear to be a feature rolling out to everyone -- only a "small percentage" of subscribers will see the experimental psuedo-ads. And yet, the few viewers who have are irate, claiming the full-video interruptions are just as bad as commercials.

Contrary to complaints on a Reddit thread, the promos (which contain content from Netflix's whole library, not just its original shows) should be skippable -- just press the 'Continue' button. But for the many viewers who have seen and hated the intrusive videos -- unlike Hulu's lower subscription tier, people pay for Netflix to watch content ad-free -- there's no guarantee the streaming company will ever implement the feature for all.

Netflix runs plenty of these tests per year to try out new tweaks, perks or features for its service. Take the higher-priced Ultra tier it quietly introduced to users, or the 'binge scout' experiment handing kids collectible 'patches' for watching shows. Netflix gauges user reactions and may never move forward with these proposed features -- like when it concluded that gamifying content binging for young viewers wasn't the best idea. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 10:42PM
Hearstopping security news: Hackers can now get into pacemakers
Hearstopping security news: Hackers can now get into pacemakers Prospective August 17, 2018 at 10:29PM

A security flaw in a pacemaker made by Medtronic makes it possible for hackers to take control of the device and deliver malware to the computers implanted in someone’s chest.

At the recent Black Hat information security conference, researchers demonstrated how the Carelink 2090 pacemaker, along with the company’s insulin pump, could be hacked. First, they warned anyone with an implanted device to leave the room. Then they disabled an insulin pump. A hacker near a patient could copy the device’s radio frequency signals, and then play them back later to deliver insulin when it isn’t needed–potentially leading to dangerously low blood sugar. They also hacked a system that doctors can use to program a patient’s pacemaker. The hack could be used to shock someone’s heart, or to withhold a shock when it’s needed.

The researchers, Billy Rios from the security firm Whitescope, and Jonathan Butts of QED Secure Solutions, have spent nearly two years trying to get Medtronic to address the flaws. Despite demonstrating attacks to the company, they say, the company was slow to evaluate the problem and hasn’t fixed the flaws. The researchers decided to go public with their concerns; they also went to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team and the FDA, which is evaluating the vulnerabilities in an ongoing investigation.

In a statement, the company said that the “likelihood of a breach of a patient’s device is low.” Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 10:29PM
Amazon is reportedly working on a TiVo-like DVR for live TV
Amazon is reportedly working on a TiVo-like DVR for live TV Prospective August 17, 2018 at 10:12PM

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Amazon is working on a new device to record live television in a bid to compete in a market dominated by TiVo, a source told Bloomberg. The ecommerce titan's Lab 126 R&D division is reportedly building the DVR, which is internally called "Frank" and will connect to Amazon's Fire TV box.

Much like TiVo's Slingbox devices, the Frank DVR as it's currently planned will let users record live TV and stream it to their smartphones, though that feature seems up in the air, per Bloomberg's source. But the device will also store data locally, something the Fire TV boxes haven't done, which could be a selling point in itself. We've reached out to Amazon for comment and will include it when we hear back. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 10:12PM
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Twitch may have exposed some users' private messages
Twitch may have exposed some users' private messages Prospective August 17, 2018 at 09:48PM

Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

Some Twitch users' private messages may have been exposed due to a bug. The streaming platform killed the messages feature in May, and gave users the chance to download an archive of their private communications.

However, a glitch in the system meant that "a small percentage of user messages were included in the wrong archives," Twitch confirmed to Polygon. The company says it has taken steps to avoid similar situations in the future.

Streamers have expressed concern about the error, as some for instance received messages from giveaway winners containing full names and mailing addresses. Twitch has contacted those who were affected by the bug, but if you're worried that your private communications may have been exposed, you can check the message archive page on the website.

A bug in Twitch's message archive system accidentally gave access to "a small percentage of messages" to the wrong users.To see if you were among those effected, check your email or go to
— Streamer News (@StreamerNews) August 16, 2018 Engadget August 17, 2018 at 09:48PM
DNA Nanostructures Strenghtened to Survive Harsh Environments - IEEE Spectrum
DNA Nanostructures Strenghtened to Survive Harsh Environments Prospective August 17, 2018 at 09:35PM

Enhanced durability now makes DNA nanostructures functional for in vivo applications IEEE Spectrum Semiconductors Channel August 17, 2018 at 09:35PM
Walmart may soon let you shop in VR
Walmart may soon let you shop in VR Prospective August 17, 2018 at 09:00PM


Walmart has been getting serious about VR and its next project could be a virtual shopping experience. The company has applied for two patents that describe a virtual reality showroom customers could visit and shop from through VR headsets, Bloomberg reports. The idea is that customers could then forgo the traditional shopping experience at a brick-and-mortar store and instead use a VR setup to select items from virtual shelves, which would then be shipped to them.

In February, Walmart acquired the virtual reality startup Spatialand as part of its effort to push VR initiatives, and in June, it launched a virtual shopping tour that let users peruse a virtual apartment in VR. With that feature, users could navigate through the apartment, explore the dozens of items within it that are sold by Walmart and easily get to those items' product pages if they wanted to learn more.

Walmart has begun implementing a number of services and technologies aimed at making the shopping experience more convenient for its customers -- many of which off alternative ways to shop. And those efforts, which include Pickup Towers, automated kiosks, grocery delivery and text-based shopping, are all aimed at giving the retailer a leg up against rival Amazon. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 09:00PM
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Tesla sues Ontario over ‘unreasonable’ EV rebate exclusion
Tesla sues Ontario over ‘unreasonable’ EV rebate exclusion Prospective August 17, 2018 at 08:18PM

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Tesla has more problems than whatever's happening with CEO Elon Musk right now. The company has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario government, which axed the province's Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program soon after taking power at the end of June. Tesla says legislators are excluding its buyers from receiving the rebate as the program winds down.

The program offered electric vehicle buyers rebates of up to $14,000 (around $10,700 US). Ontario's government said it would honor rebates for those who bought EVs through a dealership, as long as the cars are delivered and registered by September 10th. However, Tesla sells its cars directly to customers, and it says several hundred buyers are missing out on the rebates. Tesla also claimed the decision is hurting sales.

"The unjustified targeting of Tesla Canada and its customers was done without giving Tesla any warning or the chance to provide input or submissions," Tesla said in the suit. "Tesla Canada received no reasons at all for its exclusion, which was an arbitrary and entirely unreasonable decision and should be quashed."

The company urged the Ontario Superior Court to ensure its eligible customers get the rebate too. In the US, meanwhile, a federal rebate measure for Tesla buyers is winding down after the company hit the program's thresholds. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 08:18PM
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Prince's 1995-2010 catalog is streaming for the first time
Prince's 1995-2010 catalog is streaming for the first time Prospective August 17, 2018 at 07:54PM

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More of Prince's music has been gradually making its way online since his passing, and that now includes a large chunk of his later catalog. Sony Music's Legacy Recordings has released 23 (!) of the late, great musician's albums on major streaming and download services for the first time, in addition to a new Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 collection that highlights songs from the period. Many of the albums are either rare or completely out of print, so this may be your only (legal) way to listen to Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic or Musicology without tracking down the CDs... assuming you still have devices that play CDs.

There is an exception: you can't stream all of 1995's The Gold Experience, and it's not available for download.

The additions aren't as influential as the first digital release of Prince's music beyond Tidal, since that included mega-hits like Purple Rain. Nonetheless, they fill a giant hole in Prince's digital catalog, and promise to please both completists as well as newcomers just discovering the artist's later work for the first time. In a sense, things have come full circle: Prince once declared that the internet was "over," but that same internet is now preserving his legacy in a way that discs never could. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 07:54PM
IBM dévoile ses grands serveurs Power9
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Generic, cheaper EpiPens are finally FDA-approved — Quartz
You’ll no longer have to spend ludicrous amounts of money on EpiPens Prospective August 17, 2018 at 07:50PM

On Thursday (Aug. 16), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a generic version of the EpiPen, a life-saving tool that stops severe allergic reactions with an injected dose of epinephrine, the hormone also known as adrenaline.

The decision comes two years after reporting by STAT revealed that Mylan, EpiPen’s manufacturer, had increased the price of the devices by 450% over the previous nine years. Currently, EpiPens are priced at around $600 for a pack of two (the number of pens people with severe allergies should carry, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), without insurance. There is an “authorized generic” pack, also manufactured by Mylan, that is priced around $300 without insurance. But now that a true generic has been approved, manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, prices should plummet.

Since Mylan’s EpiPen was first approved by the FDA in 1987, the company has maintained a stranglehold on the market for epinephrine injectors. Recently, competitors have entered the space, including o the Kaléo’s Auvi-Q, which the company says it sells for $360, and Amedra Pharmaceuticals’ Adrenaclick, which CVS sells for $110 (both for two-packs). In 2016, a group of vigilante doctors calling themselves “Four Thieves Vinegar” posted free instructions to making an “EpiPencil” at home with materials costing just $30. Making any kind of drug yourself, though, is far from advisable, especially one that needs to stop a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction. It was a deadly risk not many were willing to take.

Teva had been trying to create a generic EpiPen for years, according to STAT. Six years ago, Mylan and Teva settled a patent infringement lawsuit, with Teva agreeing to table their generic until 2015. But then in 2016, Teva’s first attempt at a generic was rejected by the FDA.

The news of the Teva generic comes right at the start of back-to-school season, when parents typically purchase new pens for their children who need them. However, according to the Washington Post (paywall), it seems unlikely the Teva pens will be available in time for the beginning of the school year. There is still no official information on the generic’s price or when it will be available in pharmacies. Technology – Quartz August 17, 2018 at 07:50PM
The genetic tool elephants use to stay cancer-free — Quartz
Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary tool elephants use to stay cancer-free Prospective August 17, 2018 at 07:34PM

Once they got into the laboratory, the scientists didn’t hold back.

The elephant tissue they’d collected was divided into several petri dishes, and then the researchers purposefully infected them with a slew of known carcinogens, curious about whether the tissues would become ridden with cancer cells.

They didn’t. And that is helping to give us a clearer understanding of why elephants seem to be less likely than many other animals—including humans—to suffering from cancer at all. The findings of the University of Chicago research team were published this week in the journal Cell Reports.

For a long time, scientists assumed that bigger animals had a greater likelihood of developing cancer. And their reasoning seemed solid. The bigger an animals is, the more cells it has. More cells means more opportunities for one of them to be corrupted.

That idea was eventually dismissed when scientists began comparing cancer prevalence rates among different species. One of those species happens to be the elephant, which under the old theory, should be highly susceptible to cancer. Yet elephants are estimated to have a cancer mortality rate that’s lower than 5%, compared to the 11% to 25% seen in humans.

So what’s the pachyderm’s secret? Turns out it’s gene known as TP53, an anti-cancer gene that, once it detects damage to a cell’s DNA, essentially instructs the cell to either fix the problem or die entirely. If the DNA can’t be fixed, TP53 triggers another gene, known as LIF6, to target a cell’s mitochondria. By causing the insides of the mitochondria to leak out, LIF6 kills off the cell. Most mammals have TP53, but only a couple of copies. Elephants have about 20, which means they are better prepared to tackle the threat of cancer earlier than most creatures.

Whether this new knowledge can contribute to the bigger fight against cancer in humans remains to be seen. Figuring out how to use the evolutionary tools of elephants is the hurdle. On the other side could lay interesting new techniques for stopping cancerous cells before they can wreak havoc on the body. Quartz August 17, 2018 at 07:34PM
Google might launch its own smart display this holiday season
Google might launch its own smart display this holiday season Prospective August 17, 2018 at 07:30PM


Google is expanding its line of Assistant-powered devices with its own smart display, at least according to Nikkei. The tech giant has reportedly told its Taiwanese manufacturing partners to gear up and make sure they can deliver, because it's planning to take its competition with Amazon up a notch. Mountain View, the report says, will launch its own take on the smart display platform it recently debuted this upcoming holiday season. Its plans could even be more aggressive than that, because Nikkei's source said the company is aiming to "ship some 3 million units for the first batch of the new model of smart speaker that comes with a screen."

Google unveiled its Assistant-powered smart display technology at CES earlier this year, demonstrating its ability to do what smart speakers can with the added benefit of being able to show things on a screen. Some of its partner manufacturers are already developing devices of their own based on that platform, creating a whole new category meant to challenge the Echo Show. But it won't come as a surprise if the big G truly is working on a home-grown device: having a Google-branded version in its Home speaker lineup is a step towards being able to compete with Amazon's Echo offerings on a more equal footing. Thus far, Lenovo's version is the only Assistant Smart Display you can get right now. JBL's is already available for pre-order and will start shipping in September, though, while LG's is already in the works. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 07:30PM
The ultimate “Thanksgiving in the Trump era” movie is coming soon
The ultimate “Thanksgiving in the Trump era” movie is coming soon Prospective August 17, 2018 at 06:51PM

What: A trailer for the upcoming comedy, The Oath.

Who: Writer/director/star Ike Barinholtz, along with Tiffany Hadish, Carrie Brownstein, and Jon Cho.

Why we care: Sharing a Thanksgiving meal with one’s ideological foes has always been an awkward experience fraught with tension. In the last two years, however, it has become a Sisyphean gauntlet of nightmares. With his new film, The Oath, comedy star Ike Barinholtz has found a way to channel the fallout from these singularly polarized times into a cathartic laugh-fest.

Barinholtz, last seen in the spring hit Blockers, makes his writing and directing debut with this film, set during a year in which the government demands citizens sign a “patriots oath” by the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a move that seems designed expressly for the purpose of plunging families even deeper into their annual drama–and it’s a move in keeping with the general vibe in 2018.

Watch the full trailer below. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 06:51PM
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SNES Party lets you play classic ROMs with friends online
SNES Party lets you play classic ROMs with friends online Prospective August 17, 2018 at 06:30PM

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Nintendo promised online play for the retro games it'll make available via the Switch's online service, but if you'd rather not wait until this September for that, there's an unofficial way to play games of yore over the internet. It's through an emulator called SNES Party. "SNES Party is an experimental way to play SNES games with your friends online all from within your browser using WebRTC," the developers write. It works pretty well too.

If you're familiar with playing NES Party with friends, it's the same setup process. After creating a room, you're asked to load a ROM file and from there, WebRTC streams the video and controls to the other folks you're playing with. We tried it out with Bomberman and it went off without a hitch.

Of course, given Nintendo's litigious reputation don't expect this service to stick around for too long. Maybe it'll last until the company gives further details of how and when we'll get to start playing NES classics with our friends on the Switch. We can always hope. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 06:30PM
Analyst warns Facebook investors: “systemic mismanagement” poses big r
Analyst warns Facebook investors: “systemic mismanagement” poses big risks Prospective August 17, 2018 at 06:19PM

Headlines over the past few weeks–nay, years–have been hard on Facebook. If it’s not a story detailing how the company mismanaged user data, it’s another scathing report about how it misleads customers, can’t get fake news under control, or is killing the news business.

And analysts are getting increasingly worried.

Yesterday, an advertiser filed a lawsuit, seeking class action status, over Facebook allegedly misrepresenting its “Potential Reach” statistic. In Myanmar, the company’s attempt to fight hate speech is reportedly going terribly. The list goes on.

With all of this, Pivotal analyst Brian Wieser sees a big problem. Though he’s given the company a “sell” rating for a while, these latest headlines further bolster his opinion. “Although we don’t have a tangible sense of financial consequences these situations may bring they are illustrative of systemic mis-management at the company which is mostly under-appreciated as risks by investors,” he writes in a new note.

Wieser goes on, “All of these issues compound our primary concerns on the stock related to the limits to growth for digital advertising paired with rising costs for content, security and other activities.”

Wieser isn’t the only one sour on Facebook. After its last earnings report, multiple analysts downgraded the company’s stock. And even though that was a few weeks ago, the company isn’t faring much better. Shares continue to stumble, down to $173 today, compared to its peak over over $218 late last month. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 06:19PM
Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ finds new life in Facebook Messenger
Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ finds new life in Facebook Messenger Prospective August 17, 2018 at 06:06PM


Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare is now a Facebook game. The classic show originally aired from 1986 to 1993 and recently just made its return to Nickelodeon. Now, fans will be able to play a version of Double Dare themselves through Facebook Messenger, challenging friends and keeping track of who's on top via the game's leaderboard.

To play, head to Facebook Messenger, tap "Games" and type in "Double Dare." From there, you can open the game and start a thread with a friend. The two of you will then answer Double Dare questions, compete in physical challenge mini games that are based on those from the show and the game will send each player notifications when it's their turn. Play is one-on-one but the game can be played within a group chat.

You can play the Double Dare game today anywhere Facebook Messenger is available.

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As CEO pay increases, when will wages for average tech workers start g
When will tech worker wages start growing again? Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:48PM

We’re all used to rolling our eyes when we see headlines about the obscene wealth in Silicon Valley: Jeff Bezos making $6.2 billion in 5 minutes, Sean Parker’s $9 million wedding in a redwood forest, tech CEOs building expensive underground bunkers in case of doomsday.

And the inequality is getting worse, in and out of the tech sector. While CEOs at the 350 biggest U.S. companies earned an average pay of $18.9 million in 2017—a steep 17% increase from the previous year—wages for the average U.S. worker grew just 0.2% during that period, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute.

Average tech sector wages ($112,890) are more than double the average national wage ($54,520), but they also remain relatively stagnant. Wages increased by just 2.1%, which adjusted for inflation, is essentially flat, according to a CompTIA report. It’s been a source of frustration for many in the industry, considering that demand is so high. In May 2018, employers posted 314,000 tech job openings and only filled 8,700 of them, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of software developers to grow 24% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

In recent years, there have been a number of factors to explain this sluggishness: managed service providers driving down rates through volume-based negotiation for talent, and there’s been an increased use of foreign workers on H1B visas at lower salaries. But this should change soon, says Harley Lippman, CEO of staffing firm Genesis10, pointing to the intense competition for highly skilled workers and the Trump administration’s crackdown on H1B visas.

“That will put more demand on companies to increase wages,” Lippman says. “I was talking to a Fortune 500 client the other day and the CIO told me for the first time that they’re talking about raising salaries.” Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 05:48PM
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Google employees wrote a letter demanding transparency around work in China — Quartz
1,400 Google employees are demanding transparency around the company’s return to China Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:42PM

Google’s code of conduct encourages employees to not be evil and speak up when they see something they think isn’t right. They’re speaking up now.

Roughly 1,400 employees have signed a letter demanding transparency around the tech giant’s return to China, The New York Times reported (pdf) on Thursday (Aug. 16).

Google’s reentry into China

Google pulled out of China in 2010 because of the country’s censorship policies, but has been gradually forging a path back to the nation that boasts more than 750 million internet users. The Intercept revealed earlier this month that Google was secretly building a version of its search product that would comply with the strict censorship laws in China, removing banned sites from search results and even blacklisting certain words and phrases. The project, codenamed Dragonfly, was expected to launch in a matter of weeks, according to the publication.

Most Google employees first learned of the project through the news reports.

A new era of ethical responsibility

Employees protested in a letter that urged Google to take ethical responsibility seriously, and start a dialogue to help staffers understand the global implications of their work.

“We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes,” said the letter, which has been making the rounds on Google’s internal communication systems. “Google employees need to know what we’re building.”

CEO Sundar Pichai, who is leading the effort in China, addressed Dragonfly during an internal meeting on Thursday. He told employees Google was not close to launching a search engine in the country and was “exploring many options,” according to CNBC.

The letter called for more than that—for “leadership to work with employees to implement concrete transparency and oversight processes.” The company wasn’t immediately available to comment on its employees’ letter.

The full text of the letter was published by the Times (pdf). Technology – Quartz August 17, 2018 at 05:42PM
Terrorism is surging in the US, fueled by right-wing extremists — Quartz
Terrorism is surging in the US, fueled by right-wing ideologies Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:40PM

Terrorism is in retreat around the world. Attacks fell from about 17,000 in 2014 to about 11,000 in 2017, and dropped almost 40% in the Middle East. Yet not in the US.

The country is seeing a surge in terrorism. There were only six attacks in the US a decade ago, but 65 in 2017. The number of fatalities is also increasing.

Most attacks in 2017 were thought to be motivated by right-leaning ideologies, a Quartz analysis of data from the Global Terrorism Database shows. Out of 65 incidents, 37 were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations.

That list includes the case in which neo-Nazi extremist James Fields is accused of driving into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, killing one person. It also includes attacks on a gay bar in Puerto Rico, mosques in Washington, Texas, and Florida, and a vehicle decorated with Jewish iconography in New York.

Meanwhile, 11 attacks were inspired by left-leaning ideologies. And seven were linked to Islamic extremists, including the vehicle-ramming Sayfullo Saipov was arrested for in New York that left eight people dead.

The Global Terrorism Database, published yearly by the University of Maryland, counts cases where violence is used by non-state actors to achieve political, economic, religious, or social goals through fear and coercion. It includes ideologically motivated attacks like the Charleston church shooting, but not ones such as the Aurora movie theater massacre.

The database classifies cases according to attackers’ affiliations (like “Ku Klux Klan”) or, when it can’t find a group, by its author’s identity (“white extremist” or “jihadi-inspired,” for example). Quartz analyzed each attack and classified them into right-leaning, left-leaning, or linked to Islamic extremists. Quartz August 17, 2018 at 05:40PM
Accenture Envisions Using AI to Broadly Apply Computer Vision
Accenture Envisions Using AI to Broadly Apply Computer Vision

Accenture this week signaled its intention to apply computer vision and product recognition technologies more broadly by investing in Malong Technologies.

Based in China, Malong Technologies has been applying computer vision technologies enabled by machine learning technologies to supply chains. But Mike Redding, managing director for Accenture Ventures, says Accenture plans to apply the artificial intelligence (AI) technologies developed by Malong Technologies to a broad range of use cases, including health care and transportation. In a recent trial for an Accenture client, the Malong AI technology achieved the same level of accuracy as human doctors in detecting cases of stroke from brain-scans, says Redding.

Redding says Accenture decided to invest in Malong Technologies because the AI pioneer has been recognized by Google, Microsoft and Gartner as being the provider of one of the most advanced implementations of computer vision technologies based on AI. The technology can be applied to not only what humans can see, but also at microscopic levels that go well beyond what humans can detect.

“It’s like having a superpower,” says Redding.

Redding says computer vision and other AI technologies developed by Malong Technologies will be incorporated into Accenture Insights Platform, a library of reusable AI models that Accenture makes available to its customers.

In general, Redding says Accenture doesn’t see AI technologies replacing the need for humans. Rather, AI will be used to augment the capabilities of humans as part of a digital business transformation that eliminates manual processes involving, for example, data entry.

Naturally, there will be a significant impact on job roles and functions. But overall, Accenture is betting that AI technologies will do a lot more to advance the human condition than harm it.

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Hasan Minhaj exits “The Daily Show” with this important career lesson
Hasan Minhaj exits “The Daily Show” with this important career lesson Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:23PM

On Thursday night, Hasan Minhaj signed off from The Daily Show desk for the last time.

His final segment, closing out a four-year correspondent stint, was a typically trenchant piece suggested MoviePass save itself by combining with the Affordable Care Act.

Fast Company spoke with Minhaj recently, ahead of the October premiere of his weekly Netflix series, Patriot Act, and here’s what he had to say about how his life changed when he became Jon Stewart’s final hire at The Daily Show:

“When I first got hired at The Daily Show, one of the big things that I had to come to terms with was, ‘Oh wow, this is the first time in my career that I get to be part of a cultural and comedy institution that’s both funny and meaningful.’ Usually in your career as a comedian, you get to choose one or the other. It may be funny but not specifically meaningful for moving the needle forward for culture or society. Or you’re doing straight up documentary work and it’s meaningful but not particularly funny. That was the big game-changer for me. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to be in the writers room with some of the smartest people in the world. I have to come correct.’

The big thing is: So, what is your take? How do you break it down and connect it to larger ideas? And what is your unique POV that takes you through the issue? And to survive in that room, you can’t just have read the Times. You have to also have a take on each of those headlines. And what I loved about the 9:15 pitch meeting, and to this day it was one of my favorite meetings at The Daily Show and what has the most significant impact on my life and career, is you have 15-25 people in there and the best take wins.”

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj premieres on Netflix on October 28. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 05:23PM
No, there is not a multi-state measles outbreak right now: CDC
No, there’s not a measles outbreak Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:23PM

The Centers for Disease Control wants people to know that there is no current multi-state measles outbreak. Yes, people have come down with the preventable illness over the last year, but it’s no more than to be expected—especially when people stubbornly refuse to get vaccinated.

Yesterday, the CDC tweeted the good news that there is no measles outbreak after some media outlets misinterpreted CDC data about the state of measles in the United States in 2018.

Here’s what happened: 

On Wednesday, federal officials announced that 107 people had contracted the disease from January 1 to July 14 of this year. Cases were reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland,  Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington. The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

While that sure sounds like a multi-state measles outbreak, according to the CDC, it’s not. The number of measles cases this year is reportedly on par with those of recent years. No cause for alarm, unless you have a high fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, a rash all over your body, and never got the measles vaccine.

In fairness, the confusion is understandable. The webpage where the CDC published its data is titled “Measles Cases and Outbreaks.” However, the relevant information is under a subhead that says simply “Measles Cases.” This is why good design matters.

There is NO current multi-state #measles outbreak in US. Some recent media reports misinterpreted CDC data. Number of US-reported cases in 2018 is similar to recent years & in expected range. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Protect your family w/ #MMR vaccine.

— CDC (@CDCgov) August 16, 2018 Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 05:23PM
Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed two months to November 13 | GamesBeat
Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed two months to November 13

Activision Blizzard announced today that Spyro Reignited Trilogy will now be coming out on for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 13, about two months later that its planned release date of September 21.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy contains remakes of the original Spyro 3D platforms that released on the first PlayStation. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy proved that a similar package could be a hit last year when it sold millions of copies. Spyro Reignited Trilogy could find similar success, but fans will have to wait for it a little longer.

Despite the delay, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will still release in time for the lucrative holiday season. The new release date moves Spyro further away from competition like Marvel’s Spider-Man, which releases on September 7. It’s biggest November competition will come from Fallout 76, which releases on November 14.

Along with Crash Bandicoot, Spyro gave the PlayStation brand 3D platformers that could compete with Nintendo series like Mario and Banjo-Kazooie. After the original PlayStation days, the series went multiplatform, just like Crash Bandicoot. The series saw a drop in quality and popularity until Spyro starred in the Skylanders series, which started the toys-to-life fad. But that franchise outgrew Spyro, and his name and likeness became less prominent in later installments. The last Spyro game outside of Skylanders, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, released in 2008.

“I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care,” Reignited Trilogy developer Toys for Bob’s co-head, Paul Yan, noted in a blog post on Activision Blizzard’s site. “In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar, and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.”
Amazon has reportedly lost its smart speaker dominance to Google — Quartz
Amazon has reportedly lost its smart speaker dominance Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:14PM

Google has found its groove in the smart speaker market, nearly doubling the number of devices it shipped in the last year to 5.4 million units, and eclipsing Amazon—which shipped 4.1 million during the same time period.

The worldwide smart-speaker market is still seeing massive growth, with 187% more units than in the second quarter of 2017, according to a report from the market-research firm Canalys. And it’s not just Google and Amazon shipping in mass quantities: Chinese companies have seen strong growth, capturing nearly 30% of the market in the last year. Apple, which produces the HomePod, did not make the list.

Chinese companies Alibaba and Xiaomi captured the third- and fourth-place slots on the leaderboard, shipping roughly 3 million and 2 million smart speakers respectively. The two account for more than 90% market share in China, Canalys reports.

Global trade has been a hallmark of the last year’s growth, with Europe and Asia counting for 68% of Amazon’s growth and 58% of Google’s, as the companies increase the number of languages their devices support. This could be a sign that the US market is starting to get saturated, as recent updates of Amazon’s speakers have offered few incentives to upgrade. After all, consumers generally just use their smart speakers for playing music, setting timers, and getting the weather. Technology – Quartz August 17, 2018 at 05:14PM
"Shark Tank" meets book publishing | MIT News
"Shark Tank" meets book publishing Prospective August 17, 2018 at 05:01PM

Do you have a great idea for a nonfiction book in science or technology, broadly defined? Editors receive hundreds of inquires each year. But what makes one book project stand out from the rest?

In the spirit of fun and fostering the Boston publishing scene, the MIT Press is hosting its first-ever Pitchfest competition.

Pitchfest will give six contestants the opportunity to present their best science or technology book idea before a panel of judges and a live audience at the Boston Book Festival on Oct. 13 in Boston. The winner will be given the opportunity to workshop a full-fledged book proposal with an MIT Press editor, get advice on how to navigate the publishing world, and receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1, after which time finalists will be selected and given offers to participate in the event. Pitchfest is an open competition and anyone is welcome to submit a proposal.

The MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. MIT Press books and journals are known for their intellectual daring, scholarly standards, and distinctive design. MIT News August 17, 2018 at 05:01PM
Singapore Airlines has a plan to keep your kids occupied on super-long
Singapore Airlines has a plan to keep your kids occupied on super-long flights Prospective August 17, 2018 at 04:52PM

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If you purchased a ticket on a Singapore Airlines flight from New York to Singapore (one of the world’s longest commercial flights, clocking in at 18 hours and 45 minutes), you may be wondering how to keep the kids entertained.

This may be the answer: Children’s app developer Toca Boca has teamed up with Singapore Airlines to make in-flight entertainment a little more fun. Passengers flying on select Singapore Airlines flights can now spend hours playing free games from Toca Boca and its sister company, Sago Mini—including Toca Kitchen 2, Toca Builders, Toca Life: Town, Sago Mini Babies, and, appropriately enough, Sago Mini Planes.

Toca Boca is the developer behind such hits as Toca Hair Salon and Toca Kitchen, where you get to make monsters eat their vegetables. The company and Singapore Airlines hope free access to fun apps will make your flight fly right by—at least for the first eight hours or so. No promises after that. Co.Labs August 17, 2018 at 04:52PM
Google is reportedly developing its own Amazon Echo Show | VentureBeat
Google is reportedly developing its own Amazon Echo Show

Google’s ostensible answer to Amazon’s screen-touting Echo Show and Amazon Echo Spot launched earlier this year: smart displays, Android Things-powered devices made by third-party partners like Lenovo, LG, Sony, JBL, and imbued with Google Assistant capabilities. (We reviewed the first, the Lenovo Smart Display, in July.) But if rumors are to be believed, the Mountain View company is prepping a first-party product ahead of a reveal later this year.

Google will launch a  “smart speaker equipped with a display” in time for this year’s holiday season, industry sources told Nikkei. According to 9to5Google, the firm’s first smart display will sport a front-facing camera, two microphones, a screen “inline or larger” than the Lenovo Smart Display’s 10-inch LCD panel, and potentially a battery. It’ll reportedly support the standard array of Google Assistant commands, such as “play a YouTube video” or “shuffle my music,” and will be fabricated in Taiwan by Pegatron, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners.

Details are otherwise scarce right now, but Nikkei said that Google has ambitious rollout goals for the upcoming speaker, with plans to ship “some [three] million units” in the months following its unveiling.

If the company were to meet those goals, it’d far outpace its competitors in the screen-equipped speaker market. Amazon managed to ship only 315,000 Echo Show units last year, according to research firm Canalys.

So far, Google’s homegrown Google Home lineup has consisted exclusively of voice-controlled products. The Google Home — the first out of the gate in November 2016 — compliments the Google Home Mini, a more compact and affordable speaker that debuted in October 2017. On the high end, there’s the Google Home Max, a premium, $400 bookshelf speaker with audio inputs and self-calibrating soundstage tech.

Speakers can only do so much, of course. In our review of the Lenovo Smart Display, we found its smart suggestions — follow-up questions that surface at the bottom of the screen — incredibly handy. Being able to visualize apps such as Google Translate, Allrecipes, and Maps made navigating them a whole lot easier, and we especially like the ease with which the speaker switched between apps like YouTube and Google Photos.

Google certainly has momentum on its side — it shipped and estimated 5.4 million smart speakers in Q2 2018, besting Amazon for the second quarter in a row — but time will tell whether it can translate that success to a new form factor.
OnePlus 6T to reportedly launch with T-Mobile as a US carrier partner
OnePlus 6T to reportedly launch with T-Mobile as a US carrier partner Prospective August 17, 2018 at 04:06PM

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OnePlus may get a boost in the US market with its next phone. CNET reports that according to people familiar with the matter, the OnePlus 6T will be backed by a major US carrier -- T-Mobile. While the standard version of the new model will be able to run on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, as has been the case with previous models, OnePlus will also release a version that's optimized for T-Mobile. CNET is also reporting an October launch and a $550 price tag, though it notes the price has yet to be finalized.

While OnePlus phones and their lower price points have attracted a following, actually having a carrier partner could garner the company a wider user base in the US. "Getting carrier shelf space is a prerequisite to volume sales in the US," Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data, told CNET.

One of CNET's sources did note that OnePlus is still in the midst of getting approval by the carrier, meaning launching with T-Mobile isn't set in stone just yet. Engadget August 17, 2018 at 04:06PM
Cybersecurity In Singapore: Reflections Of A Visitor (And A New Fan)
Cybersecurity In Singapore: Reflections Of A Visitor (And A New Fan) I have just spent the last week in Singapore delivering speeches and meeting a multitude of clients in a series of what turned out to be back to back meetings.  In the same way that I love traveling, exploring new cultures, eating different foods and losing myself in the company of friends, I LOVE doing […]
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