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Saturday August 18, 2018. 12:00 PM
Two months have passed since NASA's Opportunity Mars rover last phoned home. The last time we reported on the rover was on June 12th, when it was trying to survive an intensifying dust storm that was deemed 'much worse than a 2007 storm that Opportunity weathered,' according ...
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If you're not already suffering from Black Hat/DEF CON overload Roundup It's time for another rapid roundup of computer security news beyond what we've already reported.…
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Also, how Apple's Siri uses your location to improve its speech recognition Roundup Here's your quick roundup of AI news beyond what we've already written about this week.…
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Netflix has confirmed that it will start airing video ads for other Netflix series between episodes. These ads will reportedly only be for Netflix content, not outside products or content, and will, at least for now, only appear for a 'segment' of Netflix's user base. Ars...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: In the study, published in The Lancet Public Health, 15,400 people from the U.S. filled out questionnaires on the food and drink they consumed, along with portion sizes. From this, scientists estimated the proportion of...
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It's a well-documented, often criticized phenomenon that women's pockets are too small to fit a smartphone, but 'there's been very little data to back up a wealth of anecdotal evidence,' writes Megan Farokhmanesh via The Verge. Now, The Pudding has used scientific findings...
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A new lawsuit claims that Facebook exaggerates how many people can see its ads, thereby defrauding advertisers. 'In other words, it is alleged not quite as many eyeballs are seeing Facebook's ads as its salespeople charge for,' writes Thomas Claburn via The Register. From...
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Research silenced amid copyright, trademark claims If you were at BSides Manchester in England this week, you hopefully caught James Williams' presentation on the shortcomings of some commercial antivirus tools.…
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Motherboard's Matthew Gault provides another possibility for how OpenAI's bots managed to beat professional human players in two consecutive games of Data 2. Gault argues that 'it was only possible thanks to significant guardrails and an inhuman advantage' -- not necessarily ...
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Internet boxes blab coordinates on login pages Black Hat If you want to avoid the cops, or watch deliveries and call-outs by trucks and another vehicles in real-time, well, there's potentially not a lot stopping you.…
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Enlarge (credit: Netflix) Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming service, effective as of this week for at least some users: video ads for other Netflix series between episodes. The news emerged via user reports, particularly on the primary Netflix...
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The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, Reuters reported Friday, citing three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo's market, according to a person familiar with the plans. The device, dubbed 'Frank' inside Amazon, is a new type ...
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Oh good, we're out of the board games phase, then DeepMind’s artificially intelligent algorithms are directly controlling the cooling systems within Google’s data centers to improve efficiency.…
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With the industry currently facing a very large surplus of NAND flash memory, analysts suggest we could see very significant price drops in SSD and even DRAM in 2019. They say to expect a price correction over the next several quarters. Techspot reports: Jim Handy, a market...
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Friday August 17, 2018. 11:56 PM
Enlarge (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features and have instead focused on fixing bugs. The latest build, released today, takes a step toward completion: it has changed the operating system's...
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OnePlus' next flagship smartphone will be backed by T-Mobile, marking the first time the Chinese-company has partnered with a carrier in the U.S. 'T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T when it launches in October,' reports CNET. 'That...
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Talk about getting off on a technicality... It is a great day for those who dream of Internet-of-Flings sex toys. A key patent describing web-connected remote-controllable techno-dildos has expired.…
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Anonymous readers share a report: Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, has reaped the political whirlwind in the 10 days since he proclaimed that Russian hackers had 'penetrated' some of his state's county voting systems. The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, a Republican...
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Enlarge / Russia's newest class of cosmonauts is all male. (credit: Roscosmos) The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman in space. In fact, the Soviet Union flew the first two women: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in...
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