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Global Technology News for 26 Jul 2017

This facial recognition systemAs moviemaking becomes as much a science as an art, the moviemakers need to ever-better ways to gauge audience reactions. Did they enjoy it? How much… exactly? At minute 42? A system from Caltech... and Disney Research uses a facial expression tracking neural network to learn and predict how members of the audience react, perhaps setting the stage for a new generation of Nielsen ratings.
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Niantic CEO blames Pokemon GoMany people at the event were unable to access Pokemon Go throughout the day due to network congestion, says John Hanke.
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Spin brings itsSpin, the bike-sharing service that lets you pick up and drop off a bike anywhere in a city, is coming to South San Francisco. The company’s dockless bike-sharing service made its debut in Seattle... last week, and is now spinning its way down south to the Bay Area.
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'Red sprites' are nature'sBrief bursts of energy over storms were first photographed from space less than 30 years ago. Now fans on the ground are starting to chase the phenomenon.
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What it takes to turn RocketWhat if Rocket League and other modern games were made using 1998 technology? This YouTuber has the answer.
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AI Grant aims to fund theArtificial intelligence-focused investment funds are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone knows there’s money to be made from AI, but to capture value, good VCs know they need to back products and... not technologies. This has left a bit of a void in the space. AI Grant aims to bankroll science projects for the heck of it to give untraditional candidates a shot at solving big problems.
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3 Junk Food Ingredients To Avoid

IBTimes - 26 Jul 2017 01:50
Every year on July 21, people use the National Junk Food Day holiday with questionable origins as an excuse to eat their favorite snacks. Junk food can and actually should be a part of a healthy diet... as eliminating them completely may trigger binges and foster a negative relationship with food.
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Trump says Apple's Cook hasIn an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president says Apple will bring jobs to the US.
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HP says she's staying put. According to sources close to the situation, HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on the short list for Uber's open CEO role. Whitman has not been formally approached for the... role, but she was an early investor and has been quietly counseling the company, especially former CEO Travis Kalanick with his management crisis. But an HP rep says she is committed to her job there: "As Meg has said several times before, she is fully committed to HPE and plans to stay with the company until her work is done." It's not clear whether Whitman would take an independent board seat if offered, but that also seems unlikely at this time.
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(Reuters) - A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy... machine.
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Video reveals a rareThe breathtaking video was shot by a worker from the cabin of a massive crane in St Petersburg, Russia, where crew are building the 462-meter (1,515-foot) Kakhta Center skyscraper.
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NFL brain study diagnoses CTEBoston University's famed CTE team, which is analyzing Aaron Hernandez's brain, has released major findings from post-mortems on 202 players' brains, which were donated to research.
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Keep the music playing aroundWith the newly announced EcoLantern, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite music long after the sun has set. And if the rain kicks in, an IP67 rating will ensure it can keep going. The post... Keep the music playing around the campsite with the EcoLantern appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lyft's new 'taco mode' leaves drivers angry

Daily Mail - 26 Jul 2017 01:04
Lyft's new 'taco mode' leavesLyft is partnering with Taco Bell to debut 'taco mode,' an oddball marketing campaign that will allow hungry passengers to add munchy pit stops to their rides. But all drivers can think about is the... mess.
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Shoddy data-stripping exposesUser names, employee IDs and unique identifiers are found in a survey of data on corporate websites
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How long until Ukraine isA month on from the NotPetya attack, many in Ukraine are ready for further cyber-strikes.
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How facial recognition couldA system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.
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Ransomware spike blamed onExperts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.
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Hiding out among the net'sResearchers who rub shoulders with cyber thieves talk about how they profile the gangs and scams.
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Iranian Cyber Espionage GroupDespite being only moderately skilled, CopyKittens has exfiltrated large volumes of data since at least 2013.
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Mercedes-AMG turns the GT RMercedes-AMG has turned the GT R into a race car for GT4-spec racing. While the GT R needs to comply with safety and emissions regulations around the globe, the track-only GT4 is all racing, all the... time. The post Mercedes-AMG turns the GT R into a no-compromise endurance racer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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BMW's plans to electrify the Mini go well beyond an early experiment and a plug-in hybrid. The Bavarian brand has unveiled the next steps of its EV strategy, and the highlight is an all-electric... version of the 3-door Mini due in 2019. In theory, you...
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Here's the schedule for whenEver since the first Legendary Pokémon (read: ultra strong, ultra rare Pokémon that require groups of 10-20 players to capture) appeared in Pokémon GO shortly after the upset that was GO Fest, one... thing has remained unclear: were the Legendaries here to stay?
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Rambo's electric bikes areRambo Bikes builds top of the line ebikes for use in the backcountry, trail riding, or simply zipping along on the beach. The bikes feature excellent components and offer solid speed and range, all... without having to pedal. The post Rambo’s electric bikes are built for rugged backcountry adventures appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The evidence that footballWhen you sign up to play football, you know there's a chance you might get hurt.  A new study, however, appears to confirm that for players who reach the highest levels of the sport, "chance" might... be substantially higher than previously estimated, and the concept of "hurt" might be better understood as "sustaining potentially irreversible brain damage."  SEE ALSO: One of football's biggest names turns to 3D scanning tech for safer helmets A team of Boston University researchers, including Ann McKee, a prominent neuropathologist, examined the brains of 202 former football players for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The degenerative disease is caused by repetitive head trauma from concussive and sub-concussive blows and has been linked to the sport after being...
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Will the Evolution ofWe tend to speak about Artificial Intelligence in terms of the pinnacle of its potential evolution, and that’s a problem.
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How Facebook might take on the Amazon Echo

Mashable - 26 Jul 2017 00:47
How Facebook might take on theIt's official, nearly every major tech company wants to put a listening device in your home—or as they call it, a smart speaker. The latest? Facebook.   SEE ALSO: Amazon's Echo Show has video... streaming feature that plays Jimmy Fallon, CNN, CNBC, and more That's the chatter coming from Asia, where much of Silicon Valley's hardware is manufactured, via a report from Taiwan-based DigiTimes on Tuesday. Citing a source in contact with the "upstream supply chain," the site claims that Facebook is preparing to release it's own smart home speaker that will also include a 15-inch touchscreen display. 
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How 'Postcript' Exploits Networked Printers

Dark Reading - 26 Jul 2017 00:45
How 'Postcript' ExploitsAt Black Hat 2017, a university researcher will demo how attackers can drill into networked printers by way of the ubiquitous PostScript programming language.
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Adobe bidding Flash farewell in 2020

Phys.org - 26 Jul 2017 00:42
Adobe bidding Flash farewellAdobe on Tuesday said its Flash software that served up video and online games for decades will be killed off over the next three years.
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Google asks US court to blockGoogle on Tuesday asked a California court to block an order from Canada that would require the US internet giant to remove a website from worldwide search results.
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AT&T tops Wall Street'sShares of AT&T Inc. rose Tuesday after the company's second-quarter profit and revenue beat industry analysts' projections.
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Moto Z2 Force hands-on review

Digital Trends - 26 Jul 2017 00:39
Moto Z2 Force hands-on reviewMotorola's 2017 smartphone flagship is here, and it's a successor to the Moto Z Force. The Moto Z2 Force is available for pre-orders, and here is our first hands-on review. The post Moto Z2 Force... hands-on review appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Big, big, big': Trump tellsIn an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump says Apple will build three manufacturing plants in the U.S.        
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The Moto GamePad Mod isMobile gamers will be a fan of this. Motorola's stable of Mods for its Moto Z lineup of phones is constantly growing, and one of the coolest of the lot is the GamePad Mod that adds physical gaming... controls to your phone. It was teased back in June with the launch of the Moto Z2 Play, but now we've actually used a production model and can tell you what this accessory brings to the (gaming) table. While it may look a bit bulky at a glance, it's a totally understandable size once you see everything that's inside. At the base of it the GamePad has to be slightly thick to be stable while twisting and gripping during gameplay, but also that the control surfaces have something to grab on to. The controls are basic, but exactly what you need: joystick and d-pad on the left, joystick and standard...
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(Reuters) - Wall Street's main regulator said on Tuesday that initial coin offerings (ICOs), a means of crowdfunding for blockchain technology companies, should be subject to the same safeguards... required in traditional securities sales.
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Reality-bending 'Legion' gameFuturistic entertainment plunges you into the action of upcoming TV shows and movies. We tried lots of these mixed-reality experiences at Comic-Con.
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All the Best Movies and ShowsWhile we're waiting for the solar eclipse later on in the month, we'll be cooling our heels in August hiding out in the air conditioning, and catching up on the fresh batch of movies and TV shows that... are hitting streaming services on the 1st. Below, new offerings to expect from Hulu in the dog days of summer:
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Buyers should go with theirResearchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that gift-givers choose superficial gifts more often than expected by the recipient because sentimental ones are seen as more risky.
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There's a new smart outlet on Kickstarter, and it's modular. Smart outlets are a nice way to make your home automated without adding too much clutter, but they're usually tied to a specific function... or product. That means as soon as they're outmoded, or if you want the smart outlet to have another use, you're stuck buying and installing another one. Swidget's modular setup is a smart, simple idea that theoretically solves this, making smart outlets future-proof. The Swidget is made of two components: the outlet itself and the swappable inserts, which can be controlled via the Swidget app. Beyond the app, the company also has plans to make the Swidget compatible with Google Home, Nest, IFTTT, and Stringify. In theory, these inserts could...
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Canaan Partners just closed onIt’s a years-long trend with no end in sight: venture firms are raising record amounts, owing to growing and sustained fascination from endowments, pension funds, family offices and others who see... the sweeping, tech-driven changes all around — from self-driving cars, to new plant-based foods, to far more targeted drugs — and want to be part of that evolution.
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Facebook is hiring a (human) AI Editor

TechCrunch - 26 Jul 2017 00:20
Facebook is hiring a (human)Human: Oh sweet bot, tell us a story! A nice story! About a very wise human who worked his whole life to save everybody in the world from having to spend time manually tagging their friends in digital... photos — and made a magic machine that did it for them instead!
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Modular robotic eel hunts forWe already have ways to measure the levels of pollution in bodies of water, but an eel-inspired robot can do the job faster and more effectively. The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of... Technology and other institutions have created a mod...
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Why Air Travel Still Sucks

The Huffington Post - 26 Jul 2017 00:15
Why Air Travel Still SucksWhat if I told you we haven't seen a genuine innovation to commercial flight in over 60 years? The Boeing 707 of the 1950s
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Google Chrome browser updateGoogle on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple's latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop's... OLED strip.
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Adequate Man 2017 America Is The Perfect Hellscape For A Free O.J. Simpson | The Slot Sen. Susan Collins Said Some Real Good Shit on a Hot Mic | The Root Stop Calling John McCain a Hero for Flying to... DC to Kill Other People's Health Care | Splinter Republican Rebels Will Not Save You Because They Don't Exist |
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1-year-old celebrates birthdayA Texas toddler has reunited with the deputy who delivered her roadside in celebration of her first birthday.
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AT&T tops Wall Street'sAT&T beats 2Q net income and revenue expectations
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Cool stuff but no breakthrough (yet) Analysis Google and Tri Alpha Energy, a Californian energy company, say they have come up with an algorithm that appears to help scientists generate hotter plasma... more efficiently for nuclear fusion experiments. Keyword: experiments....
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Everything we know about 'The Batman' movie so far

Digital Trends - 26 Jul 2017 00:07
Everything we know about 'TheWarner Bros. Pictures is giving DC Comics' Dark Knight another solo adventure on the big screen. Here's everything we know about the studio's upcoming The Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. The post... Everything we know about ‘The Batman’ movie so far appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Trump Claims 3 ApplePresident Trump claims in an interview that three Apple manufacturing plants will be built in the United States. Apple declined to comment, although Foxconn is reportedly considering Wisconsin as a... plant location.
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Watching shows on Hulu andFor the first time, Nielsen will measure the live and delayed viewings of eligible programs on streaming services YouTube TV and Hulu's live-TV service. The ratings will measure live, DVR, and... on-demand viewing of shows. The post Watching shows on Hulu and YouTube TV will now count toward Nielsen ratings appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Snapchat Spectacles areRemember back when Spectacles by Snap were first released and they were next to impossible to get? Well, they’re still as popular as they’ve ever been, but now they’re finally in stock on Amazon... and they’re eligible for free Prime shipping. These awesomely trendy sunglasses feature a built-in camera that records the world as you see it in HD. It can snap 10, 20, or 30 second clips and then share the resulting videos on Snapchat. Snap says you can capture up to 100 videos per charge, and then the case has a built-in charger that can fill up your Spectacles’ battery four times. Here are the highlights from the product page: Capture the Moment: Spectacles are sunglasses that Snap! Record from your perspective with the press of a button. Up to 30 Seconds: Spectacles capture video,...
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A Crisp, Honey-Colored Light By Sanwal Deen

The Phoblographer - 26 Jul 2017 00:00
A crisp, honey-colored light lazily dripped between the branches and poured itself over the wild horse. The light had traveled for eight minutes, traversing 95 million miles filled with space, dust,... clouds, bacteria, mountains, insects, trees, and a lot more, just so it could dapple the wild horse and enter my camera. The horse looked at me; I choose to call him dappled. Click, went the shutter.
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"I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he's promised me three big plants--big, big, big," Mr. Trump said as part of a discussion about business-tax reform and business investment. "I said you know, Tim, unless you... start building your plants in this country, I won't consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward." Apple declined to comment. I guess Tim won't be giving Trump any secret information on the next iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The Hidden Oil Patterns on Bowling Lanes

Twisted Sifter - 26 Jul 2017 00:00
The Hidden Oil Patterns onEvery bowling lane has a hidden oil pattern that can affect the speed and direction of your ball
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This sedan hauls way more than just groceries
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SEC regulators are coming after ICOs

TechCrunch - 26 Jul 2017 00:00
SEC regulators are comingIt looks like ICOs, shorthand for initial coin offerings, are about to undergo a lot more scrutiny. The SEC has concluded that the digital currency financing events will be regulated as securities,... meaning unregistered offerings could be subject to criminal punishment. The decision was announced on Tuesday. To reach its findings, regulators evaluated an offering facilitated by “The…
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How to Get Someone to StopYou've got problems, I've got advice. This advice isn't sugar-coated--in fact, it's sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.
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