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These futuristic bathroomTechnology is making our showers cooler, our bathtubs smarter, and our faucets distinct. One of the biggest bathroom retailers in the United Kingdom, QS Supplies, is always looking ahead to innovate... and improvise on bathroom products. The post These futuristic bathroom concepts will make you feel jealous appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Chicago teen gang-raped onPolice are searching for five to six men who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl as dozens watched on live video.
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Report: Climate outlookA report by three environmental groups says the number of coal-fired power plants being built worldwide is plunging, raising the possibility global climate goals can be met
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Should you install solarIn 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source. However, the original map was very limited, covering... only the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, California and Boston. Now, Google has greatly expanded the project to cover all 50 U.S. states, with a total of 60 million buildings in the database.  SEE ALSO: Google pledges $11.5 million to racial justice innovators across the U.S. The project uses imagery from Google Earth and Maps as well as some machine learning magic to get a good idea of how much sunlight each portion of each roof is getting. According to Google, weather patterns, sun positioning changes and possible shade from nearby buildings is taken into account. 
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Minecraft players, beware fakeMalicious apps disguised as Minecraft mods bombard users with ads or direct them to scam sites.        
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Red IPhones & An Appearance ByApple has embarked on a new charm offensive in China. But how much success can Apple really expect to enjoy in a country where local rivals such as Huawei and Oppo have managed to elbow the iPhone... aside with their cheaper but high-quality alternative, remains to be seen.
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Apple Says WikiLeaks CIAIn response to a series of CIA documents leaked this morning that outline exploits the government used to gain access to Macs and iOS devices, Apple gave a statement to TechCrunch claiming that the... documents are old and that the vulnerabilities outlined in the leak have long since been patched. Apple says the iPhone vulnerability only affected the iPhone 3G and was fixed in 2009, while all Mac vulnerabilities were fixed in Macs launched after 2013. We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after...
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Trump's legal team is on it,It's always great to see a president getting his or her priorities straight. In the case of Donald Trump, making sure you look good to the public appears to be the number one priority. Forget Russia,... forget the travel ban, forget health care reform, or the federal budget. There's a 17-year-old girl that can code a website where you can use kittens to scratch Trump's face, and that must be stopped immediately. This really is a true story, as reported by The Observer. Lucy is the San Francisco teenager who's looking to work at a disruptive tech company in the future. In the meantime, she's practicing her coding skills on projects like TrumpScratch.com, where users can click on Trump's face to punch him with kitten paws. That is, until Trump's lawyers get involved. And they sent Lucy a cease...
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3 reasons to worry about theThe FBI quietly developed a facial recognition network that allows law enforcement to identify people in the United States without their knowledge. Now lawmakers want to know why the agency didn't... tell people about it.  SEE ALSO: This creepy Facebook stalking app was a hoax—but it should still scare the hell out of you "Why did the FBI not fulfill the requirement of the law?" asked House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz at a hearing on Wednesday.  The FBI didn't let citizens know the agency was collecting photos from motor vehicle departments, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. And a lot of people can be found on law enforcement facial recognition networks — around half of American adults, according to a study from Georgetown University's...
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Baidu's chief scientist, whoChinese internet giant Baidu is losing the head of its data and artificial intelligence (AI) research division. Andrew Ng, the company’s chief scientist, announced his departure today three years... after he joined Baidu to oversee its foray into deep learning technology. Ng is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on AR. He led Baidu’s research…
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Elon Musk is not so thrilledThe bill has set NASA the task of sending humans to Mars by 2030, but one of the biggest names in private space travel says that's nothing new.
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Nintendo Switch sales are offDespite a few bumps in the road, the launch of the Switch has been generally successful for Nintendo. People are raving about Zelda, the courageous form factor isn't universally detested, and most... importantly, people are actually buying the console. We won't know precise sales figures for a while, but GameRant managed to get GameStop's senior director of merchandising, Eric Bright, to talk Nintendo launch figures. "The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the Wii," Bright said. "Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can't give straight numbers, but I can say we're seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we've seen in a long time." The "attach rate" refers to the number of accessories and extras sold...
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Virtual Training Company opensLearn what you want, when you want, with no monthly fees (usually $30/month)
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Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris

Universe Today - 21 Mar 2017 05:35
Eye Opening Numbers On SpaceThe latest numbers released by the ESA's Space Debris Office indicate that the cloud of orbital debris is getting worse. The post Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris appeared first on Universe Today.
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Stephen Hawking is going intoStephen Hawking has been studying, theorizing, pondering, and writing about the universe and everything that makes it tick for decades upon decades, and now he'll finally get his chance to head into... the great unknown for himself. Hawking just revealed that he's booked a flight on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, thanks to the latter's offer to help the renowned physicist and cosmologist make his dream of spaceflight a reality. "My three children have brought me great joy, and I can tell you what will make me happy: to travel in space," Hawking said in an interview on Good Morning Britain. "I have already completed a zero-gravity flight which allowed me to float, weightless. But my ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a...
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Nerdy dad uses virtual realityThe same dad who rigged an HTC Vive and Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera to let his daughter explore her dollhouse is at it again. This time, the VR dad has cranked up the tech-meets-cute factor by... introducing the family cat.  Strapping the 360-degree camera to the back of the very patient feline, VR dad Toby Newman was able to give his daughter an idea of what the world looks like from the point of view of the family pet.  It's not particularly groundbreaking technologically, but it's nevertheless another clever idea for other VR dads out there looking to bring their kids along for the ride as they dive deeper into their new VR obsession. #catvision 
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Slow Wi-Fi could be completelyMuch as Wi-Fi is a marvel of modern technology, it also still really stinks. Two decades of development in, and we still can't consistently beam Netflix across a house in a consistent fashion. The... standard for Wi-Fi is improving, sure, but one group of researchers thinks it should be replaced altogether. A PhD student in the Netherlands has come up with the concept to use infrared light for data transmission. The concept makes sense in physics terms, as light is more capable of transmitting high-speed data than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio waves currently used. Light has been posited before as a replacement for Wi-Fi, but visible light rather than infra-red. That had slower speeds, more interference, and a requirement to keep your lights turned on all the time. Infrared antenna radiate light...
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Jeff Bezos suits up in giantLooking for another terrifying 2017 moment to keep you up at night? We can't imagine why, but here ya go: Jeff Bezos in a giant mechanical robot suit. Woo! The filthy rich Amazon CEO and Oscars... attendee (lol) suited up in the 13-foot-tall mechanical armor to get a taste of the supervillain life and I guess try to ease everyone into this new weird world we live in where very little makes sense. SEE ALSO: Moon missions continue Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's rocket-measuring contest Anyways, Bezos hopped in this mechanical robot, known as the Method-2, and went full-on Avatar to demo the technology at Amazon's annual MARS conference — an elite gathering that offers a glimpse at innovative Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration technology. Get it? MARS.
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Man Gets Electrocuted WhileThe death of a British man from electrocution while charging his iPhone in the bath, has highlighted the dangers of such actions. Experts have advised people to restrict usage of electronic devices... near water.
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Y Combinator has a new AIY Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups. YC gathers founders from different... industries together in each investment cycle. The organization hosts interdisciplinary demo days and “dinners,” which are more like half-day sessions for knowledge sharing…
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Researchers are revisiting their views on the relative dangers soft and hard atherosclerotic plaque deposits pose to heart health. Findings of a new study may be a "game-changer" for determining who's... at risk of a heart attack, they say.
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Windows 10 will push someWindows 10's Creators Update should generally be more considerate when delivering updates, but you might not be the biggest fan if you have limited internet service. Microsoft has confirmed that the... new version of Windows will automatically download...
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Google offers more control,Google plans to give its advertising clients more control over where their ads appear on YouTube and the Google Display Network, which posts advertising to third-party websites. It announced the move... in a blog post from its European business after major brands pulled ads from the platform because they appeared against offensive content, such as videos promoting terrorism or anti-Semitism. The U.K.
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Bosch and Nvidia create an AIBosch is creating the brain for the self-driving cars of the future. At the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin this week, the supplier of technology and services presented an... onboard computer for automated vehicles. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the computer can apply machine learning methods. The AI onboard computer is expected to guide...
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