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A supercomputer simulationOne day, the world will end. When that happens, the Sun will essentially explode outward, destroying many of the planets around it as it “dies” … The post A supercomputer simulation... just predicted when humans will go extinct appeared first on BGR.
Google paid Apple $20 BillionThe ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet by the Justice Department has revealed that Google paid Apple a staggering $20 billion in 2022 for default search engine status. In 2022, Alphabet paid... Apple $20 billion Google's relationship has been under heavy scrutiny during an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of using its size as an advantage to prevent competitors from entering the search market. One of the biggest issues in question is how much it pays Apple, which was previously estimated to be nearly $20 billion -- a figure proven true by a new court filing.Despite attempts by Google and Apple to keep the payment confidential, details emerged during the trial through testimony and accidental disclosures. According to a report from Bloomberg, court documents revealed that Google...
OpenAI's Flirty New Assistant,It's been a week of A.I. vertigo -- the feeling that we've been dragged five years into the future and aren't sure what to do about it.
NASA's Juno probe capturesDuring a close flyby of Europa, the Juno spacecraft was at an altitude of just 330 kilometers (220 miles) above the moon's surface. It caught some awesome images, too.
New Evidence for Our SolarDoes another undetected planet languish in our Solar System’s distant reaches? Does it follow a distant orbit around the Sun in the murky realm of comets and other icy objects? For some... researchers, the answer is “almost certainly.” The case for Planet Nine (P9) goes back at least as far as 2016. In that year, …
ChatGPT's alternative toA newly registered domain name points toward an upcoming ChatGPT-powered search engine.
Watch SpaceX's Crew DragonSpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is about to take a very short journey at the International Space Station and you can watch a live stream of the maneuver.
Images: OneXPlayer Steam Deck, ROG Ally and Lenovo Legion Go a bit too simplistic for you? The OnePlayer X1 Mini is the most gadget-y handheld yet. The upcoming 8.8-inch, 144Hz Windows gaming tablet... has: Two detachable gamepads, like a Nintendo Switch A magnetically detachable keyboard cover, like a Surface tablet A kickstand An easy-access SSD slot under that kickstand (new for handhelds, I believe!) An Oculink port to connect one of a growing number of eGPUs Windows Hello automatic face log-in, as well as a fingerprint reader power button A 65 watt-hour battery, one of the largest in handhelds Multiple USB4 ports A controller grip to snap its Joy-Con-alikes together into a wireless gamepad "Harman EFX tuned audio" Image: OneXPlayer ...
Next Emoji Coming to iOS CouldApple adds new emoji to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other devices regularly based on updates made to the emoji catalog by the Unicode Consortium, and the there are seven new emoji that we could see... sometime in late 2024 or early 2025. The next emoji characters being considered include face with bags under eyes, fingerprint, leafless tree, root vegetable, harp, shovel, and splatter. The Unicode Consortium today opened the beta review period for Unicode 16, which includes the new emoji characters. The beta period lasts until July 2, and after that, Unicode 16 will see a release and the new characters will be officially approved. It often takes smartphone makers like Apple several months to create artwork for new emoji characters that are approved, so it is likely we won't see these new emoji...
Microsoft's new AI-poweredPowerToys, the free suite of Microsoft user tools, has added a subtly powerful feature: Advanced Paste, which applies AI to a group of data that you’ve cut or copied, or wish to paste elsewhere.... It’s a weird but surprisingly cool concept, geared toward developers but with applications in a variety of different areas. In 2023, we listed all of the various tools within PowerToys: from FancyZones to Image Resizer to a suite of Mouse Utilities, plus a lot more. Microsoft provides PowerToys as an installer, with the ability to download and run any of the apps you want. Now you can add Advanced Paste to the list. “Its goal is to let you paste your clipboard content in any format you’d like, and can even custom format your content using AI,” Craig Lowen, a program...
Space Force orders 'jetpack'In a first-of-its-kind mission, Starfish Space will attach a "jetpack"-like satellite to a U.S. military satellite to give it two years of additional propulsion and maneuverability.
Photo by Nathan Congleton / NBC via Getty Images Scarlett Johansson says that OpenAI asked her to be the voice behind ChatGPT -- but that when she declined, the company went ahead and created a voice... that sounded just like her. In a statement shared to NPR, Johansson says that she has now been "forced to hire legal counsel" and has sent two letters to OpenAI inquiring how the soundalike ChatGPT voice, known as Sky, was made. "Last September, I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system," Johansson writes. She says that Altman contacted her agent as recently as two days before the company first demoed the ChatGPT voice asking for her to reconsider. Statement from Scarlett Johansson on the OpenAI situation. Wow: p...
Illustration by Carlo Cadenas / The Verge A security lapse could let millions of college students do free laundry, thanks to one company. That's because of a vulnerability that two University of... California, Santa Cruz students found in internet-connected washing machines in commercial use in several countries, according to TechCrunch. The two students, Alexander Sherbrooke and Iakov Taranenko, apparently exploited an API for the machines' app to do things like remotely command them to work without payment and update a laundry account to show it had millions of dollars in it. The company that owns the machines, CSC ServiceWorks, claims to have more than a million laundry and vending machines in service at colleges, multi-housing communities, laundromats, and more in the US,...
More Evidence for theThe gravitational wave background was first detected in 2016. It was announced following the release of the first data set from the European Pulsar Timing Array. A second set of data has just been... released and, joined by the Indian Pulsar Timing Array, both studies confirm the existence of the background. The latest theory seems …
Frozen human brain tissue wasScientists finally found a way to thaw frozen human brain tissue without damaging it. In a groundbreaking development, scientists have discovered a new technique that … The post Frozen human... brain tissue was successfully revived for the first time appeared first on BGR.
NASA astronauts practiceNASA astronauts headed to Arizona desert to rehearse moonwalks and test technology for the Artemis mission.
Giant skull from 40-tonA large, eerie skull fragment, with two rows of jagged, teeth-like edges, washed onto the shoreline of North Carolina's Outer Banks this week, said the US National Park Service
Spoiler alert: it's not really IT support controlling your device A cybercrime gang has been abusing Microsoft's Quick Assist application in social engineering attacks that ultimately allow the crew... to infect victims with Black Basta ransomware....
Arizona woman accused ofAlleged $6.8M conspiracy involved "laptop farm," identity theft, and résumé coaching.
OpenAI strikes deal to putOpenAI and Reddit announced a partnership on Thursday that will allow OpenAI to surface Reddit discussions in ChatGPT and for Reddit to bring AI-powered features to its users. The partnership will... "enable OpenAI's tools to better understand and showcase Reddit content, especially on recent topics," both companies said in a joint statement . As part of the agreement, OpenAI will also become an advertising partner on Reddit, which means that it will run ads on the platform. The deal is similar to the one that Reddit signed with Google in February, and which is reportedly worth $60 million. A Reddit spokesperson declined to disclose the terms of the OpenAI deal to Engadget and OpenAI did not respond to a request for comment. OpenAI has been increasingly striking partnerships with publishers...

NASA eyes levitating robot train for the moon

Digital Trends - 16 May 2024 03:45
NASA eyes levitating robotNASA is considering building a railway on the moon that uses levitating robots to move payloads around the lunar surface.
Japan OKs hunting endangeredFin whales are some of the largest whales in the ocean. These massive whales were among the most popular targets for whalers up until the … The post Japan OKs hunting endangered fin whales as... whale meat vending machines grow more popular appeared first on BGR.
BreachForums, an online bazaarAn earlier iteration of the site was taken down last year; now its reincarnation is gone.
Fundamentals are for losers: It's a good time to head the worst performing stock in the S&P Owners of Tesla stock will vote on June 13 to determine whether the company's CEO Elon Musk deserves a $46... billion payday....
Ilya Sutskever, who was the startup's chief scientist, offers praise for its leaders as he departs.