The future is quantum: Microsoft releases free preview of Quantum Development Kit - The AI Blog
So you want to learn how to program a quantum computer. Now, there’s a toolkit for that. Microsoft is releasing a free preview version of its Quantum Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, a quantum computing simulator and other resources for people who want to start writing applications for a quantum computer. The...
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PS Plus members get access to online multiplayer on PS4 along with free games every month and exclusive discounts at the PlayStation Store.
The Force is strong with the Google Pixel's new AR Stickers
Remember Google’s AR Stickers? Months after they were first announced as a headlining feature on the Pixel 2, they’re finally rolling out to the public – including an exclusive set of Star Wars stickers. They work pretty much like you expect: you can place a variety of 3D characters into your videos or images. Of …
Celebrate Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary with 12 classic titles next May
A collection of 12 popular old Street Fighter games, originally released between 1987 and 1999, is coming to consoles and PC next year.
Apple Is Buying Shazam
We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it's used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today's agreement."
Beware of Imposter Cryptocurrency Apps
MyEtherWallet was the No. 3 finance app in Apple's App Store this weekend. But the $4.99 app, which debuted about a week ago, is not associated with the real MyEtherWallet , a platform that focuses on the cryptocurrency Ethereum and has never offered an official iOS app.
HP laptops have once again been hit by a hidden keylogger
As observed, this issue could affect other manufacturers’ laptops which have the same Synaptics Touchpad driver, if they haven’t already been patched. So if you have a Synaptics touchpad on a non-HP laptop, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for any news of an issue (and indeed a fix if that’s the case).
Internet's original gangsters slam FCC's net neutrality proposal
Specifically, the proposal would undo regulations that prohibit broadband and wireless companies from slowing or blocking access to the internet and banning them from charging internet companies fees to reach their customers faster than competitors. It would also strip the FCC of authority to regulate broadband networks, leaving policing of the internet to another agency, the Federal Trade Commission.
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The $399 Google Home Max is finally for sale [Update]
The Google Home Max features dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and custom 0.7-inch tweeters. Google claims it is 20 times more powerful than the original Google Home. The speaker can sit horizontally or vertically, it has an auxiliary input jack, and a "smart sound" feature will measure the sound profile of the room and adjust itself accordingly.
Windows 10 wishlist: Five gripes Microsoft needs to take seriously
What ties most of the following complaints together is Microsoft's reluctance to let users choose for themselves, preferring instead to try to coerce users and control how they use their computer.
Size of a Raspberry Pi, power of a MacBook: The Window 10-powered LattePanda Alpha
The difference is reflected in the specs, with the LattePanda Alpha having more in common with a laptop than a low-cost board like the Pi.
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Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technologies; two are on iOS and two on Android, called Storyboard, Selfissimo!, Scrubbies ( @sarahintampa / TechCrunch)
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6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube
His parents told TubeFilter in September of last year that 99 percent of the channel’s videos aren’t branded. At the time, the parents said they paid for all of the toys that Ryan reviewed. It’s unclear how many toys he reviews are sent to him by sponsors, but his video descriptions often include dozens of links to name-brand items. According to his channel’s “about” page, the family donates most of the toys to charity after Ryan reviews them.
Sydney Ember on Twitter
Some former Gawker employees are launching a kickstarter today to buy http://Gawker.com . It’s been in the works for a while and is not a direct response to Peter Thiel’s apparent interest in buying the site.
Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger
Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here . The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer.
The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — and it could ruin the internet
A company Rajaram knows that streams nature documentaries in
ultra-high 4K resolution video is worried it won't be able to
reach its customers if and when ISPs start imposing their tolls.
If such companies are priced out of the market, more and more of
the content available on the internet will come from the
telecommunications and internet giants and you'll have access to
fewer and fewer independent voices.
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Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-orders on App Store
After experimenting with app pre-orders like Super Mario Run last year, Apple is opening the App Store functionality to all comers, a major shift in how the online storefront operates. Advertisement for Super Mario Run pre-orders from 2016.
As noted by Mac Stories , Apple updated its iTunes Connect website on Monday to publicize the new functionality, which is available across all Apple platforms.
Like Super Mario Run in 2016 , developers can put their app up for pre-order on the App Store up to three months prior to actual release, allowing customers to browse product pages before an app hits virtual store shelves. Previously, an app's page would go live on Apple's public-facing servers only when the software saw release.
The policy change grants developers an additional marketing window and provides key insight into pre-release interest.
Under Apple's system, customers who committed to a pre-order are notified when that app sees release. The title is then automatically downloaded. In the case of paid apps, customers are automatically charged prior to download.
7 Great Directors Who Surprised Everyone by Making a Genre Film
Michael Winterbottom has made historical dramas, romantic comedies, literary adaptations, and at least one bona fide cult classic ( 24 Hour Party People , though there are some mighty passionate fans of The Trip films, too). But he’s only got one scifi film under his belt: The noirish Code 46 , scripted by his frequent collaborator Frank Cottrell-Boyce. It imagines a near future where genetic codes are monitored and regulated, and all travel between the world’s sleek, affluent cities is tightly controlled. This dystopia seems an unlikely place for star-crossed lovers, but we get a passionate pair: insurance investigator Tim Robbins, who has an “empathy virus” that makes him unusually emotionally tuned-in, and working-class document forger Samantha Morton. (If they seem like an odd match, you’re already catching onto one of the movie’s big plot reveals.) There’s a slight edge given to Code 46 's vivid worldbuilding, but the relationship drama—hey, it’s hard to find love in a place where memory wipes are just as common as human clones—is also surprisingly effective.
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Are smart locks secure? AV-TEST has the answer
Consumers and professionals have questioned whether smart locks are secure; AV-TEST tested six smart locks to find out if those concerns are justified. Find out what the tests revealed.
25 books and stationery items to gift your nerdy bookworm friends
We all know someone who always keeps their nose in a book, whether it's with reading, writing, or planning ahead and with the holiday season here, it's the perfect opportunity to get them something they'll enjoy.
Xbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K
The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K videos at up to 60 fps -- but not HDR.
Know When to Quit Your Job by Watching for These Signals
To further explore if you're ready to leave, run a few experiments to assess whether your perception is reality. "It's better to rely on information gathered from live interaction with people rather than spinning around in your own chair," says Schlesinger. He suggests having an honest conversation with your boss about how you're perceived and what you're capable of achieving in your role. If you think your manager wouldn't be open to that kind of discussion, Gulati advises looking at your last two annual performance reviews. "Do the comments make you feel empowered or disheartened? If your performance is stagnating despite your best efforts, you might want to quit before further reputational damage is done," he says. You can also test whether there's a mismatch by putting your hat in the ring the next time your boss has a high-profile piece of work to be done. If you're overlooked, it may be that he doesn't appreciate your skills and it's time to move on.
No chill Beyoncé shut down a probably chilled beer named after her
Apparently the last thing you want to do is mess with Beyoncé. And the second last thing you want to do is name a beer after her.
If you order the iPhone X right now, you'll get it by Friday
The new estimate applies to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and unlocked iPhone X models sold in the U.S, Australia, Germany, and the U.K. Models from T-Mobile, and other countries where iPhones are sold, should ship within six business days. This means that if you order an iPhone X today, it will arrive between Wednesday and Friday — well in time for the holidays. Get those wallets ready!
Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market.
Comixology's Next Marvel Series Unites Earth's Mightiest Heroes
It’s hard to believe that it’s been just five months since Marvel and Comixology first launched their digital series partnership with a revival of Iron Fists . Since then, a Thor/Hulk team-up and another Black Panther spinoff have joined the lineup—and a fourth series is on the way in the form of an Avengers throwback.
Essential Phone PH-1 review: The many positives, plus a few drawbacks
If you're a fan of the underdog, the PH-1 is the perfect smartphone for you. The ratio of price to performance will absolutely blow you away. No other smartphone, regardless of manufacturer, enjoys this level of form and function. Essential has every right to stand with the leaders in the industry. It's every bit as cool as the iPhone X and as flexible as any Android device—all without the price found with most flagship smartphones.
Apple's Donation to Wildfire Relief Is Great, But It's Just a Drop in the Bucket
Hundreds of thousands of people had to evacuate their homes in Southern California over the span of a week due to wildfires sweeping the region. In response to the ongoing devastation, Apple announced on Monday that it is donating $1 million to aid in relief efforts.
Why some of the world's biggest companies are using AI to manage human employees
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University College London, told The Wall Street Journal that managers primarily work to "identify potential, build teams, assign tasks, measure performance and provide feedback"—things that he said humans are not proficient at. However, AI can use data to do perform these tasks, which could lead to a day when we no longer need human managers, Chamorro-Premuzic said.
Twitter sure makes it easy to point out the questionable ethics of politicians
Hey guys, remember the “emoluments” clause of the U.S. Constitution that restricts a president’s ability to profit from his position? In case you’ve forgotten (or blocked it all out as a form of self-care), President Trump has been accused in at least three lawsuits of having conflicts of interests between his business life and his political office. While Trump was supposed to let his sons manage his business interests, a “director of diplomatic sales” has reportedly been steering visiting dignitaries toward the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Also, rates are up at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and, as The Economist reports, according to Eric Trump, the family brand is now “the hottest it has ever been.”
The Coolest Scientific Discoveries of 2017
Science may be just a tool to help us understand our Universe. But we can all agree that one of its major perks is that it leads to the discovery of plenty of really cool, mind-boggling stuff.
The Clouds Are Different Over China - InformationWeek
But politics aside, this lack of a level playing field means there are some players in China who might just have a way of competing with the globally dominant triumvirate of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Vendors and commentators from the west have a frustrating habit of only seeing what goes on with Western vendors. We all accept that the “big three” will win the public cloud race, while secondary players like Catalyst Cloud, OVH and ProfitBricks, will gain some traction in regional markets. But this isn’t a case of big US vendors for mass markets and smaller vendors for smaller regional markets. China is a massive opportunity and there is every chance that it will be Chinese companies that win in their home markets.
Finally, anyone will be able to stream NFL games to a phone
The companies said Monday that Verizon 's properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, including preseason, regular season and playoff games, along with the Super Bowl, nationwide to sports fans – regardless of mobile network. Video will also be available on Verizon's Go90 app and the NFL mobile app. (AT&T's DirecTV still has a hold over out-of-market games -- those played by teams from cities that aren't where you live.)
Five programming languages with hidden flaws vulnerable to hackers
Even if developers go above and beyond to avoid flaws that can be exploited by hackers, attackers can often still take advantage of bugs in the design of the underlying programming language.
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Verizon Says Exec's Joke About Installing a 'Verizon Puppet' at FCC to Kill Net Neutrality Was 'Funny'
Like bankers on a balcony , sipping champagne and sneering at a growing crowd of protesters angrily chanting from the gutters below, Verizon has taken to openly giving the finger to the throngs of Americans online desperate to defend net neutrality.
Elusive Tesla semi truck spotted taking a cruise
There's not a whole lot to glean from the video, but it's the first we've really seen of the sexiest 18-wheeler ever created in the wild. Kudos to Elon Musk, who appears to have made trucking hip, or at least sleek-looking. The semi still manages to look spiffy in broad daylight without all the mood lighting of a nighttime reveal.
Kelly Marie Tran's Emotional Night Was the Highlight of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Premiere
This weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unleashed on the crowds attending its world premiere in Los Angeles, which meant we got our first teases and reactions to the movie (surprise, people liked it !). But the highlight of the premiere was Kelly Marie Tran having an absolutely outstanding time.
Trump tells NASA to send astronauts back to the moon
It was all the way back in 1972 when humans last set foot on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. It could happen again with President Donald Trump's signing later Monday of Space Policy Directive 1, which will push NASA to send astronauts back to the moon.
How one AI company is bringing medical care to millions of rural Chinese residents
"In one non-stroke case that involved diagnosis and treatment of a bone fracture and a degenerated area of bone, the standard approach is to treat the affected area itself," said Chen. "With analytics and AI, a system can focus on different areas of the body that are far removed from where the problem is to see if these other areas could be affecting the condition. If it is a problem that is being generated far from the fracture itself, the analytics allow us to treat causes of the condition, and not just symptoms."
Six tips for finding tech talent for difficult-to-fill specialties | ZDNet
There are contractors who are expert in areas like system programming, DevOps, and network security -- and they might consider signing up for the right kind of permanent job if they feel good working for you. For some contractors, the 'right' kind of job is a chance to get off the road or to find relief from the constant search for the next gig. It's wise to check a few boxes, though, before offering a contractor permanent employment. They should be someone who has already shown that they can provide the technical expertise you need. They should also get along well with staff and feel at home in your corporate culture.
Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain
Many industries have adopted blockchain technology as a core part of their operations. It creates transparency and trust between parties so that trust is no longer needed, which is why industries such as real estate, finance, and advertising are beginning to use it. And now, Wikipedia's cofounder Larry Sanger wants blockchain to replace the free online encyclopedia.
Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb
Kampp 150 is a mud-brick and masonry structure that’s larger than the other tomb. It contains five entrances that open onto a courtyard with a pair of shaft burials. This tomb is a full century older than Kampp 161, dating back to the reign of Thutmose I. The Egyptian archaeologists leading the excavation weren’t able to uncover any inscriptions or dedications, but they did find funerary seals bearing the names of a writer, named Maati, and his wife, Mohi. Excitingly, they also discovered funerary masks, colorful wooden statues, and a linen-wrapped mummy in the tomb.
Google Home Mini Recovers Some Touch Controls After Creepy Spying Bug
Thanks in large part to the low-cost Echo Dot , Amazon grabbed an early lead in the smart speaker space. But this fall Google hit back hard with the Home Mini, which has become the best cheap smart speaker to buy for most people . Unfortunately, shortly after its launch, a bug affecting the top touch controls in some Home Minis caused Google to disable the feature in order to prevent its device from recording audio at all times.
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Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan
In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate ISPs and to enshrine in law the principles of net neutrality. The vote reclassified wireless and fixed-line broadband service providers as title II “common carriers”, a public utility-type designation that gives the FCC the ability to set rates, open up access to competitors and more closely regulate the industry. Two years on, Trump’s new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has pushed to overturn the 2015 order arguing they overstep the FCC's jurisdiction and hinder corporate innovation. On 18 May, the FCC voted to support a new proposal that would repeal the order and started a 90-day period in which members of the public could comment. A final vote is expected in December.
Netflix says 53 of its viewers have been watching 'A Christmas Prince' every single day for over 2 weeks
Netflix knows how many times its users have watched its original
movie "A Christmas Prince," and it's making fun of people on
Twitter for it.