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Instagram may soon get video and voice calling

Well, why not.

This app uses machine learning and AR to teach you how to draw

Sketch AR 3.0 is the newest version of an app that teaches people how to draw using a clever combination of augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Here's one way the iPhone X beats Samsung's Galaxy S9 badly

But don't let it discourage you from buying the new phone.

Sharp and RED's 'Special Project' Creates 70-Inch 8K Display

RED sells 8K cameras, Sharp sells high-end Aquos displays, and cinematographers need to view 8K footage, so this prototype got made.

Berlin blockchain conference proves that dumb stock art is actually genius

See, the fire represents blockchain and the owl is... maybe Bitcoin?

7 things I learned as a British person watching 'The Bachelor'

British cynicism is why we can't have nice things.

Snapchat is quietly testing a hands-free mode and new, full-body camera lenses

As DJ Khaled would say, "They don't want you to use your hands."

Predictive text helped make a pretty great Gwenyth Paltrow Goop parody

"We Asked 200 Experts: Should You Feel Embarrassed by the Gluten in Your Skin?"

PSA to parents: don't flush your kid's weed down a toilet

It's every teen's worst nightmare, and this reckless toilet is mine.

7 animated feature films that deserved more attention than their Oscar competition

Animation's not just for kids.

Today in Apple history: Here comes the Macintosh II | Cult of Mac

On March 2, 1987, three years after releasing the original Macintosh 128K, Apple launches its direct sequel, the almighty Macintosh II.

Microsoft Soundscape app helps visually impaired iPhone users navigate with 3D audio cues

Time's Up encourages women to share their stories online this Women's History Month

Every story matters.

Issa Rae And Dee Rees Say “Make Something” In Fun New Samsung Ad

They’re joined by Taiki Waititi, Constance Wu, and other creators for the company’s Oscars commercial.

Alexa is down, and everyone is making Super Bowl jokes

Jeff Bezos' worst nightmare is real.

Where to watch all of this year's Oscar-nominated films

From "The Boss Baby" to "Victoria & Abdul."

These robotic skiers hit the slopes in style

Researchers took part in the Ski Robot Challenge last month and the resulting videos - essentially quick cuts of robots in ski jackets totally whanging off..

Fox triggers its own audience with misleading viral video

A recent Fox News video showed just how easy it is to spin the wheels on whatever apparatus it is that turns the outrage machine. Tucker Carlson last week aired a segment deriding “the liberal effort” to ban the word “man” on college campuses. In just under a week, it’s been shared over 486,000 times …

Engaged 'Game of Thrones' stars take extreme measures to avoid spoiling each other

Jon Snow knows too much!

The Oscars have 'carved out' a moment for Time's Up

This isn't going away.

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Trump's aluminum tariffs could drive up Mac and iPhone prices | Cult of Mac

Trump said on Thursday that the United States will impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum for “a long period of time.” Already, some manufacturers who will be affected by the new import duty have urged the Trump Administration not to follow through with it. Apple has yet to comment.

New LTE attacks can eavesdrop on text messages and spoof emergency alerts

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Poo stains seen from space lead to discovery of massive penguin ‘supercolony’

Dropbox saved $75M by dumping the cloud, but your company won't

I know, I know. It's tempting to think that you can run your infrastructure far more efficiently than Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, or Google. I mean, you know that Dell PowerEdge server inside and out, and can milk those CPU cycles like a pro. Never mind that you have a few thousand servers and they have millions. Or that their entire businesses depend upon running at a level of efficiency that your IT staff hasn't approached on even the most optimistic of PowerPoint pitches to the CIO.

Cryptocurrency miners spent $776M on millions of GPUs last year

"Gaming has been and will continue to be the primary driver for GPU sales, augmented by the demand from cryptocurrency miners," JPR president Jon Peddie said in the report. "We expect demand to slacken from the miners as margins drop in response increasingly utilities costs and supply and demand forces that drive up AIB prices. Gamers can offset those costs by mining when not gaming, but prices will not drop in the near future."

Report: Most Uber, Lyft drivers make below minimum wage

The study found that because of the high costs of insurance, fuel, and car maintenance, 74 percent of ride-share workers make below minimum wage in their respective states, and 30 percent actually lose money on their jobs. Drivers earn a median of 59 cents per mile driven, while incurring a median expense of 30 cents per mile. 40 percent of those costs were attributed to insurance, maintenance, and repairs, 40 percent to gas, and 20 percent to depreciation.

Alexa Loses Her Voice in Widespread Outage

Amazon's digital voice assistant is having trouble today. Those with Echo devices are reporting red rings rather than blue, as well as a variety of error messages, including: "I'm having trouble understanding right now. Please try a little later"; "I'm not sure what went wrong" and "Sorry, your Echo lost its connection."

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Microsoft has extended its Meltdown and Spectre patching efforts to include x86 Windows 10 computers, as well as providing Intel firmware updates. 

Cops will use decoy buses in hunt for Apple shuttle shooter

Now the California Highway Patrol is employing decoy buses in an effort to draw fire from the person — or persons — stupid enough to fire at buses. It has also enlisted the help of the FBI, and will put undercover officers on Apple and Google shuttles.

Kim Kardashian West is making a kid pranking series on Facebook Watch

You Kiddin’ Me will be on mobile, desktop, and Facebook TV apps. It’s also going to be interactive: viewers will have the chance to participate in the pranks, and the producers and kids plan to crowdsource prank ideas. No premiere date has been announced yet for the series.

12 The role of human emotions in science and research

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A survey of 1,100 Uber and Lyft drivers in the US has found that, when expenses are taken into account, 74 percent of people earn below minimum wage salaries. 

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I would happily rewatch Paddington 2 with all of the visual effects removed

Ford says Trump's new tariffs could hurt US companies' ability to compete

But there are signs that 2018 in the year that booming US auto sales will cool off, after a three-year run. The market won't tank, but car companies could go into a defensive mode. For Trump, this means that layoffs of autoworkers could replace hiring, and new factories will be put on hold. Investment driven by the tax cut won't happen because it will have to used to pay for more expensive raw materials.

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Krypton is using Superman's cape in a very strange way

WebAssembly architecture for Go

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An update on the Logan's Run remake also brings news of a new Star Wars movie (?)

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These adorable critters are making life hard for Brazilian farmers

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There may actually be three kinds of type 2 diabetes

Concept images suggest what rumored Apple over-ear headphones could look like

Following the rumors of Apple's launch of branded over-the-ear headphones, new images depicting a concept version of the Apple headgear have been produced, showing what the supposed product could look like if it launches this year.

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Quebec throws cold water on Bitcoin miners seeking cheap power

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Earliest figural tattoos found on 500-year-old Egyptian mummies

Tattoos believed to be the world's oldest figurative body art have been discovered on a pair of well-preserved Egyptian mummies. Talk about ancient hipsters.

IBM Watson CTO: The 3 ethical principles AI needs to embrace

"If you get that out of the way then you can begin to look at how to apply the technology, but all through that we really encourage our clients to think about two things. One is, how they're going to protect and preserve the privacy of their institutions, of their clients. But also how do they convey the responsibility of their clients to be aware of what data they're getting across and to challenge those cases where, perhaps they don't want to give up the data they're offering. Or at least to make sure the value they're getting from that data is also very supportive of this idea that's augmented their intelligence."

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MoviePass demands photos of ticket stubs from users, which sounds cool and fun

Tech giants will have one hour to delete terror content, EU decides

If law enforcement or Europol identifies content as terroristic or otherwise illegal, the site will be notified and then have one hour to remove it, the European Commission said. Sites operating in the EU should review their removal processes to ensure they can meet the deadline, if needed.

How to clone a website with httrack

There are plenty of ways to clone a site. One solution I have used offers both command line and GUI options, and is called httrack . The application can be used on Linux, Windows, macOS, and Android, and does a full copy of a website for local browsing. The command line tool is, as you expect, called httrack. There is also a GUI version for Linux called webhttrack. I'm going to demonstrate how to use both the command line and GUI tools, so you can make quick clones of your websites. I'll be demonstrating both versions from Ubuntu Linux.

Mujjo’s leather cases match iPhone X perfectly [Review]

Mujjo’s leather cases are perfect for iPhone X. Made from full-grain leather with a super-slim profile, they rival Apple’s own leather cases in looks and durability. I’ve been using two of them for over a month now; here’s what I think of them.

Galaxy S9 can’t match iPhone’s 4K video recording

That’s not the case when it comes to video recording on the Galaxy S9, however. Samsung’s new device, which is being marketed for its stellar cameras, is capable of recording super-sharp 4K video at 60 frames-per-second — but only for a maximum of five minutes.

Snap reportedly working on new Spectacles, including two-camera version

Also, if Snap is serious about being a camera company, it won’t give up after one middling attempt. It’s apparently planning to build slight improvements into the next new version, intended to ship this fall, per Cheddar, with new colors, water resistance, and performance improvements. But the big changes are being lined up for next year’s model, which could incorporate an aluminum frame design, and 3D-depth effects in videos capture using them thanks to a second camera. Plus, they might also build in GPS for geotagging and a leather case, with a cost increase to around $300 for the premium features.

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Captain Marvel's "Fresh Start" comic will reveal the "other side" of her origin story

Chaos Engineering: A cheat sheet

In systems theory, "steady state" is attained if variables that define the behavior of a system do not change in time. Put more simply for this purpose, steady state is attained if recently observed behavior continues into the future. The variable needed in this case is a real-time positive indicator that the service is working as designed for the intended purpose. In the case of Netflix, the company uses the rate at which customers press the play button on a video streaming device as steady state. Netflix calls this "streams per second."

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More than 200 people have talked to this bot about sexual harassment: …

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Another simplistic view of a situation. Steel & Aluminum are obviously used in greater areas than soup cans & beer cans. Let's get real on the actual ramifications of this tariff "war". Billionaire's condescension doesn't count.

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2 days after raising $502 million, Magic Leap called the cops to say an employee had stolen $1 million

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Gaze in wonder at 15 of the most breathtaking post-apocalyptic worlds

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MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks

“At the end of the day there are a certain amount of fixed costs [for drivers],” says Tluszcz. “You have to buy a car, you have to get insurance, you have to pay for gas… And if you as an intermediary, which those platforms are, are taking an increasing amount of commission — 10%, 15%, now 20 in most of their markets — and then you’re using the price of the trip as a way of beating your competitor… then you as a driver are sitting there with basically all of your fixed costs and your income is going down and frankly the only way to cover your costs is to spend more hours in the car.

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After costs, Uber and Lyft drivers average less than $4 an hour, depressing new study claims

FCC chairman to NRA: Thanks, but no thanks for the gun award

The gun lobby reportedly chose Pai for the award because of his work in repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules. Pai, who was elevated to his position as chairman of the agency by President Donald Trump, led the charge to remove the regulation in a 3-2 vote that was split along party lines. He has faced criticism from net neutrality advocates and has reportedly  received death threats over the politically charged and controversial issue .

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MashReads Podcast: If you liked the 'Annihilation' movie, you absolutely NEED to read the book


The Pentagon has been highly interested in “directed-energy” platforms as a way to protect U.S. forces from drone swarms, missiles and mortar fire. In the future, lasers will likely play a larger role as weapons systems, given their lower cost relative to missiles. Over time, these types of lasers may evolve into larger weapons that could target ballistic missiles and aircraft. Such future weapons may come in handy for the U.S. in what’s quickly becoming a second Cold War .

Apple defends iPhone slowdown in Canadian parliament | Cult of Mac

Apple and Geekbench’s John Poole have testified in front of Canada’s House of Commons committee regarding the iPhone slowdown controversy, and how Apple handled it.

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and we wonder why @realDonaldTrump message is so strong this DISCRIMINATORY behavior in America against white males is turning "minorities" in the new bigots DIVERSITY shouldn't be applied only to women gays black hispanics but everyone include men and white and straight

West Virginia teachers’ strike: Why it’s happening and why it’s historic

Public school teachers and state employees in West Virginia have been on strike for the past week. The workers have been advocating for better pay and healthcare. On Wednesday, the state’s House of Representatives reached a deal that would give the teachers a 5% raise and other state workers a 3% bump. Despite union leadership approving the proposed plan, workers have  gone against their own labor organization and continue to strike.

Opinion | The Supreme Court Case That Could Give Tech Giants More Power

The case is now at the Supreme Court. If affirmed, the Second Circuit decision would create de facto antitrust immunity for the most powerful companies in the economy. Since internet technologies have enabled the growth of platform companies that serve multiple groups of users, firms like Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Uber are set to be prime beneficiaries of the Second Circuit’s warped analysis. Amazon, for example, could claim status as a two-sided platform because it connects buyers and sellers of goods; Google because it facilitates a market between advertisers and search users. (An industry trade group representing the tech platforms filed an amicus brief in support of American Express.) Indeed, the reason that the tech giants are lining up behind the Second Circuit’s approach is that — if ratified — it would make it vastly more difficult to use antitrust laws against them.

The Best Fitness Trackers of 2018

I took a lot into account when testing the trackers: ease-of-use, in-app experience, motivational prompts, and comfort. I wore the trackers to work. I took them to fitness studios, from Pure Barre to Soul Cycle. I even wore them to sleep. I became one with these fitness trackers, and they became one with me. Here are our picks for the best trackers—and how to find which one is right for you.

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55 Ex-recruiter's lawsuit accuses Google of racial bias in hiring
56 Track the 'bomb cyclone' with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad
57 This Moon-boosted nor’easter may mean record-breaking floods
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61 Blockchain will work in trucking — but only if these three things happen
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