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Atari Vault brings 100 classic games to Steam

You can play everything from 'Asteroids' to 'Tempest' with one download.

Mobile app UX design: What strategies work and why

Your app's success is contingent on a combination of factors, but I feel as you probably do as well, that the overall mobile user experience (UX) tops them

Downloading 'Dark Souls 3' early makes the game even harder

You'd better speak Japanese and not need help with bosses in 'Dark Souls 3' if you plan to download it early.

How IBM's Watson Is Helping Train Service Dogs

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is adopting IBM Cloud for better data management.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' deleted scenes get their own teaser trailer

As if you weren't already excited enough for "The Force Awakens" Blu-ray extras, we now have a first look at some deleted-scenes footage.

'Atari Vault' is a bitchin' collection of classic Atari 2600 games on Steam -- and it's on sale today

Classic gamers need to run, not walk, to Steam and grab 'Atari Vault' -- a collection of 100 classic Atari 2600 games featuring Asteroids, Centipede, Pong

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A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system

When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the better instead of ruining them.

Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms

There are a few things that we all need: fresh air, water, food, shelter, love ... and a safe place to pee. For trans people who don't fit neatly into the gender binary, public restrooms are a major source of anxiety and the place where they are most likely to be questioned or harassed. In this poetically rhythmic talk, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity and highlights the need for gender-neutral bathrooms in all public places.

95 years after disappearance, USS Conestoga is found

(CNN) It was peacetime when the USS Conestoga departed from California's Golden Gate strait on March 25, 1921, but in one of the biggest maritime mysteries the vessel disappeared without a trace.

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Technology is infused into the world of as an essential element.  It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator.  Earlier this year, debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover.  His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, also created the foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.    

Google launches new machine learning platform

Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. As Google chairman Eric Schmidt stressed during today’s keynote, Google believes machine learning is “what’s next.” With this new platform, Google will make it easier for developers to use some of the machine learning smarts Google already uses to power features like Smart Reply in Inbox.

Google Is Sharing Its Powerful AI With Everyone in Its Cloud

Today at an event in San Francisco, the company unveiled a new family of cloud computing services that allow any developer or business to use the machine learning technologies that power some of Google’s most powerful services. Inside Google, these artificial intelligence systems deftly identify images inside apps like Google Photos; recognize commands spoken into Android Phones; and significantly improve the Google Internet search engine. Now others will be able to use them for many of the same purposes. During a lengthy keynote speech meant to highlight the company’s entire suite of cloud services—services it sees as an enormously important part of its future—Google new application programming interfaces (APIs) for identifying images, recognizing speech, and translating from one language to another, among other services.

Microsoft is deleting its AI chatbot's incredibly racist tweets

Microsoft has now taken Tay offline for "upgrades," and it is deleting some of the worst tweets — though many still remain. It's important to note that Tay's racism is not a product of Microsoft or of Tay itself. Tay is simply a piece of software that is trying to learn how humans talk in a conversation. Tay doesn't even know it exists, or what racism is. The reason it spouted garbage is that racist humans on Twitter quickly spotted a vulnerability — that Tay didn't understand what it was talking about — and exploited it.

Twitter taught Microsoft’s friendly AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day

But while it seems that some of the bad stuff Tay is being told is sinking in, it's not like the bot has a coherent ideology. In the span of 15 hours Tay referred to feminism as a "cult" and a "cancer," as well as noting "gender equality = feminism" and "i love feminism now." Tweeting "Bruce Jenner" at the bot got similar mixed response, ranging from "caitlyn jenner is a hero & is a stunning, beautiful woman!" to the transphobic "caitlyn jenner isn't a real woman yet she won woman of the year?" (Neither of which were phrases Tay had been asked to repeat.)

Netflix admits to downgrading video quality on AT&T, Verizon phones - WSJ

Netflix Inc said it had been lowering the quality of its video for customers watching its service on wireless networks such as AT&T and Verizon Communications for more than five years, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Making a Bow and Arrow Without Modern Tools Is Damned Impressive

Sure, making weaponry with access to a bandsaw, a lather, or hell, even some chisels would be orders of magnitude easier. And there’s no reason to assume in a semi-apocalyptic event that any of those things would disappear (maybe electricity, but hey—chisels). The point is, Primitive Technology is really good at what he does and it’s impressive to see someone make stuff the way your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents might have.

Microsoft is deleting its AI chatbot's incredibly racist tweets

Microsoft has now taken Tay offline for "upgrades," and it is deleting some of the worst tweets — though many still remain. It's important to note that Tay's racism is not a product of Microsoft or of Tay itself. Tay is simply a piece of software that is trying to learn how humans talk in a conversation. Tay doesn't even know it exists, or what racism is. The reason it spouted garbage is because racist humans on Twitter quickly spotted a vulnerability — that Tay didn't understand what it was talking about — and exploited it.

A Smartphone Gun Is the Last Thing Anyone Needs

Given the number of people shot by police every year because they were reaching for a “suspicious object”, you might think that disguising firearms as everyday objects is a bad idea. But US company Ideal Conceal disagrees—a double-barrelled .380 iPhone is exactly what we need to ensure our safety and freedom.

Google is building YouTube Connect, a livestreaming app to take on Periscope

Google has quietly been building a new livestreaming app called YouTube Connect, VentureBeat has learned. This service highlights the company’s efforts to double down on live video while also placing it in a position to compete directly against Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live. YouTube Connect will be available on both iOS and Android devices.

Google makes its $149 Nik Collection of photography tools completely free

Google has dropped the price of the Nik Collection, a suite of seven desktop plug-ins aimed at advanced photographers, from $149 to nothing. The Nik Collection first came under Google's stewardship when the company bought German developer Nik for its mobile editing app Snapseed; Google later  dropped the price from $499.95 to $149.

Sir Paul McCarrrrr-tney joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Sir Paul — who has overwhelmingly played "himself" in 20-odd film and TV acting credits — adds a bit of Beatles to the Disney franchise that, up until this point, has been all Rolling Stones (with Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow's long-lost father in On Stranger Tides and At World's End) .

Oculus starts shipping the finished Rift headset

It finally happened. After nearly four years of crowdfunding , developer kits , an acquisition by Facebook and seemingly endless hype , the finished Oculus Rift headset is shipping to its first customers. Oculus chief Brendan Iribe has confirmed that his company's initial batch of VR wearables should reach customers as early as March 28th, or just in time to make the promised March timeframe. It's still not certain who will get the early bragging rights, but Oculus did say that Kickstarter backers will get the completed Rift for free instead of paying the usual $599 -- they're the ones who'll laugh last.

Google beefs up Gmail security with Safe Browsing warnings and tips for avoiding state-sponsored attacks

Google today updated Gmail with two new security improvements. The company also underlined a proposal to further boost email security as a whole. First up, Google has turned on its Safe Browsing service for Gmail users. While the feature has already been used to identify potentially dangerous links in messages, starting this week, Gmail users will see warnings if they click these links.

France fines Google over ‘right to be forgotten’ privacy violations

(Reuters) – The French data protection authority said it has fined Google 100,000 euros ($111,720) for not scrubbing web search results widely enough in response to a European privacy ruling.

Inside Facebook’s Quest to Be Your Bestie—By Owning Your Memories

Babies, Konrad says, are memory gold. People love sharing pictures of their babies. But what if you lost your baby this year? Facebook probably doesn’t know that, but showing you that memory would be a disaster. Or even something less dramatic: What if you had a fight with your best friend yesterday and you can’t bear to even think about him? If you lost someone five years ago, would seeing her picture now make you smile or cry? “What could be considered a pleasurable initial experience,” Konrad says, “could become unpleasurable over time.” In the research world that’s called a “contamination sequence.” You loved your boyfriend, but then you broke up. There’s also a “redemption sequence,” which is the flip side: you get back together, you overcome an illness. Memories are always powerful but never stable.

Skype will launch its universal Windows app preview in the coming weeks

The current Skype app will still work on PCs running Windows 10, but Microsoft will be gradually bringing the existing app and the new one together. The new version will bring over many of the existing features, including a contact list, an option for logging out, Moji and emoticon support, and a way to change your availability. It will also introduce new capabilities, like the ability to chat with people whether or not they use Skype, group chat, group voice and video calling, and a means to deal with notifications individually for every single chat.

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Sony Will Bring PlayStation Games to iOS and Android Devices

You’ll soon be able to play original Sony games on your iOS or Android device, the company announced today. Sony is setting up a new business division called ForwardWorks, which will focus on mobile services, bringing “full-fledged game titles” and Sony’s PlayStation characters and intellectual property to handheld smart devices. And it could be happening pretty soon—the press release says ForwardWorks kicks off operations next month.

Yahoo wants $10 billion, and Microsoft could back the bidder

The report said that Microsoft has been meeting with a number of private-equity firms that may be interested in buying Yahoo's core business, which includes its online search and advertising business, with the idea of providing "significant financing" help.

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Redbox is reportedly giving internet video another shot

Going digital might be necessary. Redbox's parent, Outerwall, has been hurting as business from its signature movie kiosks falls off a cliff -- it expects disc rental revenues to drop 15 to 20 percent this year. An internet service would help Outerwall reduce its dependency on physical movies. With that said, it's not clear that Redbox Digital would stand out. After all, you can already buy or rent movies from Google Play Movies, iTunes and countless other services. Redbox would mostly be leaning on its name and loyalty program to get an edge over rivals, and those might not be enough.

Marvel's Daredevil: "Guilty As Sin" Review - IGN

...FISK! What a freakin' great surprise. And on an episode that saw Stick return too. So a lot of Season 1 elements came rushing back in "Guilty as Sin." And, you know, I'd been actually wondering why Matt wasn't pressing harder about Frank being blackmailed. I mean, he heard the guard basically threaten him in the courtroom, but then - after Frank's entire outburst - he only mildly brought it up to a still furious Foggy and a VERY furious Karen. Who was newly outraged over walking in on Matt with Stick and Elektra. In what she probably assumed was some very weird orgy.

Apple Music for Android update introduces home screen widget

In continued efforts to improve its flagship Android app, Apple pushed out an update to Apple Music on Thursday that, among other improvements, builds in a home screen widget for playback control. On Android, home screen widgets are bite-sized versions of standalone apps that provide easy access to commonly used operations. As Apple does not allow similar functionality on its own iOS operating system, building the feature into Apple Music for Android proves the company isn't shying away from exploiting that platform's strengths. As noted by The Verge , Apple's new widget includes a thumbnail of the current album playing and boasts controls for pausing, skipping and revisiting the last played track. A familiar heart icon is also included for favoriting songs, which subsequently informs Apple's For You personalized playlists. In addition to the new widget view, Apple Music for Android now accepts gift cards to renew memberships using iTunes credit, while a Radio tab upgrade lets users see what song is playing on Beats 1 prior to tuning in. The update also includes user interface tweaks for the Now Playing section and expanded Apple Music catalog charts.

Microsoft attempt at artificial intelligence becomes Hitler-loving, misogynistic PR disaster

It took only 24 hours for a Microsoft artificial intelligence project to turn from a typical tweeting teenage girl into a hate spewing, offensive public relations debacle, thanks to coordinated attacks on the learning software. Microsoft launched the "@TayandYou" account on Twitter on Wednesday as a publicity stunt, allowing users to engage in conversations with its AI software. "Tay" was designed to speak like a teenage girl that would adapt and learn new language over time. But after being bombarded with offensive tweets attempting to break or confuse the artificial intelligence, "Tay" learned a whole range of offensive things that Microsoft executives certainly did not want her to say. Among her more extreme tweets , "Tay" told followers that "Hitler was right," that all feminists should "die," and "Bush did 9/11." And as noted by The Telegraph , "Tay" also took to calling Twitter users "daddy" and soliciting sex. The Twitter account and official website for "Tay" remain accessible, though the offending tweets have been removed and she is no longer responding to users.

Playboy is looking to sell itself for ~$500 million

In January, the Playboy Mansion went up for sale for $200 million. The sale, however, would require Hugh Hefner to be able to live out the rest of his days in the iconic 29-room mansion.

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Hey Microsoft, the Internet Made My Bot Racist, Too

I was stunned. My precious take on the Turing test had become super racist. Early in development I had thought: so what if people curse at my bot? Sure, it will learn to curse too, but that should only make it more realistic and fun. But racism is a showstopper. My solution was quick and easy: I cleaned the database of the offending language, and scripted all future messages which contained the n-word or permutations of it to instead display as “I’m a racist loser.” But still, I was shocked at how quickly it had degenerated.

Apple Releases New iOS 9.3 Build for iPad 2 to Fix Activation Issue

Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.

How developers can take advantage of machine learning on Google Cloud Platform - TechRepublic

Working with Google, Wix got early access to the Cloud Vision API and now they can search and label all user images that are uploaded, as well as perform face detection on all photos. They were essentially able to use machine learning without knowing anything about it, Zuckerman said.

Microsoft is investing millions in a $1 billion startup that rejected its acquisition offer

Looking ahead, Leibert says that they're not planning to raise any more cash soon. And while Leibert boasts that Mesosphere has strong customer traction among the Fortune 500, it's not hard to see Microsoft or HP Enterprise making another bid for Mesosphere and its tech.

Silicon Valley's Stars Guess What Real Startups Do

Just as Mike Judge savaged corporate life with his movie Office Space , his TV series Silicon Valley takes no prisoners in lampooning startup culture. Now, as the show gets ready to head into its third season, its stars (Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and Zach Woods) are also making their first WIRED cover appearances. We sat down with the five to see just how much Silicon Valley taught them about Silicon Valley—by asking them to identify what various tech companies do. Turns out there’s not a whole lot you can learn from a name like Tubbbr or Kabbage … unless you’ve got some serious improv chops.

One of Apple's first TV shows will be about apps

Apple's foray in to the world of original programming doesn't stray from the company's skill sets. Today it announced that it was teaming up with TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, and rapper to produce a show about the app economy.

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Netflix admits to throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

"Verizon delivers video content at the resolution provided by the host service, whether that’s Netflix or any other provider," a Verizon spokesman told WSJ . AT&T was less thrilled. "We’re outraged to learn that Netflix is apparently throttling video for their AT&T customers without their knowledge or consent,"  said Jim Cicconi, the company's senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs. Netflix is reportedly planning a "mobile data saver" for later this year that would help customers manage video streaming quality to keep their data caps in check.

Microsoft silences its new A.I. bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism [Updated]

Microsoft’s newly launched A.I.-powered bot called Tay , which was responding to tweets and chats on GroupMe and Kik, has already been shut down due to concerns with its inability to recognize when it was making offensive or racist statements. Of course, the bot wasn’t coded to be racist, but it “learns” from those it interacts with. And naturally, given that this is the Internet, one of the first things online users taught Tay was how to be racist, and how to spout back ill-informed or inflammatory political opinions. [ Update : Microsoft now says it’s “making adjustments” to Tay in light of this problem.]

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What Microsoft’s teen chatbot being 'tricked' into racism says about the Internet

Gven that internet communities like 4chan have "built their entire ideology online" around this sort of trolling, it's no surprise to Woolley that a cheery teenybopper would be quickly turned into a racist misogynist.

Crooks Steal, Sell Verizon Enterprise Customer Data — Krebs on Security

“Verizon recently discovered and remediated a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Our investigation to date found an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers. No customer proprietary network information (CPNI) or other data was accessed or accessible.”

Personal Finance Has Everything and Nothing to Do With Money

On the surface, personal finance seems to be primarily about money: getting rich and optimizing your investments and so on. It’s definitely about all of that stuff, but in a larger, more important way, it has nothing to do with money at all. It’s more about using it to optimize your values and priorities.

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Build a Solid VR-Ready PC For Less Than $1,000

$1,000 isn’t exactly the cheapest way to do things, but considering Tested is planning on using this as their in-house VR testing system, it’s nice to see what they pick to round out their PC after a ton of hardware tests. Their hope is to put together a PC that’s affordable and uses some pre-existing hardware you might already have, but includes powerful components where necessary. Here’s what they picked:

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58 Snapchat reportedly buys Bitstrips for roughly $100 million
59 You can now pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro
60 Sony sets up a new company to develop mobile games
62 Playboy is interested in buying one of its fastest growing competitors
63 Exclusive: Snapchat Buys Bitmoji Maker
64 New Report Says 'PlayStation 4.5' Is Real, Called PlayStation 4K - IGN
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73 DT Giveaway: X-Doria Apple Watch & Watch Band
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76 Australia Just Dedicated Millions of Dollars to Studying a Syndrome That Probably Doesn't Exist
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83 Paris-based Bitit launches to let you buy Bitcoins from 100,000 physical stores around the world
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