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My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son

On one afternoon, we went to the field where we so often played football — tackle, of course — as we were set on replicating the brawn and bravado that we watched each Sunday on our televisions. This time, however, the field was closed. The fence bolted by a lock that could not be snapped. One friend, whose long, blond hair dangled gently over his eyes, tossed the football to me, and immediately began to climb the fence. I watched him: the ease with which he lifted one foot over another, the indifference of his disposition to the fact that this was an area we were quite clearly not supposed to enter. I remember hearing the soft, distant echo of a police siren. Perhaps a few blocks away. Perhaps headed in a different direction. I couldn’t be sure, but I knew better than to ignore it. He reached the other side, and looked back, beckoning the rest of us to join him. I held the football in my hand, looking at him through the chain link fence between us. It was at this moment I realized how different he and I were, before I had the words to explain them to either him or myself.

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Apple confirms tattoo issue with Apple Watch in updated support document

Apple Watch owners on Reddit and Twitter have been posting conflicting reports and video, some showing that the heart-rate functionality works fine with their tattoos, others showing either no reading at all or erratic readings …

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Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all , with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many limitations in terms of device options, and the core feature list is fairly complete relative to the iOS version.

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PCWorld on Twitter

There isn't a launch date for Windows 10. There's a series of launches. @markhachman explains. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2916550/heres-how-windows-10-will-launch-according-to-microsoft.html … pic.twitter.com/swKzgaEs4i

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ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement encounters

If people really care deeply about this and want to take it upon themselves to personally influence the behavior of organizations like law enforcement they should try to do it from the inside. I can't think of any job in any profession or vocation, or at any level, where outsiders who think they know how to do the job better than the people who are actually doing the job are justified in their thinking. Until you strap on the shoes you're just an outsider with an opinion. There's no app that replaces experience and living the reality of life.

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Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch heart rate sensor

Apple this week updated a support page for the Apple Watch, revealing that the ink found in some tattoos on the wrist can in fact affect the heart rate monitor, and associated wrist detection feature, for the new wearable device.

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Microsoft Looks to Software Subscriptions as Mobile Computing Spreads

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday pitched Wall Street on the main financial message from Chief Executive Satya Nadella: The Microsoft of the future will spin more cash, more reliably than ever before. In a roughly two-hour session with financial analysts, Mr. Nadella and other Microsoft officials laid out the case that the company’s business is growing less dependent on sales of software products that are bound to decline as desktops...

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Review: Xiaomi's Mi Note Could Pose Challenge to Apple, Samsung

For now, Xiaomi is offering the Mi Note only in China, and is selling it only online; the company says it has no plans to offer it in the U.S. The phone doesn’t support most of the U.S. wireless bands, or fast LTE data in the U.S. In addition, Xiaomi has no plans to localize the phone’s software for the U.S. But I decided to try it out because it’s a great example of a new reality in consumer tech: Chinese companies are showing they are capable of doing quality, original products, not just making things designed elsewhere.

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Tesla launches Tesla Energy, new line of PowerWall and PowerPack batteries for homes and businesses

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation. The Powerwall consists of Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall and is integrated with the local grid to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve.

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Windows forever: Windows 10 builds will continue even after Microsoft ships it

Internally, some Microsoft employees refer to Windows 10 as “the last Windows.” Based on the company’s strategy of perpetual Windows builds, the concept of a single, fixed “release date” seems less and less important. According to Belfiore, Microsoft’s goal with Windows is to keep evolving: “adjust dynamically to the real world and to real people, and sometimes that’s subjective feedback, and sometimes it’s quantitative analysis, on how we build Windows, how we deploy it.”

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If We Can 3-D Print the Venus de Milo With Arms, What Are Her Arms Doing?

In Reinach’s day, speculation about the statue’s original pose was a minor industry. She was imagined standing beside a warrior—Mars or Theseus—with her left hand grazing his shoulder. She was pictured holding a mirror, an apple, or laurel wreaths, sometimes with a pedestal to support her left arm. She was even depicted as a mother holding a baby. One popular turn-of-the-century theory understood her not as Venus but as Victory, supporting a shield on her left thigh and recording the names of heroes on it with her right hand. Other versions imagined her using the shield as a mirror, the goddess of beauty admiring her reflection.

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Time Warner CEO 'pretty confident' Apple TV service is on the way | Cult of Mac

As part of its HBO Now promotion, Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV down to $69. Previous rumors have hinted that an updated Apple TV could be released this year with third-party applications to go with the new streaming service. Shipping times of the Apple TV have currently slipped to 1-2 weeks ahead, but we’ll have to wait from WWDC in June before we get our first glimpse of the changes coming to Apple’s little black box.

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Top 5 Reasons to Jailbreak Apple Watch

You get the same nostalgic feeling with the Apple Watch. We can’t wait to see the hackers jailbreak Apple Watch to give us the capability to install third-party apps, and customize the device in every way possible. Here are some of the reasons I want to jailbreak my Apple Watch:

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Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities

They haven’t had to deal with this on the residential side yet, primarily because people can sell excess power back to the utilities at fairly high rates — a practice called net metering. But that’s hurting utilities, too, and some have tried to lower the price at which they buy back power, which has been met by furious protests from people leasing panels. If utilities lower the buyback rate too much, however, and batteries get cheap enough, people may just unplug from the grid altogether — or more likely, install systems that let them rely on it only rarely — prompting what those in the industry call "the utility death spiral." It’s quite a bind: by fighting net metering, utilities would help make battery storage more economically viable, driving the transition to a distributed grid.

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Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015

HACKERS & DEVS - Tickets are for Developers who wish to participate and work on hack projects to present ONLY.  If you are not working on a project please DO NOT register for a Hacker Ticket. Tickets are available on a limited basis. Any minors under 18 must have be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Uber Office Raided in Southern Chinese City

BEIJING—Authorities in a southern Chinese city raided an office of Uber Technologies Inc. and seized cellphones and other equipment, a state-run newspaper reported, in the latest setback for the U.S. car-hailing app company’s operations in China.

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Even more Apple Watch tips and tricks you should know

Do you receive a lot of text messages that require the same response? You can save yourself some time by preparing custom responses that you can use when you reply to these text messages. Apple includes by default several common phrases, such as “What’s Up?” or “I’m on my way,” but you can change these responses. Open the Watch app and select My Watch > Messages > Default Replies . Type your phrase in each field to overwrite the existing responses and add your own.

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Digital crown getting stuck or tough to rotate for some Apple Watch owners

It has just been a week since the Apple Watch went on sale, and we have heard quite a few issues with the smartwatch affecting customers. This is a common phenomenon when a new Apple device goes on sale, so it should not really come as a surprise.

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FAA warns of Boeing 787 glitch that could cause 'loss of control of the airplane'

This AD requires a repetitive maintenance task for electrical power deactivation on Model 787 airplanes. This AD was prompted by the determination that a Model 787 airplane that has been powered continuously for 248 days can lose all alternating current (AC) electrical power due to the generator control units (GCUs) simultaneously going into failsafe mode. This condition is caused by a software counter internal to the GCUs that will overflow after 248 days of continuous power. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of all AC electrical power, which could result in loss of control of the airplane.

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Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

Rocana (formerly ScalingData) announced $15 million in Series B funding led by Google Ventures with General Catalyst Partners, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan (former chairman at Akamai and current executive in residence at General Catalyst) also contributing.

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Tesla’s Home Battery Is Built for a Solar Boom | MIT Technology Review

In the near term, the market for home energy storage will depend on how states regulate homeowners’ ability to buy and sell electricity. Net metering, currently available in 43 states, allows residential customers to sell excess generation back to their utility company at retail rates. The policies are being challenged by utility companies that say it undermines their ability to recoup grid infrastructure costs. But as long as net metering continues, consumers will have little need to buy an energy storage system because they can sell the excess solar power they generate rather than store it, says Jay Stein, an analyst with energy consulting company E Source. “I don’t see any financial payoff for them to buy batteries,” he says.

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Teardown shows Apple Watch S1 chip has custom CPU, 512MB RAM, 8GB storage

Originally Posted by rob53� Apple's on a roll on miniaturization. First the new MacBook with a complete, full featured computer (not part of it like the Intel stick) motherboard in 4x1.5 inches, then a remarkable Apple Watch S1 in less than 2x2 inches. For those complaining that it's performance doesn't match a Mac Pro, look at what Apple crammed into so little space. I would say the Apple Watch is as powerful as many cut-rate PCs of today and comparable to a regular Mac from the turn of the century. Think about the options Apple has in creating other devices using the S1 as the main building block. Get rid of the watch-only items and they've got a good computing platform that would fit almost anywhere. A typical automotive ECM could fit a dozen S1-based systems inside it's box.

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Kirstie Alley accidentally implicated in New Jersey 'Bridgegate' - CNET

The actual news was that an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Port Authority official David Wildstein, was intending to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the 2013 scandal that created massive traffic issues near the George Washington Bridge. Wildstein was a friend of Christie's in high school, and it was the governor who got Wildstein his job at the Port Authority. Wildstein did in fact plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy on Friday at a US District Court in Newark, N.J.

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Streaming Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC is awesome

Ever since Microsoft announced its  plans to bring Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 back in January, I've been dying to try it. While the Xbox One dashboard has been updated to support the new feature, the Xbox one app for Windows 10 isn't quite ready yet. At its Build developers conference in San Francisco this week, Microsoft is demonstrating Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 PCs to the public for the first time. I got a chance to try it, and it's as awesome as I had hoped.

25
The Verge on Twitter

“ @verge : Google+ Twitter account starts tweeting nearly four years after it launched http://theverge.com/e/8295438?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/NxDD7MjsfU ”

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The Verge on Twitter

@verge is that not false advertisement then? If FIOS says unlimited data it should mean unlimited. Maybe they don't know the definition

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Programmer Convicted in Bizarre Goldman Sachs Case—Again | WIRED

But days before leaving his old job, Aleynikov encrypted and downloaded files from Goldman Sachs’s network that contained code he had worked on. He transferred the data to a website hosted in Germany, then erased the program from Goldman Sachs’ network that he had used to encrypt the files, according to court records. He also attempted to delete the network’s bash history showing his activity, which prosecutors insisted was evidence that he knew his actions were wrong.

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instructables on Twitter

We are giving away 13 3D printers in the 3D Printing Contest. Enter your project today! http://bit.ly/1I5oxLG  pic.twitter.com/E5RqQk3iIY

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Age Ain't Nothing But A Number...That Microsoft Apparently Can't Get Right

Age Ain't Nothing But A Number...That Microsoft's How-Old Apparently Can't Get Right

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Android Phones Can Now Launch Some Apps on Voice Command

Google is giving owners of Android smartphones the power to open and search through apps using voice commands.

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Grooveshark, the Free Music Service That Used to Scare the Big Labels, Gives Up

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ­and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

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Nexus 5 & 1-yr Unlimited Talk-and-Text from FreedomPop

In particular, the Nexus 5 offers high-end looks and specifications at an affordable price. It runs on a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, powering a pixel-packed 1080 × 1920 display. It also sports an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a battery which can last for thirteen hours of talk time.

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A Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Just Blew Up on Kickstarter | WIRED

Earlier today, a new game project called Yooka-Laylee went live on Kickstarter. A spiritual successor to the beloved 3-D platformer Banjo-Kazooie , it hit its $270,000 funding goal in just 40 minutes, and by the time you read this it’ll be on the fast track to becoming the biggest Kickstarter game project ever.

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The Verge on Twitter

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Engadget on Twitter

RT“ @engadget : New game from 'Banjo-Kazooie' team fully funded in 40 minutes http://engt.co/1Q8gkru  pic.twitter.com/Ub8NNpnp8p ”

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Samsung admits the Galaxy S6 has a major problem

With Android phones, the apps you use regularly will remain in RAM, while unused apps will be removed. It looks like the issue is that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are having trouble clearing the RAM, causing it to fill up.

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The Verge on Twitter

“ @verge : This is the last image sent by NASA's Messenger before it crashed into Mercury http://vrge.co/1Ezp5G4  pic.twitter.com/dRsd165dOw ”

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Meerkat one-ups Twitter’s Periscope by launching its live video-streaming app for Android

That said, Twitter has an Android version of Periscope in the works too, so it’s only a matter of time before the two companies are at loggerheads on both platforms. It’s up to Meerkat now to see if it can gain enough traction on Android to give it a fighting chance.

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The elephant ivory trade is alive and well on Craigslist, advocates say

The US signed a global ban on ivory from Asian elephants in 1975, and from African elephants in 1990. Products that entered the country prior to these dates can be sold legally, but only 3 percent of the listings identified in this week's study included the necessary documentation. And although others claimed to include "pre-ban" or "antique" ivory, there is no way to determine their actual provenance. That doesn't necessarily imply that the other products included pre-ban ivory, and there's no data on how many were actually sold. But Calvelli says the prevalence of ivory products on the site underscores a need for stronger regulation.

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President Obama's $20 Million for Police Body Cameras Is a Good Start

That said, $20 million doesn’t buy that many police cameras. Los Angeles is spending $1.5 million to pay for the equipment, storage, and maintenance needed for 860 cameras. So you can extrapolate from that how this first round of Obama grants will probably cover a little over 11,000 body cams. An (obviously outdated) 2008 census from the Department of Justice said that there are just over 590,000 local police officers in the United States. That’s not including local sheriffs or marshals, of which there are about 360,000. A number of police departments around the country are already using body cams to some extent or have plans to start.

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Apple Watch, Samsung Edge glitches anger users, but no outright revolt

A senior project manager at a tech company who asked not to be named emailed Computerworld to say he called the Samsung support line because his Edge phone's screen was locked in portrait position. He was told to send the device back to Samsung for evaluation, but the manager was concerned because he would have no phone for nine business days with no loaner phone provided. The only other option he was offered was to contact his carrier, and if he had third-party insurance he should use it to "see what can be done."

42
Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners. So this brings in-house one of the technologies that Microsoft has used as a marquee feature, as its desktop OS gains support for devices like tablets and convertibles.

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Why Everyone Should Stop Hating On Freemium Games

But the most amazing thing freemium games have done is create a whole new segment of casual gamers. Opening the industry to so many new customers has enriched not only the bank account of many developers, but also the creative range. And perhaps that is what the gaming community finds so disturbing: having to share a previously unique status with the rest of us.

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Facebook users donate $10 million to Nepal

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The Verge on Twitter

After four years of downtime, Wikileaks is once again accepting leaks online http://theverge.com/e/8295090?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/SibTZpMf1D

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TechCrunch on Twitter

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Elon Musk's big announcement: it's called 'Tesla Energy'

The Powerwall is available in 10kWh, optimized for backup applications or 7kWh optimized for daily use applications. Both can be connected with solar or grid and both can provide backup power. The 10kWh Powerwall is optimized to provide backup when the grid goes down, providing power for your home when you need it most. When paired with solar power, the 7kWh Powerwall can be used in daily cycling to extend the environmental and cost benefits of solar into the night when sunlight is unavailable.

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The Verge on Twitter

California's drought has been a dream come true — for pests http://vrge.co/1EA9XYW  pic.twitter.com/OqJB7CcSEf

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The Verge on Twitter

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Microsoft stakes out ambitious goal of 1B Windows 10 devices

Gillen went on to do a back-of-the-envelope calculation that assumed 300 million PCs sold each year, with half of them to consumers, for a total of 300 million over two years, 450 million over three. "Even if no devices are upgraded to Windows 10, that's at least 300 million right there," Gillen said. Then he added a quarter of the 1.5 billion existing Windows PCs -- consumers accounting for half of the 1.5 billion, then half of the resulting 750 million as likely to upgrade -- for another 375 million.

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53 Anonymous Activist Gets Potholes Fixed By Drawing Giant Penises Around Them
54 Bring on the learning revolution!
55 Should you donate differently?
56 The psychology of evil
57 Adam Savage on Twitter
58 Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80-Hour Weeks
59 How The Wrong People Get Promoted And How To Change It
60 Jet.com First Look: Prices Are Fantastic but Amazon Prime Shoppers Won’t Switch Over
61 The data shows we want to end inequality. Here's how to start ...
62 Techmeme
63 How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries - Adam Savage
64 The 'Internet of Things' will be the world's most massive device market and save companies billions of dollars
65 Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments
66 For early adopters, Tesla luxury is real and so are its limitations
67 Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy
68 How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese
69 Online Harassment
70 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/125-restless-genes/dobbs-text
71 Life that doesn't end with death
72 Here's Why Instagram Demographics Are So Attractive To Brands
73 Personalized medicine: Time for one-person trials
74 How to Block the Kardashians from Your News Feeds
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77 Tesla's Elon Musk introduces 'beautiful' money-saving home battery backup system - CNET
78 Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity
79 After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio
80 Watch the history of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in 13 minutes
81 You don’t even have your Apple Watch yet, but these cats do
82 Vice gets its own cable channel, replacing ancient aliens
83 Tesla Launches Powerwall Home Battery
84 Google Should Buy Twitter Before The IPO
85 Facebook turns the London Eye into big UK election pie chart
86 UK politicians lip dub 'Let's Get It On' because ... we don't know
87 That time NYC built a battleship in the heart of Union Square
88 The Exact Hiring Formula That Will Help You Find The Right People
89 How Stress Shrinks Our Brains And What To Do About It
90 Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus
91 Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance | WIRED
92 Flashlight — do anything with a keystroke
93 Artificial-Intelligence Experts Are in High Demand
94 The birth of the weather forecast - BBC News
95 Microsoft's #howoldrobot guesses Jameis Winston is 52. He's 21