9-year-old NASA applicant gets planetarium job offer
Commentary: Jack Davis, self-styled Guardian of the Galaxy and NASA planetary protection applicant, is wanted by the new Liberty Science Center.
This New Tire Has No Air And Is 3D Printed From Biodegradable Materials
The VISION, a new tire-wheel combination from Michelin, means the clean car of the future can have clean tires, as well.
Catching the Hyperloop will be faster than the subway, its engineers say
The Hyperloop will allow us to move further away from the center of cities as commuting times get faster, they say. It will support subways, buses, and light rails! It will reduce congestion! It will be as affordable as a Greyhound! You’ll even be able to catch a ride more quickly than you would the subway … <a href="https://wp.fastcompany.com/blog/40450764/catching-the-hyperloop-will-be-faster-than-the-subway-its-engineers-say" class="more-link">Continue reading “Catching the Hyperloop will be faster than the subway, its engineers say”</a>
The Coen Brothers are bringing the Wild West to Netflix
Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing their considerable filmmaking chops to Netflix for an anthology series about the American West. The brothers will write and direct The Ballad of Buster Scruggs , which will feature six different stories about life on the frontier and star Coen brothers veteran Tim Blake Nelson as the eponymous Buster. The project will come out for Netflix subscribers worldwide sometime in 2018.
DeepMind and Blizzard open StarCraft II as an AI research environment | DeepMind
One technique that we know allows our agents to learn stronger policies is imitation learning. This kind of training will soon be far easier thanks to Blizzard, which has committed to ongoing releases of hundreds of thousands of anonymised replays gathered from the StarCraft II ladder. These will not only allow researchers to train supervised agents to play the game, but also opens up other interesting areas of research such as sequence prediction and long-term memory.
Facebook is officially launching its big attack on TV
The new Watch tab will showcase episodic videos that follow a
theme or story arc, Facebook said on Wednesday. Users will be
able to create a watch list to keep up with new episodes of their
favorite shows, which will also be available to watch on
Facebook's TV app.
Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned tab for video programming
Facebook’s battle for television ad dollars is about to begin in earnest. The company said today that Watch , its redesigned video platform, will begin rolling out to a small percentage of users tomorrow. Watch features original programming financed by Facebook, alongside videos from other creators, in a tab that will become personalized to your interests over time. It will begin replacing the current video tab for users tomorrow in Facebook’s apps for Android, iOS, the web, and television.
Facebook unveils 'Watch' platform with live video and exclusive shows
Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced its first step into digital video with the forthcoming launch of Watch, a new cross-platform service that provides users access to live and recorded episodic content.
Available on mobile, desktop and streaming TV apps, Watch will feature a sampling of shows from established production companies, popular web properties and Facebook-funded projects, the company said.
Like other streaming services, Watch features curated content in the form of what Facebook is calling the Watchlist. Personalized to specific user tastes, the Watchlist boosts discovery by surfacing shows Facebook friends and communities are watching.
For example, the video service breaks out shows into sections, including "Most Talked About," "What's Making People Laugh" and "What Friends Are Watching."
Similar to other live-streaming services presented by YouTube and Twitch, Facebook is promoting user engagement in Watch with a dedicated commenting system. With comments, not only can users interact with each other during or in relation to an episode, but creators can also respond to questions and feedback during live broadcasts.
iPhone 8 Could Mute Notifications When the User Is Looking Directly at the Screen
HomePod firmware continues to reveal exciting tidbits about upcoming Apple hardware. We are now coming across code, originally discovered by developer Guilherme Rambo, which talks about how the iPhone 8 could potentially mute notifications when the user is concentrating on the display. This feature could be built into the 3D camera, known as the Face ID sensor, which is expected to completely replace the Touch ID sensor in the future.
DEADPOOL Director Tim Miller Will Bring NEUROMANCER to the Big Screen | Nerdist
Much like the novel, the Neuromancer film is likely to follow Henry Dorsett Case, a former hacker who had been stripped of his ability to plug into cyberspace. An enigmatic figure known as Armitage recruits Case to find Peter Rivera, “a perverse psychopath who is able to create holograms with the force of his mind.” From there, things get really strange.
What are the pros and cons of being a self-driving car engineer?
The last two points are related to the stress and the ethical burden associated with working as a self-driving car engineer. Stress is just part of the game. However, things change when top companies are fighting it out to bring the best autonomous technology or service on the road. The ethical burden is a more personal approach, and it depends on how a person thinks. The ethical burden comes from the fact that majority of individuals who rely on driving skills will lose their jobs to autonomous vehicles.
10 books to add to your DevOps reading list
The DevOps Handbook builds on the lessons outlined in The Phoenix Project, and acts as a practical guide for applying DevOps solutions in the enterprise. The book includes case studies from Google, Amazon, Target, Netflix, and other corporations that demonstrate how DevOps practices can improve performance. It offers IT leaders tips on how to find similar success by integrating product management, development, QA, IT operations, and information security to make your company more successful and competitive.
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The new release of the StarCraft II API on the Blizzard side includes a Linux package made to be able to run in the cloud, as well as support for Windows and Mac. It also has support for offline AI vs. AI matches, and those anonymized game replays from actual human players for training up agents, which is starting out at 65,000 complete matches, and will grow to over 500,000 over the course of the next few weeks. StarCraft II is such a useful environment for AI research basically because of how complex and varied the games can be, with multiple open routes to victory for each individual match. Players also have to do many different things simultaneously, including managing and generating resources, as well as commanding military units and deploying defensive structures. Plus, not all information about the game board is available at once, meaning players have to make assumptions and predictions about what the opposition is up to. It's such a big task, in fact, that DeepMind and Blizzard are including "mini-games" in the release, which break down different subtasks into "manageable chunks," including teaching agents to master tasks like building specific units, gathering resources, or moving around the map.
FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after outrage
The feature prompted users to alter selfies with "black," "Indian" and "Asian" filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with comments that called the feature offensive.
How to install and use Docker on Windows
Containers are one of the most popular technologies on the market today. If you don't have a Linux machine handy, here are instructions for using Docker Toolbox to get Docker on Windows.
T-Mobile's REVVL phone brings Android Nougat and a fingerprint sensor for $125
If $125 is too much at once, T-Mobile also announced the REVVL will debut for $0 down and $5 a month on the carrier's JUMP! On Demand plan — providing coverage and protection for select smartphones on an 18-month lease, with opportunities to upgrade or pay off your current device.
Exclusive: Tesla developing self-driving tech for semi-truck, wants to test in Nevada
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters.
Why most of what we know about passwords is wrong, and how businesses should respond
Bill Burr, who wrote the guidelines for modern password standards, claims that he gave the wrong advice on how people should go about creating passwords.
Lyft’s Radical Experiment in Charging for Free Parking
Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
Intel plans a test fleet of 100 self-driving cars
It'll take a while before you see the fruits of this effort. The first vehicles don't deploy until later in 2017, and the magic 100 mark is coming "eventually." And of course, any customers sold on the tech will take a while after that to make use of it. Still, it's an important step toward a widely available platform for self-driving cars.
Bill Murray saw 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway last night and was extremely Bill Murray
Because the power of the idea that Danny had is so strong. It's like the idea of the Panama Canal. I know this sounds stupid. There are ideas that have enough energy in them to complete the intention. And the idea of the Panama Canal was completed, even though tens of thousands of people died doing it. The idea of this story, you can do. Because the power is there. Okay? Just we're all in this today. We're all - always in this together.
Microsoft helps small businesses engage customers with new Office 365 apps
To this day, one of the most often asked for Word templates on TechRepublic is for invoicing. Experience suggests that many small business owners start selling products and services before they have any notion of how to invoice customers. The new Invoicing application will manage the process for you by sending the invoices, tracking receivables, and then processing payments. Microsoft Invoicing has partnered with PayPay to make collecting payment via credit or debit card as simple as possible.
You Can Get a Giant Inflatable Trump Chicken of Your Own on eBay
People started freaking out on Wednesday afternoon when a giant inflatable chicken resembling Donald Trump appeared outside the White House. A local Fox affiliate even covered the event live . What the heck is happening?
Bill Murray Wept With Joy When He Saw the Groundhog Day Musical for the First Time
Bill Murray knows Groundhog Day . He’s been living it for years. You’d figure that it’d be all glad-handing and cut-ups when the beloved actor saw the musical version of his hit 1993 movie. But, while the jokes did happen, it was the tears that probably took everybody by surprise.
Elon Musk's promises about self-driving Teslas might have been overblown
A Tesla spokesperson told us that the new computer system is real and included in all new Teslas, but it's an incremental update at most which added some "computing and wiring redundancy, which very slightly improves reliability." They called the "2.5" moniker an "overstatement," writing that it'd be more accurately named "HW 2.1."
BMW’s i3 is a long-range concept car you can actually buy
The BMW i3 with Range Extender is cool-looking to some and hideous to others. It's what happens when the concept car you see at the unveiling actually ends up in showrooms. And, love it or hate it, the car world would be a better place if more automakers took a chance on what they were bringing to the future of driving. Just because you want to drive green doesn't mean you want to drive the design equivalent of beige.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 might copy a feature the iPhone's had since 2015
The smaller battery might turn some Samsung fans off, but there probably isn't much to worry about. Battery capacity and longevity aren't always directly related. Software optimizations and power efficiencies from the chipset can make up for a smaller battery. Just look at the iPhone; iOS and Apple's custom A-series chips allow it to last just as long or longer than Android phones with bigger batteries.
Newly Named Titanosaur Was the Largest Land Animal Our Planet Has Ever Seen
Needless to say, however, these creatures were not swift of foot or fierce. They likely plodded around, searching for what must’ve been an endless supply of foliage. And indeed, the researchers who conducted the analysis, a team led by Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio paleontology museum in Argentina, ascribe this dinosaur’s enormity (or tendency towards “gigantism,” in their words) to the tremendous abundance of flowering plants that were available 100 million years ago.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki 'pained' by anti-diversity memo
"Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?" Wojcicki's daughter asked after the memo, written by a worker at YouTube parent Google, became public, according to a column penned by Wojcicki and published Tuesday by Fortune .
Hackers allegedly tried tricking HBO with altered document
If the contacts document is altered, it calls into question the other 1.5 terabytes of data the hackers claim to have. They've released scripts and episodes to show HBO that it's a legitimate threat, but the doctored file could mean even more documents are forged.
Intel says it will build a fleet of 100 fully autonomous vehicles
“Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles,” said Amnon Shashua, soon-to-be senior vice president of Intel and future CEO / CTO of Mobileye. “Geographic diversity is very important as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage. Our goal is to develop autonomous vehicle technology that can be deployed anywhere, which means we need to test and train the vehicles in varying locations.”
The solar eclipse is nigh, so is the end of the world (sigh)
Then he goes into some mumbling jumble of assertions about the number 33. He finally loops-the-loopy with the notion that the mysterious hidden Planet Nibiru will suddenly appear after darkness has briefly reigned and on September 23 -- 33 days after the solar eclipse -- smash right into us.
The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California. The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies -- Upsight, Unity and Kochava -- alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate "commercial exploitation."
The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of children on the Web. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, seeks an injunction barring the companies from collecting and disclosing the data without parental consent, as well as punitive damages and legal fees. The lawsuit alleges that Disney allowed the software companies to embed trackers in apps such as "Disney Princess Palace Pets" and "Where's My Water? 2.
Hey neighbors! Nearest sun-like star hosts 4 Earth-sized planets
Tau Ceti has been a staple of science fiction for decades. Now we know a little more about the real worlds around the bright star.
Salesforce fires red team staffers who gave Defcon talk
The talk was to reveal MEATPISTOL, a modular malware framework for implant creation, infrastructure automation, and shell interaction, aimed at reducing the time and energy spent on reconfiguration and rewriting malware. The tool -- an anagram of a similar tool, Metasploit -- doesn't launch attacks or exploit systems, but it allows red teamers to control the system once access has been granted. MEATPISTOL was pitched as taking "the boring work" out of pen-testing to make red teams, including at Salesforce, more efficient and effective.
Comedy streaming service SeeSo is shutting down
At the start of 2016 , NBC launched a standalone comedy streaming service called SeeSo, and now that experiment has come to an end. The service, which offered animated and live-action comedy for $3.99 a month, announced in a Facebook post today that it would be ending operations “ later this year .”
Anker's Genie is a cheaper Echo Dot
Along with a lower price, Anker is touting better sound with a 2W speaker, but you can also use your own sound setup by plugging it into the Genie's aux port. And while the Dot has seven microphones built in, the Genie has just two, which could mean that it won't pick up your voice as well as the Dot. However, ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has been testing the Genie and reports that the microphone pick up is actually pretty good. Aside from those differences, the two models are largely the same. With the Genie, you'll still get access to Alexa's thousands of skills and you'll be able to use the Genie to control other smart products in your home. The Genie doesn't have Bluetooth pairing like the Dot does, but Anker says an upcoming $40 version of the Genie will have that capability.
Poor raccoon gets rescued after being stuck in peanut butter jar
We’ve heard about getting caught red-handed with your hand in the cookie jar, but what about getting caught with your head stuck in a peanut butter jar?
We've got the sweet little notes Gen. Kelly tucks into Trump's lunchbox every day
A new report by VICE alleges that aides now give the president two folders full of positive, pro-Trump news clippings on a daily basis to help ease his mood. And while we weren't unable to obtain any of those folders ourselves, we were able to find something better: the sweet little notes Trump's babysitter, General Kelly, tucks into Trump's lunchbox each morning.
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Report: Monsanto Edited 'Independent' Roundup Herbicide Safety Reviews
You’d probably be uneasy if you heard that your food had been sprayed with something meant to kill other plants. Maybe you’d be even more uneasy if the WHO released a report saying the chemical was a potential carcinogen, but wasn’t certain. If an independent review of the data found the herbicide was safe, you might be able to sleep at night.
Companies are crushing earnings — but traders have nothing to show for it
But that's not to say the picture for stocks is particularly
murky right now. As BAML mentions, it's possible that these
earnings beats were already being priced in. As long as companies
do their part and turn in solid reports, then the market should
Don't Put Your Photo on Your Resume
Sure, your LinkedIn profile probably has your bright and cheery face front and center, inviting people to explore your professional experience, but don’t think using the same tactic on your resume will land you a gig in the real world. In fact, some hiring managers would rather you not use any images.
We're Extremely Curious About Star Wars' Newest Alien Creatures, the Caretakers
What’s less easy to discern is why, or if, this is important. Maybe the Jedi left them on the island for a purpose. Maybe they moved to the island to feel closer to the Force. To be frank, we have no idea what, exactly, their role is. It could just as well be a high-end cleaning service.
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I tried my best to answer your most pressing 'Game of Thrones' questions
I am writing a thing so please ask me any pressing questions you have about Game of Thrones and I will try my best to answer them.
FaceApp Launches Digital Blackface Options Because the World Is Filled With Idiots [Updated]
This really isn’t that hard, people. Just last year, Snapchat apologized for adding an offensive Bob Marley selfie filter to its stable. Now, FaceApp—the silly photo editor you probably downloaded in March and totally forgot about—has outdone Snapchat by throwing in options for people to virtually switch between multiple races. No. Don’t do this.
AI Superstar Andrew Ng Is Democratizing Deep Learning With A New Online Course
Ng has been in the field long enough to know. In 2012, he founded Coursera along with fellow Stanford computer science professor Daphne Koller . It offers a wide-ranging set of online classes geared toward giving anyone the ability to learn new technical specialties from top-tier educators without having to go to a major university. One of the first classes was in machine learning, and in the subsequent five years, Ng says, more than 1.5 million people have taken the course.
Robert Pattinson's quest for a NYC hot dog is pure art
But then, he sees a man with a hot dog and the world stops. He takes the plunge. Narrating his journey in an amalgam of strange and grotesque voices, he disguises himself, dodges confused #TeamEdward fans, and almost eats his phone out of pure desperation following the hot dog man, but does he make it to the promised land?
Next Apple Watch faces the long road to mass smartwatch appeal | ZDNet
Smartwatches have been great companion devices for smartphone giants like Apple and Samsung, and they've been a check-off item in the portfolio of luxury and fashion brands. But their growth will be limited as long as they live in the shadow of phones.
It’s Not Just You: These Super Successful People Suffer From Imposter Syndrome
While it takes time to quiet that inner voice, the more you do it, the quieter that voice gets, until it disappears, he says. “A problem, I think, is that some people are unwilling or unable to take the time to try to squash the thoughts, so they just get louder and louder,” he says. “This can be avoided, but it does take effort. If the ‘imposter’ doesn’t want to make the effort, then they’re in trouble.”
Can IoT-connected smart coffee pots taking down the West Wing?
Think of it this way. A government employee connects a smart coffee machine into the same WiFi network that his or her computer is connected to (though manufacturers of smart coffee machines often instruct that these devices should be connected to their own isolated WiFi network so that in case this particular network is breached, it will not harm any other devices). Shortly after, an attacker targets the network. The coffee machine does not have anti-virus software installed, or any type of security for that matter, so it becomes infected. Soon, the entire network will be compromised.