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AIs fight to the death in 'Doom' contest next month

ViZDoom is an example of the AI community’s collaborative spirit.

Video points out all the 'Stranger Things' that didn't exist in 1983

The popular Netflix show got the feel of the 1980s right, but College Humor points out that some items had to be time-travelers.

SoundStage is an amazing VR music studio for the HTC Vive

Although the HTC Vive is primarily a gaming device at this point, its most acclaimed piece of software isn’t a game at all. Tilt Brush, a painting tool that lets you create and walk around 3D works...

Samsung Note 7 teardown reveals waterproof components

It also confirms that some of the device's parts are very similar, if not identical, to the S7's.

Tricking out your dragon in 'Scalebound'

How to tweak your dragon.

Government gets an honest trailer after 'torture' allegations and it's bleak

Satire has never been so unnerving.

Final Fantasy XV footage reveals magic, quests and chocobos

Whether nostalgic for older versions or looking forward to something new, the game seems eager to please both camps

You could help design NASA’s Mars-bound spacebot

This week, NASA opened registration for a Space Robotics Challenge. People are invited to develop

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The wait for a new Frank Ocean album is over, kind of

There's no official word on when or if the album-only version of "Endless" will be released. Rolling Stone is reporting that a different Frank Ocean project, the highly-anticipated, almost-mythical "Boys Don't Cry," is expected to be released this weekend, however, with a different, new title.

Travis Kalanick on Uber's bet on self-driving cars: 'I can't be wrong'

Part 2 is that if you're talking about a city like San Francisco or the Bay Area generally, we have, like, 30,000 active drivers. We are going to go from 30,000 to, let's say, hypothetically, a million cars, right? But when you go to a million cars, you're still going to need a human-driven parallel, or hybrid. And the reason why is because there are just places that autonomous cars are just not going to be able to go or conditions they're not going to be able to handle. And even though it is going to be a smaller percentage of the whole, I can imagine 50,000 to 100,000 drivers, human drivers, alongside a million-car network.

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Facebook is partnering with Unity for a desktop gaming platform

Facebook and game engine company Unity have announced a partnership that will let developers easily port their Unity games onto the social network, including a Facebook desktop gaming platform that’s currently in development. Developers have until August 31st to apply for a closed alpha of the export tool, which will be integrated directly into the Unity Editor.

Black hole made in the lab shows signs of quantum entanglement

There’s only one way to study a black hole up close: build a copy in the lab. One physicist claims his desktop black hole, which swallows sound instead of light, has been spotted emitting entangled quantum particles. It could be a breakthrough in studying the exotic physics of these weird objects – although not everyone is convinced this fake black hole is the real deal.

You can get a ride from a self-driving car next month

You could be sitting inside a self-driving car before the summer is out, thanks to Uber. The ride-sharing service announced it's rolling out a fleet of autonomous vehicles for its passengers by the end of the month.

Here’s What’s Happening in This Volcanic Explosion at Guatemala’s Santiaguito

At volcanoes like Santa Maria (above), dome collapse, explosions, and pyroclastic flows are common, sometimes occurring dozens of times in a few months. This means that the folks monitoring the volcano have to be vigilant because it is hard to predict when the dome might become unstable enough to collapse. It might be triggered by an oversteepening of the dome’s sides from new magma pushing up underneath. It could also be caused by earthquakes breaking away part of the dome. Even small steam-driven explosions (phreatic) might help destabilize the dome. Sometimes, domes can grow and not end up collapsing either.

The US will soon no longer control the internet's phone book

Stakeholders spent two years developing a thoughtful consensus proposal that meets the criteria we outlined in 2014 and will strengthen the multistakeholder approach, while maintaining the stability, security, and openness of the Internet that users across the globe depend on today. This multistakeholder model is the key reason why the Internet has grown and thrived as a dynamic platform for innovation, economic growth and free expression.

How to craft the perfect pitch

The most crucial element of a PR pitch is demonstrating an understanding of the outlet and writer that you are pitching. Writers and editors are getting pitched by PR people every day. One way to make your pitch stand out is to show that you have done your research and are being very deliberate in sending a story idea their way. Read past articles by the writer and reference them in your pitch, so they know you are not blasting out information to anyone in the journalism industry. If they write for many publications, mention which outlet or specific column you see the story idea in. One of the most common pet peeves of writers I’ve worked with is that PR people pitch them ideas that aren’t relevant to their role—it will go a long way to do your research and personalize your note!

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Keep a Small Apartment Tidy With a Five-Minute Cleanup Every Morning

When you live in a tiny studio apartment, the smallest lapse in cleaning can make the place look like a huge mess. Having a quick cleaning routine every morning can help.

Why This Weekend's Record Flooding in Louisiana Was So Extreme

The situation is no doubt exceptional—but the flooding in Louisiana is also a clear example of something we can expect to see more often as greenhouse gases heat up our planet’s atmosphere, allowing it to hold and dump more water. As an analysis by Climate Signals notes , the United States has seen a 20 percent uptick in the amount of precipitation falling in the heaviest downpours over the past century. Torrential, single-day storm events are on the rise, particularly in the southeastern United States, where the frequency of extreme rainfall has risen nearly 30 percent since the late 1950s .

The Nifty MiniDrive is the easiest way to add up to 200GB to your Macbook

Running out of hard drive space? It’s something we’ll all face eventually, and not everyone is a fan of external drives as a solution.

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Volvo is quietly becoming a tech superpower

But Mats Andersson, Volvo's director of electric-propulsion systems, told Tech Insider that it would likely be a vehicle built on the company's Scaleable Product Architecture (SPA), which is the platform Volvo uses to build hybrids for its larger 90 Series and 60 Series vehicles.

How Two Plants Combine To Form The Powerful Drug Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca has been used in shaman and healing rituals for centuries, specifically in areas near the Amazon river basin, but it’s seeing a surge in popularity among “tourists” that travel to South America to seek its hallucinatory effects.

The magic of Hearthstone (and Magic): Girt by CNET podcast 83

Hearthstone's Ben Brode and Mark Purvis from Magic: The Gathering make appearances on this week's Girt by CNET as the team gets a little card crazy.

Slack competitor Hipchat adds native video conferencing

Unlike Slack, Hipchat’s video conferencing tool doesn’t lean on Skype or any other third-party workarounds. It also doesn’t require specific hardware, additional apps, browser plugins or that users log-in to the chat.

A Beginner’s Guide To Buying a Drone

You’ve decided it’s time to plunk some cash down on a drone , but where do even you begin? There are so many different types to choose from, and each has its own set of set of strengths and weakness. They can also be really expensive. This guide will help you choose the perfect drone within you budget.

Inside the illegal online weapons trade

A similar ATF bust in Alabama resulted in the sentencing of 48-year-old Michael Albert Focia last November. Focia's looking at 51 months in prison for using the dark Web to sell and ship "at least 32 firearms to people all over the world -- including Australia and Sweden," the U.S. attorney's office said.

Should I Do Full-Body Workouts, or Work One Muscle Group At a Time?

Workout programs usually aren’t labeled as “full-body” or “body part” routines, but we’ve all heard of “leg days” or “arm days,” versus workouts that do it all. Every program wants you to build muscle, get strong, or lose weight. Choosing between full-body or specific focus routines, however, isn’t easy.

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Apple is finally opening an R&D center in China

The Hacking Teams: who they are, what they want, and how they hack - TechRepublic

Some attackers hack for fun, others for disruption. The vast majority of attacks are for data, and for profit. According to Bloomberg data , the most common targets for hackers are data-rich companies in retail and ecommerce, financial services, and private and government healthcare providers. If your company is attacked, it's critical to understand the organization—or type of organization—responsible for the attack. It's likely you won't be directly targeted by one of these groups, but it is reasonable to assume at some point your company will be attacked by, exposed to, or be the victim of a hack by a similar squad.

Giant butt-shaped airship makes debut flight in UK

The world's largest airship, the Airlander 10, managed a full lap of its airfield in southern England before safely sitting back down.

See Inside the Office of The Muse

As the Product Manager for our B2B Solutions, you’ll be the voice of our clients, helping drive and define our suite of employer branding and hiring solutions. You’ll have the opportunity to significantly impact the growth of our company as we redefine the way companies hire and people get jobs. You will be responsible for executing our B2B product strategy and helping build out a strong product infrastructure. We’re a young start-up and poised for rapid growth, but in order to achieve that rapid growth, we’re looking for people who share our passion for our users, embrace aggressive goals and work hard to achieve them.

Whyd announces its voice-controlled connected speaker for $299

But the main differentiating factor is that Whyd has been working on natural language processing, integrating with Google Cloud Speech and optimizing for music playback. The company bundled multiple microphones and optimized them for long-range queries with noise cancelling technology. This way, you can launch a playlist, play a specific song or look up an artist with your voice. If you want to play an obscure remix on SoundCloud, you don’t have to dig around in the SoundCloud app, you can look it up with your voice. Think about it as a sort of Amazon Echo, but with a better sound and a focus on music.

Are You Ready For The 5 Awful New Airline Fees Coming Next?

Airlines like to offer benefits to those who fly regularly with them. They show them a map with a (relatively) honest view of all the seats that are available. So why not demand that customers don't play around? If you're a member of another airline's frequent flyer program, we will penalize you. Yes, even if the other airline doesn't fly to your destination. That should teach you. Let's call that $40, OK?

Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year

Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part about being the second largest aeronautics company in the US and the fact that most of the technology to do this already exists.

There May Be an Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumors are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighboring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century.

Researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Artistic rendition of a metallic carbon nanotube being pulled into solution, in analogy to the work described by the Adronov group. Credit: Alex Adronov, McMaster University Imagine an electronic newspaper that you could roll up and spill your coffee on, even as it updated itself before your eyes.

Why you may want to wait for the Apple Watch 3

That's not to say that Apple isn't taking any criticisms to heart, as the device is rumored to feature GPS location tracking - a boon for joggers and cyclists tired of lugging around their massive iPhone 6S Plus .

Watch an iPhone fall to its death in this crazy bungee jumping incident

When visiting South Africa and experiencing the world’s highest bungee jump there are a few things that go through your mind; none of them are related to the mobile phone in your pocket.

Cape Watch: We Might See Superman’s Super-Mullet in a Movie

James Gunn really loves his Facebook Q&As. During a recent session , he threw the cat amongst the fanboy pigeons not once, but twice, hinting that he wouldn’t automatically return for a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie if there was one, and then revealing that he’s actually thought about—shock! horror!—making movies based on DC characters. “I thought there [were] some amazing action sequences in Man of Steel , but I haven’t seen the other two films,” he said when asked how he felt about Warners’ DC movies. “I’ve had opportunities to make DC films, but I haven’t said yes to anything, and not sure I would at this time. I’ve talked before about which projects appeal to me the most IF I was into making one, and it’s always Shazam and Metal Men and Swamp Thing and Jonah Hex and a few other DC IPs I’ve enjoyed for a great deal of my life.” Wait… Shazam! ? B-but… that’s actually in the works as a movie, as you’ve just read! Could someone at Warners be savvy enough to try and snap him up? (In response to a separate question, he identified the Cassandra Cain Batgirl as a DC character he’d love to film, so there’s another possibility…) Why this is super: It’d be fascinating to see if Gunn would jump ship from Marvel to make the Shazam! movie, mostly because we want to know if Gunn’s Marvel contract would allow it, or if there’s a non-complete clause.

This gorgeous mod breathes new life into GTA V

Josh Romito’s GTA 5 Redux revamps the entire look of the game with tons of new aesthetic features, police and pedestrian behavior, vehicle handling, effects and graphical improvements.

You can now order an Uber in India even if you don't have the app

The "request a ride for others" in-app feature allows people to order taxis for friends or family members who don't have smartphones or are incapable of using them. After setting the pickup location, users will be prompted to say whether the ride is for themselves or someone else. If it's for someone else, they'll have to enter their phone number, and the rider will receive a text message with information about their driver and car. The rider can pay in cash, or the person who ordered the car can pay for it with their credit card.

These DIY Coffee "Pods" Make Campfire Coffee or Brewing on the Go Easy

You have to get creative when you cook while camping, or anywhere else you may not have a ton of gear. Whip up these DIY coffee packs before you head out to make brewing your morning cup as easy as it gets.

Frank Ocean’s new visual album ends with a bizarre smartphone roundup

Apple and Sony get namechecks, but Samsung is the only manufacturer to have named devices featured in the track. "The new Samsung Galaxy allows you to live stream your life," he sings, doing Samsung's PR for the company. "Livestream your life," he adds again, suggesting listeners can once again "blur the border between still and motion picture." This preoccupation with live streaming makes sense for Ocean, who's spent the last month broadcasting black-and-white woodworking sessions in a nondescript warehouse, but Apple might not be pleased to have its major rivals referenced in one of its biggest releases of the year.

I explained everything you need to know about 2016 smartphones in a single text to my mom

There are plenty of reasonably good devices that don't make this list, and I can already imagine their fans scowling. But the fact is the Galaxy lineup so thoroughly and overwhelmingly outcompetes every other premium brand in 2016 that you can't make a serious argument for mentioning them. Unless they're already a diehard fan of HTC design or the iPhone 6s Plus' iOS software, you can't look a normal buyer in the eye and tell them those devices are worth their money. (LG, please don't @ me.)

Diver Getting His Teeth Cleaned By Fish Is Viscerally Upsetting

Hey buddo, I get it. Going to the dentist is no fun and fish need to eat. It’s logical—symbiotic even. And fish aren’t going to chastise you about cavities, or drinking too much coffee, or not flossing . And they won’t try to talk to you about classic cars while inside your mouth (looking at you, Dr. Gershon).

The $450,000 GT supercar is so popular, Ford's doubling production

If you were one of the folks who put in an application for the all-new GT, here's how the additional years of production will affect the order process, according to Ford: Year three of production will support applicants who were placed on the wait list. Previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four.

Twitter is being spoiled by one type of user

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This liquid could let torn clothes repair themselves

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How Hackers Are Outsmarting Your Smartphone—And You—With Ease

These are the unfamiliar methods hackers use to break into your mobile device.

44 The best deals from Best Buy's 50th anniversary sale

The best deals from Best Buy's 50th anniversary sale Bargains on MacBooks, PlayStation 4 bundles, and iPhones Check out this story on

Twitter is introducing a quality filter to clean up your notifications tab

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'Massive' Locky ransomware campaign targets hospitals | ZDNet

Researchers spotted a massive amount of phishing emails attempting to deliver this Locky campaign, between August 9 and August 15 with an exceptionally large spike in attempts on August 11. The malicious attachment was sometimes accompanied by a message stating that someone else had asked finance files to be forwarded on.

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Son is trying to make the case that Sprint won’t be able to survive as a fourth-place carrier on its own and the only thing will save it will be a merger. We don’t know how true that is, but we recently got some reports about how far behind the rest of the pack Sprint is. Sprint has seen some success with its newest promotions and lower prices, but the carrier’s churn rate (the percentage of subscribers in a given time frame that cease to use the company’s services for one reason or another) is still sitting the highest of any carrier at 2.98% as of Q1 2016 .

Man buns, tattoos, wrap sunglasses; fashion trends from Rio 2016

Man buns, tattoos, wrap sunglasses; fashion trends from Rio 2016

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