Technology

AI Acquires Spatial Reasoning Abilities, in Another Victory for Our Machine Overlords

The London-based AI group DeepMind is at it again, inching us closer to the robot apocalypse and collecting news headlines along the way. In a pathbreaking paper published last week, DeepMind revealed fresh inroads towards the creation of an artificial general intelligence that uses spatial reasoning – what might be likened to the holy grail of computer science and the source of interminable angst for Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Wherever you stand on the so called “technological singularity,” it’s worth unraveling the science coming out of DeepMind, if for no ...

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Microsoft Will Let You Revert Your Surface Laptop to Windows 10 S

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop isn’t just a laptop, it’s also a demonstration platform for Microsoft’s new, locked down variant of Windows, dubbed Windows 10 S. This version of the OS heavily restricts the applications you can run, limiting users to products downloaded from the Windows Store. It also prevents users from changing the default search engine or browser, limiting you to Edge and Bing. This kind of lockdown has its uses, particularly in the education markets that Microsoft is targeting. But the company is clearly trying to avoid the headaches that ...

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Former CenturyLink Employee Alleges ISP Fraudulently Signs Up Customers

Last year, Wells Fargo was caught in a major scandal when it came to light that employees had been signing consumers up for fraudulent bank accounts by the millions. The employees did this to hit quotas and cross-selling targets, but often forgot to cancel the fake accounts, which resulted in damage to customer credit. The company was fined $ 185 million, is facing various criminal and civil suits, and its CEO resigned in disgrace. A former CenturyLink employee is alleging that the ISP used a similar tactic in a new ...

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Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets

Earth is the only planet we know of right now that supports life, but considering the scale of the universe it seems like there could be others. The first step in finding these Earth-like worlds is to detect planets orbiting nearby stars. That’s what NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been doing these past eight years. The project has had its ups and downs, but the final planetary catalog unveiled by astronomers during a recent meeting at the Ames Research Center signifies the final chapter of Kepler. Its grand total: 4,034 ...

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Tesla Overtakes BMW, Now Fourth Most Valuable Automaker

Tesla is on a roll. In the last three months, it has passed GM, Ford, and now BMW to become the world’s fourth most valuable automaker on the stock market. While the world’s biggest automakers deliver 2 million to 10 million vehicles a year, Tesla delivered 76,230 vehicles last year. Yet Tesla’s current market cap is $ 60 billion. BMW, the company Tesla passed earlier this month, sold 2,367,603 BMWs, Minis and Rolls-Royces last year and has a market cap of $ 55 billion. Market cap is what a company ...

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Republican Data Firm Leaks Personal Info on 198 Million Voters

The lifeblood of modern political campaigns is big data analysis. This helps candidates target their efforts where it will do the most good to get more votes and donations. That means there are databases out there with information on virtually all the eligible voters in the US. One such database was left wide open by a Republican marketing company. Cyber security firm UpGuard uncovered the database last week, confirming that it includes personal data on nearly 200 million US voters. That’s almost everyone. The data comes from Deep Root Analytics, ...

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Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari has announced its intention to re-enter the console market, 23 years after its last platform, the Atari Jaguar, launched. The company has said very little about its plans for the hardware, and hasn’t even confirmed if its working on a retro game platform or if it actually wants to compete with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Here’s what we know. At E3 last week, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat that the company was “back in the hardware business” and that the next Atari console would be ...

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Retail Listings, Prices for AMD’s Vega Frontier Editions Appear

When AMD announced that it would launch its upcoming Vega GPU for professional markets before bringing it to the consumer space, would-be customers were somewhat less than thrilled. We now know that the GPU will launch for consumer products in July, with the professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition available in June. Thanks to SabrePC, which briefly had price listings attached to the GPUs, we know the air-cooled variant will cost $ 1,199, while the water-cooled card will be $ 1,799. That’s a $ 600 price difference for two cards that ...

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This Tiny Radioactive Implant is a Powerhouse for Treating Prostate Cancer

Nobody wants to hear they have cancer. And after a cancer diagnosis, good news can be thin on the ground. So it might be a pleasant change to hear that for the most common types of prostate and penile cancer, called adenocarcinomas, scientists have developed a tiny radiotherapeutic implant that can deliver targeted radiation to the affected area — and nowhere else. Prostate cancer is almost a relief in terms of cancer diagnoses, because it’s often a slow-moving thing. It can even remain asymptomatic, which is different indeed from the ...

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5 Features That Will Reshape Phones

It’s been ten years since smartphones were reimagined by Apple as a mainstream device, and now everyone has them. It’s about time for some big changes, though. The first round of 2017 flagship phone releases is behind us, and we’re starting to see some interesting trends. The shape of phone screens is changing, charging is getting better, and the way you listen to music could soon be different, like it or not. New Screen Ratios Almost every smartphone in the last decade has used a 16:9 screen ratio, but it’s ...

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