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Tip: Tell Google Assistant where you parked and it will add a pin to Maps

If you were following Google I/O this year (and we sure hope you were), it should be clear just how high a priority the Google Assistant is for the …

Google Assistant

A machine has figured out Rubik’s Cube all by itself - MIT Technology Review

Yet another bastion of human skill and intelligence has fallen to the onslaught of the machines. A new kind of deep-learning machine has taught …

Computer Science

Windows 10 April 2018 update: everything you need to know

The next version of Windows 10 is finally ready to download as a free update that adds some potentially game-changing new features as well as some welcome features that bring it up to par with what you might expect from a smartphone.<p>Instead of adding tools for people creating media, as the previous …

Windows 10

A 13-year-old boy has become the youngest professional player of the hit game Fortnite

Fortnite is a global phenomenon, and a 13-year-old boy from Kent, England, has become its youngest professional player.<p>Kyle Jackson is a new member of Team Secret, an e-sports collective that makes money from gaming competitions.<p>Jackson, who goes by the player name Mongraal, is one of Team Secret's …

The Trump administration just sent a dark, threatening message to Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested on Sunday that the US could use Libya as a model for North Korean denuclearization — but his comment may have been a dark, even threatening message to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.<p>Kim has displayed an about-face since …

5 hidden features of Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Windows 10 April 2018 Update is nearly here. (It was previously known as Windows 10 Spring Creators Update.) While new features such as Timeline and nearby sharing fill headlines, and the Settings app is bigger and better, there are a number of smaller, useful features worth noting.<p>Cortana puts …

Apps

Gamer killed himself after developing tinnitus he blamed on listening to music through headphones

A young gamer hanged himself when he developed tinnitus after listening to music through Bose headphones, an inquest heard.<p>Daniel Derricutt, 24, told …

Suspect in fatal Rockford party bus shooting is indicted on 135 counts

A northern Illinois man has been indicted on 135 counts stemming from the fatal shooting of three men aboard a party bus.<p>A Winnebago County grand jury Wednesday indicted 22-year-old Raheem King of Rockford on 126 counts of first-degree murder; four counts of armed robbery; four counts of aggravated …

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn, academic says

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers before they step into a classroom, an academic has said.<p>Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at …

New Xbox One System Update Is Out, Here's What It Does

Microsoft has rolled out the latest system update for Xbox One. This isn't a major one that transforms the basic look and functionality of the system's dashboard, but it does introduce some new features that will be welcomed by those who can take advantage of them.<p>Many of the additions were either …

Windows 10 is getting a big update on April 30. Here's what you need to know

The Timeline is by far the most notable change. Accessible by pressing Win+Tab, it replaces the old Task View with a mode that lets you see the apps and documents you’ve used in Chronological order. It makes it easy to resume work on an old project by resuming a previous array of Windows without …

The illusion of time

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.<p>Andrew Jaffe<p>Andrew Jaffe is a cosmologist …

How a 34-year-old turned $200 into a company he sold for over $10 million in a matter of months

Thirteen years ago as a broke college student, Trevor Chapman took a job selling pest control door-to-door to make extra money. Eventually, he …

eCommerce

It would be awesome if Neil DeGrasse Tyson would shut it

Billions of years ago, within the great cosmic crucible that was the wellspring of all life in the universe, matter and energy danced in a joyous pas …

The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.<p>The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had …

Internet

Physicists Just Discovered an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

"No one thought this was possible in solid materials."<p>One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where …

Congress releases Mark Zuckerberg's prepared testimony ahead of Wednesday's hearing

Congress has released Mark Zuckerberg's prepared testimony ahead of a Wednesday hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.<p>It's one of …

Internet

MIT AlterEgo Headset That Listens to Your Thoughts Is Both Amazing and Disturbing

What if, instead of watching you with a camera and filling your head with propaganda through its speakers, the telescreen of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> …

Pharmaceutical giants are sidestepping US marijuana restrictions to research cannabis-based drugs

Getting marijuana-based drugs approved in America is no easy task.<p>According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, cannabis has no medical use. Until two years ago, all domestic research on the drug had to rely on rotting samples from a single, well-secured weed facility at the University of …

New Scientific Theory Suggests That The Universe Is Conscious And We Are A Part Of A Giant Mind!

<b>WE ARE THE UNIVERSE BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF ITSELF!</b><p>Science and technology have relatively bridged the gap between man and the universe throughout the …

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Facebook just made it much easier to control which apps get your data

Facebook has made it easier to manage just which third-party apps have access to your data, with a small tweak potentially making it far more likely …

Snap introduces group video calls for up to 16 people

Snapchat has today introduced a new group video chat feature, letting users chat with up to 16 of their closest friends. If users need more people in the chat (which, for those of us who have large conference calls, sounds awful!), Snap is also offering group voice calls with up to 32 …

Instagram is building a team to stop people from feeling bad on Instagram

Last year, a widely-publicized survey by Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), a health education charity, ranked Instagram as the #1 worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing.<p>While the photo-sharing platform got some points for self-expression and self-identity, they …

Police in Detroit and Houston probe livestreamed shootings

DETROIT (AP) — Police are investigating accidental shootings in Detroit and Houston that were livestreamed on social media and that left a teenager …

'Miraculous': Teen survives 12 hours in Los Angeles sewage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was miraculously rescued Monday after falling into a river of sewage in Los Angeles, getting swept away and …

Channel 4's New Virtual Reality Drama 'Kiss Me First' Is Being Compared To 'Black Mirror'

'This is exciting for the future of TV drama.'<p>Channel 4's new drama <i>Kiss Me First</i> premiered on 2 April and it certainly got people talking.<p>The drama – helmed by the co-creator of teen classic <i>Skins –</i> introduced us to Leila (Tallulah Haddon), a lonely teenage girl whose mother has just passed …

Black Mirror
Universe

Microsoft gambles on a quantum leap in computing

<b>In a laboratory in Copenhagen, scientists believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough that could transform computing.</b><p>A team combining Microsoft researchers and Niels Bohr Institute academics is confident that it has found the key to creating a quantum computer.<p>If they are right, then Microsoft …

The Neuroscience of Losing Your Train of Thought

We all know the experience of being in the middle of working on a project that requires focused concentration when suddenly . . . you’re interrupted …