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Ontario cancels some education-related summer workshops, school repair fund

A series of education-related summer workshops, including a curriculum-writing session meant to enhance Indigenous perspectives in classrooms, have been abruptly cancelled, as part of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government’s crackdown on spending.<p>Educators learned of the cancellations in …

Canada

Children who listen to portable music players three times more likely to suffer hearing loss

A new medical study suggests that children who listen to portable music players are three times more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who don’t …<p><i>Gizmodo</i> notes that the large-scale study was conducted among more than 3,000 children aged 9-11.<p>Overall, 14 percent, or 450 children, had hearing …

Google May Be Looking To Do More Than Crack China Market With JD Deal

<i>This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box,</i> <i>sign up here</i><i>.</i><p>In …

Xbox’s next exclusive is an American Girl doll set

Live your childhood gamer girl dreams<p>The most popular kids in elementary school were the ones with the latest gaming systems and the latest American Girl Dolls. While it might be too late to be the coolest kids around, it appears that American Girl and Xbox have joined forces to bring the ultimate …

Dolls

Steam's new tool shows how much money you've blown on games

Valve recently added a new feature to Steam that shows how much money you’ve thrown down the black hole that is gaming — on the Steam store, anyway.<p>The “External Funds Used” tool has existed for a few weeks, but was only spotted by <i>VentureBeat</i> this week. It’s a simple enough tool. Just follow this …

Sensor Tower: Fortnite earned $100 million in its first 90 days on iOS

Epic Games‘ hit game Fortnite has reached yet another milestone on mobile. Since its iOS launch in mid-March, it has generated $100 million in revenue on those devices in 90 days, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Its presence on mobile will only grow, as the developer plans to roll it out …

Mobile Gaming

"Autopilot Buddy" that tricks Tesla vehicles declared "unsafe" by US

Marketed as a ‘Tesla autopilot nag reduction device’<p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a cease and desist order on Tuesday to the manufacturer of a $199 aftermarket device that tricks Tesla’s Autopilot system into thinking a driver’s hands are on the steering …

Tesla

MIT uses brain signals and hand gestures to control robots

Robotic technology has a staggering range of applications, but getting it to perform adequately can be a challenge, requiring specific programming based around the way humans communicate with language. But now, researchers from MIT have developed a way to control robots more intuitively, using hand …

Privacy browser Brave pays 'crypto tokens' for watching its ads

Ad-blocking browser Brave is getting ready to test its Basic Attention Token (BAT) platform, which has been designed to reward users for looking at adverts. The company, founded by Mozilla's controversial former CEO Brendan Eich, launched the first phase of its model last year, allowing users to …

Cryptocurrencies Fall as Korean Exchange Says $32 Million of Coins Stolen

Cryptocurrencies dropped after the second South Korean exchange in as many weeks said it was hacked, renewing concerns about the safety of …

Cryptocurrency

NordVPN launches Android TV app for streaming out-of-country content

• The popular VPN service NordVPN has launched its own Android TV app.<br>• It will allow Android TV-powered smart TVs and set-top boxes to stream video content from nearly any country.<br>• It will also offer more secure streaming with NordVPN’s services.<p>With the 2018 World Cup now in full swing, there are lots …

What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

Project Debater will argue with you and make jokes<p>At a small event in San Francisco last night, IBM hosted two debate club-style discussions between two humans and an AI called “Project Debater.” The goal was for the AI to engage in a series of reasoned arguments according to some pretty standard …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook can use AI to open your eyes in blinking selfies

The company’s latest machine learning research could save a lot of bad photographs<p>Facebook will do whatever it takes to encourage you to share more content — even, it turns out, using artificial intelligence to salvage photographs marred by an accidental blink.<p>In a research paper published this …

Artificial Intelligence

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.<p>Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health …

Mental Health

Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

LONDON - Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children’s ‘screen time’ - addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.<p>FILE PHOTO: An attendee plays a video game at E3, the world's largest …

Mental Health

The iPhone 3GS is going back on sale, but for a limited time and only in South Korea

Apple hasn't manufactured a new iPhone 3GS since the now-ancient smartphone was retired in 2012. But shoppers in South Korea will be able to pick one …

Stanford researchers taught AI to make dank memes

A couple of Stanford students fed a computer over 400,000 memes in an effort to teach it how to generate its own. When they were finished, and the machine was trained, they looked upon their creation and decided it was dank.<p>Dank Learning is a method for generating memes using deep learning. Just …

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.<p>Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health …

Mental Health

Jaguar breaks the world's electric boat speed record

You frequently see car manufacturers trying to break electric speed records on land, but where are the boats? Don't worry -- Jaguar, Vector and Williams feel the need for nautical speed. The trio have broken both the world and UK speed records with the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E, reaching an average …

Former Google and Instagram engineers got millions to take TV into the future — here's what it looks like

When you first enter the spare, airy office of Dreams, a new media startup, the first thing you notice is a mid-sized television that's been turned on its side. Propped upright against a wall, the TV plays shows that have been reformatted to fit its new vertical orientation.<p>There's something about …

YouTube TV

MIT Device Uses Wi-Fi to ‘See’ Through Walls and Track Your Movements

Researchers have been working on this technology since the 70s, and it’s getting more precise.<p>Anyone who has ever been intrigued by ads for x-ray specs in the back of a comic book will appreciate the latest work out of MIT, which advances technology to “see” through walls.<p>Using WiFi, a team at …

World Cup Cyberattack Likely, Experts Say

The majority of security professionals anticipate attacks on the 2018 FIFA World Cup's network, social media.

Volvo’s self-driving cars are getting new laser sensors to see the world

Luminar will supply lidar sensors to the Swedish auto giant<p>Lidar startup Luminar is on a bit of a hot streak. After announcing a major deal with Toyota, the company said it would be slashing costs and scaling up rapidly to meet the growing demand for its laser sensors that help self-driving cars …

Autonomous Cars

Snapchat launches privacy-safe Snap Kit, the un-Facebook platform

Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch’s scoop from last month about Snap Kit. This set of APIs lets other apps piggyback on Snap’s login for sign up, build Bitmoji avatars into their keyboards, display public Our Stories and Snap Map content, and generate …

Apps

All Apple Park employees getting standing desks because ‘sitting is the new cancer’

One of the things we learned during David Rubenstein’s interview of Tim Cook, posted in full yesterday, was that all employees at Apple Park are getting standing desks.<p>We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much …

The Big Bucks and Big Viewership for Competitive Gaming

Tyler Endres, Esports Arena's chief executive officer, discusses the big bucks and big viewership for competitive video gaming. He spoke with …

Instagram Stopped Notifying People When You Screenshot A Story

Thank GOD, it was agony not knowing if someone was going to find out you've been lurking them.<p>Sometimes, someone posts an Instagram story where you just NEED to screenshot it and text it to your friend. This is human nature, people!<p>What was worst about this test was that no one knew who had the …

Microsoft reportedly working on rival Amazon Go tech for cashier-free stores

Walmart said to be Windows shopping<p>Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that could be used to power check-out free retail stores. <i>Reuters</i> reports that the software giant has been talking to Walmart about using the tech, which will rival Amazon’s own Go initiative. Amazon first launched its …

Amazon Go

Musk's Boring Company wins bid to build high-speed system in Chicago

(Reuters) - The City of Chicago has selected billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's The Boring Company to build a high-speed underground commuter system from the Loop to O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest, media reported on Wednesday.<p>The system will be comprised of 16-passenger …

Los Angeles

Apple Confirms Plans to Disable Law Enforcement Access to iPhone via Tools Like GrayKey Box

Apple has confirmed that it is closing a technological loophole that allows law enforcement officials to hack into iPhones through USB-based hardware solutions like the GrayKey box, reports <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>Apple said it was planning an iPhone software update that would effectively disable the …