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Facial recognition startup Kairos acquires Emotion Reader

Kairos, the face recognition technology used for brand marketing, has announced the acquisition of EmotionReader.<p>EmotionReader is a Limerick, Ireland-based startup that uses algorithms to analyze facial expressions around video content. The startup allows brands and marketers to measure viewers …

Startups

Fortnite has a $100 million esports warchest, and here’s its first official tournament

Epic Games announced today that it will give away $8 million in prize money for its first major Fortnite esports competition, the first of the $100 million kitty it has for competitions in the next year.<p>Participants will be made up of community creators and Fortnite players. The format and …

eSports

Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic

Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis — or the start of a new one?<p><b>By the time Courtney True</b> found the Reddit thread about kratom in December 2016, she hadn’t touched an opioid for 48 hours. She was in bad shape — stomach cramps, diarrhea, jitters, hot sweats, cold sweats, and body aches that …

Medicine

Updating your router to WPA3 could protect your home Wi-Fi network

A new security protocol for wireless internet access known as Wi-Fi Security Protocol 3, or WPA3, has been certified and router manufacturers are …

Wi-Fi

Forget X-Ray Vision. You Can See Through Walls With Radio

Who wouldn’t enjoy a little x-ray vision, really? You could cheat at cards, for one. And that game where someone puts something under one of three …

Artificial Intelligence

How we could survive on an asteroid

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one?<p>The science-fiction series The Expanse is set 200 years in the future: humans have established colonies on the Moon and Mars, and have begun colonising the asteroid …

Asteroids

How a video of a woman in a skirt became a global headache for Saudi Arabia

Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars trying to remake its image on the international stage. It has hired prominent U.S. lobbying and public-relations firms to push its message in Washington.<p>To what end? The kingdom has an ambitious plan to dramatically reform its …

White House: Trump still has confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON – President Trump has no plans to fire Jeff Sessions, his spokesperson said Thursday, even after his extraordinary attacks cast doubt on the fate of the attorney general and Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation.<p>While Trump still disagrees with Sessions' …

Donald Trump

Trump's blast of Sessions has 'chilling' effect inside West Wing

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> For President Donald Trump, loyalty in Washington is a one-way street.<p>Trump's trashing of several of his administration's top justice officials in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is causing deep alarm inside the West …

Trump, after Senate bill collapses, vows 'great healthcare plan'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After Republicans' effort to pass a healthcare bill in the Senate collapsed on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday put the blame on Democrats and a few members of his own party, but vowed to come back with "a great healthcare plan."<p>"We were let down by all of the …

Tampa Bay Rays to play in Havana during Obama visit

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Rays will become the first Major League Baseball franchise to play in Havana since 1999 when they face Cuba’s national team in an exhibition this month coinciding with a historic visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.<p>Oct 4, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay …

Cuba

The FBI Is at War With Apple Because It Couldn’t Change Wiretap Law

When politicians talk about legislating encryption, what they’re really talking about is lawful surveillance.<p>In 2013, the FBI tried to change a law called CALEA.<p>The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was passed in 1994. It required telecom companies to build so-called "backdoors" …

The Us Economy Has Not Recovered and Will Not Recover

The American “New Economy” is the American Third World economy.

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

People bought almost 9 million pounds of gold last year

The Full Year report looks at patterns of demand for the fourth quarter of 2015, as well as across the entire year.<p><b>The key findings from 2015 are as follows:</b><p><b>Global gold demand in 2015</b> was virtually flat compared to 2014 at 4,212 tonnes. Gold demand in Q4 showed further positive signs, following a …

Pope condemns drug trade's 'dealers of death' in Mexico

ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis condemned the drug trade's "dealers of death" and urged Mexicans to shun the devil's lust for money as he led a …

LAPD chief recommends criminal charges against own officer over shooting death

Homeless man Brendon Glenn shot in the back while lying on the ground after being restrained, investigation shows<p>Charlie Beck, Los Angeles' chief of police, has called for criminal charges against one of his own officers over the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in a case that sparked …

Law Enforcement

North Korea's nuclear test reveals a major flaw with the Iran deal

Iran has established ties to the North Korean nuclear-weapons program. As The Daily Beast notes, Iranian officials, including Iranian nuclear program head Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, were present during North Korea's three previous nuclear tests— in 2006, 2009, and 2013.<p>Testing data is a potential bonanza …

Oculus founder apologizes for how Rift pricing was handled

It's fair to say that quite a few people are disappointed with the price of the Oculus Rift -- just read the comments on our article announcing that pre-orders had gone live. At $599 (€699 in Europe and £499 in the UK) it's a considerable investment, and one that's surprised people given that …

Wildlife refuge occupation part of long-running lands fight

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The small group of armed anti-government activists occupying a remote wildlife preserve in Oregon's high desert gave visitors free …

The Algorithms Are Taking Over: Who Controls Our Online Future?

The online world is becoming an ever-more-important piece of our societal existence. In the US, people have become so glued to their phones that 10% of all pedestrian emergency room visits are now from cell phones and not a week goes by without another report of what has become “death by …

Internet

Donald Trump attack ad: Obama is watching 'Star Wars' instead of warring with ISIS

Trump released an Instagram video splicing together news clips of ISIS militants potentially creating fake passports and a clip of Obama telling the White House press corps that he was ending a briefing "to get to Star Wars."<p>"Our president is busy with another war," a title card stated. "Time for a …

Former CIA chief's rendition sentence reduced in Italy

<b>Italy has reduced the sentence of a former CIA station chief convicted in his absence of extraordinary rendition.</b><p>Italian President Sergio Mattarella commuted Robert Seldon Lady's sentence from nine years to seven. He also cancelled a three-year sentence handed to another American, Betnie Medero.<p>The …

Iraq's next target after Ramadi is Mosul

Capturing Mosul would deprive the militant group of its biggest population center in both Iraq and Syria, effectively abolishing the state structure of IS in Iraq, depriving it of a major source of funding and dealing a blow to its influence.<p>The capture of Ramadi would give the army a major …

Video Of Israeli Extremists Mocking Death Of Palestinian Girl Sparks Outrage

Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the zealots as a "danger to Israeli society."<p>JERUSALEM, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Video footage of Jewish zealots mocking the death by arson of a Palestinian baby has sparked outrage in Israel, even as some on the far right saw in the leak a possible bid to justify tough …

The U.S. Government Just Declassified Their 1956 Plan To Nuke Soviet Russia

Whenever you need to put something out there, but don’t want anybody to see it, it’s always a good idea to release it over a holiday. You can expect all sorts of press releases and announcements today, but none is quite as fascinating, or as scary, as the American government’s plan to completely …

Russia

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Lands Successfully, Elon Musk Triumphant At Last

After four previous attempts, Elon Musk’s space company finally can claim its rocket is truly “reusable.”<p>“Stage One has landed.”<p>They say that the third time’s the charm. In the case of SpaceX and its attempt to successfully land its Falcon 9 rocket after launch, five is the lucky number.<p>Today, 10 …

Eyewitness Accounts From Recent Defectors From Islamic State: Why they Joined, What they Saw, Why they Quit

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D.<p>The Islamic State (IS) is the most powerful, ruthless, horrific and well-funded terrorist group in recent history. Not only has ISIS managed to take and control a significant swathe of territory, it has become a de-facto state. Since their 2014 …