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6 things to know about buying a laptop for college in 2017

What features are most important? How much should you expect to spend? Could a tablet do the trick instead?<p>It's August, and that can mean only one thing: Winter is coming. Also school. (Sorry, <i>totally</i> caught up in "Game of Thrones" season 7.)<p>With a new school year often comes the need for a new …

China and the US are battling to become the world’s first AI superpower

In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the Earth’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. The craft was no bigger than a beach ball, but it spurred the US into a frenzy of research and investment that would eventually put humans on the Moon. Sixty years later, the world might have had its …

This backflipping noodle has a lot to teach us about AI safety

Honestly!<p>AI isn’t going to be a threat to humanity because it’s evil or cruel, AI will be a threat to humanity because we haven’t properly explained what it is we want it to do. Consider the classic “paperclip maximizer” thought experiment, in which an all-powerful AI is told, simply, “make …

British visitors to US may be asked for passwords and phone contacts at airports

British visitors to the US may be asked for social media usernames and passwords and their phone’s address book under new border checks being considered at US airports.<p>The Trump administration is considering “extreme vetting” scenarios in which even tourists from US allies such as the UK, France …

Donald Trump

Galaxy S8 is world’s first phone with Bluetooth 5.0

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 is the world’s first smartphone to offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.<p>It’s faster and more reliable than the Bluetooth 4.2 technology currently found in today’s flagship devices — including iPhone 7 — and it can stream audio to two sets of wireless headphones or speakers …

Gear & Gadgets

Goodbye Withings, hello Nokia

Say goodbye to Withings. It’s been less than a year since Nokia completed its acquisition of the French smart devices maker and now it the Withings brand is about to be sunset. Withings’ devices and software will be rebranded under the Nokia banner later this summer.<p>Withings’ existing line of smart …

The Google Assistant is coming to Marshmallow and Nougat Android phones starting this week

Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to more Android phones starting this week. All phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat will be getting an OTA update via Google Play Services in the coming weeks. Here’s how Google describes the staged rollout:<p>The Google …

Internet turns to @Sweden after Trump appears to invent terror attack

Emma Johansson is a school librarian from Borås, Sweden, and on Saturday, she found herself fact-checking the President of the United States.<p>The …

Europe

Paris Jackson: 'My father was murdered'

<b>Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris, says she believes her father was murdered.</b><p>In her first in-depth interview, Paris told Rolling Stone she was convinced Jackson's 2009 death was "a setup".<p>The singer died from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol. His doctor Conrad Murray was later …

What to Wear to the Women’s March this Weekend

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington. For the occasion, many designers have created pieces so that feminists can literally wear their politics on their sleeves. From "Nasty Woman" hats to "The Future Is …

Women's March on Washington

Microsoft to add ebook store to Windows 10

Microsoft is reportedly planning to bring ebooks to the Windows Store. <i>MSPoweruser</i> reports that the new ebooks store will be integrated into the regular Windows Store alongside apps, games, music, TV shows, and movies. It appears Windows 10 users will be able to purchase books from a wide range of …

Microsoft just bought an AI startup that can outperform Facebook and Google

Maluuba brings a deep learning pioneer into the fold at Microsoft<p>Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired Maluuba, a Toronto startup focused on using deep learning for natural language processing. Deep learning is an approach to artificial intelligence currently in vogue that has …

All electric trains in the Netherlands now run on wind energy

The Netherlands has been harnessing the power of the wind to drain bodies of water, saw timber and to produce oil for centuries. Now, the country is also using it to run all its electric trains. The Dutch railways network (NS) started using wind energy generated by the turbines owned by electric …

Trains

Burma’s Rohingya Muslims mourn the end of the Obama era — and worry about Trump

Burma's Rohingya Muslims have been described as the most friendless people in the world. But for the past four years they had one powerful friend — and he lived in the White House.<p>President Obama, who gave a teary farewell to the nation on Tuesday in Chicago, spoke up often for the persecuted …

China tells air quality app to stop reporting its high pollution readings

An air quality monitoring app has been told by Chinese authorities to stop displaying pollution levels that exceed an official cutoff point.<p>An …

Pollution

Climate change may shut down a current that keeps the North Atlantic warm

New research suggests this conveyer belt of warmth could be more fragile than we thought<p>Both Europe and North America are warmed in the winter by currents circulating in the Atlantic — but climate change threatens this source of warmth. If the Earth warms too much, it’s possible that this current …

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Horse Racing (Australia)

Elisabeth & Kalli

Millenium Bridge, St. Paul's, London

Chicago police investigate Facebook live assault

Four people have been detained over footage of a man being assaulted while his assailants shouted expletives about Donald Trump. The video, first …

Stephen Colbert Can’t Believe Trump Trusts Julian Assange More Than American Intelligence

The ‘Late Show’ host takes Donald Trump to task for trusting Julian Assange more than the United States government.<p>As Stephen Colbert put it …

21 Easter eggs hidden within your Google search bar

It's also pretty nerdy. Or at least, that's the impression it gives off whenever it adds to the enormous collection of Easter eggs snuck within its services.<p>Google's search engine, in particular, holds many of these in-jokes. If you're not familiar with them, though, we've rounded up a handful of …

Refugee youths find safe haven in Boy Scouts of America

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Boy Scouts Jean Tuyishime and Moise Tuyikunde sit around a crackling campfire under a canopy of stars in Colorado's Rocky …

Iran says it warns off fighters, drones during drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general said Wednesday that his country's air defenses have warned off several fighter jets and drones during an …

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?<p>Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a …

Soccer

Microsoft Is Making Full Windows 10 Run On Mobile Processors From Qualcomm

Microsoft’s attempts to get into the smartphone business have mostly been a disastrous affair. And for a while it appeared the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant had made its peace, having found a big growth business in the cloud. But it looks like Microsoft is somehow still not quite done with …

Google puts fake news about aliens at the top of search results

The truth is out there (but not here)<p>While the largest tech platforms continue to assure us that eliminating misinformation is both a) very important to them, and b) impossible, Google’s search results were hijacked today by fake news about space aliens caught on camera “sucking energy from the …

13 books you absolutely HAVE to read before they become movies in 2017

Whether you are a purist or you just like to know what you are getting yourself into before you begin a film, you understand the importance of …

Watch the 'godfather' of fake news try to explain himself on Samantha Bee's show

This year, fake news stories marred the election and continue to propagate dangerous conspiracy theories. The man behind many of them? A 40-year-old …

Watch Kathy Griffin Boo Megyn Kelly For Having 'High Hopes' For Donald Trump

"F**k him."<p>Kathy Griffin has no filter. Sometimes, we love her for it and other times ... well, she always makes us laugh.<p>So when Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly took the stage at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday and praised President-elect Donald Trump, the …