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Microsoft’s Bing search engine has a troubling new update

With smarter AI-powered tools and better surfacing of Reddit responses in search, Microsoft is hoping to give internet citizens more reason to turn …

New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

New York City will be among the first cities in the US to earnestly tackle black box algorithms, the automated decision-making systems that are …

Charlottesville: James Alex Fields Jr faces life in prison

<b>A man suspected of killing a woman near a white supremacist rally in Virginia in August is facing a possible life sentence after charges against him were upgraded to first-degree murder.</b><p>Charges against James Alex Fields Jr were confirmed in an emotional hearing.<p>He is accused of ramming his car into …

El Salvador upholds 30-year sentence in stillbirth case

A court in El Salvador has upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a woman who was charged with homicide under the country's strict abortion law after she says she suffered a stillbirth.<p>Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was seeking to have her conviction overturned after spending nearly a decade in jail …

Human Rights

Thousands of Indian wives might not be able to work in the US under new Trump proposal

Spouses of Indian immigrants in the US may be headed back to their golden cages.<p>Ending months of speculation, the Trump administration disclosed its plans to discuss a proposal to discontinue the work permits of H-4 visa holders in 2018. The notice, titled Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the …

Immigration

Awesome Raspberry Pi Add-On Boards

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts searching for unique Raspberry Pi add-on boards might be interested in a new article created by the Average Man vs Raspberry …

Cast and Staff Announced for "RS Project - Rebirth Storage -" TV Special

Crunchyroll previously reported on how the winner of the 2015 "Let's Make the Mecha Anime That We Want to Watch" contest, <i>RS Project - Rebirth Storage</i> …

Anime

Meet Yuki, The Mobil 1 Motor Oil Girl

The Golden Week block of holidays kicks off this weekend, and among its big pop culture events is Niconico Chokaigi at Chiba's Makuhari Messe …

"Log Horizon" and "Maoyu" Author Sentenced For Tax Evasion

Mamare Touno (real name Daisuke Umezu), 42-year-old author of the anime-adapted <i>Log Horizon</i> and <i>Maoyu</i> light novel series, has been found guilty of tax …

Experience Reveals New Xbox One Game "Yomi wo Saku Hana"

Developer Experience (<i>Demon Gaze</i>, <i>Ray Gigant</i>) held a 10th anniversary celebration event this weekend, taking the opportunity to announce a new game …

Anime To Adapt Nisio Isin's "Zaregoto" Series

Fans of Nisio Isin (<i>Monogatari, Medaka Box)</i> holding out hope for an anime adaptation of the light novel author's <i>Zaregoto</i> series have been rewarded. …

Odds are we're living in a simulation, says Elon Musk

But that’s better than being dead<p>"There's a billion to one chance we're living in base reality," Elon Musk said tonight on stage at <i>Recode</i>'s Code Conference, meaning that one of the most influential and powerful figures in tech thinks that it's overwhelmingly likely we're just characters living …

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game

By far the best moment of Recode's annual Code Conference was when Elon Musk took the stage and explained that though we <i>think</i> we're flesh-and-blood participants in a physical world, we are almost certainly computer-generated entities living inside a more advanced civilization's video game.<p>Don't …

"Silent Voice" Author Teases Next Manga

With promotion now trumpeting this fall's theatrical anime adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's acclaimed <i>A Silent Voice</i> (aka <i>Koe no Katachi</i>), Weekly Shonen …

A "Final Fantasy Disease" Affected Square Enix, Director Says

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has opened up on the lengthy and at times strained development of the RPG, mentioning what he described as a "Final Fantasy disease."<p>In a back-and-forth interview between Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and Tabata for 4Gamer, Harada asked if there was …

Final Fantasy

Illinois Attorney General Declares Daily Fantasy Is Illegal Gambling

Illinois became the eighth state to prohibit daily fantasy behemoths DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in their state, as attorney general Lisa …

The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel Out Arrives On PS Vita And PS3 (video)

Brittany Avery Production Coordinator from XSEED has taken to the official PlayStation Blog to announced the arrival of the The Legend of Heroes …

Scientists Create Injectable Foam To Repair Degenerating Bones

Researchers in France have developed a self-setting foam that can repair defects in bones and assist growth. Eventually, this advanced biomaterial …

This Is Probably The Weirdest Bridge In The World

I haven’t seen every singe bridge in the world, so I’m not happy calling this bridge-ferry-gondola hybrid <i>the weirdest</i>. But it’s definitely top five, …

BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry. Its debut product, a desktop 3D printer for biomaterials, which was just demoed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY — printing Van Gogh’s ear in replica, no less — combines hardware, software and wetware. …

Pentagon Considers Turning Cell Phones Into Walkie-Talkies During Emergencies

Let’s say it’s 2016 and the government has a message to get out to the public—ISIS is believed to be waging an attack on cell-phone towers in the …

National Security

The Reason We Won't Have Autonomous Cars Any Time Soon

Driving a car is easy. Engine on, eyes open, foot on the gas and you’re all set. So why is it taking autonomous cars so long to learn?<p>Right now, a …

Ebola leaves US patient's blood and goes to his eye

The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers in the US said.<p>The announcement on Thursday said the virus reappeared in Dr Ian Crozier who was diagnosed with Ebola in September 2014 while working in Sierra Leone with …

Disease

Wireless Implant Eliminates Bacteria, Then Dissolves

Researchers at Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.<p>The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered …

Pizza Hut's eye-tracking menu knows what toppings you want before you do

When scanning a menu, are you justifying <i>that Dame Blanche</i> sundae in your mind rather than actually choosing a dessert? Pizza Hut wants to help you skip your super-ego middleman and just let your id order that triple-cheese bacon pepperoni pie directly. It's "Subconscious Menu" uses Tobii's …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

A tiny chip implanted under a woman's skin can deliver hormonal birth control for up to 16 years and is entering pre-clinical trials next year.<p>If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed …

Remote Controls

Hackers find security weaknesses with the Lifx smart LED

A team of British security consultants hacked their way into a private Wi-Fi network -- using Lifx bulbs as the backdoor.<p>A team of security experts in England recently hacked their way into a smart home's Wi-Fi network. Their inside man? The Lifx color-changing smart LED .<p>As first reported by …

Home Automation

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …