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Chinese AI beats 15 doctors in tumor diagnosis competition

An AI system has wiped the floor with some of China’s top doctors when it comes to diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion.<p>As reported by Xinhua, the system defeated a team comprised of 15 of China’s top doctors by a margin of two to one. The AI, BioMind, was developed by the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple's First MacBook Pro With Retina Display is Now 'Vintage'

On June 11, 2012, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced its first MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Impressed by its thinness, the crowd at Moscone West erupted with a huge round of applause.<p>The notebook was also praised in many reviews, which awarded it top marks for its …

California Voters Will Decide Whether To Split The State In Three This November

If approved by voters and Congress, the state would be divided into three new states: Northern California, California, and Southern California.<p>California voters will get the chance to decide whether to divide the Golden State into three new states in November after an initiative garnered enough …

Florida Didn't Run FBI Background Checks on Gun Buyers for a Year Because of a Forgotten Login

The state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applicants looking to procure a concealed weapon permit for …

Safari Gains Favicon Support in Tabs on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Apple at its WWDC keynote on Monday previewed iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, both of which feature Safari 12.<p>The latest version of Apple's web browser adds long-awaited support for favicons, which are the tiny icons that appear to the left of website page titles, in tabs and the bookmark bar. In many …

Sony's smaller, cheaper Digital Paper tablet reaches the US

Was your heart aflutter when you heard that Sony was releasing a smaller version of its Digital Paper E Ink tablet? If you live in the US, you can satisfy your heart's desire... well, almost. Sony has started pre-orders for the 10.3-inch model (the DPT-CP1) through retailers for $600. That's far …

eReaders

Make Google Do It... And Then What?

Google has always asked users to sacrifice a piece of themselves for the future. Its latest I/O Keynote took the idea a step further.<p>In the middle of its Tuesday morning I/O presentation, Google played an audio recording of what was essentially an AI-powered crank call. In it, the latest version of …

First mobile phone call made 45 years ago today

A historic milestone occurred April 3, 1973: the very first call on a mobile phone. It was the phone equivalent of landing on the moon.<p>But that call wasn’t an inspirational message — some equivalent of “a giant leap for mankind.” Nope, Martin Cooper, who headed up Motorola’s team developing the …

phonecall

The 'Roomba of toilets' exists only to clean your skid marks

Cleaning the toilet bowl is not for the faint of heart. One must usually brave the strong chemicals of cleaning products while wielding a sloppy, germ-infested toilet brush to get the job done.<p>Now, two Haifa-based Israeli entrepreneurs have taken it upon themselves to help people take action …

Police chief: Uber self-driving car “likely” not at fault in fatal crash

Tempe police chief says victim "came from the shadows right into the roadway."<p>The chief of the Tempe Police has told the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> that …

Self-driving Uber car kills Arizona woman crossing street

TEMPE, Ariz./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, police said on Monday, marking the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation.<p>The ride services …

San Francisco

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian in First Apparent Such Fatality

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Vehicle

Nuance Discontinues Swype Keyboard for iOS and Android

After over three years on the App Store, developer Nuance has decided to discontinue the gesture-based Swype Keyboard apps for both iOS and Android devices. The company's announcement of the iOS app's discontinuation came earlier this month, but it's only just begun to garner attention due to a …

FCC approves WattUp wireless charging tech that boasts 3-foot range

Talk of long-range wireless charging has been around for some time, but we’ve yet to see a product that can charge devices from relatively long …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $102 Million in 2017, Must Now Fly Privately for Security Reasons

In fiscal 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook received a salary of $3.06 million plus $9.33 million in bonuses and stock worth $89.2 million for a total compensation package of approximately $102 million, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>The data was shared today by Apple in a proxy statement filed with the United States …

Tim Cook

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

(Reuters) - A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.<p>The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put …

San Francisco

Snapchat Plans Radical Overhaul to Make Social Platform Easier to Understand [Updated]

Longtime Snapchat users should prepare themselves for a radical overhaul of the way the mobile app works, based on comments made by Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in his earnings letter to investors on Tuesday.<p>With the company falling short of lowered projections for growth, Snap put much of the blame on …

Social Media

iPhone X Notch: Everything You Need to Know

Given the iPhone X's design was leaked months before it was unveiled, many people wondered how Apple would choose to approach the notch housing the device's new TrueDepth front camera and facial recognition system.<p>Now that the iPhone X is official, we know the answer. Apple's new human interface …

Mobile Technology

California bans drones from delivering marijuana

Sorry startups<p>Drones delivering hamburgers, beer, and Amazon products might be right around the corner, but don’t get your hopes up if you want your weed sent to you via robot. That’s because California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has recently unveiled new regulatory rules that will ban drones …

How to Hold Off On Giving Your Kid a Smartphone (Without Them Becoming a Social Pariah)

If you’ve been alive in the last, say, 10 years, you’ve been subject to the spate of articles claiming that smartphones are destroying a generation. …

Ignore The Bullshit: iPhones Are Not Destroying Teenagers

The same people who proclaimed a narcissism epidemic among millennials now say teens are being ruined by smartphones. They're wrong.

Actually, Robert E. Lee was against erecting Confederate memorials

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's been much controversy in Charlottesville and beyond about preserving monuments to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. But if you had a chance to ask the guy, he'd most likely say, no thanks.<p>Based on his writings, Lee was not a fan of statues honoring Civil War generals, fearing they …

Robert E. Lee

Mayor wants Trump to delay Phoenix rally

The mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., issued a statement Wednesday night urging President Trump to delay his campaign-style rally in the city while "our …

Former Microsoft exec reveals why Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant beat Cortana

Microsoft’s former AI expert, Qi Lu, moved to Chinese search giant Baidu earlier this year. Lu spent time working on Cortana and Microsoft’s bot platform whilst he was at the software giant, along with heading up the company’s Bing search and Office teams. In an interview with <i>Wired</i>, Lu has provided …

Trump steps up war of words against North Korea, while his Defense secretary stresses diplomacy

President Trump reinforced his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea despite widespread criticism of his bellicosity, saying Thursday that his initial statement maybe "wasn't tough enough."<p>The strong language — Trump used versions of the word "tough" four times during one seven-minute …

Consumer Reports Pulls Purchase Recommendation for Microsoft Surface Devices

After previously giving four Microsoft Surface devices a purchase "recommendation" status, Consumer Reports today has pulled that status from the Microsoft products. The publication said that because of "poor predicted reliability" in comparison with rival brands, it can no longer recommend any …

MacBook Pro

Overweight Asian-Americans Are Seen as More ‘American,’ Study Finds

Obesity: It’s as American as a double serving of apple pie.<p>That may be an exaggeration, but the reality is that the United States is exceptionally overweight. And, according to a new study, that may affect perceptions of who is and is not American.<p>The authors of the study — published last week in …

Kids need structure more than warmth from their parents, according to a top child psychologist

Children need both affection and structure in order to develop into secure, happy adults.<p>But if parents can only provide one, it should be structure, said Lisa Damour, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent girls, and the author of <i>Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions</i> …

Parenting

Court says politicians can't block people on social media

A federal court in Virginia just handed down a verdict that could affect a lawsuit against the president for blocking users on Twitter. US District Judge James Cacheris has ruled that Phyllis Randall, chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the right to free speech of a …