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Futuristic system uses nothing but Wi-Fi waves to detect motion anywhere in your home

Home security camera systems are all the rage right now, but they never give you 100% coverage. It would obviously be hugely inappropriate to install …

This robot will draw and erase anything on your walls

Scribit is a drawing robot that can turn your walls into a work of art. The little bot raised over $1.6 million on Kickstarter, crushing the …

Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email

A new and disruptive dual-screen device to blur the lines between mobile and PC<p>Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a …

Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI

A neural network from Google's DeepMind has impressive spatial reasoning skills.<p>New research from Google's UK-based DeepMind subsidiary demonstrates …

Watch Tom Cruise Perform an Actual HALO Jump During the Filming of Mission: Impossible—Fallout

The high altitude, low opening (HALO) jump is a means of airdropping military personnel into hostile territory undetected, developed in the 1960s by …

The best wireless headphones

Want to tune in and block out the world? Look no further.<p>Music is a necessity while I'm working. If it's not tunes from Spotify, there's at least a podcast chattering on in my ear. Of course, if you don't want to bother those around you with what you're listening to, you need a good set of …

Consumer Tech

China's hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour.<p>A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have tested a hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,600 miles per hour, according a paper published (PDF) in the Chinese journal</i> …

Aviation

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists

By Jason Samenow<p>Jason Samenow<p>Editor and writer covering weather and climate<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. …

Webcomics

Your AI workloads in the cloud: Google finally releases TPU beta

The Tensor Processing Units could help artificial intelligence experts train and deploy their machine learning models more quickly.<p>Building a slide …

Machine Learning

British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears

A 15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard.<p>From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a …

GPU killer: Google reveals just how powerful its TPU2 chip really is

Google's second-generation Tensor Processing Units Pods can deliver 11.5 petaflops of calculations.<p>So far, Google has only provided a few images of …

Machine Learning

NASA And Google Just Announced They've Found Another Solar System Like Ours

It also has 8 planets.<p>NASA and Google announced a "major discovery" on Thursday: another solar system with eight planets.<p>That finding is due to the …

Google’s Tensorflow team open-sources speech recognition dataset for DIY AI

Google researchers open-sourced a dataset today to give DIY makers interested in artificial intelligence more tools to create basic voice commands for a range of smart devices. Created by the TensorFlow and AIY teams at Google, the Speech Commands dataset is a collection of 65,000 utterances of 30 …

Thomas Was Alone developer announces ‘The Gamedev Business Handbook’

If you’re looking to get into the business of making games, you’ll encounter a lot of people telling you how difficult that is. But resources to guide you past those obstacles are rare. That’s where <i>The Gamedev Business Book</i> from author Mike Futter and Bithell Games comes in. This new work details …

Microsoft unveils Brainwave, a system for running super-fast AI

Microsoft made a splash in the world of dedicated AI hardware today when it unveiled a new system for doing high-speed, low-latency serving of machine learning models. The company showed off a new system called Brainwave that will allow developers to deploy machine learning models onto programmable …

I took a ride in Tesla's new Model 3

It's sensibly decadent.<p>After celebrating the delivery of its first 30 Model 3's to eagerly awaiting pre-order customers, Tesla invited attendees at Friday night's event to take a spin in the brand new vehicles. So of course, we took them up on the offer.<p>9<p>Tesla bills the Model 3 as a slightly …

Tesla

Google DeepMind's CEO and Uber's chief scientist backed a UK chip company in a $30 million round

Graphcore's chips, known as intelligence processing units (IPUs), are designed to help computer scientists and programmers create highly-intelligent computer systems that can learn for themselves when fed large amounts of data. Such systems will be vital to power technologies such as autonomous …

Intel lets you stick an AI brain into your USB port

Want to give your PC an IQ boost? Intel's $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick lets you plug some computing brains into your laptop's USB port.<p>The device, geared for tinkerers and programmers, can crank out 100 billion mathematical calculations per second while consuming a paltry 1 watt of power. …

Artificial Intelligence

The hot new cyberattack that's sweeping the nation

Basically we're living in cyber Groundhog Day.<p>On Tuesday, a powerful and terrifying new cyberattackworm emerged in Ukraine, quickly spreading to the Russian Federation and other countries no one cared enough to report on because they weren't the US.<p>It was hard to tell which infection was worse: The …

Researchers create hydrogen fuel with artificial photosynthesis

They could become a source of clean energy in the future.<p>Scientists all over the world have been attempting to recreate photosynthesis in the lab in hopes of being able to mimic the process to create fuel. Now a team of researchers from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Spotted Testing Apple Watch-Connected Glucose Monitor

Apple CEO Tim Cook has allegedly been spotted testing a prototype glucose monitor that's connected to his Apple Watch, reports <i>CNBC</i>. Cook, who is said to be aiming to understand how his blood sugar is affected by food and exercise, has been seen wearing the device around the Apple Campus.<p>Cook also …

Tim Cook

Artificial intelligence is getting more powerful, and it's about to be everywhere

There wasn’t any one big product announcement at Google I/O keynote on Wednesday,the annual event when thousands of programmers meet to learn about Google’s software platforms. Instead, it was a steady trickle of incremental improvements across Google’s product portfolio. And almost all of the …

Google just acquired one of the most successful VR game studios

Google announced today that it’s acquiring Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused studio that created <i>Job Simulator</i> and <i>Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality</i><i>.</i> Owlchemy will keep releasing VR games for multiple platforms, but with backing from Google — similar to <i>Tilt Brush</i> studio Skillman & Hackett, which Google …

Outdoor Project, Portland digital media startup, raises $2 million

Outdoor Project, an online portal for planning travel and rugged activities, said Tuesday it has raised $2 million in an initial funding round.<p>The …

Headset “Removal” for Virtual and Mixed Reality

Posted by Vivek Kwatra, Research Scientist and Christian Frueh, Avneesh Sud, Software Engineers<br>Virtual Reality (VR) enables remarkably immersive …

MIT researchers built an energy-sipping power converter

A new design uses "energy packets" to cut resting power consumption by up to 50 percent.<p>Researchers from MIT's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories have built a new power supply system designed specifically for powering electronic sensors, wireless radios and other small devices that will …

UPS has a delivery truck that can launch drones

First residential drone delivery completed on Monday<p>UPS has unveiled its plan for delivery drones: build them right into trucks, and launch them at various points along their route.<p>The delivery company ran an initial test on Monday, when it claims to have successfully launched a drone from the top …

Hands-On With Apple's New BeatsX Earphones

Apple's long-awaited BeatsX Earphones became available for purchase this morning, giving Apple customers an alternative to the hard-to-find AirPods.<p>Priced at $149.95, BeatsX Earphones are wireless like AirPods, but are connected together with a cord that makes them easier to keep track of and …

Photo of Magic Leap AR prototype leaks out, backpack and all

Obtained by Business Insider, it claims to show the company's "Product Equivalent" (PEQ) build.<p>In December, a report by <i>The Information</i> indicated that well-funded startup Magic Leap wasn't nearly as close to producing its vaunted augmented reality headset as demo reels had suggested. CEO Rony …

Magic Leap

Hack knocks out a fifth of the Dark Web

A self-styled vigilante attacked a less-than-scrupulous web host.<p>The Dark Web is having a rough time right now... although the victims in this case won't earn too much sympathy. An Anonymous-linked hacker speaking to <i>Motherboard</i> brought down about a fifth of the Tor network's 'secret' websites (over …

Dark Web