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We condemn the destruction of Gaza cultural centre in Israeli airstrike | Letter

As theatre practitioners who have worked closely with Palestinian artists, we write to condemn the bombing and total destruction of the Said Al-Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza on 9 August by an Israeli airstrike. We support our dear friends and colleagues who describe their great rage and deep pain …

Israel

Artificial Intelligence Still Isn’t All That Smart

In the business world, machine learning often goes by the annoying moniker of “artificial intelligence.” That science-fiction buzzword evokes visions of godlike sentient robotic computers, when in fact, the product is much closer to a statistical regression. Machine learning is about using …

Machine Learning

Once again, ‘fake news’ decried by Trump turns out to be true

<i>“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct. … When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. … Before I make a statement, I need the facts.”</i><br>— <b>President Trump, Aug. 15, 2017</b><p>At the Fact Checker, we have vetted many statements by President Trump — …

Donald Trump

New study links Alzheimer's disease with liver function and diet

Scientists have presented new research pointing to the liver as a potential culprit in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Presented at the Alzheimer's …

Dementia

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in …

Trade War and Canadian Pride Mix in Retaliatory Tariffs Against U.S.

OTTAWA — This year on Canada Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit a former Heinz ketchup plant in Ontario and, later Sunday, meet steelworkers in Saskatchewan.<p>It’s a schedule rich with the symbolism of the moment: Sunday is also the day Canada retaliated against the Trump administration’s …

Canada

Maxine Waters brushes off alleged threats, vows to 'Impeach 45'

During a speech Saturday at an immigration rally in California, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters reacted defiantly to alleged threats reportedly directed at her following her previous remarks about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.<p>Waters took the podium at the Families Belong …

Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from Supreme Court

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who provided key votes for same sex-marriage, abortion access and affirmative action, will retire from the Supreme Court.<p>The retirement is effective July 31, Kennedy said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday.<p>Kennedy's decision …

Anthony Kennedy

Wi-Fi is about to get one of its biggest ever security updates

Wi-Fi is getting a much-needed security upgrade. The Wi-FI security protocol we currently use, WPA2, was finalised and first used in 2004. It was not …

Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots

Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster efforts to fight spam and “malicious automation” (aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account verification and sign-up; running a historical audit to catch spammers who signed up when its systems …

Most Americans say they don’t want help from robots

But they probably will someday.<p>These days, robots can do a range of tasks from cleaning the floor to guarding a building. But the majority of Americans would rather not accept the help, according to a new survey from the Brookings Institution.<p>The survey found that, overall, 61 percent of U.S. adult …

San Francisco's newest restaurant has a robot flipping its burgers

If you find yourself in San Francisco and craving a hamburger, you might want to keep an eye out for Creator on Folsom Street. The new joint, which is set to open to the public on June 27, offers burgers at $6, cooked from start to finish by a robot.<p>The machine has been in the making for the past …

San Francisco

New lawsuit takes issue with Apple’s ‘brilliantly scratch-resistant’ Apple Watch marketing

Apple is facing a lawsuit over its marketing for the Apple Watch. While the company markets the device as “brilliantly scratch-resistant,” an Ontario man is taking issue with that as he claims the device is actually very susceptible to scratches and tarnishes…<p>As reported by iPhone in Canada, …

HDR10+ is one step closer to reaching your TV

Samsung, Panasonic, 20th Century Fox and Amazon are one step closer to giving Dolby Vision a run for its money. Companies now have easy access to the open, royalty-free HDR10+ standard thanks to a just-launched program that lets manufacturers prove TVs, monitors and other devices can handle the …

Panasonic

Japan firms slow to get compliant with new EU data privacy rules: Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Around a quarter of Japanese businesses have made progress on meeting some of the easier requirements under Europe's new data privacy regulations while about another 20 percent plan to do so, a Reuters poll found.<p>But the number of companies who say they are currently equipped to …

Online Privacy

Microsoft introduces its Google News competitor ‘Microsoft News’

Microsoft today has officially rolled out its brand new ‘Microsoft News’ apps on iOS and Android. The company boasts that this new platform is a way to “keep you informed in an easily accessible, compressive, and trustworthy way.”<p>On iOS and Android, the Microsoft News app comes via an update to the …

Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization that includes Apple, today announced the publication of a new Digital Key Release 1.0 specification, which is a standardized solution designed to let drivers download a digital vehicle key onto their smartphones.<p>Described as an organization …

Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads

Instagram is ready to compete head-on with YouTube. Today at a flashy event in San Francisco, the company announced it will begin allowing users to upload videos up to one hour in length, up from the previous one-minute limit. And to house the new longer-form videos from content creators and the …

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process.<p>Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the …

Machine Learning

Full text: The statement signed by Trump and Kim

<b>Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit</b><p>President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the …

Korean Peninsula

U.S. shows new de facto embassy in Taiwan amid China tensions

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The United States unveiled a new $256 million representative office in Taiwan's capital on Tuesday, a de facto embassy that underscores Washington's strategic ties with the democratic, self-ruled island as it faces escalating tensions with China.<p>Washington cut diplomatic ties …

Facebook says millions of users who thought they were sharing privately with their friends may have shared with everyone because of a software bug

A new software bug is Facebook’s latest self-inflicted privacy headache.<p>After a year of troubling mishaps on its massive social platform, Facebook has landed itself in yet another self-inflicted privacy debacle.<p>As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting items they only …

Macron uses sausage analogy to deflect question about Trump call

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday his phone calls with President Donald Trump and other world leaders were just like sausages: better not explain what's inside.<p>During a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron was asked about a report on Monday …

Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy'

Almost every day, Kenneth Scalir takes a trip to the library or a cafe near his home in Sherman Oaks, California, to spend about an hour on his favourite site: Myspace.<p>Scalir, 48, is one of a dwindling group of people still committed to what was once the most popular social networking platform in …

MySpace

Uninvited guests crash Trump’s North Korea talks

From Vladimir Putin to Bashar Assad, a series of foreign leaders have sought to gain advantage from Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.<p>President Donald Trump seems determined to address the North Korean nuclear crisis mano a mano when he sits down with the country’s leader next week.<p>The rest …

Why some scientists say physics has gone off the rails

Has the love of "elegant" equations overtaken the desire to describe the real world?<p>The 20th century was a remarkably productive one for physics. First, Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity helped us view gravity not as a force but as a distortion of space. Then Max Planck, Erwin …

Physics

This filter makes your photos indecipherable to facial recognition software

A surprising number of people, from social media platforms to police surveillance systems, are very interested in what you look like. That means …

7 Inspiring Podcasts That Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to This Summer

Make the most of your summer with these informative and entertaining podcasts.<p>Summer is around the corner, which means beach getaways and family vacations are also on the horizon. While the rest of your friends search Amazon for their summer book list, you should find great podcasts to fill your …

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …

FBI was right to deploy informant, senior GOP lawmaker says

A senior House Republican who was part of a highly classified Justice Department briefing last week said on Tuesday that the FBI acted properly when it deployed an informant to gather information from advisers to President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.<p>Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said last week’s …

Donald Trump