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The unbeatable poker playing machine

Researchers at the University of Alberta have created a program that is unbeatable at the game of Texas hold'em poker.<p>The algorithm, called Cepheus, is able to learn from each playing hand and over time improve its decision making and strategy.<p>It is even available online for people to test, query …

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Amazon’s Prime Members Start To Get Benefits From Other Digital Stores

Amazon is truly committed to pushing Prime membership to stratospheric heights, and a new expansion that sees it bringing benefits to Prime customers from e-commerce websites beyond its own walls should prove its commitment to the program. Prime members can now get free, next-day shipping on …

List of banks that will support Apple Pay in coming weeks/months

Visa has published a list of banks and financial institutions that will support Apple Pay in the United States “in the coming weeks,” while MasterCard has its own list of supported banks arriving in the coming months. The mobile payments service officially launched on Monday, October 20th and …

Does the smart home need an intercom system?

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Nucleus<p>Back in the eighties some of my well-off friends had intercom systems built into their walls. It was a feature …

Ginger Keyboard for iOS 8 Brings New Customization Options to Users

While we’ve seen many new keyboards for iOS 8, not many of them focus on user customization of the keyboard. Now, Ginger Keyboard is stepping in to …

This Is How Little Kids React These Days When You Show Them Old Computers

We saw them cringe when they learned what a Walkman was, and now the infamous little kids are back to learn about more old technology.<p>The Fine Brothers created another video, showing little kids what computers looked like before the days of iPhones and MacBook Airs.<p>As usual, the kids can't even …

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Original 'Rainbow' Apple HQ Signs Up for Auction, Bidding Starts at $10,000

The original "rainbow" Apple logo signs that were used at Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters are set to be auctioned off in June for somewhere between $10,000-$15,000, reports <i>Design Taxi</i> (via <i>The Verge</i>).<p>The signs will be auctioned off by British auction house Bonhams, with the larger, 46 x …

Verizon Is Rolling Out A Massive Network Update That Will Double LTE Bandwidth In Certain Cities

Verizon announced on Monday that it's now deploying its XLTE service in select markets across the country.<p>Verizon claims that XLTE will deliver faster peak data speeds and will at least double the 4G LTE bandwidth for users covered by the service.<p>The carrier says XLTE is available in more than half …

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Sony hopes Michael Jackson's legacy can boost its streaming music service

Sony sure knows how to dangle a carrot in front of its customers. In a not-so-subtle use of music industry clout to drive its technology business, the company is offering access to five tunes off of the Michael Jackson album <i>Xscape</i> on its Music Unlimited streaming service days before the album's …

US to start testing universal online verification system to combat fraud (updated)

In 2011, the government started concocting a plan to issue Americans one online ID they can use create a unified online authentication system that'll work across multiple agencies' websites -- sort of like an OpenID for the government. Now, that plan's wheels are turning, and pilot testing's slated …

'Waiting In Line 3D' Is Deliberately The Worst Video Game Ever Made

You might have thought that there could be no more boring video game than 'Desert Bus' - the game where you have to drive a bus, across the desert, …

PowerUp 3.0 Is A Bluetooth Module That Turns A Paper Plane Into A Lean, Mean App-Controlled Flying Machine

This embed is invalid<p>There’s something intrinsically appealing about a choreographed blend of low and high tech. To wit, meet PowerUp 3.0: a Bluetooth 4.0 device that turns a bog-standard paper airplane into, well, a smartphone-controlled lean, mean flying machine. Or so its makers claim. And if …

Internet Archive brings bygone games and programs to the browser

One of the inherent downsides of technology's rapid advancement is how much of its history gets left behind with each new plateau we reach. However, the great minds at the Internet Archive (IA) have come up with a way to not only preserve our past, but make it accessible via the Javascript MESS …

MeetMe Launches Standalone Dating App Charm, Where Tinder Meets Vine

After rebranding from MyYearbook more than a year ago, social network MeetMe is off and running on its next big adventure. It’s a Tinder meets Vine social dating play, and it’s called Charm.<p>MeetMe’s focus has always been on meeting new people who may end up being great friends. With Charm, the …

RCA's Internet Music System blends detachable Android tablet, boombox

Though RCA has slipped from electronics giant to maker of niche products, it's just announced an intriguing music streaming system that is rumored to cost $178 at Walmart, according to <i>Android Police</i>. The Internet Music System (has RCA fired its branding department?) features a removable Android …

Tivli Rebrands As Philo. Is It Harvard’s Next Facebook?

At Harvard’s iLab incubator, a small team of Harvard graduates are preparing to disrupt live TV by working with traditional industry players.<p>The tale sounds like it’s straight out of <i>The Social Network</i>. It was 2011 and two kids from Harvard, Nicholas Krasney and Tuan Ho, were finally ready to unveil …

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A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time

Twelve-year-old electronics prodigy Quin Etnyre wanted to make education more fun. So he became a teacher.<p>Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the class. …

Find and share the best Oculus Rift games on Oculus Share, now in beta

Oculus Rift is a pretty incredible little peripheral, enabling intense and thrilling virtual reality interaction with a variety of PC games. While the device is still in developer kit form, though, finding and sharing games can be a bit on the challenging side. Oculus is making its first attempt to …

Showtime Anytime apps for Android and iOS updated to deliver live programming

We've been accustomed to having mobile access to the entire back catalog of our favorite Showtime series via the Showtime Anytime app since its launch in 2011. Users will no longer be limited to past episodes on their handsets and tablets, however, as both the Android and iOS apps were updated …

Cab-hailing App Hailo Simplifies Life for Taxi Drivers and Passengers

It’s absurd that taxis and potential fares find one another through serendipity, trial and error, and instinct. Cab-calling app Hailo aims to bring …

Mozilla Releases New Firefox Version With WebRTC And Asam.JS Support

Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox Web browser today that offers support for 3D gaming, video calls, and file sharing. With these integrations, developers will be better able to develop apps that run within the browser without requiring plugins or third-party software to be installed.<p>…

Twitter needs to deal with the Twitter Accuracy Problem

Businesses, investors, and users look to Twitter for information in real time. It needs to step up and improve password security before it starts facing legal and regulatory scrutiny -- or worse, user defection.<p>Twitter needs to prove that it takes its power seriously and operate accordingly, before …

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Screen protector film lets ordinary handheld devices display 3-D content

Most smartphone users know that your shiny new device won’t stay shiny and new very long if you don’t use some sort of protection film on the screen. …

An In-Depth Look at the Mysterious Information Superhighway, Care of 1995

In 1995 episode of <i>Computer Chronicles</i>, Stewart Cheifet greets us from inside one of those fancy new cyber cafés you've undoubtedly been hearing so …

Facebook testing targeted ads in News Feed

Social network Facebook is testing targeted advertisements on user News Feeds as part of a broader plan to rake in additional revenue.<p>The ads are part of Facebook Exchange, a system businesses can use to deliver ads to users based on their browsing interests.<p>The Exchange ads will look very similar …

Twitter's Revenue Forecast Jumps Again, This Time to Almost $1 Billion

Twitter’s advertising business is growing so fast, it’s hard to get a handle on.<p>For the second time in six months, eMarketer has revised its revenue estimates for the social messenging service sharply upward, citing rising demand for the kind of native and mobile ad inventory it offers and a …

First Phase of Apple's New Reno, Nevada Data Center Ready to Open

In the middle of 2012, it was reported that Apple was looking at investing up to $1 billion over 10 years to build a new data center and other facilities near Reno, Nevada. Today, <i>AppleInsider</i> reports that Apple's first small data center project in Reno appears ready to go online.<p>The initial Reno …