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After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring

Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week.<p>The AI, developed …

Artificial Intelligence

BA says most flights running; angry passengers face delays

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>LONDON (AP) -- British Airways said "many" of its IT systems were back up and running Sunday, but travelers still faced cancellations and delays after a global computer failure grounded hundreds of flights.<p>BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the airline was running a "near-full …

Airlines

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's mother killed in boating mishap

Kalanick's father was injured as well, when the couple's boat struck a rock.<p>Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has lost his mother in a boating accident, and his father has been injured.<p>Kalanick's parents, Bonnie and Donald, were boating on Pine Flat Lake near Fresno, California, on Friday when their craft …

Uber

Apple is developing a special AI chip for iPhone

Apple is allegedly planning to take its Artificial Intelligence game to an all-new level an AI-powered iPhone chip.<p>In a race to catch up with the competition at Amazon and Google, Apple has a team of engineers working on a new piece of silicon that’s dedicated to processing artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Google had an incredible reason for not giving gender pay data to the government: It's too expensive

Google officials were in federal court on Friday to defend its pay practices, pushing back against government allegations that it underpays its women employees.<p>But if the tech giant hoped to prove its fairness to the world, it didn't exactly win many fans with one of its major lines of …

U.S. Dept. of Labor

U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

(Reuters) - The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins of all flights into and out of the country, John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, said on Sunday.<p>In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Kelly said the U.S. plans to "raise the bar" on airline security, including tightening …

Airlines

Nintendo is reportedly boosting production of Switch consoles

The company is worried about ‘customer tantrums’ this holiday season<p>Nintendo is ramping up its production order of Switch consoles ahead of the increased demand expected during the 2017 holiday shopping season, reports the <i>Financial Times</i>.<p>The console sold extremely well following its launch in …

Nintendo

BA chaos may have exposed 'fundamental' weakness at airline, analyst warns

The computer systems meltdown at British Airways that caused Bank Holiday travel chaos may have exposed “fundamental” weaknesses in the way bosses run the flag carrier, a leading City analyst has warned.<p>BA, which is owned by FTSE 100 giant International Airlines Group, was plunged into turmoil …

Airlines

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts

SAN FRANCISCO — It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.<p>A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a …

Cybersecurity

Woz: Tesla, not Apple, will have the next tech moonshot

Commentary: Apple co-founder says he's betting on Tesla to be at the forefront of the next big thing. He says Elon Musk creates products to please himself.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When it comes to the next great tech breakthroughs, …

Elon Musk

Google is offering new Google Play Music subscribers four free months

‘Turn it up, it’s your favorite song’<p>Google is running a deal on its music streaming service and storage locker Google Play Music. Typically, the site offers up a 90-day free trial when you sign up, but it’s now giving new subscribers an extra month of free time.<p>The service allows users scan up to …

Google

Stephen Fry: Facebook and other platforms should be classed as publishers

Speaking at Hay festival, writer accuses ‘aggregating news agencies’ of not taking responsibility for their content<p>Stephen Fry has called for Facebook and other “aggregating news agencies” to be reclassified as publishers in order to stop fake news and online abuse spreading by making social media …

Stephen Fry

Apple developing dedicated AI chip for iPhone, iPad: Report

Apple sees artificial intelligence in its future. According to a new report, Apple is developing a dedicated AI chip named Apple Neural Engine to …

Apple

BIKI Fish Drone Preview: The Drone That's A Fish

You can’t deny that it looks cute. The BIKI is the “world’s first bionic unmanned underwater drone,” or so says the company making it, Robosea.<p>It’s a neat idea, and looks great, but that’s only a fraction of what makes a decent product. That it’s on Kickstarter is another red flag (of caution, not …

Drones

Siri Bug Allows Cellular Data to be Disabled From Lock Screen Without a Passcode

A reddit user has discovered what appears to be a Siri-related bug that allows access to a locked iPhone's Cellular Data options without a passcode.<p>As shown in the screenshot below, when Siri is asked to bring up Cellular Data settings (or if Cellular Data is on), an option to toggle the feature …

iOS

Huawei Matebook X laptop is like a Macbook Pro with Windows 10

Huawei's first clamshell laptop is a fanless 13-incher with a 2K screen and seventh-gen Intel i7 CPU.<p>Transcript<p>[MUSIC] You can't tell by the looks of it, but this is Huawei's first laptop ever. The Matebook X is a 13 inch [UNKNOWN] notebook with a sleek clamshell design. It runs Windows 10, has …

Laptops

Kantar Data Validates Apple's Laser Focus On India

I have often talked about the importance of India to Apple’s future growth. In fact, I would go as far as saying that India is critical to Apple’s future growth (in the iPhone segment) especially now that the Chinese market seems to be slowing down as saturation could be nearing in that …

Apple

Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. That's because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky, VR-headset-like frame that give them the power to …

Solar Impulse

Coolest gadgets to kick off summer

It's time to power-down your phone, put on some SPF 30 and head outside for BBQs, hikes and the beach days. But you don't have to give up all technology to relax. Here are some gadgets to get the most out of summer's lazy days.<p>Some coolers just keep your beers from getting warm. The Coolest Cooler …

Gear & Gadgets

How to use 3D Touch in Maps to see the weather anywhere

Apple’s Maps app has gotten pretty great recently, as long as you don’t want parks and forests marked in green. Like most of Apple’s built-in apps, Maps is even better when used with 3-D Touch. By pressing on everything from the app icon to the tiny weather can on the corner, you can access …

iOS

Sergey Brin’s massive airship will deliver humanitarian supplies, double as ‘air yacht’

News surfaced last month that Sergey Brin was building a “massive airship” at a NASA research center in Mountain View. According to <i>The Guardian</i>, the Google co-founder wants the ship to deliver supplies, as well as double as an “air yacht.”<p>At 200 meters long, the currently unnamed vessel will be the …

Sergey Brin

BMW’s new bike produces zero emissions, and is absolutely gorgeous

BMW has been showing off its vision for the future of mobility for a while now, revealing numerous concept vehicles that are both extremely …

Scooters

How OEM skins benefit stock Android

We all have our own reasons for loving Android, ranging from our favourite OEMs design language to a great feature that can’t be found elsewhere, or perhaps just a great value price point. This is mostly thanks to some healthy competition and a sprinkling of strong product diversity. But this isn’t …

Android Lollipop

Apple officially opens new Singapore retail store to the public

As expected, Apple today officially opened its first retail location in Singapore. After nearly two years of anticipation, the store finally opened to the public today, showcasing a gorgeous design as part of Apple’s next-generation retail store rollout.<p>The new store, as we detailed earlier this …

Apple

This is the VR experience the British Army is using as a recruitment tool

This VR experience puts potential recruits in the middle of actual army training exercises.<p>The British Army tested it at various events across the country and saw a 66% increase in recruitment applications.<p>The VR experience includes 4 scenarios: tank driving at Salisbury Plain, parachuting at RAF …

War

Galaxy Note 8: Leaks, Rumors Suggest Larger Screen, Snapdragon 835 PRO, Dual Cameras And Embedded Sensors

Leaks about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have begun emerging in a steady stream, and while the smartphone is yet to be officially released by the South …

Scientists hope microbots will revolutionize medicine

via GIPHY<p>A group of scientists is calling for more aggressive research on microrobots (or micromotors) that they hope can be used in the human body …

Medicine

Researchers find a more effective way to test self-driving cars

It's tricky to test self-driving cars. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of miles under your belt, it's still difficult to account for every possible real-world peril. Researchers think they can fast-track that experience, however. They've developed a sped-up testing process that should …

University of Michigan

Chipotle reports hackers stole credit card info using malware

If you’ve eaten at a Chipotle in the last few months, your credit card info could have been stolen. The restaurant chain posted a warning on its site today, telling customers to be on the lookout for credit card fraud.<p>Chipotle says the hackers used malware designed to access data on point-of-sale …

Identity Theft

Theresa May calls on tech firms to lead fight against online extremism

G7 leaders urged to put pressure on companies such as Facebook and Google, as PM says fight against Isis is shifting from the ‘battlefield to the internet’<p>Theresa May will urge G7 leaders to tell technology firms that they should do more to suppress extremist content online, arguing that fight …

Theresa May

Global chat platform Kik to launch digital currency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services.<p>Kik is a free chat and messaging application founded in 2009 and built for …

Bitcoin

Mind-controlled bionic hand can help stroke patients move again

A team of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have proven that the mind-controlled device they developed can help stroke survivors regain control of their hands. Stroke typically causes paralysis on one side of the body, leaving patients nearly or completely …

The Brain

'Pretty ridiculous': thousands of names stolen to attack net neutrality rules

Letter says 450,000 comments may have been spam from net neutrality enemies New FCC head wants to roll back Obama-era rules that govern open internet<p>Last Tuesday, Joel Mullaney, a software engineer from Watertown, Massachusetts, was browsing Reddit when he spotted a thread about people whose names …

Net Neutrality

Leaked OnePlus 5 Has Dual Camera: Will You Pay More For New Smartphone?

Images of the OnePlus 5 have leaked, and they hint at a dual camera setup. Three new image renders of what’s said to be the OnePlus 5 have leaked on …

The original 'Crazy Taxi' is free to play on your smartphone

If you've ever wanted to understand the fuss over <i>Crazy Taxi</i> but didn't want to spend money on a piece of gaming history, you now have your chance. Sega has made it free to play both the Android and iOS versions of the original title, giving you a solid excuse to check out its classic mix of …

Gaming

These MacBook Air/Pro, AirPort Express and iPhone models lose Apple repair support June 30

Apple will soon be making a handful of older products obsolete, meaning they will lose repair support at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. As detailed in an internal document, select MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, AirPort Express, and iPhone models will become obsolete starting June …

Apple

American expats explain why they moved to Japan to play Street Fighter 3

‘It’s the redheaded stepchild of the Street Fighter series.’<p>Tucked inside YouTube this week is this gem, the endearing, unalloyed monologues of five gamers — John, Aaron, Ryan, Nate and Dusty — all of whom moved from the United States to Japan, all of whom did so to play <i>Street Fighter 3</i> …

Gaming