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AI Made a Movie—and the Results Are Horrifyingly Encouraging

There’s really no nice way to put this: In his new film, <i>Zone Out</i>, <i>Silicon Valley</i> star Thomas Middleditch makes you want to do just that. It’s not …

Artificial Intelligence

Best (and Free!!) Resources to understand Nuts and Bolts of Deep learning

The internet is filled with tutorials to get started with Deep Learning. You can choose to get started with the superb Stanford courses CS221 or …

Machine Learning

Week 49: Cohen Took a Bullet and Trump Fired It

The president’s attempt to distance himself from his attorney did his embattled loyal aide no favors.<p>Michael Cohen once bragged that he would take a bullet for his client, Donald Trump. “I’m the guy who protects the president and the family,” he insisted. More recently, Cohen offered that he would …

Donald Trump

Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms

WASHINGTON — As Republican leaders scramble to stave off a Democratic wave or at least mitigate their party’s losses in November, a strategy is emerging on the right for how to energize conservatives and drive a wedge between the anti-Trump left and moderate voters: warn that Democrats will …

Government

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."<p>The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking …

Human Rights

Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in …

China says it never backs down in the face of threats after trade salvos with U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has never surrendered to external pressure and it will win any trade war with the United States, the nation's state media stressed in a series of editorials and columns in the hours after the world's two top economies targeted each other with steep tariffs.<p>While China'a …

China

US employers expected to have created 193k jobs in March

The U.S. economy is expected to have added 193,000 new nonfarm jobs last month in Friday's closely watch report, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters.<p>That’s below the 313,000 jobs reported in February, which was the most in more than a year and a half.<p>The March expectation is also …

Exclusive: Mueller's team questioning Russian oligarchs

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has taken the unusual step of questioning Russian oligarchs who traveled into the US, stopping at least one and searching his electronic devices when his private jet landed at a New York area airport, according to multiple sources familiar …

Donald Trump

Police rolling out technology which allows them to raid victims phones without a warrant

Police forces across country have been quietly rolling out technology which allows them to download the entire contents of victim's phone without a warrant.<p>At least 26 forces now use technology which allows them to to extract location data, conversations on encrypted apps, call logs, emails, text …

Google is adopting blockchain-like technology

Google is planning to adopt a blockchain-like ledger system, people familiar with the situation told <i>Bloomberg</i>. Google will use the tech, the report states, as a means of differentiating its cloud business from rivals. The company would also supposedly license the ledger system so that other …

Want to Know Whether Your Business Idea Is Good? Richard Branson Says to Ask Yourself This 1 Question

Thinking about launching a business or passion project? Be sure to ask yourself the same question Richard Branson asks himself before jumping in.<p>Are you trying to determine whether to pursue a startup idea, or to launch that YouTube channel or blog you've always wanted to get going? If you are, …

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Fast Facts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here is a look at the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund Director.<p><b>Personal:</b><b><br>Birth date:</b> April 25, 1949<p>Birth place: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France<p><b>Birth name:</b> Dominique Gaston Andre Strauss-Kahn<p><b>Father:</b> Gilbert Strauss-Kahn, a legal and tax advisor<p><b>Mother:</b> Jacqueline …

Trump vs. Amazon: Let's set the record straight

Enough.<p>President Trump took aim at Amazon yet again.<p>The president on Thursday tweeted three misleading statements: 1) Amazon pays "little or no taxes to state & local governments," 2) Amazon's relationship with the US Post Office causes "tremendous loss" to the United States and 3) Amazon is …

Local Economies

Kim Jong Un became a regional power overnight by saying a single, meaningless word to Trump

When President Donald Trump accepted the offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a move taken without consulting the State Department, he made Kim into the most wanted man in Asia.<p>This move, ultimately, could be the US's undoing in the Pacific.<p>Since then, China has buried considerable …

A man in the UK has contracted the first case of untreatable 'super-gonorrhoea' after an encounter with a woman in south-east Asia

The first case of untreatable super-gonorrhoea has been reported in the UK.<p>A man contracted the sexually transmitted disease, believed to be the first case in the world to resist antibiotic treatment, after "sexual contact" with a woman in Southeast Asia.<p>The man's case was described in a report …

Xiaomi goes after Alienware’s throne with a gaming laptop at 'half the price'

While Xiaomi is best known for its Android phones and home appliances, the Chinese brand is now branching out into gaming gear, with a new laptop that promises high-end graphics capabilities – and it costs only half as much in China as an Alienware with similar specs there.<p>The 15.6-inch Mi Gaming …

Android malware hidden in QR code apps infects 1 million users

• A new form of Android malware has been discovered in the Google Play Store by security researchers.<br>• Named Andr/HiddnAd-AJ, the malware remains inactive for six hours after being downloaded before bombarding users with ads.<br>• The apps were downloaded more than half a million times, though Google has now …

YouTube’s dynamic player for square & vertical video begins rolling out on Android

Last June, YouTube announced that its mobile apps would soon gain a dynamic video player that automatically adjusts to content in different aspect ratios. After rolling out to iOS in December, it is now finally coming to the Android client.<p>Video is increasingly captured in different aspect ratios …

Samsung taken to court over its lack of Android updates

• A case against Samsung is now in Dutch court, where the company will have to defend itself against consumer advocacy group Consumentenbond.<br>• The case revolves around Samsung’s alleged lack of software updates to some of its Android devices.<br>• If Consumentenbond wins the case, it could have some serious …

Google launches Android Studio 3.1 with Kotlin Lint checks, D8 Dex compiler, and C++ CPU profiling

Google today launched Android Studio 3.1, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with new features around product quality and app development productivity. You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from developer.android.com/studio. If …

Foxconn buys Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo

The Taiwanese company known best for manufacturing iPhones, Foxconn, will soon be the company behind some of the best known routers and other computer accessories. A subsidiary of Foxconn, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, announced today that it would acquire Belkin, which also owns the brands …

Zuckerberg refuses UK parliament summons over Fb data misuse

So much for ‘We are accountable‘; Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has declined a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that’s investigating how social media data is being used, and — as recent revelations suggest misused — for political ad targeting.<p>The DCMS committee wrote to …

Elon Musk has removed Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook pages after Twitter challenge

Apologies to Elon’s social media manager<p>During a tweetstorm, Elon Musk has removed both of his companies’ Facebook pages after being challenged to do so by a few of his followers. The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive. Each had around 2.6 million followers.<p>Musk was answering a flurry …

China bans video spoofs and parodies

No more videos that “distort, mock, or defame classical literary and art works”<p>China’s media regulator has cracked down on online video spoofs and parodies, according to state-run media outlet <i>Xinhua</i>.<p>Video sites now must ban any videos that “distort, mock, or defame classical literary and art …

Instagram on desktop is better than mobile, change my mind

It’s time to settle the debate<p>Instagram launched in 2010 as a photo-sharing app designed to capture picturesque moments of our otherwise mundane lives. Since then, it’s evolved into a full social network, a messaging tool, and an ad platform, which exists in both mobile and desktop spaces.<p>Follow …

Projector deals, Apple Watch markdowns, and more Samsung Galaxy S9 bundles

Incredible Samsung bundles with Gear IconX headphones, wireless chargers, and Gear VR headsets are still available<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, …

Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices

iOS devices appear to be unaffected<p>Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years. Several Twitter users have reported finding months or years of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. A number of Facebook users have been spooked by the …

The shady data-gathering tactics used by Cambridge Analytica were an open secret to online marketers. I know, because I was one

Market researchers have used these tricks for years<p>The recently revealed Facebook data “breach” that allowed Cambridge Analytica to get access to millions of users’ worth of Facebook data has been greeted as a shocking scandal. Reporters and readers have been surprised to learn about the ability to …

Apple is ready to fight Google’s Chromebooks with cheaper iPads

Expect cheaper iPads not MacBooks at Tuesday’s event<p>Apple has a big problem. Just five years ago, its iPads and Mac laptops reigned supreme in US classrooms, accounting for half of all mobile devices shipped to schools in 2013. Apple has now slipped behind both Google and Microsoft in US schools …

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