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South Park Fractured but Whole review: Emphasis on the “fractured” | Ars Technica

It's still South Park, but it sure isn't 2014's amazing Stick of Truth.<p>Three-and-a-half years have passed, and yet I still can't get over how good a …


Google Play will now let you try select Android apps before installing them

Google announced a bunch of updates big and small to its Play store today, but the most exciting of them all is the arrival of Instant Apps, which you can stream to your device and try out without having to install them first.<p>We first heard about Instant Apps at Google’s IO developer event back in …


Yes, Google Photos can tell your pets apart

Thanks to advanced machine learning, Google knows the difference between your calico cat, your orange tabby and your Chihuahua.<p>Last week, Google Photos gave me a "Meow Movie," a video slideshow stuffed with pictures of my two sibling black cats. What it didn't include were photos of other people's …


Take a look at Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled smart speaker

Gear & Gadgets

Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. The world should be wary

AMERICAN presidents have a habit of describing their Chinese counterparts in terms of awe. A fawning Richard Nixon said to Mao Zedong that the …


We are hiring a Postdoc

The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a social media postdoctoral researcher (start date: July, 2018). …


Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?

Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failures<p>Half of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from their supplier, with slow speeds, rising prices and router failures exasperating customers, according to a damning …


Are We Ready for Intimacy with Robots?

Love in the Time of Robots<p><b>Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using</b> …


iPhone 8 Plus and 7 Plus photos: What's the difference?


Take a look at the new Amazon Echo


Mobile photography contest seeks entries [Worldwide]

Photographers who use mobile phone cameras can submit images to a contest.<p>The Mobile Photography Awards is a competition and touring exhibit …


'Stranger Things' clip answers a big question about Eleven

A new scene from "Stranger Things" season 2 follows Eleven's struggle to break free from the creepy Upside Down world.<p><b>Caution: Minor spoilers for "Stranger Things" ahead.</b><p>Unless you've been successfully hiding from all "Stranger Things" spoilers, then you know Eleven returns to the real world in the …


Google's 'Advanced Protection' Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before

When it comes to the eternal tradeoff between digital security and convenience, most tech firms focus their efforts on the vast majority of people …


Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson.<p>Google is making progress in the field of machine …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?

We’ve seen IBM’s Watson politely annihilate humans in Jeopardy, make a movie trailer for Morgan, create never-before-eaten recipes and even understand nuance and tone… to say the least. Now it’s moving on to music.<p>Watson Beat is IBM’s music arm of Watson; an AI-driven music composing app that’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Aardman's 'Early Man' took Maisie Williams to her early days

For 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams, working with the Wallace and Gromit stop-motion animators was a homecoming in more ways than one.<p>It's probably been 25 years since I last played with Play-Doh, but here I am, in the bowels of a hotel in London, attempting to sculpt a prehistoric pig from …


This free Android app fixes the worst thing about Xiaomi's notification panel

As far as Android skins go, Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 is a commendable effort, with plenty of options for customization and theming. But I’ve had it with its notification shade, which doesn’t allow you to expand certain apps’ alerts to act on them directly, like Gmail.<p>That means you can’t archive or reply to …

iOS Apps

This AR app lets you experience tequila without the hangover

Get access to the Patrón Hacienda via your iPhone and iPad using augmented reality.<p>In June, Apple announced it would add augmented-reality (AR) functionality to iPhones and iPads via iOS 11. Subsequently when iOS 11 launched in September, a slew of new apps were released with a wide range of AR …

Augmented Reality

Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend. Go outside! …


Silicon Valley stereotypes meet musical in 'South of Market'

The newly revised show sings and dances its way through the more absurd corners of Silicon Valley, where everything is self-driving, even data sets.<p>Poor Alex. The young TechFeed journalist at the heart of "South of Market: The Musical v2" wants to write serious stories that hold companies …

Silicon Valley

Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X

While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with the launch of the iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, allow …

IPhone X


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Inside the Weird World of Social Media Marathon Cheating | Backchannel

<b>Kara Bonneau had trained for months</b> to run the 2014 Boston Marathon, one of the sport’s premier events. Excited about the challenge ahead of her, she …

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Digital Media Brief October 20, 2017

Digital Media

Pixel 2 Review: You Can’t Buy a Better Android Phone

Author: David Pierce. David Pierce Gear<p>Date of Publication: 10.17.17.<p>Time of Publication: 8:59 am. 8:59 am<p>Review: Google Pixel 2<p>If I had to pick the …


Google's Advanced Protection helps high-risk internet users

The program is specifically for campaign staffers, journalists, people in abusive relationships and others who face a higher-than-normal chance of hacking.<p>Google released on Tuesday a new security feature specifically for people with Google accounts who are at higher-than-normal risk of getting …


Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution

Evolution works very slowly—except when it doesn’t. New research shows that certain British birds appear to be changing quickly as result of bird …


Huawei Mate 10 scores 97 on DxOMark, one point behind Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 is about to face some stiff competition from Huawei’s freshly released Mate 10 Pro flagship. Popular image quality authority DxOMark has awarded the new Mate 10 the impressive score of 97 – coming second only to the Pixel 2.<p>Two weeks ago, Google’s phone set a record by becoming the …