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Study Finds Magic Mushrooms Are the Safest Recreational Drug

SlashDot - 47 min 6 sec ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year's Global Drug Survey. Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment -- a rate at least five times lower than that for MDMA, LSD and cocaine. Global Drug Survey 2017, with almost 120,000 participants in 50 countries, is the world's biggest annual drug survey, with questions that cover the types of substances people take, patterns of use and whether they experienced any negative effects. Overall, 28,000 people said they had taken magic mushrooms at some point in their lives, with 81.7% seeking a "moderate psychedelic experience" and the "enhancement of environment and social interactions."

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Amazon's iOS app inexplicably adds photo stickers

Engadget - 50 min 6 sec ago
Back in February, Amazon added its product- and barcode-recognition technology, "Flow," to its iOS shopping app. The feature had its own standalone app, but bringing it to the main one let users scan items using their smartphone's camera and add to t...

Robot Police Officer Goes On Duty In Dubai

SlashDot - 1 hour 27 min ago
The first robot officer has joined the Dubai Police force tasked with patrolling the city's malls and tourist attractions. "People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest," reports BBC. "Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities." From the report: The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans. "We are not going to replace our police officers with this tool," said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police. "But with the number of people in Dubai increasing, we want to relocate police officers so they work in the right areas and can concentrate on providing a safe city. "Most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool we can reach the public 24/7. It can protect people from crime because it can broadcast what is happening right away to our command and control center."

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DJI's palm-sized Spark drone delivers epic selfies

Engadget - 1 hour 41 min ago
Everyone loves taking selfies, even if they don't like to admit it. And if you're looking to take those snaps of yourself to the next level, DJI's new, cutesy Spark drone may be just for you. The company's latest drone is designed to fit on the palm...

Windows Switch To Git Almost Complete: 8,500 Commits and 1,760 Builds Each Day

SlashDot - 1 hour 57 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in February, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that the Windows development team was going to move to using the open source Git version control system for Windows development. A little over three months after that first revelation, and about 90 percent of the Windows engineering team has made the switch. The Windows repository now has about 4,400 active branches, with 8,500 code pushes made per day and 6,600 code reviews each day. An astonishing 1,760 different Windows builds are made every single day -- more than even the most excitable Windows Insider can handle.

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Congressional internet privacy bill would counter FCC rollbacks

Engadget - 2 hours 4 min ago
The US House of Representatives may have voted to roll back the FCC's privacy rules and let internet providers sell your browser history without your explicit permission, but there's a proper replacement waiting in the wings... maybe. Tennessee Repre...

Apple gives free app development curriculum to schools - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Course work will teach app design to community college students interested in the app economy.

New Tesla chart reveals Model 3 details - Roadshow

CNET News - 2 hours 18 min ago
A chart, which comes from Tesla sales, shows details of the upcoming Model 3 electric car compared to its big brother, the Model S.

Consumers Trust Robots For Surgery Over Savings, Research Finds

SlashDot - 2 hours 27 min ago
An anonymous reader shares an article: Andy Maguire faces a challenge: tasked with upgrading HSBC's digital-banking systems, he has discovered that customers are twice as likely to trust a robot for heart surgery than for picking a savings account. "I do find it slightly odd," said the chief operating officer of Europe's largest bank, referring to its survey of more than 12,000 consumers in 11 countries published this week. Just 7 percent of respondents would trust a robot with their savings, versus the 14 percent willing to submit to a machine for heart surgery. "You think, gosh, one would've imagined the world had moved on further or was moving faster than that," Maguire said in an interview. While consumers tend naturally to trust medical professionals, the "bar is pretty high" for banks dealing with people's money, he said. Banks around the world are spending billions of dollars to bolster creaking computer systems in a push to ward off startup competitors and cut long-term operating expenses. But consumers and regulators are holding them to ever-higher standards of security and convenience, driving the cost of overhauls higher and potentially eroding any savings.

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DJI's $500 Spark Drone Launches From Your Palm

PCMag News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Spark, DJI's smallest camera drone yet, can lift off from the palm of your hand and be controlled via hand gestures alone.

Selfies Could Fool the Galaxy S8's Iris Scanner

PCMag News - 2 hours 51 min ago
A hack demonstrates that the iris scanner in Samsung's new flagship smartphone could unlock the device when presented with a photograph of the owner's eye.

Google Photos adds an archive button to declutter your stream

Engadget - 2 hours 53 min ago
Google Photos has been gently nudging users to store and share more on its service lately. Earlier this month, the Photos team unveiled some AI-powered sharing suggestions and a Google Lens integration that will make its image recognitions even smart...

Sony’s revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

TechCrunch - 2 hours 57 min ago
 Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some significant improvements with a new model. Read More

Facebook tweaks Trending Topics again to offer more perspectives - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The social network is also trying to make the feature more visible on phones.

Airbnb Is Running Its Own Internal University To Teach Data Science

SlashDot - 3 hours 7 min ago
In an effort to fill the demand for trained data scientists, Airbnb will be running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Since traditional online programs like Coursera and Udacity weren't getting the job done because they weren't tailored to Airbnb's internal data and tools, the company "decided to design a bunch of courses of its own around three levels of instruction for different employee needs," reports TechCrunch. From the report: 100-level classes on data-informed decision making have been designed to be applicable to all teams, including human resources and business development. Middle-tier classes on SQL and Superset have enabled some non-technical employees to take on roles as project managers, and more intensive courses on Python and machine learning have helped engineers brush up on necessary skills for projects. Since launching the program in Q3 2016, Airbnb has seen the weekly active users of its internal data science tools rise from 30 to 45 percent. A total of 500 Airbnb employees have taken at least one class -- and Airbnb has yet to expand the program to all 22 of its offices.

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Sensor-embedded plastic wrap makes brain surgery safer

Engadget - 3 hours 19 min ago
It almost goes without saying that brain surgery requires extreme precision, but there hasn't been much advancement in brain mapping techniques for the past two decades. What good is a breakthrough procedure if you're still using bulky, imprecise 199...

iPhone 8 dummy mock-up brings rumors to life - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 26 min ago
There's nothing official about this prototype or video, but Apple fans will eat it up anyway.

This ultra-twee soft robotic gripper was inspired by Venus flytraps

TechCrunch - 3 hours 34 min ago
 The problem with tiny robots, if there can really be said to be one, is that you can’t put enough stuff on them. Cameras and motors don’t shrink down very well, meaning if you want your robot to grab something, you’d better come up with a new way to see it and hold onto it. And that’s just what Finnish researchers have done with this bio-inspired, super-small gripper! Read More

Robocar races through Paris streets - Roadshow

CNET News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Roborace's Robocar made history by being the first autonomous car tested in Paris. And it's a race car to boot.

Facebook recruits original shows from Buzzfeed, Vox - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 43 min ago
Facebook's original shows are going to feel familiar to anyone watching video already in your News Feed.