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Asus Unveils ZenBook 3 Ultrabook and Three New ZenFones

PCMag News - 22 min 56 sec ago
The ZenBook 3 packs a lot of power in its 2-pound aluminum body.

Estonian President Expresses Desire For More Digitally-Integrated Europe

SlashDot - 1 hour 1 min ago
In a wide-ranging interview with Ars Technica, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik talked about European Digital Single Market (DSM), an ambitious goal that seeks to make commerce flow as smoothly across the 28-member block as it does in the United States. He cites the example of iTunes. From the report: What Estonia and Finland are doing is a step towards the DSM -- but there remain all kinds of national-level laws that stop Europe from being truly unified. "Take iTunes," President Ilves continued. "iTunes are based on credit cards. Credit cards are national. I cannot buy an iTunes record for my wife who has a Latvian credit card. I cannot buy her an iTunes record because I have an Estonian iTunes. This is true of virtually everything that is connected to digital services. And certainly this is why Estonia is at the forefront of the European Digital Single Market. As I like to say, it's easier to ship a bottle of Portuguese wine from southern Portugal in the Algarve and sell it in northern Lapland, than it is for me to buy an iTunes record across the Estonian-Latvian border."The report is worth a read in its entirety.

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AI startup taps human 'swarm' intelligence to predict winners - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 6 min ago
After striking it big on the Kentucky Derby, Unanimous AI is unleashing its human-based artificial intelligence, UNU, to the masses to pick sports and politics.

Canada's Energy Superpower Status Threatened As World Shifts Off Fossil Fuel

SlashDot - 1 hour 46 min ago
Robson Fletcher, reporting for CBC News: Canada's status as an "energy superpower" is under threat because the global dominance of fossil fuels could wane faster than previously believed, according to a draft report from a federal government think-tank obtained by CBC News. "It is increasingly plausible to foresee a future in which cheap renewable electricity becomes the world's primary power source and fossil fuels are relegated to a minority status," reads the conclusion of the 32-page document, produced by Policy Horizons Canada. "It's absolutely not pie in the sky," said Michal Moore from the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. "These folks are being realistic -- they may not be popular, but they're being realistic." Marty Reed, CEO of Evok Innovations -- a Vancouver-based cleantech fund created through a $100-million partnership with Cenovus and Suncor -- had a similar take after reading the draft report.

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See what happens when you strap a GoPro to a cheetah - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 6 min ago
A cheetah carries a camera on its back and gives humans a big cat's-eye-view of what it looks like to be a furry running machine.

Net Neutrality Is Complicated: Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

SlashDot - 2 hours 31 min ago
In an interview, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales backed the principle of Net neutrality, but added that getting poor people to access the Internet is equally important. Wales also defended Wikipedia Zero, a project that aims to provide select services free of cost on mobile devices in developing markets. He said :Wikipedia Zero follows a very strict set of principles such as no money is ever exchanged and so on. Net neutrality is such a complicated topic, it is something that I am extremely passionate about and I think is incredibly important. And at the same time I think getting access to knowledge for poorest people of world is also very important. Sometimes those two things can be in tension and we have to be really careful about it. I think fundamental thing is that we maintain and open and free Internet.

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Tenants angry after apartment building orders them to 'friend' it on Facebook - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 6 min ago
Technically Incorrect: The owners of a Salt Lake City apartment building change the tenancy agreement and give tenants five days to like the building on Facebook. Or else.

Tesla To Hold Gigafactory Grand Opening on July 29

SlashDot - 3 hours 16 min ago
Tesla's mammoth 13-acre battery making Gigafactory isn't due to begin production on lithium ion cells until next year, but according to a report on Fortune, the factory's grand opening is to be held on July 29. According to a report on Bloomberg, as of earlier this month, only 14 percent of the Gigafactory has been built so far. Though, Tesla is already utilizing it to produce Powerpacks and Powerwalls. The factory will apparently cost at least $5 billion to make. (Thanks to an anonymous reader for sharing the link.)

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BMW dumps investment capital into Scoop, yet another mobility company - Roadshow

CNET News - 3 hours 36 min ago
The Scoop app connects drivers and riders to carpool together for a more efficient commute, and perhaps listen to Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop" on the car stereo.

SAE International begins to set a standard for wireless EV charging - Roadshow

CNET News - 3 hours 56 min ago
SAE TIR J2954, if accepted and implemented on a wide scale, will ensure wireless charging works on all vehicles that follow the standard.

ASUS' ZenBook 3 Is Thinner, Lighter and Faster Than the MacBook

SlashDot - 4 hours 1 min ago
At the ongoing Computex trade show in China, Asus unveiled the ZenBook 3 laptop. The ZenBook 3's chassis measures 11.9mm while the whole body weighs 910g. At the event, the company's executive said that ZenBook 3 is better than both MacBook Air and the 12-inch MacBook. As for the specifications, the ZenBook 3, which is crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, sports a 12.5-inch full-HD display (1920x1080 pixels), and offers up to Core i7 processor, 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, up to a 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, a next-gen USB Type-C port (for power and data transfer), powerful quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon, and a fingerprint scanner. Do note that there is only one USB port on the device. The entry-level variant featuring Core i5 processor, 256GB of SSD and 4GB of RAM is priced at 999, while the top-of-the-line model will set you back by $1,999. Asus also had nice things to say about the keyboard, though Engadget's reporter was not impressed. More details here.

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Warcraft Is the Ultimate Fan-Made Film

PCMag News - 4 hours 23 min ago
An interview with writer, director, guild leader, and Warcraft superfan Duncan Jones.

Miami Money-Laundering Case May Define Whether Bitcoin Is Really Money

SlashDot - 4 hours 41 min ago
David Gilbert, reporting for IBTimes: Michell Espinoza, a 32-year-old computer programmer, was arrested for attempted money-laundering in 2014 when he sold $1,500 worth of bitcoin to undercover FBI agents who said they were going to use them to buy stolen credit cards. Now in a Florida courtroom, Espinoza and his lawyers are trying to get the charges dismissed on the grounds that bitcoin, under Florida law, should not be defined as actual money. (Editor's note: the source has annoying auto-playing videos. Alternatively you can use the link below.) This is thought to be the first case of its kind and the ruling by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler will be watched with great interest not only in the U.S., but around the world. "This is the most fascinating thing I've heard in this courtroom in a long time," Pooler said on Friday. A ruling is not expected for several weeks yet.The report also cites the take of Charles Evans, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at Barry University, who provided evidence on behalf of the defense and told the court that bitcoin, in his opinion, is not money. He said, "Basically, it's poker chips that people are willing to buy from you." Miami Herald has more details.

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Sleep is the Final Frontier in this Star Trek shuttlecraft tent concept - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 56 min ago
Star Trek fan designs camping tent to look like a Federation shuttlecraft that "would be perfect for all of your away missions."

ARM's New CPU and GPU Will Power Mobile VR In 2017

SlashDot - 5 hours 21 min ago
An anonymous cites a story on The Verge: ARM, the company that designs the processor architectures used in virtually all mobile devices on the market, has used Computex Taipei 2016 to announce new products that it expects to see deployed in high-end phones next year. The Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU are designed to increase performance and power efficiency, with a particular view to supporting mobile VR. ARM says that its Mali line of GPUs are the most widely used in the world, with over 750 million shipped in 2015. The new Mali-G71 is the first to use the company's third-generation architecture, known as Bifrost. The core allows for 50 percent higher graphics performance, 20 percent better power efficiency, and 40 percent more performance per square mm over ARM's previous Mali GPU. With scaling up to 32 shader cores, ARM says the Mali-G71 can match discrete laptop GPUs like Nvidia's GTX 940M. It's also been designed around the specific problems thrown up by VR, supporting features like 4K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 4ms graphics pipeline latency.

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Hackers Stole 65 Million Passwords From Tumblr

SlashDot - 6 hours 6 min ago
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: On May 12, Tumblr revealed that it had found out about a 2013 data breach affecting 'a set of users' email addresses and passwords, but the company refused to reveal how many users were affected. As it turns out, that number is 68 million, according to an independent analysis of the data. Troy Hunt, a security researcher who maintains the data breach awareness portal Have I Been Pwned, recently obtained a copy of the stolen data set. Hunt told Motherboard that the data contained 65,469,298 unique emails and passwords.

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Veterans bootstrap the transition from battlefield to tech - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 6 min ago
Leveraging their leadership and technology skills, vets are joining one of the fastest-growing industries.

John McAfee Denied Libertarian Party Nomination For President

SlashDot - 8 hours 36 min ago
SonicSpike quotes an article at Reason: In a decisive rout for pragmatism over purity, the Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico Republican Governor and 2012 nominee Gary Johnson for president. Johnson came within an eyelash of winning on the first ballot, pulling 49.5 percent of the vote, just short of the required majority. (Libertarian activist Austin Petersen and software magnate John McAfee came in second and third, respectively, with 21.3 percent and 14.1 percent.) With sixth-place finisher Kevin McCormick (and his 0.973 percent of the vote) booted from the second ballot, Johnson sailed through with 55.8 percent. John Mcafee answered questions here on Slashdot in 2013. Reason's article includes a video of their interview this weekend with the party's official nominee Gary Johnson, who hopes to qualify for the nationally-televised presidential debates by drawing 15% of the support in national opinion polls.

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Apple's plan to sell used iPhones in India officially gets rejected - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 12 min ago
Luckily for the Cupertino, California-based company, it still has hopes of opening up its own retail stores in the populous nation.

Asus ZenFone 3 gets its own accessories, and they're super pretty - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 8 min ago
What use is a flagship phone if it doesn't have matching accessories? Luckily Asus has upped the game, launching a range of smartphone accessories at Computex to match its new ZenFone 3.