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Don’t Spend Thousands for SXSW Tickets. Here’s How I Attend Austin’s Yearly Festival for Free - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:00
No badge? No problem. You can still experience the magic of South by Southwest.

Best Internet Providers in Chicago, Illinois - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:00
The Windy City has many broadband options, including fiber, cable and fixed wireless, but AT&T Fiber is our top pick for most Chicagoans.

Samsung's Flagship Galaxy S24 Lineup Is Up to 15% Off Today at Amazon - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 08:54
Get the base S24, the S24 Plus or the S24 Ultra at a discount right now, with prices starting at just $700.

You Can Snag a Fire TV Stick in Amazon's Sale for as Little as $20 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 08:50
Amazon's popular streaming devices are even more affordable with these limited-time deals.

Apple Fined $1.95B in Europe for Impeding Cheaper Music Streaming Options - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 08:43
According to the European Commission, Apple's rules mean rivals such as Spotify can't tell you when cheaper subscriptions may be available outside of the iOS app.

Best-Sounding Wireless Earbuds in 2024: Get Top Sound Quality - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 08:36
It’s possible to get top-notch sound in super portable earbuds. Check out our list of amazing-sounding wireless earbuds.

How to Get Professional Home Security Monitoring for Under $20 a Month - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 08:00
Professional home security monitoring looks expensive at first glance. But deals on monitoring services are available if you know where to look -- like right here.

How to Deal With Aggressive Solar Salespeople - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 07:34
Here's how to spot red flags, handle aggressive "sales bros," and get the best deal when shopping for solar panels.

Ask Slashdot: Can You Picture Things in Your Mind?

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 07:34
"It never occurred to me that having no visual imagery was unusual..." writes a science journalist at the Guardian. "It's not that I forget what I look like, but I am sometimes a little surprised, and don't feel connected to my outward appearance as a matter of identity." There's been a surge of research on how aphantasia affects our lives... [F]or some it affects images alone; some can't imagine other sensory information, like sounds. Some people with aphantasia have visualizations when they dream (I do), and others don't. There's evidence that it can make it harder for people to recall visual details, though other studies show that aphants perform better on some memory tests unrelated to imagery... But overall, people with aphantasia don't seem to have serious problems navigating their day-to-day lives, unlike those with more severe memory conditions like episodic amnesia... Some people consider aphantasia to be a deficit and wish they could reverse it. People have claimed they can train their way out of aphantasia, or use psychedelics to regain some sense of mental imagery (the jury is out on whether that works). I have no desire for this — my mind is plenty busy without a stream of imagery. If I was born with imagery, it would be commonplace for me, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it. But I already can find myself overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings that have no visual aspects to them. Long-time Slashdot reader whoever57 writes that "Personally, I never realized before reading this article that people could create mental images." (And they also wonder if people with the condition tend to go into STEM fields.) There's what's known as the "red apple test," where you rate your own ability to visualize an apple on a scale of 1 to 5. Any Slashdot readers want to share their own experiences in the comments?

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Today's Mortgage Rates for March 4, 2024: Rates Decrease to Start the New Year - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 06:41
Quite a few major mortgage rates are decreasing. Lower mortgage rates could bring positive news to the housing market in 2024.

Current Refinance Rates on March 4, 2024: Rates Decline for Homeowners - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 06:40
Several key refinance rates have dropped. Refinance rates change daily, but experts say rates will stabilize in the coming months.

Best Printer Deals: Save Up to $100 on Canon, Epson and HP Starting - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 06:00
Adding a printer to your home office can be affordable with these deals on top-rated printers.

Best AT&T Phones in 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 06:00
Whether you want the latest iPhone 15 or a shiny Android phone, these are the best smartphones on AT&T in 2024.

Score 1TB of Lifetime Cloud Storage for Just $128 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 05:43
Ditch the monthly fees and get the storage you need for less.

India Reverses AI Stance, Requires Government Approval For Model Launches

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 05:17
An anonymous reader shares a report: India has waded into global AI debate by issuing an advisory that requires "significant" tech firms to get government permission before launching new models. India's Ministry of Electronics and IT issued the advisory to firms on Friday. The advisory -- not published on public domain but a copy of which TechCrunch has reviewed -- also asks tech firms to ensure that their services or products "do not permit any bias or discrimination or threaten the integrity of the electoral process." Though the ministry admits the advisory is not legally binding, India's IT Deputy Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says the notice is "signalling that this is the future of regulation." He adds: "We are doing it as an advisory today asking you to comply with it." In a tweet Monday, Chandrasekhar said the advisory is aimed at "untested AI platforms deploying on the India internet" and doesn't apply to startups. About-face from India's position on AI a year ago.

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Best Solar Panel Installation Companies in Wyoming - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 05:02
With relatively low electricity rates and no state incentives, the decision to install rooftop solar in Wyoming will depend on your situation.

Best Solar Panel Installation Companies in Hawaii - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 04:59
Though state incentives in Hawaii are few and far between, say aloha to solar panels for lower energy costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

Best Solar Panel Installation Companies in Maine - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 04:39
Higher than average energy prices and decent state solar incentives might mean solar is right for you in the Pine Tree State.

Where's My Tax Refund 2024? How to Track the Status of Your Money - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 04:00
Already submitted your tax return to the IRS? Here's how to find out when it'll arrive in your bank account.

Homeless Man Tries to Steal Waymo Robotaxi in Los Angeles

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 03:34
A homeless man "was taken into custody on suspicion of grand theft auto," reports the Los Angeles Times, "after police said he tried to steal a Waymo self-driving car in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night." The man entered and tried to operate a Waymo vehicle that had stopped to let out a passenger at the corner of 1st and Main at 10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department detective Meghan Aguilar said. After the man, whom a Waymo spokesman described as an "unauthorized pedestrian," entered the vehicle, the company's Rider Support team instructed him to exit the car. When he did not, the company contacted the police, "who were then able to remove and arrest" the man, said Chris Bonelli, a Waymo spokesman... No injuries were reported by the rider, and there was no damage to the vehicle, Bonelli said. The car was stationary during the entire incident because an unauthorized person was identified by the company to be in the vehicle, according to Waymo.

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