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Nvidia's new 9.4-petaflop supercomputer aims to help train self-driving cars - Roadshow

CNET News - 8 hours 33 min ago
DGX SuperPOD is the 22nd-fastest supercomputer in the world.

Get 2 years of nearly unlimited cloud backup for just $19.95 - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 6 min ago
iDrive's updated deal scores you 10TB of space for all your computers and mobile devices.

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards

Engadget - 9 hours 16 min ago
iOS 13's newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software's support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use t...

Comcast's newest remote control lets me channel surf with my eyes - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 17 min ago
The Xfinity X1 Eye Control can assist those with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries and ALS.

Elon Musk says he deleted his Twitter account, and we're all confused - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 23 min ago
The Tesla CEO also changed his Twitter handle, but the account is still active.

Comcast adds gaze control to its accessible remote software

TechCrunch - 9 hours 38 min ago

The latest feature for Comcast’s X1 remote software makes the clicker more accessible to people who can’t click it the same as everyone else. People with physical disabilities will now be able to change the channel and do all the usual TV stuff using only their eyes.

TVs and cable boxes routinely have horrendous interfaces, making the most tech-savvy among us recoil in horror. And if it’s hard for an able-bodied person to do, it may well be impossible for someone who suffers from a condition like ALS, or has missing limbs or other motor impairments.

Voice control helps, as do other changes to the traditional 500-button remote we all struggled with for decades, but gaze control is now beginning to be widely accessible as well, and may prove an even better option.

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Comcast’s latest accessibility move — this is one area where the company seems to be genuinely motivated to help its customers — is to bring gaze control to its Xfinity X1 web remote. You load it up on a compatible computer or tablet, sync it with your cable box once, and then the web interface acts as your primary controller.

Users will be able to do pretty much all the everyday TV stuff using gaze: change channels, search and browse the guide, set and retrieve recordings, launch a live sport-tracking app, and call up and change accessibility options like closed captioning.

A short showing how one man finds the tech useful is worth a watch:

It’s amazing to think that among all the things Jimmy Curran has worked to make himself capable of in spite of his condition, changing the channel was not one of them. Perhaps there was some convoluted way of going about it, but it’s still an oversight on the part of TV interfaces that has limited accessibility for years.

Voice controls may also be more easily usable by people with conditions that affect their speech; Google is applying machine learning to the task with its Project Euphonia.

Users will need a gaze control setup of their own (this isn’t uncommon for folks with physical disabilities), after which they can direct the browser on it to, which will start the pairing process.

Comcast built an eye-control remote to help users with movement issues

Engadget - 9 hours 39 min ago
in an attempt to improve the accessibility of its services, Comcast announced today the launch of a feature that will allow users to control their television using only their eyes. The Xfinity X1 eye control will give Comcast customers the ability to...

The next video game you play may never end - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 38 min ago
Games like The Elder Scrolls Online, Sea of Thieves and The Division 2 are promising immersive stories you can play with your friends. And people are eating it up.

Exposed database reveals personal information of 1.6 million job seekers - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 39 min ago
Let's hope their current employers aren't reading this.

The Morning After: 'Pokémon Go' cheaters never prosper

Engadget - 11 hours 29 min ago
Over the weekend, cheaters never prosper as the creators of Pokémon Go sues a group of cheaters who used hacked apps to breeze through games. (Conveniently, we also run through the history of video-game cheating through the decades.) And, whil...

Instagram is making it easier to get your account back from hackers - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 37 min ago
You can now recover your hacked Instagram accounts even if the attackers changed the email address and phone numbers needed for recovery.

Inside the smart-home technology giving wounded veterans the life they deserve - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 39 min ago
Rob Jones was injured in Afghanistan in 2010. Then Tunnel to Towers built him a smart home.

Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Mobile payments compared - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 39 min ago
Are they ready to replace your wallet? We put all three through some tests to find out which mobile payment system is best.

Pixel 4 tease signals a whole new Google - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 39 min ago
Commentary: Get ready for Google to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy in 2019.

A smart home custom-made for a wounded veteran - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 39 min ago
Retired US Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones and his wife, Pam, are seeing their new smart home for the first time.

In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar

Scientifc America - 11 hours 54 min ago
It could lead to drones that fly like bats

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7,000 Developers Report Their Top Languages: Java, JavaScript, and Python

SlashDot - 12 hours 5 min ago
"JetBrains released its State of Developer Ecosystem 2019 report, which found while Java is still the most popular primary language and JavaScript is the most used overall, Python is gaining speed," reports SD Times: The report surveyed about 7,000 developers worldwide, and revealed Python is the most studied programming language, the most loved language, and the third top primary programming language developers are using... The top use cases developers are using Python for include data analysis, web development, machine learning and writing automation scripts, according to the JetBrains report. More developers are also beginning to move over to Python 3, with 9 out of 10 developers using the current version. The JetBrains report also found while Go is still a young language, it is the most promising programming language. "Go started out with a share of 8% in 2017 and now it has reached 18%. In addition, the biggest number of developers (13%) chose Go as a language they would like to adopt or migrate to," the report stated... Seventy-three percent of JavaScript developers use TypeScript, which is up from 17 percent last year. Seventy-one percent of Kotlin developers use Kotlin for work. Java 8 is still the most popular programming language, but developers are beginning to migrate to Java 10 and 11. JetBrains (which designed Kotlin in 2011) also said that 60% of their survey's respondents identified themselves as professional web back-end developers (while 46% said they did web front-end, and 23% developed mobile applications). 41% said they hadn't contributed to open source projects "but I would like to," while 21% said they contributed "several times a year." "16% of developers don't have any tests in their projects. Among fully-employed senior developers though, that statistic is just 8%. Like last year, about 30% of developers still don't have unit tests in their projects." Other interesting statistics: 52% say they code in their dreams. 57% expect AI to replace developers "partially" in the future. "83% prefer the Dark theme for their editor or IDE. This represents a growth of 6 percentage points since last year for each environment. 47% take public transit to work. And 97% of respondents using Rust "said they have been using Rust for less than a year. With only 14% using it for work, it's much more popular as a language for personal/side projects." And more than 90% of the Rust developers who responded worked with codebases with less than 300 files.

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Huawei's US ban may cost $30 billion, but it vows to rebound

Engadget - 12 hours 39 min ago
If you were wondering what the short-term cost of America's war with Huawei was, then your estimates can begin at the $30 billion mark. That's the figure Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei mentioned earlier today when discussing the hit his company will take...

Slashdot Asks: Does Anyone Still Like Godzilla?

SlashDot - 15 hours 5 min ago
There's now a new $175 million remake of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I loved it, Msmash walked out of it, and BeauHD didn't bother to go see it. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but I'm not the only person who still likes Godzilla. There's also a new anime version on Netflix. And critic Matt Zoller Seitz (once a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism) is calling the new film "a frequently astounding movie... its imperfections are compensated by magnificence." For all its crash-and-bash action, this is a real science fiction movie that goes to the trouble of not merely creating a world, but thinking about the implications of its images and predicaments. It cares what the people in it must feel and think about their situation, and how it might weigh on them every day even when they aren't talking about it amongst themselves. It's also suffused with a spiritual or theological awareness, and takes it all as seriously as recent DC films took their comparisons of caped wonders to figures from the Old Testament and ancient mythology... [A]t the level of image, sound and music, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is a frequently brilliant film that earnestly grapples with the material it presents... It deploys state-of-the-art moviemaking tools to try to return audiences to a stage of childlike terror and delight. Arthur C. Clarke famously observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. This movie is magic. No expense was spared. For fans of the franchise there was even a quick Easter egg about what happened to the Mothra twins when they grew up. And of course the film-makers included Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" song in the closing credits -- an over-the-top remake featuring a chanting Japanese taiko drum group, members of the band Dethklok from Metalocalypse, and heavy-metal drumming legend Gene Hoglan. The film's composer called it "perhaps the most audacious piece of music I have ever produced, jammed to the breaking point...It is complete musical madness." But what it all for nothing? Leave your own thoughts in the comments. Does anyone still like Godzilla?

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You can win* an ultimate live TV and streaming bundle - CNET

CNET News - 15 hours 39 min ago
CNET and TV Guide are teaming up to away Apple 4K TVs, a Plex Pass to stream live TV with DVR capabilities and gift cards for streaming services. This giveaway ends June 30, 2019.