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Oculus Rift releases Spheres, VR film that nabbed seven-figure deal - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:25
The trippy space flick was the first virtual-reality experience to sell to a distributor for more than a million dollars.

Top 5 things you'll do in a self-driving car - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:21
What will you do when you don't have to drive?

Razer Phone 2 will be available from AT&T on November 16th

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:14
If you're in the US, you no longer have to buy the Razer Phone 2 online or visit a big-box store -- it could be available at a carrier shop around the corner. AT&T has announced that it will carry the gaming-oriented smartphone both online and a...

Waymo CEO: Autonomous cars won't ever be able to drive in all conditions - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:13
And it will be decades before self-driving cars are all over the roads, John Krafcik says.

Amazon announces HQ2 in a split decision (The 3:59, Ep. 489) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:07
New York and Virginia are Amazon's prime selections.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak points to 'punch hole' selfie cam - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:04
Also an in-display fingerprint sensor, the new One UI and three rear cameras.

Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE 18-Core CPU With 4.5GHz Boost Clock

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:00
MojoKid writes: When Intel officially announced its 9th Generation Core processors, it used the opportunity to also unveil a refreshed line-up of 9th Gen-branded Core-X series processors. Unlike other 9th Gen Core i products, however, which leverage an updated Coffee Lake microarchitecture, new processors in Intel's Core-X series remain based on Skylake-X architecture but employ notable tweaks in manufacturing and packaging of the chips, specifically with a solder TIM (Thermal Interface Material) under their heat spreaders for better cooling and more overclocking headroom. The Core i9-9980XE is the new top-end CPU that supplants the Core i9-7980XE at the top of Intel's stack. The chip features 18 Skylake-X cores (36 threads) with a base clock of 3.0GHz that's 400MHz higher than the previous gen. The Core i9-9980XE has max Turbo Boost 2.0 and Turbo Boost Max 3.0 frequencies of 4.4GHz and 4.5GHz, which are 200MHz and 100MHz higher than Intel's previous gen Core i9-7980XE, respectively. In the benchmarks, the new Core i9-9980XE is easily the fastest many-core desktop processor Intel has released to date, out-pacing all previous-gen Intel processors and AMD Threadripper X series processors in heavily threaded applications. However, the 18-core Core i9-9980XE typically trailed AMD's 24 and 32-core Threadripper WX series processors. Intel's Core i9-9980XE also offered relatively strong single-threaded performance, with an IPC advantage that's superior to any AMD Ryzen processor currently.

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Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): A classic, updated

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:00
Until now, the Kindle Paperwhite had three mortal enemies: water, airplane seatback pockets (just me that keeps leaving them on planes?) and book snobs. While there's no hope for the latter, one of those issues isn't long for this world, as this year...

UK's largest mobile carrier will launch 5G in 16 cities next year

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:44
EE, the largest mobile carrier in the UK, is planning to launch its 5G network in 16 cities across the country in 2019. The carrier will flip the switch on the high-speed network in heavily trafficked areas in the UK's busiest cities. The initial lau...

The best home and kitchen gear to give as gifts

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:30
There are plenty of technology gifts that can make someone's domestic life easier, but where to start? For this year's holiday gift guide we've chosen eight devices that can help out in both the kitchen and the home at large. Smart speakers are hot o...

Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi Mi 6 Smartphones Hacked At Pwn2Own Tokyo

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:20
wiredmikey writes: Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphones were all hacked on the first day of the Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018 contest taking place this week alongside the PacSec security conference in Tokyo, Japan. Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018 participants earned a total of $225,000 on the first day of the event. On the second day, at least two teams will make additional attempts to hack the iPhone X and the Xiaomi Mi 6.

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Facebook bug allowed other sites to view users' likes and interests

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:14
Facebook's privacy woes are a little murkier after it emerged a bug allowed websites to extract certain data from users' profiles, such as their interests and likes, without them knowing about it. Facebook fixed the bug a few days after Imperva secur...

Sony patent suggests next PlayStation controller will have touchscreen - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:13
We might see a new feature on the next DualShock.

Razer Phone 2 comes to AT&T this week for play on installment plan - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:12
Only AT&T will let you buy the $800 phone for as little as $27 a month.

2020 Ford Bronco pics leak from dealer meeting, looks rad AF - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:08
It doesn't look anything like any other Ford SUV.

Moment's latest telephoto lens is designed for newer phones

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:00
Moment released a telephoto lens for phones back in 2014, but it was designed for small phones like the iPhone 5S and quickly developed distortion on phones with larger camera sensors. You had to investigate alternatives like OlloClip's upcoming Pro...

Can AIs Create True Art?

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:45
An anonymous reader shares an analysis: Last month, AI-generated art arrived on the world auction stage under the auspices of Christie's, proving that artificial intelligence can not only be creative but also produce world class works of art -- another profound AI milestone blurring the line between human and machine. Naturally, the news sparked debates about whether the work produced by Paris-based art collective Obvious could really be called art at all. Popular opinion among creatives is that art is a process by which human beings express some idea or emotion, filter it through personal experience and set it against a broader cultural context -- suggesting then that what AI generates at the behest of computer scientists is definitely not art, or at all creative. The story raised additional questions about ownership. In this circumstance, who can really be named as author? The algorithm itself or the team behind it? Given that AI is taught and programmed by humans, has the human creative process really been identically replicated or are we still the ultimate masters? At GumGum, an AI company that focuses on computer vision, we wanted to explore the intersection of AI and art by devising a Turing Test of our own in association with Rutgers University's Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Cloudpainter, an artificially intelligent painting robot. We were keen to see whether AI can, in fact, replicate the intent and imagination of traditional artists, and we wanted to explore the potential impact of AI on the creative sector. [...] Intriguingly, while at face value the AI artwork was indistinguishable from that of the more traditional artists, the test highlighted that the creative spark and ultimate agency behind creating a work of art is still very much human. Even though the Cloudpainter machine has evolved over time to become a highly intelligent system capable of making creative decisions of its own accord, the final piece of work could only be described as a collaboration between human and machine. Van Arman served as more of an "art director" for the painting. Although Cloudpainter made all of the aesthetic decisions independently, the machine was given parameters to meet and was programed to refine its results in order to deliver the desired outcome. This was not too dissimilar to the process used by Obvious and their GAN AI tool.

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You can watch CBS All Access' upcoming true crime series in any order

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:41
CBS All Access is notorious for releasing weekly episodes for its shows instead of dropping them all at once. Star Trek Discovery, for instance, debuted on the service in September 2017 and streamed weekly until February 2018. Now, the service is try...

China deletes 9,800 social media accounts of independent media - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:37
The government said the accounts published news that was sensational, vulgar or politically harmful.