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You get to pick the next free games on Twitch Prime

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 12:15
Twitch has been giving away free games with a Prime membership for awhile now, but now you'll have a say in what's handed out each month. With the Indie Amplifier program, users can pick from eight indie games and the one with the most votes will be...

How to decide if a hybrid or electric vehicle is right for you - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
Roadshow’s ultimate guide to the wide world of hybrids, plug-ins, EVs and more.

Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
In its annual R&D Open House on February 14, Mitsubishi Electric described the development of what it believes is the industry's highest-performance rendition of mirrorless car technology. From a report: According to the company, today's conventional camera-based systems featuring motion detection technology can detect objects up to about 30 meters away and identify them with a low accuracy of 14 percent. By comparison, Mitsubishi's new mirrorless technology extends the recognition distance to 100 meters with an 81 percent accuracy. "Motion detection can't see objects if they are a long distance away," says Kazuo Sugimoto, Senior Manager, at Mitsubishi Electric's Image Analytics and Processing Technology Group, Information Technology R&D Center in Kamakura, 55 km south of Tokyo. "So we have developed an AI-based object-recognition technology that can instantly detect objects up to about 100 meters away." To achieve this, the Mitsubishi system uses two technology processes consecutively. A computational visual-cognition model first mimics how humans focus on relevant regions and extract object information from the background even when the objects are distant from the viewer. The extracted object data is then fed to Mitsubishi's compact deep learning AI technology dubbed Maisart. The AI has been taught to classify objects into distinct categories: trucks; cars; and other objects such as lane markings. The detected results are then superimposed onto video that appears on a monitor for the driver to view.

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Microsoft stops pushing notifications to Windows 7 and 8 phones

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:52
The end of Microsoft's Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there's another nail in the coffin. Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 starting Tuesday, February 20th....

The Porsche 911 Carrera T suggests that paying more and getting less can make sense - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:35
There may be some seemingly large omissions in the Porsche 911 Carrera T, like any kind of infotainment system or even rear seats, but less can definitely be more.

'Super Mario Bros.' encyclopedia comes to the US October 23rd

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:26
Nintendo did many things to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., but there's been one you couldn't usually get your hands on unless you lived in Japan: the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. You'll be glad to hear that it's coming to the West...

T'Challa rules: 'Black Panther' smashes box-office records - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:05
All hail the king: Marvel film is on track for a $218 million debut, destroying the previous record for a February opening.

Man, Seeking New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade, Sues Microsoft

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:00
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: An Albuquerque man has sued Microsoft and its CEO -- Satya Nadella -- seeking a fresh copy of Windows 7 or $600 million in damages. According to a civil complaint filed last week on February 14, Frank K. Dickman Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is suing Microsoft because of a botched forced Windows 10 upgrade. "I own a ASUS 54L laptop computer which has an OEM license for Windows Version 7," Dickman's claim reads. "The computer was upgraded to Windows Version 10 and became non-functional immediately. The upgrade deleted the cached, or backup, version of Windows 7." Dickman says that the laptop's original OEM vendor is "untrustworthy," hence, he cannot obtain a legitimate copy of Windows 7 to downgrade his laptop.

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A 'trapped' atom is visible to the naked eye

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:00
The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, Single Atom in an Ion Trap, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...

Google found another bug in Microsoft’s Edge browser

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:45
Google tasks its Project Zero time with finding security issues and loopholes within other companies' products, and they're pretty effective at what they do. Now, Google has made public a medium-level security issue within Microsoft's Edge browser. T...

The starry sky shows nocturnal animals the way

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:39
Nocturnal animals can use the stars and the Milky Way to find their way during the darkest hours.

Organize and track your keys with the KeySmart Pro for $45 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:25
This clever organizer includes a Tile tracker -- and solves Tile's biggest problem! Plus: another shot at a mobile charger.

VW I.D. Vizzion concept brings a self-driving electric sedan to Geneva - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:15
This is the first concept in the I.D. lineup to rock a sedan body.

Microsoft inadvertently outlines the limits of Windows 10 on ARM

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:06
Microsoft began introducing ARM-powered Windows devices this past holiday season, and now we have more information on the limitations of these devices. Thurrott noticed that Microsoft published a list of limitations on the ARM version of Windows 10....

Humanity's Biggest Machines Will Be Built in Space

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:00
When rockets can no longer hold oversize payloads, building in space might be the best way to go. Popular Mechanics: Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Made In Space is working to make that dream a reality. For the past few years, they've operated the Additive Manufacturing Facility, one of the only 3D printers in space. While the AMF sits comfortably aboard the International Space Station, Made In Space has plans to launch a new printer that would operate exclusively in the vacuum of space. Their prototype, called Archinaut, is scheduled to launch later this year. Future machines like Archinaut will be able to print nearly everything in orbit -- where there's no limit on size. "We can manufacture a structure that couldn't support its own mass if it were on Earth," says Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush. "The only practical limitation you have is how much material you're providing to the system." The first Archinaut prototype is mostly just a proof-of-concept and won't be constructing mile-wide satellites anytime soon. "First you crawl, then you walk, then you run," says Rush. "We'll start out with manufacturing space-optimized trusses and booms and reflectors to provide a supply capability that we can't currently achieve." But once this tech gets off the ground, it can be used to build structures as big as their owners want them.

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5G will be less sizzle, more substance at MWC - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:54
Hype is starting to give way to reality, but the wireless industry still needs to finish ironing out the kinks for the next-gen wireless technology.

A new form of light could power next-gen quantum computers

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:34
Photons are among the most ubiquitous, but loneliest particles in the quantum world -- they're always around us, but never interact with each other. Scientists from MIT and Harvard have managed quite a feat then, by observing groups of three photons...

Virgin Hyperloop One is coming to India - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:25
The proposed hyperloop track is designed to reduce travel time between the cities of Mumbai and Pune down to just 25 minutes.

How a $20 bitcoin buy led to a multiyear hassle - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:17
Commentary: My encounter with a bitcoin ATM four years ago turned $20 into a saga of frustration, forgetfulness and jackpots won and lost.

Facebook will use snail mail to verify US election ad buyers - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:16
Want to buy Facebook ads for a US election? Now you'll need a US mailing address to do so.