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Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

TechCrunch - 11 hours 57 min ago
 Facebook may launch its own smart home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch screen smart speaker. Citing sources from the “upstream supply chain”, Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch, with a small pilot run having already been produced. Read More

Acer adds AMD Ryzen power to budget gaming desktops - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 4 min ago
New updates to the Aspire GX-281 mean better options for gamers on an entry to mid-level budget.

Google expects 11 Daydream-ready phones by the end of 2017

Engadget - 12 hours 6 min ago
Right now, it's slim pickings if you want a smartphone that supports Daydream VR headsets. Outside of Google's own Pixel line, you're looking at just a handful of devices from ASUS, Huawei, Motorola and ZTE. Your choices should get better soon, thoug...

Google SOS Alerts can guide you during a crisis

Engadget - 12 hours 21 min ago
When you're in the midst of a crisis, your internet search priorities are clearly different than usual: am I in danger? Where can I go for safety? And who do I talk to for help? Google clearly recognizes this, as it's rolling out SOS Alerts in bot...

Facebook boosts live 360 video to 4K for better VR

Engadget - 12 hours 25 min ago
Following YouTube's support for 4K live 360 video late last year, it was only a matter of time before Facebook caught up. After all, Zuckerberg's betting big on VR. Today, the social media giant announced the launch of 4K resolution for live 360 stre...

Musk vs. Zuck: Tech titan takes to Twitter in AI battle - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 28 min ago
Shots fired! The Tesla CEO slams the Facebook founder for downplaying AI fears.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a second helping of treasure hunting joy - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 35 min ago
Our preview of the upcoming installment in the franchise makes a few key tweaks, but keeps the main ingredients that make Uncharted games great.

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Is Limited

SlashDot - 12 hours 35 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk is a man of many characteristics, one of which apparently is not shying away from calling out big names when they are not informed about a subject. A day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Musk's doomsday prediction of AI is "irresponsible," the Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity founder returned the favour by calling Zuckerberg's understanding of AI "limited." Responding to a tweet Tuesday, which talked about Zuckerberg's remarks on the matter, Musk said he has spoken to the Facebook CEO about it, and reached the conclusion that his "understanding of the subject is limited." Even as AI remains in its nascent stage -- recent acquisitions suggest that most companies only started looking at AI-focused startups five years ago -- major companies are aggressively placing big bets on it. Companies are increasingly exploring opportunities to use machine learning and other AI components to improve their products and services and push things forward. But as AI is seeing tremendous attention, some, including people like Musk worry that we need to regulate these efforts as they could pose a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation." At the National Governors Association summer meeting earlier this month in the US, Musk added, "I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react, because it seems so ethereal." Over the weekend, during Zuckerberg's Facebook Live session, a user asked what he thought of Musk's remarks. "I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic," Zuckerberg said. "And I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios -- I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible."

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Huawei's Watch 2 costs $550 more with a Porsche Design logo

Engadget - 12 hours 46 min ago
Android Wear still pretty clunky despite the version 2.0 release, and most of the smartwatches using it are somewhere on a scale between homely and fugly. Huawei's Watch 2 is a decent looking exception, though, and it's hoping to boost profits from b...

Blizzard Shuts Down Private WoW Server 5 Hours After Launch

PCMag News - 12 hours 48 min ago
The fan-run legacy server was emulating World of Warcraft's Burning Crusade Expansion, but Blizzard sent in the lawyers very quickly.

Nielsen counts live Hulu and YouTube TV streams for its ratings

Engadget - 13 hours 1 min ago
Nielsen might be the lord of all TV ratings, but they've been scrambling to catch up in this new media landscape we're in. Over the years, the service has been shifting and adjusting its traditional model to take into account the new and myriad ways...

Musk and Zuckerberg bicker over the future of AI

Engadget - 13 hours 14 min ago
It's easy to imagine the world's most powerful people as being mysterious and aloof, but thanks to the wonders of Twitter, we can now regularly witness them being just as petty as the rest of us. Everyone's favorite eccentric billionaire Elon Musk is...

Even’s H2 headphones produce sound based on your hearing ability

TechCrunch - 13 hours 35 min ago
 Based out of Israel, Even is an audio startup that designs headphones tailored to the listener’s hearing. It starts with a short audio test of the frequencies you can hear in each ear, with an algorithm Even says stitches the resulting data into a sound profile called, your “EarPrint”. It’s an interesting concept that works well in the instances I’ve used it. At… Read More

German Automakers Formed a Secret Cartel In the '90s To Collude On Diesel Emissions, Says Report

SlashDot - 13 hours 35 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, Der Spiegel published an explosive report alleging that the major German automakers formed a secret cartel in the 1990s to collude on diesel emissions. These companies, including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Daimler, met in secret working groups to discuss "the technology, costs, suppliers, and even the exhaust gas purification of its diesel vehicles," the German weekly reported. The meetings were disclosed to German competition officials in letters from VW and Daimler and viewed by Der Spiegel. The secret meetings "laid the basis" for the 2015 diesel emission cheating scandal, in which VW was caught installing secret software in more than half a million vehicles sold in the US that it used to fool exhaust emissions tests. The admission of cheating ultimately cost the automaker tens of billions of dollars in fines and legal fees, making it one of the most expensive corporate scandals in history. Years earlier, VW participated in dozens of secret meetings with its competitors, involving over 200 employees in up to 60 working groups, on how to meet increasingly tough emissions criteria in diesel vehicles. The automakers may have colluded to fix prices of a diesel emission treatment called AdBlue through these working groups, Der Spiegel says. Specifically, VW (which owns Porsche and Audi), Daimler (which owns Mercedes-Benz and Smart), and BMW allegedly agreed to use AdBlue tanks that were too small. AdBlue is a liquid solution used to counteract a vehicle's emissions.

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Giphy's GIF-making tool is now available in your mobile browser

Engadget - 13 hours 35 min ago
Last October, Giphy reported that users made 100 million daily users serving 1 billion GIFs per day. But how many of those views -- and creations -- are on mobile? The moving image repository site has updated its GIF Maker to work while viewing from...

New Study Suggests the Moon Is 'Surprisingly Water-Rich'

PCMag News - 13 hours 48 min ago
Parts of the Moon's mantle may contain as much water as Earth's, which if true, makes a lunar outpost much easier to achieve.

Microsoft: MS Paint Isn't Dead It's Just Moving

PCMag News - 13 hours 48 min ago
After 32 years, MS Paint will move from being a standard feature of Windows to being available on the Windows Store.

Monitor the ISS From Your Living Room With This Tiny Device

PCMag News - 13 hours 48 min ago
ISS-Above is a Raspberry Pi-based device that calculates where the International Space Station is at all times. We talk to its founder, Liam Kennedy.

What's the best low-cost phone plan? - CNET

CNET News - 13 hours 55 min ago
The Cheapskate weighs in on the one carrier that gets his money every month, and why.

Nokia will unveil its first Android flagship next month

Engadget - 14 hours 5 min ago
Finnish startup HMD Global will give the world its first official look at its Nokia-branded Android flagship on August 16th. The manufacturer is sending out invites for a London event on that date, reports The Verge. The news comes just over a week a...