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Deezer can provide the soundtrack for your Xbox One games

Engadget - Wed, 2018-03-14 01:29
You don't have too many options for large, on-demand music services that will stream in the background of your Xbox One games. Now that Groove Music is no more, Spotify is the main game in town. Thankfully, Deezer just gave you a viable alternative....

Ads are great, Google says, except for the 3.2 billion bad ones - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-03-14 01:24
The number of ads that tried to harvest personal information, distribute malware or otherwise violate Google policies doubled from 2016 to 2017.

Stephen Hawking tributes pour in: 'Funny, perverse, brilliant' - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-03-14 01:17
The world-acclaimed physicist changed how we look at the universe -- and inspired everyone from scientists to actors to others who simply admired his genius.

Walmart goes big into online grocery delivery, challenging Amazon - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-03-14 00:23
The nation's biggest grocer wants to ship you your next order of bananas.

Stephen Hawking, Who Examined the Universe and Explained Black Holes, Dies at 76

SlashDot - Wed, 2018-03-14 00:15
Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, has died at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76. From a report: A family spokesman announced the death in a statement to several news media outlets. "Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world," Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, said in an interview. Dr. Hawking did that largely through his book "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes," published in 1988. It has sold more than 10 million copies and inspired a documentary film by Errol Morris. The 2014 film about his life, "The Theory of Everything," was nominated for several Academy Awards and Eddie Redmayne, who played Dr. Hawking, won the best-actor Oscar. Scientifically, Dr. Hawking will be best remembered for a discovery so strange that it might be expressed in the form of a Zen koan: When is a black hole not black? When it explodes. Dreamed of stars, told of stars, made of stars.

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Stephen Hawking passes away at age 76

Engadget - Wed, 2018-03-14 00:13
Late Tuesday night the family of Stephen Hawking announced that the physicist has passed away at the age of 76. After contracting motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in 1963, he was told by doctors that he had two years to live but...

Laura Dern said 'Pew! Pew!' in 'Last Jedi' when firing blaster - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-03-14 00:05
Actress who plays Admiral Holdo says she forgot she wasn't an eight-year-old Star Wars fan in her childhood bedroom.

Samsung's C-Lab adds character to AI at SXSW

Engadget - Wed, 2018-03-14 00:01
Samsung's C-Lab has made a name for itself over recent years with a bunch of offbeat concepts . The in-house startup accelerator takes Samsung engineers' free-time projects and turns them into products. In the past we've seen speakers, wellness tech...

The eye roll that highlights the depth of China's censorship - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-03-13 23:37
Sometimes an eye roll is worth 1,000 words. And sometimes the Chinese government will censor all of those words.

New York's Subway Is Slow Because They Slowed Down the Trains After A 1995 Accident

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-03-13 23:30
According to the Village Voice, New York City's subway trains are running slower because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is deliberately running the trains slower. The Village Voice obtained MTA internal documents, discovering that the decision to run the trains slower was made following a fatal 1995 crash on the Williamsburg Bridge. From the report: The subway's performance has been steadily deteriorating for many years. The authority's own internal data shows that delays due to "incidents," such as broken signals and tracks or water damage, have only marginally increased since 2012. But there is one type of delay that's gotten exponentially worse during that time: a catchall category blandly titled "insufficient capacity, excess dwell, unknown," which captures every delay without an obvious cause. From January 2012 to December 2017, these delays increased by a whopping 1,190 percent -- from 105 per weekday to 1,355. In December, one out of every six trains run across the entire system experienced such a delay. The increase has been steady and uninterrupted over the past six years. [...] In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train that was stopped on the bridge, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. The National Transportation and Safety Board investigation placed most of the blame on the J train operator, who the NTSB suspected had been asleep. But the NTSB also identified potential issues with the signal system that contributed to the accident, which it found didn't guarantee train operators enough time to apply the emergency brakes even when awake. "They slowed the trains down after the Williamsburg Bridge crash," a veteran train operator who asked not to be identified told the Village Voice. "The MTA said the train was going too fast for the signal system." As a result, the MTA, quite literally, slowed all the trains down, issuing a bulletin informing employees in April 1996 that their propulsion systems would be modified so they could achieve a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, down from the previous high of 50 to 55 miles per hour on a flat grade. But the MTA didn't stop there, internal documents show. One of the NTSB's safety recommendations was to set speed limits. As a result, the MTA began a still-ongoing process of changing the way many signals work to meet modern safety standards.

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Lyft faces lawsuit over lack of wheelchair access in SF

Engadget - Tue, 2018-03-13 22:58
Uber was sued at least thrice over the past year for failing to accommodate passengers with wheelchairs, but a new lawsuit proves that it's not the only ride-hailing service with poor accessibility. Non-profit org Disability Rights Advocates has file...

The Disclosure of AMD's Chip Flaws is Shrouded in Shadiness

PCMag News - Tue, 2018-03-13 22:15
An Israeli security firm is facing some backlash for the way it disclosed 13 security vulnerabilities it allegedly found in AMD chips.

YouTube CEO talks misinformation, creators and comments at SXSW

Engadget - Tue, 2018-03-13 21:57
YouTube's presence at SXSW 2018 extended beyond its Story HQ, a space where it turned ads into videos that feel more like art. The company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, was part of a panel at the event titled "Navigating the Video Revolution in the Digital...

3D-printed sushi looks like the perfect 8-bit meal - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-03-13 21:55
Open Meals wants to make sure we can print our favorite foods -- even if they look like pixelated video game meals -- wherever and whenever we like.

China's Anti-Pollution Initiative Produces Stellar Results

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-03-13 21:30
hackingbear writes: China has declared war on its pollution -- one of the worst on the planet -- and now appears to be winning. Popular Mechanics reports: "Over the past four years, pollution in China's major cities has decreased by an average of 32 percent, with some cities seeing an even bigger drop, according to professor Michael Greenstone of the Energy Policy Institute. This decline comes after several aggressive policies implemented by the Chinese government, including prohibiting the building of new coal plants, forcing existing plants to reduce their emissions, lowering the amount of automobile traffic, and closing down some steel mills and coal mines. Some cities, like Beijing, have achieved even greater reductions in air pollution. Beijing has seen a 35 percent drop in particulates, while the city of Shijiazhuang saw a 39 percent drop. China has prioritized pollution reduction in these cities, with the government spending over $120 billion in Beijing alone."

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ESPN+ will host a documentary series on NBA rookies

Engadget - Tue, 2018-03-13 21:14
ESPN has ordered a documentary series for its upcoming streaming service that will center on members of the NBA's 2017-18 rookie class, Variety reports. The eight-episode series will follow select players from draft night preparations, to training an...

YouTube Will Add Information From Wikipedia To Videos About Conspiracies

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-03-13 20:53
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories to provide alternative viewpoints on controversial subjects, its CEO said today. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that these text boxes, which the company is calling "information cues," would begin appearing on conspiracy-related videos within the next couple of weeks. Wojcicki, who spoke Tuesday evening at a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, showed examples of information cues for videos about the moon landing and chemtrails. "When there are videos that are focused around something that's a conspiracy -- and we're using a list of well-known internet conspiracies from Wikipedia -- then we will show a companion unit of information from Wikipedia showing that here is information about the event," Wojcicki said. The information cues that Wojcicki demonstrated appeared directly below the video as a short block of text, with a link to Wikipedia for more information. Wikipedia -- a crowdsourced encyclopedia written by volunteers -- is an imperfect source of information, one which most college students are still forbidden from citing in their papers. But it generally provides a more neutral, empirical approach to understanding conspiracies than the more sensationalist videos that appear on YouTube.

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Mozilla Working On In-Page Popup Blocker For Firefox

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-03-13 20:30
Firefox is working on a blocker for annoying in-page alerts that often ask you to input your email address to receive a newsletter from the site. "The feature is still in the planning stages, but Mozilla is asking users for any examples of sites with annoying pop-ups," reports Android Police. "Mozilla wants to make Firefox automatically detect and dismiss the popups." From the report: If you know of sites that use in-page popups (whether it be newsletter signups, surveys, or something else), you can fill out the survey here. There are also Firefox and Chrome extensions that make the process easier. I'll be interested to see how Mozilla pulls this off, it will no doubt be difficult to detect the difference between helpful and not-helpful popups.

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YouTube plans 'information cues' to combat hoaxes

Engadget - Tue, 2018-03-13 20:23
During a talk at SXSW 2018, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed one way her company will push back against the spread of misinformation. "Information cues" including a text box linking to a third party source like Wikipedia could appear under some vi...

Elon Musk hires Onion writers for project. (Not an Onion headline) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-03-13 20:10
Commentary: What might Musk be doing with these fake news types? Could it be a comedy series called "Flamethrowers"?