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A Paris school is using AI to monitor distracted students

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:58
For those of us who zone out during university lectures, the temptation multiplies when you taking classes from home. Next fall, a business school in France will try to stop online students from getting distracted with an AI app called Nestor. To jud...

Opera Abandons iOS Platform

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:40
Reader BrianFagioli writes: After searching for Opera in the Apple App Store, I noticed something odd -- none of the company's iOS browsers (Opera Mini and Opera Coast) had been updated in 2017. Since we are almost halfway through the year, I decided to ask Opera what was up. Shockingly, the company told me that it no longer has a team working on iOS. An Opera employee by the name of 'Rosi' sent me a tweet this morning, making the revelation. While the desktop version of the browser is still in development, the company has chosen to abandon its efforts on iOS. To show just how bad it is, the Opera Mini browser hasn't been updated in almost a year. Opera Coast was updated in December of 2016, however -- almost six months ago.

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Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:30
Live, die, repeat -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow -- describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a vide...

Uber, Lyft will return to Austin after fingerprinting hissy fit - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:28
You can thank the state legislature for this.

Study: Fitness Trackers Suck at Measuring Calories Burned

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:24
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine studied seven popular fitness trackers and discovered none of them could accurately measure energy expenditure.

'Far Cry 5' brings cult mayhem to Hope County February 27th

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:14
Far Cry 5 is going to be a little different than you might expect. The new announcement trailer paints a picture of pastoral life that lends itself surprisingly well to the franchise's familiar trappings: hunting, off-road vehicles, airplanes and gun...

Mark Zuckerberg Calls for Universal Basic Income in His Harvard Commencement Speech

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:00
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the latest major tech figure to call for universal basic income as a solution for inequality, joining a growing chorus from Silicon Valley. From a report: "Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said during his commencement speech at Harvard University. "We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things," he said. Zuckerberg told the class of 2017 that he was able to pursue his passion in Facebook because he knew he had a safety net to fall back on.

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Everything you need to know about mobile Amber Alerts

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:00
At 2:38 PM on May 19th, 2017, my phone buzzed, emitting a high-pitched tone. So did the phone of my colleague Roberto Baldwin, who was standing with me in a Starbucks near our office. Actually, all of the phones in that Starbucks buzzed at the same t...

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 09:27
The Oculus Rift has technically supported room-scale VR since the system's Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn't guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat....

Time-bending shooter 'Superhot VR' arrives on HTC Vive

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 09:02
Superhot VR didn't start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming....

Messenger App Kik Debuts Its Own Digital Currency

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 09:00
The messaging app Kik Interactive has decided to create its own digital currency. Kik's plans are for an "initial coin offering," a process by which it sells tokens that can be used to buy services on its platform. "The idea is that as more and more people use Kik, the value of those tokens, called 'Kin,' will rise in value," reports TechCrunch. From the report: Kik, which has raised about $120 million (in real money) from investors including Tencent Holdings Ltd., could serve to add a new layer of legitimacy to the process. "Kik will be the largest install base of cryptocurrency users in the world," Chief Executive Officer Ted Livingston said. "Kin, on day one will be the most-used cryptocurrency in the world." The move comes as Kik finally reveals how many people actually use its app regularly each month: 15 million. That's a far-cry from the 300 million total registered users number it was sharing around this time last year. Kik plans to gift a certain amount of Kin to each user. They'll be able use the new currency to buy games, live video streams and other digital products. The company's goal is to attract new merchants to sell on the platform, creating a snowball effect where Kin becomes more valuable and more sellers pile onto Kik, increasing its popularity.

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'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:38
With a new update, Pokémon Go cheaters won't be banned, but instead thrown into a depressing purgatory. As spotted by Reddit's hardcore Pokémon Go site, Silph Road, Niantic is now "shadowbanning" cheaters by only letting them find humdr...

Up to 60 Percent of Streaming Account Passwords Are Shared

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:23
The latest figures show that 60 percent of passwords are being shared and nobody seems to care it's happening.

Zotac Develops World's Smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:23
One card is fan-cooled, the other water-cooled, but both are only 21cm long and promise no compromise on performance.

Get an RCA wall-plug Bluetooth speaker for $9.99 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:18
If you don't mind blocking both your outlets, this thing is kind of ingenious -- and a great companion for an Echo Dot.

How hackers can ruin your summer vacation - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:00
From airports to hotels to that cute cafe you found, a cybersecurity slip-up on vacation could turn into a summer nightmare.

Kodak's chunky, retro cameraphone is coming to the US

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 07:44
You might not hear much about Kodak these days, but the brand still exists -- it even released a new smartphone with a humongous camera in Europe last year. Now, that same phone named after its Ektra camera from the '40s has made its way to the US. A...

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 07:15
Like search and advertising before it, Google is setting the stage to dominate VR and AR by going all-in on mobile.

Who Will Build the World's First Commercial Space Station?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-05-26 07:15
A start-up aims to add new construction to the International Space Station to prep for a private sector orbital outpost

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