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'Sightings' of Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Prompt Search in Queensland

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:40
Elle Hunt, writing for The Guardian: "Plausible" possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago. The last thylacine is thought to have died in Hobart zoo in 1936, and it is widely believed to have become extinct on mainland Australia at least 2,000 years ago. But sightings of large, dog-like animals that are neither dingoes nor foxes have persisted over the decades, despite widespread scepticism. Recent eyewitness accounts of potential thylacines in far north Queensland have spurred scientists from James Cook University to launch a search for the animal long considered extinct. Professor Bill Laurance said he had spoken at length to two people about animals they had seen in Cape York peninsula that could potentially be thylacines, and that they had given plausible and detailed descriptions.

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Scientists turn human kidney cells into tiny biocomputers

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:32
A team of scientists from Boston University have found a way to hack into mammalian cells -- human cells, even -- and make them follow logical instructions like computers can. While they're not the first researchers to program cells to do their biddi...

Netgear Adds Small Home Models to Orbi WiFi System

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:27
Orbi eliminates your wireless dead zones without adding any wires and now caters to smaller homes at lower price points.

Tinder Arrives on the Web

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:27
On the down side, the new Web-based version of Tinder isn't available in the US at the moment.

Google Home welcomes 11 new partners in big smart home update - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:16
Starting today, Google's smart speaker can control a variety of new devices, including locks and sprinklers.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:00
Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they've declared a different winner: the robots. From a report on the New York Times: The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots. The paper is all the more significant because the researchers, whose work is highly regarded in their field, had been more sanguine about the effect of technology on jobs. In a paper last year, they said it was likely that increased automation would create new, better jobs, so employment and wages would eventually return to their previous levels. Just as cranes replaced dockworkers but created related jobs for engineers and financiers, the theory goes, new technology has created new jobs for software developers and data analysts. From a report on The Verge, which looks at another finding in the study: They found that each new robot added to the workforce meant the loss of between 3 and 5.6 jobs in the local commuting area. Meanwhile, for each new robot added per 1,000 workers, wages in the surrounding area would fall between 0.25 and 0.5 percent.

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Google conquers more of your smart home with Logitech and Wink

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:00
A number of connected home devices already work with Google's smart speaker and today a few more are being added to the fold. Logitech's Harmony line and Wink's lighting gear and thermostats can now be controlled with voice commands from Google Home....

Control your August Smart Lock by yelling at Google Assistant

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:00
In the quest to smart-up your analog home, interactive door locks present a distinct conundrum: If things go screwy, you might not be able to get into your home. August Home's Smart Lock lets you lend out virtual passes for temporary guests but doesn...

See tropical cyclone Debbie rage in riveting space station video - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:58
Tropical cyclone Debbie steps into the space spotlight with fascinating storm footage captured from the ISS.

Dive deep into the Ford GT's five different drive modes - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:57
Wondering what each mode does, and how it does it? We're here to tell you.

Netgear announces two new Orbi routers

TechCrunch - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:55
 I’m a huge fan of Netgear’s Orbi routers. They offer some of the easiest setup, highest speeds, and best coverage of any of the so-called mesh wireless systems including Eero and Luma. Now Netgear’s original monstrous routers are being joined by a few cousins. The original kit, called the RBK50, came with a AC3000 Wi-Fi base station and a satellite and covered 5,000 square feet. Read More

Amazon takes on supermarkets with drive-through grocery pickup

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:41
Over the last couple of decades, Amazon has slowly conquered the online retail space. The Seattle-based e-commerce company has made it possible to purchase any thing from books to live ladybugs within seconds. But the site hasn't seen the same succes...

Robots hurt US employment and wages, says new study - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:23
The National Bureau of Economic Research released a new paper examining the effects of robots on US employment, and it doesn't look good.

Nintendo's DSi Shop is somehow still open, but not for much longer

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:22
Nintendo's DSi portable console, the precursor to the 3DS, was released way back in early 2009. Amazingly enough, the DSi's online shop is still up and running, even though Nintendo stopped selling the console years ago. But those days are about to e...

Amazon Web Services Jumps Into Call-Center Market With New 'Amazon Connect' Service

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:20
Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the same technology used by Amazon.com's own customer service system to route and manage calls using automatic speech recognition and artificial intelligence. From a report: The announcement is the latest move by the cloud giant beyond its core infrastructure technologies and into higher-level cloud services. Amazon says the service incorporates its Lex technology, an artificial intelligence service for speech recognition and natural language processing, which also powers the company's Alexa virtual assistant. The company says Amazon Connect works with existing AWS services such as DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, or Amazon Aurora, as well as third-party CRM and analytics services. Salesforce says it's integrating its Service Cloud Einstein with Amazon Connect. It uses a graphical interface to let companies set up a workflow for calls without coding.

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"Menstrual Cycle on a Chip" Offers a New Window into Female Physiology

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:00
Researchers have completed the first laboratory model of the human female reproductive cycle

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The Roadie 2 gives you no excuse for an out of tune guitar

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:00
I have what has been described as a "really crappy guitar." It's not even mine. It belongs to my friend who, before handing it to me, said, "yeah I let my kid hit this thing with stuff. Also, I've never changed the strings." It seemed like the perfec...

Chinese tech titan Tencent buys 5 percent of Tesla - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:52
That slice of the pie cost Tencent more than $1 billion.

Watch this Periscope video after a short message from #brands

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:46
Video ads are nothing new on Twitter. The company has announced a number of ways for brands to get their message out through promoted tweets, pre-roll messages and even ads in Moments. Now Twitter is extending its advertising to live video. Starting...

Uber to add 100 EVs, dedicated charging network to London fleet - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:43
The chargers will only be available to those using the Uber app, at least to start.

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