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Positive, negative or neutral, it all matters: NASA explains space radiation

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:09
Charged particles may be small, but they matter to astronauts. NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is investigating these particles to solve one of its biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars: space radiation and its effects on the human body.

In China, VR Using HTC Vive Doesn't Need a PC Anymore

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:07
A partnership with Dalian Television and Beijing Cyber Cloud means consumers only need a Vive, not a PC to hook it up to.

Hidden NES Golf Game on Switch a Tribute to Satoru Iwata

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:07
The game is playable once a year on July 11 and should act as a way of remembering the much-loved former president and CEO of Nintendo.

What's the financial break-even point for the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt? - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:00
With today's energy costs, recouping the initial price premium the Chevy Bolt EV carries over its hybrid Volt brethren will take quite a bit of time.

Why You Shouldn't Imitate Bill Gates If You Want To Be Rich

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:00
dryriver writes: BBC Capital has an article that debunks the idea of "simply doing what highly successful people have done to get rich," because many of those "outliers" got rich under special circumstances that are not possible to replicate. An excerpt: "Even if you could imitate everything Gates did, you would not be able to replicate his initial good fortune. For example, Gates's upper-class background and private education enabled him to gain extra programming experience when less than 0.01% of his generation then had access to computers. His mother's social connection with IBM's chairman enabled him to gain a contract from the then-leading PC company that was crucial for establishing his software empire. This is important because most customers who used IBM computers were forced to learn how to use Microsoft's software that came along with it. This created an inertia in Microsoft's favor. The next software these customers chose was more likely to be Microsoft's, not because their software was necessarily the best, but because most people were too busy to learn how to use anything else. Microsoft's success and marketshare may differ from the rest by several orders of magnitude but the difference was really enabled by Gate's early fortune, reinforced by a strong success-breeds-success dynamic."

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One Gamer Fund heard you liked video-game charities

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:00
It's an exciting time to be Seven Siegel. Siegel is the executive director of Global Game Jam, the world's largest 48-hour hackathon, but more important, he's a former game developer with an MBA in nonprofit management. This makes him particularly su...

Xbox One gets third-party camera support for game streaming

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 08:29
If you're serious about video game streaming, you most likely have a PC with a decent capture card, microphone, camera and software like XSplit or OBS. It can be expensive and a little convoluted, which is why Sony and Microsoft are making their resp...

The Chinese Room made a VR parable for Google Daydream

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 08:01
Indie developer The Chinese Room is releasing its first-ever virtual reality game. So Let Us Melt is a sci-fi parable about a machine lost in a paradise of its own making. Exclusively available on Google's Daydream VR platform, the title sees the dev...

For the German election, no fake news is good news - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 08:00
Compared to the US, Britain and France, Germany’s national election looks downright boring. That’s a good thing.

Snapchat filters for funerals? Yes, that's really a thing - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 08:00
Most people set up special filters for birthdays, graduations and weddings. Funerals are just a logical, if unusual, next step.

Singapore leads the world in cyberattacks - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 07:54
The small country overtakes the US, Russia and China.

There's something called 'Enhanced HD Voice' and EE supports it

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 07:15
Most weirdos people that actually use their smartphones to make calls will be aware of the eerily crisp connections of HD Voice. All major carriers in the UK support the standard at this point, which is technically known as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), si...

Instagram apologizes after a rape threat is reposted as an ad

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 07:02
Facebook's algorithms have embarrassed the social network once again, this time by highlighting an example of harassment as an advertisement. The Guardian reporter Olivia Solon posted an offensive and threatening message she received to Instagram. On...

iPhone X’s Face ID has at least 3 cool hidden features - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 07:00
And I'm not just talking about selfie portraits or animated poop.

Uber loses licence to operate in London - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:58
TfL, London's transport regulator, rejected the company's licence renewal request due to Uber's "lack of corporate responsibility."

Should Apple iPhone X Trust Facial Recognition for Security?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:45
New FaceID biometrics will unlock the smartphone and provide access to Apple Pay and other apps

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Uber just lost its London taxi license

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:10
In a surprise announcement today, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it will not reissue Uber's private hire licence within the city. In a statement, the regulator said that the company's operations were not "fit and proper" and that has j...

A New Zealand Company Built An AI Baby That Plays the Piano

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:00
pacopico writes: A New Zealand company called Soul Machines has built a disturbingly lifelike virtual baby powered by artificial intelligence software. According to a Bloomberg story, the baby has learned to read books, play the piano and draw pictures. The work is built off the research of Mark Sagar, the company's CEO, who is on a quest to mimic human consciousness in a machine. Sagar used to work at Weta creating lifelike faces for films like King Kong and Avatar and is now building these very realistic looking virtual avatars and pumping them full of code that not only handles things like speech but that also replicates the nervous system and brain function. The baby, for example, has virtual dopamine receptors that fire when it feels joy from playing the piano. What could go wrong?

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The Morning After: Friday, September 22nd 2017

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:00
It's officially iPhone 8 day: Apple's newest devices go on sale in stores and start to reach new owners. (Pro tip: To reset the iPhone 8, you have to press volume up, volume down, then hold the power switch for what feels like far too long.) It's not...

Google Doodle celebrates first day of autumn - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 05:49
Not a pumpkin spice latte in sight.