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White House cybersecurity chief quits, says leadership is inviting an attack

White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis gave the White House one helluva resignation notice earlier this week when he quit over practices he dubbed “absurd” including the systemic purging of cybersecurity staff. They say that history repeats itself. Unfortunately given all of the changes I’ve seen in the past three months, I foresee the …

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A London pub is using facial recognition to stop people jumping the bar queue

Big Brother will soon be getting a round in (Image: AP) A bar in central London has become the first in the world to install new AI-powered facial recognition tech to help staff see who’s next in the queue. Developed by British AI firm DataSparQ, the system identifies people waiting at the bar, displays their …

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Microsoft beat expectations with strong Windows revenue, but Xbox had a rough quarter

Enlarge / The 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report, achieving $33.06 billion in revenue in the start of its first 2020 fiscal quarter (which ended September 30) compared to a projected $32.23 billion. That’s a 14% increase over the same quarter the prior year. Much of the …

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Google Researchers Are Training AI To Recognise Smell

Humans can detect one trillion different smells, no wonder it is often considered one of the most powerful senses of the body. A group of researchers at Google want to harness that supernatural power through AI. The Google Brain Team is now training AI to recognize the smell of items based on their molecular structure. …

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IBM quantum physics researchers make atoms dance on a needle’s point

Credit: Kai Yang, et. al. IBM Research today revealed a breakthrough nanotechnology technique that allows researchers to position individual atoms and control their quantum properties. This could be a watershed moment on the path to generally useful quantum computers. The research team developed the technique in order to build a quantum computing simulator. Binary computers – …

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Nasa: Ozone layer hole at smallest on record – ‘great news’ for humanity

The Antarctic ozone hole was first discovered in the 1970s (Image: Nasa) A ‘hole’ in the ozone layer over Antarctica has shrunk to its smallest size on record, Nasa has announced. The ozone layer is a part of the Earth’s atmosphere which protects the Earth from the sun’s dangerous cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. In the 1970s …

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Suborbital spacefliers will get pinned by the Association of Space Explorers – GeekWire

Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut trainer, Beth Moses, gets her suborbital spaceflier pin from Michael Lopez-Alegria of the Association of Space Explorers. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Will the customers who fly on the suborbital spaceships operated by British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin get astronaut …

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The spo0o0ookiest Halloween gift guide for consumerist ghouls

We’re coming closest to the scariest time of the year… no, not a Donald Trump speech at G8, HALLOWEEN! While the October spookfest originated (supposedly) from pagan-influenced Celtic harvest festivals, it’s now a North American consumerist extravaganza. Big parties? Check! Expensive costumes you’ll only wear once and create a shit ton of plastic waste? Double …

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Your office job will leave you with a hunched back and appalling heath problems

A study has revealed the grim effect modern workplaces are having on our health. (Provider: PA) Millions of office workers are at risk of suffering major health problems including hunched backs unless they make major changes immediately, experts have warned. To illustrate the danger, a lifesize model dubbed ‘Emma’ has been produced to indicate what …

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Comcast’s “free” streaming box requires you to rent $13-per-month router

Enlarge / Comcast’s Flex streaming box and voice remote. Comcast last month announced that it was giving its Flex streaming device to Internet-only customers for free, but the announcement did not mention one important detail: the “free” device is only given to Comcast broadband customers who spend $13 a month to rent Comcast’s xFi Gateway …

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Evolution of Speech Recognition Technology

Communication plays an essential role in our lives. Humans started with signs, symbols, and then made progress to a stage, where they began communicating with languages. Later computing and communication technologies came. Machines began communicating with humans and in some cases, with themselves also. The communication created the world of the internet, or as we …

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Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s littered with timelapses of injected lip fillers, Kardashian-promoted beauty products, and Story filters that “enhance” your face. The subliminal pressure to be “perfect” is no longer subliminal, and it’s putting more more of a strain on young users more than ever.  This is why Instagram is …

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