We have this belief in our culture that our brains aren’t moving fast enough.In the race to get more done in less time, we’re always looking for ways to jack it up with caffeine, supplements or other substances.And some of that is fine, of course, but the objective—a quicker brain—is kind of funny when you consider just how remarkably fast your brain is already moving, just about all of the time.New underscores that point by showing that our understanding of the brain’s decision-making power has been off by at least a factor of 10.The findings were uncovered when a team of UCLA researchers asked whether dendrites—the branches that extend from the centers of neurons—may actually be more powerful than we thought.Until now, they were considered mainly passive conduits of electrical activity that pass currents from one brain cell to another.
From his subjective valuation of his business portfolio, through his bird-dogging of Barack Obama’s birth certificate to his tantrums about the deceptive sparseness of his inaugural crowds, Trump has pursued his own rages and fixations about the real truths—the best truths, the most powerful and shocking truths, the truths the haters and losers don’t want you to know—all the way to the highest office in the land.To help you navigate the vast assortment of conspiracy theories to which Trump’s staffers subscribe, we’ve compiled a bestiary of crackpot beliefs, pseudo-scientific ideas, and anything otherwise insane that’s come out of the mouths of his cronies and hangers-on who have boldly stood up for what they believe in.But it is the company that boasted Bannon as chairman for roughly four years.It would be impossible to list every unfounded or unfairly paranoid idea that’s graced its digital halls, but here are a few highlights just to get an idea.Because if they can demonize the cops with the Ferguson protests, then crime will rise, people will look for saviors, and the federal government will be bestowed with more power than they could have ever dreamed.There are others, there are a multitude of vaccines which probably don’t fit in that category, and there should be some discretion in those cases.” According to Politifact, every vaccine on the schedule of childhood vaccinations recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control protects against a disease that can kill, cripple, or maim.
iOS 10.3 dropped earlier this week, and when it arrived, it brought a bunch of new features with it.Massive updates like these usually include a good number of bug fixes, and iOS 10.3 was no different, patching out a rather major security flaw that first came to light in October of last year.The exploit was particularly seriously because it overwhelmed 911 call centers in cities across the nation.An 18-year-old coder Meetkumar Desai is allegedly responsible for the creation of that exploit, and shortly after it was released, it began making the rounds as a link on Twitter.The exploit took advantage of the fact that iPhones would automatically call phone numbers users tapped on, tricking people into placing an emergency call.That, obviously, is not a good thing, as emergency operators need those lines to be as open as possible.
Users can uncover the tragic story of the high school student from "13 Reasons Why" by exploring her phone in a web experience.Netflix's new teen drama "13 Reasons Why" centers on Hannah Baker, a high school student who committed suicide after feeling isolated and being bullied.Ahead of the series' worldwide release on 31 March, Netflix France launched an interactive web experience for mobile devices that lets fans explore the content of Hannah's phone.At 13reasons.fr, users have access to Hannah's messages and contacts, her Instagram account, her browser history and more.They can read the last text messages she and her classmates have been exchanging before her death and scroll through her Instagram feed.In Hannah's browser history, they find sites such as a Facebook help page that explains how to block someone on the network.
Apple released iOS 10.3 this week, and in addition to a new file system and a built-in “Find My AirPods” app, the new update also fixes a very important bug that could allow assholes to robocall 911.Back in October, 18-year old Meetkumar Desai was arrested after software he allegedly wrote—which allowed iPhones to continuously call 911 over and over again—resulted in attacks that overwhelmed 911 call centers across a dozen states.This was possible due to a flaw in iOS that would allow users to tap a phone number and immediately dial it.Desai’s software allegedly utilized this flaw—if one clicked on a malicious link from Twitter, they would dial 911 without even realizing.When weaponized, this could allow callers to repeatedly dial 911 without knowing, clogging up call centers and putting lives at risk.Obviously, this was very bad.
A new approach that centers around performance makes the Airport Extreme taller with 6 antennas at the top, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal.Together with 802.11ac wireless technology, they let you connect faster, farther.Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 1,800 people, the typical list price of Apple's Airport Extreme has been discounted on Amazon by 20% to $159.See this deal on Amazon.This story, "20% off Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
A new approach that centers around performance makes the Airport Extreme taller with 6 antennas at the top, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal.Together with 802.11ac wireless technology, they let you connect faster, farther.Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 1,800 people, the typical list price of Apple's Airport Extreme has been discounted on Amazon by 20% to $159.See this deal on Amazon.This story, "20% off Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
Wang Jing, Baidu’s former General Manager of autonomous driving, announced on Monday that he is to resign from the company in April to found his own driverless car startup.Before Joining Baidu in 2010, Wang had already worked at a string of international technology companies including Oracle, Alibaba, and Google China.During his time at Baidu, Wang Jing led several projects for the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) department, setting up research centers in the United States and Shenzhen, as well as co-founding research arm, Baidu Research.Under Wang’s leadership, the company set up an autonomous driving unit in December 2015.More recently, the Chinese web giant Baidu joined Ford in a USD 150 million investment in the development of laser-based radar sensors at Velodyne LiDAR.Wang Jing, Photo from Baidu ImagesAccording to Wang, the top three players in autonomous driving are currently Google, Uber, and Baidu.His new startup aims to solve existing problems in the autonomous driving sector using computer visualisations and deep learning.Already, his project has received financing from Beijing-based investor Aplus Fund.Chinese entrepreneur and educator Yu Minhong (Michael Yu) and senior banker Sheng Xitai cofounded Aplus Fund in November 2014.
The acquisition shows that car companies are increasingly looking to mobility services as a way to expand their businesses.Audi will acquire mobility company Silvercar, stepping up its involvement in the mobility-service sector in a big way.The German automaker is moving to buy all remaining shares in the Texas-based company after acquiring a minority stake in 2015.Pending approval by regulators, the companies expect the deal to be complete before the middle of this year.Audi has worked with Silvercar on mobility-related projects since 2012, and Silvercar currently uses Audi A4 sedans exclusively for its airport rental-car service.In 2015, Audi invested $28 million in Silvercar.
State investigator, Oregon DoJ attorney lash out in lawsuitsA chap whose job was to investigate threats on social networks is suing the Oregon Department of Justice – for allegedly retaliating against him after his online sleuthing led him to the agency's own director of civil rights.In September 2015, James R Williams was working for the Oregon TITAN Fusion Center Unit, one of America's many intelligence-gathering centers that share tip-offs and other information between government agencies.They were created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks by Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice.According to Williams' lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Oregon, he was responsible for following up reports of serious threats from police and other investigators, civilian agencies, and citizens.His responsibilities included "open source media searches and investigation of backgrounds of anti-government individuals and their activities to identify threats."
On Tuesday, Amazon Web Services, the online retailer's massively profitable cloud computing arm, introduced AWS Connect — a new service that lets businesses set up their own call centers built on Amazon's own customer service tech.There are two big things to note with the launch of AWS Connect.First, it's just another example of how aggressive Amazon can be when it breaks into new markets.There are lots of call center software companies out there, some of which require expensive switchboard hardware to get started.AWS Connect is a price-competitive alternative that also offers customers the ability to set up Alexa-style voice menus.The other thing is that, at first blush, AWS Connect looks like it could compete with customer service products from Salesforce, the $58 billion enterprise software company that's become Amazon's BFF after its relationship with Microsoft fell apart.But the two companies are using it to highlight just how tight their bonds have become, with Salesforce actually integrating with AWS Connect today."I'm spending probably too much time in Seattle," where Amazon is based, jokes San Francisco-based Salesforce Executive VP of Strategic Alliances Ryan Aytay.'CEO-to-CEO relationship'Aytay says that the company's ties with Amazon go all the way to the top, calling it a "CEO-to-CEO relationship" between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy.Amazon is a big customer of Salesforce's own customer relationship management (CRM) software, says Aytay.Conversely, he says, Salesforce hosts "many, many" chunks of its own business, including the Heroku app hosting service, with Amazon Web Services.
Six high-performance computing (HPC) centers will be located at universities across the United Kingdom and officially launched this week.The HPC centers have been built using £20 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).The centers are intended to give both academics and industry experts access to powerful computers that can be used for research and development in engineering and physical sciences.The centers were created to address a gap in access to specialized HPC equipment that is not currently met by the National HPC Service.Some real-world applications of the newly available technology could include research into energy generation and storage, or the development of autonomous vehicles.The HPC centers will be located at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Oxford, Loughborough, and UCL.
Wang Jing, who used to head Baidu’s autonomous car unit, is to resign from Baidu in April and start his own driverless car startup.Wang, who spoke at a conference on Monday held by domestic investor Aplus Fund in Beijing, has confirmed that he is leaving Baidu and starting his own startup.Since joining Baidu in 2010, Wang has set up some research branches for Baidu AI, including the research centers in the United States and Shenzhen.Wang co-founded the company’s research arm Baidu Research in 2013.Then, he set up the autonomous car business inside Baidu and headed the business.Baidu autonomous cars saw major breakthroughs during Wang’s leadership.The car completed its first road test in 2015.Later in September 2016, Baidu received a permit, the 15th in the world, from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, allowing Baidu to test its autonomous driving technologies in the U.S.On March 1, Baidu announced in an internal email letter that it is starting a new unit – the Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), headed by newly appointed Baidu group president Qi Lu.IDG consists of autonomous driving, smart car business, and car life.Moreover, the letter also stated that Wang Jing will no longer head the autonomous car business due to personal reasons.Wang’s startup will focus on autonomous driving and it has received financing from Aplus Fund.
Hot Logic Mini averages 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,800 people (87% rate a full 5 stars: read recent reviews).A cross between a lunch bag and an oven, this personal, portable cooker is great for the office, job site, the campsite, the car, or anywhere you have an outlet.The Hot Logic Mini will prepare fresh-cooked hot meals, reheated meals or perfectly cooked prepackaged meals without overcooked edges or frozen centers.Whether you're cooking uncooked, frozen chicken breasts with fresh beans on top or reheating last night's pizza, HotLogic will cook it and hold its temperature until you're ready to eat.Its typical list price of $39.95 has been reduced, for now, to $29.95.See this deal now on Amazon.
The Chinese PC-maker is planning to increase its market share of its data centre business.Chinese PC-maker Lenovo has hired former Intel CIO Kim Stevenson to head its newly formed data centre business units.The newly formed business units will help Lenovo enter five market segments which include data centre infrastructure, software-defined data centers, ‘hyperscale’ systems, data center services, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications.These new units will each be led by a general manager who will develop offerings and go-to-market strategies and will take the responsibility of the entire business from end-to-end.Kim Stevenson will be the senior vice president and general manger of the new Data Center Infrastructure (DCI) business segment.Stevenson will lead Lenovo’s core data centre products and solutions portfolio.
(Reuters) — Dubai’s Emaar Malls, operator of glitzy Middle East shopping centers, has made an $800 million offer for regional online retailer Souq.com, setting up a potential bidding war with Amazon.com.Emaar Malls’ bid has so far not been accepted by Souq.com shareholders, the Dubai-listed firm said in a stock exchange announcement on Monday.Reuters reported last week that Amazon had agreed in principle to buy Souq.com, which was founded 12 years ago by Syrian-born entrepreneur Ronaldo Mouchawar.The Financial Times reported Amazon would pay between $650 and $750 million, quoting two sources familiar with the matter.However, Souq.com will have to break an exclusivity agreement with Amazon if it is to accept the Emaar Malls offer at this stage, the source said.The Emaar Malls bid includes a $500 million up-front payment and a guaranteed 15 per cent internal rate of return for Souq.com shareholders, the source said.
Maybe U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is a robot.It’s hard to imagine another explanation, given his statement that the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs is not on his “radar screen” because the problem is 50 to 100 years away.Either he’s misdirecting us to allow his robot brethren to harvest human jobs while we’re looking elsewhere, or he’s received insufficient data inputs.Come to think of it, it may be the latter, and he may not be a machine after all — but rather just another slippery government official.Mnuchin made the comments in an interview published March 24 by news website Axios.“In terms of artificial intelligence taking over American jobs, I think we’re so far away from that … (it’s) not even on my radar screen,” Mnuchin said.“I think it’s 50 or 100 more years.”Interestingly, the Treasury Secretary’s comments roughly coincided with release of a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report saying 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be at risk of automation within about 15 years.The question isn’t whether AI and automation will eliminate many jobs, it’s whether, as during the Industrial Revolution and America’s mid-20th century factory-automation boom, the new technology will create as many or more entirely new jobs, PwC reported.“Will this just have the same effects as past technological leaps – short term disruption more than offset by long term economic gains – or is this something more fundamental in terms of taking humans out of the loop not just in manufacturing and routine service sector jobs, but more broadly across the economy?” the report said.Eventually, it’s likely that AI and automation will lead to “broadly similar overall rates of employment for human workers, although with different distributions across industry sectors and types of jobs than now,” according to PwC.But whether that happens depends on people like Mnuchin, the report would tend to suggest.“The government, working with employers and education providers, should invest more in the types of education and training that will be most useful to people in this increasingly automated world,” PwC said.“Central and local government bodies also need to support digital sectors that can generate new jobs, for example through place-based strategies centered around university research centers, science parks and other enablers of business growth.”Mnuchin’s view drew strong reactions from high-profile folks in tech.“I’m dumbfounded,” said Amy Webb, former technology professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and current CEO at the Future Today Institute.“If Mnuchin had done any previous reading or learning about AI, he couldn’t have uttered those ridiculous words this morning.”Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who this month predicted that the world’s first trillionaire will make that fortune by applying AI, expressed his opinion on Mnuchin’s comments with one word, in boldface: “wow” — this from a man who in January tweeted his approval of Mnuchin during his Senate confirmation hearing.Over at The Atlantic magazine, Mnuchin’s take on AI and robots was attributed to him supporting his boss.“His response seems intended to further an increasingly politicized dilemma: who, or what, is responsible for taking jobs away from American workers,” the magazine reported.“President Trump spent the better part of a year convincing American voters that it’s offshoring and immigrants that are responsible for the decline of certain industries and the loss of jobs that have come along with it.“This narrative persists despite the fact that research has shown it not to be the case.A 2015 study from Ball State University found that around 88 percent of factory job loss in the U.S. was attributable to increased productivity — via improvements to things such as machinery and automation — not offshoring or trade, which played a much smaller role.” Photo: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin speaks during a press conference at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, on March 18, 2017.
If you admire the Planeteers, feel you could be one, too, and know that saving our planet is the thing to do, we have great news: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The New Adventures of Captain Planet and The All New Adventures of Captain Planet — six seasons of super-powered eco-justice!— are being made available for the first time via digital download on April 10, thanks to Cartoon Network.Just in time for Earth Day.Individual seasons will be available for $9.99 and $14.99, while individual episodes can be had for $1.99 each.Fans can purchase either through major digital content shops, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation Store and Xbox Store.In case you need a refresher on this ‘90s classic:Captain Planet and the Planeteers centers on a team of five teens from across the globe, including Kwame from Africa, Wheeler from North America, Linka from Eastern Europe, Gi from Asia and Ma-Ti from South America, who are chosen to help defend planet Earth from environmental disasters.Gaia, the spirit of the planet, gives each of the teens a magical ring charged with the power to control an element of nature, including earth, fire, wind, water and the heart.The group of teens become known as the Planeteers and are sent by Gaia to right the wrongs of the Eco-villains who are responsible for causing various environmental damage to the planet.
You might not want to suffer a mosquito bite to get a close-up shot of the flying insect, but for this science photographer it goes with the territory.If you’ve ever seen a photo of a mosquito in a magazine or newspaper, there’s a good chance it was taken by James Gathany.In a recent interview with The Atlantic‘s Sarah Zhang, Gathany, a long-time science photographer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, explains how he honed his technique for grabbing close-up shots of the flying insect.Turns out Gathany’s remarkable mosquito macros are the result of some very careful focusing and a very steady hand.That’s because it’s his finger the mosquitoes are always seen resting on.According to the science photographer, this is the easiest way to do it — rather than shoot the insect on another person’s finger — as this method offers him more control.
Twilio has launched a new feature that helps developers deal with pesky answering machines and voice mail.The cloud communications company has created an answering machine detection (AMD) option available for those using its Twilio Programmable Voice service.Developers can use AMD in one of two scenarios: to notify the caller when someone actually answers or to tell them when the answering machine greeting is over so a message can be left.“This new AMD enables you to create the best possible customer experience, while gathering valuable data about how often your calls are picked up by humans or machines,” wrote Andrew Jordan, a product manager at Twilio, in a blog post.“For outbound sales and marketing contact centers, it nearly eliminates the time-wasting experience of an agent picking up a call only to hear an answering machine message.”The introduction of this feature may not be impactful to the individual developer and their apps, but as Twilio seeks to target more companies in the enterprise, this could be a small but significant feature that saves money in the long term.But AMD isn’t free to use, as Twilio charges $0.0075 per call when the feature is enabled “and the called party picks up.” There’s no charge for a busy or failed call.It’s also only available as a public beta in the United States and Canada, though there are plans to make it available in the United Kingdom and other countries.
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