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But more recently, gaming notebook makers have been experimenting with more far-out designs like what we’ve seen from the Asus ROG Mothership – which looks like what you’d get if a Microsoft Surface and a Star Destroyer had a baby – and now this: the Acer Predator Triton 900.A giant convertible 17-inch gaming laptopPRICE: Starts at around £4,000LIKE: Adjustable design, lots of ports, blazing performance, gorgeous display, slick GPU windowDON'T LIKE: Cramped keyboard, small touchpad, heavy, short battery life, really expensiveBefore you even open it, the Triton 900 appears more cut and chiselled compared to something like MSI’s GT75.
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The mobile gaming trend has only grown stronger in the last few years, especially with the release of more demanding Android games and emulator software that can run games from other platforms using only a smartphone.With its cutting-edge technology, the best gaming smartphones often are expensive, but the Razer Phone 2 is heavily discounted on Amazon right now.Originally priced at $800, it was reduced by 50% making it possibly the best smartphone deal out there right now — other than the Google Pixel 2XL discount.Its 5.72-inch LCD IGZO screen supports HDR10 content and the front stereo speakers are Dolby Atmos-certified, giving you a full entertainment experience.This was one of the most notable features of the original Razer Phone, and the quick refresh rate produced incredibly smooth gaming in everyday usage.It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and is backed by 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with a MicroSD slot up to 2TB.
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Many car enthusiasts dream of someday getting to drive a single-seat race car, be it an F1 car or one of the lesser formulas.The truth is that even though those vehicles are available on the used market, getting them running and maintaining them can be a nightmare.Lotus tried to solve that problem back in 2010 with its T125 program, but eventually, Lotus being Lotus, it ran out of money and bailed on the project.Fast forward nine years and a small company from New Zealand bought all the leftovers from that Lotus project and has actually built its own 675-horsepower version, Pistonheads reports.Rodin's FZed track day car uses -- in addition to the chassis bits mostly finished by Lotus -- a 3.8-liter GPV8 engine from Cosworth.Nor is the claimed weight of just 1,299 pounds, and I bet that's got you thinking (Get it?
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The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things: Washing dishes, going for a run, coloring, and especially, driving.Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest or you’re just dipping your toe into the vast ocean of podcasts, we’ll find you something worth listening to.How many episodes are there and how long are they?There’s even a condensed version with John Lithgow, Kyra Sedgwick, and a ton of other famous faces.For example, the report mentions “active measures” and defines it as “a term that typically refers to operations conducted by Russian security services aimed at influencing the course of international affairs.” But it doesn’t explain that it’s a Cold War term and how the internet has changed its implementation.You’re still sore about who’s sitting on the Iron Throne.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.There’s no school like the old school, and that goes for game consoles as well.But how do you hook up such old consoles to new TVs?When I went to the National Videogame Museum recently, my favorite exhibit was the mock-up 80s living room, complete with the curved-screen CRT monitor hooked up to an Intellivision.It brought back memories of a simpler time and reminded me I’m of the last generation to grow up without HD (at least until I was about 14 when my parents bought our first HDTV).So where do our old consoles fit in?
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An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has found that hazardous chemicals were detected in plastics eaten by seabirds.The research findings were published in Marine Pollution Bulletin in May 2019.The researchers carried out non-target survey of additives in 194 pieces of plastics ingested by seabirds, such as Northern Fulmar and Albatross.These additives, which are often hazardous chemicals, are generally blended into most plastics in order to make plastics better, for instance to stabilize polymers against UV degradation or oxidation, to simply add colors, and so on."We uncovered that 4 kinds of UV stabilizers and 2 brominated flame retardants at detection frequencies of 4.6% and 2.1%, respectively" said Dr. Hideshige Takada, the corresponding author and professor in the Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry of TUAT."Our previous researches showed that these additives in plastics are transferred from ingested plastics and unfortunately accumulated in some tissues of seabirds."
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Bravo, Marks and Spencer, for rewarding its customers rather than punishing them for corporate decisions they've had absolutely jack all to do with.Rather than just foisting a charge on people who dare brave the shops without their own containers or bags - for whatever reason that may be - Marks and Spencer is doing the decent thing and balancing it out by giving you money off for bringing your own containers along to the store's food counters.The chain is already happy to knock 25p off the price of your hot drink if you can produce your own cup, and now that same discount will be applied at the Market Place counter, that offers both hot and cold food options to go."Our priority is to reduce single-use packaging and ensure any we do use can be reused or recycled, as we work towards our 2022 target for all our packaging to be widely recyclable," said Paul Willgoss, M director of food technology."Food-to-go is a growing market; so finding solutions in this space is an important part of our wider plan.Our Market Place containers are already widely recyclable, but we want to go a step further with the introduction of an incentive to encourage customers to switch to reusable containers."
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Adult content platform SpankChain has launched SpankPay, a cryptocurrency payments platform.As a result, customers will now be able to pay using several cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.The platform also accepts privacy-focused coins such as Zcash and Monero.SpankPay is launching with two partners, which have already integrated the solution: SkyPrivate, Skype-based webcam service and JustFor.Fans, a blogging and market place for adult entertainers.“With SpankPay, we are bringing immediate value to adult merchants by helping them accept crypto [sic], avoid chargebacks, and reach a global audience,” said Ameen Soleimani, SpankChain’s CEO.SpankChain said in a blog post that its new service would charge a 0.5 percent transaction fee.
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A NASA team has built a miniaturized instrument that will measure more comprehensively than existing instruments the specks of naturally occurring and manmade matter in the air that can adversely affect human health and the climate.Before the instrument - the Multi-Angle Stratospheric Aerosol Radiometer (MASTAR) - is ready for primetime, however, it first will hitch a ride on a high-altitude scientific balloon to demonstrate its performance in a suborbital environment, 19 miles above Earth's surface.Once MASTAR completes its testing, the team building the instrument wants to fly it aboard a constellation of small, relatively inexpensive CubeSats to gather simultaneous, multipoint measurements of those ubiquitous specks of matter, also called aerosol particles or aerosols for short, which can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between."Knowing where [aerosols are] going is important economically."Flying these instruments on multiple spacecraft would give us the global measurements we need."Once in Earth's upper atmospheric layer, the stratosphere, these aerosols can last for months, creating problems for commercial airliners, for example, that cruise at high altitudes.
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DJI has a new way to get a drone’s eye view, with the DJI Digital First Person Viewing (FPV) Transmission System pairing live-streaming video with a set of digital goggles.Targeting the growing field of drone racing, along with videographers wanting a higher framerate from their footage, the system promises digital quality with latency to compete with traditional analog streaming systems.It consists of a number of components, of which the FPV goggles are just one part.The core is the DJI FPV Air Unit Module, which uses a two-way data communication system with a range of up to 2.5 miles.Its latency clocks in at 28 milliseconds, end-to-end, with an anti-interference technology to reduce the likelihood of dropped frames or downtime.A “Focus Mode” promises to narrow down the signal bitrate to the center of the frame, for situations where interference is more likely.
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Audio brand Jaybird has released a brand new entry for their 2019 range of fitness and running headphones – the Jaybird Vista earbuds – and they're now available to buy.These true wireless earbuds follow on from the company's previous Jaybird Run True and Run XT models, ditching the head cable of the Jaybird X4 and Jaybird Tarah Pro for a lighter, untethered experience.Get one of these fitness trackers insteadIntended for all-weather exercise, the Jaybird Vista earbuds come with IPX7 water resistance, meaning they'll be more than happy out in the rain – though you won't want to take them more than a meter underwater.You only get around 6h charge, given their small form factor, but the additional charging case can bring that up to a total 16 hours – in case you're working out for that long.The Vista earbuds also have Jaybird's helpful quick-charge feature, allowing you to give yourself up to an hour's use with just a few minutes of charge – as well as a brilliantly easy-to-use EQ app.
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If you’re looking for something with a bit more boom, then the Ultimate Ears Speakers should definitely be one of your top choices.With one more month to go before the summer ends, there is no better time than now to score either of the two speakers along with their booming price cuts of up to 52%.Waterproof may not come as a new idea but the virtually indestructible Boom 2 is made with premium materials so sound quality goes above and beyond the limits of water, mud, sand.Its compact and rugged design would surely be appreciated by adventurous music lovers as it is built to survive falls from up to five feet high.Size shouldn’t be a telltale sign of strength or weakness, as the UE Boom 2 blasts an immersive 360-degree sound and packs 15 hours of playtime.Why risk the chance of heartbreak when you can just fall in love with the UE Boom 2 and its sweet 52% price cut on Amazon.
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Japanese scientists have developed an efficient method of successfully generating hair growth in nude mice.The new method can be scaled up and therefore shows great potential for clinical applications in human hair regenerative therapy.Their findings were published on May 9, 2019 in Biomaterials.Previous studies have shown improved results by transplanting, onto the backs of mice, a three-dimensional tissue culture called hair follicle germ (HFG).HFG is composed of hair follicle stem cells derived from both epithelial (outer layer of the skin) and mesenchymal tissue (connective tissue derived from the mesoderm).To make the method scalable and therefore clinically viable, a team of scientists led by Dr. Tatsuto Kageyama and Prof. Junji Fukuda from Yokohama National University in Japan proposed a new approach to regenerate hair using mouse and human hair follicle stem cells.
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Tidyverse packages like ggplot2 and dplyr have a function syntax that is usually pretty handy: You don’t have to put column names in quotation marks.Note the column name, mpg, is unquoted.That feature hasn’t been handy, though, if you want to write your own R functions using the tidyverse.That’s because base R functions usually need quoted column names while tidyverse functions generally don’t.[ Get Sharon Machlis’s R tips in our how-to video series.| Read the InfoWorld tutorials: Learn to crunch big data with R. • How to reshape data in R. • R data manipulation tricks at your fingertips • Beginner’s guide to R. | Stay up to date on analytics and big data with the InfoWorld Big Data Report newsletter. ]
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The Britain's Got Talent judge ultimately lost out on the part in Die Another Die to Rosamund Pike.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Israeli spyware company NSO Group’s powerful Pegasus malware – the same spyware implicated in a breach of WhatsApp earlier this year – is capable of scraping a target’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, according to a report in the Financial Times on Friday.According to the FT, “people familiar with its sales pitch” as well as leaked sales documents show that NSO Group’s parent company Q-Cyber is advertising Pegasus as having the capability to copy authentication keys to services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud from an infected phone to a web server that is then capable of independently downloading the target’s entire online history.The paper wrote that the documents advertise the functionality as allowing ongoing access to data stored on the servers of tech giants that persists beyond the Pegasus infection on the phone itself (presumably until the authentication key in question is invalidated):It works on any device that Pegasus can infect, including many of the latest iPhones and Android smartphones, according to the documents, and allows ongoing access to data uploaded to the cloud from laptops, tablets and phones – even if Pegasus is removed from the initially targeted smartphone.One pitch document from NSO’s parent company, Q-Cyber, which was prepared for the government of Uganda earlier this year, advertised the ability of Pegasus to “retrieve the keys that open cloud vaults” and “independently sync-and-extract data”.The documents brag that having access to a “cloud endpoint” allows access “far and above smartphone content”, the FT wrote.
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From July 22 - 25, 2019, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will welcome VOICE Summit 2019 -- "the world's largest voice tech conference."VOICE will be held for the second consecutive year at NJIT, drawing a roster of internationally recognized brands from around the world and nearly 5,000 attendees over the course of the four-day event interested in "reimagining how we interact with technology through voice."The event -- organized by Modev, and supported by diamond sponsor Amazon Alexa and platinum partners, Voices.com and Microsoft -- is scheduled to feature more than 350 speakers, 1,500 developers and 1,000 executives, and include representatives from global technology leaders and media companies such as Amazon Alexa, Viacom, Google, Microsoft, the New York Times and the BBC, among others."The VOICE Summit is attracting leaders from throughout the field of voice technology, which is rapidly changing how the entire world communicates," said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom."NJIT and the city of Newark are the perfect hosts for this event, because Newark has become a tech hub and NJIT is both a leading polytechnic university and a research powerhouse.""Last year, we established VOICE as the pre-eminent conference in the voice-first era, and this year we are taking it to a whole new level," said Pete Erickson, organizer of the VOICE Summit and founder of Modev.
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Researchers have found mysterious, unexpected alternating currents going through Jupiter's atmosphere, very similar to what is seen on Earth.Published in Nature Astronomy, researchers used data from NASA's Juno probe, which has been orbiting the celestial giant since 2016, and found the electric currents that go through Jupiter's magnetosphere don't act as they should.The currents, which produce auroras on Jupiter just as they do on Earth, have less direct current than would be expected.OCEAN ON JUPITER'S MOON EUROPA HAS TABLE SALT, JUST LIKE EARTH'S SEAS"These observations, combined with other Juno spacecraft measurements, show that alternating currents play a much greater role in generating Jupiter's aurora than the direct current system," one of the study's co-authors, Joachim Saur, said in a statement.Like Earth, the auroras on Jupiter are oval rings near their poles and are driven by "a gigantic system of electrical currents that connects the polar light region with Jupiter's magnetosphere," the statement added.
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Fifth Wall Ventures, an investor in Clutter, b8ta, ClassPass, Lime and others, has raised $503 million for its sophomore venture capital fund.The firm, which closed on $212 million for its debut fund in May 2017, prefers to invest in the burgeoning real estate industry, but has made opportunistic investments in other sectors.The Los Angeles firm counts real estate owners as limited partners, as well as a number of global partners, including U.S.-based Cushman & Wakefield, Japan’s Mitsubishi Estate and the U.K.s’ British Land and SEGRO.“Fifth Wall sees powerful network effects in our unique fund model as it becomes a centralized platform for the world’s largest real estate companies to share insights and access new technologies to enhance their businesses,” Fifth Wall managing partner Brendan Wallace said.“For our entrepreneurs, Fifth Wall efficiently opens distribution channels for their products to more than 50 corporate strategic investors globally and we have dedicated a team to support the success of those partnerships and integrations.”
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Den indiska rymdfarkosten Chandrayaan-2 stoppades en knapp timme innan uppskjutning.Nu berättar forskare i indiska medier att helium hade börjat läcka och att det var det som satte stopp för månfärden.– Efter att vi fyllt på med helium såg vi att trycket minskade, vilket tydde på att det var en läcka, säger en anonym forskare till tidningen och tillägger att det kan röra sig om flera läckor.– Vi hade tur att vi inte hann gå in i den automatiska uppskjutningsprocessen, då kunde allt ha gått förlorat, säger en forskare till Hindustan Times.Som bärraket för uppskjutning används en trestegsraket kallad Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III.Indiska medier rapporterar att ett intensivt arbete pågår för att laga läckan före slutet av juli då det finns möjlighet att göra ett nytt försök.
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The two-wheeled portion of the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may have ended in tragedy with the death of four-time champion Ducati rider Carlin Dunne, but Dunne's death wasn't the only story.There's also the story of Aprilia USA and motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook's attempt on the heavyweight production bike record, and that story had a happy ending.In the end, Rennie was able to pilot his nearly showroom stock Aprilia Tuono 1100 Factory up America's mountain in just 9 minutes, 44.963 seconds, making him the fastest man on two wheels in the event's history.Just as a comparison, the fastest production car took 10 minutes 18.4 seconds.It took a little while, but the folks from Aprilia along with Rennie's publication, CycleNews, cut together a video of the run up the mountain and friends, it's incredibly exciting -- and pants-soilingly terrifying.If you've never been on Pikes Peak (first of all, you should; it's a gorgeous public road) then it's hard to convey just how tight the hairpins are and how steep the unguarded drop-offs are should you get one of those hairpins wrong.
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Vincent van Gogh was onto something when he envisioned the landscape and the heavens pulled into taffy swirls of light.NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared her own artful view of a starry night with a composite image captured from the International Space Station."City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares.A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window," Koch tweeted on Wednesday.Koch has a lot of time to contemplate the wonders of orbiting Earth.She's on an extended stay on the ISS that will eventually earn her the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
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Netlify dodges the blockers by going to the sourceWith many analytic tools requiring tracking pixels, cookies or JavaScript in the webpage, the arms race in blocking the things – either unintentionally through ad-blockers or intentionally because of privacy concerns – is proving a headache for website operators.The solution is, Netlify told London's JAMstack conference, to use all those log files generated on the web server itself.After all, unless you have more nefarious aims in mind, that information should be all developers need to keep things humming along.The first cut of the system will track the usual things – page views, unique visitors, bandwidth, top pages and, most usefully, where resources are not found (such as a missing image or 404).It seems like obvious stuff – one would hope that a missing resource would show up somewhere in testing as part of CI/CD, but the number of borked sites out there indicates that this is not the case.
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Cisco and Huawei are old rivals in communications equipment and have been in the market for many years.In 2003, the American company sued Huawei for “plagiarism code,” but embarrassingly, Cisco recently admits to misusing Huawei code.Recently, Cisco issued 19 security statements, 18 of which involved high-risk vulnerabilities.The other is a low-level vulnerability related to small enterprise 250, 350, 350X and 550X switches.The device can’t get the CVE identification code.However, why will Cisco, an American tech giant, use its Chinese rivals certificates and keys in its switches?
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At Baidu’s Create conference in Beijing this week, Intel corporate vice president Naveen Rao announced that Baidu is collaborating with Intel on the development of the latter’s Nervana Neural Network Processor for training, also known as NNP-T 1000 (previously NNP-L 1000).The two companies will combine their expertise to develop high-speed accelerator hardware capable of training AI models quickly and power-efficiently.Intel describes the 16nm NNP-T, code-named “Spring Crest,” as a “new class” of AI model hardware designed to “accelerate distributed training at scale.” It’s optimized for image recognition and has an architecture distinct from other chips in that it lacks a standard cache hierarchy and its on-chip memory is managed directly by software.Intel claims the NNP-T’s 24 compute clusters, 32GB of HBM2 stacks, and local SRAM enable it to deliver up to 10 times the AI training performance of competing graphics cards and 3-4 times the performance of Lake Crest, the company’s first NNP chip.Furthermore, the NNP-T is able to distribute neural network parameters across multiple chips thanks to its high-speed on- and off-chip interconnects, allowing it to achieve very high parallelism.It additionally uses a new numeric format — BFloat16 — that can boost the sort of scalar computations central to inferencing tasks, enabling the NNP-T to accommodate large machine learning models while maintaining “industry-leading” power efficiency.
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Nokia has disowned comments made by one of its senior executives regarding the security of its rival Huawei in the networking space.In a recent interview with the BBC, the company's CTO Marcus Weldon warned the UK against using equipment made by the Chinese firm as it could pose a risk to the country's 5G networks.To back up his claims, Weldon cited a new report from the US security firm Finite State, which provided further details on vulnerabilities present in Huawei's enterprise networking equipment, saying:Huawei's telecom equipment is more likely to have flaws than rivals' claims report“We read those reports and we think okay, we’re doing a much better job than they are.Some of it seems to be just sloppiness, honestly, that they haven't patched things, they haven't upgraded.
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Tetris Royale, a 100-player battle royale game, is coming to mobile devices in a partnership between N3TWORK and The Tetris Company.It’ll essentially be a mobile version of the Nintendo Switch’s impossibly addicting Tetris 99.The game is the first Tetris game to come out of N3TWORK and The Tetris Company’s exclusive multiyear partnership, which means we’ll be seeing more Tetris games for mobile in the future.Aside from the 100-player competitive mode, Tetris Royale will have other modes like a Solo marathon mode and daily challenges where players can earn rewards to gain customization options, power-ups, and boosters that can be used in battle games.The game is currently in development and will be available for beta testing for iOS and Android devices in 2019.In the meantime, might I suggest playing this Flappy Bird Battle Royale game?
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See Google, there are other ways to run browser content blockers smartlySoftware engineers working on the Brave browser have rewritten the browser's ad blocking engine in Rust and seen massive speed increases as a result.In a blog post on Wednesday, Brave Software performance researcher Andrius Aucinas and chief scientist Ben Livshits said that rewriting Brave's built-in ad blocker in Mozilla-spawned Rust resulted in an average 69x improvement in the amount of time required to process web requests.And the previous iteration of its ad blocking engine was already optimized C++.Rust, a next-gen C/C++-like systems language designed to be fast, safe, and secure, recently celebrated four years in official release and, for each of those years, it has been the most loved programming language in Stack Overflow's annual developer survey."Rust gives memory and data-race static (at compile time) safety with native code performance, vs C++," Brave CEO Brendan Eich explained to The Register via email.
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DeepNude is a web app that uses deepfake technology to turn any photo of a woman into a realistic-looking nude image.DeepNude is currently offline because its servers have been overloaded from too much traffic, according to the website's developers.A new web app that lets users create realistic-looking nude images of women offers a terrifying glimpse into how deepfake technology can now be easily used for malicious purposes like revenge porn and bullying.Up until now, most deepfake technology and software requires uploading vast amounts of video footage of the subject in order to train the AI to create realistic-looking — yet false — depictions of the person saying or doing something.But DeepNude, which was first discovered by Motherboard, makes generating fake nude images a one-click process: All someone would have to do is upload a photo of any woman (it reportedly doesn't generate male nudes), and let the software do the work.But others have used the technology to effortlessly spread misinformation, like this deepfake video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was altered to make the senator seem like she doesn't know the answers to questions from an interviewer.
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The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has announced the latest version of its insect-like RoboBee ‘X-Wing’ is officially the lightest vehicle to achieve sustained untethered flight.The solo flight milestone was recorded as a slow-motion video in which viewers see the tiny robot’s wings flap rapidly, just like an ordinary insect.The achievement was made possible via a number of improvements made to the RoboBee.RoboBee X-Wing is described as lighter than a paper clip at 259 milligrams.Due to that low weight, it takes only 290 milligrams of lift to make the insect-inspired robot rise.The RoboBee’s energy requirement sits at 115 milliwatts, which is described as less than the power required to illuminate a single bulb on a strand of Christmas lights.
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