You’re not the only one worried about how much time you’re spending on Facebook.The social media giant is, according to TechCrunch, working on a time-tracking tool designed to let users know how long they spend on Facebook.The “Your Time on Facebook” tool, found in Facebook’s Android app by Jane Manchun Wong, gives you a summary of the time spent on Facebook in the last seven days.You’ll see the time spent for each day, along with your average for the week.The tool will also let you set your own time limits, and provide you with reminders as you creep closer and closer to your limit.If this all sounds familiar, it’s because everyone is getting on board the health-and-wellness train.
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Bumble has already suggested they’d be open to partnering up with Facebook, while Tinder has expressed pleasure at the announcement — arguing it will help to end online dating stigma.But can Facebook offer anything that Tinder or Bumble — which both use Facebook data — can’t?The sheer amount of information Facebook has on us could make it a great place to find a partner.As well as knowing our friends, family and others (as any app using Facebook data would) — it also knows how much we interact with those users, the ones we talk to and who we tag the most.An argument for ‘yes’ comes from the fact that evidence (and often anecdote) would suggest we are not entirely honest on our dating profiles.Christian Rudder, one of the three founders of OKCupid, demonstrated our dishonesty in his book Dataclysm.
SpaceX continues to make real progress on its Falcon Heavy project.After successfully launching the new, bigger rocket for the first time earlier this year, the company has landed a $130 million contract to launch a classified military satellite for the US Air Force using the Falcon Heavy.We’re still awaiting SpaceX to announce additional test launches for the Falcon Heavy, which can carry much larger payloads than the standard Falcon 9, while the AFSPC-52 satellite isn’t scheduled to launch until 2020.SpaceX’s bid for the contract also beat out United Launch Alliance and their own Delta 4 heavy rocket, which is said to cost roughly $350 million to launch.Reducing government costs is exactly what was in mind, as Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center stated at the announcement of the SpaceX contract that it “fits the mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our Nation while maintaining assured access to space.”SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell also thanked the Air Force for their “trust and confidence” in the Falcon Heavy program:
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If you start listening to birds, you’ll realise that they have a species-specific sets of calls.Would you consider these songs a form of culture?Maybe, maybe not — but bird calls are passed down through generations, much as human traditions are.At least, that’s what new research has found, through modelling and observations of hundreds of swamp sparrows, a bird native to North America.“We’re able to demonstrate that they learn quite precisely, and they have a conformist bias — they have stable cultural traditions, with song types that can last many hundreds of years,” study author Robert Lachlan from Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom told Gizmodo.The researchers recorded 615 male swamp sparrows’ entire musical repertoires for a year in the northeastern United States.
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Earlier this week, our team was made aware that respected hot dog creator, Oscar Mayer, not only has a WienerFleet, but in order to celebrate summer’s start, is launching the Super Hotdogger, a JetPack-powered vehicle.It included “raw footage of Super Hotdogger flying over Southern California’s scenic water” — all in order to “get a better hot dog in every hand this summer.”Seeing footage of this raw-dogging filled me with delight.Plenty of kale-munching, kombucha-swigging, acai-bathing people, who tuck under spinach blankets on their little tofu mattresses every night and dream about celery.But I’ve decided to get defensive over my love for fast food anyway.Oscar Mayer’s latest addition to the WienerFleet is just the latest.
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Amazon’s Prime Exclusive selection of phones is becoming one of the best places to find a deal on discounted Android handsets.The online shopping giant offers a range of subsidized phones to Prime subscribers, often pre-loaded with Amazon’s apps and services.The company has announced that two new devices will be joining the lineup, the Moto G6 Play and Moto Z3 Play, each with Alexa installed as the digital assistant.Both phones are available for pre-order now and scheduled to start shipping on June 29th.They’ll each come unlocked and can support AT, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint networks.Amazon’s pre-loaded apps will include Prime Video, Photos, and Music, and voice assistant Alexa can be summoned via app icon or by double-tapping the phone’s power button.
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Including: Microsoft hoovers up Bonsai startupRoundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week.Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge.Amazon SageMaker now supports four frameworks: MXNet, Chainer, TensorFlow and PyTorch.Bonsai is focused in deep reinforcement learning and is aimed at enterprises looking to automate industrial processes, robotics, manufacturing and autonomous systems.“This toolchain will compose with Azure Machine Learning running on the Azure Cloud with GPUs and Brainwave, and models built with it will be deployed and managed in Azure IoT, giving Microsoft an end-to-end solution for building, operating and enhancing “brains” for autonomous systems,” according to a blog post.
Leah Juliett was 14 when nude photos of her were circulated throughout her school without her consent.In college, when the trauma “became unbearable,” she suffered from alcohol abuse and thoughts of suicide.“You do feel trauma after revenge porn,” she said.Those night terrors, that anxiety, walking through the halls of your high school feeling as if everyone had seen you naked.“I don’t want to ever take the narrative away from someone who experienced something different from what I’ve experienced,” she said, but added that she often calls revenge porn “cyber sexual assault” or “cyber sexual violence.”Juliett, who founded the cyber civil rights organisation March Against Revenge Porn, said that poetry — sharing her experience with online sexual exploitation — saved her life.
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Tech companies are apparently a lot more interested in our digital well-being these days, with both Android P and iOS 12 showing off features that tell you how much time you're spending glued to your smartphone's screen.Now it would appear that Facebook is getting in on the act too.TechCrunch discovered a page hidden away in the Facebook app for Android called "Your Time on Facebook" – as the name suggests, it tells you how much time you're spending each day scrolling through updates from your friends.There's also the option to set daily usage reminders, so if you don't want to use up too many hours liking and commenting, Facebook will step in with an alert.Again, this is similar to the app time limit features that Apple and Google are readying for the updates to their mobile OSes later in the year.There's an app for that
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Back in December, Facebook released a new kids-focused chat app, prompting widespread criticism from child health advocates, including calls to pull the service altogether.Despite this controversy, Facebook has continued to make Messenger Kids available on iOS and Android, and has now announced the app’s rollout to Canada and Peru.Aimed at kids 13 and under, Messenger Kids allows the same kind of text and video chat as the regular version, but includes a number of parental control features designed to make the app safe.For starters, kids aren’t required to use their real name, and their profiles are controlled through a parent’s Facebook account, along with who they have permission to communicate with.There are no ads or in-app purchases, and it focuses on kid-friendly stickers and photo filters.The app’s release in Canada and Peru marks some of the first international expansion for the service.
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People working in public relations typically act as the voice of a company, which is a real bummer for Netflix because the head of the company’s PR department decided to drop the n-word during a meeting.According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix’s PR chief Jonathan Friedland dropped the n-bomb on staffers twice several months ago.Friedland, who was with the company for more than seven years, was fired Friday.The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on a memo from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings that was sent to the entire company Friday afternoon, in which he announces the departure of Friedland.In the letter, Hastings said the former communications head showed “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity” by using the slur.He was told by those in the meeting that it was insensitive, and he apologised for using the term.
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Back in 2016, Valve debuted its vertically oriented “Knuckles” controller for use with SteamVR.The device remains exclusive to developers, but a new EV2 model has just been unveiled with a number of refinements that translate to improved controls in a VR environment, including new sensors that detect finger movement and grip strength.The EV2 maintains the original controller’s design of using a strap to connect it to the hand, allowing users to open their fingers and let go without dropping it.The top section, which users reach with their thumb, has seen some of the biggest changes: the original circular touchpad — which was borrowed from the Steam Controller — has been replaced with a smaller “Track Button.” This acts as a thumb-shaped trackpad with the ability to detect touch and force, while the extra space goes to a set of traditional buttons and an analog joystick.Colin Northway, one of the first developers to receive an EV2 controller, shared a picture comparing the new version (on the left) to the original.The first Knuckles controller was able to detect when individual fingers were touching the handle portion, allowing players to easily and naturally pick up objects in VR.
The Type R, on the other hand, is a Honda Civic that’s been given a crate of Red Bull which it’s downed in seconds before chomping it’s way through the West Coast Customs workshop.The in-your-face styling, the triple exhaust, the racing bucket seats.It’s a car that screams for attention and even now, more than a decade since adorning my bedroom with posters, I’m definitely paying attention.Every time I walked up to the car I smiled.Easing yourself down into the driving position - the Type R GT rides low - and the racing seats wrap around either side of you, like a reassuring hug to let you know you’ll be okay even if you do take a little bit of extra speed into the corners.Honda Civic Type R GT
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Every spring in Australia, millions of bogong moths emerge from their pupae and embark on a 600-mile trip to the Australian Alps, the highest mountain range in Australia.After a few months of estivation — a warm-weather sort of hibernation — they flit out of the caves and make the reverse trek all over again.Finally, back home, they mate, give birth, and die.Now, new research provides some insight: bogong moths seem to use the Earth’s magnetic field to help guide their trek.“Magnetism is hard to study because it’s unfamiliar to us,” Patrick Guerra, a neuroethologist at the University of Cincinnati who was not involved in the research, told Gizmodo.But it’s cool that we’re starting to chip away and understand how animals can sense things that we can’t.”
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The event sends the message back to the bot which can then respond.The bot then uses the LUIS recognizer…// Main dialog with LUISconst recognizer = new builder.LuisRecognizer(luisModelUrl);const intents = new builder.IntentDialog({Guess who has two thumbs and has to program the bot to handle all these intents?
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Apple is in a perpetual battle to stay ahead of hackers and secure its devices, but a new bug discovered by a security researcher and reported by ZDNet shows the passcode that protects iOS devices can be bypassed through a brute force attack, leaving iPhones and iPads vulnerable to being exploited.Matthew Hickey, a security researcher and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Hacker House, recently discovered a way to bypass some of Apple’s security measures meant to keep malicious actors out of devices.To understand how the attack works, here’s what you need to know: Apple started encrypting iOS devices back in 2014.In order to access that encrypted information, iPhones and iPads require users to enter a four- or six-digit passcode to protect the device that they choose during set-up.These security measures have been the bedrock of Apple’s privacy-first approach in recent years, and have pissed off law enforcement agencies that used to be able to access iPhone data by endlessly entering passcodes or asking Apple to just grab the information for them.What Hickey discovered, according to ZDNet, is a way to bypass the 10 guess limit when entering a passcode, allowing someone to endlessly enter combinations until the device is unlocked.
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Comment The sudden and shocking resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanick this week over a long-ago affair with a subordinate – banned under company rules – has led to much mirth among Register readers.Intel announced on Thursday Krzanich had resigned over "a past consensual relationship" with an underling, which broke the company's non-fraternization policy between managers and staff.As one well-placed insider told The Register on Thursday, inter-office affairs are not uncommon at Intel, even among senior management.Intel's internal rules allow for relationships between staff who don’t work directly together.However, there is a non-fraternization code for managers – basically, if you're overseeing someone directly or indirectly, and have a measure of control over their job and career, then you're not supposed to get entangled.Keep it in the family
Would you be willing to equip your bedroom or living room with an internet-connected microphone that could record and send all your conversations to the data-hungry server of a giant tech company or to a random person in your contact list?That is basically the privacy and security risk you’re taking when you bring home an Amazon Echo, Google Home or other smart speaker.The convenience and benefits of smart speakers are obvious, but like every other technology they come with their own tradeoffs, highlighted by the many stories that have raised—and exaggerated—concerns about the security and privacy implications of having a smart speaker in your home.Smart speakers are always listeningSmart speakers become activated with a “wake word.” For the Echo, it’s “Alexa,” and for the Google Home, it’s “OK Google.” After hearing the wake word, the smart speaker starts analyzing whatever comes after it.Data stored in the cloud
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An excavation of a million people’s genes has provided some interesting clues to how several common psychiatric disorders might arise, including major depression and schizophrenia.An international group of researchers from the US, UK, China, Singapore, Japan, and Australia collaborated for the project, dubbed the Brainstorm Study.They pooled together genetic data from 265,000 patients diagnosed with one of 25 different brain disorders, and compared it to genetic data of 785,000 people with no such diagnosis.Most of the disorders included were conditions thought to be psychiatric in nature, but they also included neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as migraines, epilepsy, and stroke.People with different neurological disorders did not have significant genetic patterns in common with one another, or with people who had psychiatric illnesses.“If we can uncover the genetic influences and patterns of overlap between different disorders, then we might be able to better understand the root causes of these conditions — and potentially identify specific mechanisms appropriate for tailored treatments.”
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