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Every man, other than columnist Jonathan Chait, was welcome at women s marches across the country today.We talked to a few of the men who attended the Women s March in Washington D.C. We tried really hard to make it into a jokey, lighthearted feature but unfortunately, they were incredibly thoughtful and we were sincerely moved.Tommy Jones, 22: I did.I m here with my four friends and my girlfriend.Q: What about a Trump presidency makes you feel personally threatened or afraid?For me, it s also about honoring the Paris climate agreement and getting renewable clean energy.
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Nintendo's new game console, the Switch is almost here, and already on the first day, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to purchase.the Game is expected to be a real killer app for the Switch, but those who already have a Wii U can consider to choose that version instead.the Difference between the Breath of the Wild on the Wii U and Switch becomes quite small, reveals IGN.the Wii U shows as usual the game in 720p resolution with 30 frames per second, but the Switch may either 1080p or 60 frames per second without the modest 900p no, we have not heard about the resolution and 30 frames per second.in Addition, the Switch version is more advanced sound effects from nature, grass, water, and footsteps.In a game where the environment plays such a great role, it is certainly valuable, but perhaps not worth buying a new game console.
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By CSO Dr. Shay Hershkovitz & COO Elad SchafferThe places where the Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration find agreement are few and far between.Yet one area in particular where the Trump administration should continue its predecessor s work is in the use of crowdsourcing by federal agencies.Indeed, both the White House and General Services Administration have advocated for the use of crowdsourcing after the presidential transition is over.Most crowdsourcing leverages a crowd as-is: A group is assembled usually on a virtual environment and set of questions or challenges are posed.Importantly, we have learned that equipping the crowd with an analytic toolbox can be a force multiplier in terms of strategic analysis.
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In conjunction with the Davos conference in Switzerland today, Microsoft announced plans to, in the next two years, double the size of its artificial intelligence AI research and development group in Montreal, which it established through the very recent acquisition of startup Maluuba.Microsoft is excited to engage with faculties, students and the broader tech community in Montreal, which is becoming a global hub for AI research and innovation, Microsoft president Brad Smith said at Davos, according to a blog post from Janet Kennedy, president of Microsoft Canada.Google, which has also acquired AI startups and has employed AI researchers internally for years right alongside Microsoft, formed an AI research group in Montreal just two months ago.Both Google and Microsoft have forged connections with Yoshua Bengio, a luminary in the AI field of deep learning, a subsector of AI that involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data and then getting them to make inferences about new data.Microsoft recently backed AI-oriented startup accelerator Element AI, of which Bengio is a cofounder.Facebook hired another luminary, Yann LeCun, to run its AI research lab in 2013, and Google picked up a different one, Geoff Hinton, through the 2013 acquisition of DNNresearch.The other top figure, Andrew Ng, previously headed up the Google Brain AI project but decamped to Chinese search company Baidu in 2014.On top of its AI expansion in Montreal, Microsoft says it will additionally make gifts to pay for AI research in the amounts of $6 million Canadian $4.56 million USD to the Université de Montréal and $1 million Canadian around $760,000 USD to McGill University.
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After an initial teaser in October, Nintendo finally fully revealed its newest console — the Nintendo Switch — last week.It s better than I was expecting it to be, especially after watching Nintendo s lackluster presentation the night before.As for the chip, all Nintendo is saying is that the console features a custom Tegra processor powered by Nvidia.When hooked up to a TV, the Switch can go up to a 1080p resolution, with a max of 720p in its portable mode.The Switch s audio outputs in 5.1 surround sound via HDMI in other words, it has no optical out to the TV , but it does have a headphone jack.The system itself is smaller than I thought it would be, but I m still not sure it is quite as portable as Nintendo is claiming.It certainly isn t going to fit in anybody s pocket, and even with a screen protector, it would still probably need some sort of case.Nintendo s solution for that is to allow players to expand that memory at will with microSDXC or microSDHC memory cards, but it s still a far cry from competitors offerings for internal storage.Given the system s hybrid nature, battery life is also important.
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Update: 16 January 2017 : We're expecting plenty of new phones running the Snapdragon 835 at MWC 2017 next month.In November 2016, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835, a brand-new top-end chip that will power many of this year s most powerful smartphones.That means the smartphones of 2017 are definitely worth looking forward to.Certainly it s going to be in a lot of smartphones.But it s not just going to be in smartphones.We won t know which phones will feature the Snapdragon 835 until individual manufacturers announce their handsets.
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The sparklers arms race just made a few hefty strides towards sparklers doomsday as the folks at JoyBlend doubled their previous record by lighting off 200,000 of them at the same time.If you ve ever wanted your birthday celebration to end in a gigantic apocalyptic fireball, this is how you d do it.Instead of actually bundling 200,000 sparklers together, it looks like the folks behind this video instead ignited 220 pounds of powdered sparklers mixture to create this explosion.It sounds like a bit of a shortcut, but it s hard to complain because experiments like these make sparklers considerably less lame.
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The Herald in Scotland pretty much said what we were all thinking this weekend, announcing the inauguration of Donald Trump like a four-year episode of The Twilight Zone.TV writer Damien Love framed the future president s election, inauguration, and impending presidency as what it truly is: a surreal experience that should be fictional, but isn t. It definitely seems like the more we think about the past few months, the more bizarre they seem, but nothing s outside the realm of possibility in alternate reality science fiction.Hell, there s a Black Mirror episode about a literal cartoon character who runs for office, convinces his followers to riot, and then forms a police state.Pictures of the TV listing made rounds on Twitter, including a share by nerdy hero and equal rights advocate George Takei.Here it is in full:After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history.
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After 146 years, the Greatest Show on Earth is closing.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told the Associated Press that the show will shut for good in May.The American icon tried to revive its fortunes with modern technology, but it couldn t stop declining attendance.Public tastes changed, and the group had damaging battles with animal rights groups over its treatment of elephants retired earlier and big cats such as lions and tigers.There isn t any one thing, said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, told the AP.This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.Ringling Bros. will finish its tours and perform 30 shows between now and May.
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Nintendo's new console, the Switch, will cost $299 toThe company announced as much from a Tokyo event on Thursday evening, where the console was detailed. North America on March 3.The Nintendo Switch is the successor to Nintendo's Wii U, a console that failed to catch on with people.
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iPhone 7 3D Touch FeaturesWhen Apple debuted 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in 2015, we all knew that we were looking at a feature that would become a staple on Apple devices for the foreseeable future.The technology was five years in the making at Apple, and it allows a device to read the amount of pressure applied to the screen.As a result, Apple was able to add a number of nifty shortcuts and tricks to iOS that are triggered by different amounts of pressure on the display.For example, pressing firmly on an app icon on the iPhone 6s/Plus and iPhone 7/Plus display will open a hidden menu with shortcuts to different features.3D Touch is a great addition to Apple devices, and it will play an even bigger role in iOS this year.
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Although we have consumer-grade virtual reality headsets out in the wild right now, that doesn t mean developers have solved all of the biggest puzzles holding back certain aspects of its use.One of the biggest is positional tracking without the need for external sensors, but positional sensor developer Eonite claims to have solved this problem in an affordable way.Currently virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive use external cameras or laser sensor boxes to detect where you are in the physical space.They track you moving forward and backward, as well as side to side, while the headset detects pitch, yaw, and roll.Microsoft has managed to do away with the need for sensors on its Hololens headset, but that costs thousands of dollars.Moreover, it s a software solution, so the hardware used doesn t matter too much.
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The baby monkey may have been fake, but the emotions that its death provoked were heartbreakingly real.A troop of langur monkeys in India mistook a lookalike robotic camera for one of its own, and began mourning for it after believing it had died.Astonishing footage filmed for the BBC s Spy in the Wild series sees the animals crowding around what they believe is a dead buddy.They later embrace each other as they grieve.We felt this calm and silence coming over them, series producer Matthew Gordon told Britain s Daily Express newspaper.All the noise they were making at the beginning just went completely silent and then they hugged each other.
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Faraday Future s car failed to park itself on stage at its big debut at CES last week.Oddly, at the same event, the much-anticipated FF 91 successfully parked itself outside the event building.As it turns out, the car inside was up to something different, as explained by the car s engineers.FF does have a solid and functioning self driving, self-parking system, but that s not what was used during the big indoor demo, and it all kind of served to undermine the car s abilities.See, the big news from the debut of the FF 91 was supposed to be that the company had built a working set of prototypes it says are ready for production once it, you know, secures a means for production such as a working factory , but much of the media focused on the endless string of buzzwords about the car and how it embarrassingly failed to park itself on stage.Faraday Future s Senior Vice President of Research and Development and main presenter for the night Nick Sampson told the press after the debut that the car simply faced technical challenges of the metal roof of the building itself, saying: If we look up at the roof of this building there s a lot of steel structure up there that d prohibit some of the signals.
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Since 1933 when the board game first appeared, Monopoly s tokens have changed and evolved over the years to reflect the times.In 2013 Hasbro even let fans vote to replace the iconic iron token with a cat, and starting today, the internet now has the chance to choose what replaces every last token for an upcoming version of the game.If the addition of Hazel the Cat to Monopoly never quite sat well with you, now s the chance to help right that egregious wrong.Between January 10 and January 31 you can visit www.VoteMonopoly.com and choose eight different tokens you d like to see in the new Token Madness version of the game.Voters will be able to select from over 50 token options, including the eight currently available if that thimble s always brought you good luck.The full list of old and potential new Monopoly tokens includes Scottie the dog, thimble, car, Hazel the cat, battleship, hat, wheelbarrow, boot, horse, rooster, goldfish, tortoise, penguin, rabbit, T-rex, telephone, typewriter, bathtub, television, key, gramophone, trumpet, sports car, race car, motorcycle, helicopter, private jet, monster truck, scooter, smiley face, kissy face, wink, laughter, Mr.
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While other cord-cutting companies put together flashy product announcements for this year s CES tradeshow, SiliconDust is working at its own pace.The maker of HDHomeRun networked tuners recently turned 10 years old, and while it s not a widely known consumer brand, it s quietly built up a healthy business by making antenna and cable signals easier to access.This year could be the company s biggest yet, as cord cutting grows and the antenna makes a comeback.Recording those video sources for later viewing has traditionally been trickier.In April 2015, SiliconDust announced its own DVR solution, which can record content onto a PC, Mac, or NAS box.Two years later, the company is still polishing the software though users can buy early access to development builds for a flat $60 .
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MTV believes C More contrasting international competitors in terms of domestic content.C More 9,95–24,95 euro price included in the service order depending on the tv-series, movies or sports to the formula 1 WORLD hockey, or all of the above mentioned.the C More is a monthly paid service that plans to challenge Netflix-like international competitors in the Finnish drama content, and Finnish favorite sports.a new kind of distribution channel construction is in us naturally a big step, and success solves the content.however, We already have 60 years of experience in the Finnish entertaining, so we can really say we know what the people thrive.we Came to the spring time to publish significant content packages and we can promise that C More is all Finnish streaming service , said MTV managing director Jarkko Nordlund.
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The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the NYSE.Family members of three Americans killed by ISIS attacks in Belgium and France have sued Twitter for allegedly failing to keep members of the terrorist organisation off its platform.The lawsuit, which was filed in the southern district of New York on January 8, alleges that Twitter has played a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS s image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies.Lawyers representing the plaintiffs argue in court documents that Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and they are asking for compensatory damages in amounts to be determined at trial.A Twitter spokesperson didn t respond to a request for comment about the case.A similar lawsuit accusing Twitter of providing support to ISIS was dismissed by a California judge in August 2016.
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By Brenna Lofquist, Marketing Coordinator for Heinz MarketingPlanning on attending a conference this year?Does that also give you anxiety or make you nervous?Maybe veterans would say no but, for a lot of first timers, the answer is most likely yes.However, it s a very normal and something that I have dealt with in the past, especially in such a outgoing and communicative industry.I have put together a couple tip and tricks that have helped me to overcome my nervousness and anxiety of attending a conference or networking event solo.
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What shows like The Walking Dead and films like Resident Evil show however is perhaps not the reality that we would face.You see in all our versions of the zombie apocalypse humanity somehow manages to heroically cling on, living to fight another day.Well if this paper is anything to go on then it s probably nonsense.A group of undergraduates from the University of Leicester decided to use some conventional infection models to see just how bad a zombie outbreak would really be for humanity and well...it s not looking good.The four students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy found that by using the SIR model of infection a widespread equation for determining the lethality of a disease outbreak a zombie outbreak would spread at a truly terrifying rate.The SIR model essentially splits a population up into three compartments: The susceptible, the infected and the removed dead .
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