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Here comes the great defender of journalism – and he wants Facebook to pay for newsNews Corp executive chairman and internationally despised publisher Rupert Murdoch has waded into the fake news debate – and demanded that internet giants pay journalists for their work."Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable," complained the octogenarian in a formal statement issued Monday.He also derides Facebook's recent announcement that it will tweak its algorithms to include less third-party content and more updates from users' friends."Recognition of a problem is one step on the pathway to cure," Murdoch huffed, "but the remedial measures that both companies have so far proposed are inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically."Hearing Rupert Murdoch represent himself as the voice of professional journalism is liable to make anyone's brains hurt, but before it gets too painful, he finally shifted to his real focus: money.
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Facebook has revealed the "flick," a unit of time equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second.It's meant to be useful to special effects artists and anybody else working in film or virtual reality — "flicks" cleanly divide each frame in a movie, TV show, or video game in an easy-to-read, easy-to-use number.Facebook has invented a new unit of time: The "flick," equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second — larger than a nanosecond, and smaller than a microsecond.It's short for "frame tick," hinting at its cinematic origins, writes original inventor Christopher Horvath on GitHub.As for why Facebook needs a new unit of time, it goes back to the social network's Oculus VR subsidiary and its larger bet on virtual reality.And for Horvath, formerly of the cinematic world at firms like Pixar, Weta Digital, and Industrial Light & Magic, it seems to have been something of a passion project.
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Some men will be standing on a stage calling themselves an approximation of The Smiths again this year, although, with the best will in the world, it's not quite the blockbuster reunion the music world both desperately wants and also doesn't really want at all.It's the three other blokes from the band — Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon — who are putting on the smart slacks again to play the old tunes once more, accompanied by an orchestra to make up for the fact that quiffed singer Morrissey and his former guitarist mate Marr won't be attending, and will most probably be griping on the internet about it being a load of rubbish and complaining about royalties.Instead, Smiths fans get this collaboration between The Three Other Men and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, with the players promising big band reinterpretations of all-time greats such as There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now?but with no one apart from the members of the crowd doing any singing.They should've got Harry Hill in.Other Man Andy Rourke said: "To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths.
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Introduced in 2016, the Google Arts and Culture app has gone viral in recent days, namely because of an update that lets users compare their selfies to famous works of art.Essentially, the app now allows users to fulfill a life’s dream they never knew they had by finding their fine-art doppelgänger.The update may seem a little silly, but the simplicity and ridiculousness of it is why it has taken off.Using the app takes less than a minute, as all you have to do is take a selfie.The pairing process isn’t always all that accurate — after all, it has to analyze your face and then scour thousands upon thousands of historical portraits — but that’s one of the best aspects of Google’s budding feature.In fact, these inaccuracies have caused a handful of celebrities to post their results on various social media platforms.
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US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlinesAnalysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest draft of its annual broadband deployment report "finds that the current speed benchmark of 25Mbps [down] 3Mbps [up] remains an appropriate measure by which to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capability."That decision follows a remarkable effort by the FCC to change the definition of broadband internet to a slower speed by arguing that "internet access" can be defined as either a fixed connection or wireless connection.No one is sure what a "holistic view" of internet provision means but it will almost certainly amount to the FCC looking for ways to distort the data to say that internet providers are doing a great job.According to the most recent figures – stretching back to 2016 - only three per cent of the United States has a real level of internet competition where consumers have a choice of three or more providers if they want 25/3Mbps speeds.
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This week was rough for HODLers.We took to the halls of CES and then spoke to some folks in the know about the future of crypto, the ever-changing price, and where crypto is headed in 2018., and Michelle Tsng as we dig into cryptomania.
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Vivo X20 Plus UD will be the first of a generation of smartphones that will finally hide the fingerprint sensor.The Chinese brand showed off the device at CES 2018 after an initial show off in China, and it was a head turner.Of course, the implementation didn’t work as fast as current scanners but this is a first-gen sensor and it is pretty reliable.Today, we’ve got some more info regarding its official appearance for consumers as well as juicy specs.First off, let’s just say that the Vivo X20 Plus UD will be a premium mid-ranger.According to today’s leak, the handset will rock the Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4 GB RAM and a 3800 mAh battery.
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Are you tired of paying monthly for Netflix or Hulu, or just want a wider set of options for your streaming video needs?Tubi TV) is stocked with an array of licensed movies and television shows from across the years, and much like Crackle, the selection is decidedly hit-or-miss.But Tubi really does have a lot of compelling movies on offer, and there's no premium element in play: you'll never have to reach for a credit card.There's no original content and little in the way of recent releases, but the selection is large and seems to be updated on a regular basis.With movies, we've encountered different results, as well.Tubi has a fair amount of random junk filling up its listings, with straight-to-DVD movies and a lot of other generic-looking fare that you've never heard of before.
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An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla., last week.Richard Nadler spotted the gator entwined with the large snake just outside the 10th hole at The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek.Both creatures were perfectly still, but it appeared the gator had the head of the snake in its mouth."The alligator seems to have the upper hand," Nadler commented after sharing pictures of the hair-raising scene on Facebook.Carolyn Maxim, who also came across the sight, agreed with Nadler's prediction."Looks like he got one of those big pythons."
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We seem to be far less religious these days – what happened?We used to get our collective undies in a bunch over whether Linux or Windows was best, until smartphones rendered the debate somewhat moot.Still, we carried on a version of that battle, with Android (Linux) taking on Apple's iOS.As Linux gathered steam, we managed to turn even the underlying open-source movement into a family feud over GPL versus Apache-style licensing; free software versus open source.Yes, there's the odd post or two decrying Google, whose "own services often ignore standards and force people to use Chrome", but online message boards aren't lit up with indignation.Google, like Microsoft before it, has started to build Chrome-only features (like YouTube TV).
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The whirlwind that is CES 2018 is drawing to a close, and the big winners from this year's massive gadget show are clear; Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa dominated the tech on display, finding their way into new and exciting applications.Whether the first 4K projector with Alexa or an entirely new family of smart display products housing Google Assistant, CES 2018 served as a showcase for voice assistants.Only Siri missed out on the party, though Apple’s assistant tends to be more of a lone wolf, anyway.Now, the companies are doing it in slightly different ways when it comes to the smart home, the lowest hanging fruit for voice assistant integration.Google, which is no stranger to partnering with third-party manufacturers that use its software, is sticking to the playbook we've seen applied to its Android smartphones in the past.Interestingly, Jabra told us it also wants to bring Google Assistant support to the 'buds, whenever Google opens up its certification process.
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The “Meghan Markle effect” is officially a thing as yet another item has sold out within hours of her wearing it.When visiting Reprezents radio station in Brixton with Prince Harry on Monday 9 January, Markle’s jumper caught the eyes of fans who were looking to emulate her style.The Marks & Spencer jumper costs £45, a much more attainable price point than her £450 Burberry trousers.It seems the soon-to-be royal knows how to do high/low styling, just like her future sister in law, the Duchess of Cambridge.While she often indulges in high fashion, Markle’s clearly got the eye for shopping a good bargain, too.Forgoing the high street staple in favour of brands deemed to be “younger” is so 2017, so get on board and scroll on to see our line-up of the classic knitted M jumpers worthy of stockpiling.
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Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of Intel, became the first official passenger to ride in an air taxi when an 18-prop copter from Intel’s partner, the German company Volocopter, lofted him within the confines of a hangar near Munich.Krzanich showed off the video in his keynote yesterday at CES, which is fast becoming the world’s premier showcase for transportation technology.Being the senior partner may have given Intel’s CEO a certain droit de seigneur, but you can bet that he was preceded—unofficially—by some anonymous engineer.And the risk he took hardly defines the right stuff: a ground-based pilot controlled the craft remotely, making small and gingerly maneuvers, in a safe space unruffled by wind.But this baby step is still the first step of its kind, and one more step on the way toward the company’s stated goal of providing autonomous personal flight to the masses.It’s been a long slog.
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University of Arizona startup GUIA has licensed a mining communication and sensor platform developed by faculty in the UA's College of Engineering and Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.While the team's initial focus for this "internet of things" system is mining, the company is looking to apply the technology to a number of other environments.Pronounced "GI-a," the company name comes from the Spanish word for "guide."The inventing team includes Moe Momayez, UA associate professor of mining and geological engineering; co-founder Mary Poulton, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Mining and Geological Engineering, and co-chairman of the board of directors of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources; and Oro Valley technology entrepreneur Sergio Cardona.The team worked with Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from research, to define and patent the invention, identify and build the startup team, and license the technology.Through its Asset Development Program, TLA also provided funding to prepare the early-stage invention for the marketplace.
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After Razer brought us the concept of a triple screen gaming laptop last CES, we didn’t think it could top itself, but after seeing its new Project Linda dual-display Android notebook we stand corrected.Similar to Continuum on Windows 10 Phone, Project Linda essentially turns the Razer Phone into a laptop.While we’ve seen phones power notebooks in the past, they’ve never become an integral part of the experience as Project Linda does.Image 1 of 8Image 2 of 8Image 3 of 8Image 4 of 8Image 5 of 8Image 6 of 8Image 7 of 8Image 8 of 8Project Linda looks like the spitting image of the Razer Blade Stealth we just reviewed.It’s a teensy bit thicker to accommodate having a phone dropped into its chassis, but otherwise it’s identical down to the same width, height, keyboard and ports.
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Sony just announced both a 4K Blu-ray player that supports Dolby Vision HDR and an A/V receiver that offers Dolby Atmos audio here at CES 2018.The UBP-X700 Blu-ray player is designed for 4K Blu-ray discs with either HDR10 or Dolby Vision, and it includes built-in apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.The STR-DH790 receiver, according to Sony, can pass through both HDR formats without any loss in the signal.Both products will ship in the spring alongside Sony’s latest TV lineup and, at the top of the pile, a $30,000 short-throw 4K projector.Pricing isn’t yet available for the Blu-ray player and receiver.
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Just as some watch makers are figuring out how to stream music from our tiny wrist-computers, Garmin is catching up to the times and starting to offer music storage on its GPS watches.Garmin’s newly-announced Forerunner 645 watch, revealed at CES, stores music locally on the watch and pairs with Bluetooth headphones so you can run without your phone and still listen to music.A version of the same Forerunner watch without music will cost $400.The watch’s music capabilities are somewhat basic.The Forerunner 645 can store up to 500 music files, either transferred from a computer or downloaded as offline playlists from streaming services like iHeart Radio and Deezer.But it doesn’t work with other popular streaming services (the most obvious one missing is Spotify), at least at launch.
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Just days after President Trump’s tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose U.S. president.North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018In a vague post called “World Leaders on Twitter,” Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the controversy over whether Trump’s Twitter account violates its terms of service altogether, instead asserting that it doesn’t matter if a world leader violates its terms of service — they should have a home on the platform nonetheless.There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation.
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Lets hope it is keyless entry, as Nissan research says cars in future will tap into signals from the driver’s brainNissan has revealed new research which it says will improve the way us pesky humans will interact with our cars in the future.Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology will essentially allow cars to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, in an effort to speed up reaction speeds, or adjust the car’s environment to better suit the human.The development comes as carmakers increasingly seek ways to make their cars more intelligent.Thankfully, being able to plug a human’s brain into the car seems to be a lot less painful than it sounds.The car will thus use this information to augment the actions of the car and “make driving more enjoyable.”
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University of Michigan researchers have developed a device that may one day offer a solution to tinnitus, a condition that causes someone to hear a persistent ringing sound.The device has been tested on animals and humans, the latter of which report decreases in tinnitus severity after four weeks of daily use.This is compared to the placebo group, which didn’t experience any improvements to their condition.Many tinnitus sufferers are desperate for a solution to the problem, which in severe cases can be so loud that they have trouble hearing other things.Despite how common the condition is, an effective solution is still forthcoming.This new University of Michigan study may signify big changes in that reality, though, by presenting a device that quiets nerve activity in the brain.
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