Ralph Vandermeer

Ralph Vandermeer

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I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service.The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada.Lyrebird has posted some audio examples that sound pretty convincing (listen below, and find more on this page).The company says that it doesn’t require the speaker to say the words that you’ll use the voice to speak in the audio you generate, and it’ll also be able to create different intonations.If any of this sounds familiar, it might be because you’re thinking of Adobe’s demo of its similar tech last November.But while Adobe’s Project VoCo requires 20 minutes of audio and appears to use system resources for speech synthesis, Lyrebird only needs a minute-long recording and says it’s close to launching its cloud-based API to process audio and spit out results.
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Major WhatsApp updates have been coming thick and fast recently, and now there’s another new feature to get excited about.An iPhone-exclusive patch, the latest update means you’ll never have to read a message again, with the world’s most popular messaging service now letting Siri read your messages.Now, instead of having to open the app every time you hear that recognisable message tone, you can simply ask Siri to read out your incoming message for you.Stating simply: “Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message,” will see Apple’s digital assistant dictate who’s looking to get hold of you, followed by what they’ve sent you.Having WhatsApp more accessible to those who need to keep their hands free, such as those behind the wheel, the update also lets you reply by asking WhatsApp to transcribe your desired retort.Available now as a free update, WhatsApp’s latest update notes state: “You can now ask Siri to read your latest messages.”
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we Live in a world that stresses individuality, self-initiative and independence.Such views, the author condemns false.She pleaded, inter alia, the researchers, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller Attached book, which states that the perspective is wrong, the mere biological point of view.”Several studies show that when we are attached to another, pair to form a single physiological unit.”We become a unit and as a result I do everything I can to protect him and make sure he's okay."”such As Levine and Heller write: It is not a choice.”
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Nyligen öppnades Australiens första Legoland Discovery Centre i Melbourne och där är inte vuxna utan barn tillåtna förutom en särskild "vuxenkväll" som arrangeras en gång i månaden.Detta har retat upp en del vuxna LEGO-fantaster så till den grad att en del säger att de ska klaga till delstaten Victorias kommission för mänskliga rättigheter då de känner sig åldersdiskriminerade.En person som fick vända i dörren skrev bland annat på Legoland Discovery Centres Facebook-sida:"Absolutely disgusted to hear that you will discriminate on grounds of age.Lego is something that is enjoyed across all the ages – I personally have thousands of dollars worth of the creator and architecture series and it’s clear that many adults without children will want to experience the attractions."Det verkar dock inte som om alla vuxna LEGO-fans blivit upprörda över de här reglerna och en av dem skriver:
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Next Saturday, April 29th, is President Trump’s hundredth day in office, a historical marker used by the press to assess a new President’s progress since the first term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Presidents since then have often struggled to meet the expectations of the hundred-day report card but generally can point to a list of major legislative accomplishments.At the same time, the Trump White House is facing a much more consequential deadline, one that will help define his first months in office and perhaps his first term: absent a spending deal with Democrats and Republicans in Congress, next Saturday the government will shut down.While the potential for a government shutdown has been overshadowed by other events—Syria, North Korea, the attempted repeal of Obamacare—the Trump White House is suddenly seized with the issue.This one is not getting as much attention, but, trust me, it’s going to be the battle of the titans.At the time, many predicted that the tactic would have dire political consequences for the G.O.P., but the following year the Party expanded its majority in the House and took over the Senate.
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I'm unemployed at the moment so I won't lose a lot.I'm currently studying a big digital marketing course which is very famous in my country, however, I have no real proven experience in the field.All my previous expertise are "cook,bartender, barista" and that's pretty much it.My plan is to post on some medias like "LinkdIn" and "AngeList".Since have can't make a professional resume which will look interesting.Should I risk it and make an resume with a funny punch line, maybe something outside of the box considering startup companies might look for exactly that?
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That it was perfectly dovetailed with heated election rhetoric around domestic job loss was simply a bit of serendipity, however.In fact, it was a sequel of sorts to study released by the White House the month prior to the election.AI and automation were topics co-author Jason Furman says the Obama White House discussed regularly, between meetings about autonomous vehicles and factory safety.AI was popping up in so many separate policy processes and issues that the White House chose to do a pair of reports, the first focusing on the issue and the second focused on the economic aspects of it.”Between campaign trail promises and post-election photo ops, the thread seems to have been lost on the subject.Economic discussions in recent months seem focused specifically on trade and immigration – longtime talking points and frequent scapegoats that are far easier to distill on the stump than cutting edge technologies.
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is releasing special limited edition versions of four Major League Soccer (MLS) kits as part of its ongoing eco-innovation partnership with ocean conservation group Parley for the Oceans.The jerseys have been made entirely from upcycled ocean plastic debris collected by Parley in coastal areas of the Maldives before being reworked into technical yarn fibres to create the kits.On the back neck tape of each jersey is the message “For the Ocean”.The four MLS teams involved in the initiative are New York City FC, Orlando City SC, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC.The specially created kits will be worn by the teams for the first time on 23 April when New York host Orlando and LA welcome Seattle.“We are very proud to be working with a new partner in MLS and its participating teams to enforce the usage, messaging and awareness around the beauty and fragility of the Oceans,” said Michael Batz, Adidas’ vice president of football apparel.
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If you're a Firefox user, you can download the latest version for enhanced stability and a more compact user interface.The browser wars continue to rage, even as Google’s Chrome maintains its dominant position in the market.For example, Microsoft is working hard to improve Edge and gain back some of the market share it once enjoyed with Internet Explorer.And today, Mozilla updated its own Firefox browser with some welcome features of its own.The latest version is Firefox 53, and it focuses on giving web pages more focus and making Firefox more stable.A browser’s compositor is the software that flattens a web page’s elements and draws them as a single image.
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The HBO GO app is kind of a necessary evil.It has no alternative (which will have no doubt helped it achieve its 10-50 million downloads) and it’s lagging behind similar services in terms of features and usability.Thankfully, the most recent HBO update delivers some of the functionality it was sorely missing.First off, there is an immediate visual change in HBO GO app for Android and Android TV with regards to the new and improved landing page.This is now better looking and easier to navigate than the last iteration.Further, a “binge mode” has been added so that you can watch episodes of your favorite shows one after another without needing to select the next episode manually.
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Well this is embarrassing: FreeNAS has downgraded its latest release to “technology preview” status.The new release, version 10 aka “Corral”, was released in March 2017 with much fanfare because it took the project from being a mere software-defined-network-attached storage offering to a hyperconverged contender capable of hosting virtual machines and containers.A free, ZFS-based hyperconverged stack sounds appealing.And would be if it worked: but Kris Moore, director of engineering at FreeNAS overseer Ix Systems has revealed that it often doesn't.Moore says users have reported “challenges upgrading from 9.10, general instability, lack of feature parity with 9.10 (Jails, iSCSI, etc), and … lower performance than expected given the increased demands FreeNAS Corral has on system hardware resources.” The new UI also didn't play nicely with all browsers.Things are so bad that Moore's post says “nearly half of the initial users revert back to FreeNAS 9.10.”
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Last week Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Creators Update for the millions of Windows 10 users across the globe as a free software update, starting with the newer machine first.As the update is rolling out in phases, not all the users will get it immediately.The rollout will continue until the update is available for everyone.However, if you have more love for the previous update over the Creators Update, you can always rollback and enjoy using the older Windows 10 version on your system.The process is quite simple.Then Update & security Recovery
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Two years ago, the superintendent of the Mineola school district on Long Island saw his 8-year-old son learn so much at a free coding course that he asked the nonprofit running it, kidOYO, to teach more than 2,700 students across his district.This approach proved so popular that the Garden City, Huntington and Amityville school districts followed suit.Now, tens of thousands of Long Island children can tap into kidOYO’s online...
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After briefly seeing its market cap rise above General Motors, Tesla has watched its stock decline slightly this week.But with a total value of $48 billion, versus $51 billion for GM, Tesla is still considered by Wall Street the number two US automaker — Ford is at $44 billion.At the New York Auto Show this week, we've heard from plenty of executives that what Tesla has done is impressive and that CEO Elon Musk deserves a lot of credit for creating the car company of the future.When it comes to the whole massive-market-cap-thing, however, we have been reminded that Tesla sells a remarkably small number of vehicles, relative to the traditional US Big Three: GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.This chart captures the disparity:On the left, we have current market caps.On the right, we have 2016 sales — US sales for the Big Three, worldwide sales for Tesla.Tesla's goal, for the record, isn't to match any of the Big Three's annual sales anytime soon.By 2018, Musk predicts 500,000 in yearly deliveries, and by 2020, a million.Tesla's sales, meager as they may look when compared to the Big Three, aren't that bad; the company is selling only two vehicles, the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV.Later this year, its will launch the Model 3 mass-market vehicle, and for that car there could be as many as 500,000 pre-orders.GM, Ford, and FCA, by contrast, have captured their respective chunks of sales with a wide variety of vehicles, everything from small four-doors to hulking pickups, with Corvettes and Mustangs and muscle cars in the mix.
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Americans eat approximately one-fifth less beef today than they did in 2005.As a result, a number of plant-based "meat" startups have popped up in the last decade.They've created everything from burgers made of pea protein to shrimp made of algae.A new Florida-based food startup called Parabel is also trying to fulfill consumer's hunger for plant-based protein — by growing water lentils in a massive aquafarm.Water lentils taste similar to normal lentils (they have a sweet and mild planty flavor), but grow in nutrient-rich water rather than soil.Parabel produces a protein powder, called Lentein, from the water lentils it harvests.Lentein powder contains 45% protein, about the same amount as most soy-based protein powders.Parabel's powder, which the company will start selling later this year, can be mixed into smoothies, water, or be used to make homemade protein bars.Production at the company's $10 million, 100-acre farm, which has a production capacity of 500 tons of water lentils per year, began in March.The startup is now starting construction on a new 600-acre aquafarm, which will be completed in late 2017.Keep scrolling for an inside look of the first farm.
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Business travelers used to rolling up into an unfamiliar conference room or presentation venue need to be able to plug in to whatever video option is available.The Aukey Multiport USB-C Hub ($100 on Amazon) brings VGA to a robust compact dock solution.It comes with a seemingly hefty price tag, but by offering a choice between HDMI and VGA while incorporating passthrough power and several other ports, the Aukey unit offers the greatest flexibility for the road-warrior presenter.You’ll still need a DVI to HDMI adapter, but that’s it.The handsomely-designed multiport hub has a brushed aluminum case and easy access to the whopping six ports on its compact frame.In addition to 4K at 30Hz HDMI support and 1080p over VGA (with capable monitors), it also includes passthrough USB-C power (no USB-C data), two USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) Type-A jacks, and gigabit ethernet.
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The spanner in the works this time, as we're shown in the trailers, is that Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, chief of the Furiouses, turns against the family.Rather than having fun with the concept and seeding a few reveals later in the film, the film gives you exactly what you'd expect.Eight movies deep, "Fate" is mired in its own history.All the constituent elements are there: Vin Diesel talks about family in his V8 growl.The movie's clearly swinging for a Greatest Hits, but it runs more like a 136-minute clip show.We spend far too much time dealing with Charlize Theron uncomfortably muddling through as the main antagonist, Cipher.
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Most standard fitness trackers nowadays can track your steps taken, distance traveled, how many calories you’ve burned for the day, and even your sleeping patterns.We understand it can be a little daunting trying to choose which fitness tracker best suits your needs, so we’ve compiled a list of the best fitness trackers on the market.We’ve divided our list up into separate categories to help you narrow down your options.It also has a waterproof rating of up to 50 meters, which is a feature many other trackers don’t offer.With a built-in GPS, great water resistance rating, automatic activity recognition, and the company’s wonderful Auto Goal feature, the vívosmart HR is by far the best fitness tracker available in this price range.Display: 1.0-inch LCD touchscreen display
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Networking titan Cisco is adding both NVMe over Fibre Channel and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel speed to its MDS Director and UCS C-Series server products.Fibre Channel speeds are doubling from 16Gbit/s to 32Gbit/s, what Brocade calls Gen 6 Fibre Channel.That company launched its 32Gbit/s Director product last July – a Director being the largest kind of SAN access switch.Brocade, Atto and QLogic announced 32Gbit/s host bus adapters(HBAs) in March last year.Now Cisco has announced a 32Gbit/s switching module for its 9700 MDS Director product, the MDS 9700 48-port 32-Gbit/s Fibre Channel Switching Module to give it its full name.These modules have a built-in hardware-based analytics engine which registers every exchange, sequence, and packet at line rate, which Cisco claims enables real-time analytics of performance issues.
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The Root Obama Spent $97,000,000 on Vacations in 8 Years.Here’s How Much Trump Spent in 10 Weeks The Concourse The Corporation…
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