A ruling recently made by a New York federal court has threatened to upend the way copyright infringement is handled online.A judge ruled that merely embedding a tweet is enough to violate someone’s copyright, meaning millions of shared tweets and tweeted images could now be considered instances of copyright infringement.This is in contrast to a precedent set back in 2007.The issue arises from an image of NFL player Tom Brady that was shared in a tweet without permission.The image was taken by photographer Justin Goldman, who then went after publications like Vox that shared the tweet containing the image.The publications were accused of copyright infringement for sharing the tweet, though they weren’t the source of the tweet itself.
The legislatures in 26 US states have pending legislation that would enforce net neutrality, according to a new roundup by advocacy group Free Press.So far, the states that have taken final action have done so through executive orders issued by their governors.In California, the state Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month.The states with pending legislation are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin."In the eight weeks since the FCC voted to take away net neutrality, a groundswell of activism by local advocates and politicians has revived prospects for lasting open-Internet safeguards," Free Press strategy director Timothy Karr wrote.The Federal Communications Commission repealed its own net neutrality rules and is attempting to preempt state and local laws that regulate net neutrality.
I don’t want to downplay America’s long history of black cinema (a history that already includes a handful of black superheroes).Nor am I ignoring the fact that Black Panther is the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — so yes, it conforms in some ways to the dictates of big-budget Hollywood storytelling.But make no mistake: This is a movie that harnesses Marvel-scale resources to tell a story that unapologetically puts black actors, characters and concerns front-and-center.It’s a remarkable achievement and one that had me grinning widely almost all the way through.The Black Panther character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and he first appeared more than 50 years ago in Fantastic Four 52.While the movie includes fun excursions to Oakland and Busan, it returns again and again to Wakanda — depicted here as an Afrofuturist landscape where science fiction gadgetry mingles seamlessly with a heavily ritualized (and vividly colorful) culture.
Earthquakes are notoriously difficult to predict.Meanwhile, there are many hundreds of thousands of smaller earthquakes that humans rarely ever feel but are occasionally detected on seismographs.Now, researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence (A.I.)neural network to better help detect earthquakes of all sizes.In a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, the A.I.system was shown to be more accurate than current methods, and may help bring seismologists closer to the elusive goal of earthquake prediction.The paper’s focus is on earthquakes in Oklahoma, a previously seismically inactive state that has become increasingly more active over the past decade due in part to the wastewater disposal practices of the fracking industry.
Dale Earnhardt Jr may be a name more known in the US, but many can relate to the theme of a new ad by Goodyear showing how the now-retired Nascar driver came out from the shadow of his legendary father to make his own legacy.The names Goodyear and Earnhardt have been connected through decades and generations.Dale Earnhardt Sr was a Nascar legend, and the spot ‘Make a Name’ shows how Jr grew up on the raceways watching his father and dreaming of making his own name and fame in the sport.With the commercial set to the late Jim Croce's iconic song I Got a Name – covered by his son, AJ Croce – the ad features Goodyear's history with the Earnhardt family.It shows early interviews with Earnhardt Jr at his father’s races talking about making it big someday, but paying reverence to Sr, who was killed in a crash in 2001 at Daytona Speedway.It also hints at Earnhardt’s future as a broadcaster for NBC covering the upcoming Daytona 500, where he won two titles.
Not every recall is a big one, but that doesn't make tiny recalls any less important for the folks who are driving vehicles affected by 'em.Ford has issued a small recall for just 92 examples of the 2018 Ford Escape and 2018 Lincoln MKC SUVs.The affected vehicles were assembled at the Louisville Assembly Plant between Oct. 29 and 30 of last year.88 of these vehicles are in US territories, while the remaining four are up yonder Canada way.The issue stems from the brake jounce hoses, which are part of the braking system.In the affected vehicles, these hoses might come into contact with other parts, which can create premature wear and potentially spring a brake fluid leak.
The BBC is putting its money where the mouth of a leatherback turtle is, and has announced a plan to remove all single-use plastics from its operations by 2020.This means plastic cups and cutlery are out, with glass and stainless steel options to be introduced.That simple change is to be made by the end of this year, with the BBC saying this will stop two million plastic ups being used, going in the recycling bins, blowing into rivers, floating down into the sea and potentially attaching to the snout of a harbour porpoise, the sea creature dying and unaware that Victoria Derbyshire may have drunk from it and it could therefore be of value on eBay.2019's phase two of the purge will see plastic containers used in the catering side of the business removed, with any new catering contracts put into place from now on specifying zero single-use plastics in their chains.Director-General Tony Hall said: "We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way.Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether."
Youngmok Kim, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at Synergy Flavors, where he conducts research on tea, tea beverages, tea ingredients and the health benefits of tea.In the current national and global beverage market, there is a trend toward functional drinks.Consumers are moving away from soft drinks because they are becoming more aware than ever of the high amounts of sugar they contain, as well as sugar's negative health impacts.This growing health-related trend is putting tea in the forefront of consumers’ minds as they begin to look for healthier beverage alternatives, such as ready-to-drink (RTD) teas.Why tea is hot — even when it’s served coldTea is a leader in the functional beverage segment, which is the hottest category in the global beverage market.
Another drone with built-in camera isn’t all that exciting, right?Try telling that to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering graduates at Skydio who this week introduced their new R1 flying action cam.Utilizing 13 cameras to view the world and an Nvidia Jetson chip more commonly used in self-driving cars, the R1 promises to be the smartest flying 4K camera you ever tried — with its guiding mission being to keep you in the frame at all times while dodging any obstacles around it.“The R1 was designed for full autonomy,” Skydio’s CEO and co-founder Adam Bry told Digital Trends.“With other drones the autonomy features are targeted as pilot assistance, and they’re generally designed with the notion that there’s still a pilot ready to take over at a moment’s notice.Getting beyond this is very technically challenging, but that’s what we’ve been focused on for the last four years — and that’s what makes R1 special.”
The UK Government has announced the development of new software which promises to automatically detect terrorist content on any online platform.Developed by the Home Office and ASI Data Science, the Government boasted the piece of kit ‘detected 94% of Daesh propaganda with 99.995% accuracy’ during tests, with a small number of videos being reviewed by employees if the software gets confused.The tool can be used by any platform where videos are reviewed during the uploading process, with the aim being to catch the content before it hits the internet.“Over the last year we have been engaging with internet companies to make sure that their platforms are not being abused by terrorists and their supporters,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd.“I have been impressed with their work so far following the launch of the Global Internet Forum to Counter-Terrorism, although there is still more to do, and I hope this new technology the Home Office has helped develop can support others to go further and faster.”It certainly is a different approach to working with the digital community, one which will almost certainly be more successful.
But most of those reviewers weren’t really audio nerds, and considering the lackluster price-to-quality ratio on AirPods and Beats, my expectations were low.Pretty darn well, it seems.Redditor WinterCharm published an extremely thorough review of the Homepod in the r/audiophile subreddit, largely comparing it to the KEF X300A – one of the top speakers recommended under $1,000 for a pair.Because Apple hasn’t activated stereo on the HomePods yet, it was compared again an individual X300A.Long story short: The HomePod sounded better.The review goes through all the numbers, and it’s worth a read of your into that kind of thing, but there are a few things to note:
4 Stages To A Heart Attack — Are You At Risk?Google has developed massive, artificially intelligent cloud computers to advance its AI products.Today, the company announced it is opening those systems to other companies, for a fee.Lyft, a company Google has also heavily invested in, has already spent time with the system, and lauded its potential.Now that the company has built an artificially intelligent, cloud-computing powerhouse, it is figuring out other ways to make money off its new toys.Today, The New York Times reported that Google is looking to sell access to its artificially intelligent data centers.
Why would Land Rover drive one of its SUVs up 999 stairs in the middle of China?Land Rover recently pulled off one seriously impressive stunt.Starting with the 7-mile Tianmen Mountain Road, a Range Rover Sport traveled its way to the famous Heaven's Gate landmark in China.That's when the real work started -- the plucky little Range Rover climbed 999 steps at a 45-degree incline."I've experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I've ever faced," said Ho-Pin Tung, the Formula E driver who was tasked with piloting the Range Rover Sport, in a statement.While this might seem silly -- and it sort of is -- there's a reason for Land Rover's madness.
Your laptop is likely to be an expensive piece of equipment, so it pays to put the device in a carrying bag which will protect it sufficiently, which is where our list of the best laptop bags and backpacks for business comes in.Whether you're packing a tiny MacBook Air, a super-slim Ultrabook or a huge 17-inch laptop, there are lots of other considerations to take into account when buying a laptop bag aside from mere protection.For example, you have to bear in mind issues like comfort, and things like adjustable straps for certain types of bag, particularly if you'll be carrying your hardware a long way.You also need to consider the appearance of your laptop bag – not just how smart it looks, but also how tempting it might seem to would-be thieves.A classic backpack for your laptopKey Features: Fits 15-inch laptops; fleece lined media pocket; front flap with organizer; front zippered pocket with removable storage pouch | Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.6 x 5.7 inches (H x W x D) | Weight: 2.4 pounds
This city's IT department has hired a contractor to help out on the help desk for a few months, and that's surfacing some longstanding problems, reports a pilot fish on the inside."The contractor is backfilling for a help desk technician," fish says.HR wants to give him a Visitor badge instead of a real ID."HR and the parking manager also want him to park in visitor parking and pull a ticket that IT has to validate every day -- twice if he leaves for lunch."IT management points out that this is silly and there must be a better way than adding extra time (and cost) to the contractor's work day to get parking validation.After a seemingly endless exchange of emails, the parking manager finally agrees to issue a card key the contractor can use for visitor parking.
There is a movement underway to ban involuntary pornography, videos that use machine learning libraries like TensorFlow to superimpose faces of unwilling participants onto porn actors’ bodies.Yesterday, as TC’s Taylor Hatmaker noted, Reddit published a content policy banning such images and video, while also shutting down a series of subreddits devoted to the practice.Earlier this week, political scientist Henry J. Farrell and Nixonland author Rick Perlstein wrote a column in The New York Times titled, “Our Hackable Political Future.” In their near-dystopian world, partisan saboteurs could undermine a politician’s candidacy for office by creating fake videos of, say, the candidate having sexual relations with a teenager.Projecting out, the authors worry that “Fake video and audio may become so convincing that it can’t be distinguished from real recordings, rendering audio and video evidence inadmissible in court.”For a democratic society in which the presumption of truth is generally the default response to most content, we will quite soon live in a world where everything must be considered fake without evidence to the contrary.To see the thorniness in all of its detail, let’s pick a more intricate example than a fake porn video of a politician or a celebrity.
Chevrolet has rolled out a new, sportier version of its Traverse SUV, and while it’s hardly going to compete with a Corvette it’s still a little more interesting than what else is on the school-run.The 2018 Traverse RS joins the five other variants of Chevy’s midsize SUV, the first of the line-up to include a turbocharged engine.That’s a direct-injected Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo, which Chevrolet says is good for up to 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque.Those numbers might not sound jaw-dropping, though they do put the Traverse RS ahead of Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the 2018 Edge.That kicks out 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft.Sweetening the deal, Chevrolet points out, is the fact that 90-percent of the Traverse RS’ peak torque arrives from just 2,100 rpm.
The vast majority of town halls will put up council tax and hike charges as 80% fear for their financial survival, according to a new survey.An astounding 95% of English authority bosses plan a council tax hike while 93% said they will increase charges to make ends meet, the LGiU think tank discovered.“Many will have to make tough decisions about which services have to be scaled back or stopped altogether to plug funding gaps.“Extra council tax raising powers will helpfully give some councils the option to raise some extra income but will not bring in enough to completely ease the financial pressure they face.This means many councils face having to ask residents to pay more council tax while offering fewer services as a result.”It came as Labour announced the party will help councils bring services back in house, set up new energy companies and develop local economies using a team of experts.
Apple won a Chinese silver medal last year, with the iPhone 7 Plus being the second-highest selling phone in the populous nation in 2017.In 2018, though, the electronics giant is going for gold.In something of an uncharacteristic move, Apple is partnering with Ant Financial, an affiliated company of e-commerce giant Alibaba, to allow for customers to buy products in-store and online using Alipay, a payment system that competes with Apple Pay.In exchange, the Alipay app will have a dedicated section for App Store purchases.Ant Financial is touting this as the first time Apple has allowed for a third-party mobile payment method in its physical stores.China is a huge market for Apple, with $9.8 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone.
Ampere is a fabless semiconductor company set to rival Intel in the cloud and data centre markets.Renee James, former President of Intel, has announced a shock new venture aimed at the cloud and data centre markets.Setting her sights on hyperscale cloud applications, James believes new 64-bit ARM server processor maker Ampere will bring power to handle workloads for AI and big data storage in the data centre.After a 28-year stint at the world’s biggest chipmaker, James has named herself CEO of Ampere, a startup fabless semiconductor company targeted at leading edge process design.James and her team are determined to stand out from the crowd through ARM chip feature differentiation and software optimized for workload-specific performance.This is no ordinary start-up: James already employs more than 300 people with bases in Portland, China, India, Taiwan and Vietnam.