Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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“And like the politically motivated activity we’ve seen, the ‘news’ stories or opinions these accounts and pages share are often indistinguishable from legitimate political debate,” said the release.“This is why it’s so important we look at these actors’ behaviour – such as whether they’re using fake accounts or repeatedly posting spam – rather than their content when deciding which of these accounts, pages or groups to remove.”So Facebook is not saying it’s the arbiter of ‘authentic’ speech, which is very wise as that would put it in a highly compromised position.Instead it’s taking action against people posting political content via supposedly fake accounts or who are seen to generate spam.It seems to be hoping this will allow it to remove certain accounts that focus on political content without being accused of political meddling or bias.It looks like the timing of this renewed purge is influenced by the imminent US mid-term elections, with Facebook keen to avoid a repetition of claims made during the Cambridge Analytica scandal that it facilitated political meddling by allowing too much of this sort of thing to take place during the last US general election.
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Some see it as an appropriate way to celebrate the talents of an iconic artist, while others are, to put it simply, creeped out by the whole thing.We’re talking about technology that’s used to create virtual simulations of famous singers — usually ones no longer with us — to give fans past and present another chance to see their idol perform on stage.The idea of sending deceased artists back on the road is back in the headlines after the father of Amy Winehouse announced a world tour in 2019 featuring a “hologram” of his daughter on stage.Winehouse, who died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, will, in a manner of speaking, perform some of her most popular tracks during the concerts, among them Rehab, Back to Black, and Valerie.The show will include backing from a live band, backing singers (living ones, not digital projections), and “theatrical stagecraft,” according to the organizers, Base Entertainment.In a tweet posted over the weekend, Amy’s father, Mitch, said his family is “delighted” to be teaming up with the Los Angeles-based digital effects company “to continue celebrating the life and work of Amy.”
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Another noteworthy feature popularized by the brand (and Huawei) is the ability to download themes from a dedicated store.The early years of MIUI also introduced a few more solid features, such as a built-in data saver (MIUI 7), one-handed mode for big phones (MIUI 6), and a permission manager (MIUI 5/6).Other than these gestures, MIUI 9 also brought “dynamic resource allocation” for better system performance, a smart assistant, and an improved notification shade.Some of the more prominent features include a redesigned recents menu and portrait mode for phones with single cameras.Both phones will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and will be supported with monthly security updates.One of the biggest issues facing Chinese smartphones going global is the software disconnect.
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On the runway to more fuel-efficient aircraft, one alternative propulsion scheme being explored is an array of electrically powered ducted fans.Researchers at the University of Illinois gained new understanding in how the fans and especially their precise placement on the aircraft can affect the cross-conversation between propulsion and the airflow around the wing.In most commercial aircraft, the engines are isolated from the rest of the wing system.Instead of being embedded in the wing or mounted more closely to that surface, they hang out from underneath the wings."If we allow those two systems to talk to each other, there is a lot of increased complexity in the flow field over the wing and into the propulsor--which also substantially alters the performance," said Phillip Ansell, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois."We've taken two subsystems - propulsion and aerodynamics--and we've said that these are not isolated subsystems.
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Google has decided not to compete for a lucrative Pentagon cloud-computing contract, worth up to $10 billion, stating the project might conflict with its corporate values or AI principles.The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (yes, JEDI) cloud project is an initiative to modernise and revise IT policies, improve security and remove barriers of adoption.Companies are due to table their bid for the contract, which could last 10 years, by October 12.“And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications.”Not having the right capabilities and expertise should be considered a minor problem in this context.For a $10 billion contract, Google could acquire the right company to bolster in-house capabilities, but the main point of ignoring this tender is focused on the alignment of values, morals and principles.
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British luxury clothing brand Ted Baker’s new range of iPhone accessories will satisfy everyone who likes things to match, not only in terms of style and design, but with products working together in harmony.Cheekily called ‘Connected’, with the emphasis on the ‘Ted,’ the line-up consists of an iPhone case, a battery pack, a wireless charger, an in-car mount, and a set of cables.Each product has the Ted Baker name, and sensibly, they’re not making them seasonal, so the color and design won’t go out of style.It’s also refreshing to see a muted palette and subtle design from Ted Baker, rather than the bright floral designs many will associate with the brand’s iPhone accessories.Let’s look at the battery pack, which is a good example of the range’s coherence.It’s covered in Italian leather and wrapped in a metal body shell, and comes in Ted Baker’s signature chocolate brown suede, or a gold and white leather combination.
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An eight year old girl made an unexpected finding when she bathed in the summer.A bit out in the water treading her on what turned out to be unusually well-preserved järnålderssvärd. "I thought: yes, yes, a sword, it can be anything, but then I got the pictures and then I got goose bumps," says archaeologist Annie Rosén TT.the Girl's family contacted Annie Rosén at Jönköpings läns museum.She noted that the sword was remarkably well preserved, including svärdsskida in wood and leather; that so much organic material is preserved is very rare.At the same location, we have found a dräktsmycke which is from 300 - or 400-century, " says Annie Rosen.
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Ride-hailing accounts for an 83 percent increase in the miles cars travel for ride-hailing passengers in Denver's metro area, according to a study published this week in the journal Transportation by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver.He collected exclusive driver data providing hundreds of rides throughout the Denver metropolitan area in fall 2016, according to the paper, "The impact of ride-hailing on vehicle miles traveled."For this first-of-its-kind study, the researcher-driver collected real-time data and surveyed passengers for feedback and demographic information.By surveying passengers, Henao learned that a combined 34 percent of his ride-hailing passengers would have taken transit, walked, or bicycled if ride-hailing hadn't existed."Vehicle miles traveled increased mainly due to two factors; additional empty miles from ride-hailing drivers going around without passengers, and ride-hailing substituting more efficient and sustainable modes such as transit, biking and walking," said Henao.There is decrease in overall transportation efficiency due to more car miles on the road, often traveling without passengers.
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Zynga said that it is launching customizable game board tiles for Words With Friends 2.The Tile Styles are the first customizable game-board feature introduced to the word game, and Zynga will let players swap out its yellow word titles with a Pink Ribbon tile in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month starting October 1.Zynga has partnered with Susan G. Komen to help launch the new Tile Styles feature with the Pink Ribbon tile.“Words With Friends 2 is one of our most popular and beloved franchises, and we are always looking for fun ways for players to create socially shareable moments,” Bernard said Kim, president of publishing at Zynga, in a statement.“That’s why we’re proud to partner with Susan G. Komen to honor a cause that many are personally passionate about as we introduce the new Tile Styles gameplay experience and feature the special Pink Ribbon Tile.”Tile Styles add new goals to the traditional Words With Friends 2 game play.
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Last week during an event in Seattle, Amazon unveiled a host of features heading to new and existing smart speakers powered by its Alexa voice platform.One of them was “whisper mode,” which enables Alexa to respond to whispered speech by whispering back.In a blog post published today, Zeynab Raeesy, a speech scientist in Amazon’s Alexa Speech group, revealed the feature’s artificial intelligence (AI) underpinnings.Much of the work is detailed in a paper (“LSTM-based Whisper Detection”) that will be presented at the IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology in December.“If you’re in a room where a child has just fallen asleep, and someone else walks in, you might start speaking in a whisper, to indicate that you’re trying to keep the room quiet.The other person will probably start whispering, too,” Raeesy wrote.
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The worlds of augmented reality and VR theoretically represent a boundless expanse for startups looking to create a new digital future.Realizing that future is the tough part, and doing so while Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all look to plant their flags is even harder.While plenty of investors have taken a look at AR/VR companies in the years following Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, for many, the prospect of buying in at a stage where the consumer interest is so uncertain has proven a bit too risky.At TechCrunch’s one-day Sessions AR/VR event on October 18 at UCLA, we’ll chat with investors from top venture capital firms about where they’re seeing potential in the market and how they are approaching investments in AR/VR in 2018.We’ll be joined by Niko Bonatsos from General Catalyst, Catherine Ulrich from FirstMark Capital and Jacob Mullins from Shasta Ventures on a panel discussing the ins and outs of AR/VR investing.Bonatsos was an early investor in Snap and has also backed AR cloud startup 6D.ai (which will also be joining us), Ulrich’s firm FirstMark has made investments in AR/VR startups like Sketchfab and Mullins runs Shasta Ventures’ Camera Fund focused on early-stage AR investments.
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Researchers in Japan have launched a pair of satellites bound for the International Space Station on Sept. 22, Science News reported Monday.The weekend launch, conducted at the Shizuoka University in Japan, is the first trial conducted in space as part of the Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite (STARS) project.The satellites, called STARS-ME, will be "carried to the ISS by HTV launched by the H-IIB rocket," according to information on the project's website.The launch was originally scheduled for Sept. 11.It's not yet clear why it was delayed for more than a week.CNET has written to the team for clarification.
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Apple has just confirmed its acquisition of the music identification app, Shazam.Shazam was one of the early apps to gain success on the app store and has now been downloaded over a billion times.The app ‘listens’ to songs when users open it, then delivers links to the track through services like Spotify and iTunes.I remember this feeling pretty magical when I first got an iPhone, but, like many of the device’s early features, it now just feels normal.Apple’s vice president of Apple Music, Oliver Schusser, was pretty vague about why the company was making this purchase.He said that he’s “thrilled to bring [their] teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”
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Microsoft's Ignite conference, taking place in Orlando, kicked off this morning with a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella, and released a flood of news related to its IT professional and enterprise customers.CNET isn't there, but our sister site, ZDNet -- and Microsoft maven Mary Jo Foley -- is covering the show in depth, all week.Here are the highlights from ZDNet so far:And here's more on that Surface Hub upgrade that Microsoft has planned for 2019, too.You can watch Nadella's keynote on YouTube.And stay tuned to ZDNet all week for more news from Ignite.
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This story contains strong claims and conclusions drawn at least in part on the basis of hearsay and rumor, but we’re translating it because it’s a meaningful piece of the discussion happening about the bike-sharing industry and startup investment in general in China right now.And because so many Chinese startup enterprises lack a clear profit model, they hand “daggers” like single-vote veto power over to their investors with regularity.Ofo has reportedly raised a new round with Ant Financial and Didi investing, but officially, all the company has said is “no comment.”Looking from the outside, there are lots of unanswered questions.For example, the week after that purported funding, many media wrote that Ofo had taken a roughly RMB 60 million loan from Alibaba.It’s clear there are some problems at Ofo, and the lack of money would explain why Ofo looks to be considering taking money it shouldn’t take and giving away power it shouldn’t give.
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Tidigare idag släpptes all information om de nya GoPro-kamerorna Hero 7, men nu har enheterna presenterats officiellt.Wired har lagt vantarna på ett exemplar och jämför Hero 7 Black med föregångaren samt Sony X3000.GoPro-kamerorna kommer släppas 2 oktober, men går att förboka nu via GoPro:s hemsida.Priserna ser ut som sådan:GoPro Hero 7 Black: 4699 kronorGoPro Hero 7 Silver: 3599 kronor
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Robots will be able to conduct a wide variety of tasks as well as humans if they can be given tactile sensing capabilities.A KAIST research team has reported a stretchable pressure insensitive strain sensor by using an all solution-based process.The solution-based process is easily scalable to accommodate for large areas and can be coated as a thin-film on 3-dimensional irregularly shaped objects via spray coating.These conditions make their processing technique unique and highly suitable for robotic electronic skin or wearable electronic applications.The making of electronic skin to mimic the tactile sensing properties of human skin is an active area of research for various applications such as wearable electronics, robotics, and prosthetics.One of the major challenges in electronic skin research is differentiating various external stimuli, particularly between strain and pressure.
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is an internet exclamation meant to convey extreme cuteness.Tonks the aye-aye was born on Aug. 8 to parents Bellatrix and Smeagol.The zoo formally announced her arrival on Thursday.Tonks is named for a Harry Potter character, just like her mother.Smeagol, the dad, is named for the Lord of the Rings character better known as Gollum.Aye-ayes are stunning-looking animals thanks to their over-sized ears, long fingers, scruffy fur and wide, round eyes.
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On Thursday, Homero Joshua Garza, also known as Josh Garza, has now been sentenced by a federal judge in Hartford, Connecticut, to 21 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and more than $9 million in restitution.The news was first reported Thursday by CoinDesk.In their sentencing memorandum filed before the hearing, prosecutors were blunt in their assessment of Garza, saying that he "lied to investors and customers and took their money" to the tune of $9 million in losses spread across thousands of people worldwide.While GAW initially began as a legitimate company, it soon shifted to its own cloud-based mining service (ZenMiner).When GAW was unable to fill demand for this service, Garza created something called "hashlets"—a slice of purported mining profits, that would "always make money."As he could no longer pay earlier investors, Garza switched tactics again and introduced GAW's own altcoin, dubbed "PayCoin."
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Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed a rapid, cost-effective method to grow organoid “mini-brains” in a lab.These miniature brains, which replicate the architecture of brains but possess no level of consciousness, are created using stem cells.The researchers hope that these mini-brains will allow us to gain a better understanding of the real brains that they replicate.“The brain is one of the most complex tissues in the body,” Alysson Muotri, director of the Stem Cell Program at UCSD School of Medicine, told Digital Trends.“While we have a good idea of anatomy and how the adult brain work, the understanding of human brain neurodevelopment is at a very mysterious stage.There [is little information] about how the brain develops, [and] when it starts to function, yet there are many neurological disorders that starts in utero.
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