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Open AI group adds a new broader range of people funding the organisation.Elon Musk has resigned from the board of the OpenAI group following Tesla’s growing interest in AI had created concerns over a conflict of interest.The research group, which was co-founded by Musk, was created in order to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence, but the billionaire’s position at the company came to an end in order to, “eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon,” OpenAI said in a blog post.Little more was said regarding the decision for Elon Musk to depart the board, other than that he would continue to “donate and advise the organization.”The research group recently contributed to a multi-disciplinary report that looked into the various ways that AI could be maliciously used in the next five years.Musk himself has been outspoken in his criticisms of the technology, frequently warning over its misuse and stating that AI is one of humanity’s biggest existential threats.
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Audi has announced in-vehicle toll tech that’ll make commuting easier for frequent travelers.The automaker will be the first to offer vehicle-integrated toll payment tech, which will be available in certain models starting later this year.The system will be compatible with tolls in the US, Mexico, and Canada, enabling drivers to automatically pay for tolls anywhere in North America.The new ability is delivered via an Integrated Toll Module (ITM), a toll transponder that Audi will build into the rearview mirror in select upcoming models.This is an expansion of the automaker’s vehicle-to-infrastructure tech, also known as V2I.The system is designed to make life easier.
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Estbit ultralight folding pocket stove — $11There are a lot of clunky, multi-piece portable camping stoves on the market, but leave it to Estbit to come up with something much simpler.Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow — $23When it come to sleeping at your campsite, you’ve probable either brought a full-sized pillow from home or some weird little travel pillow that wasn’t particularly comfortable, or you simply roughed it and went without.The Bahco Laplander foldable saw boasts a seven-inch blade, so it’s a compact piece of backpacking kit, but its seven teeth per inch ensure that it easily gets through small- to medium-sized branches.With the Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker, you can expand your campfire menu to include toasted sandwiches, small pies, and many breakfast favorites.
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Amazon's latest grocery push focuses on enticing Prime members to shop at Whole Foods with cash back.Amazon announced that Prime members using the company's Rewards Visa card will now get 5 percent back on Whole Foods purchases.The new rewards are in addition to the card's existing rewards for eligible Prime members, which include 5 percent back on Amazon.com purchases; 2 percent back on restaurant, gas station, and drugstore purchases; and 1 percent back on everything else.You don't have to be a Prime member to be approved for Amazon's Rewards Visa, but it pays if you are.Non-Prime members will get only 3 percent back on Whole Foods purchases under the new plan, which is the same as the 3 percent back those cardmembers get on Amazon.com purchases already.This is the first time Amazon extended its 5 percent back perk to a retailer aside from Amazon.
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Dan Kitwood via Getty ImagesOxfam has received 26 new allegations about abuse since the sexual exploitation scandal was exposed on February 9, MPs have been told.Mark Goldring, the chief executive of the charity, told the Commons development committee on Tuesday morning the cases related to Oxfam’s operations both in the UK and abroad over an “extended period of time”.Goldring also apologised for having played down the accusations of sexual abuse in Haiti by Oxfam staff when he said at least they had not “murdered babies”.I was under stress, I’d given many interviews, I’d made many decisions to try to lead Oxfam’s response to this.I was thinking about amazing work I’ve seen Oxfam do across the world, most recently with refugees coming from Myanmar,” he said.
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The Spyscape museum, an interactive exhibit chronicling the history of espionage, just opened in New York City, and it offers an experience you won’t likely encounter outside of a Jason Bourne movie.Located on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, the museum visit begins with a top-level briefing aboard one of the largest elevators in the world.The tour through seven exhibition spaces include hands-on experience with surveillance, encryption, deception, hacking, and intelligence operations.Shelby Prichard, Spyscape’s chief of staff, told Metro that he thinks the museum will make people more aware of the role of espionage and surveillance in modern society.“We hope this will be a really empowering experience for people to start to see their world differently, see themselves differently, and understand how the types of skills that spies use can be relevant to their daily lives,” he said.“We show how the world of espionage is all around you,” he added.
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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is the next in line to the Mix series of smartphones.It has popped up on a hands-on video reported by the folks at OnPhones.Although not much, the video does reveal a few features of the alleged Mix 2S.With the Mix brand being one of the most popular lines of phones out there, our expectations with the Mix 2S are nothing but high.The video showcases the bottom of the Mix 2S which is inspired hugely by the iPhone X’s design.Furthermore, the phone features gestures mimicking that of the iPhone X. It’s not a surprise since Xiaomi has notoriously copied the iPhone’s aesthetics in their UI for years now.
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Everyone knows that cars are sophisticated machines.Even the simplest car has thousands of individual parts and dozens of systems that must work together in harmony.Complex devices often require special materials to perform their functions, and the automobile is no different.Parts supplier GMB has compiled an interesting, if not exhaustive, periodic table of elements that highlights the elements most frequently used in vehicle production.While I wasn't shocked not to see any einsteinium or seaborgium used in vehicles, I was surprised to learn that bismuth and phosphorus are both commonly used in the painting process.Many of these materials have only relatively recently becoming somewhat common in production vehicles, such as titanium and lithium.
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I'm not sure I want to tell you thatRebecca Cook / ReutersTesla doesn't report vehicle sales on a monthly basis for the US, as do all major automakers.A particularly annoying deviation from business-as-usual is the company's production and sales data.The company doesn't report US sales on a monthly basis, like every other major automaker selling vehicles in the US.Tesla shares that information on a quarterly basis, depriving financial markets and the public of transparency around the company's operations.On the plus side, when it comes to Tesla's high-ticket luxury vehicles — the Model S and Model X — annual production appeared to be calibrated for about 100,000 in deliveries.
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Tata Communications has announced Omate x Nanoblock, a smartwatch designed for children.This wearable’s design somewhat resembles the Apple Watch, only with miniature plastic blocks like LEGOs on the band.The Omate x Nanoblock is designed to help parents keep track of their kids and communicate with them on the go, offering a bunch of features including 3G, two-way voice chatting, and a front-facing camera.Omate x Nanoblock is the latest wearable designed for kids, though it packs a few more features than some competing products.Of note, this smartwatch has a built-in SIM offering 3G mobile connectivity and 100MB of data per month.Parents can subscribe to a 1-year data plan starting at $179 USD, Tata says.
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Instead, I was in the third lowest spec’d, mid-grade Giulia from the base model.The standard Giulia arrives in two main trim levels – the base Giulia, starting at $38,195, and the Giulia Ti, at $40,195.The Giulia’s simple interior is geared towards drivers who prioritize the activity of driving over in-car technologyAn available driver assist dynamic plus package offers adaptive cruise control with stop, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and an infrared windshield.With less to be distracted by, drivers can focus more on driving as a sporting activity and the beautiful handling performance the Giulia has to offer.Prior to venturing into San Francisco after a lunch at the renowned Oxbow Market, I hustled around Lake Berryessa and back over Howell Mountain, where the Giulia’s near-50/50 weight distribution and balanced composure made hunting for tight mountainside switchbacks a desired activity.
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Last year it unveiled the ZenFone AR smartphone utilizing Google’s soon-to-be-dead Tango augmented reality program; and even older devices like the Asus PadFone toyed with the idea of a smartphone combined with a tablet.An aluminum frame sits sandwiched between the two Gorilla Glass 5 panels, and there are two buttons on the right-hand side: A sleep/wake key, and a volume rocker.Asus includes a comprehensive editing suite in its Gallery app, which can be used to alter images to your preference; but the interface is confusing and not as intuitive as Snapseed or other third-party editing apps.There are many beautification effects for the 8-megapixel camera, but the controls don’t encourage you to explore, due to small icons and imprecise sliders for adjustments.There is evidence of sluggishness throughout the standard software, from the camera app to the various pre-instated apps for selfies, call management, and a themes app.That suggests the phone itself doesn’t have performance issues, but ZenUI is just sluggish.
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Project Fi is Google’s MVNO that only works on certain devices.Google’s Project Fi is a terrific concept.For $20 a month you get unlimited calls and texts, and each gigabyte of data you use is only $10.The data service comes via Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, making Project Fi a sort of super MVNO.Unfortunately, a Project Fi customer by the name of Gordon Beecher didn’t have an outstanding experience with the company.Mr. Beecher filed a lawsuit against Project Fi alleging that he was charged for Wi-Fi data on top of cellular data, resulting in $200 in overage fees over his first three months with the company.
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Snap has always been pretty good at coming up with new ideas to engage consumers but making money was always its Achilles heel.For the three months ending December 31 sales hit $285.7 million, an increase of 72% year-on-year, while for the year it was up to $824.9 million, a 104% increase.While these numbers might sound impressive, net loss for the year stood at $3.4 billion mainly down to stock rewards to its engineers.This compares to a loss of $500 million in 2016.“Our business really came together towards the end of last year and I am very proud of our team for working hard to deliver these results,” said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel.“We executed well on our 2017 plan to improve quality, performance, and automation, which removed friction from our advertising business and improved our application for the Snapchat community.”
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Twitter is slated to report its fourth-quarter results Thursday morning."They need to prove that they're not the next Yahoo, that they're not a dying platform," said Darren Chervitz, a portfolio manager at Jacob Asset Management, which owns shares in Twitter.When the company reports its fourth-quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, not many people are expecting to see a major turnaround in its business.Wall Street's adjusted EPS target of 14 cents would also be below what Twitter earned in the year-ago period.But while that would represent a 4 increase from the year-ago period, it's still less than the revenue Twitter generated two years ago, in the the first quarter of 2016.And, unlike that of many companies, its audience is global.
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Sri Lankan supermarket chain Keells has unveiled a new brand identity and store concept in Colombo, developed by design and brand agency Whippet.The 16-week project encompassed brand strategy, brand identity design, store exterior and interior design and an entire suite of in-store brand communications, including point-of-sale.The agency also carried through the new brand to staff uniforms and the packaging for Keells’ own label products.Part of John Keells Holdings, Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerate, Keells will be applying the new brand and design concept to all new store launches, in addition to the existing store fleet.“The new brand, new store design and every innovative new feature in the store, propels Keells ahead in the Sri Lankan supermarket sector,” said Charitha Subasinghe, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Keells Supermarket Chain."The new concept is showing strong, improved sales performance and customers tell us they love it.”
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The downing of a Russian Su-25 on Saturday highlights the dangers facing American A-10s in Syria and Afghanistan.A-10s are at risk from MANPADs and other anti-aircraft systems larger than 23mm.The downing of a Russian Su-25 over the weekend highlights the dangers facing the US' beloved A-10 Warthog in Syria, and possibly even Afghanistan.An Su-25 was shot down over Syria's Idlib province on Saturday by rebels using what Russian authorities say was a MANPAD.The pilot safely ejected, but got into a firefight with rebels on the ground before blowing himself up with a grenade to avoid being captured.They're both heavily-armored aircrafts capable of delivering a variety of bombs and missiles.
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Many people believe that workloads in the cloud always perform better because public clouds have access to an almost unlimited amount of resources.Although you can provision the resources you need—and even use serverless computing so the allocation of resources is done for you—the fact is that having the right amount of resources is only half the battle.To get good cloud performance means you have to be proactive in testing for performance, not be reactive and wait for an issue to arrive in production.Everything you need to know now.• Also: InfoWorld explains AWS cloud services guide: The right tools for the job.If you’re using devops to build and deploy your cloud application workloads, your testing for security, stability, and so on are typically done withcontinuous testing tools as part of the devops process.
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A first-person mode will also reportedly be included.This is a modal window.No compatible source was found for this media.New features and gameplay modes in Rockstar Games' upcoming open world western Red Dead Redemption 2 may have been revealed by development notes that detail a first-person mode, online Battle Royale mode and much more.The documents, which date back to August 2017 at the latest, were sent to Trusted Reviews.The publication chose to divulge the information after official screenshots released last week lined up with details of the internal memo.
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Although in vitro fertilization (IVF) is widely recognized as the best treatment for infertility, many couples are deterred by the high costs involved (generally between $10,000 to $20,000 per cycle).Rethink Impact led the round.“Anyone who has attempted to navigate the IVF process knows just how harrowing it is — physically, financially, and emotionally,” said Univfy cofounder and CEO Dr. Mylene Yao, in a statement.“After years of seeing couples struggle with IVF, I was curious as to why some IVF patients had more success than others.”The board-certified ob-gyn developed Univfy’s technology with cofounder and scientific advisor Wing H. Wong at Stanford, where she was a faculty member.They founded the startup in 2009 and are now licensing the technology exclusively.
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