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The founders of Argo AI, the self-driving startup backed by Ford, are giving back to their alma mater to the tune of a $15 million investment in Carnegie Mellon University to fund the creation of a new research center.The Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research (phew) will use those funds to “pursue advanced research projects to help overcome hurdles to enabling self-driving vehicles to operate in a wide variety of real-world conditions, such as winter weather or construction zones,” the company and university announced on Monday.Argo was founded in 2016 by a team of CMU alumni.In other words: the software and hardware that power a self-driving car’s ability to “see” and “think.”But this isn’t a navel-gazing project by Argo, nor is it a benevolent gift by a handful CMU alums who made it big.(In 2017, Ford said it would spend $1 billion on Argo over five years.)
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There are several steps you can take to get rid of a virus on an infected Mac computer and get it back up to speed.Stopping a virus altogether involves searching your Mac pretty thoroughly to ensure all traces of the virus are gone.You should use malware-scanning software to help identify and eliminate viruses.We all know the signs: Sudden reboots.To help identify malicious programs, you should consider first using malware-detection software like Clean My Mac X or Malwearbytes to scan your computer.Once you've identified likely sources of infection, there are a few ways you could go about manually removing programs or extensions to help get your Mac back up to speed.
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Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi plans to increase the investment in channel and retail development in the Chinese market by $725 million, to improve its position and to counter the expected aggression from market leader Huawei.Bloomberg cited its source at Xiaomi that the Chinese smartphone company has decided to invest CNY 5 billion ($725 million) over the next three years to shore up its channel and retail position in China’s contracting smartphone market.This will come on top of its current budget and will be spent on channel expansion, partner incentive, and sales force financing, according to the report.The decision is also made in anticipation of Huawei’s aggressive channel and retail movements in China in the near future, the source told Bloomberg.Huawei, the smartphone market leader in China admitted recently that its business will suffer from the US sanctions and the severance of business relations by companies like Google.In the consumer segment, which now accounts for more than half of Huawei’s total revenue, the impact will mainly in the overseas market with the disappearance of Google services from its smartphones posing the biggest impediments to consumers’ purchasing decision.
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In a few weeks’ time, Vodafone will become the second telco in the UK to switch on its ‘5G’ network, but up in Manchester, the team is focusing on ecosystem development.At an event dubbed ‘Go Beyond’, the Vodafone team launched its Digital Innovation Hub in an attempt to help the next-generation.This is perhaps one of the important facets of 5G which is missed in general discussions; 5G isn’t just about speed, its about offering new tools to innovators to create services which would not be deemed possible on 4G networks.“The Digital Innovation Hub is an example of how we are empowering today’s start-ups and small businesses with the expertise and technologies to help turn their blueprints into reality,” said Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK.“Our 5G services can help UK start-ups become global leaders in their fields.”For the telcos, being first to launch 5G offers a competitive edge in the utilitised world of connectivity, and also bragging rights, but there is a bigger win for the economies and societies which drive forward the fastest; the opportunity and ability to get a jump start to create services which will define the technology world of tomorrow.
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150,000 personal records on people, including US veterans, upset with their healthcareIn what has become a depressingly common occurrence, the personal information of hundreds of thousands of people may have fallen into the wrong hands because yet another organization did not secure a cloud-hosted database.This time around, social media marketing house xSocialMedia has been accused of failing to set up proper protections on multiple databases tracking the activity of advertising campaigns for medical malpractice lawyers.Researchers at vpnMentor, who specialize in discovering and documenting insecure cloud servers, say they were able to get into xSocialMedia's databases and view the personal information of people who had clicked on ads on Facebook for legal advice or class action claims for things like botched surgeries and defective implants.Because of the nature of the campaigns, the biz tended to gather particularly sensitive information from netizens clicking through the promotions.The database of collected information, containing some 150,000 records, included things like names, addresses, phone numbers, and partial medical history.
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TensorFlow 2.0, the next major version of Google’s open source machine learning framework, is available in its first beta version.TensorFlow, Google’s contribution to the world of machine learning and data science, is a general framework for quickly developing neural networks.Despite being relatively new, TensorFlow has already found wide adoption as a common platform for deep learning, due to its powerful abstractions and ease of use.Installation instructions for TensorFlow on Ubuntu Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft Windows are available on the TensorFlow project page.Docker users can grab a prebuilt TensorFlow Docker image directly from Docker Hub.You can also compile the sources into a binary; the sources are available on GitHub.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech to Stanford graduates this weekend.In addition to the usual motivational stuff, he attacked other big tech companies in a not-so-subtle way.He painted a stark picture of Silicon Valley, saying it’s responsible for too many mistakes.Fueled by caffeine and code, optimism and idealism, conviction and creativity, generations of Stanford graduates and dropouts have used technology to remake our society,” Cook said.“But I think you would agree that lately the results haven’t been neat or straightforward.In just the four years that you’ve been here, things feel like they’ve taken a sharp turn.
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His illusions are award-winning — he's won "Best Illusion of the Year" twice.Everyone loves a good optical illusion, whether it's an image that seems to magically disappear or a photo that simultaneously appears to be both Ben Stiller and Beyoncé.But Kokichi Sugihara, a professor at Japan's Meijia University, takes illusions to a new level.For example, this arrow seems to always be pointing right, no matter which way it's spun.Perspective also plays a significant role in Sugihara's award-winning illusion "Magnet-like slopes," which won "Best Illusion of the Year" in 2010.While the objects look like circles, they are reflected in a mirror as rectangles, and vice versa.
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With only 20% of European customers adopting broadband services over 100 Mbps, the European Commission is falling behind its own targets with six months to go.While the targets are certainly ambitious, the European Commission has decided it would like to have 50% of all broadband customers across the bloc subscribing to 100 Mbps by 2020.With only 20% subscribing to an ultrafast service, it looks like it is becoming a big ask as we head towards the mid-point of the year.There will of course be numerous reasons for a lack of adoption.Some will suggest the telcos are not deploying suitable infrastructure to enough people, while others will say they are charging too much.That said, a more sensible explanation is that irrelevant as to how cheap a 100 Mbps service is, it is still too much; why would a normal person need such speeds today?
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(Reuters) – Huawei has told Verizon that the U.S. carrier should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker’s patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.Verizon should pay to “solve the patent licensing issue,” a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive wrote in February, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier.The patents cover network equipment for more than 20 of the company’s vendors including major U.S. tech firms but those vendors would indemnify Verizon, the person said.The patents in question range from core network equipment, wireline infrastructure to internet-of-things technology, the Journal reported.Huawei has been battling the U.S. government for more than a year.National security experts worry that “back doors” in routers, switches and other Huawei equipment could allow China to spy on U.S. communications.
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On New York’s Crosby Street, a cobblestone side street nestled between Spring and Prince, is a neon oasis.Bright orange, green and pink lights shine through the windows, and when customers slip through the front door, they become engulfed in color.Welcome to House of Drunk, a new pop-up from Drunk Elephant, a cult favorite skincare brand that’s become an Instagram darling, particularly over the past half-decade.(It’s also currently “open” to discussing a sale with interested parties, reports Bloomberg; according to Business of Fashion, Unilever was sniffing around a billion-dollar acquisition.)The beauty brand did the pop-up thing in Singapore (November 2018) and London (October 2018) to trumpet its entrance into those markets.The SoHo space functions as a temporary store for Drunk Elephant, which doesn’t have any permanent brick-and-mortar locations, as well as a branded touch point for a company that’s engaged in very little traditional advertising and paid partnerships.
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People moving in and out of photographs used to be reserved for the world of Harry Potter.The researchers will be presenting their results June 19 at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Long Beach, California."This is a very hard fundamental problem in computer vision," said co-author Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, an associate professor at the UW's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.Our work combines technical advancement on an open problem in the field with artistic creative visualization."Previously, researchers thought it would be impossible to animate a person running out of a single photo."But you still couldn't bring someone to life and have them run out of a scene, and you couldn't bring AR into it.
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Maybe you were a little too hasty blocking that one person on Facebook … or maybe you just want to do a little spying to see what they’re up to.Either way, unblocking a person on Facebook is pretty easy.You can do it either on your mobile phone or on the website.Here’s how to unblock someone on Facebook when you have a change of heart.Unblocking using the Facebook appTo unblock someone using the app, go to your feed and tap the menu button in the upper right-hand corner.
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Even if you own a Sony full-frame mirrorless camera, you probably don’t need the new FE 600mm f/4 telephoto lens — and if you do need it, you still probably can’t afford it.Announced June 11, the lens will be priced at $13,000 — that’s enough to buy a new Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR, overpriced monitor stand and all, and still have a grand leftover.This lens is aimed squarely at the very upper tier of professional photographers and news organizations; the closest you’ll likely come to touching one will be seeing it on TV at the sidelines of the next Olympics or World Cup, mounted to the speedy Sony A9.If you’re wondering how a 600mm prime is worth over six times as much as a 200-600mm zoom, it all comes down to the maximum aperture and the overall quality of the optical design.The 200-600mm zoom has a variable maximum aperture of f/5.6-6.3, meaning it gets smaller as you zoom.At the 600mm position, it can let in less than half the amount of light as the more expensive 600mm f/4.
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It’s going to be a while before players can get their hands on the Breath of the Wild sequel teased at the end of Nintendo’s E3 Direct earlier today.There’s the compelling beat-based Cadence of Hyrule, due out this Thursday, and later this year, the company is releasing a remastered version of the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.That one’s due out in September.As is the case with a number of recent titles (see: most of Square’s presser from earlier this week), Link’s Awakening isn’t so much a new game as a revamp of an older one designed to get the most out of the latest technology.Released in 1993, the original version of the game was subject to the Game Boy’s 8-bit, monochrome limitations.The title began life as a portable port of the third Zelda game, SNES’s A Link to the Past, but ultimately became a real boy under the direction of long-time Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto.
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Forget about your Astras and your A3s and your Golfs; there’s so much innovation happening in the automotive industry, and it’s rarely from the brands we see plastered all over the road.It has put a focus on user interface - or as it eloquently puts it “the point of contact between driver and vehicle, and a connection to the world outside”.An 11.15 inch-frameless display takes centre stage on the dashboard, and this, combined with a 12.3-inch driver display, allows you to operate all functions of your car.There’s Google Assistant integration too, which means you can control everything with your voice, keeping you entirely hands free.Best of all, Polestar says that this will be entirely futureproof: based on an Android operating system it’ll update automatically for the life of the car.It makes sense: we don’t change our cars as often as our mobile phones, so it needs to be capable of upgrading for a longer period of time.
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The report, which synthesizes information from 125 top DTC brands representing 52 different categories, found that DTC brands included in the study spent 60% more on television ads in 2018 than they did in 2017, totaling $3.8 billion in television ad spend last year.Across the board, the DTC brands included in the report had accelerated their ad spend on TV in 2017 and 2018, and they had consistently increased their investment in TV since 2013.The majority of that year-over-year growth came from about 62 major DTC brands that have been around since at least 2013 and have spent an average of eight years spending at least something on TV.Those brands, which included companies like Casper mattresses, Peloton exercise equipment and the ride-hailing app Uber, spent nearly $2.4 billion on TV advertising in 2018, a 29% increase compared to the year prior.Dozens of emerging DTC brands were also consistently ramping up their TV spend, and increasing their investment at a rate faster than more dominant DTC brands, the report found.Sixty-three emerging DTC brands, which included bedding company Brooklinen, ride-hailing app Lyft and clothing-box company Stitchfix, ramped up their overall television ad spend by 167% in 2018 compared to the year prior, amounting to about $1.4 billion.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming to the Windy City today, June 8, with a highly anticipated bantamweight championship bout between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes headlining UFC 238 in Chicago.These combatants represent some of the top talent that the UFC roster has to offer, and this is a high-stakes fight with both men aiming for the recently vacated bantamweight title.American fighter Henry Cejudo (with a record of 14 wins and two losses) only just moved into the bantamweight class following his first-round TKO victory over T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 143 earlier in January.He had earlier claimed the UFC flyweight belt from Demetrious Johnson via a split decision at UFC 227 last August, and successfully defended his belt against Dillashaw.His Brazilian opponent, Marlon Moraes (22-5), is champing at the bit for this fight, having declared that he does not particularly care for Cejudo and that the American’s win over Dillashaw was a “fluke” (a few others, including Dillashaw himself, have echoed this sentiment, stating that the fight was ended prematurely).That fight was nonetheless an impressive display by Cejudo, who is noted for a strong grappling game thanks to his Olympic wrestling history.
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"We are announcing the availability for private astronauts to visit the space station on US vehicles, and for companies to engage in profit-making activities on the station," said NASA CFO Jeff DeWit in a press briefing.NASA astronauts already perform experiments on behalf of companies and research organizations; under the new rule, the space agency will allow up to two private astronaut missions annually to the ISS.The missions may be up to 30 days and must require a microgravity environment, have some connection to a NASA mission or help to build an ongoing low-Earth orbit economy.The US space agency is undertaking this change as it prepares its Artemis Lunar Mission to put the first woman and another man on the moon in 2024.It's doing so in the hope that private industry will play a supporting role in expanding the human presence beyond Earth."The commercialization of low-earth orbit will enable NASA to focus resources to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 as the first phase of creating a sustainable lunar presence to prepare for future missions to Mars."
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Xiaomi has announced a price cut of Rs 4,000 on the 6GB variants of the POCO F1.The phone is now available to purchase starting at Rs 17,999 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.The second variant with 128GB of onboard storage retails for Rs 20,999 down from its original selling price of Rs 24,999.POCO fans, grab the 6GB + 64GB variant of POCOF1 at an unbelievable price of 17,999.Get it from https://t.co/DREiXV90LG or @Flipkart.However, this isn't the lowest price the POCO F1 has ever been offered at.
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