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How the US demolished the world‘s largest dark web drug marketplace

Earlier this month, we heard that AlphaBay a marketplace for illegal drugs and falsified documents on the dark web was facing a major outage, and it was believed that the incident was tied to plans of stealing users‘ funds and vanishing into thin air. Now, the story has taken another dramatic turn. The US Department of Justice announced today that it‘s now shut down AlphaBay, following the arrest and suicide of the marketplace&lsquo

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Bored programmer trains AI to rename all of the UK

Digital transformation consultant Dan Hon, trained an AIto generate British place names because why not? This isn‘t the first time technology is being used to spew random names either. Thanks to neural networks, a rescue center‘sguinea pigs have cute names, new paint colors exist,and most importantly, parents will have a new way to choose their baby‘s name. But to come up with brand new British places, Dan had to compile a list

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Google‘s Motion Stills app lands on Android to make buttery-smooth GIFs

When Google launched Motion Stills on iOS last year, we lamented not being able to create the same buttery-smooth GIFs on Android. Fret no more: the app has now made its way over to Google‘s own OS. The app defaults to shooting three second loops, which are stabilized to almost gimbal-like smoothness. If you want to shoot something longer, you can combine multiple clips together.You can also export your results as a video if you want a high

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It‘s official: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be unveiled on August 23

After months of rumors and speculations, we finally have an official date for Samsung to reveal the Note 8: August 23. The device will be revealed at an event in New York starting at 11 AM ET. Rumors tell us the device will feature a 6.3-inch screen with the same tiny bezels as the S8 line, as well as a Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM and a dual camera system. We‘ll find out whether that holds up a month from now. DevelopingOr just read more cov

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YouTube battles extremism by redirecting terrorism-related search terms

Google today announced it was adding a feature to YouTube to redirect anyone searching for extremist content to videos that decry terrorism. According to YouTube‘s blog, this is part of Google‘s larger initiative to push back against such content that keeps popping up on its video platform. Jigsaw - Alphabet‘s security incubator - and counter-extremist startup Moonshot CVE partnered up to create the Redirect Method. Whenever som

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CSSReference.io is a gorgeous visual guide to CSS

The best way to learn CSS is through trial-and-error. You‘ve got to write code in order to learn to be a coder. That‘s the simple truth of the matter. But it‘s always nice to have a helping hand guide you through the often confusing and contradictory technology used to style and illustrate webpages, which is where CSSReference.io comes in. This siteis a comprehensive reference guide to the CSS properties you‘re most likely

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Medical industry embraces new .health domain extension

Internet registry companydotHealth today officially released the .health domain for medical websites. The .health domain works just like .com or other top level domain extensions, though sites can only register for one after being validated as a qualified member of the health industry. Some of the largest names in medicine and tech, including Pfizer and Google, have already registered for .health domains. Jose Ignacio Rasco, CEO of dotHealth, had

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The SNES Classic might spell the end for backwards compatibility but should it?

As hardware and software evolve further away from their 8-bit beginnings, preserving the past in a medium worthy of the present gets harder to do. To keep the essence of the artform alive, games need to remain playable - even decades after their initial release. This, obviously, is easier said than done. So what are our options? Each of the three major console manufacturers have their own solutions. Nintendo: Older games? Have this niche console!

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Google Street View is now in outer space too

Google‘s Street View has captured 360-degree imagery of roads everywhere, but there‘s one place that‘s been strictly off-limits: outer space. That frontier has now been crossed. Google had launched a Street View tour of the International Space Station cheekily dubbed Outer Space View captured over by Astronaut Thomas Pequet during a six-month mission. The imagery includes notes with more information on life in the ISS, includi

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5 apps that will help save you money throughout the year

Look, I get it, a lot of us barely have enough money to spend on bills and normal expenses, but that doesn‘t mean we shouldn‘t be working on systems and using services that can help save us some money here and there. In the wonderful world of app stores, there are quite a few out there that can help you save a little cash money and while the immediate benefit may not seem that impressive, it‘s when you extrapolate your savings t

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YouTube TV just arrived in a ton of new cities

YouTube TV launched to much fanfare earlier in the year, but it was only available in a handful of cities. Now the service is expanding to nine new markets. Starting today, the DC, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, and Charlotte metropolitan areas will have access to the service. That joins New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, and Chicago. YouTu

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Machine learning has entered the kitchen, and I for one welcome our AI culinary overlords

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have both opined about the dangers posed by artificial intelligence, with Musk famously comparing it to ‘summoning a demon,‘ and Hawking suggesting it could end mankind. But when they said that, I don‘t think they were talking about an undercooked chicken leg. That‘s right, AI is making its presence felt in all parts of life, and nowhere is this more pronounced than in the kitchen. I‘m n

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China says it‘ll be world AI leader by 2025

China today announced plans to become the global leader in AI research and development. It will increase government spending on core AI programs to 22 billion in the next few years, with plans to spend nearly 60 billion per year by 2025. The announcement sends a clear message: this is the age of artificial intelligence. Reuters reports the Chinese government will soon put forth AI regulations in areas concerning safety, implementation, and contro

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Read like The Flash, and remember it all with this speed reading course - just 19

We all have a superpower fantasy. We all wish we could fly or read minds or perform any of a series of extraordinary feats. However, there are talents exhibited by ordinary men and women just like you that seem almost superhuman and they can offer some very real advantages for those who can master them. Speed reading is one of those amazing talents that almost anyone can develop with the right training and initiative. The training part is covere

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Elon Musk‘s Boring Company gets ‘verbal approval‘ to build NYC-DC underground hyperloop

One of the biggest barriers to realizing Elon Musk‘s bold infrastructure ambitions is regulatory. Expansive, underground tunnels and hyperloops are largely untested technologies, and the legal framework simply isn‘t there to bring it to life. But according to Elon Musk, things are picking up pace, and his ‘Boring Company‘ has apparently gained ‘verbal approval‘ to build a hyperloop stretching from Washington D.

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Super Mario cosmetics are coming to Japan - seriously

Japanese cosmetics maker Shu Uemura recently revealed a holiday beauty line patterned after - of all things - the Super Mario Bros games. It‘s the crossover you never wanted and never expected, and it‘ll be out in Japan in November. According to Kakuyasu Uchiide, Shu‘s artistic director, the connection between the two brands is based in well, I‘m not sure exactly: This collection is not so much about creating, but it is a

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DNA barcodes provide a new high-tech tool for environmentalists

Editor‘s note: Canada Day 2017 marks the sesquicentennial of Confederation. While the anniversary is a chance to reflect on the past, The Conversation Canada asked some of our academic authors to imagine what our world will be like in 2167 or ‘Canada +150‘. Scientist Robert Hanner looks at how an emerging technology of today will be part of our everyday life in the next century. A Canadian technology that can identify a substan

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Dutch police secretly ran a huge dark web drug marketplace for a month

In a shocking turn of events, Europol has revealed that the National Dutch Police had surreptitiously taken over and operated the second largest drug marketplace on the dark web, Hansa, for at least a month now. ‘Months of preparation and coordination have resulted today, 20 July 2017, in the takedown of two of the largest criminal Dark Web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa,‘ Europol said in a press release. ‘Two major law enforcement

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Google goes meta, adds search function to the dictionary box in Search

Google is making it even easier to look up the dictionary definition of words straight into Search. It appears the company has quietly updated the dictionary box in Search to include its own search function. While the change might seem somewhat counter-intuitive and unnecessarily meta, it makes it easier to look up multiple words at a time without having to fill in a new Search query each time. We‘re not entirely certain when the Big G roll

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How this AI is starting a music playlist revolution

Machine-learning algorithms made possible by a combination of deep learning and artificial intelligence has dominated 2017. The dramatic rises in consumer expectation levels are also forcing businesses to simplify and personalize everything in a bid to remain relevant to their tech savvy customers. We now have access to unlimited music to accompany us on our travels thanks to all-you-can eat packages offered by the likes of Apple Music and Spotif

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How An A.I. DJ Brain Is Starting A Music Playlist Revolution

Machine-learning algorithms made possible by a combination of deep learning and artificial intelligence has dominated 2017. The dramatic rises in consumer expectation levels are also forcing businesses to simplify and personalize everything in a bid to remain relevant to their tech savvy customers. We now have access to unlimited music to accompany us on our travels thanks to all-you-can eat packages offered by the likes of Apple Music and Spotif

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Oldschool intercom gets Raspberry Pi upgrade to turn into Google Home

It has been years since the intercom began falling out of style, but thanks to Raspberry Pi and Google it might be making a comeback sort of. True to his passion to bring vintage and modern technology together, recreational tinkerer Martin Manderdecided to convert an antiquated 1986 Radio Shack intercom he copped for a puny 4into a legitimate wall-mounted Google voice assistant. To put this quirky smart speaker together, Mander removed the old p

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Retro intercom gets Raspberry Pi upgrade to turn into Google Home

It has been years since the intercom began falling out of style, but thanks to Raspberry Pi and Google it might be making a comeback sort of. True to his passion to bring vintage and modern technology together, recreational tinkerer Martin Manderdecided to convert an antiquated 1986 Radio Shack intercom he copped for a puny 4into a legitimate wall-mounted Google voice assistant. To put this quirky smart speaker together, Mander removed the old p

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Retro intercom gets the Raspberry Pi upgrade to turn into Google Home

It has been years since the intercom began falling out of style, but thanks to Raspberry Pi and Google it might be making a comeback sort of. True to his passion to bring vintage and modern technology together, recreational tinkerer Martin Manderdecided to convert an antiquated 1986 Radio Shack intercom he copped for a puny 4into a legitimate wall-mounted Google voice assistant. To put this quirky smart speaker together, Mander removed the old p

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