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Driverless cars bring visions of building boom, suburban sprawl

It‘s 2027 (or 2037) and the age of the self-driving car. City-dwellers have traded in their car keys for ride hails. Street parking has been replaced by wider sidewalks and bike lanes, while developers are busy converting garages into much-needed housing. That‘s one vision of how self-driving cars will affect U.S. real estate, laid out in a report by MIT‘s Center for Real Estate. But it‘s not the only one. Even as reclaime

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‘Think of the Children‘ is a video game that captures the hell of parenting

The best form of birth control is spending a few minutes around some children. They are cunning creatures bent on their own self-destruction and it‘s about time someone tapped into the hell that is parenthood for video game inspiration. Surprise Attack‘s upcoming game ‘Think of the Children‘ is a parenting simulator that challenges players to perform a series of simple tasks while simultaneously keeping their children aliv

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Tesla employees bite back, calling recent firings a cost-cutting measure

After San Jose Mercury News first reported Friday that Tesla was firing 400 to 700 employees of the motors division, speculation swirled. The Model 3 was behind schedule, and terminating workers in the division seemed a less-than-ideal way to solve its current production issues. A CNBC report today paints a different picture, albeit one that could be far worse: the layoffs may have been a cost-cutting measure, having nothing to do with performanc

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Why should you care about the AI chips in Apple and Huawei‘s new phones?

Earlier this year, both Apple and Huawei made a lot of noise about the new processors in their latest phones, touting the inclusion of a game-changing neural engine or neural processing unit specifically designed to handle artificial intelligence computation. But why should you care, and do you really need an AI-capable phone? What neither manufacturer managed to do was include game-changing apps to go with these powerful new chips. Apple‘s

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Facebook Live cuts out the middle man, adds its own screen-sharing feature

Facebook today added an option to share your screen directly on Facebook Live, thus eliminating the need for other software for many users. The feature was first spotted by our own Matt Navarra: NEW! Facebook screen sharing option on FB Live via https://t.co/Luozcvmz9G (desktop / laptop) pic.twitter.com/1CN2nsaUrT - Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) October 17, 2017 When you want to share your screen to Facebook Live, you hit the button on the Live in

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Microsoft‘s new Surface Book 2 adds a 15-inch size and gaming-grade graphics

Just when I was losing hope Microsoft would upgrade the Surface Book this year, the company invited a small group of journalists to quietly announce not just one, but two new laptops. In addition to a new 13.5-inch model, we‘re getting a 15-inch Surface Book as well. They start at 1500 and 2500, they pack serious performance, and they finally have USB-C. Despite their different sizes, both sizes of the Surface Book 2 feature largely similar

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Computers will soon be able to fix themselves will that kill IT departments?

Robots and AI are replacing workers at an alarming rate, from simple manual tasks to making complex legal decisions and medical diagnoses. But the AI itself, and indeed most software, is still largely programmed by humans. Yet there are signs that this might be changing. Several programming tools are emerging which help to automate software testing, one of which we have been developing ourselves. The prospects look exciting; but it raises questio

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The KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, explained like you‘re five

Yesterday, we learned about KRACK (or Key Reinstallation Attack) a security flaw in the WPA2 protocol, which could see an adversary break the encryption between a router and a device, allowing them to intercept and interfere with network traffic. Or, more succinctly, shit‘s fucked. But understanding the issue beyond glib remarks like ‘shit‘s fucked‘ is tricky. This, obviously, is profoundly complicated stuff. To help clea

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Microsoft new Surface Book 2 adds a 15-inch size and gaming-grade graphics

Just when I was losing hope Microsoft would upgrade the Surface Book this year, the company invited a small group of journalists to quietly announce not just one, but two new laptops. In addition to a new 13.5-inch model, we‘re getting a 15-inch Surface Book as well. They start at 1500 and 2500, they pack serious performance, and they finally have USB-C. Despite their different sizes, both sizes of the Surface Book 2 feature largely similar

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ZTE actually built a folding phone that looks legit

ZTE today revealed its latest smartphone, the Axon M. It has two screens and a central hinge allowing it to fold in half. We‘ve just revealed our newest #smartphone with the most innovative #tech. #AxonM, the must-have device of the year, is officially here. pic.twitter.com/iUzQrTuOM6 - ZTE USA (@zteusa) October 17, 2017 The Axon M‘s two screens fold together to make a single, double-sided smartphone, and can also be flipped open like

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A breakdown of blockchain myths

Public relations has never been blockchain‘s strength. When it first came to public and media attention in 2014, this new way of distributing and retrieving information was often used synonymously with Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has navigated through images problems of its own. Three years later, the distinction is somewhat clearer, but the association between the two has stuck. For the sake of avoiding any confusion, let‘s get

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This is how 3D sensors are bringing revolution in AI industry

The three-dimensional sensor is a one-of-a-kind technology breakthrough that keeps surprising humanity in the areas it has been applied to. Technology-lovers desire up to date devices such as this invention. Three-dimensional sensors are the in-thing as depth sensing aims at connecting the devices with the real world which is a thrill to most consumers.The exciting part with 3D sensors is the wide application in modern life. This ranges from came

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Review: The BackStrong chair taught me how to sit and stay

The BackStrong chair is a weird mashup of two different chairs trying to go in separate directions. I‘ve been using one for two weeks and I‘m still not positive I‘m doing it right, but my back hasn‘t felt this good in years. This chair isn‘t an upgrade over my current office furniture; it‘s a different take on the very idea of what it means to be a chair. It came fully assembled, but I still spent a few minutes

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Google Calendar gets a fresh new look

One of Google‘s most-used (but least updated) apps just got a new coat of paint. Launched over a decade ago, Google Calendar, aka GCal, has coasted through existence with a series of mostly iterative updates. 2015 brought ‘reminders,‘ 2016 saw the launch of ‘goals‘ and AI-driven ‘smart suggestions,‘ but throughout it all, the looks have remained mostly unchanged. Today‘s update utilizes Google&lsquo

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Dutch court sentences two dark web drug dealers to six years in prison

Months after Dutch National Police vowed to actively persecute individuals suspected of buying and selling illegal substances on the dark web, two 23-year-old men from the Netherlands have been sentenced to serve time in prison for dealing drugs. The two defendants, Thijs V. from the city of Houten and Mike W. from the city of Muiden, will each have to serve sentences of six years, local news outlet RTL Niews reports. The drug dealers had purport

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Google Pixel 2 Review: So good, I almost don‘t care about the headphone jack

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not phones I expected to be impressed by. Not after a year full of some of the most groundbreaking smartphones in recent memory, like the Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 and Note8, the V30, and the OnePlus 5. Not after the iPhone X was announced to commemorate a decade-long legacy of revolutionizing the smartphone. Not after relentless leaks suggested the Pixel 2 would be little more than a stock Android take on rote 2017

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Steps you can take to help protect yourself from the next KRACK attack

So, by now, you‘ve probably heard of the KRACK vulnerabilities and the announcement made through a website that credits Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet with the discovery. While, there is a lot of technical jargon, what is essentially happening with this vulnerability is that it gives people easy access to Wi-Fi networks through the core WPA2 protocol. Even the Wi-Fi based encryption is no match, and those with malicious intent have basical

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Love Arduino? Then get lifetime access to fan hub Codebender for under 70

If you love Arduino and their host of multi-skill level electronics projects, then you‘re probably also a big fan of Codebender, the web‘s one-stop-shopping for all the coolest Arduino code, ideas, and discussion. Now, you can get a lifetime pass to Codebender, an over 1,200 value, for just 69 from TNW Deals.

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Your company will use blockchain in less than 10 years - here‘s how

Almost a decade ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, silently disrupted trust-providing organizations, like banks, with an eight-page long research paper describing how money can be decentralized (through Bitcoin). At the time, not many people understood the potential that those eight pages concealed within themselves. No, I am not talking about decentralizing money. I am referring to the decentralization itself. In those eight pages, N

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Apple has already fixed the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit in its latest iOS beta

Apple has already whipped up an antidote to the glaring WPA2 encryption protocol vulnerability affecting Wi-Fi routers across the board. But there is one catch: the solution is currently only available as part of the latest beta version for iOS, 11.1 Developer beta 3. This means that, while anybody can opt to download and install the beta, regular users will have to wait a little longer to get the fix as part of the official iOS release. The reme

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Your company will use blockchain in less than 10 years here‘s how

Almost a decade ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, silently disrupted trust-providing organizations, like banks, with an eight-page long research paper describing how money can be decentralized (through Bitcoin). At the time, not many people understood the potential that those eight pages concealed within themselves. No, I am not talking about decentralizing money. I am referring to the decentralization itself. In those eight pages, N

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Chrome‘s new security features allow Google to scan what extensions you use

In a move to counteract the spread of browser malware, yesterday Google announced its plans to ramp up its security mechanisms in Chrome to make it easier for users to prevent and recover from unwanted software infections. But good intentions aside, there is one aspect of this implementation that creeps me out: the same measures put in place to protect us are also enabling Google to scan precisely what extensions we download to our browsers and h

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Chrome‘s new security feats allow Google to scan what extensions you use

In a move to counteract the spread of browser malware, yesterday Google announced its plans to ramp up its security mechanisms in Chrome to make it easier for users to prevent and recover from unwanted software infections. But good intentions aside, there is one aspect of this implementation that creeps me out: the same measures put in place to protect us are also enabling Google to scan precisely what extensions we download to our browsers and h

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Watch out Google! Blockchain will set us free from data tyranny

Do you know how much data you actually own? You would think it would be a lot, right? We‘re constantly feeding the internet with our personal information, traits, habits, and characteristics - so at least some of that data should belong to us personally. That would be the case in a rational world, but currently the answer to how much data you own is depressingly simple: none. One reason for this is how muddled up and complicated the concept

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