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These smart displays show you the answers to your questions - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 7:17pm
Just like smart speakers, you can command these devices with your voice. Even better, they can use their screens to help illustrate their replies.

Jeff Bezos shares video of 10,000-year clock project - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 7:13pm
The Amazon CEO embarks on construction of a $42 million mechanical clock buried deep in a Texas mountain that will keep time for 10 millennia.

Russian Twitter bots keep up attack after Florida shooting - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 7:08pm
After last week's school massacre, bots tied to Russian propaganda groups began sending gun-related tweets, even though Twitter has vowed to stop such efforts.

Pothole kills man in Detroit - Roadshow - News - February 20, 2018 - 6:48pm
Well, the ensuing crash is what killed him, but it's the pothole's fault.

Swype pioneered a new way to type on smartphones—now it’s dead

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 6:48pm

Enlarge (credit: Swype)

Swype, the influential smartphone keyboard, is dead. XDA Developers is reporting that Swype's owner, Nuance Communications, is discontinuing development of the popular keyboard app. While it might still exist in the iOS and Android app stores for now, it will be left to rot.

In a statement on its website, Nuance said it was leaving the "direct-to-consumer keyboard business" to "concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses." Nuance—which bought Swype in 2011 for $102 million—has long been a force in voice recognition and text-to-speech software, and it helps companies build consumer products (like this BMW 7 Series) with its voice technology. Lately the company has also set its sights on the healthcare market.

Swype is noteworthy as the third-party smartphone keyboard that originated gesture typing. Rather than holding a phone in both hands and tapping on each letter, Swype let you hold the phone in one hand, hold a finger down on the screen, swing it around the keyboard from letter to letter, and lift off to spell a word. Swyping, as it was called, wasn't as exact of an input as tapping on each key, but it was close enough that the software could usually figure out your intent. Most of all, it was fast, especially considering that it only took one hand to type.

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The Motorola Moto X4 Is Almost Half-Off Right Now

Wired - February 20, 2018 - 6:41pm
Moto X4 is a fantastic phone at $400, and it's a steal at $250.

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 6:31pm
Spectrum goes all NASty, FlashSystem base box getting NVMe fabric access

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day.…

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits Geneva with more efficiency - Roadshow - News - February 20, 2018 - 6:09pm
There's a new Atkinson-cycle engine hiding under the hood, and a whole lot more scattered about.

Samsung's new SSD is industry's biggest at 30TB - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 6:08pm
With twice the capacity and performance of previous designs, this thing is friggin' huge.

The 'Free Money' guy from the '90s bursts your bitcoin bubble - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 6:01pm
Matthew Lesko made his name in the 1990s in a question-marked suit yelling about free money. But he’s not sold on cryptocurrencies.

Samsung crams 30TB of SSD into a single 2.5-inch drive

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 5:58pm

Enlarge / The 30TB Samsung PM1643 SSD. (credit: Samsung)

If you need to pack more storage into your enterprise systems, then boy has Samsung got the SSD for you. The new PM1643 boasts a capacity of 30.72TB in a standard 2.5-inch drive.

On the inside, the drive has nine flash controllers driving 32 1TB packages of NAND flash, with each package containing 16 layers of 512Gb 3-bit-per-cell V-NAND. There's also 40GB of DDR4 RAM. The RAM is unusual, too; the 8Gb chips are built using Through Silicon Vias (TSVs), enabling them to be stacked vertically. They're assembled into 10 packages each of 4GB.

The drive uses a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI interface. Samsung claims it can reach 400,000 read and 50,000 write random IOPS, with sequential read and write speeds of 2,100MB/s and 1,700MB/s, respectively.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 will blow away the phone field at MWC - CNET - News - February 20, 2018 - 5:50pm
The S9 is the sole headliner of the Mobile World Congress trade show, with LG, Huawei and HTC among the big players holding back their best phones for later.

We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 5:47pm
And how is sir implementing that geofencing idea?

Vodafone is working on an airborne drone detection system based on 4G M2M mobile phone technology, the Brit-based network operator said this morning.…

'Upskirting' should be criminal offence, campaigners say

BBC Technology News - February 20, 2018 - 5:40pm
Campaigners say a law change in England and Wales would make it easier for police to take action.

The Math Behind Pennsylvania's Gerrymandered Map Getting Overturned

Wired - February 20, 2018 - 5:21pm
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court issued a new congressional map on Monday. These are the experts who helped make it happen.

Where will the first full hyperloop track be built? Maybe India

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 5:03pm

Enlarge / The proposed route between Mumbai and Pune. (credit: Virgin Hyperloop One)

Virgin Hyperloop One signed an agreement with the Indian state of Maharashtra to conduct a feasibility study and build a demonstration track that could lead to the construction of a hyperloop system between two of the state's major city centers: Mumbai and Pune.

Ryan Kelly, director of marketing for the startup formerly known simply as Hyperloop One, said that the pact between Virgin Hyperloop One and Maharashtra represents "the strongest language we’ve seen from a government to date." The company, which recently received a sizable investment from the Virgin Group and counts billionaire founder Richard Branson among its board members, intends to complete a feasibility study within the next six months and complete a demonstration track in two to three years.

Kelly told Ars in an email that "the plan is that this track will go from use as a demonstration to part of the live track." He added that the track from Mumbai to Pune could be completed in three to five years.

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Kia K900 brings big-body bravado to Geneva - Roadshow - News - February 20, 2018 - 5:03pm
The first-gen K900 was not a sales hit in the US, and I imagine Kia wants to change that.

Lexus UX heads to Geneva with small footprint, big style - Roadshow - News - February 20, 2018 - 5:01pm
Who doesn't love tiny little tail fins?

Qualcomm opens maw, prepares to swallow Dutch chipmaker NXP

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 4:59pm
Increased offer gives shareholders food for thought

While fending off unwanted advances from a determined suitor, chip-maker Qualcomm has had an increased bid for NXP Semiconductors accepted.…

Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 4:50pm

Enlarge / Choose wisely. (credit: Getty | Mario Tama)

There are more than 90,000 vitamin and dietary supplement products sold in the US. They come in pills, powders, drinks, and bars. And they all anticipate some better versions of ourselves—selves with sturdier bones, slimmer waist lines, heftier muscles, happier intestines, better sex lives, and more potent noggins. They foretell of diseases dodged and aging outrun.

On the whole, we believe them. Supplements are a $30 billion industry in the US. Recent surveys suggest that 52 percent of Americans take at least one supplement—and 10 percent take four or more. But should we? Are we healthier, smarter, stronger, or in any way better off because of these daily doses?

The answer is likely no. Most supplements have little to no data to suggest that they’re effective, let alone safe. They’re often backed by tenuous studies in rodents and petri dishes or tiny batches of people. And the industry is rife with hype and wishful thinking—even the evidence for multivitamins isn’t solid. There are also outright deadly scams. What’s more, the industry operates with virtually no oversight.

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