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RIP, Twitter Egg. It Was Good Knowing You, However Anonymously

Wired - April 4, 2017 - 2:30pm
With the social-media platform killing off its infamous avatar, we pay our respects to the departed. The post RIP, Twitter Egg. It Was Good Knowing You, However Anonymously appeared first on WIRED.

Have security conferences become an 'army of noise'?

ZDnet News - April 4, 2017 - 2:25pm
Of the hundreds of security conferences, the vast majority are interchangeable in terms of content. Some up-and-coming events are reducing the noise, providing better opportunities for learners, and booking fresh faces on the main stage.

Doctor transplants functioning ear grown from patient's arm - CNET - News - April 4, 2017 - 2:20pm
The ear grew on the patient's arm for four months.

Second teenager arrest for 'Facebook live assault'

BBC Technology News - April 4, 2017 - 2:08pm
The 15-year-old suspect's mother drove him to the police station, police said.

Russia: Maybe reusing rockets isn’t a crazy capitalist idea after all

Ars Technica - April 4, 2017 - 2:04pm

Enlarge / Maybe reusing rockets isn't a crazy American capitalist idea after all? (credit: SpaceX)

As recently as last year, Russian rocket scientists were dubious about the potential of reusable rockets, such as those being developed by SpaceX and Blue Origin. Among the doubters was the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, which develops basic rocket strategy for Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

"The economic feasibility of reusable launch systems is not obvious," an official with the research institute said in February 2016. "First and foremost it will depend on how often launches will be made. At the moment it is hard to forecast which way the market of launch services will go when reusable space rockets become available. The designers are still to demonstrate the real costs of production and of making reusable stages for re-launching,"

At the time of that statement, both SpaceX and Blue Origin had begun flying their purportedly reusable boosters, but SpaceX had not yet landed at sea nor had it reused a flown booster. Blue Origin, too, had only begun a series of ultimately impressive tests to stress its New Shepard booster. Accordingly, Roscosmos CEO Igor Komarov was confident that a reduction in launch costs of the country's workhorse Proton-M rocket from $90 million-100 million to $70 million would keep Roscosmos competitive.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

The Register - April 4, 2017 - 2:01pm
One-third of grad jobs to go, including accountants and even some lawyers

Human job quotas and labels which state services or products were explicitly "made by humans" are just some of the measures law-makers could consider in combating the displacement of jobs due to robotics, according to a report by the global forum for the legal profession.…

Review: BioLite BaseLantern XL

Wired - April 4, 2017 - 2:00pm
Glampers, this is the lighting system you've been waiting for. The post Review: BioLite BaseLantern XL appeared first on WIRED.

Lighter weight, lower drag, and more power—the Jaguar F-Type SVR

Ars Technica - April 4, 2017 - 1:54pm

Jim Resnick

When Jaguar launched the F-Type a few years ago, it awoke something long-dormant in the British carmaker. Jaguar used to make legitimate sports cars which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times in the 1950s. But focus groups and corporate mismanagement diluted away that spirit by the end of the century, a lackluster product line being the leftovers. The F-Type was a proper 21st century sports car—no rehash of the decades-old XJ-S here.

Think Hamlet, but a car

The SVR is the ultimate expression of the F-Type, the most focused performance car in Jaguar's range. And it delivers a beautiful shape, be it in coupe or convertible form, but the character of the SVR takes some figuring. Be timid with the throttle and it's timid with you. Press that pedal more than halfway and it summons up noise and intensity.

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M<sup>3</sup>: Dr Mark Bishop to present keynote

The Register - April 4, 2017 - 1:37pm
Expert on AI tech AND philosophy AND killer robots

Events We're delighted to announce that Dr J Mark Bishop will be joining us at M3 in October as a keynote speaker.…

Anti-Uber activist banned from harassing drivers

BBC Technology News - April 4, 2017 - 1:31pm
A man who carried out citizen's arrests on Uber drivers in Australia has been permanently banned from making similar arrests.

An Aircraft Design That’ll Make You Love the Middle Seat. No Joke

Wired - April 4, 2017 - 1:30pm
Wider, deeper, softer, more entertaining. And no more fighting over the armrest. The post An Aircraft Design That’ll Make You Love the Middle Seat. No Joke appeared first on WIRED.

Formula 1: A technical deep dive into building the world’s fastest cars

Ars Technica - April 4, 2017 - 1:26pm

Enlarge (credit: Christoffer Rudquist)

For over 60 years, Formula 1 teams have developed, tested, and built the fastest and most technologically impressive cars the world has ever seen. An almost unending list of superlatives can be ladled onto F1 cars: they can accelerate from 0 to 190mph in about 10 seconds, fling around a corner at such speeds that the driver experiences g-force close to that of an Apollo astronaut during Earth re-entry, and then decelerate by 60mph in just 0.7 seconds thanks to strong brakes and massive downforce—the same downforce that stopped the car from spinning out around that corner.

But the bit that's really impressive is that these machines are designed and built from scratch every year. That's what makes F1 so competitive, and why the rate of improvement is so rapid. These teams—there's only about 10 of them, and most are based in England—have been challenging each other to make a new best-car-in-the-world every year for 60 years. The only way to pole position is to try and find an edge that no one else has thought of yet, and then to keep finding new edges when everyone inevitably catches up.

As you've probably guessed, materials science, engineering, bleeding-edge software, and recently the cloud are a major part of F1 innovation—and indeed, those fair topics are where we lay our scene.

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Google opens patent pool for Android

The Register - April 4, 2017 - 1:19pm
Protects against trolls maybe. But not Google

Samsung, LG and Foxconn are among the founding members of a patent pool for Android phone makers under Google's benevolent eye. Google hopes the "community-driven clearinghouse" for IP sharing will fend off patent trolls.…

How WrestleMania 33 gave WWE the direction it's been missing - CNET - News - April 4, 2017 - 1:03pm
John Cena's time is up -- the latest WrestleMania officially marked the beginning of the Roman Reigns era.

HP Elitebook x360 review: A work laptop you’ll like using at home

Ars Technica - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Whether you like it or not, you probably spend more time on your work computer than your personal machine. If those devices happen to be one and the same, then you probably want something thin, light, and attractive, not one of the bulky business laptops of yore.

HP's newest release, the Elitebook x360, may be geared toward working professionals, but like other HP business laptops we've seen in the last year or two, it's also slim and handsome. The x360 combines the convertible design of the company's Spectre series with the business-friendly features of the Elitebook line.

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The Ins and Outs of Silicon Valley’s New Sexual Revolution

Wired - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm
Polyamory has made a raging comeback in a surprising community—the STEM-first millennials of the tech industry. The post The Ins and Outs of Silicon Valley's New Sexual Revolution appeared first on WIRED.

How tech helps injured veterans gain independence - CNET - News - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm
We tour one of the VA's technology labs and talk with veterans about how smart gadgets help make their lives easier.

2017 Acura MDX Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm
With a torque-vectoring hybrid gasoline-electric drive system and adaptive dampers, the MDX hybrid feels light and nimble in the turns.

IDG Contributor Network: The promise of AI as a social and business growth tool - IT industry - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Since 2005, artificial intelligence (AI) has been on a fast-growing streak as a collection of multiple technologies that enable machines to sense, comprehend, act and learn, either on their own or to augment human activities, and it has been figuring on many released trends to watch research notes and whitepapers from important organizations, such as Gartner, Forrester and IDC.

Looking back the past 10-15 years, there has been a lot of work in developing different AI technologies by major market players, such as IBM’s Watson system and Google’s DeepMind’s AlphaGo system. Currently, thanks to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa, consumers have easy access to a variety of AI-powered virtual assistants to help manage their daily routines and tasks.

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IDG Contributor Network: Is technology really disrupting the car-buying experience? - IT industry - April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

It’s often easy to get swept up in the excitement of technological disruptions. Just looking at the news coming out of both the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress earlier this year, one would think flying cars are just around the corner. Clearly, technology is quickly driving connected cars and autonomous vehicles forward. In these cases, technology is certainly disrupting the driving experience. However, it’s not disrupting the buying experience as much as one might be led to believe.

Let’s take a look under the hood of the automotive market. Perception assumes few people shop in person anymore, with mobile and digital greatly disrupting the car buying experience. While there is certainly a shift in using mobile for research, data tells us consumers in market for a new or used car are still heading to physical dealerships to augment digital research. In fact, more than 40 percent of Millennials/Gen Y cite visits to the dealership as an important factor in purchasing a new car, according to Deloitte.  And, Gen Z is no different, with 66 percent preferring an in-store experience, says a new survey from Euclid Analytics.

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