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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

The Register - August 13, 2018 - 8:05am
How does that work for reinforcement learning? +1 for shrinking tumor, -1 for death?

Machine-learning software has been trained to suggest the frequency and dosage of chemotherapy for patients suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.…

Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In

BBC Technology News - August 13, 2018 - 8:01am
Seatwave and Get Me In will be shut down in October in a bid to fight touts, Ticketmaster announces.

Elon Musk faces legal action over 1 little tweet (and a big share price jump) - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 13, 2018 - 7:56am
With just nine words, the Tesla founder has landed himself in legal trouble.

Firefighters choke on Oracle's alleged smoke-and-mirrors cloud

The Register - August 13, 2018 - 7:02am
Pension fund cries fraud over database giant's boasts about its off-prem biz performance

Oracle has been sued by a pension fund that claims the database giant exaggerated its cloud business revenue.…

Spotify could soon let you skip ads for free - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 13, 2018 - 6:16am
The "Active Media" feature has been quietly rolled out in Australia, letting users skip as many ads as they want.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

The Register - August 13, 2018 - 6:11am
Sick of kid spit, flying stripy sexless scum drink your cider, pick fight

Britain's booze hooligans are back – and more obnoxious than possibly imagined.…

iPhone X and Siri need to find and organize my photos faster - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 13, 2018 - 4:08am
Commentary: Photos Memories is a solid step in the right direction, but Apple should go further to help sort and locate my photographic gems.

VirtualDJ 2018

ZDnet News - August 13, 2018 - 4:01am
VirtualDJ is a software used by DJs to replace their turntables and CD players, and use digital music instead of vinyl and CDs. It...

Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

BBC Technology News - August 13, 2018 - 3:20am
Hackers can send booby-trapped faxes to gain access a computer network, researchers warn.

e-Estonia: What is all the fuss about?

ZDnet News - August 13, 2018 - 2:57am
99 percent of government services are available digitally in Estonia, and that's only because the government wants citizens to be physically present at their wedding and view the house they're buying.

​Samsung still wants to be the first to launch foldable phone, says mobile boss

ZDnet News - August 13, 2018 - 2:31am
Samsung says it is focusing on developing innovations for a foldable smartphone that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers. The Galaxy S10 expected early next year also won't be the firm's first 5G phone, he said, while a separate model will.

Idris Elba shakes and stirs James Bond rumors with new tweet - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 13, 2018 - 2:03am
The debonair actor stokes fan dreams by paying homage to one of Agent 007's classic lines.

Natural Cycles: Do pregnancy prevention apps work?

BBC Technology News - August 13, 2018 - 12:38am
There's a debate in Sweden over their reliability after women reported unwanted pregnancies.

Google Doodle celebrates Cantinflas, beloved Mexican comic actor - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 12, 2018 - 11:20pm
The "world's greatest comedian," according to someone who knew funny.

General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed

Ars Technica - August 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

The trailer for General Magic

The story of General Magic, which is chronicled in a new documentary named after this early '90s Silicon Valley company, has become both a legendary and cautionary tale. Back at a 1989 Aspen Institute event, future founder and CEO Marc Porat essentially unveiled an idea for a smartphone prototype. He called it the Pocket Crystal, but the device eventually came to market as the Sony MagicLink Personal Intelligent Communicator. The concept excited onlookers to the point that Apple helped seed the company, Porat attracted high-profile former Cupertino employees, and outlets like The New York Times soon took notice.

"This was the beginning of the most important company in the history of Silicon Valley that no one ever heard of,” former Apple CEO John Sculley says in the film.

"Since the Mac, we were all looking for the next thing," adds Joanna Hoffman, Apple's former marketing lead. "[The Mac] really jaded us to anything else. Other projects fizzled kind of quickly because [they] didn't have the same grandness of vision, grandness of potential impact. Now what?"

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Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing

Ars Technica - August 12, 2018 - 3:00pm

Enlarge / Who's a hungry frog? (credit: Gnog)

Gnog doesn’t ask much of its players. The pastel puzzler is easy on the eyes and easy on the pocketbook. It doesn’t last long, either. You can knock the whole thing out in a couple of hours or less. Its puzzles consistently capture the satisfaction of fitting a square peg in a square hole without much challenge to speak of. It is, put simply, one hell of a chill time.

Put less simply, Gnog is a game about manipulating 3D puzzle boxes in the form of cartoonish floating heads. Each diorama tells a pseudo-story and ends with the constantly changing “face” crooning a little ditty. I found it hard not to bob my head alongside the colorful creatures. That’s especially true when playing in virtual reality. Those faces feel present in VR in a way that 2D screen representations can’t match.

Every head is carved from soft-edged, chalk-bright colors. It’s a friendly, welcoming sort of surrealism that only gets more charming as you peel away each layer. If a tiny being inside a head is sad, odds are your puzzle solving will make them happy. If background music is discordant or an object is out of place, you’ll probably set things right by winning. And the happy little songs at the end of each stage feel like precisely the kind of small, pleasant reward each small, pleasant level should end on.

Just the right touch

That general pleasantness also applies to the manipulation of knobs, dials, switches, buttons, and various other devices that fill out each puzzle. Anyone familiar with The Room games or Amanita Design's output (like Machinarium and Botanicula) will recognize the objective. You’re presented with things to fiddle with, so you fiddle, constantly, until the guess-and-check methodology makes the correct order of fiddling clear.

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A warmer world means a greater risk rain lands on snow, triggering floods

Ars Technica - August 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

Enlarge / Riverfront Ave. in Calgary during the Alberta floods in 2013. (credit: Ryan L. C. Quan / Wikimedia)

In June 2013, Keith Musselman was living in the Canadian Rockies when the nearby Bow River flooded. “We were in a valley, so we were stuck for about five days,” Musselman told Ars. “The community was devastated.”

The flood was one of the costliest and most devastating natural disasters in Canada’s history, resulting in five deaths and more than 100,000 evacuations and causing extreme property damage. Heavy rainfall falling on late snow in the mountains had overwhelmed rivers and reservoirs, and Musselman, a hydrologist, realized that this kind of rain-on-snow flooding wasn’t properly understood.

“Forecasters have a good handle on what happens when rain falls,” he says. “But when that rain falls in mountains where there’s deep snow, we don’t have a good handle on what the flood volume will be.”

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From sails to subs: 400 years of shipbuilding at the Chatham Historic Dockyard - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
For four centuries, the Dockyard at Chatham built ships for the Royal Navy and her allies. Today it’s a massive museum, with ships from the age of steam, WWII and the Cold War. Here’s the full tour.

Some maniac took a stock car (think NASCAR) to the Nürburgring - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
And he's now our personal hero.

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