Monthly Archives: May 2017

Hollywood Is Fighting Billionaire Sean Parker’s Plan To Let You Rent Movies Still in Theaters For $50

Billionaire Sean Parker’s plans to bring movies to your home as soon as they release in theatres has hit new roadblocks. After receiving praises for “Screening Room” from directors and producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, and Peter Jackson,

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British Airways Says IT Collapse Came After Servers Damaged By Power Problem

A huge IT failure that stranded 75,000 British Airways passengers followed damage to servers that were overwhelmed when the power returned after an outage, the airline said on Wednesday. From a report: BA is seeking to limit the damage to

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Self-Driving Cars Will Boost the Job Market, Says Marc Andreessen

A future with self-driving cars has induced a lot of anxiety about a resulting loss of jobs, but in fact, they’ll create tons more jobs, Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen (Wikipedia) said at Recode’s annual conference on Tuesday evening. “The

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Andy Rubin Says Essential’s Ambient OS Will Be Open Source, Hints at Better Update Cycle

An anonymous reader shares a report: Playground CEO Andy Rubin, whose new company Essential unveiled a new premium Android smartphone and Amazon Echo competitor yesterday, says his company’s Ambient OS smart home platform will be open source. That means that

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Trump Is Pulling US Out of Paris Climate Deal: Sources

An anonymous reader shares a report: President Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Details on how the withdrawal will be executed are being worked

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DNA From Ancient Egyptian Mummies Reveals Their Ancestry

HanzoSpam quotes a report from Washington Post: Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist’s dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity:

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AI Could Get Smarter By Copying the Neural Structure of a Rat Brain

the_newsbeagle writes: Many of today’s fanciest artificial intelligence systems are some type of artificial neural network, but they bear only the roughest resemblance to a biological brain’s real networks of neurons. That could change thanks to a $100M program from

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Sony Ships Its Last Ever PlayStation 3 In Japan

After 11 years, Sony has stopped shipping the PlayStation 3 to retailers in Japan. The country stopped production on the 500GB model in December last year, but now a recent update on PlayStation Japan’s website suggests that the other lingering

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Experts Call For Preserving Copper, Pneumatic Systems As Hedge For Cyber Risk

chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: The United States should invest resources in preserving aging, analog infrastructure including telecommunications networks that use copper wire and pneumatic pumps used to pump water as a hedge against the growing threat

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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Lobby Against Texas ‘Bathroom’ Bill

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Executives from some of the globe’s leading technology firms are demanding that Texas not adopt “discriminatory” bathroom legislation. On the table in Texas is a law similar to one enacted —

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