Monthly Archives: January 2018

White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut To Clean Energy Research

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Trump administration has made it very clear that it is pro fossil fuels and has little interest in pushing programs the promote renewable energy. Now, the Washington Post reports that the

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite Into Orbit On a Used Falcon 9 Rocket

Darrell Etherington reports via TechCrunch: SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a geocommunications satellite commissioned by the Government of Luxembourg. The satellite, created by Orbital STK and to be operated by SES, will support humanitarian and military

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GDC Rescinds Award For Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell After Criticisms of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior

The organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards announced today that they have rescinded the Pioneer Award for Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and announced the award will not be given this year entirely. “The decision follows a day of outcry

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Ford Patents Driverless Police Car That Ambushes Lawbreakers Using AI

Ford has developed a patent for a police car that issues tickets without even pulling you over. The same car could also use artificial intelligence to find good hiding spots to catch traffic violators (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative

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Tesla Pushes Even More States To Upend Auto Dealer-Friendly Laws

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Tesla is now pressing ahead with lobbying efforts that would allow it to expand its direct dealerships in two more states: Nebraska and Wisconsin. For now, more than 20 states already

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Big Backing For ‘Universal Stylus’ Campaign

Google has backed an effort to standardise touch-screen styluses so they can be used on many devices. From a report: The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) was launched, in 2015, to encourage companies to produce styluses that work on rivals’ products

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Google Flights Will Now Predict Airline Delays — Before the Airlines Do

Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel — delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. From a

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Facebook Really Wants You To Come Back

An anonymous reader writes: The social network is getting aggressive with people who don’t log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers, Bloomberg reports. Sample this for instance: It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the

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‘Hello!’ Says the Human. ‘Hello!’ Pipes the Orca Right Back.

A human greets an orca with a “Hello!” “Hello!” responds the orca. A new research shows, the orcas have been able to imitate human speech, in some cases at the first attempt, saying words such as “hello”, “one, two,” “Amy”,

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Google Chrome To Feature Built-In Image Lazy Loading

An anonymous reader writes: Future versions of Google Chrome will feature built-in support for lazy loading, a mechanism to defer the loading of images and iframes if they are not visible on the user’s screen at load time. This system

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