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9th May 2017

Can the US Army’s sci-fi fan fic save us from a dark future? – CNET

From vulnerable smart fridges to personal care robots that go crazy, a military think tank is preparing for the digital worst. – Source

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are about to get really real – CNET

Commentary: The way you access your phone from your car is going to change things forever, and that’s great. – Source

Amazon’s new Echo hitting this week? Comcast to offer mesh products video – CNET

The biggest stories in tech include Amazon’s new Echo coming very soon, Comcast trying to cash in on the Wi-Fi mesh craze and how Instagram’s update now makes it possible to upload photos from a desktop browser. – Source

Korea is building a ‘city’ for self-driving cars

South Korea will soon open an 88 acre facility with everything an autonomous car might encounter, including expressways, parking areas and bus-only lanes, according to the Korea Business Times. First announced last year, it will be the world’s larges… – Source

Be Prepared for Shorts Season With Today’s Amazon Gold Box

It’s finally getting hot outside again, which means it’s time to break out the shorts. If you need some new options for your wardrobe, Amazon’s discounting dozens of Lee shorts, capris, skirts, and other garments that leave parts of your leg exposed to just $18-$25. Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these…

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Be Prepared for Shorts Season With Today’s Amazon Gold Box

It’s finally getting hot outside again, which means it’s time to break out the shorts. If you need some new options for your wardrobe, Amazon’s discounting dozens of Lee shorts, capris, skirts, and other garments that leave parts of your leg exposed to just $18-$25. Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these…

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Opera doubles down on Africa with $100M plan to make its browser a media platform

Opera, the Norwegian browser-maker that was sold to a Chinese consortium last year, is doubling down on the African market after it announced plans to invest $100 million to grow its business in the emerging region. The company is well known for its reach in emerging markets, and Africa in particular where it recently reached 100 million users. This $100 million budget is principally for… Read More

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Save $20 On the Newest Instant Pot, and Never Cook the Same Way Again

If you don’t own a pressure cooker, today’s a great day to fix that, as Amazon’s knocked the month-old Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 down to $99 today, or $20 less than usual.

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Save $20 On the Newest Instant Pot, and Never Cook the Same Way Again

If you don’t own a pressure cooker, today’s a great day to fix that, as Amazon’s knocked the month-old Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 down to $99 today, or $20 less than usual.

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Primitive hominid lived alongside modern humans

Scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans — the first time this has been established. – Source

Homo naledi’s surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from

Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa had been discovered, and that it contained a new hominin species named Homo naledi by the scientists who described it. – Source

South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative

Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, which last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. The discovery of the new fossils representing the remains of at least 3 juvenile and adult specimens includes a ‘wonderfully complete skull,’ says an anthropologist. – Source

Gig ticket sellers should learn from Dice’s new refund option

Now in its third year, UK gig app Dice has made a name for itself by selling tickets for some of the world’s biggest music acts without additional overheads. There are no booking fees and tickets are tightly linked to an account, meaning all you need… – Source

These people want you to know climate change isn’t just for liberals

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He doesn’t start with an apocalyptic description of future impacts when he talks to people about climate change, but, for some audiences, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Environmental Studies Calvin DeWitt does turn to the book of Revelations. “I’ll have a white-out pen in my pocket, and I’ll have them read Revelation chapter 11, verse 18. It’s a description of the sounding of the last trumpet, as you hear in Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the end verse says, ‘The time has come for destroying those who destroy the Earth,’” DeWitt told me. “And so, I say, ‘I have a white-out pen here for anyone who would like to correct their Bible.’”

DeWitt sees his faith as fundamental to, rather than in conflict with, his concern about climate change. He often finds common ground with fellow evangelicals by talking about stewardship of the wonderful natural world they have been given as a home. Put in these familiar terms, climate change seems more like an issue worthy of careful consideration.

Public opinion on climate change is, generally speaking, sharply divided by political and cultural identity. Research on this “cultural cognition” by Yale’s Dan Kahan has highlighted patterns of polarization around certain topics. We rely on our network of family, friends, and community for signals about what is true, and we feel pressure to harmonize our views with the views of that group. The more that political signals get tangled up with climate science, the harder it becomes for conservatives to do anything but reject it.

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Samsung to give away Gear S3 to all attendees at Tizen Developer Conference

The Tizen Developer Conference will take place in San Francisco from May 16 to May 17. According to latest info, all attendees will receive the Gear S3 and will also have the ability to enter a lottery draw for a Galaxy S8+, a Galaxy DeX and Samsung Serif TV as well.

Sources do not specify if the Gear S3 will be the Frontier or the Classic version. There might be a choice involved, but organizers are not giving details about it yet.

To get a chance of winning the devices listed above, first you have to register at Tizen Developer Conference’s website and, of course, to physically…

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A school nurse celebrates the joys of the job with a little help from Adele

Hello, it’s me—and you should pay attention because school nurse has something to say.

To celebrate “School Nurse Day,” Kelli Petersen, who works at an elementary school, penned a beautiful rendition of Adele’s “Hello,” only this time it’s all about the life and times of a school nurse. “Happy School Nurse day to all my fellow school nurses! May you know how truly valued you are! And to nurses everywhere, you’re amazing!,” Petersen wrote on YouTube.

It’s a creative celebration of countless bandaids, hurt tummies and gross bathrooms that Adele would most definitely be proud of. …

More about Nurse, Adele, Conversations, Watercooler, and Watercooler – Source

Best new Android and iPhone apps (early May, 2017)

Hey, guys, it’s that time again — a look at the most interesting new apps for Android and iOS. This week’s pickings are pretty slim — we hope that gets better next time around — but we still managed to fish out a bunch of apps worth testing.

For iOS, we’ve got a fun new app that puts your face in famous movies’ scenes, and an awesome new app that transforms your iTunes playlist into a single song, while on Android, we have a cool app that helps students with their homework, an awesome note-taker that can stay docked in your notifications area, and some more. Check … – Source

Amazon Prime’s newest perk: Exclusive concerts

Put on your dancing shoes, which presumably arrived at your house with free shipping.

Amazon’s Prime subscription service has a new perk: Live, exclusive music events.

Amazon has announced four music festivals in London, with tickets only available to Prime members. The first event is slated for May 23 and features Blondie as the headline act. Tickets start at £75 (about $100).

The announcement of the shows comes as something of a surprise. Until now, Prime has been a mostly digital package of perks with cheap shipping of Amazon orders and Prime Video at its core.

The concerts are under the new label of Prime Live Events with the tagline: “Intimate. Exclusive. Live.” …

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Meizu M5, M5s, and M5 Note review

Unlike virtually every Western smartphone manufacturer, Meizu has long delivered ultra-affordable smartphones with surprisingly few compromises. While the company has been no stranger to controversy with Apple-esque designs, alleged patent infringement, and benchmark cheating, it’s difficult to dismiss the amount of value Meizu brings to the table.

As a sequel to the M3 series, the M5 series looks quite promising on the surface. For just around $100, it appears that you can get a well-built, reasonably functional smartphone. So, does this perception reflect reality? If yes, are Meizu’s offerings superior to the competition? Let’s find out in our comprehensive review of the Meizu M5, M5s, and M5 Note!

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Before we delve into our review, we wanted to quickly make note of our composite approach. Yes, this is indeed a single review of three distinct smartphones: the Meizu M5, M5s, and M5 Note. Admittedly, there are some differences between these models, some more significant than others. In order to reduce confusion and ensure a continuous tone, this review will balance the critiques of each of the three. Please feel free to let us know your thoughts on this style in the comment section at the very end of this review.


The Meizu M5s and Meizu M5 Note follow Meizu’s standard design language. That is to say that they feature somewhat boxy, premium metal shells with deliberate antenna lines and craftily chamfered edges. The M5 Note is without plastic top and bottom caps, but otherwise is simply a slightly larger version of the M5s.

Meizu was able to deliver premium hardware at a fraction of the cost of the competition

Thus, the physical aspects of the M5s and M5 Note are pretty much identical. While you could certainly argue that these designs are derivative, it remains quite impressive that Meizu was able to deliver such premium hardware at a fraction of the cost of the competition. The relative scratch resistance, cleanly and consistently machined edges, and tactile power and volume buttons are all features that we wish we’d see more of in this price category.

Presumably to cut down on costs, the cheapest model of the trio, the Meizu M5, features a cheaper matte plastic design. While not as premium, the M5’s design is still quite nice. The build quality isn’t quite on par with the others, but it’s still a bit more than we expected at this price.

The M5 is the most ergonomic of the bunch

Plus, I personally found the M5 to be the most ergonomic of the bunch. The M5s and M5 Note are nice to hold, sure, but the M5 has more extreme curves. Combined with its smaller size, it’s no wonder why it stands out amongst the others.

Across the board, we have one minor complaint. The power and volume buttons are placed closely together; a lack of tactile differentiation on the power button sometimes made it difficult to find the correct button without fumbling around. This – Source

This mocap suit records Hollywood-quality animation at indie film prices

Conventional motion capture rigs — the ones that use visual markers and arrays of infrared cameras — cost tens of thousands of dollars, making them prohibitively expensive for everyone but major studios. But a new, cameraless system from Dutch star… – Source

Peripheral maker Roccat is developing its own game

My dad always used to say that if you can put your mind to it, you can do anything. It looks like someone at Roccat had an equally encouraging parent, as the gaming peripheral manufacturer has revealed that it’s now attempting to develop its very own… – Source

Jeff Goldblum on Thor: Ragnarok and Dr. Malcolm’s Return in Jurassic World 2

A Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 villain will definitely return for the third movie. Doug Liman discusses why he left Gambit for Justice League Dark. Plus, Mike Colter on the villains of The Defenders, rumors on the future of two Once Upon a Time stars, and creepy new pictures from Doctor Who. Behold, Spoilers!

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What the world needs now are more progressive web apps

I’m embarrassed by all the apps I have installed. Do I really need a majority of them if there’s a web app for that?

Have you had a second to check out the latest Android Central roundtable? A few of us shared how many apps we each have installed on our daily drivers. Frankly, I was embarrassed by my number. I take such pride in the curation of the apps that I have installed. But there are 127 apps installed on my 32GB Pixel XL, and only about 20 of those are apps that I use regularly.

This entire experience has made me yearn for more progressive web apps — not to mention the full launch of Instant Apps, which could negate the need for installing any app at all. I don’t like having an app installed for the different airlines, transit systems, and minor little services that I use from time to time. And how wonderful would it be if I could easily log into the Lyft app with my account credentials through the Chrome browser to hail a car? Or for the VSCO app to offer its hipster photo filters online? Progressive web apps are not only (pardon the cliché) the apps of the future, but they’re going to make for an interesting app market, where only the worthy will merit an install.

Progressive apps I use now to get through life

Progressive web apps are, essentially, apps that contain all the functionality you need within their base code on the web so that when you visit the website through a mobile browser, everything is there! Probably one of the most popular progressive web apps is Facebook, which you can access through to log in. There’s even a trick if you need Facebook Messenger: tap on the option while the link is open in Chrome, and then ask the browser to request the desktop mode.

Here’s another “hack”: If you’d rather not have Twitter installed — a great idea for those of you constantly distracted by its content — you can simply head to and log in through Twitter Lite. You’ll have access to all the same abilities as the full-sized mobile application, and you’ll save roughly 141 MB on storage space versus the 1MB used to pump the web stuff.

A few shining examples of progressive web apps.

I also appreciate the fact that Duolingo works fully through Chrome. I’ve been freshening up on the Romanian language myself and not only can I quickly access my lesson with just a bookmark, but Duolingo also notifies me through Chrome if I miss a day. It’s wild to think that you can now learn an entirely new language with just the browser on your phone — what a boon for those looking to – Source

Nvidia ramps up deep learning training with an eye to certification

In the near future, Nvidia is looking to progress its AI courses from certificates to certification. – Source

CityStream gives cities real-time road data

CityStream from Nexar harnesses the company’s dashcam app and allows municipalities to make use of the crowdsourced data. The idea is to share traffic patterns and behaviors so that cities can tweak routing and make infrastructure changes based on how cars are actually using roads day to day. The basis for CityStream is Nexar’s app for iOS and Android that turns your smartphone into… Read More

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Signal Sciences lands $15 m investment to help secure DevOps world

Signal Sciences, a venture backed startup that wants to help companies secure their web apps in a modern DevOps context, announced a $15 million round today led by CRV with participation from Harrison Metal, Index Ventures and OATV. The company founders started at Etsy, which helped pioneer the DevOps idea, and while they were there, they found that securing a product that was changing… Read More

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Strafe: Difficult, randomly generated Quake-like kicks ‘90s ass

Strafe gameplay demonstration. (video link)

You would be forgiven for getting tired of procedurally generated and “roguelike” video games. Too often, these types of games rely on the gimmick of random content, as opposed to finely crafted, enjoyable experiences. Math and procedural trickery don’t make up for a game whose difficulty or boredom doesn’t come with a payoff.

You’d also be forgiven for looking at new game Strafe’s list of qualities and insta-vomming. It started as a Kickstarter, made by a developer nobody has heard of, with a reliance on dated visuals, cheesy advertising, and… wait for it… procedurally generated levels. Honestly, that list of gimmicks reads like prime fodder for Ars Technica’s e-mail spam filter.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ is the sequel we didn’t know we wanted

If you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049’s new trailer yet, get ready to become really excited about the upcoming movie. I didn’t know much about Blade Runner’s sequel except that they were making one. The trailer caught me by surprise when I saw both Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford discussing our gloomy future. Just like Ridley Scott’s original movie, the ambiance of… Read More

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Mountain Biker Narrowly Avoids Getting Mauled by a Bear

Sports are fun, right? You get to go outside, smell the dirt, use your muscles, hear the wind in the trees. It’s all fun and games until a goddamn bear shows up to eat you.

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Galaxy S8/S8+ red tint fix is rolling out in the U.K.

U.K. based owners of unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ devices have reportedly begun receiving an update that fixes the dreaded “red tint” issue that’s affecting some units. The OTA update has started rolling out to users of unlocked Galaxy S8 models early this morning, Android Central reports, and amounts to 426 MB in size.

About a week ago, U.S. based owners of the S8 and S8+ on T-Mobile also received an update aimed at correcting the color tint of the display, thought it weighed in at around 142 MB. The update added a new option to the Adaptive Display screen mode settings … – Source

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