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Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're *Still* Not So Smart
A tool called BERT can now outperform us on advanced reading-comprehension tests. It's also revealed how far AI has to go.
In the fall of 2017, Sam Bowman, a computational linguist at New York University, figured that computers still werent very good at understanding the written word. Sure, they had become decent at simulating that understanding in certain narrow domains, like au… [+4470 chars]
John Pavlus
2019-10-20 12:00:00




Does Blue Light Actually Affect Your Health?
Blue light before bedtime can make it harder to sleep, and the screens on phones, computers, and televisions emit plenty of blue light. This is all true. But if you’re focused on blue light as a major problem affecting your sleep or your eye health, it’s time…
Blue light before bedtime can make it harder to sleep, and the screens on phones, computers, and televisions emit plenty of blue light. This is all true. But if youre focused on blue light as a major problem affecting your sleep or your eye health, its time t… [+1790 chars]
Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker
2019-10-14 19:30:00




Google’s ‘Quantum Supremacy’ Isn’t the End of Encryption
Google said its quantum computer outperformed conventional models. But it will still be years before you can use one for anything practical.
Google accidentally made computer science history last week. In recent years the company has been part of an intensifying competition with rivals such as IBM and Intel to develop quantum computers, which promise immense power on some problems by tapping into … [+3781 chars]
Tom Simonite
2019-09-24 11:00:00




How the Designer Behind the Original Mac Comes Up With New Ideas
Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical an…
Most people cant really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apples portable computers, Sonys Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and d… [+6181 chars]
Nick Douglas
2019-10-21 13:00:00




Apple Will Keep on Making Mac Pros in Texas After Scoring U.S.-China Trade War Exemptions
Apple will still be manufacturing Mac Pro computers at its facility in Austin, Texas after winning exemptions from federal tariffs imposed in the course of Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China, CNBC reported on Monday. Read more...
Apple will still be manufacturing Mac Pro computers at its facility in Austin, Texas after winning exemptions from federal tariffs imposed in the course of Donald Trumps ongoing trade war with China, CNBC reported on Monday. The tech giant said that it had w… [+2266 chars]
Tom McKay
2019-09-24 05:00:00




Fake Lighting Cables That Can Hijack Connected Devices Are Heading for Mass Production
Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers they’re plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Read more...
Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers theyre plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Mike Grover, who goes by the pseudonym MG, designed the O.MG cable to look and fun… [+3431 chars]
Tom McKay
2019-10-01 02:35:00




U.S. Military Will Stop Using Floppy Discs to Operate Its Nuclear Weapons System
The systems used to control the United States arsenal of nuclear weapons rely on outdated computers. But the Department of Defense is updating at least one part of the archaic technology—the floppy disk storage systems. Read more...
The systems used to control the United States arsenal of nuclear weapons rely on outdated computers. But the Department of Defense is updating at least one part of the archaic technologythe floppy disk storage systems. A 60 Minutes segment in 2014 presented … [+1806 chars]
Jennings Brown
2019-10-18 16:20:00




Microsoft, Cisco Talos Discover Malware Campaign That Turns PCs Into "Zombie Proxies"
A newly discovered strain of malware transforms PCs into what Microsoft ominously calls “ zombie proxies ” using otherwise legitimate programs, and the company claims it’s infected thousands of computers across the U.S. and Europe. Read more...
A newly discovered strain of malware transforms PCs into what Microsoft ominously calls zombie proxies using otherwise legitimate programs, and the company claims its infected thousands of computers across the U.S. and Europe. Microsoft and Ciscos Talos rese… [+1971 chars]
Alyse Stanley
2019-09-29 23:51:00




No one could prevent another ‘WannaCry-style’ attack, says DHS official
The U.S. government may not be able to prevent another global cyberattack like WannaCry, a senior cybersecurity official has said. Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity for Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agen…
The U.S. government may not be able to prevent another global cyberattack like WannaCry, a senior cybersecurity official has said. Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity for Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Age… [+3101 chars]
Zack Whittaker
2019-10-06 16:26:31




Take a peek at the future of media and entertainment at Disrupt SF
Where does tech end and media begin? It can be hard to find the dividing line, particularly as tech companies move into the media business, and as big Hollywood blockbusters are increasingly created on computers. So even though TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event (…
Where does tech end and media begin? It can be hard to find the dividing line, particularly as tech companies move into the media business, and as big Hollywood blockbusters are increasingly created on computers. So even though TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event … [+2672 chars]
Anthony Ha
2019-09-28 19:00:39




Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro in Texas
Apple hinted that it wanted to manufacture the redesigned Mac Pro in Texas, and now it's official. The company has confirmed that it'll assemble the workstation at the same Austin, Texas plant that has produced the cylindrical Mac Pro since 2013. The company …
Apple had received 10 out of its 15 requested exemptions for components like partial circuit boards. While Apple has a network of US suppliers for its products, many of the parts for computers (and those of rivals) are still made in China -- the company would… [+127 chars]
Jon Fingas
2019-09-23 16:11:00




Men in shorts operating computers
Australian Kitch is that rarest of things, a good Twitter account. Here are four gems it found from the newly-launched National Archive of Australia. Read the rest
In the early 1980s, Susan Kare joined Apple Computer to design fonts and user interface graphics. A legend of pixel art, Kare created the look of the original Macintosh, from the Chicago typeface to the Trash Can to the Happy Mac icon. She’s currently creativ… [+1487 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2019-10-16 11:07:06




Boeing messages hint staff may have misled FAA about 737 Max
There have already been signs that the 737 Max's fatal safety flaw may have stemmed from misunderstandings, and now investigators appear to have more tangible evidence of this. Boeing has confirmed to Reuters that it gave the FAA instant messages indicating t…
The FAA confirmed receiving notice about the messages, noting that Boeing had discovered them "some months ago." While it didn't discuss the specific content of the messages, it said they were "concerning" and was reviewing the chats to decide what came next.… [+384 chars]
Jon Fingas
2019-10-18 19:17:00




Facebook Just Coughed up Close to $1 Billion For a Company That Makes Brain-Reading Wristbands
Stirring the speculation pot about the company’s long-rumored smart glasses, yesterday Facebook agreed to acquire the CTRL-Labs startup which has been developing a wristband capable of reading a wearer’s thoughts and using them to control computers and other …
Stirring the speculation pot about the companys long-rumored smart glasses, yesterday Facebook agreed to acquire the CTRL-Labs startup which has been developing a wristband capable of reading a wearers thoughts and using them to control computers and other de… [+2831 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2019-09-24 14:10:00




Whoops! Google Says Mysterious Wave of Unbootable Macs Is Their Bad
A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reporte…
A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reporte… [+2230 chars]
Tom McKay
2019-09-25 12:45:00




If You Have iTunes for Windows, You Need to Install the Latest Version Now
With the release of macOS Catalina this week, so came the death of iTunes for Mac users—but not anyone still using iTunes on Windows. Instead, Apple released a fix on Monday that patches a zero-day flaw that could have allowed bad actors to invisibly install …
With the release of macOS Catalina this week, so came the death of iTunes for Mac usersbut not anyone still using iTunes on Windows. Instead, Apple released a fix on Monday that patches a zero-day flaw that could have allowed bad actors to invisibly install B… [+1867 chars]
Victoria Song
2019-10-11 16:44:00




Google Confirms Achieving Quantum Supremacy
This morning, Google scientists confirmed in a blog post that their quantum computer had needed just 200 seconds to solve a problem that they claim would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to complete. Read more...
This morning, Google scientists confirmed in a blog post that their quantum computer had needed just200 seconds to solve a problem that they claim would take the worlds fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to complete. The team first ran the algorithm last spr… [+4924 chars]
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
2019-10-23 13:01:00




Steam’s next big feature will make any “local multiplayer” game work online
Late October launch; supports up to four computers, requires only one copy of game.
Enlarge/ With Steam's new upcoming feature, dubbed Remote Play Together, you can turn any "local multiplayer" game into a connected experience. 1 with 1 posters participating On Wednesday, Steam sent a stealth news update to developers about a surprise new … [+4756 chars]
Sam Machkovech
2019-10-10 07:31:20




Google’s Quantum Supremacy Announcement Shouldn't Be a Surprise
Headlines have boldly proclaimed that Google achieved “quantum supremacy” after the Financial Times on Friday leaked a draft of Google’s quantum supremacy research paper. I’m here to tell you that this is not a big surprise, nor is it a big deal—at least, not…
Headlines have boldly proclaimed that Google achieved quantum supremacy after the Financial Times on Friday leaked a draft of Googles quantum supremacy research paper. Im here to tell you that this is not a big surprise, nor is it a big dealat least, not for … [+4302 chars]
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
2019-09-23 15:20:00




The Engadget Podcast: Is Microsoft making better PCs than Apple?
Microsoft dropped a load of Surfaces on us last week, each impressive in their own right. We were wowed by the Surface Pro X, Pro 7 and Laptop 3 -- and of course, we can't wait to hear more about the dual-screen Surface Neo and Duo. It's hard not to compare a…
Microsoft dropped a load of Surfaces on us last week, each impressive in their own right. We were wowed by the Surface Pro X, Pro 7 and Laptop 3 -- and of course, we can't wait to hear more about the dual-screen Surface Neo and Duo. It's hard not to compare a… [+533 chars]
Devindra Hardawar
2019-10-07 18:30:00
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