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Got WiFi dead spots? Consider a mesh network system

Ad Content from Linksys With so many smart home gadgets in the house these days, you may need WiFi in areas like the basement, garage, or even outside to power your smart doorbell or outdoor camera. But chances are your current router doesn’t cover your entire home, and you’re left with dead spots – those areas in your house where your wireless signal inexplicably seems to disappear.  With all the devices, metal appliances, and architectural interference in the average home,…

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The 50 Worst Things On The Internet In 2018

I’m gonna turn this into a teaching moment, and take this opportunity to outline a few basic client negotiation strategies for students & other early career artists who might be interested. These can be employed in any negotiation, not just transactions related to jars of spit. https://t.co/5a6k8uCqM4 08:14 PM – 22 Nov 2018 This is only a snippet of article written by Katie Notopoulos Read Full Article

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Airtable’s Howie Liu Built A $1B Software Giant Emphasizing Substance Over Speed

I n the frenetic world of tech, where the ruling ethos is to move fast and break things, Howie Liu moves at a glacial pace. With Andrew Ofstad and Emmett Nicholas, he launched Airtable in 2013. They wanted to create a spreadsheet with the power of a database. Then they spent three years building a prototype. The trio pored over academic papers on collaborative software theory, agonized about the Node.js architecture and obsessed over the speed at which windows popped open.…

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Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Image copyright Reuters A major stadium in Los Angeles has confirmed that it uses facial recognition tech during sport and music events, to spot known troublemakers. The Rose Bowl told news site Gizmodo that it used the tech “inside and outside” the stadium gates. It made the statement after an article in Rolling Stone alleged that Taylor Swift fans were scanned at a pop concert in an effort to spot stalkers. However, the companies involved have been… This is only…

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These incredibly realistic fake faces show how algorithms can now mess with us

The faces above don’t seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamt up by a new kind of AI algorithm. Nvidia researchers posted details of the method  to produce completely imaginary fake faces with stunning, almost eerie, realism (here’s the paper). The researchers, Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila, came up with a new way of constructing a generative adversarial network, or GAN. GANs employ two dueling neural networks…

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Alexa can now arm your home security system — including Ring Alarm

You would think that Amazon’s Ring home security system and Amazon’s Echo smart speakers would intelligently work together, right? You’d be mostly wrong — but today, the company is taking another small step towards tying them together by letting you arm, disarm, and check the status of some Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode, and Scout security systems just by asking Alexa to do so. And since I recently bought a Ring Alarm for my own house — Dan convinced me with…

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China’s Social Ranking System Will Now Target Rule-Breaking Scientists

To tackle widespread scientific misconduct, the Chinese government has expanded its controversial social credit system to include infractions made by research scientists. The plan could scare some scientists straight—but the potential for abuse is very real. “Researchers in China who commit scientific misconduct could soon be prevented from getting a bank loan, running a company or applying for a public-service job,” reports science writer David Cyranoski at Nature News. Previously, it was China’s science ministry and its universities that had…

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Secret Santa for the busy office – TechNet UK Blog

By Darren Fuller, Cloud Architect at Elastacloud It’s fast approaching Christmas and, as office tradition dictates, everyone puts their names into a hat to find out who they’ll be buying a gift for as part of this year’s Secret Santa. But it’s also a busy year, everyone is off at customer sites, working from home or in meetings all day, so how do you get everyone to pick their name out of the hat? This year I decided to remove…

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Alert, God Of War Is $25 Again

If you missed out on cheap God of War during the Black Friday sales a few weeks back, you have another chance. More »         This is only a snippet of article written by Tegan Jones Read Full Article

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Alexa integration is coming to Anki’s Vector robot on December 17

Vector, Anki’s standalone robot and the successor to the Cozmo, will soon be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa smart home assistant. Anki says the software update that is adding Alexa to Vector will release on December 17th alongside other “interactive experiences.” With Vector, Alexa is triggered by, as you have already guessed, saying “Alexa.” This then gives the toy access to Alexa’s full range of capabilities, including working with smart home devices’ third-party ‘Alexa’ skills. Basically, at least at the outset,…

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Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal – sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp believe their foreign owners’ offer to stop using Huawei Technologies equipment will help with the United States clearing their $26 billion merger deal, sources said, underscoring the lengths to which Washington has gone to shut out the Chinese company. Like all major U.S. wireless carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint do not use Huawei equipment, but their majority owners, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG and Japan’s SoftBank Group Ltd, respectively, use some Huawei…

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U.S. Switch owners power Arena of Valor past 1 million downloads

Free-to-play games are finding a curious and willing audience on Nintendo’s latest platform. Switch owners have downloaded Tencent’s Arena of Valor more than 1 million times since it launched in September. Arena of Valor is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle game similar to League of Legends and Dota 2. It was already available on mobile when it debuted on Nintendo’s hybrid home/handheld console, but a huge number of people are choosing to play it on the Switch instead. What’s especially…

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Megachurch pastor struggles to defend $200,000 Lamborghini purchase / Boing Boing

A Lamborghini here, a Lamborghini there, sooner or later it starts to add up. A former pastor at the megachurch founded by “prosperity gospel”  superstar Joel Osteen is having a hard time defending his purchase of a $200,000 Lamborghini for his wife Aventer Gray, to celebrate their anniversary. This Houston Chronicle article detailing John Gray’s lavish taste in wedding anniversary gifts is funny, until you remember how people who are poor give their money to these churches and make these…

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The 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet

How can we help? We build bespoke solutions that use the capabilities and the features of Google Apps (G Suite) for automating business processes and driving business productivity. Our Google Add-ons are deployed in some of the biggest companies and universities worldwide with over 500,000 installations. Download the PDF brochure to know more. This is only a snippet of article written by Amit Agarwal Read Full Article

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Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents

Enlarge / Ebola treatment center at the Hospital in Beni, North Kivu Province. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a city of nearly 1 million residents. There are now 30 confirmed cases and 15 deaths in the city of Butembo reported in the latest update provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of cases in the city center is still low, according to Doctors Without Borders, but that number is rising…

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Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show

‘Relics and Rarities’ (Photo Credit: Geek & Sundry/YouTube) Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year. On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and storyteller of Relics and Rarities, a new weekly RPG series. As the show’s DM, Woll will lead the plot and take a group of players on a journey to prevent a wicked prophecy from coming to life. The show,…

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Verizon Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 8 Updated With December Security Patch – Droid Life

Verizon variants of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 8 are receiving December’s security patch. For version numbers, Galaxy S9 will carry R16NW.G960USQS3BRK2, S9+ will have R16NW.G965USQS3BRK2, and Note 8 will see R16NW.N950USQS5CRK1. All owners should be seeing these updates quite soon! // Verizon [2] [3] This is only a snippet of article written by Tim Read Full Article

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The Furhat is an empathetic robot that listens to all of your problems [Sticky or Not]

I think even the most solitary of us can admit that we want someone to confide in once in a while. This isn’t always easy, though, especially when people are busy or aren’t the greatest at communicating to begin with. Naturally, technology has a (bizarre) solution — why not talk to a robot instead? That’s where Stockholm-based Furhat Robotics’ eponymous robot comes into play. Taking a cue from virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri, the Furhat is able to understand speech…

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Teachers, Take a Break! – Teacher Tech

Last year I wrote Don’t Be the Holiday Grinch: Ditch the Break Packets. For years I made these giant holiday worksheet packets. WHY? No one told me to do that? I thought I had to do that, what from my past made me think this was something that was good for learning? I Will Punish You Because I Am Doing Work Sometimes the pushback I will get on not giving holiday homework is not an argument about what is good for learning…

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