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​Microsoft just bought all the electricity from this wind farm for 15 years to power cloud computing

Microsoft is offsetting the huge amount of energy its data centers consume by pushing clean energy to the grid. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Microsoft has struck a deal with GE to buy all of the output from its new 37-megawatt wind farm in Ireland for the next 15 years. Microsoft says GE’s wind farm, which is located in the south west of Ireland in County Kerry, will support growing demand for its cloud computing services in the country. The two companies…

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Best phone 2017: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested

Update: We’re about to undertake a big change to our best phone rankings – so stay tuned for where the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are going to land. Thinking of buying a new phone? We’ve got the best smartphones of the moment all listed here – and we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhone at the top of our list. Here’s the ranking we’ve spent hours whittling…

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Amazon Echo Show Gets $30 Discount After YouTube’s Exit | News & Opinion

The price drop is comes less than two weeks after Google pulled YouTube from Echo Show, a move Amazon said is ‘disappointing and hurts both of our customers.’ Been eyeing the Amazon Echo Show but can’t justify its $230 price tag? We have some good news. Amazon just slashed $30 off the price of the Echo Show, a somewhat surprising move, considering the 7-inch touch screen-equipped gadget was just released on June 28. As of today, you can get an…

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Google Home Mini review: The right smart speaker at the wrong time

The Good: The Google Home Mini is a stylish-looking speaker with surprisingly strong sound quality for its size. The Google Assistant is a capable Alexa competitor, especially thanks to its ability to search out detailed answers to a wide variety of questions. The Bad: There isn’t much the Home Mini does that Alexa can’t do, too. It also lacks a line-out jack, and requires Chromecast Audio in order to connect with at external speaker setup. The Bottom Line: The Google Home Mini is…

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What’s the Go language really good for?

During its eight-plus years in the wild, Google’s Go language—with version 1.8.1 out as of April 2017—has evolved from being a curiosity for alpha geeks to being the battle-tested programming language behind some of the world’s most important cloud-centric projects.  Why was Go chosen by the developers of such projects as Docker and Kubernetes? What are Go’s defining characteristics, how does it differ from other programming languages, and what kinds of projects is it most suitable for building? In this…

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Waiting For The Surface Phone? Don’t Hold Your Breath, As Microsoft Stops Focus On Windows 10 Mobile : TECH : Tech Times

Microsoft Station Q launches in Sydney as part of major quantum computing partnership Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the company is no longer focusing on Windows 10 Mobile. In other words, Windows phones are really dead now, including the so-called Surface Phone.  ( Microsoft ) It’s official: Microsoft is no longer focusing on the Windows 10 Mobile platform. That means any chance of the company unveiling the coveted and so-called Surface Phone is likely zero, but what does this mean…

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Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine

The backlash has been fierce. “I imagined I’d raise the alarm,” Dr. Kosinski said in an interview. “Now I’m paying the price.” He’d just had a meeting with campus police “because of the number of death threats.” Advocacy groups like Glaad and the Human Rights Campaign denounced the study as “junk science” that “threatens the safety and privacy of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people alike.” The authors have “invented the algorithmic equivalent of a 13-year-old bully,” wrote Greggor Mattson, the director…

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I’m going as sexy Poop Emoji / Boing Boing

Jamie Kruger’s 2016 Sexy Hallowe’en Costume Costume is a work of sheer. Fucking. Genius. (via Wil Wheaton) READ THE REST Catacomb Culture’s Human Skull Bowl is great as Halloween decor, but it’s perfect for eating cereal like a savage cannibal all year-round. Each bowl is $100 and made to order by artist Jeremy Ciliberto. Added bonus: spells or blessings can be cast on your skull bowl by a certified & experienced shaman minister. (Nerdcore) READ THE REST Austin shoesmith Kayla…

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Kathie Lee Gifford comes forward about sexual harassment from unnamed Hollywood producer

Image: Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media By Martha Tesema2017-10-09 22:03:47 UTC As Harvey Weinstein is officially ousted from The Weinstein Company and more and more people come forward to condemn his actions over the years, Kathie Lee Gifford has something to say. On Tuesday morning, the Today Show host revealed to co-host Hoda Kotb that she, too, has been on the receiving end of sexual harassment from an unnamed producer.  “Early early early on in my career…

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GM buys Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes crucial tech for self-driving cars

Last week, General Motors Co. announced plans to release a fleet of new electric vehicles by 2023, laying the groundwork for an “all-electric future.” On Monday, the automotive giant revealed that it has bought Strobe, a Pasadena startup that produces the laser-based imaging technology known as lidar. Lidar uses a pulsed laser sensor to measure the distance between objects and is a crucial component of autonomous vehicles’ navigation systems. But the technology’s high price, complexity and limited performance has kept…

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