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TVs in 2017 – 3D and other things you won’t see

The world of technology is a fickle one. Industry standards are constantly changing and evolving, which means the next big thing can be yesterday’s news in the space of a year or less. This is true of TVs, despite them being an infrequent purchase. Usually when TV technology changes, though, it doesn’t lead to the removal of what came before it. A good example is the shift from standard definition to high definition, then to full HD and on to 4K: 2017 TVs…

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Experts React To SpaceX’s Mission To Mars

In the wake of Elon Musk’s presentation at the International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide, where the SpaceX boss announced plans to colonise the Moon and Mars and to replace airplanes with rockets, Australian scientists have shared their own thoughts. These early responses come to us courtesy of the Australian Science Media Centre. Dr Charley Lineweaver is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Earth Sciences, at the Australian National University College of Science. “Elon Musk is impressive. He…

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Providers have to invest to meet growing demand for mobile use: Bell CEO

WINNIPEG — Internet and mobile providers must invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on the go, Bell Canada Enterprises CEO George Cope said Tuesday. High-speed mobile data usage is up 37 per cent from just last year, while the amount of data streaming over the Internet has more than quadrupled in five years, Cope told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “The incredible growth we’re seeing in wireless, we think…

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COMMENTARY: Where you shouldn’t launch your STEM career – National

Last week we held the Ipsos CanadaNext Symposium to discuss Canadians’ thoughts, worries, and opinions about the wave of change happening in the country driven by technology and demographic shifts. While the discussion was wide-ranging, a few key themes emerged. The first is that people with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills are hard to find, attract and keep in an organization. The second is that Canada is about to experience tech-driven change at a pace and scope that…

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Google updates Container Engine to help companies run modern apps

Google Container Engine (GKE), the tech giant’s managed service that’s designed to help businesses run applications that rely on software containers, has been updated today with a number of features that should help companies scale and manage their software. Companies using GKE will be able to take advantage of new features like aliased IP support, which gives a container a virtual IP address that can be referenced from other applications in the same way a developer would work with a…

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This is how to make Pierre Thiam’s fonio sushi

Pierre Thiam’s fonio sushi recipe wraps chunks of fresh vegetables in a mixture of the ancient fonio grain and sweet potato.  Photo: Ryan Lash / TED If you’ve seen Pierre Thiam’s TED Talk about fonio, then you saw that part when he actually handed food out to the audience, yes? For those who didn’t know to sit in the front rows to receive that blessing (or couldn’t be there in the first place), and don’t mind rolling up their sleeves…

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How to enable Developer Options on Xiamoi Redmi Android devices

I bought a Xiaomi Redmi 4 Android device recently, my second Xiaomi device after the Xiaomi Mi4c that I bought some time ago. Both devices come with Xiaomi’s MIUI system that customizes quite a few things on the device. One of the things that I like to do on Android devices is to enable Developer Mode as it gives me access to a number of important features and options that are not available otherwise. One of the features that Developer…

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Apple’s first iOS 11 update: iPhone users get urgent fix for broken Microsoft email

iOS 11.0.1 fixes the Microsoft email bug, which could have seriously hindered uptake of the iOS 11 upgrade. Image: Jason Parker/CNET A week after releasing iOS 11, Apple has given iPhone and iPad users iOS 11.0.1 to help them get up and running on Microsoft email services again. After updating to iOS 11 some of Microsoft’s email users were having troubles sending email from Apple mobile devices. iOS 11.0.1 will fix this. Apple explains in a support note that “until…

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New animation tech might see games one day leap over the Uncanny Valley

Remember being blown away by the fact that a game character’s mouth would move when it talked. Or that it could blink? Or that it even had fingers? We’ve come along way since the early days of 3D gaming, with titles like the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 achieving a level of visual fidelity that would once have seemed impossible. But even its leading characters suffer from slightly creepy faces – humans are programmed to spot imperfections and oddness in…

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10 facts worth knowing about Google DeepMind

By Sam Shead and Charlotte Jee | Jul 05, 2016 Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus You may have heard one or two rumblings about a UK artificial intelligence company called DeepMind after it was bought by Google in January 2014.  Here are 10 things worth knowing about the new Google division that’s aiming to “solve intelligence”.  Read next: Everything you need to know about deep learning and neural networks. Source link

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It’s hangover time for enterprise cloud computing

Now that enterprises have done serious work in the cloud, they’re a bit unhappy with their cloud technology providers. It turns out that migrations are not so easy, and service levels aren’t what they expect. According to a recent report by 451 Research, three quarters of organizations are willing to pay a premium for enhanced services from their cloud technology providers. Just under half (48.7 percent) of the 600 IT pros polled said they would pay to enhance their security,…

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SNES Classic Edition Teardown Reveals The Same Guts As The NES Classic Edition : CULTURE : Tech Times

Nintendo’s Mario ditching being a plumber for a cooler life The SNES Classic Edition has the same motherboard as the NES Classic Edition. The discovery carries some important implications, including the likelihood of an SNES Classic Edition hack in the near future.  ( Nintendo ) An SNES Classic Edition teardown revealed that the retro console is very similar to last year’s NES Classic Edition, a discovery that may have some important implications. The Sept. 29 launch date of the SNES…

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Apple quietly acquired computer vision startup Regaind

TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired a small French startup called Regaind, according to multiple sources. As always, Apple is very quiet when it comes to acquisitions, but it’s always interesting to learn more about Apple’s interests. We’ve reached out to Apple and the company sent us the following statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” This is Apple’s standard statement to confirm an acquisition. From what…

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Right-wing thinktank polls UK, find vast majority favour Labour’s policies / Boing Boing

In Public opinion in the post-Brexit era, the centre-right thinktank Legatum reveals that 83% of Britons favour re-nationalising water companies; 77% want to re-nationalise electricity, and 7^5 want to re-nationalize the railroads. Although Corbyn remains personally unpopular, opinion appears to be siding with his policies. “The ground is shifting”, says The Daily Telegraph, while the New Statesman declares: “After decades in which the market has held sway, voters are ready to summon Leviathan from the depths.” …

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US considers ending protections for northwest Montana bears

A federal wildlife official says the government will consider lifting threatened species protections for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in northwestern Montana. U.S. Fish and Wildlife grizzly recovery coordinator Hilary Cooley told Montana lawmakers Thursday that a proposal to lift protections could come next year. The bears in the Northern Continental Divide area that includes Glacier National Park make up the largest population of grizzlies in the Lower 48. Biologists say the animals doubled their range since they were given…

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Team Group Cardea Zero M.2 SSDs are slim and cool

by Bruno Ferreira — 9:08 AM on September 29, 2017 Most of the talk in the SSD world revolves around names like Crucial and Samsung. Team Group wants to distinguish its offerings from those of the major players, and it’s thinking that heat dissipation is the name of the game. Not that long after showing off its Cardea M.2 SSDs with massive heatsinks, the company’s now pulling back the curtain on the Cardea Zero M.2 drives, available in 240 GB…

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Mr. Musk’s Big F****** Rocket

It’s 30-feet wide, carries 150 metric tons into low-Earth orbit, and could even get you from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes. Those are some of the audacious stats Elon Musk rattled off during a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, where he explained a vision for a new do-it-all rocket called BFR. (The B stands for Big and the R for Rocket. You can guess the F.) As the SpaceX CEO sees it, this jack-of-all-trades rocket…

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