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Industry Insight: The Looming Importance of MU-MIMO

As you add internet-connected devices to your office, you could be taxing your wireless network. Fifty-four percent of businesses consider Wi-Fi an integral part of their company’s network environment, according to a recent report written by IDC at the request of Linksys. Therefore, finding ways to support and enhance that Wi-Fi network has become more important than ever. Unfortunately, 66 percent of small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are working off of Wi-Fi standards that were established before 2009. With an…

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6 essential Python libraries for Python programming

Python has seen wide adoption across industries and disciplines by dint of being easy to work with. But it has also been aided by a wealth of third-party projects—libraries, add-ons, and complementary development efforts—that extend the language to an ever widening range of use cases. Some of these projects, like PyInstaller and WxPython, shine for Python developers who are building desktop and end-user apps. Others, like PyPy, are used to give server-side Python apps extra oomph. And others, like PBR, CFFI, and MyPy,…

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Open-World RPG ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ For Nintendo Switch To Launch This Year With A Special Edition : CULTURE : Tech Times

Nintendo’s Mario ditching being a plumber for a cooler life The latest Nintendo Direct revealed that open-world RPG “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” will be released for the Nintendo Switch this year. The game, which combines technology with magic, will also come in a limited special edition.  ( Nintendo ) The latest Nintendo Direct revealed the release data for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the third installment in the popular Japanese RPG series. The Nintendo livestream also revealed that the game will be available…

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Pornhub is using artificial intelligence to identify, tag porn stars

Porn site Pornhub is now using artificial intelligence to detect and tag more than 10,000 porn stars in videos. The site previously relied on users and uploaders alone to manually tag them. Pornhub fed the new AI model “several thousand videos,” plus porn stars’ official photos. Pornhub users can then validate the AI model’s results by either upvoting or downvoting the tags. The company said the model will improve and get smarter as time goes on since it “learns based…

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Guitarist takes an in-depth look at Nick Drake’s unique tone / Boing Boing

I’m not a guitar player (though I did take lessons in my youth), but I am a huge Nick Drake fan and have always been haunted by the very unique, dark, and moody guitar tones that he achieved. In this fascinating video by YouTube guitar teacher, Josh Turner, he presents and demonstrates his theory for how Nick got his signature sound. Spoiler Alert: He identifies these four characteristics that he thinks are the most significant contributors: 1. Small-bodied guitar (probably)…

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Can a New Political Talk Show Be Relevant Anymore?

In an early snippet from comedian Sarah Silverman’s new topical series, I Love You, America, her father unwittingly gives the show the perfect logline. “Who gives a shit when the universe came,” he says during a riff on Jews, parenting, and the banality of creationism, “it’s here! What a stupid fucking question.” Silverman herself has described the show, which premieres today on Hulu, as “aggressively dumb.” In contrast to Jon Stewart-era The Daily Show or HBO’s Last Week Tonight, I…

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Facebook Says Its Fake News Label Helps Reduce The Spread Of A Fake Story By 80%

A news story that’s been labeled false by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The message also said it typically takes “over three days” for the label to be applied to a false story, and that Facebook wants to work with its partners to speed the process. The data about the effectiveness of Facebook’s…

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Samsung scion fights back as legal appeal begins

SEOUL (Reuters) – The heir to South Korea’s Samsung Group, convicted of bribing the country’s former president, appeared in a packed court on Thursday for the first day of arguments in the appeal of his five-year jail term for corruption. The 49-year-old Jay Y. Lee was convicted by a lower court in August of bribing Park Geun-hye, who was dismissed as president in March. The court decided the bribe helped Lee strengthen his control of the crown jewel in the…

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Amazon Alexa can now recognise different voices

Amazon Alexa can now recognise different voices AMAZON’S ALEXA VOICE ASSISTANT edged a step closer to Google Home this week with the rollout of support for multi-user voice profiles.  Back in April, Google Home gained the ability to recognise individual voices (before it rolled out to Brits in June) and Amazon has this week followed suit with the launch of Voice Profiles for Echo devices. Alexa has been able to handle multiple accounts before, you had to switch between them using…

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