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How Dad's Stresses Get Passed Along To Offspring

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm "learn" paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication in which small blebs break off one cell and fuse with another. Carrying proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, these particles ejected from a cell act like a postal system that extends to all parts of the body, releasing little packages kn...
Tags: Tech, CHAN, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Jennifer Chan, Tracy Bale


World's first AI news anchor unveiled in China

The ‘tireless’ artificial news readers simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcastersChina’s state news agency Xinhua this week introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI anchors who will report “tirelessly” all day every day, from anywhere in the country.Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao. The anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyeb...
Tags: Technology, Media, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Computing, Consciousness, Xinhua, Artificial intelligence (AI, Qiu Hao


Calling all hackers! Join us for TechCrunch China’s Shenzhen Hackathon on Nov 17

Attention coders, designers and all other builders: the TechCrunch China Hackathon is returning to Shenzhen, the city known as the hardware capital of the world, this month and we want you to take part! So if your inner being is to code, design, build and hack cool things; if you want to have fun with others like you over a weekend; if you love to use your superpower to win cash and prizes; and if you need an excuse to kickstart that side-project project you’ve been thinking about for weeks… the...
Tags: China, Events, Tech, TechCrunch, Shenzhen, Hackathon, China Shenzhen, Shenzhen Hackathon, China Hackathon, TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon, Shenzhen Bay Inno Mall


Google outlines steps to tackle workplace harassment

Google on Thursday outlined changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints, hoping to calm outrage that triggered a worldwide walkout of workers last week. "We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that," chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a message to employees, a copy of which was shared with AFP. Arbitration of harassment claims will be optional instead of obligatory, according to Pichai, a move that could end anonym...
Tags: Google, News, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Afp


Apple Breathes New Life Into iPads

The new thin bezeled 11″ and 12.9″ iPads with an older 9.7″ iPad on the right. Apple’s iPad has always been a strange product.  Its original launch was accompanied by a level of hype perhaps never seen before or since, and the product appeared with outstanding specifications in terms of battery life, capabilities, screen size, weight, and even price. Overnight, a totally new category of computing device was created, causing some commentators to predict the end of laptops entirely. It took compe...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Tech, Cellphones & Wireless, Amazon Note, Surprisingly Apple


Walmart is building an AI lab inside one of its stores

Walmart has just announced its plans to launch what it’s calling an Intelligent Retail Lab inside one of its stores in Levittown, New York. The idea is to test both associate and customer experiences. For example, Walmart wants to use artificial intelligence to better identify when items are running low on stock so that it can proactively replenish the stock. Led by an internal team called Kepler, Walmart also envisions using the technology to identify spills, better understand when shopping ...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Kepler, Levittown, Sam s Club, Levittown New York, Kepler Walmart


Walmart is building an AI lab inside one of its store

Walmart has just announced its plans to launch what it’s calling an Intelligent Retail Lab inside one of its stores in Levittown, New York. The idea is to test both associate and customer experiences. For example, Walmart wants to use artificial intelligence to better identify when items are running low on stock so that it can proactively replenish the stock. Lead by an internal team called Kepler, Walmart also envisions using the technology to identify spills, better understand when shopping...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Kepler, Levittown, Sam s Club, Levittown New York, Kepler Walmart


Marshall Islands' president accuses Chinese interests of backing opponents

Hilda Heine faces no-confidence vote over controversial plans to introduce cryptocurrency The Marshall Islands’ president, Hilda Heine, says accusations that she is destroying the country’s financial reputation by adopting a cryptocurrency are “baseless” and her opponents are being unduly influenced by pressure from China.Earlier this week eight senators moved to pass a vote of no confidence in Heine, the first female leader of any Pacific Island. The vote is scheduled to take place next week. C...
Tags: Technology, China, World news, E-commerce, Asia Pacific, Cryptocurrencies, Marshall Islands, Pacific Island, Heine, Hilda Heine, China Earlier


Micron Kicks Off Mass Production of 12Gb DRAM Chips

Micron is now producing its first LPDDR4X memory devices using its second-generation 10nm-class process technology. "The new memory devices offer standard LPDDR4X data transfer rates of up to 4.266 Gbps per pin and consumes less power than earlier LPDDR4 chips," reports AnandTech. From the report: Micron's LPDDR4X devices are made using the company's 1Y-nm fabrication tech and feature a 12 Gb capacity. The manufacturer says that its LPDDR4X memory chips consume 10% less power when compared to it...
Tags: Tech, Micron


Google Contractors Say Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct Remains Flawed

Last week, thousands of Google staffers walked out of their offices and into the streets in what is perhaps the largest collective protest of tech workers in history. The demonstration, which included Google offices across several continents, was sparked by reports that the company offered lucrative exit packages to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Sexual Misconduct, Google Contractors


Amazon's cloud CEO just pooh-poohed employee concerns about selling its facial-recognition software to ICE and law enforcement (AMZN)

At a company meeting Thursday, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, addressed employees' concerns about the company's practice of offering its facial recognition software to immigration and law-enforcement agencies, according to BuzzFeed News. Jassy largely dismissed those concerns, suggesting they weren't broadly shared in the company and arguing that the company's terms of service would prevent its software from being used for bad purposes, the report said. At a company meeting Thursday,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Ice, Jeff Bezos, Palantir, Sap, Amazon Web Services, BuzzFeed News, Alphabet Google, Customs Enforcement, Andy Jassy, AMZN, Jassy, Amazon Rekognition, Hundreds of Amazon


Chinese News Agency Adds AI Anchors To Its Broadcast Team

Two AI anchors are joining China's state-run news agency Xinhua. "The two anchors, one that speaks in English and another in Chinese, have the likeness of some of Xinhua's human anchors, but their voices, facial expressions and mouth movements are synthesized and animated using deep learning techniques," reports Engadget. From the report: "AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team," the agency said. "They will work with other anchors to bring you authorit...
Tags: China, Tech, Xinhua, Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post, Sogou Xinhua


Three Things to Know About the New Apple Pencil (mac rumors)

Last week, Apple introduced a second-generation Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to the new iPad Pro. It also features automatic pairing, wireless charging, tap to wake, double-tap to switch drawing tools, a more seamless design with no Lightning connector or cap, and a matte rather than glossy finish. As the new Apple Pencil begins to arrive to customers around the world, we've learned some additional details about the drawing tool:Unlike the original, the second-generation Apple Pe...
Tags: Apple, News, United States, Qi, Apple Pencil, Joe Rossignol, MacRumors Apple


This Kinetic Sculpture is also a Wi-fi router!

If only Wi-fi routers looked as pretty as JeongHwan Sohn’s Kinetic Wi-fi router! Designed to look less like an internet-signal-transmitting-box and more like the sort of sculpture you’d keep on your mantelpiece or desk purely for decorative purposes, the Kinetic Wi-fi router comes with multiple swiveling antennae that rotate on their own individual axes, like a kinetic desktop installation. This movement, apart from being visually captivating, also has a functional purpose. The swiveling antenna...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Appliances, Product Design, Installations, JeongHwan Sohn, Kinetic Wi fi Router


Vulnerability Could Make DJI Drones a Spy In the Sky

wiredmikey writes from a report via SecurityWeek: A vulnerability in systems operated by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) -- the world's largest drone manufacturer -- allowed anybody in the world to have full access to a drone user's DJI account. A successful attacker would be able to obtain cloud-based flight records, stored photographs, user PII including credit card details -- and a real-time view from the drone's camera and microphone. Check Point Researchers (who discovered and reported the vulne...
Tags: Tech, Da Jiang


The founder of Vine just announced the name of his next video app — and it's set to launch in spring 2019 (TWTR)

Vine founder Dom Hofmann revealed Thursday he would be releasing a new looping video app next spring. The app will be called Byte. Vine was a massively popular video service that Twitter acquired in 2012 and shut down four years later. Good news, long-suffering Vine fans: A successor to the popular video service is finally on the way. Dom Hofmann, one of the cofounders of Vine, plans to launch a similar app called Byte next spring. Like Vine, Byte will feature looping videos, Hofmann announc...
Tags: Google, Twitter, US, Trends, Vine, Eric Schmidt, Dom Hofmann, Facebook YouTube, Hofmann


Google just hired a big name CEO in healthcare to coordinate all of its healthcare initiatives

Google hired Geisinger Health CEO David Feinberg to lead its healthcare efforts. Feinberg's role will be to coordinate all of the healthcare-related initiatives Google already has underway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Google has been hiring healthcare executives as it seeks to expand its presence in the industry. Google hired Geisinger Health CEO David Feinberg to a new role leading the company's healthcare efforts.  Feinberg will leave Geisinger on January 3, the Pennsylvania hospital ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Pennsylvania, Food And Drug Administration, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Ucla, Jpmorgan, Cleveland Clinic, Humana, Feinberg, Alphabet Google, Robert Califf, Atul Gawande, Ryu, Geisinger


All I want for Christmas are these kitschy VC trading cards

Just kidding. Please don’t buy me these collectible trading cards featuring Silicon Valley venture capitalists for Christmas. But if you are in the market for a gift for a VC — or aspiring VC — they’d probably appreciate a set. [gallery ids="1744120,1744121,1744122"] Yes, they really exist! TouchBase is selling a line of the VC trading cards, featuring Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker and Benchmark gene...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins, Marc Andreessen, Bill Gurley, Paul Graham, Kleiner, Meeker, TouchBase, Paul Graham Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen Kleiner Perkins


SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

SpaceX’s planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company’s terrestrial users as well. Starlink plans to put 1,584 satellites — about a third of the 4,409 the company aims to launch — in an orbit just 550 kilometers about the surface of the...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Hardware, Fcc, Tech, Earth, Satellites, Falcon, StarLink


Google walkout organizers aren’t satisfied with CEO’s response

Organizers of the massive walkouts at Google last week are — rightfully so — not letting up on their demands. Earlier this morning, Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded to some of their demands, outlining how Google is getting rid of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, offering more transparency around those investigations and more. While Google did make some changes, the company did not address all of the organizers’ demands. For example, Google failed to elevat...
Tags: Google, Tech, New York Times, Jim Crow, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Demma Rodriguez


Cisco Removed Its Seventh Backdoor Account This Year, and That's a Good Thing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Cisco, the world's leading provider of top networking equipment and enterprise software, has released today 15 security updates, including a fix for an issue that can be described as a backdoor account. This latest patch marks the seventh time this year when Cisco has removed a backdoor account from one of its products. Five of the seven backdoor accounts were discovered by Cisco's internal testers, with only CVE-2018-0329 and this month's CVE-2018...
Tags: Tech, Cisco, Juniper


Microsoft’s October Update Failure is Holding the Whole PC Industry Back

Microsoft still hasn’t re-released Windows 10’s October 2018 Update. Now, PC manufacturers are shipping PCs with unsupported software, and Battlefield V is coming out next week with real-time ray-tracing technology that won’t work on NVIDIA’s RTX hardware. Some New PCs Are Running Unsupported Software The holiday shopping season is almost upon us. PC manufacturers have been working on new hardware and want to release it in time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season. As Brad Sams ...
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia, Lenovo, Sams, Brad Sams, Battlefield V


Google announces changes after employee protest

Google CEO announced a number of internal changes Thursday in response to global employee walkouts over the company's handling of sexual harassment.
Tags: Google, News, Stories


Get up to $200 off the MacBook Pro in Best Buy’s Black Friday sale right now

If you don't need Apple's controversial Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, Best Buy is offering a Black Friday sale on the non-Touch Bar models. The sale is happening right now and subtracts as much as $200 off of Apple's notebooks. The post Get up to $200 off the MacBook Pro in Best Buy’s Black Friday sale right now appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Black Friday, Trends, Computing, Macbook Pro, MacBook Pro Best Buy


Satanic Temple Raises Hell With $50 Million ‘Sabrina’ Lawsuit

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has unleashed the fires of hell…through litigation. The Satanic Temple has filed a $50 million copyright lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Netflix, claiming the Baphomet statue spotted in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a rip-off of a statue the Temple had created themselves. No amount of magic, black or otherwise, is going to make this disappear, and the Sabrina lawsuit is moving forward…for now. Halfway through Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of ...
Tags: Google, Movies, Netflix, Warner Bros, Lucien Greaves, Satanic Temple, Temple, Sabrina, Greaves, Baphomet, Oklahoma The Temple


$9.95 billion Dropbox beats Wall Street expectations, but analysts still aren't sure if it can crack the enterprise space (DBX)

Dropbox posted $360.3 million in revenue in the third quarter. That beat Wall Street's forecasts, but analysts' expectations were low. Dropbox has been trying to break into the enterprise space, but investors and analysts see that as a big challenge, since its service was originally targeted at consumers. The company's share price has been beaten up in recent months as its growth has slowed. Dropbox staved off its doubters on Thursday — at least for the time being. The file-hosting company r...
Tags: Google, Drew Houston, Ipo, Trends, Dropbox, Philadelphia, Arpu, Nomura, Eberle, Christopher Eberle, Dropbox Business


Get in on Best Buy’s Black Friday sale on the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro right now

If you don't need Apple's controversial Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, Best Buy is offering a Black Friday sale on the non-Touch Bar models. The sale is happening right now and subtracts as much as $200 off of Apple's notebooks. The post Get in on Best Buy’s Black Friday sale on the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro right now appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Black Friday, Trends, Best Buy, Computing, Macbook Pro, MacBook Pro Best Buy


Sundar Pichai is ending Google's once-famous partying culture by limiting drinking at work and threatening 'more onerous actions'

As part of Google's new policies to deal with sexual harassment complaints at the company, CEO Sundar Pichai disclosed new rules for drinking at work. Google says it will hold managers responsible for discouraging excessive drinking, not just in the office, but at any party or event where employees get together. Pichai says that alcohol was frequently cited in incidents of reported sexual harassment and that, if things don't change, he may implement "more onerous actions." In response to a re...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Pichai


Three challenges facing blockchain technology

Jonathan Johnson Contributor Jonathan Johnson is president of Medici Ventures. Nearly five years ago, Overstock.com became the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. It now accepts many top cryptocurrencies. As a member of the senior executive team and board of directors at Overstock.com, I had a front-row seat to those decisions. It didn’t take long for the Overstock team to realize that bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology held great...
Tags: Column, Congress, Opinion, Tel Aviv, West Virginia, Tech, SEC, Blockchain, Jonathan Johnson, Clayton, Overstock, U S Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Jay Clayton, Medici Ventures, Colu, Tel Aviv Israel Colu


Paul Allen’s will sheds little light on what will happen to estate

Paul Allen’s last will and testament, made public Thursday, does not offer specifics on the late billionaire's assets, but rather points to a trust established decades ago.
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Technology, News, Microsoft, Paul Allen



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