Amazon's Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Amazon Echo, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, Alexa Who Else Is Listening

The creation of the algorithm that made the first black hole image possible was led by MIT grad student Katie Bouman

The development of the algorithm that made it possible to create the first image ever of a black hole was led by computer scientist Katie Bouman while she was still a graduate student at MIT. Bouman shared a photo on Facebook of herself reacting as the historical picture was processing. The algorithm, which Bouman named CHIRP (Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors) was needed to combine data from the eight radio telescopes around the world working under Event Horizo...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Tech, Mit, Event Horizon Telescope, Caltech, Margaret Hamilton, Bouman, Katie Bouman, MIT Haystack Observatory, MIT Bouman, MIT Haystack Observatory As the MIT

Scientists Have Found 600 New Cancer Vulnerabilities, Each Could Be the Target of a Drug

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute disabled every genetic instruction, one at a time, inside 30 types of cancer. It has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug. Cancer Research UK praised the sheer scale of the study. The researchers disrupted nearly 20,000 genes in more than 300 lab-...
Tags: UK, Tech, Bbc, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Google challenges AWS with open-source support

By furthering its open-source company friendships, Google is making it clear they[he]#039[/he]re much more open-source friendly than Amazon Web Services.
Tags: Google, Linux

How we built a Linux desktop app with Electron

Tutanota is a secure, open source email service that's been available as an app for the browser, iOS, and Android. The client code is published under GPLv3 and the Android app is available on F-Droid to enable everyone to use a completely Google-free more
Tags: Google, Linux, Electron

Google Confirms the Issue With Deindexed Pages is Fully Resolved by @MattGSouthern

Google has confirmed the issue which manifested last week causing pages to be deindexed is now fully resolved.The post Google Confirms the Issue With Deindexed Pages is Fully Resolved by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo

YouTube TV’s looking more like a cable package every day

Google today announced the price of YouTube TV was going up from $40 to $50, in return for 8 more channels. The service, one of many which bills itself as an alternative to cable packages, is starting to look very similar to those same packages — and, like all tv streaming services, the prices are going to keep going up if it wants to offer more channels. As the trade-off for a $10 price increase, Google is offering a new suite of Discovery channels. These will include the OG Discovery Channel, ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, YouTube TV

US Firm Wins Bid To Block Huawei From Subsea Pacific Cables

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: An American company is to build a series of undersea cables linking Australia to China after the Aussie government put its foot down and kicked Huawei off the contract. Building on our reports from last year that Australia had blocked Huawei from building a 4,000km cable between Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, U.S. company TE Subcom has reportedly won the deal to build the link. "All options for meshing the Pacific Isl...
Tags: Hong Kong, Australia, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Huawei, Pacific, Reuters, Solomons, Pacific Islands, Australia Papua New Guinea, TE SubCom, Huawei From Subsea Pacific Cables, Solomon Islands U S company TE Subcom, Keir Preedy, Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company

CS Interview: Terry Gilliam on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote & More!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Interview: Terry Gilliam on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote & More! Screen Media invited to have an exclusive 1:1 with legendary director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Time Bandits) about the film he has been trying to make for 25 years, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which will be released in partnership with Fathom Events to the U.S. on over 700 U.S. cinemas and select Canadian locations for one night on Wednesday, April 10 with exclusive bonus fea...
Tags: Apple, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Netflix, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo Del Toro, Brazil, Harry, Brussels, Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam, Kubrick

Recognizing KFX virtues

Just to report that in this instance KFX is the format which rendered best my text: Inspired by a recent link in the workshop, Quote: Originally Posted by Doitsu (Post 3825582) ... Here's a link to a German website that contains hi res scans of the original German book. ... I reproduced the ebook with a Google french translation of the german text. To give it a Germanized look I decided to code the text u...
Tags: Google, Books, Kindle Formats, Unicode, Mobi, Doitsu Post

A fight is brewing between two machine intelligence startups, and neither side looks all that smart

Sometimes, reading a lawsuit, it’s tempting to pick sides, to judge who is more right than wrong based on its contents. But a new lawsuit involving two venture-backed companies — both of which are rooted in machine intelligence — makes both sides sound surprisingly careless given their line of work. The plaintiff is Quid, a now 12-year-old company that has raised roughly $108 million from investors, shows Crunchbase. Its newest, $38 million round closed in October, led by REV Ventures, the inves...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Lawsuit, San Francisco, Oxford, KKR, LexisNexis, Cto, Board, Conan O Brien, Freeman, Goodson, Freedman, Julian Robertson, Lux Capital

Chinese Scientists Have Put Human Brain Genes In Monkeys -- And Yes, They May Be Smarter

Scientists in southern China report that they've created several transgenic macaque monkeys with extra copies of a human gene suspected of playing a role in shaping human intelligence. "According to their findings, the modified monkeys did better on a memory test involving colors and block pictures, and their brains also took longer to develop -- as those of human children do," reports MIT Technology Review. "There wasn't a difference in brain size." From the report: The experiments, described o...
Tags: China, Tech, SU, Beijing, MIT Technology Review, National Science Review, MIT Technology Review Read, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Bing Su

With consumer G+ dead, Currents hopes to make waves in the enterprise

Google today announced that Google+ in G Suite, the last remaining remnants of what was once Google’s attempt to rival Facebook and Twitter, will now be called Currents. We don’t need to belabor the fact that Google+ was a flop and that its death was probably long overdue. We’ve done that. Now it’s time to look ahead and talk about what’s next for Currents. To do that, I sat down with David Thacker, the VP of Product Management for G Suite, at Google’s Cloud Next conference. As Thacker tol...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Facebook, Enterprise, Analytics, Google News, Thacker, David Thacker, Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud Next 2019, Google Currents

Where to find Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea in the Europa League, you’ve come to the right place. Turner and Univision’s coverage of the UEFA club competitions enters another week with their coverage of Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea. FOX Sports no longer has the rights, so if you want to watch the game on TV, Galavision is the only channel broadcasting the match on television. Match: Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea Kickoff: Thursday, 3pm ET Looking to watch Slavia...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, Chelsea, Uefa, Europa League, Cnbc, Turner, Univision, US TV

GoDaddy acquires Sellbrite to launch cross-marketplace tools

GoDaddy is making it easier for small businesses to list their products across Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Jet and today with the launch of GoDaddy Marketplaces. As part of the launch, GoDaddy is also announcing that it has acquired Sellbrite, the company whose technology is powering these new capabilities. Greg Goldfarb, GoDaddy’s vice president of products, e-commerce and customer engagement, said the companies were already working together to create and test out the marketplace feature...
Tags: Ecommerce, Godaddy, Tech, Walmart, M&a, Goldfarb, Amazon eBay Etsy, Brian Nolan, Sellbrite, Greg Goldfarb GoDaddy

JetBlue cheap flights to London

Flying across the Atlantic from New York City and Boston is about to become much easier. JetBlue, already a favorite among East Coast travelers for domestic flights, announced Wednesday that it plans to launch direct flights from both cities to London, England, in 2021. The airline plans to fly the Airbus A321LR, a long-range plane built to be both comfortable and efficient for long hauls, on the route from both cities. While it already flies throughout much of North, Central, and South Ameri...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, London, Boston, New York City, Atlantic, Airbus, East Coast, Cheap Flights, Jetblue, All, London England, North Central and South America, Delta United, Robin Hayes

Google takes a break from being evil to announce AI Platform

Weather alert: be on the lookout for flying pigs. Google‘s new AI Platform looks to make good on the company’s promise to democratize machine learning. Between developing weapons platforms for the military and censored search engines for China, we forgot it was even capable of doing things that were good for humanity. At its Google Next event today the Mountain View company announced AI Platform, its new cloud-based end-to-end solution for building, training, and running machine learning models....
Tags: Google, Startups, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Mountain View

Hulu orders Theranos miniseries starring Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes

Silicon Valley may have dealt with some rough hubris throughout the saga of Theranos, but Hollywood is basking in its downfall. Weeks after the premiere of an HBO documentary chronicling Elizabeth Holmes’s grand blood-testing charade and in the midst of development of a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hulu has ordered its own Theranos limited series starring Kate McKinnon based on ABC Radio’s hit podcast series on Theranos, The Dropout. The podcast, which debuted in January, followed t...
Tags: TC, Hbo, Hollywood, Stanford, Tech, Silicon Valley, Hulu, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Holmes, ABC Radio, Kate McKinnon, McKinnon, Taylor Dunn, Elizabeth Holmes Theranos, Victoria Thompson

Old-School Slashdotter Discovers and Solves Longstanding Flaw In Basic Calculus

Longtime Slashdot reader johnnyb (Jonathan Bartlett) shares the findings of a new study he, along with co-author Asatur Zh. Khurshudyan, published this week in the journal DCDIS-A: Recently a longstanding flaw in elementary calculus was found and corrected. The "second derivative" has a notation that has confused many students. It turns out that part of the confusion is because the notation is wrong. Note -- I am the subject of the article. Mind Matters provides the technical details: "[T]he sec...
Tags: Tech, Jonathan Bartlett, Asatur Zh Khurshudyan

Google wants to start making more money from Maps, and we all know what that means

Google is reportedly about to bring a version of the same playbook that turned its best-in-class search engine into an unstoppable money machine over to Google Maps, its service that more than 1 billion people rely on for directions and other related information. What that means for users, according to a new Bloomberg report, is that we may start to see more things like sponsored listings from businesses that have paid to be atop Google Maps results when you search for a variety of information, ...
Tags: Google, News, Bloomberg, Google Maps, Morgan Stanley, Dunkin Donuts, Swiss Army, Nowak, Facebook Google, Brian Nowak, Philipp Schindler, Rajas Moonka

Man Caught Wearing Earbuds With a Dead Phone Found Guilty of Distracted Driving

Freshly Exhumed writes: RCMP officers spotted a man driving with earbuds plugged into his iPhone. The phone was not in his hands nor on his lap, was not playing music or video, and the driver was not using it to talk to someone or navigate. The battery was, in fact, completely dead. Nonetheless, a judge has ruled that "by plugging the earbud wire into the iPhone, the defendant had enlarged the device, such that it included not only the iPhone (proper) but also attached speaker or earbuds," he wr...
Tags: Tech, RCMP

Would Apple Really Buy 5G Modems From Huawei?

Apple’s 5G situation looks bleak, but would it really buy chips from one of its top rivals?
Tags: Apple, Finance, Article, Huawei, FBN, Motley Fool, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, Bb377d8b-74f7-507a-9b89-0468c0fe65bc

Vector, Virgin and a mystery team will compete in DARPA’s $34M launch challenge

DARPA wants to be able to launch anywhere, any time, and several times in a row. Is that too much to ask? Not for Vector Space, Virgin Orbit, and an unnamed startup that just qualified to take place in the agency’s Launch Challenge, which will push their responsive and mobile launch capabilities to the limit. In the challenge, the teams will be notified that they need to launch a payload to orbit from a given location only days beforehand. After doing so, they will then be told a second locat...
Tags: Space, Government, Tech, Darpa, Rockets, Faa, Launches, Falcon Heavy, Tucson, Vox Space, Darpa Launch Challenge, Launch Challenge, Vector Space Virgin Orbit, Todd Master, Colorado Springs Master, Vector Space

Coinbase launches debit card in the UK

When you buy cryptocurrencies on Coinbase, many users simply don’t know what to do with them. Customers in the U.K. can now get a good old plastic card and spend cryptocurrencies in-store and on any online website. This is a Visa card so it should work with any merchant on the Visa network. The company is launching a separate mobile app called Coinbase Card to manage your cryptocurrency balances. For instance, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to use your Bitcoin, Ethereum or Litecoin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Tech, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coinbase Card

Android phones can now be used as a physical security key to your Google account

Google wants to make your online life a little more secure. The company has released a new feature to its two-factor authentication that allows users to use their phones to log in to their Google account on a computer through Bluetooth. The post Android phones can now be used as a physical security key to your Google account appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Two-factor Authentication, Computing

Democrats draw up bill that would require tech platforms to assess algorithmic bias

Democratic lawmakers have proposed a bill to address the algorithmic biases lurking under the surface of tech’s biggest platforms. The bill, known as the Algorithmic Accountability Act, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) will sponsor parallel legislation in the House. The bill is well timed. Over the last month alone, Facebook found itself settling over discriminatory practices that affected job ads as well as drawing civ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Government, Senate, Tech, House, Ted Cruz, Clarke, Hud, Discrimination, Bias, Booker, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Ron Wyden, Cory Booker

The IPO wave of 2019 won’t upend the Bay Area housing market

Issi Romem Contributor Issi Romem is chief economist for Trulia and a fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley. His work has been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more. The impending wave of San Francisco tech IPOs is substantial and will influence San Francisco real estate, but the hype about its impact is likely overblown. In particular, despite being centered o...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Real Estate, California, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Soma, Oakland, Berkeley, South, Trulia, Bay Area, University of California at Berkeley

Good deal on the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3

When my father upgraded to the latest Apple Watch, he gave me his old Series 3 model. I wasn't sure if I'd use it, but after a few months, I've decided it is a net plus in my life. The best thing about it is responding to text messages by simply holding the phone up to my mouth and talking. The natural language processing is excellent. This feature saves me a lot of time every day. I also like getting alerts about upcoming appointments, turn-by-turn directions (with vibration) when I'm walking i...
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Google's Cloud Code Extends IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code To Kubernetes Apps

An anonymous reader writes: If you were paying close attention during Google Cloud Next 2019 yesterday, you may have heard talk of Cloud Code. The new developer tool was only mentioned briefly, but today Google offered more details. Cloud Code extends two Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code, to cloud-native Kubernetes applications. Google's message here is that moving to the cloud isn't just about data. It can also be about code, and the developers who wri...
Tags: Google, Tech

Nokia’s Home Assistant encourages you to live a healthy lifestyle

Now if a Google Home or an Apple HomePod could give me inputs on how to stay healthy, by collating my information and giving me tips on how to live a better life, I’d definitely consider it. If a home assistant could tell me if my sleeping patterns needed improvement, or that my diet could use some tweaking, or perhaps some outdoor time for my heart-rate, that’s what I’d really value in a home assistant. Nokia’s Home tries to be that guardian. Designed as a conceptual device by Rik Oudenhoven du...
Tags: Android, Home, Music, Design, Fitness Tracker, Privacy, Audio, Speakers, Nokia, European Union, Health Tracker, Product Design, Sleep Tracker, Smart Speaker, Home Assistant, Google Home

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