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Researchers Train Rats To Drive Tiny Cars

New submitter BytePusher shares a report from Phys.Org: U.S. scientists have reported successfully training a group of rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. Their study [published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research] not only demonstrates how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day help in developing new non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment for mental illness, senior author Kelly Lambert ...
Tags: Tech, Afp, Lambert, University of Richmond, Kelly Lambert, Behavioral Brain Research


Welcome BERT: Google’s latest search algorithm to better understand natural language

BERT will impact 1 in 10 of all search queries. This is the biggest change in search since Google released RankBrain. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. [Author: Barry Schwartz]
Tags: Google, Seo, Bert, Barry Schwartz


How Flagstaff, Arizona, Switched To LEDs Without Giving Astronomers a Headache

Scott K. Johnson from Ars Technica reports on how Flagstaff, Arizona, switched to energy-efficient LEDs without giving astronomers a headache from the harsh blue-rich light they produce. An anonymous reader shares several excerpts from the report: Flagstaff became the first city to earn a designation from the International Dark Sky Association in 2001. That came as a result of its long history of hosting astronomy research at local Lowell Observatory, as well as facilities operated by the U.S. N...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Nba, Johnson, U S Navy, Flagstaff, PCA, Flagstaff Arizona, Scott K Johnson, International Dark Sky Association, Lowell Observatory


These mobile apps keep rideshare drivers on a profitable course

Gridwise, Mystro and others help drivers predict where to get the best routes, and also manage the nitty-gritty for tax purposes.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Gridwise Mystro


SpaceX intends to offer Starlink satellite broadband service starting in 2020

SpaceX will look to launch its Starlink service for consumers sometime next year, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell confirmed at a media roundtable meeting at the company’s offices in Washington during the International Astronautical Congress this week (via SpaceNews). Shotwell, who also appeared on stage at the event to share some updates around SpaceX’s recent progress across the company, told reporters present that in order to make the date, it’ll need to launch between six and eigh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Congress, Washington, Tech, Broadband, Canada, United States, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Starship, Gwynne Shotwell


Google agrees to replace its bricked Home and Home Mini smart speakers

A recent firmware update caused some Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers to stop working. Google has now agreed to replace the bricked devices, and will roll out a fix to prevent it happening again.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Smart Home, Google Home, Google Home Mini


US Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due To Climate Change, Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the U.S. military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior U.S. government officials who wrote the report are from several key agencies including the Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, and NASA. Th...
Tags: Washington, US, Tech, Syria, Nasa, Army, Bangladesh, Pentagon, Trump, U S Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wilson Center, Center for Climate and Security, Mark Milley Trump, U S Army War College, Army Defense Intelligence Agency


Ford’s electric Mustang-inspired SUV will finally get its debut

Ford provided its first peek of a Mustang-inspired electric crossover nearly 14 months months. Now, it’s ready to show the world what “Mustang-inspired” means. The automaker said Thursday it will debut the electric SUV on November 17 ahead of the LA Auto Show. Not much is known about the electric SUV that is coming to market in 2020, despite dropping the occasional teaser image or hint. A new webpage launched recently, which provides few details, namely that Ford is targeting an EPA-estimated ra...
Tags: TC, Europe, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Frankfurt, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Bill Ford, Epa, Volkswagen, Engines, Environmental Protection Agency


Researchers Find Racial Bias In Hospital Algorithm

Black patients were less likely than white patients to get extra medical help, despite being sicker, when an algorithm used by a large hospital chose who got the additional attention, according to a new study underscoring the risks as technology gains a foothold in medicine. The Wall Street Journal reports: Hospitals use the algorithm -- from Optum, UnitedHealth Group's health-services arm -- to find patients with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic ailments who could benefit from having h...
Tags: Tech, Wall Street Journal, Optum UnitedHealth Group


Teen girls on TikTok are dancing to abusive voicemails. The new meme is as old as women’s rage itself

Filming themselves brushing off threatening voicemails from their exes, these young women are telling each other that they aren’t aloneThis week, the social video platform TikTok unleashed a new meme: young women filming themselves dancing – interpretively – to a soundtrack of angry, abusive, emotionally manipulative or threatening voicemails left by their ex-boyfriends.The images of girls throwing gentle shapes through recorded monologues of hostile condemnation have understandably gone viral. ...
Tags: Technology, Media, Social Media, Culture, Digital Media, Tiktok


Facebook Is Launching a News Section -- and Will Pay Some Publishers Millions

Facebook is planning to launch its news section on Friday, "which will give users a way to scan headlines and read some news stories -- and which will give some publishers, like News Corp, millions of dollars a year for making their journalism available to Facebook," reports Recode. From the report: News Corp CEO Robert Thomson and his boss, News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch, have been insisting that Facebook and other tech platforms should pay them for access to their work. Now Zuckerberg is giv...
Tags: Facebook, Washington Post, Tech, New York Times, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Thomson, News Corp, Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg, Facebook Watch, News Corp Business Insider


Quiz of the week: How big was Google's Quantum Leap?

Have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?
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Garmin Tactix Charlie – Tactical GPS Watch Review

Garmin Tactix Charlie U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Electronics have become a pervasive part of nearly every facet of our lives.  This certainly applies to both members of the military and hunters alike.  Relying entirely on technology at the expense of traditional methods is a surefire way to invite Murphy's Law into your lives, but using modern tech to augment the proven ways of old results in a massive capability multiplier.  The Global Position System (GPS) has similarly worked it's way into m...
Tags: Google, Guns, Oregon, Iraq, US, Afghanistan, Garmin, Gps Watch, Dlc, Murphy, Charlie, Shooting Industry News, Amazon Picks, Best GPS, tactix Charlie, Garmin Tactix Charlie


Apple’s ‘Foundation’ Pilot Will Be Helmed by ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Director Rupert Sanders

Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders will be laying the foundation for Apple TV+’s highly anticipated adaptation of an Isaac Asimov science-fiction classic. Apple has tapped Sanders as the Foundation director for the pilot episode of the 10-episode series starring Lee Pace and Jared Harris. Rupert Sanders is the latest feature filmmaker to make the move to TV with Apple TV+’s ambitious adaptation of Foundation. In Sanders’ TV directing debut, the Snow White and the Huntsman director wi...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Adaptation, Sony, Scarlett Johansson, Snow White, Shell, Lee Pace, Sanders, Foundation, Roland Emmerich, Skydance Television


Google: Stadia Exclusives To Have Features 'Not Possible' On Home Hardware

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When Google launches its Stadia streaming service on November 19 (for some pre-orderers, at least), it will only include titles that are also available on standard PCs and consoles. Going forward, though, the company says it's going to focus on first-party exclusives "that wouldn't be possible on any other platform." That's how Google head of Stadia Games and Entertainment Jade Raymond (well-known as one of the creators of Assassin's Creed) ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ars Technica, Montreal, Creed, Raymond, Stadia, Ars Technica Read, Jade Raymond


The SaaS gold rush will become the ‘Hunger Games’

Rory O’Driscoll Contributor Share on Twitter Enterprise software investor Rory O'Driscoll led Scale Venture Partners’ investments in Box, DocuSign, ExactTarget, and Omniture, and currently invests in AI-powered business applications and automation technologies. More posts by this contributor Measuring and benchmarking the four vital signs of SaaS Understanding the Mendoza Line for SaaS growth Sa...
Tags: TC, Column, Microsoft, Tech, Cisco, Salesforce, Intuit, Logmein, Marc Andreessen, Software As A Service, Zoom, Scale Venture Partners, WebEx, Cloud Software, Cloud Elements, Rory O Driscoll


India's facial recognition plan and other tech news

BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the week's best technology stories.
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Autobraking Tech Will Be Standard In Cars By 2022

pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. The technology is expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half, but hundreds of drivers say sometimes the system slams on the brakes -- apparently for no reason. CBS News found reports of several accidents and injuries that drivers blamed on false activations of emergency automatic braking systems. Safety advocates and carmakers say in the vast majority of cases it works, but it is...
Tags: Cbs News, Tech, Nhtsa, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, David Aylor, Nissan Rogues


'Why is my iPhone not sending messages?': How to troubleshoot iPhone messaging issues

If your iPhone is not sending messages, first make sure your phone has service, as the issue may be with the Wi-Fi or cellular network, not your device itself. Check in your iPhone's Settings app that various messaging options are turned on so that your phone can dispatch texts if iMessage fails. Turning your iPhone off and back on again can usually refresh the software and restore better signal connections, enabling your messages to send once again. Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends


Transgender people treated ‘inhumanely’ online

A study identified one-and-a-half-million abusive comments posted over a three-and-a-half year period.
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Intel's CEO says that cloud providers like Amazon are back to buying lots of chips, leading to a strong quarter — but that 'we're letting our customers down' in the PC chip business (INTC)

Intel shares rallied late Thursday after the chipmaker reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly report. Intel CEO Bob Sawn said the spending pause in the data center market that had hurt Intel appeared to be ending. But Intel continued to struggle to resolve production issues that led the company to underestimate demand in the PC market: 'We're letting our customers down and they're expecting more from us,' Swan said. Click here for more BI Prime stories. It looks like the spending pause i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Intel, INTC, Santa Clara California, Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights Strategy, Amazon Microsoft, Swan, Marty Wolf, Bob Swan, Bob Sawn, Martinwolf M A Advisors Intel


BBC News Launches 'Dark Web' Tor Mirror

sandbagger writes: The BBC has made its international news website available via the Tor network, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts. The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being accessed, which can help people avoid government surveillance and censorship. Countries including China, Iran and Vietnam are among those who have tried to block access to the BBC News website or programs. Instead of visiting bbc.co.uk/news or bbc.com/news, users of the Tor browser can visit the ne...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, BBC News, Vietnam, China Iran


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare arrives amid China controversy

The latest Call Of Duty game arrives following calls to boycott Activision Blizzard's titles.
Tags: China, Tech


Beats Powerbeats Pro review: Great design, with a flaw

Beats’ first true wireless earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro, borrow tech from Apple in a pair of waterproof earbuds with 9 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, an intermittent connection issue has us pumping the brakes on these Beats beauties.
Tags: Apple, Music, Trends, Home Theater, Earbuds, True Wireless Earbuds, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Powerbeats Pro


Talk about a killer feature: Home, Home Mini gear replacements promised after fatal update bricks gadgets

Web giant insists 'small number' of voice-controlled gizmos killed by firmware bug Google has somehow managed to brick some of its own smart Home and Home Mini devices, leaving an unknown number completely unresponsive after an automated update.…
Tags: Google, Software


The Universe Is Made of Tiny Bubbles Containing Mini-Universes, Scientists Say

'Spacetime foam' might just be the wildest thing in the known universe, and we're just starting to understand it. From a report: A persistent cosmological puzzle has been troubling physicists since 1917: what is the universe made of? Complicating this already-mind-boggling question is the fact that our best theories conflict with our observations of the universe. Albert Einstein, according to scientific folklore, felt a unique responsibility for introducing this entire problem, reportedly referr...
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How I Soothe Chronic Pain Using [email protected] TENS Device + Coupon Code

Full Post: How I Soothe Chronic Pain Using [email protected] TENS Device + Coupon Code If you have chronic pain, you know how miserable it can make you if you don’t get it under control right away. General Tips for Chronic Pain One thing you need to remember is that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for another. I’m sharing what works for me to give you ideas to try for yourself. I am also not a doctor, so be sure to check with a... The post How I Soothe Chronic Pain Using E...
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How I Soothe Chronic Pain Using [email protected] TENS Device (Giveaway & Coupon Code)

Full Post: How I Soothe Chronic Pain Using [email protected] TENS Device (Giveaway & Coupon Code) If you have chronic pain, you know how miserable it can make you if you don’t get it under control right away. General Tips for Chronic Pain One thing you need to remember is that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for another. I’m sharing what works for me to give you ideas to try for yourself. I am also not a doctor, so be sure to check with a... The post How I Soothe Chronic P...
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16 Useful Gems in Apple’s New iOS 13

iOS 13, Apple’s new operating system for the iPhone, comes with tons of new tools under the hood. Here are some of the most helpful.
Tags: Apple, Photography, Maps, News, Software, Apple Inc, Text Messaging, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, iOS (Operating System


After its first earnings miss in two years, Amazon shares get walloped in after-hours trading

Amazon shares fell by nearly 7%, or $118.38, in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported its first earnings miss in two years. Financial analysts had predicted that the launch of one-day shipping would eat into Amazon’s earnings, but even with the forewarning investors pummeled the stock after the market closed. It didn’t help that the company predicted revenues for the fourth quarter — including the all-important holiday season — also look soft. The good news for Amazon ami...
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