Twitch’s Nudity & Attire Policy Updated to Include “AR Avatars”

Much like many other platforms have been doing lately, livestream site Twitch recently updated its rules, specifically its nudity and attire policy and including a section regarding “AR avatars” as well, undoubtedly due to the insecure complaining spewed forth from jealous non-2D camwhores. In general, the update demanded that thots and camwhores wear a standard […]
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Westworld Is Confusing Again, But in the Good Way

If you’ve been waiting patiently for Westworld to start messing with your mind again, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is there are some deeply mysterious, confusing questions raised in tonight’s episode. The bad news is that I don’t think all of them have answers.Read more...
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During the Pandemic, Will Robots Take Over More Human Jobs?

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times: Before the pandemic, automation had been gradually replacing human work in a range of jobs, from call centers to warehouses and grocery stores, as companies looked to cut labor costs and improve profit. But labor and robotics experts said social distancing directives, which are likely to continue in some form after the crisis subsides, could prompt more industries to accelerate their use of automation. And long-simmering worries about job losses o...
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Apple Registers Domain Name

Apple has recently registered the domain name, according to a WHOIS record discovered by MacRumors. The new record indicates that Apple took possession of the domain name on Friday. The record's domain information lists Apple Inc. as the registrant organization. The registrar is CSC Corporate Domains, a firm that protects domain names for large corporations, and is used by Apple for its domain name registrations. While the domain does not currently point to an active web...
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The best iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) cases

The iPad Pro 12.9 is powerful, but it's not invincible. Protect it with one of the best iPad Pro 12.9 cases.
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The Pope Suggests Considering a Universal Basic Wage

U.S. News and World Report notes a big surprise in the Easter Sunday letter from the pope: Pope Francis on Sunday advocated for a form of universal basic income that would "dignify the noble, essential tasks" carried out by street vendors, small farmers, construction workers and caregivers around the world... In a letter written from Vatican City on Sunday, the head of the Catholic Church reflected on the "great anxiety and hardship" the world faces as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. Ackn...
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Samsung Finally Says Bye to Its S Voice Assistant

Samsung is pulling the plug on its S Voice assistant, the company’s first attempt to compete with Apple’s Siri, on June 1 of this year. In reality, Samsung itself pushed S Voice aside with the launch of its new assistant, Bixby, a few years ago. But now the company is making it official. Bye-bye S Voice. Read more...
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'Abolish Silicon Valley' Author Urges 'Expropriating' Platforms, Making them Open-Source Public Services

The Bay Area Newsgroup just interviewed the author of "Abolish Silicon Valley: How to liberate technology from capitalism". Q: How do you fix this broken system? A: Overall the goal that I'm thinking about is that you have the private sector so overfunded and glorified that it seems like the only way to do things, but things could be much better serviced by the public sector without the profit motive that the private sector demands. Reclaim the wealth from capital, push back capital and fund...
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Nikon Offers Free Online Photography Courses in April

A quick heads up. Through the end of April, Nikon has made its curriculum of online photography courses free. Normally priced at $15-$50 per course, this 10-course offering covers Fundamentals of Photography, Dynamic Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Photographing Children and Pets, and more. Sign up for the courses here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help ...
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How Red Hat's New CEO Handles Life Under IBM -- and a Global Pandemic

Paul Cormier became Red Hat's new CEO this week -- while the entire company was working from home. He had to make his inaugural address to over 12,000 employees around the world using BlueJeans videoconferencing tools, reports a North Carolina newspaper: In some ways, Red Hat was well prepared to work through the disruptions of coronavirus. For years, the company has encouraged and accepted employees who have wanted to work from home. It's been a big part of its recruiting efforts, Cormier said....
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Apple Maps gathering information to display COVID-19 testing locations

The information is gathered through a dedicated webpage or the app
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ICANN Cheers Registrars' Efforts to Fight COVID-19 Scammers

ICANN chief executive Goran Marby has a message for its hundreds of registrars. Though ICANN can't involve itself in content issues, "That does not mean we are unconcerned or unaware of how certain domain names are being misused in fraudulent activities during this global pandemic." It is this concern that prompted me to contact the registries and registrars thanking them for their efforts and actions aimed at helping to mitigate and minimize the abusive domain names being used to maliciously ta...
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Stream Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Concert from Milan

"On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. Download the hymn sheet and sing along here." And watch the concert above. Stream Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Concert from Milan is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big col...
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What do we do with the positives?

Here come the blood tests, and it’s about time. Serosurveys, to determine what percentage of populations have already contracted COVID-19. And, individually, tests to indicate whether you, too, already caught it, but suffered only mild symptoms, or none at all. In America alone, millions will soon be recovered from COVID-19 infection. Half the people I know, including myself, seem to have had Schrödinger’s Respiratory Infection in the last couple of months, and are beyond eager to know if they t...
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Vint Cerf Explains Why the Internet is Holding Up

In a video interview over Google Hangouts this week, 76-year-old Vint Cerf explained to the Washington Post why the internet's 50-year-old architecture is still holding up, "with a mix of triumph and wonder in his voice." "Resiliency and redundancy are very much a part of the Internet design," explained Cerf, whose passion for touting the wonders of computer networking prompted Google in 2005 to name him its "Chief Internet Evangelist," a title he still holds... Cerf, along with fellow comput...
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You Can Watch These Apple TV Plus Shows For Free

Now that a lot of us are spending more time at home, a number of streaming services have started to offer longer free trials or access to some of their original content for free.Read more...
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Open Source Advocates Hope They Don't Have to Fork Qt

Phoronix reports on a new concern about Qt, the free and open-source widget toolkit for creating GUIs and cross-platform applications: Wednesday a KDE developer who serves on the board of the KDE Free Qt Foundation commented that The Qt Company is evaluating restricting new releases to paying customers for 12 months. That was said to be under consideration due to COVID19 / coronavirus impacting their finances and needing to boost short-term revenues... [Slashdot editor's note: the comment also c...
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Tech for good during COVID-19: Pivots and partnerships to help people deal

Some of us have learned how to be uniquely scrappy during this pandemic. I’m talking socks as masks and chickpea water as a vegetarian egg-white replacement  type of scrappy. And you will learn in this week’s installment of Tech For Good startups are no exception. Companies around the world are pivoting and partnering their way into helping us navigate the  COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some recent partnerships that caught our eyes, as well as other goodness from private companies.  ...
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Where is 5G available? Our 5G network map has the details

5G may not be widely available just yet, but it's getting there. Here's where 5G is available in the U.S.
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Sheltering in Place Works: New Statistics Show Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations In New York, California

Yahoo News shares an encouraging report from former Newsweek correspondent Andrew Romano: Until very recently, nationwide data about how many COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospitals was hard to come by. It's still incomplete and inconsistent. But on April 7, researchers at the University of Minnesota launched the U.S. COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project, which is just what it sounds like: the first effort to capture, track, visualize and compare daily data on the ...
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Russia Spreads Conspiracy Theory Linking Coronavirus Pandemic to Bill Gates

Wired investigated the vast spread of 5G/coronavirus conspiracy theories -- and reports that "Amongst the conspiracy sludge, one voice stands out." "For more than a year, propaganda broadcaster RT has been attacking the roll-out of 5G." While RT has never outright linked 5G to coronavirus, it has played a role in adding legitimacy to conspiracy theories surrounding the technology. As The New York Times reports, RT's disinformation campaign against 5G — seemingly created to hinder the global ro...
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UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response

Exclusive: Documents seen by Guardian show tech firms using information to build ‘Covid-19 datastore’Documents contradict UK government stance on Covid-19 ‘herd immunity’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTechnology firms are processing large volumes of confidential UK patient information in a data-mining operation that is part of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to documents seen by the Guardian.Palantir, the US big data firm founded by t...
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Robots deliver food in Milton Keynes under coronavirus lockdown

Starship Technologies’ small vehicles navigate pavements with no human driver requiredCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA robotic delivery service in Milton Keynes could prove to be the future of locked-down Britain, as miniature autonomous vehicles bring food deliveries to almost 200,000 residents of the town.Starship Technologies, an autonomous delivery startup created in 2014 by two Skype cofounders, has been testing its beer cooler-sized robots in public since 2015....
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Mutant Enzyme Could Vastly Improve Recycling of Plastic Bottles

sciencehabit writes: Recycling isn't as guilt-free as it seems. Only about 30% of the plastic that goes into soda bottles gets turned into new plastic, and it often ends up as a lower strength version. Now, researchers report they've engineered an enzyme that can convert 90% of that same plastic back to its pristine starting materials. Work is underway to scale up the technology and open a demonstration plant next year. The researchers generated hundreds of mutant enzymes changing amino acids as...
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"He grew up in Bethel, Connecticut, a poor rural village in which survival demanded cunning, wit, and ruthlessness—traits known collectively at the time as 'Yankee cuteness.'"

"Barnum was proud of his upbringing, which encouraged in him an insatiable appetite for wealth from the moment he learned to count.... At Barnum’s christening in 1810, [his maternal grandfather] 'gravely handed over' a gift deed to 'Ivy Island,' five remote acres that his grandson was to inherit upon reaching his majority. For the next decade, as Barnum tells it, he was 'continually hearing' about how he owned 'one of the most valuable farms in the State'—from his grandfather, parents, even his ...
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Racing Team Exploits Pandemic to Drive Across America in Under 27 Hours

There's a new landspeed record for driving from New York City to Los Angeles -- but "unlike most speed records and races, there's no sanctioning body or official rules," notes Road and Track. "That's because setting a 'Cannonball' record invariably involves breaking multiple traffic laws." But now Cannonball purists "are criticizing the run as grossly irresponsible while the nation deals with an emergency of unseen magnitude." schwit1 shares their report from Thursday: Only a few months have ...
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The race to find a coronavirus vaccine, startups to watch, and a real estate meltdown

Hello! It's been a dark few weeks, but there's been some light in the past few days, as the number of patients in New York ICUs dropped for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and there was some promising data on a potential treatment.  As Andrew Dunn reports, more than two-thirds of hospitalized COVID-19 patients improved in condition after receiving remdesivir, an experimental antiviral treatment from Gilead Sciences. More tests are needed, as the study had no control group, ...
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Facebook rolls out Quiet Mode with muted notifications for people taking a break

It will help people balance their time and focus during designated periods
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This app uses audiobooks to teach you a new language

Learning a new language has positive effects on memory and even helps your brain grow in size. Beelinguapp uses audiobooks to teach you new languages. You can get a lifetime subscription to the app for 60% off, today. Learning a new language is on many of our bucket lists. The idea of communicating fluently with others or being able to read signs while traveling abroad is highly appealing. The sense of accomplishment that comes with learning new skills is irreplaceable. Yet as we grow old...
Tags: Google, Technology, Learning, Education, Reading, Language, Innovation, Literature, Speech

Cobol Programmers Heed the Call to Support America's Overloaded Unemployment Systems

Earlier this week Slashdot reader puddingebola shared a CNN story headlined "Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims..." But now IEEE Spectrum reports that "Cobol programmers in the United States are heeding the call to work on antiquated state unemployment benefits computer systemsâ¦" The new claims brought the three-week total to more than 16 million, the equivalent of a tenth of the U.S. workforce. The spike in new cla...
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