Researchers created a brain interface that can sing what a bird’s thinking

Researchers from the University of California San Diego recently built a machine learning system that predicts what a bird’s about to sing as they’re singing it. The big idea here is real-time speech synthesis for vocal prosthesis. But the implications could go much further. Up front: Birdsong is a complex form of communication that involves rhythm, pitch, and, most importantly, learned behaviors. According to the researchers, teaching an AI to understand these songs is a valuable step in traini...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, University Of California San Diego, Birdsong, Neural, Next Featured

Aliens Wouldn't Need Warp Drives to Take Over an Entire Galaxy, Simulation Suggests

A new computer simulation shows that a technologically advanced civilization, even when using slow ships, can still colonize an entire galaxy in a modest amount of time. The finding presents a possible model for interstellar migration and a sharpened sense of where we might find alien intelligence. From a report: Space, we are told time and time again, is huge, and that's why we have yet to see signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. For sure, the distances between stars are vast, but it's impor...
Tags: Tech, Columbia University, Grey, Penn State, American Astronomical Society, University of Rochester, Jason Wright, Caleb Scharf, Jonathan Carroll Nellenback Astronomer Adam Frank

Senate Confirms Chris Inglis as Biden's Top Cyber Adviser

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Chris Inglis to be President Joe Biden's national cyber director, installing the former NSA deputy director as Biden's top cyber adviser at a time when many lawmakers are pressing the White House for a muscular response to a series of high-profile hacks. From a report: As head of the new Office of the National Cyber Director inside the White House, Inglis will coordinate federal agencies' disparate work on cyber issues and oversee the development of the U.S.' dig...
Tags: Nsa, Senate, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Moscow, Capitol Hill, Biden, Homeland Security Committee, Inglis, JBS, Chris Inglis, Office of the National, White House Inglis

Meet Amazon's new robots designed to reduce warehouse injuries

Amazon's "Scooter" robot. Amazon Amazon is now testing new software and hardware, including autonomous robots, to make its warehouses safer. Take a look at the four new robots: Bert, Ernie, Scooter, and Kermit. These robots can complete a variety of tasks, from transporting totes to completing physical labor. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon's "robotics and advanced technology" division is now testing new tech, including robots and motion sensors, to make its...
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Google Searches for New Measure of Skin Tones To Curb Bias in Products

Google is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of color. From a report: At issue is a six-color scale known as Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST), which dermatologists have used since the 1970s. Tech companies now rely on it to categorize people and measure whether products such as facial recognition systems or s...
Tags: Google, Tech, Reuters, U S Department of Homeland Security

What Google’s AI-designed chip tells us about the nature of intelligence

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. In a paper published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature last week, scientists at Google Brain introduced a deep reinforcement learning technique for floorplanning, the process of arranging the placement of different components of computer chips. The researchers managed to use the reinforcement learning technique to design the next generation of Ten...
Tags: Google, Startups, Nature, Google Brain, Neural, Tensor Processing Units Google, Next Featured

10 things in tech: Elon Musk's Zillow listing, Google Health shakeup, 'Sexiest' VCs

Zillow Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Tomorrow is Juneteenth. Here are a few ways to celebrate the day.Now, let's get started.1. Elon Musk's last remaining home is listed on Zillow for $37.5 million. The 16,000-square-foot mansion - which he's selling to help fund a Mars colony - sits on 47 acres and has a pool, hiking trails, and space for 11 cars. Take a look at the listing. 2. Insider compiled seven pitch decks th...
Tags: Elon Musk, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Bill Gates, Alexis Ohanian, Airbnb, Fitbit, WeWork, Zillow, Musk, Miami Beach, Adam Neumann, Newsletters

What’s Open And Closed On Friday Now That Juneteenth Is A Federal Holiday

(CNN) — Most federal government employees across the country will have Friday off after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday. But the introduction of a new federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has created a patchwork of responses — leaving some government offices, schools and businesses open, while others close to observe the holiday. “Agencies should direct such employees to not report to work on Friday — unless...
Tags: Apple, Google, Texas, News, California, Washington, US, Alabama, Holiday, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, Usps, States, Dc

The best smart home security systems of 2021

Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option.Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own.You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras.Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. Now they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporating them into a smart-home ecosystem.When choosing a syste...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Honeywell, Google Google

Linux Foundation Honors Authors of 30 Linux Success Stories By Letting Them Name a Penguin

The nonprofit Linux Foundation "asked the open source community: How has Linux impacted your life? Needless to say, responses poured in from across the globe sharing memories, sentiments and important moments that changed your lives forever." Their web site now features a selection of stories from America, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, the Philippines, Bosnia & Herzegovina and...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Tech, Nepal, Kuwait, Linux Foundation, Linus, Linux Foundation Honors Authors

Apple Store: Purchase Select Mac or IPad Get FREE AirPods for College Students & Teachers {All Levels}

Apple Deal Apple Store: FREE AirPods for Students & Teachers with Qualifying Purchase. Head over to where they are offering up a FREE AirPods with the purchase of select Apple products. This special offer and pricing is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels.... Read More
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The best early Prime Day phone deals include discounts on phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, and we're already seeing discounts on phones from Google, OnePlus, and more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Amazon Prime Day is a great time to buy a new phone, especially if you're an Android fan. This year's annual shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, but we're already seeing some early deals on phones from Google, OnePlus, and even ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Deals, Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Phone, Smartphone, Tech Deals, Live, Macbook

The best early Apple deals for Amazon Prime Day you can get right now include discounts on AirPods and iPads

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Apple's AirPods Pro are already on sale ahead of Prime Day 2021. Apple Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching, and there are already plenty of noteworthy deals. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we're expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.Apple deals are no exception. Prime Day isn't here yet, but t...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Deals, Ipad, Trends, Siri, Walmart, Tech Deals, Live, Gps, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Ipad Pro, iPad Air, Macbook Pro

Pickpockets in Brazil Are Reportedly Going After Smartphones to Clean Out Victims' Bank Accounts

São Paulo pickpockets are increasingly stealing people’s smartphones not to pawn off the device, but rather to gain access to their bank account.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Smartphone, Telecommunications, Password, Computing, Brazil, Waze, Mobile Phone, Nubank, Sao Paulo, Business Finance, Procon SP, Technology Internet, Fernando Capez, Bank Bradesco

How to watch 'Luca' - the new Pixar movie will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers on June 18

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. "Luca" is the latest animated film from Pixar. Pixar "Luca" is a new Pixar movie centered around a sea monster who takes on a human form. The film will be available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus starting June 18. Disney Plus costs $8/month or $80/year, and "Luca" doesn't require any extra fees to watch. Monthly Subscription Service (small) "Luca," the new straight-to-Disney Plus film from Pix...
Tags: Reviews, TV, Movies, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Tech, Streaming, Espn, Pixar, Hulu, Maya Rudolph, Luca, Disney Pixar, Raya

New Presenter Toolbar in Google Slides is Changing Things Up

Have you ever felt like the presenter toolbar left much to be desired while presenting in Google Slides? As it turns out, you’re not alone! Google recently overhauled the presenter experience after listening to countless users expressing that the previous toolbar was clunky. Users felt it got in the way of their content, disrupting the experience for them and their audience. So, if you, too, have written off Google Slides, we’ve got good news! Here’s what you can look forward to in the new prese...
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The Apple Watch is on sale ahead of Prime Day - here are the best early deals we've found so far

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Apple; Alyssa Powell/Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The Apple Watch is our favorite smartwatch. It's easy to use, comes with a variety of health tracking features, and has a polished design with plenty of customization options. But it's not cheap, making Amazon Prime Day 2021 - which takes place on June 21 and 22 - a great time to shop.Prime Day hasn't begun just yet, but so far ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Smartwatch, Trends, Nike, Tech Deals, Deal, Apple Watch, Nike Run Club, Tech Accessories, Amazon Shop, Tech Insider, Insider Picks, IP Graphics, Product Card

The 7 best fitness trackers we tested in 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Fitness trackers do more than log workout data - they provide wearers in-depth analysis of their overall health. Today's trackers offer everything from sleep and recovery tracking to advanced training feedback. Our top pick, the Suunto 7, is a full-featured smartwatch slash fitness tracker that tracks more than 70 activities. Fitness trackers have come a long way since Fitbit introduced it's first clip-on wearable in 2008. Though essentially a glorifie...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Fitness, Fitness Tracker, Trends, Tech, Nike, Walmart, Features, Brooklyn, Buying Guide, Apple Watch, Garmin, Suunto, Nike Run Club, Coros

Tamagotchi's Smartwatch Is Way Cuter Than Apple's

If you’ve read Gizmodo dot com in the past month, you know about Tamagotchi. You know that there are different variants available to collect worldwide, and you know that there’s a thriving community of fans that keep Tamagotchi alive even decades later. Tamagotchi is so popular that Bandai has sold more than 83…Read more...
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New Wildfires Are At A 10-Year High In The Hot, Dry Western US

The number of new wildfires in the U.S. so far this year is at a ten-year high, according to federal data, prompting warnings of a long, potentially dangerous summer of fire. From a report: One of the biggest areas of concern right now is the high desert Great Basin region in Utah, Nevada and eastern Oregon. "When you have standing dead grass that's already out there and when we have high heat, that ignition potential raises dramatically," said Paul Peterson, a fire management officer for the Bu...
Tags: Montana, US, Tech, West, Phoenix, Bureau of Land Management, Great Basin, Utah Nevada, Paul Peterson, Salt Lake City Las Vegas

10 Father's Day gifts that are eligible for free next-day delivery with Walmart+

This story was created by the Insider Reviews Team in collaboration with Walmart+. We earn money from our partners. Learn more. Walmart Walmart+ offers free next-day and two-day shipping to its subscribers. Father's Day is coming up on June 20th, and Walmart has plenty of gift options that can still arrive in time. All of the below gifts are eligible for next-day delivery with Walmart+, no shipping minimum required. Monthly Subscription (small) Father's Day is only a couple days ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Samsung, America, Trends, Walmart, Features, Dad, Samsung Galaxy, Hart, Walmart Walmart, Walmart Gift, Amazon Gift, HoMedics, Takeya, Samsung Galaxy Watch

How the FBI Is Trying to Break Encryption Without Actually Breaking Encryption

Since at least the 1990s, federal officials have publicly worried that encrypted communications give aid to terrorists and criminals. More often than not they have, to some degree, been right.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Cryptography, Fbi, Information Technology, Computing, Dark Web, Crypto Wars, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyberspace, Secure Communication, End To End Encryption, US Department of Justice, Internet Privacy, Jennifer Lynch

The 5 best true wireless earbuds in 2021 for listening on the go and at home

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The best wireless earbuds balance portability, sound quality, comfort, and features. Jabra's Elite 85T manage to do all that for a great price, making them our top pick overall. True wireless earbuds are headphones that fit neatly in your ear and are completely without wires. Because they're so small and wire-free, these earbuds can be easily transported and stored in small charging cases when you're not wearing them, not to mention they're mor...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Audio, Trends, Siri, Features, Headphones, Buying Guide, Sony, Bose, Belkin, Jabra, ANC, Realtek, Amazon Read

Weekend reading: Email SNAFU, and the FCA wants you

What caught my eye this week. F irst off, apologies if you got a rogue email from us yesterday pointing to a popular US investing website – and nothing else! This was a screw-up, and the person responsible has been roundly ballsed-out – which was the longest talking to I’ve given myself in a bathroom mirror since I worked up the courage to ask out Joanna Jones when I was 13. It was also a reminder that I really must sort out our creaking email system. If you subscribe to Monevator by email (an...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, UK, England, Marketing, US, Eu, Bbc, Atlantic, Fca, Brazil, Boe, Npr, Gordon Brown, Michael Lewis, ESG

Low-Budget Games Steal Spotlight After Covid Delays Big Names

The annual video game convention E3 is normally full of teasers for splashy, graphic-rich games from big-name studios and surprise announcements about new titles. But this year's online-only event was much quieter, with many hot releases delayed as a result of the pandemic. That gave games from independent studios a chance to steal the show. From a report: Some of the most impressive reveals this year were small-scale, indie games that may not have the wow factor of something like Ubisoft Entert...
Tags: Microsoft, Los Angeles, Tech, Nintendo, Zelda, Activision Blizzard, Daisy Ridley, Devolver Digital, Electronic Arts, Annapurna Pictures, Willem Dafoe, Annapurna Interactive, Andrew Shouldice, Ubisoft Entertainment SA

CEO Shishir Mehrotra and investor S. Somasegar reveal what sings in Coda’s pitch doc

Coda entered the market with an ambitious, but simple, mission. Since launching in 2014, it has seemingly forged a path to realizing its vision with $140 million in funding and 25,000 teams across the globe using the platform. Coda is simple in that its focus is on the document, one of the oldest content formats/tools on the internet, and indeed in the history of software. Its ambition lies in the fact that there are massive incumbents in this space, like Google and Microsoft. Co-founder and CEO...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Mehrotra, Seattle, S Somasegar, Microsoft Co, Coda, Somasegar, Madrona, ECL, Shishir Mehrotra

‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Faces a Stormy Turning Point in “Reunion”

This article contains spoilers for the Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode “Reunion.”  Is Crosshair a good luck charm? Because his appearance elevates any Bad Batch episode to the top tier. Directed by Steward Lee and written by Christian Taylor, “Reunion” is exactly what the title suggests: Crosshair resurfaces into the plot to confront his Bad Batcher (Dee Bradley Baker) brothers. (There’s also a meta reunion for the Star Wars fans, but we’ll get to that.) Wrecker and Omega (Michelle Ang) bon...
Tags: Echo, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Tech, Features, Green, Clint Eastwood, Rex, Republic, Lucasfilm, Baker, Omega, Cad, Luke Skywalker

Delivery service Gopuff acquires rideOS for $115 million

On-demand goods, food and alcohol delivery service Gopuff has acquired fleet management platform rideOS for $115 million, sources familiar with the deal say. This acquisition comes just a few months after the Philadelphia-based startup announced a $1.15 billion funding round at a $8.9 billion valuation, up from $3.9 billion in October. Last fall, the company also raised $380 million and bought BevMo, a beverage retailer. Gopuff did not share its updated valuation with this new acquisition. Gopuf...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, UK, New York, Berlin, Tech, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Philadelphia, Logistics, Delivery, Uber Google, GoPuff, rideOS, Justin Ho, Silicon Valley Pittsburgh

Best Prime Day iPhone deals 2021: iPhone deals to grab right now

Prime Day deals have already started landing, even if the main event hasn't begun yet. We're also checking out what to expect from the Prime Day iPhone sales.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, iPhone 11, iPhone deals, Iphone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 mini, Amazon 2021, Commerce 2021, Prime Day 2021

Google dishes out homemade SLSA, a recipe to thwart software supply-chain attacks

Try it with phish'n'chips Google has proposed a framework called SLSA for dealing with supply chain attacks, a security risk exemplified by the recent compromise of the SolarWinds Orion IT monitoring platform.…
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