Alphabet’s health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smart watches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division have a new endeavor:…
Source: Engadget – Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease
The U.S Copyright Office is currently considering whether to loosen DMCA’s provisions for abandoned online games. Currently there are preservation exemptions to keep abandoned games accessible, however the current exemptions do not cover online games. TorrentFreak is reporting that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is opposing the request, stating that it would allow people to recreate online environments using server code that was never publicly released as well as possibly being used for profit.
How dare people want to play a game they paid for that EA or Ubisoft says the can’t anymore. Seriously, I hope the Copyright Office realized that preservation of all media is important, be it online or otherwise.
Late last year several gaming fans including the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (the MADE), a nonprofit organization operating in California, argued for an expansion of this exemption to also cover online games. This includes games in the widely popular multiplayer genre, which require a connection to an online server.
“Although the Current Exemption does not cover it, preservation of online video games is now critical,” MADE wrote in its comment to the Copyright Office. Online games have become ubiquitous and are only growing in popularity. For example, an estimated fifty-three percent of gamers play multiplayer games at least once a week, and spend, on average, six hours a week playing with others online.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – U.S Copyright Office Considering Exemption for Abandoned Online Games
Hyperloop is coming to India. From a report: The western-central Indian state of Maharashta plans to build a Virgin Hyperloop track between Pune and Mumbai, British entrepreneur and Virgin boss Richard Branson announced on Monday in a blog post. Virgin Hyperloop One will start by building a demo track, with the aim of eventually supporting 150 million passenger trips per year. It should reduce the 2.5-hour car journey or 3-hour train journey between the two cities to just 25 minutes, and will also stop off at Mumbai airport.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Virgin Hyperloop One is Coming To India
Noted tunnel enthusiast Elon Musk is digging again, this time for hazily defined purposes at an abandoned parking lot near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives headquarters building in northeastern Washington, DC, the Washington Post reports.
Source: Gizmodo – Elon Musk Is Back to Digging Tunnels, This Time Under DC
That the $20 WyzeCam worked as well as it did is still kind of a surprise. It’s no wonder then that the Amazon alums who created it have been working on a sequel: the WyzeCam v2. It’ll still cost $20 when it starts shipping at the end of February, bu…
Source: Engadget – The WyzeCam gets a smarter sequel that still costs only
Twitch is temporarily putting the brakes on its new rules for hate speech, harassment and sexual material. The livestreaming service has postponed the enforcement of new rules from February 19th to March 5th in order to “better explain some sections…
Source: Engadget – Twitch postpones new rules to clarify vague expectations
Here are some preliminary benchmarks of the Linux 4.16 development kernel compared to Linux 4.15 stable on five different systems.
Source: Phoronix – An Early Look At Linux 4.16 Performance On Five Systems
The end of Microsoft’s Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there’s another nail in the coffin. From a report: Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 starting Tuesday, February 20th. According to Microsoft’s blog post, in addition to the discontinuation of push notifications, live tiles will no longer be updated and the find my phone feature will not work. It’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to newer devices.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Stops Pushing Notifications To Windows 7 and 8 Phones
Barack Obama played basketball. Bill Clinton and both Bushes liked to go running. Even Donald Trump finds the time to golf. But if you’d like to try something more old-school, here are some of our historical presidents’ favorite workouts.
Source: LifeHacker – Work Out Like a President
In an effort to make London more hospitable for hedgehogs, Michel Birkenwald is building passages for them to travel from one green space to the next.
Source: TreeHugger – This man is creating hedgehog crossings in London
Samsung was awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week for what it’s calling a “flying display device.” The patent, spotted by LetsGoDigital, was filed for in 2016 and describes a drone-like device with a screen that could be ca…
Source: Engadget – Samsung patents a flying screen that could be used for hovering video
This is a video of an all-electric, 430 horsepower, 563 all-wheel lb-ft of torque, 1900 pound Aspark Owl hypercar hitting 0 – 60 MPH in 1.921 seconds (previously: the second generation Tesla Roadster doing the same thing). For reference, I don’t even think my car can go 60MPH without exploding. Or at least not without alerting my parents I’m driving 25MPH over the speed limit and past my curfew.
Aspark has thrown down the gauntlet to the world of supercars, setting a 0-60 time of just 1.921 seconds. Admittedly, the car was fitted with a set of Hoosier racing tires (they appear to be quite similar to the Continental racing tires currently used in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship), and a rear-wheel-only burnout was conducted before the test to warm up the tires, but a 1.921 second 0-60 is a 1.921 second 0-60. While this was an incredible feat, Aspark claim they will continue to tweak the formula until this sub-two-second 0-60 time can be accomplished on street-legal tires.
Man, that was fast. Also, I like how they’re testing the car in some sort of warehouse parking lot with the car aimed straight for a grassy hill. That is CONFIDENCE. Me? I have no confidence and I hate looking at myself in the mirror. If you’re interested in an Owl they’re going to be producing 50 of them soon for around $4.4-million apiece, or more than forty times what I’m asking for my entire life and soul on eBay ($100,000).
Keep going for the test run (skip to 1:05 for the action) and a video of the rear-tire burnout they did prior.
Source: Geekologie – Video Of All-Electric Aspark Owl Hypercar Hit 0 – 60MPH In 1.92 Seconds
Twitch has been giving away free games with a Prime membership for awhile now, but now you’ll have a say in what’s handed out each month. With the Indie Amplifier program, users can pick from eight indie games and the one with the most votes will be…
Source: Engadget – You get to pick the next free games on Twitch Prime
The HPV vaccine is a fantastic drug that prevents everything from cervical cancer in women to dick cancer in men. But a new study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has found that vaccination rates for American teenagers is still tragically low.
Source: Gizmodo – Only 43 Percent of American Teens Have Gotten the HPV Vaccine Which Prevents Cervical and Dick Cancer
In its annual R&D Open House on February 14, Mitsubishi Electric described the development of what it believes is the industry’s highest-performance rendition of mirrorless car technology. From a report: According to the company, today’s conventional camera-based systems featuring motion detection technology can detect objects up to about 30 meters away and identify them with a low accuracy of 14 percent. By comparison, Mitsubishi’s new mirrorless technology extends the recognition distance to 100 meters with an 81 percent accuracy. “Motion detection can’t see objects if they are a long distance away,” says Kazuo Sugimoto, Senior Manager, at Mitsubishi Electric’s Image Analytics and Processing Technology Group, Information Technology R&D Center in Kamakura, 55 km south of Tokyo. “So we have developed an AI-based object-recognition technology that can instantly detect objects up to about 100 meters away.” To achieve this, the Mitsubishi system uses two technology processes consecutively. A computational visual-cognition model first mimics how humans focus on relevant regions and extract object information from the background even when the objects are distant from the viewer. The extracted object data is then fed to Mitsubishi’s compact deep learning AI technology dubbed Maisart. The AI has been taught to classify objects into distinct categories: trucks; cars; and other objects such as lane markings. The detected results are then superimposed onto video that appears on a monitor for the driver to view.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete
The end of Microsoft’s Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there’s another nail in the coffin. Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 starting Tuesday, February 20th….
Source: Engadget – Microsoft stops pushing notifications to Windows 7 and 8 phones