Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

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

U.S Copyright Office Considering Exemption for Abandoned Online Games

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.”

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Source: [H]ardOCP – U.S Copyright Office Considering Exemption for Abandoned Online Games

Virgin Hyperloop One is Coming To India

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.

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Source: Slashdot – Virgin Hyperloop One is Coming To India

Windows 10 on ARM limits (briefly) confirmed: No virtualization, no OpenGL

Enlarge / The Snapdragon 835-powered HP Envy x2. (credit: HP)

As spotted by Paul Thurrott, Microsoft briefly published a document that enumerated the major differences between Windows 10 for ARM processors and Windows 10 for x86 chips. Though the document has now been removed, a cached copy is still available.

Many of the differences are predictable consequences of the different architecture. Windows 10 for ARM is a 64-bit ARM operating system. It can natively run both 32-bit and 64-bit ARM applications (though the SDK for the latter is currently, and temporarily, incomplete). As such, drivers for the operating system need to be 64-bit ARM drivers; existing 32- and 64-bit x86 drivers won’t work.

This isn’t a surprise; 64-bit x86 Windows can’t use 32-bit drivers, either, even though 64-bit Windows can generally run 32-bit applications without even requiring any kind of emulation. This will mean that ARM Windows has limited hardware support relative to x86. It will also pose a problem for some games that use drivers for their copy protection.

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Source: Ars Technica – Windows 10 on ARM limits (briefly) confirmed: No virtualization, no OpenGL

Elon Musk Is Back to Digging Tunnels, This Time Under DC

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.

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Source: Gizmodo – Elon Musk Is Back to Digging Tunnels, This Time Under DC

The WyzeCam gets a smarter sequel that still costs only $20

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 postpones new rules to clarify vague expectations

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

AT&T tries to prove Trump meddled in merger review because he hates CNN

Enlarge / AT&T will own a bunch of new media properties if it is allowed to buy Time Warner. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

AT&T and the Department of Justice are fighting in court over whether President Trump’s hatred of CNN played a role in the DOJ’s attempt to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner Inc.

In a pre-trial court hearing on Friday, AT&T demanded “that the Justice Department hand over additional evidence to prove that President Trump did not wield political influence over the agency as its antitrust enforcers reviewed the company’s bid to acquire Time Warner,” The Washington Post reported.

AT&T wants the DOJ to provide logs of any conversations about the merger between the White House and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The DOJ should also have to “disclose any conversations between Sessions and the agency’s antitrust division,” the Post wrote.

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Source: Ars Technica – AT&T tries to prove Trump meddled in merger review because he hates CNN

Microsoft Stops Pushing Notifications To Windows 7 and 8 Phones

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.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Stops Pushing Notifications To Windows 7 and 8 Phones

Samsung patents a flying screen that could be used for hovering video

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

In late-breaking photo leak, Galaxy S9 bares it all

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German site WinFuture has given us a ton more Galaxy S9 pictures to admire before the phone’s launch next week. The pictures show everything we’ve been expecting: a phone that looks a lot like the existing Galaxy S8 but with a revised camera and fingerprint setup on the back.

Besides offering the most complete look yet at Samsung’s next flagship, these pictures shoot down an odd regression shown in the earliest Galaxy S9 leaks. The early pictures shared by VentureBeat showed a Galaxy S9 with thicker side bezels than the Galaxy S8, and now it seems those were not accurate. These pictures show a design that seems to have the same slim side bezels as the Galaxy S8, which, as usual, will curve into the phone body.

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Source: Ars Technica – In late-breaking photo leak, Galaxy S9 bares it all

Video Of All-Electric Aspark Owl Hypercar Hit 0 – 60MPH In 1.92 Seconds

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

You get to pick the next free games on Twitch Prime

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

Only 43 Percent of American Teens Have Gotten the HPV Vaccine Which Prevents Cervical and Dick Cancer

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.

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Source: Gizmodo – Only 43 Percent of American Teens Have Gotten the HPV Vaccine Which Prevents Cervical and Dick Cancer

Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete

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.

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Source: Slashdot – Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete

The Boring Company gets a permit to dig up Washington DC parking lot

Enlarge / A view of the parking lot The Boring Company has permits to dig up (partially obscured by a tree, the parking lot on the left is for McDonald’s). To the right is a mural that local cars editor Jonathan Gitlin hopes will not be destroyed. (credit: Google Streetview)

The city of Washington DC has approved a permit that will allow Elon Musk’s Boring Company to dig up a parking lot just north of Capitol Hill and just east of downtown. The lot, at 53 New York Avenue NE, is on a busy street adjacent to a McDonald’s, near the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The Boring Company doesn’t have permits to dig under any streets yet. But according to the LA Times, the city’s Department of Transportation is working to find out what other kinds of permits the company would need to pass under city roads and public spaces.

The permit is an interesting step forward in a project that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO announced vaguely last July. At the time, Musk tweeted that he had “verbal government approval” to build a New York-DC Hyperloop tunnel, although it was unclear who had issued such approval. The Boring Company later commented that it was engaged in discussions with local, state, and federal officials to make the project happen. In October, the company received official approval from the state of Maryland to dig a 10.1-mile tunnel under the state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway using a utility permit (which is generally easier for a state to grant). Still, additional permits would be required for any construction beyond that limited scope.

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Source: Ars Technica – The Boring Company gets a permit to dig up Washington DC parking lot

Microsoft stops pushing notifications to Windows 7 and 8 phones

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