Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs

It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter’s newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will all…

Source: Engadget – Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs

How to Sync Your Opera Data Between Android and PC Without Signing In

Opera is an excellent browser choice for data privacy advocates, and the latest Android and desktop versions of the browser introduce two new cross-device sync methods that make it even more convenient without sacrificing user privacy.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Sync Your Opera Data Between Android and PC Without Signing In

Face Shields Ineffective at Trapping Aerosols, Says Japanese Supercomputer

Plastic face shields are almost totally ineffective at trapping respiratory aerosols, according to modelling in Japan, casting doubt on their effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus. From a report: A simulation using Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, found that almost 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres in size escaped through plastic visors of the kind often used by people working in service industries. One micrometre is one millionth of a metre. In addition, about half of larger droplets measuring 50 micrometres found their way into the air, according to Riken, a government-backed research institute in the western city of Kobe.

This week, senior scientists in Britain criticised the government for stressing the importance of hand-washing while placing insufficient emphasis on aerosol transmission and ventilation, factors that Japanese authorities have outlined in public health advice throughout the pandemic. As some countries have attempted to open up their economies, face shields are becoming a common sight in sectors that emphasise contact with the public, such as shops and beauty salons. Makoto Tsubokura, team leader at Riken’s centre for computational science, said the simulation combined air flow with the reproduction of tens of thousand of droplets of different sizes, from under 1 micrometre to several hundred micrometres.

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Justice Dep’t. sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress

Cartoon hands hold out a band-aid over the words Section 230.

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The Department of Justice today dropped a proposed “recalibration” of one of the most important laws governing the US Internet into Congress’s lap and urged legislators to act to remove a liability protection on which nearly every website and app currently relies.

Attorney General Bill Barr sent the proposed legislation—an extension of his June wish list—to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence (in his role as President of the Senate) this morning.

“For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” Barr said in a written statement. “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open, and competitive environment is vitally important to America,” he added. “We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Section 230 and begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate criminal activity online.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Justice Dep’t. sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress

Australian Regulators: If You Want to Vape, Get a Prescription

Australia’s muddled laws on vaping are emerging from a dank
cloud of confusion: According to a Wednesday report in the Guardian, the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has ruled that nicotine will be reclassified as a prescription-only medication in June 2021.

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Source: Gizmodo – Australian Regulators: If You Want to Vape, Get a Prescription

Morrowind Completely Rebooted Your Xbox During Some Loading Screens

The latest episode of the official Xbox podcast features a discussion between Microsoft and Bethesda executives about the console manuracturer’s recent acquisition of the Elder Scrolls developer for a whopping $7.5 billion.

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Source: Kotaku – Morrowind Completely Rebooted Your Xbox During Some Loading Screens

China Says It Won't Approve TikTok Sale, Calls It 'Extortion'

The September 20 deadline for a purported TikTok sale has already passed, but the parties involved have yet to settle terms on the deal. ByteDance and TikTok’s bidders Oracle and Walmart presented conflicting messages on the future ownership of the app, confusing investors and users. Meanwhile, Beijing’s discontent with the TikTok sale is increasingly obvious. From a report: China has no reason to approve the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that allows Oracle and Walmart to effectively take over TikTok based on “bullying and extortion,” slammed an editorial published Wednesday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. The editorial argued that TikTok’s success — a projected revenue of about a billion dollars by the end of 2020 — “has apparently made Washington feel uneasy” and prompted the U.S. to use “national security as the pretext to ban the short video sharing app.” The official message might stir mixed feelings within ByteDance, which has along the way tried to prove its disassociation from the Chinese authority, a precondition for the companies’ products to operate freely in Western countries.

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'Brain-Boosting' Supplements Are Full of Unapproved, Untested Drugs, Study Finds

Supplements that supposedly improve brain health and functioning, known as nootropics, often contain unapproved and potentially unsafe drugs, according to new research published Wednesday. The study not only detected drugs unapproved in the U.S. in these nootropic products, but also found that these drugs could be in…

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Source: Gizmodo – ‘Brain-Boosting’ Supplements Are Full of Unapproved, Untested Drugs, Study Finds

Microsoft Secures Exclusive License To OpenAI GPT-3 Text-Generation Modeling

Microsoft Secures Exclusive License To OpenAI GPT-3 Text-Generation Modeling
Microsoft is making AI a priority with its products from now on and this week they have announced a partnership with OpenAI to license the GPT-3 AI model exclusively. With this license, Microsoft can develop programs to write, translate language, and summarize long-form code.
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Sinister trailer for Haunting of Bly Manor looks like a classic ghost story

Victoria Pedretti stars as a governess to two orphans on a spooky estate in The Haunting of Bly Manor.

The Halloween season is almost upon us, so brace yourselves for the annual onslaught of horror fare. But we’re also getting a good old-fashioned spooky ghost story with the Netflix series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, loosely based on The Turn of the Screw and incorporating several other ghost stories by Henry James. The series is showrunner Mike Flanagan’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s exquisitely brooding The Haunting of Hill House. The first teaser dropped earlier this month, and now the streaming platform has released the full trailer.

(Spoilers for the Henry James novel below.)

The Haunting of Hill House shared the top spot in Ars’ 2018 list of our favorite TV shows with BBC’s Killing Eve. We loved Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s inventive reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic novel, at once a Gothic ghost story and a profound examination of family dysfunction. It stayed true to the tone and spirit of the original, aided by dialogue, narration, and other small details from the source material. Small wonder that it garnered award nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors, Writers Guild of America, and Art Directors Guild.

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Source: Ars Technica – Sinister trailer for Haunting of Bly Manor looks like a classic ghost story

I Have Seen the Face of God

Artists have trained a machine to reveal its psychedelic inner visions, unleashing human-Pixar hybrids which provoke profound fear, disgust, revulsion, disgust, nausea, fear, and an immediate recognition of humanity’s highest potential. Dubbed “Toonify,” the project allows us to stare into the eyes of God. My only…

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California Bans Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars Beginning in 2035

California has taken a dramatic step forward in its battle to combat its gradual slide into climate change hell. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his signing of an executive order that will prohibit the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine in the Golden State starting in 2035.

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Source: Gizmodo – California Bans Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars Beginning in 2035

Facebook will block ads claiming victory ahead of official results

Contrary to previous reports, a Facebook rep has confirmed that the social media site will not, in fact, allow ads claiming victory for either the Trump or Biden campaigns to run on election night. In a September 3rd blog post, Facebook’s Mark Zucker…

Source: Engadget – Facebook will block ads claiming victory ahead of official results

TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements

TikTok is introducing a new policy that cracks down on ads that “promote a harmful or negative body image.” The app’s new rules ban companies from advertising fasting apps and weight loss supplements. Advertisers also have to adhere to new, tougher r…

Source: Engadget – TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements

The Burrito Pop Will Ensure You’re Only a Mess on the Inside

When done properly, eating a burrito should be a hopelessly messy experience, with a paper wrapper doing nothing to contain its contents’ endless drippings. But that messiness limits when and where you can eat a burrito (if you care about how you look, that is), which is why a device called the Burrito Pop exists. I…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Burrito Pop Will Ensure You’re Only a Mess on the Inside