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Tech Giants Spend $80 Billion To Make Sure No One Else Can Compete

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Google parent Alphabet and the other four dominant U.S. technology companies -- Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook -- are fast becoming industrial giants. They spent a combined $80 billion in the las (rss.slashdot)

Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

A visual prank exposes an Achilles heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they cant do a double take. From a report: In a new study %5BPDF%5D, computer scientists found that artificial intelligence systems fail a vision test a child could accomplis (rss.slashdot)

Know Someone Sick? Your Own Smell Might Give it Away

Researchers report the personal odors of healthy animals change when they share an environment with a sick animal. The findings suggest these changes could impact social contact and patterns of disease spread. (feedproxy.google)

Replacing Op-Amps in a Topping D10 DAC

Audiophiles have been rolling (replacing) op-amps in their DAC units for years. In the computer audio world, high end sound card units from Creative and Asus have had replaceable op-amps in years past and their owners swear by the increased audio fidelit (hardocp)

Greece Uses High-Tech Drones To Fight Tax Evasion In Holiday Hotspots

Greece is reportedly using drones to fly over boats running day trips on the Aegean in an effort to crack down on rampant tax evasion at holiday hotspots. Channel NewsAsia reports: With the black economy by some accounts representing about a quarter of na (rss.slashdot)

There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Luddite

It enables critical reflection and evaluation of the technological world we’re building-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com (rss.sciam)

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana

Windows maker talks up AI and cloud stuff for Ignite show, while knifing passwordsIgnite At its Ignite conference in the US on Monday, Microsoft pitched Cortana as a corporate worker, as the software and cloud biz pushes companies to interact with techno (register)

Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago

According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013. Recode reports: The average monthly payments to those who worked fo (rss.slashdot)

Brave a very 80s apocalyptic wasteland in Doom conversion Ashes 2063

Leather-clad raiders with neon green mohawks roam irradiated monuments to capitalism, their acid-spitting lizard-dogs in tow. Ashes 2063, by modder Vostyok is about as 80s an apocalypse can get, even after filtering it through a 2018 iteration of a 90s ga (feedproxy.google)

Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)

Wardle claims to topple privacy protections in new OS ? which comes with security fixesApple has posted the annual full overhaul of the Mac operating system, this time focusing on a redesign of the look and feel of the interface.? (register)

Facebook Is Not Protecting Content Moderators From Mental Trauma, Lawsuit Claims

A former Facebook contract employee has filed a lawsuit, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking company. Reuters reports: Faceboo (rss.slashdot)

West Nile Crippling El Pasoans, Rising Temperatures Play Role

%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09Read Climate Central?s research report, ?U.S. Faces a Rise in Mosquito ?Disease Danger Days.??Download story PDF here%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09By John Upton (Climate Central) and Kyle Jones (El Paso Times)Elisa Sierra had just given birth to twins (feedproxy.google)

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species. The scientists used t (rss.slashdot)

Predicting Autism Risk in Pregnant Women

Researchers found that differences in the plasma metabolites are indicative of the relative risk (18.7 percent vs 1.7 percent) for having a child with ASD. (feedproxy.google)

Gut-Brain Connection Could Lead To a 'New Sense'

A new study has revealed a 'fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds,' reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says 'these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new se (rss.slashdot)

Kaspersky System Checker Build 092318

Scan your PC for problems (downloadcrew)

Apple Completes Shazam Acquisition, Will Make App Ad-Free For Everyone

Apple has successfully completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, and the company announced it will be removing all ads from the app ''soon.'' The Verge reports: The acquisition was temporarily held up because of an investigation by the European Unio (rss.slashdot)

Implanted Device Helps Two People With Paralysis Walk Again

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines, r (rss.slashdot)

TCPflow - Analyze and Debug Network Traffic in Linux

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Twitter reacts to Gritty, the most frightening mascot ever invented - CNET

The new Philadelphia Flyers mascot will keep you up at night. (feedproxy.google)

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