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The Washington Post - Local 2017-09-26 04:30:06

The practice unfairly punishes the poor, advocates say.

BBC - UK 2017-09-26 04:30:03

Australia is to be the third launch partner on the UK's innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR.

BBC - World 2017-09-26 04:30:02

North Korea said the US had declared war but the White House dismisses the talk as "absurd".

venturebeat 2017-09-26 03:31:53

The Chinese are racing ahead with artificial intelligence research, and Nvidia is helping them to do it with some new announcements that the graphics chip maker’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, made today at a big AI event in Beijing, China. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia has pivoted over the past decade, adapting its graphics chips to do artificial intelligence processing, and a number of big Chinese companies — from Baidu to Tencent — are endorsing Nvidia’s approach. That’s important in a world where 60 billion video frames are uploaded per day to YouTube, and where Google Translate translates 140 billion words per day. Of the multiple announcements at Nvidia’s GPU Technology conference in Beijing, the most interesting could be Nvidia’s TensorRT software, which dramatically accelerates AI inferencing, or the process by which a neural network learns how to recognize an object or pattern. Inferencing can take a huge amount of computing power, [...]

AndroidCentral 2017-09-26 03:30:58

Fitbit's first smartwatch is hitting worldwide markets on October 1. For the past couple of weeks, I've been wearing a new wearable, and while it looks a little bit like something I've worn before, it's quite different — and a lot more ambitious. No, I'm not talking about some new Android Wear watch but the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit's first smartwatch and an honest-to-goodness hit. The reason for its success will inevitably be the five-day battery life which exists despite a very capable operating system, bright LCD display, and plenty of fitness-tracking features. While the so-called App Gallery will be sparse at launch, with just a handful of apps including Starbucks, Strava, Pandora, and Weather Channel, there will be plenty of others by year's end, thanks to the upcoming Fitbit SDK. Fitbit Ionic will be available on October 1 at Amazon, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, Macy's, REI, Target and Verizon for $299.95. See at Fitbit Fitbit is also releasing its first Bluet [...]

Mashable 2017-09-26 03:30:31

We're sure drivers cook up all sorts of excuses when they've been pulled over by a cop, but this reason is certainly earnest, to say the least. Dalwallinu Police from Western Australia shared a photo of a speeding ticket via Twitter on Monday, showing a truck driver who had driven 37 kilometres per hour (23 miles) over the speed limit. SEE ALSO: Police close road to investigate a grizzly find... sort of The driver's excuse to police for speeding? "I needed to shit, kids have given me gastro." Nope, we're not making this up, here's the ticket: Two in 25 min. Loss of licence.#doubledemeritspic.twitter.com/bpFjj0LBqG — Dalwallinu Police (@DalwallinuPol) September 25, 2017 Read more... More about Australia, Police, Culture, Fine, and Speeding

Mashable 2017-09-26 03:30:31

It's been five days since President Donald Trump last tweeted about Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. And his new tone-deaf comments aren't going over well. One would think if it takes that long to further comment after a Category 4 storm wracked a U.S. territory of 3.4 million people with hurricane-force winds and 40 inches of rain, the tweets would be a thoughtful response to an island in ruin. Wait, we're talking about Trump. Never mind. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria seen swirling from space in new video Trump seemed to blame Puerto Rico for the devastation in a series of three tweets sent out Monday night. He negs all over Puerto Rico, from its infrastructure to financial issues, as he describes the disaster. Read more...More about Donald Trump, Tweet, Puerto Rico, Tweetstorm, and Hurricane Maria

Gizmodo 2017-09-26 03:30:30

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s golden boy son-in-law and nepotism hire as a senior White House adviser, is not the only administration official using private email accounts to conduct official government business.Read more...

TechCrunch 2017-09-26 03:30:22

 Nvidia’s Metropolis AI smart cities platform sounds like a story arc for DC’s superman comics, but it’s actually a GPU-based intelligent monitoring tool that can enable things like easing traffic congestion, allocating city services and even finding lost individuals. To that end, Metropolis has picked up two new partners in Alibaba and Huawei, and Nvidia’s also… Read More

TechCrunch 2017-09-26 03:30:21

 GPU maker Nvidia has announced that it will work with retail giant JD.com to help with an outdoor robotics initiative that sprung out of JD X, the commerce company’s innovation lab. JDrone and JDrover are two new robots, the former aerial and the latter ground-based, and both Nvidia’s Jetson platform for embedded AI-based navigation intelligence. JDrover is going to be put to use… Read More

The Washington Post - Sports 2017-09-26 03:30:06

Baker is one of two African American managers in baseball and served as a Marine Corps reservist.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-09-26 03:30:04

The president sent out a video compilation of past remarks by the Arizona senator.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-09-26 03:30:04

John Middlemas kneeled in solidarity with professional athletes who have protested during the playing of the national anthem.

Android Police 2017-09-26 02:33:17

The OnePlus 5 may have come out, but that doesn't mean the company has forgotten about the 3 and 3T. Earlier today, the two phones were updated to Oxygen OS 4.5.0, introducing a pile of new features like "lift up display," Gaming Do Not Disturb, low priority notifications, and OnePlus' Slate font. Most of the changes in this release were already available on the OnePlus 5, but it's great to see them trickle down onto older hardware.  The OTA update is hitting devices now, and it's 197MB in size. Read MoreOxygen OS v4.5.0 rolling out for the OnePlus 3/3T, with some OnePlus 5 features in tow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

venturebeat 2017-09-26 02:31:48

The third round of negotiations over the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is underway right now in Ottawa, and EFF is there to represent you. It’s been a frustrating few days so far. Before explaining why, we’ll skip straight to what you probably want to know: how close are the parties to a deal, and what do we know about what’s in it? Canada Bucks U.S. Copyright and Patent Demands In the case of the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter, they are pretty far apart. That’s because the United States, despite President Trump’s criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is nevertheless using it as a template for the draft IP chapter that it is presenting to its negotiating partners in this round. Canada, however, isn’t down with that. That’s because Canada joined the TPP late, after most of the text had already been locked down, and Canada was prohibited from revisiting that text. Canada’s own preferr [...]

venturebeat 2017-09-26 02:31:48

Carnival, the operator of more than 100 cruise ships, is taking a deeper dive into digital entertainment with the launch of PlayOcean, a collection of mobile games for iOS and Google Play. The games are part of a larger digital entertainment initiative to keep guests entertained, when they are on board Carnival cruises or when they’re on dry land. Like Carnival’s Ocean Medallion wearables introduces at this year’s CES show in January, the idea is to engage with guests anytime, anywhere. PlayOcean is designed for the “vacation market” that Carnival wants to own. The Miami company has created two apps, PlayOcean Everywhere and PlayOcean Casino, which can be played for fun on land and for money at sea, respectively. PlayOcean Everywhere features four free-to-play mobile games, while PlayOcean Casino has a combination of social casino games (where you can buy virtual casino chips but can’t exchange them for real money) and real-money gambling games [...]

Engadget 2017-09-26 02:30:40

This week we have too many premieres and finales to mention them all as the fall TV season gets into full swing, but we will highlight the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, and the series premiere of Marvel's Inhumans (despite its tepid reviews so far, superhero fans may be better off streaming the latest Spider-Man flick). Netflix will stock its queues with a Def Jam reunion special, as well as the premiere of its new Magic School Bus series. On Blu-ray, the 80s flick SpaceCamp makes its first appearance, while gamers can dig into the early release of Forza Motorsport 7 and FIFA 18. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Blu-ray & Games & Streaming Transformers: The Last Knight (4K, 3D) Spider-Man: Homecoming (VOD) SpaceCamp David Lynch: The Art Life (Criterion) Longmire (S5) Death Wish After Midnight Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Devil's Candy The Princess Bride (30 [...]

Engadget 2017-09-26 02:30:40

Most biometric security has one inconvenience: you have to take an active step to sign in, whether it's putting your finger on a pad or staring at sensors. Wouldn't it be nice if simply being near your device was enough? It might happen. Researchers have created a computer authentication system that uses your heart's shape and size to sign in. It uses low-level Doppler radar to continuously scan your heart's dimensions, granting access so long as you're in the right place. In other words, Cindy-Lou Who couldn't hijack the Grinch's PC when he steps away for a coffee break. As your heart doesn't change throughout your adult life outside of extreme situations (such as heart disease), it's as surefire as any other biometric sign-in method but works passively. It could even work at long distances, too. The team envisions airports using this to authenticate people up to 98 feet away, which is slightly creepy but undoubtedly convenient when you're rushing to your gate. And before you as [...]

TechRadar 2017-09-26 02:30:37

The sixth and latest Star Trek series has premiered around the world and, for viewers outside of the US and Canada, it’s boldly gone where no other Star Trek series has gone before.Klingons of the past have always spoken solely in English, but not this time. They’re speaking tlhIngan Hol, their own native tongue, when needed, and these have English subtitles so us humans can follow.But with plenty of human fans of the martial race to be found on Earth, Netflix will be airing all 15 episodes of Discovery with Klingon subtitles available as an option – a great chance for Earthlings to brush up on their tlhIngan Hol.Unfortunately, CBS isn’t offering these subtitles in the US. Jaj vIghaj (Own the day) To give you an off-planet experience, Netflix has released a trailer of Star Trek: Discovery dubbed entirely in the Klingon language, with optional English subtitles available, to give you an idea of what it would be like if you were to watch the series on th [...]

The Washington Post - World 2017-09-26 02:30:09

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will dissolve the lower house of parliament on Thursday to call a snap election on Oct. 22, more than a year before required by law. It’s widely seen as a bid to reconsolidate his grip on power in the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party, increasing his chances of extending his premiership next year by winning a third three-year term as party leader. A look at why he’s doing it now, and what’s at stake:

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-09-26 02:30:06

The former Trump campaign adviser had wanted to testify to the House Intelligence Committee in public, but will appear for a closed-door interview Tuesday.

The Washington Post - Politics 2017-09-26 02:30:06

On Twitter, the president notes challenges in the U.S. territory before Maria.

Android Police 2017-09-26 01:34:03

China has a long history of blocking or limiting access to websites, especially social networks and Western-owned sites. Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many Google services are currently blocked in mainland China. WhatsApp has been partially-blocked in the past (for a while, video chats and some other functionality wasn't working), but now the entire service seems to be non-functional. The new block is disrupting all aspects of the service, including normal text messaging. Read MoreWhatsApp is now blocked in China was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police 2017-09-26 01:34:03

Remember when being able to run Adobe Flash was a selling point for Android devices? The plugin was never officially supported past Android 4.1, but various hacks kept it alive for a while longer. Some browsers continued to support the plugin for devices that could run it, including Firefox. But the next major Firefox update, v56, will finally drop the plugin on Android. Adobe Flash on Firefox for Android (source) Mozilla previously said that v56 would kill support for Flash on Android, as part of the company's plan to drop Flash on all platforms by 2020. Read MoreFirefox 56 will drop support for Adobe Flash on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Io9 Gizmodo 2017-09-26 01:33:49

Here’s some joyful late-Monday news for all the Stephen King horror fans and devoted Pennywise meme-makers. The It sequel finally has an official release date, and you won’t have to wait 27 years to see what happens to the Losers Club. You will, however, have to wait a couple of years.Read more...

The Register 2017-09-26 01:33:21

And a Wi-Fi hub and an Ethernet switch and the kitchen sink In a small-biz blitz, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced three servers, three MSA storage arrays, a new hyper-converged system, a Wi-Fi hub, and an Ethernet switch.…

venturebeat 2017-09-26 01:32:03

Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile multiplayer online battle arena Vainglory has had a strong showing on mobile, particularly as an esport. A few well-known esports teams have gravitated toward it so far, such as NRG, Fnatic, Rogue, Echo Fox, and Immortals. And this past weekend, the Vainglory8 Autumn Season kicked off with eight European and North American teams battling it out for a chance to move on to the upcoming Vainglory World Championship in December. Vainglory will also be featured alongside Blizzard’s hit card game Hearthstone at Amazon’s Mobile Masters Invitational later this year. The two are big names in the competitive mobile space, alongside Supercell’s Clash Royale, which saw the start of its own tournaments last year. Cloud9, one of the Vainglory8 North American competitors, has already nailed down a spot in the championship after its victory at the Vainglory Summer Championship. Its captain, Gabe “Gabevizzle” Villarin, says that he [...]

AndroidCentral 2017-09-26 01:31:10

GPS chips in 2018 phones will be more accurate and use 50% less battery. While bezel-less displays and dual-camera systems are visual upgrades that are easy to get excited about, an upcoming GPS chip from Broadcom will soon allow future smartphones to provide more accurate mapping features and less battery drain when using services like Google Maps, Waze, etc. Late last week, the IEEE Spectrum announced that this new chip is finally ready for mass-production for consumer-facing products and that we should be able to see this latest advancement in GPS technology make its way to smartphones set to be released in 2018. More accurate turn-by-turn directions and the ability to have a little extra battery at the end of the day undoubtedly sounds quite nice, but the extent of the upgrades that have been made here is seriously impressive. Current GPS chips in smartphones provide a location accuracy within 5-meters (or 500-centimeters) of your actual location, but with Broadcom's latest a [...]

MacRumors 2017-09-26 01:30:58

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are more expensive for Apple to manufacture than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to component cost estimates research firm IHS Markit shared today with Bloomberg. An entry-level iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage costs Apple an estimated $247.51 in raw materials, an increase of almost $10 compared to the $237.94 it cost Apple to make last year's 32GB iPhone 7. The 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs an estimated $288.08, up from $270.88 for the iPhone 7 Plus. Image from iFixit's recent iPhone 8 teardown To compensate for the increased cost, Apple charges $699 for the 64GB iPhone 8, up from the $649 starting price it charged for the 32GB iPhone 7 in 2016. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced starting at $799, up from $769 in 2016."The added value went to memory, camera, and processing. That's where we can materially identify where they've improved the overall product, and hence why they can command a higher price for it," accordi [...]

MacRumors 2017-09-26 01:30:58

The initial version of macOS High Sierra released this morning limits the new Apple File System (APFS) to Macs that have all-flash built-in storage, excluding iMacs and Mac mini machines that feature Fusion Drives. Apple announced the limitation last week in a support document that said the initial release would not allow Fusion Drives to be converted to APFS, implying future support, and now Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has confirmed APFS will indeed be coming to Fusion Drives in a later update. Federighi shared the info in an email sent to MacRumors reader Michiel, who asked if APFS would be added later. "Yes, we plan to add support in a future update," replied Federighi. Fusion Drives, available as a storage option for Apple's iMac and Mac mini desktop machines, combine a hard drive with flash storage to provide the speed of an SSD with the affordability of a standard hard drive. Frequently accessed files are stored using flash storage, while less frequentl [...]

MacRumors 2017-09-26 01:30:58

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus include support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) audio codec that offers improved voice quality and better call reliability, KDDI president Takashi Tanaka told Engadget Japan in a recent interview. EVS is the first codec that offers up to 20 kHz audio bandwidth for higher quality audio, higher frame/packet error resilience, and higher compression efficiency than other speech codecs for a better user experience. In the United States, T-Mobile supports Enhanced Voice Services and has offered EVS since early 2016. According to T-Mobile, EVS on its network offers improved voice call reliability in areas of weaker signal for fewer dropped calls and higher-fidelity calls for more realistic voice audio. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have not yet announced support for EVS. Apple does not mention support for the feature in its iPhone 8 documentation, but UK carrier EE also recently confirmed that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus work with EVS in a press release [...]

Cnet 2017-09-26 01:30:51

LTE-connected smartwatch featured a robust battery with wireless charging.

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