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Prince is starting to remove his back catalog from music streaming services, with tracks disappearin

Gizmodo - 7 hours 16 min ago

Prince is starting to remove his back catalog from music streaming services, with tracks disappearing from Spotify and Rdio so far. They’re still available on Google Play, Deezer and Tidal—though it’s not clear how long that will last.

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Anki's Officially Killed Slot Cars With Overdrive's Customizable Tracks

Gizmodo - 7 hours 31 min ago

Anki delivered a devastating blow to slot cars with its original Drive set, giving tiny RC cars a brain so they could stay on a track without the need for a peg underneath. But with Overdrive slot cars are officially dead now that your track can be any shape you want, complete with U-turns, intersections, and jumps.

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Google's Neural Network Chatbot Can Discuss Philosophy and IT Troubles

Gizmodo - 7 hours 46 min ago

Chatbots are notoriously difficult to make work well . But now Google’s developed a new conversational AI that uses neural networks to learn from movie dialogue—and it can just about hold down conversations about ethics and VPN problems.

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Sprint turns to a British retailer to reverse its US fortunes

EnGadget - 8 hours 6 min ago
It's been almost a year since UK retailers Dixons and Carphone Warehouse tied the knot. Life as a combined entity, known as Dixons Carphone, is off to a good start: profits are up and the company made efforts to expand its presence, including the lau...

What Are the Strange Spots on These Brand New Images of Pluto?

Gizmodo - 8 hours 31 min ago

New color images acquired by NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft show us Pluto as we’ve never seen it before—and on its surface appear to be a series of giant spots that scientists can not yet explain.

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Google's chatbot learned it all from movies

EnGadget - 8 hours 54 min ago
Chatbots are pretty common these days -- a simple search can surface numerous variants you can talk to on a lonely Friday night. The one Google is developing, however, isn't your run-of-the-mill chatbot: it wasn't programmed to respond to questions a...

Internet Shutdowns and State Violence in Syria Related, Shows Research

Gizmodo - 9 hours 9 min ago

EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, suggests that Internet shutdowns are becoming part of a toolkit for more violent repression.

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Best mobile games of June 2015 (pictures)

CNET News - 9 hours 13 min ago
Looking for a new game to play on your mobile device? Here's our pick of the best released in June 2015.









Retro City Rampage Getting a DOS Version

SlashDot - 9 hours 30 min ago
jones_supa writes: There is an indie game port in works which certainly cracks a smile on one's face. Vblank Entertainment is bringing Retro City Rampage — its homage to 8-bit games and Grand Theft Auto — over to one of the influential gaming operating systems of all time: DOS! Retro City Rampage 486 is a port of Retro City Rampage DX, an enhanced version of the game featuring a story mode, arcade challenges, and free roaming. As the name suggests, if one wants to run the game natively, a beefy 486 CPU is required, along with 3.7 MB of disk space and 4 MB of RAM. But of course, DOSBox can be used as well. A release date for the DOS version of the game is not yet known.

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​Fukushima nuclear reactor will get mapped with subatomic particles

EnGadget - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:02
Scientists from Los Alamos National Lab have discovered how to look through and map just about anything with a new process: the science-fictionally sounding muon tomography. Even in places like the highly radioactive Fukushima reactor, the method doe...

Qt 5.5 Released

SlashDot - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:30
New submitter mx+b writes: The latest version of Qt, the cross platform GUI toolkit and development platform, is out for all major platforms. Highlights include better 3D, multimedia, and web support, as well as better support for the latest OS X and Windows releases (including Windows 10) and more Linux distributions.

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This website only lets one person in at a time

EnGadget - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:13
As I write this, I'm waiting in line. Not at the grocery store or camping out for a superfluous wearable, but to get into a website. That only one person can visit at a time. For a total 60 seconds. It's madness. There are 3,662 people ahead of me an...

Exploring the Relationships Between Tech Skills (Visualization)

SlashDot - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:30
Nerval's Lobster writes: Simon Hughes, Dice's Chief Data Scientist, has put together an experimental visualization that explores how tech skills relate to one another. In the visualization, every circle or node represents a particular skill; colors designate communities that coalesce around skills. Try clicking "Java", for example, and notice how many other skills accompany it (a high-degree node, as graph theory would call it). As a popular skill, it appears to be present in many communities: Big Data, Oracle Database, System Administration, Automation/Testing, and (of course) Web and Software Development. You may or may not agree with some relationships, but keep in mind, it was all generated in an automatic way by computer code, untouched by a human. Building it started with Gephi, an open-source network analysis and visualization software package, by importing a pair-wise comma-separated list of skills and their similarity scores (as Simon describes in his article) and running a number of analyses: Force Atlas layout to draw a force-directed graph, Avg. Path Length to calculate the Betweenness Centrality that determines the size of a node, and finally Modularity to detect communities of skills (again, color-coded in the visualization). The graph was then exported as an XML graph file (GEXF) and converted to JSON format with two sets of elements: Nodes and Links. "We would love to hear your feedback and questions," Simon says.

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Xbox One, PS4 sales in China could be disappointing

PC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:25

After China lifted its ban on video game consoles, both Microsoft and Sony moved fast to launch their products in the country. But at least for this year, the sales will be lackluster, according to a research firm.

On Wednesday, Niko Partners, which studies gaming markets in Asia, released a report that estimated official sales of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in China would reach fewer than 550,000 units in 2015.

That’s not a great turnout, given that the country is one of the world’s largest markets for electronics. Microsoft brought its console here last September, and Sony delivered its product in March. And outside of China, the consoles have been shipping in the millions.

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iOS 8.4 Quietly Disables Home Sharing for Music

Gizmodo - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:22

With one hand Apple giveth, and with the other, it rips a long-standing feature away with no warning.

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Nikon offers fast general-purpose APS-C lens and supertelephoto updates

CNET News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:01
We welcome the 16-80mm f2.8-4 lens, but at $1,070 it's sadly out of the reach of a lot of advanced amateurs.









In Japan, Uber dons white gloves to battle an elegant rival

PC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:45

Get in a taxi in Tokyo, and you’ll get a ride with a little old-world charm.

The liveried cabs are shiny, spotless and odor-free. The seats are covered in white lace. The drivers wear suits, sometimes sporting white gloves and even bow ties.

They concentrate on driving instead of chatting on mobile phones. While some newbie drivers don’t know Tokyo like the back of their hand, GPS ensures they won’t get lost, and they’ll get you to your destination as quickly as possible. And while they can be expensive compared to taxis in major U.S. cities, they don’t take tips.

But despite there being about 50,000 cabs on the roads of the capital, more than three times the number in New York’s Manhattan, a cab can sometimes be very difficult to get, especially at times of peak demand. That creates an opportunity for ride-hailing apps in Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

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NASA Proves Mars Isn't Just One Big Desert

Gizmodo - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:31

If you’ve spent any time looking at the average satellite image of Mars, you’d be forgiven for concluding that our nearest planetary neighbour is actually just one gigantic sandy wasteland. But as this close-up image of the Aureum Chaos proves, Martians don’t just hide in the sand.

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Stay calm, citizens: Apple Maps’ sensor-laden minivans, which have been on the road for months in so

Gizmodo - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:22

Stay calm, citizens: Apple Maps’ sensor-laden minivans, which have been on the road for months in some regions, are expanding to 15 new states. The full list of locations is available in some detail on Apple’s blog. I’m not saying you should start planning your elaborate prank right now, but it’s certainly a possibility.

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Xiaomi has sold almost 35M smartphones so far this year

CNET News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:21
The Chinese smartphone maker has six more months to try to hit its target of 100 million smartphone sales in 2015.









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