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Your refusal to join Twitter is taking a toll - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 35 min ago
Though it's popular with an in crowd of entertainers, politicos and hipsters, the microblogging service is having a hard time getting regular people to join. That's a problem, a big problem.

Seeing a Drone Zoom Down the Burj Khalifa Feels Like Free Falling

Gizmodo - 8 hours 41 min ago

Flying a drone over Dubai? It’s been done. Flying as a jetman all across the most famous buildings of Dubai? That too, has been done. It speaks to how nutty and batshit stunts have become (and how accessible it is for us to watch such nutty stunts) that normal nutty and batshit stunts can’t be done anymore because well, they’ve been done. Here’s something new though: Team Blacksheep flew a FPV Racer drone straight down the skyscrapers of Dubai and it basically feels like you’re falling down to the ground (as opposed to just seeing majestic aerial views).


Why This Year’s Super Strong El Niño Might Start Shooting Blanks

Gizmodo - 8 hours 46 min ago

El Niño hasn’t left the building—it’s just taking a few days to sober up between benders. But will it continue to deliver the precipitation punch in the gut the West Coast was promised? One particular factor might determine California’s fate.


HTC One M10 camera may use the same 12MP Sony sensor as the Nexus 6P

PC News - 8 hours 48 min ago

The major shortcoming of the HTC One line year-after-year has been the camera. With HTC mired in financial troubles, a great phone with a killer camera could go a long way towards nudging the ship back in the right direction.

A recent rumor from leaker LlabTooFeR, who is typically accurate with smartphone predictions, says the main camera in the HTC One M10 “Perfume” will use the same Sony sensor as found in the Nexus 6P. 

HTC Perfume "UltraPixels":
Main Camera - Sony IMX377 12MP 1.55um + Laser Autofocus + PDAF
Front Camera - Samsung s5k4e6 5MP UltraPixel— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) February 11, 2016

In our review we found the Nexus 6P camera to perform very well, particularly in low light settings. This gives us hope for much improvement over last year’s disappointing One M9, which was subpar when compared to other handsets like the Galaxy S6 line.

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Instagram wants you to know how many people watch your videos

EnGadget - 8 hours 52 min ago
Until now, judging the merits of your Instagram videos was based solely on likes. Soon, you'll know exactly how many folks have watched your footage. The photo-driven social network is replacing likes with view counts at the bottom of a video. If som...

New Batman v Superman Trailer Offers a Closer Look at Batman

Wired Top Stories - 8 hours 57 min ago

Our best look yet at Alfred, Wonder Woman, and Batman punching things.

The post New Batman v Superman Trailer Offers a Closer Look at Batman appeared first on WIRED.

Why Sarcasm Is Such a Problem In Artificial Intelligence

SlashDot - 8 hours 57 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A new paper from researchers in India and Australia, "Automatic Sarcasm Detection: A Survey," highlights one of the strangest and ironically most humorous facets of the problems in machine learning and humour. The paper outlines ten years of research efforts from groups interested in detecting sarcasm in online sources. It details the ways that academia has approached the sarcasm problem, including flagging authors and ring-fencing sarcastic data. However, the report concludes that the solution to the problem is not necessarily one of pattern recognition [PDF], but rather a more sophisticated matrix that has some ability to understand context.

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Windows 10's new preview program is for cautious types

EnGadget - 9 hours 4 min ago
As nice as the Windows Insider program is for getting a peek at upcoming features, it's not for everyone -- even the "slow" ring can be risky on a device you depend on. Microsoft has a compromise you might prefer, however. It's introducing a Releas...

EVGA introduces VR-friendly GTX 980 Ti graphics card

PC News - 9 hours 8 min ago

EVGA has a new graphics card specifically designed for virtual reality gaming rigs and it’s more than just a marketing gimmick. EVGA’s new $700 GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition comes with a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter with one HDMI 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports that sits on the front of a PC.

The card itself still goes in an empty PCIe slot, with rear-facing connections for HDMI, DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI. There’s also an internal HDMI port that connects via a cable to the adapter’s HDMI port sitting on the front of your PC. The USB ports, however, are independent of the graphics card and require a USB header on your motherboard, as EVGA product manager Jacob Freeman recently confirmed on Twitter.

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Microsoft's 'Replacement' Surface Pro Charger Cable Is an Off-Brand, and Short

SlashDot - 9 hours 13 min ago
Carly Page writes with a story from The Inquirer, where: As part of its Surface Pro charger recall, Microsoft has chosen to replace the sleek, shapely matt[e] plastic original with a cable approximately half the length and ordered from an off-brand manufacturer, in our case China's I-Sheng Electric Wire and Cable Company. Writer Peter Gothard points out a plausible reason for the length, though: "The extraordinarily short length of the cord is presumably to discourage behaviour that resulted in the "tightly wrapped" or "repeatedly bent" cables catching fire in at least 56 separate incidents."

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Relive Nintendo's glory days with Duck Hunt in virtual reality - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 13 min ago
A fan project leads to a virtual reality version of the Nintendo classic, and the end result is glorious. In VR, the hunting dog laughs at you from every direction. ​

All the Awesome New Action and Clues Inside the Final Batman v Superman Trailer

Gizmodo - 9 hours 14 min ago

We got a brand new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer out of nowhere this morning. Shock of shocks, it’s actually made up almost entirely new footage! It’s got Batman throwing down! Superman in the tub! Wonder Woman finally speaking a line! But there’s much, much more—so we’ve examined every single shot to see what it can tell us about BvS.


Holy Crap, This 1080p Computer Monitor Is Just $50 Right Now

Gizmodo - 9 hours 19 min ago

There’s nothing noteworthy about this 19.5" 1080p monitor, except its price. $50! Buy a few, and you’ve got yourself a multi-monitor setup for a Craigslist-type price. [Acer 19.5" Monitor, $50]


This Impossibly Complicated Mechanical Clock Re-Writes the Time Every Minute

Gizmodo - 9 hours 19 min ago

A cheap digital watch can keep far better time than even the most complicated of Swiss watches. But there’s still something undeniably appealing about watching all those gears, springs, and cogs spinning about—and this incredibly complicated clock that writes out the time has them in abundance.


MLB.tv's baseball subscription is $20 cheaper after lawsuit

EnGadget - 9 hours 27 min ago
Major League Baseball was due in court last month to answer for its practice of region-locking games. The policy basically meant that a die-hard Red Sox fan in the southeast US had to pay extra for things like Extra Innings package through a cable pr...

Hitman could become the first big DirectX 12 game

PC News - 9 hours 30 min ago

DirectX 12 may soon appear in a big-budget game with next month’s launch of Hitman.

AMD says it’s collaborating with Hitman developer IO Interactive to enable the next-generation graphics tech. It sounds like this will be the first game to take advantage of DirectX 12’s Asynchonous Shaders feature, which spreads different tasks (such as lighting, physics, and memory) across the GPU’s individual computing units, letting them all work at the same time. This should allow for big gains in image quality without a performance hit.

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ZDNet Writer Downplays Windows 10's Phoning-Home Habits

SlashDot - 9 hours 32 min ago
jones_supa writes: Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes whipped up a frenzy over Windows 10 when a Voat user found out in a little experiment that the operating system phones home thousands of times a day. ZDNet's Ed Bott has written a follow-up where he points out how the experiment should not be taken too dramatically. 602 connection attempts were to using UDP port 137, which means local NetBIOS broadcasts. Another 630 were DNS requests. Next up was 1,619 dropped connection attempts to address, which is a Microsoft Teredo server. The list goes on with NTP, random HTTP requests, and various cloud hosts which probably are reached by UWP apps. He summarizes by saying that a lot of connections are not at all about telemetry. However, what kind of telemetry and data-mined information Windows specifically sends still remains largely a mystery; hopefully curious people will do analysis on the operating system and network traffic sent by it.

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How Many People Watch YouTube’s Original Series? Shhh. It’s a Secret

Wired Top Stories - 9 hours 42 min ago

Like Netflix before it, YouTube’s Red Originals don’t show how many people have watched them.

The post How Many People Watch YouTube’s Original Series? Shhh. It’s a Secret appeared first on WIRED.

Watch Live as Physicists Discuss Today's Gravitational Wave Announcement

Gizmodo - 9 hours 44 min ago
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Credit: Wikimedia/Public domain.

The rumors were true! This morning leaders of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. In honor of this momentous discovery, the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, is hosting a live webcast today at 1pm EST: “Ripple Effects: A Forum on Gravitational Waves.”


Oh My God, a U.S. Congressman Just Vaped While Legislating

Gizmodo - 9 hours 46 min ago

Good people of America, the moment has finally arrived. Today, Duncan Hunter, a U.S. Representative from California who first boldly proclaimed his love of vaping not two months ago, blew a sick cloud of e-juice during a Congressional hearing. I love the U.S.A.


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