Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Michael Cohen’s Secret Tapes Top This Week’s Internet News

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Michael Cohen’s Secret Tapes Top This Week’s Internet News

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If it’s summer, California must be on fire. And if that’s not enough dystopia for you, there’s always the fact that DNA-testing service 23AndMe is selling clients’ information to drug manufacturers, or the emergence of mutated HIV strains that cause illness quicker than others, not to mention the president apparently threatening war with Iran for…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Rise of the Computer-Generated Celebrity

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Rise of the Computer-Generated Celebrity

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A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How to Pick the Perfect Phone Case

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How to Pick the Perfect Phone Case

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Few people have greater insight into the follies and foibles of humans than smartphone repair technicians. Sure, Shakespeare is the master when it comes to cutting observations on human nature, but the people who repair our phones see us at our most vulnerable—mangled hardware in palms, usually with some embarrassing and revelatory mistake to confess.The…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How Cloudflare Uses Lava Lamps to Guard Against Hackers

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How Cloudflare Uses Lava Lamps to Guard Against Hackers

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Edward Craven Walker lived to see his greatest invention, the lava lamp, make its late-’90s cultural comeback. But the British tinkerer (and famed nudist, incidentally) died before he could witness the 21st-­century digital potential of his analog creation. Inside the San Francisco office of the web security company Cloudflare, 100 units of Craven Walker’s groovy…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Flying Cars, the Real E-Scooter Riders, and More in the Future of Cars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Flying Cars, the Real E-Scooter Riders, and More in the Future of Cars

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BarajaEven the wonderful stuff has its unforeseen consequences, its dark consequences. Today’s workout leads to tomorrow’s soreness. Someone’s wedded bliss is someone else’s broken heart. Even a delectable In-n-Out double-double generates gastrointestinal discomfort.The same is true, of course, for transportation systems. Wait—the comparison holds, I promise! A flying car sounds like a cool way to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Can’t

Hexbyte Tech News Wired When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Can’t

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AI-powered visual search tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point their camera at something. We’ve gotten used to manually searching for things over the past 25 years or so that search engines have been at…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Made Millions

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Made Millions

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On August 3, 2001, a McDonald’s film crew arrived in the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island. They carried their cameras and a giant cashier’s check to a row of townhouses, and knocked on the door of Michael Hoover. The 56-year-old bachelor had called a McDonald’s hotline to say he’d won their Monopoly competition.…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers I created the exact same app in React and Vue. Here are the differences.

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers I created the exact same app in React and Vue. Here are the differences.

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*Updated on 28th July, 2018.Having used Vue at my current workplace, I already had a fairly solid knowledge of how it all worked. I was, however, curious to know what the grass was like on the other side of the fence — the grass in this scenario being React.I’d read the React docs and watched a few…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium

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Millions of publications—not to mention spy documents—can be read on microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and unappealing. An Object Lesson. Craig Saper Jul 22, 2018 George Frey / AP I recently acquired a decommissioned microfilm reader. My university bought the reader for $16,000 in 1998, but its value has depreciated…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What’s Left Behind

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What’s Left Behind

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