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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Creepy-Cute Robot that Picks Peppers With its Face

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Creepy-Cute Robot that Picks Peppers With its Face

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Sweeper RobotRejoice! The machines won’t be taking over the world anytime soon, because doing the most basic of tasks still confounds them. I mean, have you thought lately about how hard it is to pick a ripe bell pepper?Fine, me neither. But researchers in Israel and Europe certainly have. They’re developing a robot called Sweeper…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Clever Engineering Behind the New iPhone XS Battery

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Clever Engineering Behind the New iPhone XS Battery

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The overwhelming theme of iPhone XS reviews? That Apple’s latest flagship smartphone doesn’t differ much from last year’s iPhone X. It looks and works about the same, and still costs a bundle. But those similarities belie one very important difference, an Apple innovation that hides beneath the surface: a battery with a most unlikely shape.The…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired 25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives

Hexbyte Tech News Wired 25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives

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To write the history of how our culture thinks about tomorrow, one obsessed academic read every issue of WIRED in chronological order. Here are his findings.On the cover of WIRED’s eighth issue, the Pillsbury Doughboy stands against a wall, flanked by two men wearing neckties. All are blindfolded, stricken with terror. Together they face a…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Instagram’s Co-Founders Said to Step Down From Company

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Instagram’s Co-Founders Said to Step Down From Company

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ImageKevin Systrom, left, and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram.CreditCreditChristie Hemm Klok for The New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, have resigned and plan to leave the company in the coming weeks, adding to the challenges facing Instagram’s parent company, Facebook.Mr. Systrom, Instagram’s chief…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Why building your own Deep Learning computer is 10x cheaper than AWS

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Why building your own Deep Learning computer is 10x cheaper than AWS

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Gorgeous interiors of your Deep Learning ComputerIf you’ve used, or are considering, AWS/Azure/GCloud for Machine Learning, you know how crazy expensive GPU time is. And turning machines on and off is a major disruption to your workflow. There’s a better way. Just build your own Deep Learning Computer. It’s 10x cheaper and also easier to use.…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Pioneering study finds more than 200,000 rats in Barcelona’s sewers

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Pioneering study finds more than 200,000 rats in Barcelona’s sewers

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Many urban legends hold that there are more sewer rats than people in any given city, but there is no scientific basis for this claim. The fact is, very few of the world’s large metropolises have attempted to tally the number of rodents running around their underground networks. But Barcelona has just become one of…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in persistent vegetative state

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in persistent vegetative state

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A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months.…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble

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…but I can’t get up — Lawyers play out new privacy scenarios created by the Series 4’s auto-alert feature. Cyrus Farivar – Sep 25, 2018 8:00 am UTC Valentina PalladinoLate last week, Apple released more details about how (with certain opt-in settings) the Apple Watch Series 4 will contact emergency services if the watch detects…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries

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Energizer — Pairing wind with batteries makes wind more competitive with fossil fuels. Megan Geuss – Sep 25, 2018 12:21 am UTC Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world’s largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS,…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Perpetually licensed Office 2019 now available for corporate customers

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Perpetually licensed Office 2019 now available for corporate customers

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For fans of cloudless computing — Consumer availability will be in the coming weeks. Peter Bright – Sep 24, 2018 11:40 pm UTC PowerPoint 2019. Excel 2019. The perpetually licensed version of the desktop Office apps, branded Office 2019,