Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Professional Portraits of Animals Evoke Human Emotion

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Professional Portraits of Animals Evoke Human Emotion

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We all start somewhere. For many, it was their first job, the time they got their foot in the door. For Randal Ford, it was a commercial photoshoot with 10 cows on a dairy farm in rural Texas. The client was thrilled with Ford’s conceptual series; the dairy community left rather confused. Ford was inspired,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Wind Patterns Explain Why California’s Wildfires Are So Bad

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Wind Patterns Explain Why California’s Wildfires Are So Bad

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A plume of smoke rises above the Camp Fire as it moves through Paradise, California. High winds and low humidity caused the Camp Fire’s rapid spread.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesA plume of smoke rises above the Camp Fire as it moves through Paradise, California. High winds and low humidity caused the Camp Fire’s rapid spread.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesEditor’s…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos—for Now

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos—for Now

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Alyssa Foote; Olivier Douliery/Getty ImagesFor weeks, computer scientist Siwei Lyu had watched his team’s deepfake videos with a gnawing sense of unease. Created by a machine learning algorithm, these falsified films showed celebrities doing things they’d never done. They felt eerie to him, and not just because he knew they’d been ginned up. “They don’t…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Are the Smart Displays to Watch in 2018

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Are the Smart Displays to Watch in 2018

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Smart displays are now officially a thing. Here are the models you should know about.Smart displays are the tech world’s latest fetish. They’re smart speakers with a voice assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa—and a tablet-sized screen on the front to show the weather, album art, TV shows, video calls, and other (mostly) useful…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

Hexbyte Tech News Wired IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

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Leon EdlerIPUn. Short for intelligence processing unit, a new kind of computer chip optimized for AI.Way back in the early 2000s, when the first Xbox came out, researchers discovered they could hack video­game consoles for scientific uses. It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Wireless Headphones Give You a Hearing Test

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Wireless Headphones Give You a Hearing Test

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The audio market is full of headphones that strive to put out the most balanced, best sound signature possible, so listeners can hear every sonic detail in their favorite tunes precisely as “the artist intended.” It’s a noble pursuit, but it assumes we’re all hearing the same things. In reality, much like eyesight, we all…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Headphones Make the Perfect Running Buds

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Headphones Make the Perfect Running Buds

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ScienceWhy It’s Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour MarathonOne of the world’s finest distance runners came so close to achieving the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub two-hour marathon. To do it, the Eliud Kipchoge should have maintained an average pace of at least 13.1 miles per hour. So, we timed how long…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Look Closely: These Aren’t Flowers—They’re Fireworks

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Look Closely: These Aren’t Flowers—They’re Fireworks

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If you look down and see flowers, you’re likely out in nature or passing a neighborhood flower bed. However, if you look up and see flowers, you’re likely looking at the kind of fireworks Charlie Sin strives to capture. Every Independence Day since 2013, the Los Angeles-based photographer has trekked up to his favorite viewing…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Run, Climb, or Do a Jig With These Sennheiser Headphones

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Run, Climb, or Do a Jig With These Sennheiser Headphones

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Testing workout earbuds requires an entirely different set of metrics than regular in-ear headphones. More than anything else, workout earbuds need to stay put. Running is hard enough without constantly flibberting with something in your ear canal. Other factors that might be big pluses when you’re sitting at your desk are not so great when…

These Amphibious Sport Shoes Are Good on Land or Sea

These Amphibious Sport Shoes Are Good on Land or Sea

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Finding the perfect summer travel shoe can be an overwhelming task. No one wants to tote around a suitcase full of sneakers and sandals, but it’s hard to have fun on vacation with blisters or a limp. Can you hike all day and walk into a nice restaurant for lunch? What if your travel plans…