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Why Google believes machine learning is its future

Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference on May 7, 2019. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) One of the most interesting demos at this week’s Google I/O keynote featured a new version of Google’s voice assistant that’s due out later this year. A Google employee asked the Google Assistant …

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FCC says carriers failed Florida after hurricane—but lets them off the hook

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Mark Wilson ) The Federal Communications Commission isn’t punishing carriers for their horrible response to Hurricane Michael in Florida, despite a commission investigation finding that the carriers’ mistakes prolonged outages caused by the …

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Rocket Report: NASA considers Falcon 9 triple header, Indiana pol eyes Moon

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.48 of the Rocket Report! Mostly good news this week, with launch-related successes in Japan, the United States, and New Zealand. We also have an interesting article written by a friend of Vice President Mike Pence, who …

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Detective Pikachu film review: This is how you adapt a video game for theaters

Detective Pikachu, not just standard Pikachu? Clues: the hat, the magnifying glass, the lush fur.”> Enlarge / How do you know it’s Detective Pikachu, not just standard Pikachu? Clues: the hat, the magnifying glass, the lush fur. (credit: Warner Bros. / The Pokemon Company) Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the best video game adaptation I’ve ever …

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28 years later, hacker fixes rampant slowdown on SNES‘ Gradius III

Behold, slowdown destroyed! Many gamers of a certain age (this author included) remember the early ’90s disappointment of buying the SNES version of hit arcade shmup Gradius III. In magazine screenshots, the game’s huge, colorful sprites were a sight to behold, comparable to the 1989 arcade original. In action, though, any scene with more than …

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Old Falcon 9 rockets done firing their engines will now inflame imaginations

The twice-flown booster last used during the CRS-13 mission will go on display at Space Center Houston this summer. [credit:SpaceX ] Ten days before Christmas 2017, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted a Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The first stage then performed a series of engine burns and landed safely along the Florida coastline. The core …

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Jeff Bezos unveils his sweeping vision for humanity’s future in space

Jeff Bezos, owner of Blue Origin, spoke Thursday during an unveiling of his Blue Moon lunar lander. [credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images ] WASHINGTON D.C.—The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, unveiled his sweeping vision for humanity on Thursday afternoon in a Washington D.C. ballroom. With the lights dimmed, Bezos spoke on stage for an hour, outlining …

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Feds charge Chinese national in 2015 hack of health insurer Anthem

Enlarge (credit: FBI.gov) Federal prosecutors have indicted a Chinese national they say carried out sophisticated network intrusions on four US companies, including one on health insurer Anthem that stole personal information belonging to close to 80 million people. Fujie Wang—a 32-year-old resident of Shenzhen, China, who sometimes used the first name Dennis—was part of a …

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