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Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball

not like Adult Simba when he’s angry.”> Enlarge / You would not like Adult Simba when he’s angry. (credit: Disney) You have definitely seen The Lion King before. That sentence applies to both the 1994 Disney classic and next week’s CGI-filled remake. This new version, premiering worldwide on Friday, July 19, has been remade in such …

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Website driveby attacks on routers are alive and well. Here’s what to do

D-Link’s DI-514 802.11b router. It was a perfectly cromulent router for its time… but those were dark days, friend, dark days indeed. (credit: source unclear, GNU Free Documentation License.) Website driveby attacks that try to boobytrap visitors’ routers are alive and well, according to antivirus provider Avast, which blocked more than 4.6 million of them …

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Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Enlarge / Engorged Haemaphysalis longicornis female tick. (credit: Commonsource) Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by exsanguination—that is, by draining it of blood—the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned this week. Experts fear that the bloodthirsty throngs, which were first noticed in the United States in …

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Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google) Google today defended its practice of having workers listen to users’ Google Assistant queries, following the leak of 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet. Google also said it will try to prevent future leaks of its users’ …

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Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ’em

This video shows sample hands from Pluribus’ experiment against professional poker players. Cards are turned face up to make it easier to see Pluribus’ strategy. Courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon University. Poker-playing AIs typically perform well against human opponents when the play is limited to just two players. Now Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI research scientists …

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Eavesdropping flaw prompts Apple to suspend Walkie-Talkie app

Enlarge / Apple Watch. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Apple has suspended use of the Walkie-Talkie app in the Apple Watch until the company fixes a recently discovered vulnerability that could let someone listen to a person’s iPhone without permission, news site TechCrunch reported. The Walkie-Talkie app allows people who accept an invitation to talk with friends …

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DeepMind AI takes on the public in StarCraft II multiplayer

Enlarge (credit: Blizzard) Google’s DeepMind is making its state-of-the-art AI play StarCraft II again. We previously saw the AI, called “AlphaStar,” take on pro StarCraft II players in show matches, but now AlphaStar is ready to take on the public and faceroll scrubs on the 1v1 European multiplayer ladder. Just like last time, AlphaStar is …

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