Category: IT Technology

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One mannequin to be taught them all

One model to learn them all Kaiser et al., arXiv 2017 You almost certainly have an abstract conception of a banana in your head. Suppose you ask me if I’d like anything to eat. I can say the word ‘banana’ (such that you hear it spoken), send you a text message whereby you see (and…

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We Veteran Broadband Files We Shouldn’t Maintain — Here’s What Went Heinous

Over the summer, FiveThirtyEight published two stories on broadband internet access in the U.S. that were based on a data set made public by academic researchers who had acquired data from Catalist, a well-known political data firm. After further reporting, we can no longer vouch for the academics’ data set. The preponderance of evidence we’ve…

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Presenting the Better of CES 2018 winners!

Best Accessibility Tech: Xenoma e-skin pajamas Accessibility has become a major theme at CES, and it’s one of the harder categories to judge because of all the potentially life-changing tech on the floor. But Xenoma’s e-skin pajamas took the prize this year thanks to its innovative fabric sensors that can stand up to the abuse…

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Intel Security Direct Replace: Addressing Reboot Points

By Navin Shenoy As Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized in his Security-First Pledge, Intel is committed to transparency in reporting progress in handling the Google Project Zero exploits. We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates. Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and…

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Pentagon: Request SpaceX about Zuma. SpaceX: That’s no longer our story to record.

Enlarge / The launch of Zuma was pretty, but the aftermath has been anything but. On Wednesday, during a Pentagon briefing, spokeswoman Dana White was asked whether the US Department of Defense considered the Zuma mission—a high-value, highly secretive US government payload—a success or a failure. White declined substantive comment, saying, “I would have to…

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The Engadget CES stage kicks off at 1PM ET tomorrow

Team Engadget has descended upon Las Vegas to cover CES — and we’ve just put the finishing touches on our booth in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the sixth consecutive year that we’ve got a stage at the show and, as ever, we have a packed program, with all-day coverage…

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Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO

Dropbox Inc., the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the potential listing, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the filing wasn’t public. Dropbox…

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Assault of the Week: Community Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that secure messaging is one of my favorite topics. However, recently I’ve been a bit disappointed. My sadness comes from the fact that lately these systems have been getting too damned good. That is, I was starting to believe that most of the interesting problems had finally been solved.…

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Prosecutors pronounce Mac spyware and spyware stole millions of user photos over thirteen years

Early last year, a piece of Mac malware came to light that left researchers puzzled. They knew that malware dubbed Fruitfly captured screenshots and webcam images, and they knew it had been installed on hundreds of computers in the US and elsewhere, possibly for more than a decade. Still, the researchers didn’t know who did…

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Cruising round on the Onewheel+ XR

Earlier this week, Future Motion announced the Onewheel+ XR. It’s a successor to the Onewheel+ (which I thoroughly enjoyed riding last year) that doubles the range to somewhere between 12 and 18 miles. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test these claims during a test ride in the Las Vegas Convention Center car park (a rundown…