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Last updated: 2024/02/22, 20:12:25 UTC (updates every 4 hours)

Bluesky opens up federation, letting anyone run their own server connecting to Bluesky's network, which uses the AT Protocol; Mastodon uses ActivityPub (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Published: 2024-02-22 14:25:00-05:00

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bluesky opens up federation, letting anyone run their own server connecting to Bluesky's network, which uses the AT Protocol; Mastodon uses ActivityPub  —  Social network Bluesky, a competitor to X, Threads, Mastodon, and others, is opening up its doors with today's news that the network …



Unlock MongoDB’s Full Potential: Ensuring Post-Upgrade Success

Published: 2024-02-22 19:17:40+00:00

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So you’ve upgraded MongoDB. Congratulations. Now it’s time to ensure your new database instance runs as intended. Let’s discuss post-upgrade

The post Unlock MongoDB’s Full Potential: Ensuring Post-Upgrade Success appeared first on The New Stack.



Can organ cloning be used for transplants?

Published: 2024-02-22 14:00:00-05:00

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The medical community faces a significant challenge with the high demand for organ transplants, highlighted by over 107,000 people in the U.S. Can cloning organs be a viable solution?


Fake Entities Are Still Abusing The DMCA Takedown Process To Hide Facts They Don’t Like

Published: 2024-02-22 18:55:56+00:00

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The DMCA process remains as easily abused as ever, even as companies like Google (and, especially, Automattic) do what they can to head off this abuse. It’s a numbers game. When you’re the size of Google, it’s impossible to vet every takedown demand. The easiest thing to do is comply immediately and, if need be, […]


Daily Deal: Little Wonder Solo Stereo Multi Connect Bluetooth Speaker

Published: 2024-02-22 18:51:38+00:00

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This Little Wonder Solo Stereo Multi Connect Bluetooth Speaker may look small, but it produces as clear and powerful a sound as any other speaker. It comes in a solid and metallic look that is great for any setting and décor at your home, office, pool, picnic spot, and more! Connect this speaker to your […]


Google strikes a deal with Reddit, reportedly for $60M/year, gaining Reddit Data API access to surface more Reddit content in Search and to train its AI models (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Published: 2024-02-22 13:50:02-05:00

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google strikes a deal with Reddit, reportedly for $60M/year, gaining Reddit Data API access to surface more Reddit content in Search and to train its AI models  —  Google today announced an “expanded partnership” with Reddit that sees it get access to the forum website's data for training and other product uses.



How AI code generation works

Published: 2024-02-22 18:32:28+00:00

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Explore the capabilities and benefits of AI code generation, and how it can improve the developer experience for your enterprise.

The post How AI code generation works appeared first on The GitHub Blog.



Best of Makers: PostgreSQL Takes a New Turn

Published: 2024-02-22 18:05:37+00:00

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Jonathan Katz of Amazon Web Services discussing PostgresSQL at Open Source Summit EU

BILBAO, SPAIN — When PostgreSQL started, its uses were relatively niche, said Jonathan Katz of in this episode of The

The post Best of Makers: PostgreSQL Takes a New Turn appeared first on The New Stack.



Google plans to integrate Gemini into its Performance Max ad placement tool, helping brands generate longer headlines, after adding Gemini into Google Workspace (Sheila Dang/Reuters)

Published: 2024-02-22 13:05:15-05:00

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Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Google plans to integrate Gemini into its Performance Max ad placement tool, helping brands generate longer headlines, after adding Gemini into Google Workspace  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday it will integrate its Gemini artificial intelligence models into an existing product …



5 Tips for Developer-Friendly DevSecOps

Published: 2024-02-22 18:00:48+00:00

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DevSecOps places security at the core of the software development life cycle (SDLC), offering benefits like minimized risks, reduced remediation

The post 5 Tips for Developer-Friendly DevSecOps appeared first on The New Stack.



Does Fubo’s antitrust lawsuit against ESPN, Fox, and WBD stand a chance?

Published: 2024-02-22 17:56:39+00:00

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Fubo: Media giants' anticompetitive tactics already killed PS Vue, other streamers.


Google says its Google Pay app GPay and its P2P payment feature will stop working in the US on June 4, 2024, but will remain available in India and Singapore (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Published: 2024-02-22 12:35:13-05:00

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says its Google Pay app GPay and its P2P payment feature will stop working in the US on June 4, 2024, but will remain available in India and Singapore  —  When Google Wallet launched in 2022, Google kept the “GPay” app around in a handful of countries.



Social Media Isn’t A Shopping Mall

Published: 2024-02-22 17:33:56+00:00

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Something strange is happening in the legal academy, and we’re worried about it. On January 23, 2024, the progressive policy organization American Economic Liberties Project filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case NetChoice v. Paxton, in support of a Texas law prohibiting social media companies from moderating – “censoring” in the words of […]


Google rolls out its Gemini-powered "Help me write" tool in Chrome for macOS and Windows for English-speaking US users, offering shortform writing suggestions (Jess Weatherbed/The Verge)

Published: 2024-02-22 12:15:06-05:00

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Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google rolls out its Gemini-powered “Help me write” tool in Chrome for macOS and Windows for English-speaking US users, offering shortform writing suggestions  —  Google has started rolling out “Help me write” — an experimental Gemini-powered generative AI feature for its Chrome browser …



The US FTC says Avast needs to pay $16.5M and stop selling web browsing data for ads to settle charges that the UK company misrepresented its use of such data (Ismail Shakil/Reuters)

Published: 2024-02-22 12:05:01-05:00

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Ismail Shakil / Reuters:
The US FTC says Avast needs to pay $16.5M and stop selling web browsing data for ads to settle charges that the UK company misrepresented its use of such data  —  Software provider Avast Plc will need to pay $16.5 million and stop selling any web browsing data for advertising purposes …



Chrome for Mac Gains 'Help Me Write' Generative AI Feature

Published: 2024-02-22 09:00:00-08:00

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Google today announced the launch of a new "Help me Write" feature that is available for the Chrome browser on both Macs and Windows PCs. It is a tool that is able to help users start writing something, or refine something that's already been written.


Help me Write uses the Gemini model that Google announced back in December. At the time, Google said that Gemini was its most capable and general model to date, created through large-scale collaborative efforts by teams across Google.

According to Google, the Help me Write feature can be used for everything from online reviews to support requests to product listings. The AI model is able to understand the context of the webpage that the user is on to provide suggestions for relevant content.

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Making Sense of Sam Altman’s $7 Trillion AI Chips Gambit

Published: 2024-02-22 16:52:02+00:00

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Think of Sam Altman as the Taylor Swift of tech — he consistently finds ways to remain in the headlines

The post Making Sense of Sam Altman’s $7 Trillion AI Chips Gambit appeared first on The New Stack.



Substack says 3M+ customers subscribe to paid newsletters on its platform, up from 2M in February 2023, and credits its recommendations feature for the growth (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Published: 2024-02-22 11:20:05-05:00

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack says 3M+ customers subscribe to paid newsletters on its platform, up from 2M in February 2023, and credits its recommendations feature for the growth  —  - The company said it plans to expand the recommendations feature, which helps writers promote other newsletters in its network …



Tabnine Extends Generative AI Testing Platform by Embracing RAG

Published: 2024-02-22 15:49:39+00:00

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Tabnine generative AI, testing, machine learning, technical debt, Tabnine AI ServiceNow Dynatrace UI test
Tabnine generative AI, testing, machine learning, technical debt, Tabnine AI ServiceNow Dynatrace UI testTabnine's generative AI platform for creating test code can make more accurate and personalized recommendations based on specific code and engineering patterns.

World’s top stellarator: US coal plant to host fusion energy facility

Published: 2024-02-22 10:48:19-05:00

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Advanced stellarator reactors depend solely on external magnets for plasma confinement, offering precise adjustments for optimal performance.


OWC Introduces New Discounts on Thunderbolt Docks, Mac Memory Upgrade Kits, and More

Published: 2024-02-22 07:42:22-08:00

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Today we're tracking a new sale at OWC with notable discounts on Mac accessories including Thunderbolt docks, USB-C hubs, external drives and enclosures, internal memory upgrade kits for Mac, and more. Most products are in stock and ready to ship out today, and OWC offers free shipping on orders $149.00 and over.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Highlights of the sale include a collection of Thunderbolt docks for up to $100 off. These docks allow you to easily connect a wide array of peripherals to your Mac, including two 4K displays or one 5 [...]


Google halts Gemini AI image generation over racial accuracy concerns

Published: 2024-02-22 10:38:20-05:00

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The AI tool has been creating historically inaccurate images for the last couple of days.


Sources: Nigeria ordered telecoms to restrict access to the websites of some of the world's largest crypto exchanges, including Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken (Financial Times)

Published: 2024-02-22 10:35:01-05:00

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Financial Times:
Sources: Nigeria ordered telecoms to restrict access to the websites of some of the world's largest crypto exchanges, including Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken  —  Local consumers given only restricted access to markets like Binance and Coinbase  —  Authorities in Nigeria have blocked access …



First-ever space-made HIV drug crystals touch down Earth near Utah

Published: 2024-02-22 10:34:29-05:00

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California-based startup Varda Space Industries has made history by successfully returning samples of the drug made in space.


Apple's First Foldable Device Won't Be an iPhone, Say Supply Chain Sources

Published: 2024-02-22 07:31:52-08:00

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Apple is now deciding on the design of its first foldable device as work on the project ramps up, DigiTimes reports.


Citing Taiwanese supply chain sources in a paywalled report, DigiTimes claims that Apple has been developing its first foldable product for at least five years. Corroborating previous rumors, the publication claims that the foldable is set to be a "larger device" rather than an iPhone, instead embodying a tablet or notebook. Design efforts on the device are now said to be converging ahead of plans for mass production.

Since hinge mechanisms for foldable devices have become increasingly ad [...]


How Simplifying Our Architecture Saved Us Thousands Monthly

Published: 2024-02-22 15:19:49+00:00

Summary:
Woman running with long green scarf

This is the second of two parts. Read Part 1: “Beyond Terraform: How We Scaled DevOps.” My team is not

The post How Simplifying Our Architecture Saved Us Thousands Monthly appeared first on The New Stack.



Doctors set to lead the way in knee joint repair with nasal cartilage therapy

Published: 2024-02-22 09:48:05-05:00

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The project, funded by EU, is called ENCANTO.


Analysis: at 2023's end, 48% of the top news websites in the US, the UK, and eight others had blocked OpenAI's crawler and 24% had blocked Google's AI crawler (Dr Richard Fletcher/Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism)

Published: 2024-02-22 09:40:01-05:00

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Dr Richard Fletcher / Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Analysis: at 2023's end, 48% of the top news websites in the US, the UK, and eight others had blocked OpenAI's crawler and 24% had blocked Google's AI crawler  —  In this factsheet we describe the proportion of top news websites in ten countries that block AI (artificial intelligence) crawlers.



Nanoscale device allows brain chemistry observation at smallest level

Published: 2024-02-22 09:36:23-05:00

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This innovative technology is capable of monitoring areas 1,000 times smaller than current technologies.


Intel will make chips for Microsoft

Published: 2024-02-22 14:35:30+00:00

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"I want to manufacture every AI chip in the industry," says Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.


3 Quick Fixes for Event-Driven Architecture (EDA) Complexity

Published: 2024-02-22 14:30:05+00:00

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EDA, event streaming, data mobility CI/CD pipeline data streaming
EDA, event streaming, data mobility CI/CD pipeline data streamingEDA and the adoption of event streaming throughout enterprises are essential architectural requirements, but can introduce complexity. Here are three quick fixes.

Composite image from telescopes showcases 'stellar beads on a string'

Published: 2024-02-22 09:14:43-05:00

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Astronomers have captured a black hole blasting one of the most intense outbursts ever recorded.


Stability AI debuts a preview of Stable Diffusion 3.0, its next-gen flagship text-to-image model, aiming to offer improved image quality and better performance (Sean Michael Kerner/VentureBeat)

Published: 2024-02-22 09:10:01-05:00

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Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI debuts a preview of Stable Diffusion 3.0, its next-gen flagship text-to-image model, aiming to offer improved image quality and better performance  —  Stability AI is out today with an early preview of its Stable Diffusion 3.0 next-generation flagship text-to-image gener

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Siemens' wind blades set sail to power over 1 million Scottish homes

Published: 2024-02-22 09:08:46-05:00

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Siemens Gamesa's B108 blades embark on a journey to power Scotland's Moray West wind farm, a milestone in renewable energy innovation.


Trend Micro and the UK NCA: LockBit was secretly building LockBit-NG-Dev, a new version of its file encrypting malware, when law enforcement took down the gang (Bill Toulas/BleepingComputer)

Published: 2024-02-22 09:05:01-05:00

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Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Trend Micro and the UK NCA: LockBit was secretly building LockBit-NG-Dev, a new version of its file encrypting malware, when law enforcement took down the gang  —  LockBit ransomware developers were secretly building a new version of their file encrypting malware, dubbed LockBit-NG-Dev …



Enhancing security analysis with Cloudflare Zero Trust logs and Elastic SIEM

Published: 2024-02-22 14:00:26+00:00

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Today, we are thrilled to announce new Cloudflare Zero Trust dashboards on Elastic. Shared customers using Elastic can now use these pre-built dashboards to store, search, and analyze their Zero Trust logs


Sony is testing PC support for its PlayStation VR2 headset, which currently works exclusively with the PS5, and hopes "to make this support available in 2024" (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Published: 2024-02-22 08:50:01-05:00

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony is testing PC support for its PlayStation VR2 headset, which currently works exclusively with the PS5, and hopes “to make this support available in 2024”  —  Sony's PlayStation VR2 headset is designed to work exclusively with a PS5, but the company is now testing out support for PC.



Chinese researchers show how to shrink data centers into a DVD-like disk

Published: 2024-02-22 08:43:56-05:00

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With petabit storage on a single disk, exascale data centers can be set up in a small room instead of stadia-like centers being used today.


What Does Build Quality Look Like in Software Design?

Published: 2024-02-22 13:30:17+00:00

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quality iterate developers Software velocity, continuous improvement
quality iterate developers Software velocity, continuous improvementBy leveraging modern build health tools, DevOps teams can more effectively monitor a project’s overall quality and performance.

Cable Companies Tell The Government That Bullshit Fees Are Good, Actually

Published: 2024-02-22 13:29:56+00:00

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Last December, the Biden FCC proposed a basic plan to ban some of the shitty fees cable and broadband companies use to falsely advertise a lower price and jack up the cost of service. Despite the fact your cable TV and broadband bills are packed with bullshit fees, the FCC was only taking specific aim […]


Meet Taiwan's new Terminator-inspired anti-drone SKYNET gun

Published: 2024-02-22 08:23:51-05:00

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The Taiwanese military has now officially integrated a new counter-drone weapon across its services called the SKYNET ADS.


Sources: Amazon paid $120M for exclusive rights to show a 2025 NFL playoff game on Prime Video; NBCU paid $110M for a January 2024 NFL playoff game on Peacock (Michael McCarthy/Front Office Sports)

Published: 2024-02-22 08:15:13-05:00

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Michael McCarthy / Front Office Sports:
Sources: Amazon paid $120M for exclusive rights to show a 2025 NFL playoff game on Prime Video; NBCU paid $110M for a January 2024 NFL playoff game on Peacock  —  Out of the Big Four tech giants, Amazon is the most ambitious about invading live sports.  The giant streamer is opening …



A California regulator delays Waymo's application to expand robotaxi services to parts of the Los Angeles area and San Francisco's peninsula until June 19, 2024 (Abhirup Roy/Reuters)

Published: 2024-02-22 07:55:01-05:00

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Abhirup Roy / Reuters:
A California regulator delays Waymo's application to expand robotaxi services to parts of the Los Angeles area and San Francisco's peninsula until June 19, 2024  —  A California regulator has put on hold until June 19 an application by Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Waymo to expand its robotaxi services …



Israel's new Hermes 650 drone is cheap and has a large payload

Published: 2024-02-22 07:52:32-05:00

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Elbit Systems has now officially launched its highly versatile unmanned aerial system (UAS), the low-cost Hermes 650 "Spark."


EigenLayer, which facilitates crypto "restaking" to build Ethereum projects via a points system, raised $100M from a16z, after raising $50M in March 2023 (Bloomberg)

Published: 2024-02-22 07:46:17-05:00

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Bloomberg:
EigenLayer, which facilitates crypto “restaking” to build Ethereum projects via a points system, raised $100M from a16z, after raising $50M in March 2023  —  - VC firm was the sole investor in EigenLayer's funding round  — Crypto venture investments declined sharply in the past year



Goodbye robotic jerks: Bio-prosthetics learn the brain's code

Published: 2024-02-22 07:38:00-05:00

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Discover how bio-inspired neuroprosthetics are revolutionizing the human-machine interface, offering natural communication pathways with the nervous system.


New drug shows promise in controlling deadly blood cancer

Published: 2024-02-22 07:11:21-05:00

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Polycythemia vera is a type of chronic myeloproliferative neoplasm, a group of disorders that affect the production of blood cells in the bone marrow.


World’s longest, 26-feet-long anaconda discovered in Amazon, say reports

Published: 2024-02-22 06:51:52-05:00

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The researchers believe this new species existed for a long time, but we just didn't know about it until now.


WhatsApp Gains New Text Formatting Options in Latest Update

Published: 2024-02-22 03:49:22-08:00

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WhatsApp has added new text formatting options to the chat platform, enabling users to message each other everything from grocery lists to step-by-step instructions in mid-conversation.


Following Wednesday's update, WhatsApp users can now use bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to communicate more effectively.

The new formatting options join the existing bold, italic, strikethrough, and monospaced formats that have been available to WhatsApp users for a while now.

How to Use New WhatsApp Text Formatting Options


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Semi-transparent solar cells achieve record-breaking energy conversion

Published: 2024-02-22 06:13:12-05:00

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The solar cells can be teamed up with tandem solar cells and also pave the way for use in windows to tap into solar energy.


Quantum breakthrough: Non-Abelian anyons created for the first time

Published: 2024-02-22 06:11:01-05:00

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A new state of matter that could change the world of quantum computing.


Reusable and fireproof ‘water batteries’ promise explosion-free power

Published: 2024-02-22 05:47:29-05:00

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The team replaced organic electrolytes with water, ensuring no fire or explosions, unlike lithium-ion batteries.


NASA-built tech lets paralyzed people communicate with eye movements

Published: 2024-02-22 05:00:15-05:00

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An innovative solution has emerged thanks to an incredible collaboration between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Eyegaze Inc.


Potato chips that taste like Thanksgiving stuffing - what could go wrong?

Published: 2024-02-22 10:39:30+01:00

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Relative to your interests

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YouTuber drove his Cybertruck through water like submarine

Published: 2024-02-22 04:21:46-05:00

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Of course, this is not a scientific test, and no one in their right mind would recommend trying this at home.


Gamma rays surpassing 1 PeV observed for first time in Milky Way

Published: 2024-02-22 02:57:02-05:00

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Some cosmic rays have more than 10 Peta-Electronvolt energy, millions of times higher than the largest human-made particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider.


Experts craft metal catalysts for efficient methanol synthesis from CO2

Published: 2024-02-22 01:19:27-05:00

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Researchers at ETH Zurich are developing catalysts for efficiently and cost-effectively synthesizing the energy source methanol from CO2 using robotic arm and AI mode, cutting fossil fuel reliance.


Here We Go Again: Sony Disappears Digital Content That Was Pitched To Customers As ‘Forever’

Published: 2024-02-22 03:41:00+00:00

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And here we go again. We’ve had many, many posts over recent years discussing how, in the digital age, you often don’t actually own what you’ve bought. And before the comments section gets filled with perplexed but rather educated folks talking about how the all these cases involve products in which the terms of service […]


From ChatGPT to Gemini: how AI is rewriting the internet

Published: 2024-02-21 19:32:59-05:00

Summary:

Hands with additional fingers typing on a keyboard.
Álvaro Bernis / The Verge

How we use the internet is changing fast thanks to the advancement of AI-powered chatbots that can find information and redeliver it as a simple conversation.

Big players, including Microsoft, with Copilot, Google, with Gemini, and OpenAI, with ChatGPT-4, are making AI chatbot technology previously restricted to test labs more accessible to the general public.

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Apple Immersive Video Featuring 2023 MLS Playoffs Coming to Vision Pro

Published: 2024-02-21 15:55:03-08:00

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Apple today announced plans to introduce an Apple Immersive Video that features the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. Apple says that this will be the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video, and it will be viewable on the Vision Pro headset.


According to Apple, the MLS Playoffs were recorded in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio.

Coming soon, all Apple Vision Pro users can experience the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs with the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video. Viewers will feel every heart-pounding moment in 8K 3D with a 180-degree field of view and Spatial Audio that transports them to each match.</blockquo
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CBP’s Top Doctor Tried To Obtain ‘Fentanyl Lollipops’ For ‘Pain Management’ In Case Of A Helicopter Crash

Published: 2024-02-21 23:42:00+00:00

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Man. I have seen some shit since taking up a regular post at this fine website. I have had my mind blown with an alarming frequency. I have been sent into waves of mocking laughter more times than anyone writing for a respected website should admit. I have, in other words, been ruined by the […]


PlayStation Adds Support for Passkeys as Password Alternative

Published: 2024-02-21 15:06:42-08:00

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PlayStation account owners will soon be able to start using a passkey as an alternative to a password when logging into a PlayStation account on the web, in an app, or on a PlayStation device.


Passkey integration is set to be introduced at some point today, and users will be able to log in and authenticate their accounts with Face ID, Touch ID, or a device passcode on an iPhone.

Passkeys are considered more convenient and secure than a traditional password, with sign-ins streamlined through biometric authentication. Passkeys are resistant to online attacks such as phis [...]


Google launches “Gemini Business” AI, adds $20 to the $6 Workspace bill

Published: 2024-02-21 22:21:39+00:00

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Google's AI features add a 3x increase over the usual Workspace bill.


Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 189 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Published: 2024-02-21 14:19:38-08:00

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Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.


‌Safari Technology Preview‌ 189 includes fixes and updates for CSS, HTML, SVG, Web API, Web Inspector, WebAuthn, WebGL, and WebRTC.

The current ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release is compatible with machines running macOS Ventura and macOS [...]


Google apologizes for ‘missing the mark’ after Gemini generated racially diverse Nazis

Published: 2024-02-21 17:17:26-05:00

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A Gemini image generation result featuring groups of almost entirely white men in white wigs
The results for “generate an image of the Founding Fathers,” as of February 21st. | Screenshot: Adi Robertson / The Verge

Google has apologized for what it describes as “inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions” with its Gemini AI tool, saying its attempts at creating a “wide range” of results missed the mark. The statement follows criticism that it depicted specific white figures (like the US Founding Fathers) or groups like Nazi-era German soldiers as people of color, possibly as an overcorrection to <a href="https://www.vox.com/technology/237389

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Insight Timer CEO Upset With Apple's Abrupt Enforcement of App Store Rules

Published: 2024-02-21 13:36:11-08:00

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Apple has frustrated another app developer with arbitrary enforcement of its App Store rules, with Insight Timer CEO Christopher Plowman this week taking to LinkedIn and speaking with TechCrunch to complain about a frustrating experience with the ‌App Store‌ review team.


Insight Timer is a meditation app that is subscription based. Customers pay $60 per year to access guided meditations, yoga classes, and other teacher-led courses. In addition to [...]


Techdirt Podcast Episode 381: KOSA Isn’t Just Wrong About The Internet, It’s Wrong About Child Safety

Published: 2024-02-21 21:28:00+00:00

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In our coverage of the problems with KOSA and other legislative pushes to “protect the children” online, we usually (for obvious reasons) come at the subject from the technology side, and look at all the ways these laws misunderstand the internet. But that’s not their only flaw: these proposals also tend to lack any real […]


FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Smart Watches or Rings That Claim to Measure Blood Glucose Levels

Published: 2024-02-21 12:44:45-08:00

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not want consumers to purchase or use smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels using non-invasive methods. In a safety warning shared today, the FDA says that smart devices that claim to check blood sugar without piercing the skin can lead to errors in diabetes management, including taking too much or too little medication.


No smart watch or smart ring that is intended to measure or estimate blood glucose values non-invasively has been authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA. These non-invasive devices are different from continuous glucose moni [...]


In SCOTUS NetChoice Cases, Texas’s And Florida’s Worst Enemy Is (Checks Notes) Elon Musk.

Published: 2024-02-21 19:57:00+00:00

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Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in NetChoice v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice. The cases are about a pair of laws, enacted by Texas and Florida, that attempt to force large social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and X to host large amounts of speech against their will. (Think neo-Nazi […]


Experts weld full-sized SMR nuclear vessel in 24 hours, a first

Published: 2024-02-21 14:24:29-05:00

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Sheffield Forgemasters achieved the first full-sized Small Modular Reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator assembly in under 24 hours.


Build vs. Buy: The Platform Engineer’s Guide

Published: 2024-02-21 19:00:22+00:00

Summary:
Woman with a tape measure standing in front of a platform in the back of a van.

Whether to build or buy an internal developer platform (IDP) is a common question for organizations starting their platform engineering

The post Build vs. Buy: The Platform Engineer’s Guide appeared first on The New Stack.



Astropad Launches Updated Rock Paper Pencil Kit for Realistic Writing Experience on iPad

Published: 2024-02-21 11:00:00-08:00

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Astropad is launching a new version of the Rock Paper Pencil kit that it came out with last summer, bringing some notable improvements that will allow for a better paper-like writing experience on the iPad.


Rock Paper Pencil combines a screen protector and a unique Apple Pencil tip so that writing on the ‌iPad‌ feels like writing on a piece of paper. The new version of Rock Paper Pencil has a NanoCling Screen Protector that attaches to an ‌iPad‌ using static cling rather than a magnetic edge like the prior version.

Astropad says that NanoCling is stronger than magnets, and it provides a thinn [...]


The truth about GMOs: Are genetically modified crops all bad?

Published: 2024-02-21 14:00:00-05:00

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What's the real story behind GMOs? Explore the facts and myths surrounding genetic modification and its role in shaping our food system!


The top 7 bestselling phone models of 2023 are all iPhones

Published: 2024-02-21 18:43:04+00:00

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Every currently sold iPhone makes the top seven, except the iPhone SE.


European Human Rights Courts Rules That Encryption Backdoors Are Illegal Under European Law

Published: 2024-02-21 18:42:00+00:00

Summary:
Well… this is an unexpected (and fun!) turn of events. The EU Commission has spent most of the last couple of years trying to talk EU members into voting in favor of weakened encryption, if not actual encryption backdoors. You know, for the children. On the table are things ranging from mandated client-side content scanning […]


Daily Deal: The Ultimate Python & Artificial Intelligence Bundle

Published: 2024-02-21 18:40:48+00:00

Summary:
The Ultimate Python and Artificial Intelligence Bundle has 9 courses to help you take your Python and AI knowledge to the next level. You’ll learn about data pre-processing and visualization, artificial neural networks, how to use the Keras framework, and more. It’s on sale for $40. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated […]


Apple's New Sports App for iPhone Focused on Simplicity, Says Eddy Cue

Published: 2024-02-21 10:27:11-08:00

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Apple today released a new sports app for the iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds, and more for a variety of leagues, such as the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League, and the NFL when its next season begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time play-by-play information.


The app has a very basic interface with scoreboards, which you can personalize by following your favorite teams and leagues. Apple's services chief and noted sports enthusiast Eddy Cue said this simple design is intentional.

"We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast acces [...]


2024 Streaming Roadmap: Navigating the Real-Time Revolution

Published: 2024-02-21 18:00:44+00:00

Summary:

Generative AI (GenAI) and large language models (LLMs) will reshape how we live, work and do business. As AI enables

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Buoyant Revises Release Model for the Linkerd Service Mesh

Published: 2024-02-21 17:30:04+00:00

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Starting in May, if you want the latest stable version of Linkerd to download and run, you will have to

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Hands-On With the New 'Apple Sports' App

Published: 2024-02-21 09:21:13-08:00

Summary:
Apple today released Apple Sports, a brand new app that's designed to be a dedicated hub for sports fans to find real-time statistics, scores, lineup details, live betting odds, and more. This is Apple's first new app in some time, so we thought we'd give it a quick evaluation.

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The Apple Sports app has a straightforward design that puts each person's favorite leagues and teams front and center. It's updated for all the leagues that are in season right now, including MLS, NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL, Premier League, and more.

As of right now, NFL and college football aren't available, but Apple is planning to add support for those and MLB, WNBA, and NWSL when those seasons begin.

You can see all pertinent stats for [...]

Pulumi Templates for GenAI Stacks: Pinecone, LangChain First

Published: 2024-02-21 17:00:39+00:00

Summary:

To build a Generative AI application, you typically need at least two components to start with, a Large Language Model

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Kubernetes Predictions Were Wrong

Published: 2024-02-21 17:00:16+00:00

Summary:

In 2020, people were predicting that Kubernetes would disappear within a year. They believed someone would create a service that

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Arm Extends Processor Architecture to Transform IT

Published: 2024-02-21 16:51:28+00:00

Summary:

Arm connected car security enterprise software development
Arm connected car security enterprise software developmentTwo new Arm processors increase the performance-per-socket provided by 50% and performance-per-watt provided by 20%, respectively.

How Web Startup Hatch Uses AI to Create Interactive Websites

Published: 2024-02-21 16:06:10+00:00

Summary:
Hatch Home page

Hatch wants to bring back Flash — not the actual player, mind you, but the fun animations and visual effects

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Making shell history magical with Atuin

Published: 2024-02-21 15:30:00+00:00

Summary:
Today we speak with Ellie Huxtable, the creator of a magical open source tool for syncing, searching & backing up your shell history. Along the way we learn all about the sync service, why she likes Rust, the branding / marketing of the project, how she quit her job to work on it full time, the business model & so much more.


Launch vehicle in photos: Miura 5 first flight scheduled in 2025 from Europe’s Spaceport

Published: 2024-02-21 10:03:39-05:00

Summary:
ESA's Boost contract with PLD Space to support Miura 5 launch service progress is set to take off in 2025, following Miura 1's suborbital mission.


Apple's M2 Mac Mini on Sale From $499 With Up to $109 in Savings

Published: 2024-02-21 07:00:38-08:00

Summary:
Apple's M2 Mac mini has a few notable discounts today on Amazon, with up to $109 off select versions of the computer. You can get the 256GB M2 Mac mini for $499.00, down from $599.00, and no coupon is required to see this deal.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

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Adobe launches AI assistant that can search and summarize PDFs

Published: 2024-02-21 09:48:05-05:00

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The company plans to release a subscription plan for the tool after it is out of beta.


Apple's 2024 iPad Mini: All the Rumors So Far

Published: 2024-02-21 06:44:46-08:00

Summary:
Apple's seventh-generation iPad mini is rumored to be launching this year, according to multiple sources. Keep reading to learn what the rumors say we can expect from Apple's small form factor tablet.


The current iPad mini was released in September 2021, and includes a 8.3-inch display, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, an A15 Bionic chip, 5G support on cellular models, a 12-megapixel rear camera, second-generation Apple Pencil support, and more.

Display Changes


According to one rumor, the seventh-generation ‌iPad mini‌'s screen assembly will be rotated to reduce the effect of "jelly scrol [...]

Why DevOps is Key to Software Supply Chain Security

Published: 2024-02-21 14:30:49+00:00

Summary:

software, supply chains, DevOps, DevSecOps, Google supply chain
software, supply chains, DevOps, DevSecOps, Google supply chainOrganizations can maintain their DevOps momentum while protecting the software supply chain by shifting security left.

Testing Event-Driven Architectures with OpenTelemetry

Published: 2024-02-21 14:24:21+00:00

Summary:
Woman looking at night sky with a telescope.

In cloud native environments, asynchronous architectures are pivotal for decoupling services, enhancing scalability and bolstering system reliability. A message queue

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'Apple Sports' App Announced With Personalized Scoreboards and More

Published: 2024-02-21 06:16:28-08:00

Summary:
Apple today announced "Apple Sports," a new free app that provides real-time statistics, scores, and more.


Apple Sports features a personalized experience with a user's favorite leagues, tournaments, teams shown on an easy-to-read scoreboard. Users can navigate between scores and upcoming games, explore play-by-play information, team statistics, lineup details, and live betting odds, with relevant links to Apple News, the Apple TV app, and connected streaming services. The app is "designed for speed and simplicity," according to Apple. Apple's senio [...]


Cycode Brings Generative AI to App Security Posture Management

Published: 2024-02-21 14:00:08+00:00

Summary:

Cycode SecOps GitLab Quali SigStore OWASP DevSecOps vulnerabilities security Pulumi DevSecOps Analyzing Code for Security Vulnerabilities
Cycode SecOps GitLab Quali SigStore OWASP DevSecOps vulnerabilities security Pulumi DevSecOps Analyzing Code for Security VulnerabilitiesCycode's generative AI capabilities in its ASPM platform make it simpler for DevSecOps teams to identify the root cause of vulnerabilities.

Apple Announces 'Groundbreaking' New Security Protocol for iMessage

Published: 2024-02-21 06:00:03-08:00

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Apple today announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage called PQ3. Apple says this "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks."


Apple believes the PQ3 protocol's protections "surpass those in all other widely deployed messaging apps," according to its blog post:

Today we are announcing the most significant cryptographic security upgrade in iMessage history with the introduction of PQ3, a groundbreaking post-quantum cryptographic protocol that advances the state of the art of end-to-end secure messaging. With compromise-resilient encryption and extensive defenses against even highly sophis
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Top 7 Best-Selling Smartphones Last Year Were All iPhones

Published: 2024-02-21 05:32:46-08:00

Summary:
Apple's iPhone models dominated the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 2023, with only Samsung's mid-range devices making the list, according to Counterpoint Research's Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker.


Apple took all top seven positions – a first for the company. iPhone 14 models made up the top three for the series to become the best-selling smartphone of 2023, with the US and China making up half of its sales. The model contributed 19% of the total ‌iPhone‌ sales for 2023.

The <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/roun [...]


Techstrong Research: Combatting CI/CD Security Anti-Patterns

Published: 2024-02-21 13:30:01+00:00

Summary:

ADM Palo Alto Networks Mendix CI/CD dependency AppSmith impact mapping
ADM Palo Alto Networks Mendix CI/CD dependency AppSmith impact mappingTechstrong Research finds the imperative to secure the software supply chain and CI/CD pipelines is undeniable and urgent.

Apple's OLED Roadmap: New iPad Mini, Foldable iPad Pro, and More

Published: 2024-02-21 05:29:14-08:00

Summary:
Apple is planning to launch at least nine new devices with OLED displays across the iPad and MacBook product lines, according to an updated forecast from research firm Omdia that sets out the company's plans in detail.


As widely rumored, Apple's push to transition to OLED will apparently be jump-started by the release of new 11- and 13-inch iPad Pro models this year. The displays will feature 2,388 by 1,668 and 2,880 by 1,920 resolutions, respectively, Omdia claims. This would be a slight increase in height and a reduction in width for the lar [...]


Gemma: Google Takes on Small Open Models Llama 2 and Mistral

Published: 2024-02-21 13:00:11+00:00

Summary:
Gemma

Today Google is announcing two new AI models: Gemma 2B and Gemma 7B. Each of the models is released “with

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Gemini: All You Need to Know about Google’s Multimodal AI

Published: 2024-02-21 13:00:04+00:00

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On Dec. 6, 2023, Google unveiled Gemini, a ground-breaking multimodal AI model that can process and combine various data types

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DevOps: What’s the End Goal?

Published: 2024-02-21 12:30:23+00:00

Summary:

goal DevOps jobs Nobl9
goal DevOps jobs Nobl9Don MacVittie asks the existential question: What, exactly, are we trying to achieve through DevOps' integration with AI?

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