Archive For July 30, 2017

Facebook Shuts Down AI System After It Continued To Communicate In A Language Humans Can’t Understand

Facebook Shuts Down AI System After It Continued To Communicate In A Language Humans Can’t Understand
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This is why we can’t have nice things. Did you ever have the feeling that people are talking behind your back, but you can’t quite make out what they’re saying? Imagine for a minute if instead of people, there were artificial intelligence (AI) bots plotting and scheming in the background — and to make matters worse, they’ve been communicating in their own language.

That’s exactly the dilemma that Facebook ran into when it found that its AI bots were communicating in a shorthand mutation of English. For example, Facebook provided the passage from two of its bots — Bob and Alice — while communicating with each other: read more

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Every video game would be better on Nintendo’s newest console

Every video game would be better on Nintendo’s newest console
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers“Ultra Street Fighter II” for the Nintendo SwitchCapcom

It turns out that “Ultra Street Fighter II,” a souped-up version of the 1991 classic for the new Nintendo Switch console, is a certifiable smash hit.

So far, game developer Capcom says “Ultra Street Fighter II” has sold 450,000 copies, reports IGN — despite lukewarm reviews, and the ongoing shortage of the Switch console itself. Now, Capcom says it’s planning to release a flurry of new Switch games to meet this apparent demand. 

From my perspective as a Nintendo Switch owner, the reason for the runaway success of this game is simple: Every video game ever made is better, or would be better, on the Nintendo Switch. All of them. Full stop.  read more

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I play the security odds in Las Vegas by rolling the Wi-Fi dice

I play the security odds in Las Vegas by rolling the Wi-Fi dice
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Inside the Network Operations Center at Black Hat, where a team of volunteers were working to protect the Wi-Fi from hackers.

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It’s worse than the Wall of Shame. It’s the Wall of Sheep.

You’re going to get hacked at Black Hat or Defcon, two of the largest hacker conventions in the world, if your device is insecure. And every year, hackers, security researchers and incognito federal agents attending the events, which run back to back, turn Las Vegas into a petri dish of cyberattacks. No phone, laptop or ATM is safe. 

If you get hacked, you end up on the Wall of Sheep.

The wall is a massive shame list projected inside the Packet Hacking Village at Caesar’s Palace during Defcon. Each year, hundreds of names are displayed though the organizers redact email addresses and passwords to protect the victims’ privacy. read more

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Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

This week saw the announcement of the world’s first all-electric sport utility truck (SUT). But it didn’t come from Tesla or any of the major car manufactures. It’s called the B1 and it’s made by Bollinger Motors, a small startup in upstate New York. With looks that fall somewhere between the Land Rover Defender and a classic Jeep Wrangler, the minimal, boxy truck is capable of 200 miles of off-roading range.

Right off the bat, the B1 has a number of impressive specs. The dual electric motors provide 360 horsepower and 472 lb-feet of torque, giving the SUT a 0 to 60mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. Bollinger Motors says its 100kWh battery will offer a range of 200 miles — just within reach of the 220 miles from Tesla’s new Model 3. There’s also a 60kWh battery option that gives the B1 120 miles of range on a single charge. read more

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The Regalia From ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Will Soon Be A Playable Car In ‘Forza Horizon 3’

The Regalia From ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Will Soon Be A Playable Car In ‘Forza Horizon 3’

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The Regalia, the beloved royal ride of Prince Noctis in “Final Fantasy XV,” will soon be a playable car in “Forza Horizon 3.” The best part is that the vehicle will be a free addition to the fun open-world game.  ( Xbox Wire )


A new car is coming soon to Forza Horizon 3, and for Final Fantasy XV fans, it will look very familiar.

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How To Embed YouTube Videos In WordPress (It’s easier than you think)

How To Embed YouTube Videos In WordPress (It’s easier than you think)

How To Embed YouTube Videos In WordPress

Do you know that the number of people who consume video content has increased significantly in the past 2 years? This is largely due to increased smartphone usage and improved internet speeds.

However, even though it’s easier than ever to embed videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo, many newbie bloggers are not aware of how to do it.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress articles.

But before we get into that, let’s understand why you should embed videos into your blog posts. read more

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The Full Nerd episode 27: Ryzen 3 is here, AMD Threadripper’s mystery chips explained

The Full Nerd episode 27: Ryzen 3 is here, AMD Threadripper’s mystery chips explained

AMD’s budget-friendly Ryzen 3 processors are finally here. In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Melissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about whether the latest Ryzen chips deserve your money more than Intel’s Core i3 CPUs. Short answer: It depends!

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X with Wraith Stealth cooler

The gang also talks about the mysterious extra chips lurking inside AMD’s Threadripper processors, with Gordon bringing the inside scoop from a source in the know. Threadripper’s premium packaging sparks a chat about how hardware boxes could learn a lot from birthday cards. Then we break open those boxes and compare Intel’s stock CPU coolers against AMD’s Wraith coolers. As always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you. read more

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Roomba CEO Swears That He Will Never Sell Maps of Users’ Homes, So Help Him God

Roomba CEO Swears That He Will Never Sell Maps of Users’ Homes, So Help Him God
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iRobot, the maker of Roomba, made big news this week when an interview with its CEO mentioned plans to sell the map data of customers’ homes to third parties. Today, the company launched damage control measures and the CEO is spreading assurances that this is all just a big misunderstanding.

In a statement first shared with ZDNet, iRobot CEO Colin Angle wrote:

First things first, iRobot will never sell your data. Our mission is to help you keep a cleaner home and, in time, to help the smart home and the devices in it work better. read more

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The iPod Shuffle Review (2017)

The iPod Shuffle Review (2017)
All photos: Harrison Weber/Gizmodo

Apple is doing away with the iPod Shuffle, a gadget I’d eradicated from my mind until yesterday. And now I’m suddenly awash with emotion for a little white stick I hadn’t considered once in this decade. I’m going to miss the hell out of it. Damn you Apple, quit playing shuffle with my heart.

Late spring in 2006, at the ripe old age of 14, my girlfriend slid a box across the table at a restaurant we picked for our second anniversary. I unwrapped it, and what I saw packed neatly inside a sporty, lime-green box elated me: a 512 MB iPod Shuffle. The original Shuffle, about the size of a half-empty pack of gum, and glossy white; the only iPod I would ever own, until I bought an iPhone in 2009, out of shame for using a feature phone while blogging about tech. read more

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Badass all-electric truck is a step ahead of Tesla

Badass all-electric truck is a step ahead of Tesla

If you want to join the electric vehicle revolution but you’re not willing to downsize from your rugged SUV or pickup truck, your dream ride may have just arrived. 

Bollinger Motors, an independent EV startup based in upstate New York, just unveiled its first (and only) vehicle: the B1. The company claims the B1 is the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck, finally adding some grit and muscle to the EV scene.  

The truck looks like a cross between a Jeep and an OG Hummer, stripped down of any frills for a life of hard labor. The B1 has a sparse interior style and convertible setup, so you can remove the cab and doors for any job or off-road joyride imaginable. read more

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