Saturday, June 24, 2017

Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

 Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. Read More
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Leaked photos of the Tesla Model 3 ignite an internet power struggle

Yesterday afternoon, popular gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee tweeted out a link to an article on a Tesla fan site of new leaked photos of the upcoming, hotly anticipated Model 3 electric car. “Yo Tesla Model 3 looks better and better in every leaked photo,” Brownlee tweeted. “Gotta love the incremental updates.”

But the next day, Brownlee woke up to find that his tweet had been removed and replaced with this message: “This tweet from @MKBHD has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

In an email to The Verge, Brownlee said that the photographer, You You Xue, requested the removal of Brownlee’s tweet on the grounds of copyright infringement. Brownlee...

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Watch SpaceX launch and land a reused Falcon 9 rocket

31450835954_56a600686a_k-ed.jpgToday, SpaceX will hopefully launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket that it's already flown to space. The launch window opens at 2:10 PM and lasts for two hours; launch time is currently scheduled for 3:10 PM ET. You can livestream the launch, with commen... http://ift.tt/2syRGwz
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A hotter planet might make hurricanes more destructive

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Here's how.

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iMac Pro May Feature Intel's Server-Grade 'Purley' Processors, ARM Coprocessor

Apple earlier this month unveiled the iMac Pro, a workstation-class desktop computer with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM.


Apple didn't specify exactly which processors will be included in the iMac Pro, but if the blog Pike's Universum is to be believed, it could be powered by Intel's next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed "Purley."

The blog, which appears to be sourcing its information from firmware files in the macOS High Sierra developer beta, said the iMac Pro will use Intel's new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

If the information is accurate, it suggests the iMac Pro could have truly server-grade Xeon processors, rather than using Intel's recently announced Core-X series of Skylake and Kaby Lake chips that still use the LGA2066 socket.

The blog added that the new iMac Pro appears to be coming with a Secure Enclave, suggesting it will have an ARM coprocessor like the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for added security. It would also open the door to Touch ID on the iMac Pro, but Apple made no mention of the feature when introducing the computer.

Signs point to iMac Pro being the first desktop Mac with a Touch Bar-style ARM coprocessor https://t.co/i8oxM8ln8m

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 22, 2017

Pike's Universum revealed some of the iMac Pro's tech specs in April, two months prior to it being announced, including that it would have Xeon processors, ECC RAM, faster SSD storage, AMD graphics options, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, but some of the specific details proved to be inaccurate.

Apple said the iMac Pro will be available to order in December, starting at $4,999 in the United States.

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Heat Broils the American Southwest

Heat Broils the American Southwest
Extreme heat broke meteorological records, canceled flights, and made life miserable for millions of people.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remember Google Glass? It just got its first update in 3 years. Seriously.

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If you still have Google Glass lying around somewhere, it's time to dust it off and plug it in: Google just pushed out its first update to the device in two and a half years.

The update is honestly barely worthy of the noun—one of the two bullet points in the X23 release notes is the rote "bug fixes and performance improvements" that's part of any software update. But Google did include another change in the update: it enhanced the device's Bluetooth capabilities, allowing Glass to pair with external mice and keyboards.

Outside of Google developer conferences, Glass doesn't make many public appearances. As a former "Glass Explorer" (Google's formal name for those who bought the $1,500 Explorer Edition, which was discontinued in January 2015), I occasionally don the headset when I want to take hands-free pics of my kids, but for the most part it stays in its case. History has placed Glass somewhere between punch line and cautionary tale on the continuum of wearable technology, and Google owned up to its mistakes in its approach to Glass back in 2015. Read more...

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Anatomy of a wildfire

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The 2011 Las Conchas wildfire was big even before it blew up on June 27.

The 2011 Las Conchas wildfire was big even before it blew up on June 27.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2018 Honda Odyssey 10-speed Automatic Tested: With a Van Like This, Who Needs a Crossover?

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Not that you’d ever be able to convince today’s crossover-crazy buyers, but three-row SUVs continue to move substantially in the minivan direction, with decreased ground clearance and towing capacity; front-wheel-drive architectures; and spacious, family-friendly cabins. As these segments converge, it begs the question: What makes a minivan a minivan? Sliding doors? Removable seats? The lines have been blurred, particularly in the case of the all-new Honda Odyssey, which shares a platform with the company’s three-row crossover, the Pilot. READ MORE ››

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Does Delta’s New Airbus A350 Have Enough Bathrooms for Coach Passengers?

There are two lavatories at the front of business class and two lavatories at the back of business class. And there are two lavatories in the middle of the economy cabin.

Assuming that premium economy passengers are allowed to use the two lavatories at the back of business class, then there are 4 lavatories for 226 coach passengers or one lavatory per 56.5 passengers in back.

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