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Videostream: MIT’s new AI can keep streaming video from buffering.

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When watching a videostream on your media streamer/network media player, there is little that is more annoying than constant stopping and starting and showing a screen that reads "loading."   Buffering and pixelation are the scourge of streaming video. It ruins the experience for viewers, and is a headache for streaming services. But the good news is that a  research team led by MIT professor Mohammad Alizadeh has developed an artificial intelligence (dubbed ‘Pensieve’) that can select the best algorithms for ensuring videostream without interruption, and at the best possible playback quality The method improves upon existing tech, including the adaptive bitrate (ABR) method used by…

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Russian hacking: Group that hacked DNC used NSA attack code in attack on hotels

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Since as early as last fall, the Russian hacking group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, has targeted victims via their connections to hacked hotel Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report from security firm FireEye, which has closely tracked the group’s intrusions, including its breach of the Democratic National Committee ahead of last year’s election. Last month, FireEye says those hackers, believed to be associated with the Russian military intelligence service GRU, have begun to use EternalBlue, the leaked NSA hacking tool, as one technique to broaden their control of hotel networks after gaining an initial foothold via phishing or other…

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Tech news today: Palantir, the tech giant that wields as much real- world power as Google

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In our tech news today, we examine Palantir, the CIA-backed startup, a Minority Report come true. It is all-powerful, yet no one knows it even exists. Palantir does not have an office; it has a “SCIF” on a back street in Palo Alto, California. SCIF stands for “sensitive compartmentalized information facility”. Palantir says its building “must be built to be resistant to attempts to access the information within. The network must be ‘air gapped’ from the public internet to prevent information leakage.” In 2004, Peter Thiel – the billionaire PayPal co-founder, Facebook investor and latter-day Trump ally – created Palantir alongside Nathan…

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News reddit: Reddit is redesigning to look more like facebook

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In news reddit, the news aggregator giant after raising $200 million in new venture funding says it’s ready to catch up with the rest of the internet by undergoing a polished redesign. The money has been donated by a number of Silicon Valley firms and individual investors, meaning the company’s overall value currently sits around the $1.8 billion USD mark. Reddit launched in 2005 and has remained much the same in terms of appearance, but co-founder Steve Huffman has confirmed the site will now undergo a full aesthetic overhaul. News reddit confirms that the 12-year-old company, which calls itself "the front page of…

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Computer hacking: How hackers broke into voting machines in 90 minutes at a Las Vegas competition

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On Friday, hackers at a computer hacking competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in less than two hours, exposing glaring deficiencies in the security of U.S voting infrastructure. The voting machines used were manufactured by multiple companies including Diebolds, Sequoia and Winvote equipment, and were purchased over eBay or at government auctions. According to the Register, the hackers at the DEF CON conference Friday were given voting machines, and competed to access them by physically breaking them open and hacking them remotely. “Without question, our voting systems are weak and susceptible computer hacking.…

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Android apps: Android could soon show how much battery your wireless headphones have

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Android apps Open Source Project is working on a way for the Google-powered platform to track the battery life of Bluetooth devices, according to a report from XDA Developers. While iPhone users have been able to track the battery levels of their Bluetooth accessories since iOS 9, Android users don't have such a uniform way of tracking their peripherals' power. At Google I/O last week, the company debuted a few new features for Android Auto What Google showed off at Google I/O last week is a very early version of the wireless functionality. In fact, the demo crashed quite a few times while they were showing off…

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Voice recognition: Mozilla is crowd sourcing to make AI work for the people

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With the voice recognition In the current AI boom, it’s obvious who has it: tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Baidu. Now Project Common Voice, a new project from the Mozilla (the nonprofit creator of the Firefox browser) is experimenting with an alternative to data monopolies, by asking users to pool information in order to power open-sourced AI initiatives. With the company’s first project underway,  Mozilla is sking volunteers to donate vocal samples to build an open-source voice recognition system like the ones powering Siri and Alexa. Project Common Voice recruits web surfers to spend a couple minutes reading sentences aloud…

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Porsche cayenne quits Le Mans’ top tier to join electric racing series Formula E

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To make room for the new series in its motorsport program, the German manufacturer will end its involvement in the prototype LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), where it just won the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans. This makes Porsche cayenne the second major manufacturer in the top class of WEC to leave the series in favor of focusing on Formula E, after Audi did the same in October of last year . Porsche's prototype 919 Hybrid won the Le Mans 24 Hours in each of the past three years and also won the 2015 and 2016 World…

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Internet speed test: Cable Lobby and the Broadband Competition in the U.S

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In terms of internet speed test, broadband is any high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. Given the fact that the FCC recently bumped the standard definition of broadband to 25 Mbps to highlight competition gaps; reclassified ISPs as common carriers; passed real net neutrality rules for the first time ever; taken aim at the industry's use of protectionist state law to keep the duopoly intact; pushed for improved broadband privacy rules.  Indeed today broadband industry lobby groups like cable lobby want to stop internet speed test investigations from individual states on claims made by service providers, and they are citing the F.C.C…

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Apple news: Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

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The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the latest in apple news that the App giant is removing all its major VPN apps from the App store in China. These Apps were being used by internet users to overcome the censorship system in the Country. However the app continues to be available for users across the world outside of China, though the process to create such an App Store account in a different country is still unknown to many users, making it unlikely to fill the void of the missing Chinese app. One company, ExpressVPN, posted a letter it had received…

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