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Teach Your Baby Sign Language January 24, 2020

Your baby is going to understand and want to communicate ideas and requests with you a whole lot earlier than they’ll actually be able to verbalize the words. The gap between when a baby and young toddler knows what they want but can’t effectively communicate that to you is frustrating for everyone involved. Read more… […]

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Your baby is going to understand and want to communicate ideas and requests with you a whole lot earlier than they’ll actually be able to verbalize the words. The gap between when a baby and young toddler knows what they want but can’t effectively communicate that to you is frustrating for everyone involved.

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Teach Your Baby Sign Language
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London Police Amp Up Surveillance With Real-Time Facial Recognition

The city, stepping into a debate over privacy, says it will use the technology “to tackle serious crime.” London Police Amp Up Surveillance With Real-Time Facial Recognition
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Save on the Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 4, and get a free gift card with purchase

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Google’s most recent phones, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 4, are discounted and include a free (generous) gift card with purchase at a few retailers. Neither amounts to the lowest price that we’ve seen, but still, it’s another chance to get in on the savings if you missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Starting with Google’s more affordable phone, the Pixel 3A (shown above), a $50 discount brings it down to $349.99. You’ll also get a $100 Best Buy gift card with your order at checkout. This offer also applies to the larger Pixel 3A XL with 64GB of storage that usually sells for $479.99 (now $429.99).

B&H Photo is offering the same deal, knocking $50 off of the Pixel 3A and including a $100 B&H Photo gift card with purchase….

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Save on the Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 4, and get a free gift card with purchase
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Production delays on Obi-Wan Disney+ series are part of a bigger Star Wars problem

Preproduction on Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Obi-Wan Disney+ series is delayed as the series grapples with script issues and lead writer Hossein Amini’s departure, according to Variety. The news, which was downplayed as minor by lead actor Ewan McGregor, comes as concerns about Star Wars’ future are brought into question following The Rise of Skywalker’s lukewarm release.

Numerous outlets reported that Obi-Wan was facing major rewrites to fix story issues. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Obi-Wan felt similar to The Mandalorian, suggesting that McGregor’s Jedi could lend “a protective hand to a young Luke and possible even a young Leia.” McGregor downplayed the reports in an interview with The Wrap, acknowledging that they…

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Now, you can use generative placeholder images for your web project

The tool can be used to generate art in various styles, including the abstract artist Piet Mondrian (this is not a Generative Placeholder so stop clicking on it). | Image: Generative Placeholder

Generative Placeholders is a new tool that lets you embed autogenerated placeholder art into a website that changes with every page refresh or click of the image. It only requires a brief bit of embedded code. The key word here is “placeholder,” which suggests that the tool’s creator, Stefan Bohacek, sees it as the visual equivalent of a Lorem Ipsum text generator (or the far superior Hipster Ipsum), designed to fill a prototype website with something while it’s under construction.

The code works by specifying how tall and wide a placeholder image should be, and it also lets you tweak the style and color of each image. There are eight different styles available, ranging from geometric layouts of circles or triangles (below) to designs…

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Now, you can use generative placeholder images for your web project
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Create a Vacation Recovery Plan

Over on NBC News, writer Sarah DiGiulio described that imminent sense of dread you experience after taking time off, otherwise known as the post-vacation blues—by Monday morning, you’re back in the office, at your desk, and wondering if it was all a dream.

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Create a Vacation Recovery Plan
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5G's inconsistent rollout isn't limited to the US. Here's what it's like in the UK – CNET

We tested 5G on EE, Vodafone and O2 in five major cities across the UK. 5G's inconsistent rollout isn't limited to the US. Here's what it's like in the UK – CNET
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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will debut in a Spike Lee short film – Roadshow

A new teaser image for the short reveals the luxury SUV’s front end. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will debut in a Spike Lee short film – Roadshow
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The Week in Tech: A Tech Mogul’s Phone and the Saudi Crown Prince

An analysis of a phone belonging to Jeff Bezos found malicious code was hidden in a video sent from a WhatsApp account belonging to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Week in Tech: A Tech Mogul’s Phone and the Saudi Crown Prince
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The transforming Xbox 360 D-pad is proof that bad buttons can get better

In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month will look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new to appreciate how we interact with them on a physical, tactile level.

The Xbox 360 controller is considered to be one of the best video game controllers ever made — except for one thing: the D-pad. It’s conversely one of the worst directional inputs ever put on a controller.

Microsoft knew it had to fix things, and in 2010 — a full five years after it launched the Xbox 360 — it tried to do so in a singularly impressive fashion with the Xbox 360 Limited Edition controller, which…

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The transforming Xbox 360 D-pad is proof that bad buttons can get better
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Apple Arcade’s latest game is a more family-friendly Fortnite called Butter Royale

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Apple Arcade has so far been a great repository for polished, offbeat indie games that are best explored when you have some quiet time and perhaps no internet connection.

The latest entry into the iOS subscription game service is different. It’s a flashy multiplayer battle royale shooter, kind of like Fortnite — except it’s more kid-friendly, with a food fight theme instead of guns and bullets and a top-down design that gives it the look and feel of classic dungeon crawlers. It’s called Butter Royale, and it’s available today for all Apple Arcade subscribers.

But isn’t Fortnite already kid-friendly? you might ask. Well, sort of. You still shoot people with guns that…

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Apple Arcade’s latest game is a more family-friendly Fortnite called Butter Royale
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Stopping concussions with head gear that isn't a helmet – CNET

VR tools can educate athletes on brain injuries and help others empathize with those experiencing symptoms, developers said. Stopping concussions with head gear that isn't a helmet – CNET
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Apple Arcade's Butter Royale is the Fortnite of food fights – CNET

Butter incoming! Apple Arcade's Butter Royale is the Fortnite of food fights – CNET
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Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus: Everything we know about the Star Wars TV show – CNET

Ewan McGregor will play the exiled Jedi Master again in a live-action show on Disney’s streaming service. Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus: Everything we know about the Star Wars TV show – CNET
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How much longer will we trust Google’s search results?

Illustration by Alex Castro

Happy Friday to you! I have been reflecting a bit on the controversy du jour: Google’s redesigned search results. Google is trying to foreground sourcing and URLs, but in the process it made its results look more like ads, or vice versa. Bottom line: Google’s ads just look like search results now.

I’m thinking about it because I have to admit that I don’t personally hate the new favicon -plus-URL structure. But I think that might be because I am not a normal consumer of web content. I’ve been on the web since the late ‘90s and I parse information out of URLs kind of without thinking about it. (In fact, the relative decline of valuable information getting encoded into the URL is a thing that makes me sad.)

I admit that I am not a normal…

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How much longer will we trust Google’s search results?
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How India’s homegrown GPS will work with phones


Did you know that GPS was a project started by the US Department of Defence in 1973? GPS’s services were made available to the public in 1980s. India has been working on its own system and the necessary set of satellites for this since 2013. India’s homegrown positioning system, NavIC (NAVigation with Indian Constellation) will be available for civilian use in the first half of this year. The constellation can provide location data within 10 meters of accuracy. In 2017, the Space Application Centre (SAC), based in the western city of Ahmedabad said this is much better than the 20-30 meters accuracy…

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How India’s homegrown GPS will work with phones
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Inside the Pwn2Own Miami 2020 hacking contest, where hackers targeted industrial control systems software for the first time (Andy Greenberg/Wired)


Andy Greenberg / Wired:

Inside the Pwn2Own Miami 2020 hacking contest, where hackers targeted industrial control systems software for the first time  —  At Pwn2Own, hackers had no trouble dismantling systems that help run everything from car washes to nuclear plants—with the prize of taking home the very computers they “pwn.”

Inside the Pwn2Own Miami 2020 hacking contest, where hackers targeted industrial control systems software for the first time (Andy Greenberg/Wired)
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LucidPix app turns photos into 3D and Facebook feeds will never be the same – CNET

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can now turn those cat and food photos into 3D masterpieces. LucidPix app turns photos into 3D and Facebook feeds will never be the same – CNET
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Elon Musk says Bitcoin is good for illegal payments — and that’s about it’


Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Prepare to open the imaginary money chest… Bitcoin price We closed the day, January 23 2020, at a price of $8,406. That’s a notable 3.15 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$274.12. It was the lowest closing price in nine days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap…

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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Elon Musk says Bitcoin is good for illegal payments — and that’s about it’
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Alleged BTC-e boss will be extradited to France over cryptocurrency fraud


The man thought to be behind notorious cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, which is involved in a multi-billion Bitcoin fraud case, will be extradited to France. According to a Greek news report, Alexander Vinnik is facing allegations of laundering at least $4 billion through the cryptocurrency exchange. The extradition comes after a Greek court reportedly gave the go-ahead. Vinnik’s lawyer Zoi Konstandopoulou said he had been flown to France just hours the court ruling. The lawyer said he had been taken to hospital as he was on the 35th day of a hunger strike in protest of his prospective extradition to the…

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Alleged BTC-e boss will be extradited to France over cryptocurrency fraud
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Get ready for the emergence of AI-as-a-Service

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SaaS and PaaS have become part of the everyday tech lexicon since emerging as delivery models, shifting how enterprises purchase and implement technology. A new “_” as a service model is aspiring to become just as widely adopted based on its potential to drive business outcomes with unmatched efficiency: Artificial intelligence as a service (AIaaS). The AIaaS opportunity According to recent research, AI-based software revenue is expected to climb from $9.5 billion in 2018 to $118.6 billion in 2025 as companies seek new insights into their respective businesses that can give them a competitive edge. Organizations recognize that their systems…

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Get ready for the emergence of AI-as-a-Service
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Big tech CEOs are learning the art of the filibuster

Sundar Pichai at Google IO

You maniacs sold out our second-ever Interface live event, with Uncanny Valley author Anna Wiener, in record time. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, and we’ll look into finding a bigger venue for the next one. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing a good number of you on February 4th!

The basic idea behind journalism is that there are things people don’t know that they should know, and that someone ought to go find the people who do know about the things and ask them. Most of the time when a journalist interviews someone, they learn something useful, and then report it all back to us so we can have a shared understanding of reality and make better decisions about how to live.

Historically, a person that lots of journalists…

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Big tech CEOs are learning the art of the filibuster
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Pretty but slightly impractical sums up the 2020 Mazda CX-9 – Roadshow

Yeah, it’s beautiful, yeah, its interior is sumptuous and yeah, it feels like a luxury car in many ways, but the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is not the most versatile option in its class. Pretty but slightly impractical sums up the 2020 Mazda CX-9 – Roadshow
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Samsung to debut AirDrop competitor alongside Galaxy S20, report claims

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Samsung is developing its own alternative to Apple’s AirDrop file sharing service that will launch with the upcoming Galaxy S20, XDA Developers reports. Screenshots of the feature show that it will work similarly to AirDrop, allowing you to “share instantly with people nearby,” so long as their device has Quick Share turned on. You’ll also be able to restrict who can send you files to just people in your contacts, or else leave it wide open so that strangers can send you pictures of space sloths.

Despite how useful AirDrop has been on iOS and macOS since its initial launch in 2011, Android has struggled to come up with a viable competitor. For a while Android included an NFC-based version called Android Beam, but this was discontinued…

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Samsung to debut AirDrop competitor alongside Galaxy S20, report claims
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Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus

Chinese citizens are overcoming a lack of reporting on the crisis in the state-run media by sharing their own videos and information about the coronavirus outbreak. Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus
Source: NY Times Tech

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