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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET July 19, 2019

You can’t guarantee tickets, but you can enter the draw to buy one. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET Source: CNet

Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? – CNET

The upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite is forcing gamers to choose between handheld-only and TV-compatible versions of the console. Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? – CNET
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China's internet giants see smart speakers as the ideal means to reach newly connected users who lack computer skills, as input methods shift from text to voice (South China Morning Post)


South China Morning Post:

China’s internet giants see smart speakers as the ideal means to reach newly connected users who lack computer skills, as input methods shift from text to voice  —  Among dozens of smart speaker vendors that have emerged in China, Baidu currently leads the pack with 3.3 million units shipped …

China's internet giants see smart speakers as the ideal means to reach newly connected users who lack computer skills, as input methods shift from text to voice (South China Morning Post)
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What is the dark web? And what will you find there?

The dark web may sound ominous, but it’s really a catch-all term for the part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines. Stay tuned for a guided tour of the web’s less mainstream regions. What is the dark web? And what will you find there?
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Instagram will kindly let you know you’ve F’ed up before banning you


Instagram has just introduced a new policy that’ll notify you if your account is at risk of getting banned. The social network will let you know if it finds one of your posts problematic, and even offer a chance to appeal the ban. The company said appeals will be available for posts that are removed under violation of nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies. But it’ll expand the category list in coming months.  Instagram’s been involved in plenty of controversies when it banned content from Rihanna and other celebrities as a violation of its nudity policy.…

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Instagram will kindly let you know you’ve F’ed up before banning you
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NSO Group’s Whatsapp spyware can now snoop on your Facebook, Google and iCloud data too


The Israeli company behind WhatsApp hack earlier this May has developed new technology that can clandestinely steal a user’s data from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. According to The Financial Times — which reported the development — NSO Group’s Pegasus malware “has now evolved to capture the much greater trove of information stored beyond the phone in the cloud, such as a full history of a target’s location data, archived messages or photo.” Upon installation on the target’s phone, the new capability works by copying the login credentials of various services like Facebook Messenger, Google Cloud, iCloud, and others,…

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NSO Group’s Whatsapp spyware can now snoop on your Facebook, Google and iCloud data too
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How scientists could one day predict your memories


Do you remember your first kiss? What about your grandma dying? Chances are you do, and that’s because emotional memories are at the core of our personal life story. Some rare moments are just incredibly intense and stand out from an otherwise repetitive existence of sleeping, eating and working. That said, daily life, too, is replete with experiences that have a personal emotional significance – such as disagreeing with someone or receiving a compliment. Most of us are able to describe emotional memories in some detail, even after a long time, while memories of more mundane experiences and events fade…

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How scientists could one day predict your memories
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Creating software for multiple OSes: 13 things new developers need to remember


Developing across platforms is no bed of roses, especially when you’re first starting out as a developer. Individual operating systems tend to have their own quirks when coding for them, and testing how everything works once your software is built can be a real challenge. In order to highlight some of the specific issues that can develop, and what can be done about them, I asked a panel of 13 entrepreneurs from YEC the following question: When creating software for multiple platforms and OSes, what is one problem beginning developers may not know about? What should they do to avoid…

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Creating software for multiple OSes: 13 things new developers need to remember
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4G is coming to the London Underground’s tunnels next year

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The London Underground will get 4G access in its tunnels and stations starting next year. The rollout will start with the eastern half of the Jubilee line between Westminster and Canning Town stations in March 2020, and the plan is to have the entire network connected by the middle of the next decade. In addition to 4G, the system will also allow passengers to connect using 2G and 3G.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested that the network could be upgraded to 5G in the future. “Introducing 4G and, in the future, 5G will help Londoners and visitors keep in touch and get the latest travel information while on the go,” Khan said.

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4G is coming to the London Underground’s tunnels next year
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Coinbase quietly kills its loss-making cryptocurrency investment packages


Further to shutting down its cryptocurrency index fund, Coinbase has seemingly closed its “Bundle” now too. According to an update on its FAQ page, spotted by The Block, Coinbase Bundles “have been deprecated,” with all assets in the bundle being “redistributed to their respective individual asset wallets” for users. The cryptocurrency exchange launched its bundles packages last September in an attempt to simplify the cryptocurrency buying process for new investors. It let investors buy a weighted package of Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Ethereum Classic. Alongside the bundles, Coinbase also launched new asset pages and Coinbase Learn, a repository…

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Coinbase quietly kills its loss-making cryptocurrency investment packages
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Hybrid Drones Could Have Massively Extended Flight Times

Multirotor drones truly took off with the availability of lithium polymer batteries, brushless motors, and cheap IMUs. Their performance continues to improve, but their flight time remains relatively short due to the limits of battery technology. [Nicolai Valenti] aims to solve the problem by developing a hybrid generator for drones.

The basic concept consists of a small gasoline engine, connected to a brushless motor employed as a generator. The electricity generated is used to run the main flight motors of the multirotor drone. The high energy density of gasoline helps to offset the added weight of the generator set, and [Nicolai] is aiming to reach a goal of two hours of flight time.

There are many engineering problems to overcome. Engine starting, vibration and rectification are all significant challenges, but [Nicolai] is tackling them and has already commenced flight testing. Experiments are ongoing with 500 W, 1,000 W, and 2,000 W designs, and work is ongoing to optimise the engine and electronics package.

It’s a project that holds the potential to massively expand the range of operation for medium to large multirotors, and should unlock certain capabilities that have thus far been limited by short battery runtimes. Gasoline powered drones aren’t a new idea, but we’ve seen precious little in the hybrid space. We look forward to seeiing how this technology develops. Video after the break.

Hybrid Drones Could Have Massively Extended Flight Times
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Huawei says its Hongmeng OS isn’t an Android replacement after all

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After a torrid few months, Huawei is now downplaying the idea that its homegrown Hongmeng operating system could serve as a drop-in replacement for Google’s Android on its smartphones. SVP Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels yesterday that Hongmeng is not designed for smartphones and that Huawei plans to continue using Android, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports.

This follows similar comments last week from chairman Liang Hua, who said in comments reported by TechNode that “[Huawei hasn’t] decided yet if the Hongmeng OS can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future.” Liang says the system was designed as a low-latency solution for IoT devices, while Chen describes it as being “for industrial use.”

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The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads has errors, delays, and often does not record political ads bought with Google's ad tools (Wall Street Journal)


Wall Street Journal:

The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads has errors, delays, and often does not record political ads bought with Google’s ad tools  —  Mistakes have occurred in the Google Transparency Report for both Democratic and Republican presidential and congressional candidates

The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads has errors, delays, and often does not record political ads bought with Google's ad tools (Wall Street Journal)
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I ate insects at Comic-Con and now I want more – CNET

Can eating crickets keep humanity off the apocalypse train? Snowpiercer gives it a shot at San Diego Comic-Con. I ate insects at Comic-Con and now I want more – CNET
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Turning A Single Bolt Into A Combination Lock

In our search for big-box convenience, we tend to forget that locksmiths once not only copied keys but also created complex locks and other intricate mechanisms from scratch. [my mechanics] hasn’t forgotten, and building a lock is his way of celebrating of the locksmith’s skill. Building a combination lock from a single stainless bolt is probably also showing off just a little, and we’re completely fine with that.

Granted, the bolt is a rather large one – an M20x70 – and a few other materials such as brass rod and spring wire were needed to complete the lock. But being able to look at a single bolt and slice it up into most of the stock needed for the lock is simply amazing. The head became the two endplates, while the shank was split in half lengthwise and crosswise after the threads were turned off; those pieces were later turned down into the tubes and pins needed to create the lock mechanism. The combination wheels probably could have come from another – or longer – bolt, but we like the look of the brass against the polished stainless, as well as the etched numbers and subtle knurling. The whole thing is a locksmithing tour de force, and the video below captures all of it without any fluff or nonsense.

If working in steel and brass isn’t your thing, fear not – a 3D-printed combination lock is probably within your reach. Or laser cut wood. Or even plain paper, if you’re not into the whole security thing.

Turning A Single Bolt Into A Combination Lock
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Mid-engine 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette will be priced below $60,000 – Roadshow

Chevrolet’s long-awaited, mid-engine Corvette will be a serious performance bargain. Mid-engine 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette will be priced below ,000 – Roadshow
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2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention – Roadshow

In a move that may cause underworld temperatures to plummet, Chevrolet’s new Corvette is mid-engined and ready to go supercar hunting. 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention – Roadshow
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Bud Light: Free beer for any alien that escapes Area 51 – CNET

Take me to your liter. Bud Light: Free beer for any alien that escapes Area 51 – CNET
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YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs (Brandon Bilinski/YouTube Blog)


Brandon Bilinski / YouTube Blog:

YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs  —  Imagine listening to a new track by your favorite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch …

YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs (Brandon Bilinski/YouTube Blog)
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Chinese AI voice recognition company iFlytek has raised ~$407M from a state-backed industry fund and several provincial government funds via a private placement (Sarah Dai/South China Morning Post)


Sarah Dai / South China Morning Post:

Chinese AI voice recognition company iFlytek has raised ~$407M from a state-backed industry fund and several provincial government funds via a private placement  —  Company to invest 2.05 billion yuan in its AI speech platform, with 1.18 billion yuan coming from proceeds …

Chinese AI voice recognition company iFlytek has raised ~7M from a state-backed industry fund and several provincial government funds via a private placement (Sarah Dai/South China Morning Post)
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Dark Phoenix, Mystique and Storm just got their own X-Men Barbie dolls – CNET

Mattel revealed the new dolls at Comic-Con to celebrate Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary. Dark Phoenix, Mystique and Storm just got their own X-Men Barbie dolls – CNET
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Stan Lee returns in new animated series – CNET

Lee will be back as a kid in animated project The Amazing Stan. Stan Lee returns in new animated series – CNET
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Every Comic-Con 2019 trailer: It 2, Top Gun sequel, Cats – CNET

Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, Pennywise. See it all here! Every Comic-Con 2019 trailer: It 2, Top Gun sequel, Cats – CNET
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The SpongeBob SquarePants cast loves all your memes – CNET

But at Comic-Con 2019, the writers say they still live by one rule: don’t try to force something to go viral. The SpongeBob SquarePants cast loves all your memes – CNET
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Cats movie: Trailer reveals Taylor Swift as Bombalurina and first look at 'digital fur' – CNET

The first trailer for the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s poems is here. Are you ready for it? Cats movie: Trailer reveals Taylor Swift as Bombalurina and first look at 'digital fur' – CNET
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A (Card) Table-Top Turing Machine Of Magic: The Gathering Cards

Within normal rules of collectible card game Magic: The Gathering a player may find themselves constrained to only a single legal course of action forward. It’s a situation players could craft to frustrate their opponents, though the victims usually break free after a few moves. But under a carefully crafted scenario, players would have no choice but to become the execution engine for a Turing-complete programming language written with Magic cards via techniques detailed in this paper.

One of the authors of this paper, [Alex Churchill], started working on this challenge in 2010. We covered an earlier iteration of his work here, and his own criticism that it was dependent on player cooperation. At various points, the game rules state a player “may” take certain actions and the construct falls apart if our player chooses the wrong thing. It would be as if a computer was built out of transistors that “may” switch as commanded or not, which would not be a very reliable method of computation.

To improve reliability of this particular Turing machine execution engine, the team combed through rules and cards to devise an encoding where the player is only ever presented with a single legal course forward. This ensures deterministic execution of the instruction stream, and now with proof of Turing-completeness in hand, we congratulate [Alex] on a successful conclusion to his decade-long quest.

We have a primer available for anyone who wants a refresher on Turing machines. They are utterly impractical but fun for hackers to build, and they are typically constructed of electronics and LEDs instead of ink on cardboard.

Via Ars Technica, who have presented their own analysis of this machine.

Main image: Unspecified set of Magic: The Gathering cards by [Robert] CC BY 2.0

A (Card) Table-Top Turing Machine Of Magic: The Gathering Cards
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