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FIFA 2020 and Megan Rapinoe? 1,100 fans petition EA to put women’s soccer star on cover

Megan Rapinoe is the star of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the 2019 World Cup. And now fans are petitioning Electronic Arts to put her image on the cover of its next video game, FIFA 2020. Fan Darren Holland started the petition on Change.org after IGN (another gaming news site) posted a mock […]

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Apple’s push for a federal privacy law is reportedly hurting state efforts

Apple is undeniably one of the technology industry’s most public advocates for user privacy, but behind the scenes, the company’s efforts aren’t necessarily as aligned with users’ interests as its marketing might suggest. A new Washington Post report today says that while Apple has repeatedly called for a comprehensive federal privacy law, it has simultaneously […]

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AI warns motorcycle riders before they turn too abruptly

Turns taken too quickly or sharply are responsible for nearly a fifth of all motorcycle accidents, according to estimates, which also suggest misjudged curves are to blame for 15% of rider fatalities. Fortunately, researchers at ETH Zurich and KU Leuven have recently proposed a solution in a paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Learning a […]

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Apple stops selling budget iPhone 6 and SE in India ahead of fall event

Nearly a year after ending direct sales of the iPhone 6 and SE in most countries, Apple is reportedly phasing out its least expensive models in India, raising the entry price of its flagship product line in a large but notoriously price-conscious market. The Economic Times suggests that the change is part of a strategy shift to […]

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People get better at catching deepfakes with practice, research says

The proliferation of deepfakes — AI-generated videos and pictures of events that never happened — has prompted academics and lawmakers to call for countermeasures, lest they degrade trust in democratic institutions and enable attacks by foreign adversaries. But researchers at the MIT Media Lab and the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs backs Umbrella, a community marketplace for boomers

Roughly 55 million people in the U.S. are 65 or older, which comes to around 16% of the population. Between the 2000 and 2010 census, the 65+ age group increased by 15.1% — notably greater than the 9.7% growth rate attributed to the broader population. As people get older, key questions around living arrangements inevitably […]

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If iGlasses are truly on ice, Apple’s 2020 will be dull but lucrative

One of the most difficult things for persistent Apple critics to grasp is that the company’s success — at least, as measured by Wall Street — isn’t as dependent on innovation as might be assumed from the company’s most common (and stinging) criticism. Besides the Apple Watch, Apple hasn’t launched a category-defining product in years, but […]

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Winners of VentureBeat’s first Women in AI Awards announced at Transform 2019

Tonight, Anu Bhardwaj, founder of Women Investing in Women Digital, and Nicole Alexander, SVP and chief innovation expert at Ipsos, announced the winners of VentureBeat’s first-ever Women in AI Awards at the Transform 2019 Diversity in AI reception. Over 140 nominations came from around the world, representing startups, academia, and emerging organizations that have responded […]

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How Walmart is getting more out of its data thanks to Nvidia’s Rapids

Forecasting demand for products used to be a process that would take Walmart weeks. Now, with the help of Nvidia, this key component of supply chain management can happen in hours. Walmart is among the first companies to work with Nvidia’s open source Rapids software, which allows the retail company to more easily churn data […]

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Huawei confirms July launch of first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G

Huawei’s original plan for 2019 called for its foldable Mate X to become its first 5G phone, but a last-minute delay pushed the $2,600 device into September. Now the embattled Chinese company has confirmed that its more conventional smartphone, the Mate 20 X 5G, will be its first 5G phone, with official launches across multiple […]

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Unconfirmed reports suggest Apple has killed AR glasses project

Apple’s project to develop augmented reality glasses qualifies as an open secret, as the company has hired AR engineers, filed related patents, and reportedly iterated on the hardware for two or more years. But a new report from the hit-and-miss Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes (via MacRumors) claims that Apple has “terminated AR glasses development,” […]

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Kayak: AI isn’t a ‘wonder weapon’ that will solve all your problems

Kayak processes more than 2 billion search queries a year. As the travel booking site Kayak grew, the company incorporated more sophisticated machine learning algorithms to help people refine their flight, hotel, and rental car searches. Kayak saw AI as a way of making its products smarter and more efficient so that customers can carefully […]

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Roo, is this normal? How teens are talking to a Planned Parenthood chatbot about safe sex

Today’s teens have grown up with the internet. But where a delicate question around sex may be too cagey for parents, Planned Parenthood found that teens aren’t that enthused to turn to social media either. “They don’t want to ask Google. They don’t want to ask YouTube. They don’t want to ask Facebook,” explained Ambreen […]

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OpenAI: Explainability and reasoning should inform future AI models

OpenAI conducts an enormous amount of research in AI subfields from computer vision to natural language processing (NLP). The San Francisco-based firm — which was cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, and others with a $1 billion in backing from luminaries like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Y Combinator chairman Sam Altman […]

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IGDA groups appoint a new generation of leaders

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has appointed two women to serve in key positions at the IGDA and its affiliated charity the IGDA Foundation. Renee Gittins — a game developer, current board member, and secretary — is new executive director at the nonprofit IGDA, succeeding Jen MacLean, who stepped down in April to take […]

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FCC will auction 2.5GHz spectrum for 5G, remove education requirements

(Reuters) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted 3-2 to auction a key band of underused 2.5 GHz spectrum to help advance next-generation 5G wireless networks and scrap requirements that it be used for education. The mid-band spectrum was reserved in the 1960s for what is now known as the Educational Broadband Service. […]

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Etsy uses computer vision to classify listing styles

Style matters a lot to Etsy’s millions of merchandisers. There’s roughly 43 different categories their products occupy, from knitted ware and cosmetics to midcentury modern decor, and the popularity of each style waxes and wanes depending on seasonality. Typically, classifying items requires a great deal of manual labor. But Etsy’s researchers last year embarked on […]

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U.S. to approve Huawei sales where there is no threat to national security

(Reuters) — The U.S. government will issue licenses to companies seeking to sell goods to China’s Huawei where there is no threat to national security, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday, leaving industry observers unsure about which products will pass muster. Seeking to revive trade talks with China, President Donald Trump announced last month […]

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Qualcomm reportedly tests faster, smaller Wear OS-ready Snapdragon CPUs

Google hasn’t yet had a massive hit with any of its Wear OS-powered smartwatches, an issue some observers have blamed on performance gaps between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processors and rival chips developed by Apple and Samsung. But if a new report from Germany’s WinFuture is accurate, that could be set to change in the near future, […]

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Bolt raises $68 million to simplify ecommerce

Bolt — not to be confused with blockchain startup Bolt Labs, hardware investor Bolt, or the ride-sharing firm formerly known as Taxify — aims to accomplish no less than reinventing the ecommerce payments stack top to bottom. The San Francisco-based company, which was founded in 2014 by Eric Feldman and Ryan Breslow, provides a suite […]

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