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When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Human Intelligence, Look Out

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:57

Every tech giant is working on what’s labelled Artificial Intelligence (AI). But just what is AI, really? Simple Machine Learning? Or the duplication of human intellectual capabilities and beyond? John has the story. Plus more news debris.

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FRETX Smart Guitar Learning Device: $69.99

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:25

Check out FRETX, one of those devices I’d write up as Cool Stuff Found if I didn’t get to offer you a deal on it. This device slips onto the neck of your guitar and then lights up to show you where to put your fingers. It’s controlled by a smartphone app, and it’s $69.99 through us. The video below gives a good overview of how it works.

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What’s the Difference Between a Data Backup and an Archive?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:11

These are two different methods and we’ll explain the differences, as well as which method is best for your needs.

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The 2018 Earth Day Activity Challenge for Apple Watch Users is Here

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:31

Since it’s Earth Day, maybe you can use the workout as a challenge to do something good for the environment, like picking up trash on the side of a road.

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No Unified Apple OS for You, Daisy iPhone Recycling Robot – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-20

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:14

Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why macOS and iOS won’t merge into a single operating system for now, and they look at how the iPhone’s long life span stands in contrast to Greenpeace criticism.

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Play Holochess with ARKit on Your iPhone with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:59

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges for the iPhone and iPad just got a cool update that lets you play holochess without Lenovo’s Mirage AR headset. The new update takes advantage of ARKit and your iPhone or iPad’s camera so you can play in your livingroom, or anywhere else you have enough room to walk around the virtual holochess board. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is free, and the new holochess mode requires an ARKit-compatible iPhone or iPad.

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Greenpeace Slams Apple’s iPhone Recycling Robot Daisy

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:58

Greenpeace criticized Apple’s new iPhone recycling robot Daisy saying the company should instead design iPhones that can stay in use longer—a request that seems odd considering the company supports iOS 11 on the five year old iPhone 5s.

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BBC Just Released 16,016 Sound Effects for Free

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:45

If you’re on the hunt for some quality sound effects for you projects, the BBC has your back. The organization has a website where you can download 16,016 of its sound effects ranging from birds chirping to machines and cars, nature sounds, people walking on specific surfaces, and more. You can search for sounds and listen to samples before downloading. They’re all free, but come with a catch: you can use them only for personal, educational, or research purposes. Check them out at the BBC Sound Effects website.

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Cybersecurity Tech Accord: 34 Tech Companies Just Promised a Bunch of Nothing

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

The Accord has gotten some positive headlines, but Bryan Chaffin doesn’t think the announcement stands up to logical scrutiny.

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Users Don’t Want iOS to Merge With macOS

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 23:38

Running iOS apps on macOS is not the same as merging the two OSes. John explains.

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Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar Is Now, Social Network Inertia – ACM 458

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 23:26

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.

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Starting Today, Apple is Making Earth Day Donations and Built a New Robot

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 21:58

When you trade in or recycle an Apple device through the company, eligible devices will earn you credit you can put towards in-store purchases or put on an Apple Store gift card.

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Review: MeWe is a Private Social Network Taking on Facebook

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 21:35

There are no ads—targeted or otherwise—and no tracking users of any kind, such as data mining.

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PSA: Live Photos Include Sound, as This Person Discovered

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:23

He shared the story with Tim Cook, who responded that peoples’ stories like that are deeply inspiring.

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The Broken iMac Pro Controversy, Amazon’s Fire TV Edition – TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-19

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:34

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to discuss the controversy surrounding an iMac Pro Apple reportedly isn’t fixing, plus they look at the viability of Amazon’s new Fire TV Edition.

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Nix Pro Color Sensor: $249

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:03

We have a deal on the Nix Pro Color Sensor, a device that senses color and sends the data to your iPhone, iPad, or android device. The Nix Pro blocks out ambient light, can match to more than 38,000 paint colors, give you  CMYK, HEX, sRGB, CIELAB, LCH, and LRV codes, and more. It’s $249 through us, 28% off retail.

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Amazon’s 100M Prime Subscribers are Big for Streaming Content

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:51

Amazon has over 100 million Prime subscribers, which means now we know how big a competitor the company really is in the streaming video and music market.

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RememBear: TunnelBear Intros New Password Manager

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:01

TunnelBear is expanding beyond VPN services and into password management with its new RememBear app. The app securely stores passwords, credit cards, and more in an AES256 encrypted database, plus it can generate strong passwords for you. The app is available for macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android with autofill extensions for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. It’s free for use on one device, or US$36 a year for sycning with multiple devices, cloud backup, and priority support.

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Facebook ‘Forming Team’ to Design Its Own Processors

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:10

And yeah, sure, you’re thinking so what, and you’re right.

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Watch Intelligence Squared Net Neutrality Debate: Tom Wheeler, Mitchell Baker vs. Michael Katz, Nick Gillespie

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:11

Check out this Intelligence Squared debate on Net Neutrality. I love the Intelligence Squared show, which I listen to on KQED in the Bay Area. This episode hasn’t aired yet, but the video format is up on YouTube now. It features former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker arguing for the motion “Preserve Net Neutrality.” Arguing against the motion is Michael Katz, former Chief Economist of the FCC and Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason magazine.  Here’s the interesting thing, but warning, because it contains spoilers. Those arguing against the motion—i.e. arguing to end Net Neutrality—won the debate. What that means is they shifted more opinions in the audience, who voted before and after the debate. But, those arguing to preserve Net Neutrality carried majority support before and after the debate. If you’ve been wanting to hear reasoned arguments on this topic, this is something you’ll want to watch or listen to. Mind you, those arguing against the motion are just plain wrong, but it’s a great discussion.

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