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Ghostbusters World AR game looks like a spirited Pokemon Go - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
If you've had a dose of a freaky ghost, baby, you better play... this new ghost-capturing mobile game from Sony. Watch out, Slimer.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Launch date, specs, price and everything else we know - CNET - News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Samsung unveils its next generation flagship on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

World’s best headphones converge in NYC jamboree - CNET - News - 2 hours 20 min ago
The Audiophiliac samples a bevy of uber headphones and comes away with an even greater appreciation of the art of headphone design.

Samsung Galaxy S9 event: Watch it live here - CNET - News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Samsung is revealing its answer to the iPhone X on Sunday in Barcelona. Here's how you can follow along.

Dropbox IPO filing shows more than $1B in annual revenue - CNET - News - 2 hours 45 min ago
The company, one of the first of the Silicon Valley unicorns, says it has 11 million paying subscribers out of 500 million total registered users.

How to stop worrying about speaker impedance - CNET - News - 3 hours 20 min ago
The Audiophiliac and ELAC’s speaker designer Andrew Jones set out to demystify speaker impedance.

What happened after the US moved to chip-embedded payment cards?

Ars Technica - 3 hours 51 min ago

Enlarge / Woman paying with card reader. (credit: Getty Images)

The US began its transition to chip-based credit cards in earnest in October 2015, after high-profile credit card hacks in the previous years at Target, Home Depot, Michaels, and other big-box retailers. Today, although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those retailers that have completed the chip upgrade, according to Visa.

There are a few ways to interpret those numbers. First, it seems like two years has resulted in staggeringly little progress in encouraging storefronts to shift from magnetic stripe to chip-embedded cards, given that in early 2016, 37 percent of US storefronts were able to process chip cards.

On the other hand, fraud dropping 70 percent for retailers who install chip cards seems great. Chip-embedded cards aren't un-hackable, but they do make it harder to steal card numbers en masse as we saw in the Target's 2013 breach. Chip cards also can't prevent against Card-Not-Present (or CNP) fraud, which takes place when card information is stolen online, by mail, or over the phone. If retailers upgrade to terminals that accept chip-embedded cards but leave their online marketplaces insecure, they can still leave customers open to fraud and leave themselves open to processing fraudulent payments.

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No scruffy nerf-herders allowed in this Star Wars home theater - CNET - News - 3 hours 52 min ago
Show Us Yours: Missourians Patrick and Stephanie enjoy witnessing the firepower of their fully armed and operational entertainment station.

California Beach Culture Versus Silicon Valley Tech Money: Fight!

Wired - 4 hours 7 min ago
Vinod Khosla is worth billions, and wants to do what he wants with a beautiful Northern California Beach. So he's asking the US Supreme Court to let him.

VW inexplicably decides to build a convertible SUV, baffling everyone - Roadshow - News - 5 hours 7 min ago
The German giant thinks that the way forward to profitability is to chop the roof off of its smallest SUV.

AI trained to spot heart disease risks using retina scan

Ars Technica - 6 hours 6 min ago

The yellow spots in this image are sites of retinal degeneration. (credit: NIH)

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image. You don't even need to care about what it looks for. With enough training, the neural network should be able to pick out details that allow it to make accurate identifications.

For things like figuring out whether there's a cat in an image, neural networks don't provide much, if any, advantages over the actual neurons in our visual system. But where they can potentially shine are cases where we don't know what to look for. There are cases where images may provide subtle information that a human doesn't understand how to read, but a neural network could pick up on with the appropriate training.

Now, researchers have done just that, getting a deep-learning algorithm to identify risks of heart disease using an image of a patient's retina.

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These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best? - CNET - News - 6 hours 22 min ago
100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.

Silicon Valley pub that helped birth PC industry to close because of high rent

Ars Technica - 6 hours 56 min ago

Enlarge / The O sits at 241 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, a short distance from Stanford University. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

MENLO PARK, Calif.—An iconic, family-run burger-and-pizza pub that has been operating in the heart of Silicon Valley for 60 years announced this week that it would close for good on March 7 due to an unaffordable rent.

In addition to being a local favorite, The Oasis Beer Garden—a short drive away from nearby Stanford University—also has a special place in the hearts of many of the region’s early tech pioneers.

Members of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club—a 1970s-era monthly club that met in the early days of personal computing—would often relocate to "The O" as the night wore on.

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Elon Musk blasts off from OpenAI to focus on cars, how to make smart code fair, and more

The Register - 6 hours 57 min ago
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Roundup Welcome, friends. Here's your human-generated, totally not computer written, summary of this week's AI news, beyond what we've already covered. In short: Elon Musk steps down from OpenAI's board, Uber is looking to train new coders in machine learning, and there's a new AI conference.…

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Helps Jupiter Show Off Its Stripes

Wired - 7 hours 7 min ago
Juno completed its eleventh orbit of the planet on February 7, capturing some spectacular images in the process.

Annihilation is a gorgeous movie that went terribly wrong

Ars Technica - 8 hours 6 min ago

Annihilation came with great credentials. It's jam-packed with great actors; it's based on a brilliant, award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer; and it is directed by Alex Garland, the mastermind behind indie breakout Ex Machina. And yet, despite being arguably beautiful, this movie fails on multiple levels. Incoherent, implausible, and often downright embarrassing, it verges on self-parody.

What's frustrating about Annihilation is that the acting is superb, and the concept design is mostly gorgeous. Immersed in the film's macabre, trippy landscapes, it's easy to get lost in the imagery and forget that the plot has fallen to pieces until about halfway through the story.

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Aliens Would Probably Like It If You Gave them Flowers

Wired - 8 hours 7 min ago
Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, author of 'Enlightenment Now,' argues that highly developed civilizations tend toward peace and tolerance.

The Rick Gates Plea, an Apple Watch Mess, and More Security News This Week

Wired - 8 hours 7 min ago
A Mueller probe plea, and Apple snafu, and more of the week's top security news.

Doom on the Switch shows motion controls still have a place - CNET - News - 9 hours 6 min ago
Or, how I learned to stop flailing and love the Joy-Con.

How 'Early Man' mixes painstaking puppetry with a little CG - CNET - News - 9 hours 6 min ago
Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park talks us through Aardman's stop-motion creative process.

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