Daily Archives: July 25, 2018

2.5 billion people use at least one of Facebook’s apps

Facebook is hiding that users are leaving its main app but sticking with Instagram and WhatsApp by publicizing a new metric. Facebook today for the first time announced that in June, 2.5 billion people used at least one of its apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger. That’s a helpful number because it counts real people, rather than accounts, since people ...

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No charges against cops who shot Latino man in the back after picking wrong house to serve warrant

A grand jury has failed to indict two Southaven Police officers who fatally shot a man and his dog after they picked the wrong house to serve an arrest warrant. The decision has outraged the family of the victim. The controversial altercation happened last July, when three police officers arrived at a mobile home park in Southaven, Mississippi, to serve ...

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Apple touts iPhone gaming performance in new ad

Many people have talked about the performances of the new MacBook Pro over the past few days. But Apple focuses on the A11 Bionic chip in its new TV ad. [embedded content] Named ‘Unleash’, this ad shows a young man walking down the streets of a Chinese city filled with Mobike and Ofo bikes. He’s playing a game on his ...

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Computer vision researchers build an AI benchmark app for Android phones

A group of computer vision researchers from ETH Zurich want to do their bit to enhance AI development on smartphones. To wit: They’ve created a benchmark system for assessing the performance of several major neural network architectures used for common AI tasks. They’re hoping it will be useful to other AI researchers but also to chipmakers (by helping them get ...

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White House bans CNN pool reporter from Trump event after ‘did Cohen betray you’ barrage

The White House has defended its decision to bar CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins from covering a Donald Trump event. The WH press service said it found her behavior disrespectful to the presidency and to his distinguished EU guest. The CNN White House correspondent was told not to cover another of President Donald Trump’s events on Wednesday evening, after she tried ...

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Dropbox add-on makes it easier to manage Gmail attachments

When Dropbox announced it was integrating its storage product with GSuite in March, it was more of a heads up that the two companies were working together. Today at Google Next, Dropbox announced a new add-on to manage Gmail attachments in Dropbox. Ketan Nayak, a product manager at Dropbox says this is the first concrete piece to come out of ...

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Facebook cracks down on right-wing group in Brazil ahead of elections, sparking outrage

Facebook has shut down an alleged network of almost 100 ‘fake accounts’ with conservative leanings in Brazil. The government there now wants explanations from the social network, amid a backlash over apparent election-meddling “As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent abuse and after rigorous research, we have removed a network of 196 Pages and 87 Profiles in Brazil that ...

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Android P’s final beta preview is live

Good news for people who like near-final previews of mobile operating systems. Android just dropped Beta 4 for Android P, marking the last preview milestone before the full version launches. That means the still unnamed OS is just around the corner — promised to arrive at some point later this summer. As all of the above implies, this build should ...

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Daring entrepreneurs may simply be driven by mind-altering cat parasite – study

A parasite carried by cats and known to suppress fear may be the key driver behind the decisions of people infected by it to make bold moves, such as starting their own business, a new study has revealed. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that affects many warm-blooded animals, but cats are its only known definitive host, in which it can ...

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No shrinking violets: Pompeo defends Trump policies before Senate

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sparred for hours with the Senate Foreign Relations committee, divided along partisan lines but united in hostility to Russia and disdain for the policies of President Donald Trump. Democrats demanded that Pompeo explain what Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed at the summit in Helsinki last week, what (if anything) actually happened as ...

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