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Exploring Facebook’s massive, picture-painting AI brain

Inside a 350,000-square-foot building in the hills of Prineville, OR, slotted inside a nondescript server rack, is one of Facebook’s most valuable artificial intelligence tools. It’s called Big Sur, and it’s a hardware system for training software to improve itself over time. It uses enormous amounts of data, funneled in …

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Kinect is almost dead, but it finally has a killer app

Microsoft’s grand vision for the Kinect clearly hasn’t gone according to plan. The few Xbox One games that supported the device for motion or voice controls were mostly forgettable, while the Kinect also largely failed to catch on as a way to navigate the console’s myriad menus. With the upcoming …

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Sega Saturn's DRM has been cracked after 20 years

Twenty years after it was released, the Sega Saturn’s DRM has finally been breached. James Laird-Wah, an engineer known online as Dr. Abrasive, has developed a way for games to be loaded onto the console via USB, skipping past the Saturn’s hardware DRM system that requires game discs to have …

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Three men wrote Wonder Woman, and that's a problem

With Wonder Woman due out next summer, the Warner Bros. PR machine is kicking into high gear to promote the film. As part of its San Diego Comic-Con ramp up, the studio revealed the exciting plot synopsis: an epic Wonder Woman origin story set during World War I. But it’s the …

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ZTE’s Daydream VR-compatible Axon 7 smartphone costs $399.98

ZTE has announced pricing and availability for the Axon 7 smartphone that it revealed last month. The Axon 7 is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone that will be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR system when the latter launches this fall. ZTE is opening preorders of the Axon 7, which sells for $399.98, …

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YouTube to the music industry: here's the money

YouTube and the music industry are frenemies of the first order, a mutually dependent couple that can’t stop bickering in public. The major record labels are currently renegotiating their contracts with the world’s largest online video platform, and so the war of words has been heating up of late. Today, Google …

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This is what the nightmare of multitasking looks like

Pierre Buttin, like most consumers of technology, does a lot of multitasking. Unlike most, however, he has a digital record to prove it. For one week, the French artist took a screenshot every time he switched apps on his laptop or smartphone. He then compiled the screenshots for each day …

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