Galaxy S7 sales drive Samsung profit growth

Samsung Electronics has announced its earnings for the first quarter of 2016, and they’re slightly better than predicted; the company made 6.68 trillion won off 49.78 trillion won in revenue, respective jumps of 12 percent and 6 percent on a year ago. Samsung says the profit growth was led by …

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Kendall Jenner: model, app star… Sims superfan?

I don’t have many opportunities to relate to Kendall Jenner, the reserved Kardashian half-sister who’s become one of the world’s most popular and successful models in recent years. She pals around with designers and other celebrities, hops on the cover of a new magazine every other week, and is generally …

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The Lumen app emulates an analog video synth

Traditional video synths take video input, or just simple waveforms, and turn them into something weird and psychedelic. Now, a Portland-based software development firm, Paracosm, is digitizing that analog experience through its new Mac OS app. Lumen does for video synthesizers what Garage Band did for making music. The app …

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Elon Musk's non-profit wants AIs to compete for Atari high scores

Today, Elon Musk and Sam Altman’s OpenAI non-profit published its first batch of open-source code, aimed at making AI programs smarter, more diverse, and less murderous. Called “OpenAI Gym,” the new code consists of a series of “environments” designed to test and improve various machine learning systems. Most of those environments are standard tasks …

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Pour one out for AT&T Edge (or praise its death, your call)

AT&T has confirmed the plans it made four years ago to shut down its 2G EDGE network by 2017. Its demise set off a raging debate in our Circuit Breaker chat room, along the following lines: 2G was essential to the smartphone revolution! Everything that came before the iPhone (and …

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Volvo autonomous car engineer calls Tesla’s Autopilot a ‘wannabe'

Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous technology gives drivers the ability to take their hands off the wheel, while the car effectively drives itself on the highway. At launch, drivers didn’t even need to touch the wheel to show that they were still awake and in the driver’s seat. It’s impressive technology and perhaps …

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Leica's next camera may not have an LCD screen

Someone tell Leica it’s 2016. The German camera maker is preparing to release a production M-Series Leica without an LCD screen. According to leaked images and details from Meister Camera and Leica Rumors, the M-D Typ 262 will be the first digital M-Series camera to go into production without a display. (Leica released …

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Dead body found at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino

Reports are coming in that a dead body has been found at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Though it appears that neither Apple nor local law enforcements authorities are commenting, Matt Keller, a reporter for ABC7 News out of San Jose, has said that it was a man and a gun …

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