Sat.May 01, 2021

Reinforcement learning competition pushes the boundaries of embodied AI

Venture Beast

The ThreeDWorld Transport Challenge lets embodied AI scientists test a robot's ability to physically sense and interact with the environment. Read More.

Valorant developer Riot will begin recording player voice chat to combat harassment


Unfortunately, some players go beyond lamenting the poor skill of their teammates and descend into the realm of "toxicity" -- where the slurs, "hate speech," and harassment starts to come out. Though muting these players is always an option, it's also one some players are getting tired of exercisin


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How Intel is leveraging AI to drive sales

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Intel is adopting AI internally to bolster its sales and marketing efforts, including through the use of natural language processing. Read More.

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A violent delidding reveals that Intel's Sapphire Rapids CPUs could have up to 80 cores


Eighty cores is twice the amount you can currently purchase from Intel for up to $8,099, though it’s only a third more than what AMD could sell you for $7,890. But Intel’s flashiest Xeons and AMD’s shiniest Epycs are more similar than you'd imagine; they share the same clock speeds

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The Unexpected Cost of Data Copies

This paper will discuss why organizations frequently end up with multiple data copies and how a secure "no-copy" data strategy enabled by the Dremio data lake service can help reduce complexity, boost efficiency, and dramatically reduce costs.

Data science in a post-COVID world

Venture Beast

We can't just go back to our pre-COVID data models once the pandemic is over. We'll need to be continuously monitoring and testing. Read More. Big Data VB Home Page category-/Business & Industrial data science

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Following huge quarter for tablet shipments, iPad remains number one seller


Globally, tablet sales in Q1 2021 stood at 39.9 million units – a huge increase compared with last year’s sales of 25.7 million. Apple’s iPad represented 31.7 percent of shipments in the recent quarter, with Samsung clocking-in at second place with a 20 percent share. Lenovo and Amazon took third

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California appeals court finds Amazon responsible for third party sellers’ products

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. An appeals court in California has ruled that Amazon can be held liable for products sold through its marketplace by a third-party seller, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Polar Bear-Grizzly Hybrids, Aka Pizzly Bears, May Be Growing More Common Due to Climate Crisis

GizModo VR

What do you get when you cross a polar bear and a grizzly bear? A fluffy reminder of how climate change is transforming our planet at an alarming rate. Read more.


How Starlink, Project Kuiper and other satellite broadband providers could change society


Imagine a world where high-speed internet blankets every corner of the globe, transforming the way people access health care, education and entertainment. That’s the promise of up-and-coming satellite broadband — an ambitious and controversial plan to connect far reaches of the planet.

Broadband Providers Revolt Against New York Law That Forces Them to Offer $15 and $20 Plans

GizModo VR

A coalition of broadband associations representing providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile sued New York on Friday over a law passed earlier this month that requires them to offer affordable internet for low-income families at rates of $15 and $20 per month beginning in mid-June. Read more.

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

Enjoy these limited-time tech and gaming discounts

The Verge

Apple. We’ve reached the weekend, and the start of another month. Sayonara, April, and hello to May.

California Appeals Court Rules Amazon Can Be Held Liable for Third-Party Sellers' Faulty Products

GizModo VR

A new chapter unfolded this week in Amazon’s years-long legal battle over selling exploding hoverboards. A California appeals court has ruled that the e-commerce giant is responsible for the safety of third-party products sold on its platform, according to the Los Angeles Times. Read more.

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As Epic v. Apple approaches the courtroom, Valve is getting sued over Steam too

The Verge

Just two days before Apple gets dragged into a California court to justify its 30 percent App Store fee — and two days after Microsoft axed its 30 percent cut on PC — we’re learning that gaming giant Valve is now facing down lawsuits against its own 30 percent cut and alleged anticompetitive practices with its PC gaming platform Steam.

Actress Jes Macallan Talks Ava Sharpe Stepping Up and Missing Sara Lance

GizModo VR

It’s Jes Macallan’s time in the spotlight! As Legends of Tomorrow enters its sixth season, Sara Lance is on a spaceship far, far away as an alien captive. With the team without a leader, Ava Sharpe is stepping up.

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Insights on Choosing an Identity Verification Solution Provider

Sort through today’s crowded identity verification solutions landscape with our guide, designed to help you choose the right provider based on your unique needs.

Former Netflix executive convicted of money laundering

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. A former Netflix executive was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from vendors doing business with the company, according to the US Department of Justice.

CW's Naomi Wow's Fans With Kaci Walfall in Show's First Official Image

GizModo VR

The CW is constantly expanding, and now they are welcoming a new show into the fold. DC’s Comics Naomi is coming to the CW, and a new official has been released.

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Sony’s new prime lenses are the small saviors I’ve been looking for

The Verge

Sony’s newest lenses are three new compact primes lenses that each cost $600. The new Sony 24mm f/2.8, 40mm f/2.5, and 50mm f/2.5 are three new compact prime lenses that each cost $599.99 and will be shipping in mid-May.

Kumail Nanjiani and It Director Andy Muschetti Adapting the Book The Doubtful Guest

GizModo VR

What happens when two Hollywood power couples come together to create art? You get a book to screen adaption of Edward Gorey’s book illustrated book, The Doubtful Guest. Read more.

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Cassandra Data Modeling Guide to Best Practices

Are you a developer, database architect, or database administrator that's new to Cassandra but have been tasked with developing a Cassandra schema design? Learn the basic rules to keep in mind when designing your schema for Cassandra.

Epic-backed expert says Apple’s app store profit is as high as 78 percent

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. An expert witness for Epic Games testified that Apple’s App Store had operating margins above 70 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, new court documents show.

Tom Brady is a dead ringer for Judge Doom at the Kentucky Derby

Mashable VR

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Microsoft’s app store changes crank up the Apple pressure

The Verge

Microsoft shook up the PC gaming industry this week with the announcement that it was cutting the fee it takes from game sales on the Windows store.

Redditors found a naked dude in the 'world's largest photo of New York City'

Mashable VR

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Open Source & Open Standards: Navigating the Intricacies of a Symbiotic Partnership

Speaker: Guy Martin, Executive Director of OASIS Open

The COVID-19 global pandemic has raised the already bright visibility of technology to an even higher level. Join Guy Martin, Executive Director at OASIS Open, as he presents this webinar that will discuss how we can make open source and open standards even more effective by helping them recapture their strong partnership.

NASA Suspends SpaceX’s Work on Lunar Lander Until Complaints Over Contract Are Resolved

GizModo VR

NASA has suspended SpaceX’s work on its $2.9 billion lunar lander to return astronauts to the moon due to protests filed Blue Origin and Dynetics, the companies that the space agency didn’t choose to build its lunar lander. Read more.

Emotional photos of Disneyland's reopening show hope for normalcy

Mashable VR

California's Disneyland reopened Friday after being closed for 412 days (but who's counting?) due to COVID. While Disney capped attendance at 25 percent, those lucky guests who were able to show up were emotional, to say the least. A visitor taking it all in on Main Street.

Zillow Group responds to lawsuit filed by Real Estate Exchange, denies antitrust claims


(Bigstock Photo). The news: Seattle-based Zillow Group responded to an antitrust lawsuit filed by Austin-based real estate startup Real Estate Exchange in March that accused Zillow of anticompetitive behavior related to how certain homes are shown on its platform.

NASA's Mars helicopter went further, faster in fourth flight, and we're not done yet

Mashable VR

Another day, another successful flight test for NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter. In fact, the mission has been so successful that it's going to be extended.

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

How the Indian government is silencing its critics


A protester participating at a January 2020 rally against the arrival of Prime Minister Narenda Modi in Kolkata, India. Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto via Getty Images. The Indian government is silencing its critics on Twitter and Facebook.

25 skin tone handshake emoji options are coming in 2022

Mashable VR

After years of texting highlighter-yellow handshakes to our friends, multi-skin toned handshake emoji are coming to our phones in 2022.

Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Florida is on the verge of passing legislation that would fine social media companies like Twitter and Facebook that “knowingly de-platform” political candidates. The bill was first proposed in February by Gov.

Black farmers denied loans teach each other how to make money growing hemp

Mashable VR

You can't tell the story of Angela Dawson, the founder of 40 Acre Cooperative , a nationwide collective helping Black and Indigenous farmers learn about growing hemp, without going back to her great, great grandfather, Jabez Dawson, an enslaved man in Georgia.

Cloud-Scale Monitoring With AWS and Datadog

In this eBook, find out the benefits and complexities of migrating workloads to AWS, and services that AWS offers for containers and serverless computing.