• With the development of generalized AI, what’s the meaning of a person?
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    With the development of generalized AI, what’s the meaning of a person?

    For the next installment of the informal TechCrunch book club, we are reading the fourth story in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation. The goal of this book club is to expand our minds to new worlds, ideas, and vistas, and The Lifecycle of Software Objects doesn’t disappoint.

  • HBO Max's first trailer reminds you it has non-HBO titles, too

    HBO Max's first trailer reminds you it has non-HBO titles, too

    HBO Max is still a few months away from its May launch, but that isn't stopping AT&T and WarnerMedia from trying to drum up some early hype. The streaming service has introduced its first trailer, and it mainly serves to remind you that Warner owns a lot of movies and TV shows beyond HBO. The

  • After Math: Stunning figures

    After Math: Stunning figures

    The news just wouldn't stop dropping this week. First, Parasite absolutely dominated the Oscars, everyone was convinced Bill Gates bought a hydrogen-powered mega-yacht for a hot second (surprise, he didn't), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political party left the entirety of

  • Next version of Chrome brings web AR and NFC to more users
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    Next version of Chrome brings web AR and NFC to more users

    Google is close to making some cutting edge web tech more accessible. The internet giant has released a Chrome 81 beta for Android, Linux, Mac and Windows that adds WebXR support for browser-based augmented reality. Web developers now have a fairly straightforward way to bring AR to users across platforms

  • Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea after coronavirus outbreak
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    Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea after coronavirus outbreak

    The current coronavirus outbreak (aka COVID-19) is affecting the esports world as much as other industries. The Overwatch League is moving cancelled homestand matches at Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai to Seoul, South Korea during weeks 6 and 7 of the competition, with some possibly being attached to

  • Strava now syncs workout data from your Apple Watch
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    Strava now syncs workout data from your Apple Watch

    If you use Strava to track your workouts on an iPhone, you've probably wondered why you couldn't sync your Apple Health data with it. While there is a Strava app for the Apple Watch, there's not as much of an incentive to get the wearable if it your data stays isolated. That might not be

  • Ring footage might not be very useful for catching criminals
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    Ring footage might not be very useful for catching criminals

    Ring has said that camera footage sent to police can help reduce burglaries and catch criminals, but how effective is it, really? It might not be as helpful as you might think. NBC News has conducted an investigation suggesting that Ring's video doorbells and security cameras haven't been of

  • 'PUBG Mobile' pro-level esports tournament kicks off
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    'PUBG Mobile' pro-level esports tournament kicks off

    One of the biggest mobile games today, PUBG Mobile, has kicked off an esports tournament for pro-level players, showing just how much the category has grown in recent years. Mobile games accounted for 33 percent of all app downloads in 2019. And according to Sensor Tower, the online multiplayer battle

  • Ultrasonic bracelet jams the microphones around you
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    Ultrasonic bracelet jams the microphones around you

    Smart speakers and other microphone-equipped devices aren't supposed to listen all the time, but there might be a solution if you aren't willing to take any chances. University of Chicago researchers have built an experimental bracelet that uses ultrasonic broadcasts from 24 speakers to jam

  • Can we debate free will versus destiny in four pages?
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    Can we debate free will versus destiny in four pages?

    The informal TechCrunch book club (which is now a whole week off schedule thanks to the news cycle — let’s see if we can catch up here shortly!) is now venturing into the very, very short story What’s Expected of Us, the third piece in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection. If you haven’t already, be sure

  • SpaceX delivers the Crew Dragon capsule to its launch site
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    SpaceX delivers the Crew Dragon capsule to its launch site

    The SpaceX Crew Dragon, which is slated to be the first spacecraft to carry humans to orbit from American soil since 2011, has arrived at its Cape Canaveral launch site. NASA and SpaceX are already preparing the vehicle for its first flight manned test and will put it through final testing and prelaunch

  • Love at first fold: 24 hours with Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip
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    Love at first fold: 24 hours with Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip

    I'll admit it, when Samsung teased the Galaxy Fold at its Developer Conference in 2018, I wasn't sold on the concept. Sure, the technology was impressive, but it just seemed gimmicky to me. The only benefit I could think of for folding displays would be if they made regular-sized phones smaller

  • The latest 'Fortnite' emote lets you Rickroll your foes
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    The latest 'Fortnite' emote lets you Rickroll your foes

    It's not uncommon to troll your Fortnite enemies with a victory dance, but the latest one might be particularly insidious. Epic Games has added a purchasable "Never Gonna" emote to the battle royale brawler that, as the name implies, Rickrolls your opponents -- complete with the real Rick

  • Tesla Model S range edges closer to 400 miles
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    Tesla Model S range edges closer to 400 miles

    When Elon Musk said the Tesla Model S was close to achieving 400 miles on a charge, he wasn't kidding. Tesla has updated the electric luxury sedan's stats once again to give it an EPA estimated range of 390 miles (previously 373 miles) in Long Range Plus trim. You could theoretically drive

  • Recommended Reading: The CIA-owned company that helped it spy on the world
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    Recommended Reading: The CIA-owned company that helped it spy on the world

    The intelligence coup of the centuryGreg Miller,The Washington PostThis in-depth report tells the story of Crypto AG, a Switzerland-based company that achieved success for its code-making machines during World War II. The company eventually became a popular manufacturer of encryption machines for countries

  • The Morning After: Motorola Razr review, and the end of HQ Trivia
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    The Morning After: Motorola Razr review, and the end of HQ Trivia

    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.After an explosive launch in 2017 that had millions of people tuning in to play live on their phones for cash prizes, HQ Trivia has shut down. Its downfall includes a failed acquisition and reported employee mutiny, but mostly, I'm just sad to see it go. Like

  • Golf star Francesco Molinari: Why I use big data
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    Golf star Francesco Molinari: Why I use big data

    Yahoo Finance speaks with golf major champion winner Francesco Molinari about his use of big data to improve his odds of winning the biggest tournaments in the game.

  • Elon Musk's Boring Company is done excavating first Las Vegas tunnel

    Elon Musk's Boring Company is done excavating first Las Vegas tunnel

    The Boring Company has finished excavating the first of the two tunnels planned for Las Vegas Convention Center's underground loop transportation system. If you'll recall, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) tapped Elon Musk's company to develop the LVCC loop, which could

  • Galaxy Z Flip teardown video looks inside Samsung's latest foldable
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    Galaxy Z Flip teardown video looks inside Samsung's latest foldable

    Now that the Galaxy Z Flip is available (even if it's in very limited qualities) of course someone is in a hurry to pull it apart. While iFixit hasn't published a teardown of the device to follow their guide for Motorola's new Razr, the PBKreviews YouTube channel has a look if you're

  • Living with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
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    Living with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

    As stated in my hands-on the other day, the Flip feels more solid than the Fold in just about every way, from the folding mechanism to the display, which now sports foldable protective glass. It’s worth noting what appears to be a bit of caution on Samsung’s part. If I had to venture a guess, it would

  • HQ Trivia game abruptly shuts down after 14 'seasons'
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    HQ Trivia game abruptly shuts down after 14 'seasons'

    HQ Trivia, which was once a popular mobile game where you can earn a few dollars, is no more. CNN has obtained an internal memo from CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov, terminating 25 full-time employees and all contractors because the company has to cease operations immediately. Apparently, HQ Trivia hired

  • Nike's new self-lacing basketball shoes go on sale Sunday for $400
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    Nike's new self-lacing basketball shoes go on sale Sunday for $400

    Last year Nike applied self-tightening / self-lacing tech to a basketball shoe for the first time with its Adapt BB. Now the Adapt BB 2.0 is ready to go on sale this Sunday as the NBA celebrates All-Star Weekend. The shoes have already been worn in-game by Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant (below) and

  • NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions
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    NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

    NASA has announced four projects as part of its Discovery Program, which sees the space agency asking scientists to pitch focused, relatively low-cost missions for it to take on and develop into full-fledged missions. "Although they're not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be

  • Astronomers warn of 'worrisome' light pollution from satellite constellations
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    Astronomers warn of 'worrisome' light pollution from satellite constellations

    The International Astronomical Union has issued the preliminary results from a study on the potential effects of multi-thousand satellite constellations like that being built by StarLink. Finding that Earth-based astronomical observations may be "severely affected," the body warned that mitigations

  • Rumor suggests Apple's 5G iPhone could rely on a custom antenna

    For years, leaks and rumors have targeted 2020 for the arrival of Apple's first iPhone with 5G capabilities. Now we're in the year, and carriers are starting to roll out networks with the high-bandwidth connections. Samsung already revealed that its Galaxy S20 series will offer 5G support across