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FCC chair ‘stands by’ Sinclair merger review after Trump tweets it’s ‘sad and unfair’

FCC chair ‘stands by’ Sinclair merger review after Trump tweets it’s ‘sad and unfair’

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During an oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday afternoon, FCC chairman Ajit Pai responded to a tweet from the president saying the commission’s call for a hearing over Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media was “disgraceful.” Pai said he “stands by” his decision but did not address the president’s tweet […]

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Intel’s Xeon Scalable Roadmap Leaks: Cooper Lake-SP, Ice Lake-SP Due in 2020

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Recently a Chinese university has published a collection of slide-decks from various companies covering a server/HPC event. Among the slides, Intel had a seemingly longer comprehensive presentation describing Intel’s conceptual approaches to HPC to analysis of various workloads, and most interestingly, future plans and what looks to be an up-to-date server roadmap. According to slides […]

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Amazon is making it easier for all Alexa devices to work together

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Amazon first introduced Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) to its first-party Echo devices nearly two years ago. ESP makes sure that only the Echo device closest to you in your home will respond, and it’s ideal if you have multiple Echo devices. While Amazon has been trying to expand this feature to third-party devices, most Alexa-enabled […]

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YouTube expands its VR app to Samsung’s Gear VR device and lets you watch videos with strangers

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YouTube is expanding its virtual reality app to support Samsung’s Gear VR devices, and it’s also adding a new feature that lets users watch a video together and chat. If you own a Gear VR device, you’ll be able to download the app from the Oculus Store beginning this week, Google announced today in a […]

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Google Drive is about to hit 1 billion users

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Google Drive, the company’s flagship file storage service, is in its sixth year running, and now, according to the company, Drive is about to be used by 1 billion people worldwide. The announcement came from the Google Cloud Next conference in San Fransisco, according to TechCrunch, though Google wouldn’t get into the details about exactly […]

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Google releases final beta preview of Android P before launch

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Google is rolling out the final preview version of Android P today ahead of its public release sometime next month. Android VP Dave Burke notes that this beta 4 (developer preview 5) build includes “final system behaviors.” So Google’s new gesture-based navigation for Android P should be locked in and finalized as of this release. […]

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Fan artists explain why the wave of She-Ra fan art is subversive and uplifting

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On July 16th, graphic novelist, screenwriter, producer, and animator Noelle Stevenson revealed four images online, and set off a tiny internet war. Those images were the first stills from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Stevenson’s upcoming Netflix reboot of the 1980s Filmation / Mattel collaboration She-Ra: Princess of Power, a companion show to He-Man […]

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Intel Provides Royalty-Free License for Data Bus to DARPA’s Modular Chips Initiative

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Taking place this week is DARPA’s 2018 Electronic Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit, the defense research agency’s first gathering to address the direction of US technology manufacturing as Moore’s Law slows down, and how the agency can jumpstart alternative efforts to ensure continued performance scaling. To that end, in an interesting and unexpected move from the […]

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This brain-controlled prosthetic will lend you a hand — and a whole arm

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For years, scientists have been exploring how we can use signals from the brain to control prosthetic limbs. Usually, this work is focused on restoring motor function to people who have lost an arm or a leg, but new research from Japan shows how the same technology can also be used to augment existing human […]

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Hori’s Switch-enhanced GameCube controllers are coming just in time for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Back at E3, Nintendo announced that it would be bringing back the classic GameCube controller for the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this December. But Nintendo won’t be the only company with a new retro controller this year, with Hori announcing its own, officially licensed GameCube-style controllers for the Switch, too. Unlike Nintendo’s upcoming […]

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