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Pandora launches automatically generated personalized playlists

Pandora launches automatically generated personalized playlists

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Pandora has announced it is testing personalized playlists with select Pandora Premium users that are automatically generated based on a person’s individual listening habits, as reported by TechCrunch. The playlists will appear over time and auto-populate in up to 60 different categories, like “Your Party Soundtrack” or “Your Chill Soundtrack.” Pandora is leveraging its Music […]

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Consumer genetic tests may have a lot of false positives

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Consumer genetic tests may bring up a lot of false positives, according to a new study that compared results from direct-to-consumer tests to results from clinical laboratories. In this case, 40 percent of the results from the consumer tests were false positives. But it’s important to note that the findings, published online this week in […]

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How a creative think tank in Austin is developing a new generation of interactive storytellers

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In the world of immersive entertainment, high-end activations like HBO’s sprawling, real-world re-creation of Westworld or Disney’s upcoming Star Wars expansion lands get most of the attention. But at this year’s South by Southwest, one of the most exciting and forward-thinking pieces of immersive work wasn’t there to promote a movie or TV show. It […]

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Google Home can now play music through your other Bluetooth speakers

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Google’s Home, Home Mini, and Home Max speakers can now play music and other audio on the other Bluetooth speakers you might have around the house. This is particularly useful for people who own the Home Mini. The company’s affordable, compact speaker is perfect for querying Google Assistant, but lacks oomph and depth when it […]

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‘Selfie medicine’ might help people take their pills — at the cost of their privacy

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One of the most frustrating problems in medicine is that up to half of patients don’t take their medication properly. Researchers are now studying whether requiring patients to upload videos of them taking pills can fix this issue. And while some results are promising, the initiative is the latest attempt at a technological solution fraught […]

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Barnes and Noble’s new app makes finding your next read less overwhelming

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For publishers and authors, book discovery is a continual challenge. Sites like Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords contain hundreds of millions of books, which makes the task of connecting a reader to the right read difficult amid the clutter. This week, Barnes and Noble released a new app called Browsery that seeks to solve that problem […]

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Uber scaled back the number of sensors on its self-driving cars: report

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As we wait for the first report from the National Traffic Safety Board on the fatal Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona, new details about the ride-hailing company’s self-driving program continue to trickle out. And as you would expect, it’s more bad news. Most notably, Uber reduced the number of LIDAR sensors on its vehicles when […]

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Intel’s Last Atom in Smartphones: A 2018 Benchmark

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Intel’s push into smartphones over the last 10 years has been well documented, as well as the subsequent downfall after its Broxton smartphone SoCs were cancelled in April 2016. This was not the ‘end’ for Atom in smartphones: an agreement between Intel and Spreadtrum, a low-end SoC vendor based in Asia, kept Intel SoCs going […]

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More Alexa-enabled lamps are coming

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I’m sure you’ve always wanted a lamp with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in, and Amazon wants to make sure companies can sell you one. Today, the Alexa maker announced the first reference design for a smart lamp that includes a microphone, speaker, and support for Alexa. Amazon approves and tests third-party white-box solutions, so hardware […]

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Rare galaxy found without any dark matter

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