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Withings undercuts Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG monitoring smartwatch
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Enlarge (credit: Withings) Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be re-acquired by its original owner Éric Carreel last May. While it sells smart scales, thermometers, and other health electronics, the French company has an uphill battle ahead of it in the wearable space thanks to an […]

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Samsung shows off a 75-inch 4K 'Wall' TV made with MicroLEDs
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Last year at CES Samsung showed off the modular MicroLED panels that make up its The Wall TV technology. This year it's updated the tech in two directions — larger and smaller, and apparently even made it see-through? Tonight at an event in Las Vega…

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Will the End of Moore's Law Halt AI Progress?
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johnnyb (Slashdot reader #4,816) writes: Kurzweil’s conception of “The Singularity” has been at the forefront of the media conception of artificial intelligence for many years now. But how close is that to reality? Will AI’s be able to design ever-more-powerful AIs? Eric Holloway suggests that the power of AI has been fueled by Moore’s law […]

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Shutdown means government won't engage with the tech industry at CES
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It's not just FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who'll back out of CES as a result of the US government shutdown. The Consumer Technology Association has confirmed that at least ten government officials have cancelled their speaking engagements at the technolog…

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How Trulia began paying down its technical debt
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As every software company knows, over time as code ages and workarounds build on work-arounds, the code base becomes bloated. It becomes ever more difficult to get around the technical debt that you’ve built up over time. It’s really impossible to avoid this phenomenon, but at some point, companies realize that the debt is so […]

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Tencent AI Lab loses key executive
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Chinese internet giant Tencent just lost a leading artificial intelligence figure. Zhang Tong, who previously worked at Yahoo, IBM and Baidu, has stepped down after directing Tencent’s AI Lab for nearly two years. The scientist will return to academia and continue research in the AI field, Tencent confirmed with TechCrunch on Thursday, adding that it […]

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It's Time to Take a Hard Look at Healthcare Cloud Security
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The healthcare cloud has been growing incredibly, becoming an ever-more-important element of health information technology, or HIT. There are many reasons why the HIT cloud has been becoming more prominent, such as research and development and collaboration. Since the cloud has been expanding so rapidly, this may be a good time to reconsider security — […]

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Could You Live Without Your Smartphone?
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Three-quarters of Canadians own smartphones– and 94% of 15- to 34-year-olds. But this week the Globe and Mail profiled “digital refuseniks” who are “deliberately logging off — and they say it’s done wonders for their imaginations and peace of mind.” They are hidden among us, neither jobless nor friendless, and living quite happily. Cut off […]

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Not Bander-snatched: Black Mirror confirms fifth season plans
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(credit: Netflix) Netflix’s latest Black Mirror “event,” a film titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, launched on the streaming service on Friday. The film has garnered attention for its interactive elements, thus capitalizing on a decision-based system announced in June 2017, and fans of the dark-technology series may very well be excited to tap away and decide […]

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