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Former Microsoft designer leaks likely future of Windows and Xbox “avatars”
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Microsoft’s plan to launch a new “avatar” system for Windows 10 and Xbox users received its most revealing leak yet this week, thanks to an eagle-eyed forum user combing through an ex-Microsoft contractor’s resume. After receiving a splashy reveal at E3 2017, Microsoft’s “Xbox Avatars”—a series of cartoony characters that players can customize and possibly […]

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After a record-long vacancy, NASA likely to finally get a formal leader
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Enlarge / Oklahoma GOP Congressman Jim Bridenstine is Trump’s nominee to become NASA administrator. (credit: Space Foundation) On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a space policy speech at a conference in Colorado. At the beginning of his talk, Pence singled out NASA’s acting administrator Robert Lightfoot for a 30-year career at the space agency, […]

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Apple HomePod likely a no-show at CES, but it could win anyway     – CNET
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The company delayed the release of its smart speaker, missing holiday shopping and potentially CES. Yet, it’s still hard to count out Apple.

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Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro's $5K Price
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Apple will release a professional version of its all-in-one iMac desktop computer with a $5,000 price tag on Thursday. Up to now, all-in-one computers in general and iMacs in particular have been seen as stylish offerings for home and family, but Apple has changed that in a big way with the iMac Pro. Apple has […]

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Earth Will Likely Be Much Warmer In 2100 Than We Anticipated, Scientists Warn
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According to a new analysis of the most realistic climate models to date, global temperature rise by 2100 could be 15 percent higher than the highest projections from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). What this means is that cuts in greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) will have to be even […]

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Wall Street's Research Jobs Are the Most Likely To Be Upended By AI
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Research analysts are the most likely employees on Wall Street to find themselves working with — or being replaced by — robots, according to a survey by Greenwich Associates. By next year, some 75% of banks and financial firms will either explore or implement artificial intelligence technologies, […]

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Dimming of Tabby’s star likely caused by something less sexy than aliens
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Enlarge / This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian’s Star or Tabby’s Star. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) In recent years, a distant star in the constellation Cygnus, known officially as KIC 8462852 and unofficially as Tabby’s star, has intrigued astronomers due to its irregular but significant dimming. As the star […]

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A year in, millions still play Pokémon Go (and will likely attend its festival)
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You can’t even escape Pokémon Go at your local craft beer bottle store. (credit: Nathan Mattise) Just one year ago, Pokémon Go was let loose upon the hapless denizens of Earth. The augmented reality game took gamers by storm by challenging players to catch pokémon IRL. Within just a few days, the title captured an absolutely insane 45 million daily […]

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Krebs Pinpoints the Likely Author of the Mirai Botnet
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The Mirai botnet caused serious trouble last fall, first hijacking numerous IoT devices to make a historically massive Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attack on KrebsOnSecurity’s site in September before taking down a big chunk of the internet a month later. But who’s responsible for making the malware? From a report on Engadget: After his site went […]

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