While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’

While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’

Last week, President Trump said no politician had been “treated worse” than him. The internet pointed out some presidents who might challenge that. The post While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’ appeared first on WIRED.
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35-Year-Old Teen Casey Neistat Says a Few Stupid Things

After creating a pointless app no one used and then selling it (and himself) to CNN for a reported $ 25 million, vlogger-to-the-stars and sentient pair of distressed Ray-Bans Casey Neistat became the poster boy for failing upward.

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Open Source Pioneer Mark Shuttleworth Says Smart “Edge’ Devices Spawn Business Models

Ubuntu, a version of the Linux computer operating system, runs on many of the servers that power cloud computing. Ubuntu pioneer Mark Shuttleworth …

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Google’s smart speaker will be cheaper than the Amazon Echo, report says

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Amazon might be getting a little worried.

Pricing details for Google’s upcoming smart speaker, the Amazon Echo-like Google Home, may have just been leaked and they suggest that Google’s speaker will be a lot cheaper than Amazon’s.

The speaker will sell for $ 129 when it goes on sale later this year, according to a report in Android Police. Google Home, which the company first introduced at its I/O developer conference in May, is a speaker that also has Google Assistant built in. (You can preview the assistant in the company’s new messaging app, Allo.) It can also control smart home devices, complete searches and help you manage tasks like managing your grocery list. Read more…

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Cloud group says simpler EU e-signature rules are still too complex

European Union rules for electronic signatures change on Friday to make a clear distinction between the identity of the person signing, and that of the authority guaranteeing the integrity of the data, but the technology needs to be still simpler, vendors say.

The new rules are intended to simplify the process of electronically signing contracts between businesses, or between businesses and persons, and across international borders where different and often incompatible electronic signature rules apply today.

But while the new rules will simplify the legal environment, today’s technical environment makes it too difficult to create and securely manage digital identities, according to the Cloud Signature Consortium.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may unlock with a glance, report says

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Fingerprint scanners are an excellent way to secure your smartphone from hackers (or prying partners). But as we’ve seen before, if someone really wanted to break into your device and steal your data, they can do it by lifting your fingerprint and printing out a mold.

What’s harder to steal is a scan of your iris. No two people have the same iris pattern. And since your eyes aren’t like your fingers, constantly touching things and leaving behind prints, they’re even more secure as forms of biometric protection.

Rumors from earlier this year hinted at the possibility of Samsung’s next Galaxy Note coming with an iris scanner and now mobile device leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (@evleaks) has all but confirmed it. Read more…

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Apple won’t be funding GOP convention due to Trump, report says

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Facebook will have a lounge, Google will be live streaming and Microsoft will be providing tech products at the Republican National Convention this fall, but Apple is expected to be absent.

According to Politico, Apple won’t be providing funding nor tech to the Cleveland event, in contrast to past conventions, because of GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Citing Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, two unnamed sources “familiar with” Apple’s plans told Politico Apple would be sitting this convention out. Apple declined to comment on the matter in an email to Mashable. Read more…

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Microsoft reverses course, says ‘no thanks’ to Bitcoin payments

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Google says its voice search system is now more accurate, especially in noisy places

Google voice search on the web.

If you’ve noticed Google doing a better job of understanding what you say using speech recognition on your smartphone lately, you’re not crazy. Google’s voice search has indeed become more accurate, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the tech company announced today.

“Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques,” Google Speech Team members Haşim Sak, Andrew Senior, Kanishka Rao, Françoise Beaufays and Johan Schalkwyk wrote in a blog post today. “These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!”

The new models are working in the Google app for iOS and Android, as well as dictation on Android, which works inside of some third-party apps, the team members wrote.

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Google has reported improvements in voice search not once but twice this year. Clearly the company has been investing in the underlying technology. RNNs are one increasingly popular approach to doing deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, and Google is widely thought to have a deep bench in deep learning.

But Apple and Microsoft, among others, have also been working to improve their voice recognition capabilities. Meanwhile, Facebook is also doing more in the area, having acquired a speech recognition company, Wit.ai, some months ago.

Speech could become more important as an input to searching the Web in the years to come. Baidu’s Andrew Ng, who is known for his work on the so-called Google Brain, last year predicted that within five years “50 percent of queries will be on speech or images.”

“In addition to requiring much lower computational resources, the new models are more accurate, robust to noise, and faster to respond to voice search queries — so give it a try, and happy (voice) searching!” wrote Sak, Senior, Rao, Beaufays, and Schalkwyk.

Read the full blog post for more detail on how the team managed to get the new performance gains.

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