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21 Apr 06:10

Pedestrians trample over car blocking crossing

There is little more infuriating than a selfish motorist blocking a zebra crossing on a busy city street. To teach one such ignorant motorist a lesson, the pedestrians in this short clip...
20 Apr 07:55

MasterCard adds fingerprint sensors to payment cards

by Cherlynn Low
Our fingerprints are quickly replacing PINs and passwords as our primary means of unlocking our phones, doors and safes. They're convenient, unique, and ultimately more secure than easily guessed or forged passwords and signatures. So it makes sense...
18 Apr 21:18

AMD Announces the Radeon RX 500 Series: Polaris Refreshed, Starting Today

by Ryan Smith

This morning AMD is taking the wraps off of their next line of video cards, the Radeon RX 500 series. Like past video card lineup refreshes, the RX 500 series is based on AMD’s existing GPU architecture, Polaris, but shipping in new configurations and at new prices in order to boost AMD’s GPU performance and their competitiveness. This gives AMD and its partners something new to sell for 2017, while at the same time also giving them something even faster to tempt current 300/200 series owners into upgrading to Polaris. Adding an extra wrinkle into all of this, there’s even a new Polaris GPU joining the family, albeit at the low end.

18 Apr 10:40

Steve Ballmer builds an open database of government spending

by Daniel Cooper
Our leaders may be determined to make their daily dealings less transparent, but they probably didn't reckon on bored Steve Ballmer. The former Microsoft CEO has spent more than $10 million on a new project to open up the US government budget. USA Fa...
17 Apr 08:30

Furious 8 Beats Force Awakens' Global Debut Record

by Jim Vejvoda

If this weekend's box office estimates hold then The Fate of the Furious will surpass Star Wars: The Force Awakens to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time.

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the 16-year-old franchise, grossed $532.5 million worldwide in its opening weekend. The previous record holder, The Force Awakens, made $529 million in its 2015 bow.

Fate grossed an estimated $100.2 million domestically and $432.2 million internationally, breaking the record previously held by another Universal release, Jurassic World ($316.7 million). Before Fate, Jurassic World had been Universal's biggest worldwide debut with $525.5 million.

Fate's international tally includes $190 million from China alone, where it now holds the record for the country's biggest three-day opening for a Hollywood movie. (It should be noted that The Force Awakens did not open day and date in China as Fate did.)

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17 Apr 08:28

UK driving tests to include sat nav skills from December

by Matt Brian
In biggest shake-up of the standardised driving exam since the introduction of the theory test, UK drivers will be required to demonstrate that they can navigate using a sat nav. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed that from Decem...
17 Apr 07:31

Toddlers who use touchscreens sleep less, study says

by Steve Dent
Toddlers really need their sleep. It's crucial when our brains our first developing, so early problems can ripple across your lifetime. That makes a report by Birbeck University of London researchers somewhat disturbing -- they found that toddlers be...
16 Apr 09:42

The Ducklings of Spring

by Admin
There is an old saying that no matter how long the winter lasts the spring is sure to follow.  With the spring comes new life – a new generation takes its first tentative steps in to the world.  Although people associate spring with many animals there is surely something about the sight of ducklings which lifts the heart and puts a hopeful smile on the face. So here they come, the ducklings of spring! And yes, perhaps it is just a reason for a cute fest!

Spring is nature's way of saying, Let's party!  ~Robin Williams 

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. ~ Aristotle

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.  ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe 

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. ~ Dave Barry 

I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg. ~James M. Barrie

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw 

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  ~Hal Borland

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.  ~Margaret Atwood

I am not young enough to know everything. ~Oscar Wilde

Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment.  ~Ellis Peters

We are none of us infallible--not even the youngest of us. ~W. H. Thompson

Spring has returned.  The Earth is like a child that knows poems.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.  ~William Shakespeare

Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope. ~Aristotle

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!  ~Wallace Stevens

You're never too old to become younger ~Mae West

Tis a month before the month of May, and the spring comes slowly up this way. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Young people need models, not critics ~John Wooden

Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
Rock'd in the cradle of the western breeze. ~ William Cowper,
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15 Apr 10:03

Shadow Brokers release also suggests NSA spied on bank transactions

by Richard Lawler
Besides a cache of potentially damaging zero-day exploits against many versions of Windows, another element of today's Shadow Brokers release is a folder titled SWIFT. Inside, it has documents listing the internal structure at EastNets, a Dubai-based...
15 Apr 10:03

Microsoft says it already patched 'Shadow Brokers' NSA leaks

by Richard Lawler
Yesterday, the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" posted some hacking tools for Windows that were allegedly stolen from the NSA. All of them were at least a few years old, but exploited flaws in several versions of the operating system to move across networ...
14 Apr 15:11

Star Wars Casts, Filmmakers Unite at Celebration

by Jim Vejvoda

Star Wars Celebration kicked off in grand fashion Thursday with the "40 Years of Star Wars" panel, moderated by Return of the Jedi and Rogue One's Warwick Davis, that brought together many of the stars and filmmakers behind the beloved saga.

Previously announced guests included Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor/Darth Sidious), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm President), and Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels). But it wouldn't be a true fan convention without appearances by some surprise guests.

To roaring applause from fans, George Lucas took the stage and shared his thoughts on the franchise, saying he created the saga for kids. "I'm not supposed to say this and I wasn't supposed to say it then, but it's a film for 12 year olds," he said.

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13 Apr 12:50

Prison inmates built DIY PCs and successfully hooked them up to the internet

by Burton)
Prison inmates built DIY PCs and successfully hooked them up to the internet

No, this isn't an episode of Orange is the New Black

13 Apr 07:18

A Yelp bot will deliver your sushi in San Francisco

by David Lumb
While Amazon continues refining its delivery-by-UAV dream, Yelp is gearing up to test a grounded method to autonomously transport take out. The company is partnering with Marble to use their wheeled drone, which is designed to carry perishable cargo,...
13 Apr 07:18

Prototype Genesis SUV melds hydrogen and plug-in power

by Jon Fingas
It hasn't even been two years since Hyundai spun out its Genesis luxury badge as a separate division, but the new group is already making a name for itself. Genesis has unveiled its first experimental SUV, the GV80 Concept, and the prototype clearly...
12 Apr 08:15

The classic Tamagotchi toy is back

by Jon Fingas
You've already seen Nintendo revive the NES and Nokia reintroduce the 3310, so why not resurrect more '90s tech? Bandai certainly doesn't see a problem with it. The company has relaunched the classic Tamagotchi toy in near-original form to mark its...
12 Apr 08:10

'Star Wars Battlefront II' trailer leaks out a few days early

by Richard Lawler
EA promised to reveal a trailer for its Star Wars Battlefront sequel on April 15th during the Star Wars Celebration event, but it appears to have popped up online a bit early. The 30-second teaser clip shows "game engine footage," with hints at what...
10 Apr 05:26

Carrie Fisher will be in 'Star Wars: Episode IX' without use of CG

by Jon Fingas
Lucasfilm swore that it wouldn't create a digital version of the late, great Carrie Fisher for future Star Wars movies, but that doesn't mean she'll be cut out entirely. Her brother Todd has revealed that Disney still wants to include Carrie in Episo...
09 Apr 08:21

Game of Thrones: Promos May Reveal New Character Looks

by Alex Osborn

HBO has released a trio of new promos that feature a number of cast members from Game of Thrones, sporting what could be their new looks for Season 7.

The network posted all of the three promos on Facebook, one of which you can watch below:

We've put together a gallery with images of each character featured in the promos. Give it a look below to see Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and many more.

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07 Apr 11:53

How Syria is still using chemical weapons in 2017

by Kelsey D. Atherton
Syria chemical weapons

It surrendered weapons, not weapons scientists

Here are some ways a country could rebuild a chemical weapon stockpile…
07 Apr 11:46

McLaren's F1 team will 3D print parts trackside

by Matt Brian
When McLaren Racing heads to the Bahrain Grand Prix next week, the constructor will take with it something the motorsport has not yet seen trackside: a 3D printer. The Formula One team has confirmed that as an expansion of its partnership with 3D pri...
07 Apr 11:46

NVIDIA's Titan Xp is the new king of graphics cards

by Steve Dent
Much to the consternation of last-gen Titan X owners, NVIDIA recently unveiled the GTX 1080 Ti, a GPU that offers more performance for nearly half the price. Luckily, rich gamers can get regain bragging rights by dropping another $1,200 on the Titan...
07 Apr 11:36

H1B Visa Rule Labeling Computer Programmers as 'Specialty' Rescinded

by John Keefer

Things have been changing quite a bit in Washington, D.C., when it comes to immigration, thanks to the new regime. Unfortunately, a new memo being sent out from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be making it harder for computer programmers coming from outside the country to get their H1B work visas, which could severely impact the U.S. tech sector and the games industry

The USCIS memo, sent late last week, said that a previous statement, called "Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions" and issued in 2000 by former director Terry Way of Nebraska Service Center, is now obsolete. The NSC is again overseeing America's immigration and citizenship H1B and H1B1 visa applications after a hiatus from 2006 to 2016. Way's memo deemed all computer programming jobs as "Specialty Occupations."

The new memo took issue with the old guidelines, saying there was no delineation about the complexity of a computer job and essentially created one classification making them all equal, including entry level positions.

"The memorandum also does not properly explain or distinguish an entry-level position from one that is, for example, more senior, complex, specialized, or unique," the new order said. "This is relevant in that, absent additional evidence to the contrary, the Handbook indicates that an individual with an associate's degree may enter the occupation of computer programmer."

The Handbook mentioned is the 1998-99 and 2000-01 Occupational Outlook Handbook put out by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics.

It now becomes incumbent on the applicant to prove they are indeed specialized and not just focused on information technology. "Based on the current version of the Handbook, the fact that a person may be employed as a computer programmer and may use information technology skills and knowledge to help an enterprise achieve its goals in the course of his or her job is not sufficient to establish the position as a specialty occupation."

The new ruling will likely have a significant impact on Silicon Valley and companies that rely heavily on the highly qualified programmers and engineers trained outside the United States. In the short term, this will also put an extra burden on companies looking to fill a position to provide extra documentation for people they want to hire to "prove" that the position is not only a specialty, but actually requires programming. Companies may even have to go so far as to provide a list of duties that the applicant would be required to do.

The memo comes as the Trump administration continues to push the American workforce to the forefront and is trying to cut down on not only illegal immigrants, but jobs going to foreign nationals, no matter how qualified. This seems to go hand-in-hand with travel restrictions and increased scrutiny by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on anyone coming into the United States on a visa. There have already been reports of people with legitimate visas being turned away at the borders or airports.

Just last week, the United States and Britain issued travel restrictions for several Middle Eastern countries and airports, curbing the use in the cabin of electronic devices larger than a cellphone. That ruling could impact many tech and gaming developers looking to attend conferences here, such as E3 this June. Several game companies have stepped up to assist affected developers and speak out against any immigration bans

06 Apr 15:47

What does vitamin C actually do?

by Sara Chodosh

How one genius spread a massive myth that's persisted for decades

How one genius spread a massive myth that's persisted for decades, and what we actually know about the mythical vitamin C. Read on:…
06 Apr 13:40

Google's Machine Learning Chip Is Up To 30x Faster, 80x More Efficient Than CPUs And GPUs

Google revealed more details about its first machine learning chip, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). According to Google, the chip has 15-30x higher inference performance than a Haswell CPU and an Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU, and it is 40-80x more efficient.
06 Apr 11:31

Tesla's market value surpasses Ford

by Autoblog
Ford is currently valued at about $45.1 billion. Tesla is now worth $47.8 billion, reports Bloomberg. Last year, Tesla delivered less than 80,000 cars. Ford, America's second largest automaker, sold 6.7 million vehicles.
06 Apr 11:30

Spotify agrees to let artists keep new albums off its free tier

by Nathan Ingraham
One of the biggest points of contention between music streaming giant Spotify and the record labels that provide it with songs is the service's free tier. Regardless of whether you pay for a subscription or not, Spotify users have access to the same...
03 Apr 21:37

Skype users hit by fake Flash ad scam that targets Windows PCs with ransomware

by Burton)
Skype users hit by fake Flash ad scam that targets Windows PCs with ransomware

Attack was intended to propagate the Locky ransomware

03 Apr 21:35

Microsoft concedes CodePlex is done, endorses Github for open source projects

by Merriman)
Microsoft concedes CodePlex is done, endorses Github for open source projects

Don't panic, you've got til the end of the year to migrate

03 Apr 21:35

Amazon bans some Kodi-like media players, will destroy all inventory

by Neal)
Amazon bans some Kodi-like media players, will destroy all inventory

Crackdown sees streamers sent to the scrapyard

01 Apr 09:26

LG’s ridiculously thin Wallpaper TV just hit the high street — if you can afford it

by Chris Smith
LG W7 Signature 4K OLED TV Pricier than your average roll