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Machine learning boosts Swiss startup’s shot at human-powered land speed record

The current world speed record for riding a bike down a straight, flat road was set in 2012 by a Dutch team, but the Swiss have a plan to topple their rivals — with a little help from machine learning. An algorithm trained on aerodynamics could streamline their bike, perhaps cutting air resist...

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Google’s Apigee teams up with Informatica to extend its API ecosystem

Google acquired API management service Apigee back in 2016, but it’s been pretty quiet around the service in recent years. Today, however, Apigee announced a number of smaller updates that introduce a few new integrations with the Google Cloud platform, as well as a major new partnership wit...

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Microsoft offers extended support for Windows, SQL 2008—but with a catch

(credit: Marcus W / Flickr) Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, are due to move out of extended support over the next few years—SQL Server in July 2019 and Windows Server in January 2020. For organizations still using that software, this offers a few opt...

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Nintendo hid a load-your-own NES emulator inside a GameCube classic

Enlarge / Replacing that memory gibberish with a carefully crafted memory card file lets you load arbitrary NES games through Animal Crossing. (credit: Nintendo) Fans of the early-2000s era GameCube version of the original Animal Crossing likely remember the game including a handful of emulated N...

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Trump administration appeals court loss in AT&T/Time Warner case

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) The US Department of Justice will appeal the court ruling that allowed AT&T to purchase Time Warner Inc. AT&T completed the merger after getting a favorable ruling from a judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia last month. The Trump admi...

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The most ambitious browser mitigation yet for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome

(credit: Google) Google’s Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers...

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Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games

Enlarge / Hummingbird is just one of many unlockable, playable characters. (credit: Humble Hearts) Nostalgia is a tricky thing. We all feel it at one time or another, and it often seems nothing gets butts in the proverbial seats as reliably as the promise of remembering everything as it was, whe...

Computing

Apple and Blackmagic designed this eGPU to turbocharge MacBook Pros

Apple announced external GPU support for Macs at WWDC 2017, and now the company teamed up with the cinema company Blackmagic to develop a new eGPU designed specifically for the new MacBook Pros announced today.Simply named the Blackmagic eGPU, this external graphics card enclosure is powered by a AM...

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The 10 Most Affordable Sites for Printing Digital Photos Online

Nobody seems to print photos anymore. Instead, we throw them up on social media and call it a day. Who needs printed photos taking up drawer space when you have unlimited online photo storage? Plus, online photo galleries are simply more convenient. But some pictures are so beautiful or valuable tha...

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A Comparison Guide to Amazon Echo Devices: Which One Is Best for You?

If you have any interest in home entertainment, you’ve surely heard of the Amazon Echo. Once considered nothing more than a gimmick, Alexa now powers a growing number of devices. Between revamped models and all-new offerings, a lot has changed since the Echo first launched in 2015. With so man...


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