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The key to a more human-like Amazon Alexa is unsupervised learning
The key to a better Alexa is self-learning and semi-supervised learning techniques. Here's how Amazon are working to implement them.
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Man charged with running Bitcoin–powered fake ID cartel gets a year in US prison
A man charged with creating fake IDs in a major Bitcoin-powered distribution ring has been sentenced to one year and one day in US federal prison. Aaron Kuns, from Toledo (Ohio), who pleaded guilty in June, will also be subject to three years on supervised release and will have to forfeit his cryptocurrency holdings — valued at around $9,675 in April. Kuns, who had no prior criminal history, told Judge Jeffreey Helmick that he accepted responsibility and apologized for his actions, while maintaining he had made poor decisions after consuming marijuana. Robert Kern, assistant US attorney, said the IDs created by Kuns were of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Gorgons and organs: the Istanbul Biennial 2019 – in pictures
The art festival focuses on the environment for its 16th edition, The Seventh Continent. Its title refers to the huge island of plastic waste floating in the oceans, covering an area five times larger than Turkey itself.The 16th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, runs until 10 November and features more than 220 works by 56 artistsRead Adrian Searle’s review Continue reading...
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PC Andrew Harper: three teenagers in court on murder charge
A fourth man, 20, has already been charged with murder of newlywed officerThree teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper.Henry Long, 18, from Mortimer in Reading, and two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named because of their age, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses during the eight-minute hearing at Reading magistrates court on Thursday morning. Continue reading...
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Trump 'not thrilled' with Fed but says chairman's job safe: Fox News
U.S. President Donald Trump said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's job is safe, even though he was "not thrilled" with the central bank after it moved to lower interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday.
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Acting DNI refuses to turn over whistleblower complaint, raising concerns of a coverup
There is new information about a whistleblower's claim that led to a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee. It reportedly started with something that President Trump did. Weijia Jiang reports.
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India meets criteria to reclaim U.S. trade concessions
India meets the criteria for trade concessions that the United States eliminated in June, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Thursday.
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Iran warns against war as U.S. and Saudi weigh response to oil attack
Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran.
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American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging jet stored ISIS videos on his phone
There are new details in the case of an airline mechanic accused of sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner. Prosecutors say evidence unveiled at the suspect's bail hearing revealed he stored ISIS videos on his phone and made statements wishing Allah would harm non-Muslims. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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Canadian politicians slam Justin Trudeau over “troubling,” “insulting” brownface photo
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asking for forgiveness in the middle of his re-election campaign after a photo of him wearing brownface was made public. The picture, published in a Time article online, appears in a 2001 yearbook from a private school where Trudeau used to teach. He says the costume was from a party with an "Arabian Nights" theme. Jericka Duncan reports.
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Imelda spawns tornadoes and brings life-threatening flooding to Texas
Flooding rain from Tropical Depression Imelda triggered emergencies overnight near the Gulf Coast of Texas. The storm spawned multiple tornadoes east of Houston Wednesday. The clean-up began shortly after the storm passed. Imelda has already dumped up to a foot of rain in Houston and up to 22 inches of rain has fallen overall. One town has seen roughly 20 inches of rain since Tuesday. Janet Shamlian reports.
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Eye Opener: Flooding and tornadoes slam Texas
Tropical Depression Imelda shows no signs of letting up as the Houston area is blasted with heavy rain and several tornadoes. Also, Canada's prime minister is asking for forgiveness after a photo of him wearing brownface was made public. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Trump pushes tweet claiming Omar partied on 9/11 anniversary
"The President of the United States is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk," Omar wrote on Twitter
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Suspected serial killer charged in deaths of four women in Detroit, prosecutor says
A man has been charged in the killings of four women in Detroit, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a press conference Wednesday.
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Joe Kennedy to launch Democratic primary bid against Sen. Ed Markey
Rep Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., will announce this weekend that he is running for the U.S. Senate, launching a primary challenge to fellow Democrat, incumbent Sen. Ed Markey.
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‘What’s taking so long?’: children’s books still neglect BAME readers, finds study
Although picture has improved since 2017, research shows that last year only 4% of books for the youngest readers featured a minority ethnic characterIn most children’s books, according to one London primary school pupil, “people are peach”. Another feels there are “no black people” in the stories they read, meaning that the characters they imagine always seem white.The children, from Surrey Square primary school, were being interviewed for a new report into representation of people of colour, which reveals that in 2018 only 4% of children’s books published in the UK in 2019 had a minority ethnic hero. The survey included all new books for children aged between three and 11. The proportion is an increase on 2017, when just 1% of main characters were BAME. Continue reading...
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'It could be anybody': Family awaits answers in desperate search for missing girl
An Amber Alert remains in effect in New Jersey for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez amid a statewide manhunt for an unidentified man who police say was seen leading the litt
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The Morning After: Are dual-screen laptops a gimmick or the next big thing?
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, we're looking at Facebook's next attempt at making hardware, and investigating the appeal of an indoor/outdoor Sonos speaker. Plus, the iPhone 11 Pro Max isn't out yet, but thanks to a Chinese regu...
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Trump Says Homeless Americans Are Polluting Ocean With 'Needles' and EPA Will Take Action
President Donald Trump claims the homeless population in San Francisco is polluting the ocean and says the Environmental Protection Agency will issue some kind of notice to the city within a week, according to reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One last night. Trump said that “needles” and “other…Read more...
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Ryanair warns UK pilots of losing benefits if strikes continue: union
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said https://www.balpa.org/Media-Centre/Press-Releases/Ryanair-reverts-to-type-and-starts-threatening-pil on Thursday that Ryanair pilots in the UK have been told by the airline that their benefits will be removed should they take part in strike action started on Wednesday.
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Austria rejects EU-Mercosur trade deal over Amazon fires
Concerns about threats to farming sector also featured in Austrian parliament debateThe future of the trade deal between the EU and South America’s Mercosur bloc has been further thrown into doubt as Austria is expected to veto the pact over concerns about Amazon fires and threats to the national farming sector.Lawmakers on the Austrian parliament’s EU subcommittee on Wednesday almost unanimously voted to reject the draft for a free trade agreement, thus obliging their government to veto the pact at EU level, where all 28 member states and their parliaments must agree to trade deals. Continue reading...
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Asylum seeker denied cancer treatment by Home Office dies
Kelemua Mulat had advanced breast cancer but was refused NHS care for six weeksAn Ethiopian woman who was denied potentially life-saving cancer treatment for six weeks amid confusion about whether she should be charged by the NHS has died aged 39.Kelemua Mulat, who had advanced breast cancer, was refused chemotherapy last year after Home Office and NHS officials decided that she was not eligible for free care. Continue reading...
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India's Modi to meet BP, Exxon executives to discuss investment opportunities
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet executives from energy majors BP PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp in the United States next week to discuss investment opportunities, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
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Debenhams pushes on with shop closures after legal challenge fails
Department store to continue rescue plan after judge rejects Sports Direct-backed CVA challengeDebenhams is to press ahead with a rescue plan involving the closures of more than 20 stores after fighting off a Sports Direct-backed legal challenge.The judge Justice Norris on Thursday said he had rejected the challenge to the department store chain’s compulsory voluntary arrangement (CVA) on four out of five grounds. Continue reading...
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Someone tore down the iPhone 11 Pro Max and found a huge battery inside
Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max are both advertised for their significantly improved battery life, but Apple doesn't officially list the devices' battery capacity anywhere.  Now, thanks to an early teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max posted on China's Weibo social network (via TechRadar), we know the capacity of that phone's battery, and it is massive — at least for Apple's standards.  The battery has 15.04Wh at 3.79V, which calculates to roughly 3,968mAh. That's a huge increase over last year's iPhone XS Max, which has a 3,174mAh battery. It's also on par with what most Android flagships have these days, which is a pretty big deal as Apple's iPhones typically trailed behind Androids by a hefty margin.  Read more...More about Apple, Iphone, Teardown, Iphone 11 Pro Max, and Tech
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Air pressure issue causes Delta to divert flight to Florida
An unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released.
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Verizon 5G will launch in New York City on September 26th
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave network will face perhaps its biggest coverage test yet when it launches in “parts of” New York City on September 26th. Today the carrier announced that 5G service will reach areas of uptown, midtown, and downtown Manhattan, along with select parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. With NYC included, Verizon will have rolled out mobile 5G service to a total of 11 cities. The company aims to reach over 30 cities by the end of this year. “Our goal is to provide 5G network coverage to more than 50 percent of the US by the end of 2020,” Verizon said in a press release. However, as with its other 5G markets, Verizon isn’t yet providing a coverage map that outlines exactly where customers will be able to get its incredibly fast mmWave speeds. Rival carrier T-Mobile has relentlessly mocked Verizon over this, most recently launching a “VerHIDEzon” ad campaign (complete with a Squarespace-made website) that blasts its competitor for a lack of transparency. “It’s about underscoring just how crazy it is to ask customers to pay more and then guess where they can use the thing they’re paying more for,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray wrote in a blog post. (Some of Verizon’s unlimited data plans are currently waiving the $10 5G fee.) Millimeter wave offers blazing-fast mobile data speeds, but it has extremely limited reach, requiring nodes on pretty much every street block where service is available — especially in cities with many high-rise buildings. T-Mobile has already rolled out mmWave service in New York City (with a coverage map.) As they’re built upon the same technology, you can bet we’ll be trying to gauge how the two 5G networks compare. Image: AP Images for T-Mobile T-Mobile executives including CEO John Legere have also accused Verizon of having an incomplete, doomed 5G strategy. “I’ve said all along that 5G requires a mix of all spectrum types: high-band (mmWave) for massive capacity over short distances in dense urban areas, mid-band for coverage and capacity depth, and low-band for broad nationwide coverage, including rural America,” Ray wrote, using the opportunity to further hype the T-Mobile / Sprint merger and combined spectrum pool the new company will gain. Verizon has insisted that it knows exactly what it’s doing with 5G over the long term, but the company refuses to go into detail about how it will expand upon the millimeter wave technology it’s currently building out. Network VP Heidi Hemmer has said Verizon has a “multi-spectrum strategy,” but claims it’s not offering specifics to avoid AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint from gaining a “competitive edge.”
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Unsafe sex: Argentina crisis deflates condom sales as costs rise
In South America's capital of romance, Argentine lovers are cutting back on one important cost: contraception.
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Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation
Indonesia’s sports minister has resigned after being accused of stealing $1.8 million in public money
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U.N. climate summit to test world’s resolve to halt warming
After a summer of wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is banking on new pledges from governments and businesses to abandon fossil fuels during a special climate summit in New York on Monday.
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How to spot invasive plants and remove them from your yard
Gardening expert William Moss explains everything you need to do to clear your yard of invasive weeds.       
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Balfron 2.0: how Goldfinger's utopian tower became luxury flats
The selloff of Erno Goldfinger’s landmark building in Poplar is a central element of a new plan to transform London’s East End“Have you ever read JG Ballard?” asks Ali Sadler.For three years in the 1970s Sadler, then a trainee nurse, lived at No 84 in Balfron Tower, the landmark concrete skyscraper in east London. Designed by Erno Goldfinger and opened in 1968, when local authorities still built council housing in earnest, Balfron arrived on the crest of a wave of high-rise developments. Towers were seen as the ideal solution to the problem of how to house people well in dense urban centres. Continue reading...
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Beto O'Rourke is back in the mix. Will voters give him another look?
Beto O'Rourke is fighting with Pete Buttigieg. He's angering Democrats in Washington. He's cussing, and being warned about his language. He's being called "dummy Beto" by President Donald Trump.
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The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’
It has entertained, and sometimes enraged, generations of audiences. Now the Gershwin classic is opening the Metropolitan Opera’s season.
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A Sweetly Savory Kind of Bird
Roasted figs and pears lend a gentle sweetness to roast chicken.
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Overlooked No More: Elizabeth A. Gloucester, ‘Richest’ Black Woman and Ally of John Brown
She ran boardinghouses whose lodgers included members of New York’s elite, raised money for an orphan asylum and was active in the abolitionists’ cause.
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TriBeCa, the New Art Stroll
With the decline of retail, storefronts in the Triangle Below Canal Street are filling with galleries — it’s New York City’s most unlikely new art scene.
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Liam Gallagher: Why Me? Why Not review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
(Warner Records)Gallagher provides more crowd-pleasers for his sizable audience of 90s guitar-rock nostalgists – and with greater confidenceYou can accuse Liam Gallagher of many things, but never of selling his music under false pretences. Not for Our Kid the public admonishment of reviewers who’ve failed to grasp its fathomless depths and manifold subtleties, nor the angry social media announcement that critics have missed that his gift is the warmth he lives his life with and the self-reflection he shares so generously (as Lana Del Rey recently admonished an NPR journalist). He deals, he told the Guardian last year, in “meat and veg rock’n’roll”: “I’m here to give people what they want, and if that’s boring, so be it.” To Gallagher Jr, music is like football: “I’m never going to change my fucking football team.” Continue reading...
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‘We’re not young any more’: Harry Kane angry Spurs are making same mistakes
• Striker says Tottenham must improve after Olympiakos draw• Errors from Pochettino’s first season still there, Kane admitsHarry Kane could not conceal the frustration, the overwhelming sense of exasperation and, like Mauricio Pochettino moments earlier in a different part of Olympiakos’s Karaiskakis Stadium, the Tottenham striker poured it all out.On the face of it, the 2-2 draw in the Group B opener was not a bad result but Kane knew the real story and what made it so difficult to accept was that it was an old story, one that Spurs have lived too many times. Continue reading...
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Joe Marler gives England a scare after playing a limited part in training
Jones places great stock in final training sessionElliot Daly urges team to keep focus on pool stagesJoe Marler was a notable absentee for the majority of England’s last training session before Eddie Jones names his side for their first World Cup match against Tonga on Sunday, raising question marks over whether the loosehead prop will be available.Marler did not take part in England’s high-octane fitness session on Thursday afternoon and it is understood he was restricted to limited work with Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell – both of whom have been ruled out of Sunday’s match – while the rest of the squad were then put through their paces under match conditions. Continue reading...
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We Need New Stories by Nesrine Malik review – challenging today’s toxic myths
How free speech, political correctness, identity politics, empire are misunderstood ... a rigorous study of our predicamentThe idea that the tumultuous political events that occurred in Britain and the US from 2016 onwards were caused by a kind of sudden populist madness has become something of a cultural myth. Invoked by commentators and politicians alike, it recasts in a soft, nostalgic glow the preceding years and decades, turning the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, the election of Barack Obama and the Queen’s golden jubilee into liberal touchstones, ignoring austerity, drone strikes and the legacy of empire.“Myth” is a term that has long been used, in cultural studies and elsewhere, to illustrate the ideological uses to which events and images can be put: Roland Barthes called it the system that perpetuated the confusion of “Nature and History”. In We Need New Stories, Nesrine Malik deconstructs the “six key myths” of contemporary western society to contest the idea of exceptionalism that has come to define our current political situation. For Malik, these fictions comprise: the myth of gender equality; the political correctness “crisis”; virtuous origin (the tendency to airbrush history to construct narratives of national pride); the free speech “crisis”; “damaging” identity politics; and the myth of the reliable narrator (voices that refuse to acknowledge their privilege). Continue reading...
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The California city where students with disabilities are 'segregated'
In the Sacramento city school district, nearly half of students with disabilities are separated from peers. A lawsuit claims the district is violating federal lawStephen’s teachers started sending him to the separate room when he was in first grade.Now 10, Stephen has been diagnosed with autism and anxiety. His mom said that when he got frustrated and behaved in ways teachers found disruptive – breaking pencils, blurting out or crumpling paper – educators swiftly removed him from the classroom, sending him to a room where he would sit the rest of the day without access to school work. Continue reading...
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How investing in hardware differs from software — and why it’s worth the trouble
Software will eat the world. That’s what they say, but IoT is inherently not only software. When it comes to looking at hardware startups, or even products, you need to look at a lot of moving parts. Potential investors need to look at hardware in a very different way than software investing. If software is a 747 aircraft that can change course rather quickly and arrive at your destination in a relatively short amount of time, hardware is an ocean liner. It takes much longer to get to where you’re going and if you need to pivot to find market… This story continues at The Next Web
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How I Learned to Be a Better Doctor From My Wife’s Struggle With Alzheimer’s
“Get out! Get out!” My wife, Joan, having just woken up, was screaming, and hitting out wildly at the stranger in her bed. She was in a panic, her body shaking with fright. “Get away from here. Get out!” The man she perceived as a stranger was me, her husband of more than forty years.…
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The Keurig of cocktails is expanding sales to California
What if whipping up a Moscow Mule or an Old Fashioned was as easy as popping a coffee pod into a Keurig machine? Cocktail bartenders and other libations experts would likely turn up their nose at such an idea. Still, Keurig Dr. Pepper and Anheuser-Bu...
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What can Google do to compete with the Apple Watch? Not much
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Here’s my review of the Apple Watch Series 5. It is, of course, the best smartwatch for iPhone users. If you don’t want to spend $400, you can go get a Fitbit Versa or a hybrid smartwatch or — and this is probably the better choice — get an Apple Watch Series 3 for just $200. I have said pretty much all I have to say about the Apple Watch in the review above, but luckily for me a coincidental leak of a Fossil smartwatch showed up, as if it was begging to be compared to the Apple Watch. Okay, let’s do that. Before we get started, though, I should say that sometimes when a leak comes out at just the perfect time you wonder if it was planted, or if you trust the outlet to not take plants, if it was somehow intentionally leaked. I usually don’t put stock into such claims — Hanlon’s razor states “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” In other words: it’s fun to imagine giant corporations are playing 4D chess and strategically ensuring they’re inserted into the conversation at opportune times, but it’s much more likely that stuff just leaks. That’s doubly true with this Fossil, because it doesn’t look super hot next to the Apple Watch. It’s an object lesson in how leaks sort of happen. The chain of where it came from and what might be involved is a little tough to follow, so here’s a quick (pardon the pun) tick-tock: Google beats everybody to the punch by announcing Android Wear watches in May 2014 (just months ahead of the Apple Watch). Android Wear flounders, due to several reasons — not all of which you can pin solely on Google. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch overcomes a lackluster first-generation product to become a great product and a massive business for Apple, eating everybody else’s lunch. Google realizes how far behind it is and tries to get all asymmetrical with its competitive strategy by partnering with watch companies like Fossil and Tag Heuer. ... Only Apple profits. That’s where we stand now, when we see a few images and descriptions of watches that look like they’re running Wear OS on an E Ink screen underneath actual, physical watch hands. It’s reportedly built off of the technology Google acquired from its bestie Fossil for $40 million called “Diana.” The rumored Fossils look like interim solutions It may or may not actually be Wear OS (my guess is that it is). It may or may not actually use E Ink. Even if both of those things turn out to be true, nailing the execution of an E Ink watch that needs to show information underneath physical watch hands is going to be devilishly tricky. Whatever it is, it is not a heads-up competitor to the Apple Watch. I, along with pretty much every other reporter who watches Android closely, have been bemoaning the sorry state of smartwatch options for Android users for quite some time. A bunch of options are fine, but none are great. It’s gotten to the point where my readers are probably as tired of hearing it from me as I am of saying it (so this might be the last time for a while). The rumored Fossil smartwatch that may run Wear OS and may have an E-Ink screen. But I bring it up again here just to make sure that expectations are properly set: whatever Fossil is working on here, it’s another version of step three above — it will be in a subtly different category. I suspect it will be a watch for people who want physical hands and who won’t want to have to charge it as often. That’s theoretically a smart move from both Google and Fossil, but it’s also a sign that Google is nowhere near being able to take on the Apple Watch directly. Wear OS is getting more mature as a software platform — it has most of the features you’d want, albeit in basic form. But the hardware it runs on is not very good. Don’t hold your breath for Google to figure it out this year, though. Because while that Fossil leak wasn’t really timed for the Apple Watch, Nick Bastone’s excellent investigation at Business Insider surely was. Bastone tells the story from inside Google, confirming that hardware chief Rick Osterloh nixed a planned Pixel Watch a few years ago. Google unquestionably made the right call by nixing the Pixel Watch in 2016 It was unquestionably the right call. I can say that because I used those smartwatches — they were eventually released under LG branding in 2017 and they were an embarrassment. Dan Seifert’s review got it exactly right, but let me underline that a watch that you can’t trust to last more than 12 or so hours would have been awful for Google’s brand. What does Osterloh — and Google — do now? Hopefully find a way to get a better processor that runs better on watches than the dreck Qualcomm reheated in 2018. Then Google has to revisit the decision to let partners take the lead on hardware. You can probably guess what I think Google should do: try again to make something itself. No other company is going to do much more than experiment with Wear OS, there’s no existential incentive to do so. Even Qualcomm doesn’t seem interested. All of which means Android users need to temper their expectations, because figuring out how to get the right processor to make a good watch is not a thing that any company can do in just a year or even two. Maybe Google’s already been working on it, maybe not. Until then, have you seen Samsung’s Tizen-based watches? They’re fine, and a new one that was announced not too long ago seems pretty okay. Yep. Okay, fine. More from The Verge + The 10 Apple Arcade launch games you have to play This is an essential list and I agree with everything Andrew Webster picked here (though I haven’t played all of these yet, trust me, you can trust him). Weird problem, though: too many games! + The first iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown confirms a 25 percent bigger battery Turns out when you add a bigger battery, you get better battery life! “The 11 Pro Max has a 15.04 watt-hour battery, nearly 25 percent larger than the iPhone XS Max’s 12.06 watt-hour cells.” + Truly, Apple, you can have this one. All yours: Apple is trying to trademark ‘Slofie’ + NBCUniversal’s new streaming service could spell trouble for Hulu Julia Alexander is not afraid of using an uncomfortable metaphor. It’s never the kid’s fault except in media, where it’s the kid’s fault because the kid hurt the parents’ ability to make more money. Think of Hulu as a child of divorce. It was once owned by a number of companies who saw Hulu as their entry point into online streaming, including AT&T’s WarnerMedia, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. + Facebook introduces Portal TV, a video chat camera accessory for your television and second-generation Portal devices that are cheaper, smaller, and support WhatsApp The reaction to the first Portal was universally “do you really trust Facebook to put a camera in your home?” These new Portals look like genuinely good hardware, but I don’t know yet if they’ll change that reaction. My favorite part: the switch for turning off the microphone and camera is physical and three-stage, with clear colors that tell you exactly what’s on and what’s off. Smart. (Also, disclosure: my wife works for Oculus which is a division of Facebook.) + Sonos Move review: house shaker, not road warrior But here’s a smart home device that many more people will have some affinity for (though it, too, could record you!). Dan Seifert has our review, and this is going to be worth $400 to a lot of Sonos people and... nobody else? If you’re looking for a truly portable Bluetooth speaker to take to the park or the beach, the Move is not the right solution. But if you’ve been wanting the ability to take your Sonos speaker out to the patio, down to the basement, in the garage, or anywhere else where you don’t need a full-time dedicated speaker but where you want to occasionally listen to music, then the Move is exactly the thing you’ve been looking for. Today in Pixel (and Huawei) leaks + Huawei’s Thursday event lineup apparently leaks in full Stay tuned for a bunch of stuff from Huawei on Thursday, but unless I’m wildly out of touch with Huawei (which is possible, as it can’t sell stuff where I live anymore), the main event here is unquestionably the Mate 30 lineup. How will Huawei address the Google software ban? This is our first chance to really see. + Everything we know about the Pixel 4, the most-leaked phone ever Jay Peters and Sean Hollister put together this comprehensive guide that details every Pixel 4 leak, rumor, and Google’s own teases — all in a format that’s actually easy to follow. Even if you think you have been keeping up with Pixel 4 rumors, it’s worth a look. I definitely learned a couple things that I had missed (or forgotten about)!
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Sorry, Streamers: The Race to Snag Old Shows Leads Nowhere
Reruns of 'Friends' and 'The Office' have been a phenomenon for Netflix, but aren't a lock to attract subscribers in the coming streaming wars.
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The Viral App That Labels You Isn't Quite What You Think
ImageNet Roulette reveals biases in artificial intelligence algorithms. But the vast majority of tags attached to people are rarely used.
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