Monthly Archives: April 2018

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot avoid a swerving semi-truck

[embedded content] Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving mode, Autopilot, did what it’s supposed to do — move the car out of harm’s way. In a video from last week, a driver in a Tesla Model X was traveling on I-95 in North Carolina when a swerving semi-truck suddenly came into the Tesla’s lane. The electric car automatically moves over onto the empty shoulder to avoid the oncoming traffic, and the driver then proceeds to move into the fast lane behind the truck. YouTuber Jeremy Visnesky seems to document the […]

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Facebook’s facial recognition feature could help find missing persons

Facebook’s new facial recognition features makes some people uneasy, but the tool could help find missing people. Australian organisation Missing Persons Action Network (MPAN) has launched a campaign called Invisible Friends, asking people to add the profiles of missing people as friends on the social media platform. Facebook’s new facial recognition tools will automatically tag people in photos, even if they’re in the background. Users will be notified, and asked if they want to be tagged in the photos.  These profiles of missing people, like Zac Barnes […]

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Future of AT&T-Time Warner Deal Is in Judge’s Hands

The six-week courtroom battle, featuring top executives and glimpses of trade secrets, has been one of the most closely watched antitrust cases in years. It has the potential to reshape the fast-changing telecom and entertainment landscape, which is facing new competition from tech companies. Photo “The only lessening of competition that would occur is if this merger is blocked,” the lead lawyer for AT&T and Time Warner said. The Justice Department’s lead lawyer said, “There are hundreds of millions of dollars in harms to consumers.” Credit Christian […]

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A brief history of the epic Twitter beef between T-Mobile and Sprint

T-Mobile CEO John Legere hasn’t always been so positive about Sprint. Image: john moore/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-05-01 01:54:34 UTC If you’ve been a close observer of T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s Twitter feed, you were likely as surprised as anyone when he confirmed that his company had finally signed onto a $26.5 billion deal to merge with Sprint. Not because the two companies had tried and failed at a similar deal two times before, though, but because Legere actually had some nice things to say about his […]

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It Took 17 Years: Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit

The suit came about shortly after the journalist Jonathan Tasini and five co-plaintiffs won a similar case in the Supreme Court. Photo Jonathan Tasini, center, with the actor and writer Michael Imperioli walk the picket lines for the striking Writers Guild of America in 2007. Credit Chip East/Reuters “The argument that we made was the writers got paid for one-time use,” said Mr. Gleick who worked as a reporter and editor for The Times for 10 years. “We sued The Times because they sold copyrighted work by […]

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’13 Reasons Why’ announces Season 2 premiere date with a new trailer

[embedded content] 13 Reasons Why is back and, by the looks of the latest trailer, you better be prepared for even more teenage hardships. The trailer juxtaposes all of the characters lives both before and after the suicide that connects them all. It’s an interesting stylistic choice, and perhaps indicative of the shifts we’ve heard about in terms of the popular but controversial Netflix show’s approach to mature topics in the new season. You’ll be able to start binge-watching Season 2 on May 18.

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Emergency drones

Image copyright Ericsson Image caption Mobile operators say drones working with mobile networks will speed up emergency response Drones may be best known for taking impressive aerial videos and inspecting buildings, infrastructure and crops, but they also promise to improve mobile and internet connectivity for emergency services and consumers. Poor mobile signal in rural areas is frustrating, but it can also be life-threatening in emergency situations. Slow emergency response times mean higher mortality rates. Mobile signals are usually sent via base stations, attached to buildings or special […]

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T-Mobile and Sprint: all the news about the merger

Contributors: Verge Staff Image credit: Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge After years of on-again, off-again discussions, T-Mobile and Sprint finally came to an agreement in April 2018 to merge into a single company. The ultimate product will be a much larger T-Mobile that rivals the size of its biggest two wireless competitors, Verizon and AT&T, and is led by existing T-Mobile CEO John Legere, while Sprint’s leadership takes seats on the board. What will this mean for consumers and the wireless industry at large? Does […]

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Ex-CIA Director On National Security, Post-Truth ‘Assault On Intelligence’

Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA, speaks at ‘Nobel Week Dialogue: the Future of Truth’ conference on December 9, 2017, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Julia Reinhart/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Julia Reinhart/Getty Images President Trump has a heaping plate of foreign policy background to consume in May, which will see a possible summit with the leader of North Korea, a deadline to decide on restoring Iranian sanctions, and the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the past, […]

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Facebook’s Privacy Changes Leave Developers Steaming

Some, like Cubeyou, said they have been unfairly blocked from accessing Facebook users. Tinder, the dating app, discovered that its users were no longer able to log into the app using their Facebook accounts. Pod, a calendar syncing app, found that its users could no longer see Facebook events within their calendars. And Job Fusion, a jobs app that allowed users to see where their Facebook friends worked, announced that it was not longer able to offer its services within Facebook. Photo A meeting at Cubeyou last […]

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