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Google wants to make us all less clumsy with motion-sensor LED power cords

Big tech firms file weird patents all the time, and Google is no exception. Recently, the Mountain View, California, company filed a patent for a particular kind of power cord -- one with an accelerometer and motion-sensing lights.
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Toshiba 512Gb memory chips are now shipping to manufacturers

Toshiba's new 512Gb memory chips have massive storage space in them considering their small footprint, and early samples of that BiCS3 3D memory are now shipping out to manufacturers.
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AMD’s latest Radeon driver doesn’t support 32-bit version of Windows 8.1

AMD released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 on Thursday, which for now isn't offered for the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1. It's optimized for Sniper Elite and For Honor, and it fixes several game-specific issues.
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We made three premium laptops duke it out to see which is best for video editing 6:33

For video editors on the go, there's no shortage of laptops that can take the heat. The Unlockr took a look at the Razer Blade, Surface Book with Performance Base, and MacBook Pro, to find out which excels.
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Can AI smart enough to play poker be weaponized without turning Terminator?

The abilities of cutting-edge AIs are being demonstrated in activities like poker and Go, but what’s coming next is no game.
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Study: Accuracy of voice biometrics can diminish as we age

Researchers at fraud-detection firm Pindrop presented new research at RSA last week that shows our voice’s speed and pitch changes enough over the years that it may cause voice biometrics systems to fail.
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Perspective is a new tool from Google that helps weed out ugly comments online

Perspective is a new technology from Google and Jigsaw that employs machine learning to identify toxic comments. Once these comments are identified, publishers or users can start to weed them out.
Cool Tech

Arena-sized VR experiences should explode in numbers soon due to OptiTrack

OptiTrack launched a new tracking system for out-of-home theme park-style VR experiences. The new system is capable of keeping up with multiple users and their carried/worn objects in areas filled with walls and stationary items.
Computing

Research paper provides evidence of first known SHA-1 collision

A research paper has demonstrated a collision between two files encrypted via SHA-1, proving that the algorithm is open to abuse and adding further weight to the argument that it should be retired.
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Online product listing unveils the new Asus VivoBook Flip TP203

Asus seems poised to take another swing at the budget 2-in-1 laptop market in 2017, as an online product listing has confirmed the existence of a new entry in the company's VivoBook Flip line.
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Chrome 58 Canary update adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

The Chrome 58 update for Google's browser seems likely to add official support for Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar, as the latest release in the Canary channel has it and adds a few additional functions for the browser.
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Microsoft's DeepCoder programming AI can take over coding's dirty work

Microsoft Research worked with researchers at the University of Cambridge to create DeepCoder, a machine learning system built to solve programming challenges and pave the way for AI to perform the most tedious programming work.