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Social Media

EU threatens new hate speech laws if U.S. technology firms fail to improve efforts

The European Commission has told companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to get better at dealing with hate speech and racist language on their websites or else it will enact new laws that force their hand.
Computing

Intel shoots for the moon with upcoming mini PC based on ‘Apollo Lake’ CPU

Intel just published a document detailing a new miniature PC motherboard that will be used in two new NUC models: the NUC6CAYH and the NUC6CAYS. The former is a bare-bones unit, while the latter includes memory, storage, and Windows 10.
Computing

Efforts from Google DeepMind and OpenAI Universe seek to make AI better

Today's artificial intelligence efforts are led by organizations like Alphabet and Elon Musk's OpenAI initiative. Both announced they are open-sourcing their machine- learning solutions to give them more exposure to the real world.
Computing

Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial headlines Computer Science Education Week

An updated 'Minecraft' Hour of Code Designer tutorial will show how the ever-popular gaming title can be even more effective in making kids excited to code by allowing them to create their own shareable 'Minecraft' game.
Computing

Researchers identify ‘brute force’ method of stealing credit card information

Researchers at Newcastle University have published a paper detailing how brute force methodology could be used to figure out credit card payment information from the first six digits of a card number alone.
Product Review

Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi Review

Plume drives to connect all your devices reliably, but you may end up stuck in the slow lane.
Mobile

Forget controllers, use your hands: Leap Motion’s tracking tech hits mobile VR

Leap Motion has made it possible to use your hands in virtual reality with its Orion hand-tracking software. Now, the company has announced a new sensor that brings the technology to mobile VR.
Mobile

Crime wave: Crash-and-grab at California Apple Store latest in string of robberies

The latest in a string of Apple Store robberies in and around the Bay Area, thieves used a car to smash through the iconic glass front of the store, before rushing in and stealing hardware on display.
Web

Use this tool to help you decide if the news you're reading is the real deal

In an attempt to make fake news a bit more ... flashy, a team from TechCrunch Disrupt London has created an algorithm that tells you when that "news" you're ready is not as newsy as you may think. It's called Notim.press/ed.
Cool Tech

Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem

The programs written today will inform the systems built tomorrow. If designers all have one worldview, we can expect equally narrow-minded machines.
Computing

A really simple guide to really simple syndication (RSS)

With such a massive torrent of media being produced each day, it's tough to keep up with your favorite sites. So how do we solve this problem? The answer is simple -- really simple in fact. Here's what you need to know about RSS feeds.
Computing

How to turn any YouTube video into an animated GIF

GIFs are phenomenal way to provide your audience with brief snippets of a larger YouTube video. Here's how to making them using YouTube or GIF Maker, a web-based service that lets you add effects and make additional tweaks.