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Machine learning, satellite data look at nighttime lights to gauge poverty in Africa

Researchers at Stanford University are using machine learning and satellite data to develop a detailed “poverty map” of Africa by looking at areas where there there are few nighttime lights.
Computing

Web consultant says meters don’t measure true strength of passwords

Password meters only offer the illusion of security, according to tests, and often fail to identify really weak passwords that can be cracked in seconds. A web consultant says it’s further reason to use two-step authentication on your…
Cool Tech

Study suggests the internet is impacting our ability to solve problems and learn

A new study into "cognitive offloading" suggests that our ever-increasing reliance on the internet could be having a serious impact on our ability to solve problems, recall information, and learn.
Computing

Looking at coding bootcamps? You may be able to get financial aid for that

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new experiment that seeks to give financial aid to coding bootcamp students. Four of the eight programs selected to participate in the program are coding bootcamps.
Gaming

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is a big fan of VR, too

When Tony Stewart isn’t tearing up a NASCAR track, he can be found enjoying a game – like iRacing, a racing sim he recently competed in. We spoke with Stewart about gaming, virtual reality, and how it all comes back to being a better…
Virtual Reality

BigScreen brings Martian LAN parties to the Oculus Store

BigScreen is hitting the Oculus Home store with a big update today, delivering on the promise to bring a ‘completely cross-platform’ VR LAN party experience to consumers.
Mobile

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Google Assistant may support English and German at launch

Google has announced Assistant, a chatbot-like digital assistant that will be integrated into other services and products, like Google Home, and Allo, a new messaging app from the search giant.
Computing

Mac Evernote users can now quickly switch to OneNote

Switching from Evernote to OneNote just got easier. Microsoft brought their importer tool to the Mac. It grabs Evernote content and adds it to OneNote, meaning it takes just a few minutes to switch note-taking services.
Computing

Mac users, watch those links! New, convincing malware wants to trick you into clicking

Mac malware is rarely as sophisticated as its Windows counterparts, and this latest discovery is no different. It needs users to actively choose to install Advanced Mac Cleaner, which opens the flood-gates for a torrent of pointless apps.
Gaming

Bastion might look like a killing machine, but the latest 'Overwatch' short shows he's a sweetie

Overwatch's Bastion is one of the most deadly characters in the game, but he still has kindness in his mechanical heart, and the game's latest animated short proves that. Just don't startle him.
Computing

Nvidia’s GTX 1070 mobile is up to 35 percent quicker than the former mobile gaming champ

Nvidia is simplifying its laptop GPUs to bring them more in line with the desktop offerings. That said, they aren't identical, and our hands-on time with the mobile GTX 1070 has revealed impressive performance.
Computing

Microsoft PowerShell now available to users on Linux and Mac OS X systems

Microsoft is making good on its commitment to open source software with the release of the source code for its PowerShell framework, and brand new alpha builds for both Linux and Max OS X.