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VR companies keep slashing the prices of their high-end headsets

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:14:02 GMT

It’s a race to the virtual bottom! HTC said today it is slashing the price of its Vive VR headset and ecosystem from $799 to $599, and it will keep it at that price for the “foreseeable future.” In a blog post today, Vive’s Matthew Gepp said the price reduction will “make the system available to … Continue reading “VR companies keep slashing the prices of their high-end headsets”

It’s a race to the virtual bottom! HTC said today it is slashing the price of its Vive VR headset and ecosystem from $799 to $599, and it will keep it at that price for the “foreseeable future.” In a blog post today, Vive’s Matthew Gepp said the price reduction will “make the system available to an even broader audience,” which is a nice way of saying c’est la vie to all those annoyed customers who paid the old price. The move comes less than a month after Facebook-owned Oculus slashed the price of its high-end Rift and Touch VR bundle for the second time this year. Last month, our Daniel Terdiman wrote that cutting prices is one of the main things the consumer VR industry needs to do if it wants to bring the technology mainstream.

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This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:45:23 GMT

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen. The singer and internet personality is prepping what she calls the world’s first AI-composed album, I AM AI. … Continue reading “This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist”

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen. The singer and internet personality is prepping what she calls the world’s first AI-composed album, I AM AI. Of course, others have dabbled in AI-generated music, and the finished product is not entirely computer-composed (the lyrics and vocal melodies were written by Southern), but the human intervention is minimal. The output isn’t exactly Grammy material, but it’s not far off from something you might hear on a pop playlist on Spotify.

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Why A Bad Interview Doesn’t Always Mean You Won’t Get The Job

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:30 GMT

Candidates share their experiences on interview fails that still turned into a job offer.

Just wrapped up a job interview that couldn’t have gone worse? Don’t freak out yet. Plenty of candidates thought an interview went terribly and lo and behold, found out they scored the job in the days or weeks afterward. It might sound like a rare occurrence, but it happens more often than you’d think. To come out on the other end with a job in hand, it’s all about rebounding as quickly and efficiently as possible, and in many cases, having a little luck and a compassionate interviewer on your side. Here are three stories of bombed interviews that had happily employed endings.

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RIP Jerry Lewis, Whose Advertising Work Included Polaroid, Coke, And More

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:16:24 GMT

Check out the variety of ad work the comedian managed to fit into his six decade career in show business

Hollywood and comedy legend Jerry Lewis died on Sunday at the age of 91. Over such a long, epic career, Lewis covered stand-up, song-and-dance, film, television, and perhaps best-known for his celebrity telethons supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010. Well, that and probably the most awkward last media interview ever.

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This investor thinks Uber should merge with Tesla, but don’t bet on it

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:00:40 GMT

Uber has had a rough 2017, and its investors are eager to fix its foibles. One of them, Jason Calacanis, is so eager that he thinks the company should sell to Tesla. Calacanis told CNBC that putting the two companies together would give Uber the self-driving tech it needs, while giving Tesla an opportunity for market expansion. … Continue reading “This investor thinks Uber should merge with Tesla, but don’t bet on it”

Uber has had a rough 2017, and its investors are eager to fix its foibles. One of them, Jason Calacanis, is so eager that he thinks the company should sell to Tesla. Calacanis told CNBC that putting the two companies together would give Uber the self-driving tech it needs, while giving Tesla an opportunity for market expansion. “If those two companies were together, they would beat everybody at transportation,” he said in the interview.

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Nearly half of jobseekers lie on their resumes

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:49:08 GMT

Do you know someone who misrepresented themselves on their resume? If so, you’re among 46% of over 1,000 workers and the more than 300 senior managers who reported that they know someone who included false information on a resume. Those lies are on the rise, according to this new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam, a … Continue reading “Nearly half of jobseekers lie on their resumes”

Do you know someone who misrepresented themselves on their resume? If so, you’re among 46% of over 1,000 workers and the more than 300 senior managers who reported that they know someone who included false information on a resume. Those lies are on the rise, according to this new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, as it indicates a 25-point increase over the past six years.

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Liberal or conservative, extreme politicians are more popular on Facebook

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:47:02 GMT

While this shouldn’t come as quite a shock, a new report from Pew Research does shed light on why, perhaps, American politics seem so overtly divisive online. The research organization crunched some numbers about members of Congress on Facebook and found that politicians who were more ideologically extreme had bigger Facebook followings than those who were more moderate. “The most liberal … Continue reading “Liberal or conservative, extreme politicians are more popular on Facebook”

While this shouldn’t come as quite a shock, a new report from Pew Research does shed light on why, perhaps, American politics seem so overtly divisive online. The research organization crunched some numbers about members of Congress on Facebook and found that politicians who were more ideologically extreme had bigger Facebook followings than those who were more moderate.

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This very important petition would replace a Confederate statue with one of Missy Elliott

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:29:46 GMT

Missy Elliott reportedly cannot stand the rain, but perhaps an outdoor statue of her would feel differently. Following the recent national conversation about Confederate statues, a petition has emerged on Change.org that would put a monument of the iconic hip-hop artist in place of a Confederate one in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia. So far, the petition has 22,795 of … Continue reading “This very important petition would replace a Confederate statue with one of Missy Elliott”

Missy Elliott reportedly cannot stand the rain, but perhaps an outdoor statue of her would feel differently.

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Color Of Change Is Attacking Hate Groups At The Source: Their Funding

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:08 GMT

The top 20 widely recognized hate groups received over $20 million in contributions, sales, and grants in 2014 and 2015. The nonprofit wants to stop credit companies from processing those payments.

After the white nationalist rally for hate groups protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee turned violent in Charlottesville this month, one might have wondered where the groups got their riot shields, batons, and automatic weapons (not to mention their tickets to Virginia). Sadly, these hate groups are often extremely well-funded by online donations.

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Can You Fire An Employee Because You Hate Their Views? It Depends

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:07 GMT

Between the patchwork of legal protections and the details of companies’ internal policies, it’s rarely an easy call to make.

On August 8, former Google engineer James Damore reportedly filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board, days after the company let him go amid an outcry over a memo he’d written criticizing Google’s diversity initiatives.

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This Is How To Use Slack To Find A Job

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:31 GMT

A recruiter shares how your workplace messaging tool can help you land your next job.

Chances are if Slack is part of your office, it has become the main way that you communicate with coworkers. Now it might also be the way you find your next job.

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This Is The Only Type Of Brain Training That Works, According To Science

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:00:22 GMT

Most “brain training” programs are little more than memory games.

There are dozens of apps and online courses that claim their “brain training” can make you more mentally agile, but there’s usually little scientific evidence to back up those claims. While the FDA does approve certain brain training programs aimed to treat specific medical disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, and the FTC goes after false advertising claims–as it did when Lumonsity made claims not supported by science–there’s also no industry body that certifies brain training programs, which is a problem for both the field and consumers, according to Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science.

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Today’s solar eclipse will cost the American economy $700 million

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:33:02 GMT

That’s how much American businesses are estimated to lose in productivity terms, reports CNBC. The sum was calculated by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas by estimating that 87 million workers will take about 20 minutes out of their workday today to prepare for and view the two-and-a-half-minute eclipse. However, the lost productivity due to … Continue reading “Today’s solar eclipse will cost the American economy $700 million”

That’s how much American businesses are estimated to lose in productivity terms, reports CNBC. The sum was calculated by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas by estimating that 87 million workers will take about 20 minutes out of their workday today to prepare for and view the two-and-a-half-minute eclipse. However, the lost productivity due to the once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event is nothing compared to sporting events. The firm estimates that every hour of basketball during March Madness costs American companies $615 million.

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It’ll now cost you up to 80% more to grab an Uber in Hong Kong

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:01:38 GMT

The company was forced to raise prices in the region after Hong Kong authorities evaluated Uber’s business practices, Reuters reports. Beginning today, fees for UberX and UberASSIST rides will start at $45 HKD ($5.75 USD)–a rise up to 80%. Uber says the price rise will mainly benefit the drivers themselves and in a statement said … Continue reading “It’ll now cost you up to 80% more to grab an Uber in Hong Kong”

The company was forced to raise prices in the region after Hong Kong authorities evaluated Uber’s business practices, Reuters reports. Beginning today, fees for UberX and UberASSIST rides will start at $45 HKD ($5.75 USD)–a rise up to 80%. Uber says the price rise will mainly benefit the drivers themselves and in a statement said that the company is committed to their investment in Hong Kong.

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This Giant Automated Cricket Farm Is Designed To Make Bugs A Mainstream Source Of Protein

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:30 GMT

If bugs are the next big food trend, we need to find a way to grow a lot of them. Cricket company Aspire has turned to robots.

Inside a new building in an industrial neighborhood near the airport in Austin, a robot is feeding millions of crickets, 24 hours a day. The facility–a 25,000-square-foot R&D center that opened this month for the startup Aspire–uses technology that the company plans to soon duplicate in a farm 10 times as large. It’s a scale that the startup thinks is necessary to begin to make cricket food mainstream in the United States.

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Formula One is launching an e-sports world championship

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:54:38 GMT

The real-world motor racing championship is set to embrace the virtual world this September to November, reports Reuters. Its new eSports Series will allow gamers to compete in races on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC to determine who the 40 fastest virtual racers are. The semifinals will be held in London in … Continue reading “Formula One is launching an e-sports world championship”

The real-world motor racing championship is set to embrace the virtual world this September to November, reports Reuters. Its new eSports Series will allow gamers to compete in races on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC to determine who the 40 fastest virtual racers are. The semifinals will be held in London in late October, with 20 winners going on to compete in the finals at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit in late November. Formula One managing director Sean Bratches said the new e-sports series was “an amazing opportunity for our business–strategically and in the way we engage fans.”

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Elon Musk urges the UN to ban artificially intelligent killer robots

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:46:58 GMT

The Tesla CEO along with 115 other experts in robotics and AI have signed a letter warning of “a third revolution in warfare,” reports the BBC. The experts want the UN to add artificially intelligent and autonomous mechanized weapons to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which … Continue reading “Elon Musk urges the UN to ban artificially intelligent killer robots”

The Tesla CEO along with 115 other experts in robotics and AI have signed a letter warning of “a third revolution in warfare,” reports the BBC. The experts want the UN to add artificially intelligent and autonomous mechanized weapons to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which currently includes devices ranging from land mines to laser weapons. The short letter is extremely urgent in its tone, ending with:

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These Tiny Beads Are Designed To Soak Up The Sunblock Chemical That’s Killing Coral

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:48 GMT

Your sunscreen might protect you, but it’s killing coral. These algae and lobster-shell beads could help protect our reefs.

A tiny amount of oxybenzone, a UV-blocking chemical that’s commonly found in sunscreen, can stunt and deform the growth of coral reefs, sometimes killing the coral. In Hawaii, lawmakers are attempting to ban the sunscreens that contain the chemical so snorkelers don’t unwittingly destroy the reefs they visit.

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Will Censoring Alt-Right Media Online Backfire?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:20 GMT

After numerous mainstream companies banned and denounced many so-called alt-right media sites, questions arise about whether this reduces their influence or encourages a victim mentality.

After numerous mainstream companies banned and denounced many so-called alt-right media sites, questions arise about whether this reduces their influence or encourages a victim mentality.

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