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Computer Wins Again In Chinese Game Of Go

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:12:52 -0400

Google's AlphaGo program has won two games against Chinese player Ke Jie in the game of go, which has billions of possible moves and had been hard for computers to play.

Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:33:00 -0400

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.

After Manchester, Social Media Helps And Hurts, Venues Stay Alert And Shows Go On

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400

In the wake of the bombing on Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert, venues have stepped up security, a promoter laments the imperfect security and social media is useful and harmful — again.

'Like A God,' Google A.I. Beats Human Champ Of Notoriously Complex Go Game

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:38:00 -0400

"Last year, it was still quite humanlike when it played," the world's No. 1 Go player, Ke Jie, said after losing the first in a three-match series. "But this year, it became like a god of Go."

At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:58:00 -0400

In the late 19th century, French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville patented the earliest known sound recording device. But his accomplishments were only recognized recently.

Federal Computers Dodge Global Malware Attack ... This Time

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:55:00 -0400

Experts say federal agencies have taken steps to secure networks, but they remain vulnerable.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

Feeling Sidelined By Mainstream Social Media, Far-Right Users Jump To Gab

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:46:00 -0400

Criticized for being affiliated with the alt-right, the social site Gab now reports 170,000 users. It has found a niche among some conservatives and others who feel stifled by Facebook and Twitter.

Don't Feed Parrots Chocolate, Despite What Happens In Minecraft

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:18 -0400

In the game Minecraft, a chocolate chip cookie will tame a parrot, but they're poisonous to the birds in real life. Minecraft has promised to update the game.

Small Indiana Nonprofit Falls Victim To Ransom Cyberattack

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

A small Indiana nonprofit was devastated by a malware attack earlier this year. It's still recovering after hackers stole data.

In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Sat, 20 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

Google Is Investing In 'Immersive Technology'

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Google is making a push into virtual reality with a headset that doesn't require a user to connect to a phone or computer. Amidst massive hype, virtual reality has been slow to take off.

FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:33:00 -0400

The vote begins a months-long process to collect — once again — public comment on how the government should regulate Internet service providers. The FCC is repealing Obama-era rules.

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.