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Microsoft’s Project Scorpio returns as a special Xbox One X for preorders – The Verge

Monday, August 21, 2017

Microsoft first revealed its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft is also creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition. Priced at $499, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself, alongside…

US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills which North says are aimed at nuclear war – Reuters

Monday, August 21, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea’s weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the joint drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, were purely defensive and did not aim to increase tension on the peninsula, but North…

A Year Without the Internet – Slate Magazine

Monday, August 21, 2017

The situation is even worse in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area, or FATA, where digital access is already fairly limited. Internet was first made available there in 2005: Since then, the government has frequently suspended internet services—for as long as two years during military operations, like one that lasted from 2010 to 2012. During these operations, the infrastructure was greatly affected in the territory, resulting in the long-term suspension of…

A Faster, More Rural Internet – Bloomberg

Monday, August 21, 2017

Of the many divides between urban and rural America — political, cultural, sartorial — the hardest to justify may be technological. Fast internet service is a necessity of modern life, yet it is far rarer for rural residents than for city dwellers. The government can help bridge this gap. Some 39 percent of the U.S. rural population — 23 million people — lack access to fast broadband service, compared with only…

Putting The ‘World’s Smallest Laptop’ To The Test – Forbes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ben Sin The GPD Pocket is being billed as the world’s smallest laptop. With tech advances making gadgets increasingly capable (and more affordable), there’s never been a better time to be a so-called “digital nomad.” Personally, I cringe at the “digital nomad” term, but I can’t deny that it quite succinctly sums up people like me, who only needs solid internet connection and a digital device to do work. In the…

Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs could boost laptop performance by 40 percent – PCWorld

Monday, August 21, 2017

For the first time, Intel’s upcoming eighth-generation Core CPUs will feature quad-core processors inside of its chips aimed at ultrabooks, offering performance as much as 40 percent faster than in the previous generation, the company said. Intel hasn’t disclosed the prices of its four new 15-watt 8th-gen Core U-series chips, though the company revealed Monday how fast they’ll run: The slowest Core i5-8250U will run at 1.6GHz, with a boost…

Stricken US destroyer arrives in Singapore after collision, 10 sailors missing – Washington Post

Monday, August 21, 2017

SEOUL — The USS John S. McCain, significantly damaged after colliding with an oil tanker three times its size off the Strait of Malacca early Monday morning, arrived at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore with a large hole in its side just above the waterline. The search continues for 10 sailors missing after the collision, which caused significant damage to the hull, flooded nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and…

Trump to present vision for US strategy in Afghanistan war – New York Daily News

Monday, August 21, 2017

By Steve Holland and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It will be President Donald Trump’s turn on Monday to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America’s longest military conflict. In a prime-time speech to the nation, Trump may announce a modest increase in U.S. troops, as recommended by his senior advisers. Trump has long been skeptical of the…

US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension – Reuters

Monday, August 21, 2017

Christine Kim 5 Min Read SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea’s weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the joint drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, were purely defensive and did not aim to increase tension…

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 6: Seeing Is Believing – New York Times

Monday, August 21, 2017

In other words: It. Is. On. [Want exclusive “Game of Thrones” explainers as well as the internet’s best articles on this week’s episode? Sign up for our Season 7 newsletter here.] The episode picked up where we left off last week, with seven heroes and a fungible number of Wildling Redshirts (Redfurs? Wildshirts?) out to bag a wight to show Cersei. I continue to think this was a ridiculous plan…

The slapstick, the telethons, ‘Laaa-dy!’ — comic and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91 – Chicago Tribune

Monday, August 21, 2017

When the singer on the bill at the 500 Club was fired, Lewis recommended a singer he had shared the bill with at the Havana-Madrid nightclub in New York several months earlier and with whom, he told the club manager, he had done “a lot of funny stuff” on stage: Dean Martin. “A handsome man and a monkey,” as Lewis later described the heavily improvised act he and Martin performed…

Putting The ‘World’s Smallest Laptop’ To The Test – Forbes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ben Sin The GPD Pocket is being billed as the world’s smallest laptop. With tech advances making gadgets increasingly capable (and more affordable), there’s never been a better time to be a so-called “digital nomad.” Personally, I cringe at the “digital nomad” term, but I can’t deny that it quite succinctly sums up people like me, who only needs solid internet connection and a digital device to do work. In the…

Intel Unveils Newest Chips To Speed Laptops – Fortune

Monday, August 21, 2017

Intel kicked off the introduction of its latest generation of “Core” microprocessors on Monday with a line of chips aimed at mid-range laptops and tablets. Those markets have yet to feel much competition from Advanced Micro Devices, which has launched a strong offensive against Intel this year after years of struggles. Devices with the new Intel chips should go on sale for consumers in September, Intel said. Wall Street has…

The best laptops for engineering students | TechRadar – TechRadar

Monday, August 21, 2017

If you’re an engineering student looking to buy a laptop during the back to school season, then you’ll be looking for a powerful and flexible workstation that has plenty of graphical grunt and can handle complex tasks and demanding applications. The exacting demands of an engineering student can in some cases make the hunt for the perfect laptop slightly easier, as it narrows your options in an increasingly crowded market….

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio returns as a special Xbox One X for preorders – The Verge

Monday, August 21, 2017

Microsoft first revealed its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft is also creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition. Priced at $499, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself, alongside…

Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone – TechCrunch

Monday, August 21, 2017

Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Both studies transcribed recordings from the Switchboard corpus, a collection…

A Tranquil Swimming Hole Is Overwhelmed by Its Own Internet Fame – New York Times

Monday, August 21, 2017

Many who swam for years in the Blue Hole or sought moments of quiet contemplation there have been dismayed, saying that the increased popularity of the spot has threatened to destroy precisely what made it precious. Advertisement Continue reading the main story State officials have responded by instituting measures to address what has become an increasingly common problem for conservation authorities across the country who aim to strike a balance…

US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tensions – Reuters

Monday, August 21, 2017

Christine Kim 4 Min Read SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least $270 million since February despite U.N. sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the joint drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, were purely defensive and did not aim to raise tensions on the peninsula. “There…

White supremacists once wore hoods. Now, an internet mob won’t let them stay anonymous – PBS NewsHour

Monday, August 21, 2017

Peter Cytanovic, right, along with neo-Nazis, “alt-right” and white supremacists encircle and chant at counter-protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2017. Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Nearly a century ago, the governor of Louisiana proposed doxing the Ku Klux Klan. Gov. John Parker was in New York City for…

Putting The ‘World’s Smallest Laptop’ To The Test – Forbes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ben Sin The GPD Pocket is being billed as the world’s smallest laptop. With tech advances making gadgets increasingly capable (and more affordable), there’s never been a better time to be a so-called “digital nomad.” Personally, I cringe at the “digital nomad” term, but I can’t deny that it quite succinctly sums up people like me, who only needs solid internet connection and a digital device to do work. In the…