3 essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

People used to dream about robot secretaries. Futurists imagined a world where computers obeyed our every command. When the Amazon Echo hit the market, that dream became a reality: Alexa was obedient, personable and all-knowing. She could carry out a myriad of basic tasks, with a personality as professional and unflappable as a human assistant.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/10/3-essential-privacy-settings-for-your-amazon-echo.html

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Is USB-C Chasing an Unachievable Goal?

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USB-C sells a dream of uniting every cable standard and protocol over a single cable, but so far the fairy tale hasn’t stood up to cold reality.

The post Is USB-C Chasing an Unachievable Goal? appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257684-usb-c-chasing-unachievable-goal?source=Computing

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Google Street View will now let you wander about the International Space Station like you're an astronaut

A lot of people dream of being an astronaut but never make it. Fear not though — Google has your back.

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Paige Jennings, Wall Street intern turned porn star, is now trying her hand at YouTube

It’s not everyday that someone leaves a dream job on Wall Street for a career in the adult film industry. It’s not everyday that someone decides to leave the adult film industry and try their hand at becoming a self-described YouTube personality.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/12/paige-jennings-wall-street-intern-turned-porn-star-is-now-trying-her-hand-at-youtube.html

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Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is great, but skip the slow HDD model

Article Image Apple’s marketing team didn’t need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display — its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple’s chosen internals, but it would have been best if the company didn’t cheap out with the slow base HDD model.

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Top Internet lawyer warns Black Hat crowd that the free Internet is dying

A top computer-crime defense lawyer says the dream of a free and open Internet is slowly being killed by overregulation, censorship and bad laws that don’t stop the right people.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/08/07/top-internet-lawyer-warns-black-hat-crowd-that-free-internet-is-dying/

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DeepDream Animator Creates A Nightmarish Music Video

Now you can turn any video into a computerized hallucinogenic fever dream with DeepDream Animator.

Self-proclaimed “code magician and narrative engineer,” Samim Winiger, just released the latest tool in the DeepDream arsenal: a video generator. The animation tool extracts frames from videos, processes them with Google’s DeepDream image code, and turns it into a new video file. Winiger worked with vocalist Calista Kazuko under the name Calista and The Crashroots, and generated a music video with the code. The video, entitled “DeepDream,” is a vibrant psychedelic fantasy land of swirling clouds, dog faces, and floating eyes.

DeepDream is the name of the code that Google published last month for developers to play around with. In order to process and categorize images online, Google Images uses artificial neural networks (ANNs) to look for patterns. Google teaches the program how to do this by showing it tons of pictures of an object so that it knows what that object looks like. For example, after looking at thousands of pictures of a dumbbell, the program would understand a dumbbell to be a metallic cylinder with two large spheres at both ends. However, as we found out last month, when the program is used to “dream up” these images of its own, it can get things very wrong. What it creates are uncanny scenes of long-legged slug-monsters, wobbly towers, and flying limbs that look like a Salvador Dalí painting on steroids.

Last week hundreds of people morphed images of their own using Zain Shah’s implementation of the DeepDream image generator. A DeepDream twitter bot also makes it easy to spend hours sifting through a feed of these nightmarish images.

Winiger’s video generator is a natural and exciting evolution of the DeepDream code. He asks for those that use the program to include the parameters they use in the description of their YouTube videos to help other DeepDream researchers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/deepdream-animator-turns-videos-nightmares-you-can-watch

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FAA’s proposed drone rules put Amazon’s Prime Air plans in jeopardy

Jeff Bezos’s dream of using drones to deliver goods to Amazon customers received a setback Sunday when the Federal Aviation Administration announced proposed rules for the commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/02/16/faas-proposed-drone-rules-put-amazons-prime-air-plans-in-jeopardy/

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5 apps that will make you say 'Wow!'

If you can dream it, there is an app for that. There are approximately 1.2 million apps in the Apple store and, interestingly, just about the same number in the Google Play store that powers Android gadgets.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/08/16/5-apps-that-will-make-say-wow/

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Most useful mobile apps to take on vacation

Few smart phone owners would dream of leaving that do-it-all device home when they travel—in fact, 98 percent took it along on their last vacation, according to our recent survey of more than 5,0…

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/06/10/most-useful-mobile-apps-to-take-on-vacation/

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