Rogue Chinese space station is on a collision course with Earth


Sometime in the next couple of months, the Tiangong-1 space station is going to fall to Earth — and we’ll have no idea where it’s going to land until a couple of hours before it does. The space laboratory was being controlled by the Chinese government until an amateur space tracker noticed in June 2016 that it had apparently gone rogue. A few months later, Chinese officials told the UN they no longer had control and they had no idea when it was going to land. As Jonathan McDowell, Harvard astrophysicist, told The Guardian, “Not knowing when it’s going to…

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Review: Huawei’s MateBook X is more than a MacBook clone


Windows may have just gotten its best answer to the MacBook yet, and it hails from a relative newcomer. Huawei’s MateBook X is not just an impressive first attempt at a laptop by Huawei, it might just be one of the best traditional laptops you can buy right now. I’ve used the device for nearly two months, and my experience has been painless – and that’s all your really want from a laptop anyway. Though Huawei has struggled to break into the US market, the company just passed Apple in worldwide sales. It’s made a name through design chops and…

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Google’s AI can create better machine-learning code than the researchers who made it


Google’s AutoML system recently produced a series of machine-learning codes with higher rates of efficiency than those made by the researchers themselves. In this latest blow to human superiority the robot student has become the self-replicating master. AutoML was developed as a solution to the lack of top-notch talent in AI programming. There aren’t enough cutting edge developers to keep up with demand, so the team came up with a machine learning software that can create self-learning code.  The system runs thousands of simulations to determine which areas of the code can be improved, makes the changes, and continues the…

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Google Photos update brings facial recognition to Fido


Google today launched a new feature that makes it easier to find pet pictures in Google Photos. The feature automatically seeks out pet faces and groups them in folders, just like it does people. You can label the photos with your pet’s name once they are grouped and there’s no need to type “dog” or “cat,” like before. To see the photos, simply type in Chester’s name into the search box. Users will also be able to search by breed, like Pug or Beagle, or even type in the corresponding emoji to find the pictures. Google Assistant will even create…

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Mobile ordering is killing the restaurant experience


Thanks to just about every restaurant and its mother having an app, you can probably order most food before you get to the restaurant. But the physical structure of restaurants are not made to accommodate such innovations. Think about it: the last time you were in a casual dining restaurant, be it McDonald’s or Starbucks or whatever, how did you order? You were probably funneled through a specified line demarcated by barriers, and then approached the cashier one by one. If you ordered online, then that’s probably going to frustrate you, given that you’ve already paid and your food should…

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An addict’s tale: My week without social media


By Monday I’d deleted Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn applications off my phone and logged out of all accounts on my laptop: it had begun Hi, my name is Inés and I’m a social media addict. But this week, I decided to go through digital detox by turning off all of my major distractions. The challenge The first day was tough. I would constantly press the Twitter bookmark on Chrome, or type in facebook.com, in the hope that something would show up. Nada. The login page would stare me right in the face saying “Nope. Nothing to see here.”…

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Finding the needles in the haystack: How to meet journalists at conferences


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s not only due to the changing autumn leaves. Much less romantic, I particularly enjoy this time of the year as it offers a chance for our team to regroup after the madness of the conference season summer months. With so many new events popping up, it can be hard to choose which conferences to attend. While it would be great to go to every event, this would be extremely expensive, time consuming and — from my personal experience — exhausting. As such, most CEOs assess events based on the ROI they…

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