Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘Enhance’: Browser game mocks Hollywood hacking tropes

You know those evidence-gathering scenes in 90s and 00s tv shows and movies that treat looking at photographs like a particularly shouty spectator sport? Where stern-looking people tap magical “enhance” button or tell the computer they intend to zoom in and “clean up” the image? You know, that old chestnut? Someone made a game out of that. I made, a cyberpunk game you play by yelling at your computer like you're in a movie. It's an homage to the classic sci-fi "zoom and enhance" trope. Play it in Chrome! 🕵️🗣💻🕵️‍♀️ — Nicole He in Melbourne (@nicolehe) August 15,…

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Researchers teach Hearthstone bot to dominate Legend rank players

A team of researchers from the University of Warsaw recently developed an AI bot to play Blizzard’s Hearthstone. This isn’t the first machine built to play the game, but it may very well set the benchmark for all that come after it. Hearthstone is a collectible card game, like Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. Its rules and format make it a great candidate for exploration by machine learning developers. Like poker, it requires players to work with both shared and limited information. The player that outperforms the other player tends to win, despite the fact that luck also factors in.…

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Fertility app blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies is now FDA approved in the USA

On August 10, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) made a surprising move by officially approving fertility app Natural Cycles in the USA. Though the fertility app was approved in Europe last year, has over 700,000 users, and is available in 161 countries, Natural Cycles hasn’t gone without its controversies. Earlier this year, a hospital in Stockholm reported that 37 out of the 668 women who sought abortion over a four month period had been using Natural Cycles to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Since this incident, the fertility app has been under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK. The investigation follows concerns over Natural Cycle’s…

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Is your website or app missing ‘the spark’? This training should help light that fire

Knowing how to please a user is why talented UX designers are (and will remain) in high demand. Now, you can learn the lessons from those coding pros with the UX Design for Beginners training. And best of all, it’s less than the price of a standard movie ticket -- just $9.99 from TNW Deals.

Turkey’s president wants people to buy this homegrown phone instead of the iPhone

Turkey and the United States are currently embroiled in a bitter diplomatic spat over the detention of an American evangelical pastor. This has resulted in an economic war between the former allies, with the United States issuing sanctions on the country, and placing tarrifs on certain Turkish goods. A consequence of this is the value of the Turkish Lira has plummeted to its lowest level ever. In response, Turkey’s furious president Reycep Teyepp Erdogan has called for a boycott of US electronic goods, particularly the Apple iPhone. In a speech reported by CNBC, Erdogan said: “If they have iPhone, there…

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Microsoft and Amazon launch preview for cross-device collaboration between Alexa and Cortana

Amazon and Microsoft hope you’ll help them teach Cortana and Alexa to play nicely together. Starting today you can sign up for a preview that’ll let you run the virtual assistants on each others’ respective devices. Announced last fall, the collaboration is finally here in limited testing form. Those who opt in, using an Echo, Windows 10, or Harmon Kaidon Invoke device will be able to summon both virtual assistants on their devices. This collaboration includes most, but not all, of the virtual assistants’ features. Users in the preview can access their Office 365 calendar and Microsoft email accounts on…

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Most of the top 100 cryptocurrencies don’t actually have a working product

It might sound shocking, but it appears 60 out of the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market share are yet to actually release a working product to the public – despite raising millions of dollars in funding. Cryptocurrency analysis firm Invest in Blockchain reviewed the product development efforts of the the top 100 cryptocurrencies to reach this conclusion. Among other things, the company took into consideration each project’s current status, roadmap, release history, and already available features (that have actually been delivered). The study has defined a working product as one that is available to the public, and is used on…

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