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Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust – CNET

Last year Apple managed to shrink photo file sizes dramatically so you could cram twice as many photos onto your iPhone. But hold on, because that might not be the only game in town. Google, Mozilla and others in a group called the Alliance for Open Media are working on a rival photo technology. In testing so far, the images are 15 percent smaller than Apple’s HEIC photo format, said Tim Terriberry, a Mozilla principal research engineer working on the project. But smaller sizes are just the beginning. The project…

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REVEALED: Fastest EVER US spy plane SR-71 Blackbird could turn HYPERSONIC

Defence and security technology company Lockheed Martin has been developing a successor to the Cold War era plane for years. Lockheed officials have suggested the hypersonic SR-72 spy plane, also known as the ‘Son of Blackbird’, could be operational by 2030. However, one Lockheed executive has implied that the sophisticated aircraft might already exist, and could therefore be up and running much sooner. Lockheed vice president Jack O’Banion revealed at an aerospace conference last week that a “digital transformation” stemming from relatively recent computing capabilities has made hypersonic travel possible.…

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RISE OF THE ROBOTS Earth to be plunged into ‘meaningless dystopia’, scientist warns

Dr Subhash Kak, computing expert at Oklahoma University, said people will lose their self-worth as robots gradually steal their jobs. He believes that the US opioid epidemic and the rise of terror groups mark the beginnings of a dystopian reality. Dr Kak said: “There will be massive unemployment. “People want to be useful and work provides meaning, so the world will sink into despair.” Between 400 and 800 million workers across the world could be replaced by machines by 2030, according to a report published by management consultancy firm McKinsey…

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Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk

robot reading books artificial intelligence AI More An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Trending: Pope Francis Is Worried About Nuclear War and Calls for Ban on Nukes Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies…

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Laptop team-ups power new PCs at CES 2018 – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET In the midst of CES 2018, the slate of new computers on display, including laptops, 2-in-1 hybrids, desktops and tablets, felt a little dry. There were few revolutionary new designs, and only a handful of brand-new products — most were modest internal or external updates to existing lines from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others. But looking a little deeper, I realized this was a year of partnerships and team-ups, where how the elements inside new computers worked together was more important than what they looked like on the…

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You may be making cryptocurrency for hackers without realising

Hackers could be cryptocashing inPRImageFactory/Getty By Chris Stokel-Walker Adblockers are trying to prevent people from accidentally helping criminals mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Malicious code running in the background of thousands of webpages can hijack a visitor’s computing power to generate cryptocurrency in a process called cryptojacking. There is no sure-fire way to avoid cryptojacking, but blacklists managed by adblockers should keep you away from the worst culprits. Around 95 per cent of crpytojacking code found on websites is modified from  something produced by the German company Coinhive. Their business model…

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Why do we need to know about prime numbers with millions of digits?

SeventyFour via Shutterstock More Prime numbers are more than just numbers that can only be divided by themselves and one. They are a mathematical mystery, the secrets of which mathematicians have been trying to uncover ever since Euclid proved that they have no end. An ongoing project – the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search – which aims to discover more and more primes of a particularly rare kind, has recently resulted in the discovery of the largest prime number known to date. Stretching to 23,249,425 digits, it is so large…

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Breaking bad metals with neutrons

By combining the latest developments in neutron scattering and theory, researchers are close to predicting phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism in strongly correlated electron systems. It is likely that the next advances in superconductivity and magnetism will come from such systems, but they might also be used in completely new ways such as quantum computing.

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Microsoft ALERT – Why crucial Windows 10 and Windows 7 update WILL slow down your PC

MICROSOFT Microsoft has confirmed its latest firmware updates could slow PCs Some Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 users will find their PCs running more slowly after downloading the latest security update, Microsoft has warned. The new firmware upgrades are being pushed out in an attempt to battle the latest Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. These bugs were discovered last week with the revelation that they could give hackers the ability to steal vital personal data via flaws in certain computer chips. Clearly it’s vital users make sure their PCs are…

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Samsung Gear S3 update adds brilliant new feature (but there’s still no word on a Gear S4)

Samsung Gear S3 owners will be able to control their smart home appliances from their wrist, thanks to a new software update. The South Korean technology company announced the new functionality during its CES keynote. Following the software update, Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport owners will be able to control all of Samsung’s connected home appliances. Gear S3 and Gear Sport users will also be able to check their thermostat, control music playback around their home, and tweak lighting from their wrist. Vice President and General Manager Mobile Computing…

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