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  • This startup’s AI is smart enough to drive different types of vehicles

    Jay Gierak at Ghost, which is based in Mountain View, California, is impressed by Wayve’s demonstrations and agrees with the company’s overall viewpoint. “The robotics approach is not the right way to do this,” says Gierak. But he’s not sold on Wayve’s total commitment to deep learning. Instead of a single large model, Ghost trains many hundreds of smaller models,…

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  • Put a Little Power Cube Under Your Couch

    I’m writing this from my couch. My laptop was at about 10 percent when I sat down, but I’m not worried. I have a secret weapon for keeping my gadgets charged in the living room: a little block with outlets and USB ports. I love my power cube. I can’t remember when I started doing this, but it’s been years…

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  • How to Save Money on the Apps You Use

    You can easily find yourself spending a substantial amount of money on the apps you use every day—whether through up-front payments or monthly or yearly subscriptions. It always pays to shop smart, and that’s as true for mobile apps as it is for anything else. While we can’t make everything free of charge, we can give you a few tips…

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  • VPN Providers Flee India as a New Data Law Takes Hold

    Ahead of the deadline to comply with the Indian government’s new data-collection rules, VPN companies from across the globe have pulled their servers out of the country in a bid to protect their users’ privacy. Starting today, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT—a body appointed by the Indian government to deal with cybersecurity and threats—will require VPN operators…

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  • How to Upload Custom Emoji in Slack

    I used to work for a company that had a few thousand custom emoji in Slack, which I admit got annoying—certain managers overused them to the point where I rarely had any idea what they were trying to say. Even so, I miss some of those emoji— it’s like I’ve left a part of my vocabulary behind. I know this…

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  • Growing Old Online | WIRED

    Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I put the Twitter app back on my phone and scroll aimlessly. I’m trying to hurt my own feelings, and I’m always successful. I want something to hate, I want someone to be wrong, I want someone or something to hurt me. And I always get it, because that’s what the internet is for. Lately,…

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  • How to Back Up Your Digital Life (2022): Hard Drives, Cloud-Based Tools, and Tips

    The hardest thing about this step is figuring out which hard drive to buy. If you want something small, see our guide to portable hard drives (which don’t require external power). Backblaze, a backup company that currently stores more than 1 exabyte of data, and therefore has considerable experience with hard drives, periodically publishes its drive statisticswhich have some helpful…

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  • A Wheel Made of ‘Odd Matter’ Spontaneously Rolls Uphill

    In a physics lab in Amsterdam, there’s a wheel that can spontaneously roll uphill by wiggling. This “odd wheel” looks simple: just six small motors linked together by plastic arms and rubber bands to form a ring about 6 inches in diameter. When the motors are powered on, it starts writhing, executing complicated squashing and stretching motions and occasionally flinging…

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  • How to Switch iPhones or iPads and Transfer Data (2022)

    Losing all the stuff on your phone was no big deal before the smartphone age. These days, it’s practically a Netflix horror movie plot. Wondering how to switch iPhones or iPads successfully, without losing anything in the process? If you’re looking to upgrade (these are the best iPhones to buy right now), it is possible to do so painlessly. Your…

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  • Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE Review: Wrist Protector

    I intended to write this review earlier, but after almost three years of avoiding it, I finally contracted Covid-19. I was the only person in my house who got sick and I recovered quickly, but I still underestimated how seriously my kids would take it. As I was putting her to bed, my 7-year-old asked, “Mama, what happens to us…

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