Day: November 3, 2018

Is Data Science For All the New Computer Science For All?

UC Berkeley’s fastest-growing class is their introduction to data science. (The Wall Street Journal calls it a combination of computer science and statistics “to mine the growing troves of data on everything from traffic patterns to the habits of social-media users.”) But that’s only the beginning. UC Berkeley plans to create a new Division of…

Best iPhone XR cases – CNET

Need some protection for your new iPhone XR? Here’s a bunch of top cases to check out, all of them compatible with wireless charging. …read more Source:: CNet

Should Alexa Be Your Child’s Friend?

“Alexa, will you be my friend?” “I’m happy to be your friend.” What should a parent do when they hear their five-year-old having that conversation? Engadget explores the question, also providing another example. Four-year-old Aiden has struggled with bullies in school, and has found an unexpected friend in his grandmother’s Echo Plus. After a particularly…

Voice Controlled Glasses and Magnifying Lens

If you’re reading Hackaday, you’re probably intimately familiar with really small parts. 0201 resistors are tiny, and even smaller parts aren’t unheard of. The screws that go in your phone are minuscule, and a magnifying glass is really handy if you want to check out the detail on your 3D prints. While this is easy…

How New, Polite Linus Torvalds Points Out Bad Kernel Code

Linus Torvalds “has shown already for the new Linux 4.20~5.0 cycle he isn’t relaxing his standards but is communicating better when it comes to bringing up coding,” reports Phoronix, adding “So far it looks like Linus’ brief retreat is paying off with still addressing code quality issues — and not blatantly accepting new code into…

Billionaires Are Chasing The Holy Grail of Energy: Fusion

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro shared this article from Bloomberg: Not long before he died, tech visionary Paul Allen traveled to the south of France for a personal tour of a 35-country quest to replicate the workings of the Sun. The goal is to one day produce clean, almost limitless energy by fusing atoms together rather…

Best Target Black Friday 2018 tech deals – CNET

Google Home Hub for $100. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $200. Half-price on Google and Alexa smart speakers. Ready, aim, savings. …read more Source:: CNet

Facebook keeps fumbling political ads – CNET

The social network has blocked ads for open mic nights, restaurants and realtors, flagging them as political. …read more Source:: CNet

Twitter Deletes Over 10,000 Bots That Discouraged US Midterm Voting

Twitter has deleted over 10,000 disinformation bots discouraging Americans from voting in Tuesday’s midterm elections. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Twitter said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had brought the accounts to their attention. “For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election…

Four glorious music box sets rock the holidays – CNET

Fans of The Beatles, Steve Wilson, R.E.M. and Dylan have something new for their wish lists. The Audiophiliac gives them a listen. …read more Source:: CNet