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03-26-2019 Games
Report: Nintendo Is Releasing Two New Switch Models

Expanding on a rumour they first published last year, The Wall Street Journal now reports that Nintendo is planning on releasing two new models of the Switch, and both may be out in 2019. The first, they say, “will have enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won’t be as powerful as Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X.” The second model “is a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device.” The Wall Street Journal cites both parts suppliers and software developers in their report. It’s claimed that the cheaper model will cut costs by removing features, with vibration specifically cited. The WSJ say both new versions are expected to be announced at E3, “and possibly released a few months later” in time for both Christmas and the release of new games like Pokemon Sword & Shield and Animal Crossing. The possibility of two new models is an interesting one. I think most people polled after the first report would have guessed that a new Switch would be either a cheaper replacement for the 3DS or a souped-up console for fanboys. Getting both would be wild.

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03-26-2019 Science&Technology
Apple Could Reportedly Discuss Its Rumored Subscription Gaming Service at Monday Event

Apple’s highly anticipated Monday event will likely see an unveiling of Apple’s forthcoming TV streaming and subscription news services. But there’s a possibility that Apple may also touch on its rumored subscription game service, Bloomberg reported Saturday. The gaming service, reported by Cheddar in January, will reportedly focus on bundling games for its iPhones and iPads and will essentially function as a “Netflix for gaming.” Bloomberg reported that Apple may discuss the service during its Monday event, but said the company could also hold off until June when it will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans for the service, Bloomberg reported: The company would collect these monthly fees, then divide up the revenue between developers based on how much time users spend playing their games, one of the people said. Apple is likely considering popular paid titles on the App Store and would exclude titles that are free to download but generate revenue via in-app purchases. Apple did not immediately return a request for comment about the report. Cheddar previously reported that Apple was working on the gaming service, citing five sources who claimed talks with developers began last year. At the time, there was still a question of whether the company was seriously pursuing the product in earnest, as Cheddar reported it was “still in the early stages of development, and Apple could ultimately decide to abandon it.” But Bloomberg’s report about Apple’s pursuit of paid games for the platform—as opposed to those that pull in cash through in-app offerings—would appear to be one more way that Apple could boost its service offerings. As Cheddar noted, the company’s push for the services comes as Apple is looking to expand its revenue as hardware sales are stalling and amid a surge in streaming and subscription services. Even if Apple’s rumored gaming service doesn’t see a debut at Monday’s event, there’s still plenty of (largely rumored) possibilities for what Tim Cook has up his sleeve. And as the Verge noted, touching on the game service at its developers’ conference may make a little more sense. Plus, in addition to the news and streaming services, there’s still a chance we’ll see some hardware offerings on Monday as well. But given Apple’s habit of keeping us on our toes, it’s anyone’s guess until tomorrow. ...

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03-26-2019 Science&Technology
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy shown launching NASA Orion spacecraft in fan render

A spaceflight fan’s unofficial render has offered the best look yet at what SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy could look like in the unlikely but not impossible event that NASA decides to launch its uncrewed Orion demonstration mission on commercial rockets. Oddly enough, the thing that most stands out from artist brickmack’s interpretation of Orion and Falcon Heavy is just how relatively normal the large NASA spacecraft looks atop a SpaceX rocket. The render also serves as a visual reminder of just how little SpaceX would necessarily need to change or re-certify before Falcon Heavy would be able to launch Orion. Aside from the fact that NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) is not quite ready to certify the full launch vehicle for NASA missions, very few hurdles appear to stand in the way of Orion launching on a commercial rocket – be it on Falcon Heavy or ULA’s Delta IV Heavy. In a wholly unexpected announcement made by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine during a March 13th Congressional hearing, the agency leader revealed that NASA was seriously analyzing the possibility of launching Orion’s uncrewed lunar demonstration mission – known as Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) – on commercial launch vehicles instead of the agency’s own Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. ...

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03-26-2019 Entertainment
Apple takes aim at Netflix with TV and news service

Apple to take on Netflix? Disruptive Tech Research's Lou Basenese on Apple's upcoming announcement and reports the tech giant will take on Netflix. Apple Opens a New Window. is expected on Monday to announce the biggest shift the company has made in more than a decade. Apple CEO Tim Cook Opens a New Window. plans to announce video-and news-subscription services that could open a new annual revenue stream that will deepen ties between iPhone users and the company. MORE FROM FOXBUSINESS.COM CAN APPLE COMPETE WITH NETFLIX ON STREAMING? Opens a New Window. GAS PRICES ON THE RISE. HOW HIGH CAN THEY GO? Opens a New Window. PATRIOTS STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI TO RETIRE Opens a New Window. Apple is taking aim at content that will be accessed over its devices. Apps and services, from Spotify to Netflix have become favorites of users. Apple reported its first decline in revenue and profit for a holiday quarter in over a decade. By contrast, revenue from the services business grew 33 percent to nearly $40 billion—accounting for about 15 percent of the company’s total of $265.6 billion. Apple’s intension is to have its video become an alternative to cable, combining original series with shows from other networks to create a new entertainment service. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX BUSINESS APP Apple has used a $1 billion budget to buy dozens of original TV shows in hopes it can land a breakout hit, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple declined to comment to the Journal. Fees for the service have yet to be announced.

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03-26-2019 Cars
2019 Ford Ranger goes dark with new appearance package

The 2019 Ford Ranger pickup officially hit dealers earlier this year, and since then, the automaker says more than two-thirds of all trucks have been purchased with one of the model's appearance packages. To build on that momentum, Ford announced a new Black Appearance Package on Monday which, to our eyes, looks pretty great. The Ranger's Black Appearance Package is pretty self-explanatory. Opting for this pack gets you a number of black exterior elements, including a new grille, 18-inch wheels, running boards, fender vent surrounds, mirrors and more. The Black Appearance Package is available on any of the Ranger's body colors, which you can peruse in the gallery below. This new package isn't limited to any one specific trim level or body style, and it'll add $1,995 to the truck's bottom line. Ford says the Black Appearance Package is available to order now, with the first deliveries taking place this summer. Ford's new Ranger is a great addition to the midsize pickup segment, nicely poised to battle the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, as well as the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Ford has already had to increase Ranger production to satisfy high demand. All Rangers are powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the ground via your choice of two- or four-wheel drive, and the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds. We've tested the Ranger extensively since its launch, so be sure to read our first drive and in-depth review for more impressions.

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03-26-2019 Cars
Tesla analyst cuts Model 3 forecast, now sees bear market in stock ahead

RBC Capital Markets lowers its 12-month price target on shares of Tesla amid softer demand expectations and a delivery snag in China. Analyst Joseph Spak’s new target is a 14 percent reduction to his prior forecast and implies more than 20 percent downside over the next year from Friday’s close. “We see both 2019 and 2020 revenue as down vs. the 4Q18 run-rate and, given Tesla is priced for growth, believe the valuation will come in,” Spak writes. Lackluster demand and overseas Model 3 delivery problems will weigh on Tesla’s first-quarter earnings results when the company reports in April, RBC Capital Markets warned clients Monday. The brokerage cut its first-quarter Model 3 delivery forecast to 52,500 from 57,000 and slashed its price target to $210 from $245, a 14 percent reduction that implies more than 20 percent downside over the next year. “We see both 2019 and 2020 revenue as down vs. the 4Q18 run-rate and, given Tesla is priced for growth, believe the valuation will come in,” analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to clients. “Overall, for 2019 we now forecast about 261,000 Model 3 [deliveries], down from 268,000 prior. Our 2020 forecast of 347,500 remains unchanged.” Spak, who has an underperform rating on Tesla shares, predicts the electric car maker will post an adjusted loss of 64 cents per share, down from a prior estimate of a profit of 68 cents per share. “Regionally, we assume 21,000 units in Europe, 6,000 to 7,000 in China and the remainder in North America,” Spak wrote. “In China, some deliveries were delayed because of a customs issue.” The analyst cited recent price cuts to its popular Model 3 as evidence both of diminished demand and in reducing his earnings outlook. “Our 2019 Model 3 average selling price is now $53,600, down from $55,500 prior – still stronger in the first half as Tesla fulfills higher-end demand internationally before lower priced models (which carry lower gross margin) kick in,” Spak said. Chief executive officer Elon Musk surprised some investors last month after he said Tesla will only sell cars online and that drivers will have up to a week to return their vehicles if they aren’t satisfied. Of particular angst to some stakeholders, Tesla explained that moving sales online will allow the Model 3 to sell at the long-awaited base model price of $35,000. However, Musk tweeted on Sunday that ...

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03-26-2019 Politics
New Zealand debates free speech after ban of accused mosque shooter's manifesto

DUNEDIN, New Zealand – New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The ban, issued Saturday, means anybody caught with the document on their computer could face up to 10 years in prison, while anyone caught sending it could face 14 years. Some say the ban goes too far and risks lending both the document and the gunman mystique. At the same time, many local media organizations are debating whether to even name the Australian man charged with murder in the March 15 attacks after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed she would never mention him by name. In some ways, the accuser shooter's manifesto provides the greatest insight into his character and thinking, with neighbors and those he met in a gym in the sleepy seaside town of Dunedin recalling nothing particularly remarkable about him. Comparing countries: How gun laws in a dozen countries compare with New Zealand's new ban on semiautomatic weapons Chief Censor David Shanks said the manifesto contains justifications for acts of tremendous cruelty like killing children and encourages acts of terrorism, even outlining specific places to target and methods to carry out attacks. In banning the document, Shanks and his staff worried about drawing more attention to it. But in the end, he said, they decided they needed to treat it the same way as propaganda from groups like the Islamic State, which they have also banned. Shanks had earlier placed a similar ban on the 17-minute livestream video the alleged killer filmed from a camera mounted on his helmet during the shootings. He said researchers and journalists could apply for exemptions from both bans. But while free speech advocates haven’t questioned banning the graphic video, they said banning the manifesto is a step too far. “People are more confident of each other and their leaders when there is no room left for conspiracy theories, when nothing is hidden,” said Stephen Franks, a constitutional lawyer and spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition. “The damage and risks are greater from suppressing these things than they are from trusting people to form their own conclusions and to see evil or madness for what it is.” Franks said he had no interest in reading the manifesto until it was banned. He now is curious because it is “forbidden fruit,” he said, and he worries others may feel the same way. He said the ban makes no sense when New Zealanders remain free to read Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf.” Who is she?: 4 things to know about Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister ...

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03-26-2019 Health
More than 1,000 Ebola cases reported in outbreak

(CNN)The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has surpassed 1,000 cases, according to the country's health ministry. The number of confirmed cases stands at 1,009, of which 944 are confirmed and 65 probable, in an outbreak that started in August. The death toll is at 629 -- 564 are confirmed from Ebola and 65 probable. It is the second-deadliest and second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. "We use words like 'cases' and 'containment' to be scientific, but behind every number is a person, a family and a community that is suffering," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general in a statement Saturday. "This outbreak has gone on far too long." Last week, the WHO had reported a rise in the weekly rate of confirmed Ebola cases after several weeks of decline. The organization cited "increased security challenges, including the recent direct attacks on treatment centers, and pockets of community mistrust" as causes for the uptick. Those security challenges include attacks on treatment facilities. Earlier this month, militants attacked an Ebola treatment center, killing a police officer. In February, two attacks on Ebola treatment centers in the province of North Kivu forced Doctors Without Borders (also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) to put some humanitarian efforts on hold. ...

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03-25-2019 Science&Technology
Apple Could Reportedly Discuss Its Rumored Subscription Gaming Service at Monday Event

Apple’s highly anticipated Monday event will likely see an unveiling of Apple’s forthcoming TV streaming and subscription news services. But there’s a possibility that Apple may also touch on its rumored subscription game service, Bloomberg reported Saturday. The gaming service, reported by Cheddar in January, will reportedly focus on bundling games for its iPhones and iPads and will essentially function as a “Netflix for gaming.” Bloomberg reported that Apple may discuss the service during its Monday event, but said the company could also hold off until June when it will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans for the service, Bloomberg reported: The company would collect these monthly fees, then divide up the revenue between developers based on how much time users spend playing their games, one of the people said. Apple is likely considering popular paid titles on the App Store and would exclude titles that are free to download but generate revenue via in-app purchases. Apple did not immediately return a request for comment about the report. Cheddar previously reported that Apple was working on the gaming service, citing five sources who claimed talks with developers began last year. At the time, there was still a question of whether the company was seriously pursuing the product in earnest, as Cheddar reported it was “still in the early stages of development, and Apple could ultimately decide to abandon it.” But Bloomberg’s report about Apple’s pursuit of paid games for the platform—as opposed to those that pull in cash through in-app offerings—would appear to be one more way that Apple could boost its service offerings. As Cheddar noted, the company’s push for the services comes as Apple is looking to expand its revenue as hardware sales are stalling and amid a surge in streaming and subscription services. Even if Apple’s rumored gaming service doesn’t see a debut at Monday’s event, there’s still plenty of (largely rumored) possibilities for what Tim Cook has up his sleeve. And as the Verge noted, touching on the game service at its developers’ conference may make a little more sense. Plus, in addition to the news and streaming services, there’s still a chance we’ll see some hardware offerings on Monday as well. But given Apple’s habit of keeping us on our toes, it’s anyone’s guess until tomorrow.

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03-25-2019 Science&Technology
Leaked Microsoft Edge browser confirms new features

Microsoft's Edge browser is coming out soon with a Google Chromium-powered revamp and an online leak showed all the features. The Verge reported the leak Sunday on various online forums and sharing sites. A public preview is expected soon, but so far only media outlets have gotten a look at the Edge's new open source-powered browser. Chrome extension support, eventual compatibility on Mac, and even dark mode (although that feature is only in testing) are some of the features users are excited about for the Windows browser. The Verge confirmed favorites syncing and other interface customization. The new look and ground-up rebuild for Microsoft's three-year-old browser is a hot topic, especially with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox leading as the top browsers. Microsoft also technically still has its Internet Explorer browser, though it would rather you find a more robust browser to rely on. This just might give Edge the edge it needs.

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03-25-2019 Games
Mortal Kombat 11: Noob Saibot Revealed With First Gameplay Trailer

Another classic Mortal Kombat character is coming back in Mortal Kombat 11. During a panel at C2E2, NetherRealm confirmed that Noob Saibot will return as a playable fighter in the upcoming game. The reveal came by way of a new gameplay trailer (below), which showcases the shadowy ninja squaring off against his younger brother, the current Sub-Zero, as well as other characters. The trailer also ends with a look at one of Noob's gruesome new fatalities. The video showcases many of his abilities, as he wields a scythe and attacks opponents from two different locations at the same time. In a press release, NetherRealm outlined the character: "Noob Saibot, once known by the name Bi-Han, and the original Sub-Zero, he was a cold-blooded assassin, corrupt from years of violence and evil. Murdered by his clan’s enemy, Scorpion, Bi-Han was resurrected as the black-clad wraith, Noob Saibot. Both shadowy and mysterious, his soul was stripped of compassion and remorse, and now he considers himself the perfect warrior using his ninja-like and phantom abilities to carry out his darkest impulses." Noob wasn't the only fighter NetherRealm unveiled during the panel; the developer also announced Mortal Kombat 11's first DLC character, Shang Tsung. This time, Tsung's appearance is modeled after Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the actor who portrayed the character in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie. In MK11, Tsung will also serve as the host, narrator, and guide for players when they enter the Krypt. The playable version of the character will be available as part of the game's first Kombat Pack. That's included in the Premium and Kollector's editions of the game and will presumably be sold on its own. NetherRealm has been slowly revealing Mortal Kombat 11's roster since the game was first announced during the 2018 Game Awards. Earlier this week, the developer also confirmed that the Emperor of Outworld, Kotal Khan, will be a playable character, and before that we got our first look at the returning Jacqui Briggs. You can see all of the Mortal Kombat 11 characters confirmed so far here. Following a recent limited online stress test, NetherRealm will soon host the first Mortal Kombat 11 beta beginning March 27. The test will be open to all players who've pre-ordered a copy of the game and will feature five playable characters: Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. The beta is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT. Mortal Kombat 11 launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on April 23. The game will be available in standard, Premium, and Kollector's editions, the latter of which includes a 1:1 (non-wearable) Scorpion mask. Pre-ordering any edition will also give you a bonus playable character: Shao Kahn.

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03-25-2019 Cars
$59,500 Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. $294,250 Porsche 911 GT2 RS — Guess Who Wins

Want to check out an epic showdown between the internal combustion engine and electric drivetrain as they race against one another? This isn’t just any showdown between gasmobile and EV. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS faces off against Tesla’s Model 3 Performance in an adrenaline-filled drag race video produced by Formula 1 champ Nico Rosberg. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a thoroughbred race car built for the kill — a two door, two passenger, rear-wheel drive beast loaded with a 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6 engine; 700 hp, 553 lb-ft; 7-speed automatic transmission — price: $294,250. For context, Car and Driver describes the GT2 RS as follows: “The brutal GT2 RS is the chainsaw of the 911 lineup compared with the scalpel-like GT3. Its 700-hp twin-turbo flat-six drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for a claimed 2.7-second zero-to-60-mph time—conservative, we think—and powered this fastest-ever 911 to a record lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Steering is laser direct, and the rear slides—controllably—if directed; the brakes are amazing, with no fade present during repeated high-speed stops on track.” Tesla’s Model 3 Performance, on the other hand, is a 5-passenger, 4-door sedan, with all-wheel drive and a 0–60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. This top-tier variant of the Model 3 is certainly tweaked for performance but not born for the track — price: $59,500. The video is beautifully shot in Monaco’s scenic harbor, perhaps the most stunning drag strip on the planet. Drone shots make the footage even more thrilling. In any event, let’s check out who emerges as the winner of this intense drag race — all brought to life by Nico’s skillful video editing and hosting skills. Yep, the finish is surprising — Model 3 Performance wins by a small margin, but that counts a lot in a drag race. It’s another example of a gas guzzler slain by an all-electric performance car. And don’t forget, you can buy almost five Tesla Model 3 Performance cars for the price of one Porsche GT2 RS — just plain crazy. Nico originally planned to drag race the GT2 RS with an Energica electric motorcycle but karma stepped in and it turns out, instead, that the Model 3 Performance made some electrifying history. While the video above doesn’t provide a drag race stats slip, the results speak volumes — it’s official, a new predator is hunting the ICE beast. This article has been updated to slightly update the price of the Tesla Model 3 Performance, which now starts at $59,500, not $58,000.

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03-20-2019 Cars
The 2020 CT5 Is Cadillac's New, Rear-Drive Sports Sedan

The Cadillac ATS and CTS helped changed perceptions of the American luxury brand. Suddenly, the company that made your old man's luxury barge was outdoing BMW at its own game. That means this car, the 2020 CT5, has a lot to live up to. Cadillac is replacing the ATS and CTS with the CT5, and a yet-unnamed smaller rear-drive sports sedan. The CT5 will slot between the current ATS and CTS, while the other car will be a little smaller than the ATS. Cadillac plans to do a full reveal of the CT5 next month at the New York International Auto Show, but it's revealing some photos and info on its latest sports sedan ahead of time. The CT5 rides on what Cadillac terms "an evolution" of GM's rear-drive Alpha platform, which currently underpins the ATS, CTS, CT6 and Chevy Camaro. Standard, you'll get a 2.0-liter turbo four, while a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 will be available as an option. Cadillac hasn't released any specs, but in the CT6, those engines offer 237 and 404 horsepower, respectively. Both will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will be optional. Design wise, the CT5 is an evolution of what's come before, sporting the new Cadillac corporate face we've seen on the face-lifted CT6 and new XT4 and XT6 SUVs. In profile, things are more different, with less of a dramatic rising beltline and a more coupe-like window shape. Inside, well....we'll have to wait. The only image Cadillac has released thus far is of the shifter and infotainment controls. Hopefully the interior takes a step forward or two from the CTS—a weak point compared to its German rivals. We're hoping there's a fire-breathing V version in the works, too. Perhaps a Chevy small block will fit under the hood, or maybe even Cadillac's new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8. Whatever powers it, it's got big shoes to fill. In any case, we'll know a lot more about the CT5 when it makes its debut in New York in a month's time. Right now, we're going to pour one out for the CTS.

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03-20-2019 Science&Technology
The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants. Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands. With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should come as no surprise that technology is hardwiring sexism into our future — but Q, the world’s first genderless voice, hopes to eradicate gender bias in technology. Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female). From this experiment, audio researchers were able to define a frequency range which is gender neutral. They recorded several voices, working on the pitch, the tone and the format filter and finally achieved “Q.” Despite the underrepresentation of women in AI development, it’s no coincidence that almost all voice assistants are given typically female names, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Apple’s Siri. According to several studies, regardless of the listener’s gender, people typically prefer to hear a male voice when it comes to authority, but prefer a female voice when they need assistance. While a genderless voice is a step in the right direction towards inclusivity, technology cannot progress and move away from gender bias without diversity in creative and leadership roles. Gendered voice assistants reinforce deeply ingrained gender biases because the data being used in machine learning training is based upon human behavior — robots are only sexist because the humans they learn from are. Q is not only challenging gender stereotypes, but also encouraging tech companies to take societal responsibility when it comes to diversity and inclusivity. TNW Conference 2019 is coming! Check out our glorious new location, inspiring line-up of speakers and activities, and how to be a part of this annual tech bonanza

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03-20-2019 Science&Technology
Nvidia is bringing ray tracing to old GPUs that can’t ray trace worth a damn

How do you convince gamers that they’re getting their money’s worth from a $500+ graphics card? Nvidia’s latest technique is pretty smart — it’s taking real-time ray tracing, an eye-popping if barely adopted feature previously exclusive to its pricey new RTX-series graphics cards, and bringing it to a whole bunch of older Nvidia GTX-series GPUs that can’t ray trace to save their lives. I’m partly joking. It’s pretty cool that I’ll soon be able to try out some “basic” DirectX Raytracing with my nearly three-year-old Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU! Here are the other graphics cards and chips that should be able to take advantage with a driver update this April: But seriously: Nvidia’s blog post seems explicitly designed to show that only the most expensive RTX-series GPUs can remotely approach 60fps framerates in modern games with ray tracing enabled. Just look at the company’s comparisons charts for a few popular games with ray tracing enabled — and note that the “best case scenario” on the right requires DLSS, another feature that’s still exclusive to the pricier RTX series GPUs. The GTX 1080 Ti is among the most powerful of the last-gen cards — and it’s struggling even with a Core i9 processor to help it shoulder the load. Nvidia chalks up the differences not to exclusive features, mind you, but the actual design of these chips. The RTX-series GPUs simply have cores that the GTX ones don’t, including RT cores designed for ray tracing and Tensor cores for machine learning that help enable DLSS. But I don’t think that’ll keep Nvidia rival AMD from making fun of this move, though. AMD said last November that it wouldn’t implement DirectX Raytracing (the version that Nvidia is now enabling here) until it could make ray tracing a standard feature across its product line. Those words felt defensive then, but they make a lot more sense now. Honestly, we’re pretty bullish on ray tracing long-term... but with some of the first promised games just barely getting support months after the graphics cards debuted, it’s very early days for the technology.

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03-18-2019 Society
Islamophobia is not confined to online groups. It leaks across public life

n Friday morning, as the news from Christchurch was still rolling across radio bulletins, Sir Mark Rowley, the former head of counter-terrorism at the Met, was commenting on the horror on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Fifty Muslims had been brutally murdered, and 48 seriously injured. For 17 horrifying minutes, a white supremacist terrorist unloaded round after round of bullets into men, women and children. Islamophobia was undoubtedly real and on the rise and being propagated online, said Rowley. But, he went on to quibble, Islamophobia wasn’t racism. To conflate the two was, he claimed, “clumsy thinking”. The remark was treated as a random aside, made off the cuff, and left entirely unchallenged. Why? Because, it would seem, even on a morning when we’re reeling, devastated and trying to process terrorist violence in mosques, it is fair game to diminish the lived reality of Muslims. Which isn’t me being dramatic; it is simply a fact. Islamophobia is racism: it’s not a coincidence that the majority of Muslims are not white and have roots in formerly colonised countries. It’s not an exaggeration to say that racist stereotypes abound to the point where you don’t even have to be a Muslim to be attacked as one (just ask a Sikh navigating the world post-9/11). Islamophobia does not simply exist on the unpalatable mass of the internet. It’s not the preserve of rightwing extremists whom we write off as online nutters. It leaks across public life, in our institutions and our media, to form a pernicious feedback loop and almost nobody cares. If in doubt, consider the lonely figure cut by Sayeeda Warsi, whose calls for an inquiry into the documented Islamophobia within the Conservative party are blithely ignored by government. ...

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03-26-2019 |

Environment
Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

Politics
To Court Jews, and Fracture Democrats, G.O.P. Pushes Anti-Semitism Bills

Cars
Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift.

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03-26-2019 |

General
Brexit: May chairs cabinet ahead of statement to MPs as calls for her resignation continue - live news

Entertainment
Breaking news Experimental pop hero Scott Walker dies aged 76

Entertainment
'A magnificent incredible force' Diana Ross calls for end to criticism of Michael Jackson

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03-26-2019 |

General
'Aguantamos la puerta de la Consejería para que la masa no la derribara'

Politics
Podemos propone prohibir que los bancos financien las campañas y sean accionistas de los medios

Politics
Steve Bannon: 'Vox puede generar una onda expansiva en toda Europa'

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03-26-2019 |

Politics
El factor Lavagna desata críticas, nervios y dudas

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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