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Your next BMW electric might sound fabulous, thanks to Hans Zimmer

Posted: 28 Jun 2019 02:31 AM PDT


What if I told you your next BMW electric car could emulate The Dark Night's fabulous theme music? Don't think I'm joking, because famed composer Hans Zimmer has partnered with the auto giant. BMW made the announcement official at the company's NextGen event in Munich. Under the brand name "BMW IconicSounds Electric," Zimmer will work with Renzo Vitale, an acoustic engineer and sound designer, to shape the sound for its upcoming electric cars. The iconic composer said he admired BMW growing up and expressed his enthusiasm about the project: I have always been a BMW enthusiast. As a kid, I used to recognize…

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11 things to remember when testing your product before launch day

Posted: 28 Jun 2019 02:00 AM PDT


Rolling out new hardware and software can be a stressful time for any business. You are excited about the new experience for your customers but nervous about any issues that could arise. In order to prepare, you need to test, test and test again to ensure there won’t be any problems with the product launch, or later down the road, that will force you to issue a recall or endanger your customers’ trust in you. To find out the most important things to remember during the testing process, I asked a panel of entrepreneurs from YEC the following question: What…

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Bitcoin dark web drug ring busted after dealer doxes himself buying stamps

Posted: 28 Jun 2019 01:44 AM PDT


US law enforcers have busted a Bitcon-fuelled dark web drug ring after one of the alleged dealers messed up and bought pre-printed postage online using his real identity. The dealers, which sold almost $9 million worth of counterfeit Adderall, leveraged the anonymity afforded by the dark web and received payments in Bitcoin. But, one of the men involved made a crucial mistake that led to their arrests. It's all well and good using the dark web and Bitcoin to stay anonymous, but this story shows that these technologies don't protect your identity outright. According to Quartz, undercover federal agents spent the past six months…

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Iran seizes 1,000 Bitcoin miners, says mining with state electricity is a no-no

Posted: 28 Jun 2019 01:41 AM PDT


Authorities in Iran have seized around 1,000 Bitcoin mining machines from two abandoned factories, according to Reuters. The report hasn't stated what cryptocurrency was being mined, or for how long the farm had been operating. It's also unclear why, or for how long the farms were abandoned. "Two of these Bitcoin farms have been identified, with a consumption of one megawatt," Arash Navab, a power official in the central province of Yazd, told state television. The news comes just days after local media reported that Irananian officials were blaming the country's recent increase in energy consumption on cryptocurrency mining. The…

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You can now test Mozilla’s new fast and secure Android browser

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 11:29 PM PDT


Mozilla has announced the first preview of a completely redesigned version of Firefox browser for Android, and you can test it right away. Firefox Preview has been built from the ground up using Mozilla's own GeckoView rendering engine and will ultimately replace the current Firefox for Android mobile app "this fall." The pilot version promises to be twice as fast as the last stable version and also brings Firefox's tracking protection, which is on by default. GeckoView already powers its privacy-focused mobile browser Firefox Focus, but Mozilla is pausing development on that app to focus all its efforts and resources on GeckoView.…

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NASA is prepping a 2026 mission to Titan to find the origins of life

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 11:20 PM PDT


NASA yesterday announced details about its next major mission called Dragonfly, which aims to take a trip to Titan. The space agency said that it wants to launch a spaceship to Saturn's moon by 2026, that'll reach the moon's surface by 2034. The mission was selected after a two-and-a-half year competition under 'the New Frontiers' program that refers to missions that cost less than $1 billion. A multi-rotor vehicle – with eight rotors and drone-like flying capabilities – will stay on Titan's surface for 2.7 years studying possible forms of life. As Titan's atmosphere is similar to the early stages of Earth, it'll look…

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Google Maps will now warn you about crowded trains and late buses

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 06:42 PM PDT


Public transportation is the circulatory system of any urban area, and it's a better choice for the planet than driving your own vehicle. But let's face it: no one wants to deal with late buses and crowded subways. Now Google wants to warn you about these hassles. An update to Google Maps rolling out today brings live traffic updates for buses. While Google provides delay information in some cities already, now it's leveraging its traffic data to estimate bus arrival times. It will also show you potential delays along the route to your destination as well. If you're getting on…

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Zuckerberg isn’t ready for deepfakes

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 05:55 PM PDT


Faced with a potential crisis, the magnitude of which the world has never seen, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants us all to slow down. Crises, however, wait for no one. And Facebook's latest problem, that of altered or faked video, brings with it the democracy destroying power of an atom bomb. "There is a question of whether deepfakes are actually just a completely different category of thing from normal false statements overall," Zuckerberg told Harvard legal scholar Cass Sunstein at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week. "And I think there is a very good case that they are." Zuckerberg, of…

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Review: The $1,000 GEESAA robot barista makes a mean cup of coffee

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 04:15 PM PDT


There are coffee fans, and then there are coffee fans. The GEESAA robot barista is a product for the latter category of people – and it's not ashamed of it. Essentially, it wants to do for trendy pour-over coffee what the Mr Coffee machine did for bog-standard drip coffee. The machine comes with a robotic arm that purportedly can mimic the movements of a human barista. The GEESAA robot barista is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, where it's raised nearly $40,000 out of a modest goal of $25,000. The makers behind the device sent TNW a pre-release model to play with…

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Deepnudes developer shuts it down, but the damage is done

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 04:09 PM PDT


There's no positive use case for developing an app with the sole purpose of using AI to predict what a clothed woman, in an image, would look like nude – full stop. Developing such an app, as did the person(s) responsible for Deepnudes, is an act of hate and an attack on women. At best, those who would perpetrate such an action are willfully ignorant misogynists uninterested in understanding the potential impact of their actions. At worst: they are agents of evil who take joy in the knowledge that their work will, almost surely, result in violence against women. Trigger…

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