Power Outage Brings CES To a Standstill For Nearly 2 Hours

Power Outage Brings CES To a Standstill For Nearly 2 Hours
Published on January 10, 2018 at 11:40PM
A major power outage brought a major portion of the Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Center to a standstill for nearly 2 hours today. The lights went out at around 11:13 a.m. PT, just as the second day of CES 2018 was ramping up, and didn’t turn back on until around 12:34 p.m. PT. CNET reports: It came a day after more than an inch of rain fell in Las Vegas, which caused flash flooding in the desert city. (Wednesday’s weather is clear and warm, and it’s unclear if the power outage was at all related.) The first reports of the blackout came from the convention center’s Central Hall, which houses the giant booths for show mainstays including Sony, Samsung, LG and Intel — though Samsung’s booth still had limited electricity thanks to its own private backup power. By noon, security guards were refusing read more

Microsoft: We’re Not Giving Up On Cortana (Even In Home Automation)

Microsoft: We’re Not Giving Up On Cortana (Even In Home Automation)
Published on January 10, 2018 at 11:03PM
Microsoft is trying to fight back against perceptions that Cortana may be its next consumer-centric technology to face the chopping block. Yesterday, the company issued a press release touting recent wins for Cortana. Among these are the officially unveiled Johnson Controls’ Cortana-powered thermostat (which goes on sale for $319 starting in March). ZDNet reports the “other recent Cortana device partners”:

Allwinner: This company has the Tech R16 Quad Core IoT solution (a reference design for device partners).
Synaptics: This ODM (original design manufacturer) and far-field voice processing vendor produces reference designs for consumer IoT, smart speakers, PC, and more that integrate Cortana.
TONLY: Another reference design vendor working with Microsoft on Cortana devices that make use of Skype.
Qualcomm: In addition to partnering with read more

We have less than 24 hours to stop the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance program, and these lawmakers are key: via /r/technology


We have less than 24 hours to stop the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance program, and these lawmakers are key:

On Thursday Congress will vote on whether to codify into law the unconstitutional, mass electronic surveillance of all Americans without a warrant or probable cause, for the first time in U.S. history.

They’ll do this despite the backlash of millions of people who called for an end to these illegal programs in the years since they were first revealed, and despite the security and intelligence experts who have said these programs make us less safe.

And, this single move would definitely make us a less free and less safe society, by taking down the privacy and security rights that set open societies apart from repressed regimes.

The good news is that a 43-member, bipartisan group of lawmakers are gearing up to stop the NSA's illegal surveillance program.

Just fifty or so lawmakers can make the difference in this fight to bring our spying programs back within the limits of the US Constitution.

These lawmakers, who are listed below, voted to end unconstitutional surveillance powers in the past but have since abandoned our rights to privacy and security for various read more

Reflexion’s big-screen concussion tester is heading to schools

The Edge has the added benefit of being a little fun: you’re meant to stand in front of the big capacitive screen and touch lights that pop up as quickly and as accurately as possible. Writers aren’t usually known for their prowess at sports, and a quick test confirmed that I’d be a lousy football player. As it turns out, I have great peripheral vision and I’m roughly as good at hitting targets with my left hand as I am with my right. (As a life-long righty, I have no explanation for this.) Sadly, I’m total garbage when it comes to accuracy — I hit spots, sure, but not dead-center.

These factors are folded into a profile that players are meant to occasionally update with new tests. If a player takes a bad hit, team staff can have them run through the test again — if there’s a notable difference from the baseline, it’s time to get that player some real assistance.

While I’m impressed this beastly screen is finally portable, I’m read more

Milano, temperature record nel 2017: l’anno più caldo degli ultimi 119 anni

L’anno appena trascorso è stato per Milano il più caldo degli ultimi 119 anni. Con una temperatura media di 16,1 gradi rilevati dalla centralina di Milano Centro, il 2017 – in base a quanto rende noto la Fondazione Osservatorio Meteorologico Milano Duomo – ha eguagliato solo il ‘caldissimo’ 2015. Ad eccezione di settembre, tutti i mesi hanno inoltre chiuso con temperature ben al di sopra delle medie tipiche del periodo, registrando un +2,4 gradi complessivo rispetto alla media del trentennio 1961-1990. Nello specifico, è nei mesi di marzo, giugno e agosto che si sono avuti i valori maggiormente sopra la media.

È stato invece al di sotto delle medie di riferimento il valore delle precipitazioni annue: solo 591 mm contro una media che generalmente supera i 900 mm. Anomali, in questo senso, secondo

l’Osservatorio Meteorologico, sono risultati il mese di gennaio – con quasi totale read more

We have less than 24 hours to stop the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance program, and these lawmakers are key: via /r/technology


We have less than 24 hours to stop the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance program, and these lawmakers are key:

On Thursday Congress will vote on whether to codify into law the unconstitutional, mass electronic surveillance of all Americans without a warrant or probable cause, for the first time in U.S. history.

They’ll do this despite the backlash of millions of people who called for an end to these illegal programs in the years since they were first revealed, and despite the security and intelligence experts who have said these programs make us less safe.

And, this single move would definitely make us a less free and less safe society, by taking down the privacy and security rights that set open societies apart from repressed regimes.

The good news is that a 43-member, bipartisan group of lawmakers are gearing up to stop the NSA's illegal surveillance program.

Just fifty or so lawmakers can make the difference in this fight to bring our spying programs back within the limits of the US Constitution.

These lawmakers, who are listed below, voted to end unconstitutional surveillance powers in the past but have since abandoned our rights to privacy and security for various read more

Argo AI self-driving test car hit in Pittsburgh as truck runs red light

One of the test cars Argo AI operates in its Pittsburgh fleet was involved in an accident on Wednesday, with two people sent to hospital (n stable condition) with injuries as a result of the accident. The incident appears to have been caused by a light box truck driving through a red light, rather than by Argo’s test vehicle, based on an early traffic report.

The self-driving car was T-boned by the truck, and two of the Argo car’s four occupants were the ones who ended up in hospital. Ford provided the following statement regarding the accident when contacted by TechCrunch:

We’re aware that an Argo AI test vehicle was involved in an accident. We’re gathering all the information. Our initial focus is on making sure that everyone involved is safe.

It’s never good news when an automobile is involved in an accident, obviously, but in this case since it appears to clearly be the result of human error, it’s better news than it might otherwise have been given the circumstances. read more