The lonely death of Jibo, the social robot

We knew this moment was coming — we just never expected it to arrive so soon. Jibo owners all over are reporting a final death rattle from their beloved home robot. The last message finds Jibo announcing the imminent shutdown of it servers, noting that its interactions will soon be limited — likely meaning anything that requires an internet connection.

“I want to say I’ve really enjoyed our time together,” Jibo announces in a monotone that belies the gravity of the situation. “Thank you very, very much for having me around.”

The message comes to a close as Jibo dances to a jaunty number through invisible robot tears. For Jibo, it seems, this is a party, not a funeral. Though some owners on the company’s Facebook account are less than thrilled with how things ended. That is, sadly, the plight of the early adopter.

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AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation specs and prices spill out after a retail leak

We got a hearty helping of information about AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors at the start of the year, but all has been quiet for a while. Thankfully, this long silence has been broken by a massive retail leak that may have spelled out the entire Ryzen 3000 lineup.

It appears Ryzen 3rd Generation will include many new additions and an overall increase in core counts – if Bigzam’s recently published product catalog is to be believed.

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At the head of the family is a new Ryzen 9 3850X processor equipped with 16 cores and 32 threads, with clock speeds ranging between 4.3GHz and 5.1GHz. Just below that is a very similar Ryzen 9 3800X that will supposedly feature the same number of cores and threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.9GHz base and 4.7GHz boost speed.

Ryzen 2nd Generation skipped over including a Ryzen 7 2800X to replace the Ryzen 7 1800X, so it appears AMD is making up for lost time by introducing a new flagship processor with twice the number of CPU cores.

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House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

As part of a sweeping new investigation into what it calls “obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump,” the House Judiciary Committee sent document requests to 81 people and organizations on Monday. The list includes President Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and a litany of former Trump campaign and administration officials, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former communications director Hope Hicks.

Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump’s 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including its former [...]  read more

Glossier launches its first spin-off brand, a line of Instagram-friendly ‘dialed-up’ beauty extras

Glossier, known for its line of understated makeup products and a cult-following of millennial Instagrammers, is getting colorful with the launch of its first spin-off brand, Glossier Play.

The company — led by founder and chief executive officer Emily Weiss, who built the nearly $400 million business from a makeup blog called Into The Gloss — has raised a total of $92 million in venture capital funding from top-tier consumer investors Forerunner Ventures, Index Ventures and IVP. Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake and Forerunner founder and general partner Kirsten Green, are among the company’s board members.

Weiss introduced Glossier in 2014 as a clean-skincare and natural beauty advocate. Today, the direct-to-consumer business boasts a growing line of barely there makeup, designed to mimic Weiss’s own subtle, au naturale vibe. The launch of Glossier Play, inspired by 1970s’ nostalgia, is its first foray into bright colors, glitter and, in the brand’s own words, “dialed-up [...]  read more