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The ‘Chinese Google’ Is Making Big Bucks Using AI to Target Ads

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

Deep learning can do many things. Tapping the power of hundreds or even thousands of computers, this new breed of artificial intelligence can help Facebook recognize people, words, and objects that appear in digital photos. It can help Google understand what you’re saying when you bark commands into an Android phone. And it can help […]

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Women in Data Science Are Invisible. We Can Change That

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

I have to admit that I never really gave the number of women in data science much thought until recently. Maybe it was because, by some lucky accident, my NYU faculty advisor’s two other PhD students also happened to be female. And about half of my predictive modeling group peers at IBM Research were female. […]

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Volvo Bets Its Future on Small, Turbocharged Engines

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

With a new owner and a pile of money to spend, Volvo's showing off new cars, engines, and safety technologies that make Sweden sound like the new Silicon Valley.

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These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

Each of Filip Dujardin's creations is meticulously constructed, teetering on a fine edge between reality and absurdity.

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A Wearable Gadget Implanted in Your Hand Isn’t as Freaky as You’d Think

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

Wrist wearables hark back to Dick Tracy’s watch; Google Glass is reminiscent of Arnold’s sunglasses from Terminator. These are all little limited in their imagination.

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The Culture We’re Obsessed With This Month, From Cult Classics to New Tunes

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

We asked our co-workers—from photographers to business writers to the geniuses who write the headlines—about that one thing they can’t get enough of this month.

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New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30am

Theodore Gray's new book, Molecules, is dedicated to exploring chemistry's building blocks on their own terms.

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Apple iPad Sales Continue To Tank, Though The iPhone Is Doing Great

ReadWriteWeb - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:58am

Apple needs a serious update to its iPad line more than ever. True, it announced a perfunctory set of upgrades last week (although that included the utterly minimalist refresh of its iPad mini). But in the wake of miserable iPad sales for its July-September quarter, you have to be wondering if that's anywhere near enough. 

See also: Don't Bother Buying The iPad Mini 3

Quarterly iPad sales clocked in at 12.3 million units, a 13% decline over the year-earlier quarter. Over the trailing twelve months—from October 2013 to September 2014, a period that includes Apple's traditional holiday-quarter bump—sales declined 4.3% to almost 68 million iPads compared to the year-earlier period, when Apple sold 71 million iPads. 

See also: What's Apple Going To Do With All Those Loose Ends?

It's hard to escape the impression that the iPad—sandwiched between iPhones with ever-larger screens and ever-lighter MacBook Air notebooks—is in free fall. Because iPad sales are falling in absolute terms while overall tablet sales continue to grow, even if that pace is slowing. Gartner, for instance, estimates that tablet sales will rise 11% in 2014. 

Any way you cut it, falling sales in a growing market is an unhealthy sign. 

Plenty Of Other Good News For Apple

Of course, Apple CEO Tim Cook would rather have everyone focus on its stellar Mac sales, which came in at 5.52 million units this quarter, not to mention its iPhone business, which continues to generate big sales and associated profits for the company. 

In the same July-September quarter, Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones, up 16% from 33.8 million a year earlier. Analysts had expected sales of 38 million units. 

Apple's quarterly results included 11 days of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. Apple's new iPads, however, won't contribute sales until later in the current quarter.

Given the dismal and declining consumer sales of its iPads now, it's clear that Apple needs a change in strategy, if it wants to save its tablet business. The company may already have a plan underway: It appears to be aiming the iPad more squarely toward business. 

iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

The company has already announced plans to offer more business-oriented tablet software. If its much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad sees the light of day, it would give business users a laptop-like proportion for the display. 

See also: Apple's Larger iPad May Be Delayed

Should Apple debut a snap-on keyboard for that monster iPad—which seems like a must for productivity’s sake—the iPad could become a bigger threat to PCs and low-end Macs alike.

Photo by Valery Marchive; product images courtesy of Apple

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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Slashdot - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:07am
New submitter iamacat writes I am thinking of canceling my regular voice plan and using an LTE hotspot for all my voice and data needs. One big draw is ability to easily use multiple devices without expensive additional lines or constantly swapping SIMs. So I can have an ultra compact Android phone and an iPod touch and operate whichever has the apps I feel like using. Or, if I anticipate needing more screen real estate, I can bring only a Nexus 7 or a laptop and still be able to make and receive VoIP calls. When I am home or at work, I would be within range of regular WiFi and not need to eat into the data plan or battery life of the hotspot. Has anyone done something similar? Did the setup work well? Which devices and VoIP services did you end up using? How about software for automatic WiFi handoffs between the hotspot and regular home/work networks?

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