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Second Full Public Jailbreak For PS4 Released, Here Are The Details

It’s here. PS4 jailbreak for 4.55 firmware has been released in full for the public. Here are the details on it.

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Oliver Haslam
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Source: http://www.redmondpie.com/ps4-jailbreak-for-4.55-firmware-released-in-full/
It’s here. PS4 jailbreak for 4.55 firmware has been released in full for the public. Here are the details on it.

Blazing 5G speeds are almost here. But are they everything they’re cracked up to be?

Warning: 5G may not be so amazing or life-changing right away. The first generation of phones and service will have a lot of issues to work out.
Roger Cheng
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Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/5g-super-speeds-are-coming-heres-what-theyll-be-like-mwc-2018/#ftag=CAD590a51e
5G is quickly turning from hype into reality. But there are going to be some growing pains in the early days.

10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them

Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would’ve seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix the most common ones.

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Source: https://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/10-ways-shopping-online-sucks-and-how-to-fix-them-1823429641
Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would’ve seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix t…

Google’s new YouTube Stories feature lets you swap out your background (no green screen required)

Google researchers know how much people like to trick others into thinking they’re on the moon, or that it’s night instead of day, and other fun shenanigans only possible if you happen to be in a movie studio in front of a green screen. So they did what any good 2018 coder would do: build a neural network that lets you do it.

This “video segmentation” tool, as they call it (well, everyone does) is rolling out to YouTube Stories on mobile in a limited fashion starting now — if you see the option, congratulations, you’re a beta tester.

A lot of ingenuity seems to have gone into this feature. It’s a piece of cake to figure out where the foreground ends and the background begins if you have a depth-sensing camera (like the iPhone X’s front-facing array) or plenty of processing time and no battery to think about (like a desktop computer).

On mobile, though, and with an ordinary RGB image, it’s not so easy to do. And if doing a still image is hard, video is even more so, since the computer has to do the calculation 30 times a second at a minimum.

Well, Google’s engineers took that as a challenge, and set up a convolutional neural network architecture, training it on thousands of labelled images like the one to the right.

The network learned to pick out the common features of a head and shoulders, and a series of optimizations lowered the amount of data it needed to crunch in order to do so. And — although it’s cheating a bit — the result of the previous calculation (so, a sort of cutout of your head) gets used as raw material for the next one, further reducing load.

The result is a fast, relatively accurate segmentation engine that runs more than fast enough to be used in video — 40 frames per second on the Pixel 2 and over 100 on the iPhone 7 (!).

This is great news for a lot of folks — removing or replacing a background is a great tool to have in your toolbox and this makes it quite easy. And hopefully it won’t kill your battery.

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Devin Coldewey
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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/01/googles-new-youtube-stories-feature-lets-you-swap-out-your-background-no-green-screen-required/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
Google researchers know how much people like to trick others into thinking they’re on the moon, or that it’s night instead of day, and other fun shenanigans..

Facebook’s ad policies are infuriatingly sexist

Facebook is again under fire over policies meant to curb adult content in ads. The company has recently faced scrutiny for scattershot enforcement of its own rules, seemingly penalizing women for showing skin that men get away with. Several people reported to the New York Times that they’d had pictures taken down or rejected from ad campaigns for featuring female nudity, despite the fact that much more explicit photos of men have remained up. Facebook’s policy on adult content in ads states that it prohibits: Nudity or implied nudity, even if artistic or educational in nature, except for statues Excessive…

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Rachel Kaser
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Source: https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2018/03/02/facebooks-ad-policies-infuriatingly-sexist/
Facebook is again under fire over policies meant to curb adult content in ads. The company has recently faced scrutiny for scattershot enforcement of its own rules, seemingly penalizing women for showing skin that men get away with. Several people reported to the New York Times that they’d had pic…

4 Useful Computer Price Comparison Websites – Make Tech Easier

Regardless of whether you’re shopping for a whole new PC or just the parts for a new one, it pays to do research. With so many different vendors selling computers these days, it can be hard to find the absolute best deal for your money. Thankfully, there are services out there that specialise in collecting data from all the reputable websites and collating them. This makes for an easy-to-browse experience where you can be sure you’re paying the lowest for the best. Here are some computer price comparison websites to make your life a little easier. Related: 6 Online Shopping Tips All Shopaholics Should Know… Read more

Simon Batt
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Source: https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-computer-price-comparison-websites/
With so many different vendors selling computers these days, it can be hard to find the absolute best deal for your money. Thankfully, there are services that specialise in collecting and collating data from all the reputable websites. Here are some computer price comparison websites to make your li…

Microsoft will host Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown patches on its own site

If you’ve been worried about receiving Spectre and Meltdown BIOS patches for the PC you built yourself, there may be a solution: Microsoft has begun supplying them itself via an archive on its site.

Typically, patching Spectre and Meltdown mitigations have followed a traditional pattern: Microsoft patches Windows via Windows Update, antivirus companies like AVG have patched their antivirus software, and so on. Intel, too, authors patches, as it recently did for Haswell and Broadwell CPUs. But unlike Microsoft, Intel doesn’t directly ship those patches to end users—it uses its network of PC makers and motherboard vendors to distribute them, after the appropriate testing by each vendor.

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Mark Hachman
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Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3259924/security/microsoft-will-host-intels-spectre-and-meltdown-patches.html#tk.rss_all
If you’ve built a PC using a motherboard from a smaller vendor who doesn’t patch regularly, you may not have received a Spectre or Meltdown patch. Microsoft’s here to help.

Data of 2.4 million more Equifax customers leaked

It looks like Equifax, a company that apparently specializes in disseminating unsecured user information to anyone with a smattering of technical know-how, has upped its game. Despite having already loosed the personal data of around 143 million people into the wild, Equifax still felt that they could do better. After much effort, they’ve managed to pinch off the data of 2.4 million more people for identity fraud aficionados to leverage. What an amazing achievement!

According to Reuters, despite their zest for massive security breaches, the company has framed its latest efforts with a good deal of humility:

The company said the latest batch of consumers affected had their names and driver’s license information stolen, but noted less information was taken because it did not include home addresses, driver’s license states, dates of issuances, or expiration dates.

Oh, you should know that the company sometimes dabbles in providing credit score information, too. In a statement to the media, Equifax promised that they’ll be reaching out to their newly affected millions to inform them of the breach as soon as possible.

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Seamus Bellamy
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Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/01/data-of-2-4-million-more-equif.html
It looks like Equifax, a company that apparently specializes in disseminating unsecured user information to anyone with a smattering of technical know-how, has upped its game. Despite having alread…

New state of matter made from atoms inside other atoms discovered by physicists

Scientists show ‘Rydberg polarons’ can be created by increasing orbit of electrons at temperatures approaching absolute zero
Josh Gabbatiss
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Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/matter-atoms-inside-quantum-physics-bose-einstein-condensate-a8235286.html
A new state of matter made up of “giant atoms” filled with other, normal atoms, have been revealed in experiments. Called Rydberg polarons, they can be created if an electron can be encouraged to orbit the nucleus of an atom at a distance, it leaves a considerable space that can be filled with s…

Nvidia’s top-end GTX graphics cards could more than double in price

Nvidia could raise the MSRP of its GTX 2080 graphics cards to as high as $1,500 if new rumors are to be believed. Purportedly it would be to help the firm avoid losses from direct sales, but it’s not clear how wide the hike will be.

The post Nvidia’s top-end GTX graphics cards could more than double in price appeared first on Digital Trends.

Jon Martindale
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nvidia-gtx-2080-1500/
Nvidia is rumored to be considering a price hike for its flagship graphics cards for the next generation, possibly increasing the price of its GTX 2080 to $1,500.

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