Dota 2 players can sign up to compete against OpenAI’s bots this week

Dota 2 players can sign up to compete against OpenAI’s bots this week

Over the past few years, artificial intelligence research firm OpenAI has been hard at work training its bots to play a range of games like Chess, Go, and more complex ones like Dota 2. It’s gotten awfully good at all of them, and if you’ve got MOBA chops, you can now test your skills against its AI system in a round of Dota 2. The company’s Five – a team of neural networks that have been trained on a collective

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Google’s AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Bach’s birthday is its best ever

Google's AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Bach's birthday is its best ever

Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history. Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th birthday of Baroque composer extraordinaire Johann Sebastian Bach. The beautifully illustrated doodle has you write out a couple of bars of sheet music, choose a key, and then have Google‘s custom

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Google announces Stadia, its cross-platform game streaming service

Google says its Stadia server hardware is more powerful than a PS4 Pro and an Xbox One X combined

At the 2019 Game Developers Conference (FDC) in San Francisco today, Google unveiled Stadia, its all-you-can-play game streaming service. It’s launching sometime this year, first in the US, Canada, UK, and most of Europe. The service will let you play all manner of computer games streamed from Google‘s data centers to your devices running the Chrome browser or ChromeOS platform, or even your TV with a Chromecast Ultra plugged in. You won’t need any additional hardware to run Stadia, and

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Why can’t Facebook keep problematic videos off its platform?

Why can't Facebook keep problematic videos off its platform?

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that claimed the lives of 50 people and saw several more injured, Facebook noted it had removed some 1.5 million video clips of the attack on its platform. That’s a good move to keep the gruesome content – which may serve to glorify the shooter, encourage others, and traumatize the families of survivors – from spreading like wildfire. But couldn’t the company do more to prevent it from being

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Facebook has apparently lost 15 millions US users, but it’s still winning big

Some 15 million people in the US have allegedly ditched Facebook since 2017, reports Edison Research

Somerville, New Jersey-based market research firm Edison Research noted last week that according to a survey it conducted, Facebook has an estimated 15 million fewer users in the US today than it did back in 2017, with the largest dips being counted in the age 12-34 category. The research firm’s president, Larry Rosin, told Marketplace that this represented “about 6 percent of the total US population ages 12 and older,” calling it “a meaningful drop.” It’s also a far larger

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Instagram will now let you regram posts across all your accounts

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TechCrunch reports that Instagram is finally introducing an official regram feature to its iOS app, so you can share the same post from multiple accounts that you run. That should make it easy for content creators looking to promote their work on their personal and brand accounts, as well as businesses with multiple profiles for different audiences. Credit: TechCrunchInstagram’s iOS app will let you publish a post from all the profiles you manage on your device The feature is gradually

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Apple should implement this cool ‘environmentally-lit’ UI effect in iOS

Apple should implement this cool 'environmentally-lit' UI effect in iOS

We may have bid farewell to skeuomorphic design in mobile and desktop interfaces for now, but an ex-Apple engineer is taking another shot at mimicking reality in UIs to great effect. In a video released earlier this week, Bob Burrough showed off his work in progress on an ‘environmentally-lit user interface.’ Essentially, a fisheye lens attached to an iPhone‘s front camera captures a wide-angle shot of the room around him, and that data is used to create a lighting map,

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SwiftKey adds a surprisingly handy search bar to its Android keyboard

SwiftKey adds a surprisingly handy search bar to its Android keyboard

I’ve been switching between Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey for the past couple of years as my default Android software keyboard, because both of them offer compelling features. However, I’m partial to SwiftKey because of its arrow keys for moving around text – and I now have another reason to stick with it. The Microsoft-owned service now has a search bar built into the keyboard, so you can look up anything on the web, share the search results instantly, or even

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Facebook Messenger bug resurfaces chats from years ago

Facebook Messenger bug resurfaces chats from years ago

Facebook’s Messenger service is acting up in the weirdest way for some users: it’s resurfacing conversations from the past automatically, with some chat threads dating back years, reports The Verge. The bug causes old conversations to show up in the Messenger tab on Facebook’s site, and they look just like new unread chats. The company told The Verge that it’s looking into resolving the issue as soon as possible. Facebook better hurry before it spooks or upsets users: one person

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Apple updates iOS 12 to fix iPhone XS charging woes

Apple updates iOS 12 to fix iPhone XS charging woes

Apple has just released iOS 12.0.1, which brings a couple of key fixes for bugs plaguing the latest iPhone XS and XS Max. That includes the curious problem of the iPhone XS requiring users to wake their devices before they’ll begin charging when a Lightning cable is plugged in. The update will also prevent your iPhone XS or XS Max from connecting to a 2.4GHz channel on a Wi-Fi network, when a higher bandwidth 5GHz channel is available. Hopefully, that’ll

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