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Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft to fight deepfakes

Deepfakes have proven to be serious problems this year, and big companies are paying attention. Amazon announced today that it is joining the DeepFake Detection Challenge (DFDC), which is being driven by major companies like Facebook and Microsoft, to step up efforts to identify compromised content. AWS also works with DFDC partners to investigate the hosting of complex deepfake detection …

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The MV1 is my favorite dry herb vape

I had never heard of Ghost Vapes when I agreed to review the MV1. Now, after using a device for a few weeks, I will not forget it. Undoubtedly, this is my favorite herbal vaporizer. The use of a high quality herbal vaporizer offers a degree of comfort. Instead of dealing with ash and smoke or sticky concentrates and leaking …

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The WiCub 2 is an air quality monitor for data nerds like me

Before I really turned to technical journalism, I was a software developer. My first college internship was at a data science startup, where I spent my summer writing scrapers and learning how to turn chunky HTML tables into elegant spreadsheets ready for analysis. And although I do not write much code these days, handling data is still dizzy. This ethos …

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TikTok defends itself against ISIS propaganda

TikTok, the increasingly popular social media app for music and dance this year, is said to be the site of the latest attempt by the Islamic State Terrorist Organization (ISIS) to spread propaganda. While the site prohibits problematic accounts, this is still a worrying trend. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the organization is trying to use the TikTok …

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Diablo 4 leak may just have corrupted a BlizzCon revelation

We may soon see the revival of an iconic franchise. A leak in the German magazine Game Star may have just spilled the existence of Diablo IV the latest entry in the dungeon crawler series. The treacherous revelation was in an ad for Diablo art book. The book (which you can pre-order from Amazon) is said to contain " over …

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Scientists create cancer-resistant mouse chimeras that age 25% slower

A team of researchers from the National Cancer Research Center has developed a sort of 'super mouse' that's slimmer, cancer resistant, and lives 25% longer than regular mice. Astonishingly, this feat's been accomplished without gene therapy. Hyper-long telomeres. Scientists have long suspected that telomeres the protective envelopes were safe, the key to aging. Whenever our cells divide, our telomeres become …

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Qurator has found a way to repair rotten tomatoes: test the trolls

Here's a radical thought: you can not reduce the quality of a movie to a simple numeric score. Everyone knows that intuitively. However, rating aggregators such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have the power to preserve the "goodness" of a film because of the simplicity and power of consensus. Unfortunately, it is not difficult to find examples of the bad. …

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