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JBL Bluetooth speaker deals: Flip 5, Clip 3 drop in price before Black Friday

We’re in the early days of Black Friday deals, but we’re already starting to see huge discounts on beloved gadgets in JBL’s lineup, including the popular JBL Flip 5, the portable JBL Clip 3, and several sets of gaming and wireless headphones. (Not in the US? Check below for deals in your region.) While we expect Black Friday speaker deals in the lead-up to the consumer holiday, we’re not surprised about these price drops given JBL has the next generation of speakers on the way. That shouldn’t downplay the value of these audio devices, though – they’re popular for a reason.  We’ve included the best of the JBL speakers on sale, but check the full list if you don’t find what you’re looking for. JBL Clip 3 portable speaker: $69 $39 on AmazonGet a whopping 43% off he price of the JBL Clip 3 portable speaker. Aside from the carabiner-style clip that gives the speaker its name, the Clip 3 is IPX7-rated waterproof and weighs just 7.8 ounces – just under half a pound.View Deal JBL Quantum ONE gaming headset: $299 $249 on AmazonPick up a set of JBL Quantum ONE over-hear gaming headphones for $50 off with this early Black Friday deal. The Quantum ONE features true active noise cancellation, a detachable boom microphone, RGB lighting, and leather earcups. Best of all, it’s compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, VR, and even your smartphone.View Deal JBL Flip 5 and JBL Clip 3 deals in your region Here…Continue readingJBL Bluetooth speaker deals: Flip 5, Clip 3 drop in price before Black Friday

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Engadget

Grimes and Endel made an AI-powered lullaby

“I think, if approached properly, AI has the ability to radically fix our world,” Grimes said in a press release. “I appreciate Endel because they represent the growing trend of humane technology. I hope that the fields of AI safety, research, philosophy, as well as humane AI and spiritual technology etc. can grow a lot in the coming years. We’ll need it!” Source linkContinue readingGrimes and Endel made an AI-powered lullaby

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The Next Web

Facebook’s chief AI scientist says GPT-3 is ‘not a very good’ Q&A system

The GPT-3 language model has inspired both awe and fear since OpenAI unveiled the system in June. But one person who isn’t overly impressed is Facebook‘s Yann LeCun. In a Facebook post published Tuesday, the social network’s chief AI scientist said the text generator is “not very good” as a question-answering or dialog system, and that other approaches produce better results. “It’s entertaining, and perhaps mildly useful as a creative help,” LeCun wrote. “But trying to build intelligent machines by scaling up language models is like building high-altitude airplanes to go to the moon. You might beat altitude records, but going to the moon will require a completely different approach.” To support his claims, LeCun pointed to a new study of the model’s performance in healthcare scenarios by Nabla, a medtech firm cofounded by two of his former colleagues at Facebook. [Read: What audience intelligence data tells us about the 2020 US presidential election] The researchers note that Open AI’s GPT-3 guidelines put healthcare “in the high stakes category because people rely on accurate medical information for life-or-death decisions, and mistakes here could result in serious harm.” In addition, diagnosing medical or psychiatric conditions are unsupported uses of the model. Nonetheless, Nabla tried it out on a range of healthcare use cases. How did GPT-3 perform? The researchers found that GPT-3 seemed helpful in finding information in long documents and in basic admin tasks such as appointment booking. But it lacked the memory, logic, and understanding of time for many more specific questions. Credit: NablaGPT-3…Continue readingFacebook’s chief AI scientist says GPT-3 is ‘not a very good’ Q&A system

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TechCrunch

Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith is buying majority stake in the Utah Jazz for $1.6B – TechCrunch

The Utah Jazz, an NBA basketball team based in Salt Lake City, announced today that Qualitrics CEO and co-founder Ryan Smith was buying a majority stake in the team along other properties. ESPN is reporting the deal is worth $1.6 billion. Smith can afford it. He sold Qualtrics, which is based in Provo, Utah, in 2018 to SAP for $8 billion just before the startup was about to go public. Earlier this year, SAP announced plans to spin out Qualtrics as public company. In addition to The Jazz, he’s also getting Vivint Arena, the National Basketball Association (NBA) G League team Salt Lake City Stars and management of the Triple-A baseball affiliate Salt Lake Bees. Smith is buying the properties from the Miller family, who have run them for over three decades. Smith was over the moon about being able to buy into a franchise he has supported over the years. “My wife and I are absolutely humbled and excited about the opportunity to take the team forward far into the future – especially with the greatest fans in the NBA. The Utah Jazz, the state of Utah, and its capital city are the beneficiaries of the Millers’ tremendous love, generosity and investment. We look forward to building upon their lifelong work,” he said in a statement. The deal is pending approval of the NBA Board Governors, but once that happens, Smith will have full decision making authority over the franchise. Qualtrics, which makes customer survey tools, was founded in…Continue readingQualtrics CEO Ryan Smith is buying majority stake in the Utah Jazz for $1.6B – TechCrunch

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Mashable

Jack Dorsey’s wild beard at the Senate hearing on Section 230 is being memed

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has a serious quarantine beard going.  When he showed up (virtually) for the Senate hearing on Section 230 on Wednesday, folks were quick to meme his decidedly unkempt facial hair. You can hardly blame them. Dorsey’s beard is both a Choice and a Look.  The Senate hearing was dubbed “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” In short: Section 230 makes it so that online platforms, for the most part, are not responsible for the things its users posts. In theory, that’s what was under discussion, but Dorsey’s wizard-y vibe got more attention than much of the conversation between the tech CEOs and senators. Here’s just a small collection of the many jokes made about @jack’s facial hair.    “world’s longest fingernails” record holder no I’m not sure how one makes a living at that — Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) October 28, 2020 Not to distract from the US hearing into big tech today — it’s important — but Jack Dorsey’s lockdown beard is a real 2020 mood. pic.twitter.com/T6j1PxcfSx — Jen Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) October 28, 2020 The idea behind the hearing — does Section 230 allow for bad behavior — seems straightforward enough. Seems is the key word. Mashable’s Jack Morse wrote a good primer how that relies on the idea that people can agree on what constitutes bad behavior.  Republicans, generally speaking, have long claimed some sort of anti-conservative bias among tech platforms — this despite rightwing content utterly dominating Facebook, for instance,…Continue readingJack Dorsey’s wild beard at the Senate hearing on Section 230 is being memed

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The Verge

AMD’s new Radeon RX 6800 XT promises to go head to head with Nvidia’s RTX 3080

AMD is introducing three new Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards today that will take on Nvidia’s latest RTX 3000 Series of GPUs. There’s the Radeon RX 6800 XT ($649), which goes up against the RTX 3080; the Radeon RX 6800 ($579), which can be compared to the RTX 2080 Ti or RTX 3070; and finally the Radeon RX 6900 XT ($999), which is pitted against Nvidia’s giant RTX 3090. All three are based on AMD’s latest RDNA 2 technology that’s also found inside the PS5 and Xbox Series X. These latest Radeon cards will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing for next-gen games, and AMD is promising to go head to head with Nvidia in 4K and 1440p PC gaming. The new $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT is aimed at Nvidia’s RTX 3080 specifically, promising performance in 4K and 1440p gaming that matches or exceeds Nvidia’s latest card for $50 less. It comes equipped with 16GB of GDDR6 memory, a 2015Mhz base clock, 2250Mhz boost clock, and 72 compute units overall. AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT benchmarks at 4K. AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT benchmarks at 1440p. AMD has shared some early benchmarks that show the Radeon RX 6800 XT beating the RTX 3080 at 4K in Battlefield V, Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Forza Horizon 4, and more. It also matches the RTX 3080 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Gears 5, and Doom Eternal. If these results are similar across a wider range of games, then the…Continue readingAMD’s new Radeon RX 6800 XT promises to go head to head with Nvidia’s RTX 3080

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VentureBeat

Bugsnax will be free for PlayStation Plus members on PS5 launch

Developer Young Heroes announced today that Bugsnax will be free for PlayStation Plus members when the PlayStation 5 launches November 12. We already knew that the indie game was going to debut alongside the PS5, but now we know that it will be the console’s first PS Plus free title. PS Plus is a subscription service that gives PlayStation users access to online gaming. It also offers a few free game downloads every month. Bugsnax is a game about, well, bugs that are also snacks. If you’re looking for a more in-depth description from me, you’ll be disappointed. But you can watch a new trailer above. It will also be available on PlayStation 4 and PC via the Epic Games Store. If you buy the PS4 version, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free. You can’t solo security COVID-19 game security report: Learn the latest attack trends in gaming. Access here Source linkContinue readingBugsnax will be free for PlayStation Plus members on PS5 launch

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Tech Radar

Fallout 5: everything we know so far

Fallout 5 may not have been officially confirmed by Bethesda but, given the popularity of the veteran series, we would be surprised if the developer didn’t have another entry up its sleeve. The most recent entry in the Fallout series was Fallout 76, which released in 2018. However, the online multiplayer game received a mixed reception from fans and critics alike since its launch – not least because of bugs and glitches throughout the game – with many disappointed that 76 was an online offering rather than a single-player game. That means it’s been five years since the release of the last ‘core’ Fallout game, Fallout 4. So, while Bethesda’s focus is likely on the upcoming (and confirmed) Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6, we would expect a new single-player Fallout game to be in the pipeline – though we probably won’t see it for a few years yet. But, considering Fallout is one of Bethesda’s biggest franchises, it seems likely that its eye would be turned to the future of the series, likely within the PS5 and Xbox Series X lifecycle, which we would imagine would last around seven years, if not more. And, taking into account Microsoft’s purchase of Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, we may even see Fallout 5 as an Xbox / PC exclusive. However, this is still just speculation and Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has said exclusive games will be decided on a “case by case basis”. So, while we haven’t got any concrete…Continue readingFallout 5: everything we know so far

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Wired

What Did Pterosaurs Eat? Look Very Closely at Their Teeth

The pterosaurs had no way of knowing it, but they would one day become a bit of a headache for scientists. The flying reptiles lived alongside the dinosaurs between 210 million and 66 million years ago, ranging from the size of a sparrow to the height of a damn giraffe in the case of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, whose wings stretched 33 feet. If they flew like birds but were in fact reptiles, which group did they take after when it comes to diet? Paleobiologists often look to living animals for clues: A Komodo dragon, for instance, packs serrated teeth for slashing through flesh, whereas crocodilians use their peg teeth to grasp prey and swallow it whole. So even though the pterosaurs are long gone, today scientists can analyze the shapes of their skulls and teeth to suggest whether a certain species was likely to hunt insects, fish, or the flesh of terrestrial animals. Now, one group of researchers has a newfangled tool for divining not only what a pterosaur ate, but how that prey, in a sense, bit back. It turns out that chewing on different materials creates characteristic patterns of “microwear” on the tooth, on the scale of millionths of a meter. (The same thing also happens to your teeth, and to modern reptiles like crocodiles and monitor lizards.) These patterns offer clues to an animal’s eating habits. Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers describe how they imaged the teeth of pterosaurs using a fancy technology called…Continue readingWhat Did Pterosaurs Eat? Look Very Closely at Their Teeth

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This popular SEO tool raised millions to transform into a data giant

Israeli SEO start-up SimilarWeb has announced that it has raised $120 million in funding. The funding round, which SimilarWeb says it will use to invest in more R&D and expand its operations, was co-led by ION Crossover Partners and Viola Growth, and takes SimilarWeb’s total investment to $240 million thus far.  At the moment, the company is not publicly revealing a valuation, but it was worth $800 million at the time of its last equity round in 2017. “Since we joined the company three years ago, SimilarWeb has executed a strategic transformation from a general-purpose measurement platform to vertical-based solutions, which has significantly expanded its market opportunity and generated immense customer value,” Harel Beit-On, Founder and General Partner at Viola Growth, said. “With a stellar management team of accomplished executives, we believe this round positions the company to own the digital intelligence category, and capitalize on the acceleration of the digital era.” Expansion plans SimilarWeb has managed to acquire big-name customers like Walmart, Adidas and Google by providing innovative traffic intelligence solutions that enable businesses to track their competitors’ performance. The platform estimates total traffic for different websites and enables firms to see their rivals’ top sources of traffic. With the coronavirus pandemic resulting in a marked increase in online activity worldwide, digital data has become more important to businesses. At the same time, SimilarWeb is keen to grow its operations. In September, the company opened a new office in Sydney, Australia to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific…Continue readingThis popular SEO tool raised millions to transform into a data giant