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Wired

How to Cut Your Own Hair at Home (Long, Short, Wavy, Curly, Kids, Bangs)


So your hair is getting long. Some salons reopened when shelter-in-place orders were relaxed, but why take the risk? It’s safer to cut your own hair at home.

Stylists will advise you to avoid getting too zealous with your scissors, but sometimes you’re left with no choice. Cutting your hair is more complicated than it looks, and this guide is not one-size-fits-all, but it should at least help you figure out the basics on where to start.

Updated for August 2020: We’ve refreshed some of the links in this guide. Read More

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Tech Radar

This 65-inch 4K TV gets a massive $1,000 price cut at Best Buy


Best Buy’s 3-day sale kicks off today with fantastic deals on laptops, headphones, tablets, and, most importantly, 4K TVs. Our top pick is the TCL 65-inch QLED 4K TV that’s on sale for $999.99 (was $1,999.99). That’s a massive $1,000 discount and the best price we’ve found for the Roku TV.

The 65-inch QLED TV delivers a stunning picture with bright, bold colors and life-like images thanks to the Quantum Dot technology and Dolby Vision HDR. The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream movies and TV shows from the home screen of your TV. You’ll get access to thousands of apps like Netflix and Hulu and even your gaming console without switching inputs on the TV. The enhanced voice remote also allows you to browse channels, launch movies, and adjust the volume completely hands-free.  Read More

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Tech Radar

The Powerbeats Pro get a $50 price cut at Best Buy’s 3-day sale


Best Buy’s 3-day sale starts today, and the retailer is slashing the price on best-selling brands like Beats headphones. A fantastic deal, you can get the top-rated PowerBeats Pro on sale for $199.99. That’s a $50 discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the wireless earbuds.

If you’re looking for noise canceling headphones, Best Buy also has the Beats Solo Pro marked down to $229.99 (was $299.99).

The Powerbeats Pro deliver a powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation. Built for athletes, the totally wireless earbuds are sweat and water-resistant and feature adjustable, secure-fit earhooks for lightweight, all-day comfort. The colorful headphones provide an impressive 9 hours of battery life, and each earbud has full volume and track controls, so you don’t need your device to adjust your music. Read More

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Engadget

LinkedIn will cut nearly 1,000 jobs as pandemic slows global hiring


LinkedIn has announced it will lay off around six percent of its workforce, in part due to a coronavirus-related worldwide hiring slowdown. The Microsoft-owned company is cutting about 960 jobs from its global sales and talent acquisition teams.

“[LinkedIn] is not immune to the effects of the global pandemic,” CEO Ryan Roslansky wrote in an email to employees. “COVID-19 is having a sustained impact on the demand for hiring, both in our [LinkedIn Talent Solutions] business and in our company.” He said “there are roles that are no longer needed as we adjust to the reduced demand in our internal hiring and for our talent products globally” and that these are the only planned layoffs. Read More

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VentureBeat

FrugalML switches between APIs to improve image classification and cut costs


Stanford University researchers developed a framework that enables developers to intelligently switch between multiple cloud AI APIs (including those from Google and Microsoft) within a budget constraint. In preliminary experiments, they claim their system — FrugalML — typically leads to a more than 50% cost reduction while matching the accuracy of the best single API.

Third-party machine learning APIs come with several challenges. One is that companies don’t price workloads the same. For example, Face++ charges $0.0005 per photo for image classification, while Microsoft charges $0.0010. Moreover, different APIs perform either better or worse on different types of data. Studies have brought to light disparities in gender classification for different skin colors, among other inequities. Read More

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Engadget

Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott


If this is tied to the boycott, it could represent the largest financial blow yet to Facebook over claims its hate speech and misinformation policies are inadequate. Pathmatics estimated that Disney was Facebook’s top US advertiser in the first half of 2020, according to the WSJ. While it won’t necessarily cause significant hardship for Facebook, it may be noticeable than ad cuts for other companies, including Ford, Starbucks and Engadget’s parent company Verizon.

Facebook previously said it would alter its policies to address concerns. Civil rights leaders behind the boycott have complained that meetings with the social network have been disappointing, though, and have vowed to maintain boycotts until there are more substantial changes. The company failed its own audit of civil rights and hate speech issues. Read More

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Tech Radar

Today’s best iPad deals include a $370 price cut on the powerful iPad Pro


We’ve rounded up today’s best Apple iPad deals, which include price cuts on the powerful iPad Pro and the 2019 iPad. The best bargain is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that’s on sale for $929. That’s a massive $370 discount and the best price we’ve found for the 256GB tablet.

If you’re looking for a cheaper price tag and less power, Amazon has the 128GB 2019 iPad on sale for $399.98.

The best-selling iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display and Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay. Perfect for students, the compact iPad Pro delivers more power than most laptops by offering an A12X Bionic chip and 256GB of storage. The 2018 tablet also features an impressive camera system and provides an all-day battery life of ten hours. Read More

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VentureBeat

Adobe CIO Stoddard: AI bots can ‘cut toil,’ reduce demands for IT help


Find all the Transform 2020 sessions on-demand. 

While average people know Adobe mostly as the company behind Photoshop, their consumption of digital and printed content created by Adobe apps is incalculable, thanks largely to its Creative Cloud of increasingly AI-driven professional applications. So Adobe CIO Cynthia Stoddard’s fireside chat at VentureBeat’s Transform 2020 digital conference was of special interest today, as the senior executive spoke with VentureBeat’s Hari Sivaraman about best practices in integrating AI into businesses — something Adobe was handling seamlessly well before AI became a buzzword. Read More

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Tech Radar

The all-new XPS 13 laptop gets a $100 price cut at Dell’s Cyber Savings sale


Dell’s annual Cyber Savings sale is happening now and the retailer is releasing new doorbuster deals every day. Today’s top bargain is the all-new XPS 13 that’s on sale for $999.99. That’s a $100 discount and a fantastic price for a powerful laptop.

The new Dell XPS 13 features a 13.4-inch InfinityEdge non-touch display and packs 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 10th Generation Intel Core i5-1035G processor. The touchscreen laptop received an upgraded battery life of up to 19 hours, and the new 2.25mm webcam is now placed above the display. Perfect for students and travel, the lightweight XPS 13 is Dell’s smallest 13-inch laptop and weighs just 2.7 pounds. Read More

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Mashable

This guy built a hilariously complicated robot barber and let it cut his hair with scissors

Shane Wighton’s YouTube channel, Stuff Made Here, is no stranger to remarkably complicated robotics projects. You might remember his viral video where he built a basketball hoop where he’d never miss.

So now, with many barbershops and salons closed during the pandemic, Wighton’s latest project was a robot that could cut hair. But we’re not talking a robotic arm that buzzes hair. No, no, no. It’s far more complicated. Wighton’s robot uses scissors, sensors, probes, and lots of other things I don’t fully understand to do a full haircut.   Read More