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Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public
(Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

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Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group
One of the most vocal critics of AI quits the ethics board as Tesla utilises the technology.

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Watch Thor: Ragnarok For Free Thanks to VUDU

We, at Geek, LOVED Thor: Ragnarok. Before I went to see the film, I made sure to check out our very own MovieBob for his review. It comes highly recommended to get the […]

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Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Acer's Swift 7 is the world's thinnest laptop, making yours look huge

Acer's Swift 7 is the world's thinnest laptop, making yours look hugeAcer's Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world.


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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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Tesla semi truck spotted smoking its tires in the wild - Roadshow
Elon Musk's Tesla semi truck isn't just good for hauling stuff, it can also haul some tuchus.

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last updated: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:31:03 -0400

12 Reasons Esports Is The Only Sport That Matters

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1. The engaging analysts and shoutcasters who hype everything up.

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Shoutcasters are like your overly excited, knowledgeable best friends who explain all the chaotic action during the game. They are a godsend to new and veteran viewers alike, and one of my favorite parts about professional events. Not only do they know the games inside and out, they know details like individual player styles and specific team mechanics.


2. The arenas that are beautiful and custom built for the games they host.

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In Los Angeles, Riot Games built a custom arena near its headquarters to host League of Legends pro matches. Internationally, this year's LoL World Championship Finals were held in an actual Olympic arena in Beijing called the Bird’s Nest. The amazing surroundings allow fans to come together in a space that feels personalized and has the excitement of a professional sporting event. Even for those who don't play video games, the decked-out arenas are a reason to check out esports all by themselves.


3. The pros who stream who are just as ridiculous as their fans.

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Not only do pros directly talk to fans while streaming, a lot of times they get personalized gifts and crazy donations too. I talked to professional team Cloud 9’s ADC "Sneaky" about some of the funniest things he’s gotten from fans.

“It’s mainly fan mail," he said. "I got a schoolgirl outfit that I wore once. I got a maid costume too, in China. A bunch of people were asking me about the cosplay I did the first time, and they asked if I was going to do it again if I made it farther in the tournament. I’m like, '...Sure? Yeah, I guess if someone brings me one,'" he said, laughing.


4. The merchandise is undeniable.

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I mean, just look at all of it. LOOK AT IT.


5. The pros who kick your ass at live events in front of all your friends.

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Most esports are video games the public can play as well, which allows fans a firsthand understanding of the game and unique interactions with pro players that other sports just can't match. Often at live events, there are special setups where pros get to face off one vs. one against fans. I’ve personally never done one because I’m sure I would get my ass handed to me.


6. The pros who kick your ass in the comfort of your own home.

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At home, pros play alongside non-professional players, so, if you're good enough (lol, ur not), you can play with them online. Just don't suck whenever you have one on your team.


7. The international players who are sweeping the world.

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Many esports have international leagues comprised of different regions around the world. One of the cool things about being a fan is watching how characters, play styles, and strategies vary across different regions. I sat down with North American professional team TSM’s "Mithy," who described the experience of being drafted away from European professional team G2 Esports and having to adapt to the play style of a new team in a new region.

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8. The fans who are as passionate as they are loud.

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Holy shit the FANS! It’s unbelievable how passionate and committed these fans are. Not only do they come from all over to watch their favorite player or team, but many of them dress in detailed cosplay as their favorite in-game characters. Even custom jerseys supporting their favorite players are often seen at events. I may or may not have sweatshirts and team gear, but that would mean I’m biased, so I definitely don’t… :^)


9. The growing audiences that just won't stop growing.

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I talked to James "Dash" Patterson, who sits on the analyst desk for the North American League of Legends Championship Series, about why he thinks the industry is suddenly growing in popularity. “It is apparent that this is a thing," he said. "It has money. It’s got people behind it. There’s all this evidence now that there is at least some degree of sustainability.

"But then the most important thing: the player. The person that everyone wants to watch. This idea that the sport doesn’t exist if there isn’t a pro. At least now that feels like an attainable goal. If I choose at the age of 14 to become a pro, I can pursue that, and I can ultimately achieve it. To me, that’s why the sport is growing at the rate it is now as opposed to 20 years ago.”


10. The collaborations with other industries that are simply epic.

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Every year for the World Championship, Riot Games collaborates with a musical artist to create a song that is sort of the theme of the event. I sat down with Chrissy Costanza, the lead singer from Against the Current, who did this past year's collaboration. She told me that Riot goes through a long process of making sure the artist is the right fit with the right feel, and that the artists themselves know the game. “Riot is really amazing at making sure everything is brand authentic," she said. "I know when Imagine Dragons did it a few years ago, they loved the game. I think they like keeping it in the family of people who love the game.”

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11. The unique events that turn into casual fiestas.

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League of Legends has an end-of-year All-Star event. Fans ​were given the ​chance ​to ​vote ​for ​their ​favorite ​players ​from ​their ​region ​in ​order ​to build ​the ​superstar-stacked ​team ​of ​their ​dreams. Since this wasn’t during regular season play, the atmosphere was more casual and laid-back. There was also a special one vs. one event where the pros faced off against each other individually in a single elimination game. I definitely screamed the most watching those.


12. The widespread recognition that shows esports is getting BIG.

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If you need more proof that esports is growing fast, just look at some of the massive industry sponsors that are starting to take note. Like in traditional sports, big brands have begun to sponsor players, teams, stadiums, and events. Gillette, for instance, just unveiled its sponsorship of the North American professional LoL team, TSM. Partnerships like this are definitely a signal of big things to come in the world of esports.

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Tech Startups Are Suing the FCC to Save Net Neutrality
Vimeo and Mozilla are leading the way

Mozilla Corp. and Vimeo Inc. filed legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, attacking the agency’s gutting of Obama-era policy.

Regulations the FCC passed in December were published Thursday in the Federal Register, setting in motion legal and legislative challenges, while leaving unclear when the rules would come into effect.

In Congress, lawmakers were considering publication as opening a window for a Democratic-led effort to vote to rescind the FCC’s new rules — a long shot, considering that Republicans hold a majority in each chamber and President Donald Trump could veto a challenge to his chosen FCC chairman’s action.

Other filings attacking the repeal are expected on Thursday, including one from many state attorneys general.

The Republican-led FCC with its 3-2 vote in December removed Obama-era prohibitions on blocking web traffic, slowing it or demanding payment for faster passage via their networks. Over objections from its Democrats, the FCC gave up most authority over broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. and handed enforcement to other agencies.

“It is time for us to restore internet freedom,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who dissented when the FCC adopted net neutrality under Democratic leadership in 2015, said at the time. “We are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”

Pai may benefit from a legal doctrine that gives regulatory agencies the benefit of the doubt in legal questions. The so-called Chevron deference was named after the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court case that birthed the concept.

Eliminating the regulations frees broadband providers to begin charging websites for smooth passage over their networks. Critics said that threatens to pose barriers for smaller companies and startups, which can’t afford fees that established web companies may pay to broadband providers, or won’t have the heft to brush aside demands for payment. Broadband providers said they have no plans for anti-competitive “fast lanes,” since consumers demand unfettered web access.

The FCC’s rules still can’t take effect until they undergo a review, which could take months, of the burden they impose on reporting requirements for broadband providers. That leaves uncertain the exact date the package takes legal effect.

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alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6
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Who needs Half-Life 3 when you have Final-Half-Fantasy-Life XV?

Square Enix will soon release a new version of Final Fantasy XV for PC — because when a game takes ten years to come out, they’d better milk it for all its worth. But the promotional extras for the game seem more like a cruel joke on the PC faithful. The Steam version of FFXV comes with the Half-Life Pack, a cosmetic add-on that lets the player dress up as Gordon Freeman, complete with crowbar, both in single-player and multi-player. Given how long players have been waiting for the mythical third installment in the Half-Life series, a beautiful HD version of Gordon’s suit is…

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Will AI enslave the human race? Probably not, but it might jack you at the ATM.

AI is changing everything. The healthcare industry is in the middle of a revolution, social media is getting smarter, and the era of drone-wielding super villains is right around the corner. Earlier this week seven of the world’s most prominent organizations in the field of futurism published a report predicting the dangers posed by AI. The document is called “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation.” You can read the full version here. It’s 100 pages long and utterly terrifying. The only thing that could make it scarier is if Samuel L. Jackson were holding you at…

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Cryptocurrencies and their effects on emotion are bigger than you may think

Cryptocurrencies, like most other emerging technologies, are often called “disrupting” for a number of different reasons. Its advocates believe that they will change financial transactions and affect the social order, while its opponents believe that it will create a huge economic bubble and further distrust for financial institutions, for example. Whatever view one might subscribe to, it is hard to ignore the impact that cryptocurrencies have had on our world, particularly when it comes to the way we understand money and how that has affected our behaviour and feelings towards it. Money is a hard-to-grasp concept with huge psychological implications…

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Google Home Max is the best smart speaker for the money. Period.

There’s never been a better time to buy a smart speaker. Once dominated by Amazon, the space has exploded in recent months to include stellar offerings from Apple, Sonos, Microsoft, and my pick for best in class: Google. Google’s Home Max isn’t perfect, and the $399 price tag might be a bitter pill to swallow for those looking to upgrade from the original Google Home (or an Amazon Echo) but it checks enough boxes to make it the most well-rounded offering in its class. Weighing in at almost 12 pounds, it’s a giant among its peers. Clearly Google aimed high,…

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YouTube still hasn’t fixed its Trending problem

YouTube is in hot water again after it failed this week to catch a conspiracy theory video before it topped the Trending section — proving the company still doesn’t have a handle on its own algorithms, despite being raked over the coals for this multiple times in the past. The video in question — which, in the interest of good taste, I’m not going to embed or link to — is about David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Parkland high school shooting rampage which happened last week. The video claims he is an actor because he was … somewhere other…

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Cryptocurrency News – Feb 22 – I’m The Apps Man (Frowning)

Hello everyone, good morning. I’m here at Cryptocurrency News Headquarters and I have the latest. No regrets The Bitcoin Regret Club is a thing where you can, say, choose a date, and then it will say how many moneys you’d have had you invested whatever you put in to see how rich you’d be. It’s got a lot of coverage by people saying “boy oh boy, I’m an idiot for not investing in the mysterious online money that has absolutely no backing!” It’s kind of like when people say “I thought about investing in Apple stock decades ago but I…

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Banks are still overcharging Coinbase users for cryptocurrency purchases

Coinbase customers are going through an especially rough patch. Days after the popular exchange desk admitted its users are being erroneously charged for the same purchase multiple times, complaints that the issue is still occurring continue to roll in on Reddit. “Triple charged again,” read one of the more recent threads. According to the affected customer, the original purchase took place on February 4, but he was charged on two separate occasions: February 16 and February 21. The more problematic part is how confusing the refund process appears to be. “Coinbase tell me to contact my bank,” the Redditor continued.…

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This angel investor got all of his crypto stolen by T-Mobile impersonators

Because I started playing with cryptocurrencies as a hobby years ago, and for a long time they were not worth much of anything (read Some thoughts on cryptocurrencies), it did not occur to me to treat my crypto holdings more securely than other assets I owned. I assumed that by using very complex passwords, or a password manager like Dashlane, and requiring two-factor authentication with text messages sent to my cell phone, I would be safe. Boy was I wrong! I did not realize I had a (very) weak link in my security: my cell phone provider. The hackers called T-Mobile…

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By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.

Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of our browsing sessions will be voice conducted. In addition, audio-centric technologies such as Apple’s AirPods, Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are…

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Big Data — useful tool or fetish?

In 2012, the Obama administration unveiled a two hundred million dollar initiative to facilitate the growth of the Big Data industry and demonstrate its potential in large-scale markets. However, the initiative was an apparent failure. Despite government endorsement, Big Data has been unable to develop into an industry in its own right; the analysis and evaluation of billions of data points remain a trend rather than an emerging technology. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at OSTP, released a statement on behalf of the Obama administration in which he declared that “to launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies will announce…

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