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This is for you, Elon Musk: 5 threats to humanity greater than artificial intelligence






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Hey there, Elon Musk. We need to have a little talk. 

I understand that you’re very worried about what artificial intelligence could mean for our future. In fact, just the other week you said that it’s the “greatest risk we face as a civilization,” an idea that has been echoed by high-profile futurists around the world. 

But I’m here to tell you that it’s time to take a deep breath and maybe get a little perspective on A.I. for a minute, when compared to the wide array of threats we face.

Elon, it’s nice that you have the privilege of focusing on an existential threat that might rear its ugly head far off in the future, but not all of us are in that position.  Read more…

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Google just announced a new safety feature to keep you safe and informed during a crisis






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Another tech company is working to keep you safe during times of crisis.

Google announced a new set of safety features called “SOS alerts” in a blog post on Tuesday. With SOS alerts, which the company will add to Google Search and Google Maps, Google hopes to “make emergency information more accessible during a natural or human-caused crisis.”

A vice-president of engineering at Google, Yossi Matias, spoke to Time about the new development, and said SOS alerts were partially inspired by his experience with a major fire on Mount Carmel while working in Israel. At the time, he had no immediate information on what was going on.  Read more…

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This pocket-sized air purifier will un-stink your car






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Ah, the new car smell. So refreshing. So pure. So ripe with promise.

And yet, so fleeting. Because not long after you drive your new ride off the lot does it begin to absorb bad smells like a sponge. Food, cigarette smoke, sweat, pet odors, and other olfactory intruders add up over the years, making you long for the days when your vehicle smelled more like clean upholstery and fresh rubber and less like a foot. 

Sure, pine tree air fresheners can improve the situation somewhat, but they only cover up the root cause. Don’t just mask the odors in your car—purify them. This Car Plug-In Air Purifier is the smart way to eliminate unsavory smells at the source.  Read more…

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India won’t allow driverless cars, says transport chief






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Self-driving cars are a looming threat to to the human drivers that operate taxis around the world, but in one of the most populated countries, it could take a while before driverless cars start stealing jobs from humans.

On Tuesday, India’s transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters that the country’s government would resist any new technology that threatened to take jobs away from its citizens, namely driverless cars.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India,” he said according to the Hindustan Times. “I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.”  Read more…

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Adobe is finally, finally, killing Flash






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Adobe has finally acknowledged what the rest of us have known for years: Flash needs to die. 

The software giant plans to stop supporting and updating Flash Player by 2020, according to a  statement from the company. Sites that use Flash will continue to work through 2020, but will no longer work once Adobe “end-of-lifes” the software. 

Once a standard tool for web development, Flash Player has become something of a pariah in recent years. The software slowed down browsers and posed a near-constant security risk, as vulnerability after vulnerability was discovered.  Read more…

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Note taking gets an upgrade with this smart notebook that can be erased in the microwave






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The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is like no tech you’ve used before. Although it looks like a traditional pen and paper notebook, it holds many more opportunities.

This affordable and simple-to-use notebook will transform your handwritten notes into the digital organization you’ve always dreamed of. The Rocketbook Wave instantly blasts your notes to the cloud using your Apple or Android smartphone.   

Download the free Rocketbook mobile app to send your handwritten notes to your favorite cloud services by holding your phone above the book and flipping the pages. The app will detect the pages and scan them into crisp and editable digital images. Read more…

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TV ratings will now include Hulu Live and YouTube TV






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Traditional television ratings are about to get a much-needed modern day update.

In an effort to bring the ratings up-to-date and improve accuracy, Nielsen Holdings — the king of ratings — will begin including views on Hulu Live TV and Google’s YouTube TV in official TV ratings in the United States, the company announced in a press release.

The inclusion will work to account for those television viewers who may have cancelled their cable subscriptions and, “capture the shift from traditional broadcast to watching shows on laptops or smartphones,” the company told Reuters. Read more…

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Motorola doubles down on modular phones with the impressive Moto Z2 Force Edition






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Motorola may not be the mobile powerhouse it used to be during the glory days of the RAZR, but it’s not down and out just yet.

Following up on last year’s Moto Z and recent Moto Z2 Play, the company’s now adding the Moto Z2 Force Edition to its lineup of modular phones. 

The Z2 Force Edition is Motorola’s 2017 flagship, which means if you’ve been waiting for a new version to clip on all of your pre-existing Moto Mod accessories, this is the phone to get when it releases on Aug. 10. 

In the U.S., the phone will be available on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. Best Buy and Motorola.com will also sell the phone; pre-orders start today at $30 per month for 24 months, for a total of $720. Read more…

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Nokia’s flagship smartphone to be announced on Aug. 16






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The widely leaked Nokia 8 is arriving a bit later than expected.

While some rumors pointed to an end-of-July release, HMD Global (the owner of Nokia brand) has started pinging media outlets about an Aug. 16 event in London. 

Nokia confirmed the event with Mashable but did not share any info about the new phone. We’ve seen the device in a number of leaked photos, though, including a variant in a slightly odd gold/copper color

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The Nokia 8 is generally perceived to be the first “true” flagship of the new, new Nokia, which so far only released low- and mid-tier Android devices and feature phones. It is rumored to have a 5.3-inch screen, a Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4/6GB of RAM, dual 13-megapixel cameras with Zeiss branding, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Read more…

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