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Reclaim Internet Greatness

Communications of the ACM

His concern is warranted and will require us to strike a balance between protecting the democratic and egalitarian values that made the Internet great to begin with while ensuring those values are used for good. The fundamental issue, then, in creating a 21st-century Internet becomes what changes are warranted and who will be responsible for defining and administering them. On the technology dimension, computer scientists and engineers must develop smarter systems for detecting, addressing, and preventing malicious content on the Web. Cerf's argument on behalf of user training is helpful but will not ultimately solve the problem of an untrustworthy, ungovernable, potentially malicious network. I myself recently fell for a phishing attack, which only proves that today's attacks can fool even savvy, experienced users.


'Civilization VI' expansion 'Gathering Storm' launches February 14th

Engadget

Civilization VI is a strategy game with some legs, and we don't just mean its ever-expanding platform support. Firaxis and 2K have revealed that the title's second expansion, Gathering Storm, will reach Windows gamers on February 14th, 2019. Mac and Linux users should get it soon afterward. It's not just adding the usual round of cultures, technologies and units (although there are more of those), either. Rather, Firaxis is changing how the world itself works.


Save $100 when you buy 2 Echo Spots at Amazon before Black Friday

Mashable

This is not a drill: You can save $100 on Amazon when you buy two Echo Spots. Smart devices are so great, right? You can control your lights, music, and TV with just the sound of your voice. But while they are becoming more ubiquitous every day, most smart devices are a bit impersonal. The Echo Spot is not like the others though: it's a smart device that has personality to fit every need.


The Problem With AI: Machines Are Learning Things, But Can't Understand Them

#artificialintelligence

But, whether you're looking at Siri, Alexa, or just the autocorrect features found in your smartphone keyboard, we aren't creating general purpose artificial intelligence. We're creating programs that can perform specific, narrow tasks. Whenever a company says it's coming out with a new "AI" feature, it generally means that the company is using machine learning to build a neural network. "Machine learning" is a technique that lets a machine "learn" how to better perform on a specific task. Machine learning is a fantastic technology with a lot of powerful uses.


The best early Black Friday 2018 deals

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commissions. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of Black Friday deals here. Only available in Heather Gray, this $60 refurbished sale on our pick in our Alexa guide is the best price we've seen on this model to date. The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) is our pick of Amazon's Alexa-controlled speakers.


Best Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home, Apple HomePod

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Smart home devices were the hot, gift-worthy items during last year's holiday season and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. A big part of the reason for this is because these smart home devices tend to see great discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making now the ideal time to shop for loved ones -- or snag a gift for yourself. Trust us, we won't tell anyone. Although some of the deals are not official yet, a large number of them are active right now, so you can take advantage of these fantastic sales from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target before the Black Friday shopping holiday even begins. However, keep coming back to this round-up for new deals on smart home devices popping up throughout the week as soon as they are available.


Fortnite faces lawsuit for 'stealing' rapper's infamous Milly Rock dance

The Independent

An American rapper is planning to pursue legal action against the makers of Fortnite, after the hugely popular video game introduced what appears to be his signature dance move. Brooklyn-based 2 Milly claims the'Swipe It' dance emote in Season 5 is a direct copy of the Milly Rock, a viral dance that he created. Fortnite developer Epic Games charges players around $5 for the Swipe It emote, allowing them to use it in the game as a taunt or celebration. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


If you like Smash, you'll love 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'

Engadget

It was inevitable that a new Nintendo console would spawn another installment in the storied Super Smash Bros. series. And now we're just weeks away from the return of the fun and frantic fighter that's been responsible for countless smiles, frayed friendships and broken controllers. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has far more characters and stages than any of the preceding releases, but the general gameplay formula has merely been tweaked and tuned. That's exactly what we all want, of course, and as a side-effect it gave Nintendo the time to focus on single-player aspects much more than it's done before. Last week I headed to Nintendo's UK base to hear a bit more about the game and experience the single-player firsthand.


What's the best video games console for Christmas 2018?

The Guardian

A games console is the perfect Christmas present – it's exciting, it's cool and everyone can join in on the day (as long as you've had the foresight to sneak it out of its packaging on Christmas Eve to download the inevitable six hours of system updates). But selecting which machine to opt for is complicated and confusing, and if you get it wrong you may end up with yet another unloved gadget crammed in the cupboard where you keep the air fryer and mini candyfloss machine. Here are some tips for harassed parents or partners who have found the words "games console" on a loved one's Christmas list and are experiencing technophobic panic. There are three major consoles: the Sony PlayStation 4, the Microsoft Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The PS4 and Xbox One are very similar in terms of technology (they're basically mid-range PCs), providing high-end graphical performance, especially if you purchase the more expensive PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, which include full support for 4K television displays.


One of the best early Black Friday gaming deals: Get an Xbox One S Minecraft bundle for $199 at Walmart

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Black Friday delivers plenty of choices when it comes to deals, and that's especially true in gaming. From discounts on games and accessories to consoles and laptops, you should have no problem finding a great deal for the gamer in your life. One of our favorite gaming deals for Black Friday 2018 went on sale over the weekend, and we're pretty stoked about it. The Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle is on sale for $199 at Walmart, which is $100 off the original price of $299. Whether you're new to Minecraft or have been playing it for years, you'll get everything you need to start messing around in this blocky world.