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Amazon is reportedly making a Tomb Raider TV series

Engadget

Hollywood may be taking another stab at a Tomb Raider production, but this time for the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter sources say Amazon is creating a Tomb Raider TV series for Prime Video, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame) set to be an executive producer and write the script. It's not certain who would star, but we wouldn't count on movie stars Angelina Jolie or Alicia Vikander reprising the role of Lara Croft. The show is reportedly still in the development stage. We've asked Amazon for comment.


Google AI can create music in any genre from a text description

Engadget

Google recently published research on MusicLM, a system that creates music in any genre with a text description. As TechCrunch notes, projects like Google's AudioML and OpenAI's Jukebox have tackled the subject. However, MusicLM's model and vast training database (280,000 hours of music) help it produce music with surprising variety and depth. The AI can not only combine genres and instruments, but write tracks using abstract concepts that are normally difficult for computers to grasp. If you want a hybrid of dance music and reggaeton with a "spacey, otherworldly" tune that evokes a "sense of wonder and awe," MusicLM can make it happen.


Russian shelling leaves 10 Ukrainian civilians dead, 20 injured, Zelenskyy says

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A new barrage of Russian shelling killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded 20 others in a day, the office of Ukraine's president said Friday as the country worked to recover from an earlier wave of Russian missile strikes and drone attacks. Regional officials said towns and villages in the east and in the south that are within reach of the Russian artillery suffered most. Six people died in the Donetsk region, two in Kherson, and two in the Kharkiv region.


Mercedes is the first certified Level-3-autonomy car company in the US

Engadget

At CES earlier this January, Mercedes announced that it would become the first car company to achieve certification from the SAE for a Level 3 driver assist system. That became official on Thursday when the automaker confirmed its Drive Pilot ADAS (automated driver assist system) now complies with the requirements of Nevada Chapter 482A, which governs the use of autonomous vehicle technology on the state's roads. That makes Drive Pilot the only legal Level 3 system in the US for the moment. "An unwavering commitment to innovation has consistently guided Mercedes-Benz from the very beginning," Dimitris Psillakis, President and CEO of MBUSA, said in Thursday's press statement. "It is a very proud moment for everyone to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Level 3 conditionally automated driving in the US market."


Apple will reportedly let anyone make apps for its mixed reality headset using Siri

Engadget

Apple's rumored mixed reality headset may help you create apps even if you don't know how to code. The Information sources claim Apple is working on a tool that would let anyone create augmented reality apps with Siri. You'd only have to tell the voice assistant what you want -- you could have digital animals scurrying around the room without the need for modelling, animation or conventional programming software. The AR creation tool is said to be based on technology from Fabric Software, a Canadian company Apple quietly bought in 2017. The acquired startup's Fabric Engine let developers automatically create environments and objects using procedural generation, a technique used in games like No Man's Sky.


Solar panel cleaning robot can be dropped off and picked up by drone

New Scientist

Every day the dust settles on thousands of square kilometres of solar panels around the world, cutting the amount of electricity they produce. A robot designed by an Israeli start-up can autonomously clean rooftop solar panels that other cleaning robots can't access, increasing the panels' electricity generation by as much as 15 per cent. Autonomous robots are widely used to clean large-scale solar arrays on the ground.


Stunning drone footage captures a huge pod of dolphins off the coast of Florida

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An armature drone photographer captured stunning footage of a dolphin pod swimming through the crystal-blue waters off the coast of Florida. Local restaurant owner Paul Dabill, 48, filmed approximately 50 dolphins while'looking for life to film' around Jupiter last week. The mesmerizing video shows the marine animals diving in and out of the sea and playing keep-away with a strand of sargassum seaweed. Dabill said he spent 30 minutes filing the pod, one of the largest he had seen. The clip was captured on January 18, when the skies were clear and the ocean was blue.


'Deadliest And Most Advanced': Ukraine Destroys 3 Russian Choppers In 30 Minutes

International Business Times

The Ukrainian Air Force announced that the military has shot down three of Russia's "deadliest and most advanced" helicopters in 30 minutes. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters, also known as the "Alligator," were performing missions Tuesday in the vicinity of Yevhenivka in Donetsk Oblast, on the 11th-month anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine, when the incident took place. The Ukrainian Air Force said on Twitter the Ka-52s were destroyed by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles. Kyiv also shot down a Russian Su-25 twin-engine fighter aircraft in the vicinity of Bakhmut, the Defense Post reported. The Ka-52, the $13-million single-seat helicopter, is an all-weather attack chopper.


This 901-piece robot building kit is over half off

Mashable

TL;DR: Through Jan. 30, the 2-in-1 Remote and App-Controlled Robot Building Kit(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab) is on sale for $129.99 -- that's 55% off its usual cost of $292. STEM skills are more important than ever -- and learning them is easier than ever because kids these days get to build robots and control them with apps. In fact, adults are buying awesome toys(Opens in a new window) and making big profits for toy companies. With this 2-in-1 Build a Robot Kit, builders can get creative and clever using 901 available pieces to build their choice of robo(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab)t, now for 55% off until January 30. Whether you want to build the car or design the tank on tracks model, this robotics kit comes with many supplies to make your robot a reality.


Google Tries to Catch Up to Rivals Like OpenAI as They Release Viral Apps

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Alphabet Inc.'s Google, the pioneer of some of the technology that paved the way for a recent string of eye-catching developments in artificial intelligence, is now trying to play catch-up. In recent months, Google's competitors have publicly released AI-based programs that can generate images and text passages from simple prompts, capabilities that the tech giant has tested internally for years.