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34 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2022): AirPods Pro, Sonos, and Record Players

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I'm the anti-hero Taylor Swift sings about. I listen to the same song over and over and over again, scratching that part of my brain that just loves every moment of it. Luckily for me, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, there are speaker deals from Sonos and Google that will sound good with every replay. Luckily for my husband, friends, and anyone else in my vicinity, there are also plenty of deals on headphones from our favorite brands, like Jabra, Apple, and Beats, to drown my tunes out. If you're looking to listen to whatever you want with the best sound possible, we've assembled all the best Black Friday headphone and speaker deals here.


iRobot's premium Roomba s9 robot vacuum is $220 off right now

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The Roomba s9 has been around for a couple of years and it's probably overkill for most people. At $999, it's certainly not cheap, but it did earn a spot in our list of best robot vacuums. Right now, you can pick up the high-end machine for $220 less than usual by shopping through Wellbots and using the code ENG220 at checkout. A final price of $779 is the best we've seen on this smart home gadget, and while it's still an expensive device, it's a much easier to recommend when its on sale like this. You probably don't need all of the bells and whistles that the s9 provides, but they are some of the things that make it one of the best robot vacuums available today.


Conversations That Matter: Working with artificial intelligence

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"There is no shortage of commentary on what artificial intelligence will do to human jobs. It's easy to find a multiplicity of predictions, prescriptions, or denunciations," says Thomas H. Davenport, one of the co-authors of the book. "It is not so easy, however, to find descriptions of how people work day-to-day with smart machines." Davenport joined a Conversation That Matters about our emerging and ever-expanding relationship with a technology that scares a wide range of people including, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.


The death of passwords is near, so get your business ready

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As we increasingly rely on biometric data such as fingerprints and facial recognition to secure our digital lives, many of us are reaching a point where using strings of characters such as passwords to encrypt our data will become a thing of the past - and perhaps quite soon. Big tech seems to agree. The triumvirate of Apple, Microsoft and Google all recently signed up to FIDO2 WebAuthn, a standard created by the Fast IDentity Online Alliance (FIDO) - an industry association which aims to shift our reliance away from passwords in favor of text-free alternatives. And according to Eve Maler, CTO at access management firm ForgeRock, passwords are no longer a viable option for the security conscious, with a number of advanced technologies looking to replace them. The headline act is behavioral biometrics, which has, "a significant role to play in making passwordless security a reality", according to Maler.


131 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Right Now (2022)

WIRED

The holiday shopping season started a bit early this year, but that's only made things more confusing--what's really a deal? It's hard to know which deals to snag and which to walk away from. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you. WIRED reviewers try countless gadgets, tools, and digital delights of all kinds every week, and we have developed smart shopping tips and tricks to weed out fake discounts and bring you the real deals. We can say with confidence that these are the absolute best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you're going to find this weekend. You will find regular updates as products go out of stock and prices change, and we'll keep scouring to find more deals worth grabbing. Updated November 26, 2022: We've added deals on binoculars, VSSL's coffee grinder, the AeroPress Go, and more. We've updated pricing and availability throughout. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Just like upgrading the bed you sleep on, few things will improve your life like a good chair. If you park your body in front of a desk all day, it's a good idea to give the humble chair more attention. Some of our favorites are on sale right now. See our Best Office Chairs guide for more. Our top office chair pick is a bit cheaper right now. We've tested more than 35 office chairs in the past year and this is the one to get based on comfort, quality, adjustability, and price. At this price, you'd be hard-pressed to find a cheaper way to get seven points of adjustment. The only thing we don't like is that pet hair tends to cling, so keep a lint roller handy. The Zeph looks wonderful--there are dozens of color customizations--but the only adjustment you can make is to raise the seat up or down.


AI and Machine Learning potential advantages

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FREMONT, CA: As we progress into the technological world and digitalization, we must comprehend the advantages of what is available to us. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the foundations of an altogether new approach to operating our organizations. From countering cyber threats to boosting consumer marketing, we can now embrace this digital horizon. Training robots to execute human jobs is referred to as artificial intelligence. This growing technology tries to imitate how our human brains interact and receive information from the environment around us.


Top 10 AI Consulting Firms Today

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AI is approaching the next level of maturity, coming out of the hype cycle, says Gartner. Its adoption is expanding across industries beyond automation to building new-generation intelligent products and services for business growth. However, half of them acknowledge that they don't have skilled talent to make the most of AI advances. This is where experienced AI consulting firms come in to help. The market of AI consulting is vast, ranging from tech giants like IBM and Accenture to Big 4 firms and smaller-scale innovators.


Gigantic database of building blocks will help artificial intelligence uncover new organocatalysts

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Researchers have constructed a public database of 4000 experimentally derived organocatalysts. The database also contains several thousand molecular fragments and combinatorially enriched structures based on the experimentally derived entries. It'represents the first steps towards an extensive mapping of organocatalyst space with large chemical diversity,' says database co-creator Clémence Corminboeuf from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Researchers will be able to use the Organic structures for catalysis repository database, known as Oscar, 'to train machine learning models and predict the properties of new catalysts' comments EPFL team member Simone Gallarati. The team also hope the database will function as a starting point for organic chemists designing new catalysts.


AI is rewriting the rules of creativity. Should it be stopped?

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From pop music to painting, the rapid rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning is transforming the way people create. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.


AI and the need for purpose-built cloud infrastructure – HPCwire

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In retail, data-driven solutions require sophisticated deep learning models—models that are much more sophisticated than those offered by machine …