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Hurry! Last chance to shop the bestselling Kindle e-reader for under £50

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, MailOnline may earn an affiliate commission. If you love to read, you'll be pleased to hear that the original Kindle e-reader is on sale for just £49.99 at Amazon - but hurry, this deal ends today. The perfect reading solution for holidays and travelling, rather than weigh down your suitcase with books, the Kindle, which is now on sale with 29 per cent off, comes with 8GB of storage, so it can store thousands of books in one place - like a small library at your fingertips. And you won't even need to buy any titles as it comes with a free three month trial of Kindle Unlimited, giving you free access to millions of fiction and non-fiction titles as well as the latest celebrity autobiographies. While you may prefer the feel of a book, the Kindle has been designed to feel more comfortable to read than paperbacks.


What we bought: Our favorite gadgets of 2021

Engadget

While plenty of gadgets cross our desks, we at Engadget also end up buying a lot of things for ourselves throughout the year. In 2021, some of us invested in smart home devices and others (re)discovered passions for things like e-books and vinyl, but there are plenty of things we bought and loved that didn't make it onto the site. Here, our staffers look back on the year that was by gushing about their favorite items they bought this year. After a few years of waffling, I finally pulled the trigger in 2021 and bought a Dyson stick vacuum. You could say I fell for the hype, but honestly it's been one of my favorite purchases of the year and arguably the most useful. Until now, we had been relying on a few-years-old Roomba (lovingly named Dale) to clean our two-bedroom apartment -- Dale did a good job, but the Dyson is even better.


Scriptbakery taught an AI to analyze manuscripts and the emotions of a potential reader

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CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

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What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.


3 insights into how artificial intelligence is changing the social media game for publishers What's New in Publishing Digital Publishing News

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a technology of the future – it's a daily reality for many publishers of all sizes. AI now powers an increasing number of tools that journalists use to gather, produce and distribute content, including Echobox, the social media management platform we built specifically for publishers. With more than 700 publisher clients globally, including 25% of the world's newspapers of record, we have access to a large and unique dataset that describes how AI can change the social media game for publishers. We recently completed an analysis of how these publishers use automation technology to manage their social media. Below are three insights into how they're benefitting from AI, as well as best practices for increasing your own social media traffic.



How to spend 70 million entertaining the under-35 crowd

Los Angeles Times

Online publisher Defy Media, which attracts millions of young adults and teenagers to such goofy information, announced last week that it picked up 70 million from investors. And it's planning to spend most of that on increasing content production, and for the first time, advertising itself. "As the success grew over 2016, people got more and more bullish on the business and we got the outcome we wanted," Defy Media President Keith Richman said about the funding, led by Wellington Management Co. The New York City start-up, which has a significant base in Los Angeles, publishes articles and videos through online brands including Smosh and Clevver. Licensing videos to streaming apps from companies such as Verizon and Comcast brings in the rest of the cash.


The Hype--and Hope--of Artificial Intelligence - The New Yorker

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Like many of his bits, it became a viral phenomenon, clocking in at nearly six million views on YouTube. At around the ten-minute mark, Oliver took his verbal bat to the knees of Tronc, the new name for Tribune Publishing Company, and its parody-worthy promotional video, in which a robotic spokeswoman describes the journalistic benefits of artificial intelligence, as a string section swells underneath. Tronc is not the only company to enthusiastically embrace the term "artificial intelligence." A.I. is hot, and every company worth its stock price is talking about how this magical potion will change everything. Even Macy's recently announced that it was testing an I.B.M. artificial-intelligence tool in ten of its department stores, in order to bring back customers who are abandoning traditional retail in favor of online shopping.


Facebook's AI is learning by reading loads of children's books

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That's the advice you might give a student struggling for a better grip on the ins and outs of language. On 18 February, Facebook released several data sets that it uses to train its home-grown neural networks. One is packed with the text of classic novels, such as The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Little Women, A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland. There are more than a hundred stories in all, taken from the free online library Project Gutenberg. It's a reading list for fledgling AI (see box below).