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Motorola's New Moto Mod Adds Amazon Alexa Speaker To Its Smartphones

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Motorola has announced a new Moto Mod for its Moto Z smartphones that brings Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. Called the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, the new Moto Mod allows users to experience Alexa like they have an Amazon Echo speaker wherever they are. The new Moto Mod was promised by Motorola and Amazon earlier this year. Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, the two companies revealed that they were working together to bring Alexa to Moto Z smartphones as a Moto Mod accessory. The new Amazon Alexa Moto Mod is pretty much what most would expect.


Melting Glaciers Could Raise Sea Levels In Sharp Bursts, Reef Fossils Show

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If all the land ice present on Earth today were to melt, it would raise the global sea levels by about 70 meters (230 feet), according to the United States Geological Survey. Under the onslaught of global warming, sea levels have been rising steadily in the recent years, but researchers looking at historical data have found these rise could happen in sharp bursts instead. Fossil coral reefs that lie drowned in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast from Corpus Christi, Texas, "showed sea level rose in several bursts ranging in length from a few decades to one century," scientists from Rice University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, said in a statement Thursday. The researchers used sonar data collected in 2012 by the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor which mapped the seafloor -- including 10 fossil reef sites -- offshore Texas. Spread across several dozens of miles, the fossil reef shelves are 35-50 miles off the shore, and under about 195 feet of water.


Elon Musk's Tunneling Venture The Boring Company Is Selling Hats

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Most people who dream of being entrepreneurs or a force for positive change in the world would perhaps envy Elon Musk for his achievements since he left PayPal. He started Tesla (and SolarCity, now a Tesla subsidiary) to electrify the automotive (and power storage) industry, and SpaceX changed the way we look at rocket launches (now we look at rocket landings too). While Musk has founded Neuralink to develop an interface that connects the human brain with computers and also created the hyperloop concept -- giving it away for use by anyone who wants to -- to change urban transport, he has another venture with the same aim. The Boring Company digs tunnels which Musk says will bypass the traffic congestion in urban areas. And the company's latest offering are hats.


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Apple has been low key about it autonomous car tech, dubbed Project Titan, but there is now a short video of the iPhone company's self-driving efforts. Voyage co-founder MacCalister Higgins posted a short video of Project Titan's test Lexus SUV, which he called "The Thing." The video givies the public a glimpse of what Apple is up to. The top of the white vehicle is equipped with a suite sensors and self-driving hardware. Higgins said on Twitter the front and back both have 6 LiDARS and that the "majority of the compute stack is likely located inside the roof unit."


DNC Tech Chief Raffi Krikorian Talks Bridging The Silicon Valley, Politics Gap

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The Democratic National Committee's chief technology officer, Raffi Krikorian, says that changes within the post-2016 political party are as much about the culture as they are about security. The MIT grad's time is physically split between his Silicon Valley home and Washington D.C., although he's looking to bridge the cultural gap between tech and politics. Krikorian previously led Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, where he was tasked with putting the ride-sharing company's self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pa. And preceding that, Krikorian was Twitter's vice president of engineering after successfully managing the social media giant's application programming interface. Following last year's hacks, leaks and ongoing discussion about Russian interference, his priority was to move security and communication to a trusted cloud service assisted by Microsoft.


Ocean's Blockchain Protocol To Power Decentralized Data Marketplaces For AI

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Ocean is a transformative protocol to create seamless decentralized data markets and incentivize a global data commons. It ties together several themes that exist in the connected world today. First, the data we produce throughout our digital lives is kept in siloes within large companies, which then use artificial intelligence (AI) to monetize it. Newsweek is hosting an AI and Data Science in Capital Markets conference in NYC, Dec. 6-7. Second, that there are many new data-hungry AI start-ups emerging.


Can Machine Learning Be Applied To The Problem Of Trading?

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A new academic paper, Machine Learning for Trading, is the first conclusive study that shows success from having a machine learning-based trading strategy. The author, Gordon Ritter, Adjunct Professor in the Mathematics in Finance Program, New York University, constructed an artificial system which he knew would admit a profitable strategy, to see if a machine would find it. Newsweek is hosting an AI and Data Science in Capital Markets conference in NYC, Dec. 6-7. In order to train a machine learning algorithm to behave as a rational risk-averse investor required appropriate reinforcement learning, specifically a mathematical technique called Q-learning (playing some sort of game where you are trying to maximise the reward function that may occur at several periods in the future). The machine learning agent found and exploited arbitrage opportunities in the presence of transaction costs in a simulated market proof of concept.


Google Pop-Up Stores NYC, LA Locations: Where To Try Pixel 2

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Google will sell its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices at pop-up stores starting Oct. 19, the company announced. Since Google doesn't have hardware stores like Apple, Google will instead open up temporary locations to sell its newest smartphones and "all things made by Google," the search engine company said on Twitter using the hashtag #googlepopup. Where Are The Google Pop-Up Stores? Google will open up two location in the U.S., one in New York City and one in Los Angeles. The New York pop-up store will be located at 110 Fifth avenue in Manhattan, while the California shop will be located at 8552 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.


Marijuana May Cause Damage To Brain, Research Suggests

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Marijuana is said to cause permanent damage to the brain and can make users dependent on it, a new study suggested. A team of neuroscientists wanted to determine what makes marijuana addictive through long-term exposure to the drug, according to research published Monday in the journal JNeurosci. Scientific research has previously confirmed that frequent marijuana use can lead to addiction, but this study provides further detail into why this outcome is possible. Researchers at Brigham Young University's (BYU) neuroscience department injected teenage male mice test subjects with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- marijuana's active ingredient -- for a weeks time. BYU researchers examined the mice's brain's ventral tegmental area (VTA), a cluster of neurons positioned near the midline in the midbrain.


Drone Delivery Of Defibrillators Starts In Nevada, Will Arrive Before Ambulances

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The importance of every second while a person is having a cardiac arrest can't be stressed enough, and the availability of the requisite medical equipment in the fastest possible time could end up saving many lives. With this objective in mind, Flirtey, a Nevada-based drone-delivery company, has launched specialized drones for defibrillator delivery as part of every response to a cardiac arrest emergency. "We have the ability to deliver lifesaving aid into the hands of people who need it -- why aren't we as a society doing it already? This is one of the most important uses of drone delivery technology, and we believe that by democratizing access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come," Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny told the Reno Gazette-Journal last week. Flirtey will work in collaboration with the Regional Emergency Medical services Authority (REMSA) to provide drone-delivered medical help until trained medical technicians arrive.