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Skip To 'The Good Part' Of Romance Audiobooks

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Getting to the steamy stuff – you know what we're talking about – just got a little easier. Audible recently launched a feature for some romance audiobooks that lets listeners skip to "the good part." The Amazon company launched the Audible Romance Package, which allows users to "binge to your heart's content" thousands of audiobooks included. Because parsing through the masses can be daunting, there are a few ways to narrow the search, including recommendations from the "Take Me to the Good Part" tool. It offers listeners the option to jump to certain places in select audiobooks based on 10 categories.


Skip To 'The Good Part' Of Romance Audiobooks

NPR

Getting to the steamy stuff – you know what we're talking about – just got a little easier. Audible recently launched a feature for some romance audiobooks that lets listeners skip to "the good part." The Amazon company launched the Audible Romance Package, which allows users to "binge to your heart's content" thousands of audiobooks included. Because parsing through the masses can be daunting, there are a few ways to narrow the search, including recommendations from the "Take Me to the Good Part" tool. It offers listeners the option to jump to certain places in select audiobooks based on 10 categories.


Lawmakers: Don't Gauge Artificial Intelligence By What You See In The Movies

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A full-scale figure of a "T-800" terminator robot used in the movie Terminator 2, is displayed at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo in 2009. A full-scale figure of a "T-800" terminator robot used in the movie Terminator 2, is displayed at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo in 2009. On Elon Musk's warnings of AI disrupting jobs and even a war fought over control of AI Olson: I think Elon is playing to the exact fears that John mentioned -- change. And as it relates to jobs, there's no questions it's going to disrupt a lot of jobs, but historically, innovation has always created more jobs than it's taken away.


Apple Has Good Sales News For Wall Street

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A spectator at Wimbledon last month uses an iPad to take pictures of the action. Improved sales of the tablets were part of the good news out of Apple's quarterly report. Improved sales of the tablets were part of the good news out of Apple's quarterly report. The company did well in services such as cloud storage, the app store and streaming music.


Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

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So why is Hollywood churning out so many movies where technology leads to painful, terrifying death, but is reluctant to make movies where that same tech leads to love? Maybe it's simply a numbers game: we're not living in a time when Hollywood's producing a lot of romantic comedies (this summer's excellent The Big Sick notwithstanding), so there's fewer opportunities for them to grapple with online dating. But he's not surprised that film studios are still reluctant to show people using tech in realistic ways. For her part, producer Christine Vachon is a bit more hopeful.


Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

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She modeled the company's ScatterViz visor at the Sundance Film Festival in January. She modeled the company's ScatterViz visor at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Not all of their inventions are as abstract and theoretical as the VR salon, which they first rolled out at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The scarf's fabric is designed with 1,200 pixelated faces meant to mislead computer algorithms.


Turn On, Tune In, Transcribe: U.N. Develops Radio-Listening Tool

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Many rural Ugandans don't have Internet access, and the radio is a central source of news -- and platform for citizens' opinions. Many rural Ugandans don't have Internet access, and the radio is a central source of news -- and platform for citizens' opinions. The inspiration for the tool came from projects that use social media to identify citizens' concerns -- for instance, what concerns people have about an immunization drive, or how often they suffer power outages. But at the Global Pulse lab in Kampala, Uganda, social media analysis wouldn't work, says lab manager Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis -- especially if the U.N. wanted to listen to rural voices.


Police Stop Ends In Black Man's Death; Aftermath Is Live-Streamed On Facebook

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A screengrab from the live video feed that was posted by a woman whose boyfriend was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Wednesday. A screengrab from the live video feed that was posted by a woman whose boyfriend was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Wednesday. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds -- who uses the name Lavish Reynolds online -- began streaming video to Facebook from the car in which she'd been riding with Castile and her 4-year-old daughter. As MPR reports, "The Falcon Heights shooting comes just weeks after federal authorities declined to pursue charges against two Minneapolis officers in the Nov. 15 police shooting death of Jamar Clark.