'You Can't Take My Door', A Song Written By A Neural Network Trained On Country Hits

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This is ‘You Can’t Take My Door’, a country song written by a neural network that “was trained on all of country’s greatest hits.” The song was then edited, arranged and performed by humans, and this is the result (the music video was made entirely by a human). Is it a banger? Well it’s no ‘Truck Dog Beer Jean Boots’ or ‘Whiskey Bar Woman Fishin’ Hole,’ but I guess not all neural networks have what it takes to write Country Song Of The Millennium.

Keep going for the music video.

Source: Geekologie – ‘You Can’t Take My Door’, A Song Written By A Neural Network Trained On Country Hits

Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find

Among the many tidbits of wisdom that Elon Musk dropped at a Tesla company investor event on Monday was the revelation that Lidar, a laser-based scanning technology that images objects in 3D, was “friggin’ stupid,” and that “…anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed.” It seemed a grandiose claim given how many autonomous…

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Source: Gizmodo – Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find

iFixit: Samsung's Galaxy Fold is 'alarmingly fragile'

There’s been another teardown of the Galaxy Fold, and this one might help explain why Samsung decided to delay the phone’s launch. iFixit has conducted a part-by-part dissection that suggests the design is “alarmingly fragile,” particularly around th…

Source: Engadget – iFixit: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is ‘alarmingly fragile’

Tesla Model S And Model X Drivetrain Updates Boost Performance And Push EV Range To 375 Miles

Tesla Model S And Model X Drivetrain Updates Boost Performance And Push EV Range To 375 Miles
Range anxiety? What range anxiety? Just as traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) auto manufacturers are attempting to field their own entries into the luxury electric vehicle market, Tesla is moving the goal posts again. The company’s EVs already have greater range their new competitors (by a fair margin), and now drivetrain updates

Source: Hot Hardware – Tesla Model S And Model X Drivetrain Updates Boost Performance And Push EV Range To 375 Miles

Of Course Swift Wind Sees Everyone as Ponies in This Exclusive She-Ra Season 2 Clip

Swift Wind is the beautiful magic horsey we all need and deserve in our lives. But you have to wonder what the world looks like through his pristine, sparkling eyes. As we see in this exclusive look at the second season of Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Swift Wind doesn’t judge or discriminate. Good or…

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Source: io9 – Of Course Swift Wind Sees Everyone as Ponies in This Exclusive She-Ra Season 2 Clip

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Is a Flawed Start to Something Amazing

In a lot of ways, doing a traditional review of the $2,000 Samsung Galaxy Fold is pointless. Anyone who buys one isn’t doing so because it’s a good value or a sound purchasing decision. It’s not. They’re buying one because it’s new, innovative, and exciting. Besides, pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold have already sold…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Samsung Galaxy Fold Is a Flawed Start to Something Amazing

iFixit's Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Its Biggest Design Flaw

An anonymous reader shares a report: Following up on its post speculating on the possible causes of the various screen breakages we’ve seen on review units, iFixit’s teardown analysis seems to reveal a fundamental design tradeoff Samsung had to make — one that may have doomed the phone. It seems as though Samsung focused quite a bit on ensuring the mechanics of the hinge would be a sturdy and dependable mechanism for folding and unfolding a screen. Yet for whatever reason, the Galaxy Fold does not have enough protection against the ingress of debris. And because that screen is so incredibly delicate (as any OLED is if it’s not protected by something like Gorilla Glass), that was a significant risk.

We still can’t know the full reasoning behind Samsung’s decision to delay the launch of the phone, but this debris/bulge problem feels much more fundamental than the fact that the protective layer on the top looks like a screen protector that should be peeled off (but, again, should not be as that breaks the screen as well). The bulk of the rest of the reviewers who had broken screens tried to remove that layer — a natural inclination since the review unit packaging didn’t have any warning on it.

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Source: Slashdot – iFixit’s Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Its Biggest Design Flaw

Check Where You Can Travel Visa-Free With This Passport Ranking Site

As security concerns grow, visas are becoming more and more necessary when traveling out of the country. With the changing rules, knowing where you need a visa to travel to and where you don’t can be a bit challenging. Passport Index is a website that can help.

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Source: LifeHacker – Check Where You Can Travel Visa-Free With This Passport Ranking Site

Extensive Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Potential Source For Display Failures

Extensive Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Potential Source For Display Failures
The Galaxy Fold has been the subject of some controversy arising out of its design and the shape that it shipped in, both to preorder customers and reviewers. Simply put, Samsung’s folding phone has been breaking. In some cases, the wounds are self-inflicted, to an extent. But there does appear to be an actual design flaw, which a thorough

Source: Hot Hardware – Extensive Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Potential Source For Display Failures

Persona 5 The Royal Adds New Phantom Thief, Comes Stateside Next Year

After way too many teases, Atlus has revealed details about Persona 5 The Royal. The upgraded edition of the 2016 RPG hit will add a new party member and expand on social elements like confidants and city exploration.

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Source: Kotaku – Persona 5 The Royal Adds New Phantom Thief, Comes Stateside Next Year

Hands On with the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 6.6-inch OLED with No Notch and Popup Selfie Camera

There are two distinct lines of development in the modern high-end smartphone space: the move to full screen devices, and the premium feature that makes a user go ‘wow’. For the new OPPO Reno series of smartphones, it succeeds on both fronts: it has a no-notch front display, and in order to provide that selfie camera, it has a motorized pop-up camera that comes out of the top. The question is if it is enough to draw users into buying the smartphone.



Source: AnandTech – Hands On with the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 6.6-inch OLED with No Notch and Popup Selfie Camera

Meet the Botanists Who Climb the World's Tallest Trees

A decent level of physical fitness, a fondness for climbing, an intimate knowledge of giant old-growth tree species, and being handy with a crossbow: If you possess this most unusual of skill sets, then tree-climbing botanist may be the job you never realized you were born to do.

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Source: Gizmodo – Meet the Botanists Who Climb the World’s Tallest Trees

Every DIY Project Will Require Three Trips to the Hardware Store

Some of you are naturally hardwired to excel at do-it-yourself home improvement projects. You revel in the chaos that is tearing up carpet, building a shed or knocking down a wall to achieve that coveted “open concept” layout.

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Source: LifeHacker – Every DIY Project Will Require Three Trips to the Hardware Store

Ford invests $500 million in electric car startup Rivian

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Source: Ars Technica – Ford invests 0 million in electric car startup Rivian

Wild Rumors About a Surprising Major Cameo in The Rise of Skywalker

James Wan wants to bring Salem’s Lot to life. Director Rodney Rothman says the Spider-Verse animated world isn’t done with Olivia Octavius just yet. Get a beardy new look at Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch. Plus, what’s to come on The Flash. May the spoilers be with you!

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Source: Gizmodo – Wild Rumors About a Surprising Major Cameo in The Rise of Skywalker

Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update On PCs Using USB Or SD Storage

Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update On PCs Using USB Or SD Storage
If you have a Windows 10 PC that regularly has an SD card or USB drive installed, you’re probably going to run into issues when attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. In a new document that was posted to Microsoft’s support database, the software giant has identified a problem that actually has a pretty simple resolution.

“Inappropriate

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update On PCs Using USB Or SD Storage

Ford invests $500 million in Rivian to create an 'all-new' EV

It’s now patently clear why Rivian turned down GM’s exclusive investment — it wanted to remain open to other juicy deals. Ford has announced that it’s investing $500 million in Rivian, and is forming a “strategic partnership” to produce an “all-new…

Source: Engadget – Ford invests 0 million in Rivian to create an ‘all-new’ EV

Headlined by Idai, South Indian Ocean nears end of record hurricane season

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Source: Ars Technica – Headlined by Idai, South Indian Ocean nears end of record hurricane season

Electron qubit non-destructively read: silicon qubits may be better

Electron qubit non-destructively read: silicon qubits may be better

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I suspect that if you asked an engineer at Intel about quantum computing, they probably wouldn’t want to know about it unless the chips could be fabricated using standard fabrication technology. Using standard processes means using electrons as the basis for quantum computing.

Electrons are lovely in many respects, but they are rather extroverted. It doesn’t matter what you do, they will run off and play with the neighbors. The constantly interacting electron does not look after its quantum state, so quantum information is rapidly lost, making processing really difficult. This makes the achievement of a quantum non-demolition measurement in an electron system rather remarkable.

Don’t demolish my quantum state

So, what is a quantum non-demolition measurement? Let’s start with the quantum state of an electron. Electrons have a property called spin. For any given orientation (let’s choose vertical), the electron’s spin can take on two values: up and down. I can measure and set these states: I set the state to up and measure the state to be up, for instance. But, this is a quantum property, so we can also set the state to be some mixture of the two, say 50 percent up and 50 percent down. This is called quantum superposition.

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Source: Ars Technica – Electron qubit non-destructively read: silicon qubits may be better