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Google asks people with Down Syndrome to record their voices – New York Post

Google asks people with Down Syndrome to record their voices – New York Post

December 4, 2019 | 8:43pm Google is collecting voices of people with Down syndrome to develop more accurate voice recognition technology for those with the disorder. The initiative, called “Project Understood,” is a collaboration between the tech giant and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. “My daughter has a smaller mouth and a larger tongue. Picture…

Why people criticise Java: you can write great code but it’ll be 90% boilerplate

The sad truth is the better we get at writing code, the less fun it becomes. We learn about the SOLID principles, immutability, abstraction, composition, and maintainable code. But when we apply these techniques in a curly bracket language like Java or C#, it doesn't feel right. Pretty much all our code is boilerplate: we…

Linus: People should aim to make “badly written” code “just work”

[Posted March 31, 2009 by corbet] From:  Linus Torvalds To:  Kyle Moffett Subject:  Re: Linux 2.6.29 Date:  Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:40:23 -0700 (PDT)Message-ID:  Cc:  Jeff Garzik , Matthew Garrett , Theodore Tso , Christoph Hellwig , Jan Kara , Andrew Morton , Ingo Molnar , Alan Cox , Arjan van de Ven , Peter…
We asked, you told us: Most people think the Galaxy S11 line is hot – Android Authority

We asked, you told us: Most people think the Galaxy S11 line is hot...

I’ll be honest: I don’t love the look of the Samsung Galaxy S11, or the Galaxy S11 Plus, or the Galaxy S11e. Now, I don’t 100% know what the devices will end up looking like, but if the leaked CAD renders are anything to go by, the next Galaxy phones will have big rectangular camera…
How to play with people who are better than you

How to play with people who are better than you

This game is basically I Spy – but with a time limit. You’ll need a timer of some sort, and four coins or counters in front of each player.When you’re leading a round, choose something you can see and tell everyone what letter it starts with. The other players takes turns to guess what that…
It’s Not Just Poor White People Driving a Decline in Life Expectancy

It’s Not Just Poor White People Driving a Decline in Life Expectancy

A new study shows that death rates increased for middle-aged people of all racial and ethnic groups.A makeshift memorial in Philadelphia to drug overdose victims during a demonstration supporting supervised injection sites in September.Credit...Matt Rourke/Associated PressNov. 26, 2019As the life expectancy of Americans has declined over a period of three years — a drop driven…
Why some people are impossibly talented

Why some people are impossibly talented

If it weren’t for an actress and a pianist, GPS and WiFi might not exist. In the late 1930s and early 40s, Hedy Lamarr was already the toast of Hollywood, famed for her portrayals of femme fatales. Few of her contemporaries knew that her other great passion was inventing. (She had previously designed more streamlined…
1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

On October 16, 2019 Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered a wide-open Elasticsearch server containing an unprecedented 4 billion user accounts spanning more than 4 terabytes of data. A total count of unique people across all data sets reached more than 1.2 billion people, making this one of the largest data leaks from a single…

Some People Who Pre-Ordered Stadia Say They Still Can’t Access It – Kotaku

In June, Google made an enticing offer for its new streaming service, Stadia—anyone who pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition would be able to lock in the usernames of their choice before anyone else could. Now, however, some people who pre-ordered the service say they haven’t even gotten in. Instead, they still find themselves waiting for an…
Xbox: “People are using xCloud to create couch co-op” – GamesIndustry.biz

Xbox: “People are using xCloud to create couch co-op” – GamesIndustry.biz

I feel for the manager who had to get the budget for xCloud signed off.I can only imagine the answers to the chief financial officer's questions. How much money will it make? Not entirely sure. What's the business model? We're still working that out. What games will people play on it? Pass. Surely you know…

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Apple’s Tencent privacy controversy is more complicated than it looks

Late last week, privacy advocates warned that Apple was sending iOS user data to Chinese company Tencent, an alarming development for anyone who had taken the company’s privacy promises at face value. A note in iOS 13 mentioned that its Safari browser uses Tencent’s Safe Browsing system to help fight malicious webpages — but Tencent…
Black tide in Brazil

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