NYC’s algorithm task force was ‘a waste,’ member says

New York City has released its long-awaited report on government algorithms, but not everyone is happy with the result. “This is a sad precedent.” In 2017, the city passed a local law to national fanfare. The legislation, Local Law 49, established a task force with the goal of examining how hidden algorithms oversee life in the city. Local More...

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By admin On Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Volkswagen’s ID Space Vizzion is an electric wagon that goes 300 miles

The newest addition to Volkswagen’s forthcoming lineup of electric vehicles was just revealed at the 2019 LA Auto Show, and it’s an EV wagon called ID Space Vizzion. Shown off in concept form only, VW is More...

By admin On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Google is putting an algorithmic audio news feed on its Assistant

Google is rolling out a new service for Google Assistant that it’s calling “Your News Update.” It takes the idea of an algorithmically determined news feed — the kind you get from Facebook or on Google’s More...

By admin On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Valve announces a new Half-Life game for VR: Half-Life Alyx

Two years and nine months after announcing it would build three (3) full-length VR games — a number that Valve Software has historically never been able to count to before, and one of the most exciting announcements More...

By admin On Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Oculus Link is out in beta now, so you can plug a Quest into your PC to play Rift games

Today, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus announced that Oculus Link, which lets you plug a standalone Quest headset into your gaming PC so you can play Oculus Rift games, is out now in beta. More...

By admin On Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Nintendo is adding paid memberships to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Nintendo plans to launch paid subscription memberships for its smartphone game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp later this week, according to an in-game news update. The company says one plan lets you “appoint More...

By admin On Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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The best wireless headphones to buy right now

True wireless earbuds are getting most of the spotlight these days, but there are always cases where tried-and-true over-ear wireless headphones are going to win out. Noise cancellation is one such advantage; More...

By admin On Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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Microsoft is killing off its Cortana app for iOS and Android in January

Microsoft has revealed that it’s planning to kill off its Cortana app for iOS and Android in January. The software maker has posted a new support article for Cortana users in the UK, Canada, and Australia More...

By admin On Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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New trailers: Sonic the Hedgehog, Harley Quinn, Invisible Man, and more

I watched The Lego Movie 2 a few weeks ago now that it’s finally streaming. The first one was an unexpectedly smart and hilarious take on what a Lego story can be, and this second one does a good job of keeping More...

By admin On Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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Disney+ will fix The Simpsons’ joke-destroying 16:9 aspect ratio starting in 2020

With the launch of Disney+ this week, many fans were excited to have easy access to all 30 seasons of The Simpsons — only to find to their chagrin that their original 4:3 aspect ratio had been discarded for More...