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Baidu team banned from AI competition after breaking rules

Baidu team banned from AI competition after breaking rules

Back in May, the Imagenet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC) announced that one of the teams that were participating had circumvented the rules that allow only two evaluations of the test set per week. At the time the people running the challenge didn’t announce which team had broken the rules. That has now changed with the ILSVRC team announcing that the team from Chinese firm Baidu has been banned from the competition.

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Planetside 2 online shooter launches June 23

Planetside 2 online shooter launches June 23

Sony had a decent online shooter back in the day called Planetside. This game first landed back when there weren't many massive online shooters for PC gamers to choose from. If you were a fan of that game Sony has announced that Planetside 2 will be coming to the PS4 on June 23 in Europe and North America. The original Planetside game was for the PC.

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BMW unveils all-new X1 SUV packing 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder

BMW unveils all-new X1 SUV packing 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder

BMW has announced the all-new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, which is another name for a small SUV. The car is a 2016 model year and will come to the US exclusively at launch in a single form called the BMW X1 xDrive28i. That car will pack a 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder engine making 228hp. That might not sound like a lot of power by today's standards, but it makes the 2016 X1 the most powerful car in its class.

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Nextbook Flexx Windows tablets offer 11.6 and 10.1-inch sizes

Nextbook Flexx Windows tablets offer 11.6 and 10.1-inch sizes

E Fun has unveiled some new tablets for mobile users that are looking for a tablet that has lightweight portability with a removable keyboard for easy typing. The new machines are the Nextbook Flexx 11 and the Flexx 10 and both are 2-in-1 tablets with keyboards that can be removed when not needed. With the keyboard attached, they are notebook-like in their performance.

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Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

The last major announcement from Tesla was last month when it unveiled its Powerwall batteries for home energy storage. The idea is that the battery can store power from the electrical grid when power is cheaper and then feed that juice back into the home in an outage or when rates are at their highest. Mercedes isn’t going to allow Tesla to get all the home battery market and has thrown its hat into the ring.

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Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

A new website has popped up that shows Microsoft intends to rebrand its Skype WiFi service to Microsoft WiFi. Skype WiFi is a service that makes it easier for people to connect to public hotspots as they go about their day to help save on data plan usage and reduce phone bills. The rebranding has been tipped by a website that has been pushed live, but Microsoft hasn’t said anything official about the change just yet.

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Nokia 105 and 105 Dual SIM aim at first time phone users

Nokia 105 and 105 Dual SIM aim at first time phone users

Nokia has rolled out a new mobile phone that is about as far from the typical new smartphone we talk about as you can get. The new phone is called the Nokia 105 and it comes in a Dual SIM version. The Nokia 105 is aimed directly at people in parts of the world where it's hard or impossible to afford a smartphone that costs hundreds of dollar to purchase.

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ESA Mars Explorer images shows effects of wind on Mars

ESA Mars Explorer images shows effects of wind on Mars

We all see the effect of the wind here on Earth every day. Winds can be mild breezes that shake the leaves up to gales that can topple trees and destroy homes. On Mars, the winds can be much the same as they are here on Earth and the ESA has released a new image that shows a bit of what the wind on Mars does to the surface of the red planet.

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