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Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

A new study has been published this week which suggests that artificial intelligence can now learn "human-level control." The team of researchers come from Google's DeepMind, where they're using Space Invaders - the video game - to show how the search for truly human artificial intelligence isn't too far off. The machine learns to play the video game, learns to win at the video game, and dominates all humans at the game they've created to help us defend our planet against the alien hordes.

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Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

Chrome has ‘Distill’ mode, like ‘Reader’ for Safari

One of the bright spots in Safari is the reader mode. Though you might not do a ton of reading via the browser, the ability to cut through the fog of advertising is handy at times. It’s a simple cleaning up process that makes a world of difference. According to a Google evangelist, Chrome is readying their reader option, too. If you’re interested in what Google has in store for a ‘reader’, a preview of it is already available, and it looks pretty sharp.

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HTC teases more than just a phone for MWC event

HTC teases more than just a phone for MWC event

All this dust-up over HTC’s new One handset seems to have no effect on the company. While you’d assume their leaked handset would annoy or anger them, they really don’t seem phased at all. In fact, their global communications boss says it’s small potatoes compared to the rest of what they’re ready to roll out. What that might be — nobody knows. We’ve all got suspicions, but HTC definitely has something up their sleeve for MWC this March. Any guesses?

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Android for Work: what is it?

Android for Work: what is it?

Today Google revealed their newest Android-based initiative: Android for Work. This system brings several work-related technology to the Android software universe for businesses of all kinds. Four key technology components are included: Google Play at Work, the Android for Work app, Work profiles, and built-in productivity tools of all kinds. This system is launching with a large collection of industrial technology partners that have Google scoring big with potential for business-related engagement through Android - this includes smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between.

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Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

As the travel booking game tightens up via acquisitions, Google is set to muscle their way in. Though Expedia and Travelocity are toeing the line, Google is also ready to get involved with Google Flights, a new Search item that finds you the best deal on your travel. Flights works as you might expect, too: put in your departure city, an arrival destination, and Flights will find you the best deal. Flights is also neat because you don’t even need to know where you’re headed.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

Google now lets you store 50,000 tracks in Play music

If you uploaded music to Play Music, but ran through the 20,000 song limit pretty quickly, we’ve got great news. Today, Google has upped the ante on Play Music’s song upload limit. Now, you can upload up to 50,000 tracks to Play Music, so music buffs (and former iTunes users) can now upload a much larger library. Best of all, this storage option costs you nothing — it’s 100% free, and doesn’t count against Drive or other Google-y cloud storage, like Gmail.

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Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

This morning Kickstarter was kicked in the pants by an unknown error resulting in a downtime of more than three (correction: two) hours. Check sites like "isitdownrightnow" have pinged the site with their servers and have reported real down time. This sort of situation suggests that the webpage is down due to a network problem or outage. This is not a scheduled maintenance time for Kickstarter, that's for certain. According to Kickstarter support, their developers "are still hard at work investigating the issue."

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HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

The HTC RE camera now has full streaming functionality for YouTube. This means you'll be able to set up the HTC RE camera to work with your phone or mobile data-connected tablet to stream video from the Re to YouTube on the web live. Live streaming videos do have some limits - 30 minutes and 480p - but are otherwise available for all devices that currently work with the HTC RE - again, just so long as they're connected to mobile data and not just Wi-Fi.

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Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

You've been working with a dumb lock on your door for long enough - so suggests the folks bringing the smart lock called "Sesame" to the public. This lock unlocks your door via your smartphone, and it does it without requiring you to take apart the lock your door already has. Sesame fits over the lock your door already has. This smart lock also provides several different ways to open your door, including a special knock combination you create and tap out yourself.

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