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Who will replace Jacob Zuma? The contenders for South Africa's next president Who will replace Jacob Zuma? The contenders for South Africa's next president
- December 17, 2017

Zuma said in his keynote conference address that the African National Congress's poor local election results past year "were a stark reminder that our people are not happy with the state of the ANC". In 1998, Dlamini-Zuma was criticised for suspending pilot trials on the use of anti-retrovirals to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, claiming they were "unaffordable". (more...)
Portis scores career-high 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109 Portis scores career-high 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109
- December 17, 2017

For Milwaukee , Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were excellent, combining for 58 points, but found little help from the rest of the team. The Bulls had a free throw rate of 0.151 (above their season average of 0.144) and had a turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 12.3). (more...)
Dustin Hoffman accused of harassment and sexual assault by five more women Dustin Hoffman accused of harassment and sexual assault by five more women
- December 16, 2017

The writer went on to accuse Hoffman of making suggestive comments to her while she reluctantly massaged his feet at his request. She claims Hoffman did the same thing to her. - Kathryn Rossetter was a young actress in 1983 when Hoffman hired her to play a prostitute in his acclaimed Broadway revival of " Death of a Salesman ". (more...)
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon will skim previous Earth on TOMORROW Asteroid 3200 Phaethon will skim previous Earth on TOMORROW
- December 16, 2017

The three-mile wide 3200 Phaethon's closest approach to Earth will take place December 16 at 6 p.m. EST. After all, 6.2 million miles isn't a lot in space terms. The asteroid will be visible for weeks, according to ABC News , but the best time to watch it is 6 PM ET on December 16. If humanity is wiped out at some point in the future, an asteroid strike certainly would be high on the list of probable causes. (more...)
Apple to buy Shazam
- December 16, 2017

However, this still has to be confirmed. The companies didn't disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday . "We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple ", Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. (more...)
Indiana Pacers to host 2021 NBA All-Star Game Indiana Pacers to host 2021 NBA All-Star Game
- December 16, 2017

In 1953, IN also hosted the third NBA All-Star Game when the West defeated the East 79-75 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum IN Fort Wayne. ESPN's National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski also tweeted the report. The NBA All-Star Game typically generates millions of dollars in revenue for host cities. This will be the first time IN has hosted the event since 1985. (more...)
Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices
- December 16, 2017

BitTorrent apps aren't exactly hard to come by on Google Play, particularly in comparison to the iTunes App Store. Once it's installed, the Assistant will appear as an app in Android's app drawer. "Today, we're adding Android 5.0 Lollipop to the mix, so even more users can get help from the Google Assistant". Google Maps Go App for Android Play Store is now accessible to download on Android Google Play Store. (more...)
Google's AI found two new exoplanets
- December 16, 2017

The Google Artificial Intelligence (AI) has set another benchmark by helping NASA discover two exoplanets , which include an eighth planet revolving around Kepler-90 , a distant star. While machine learning has previously been used in searches of the Kepler database, this research demonstrates that neural networks are a promising tool in finding some of the weakest signals of distant worlds. (more...)
Scientists use AI to discover an 8th planet orbiting a distant star Scientists use AI to discover an 8th planet orbiting a distant star
- December 16, 2017

The new finding is Kepler-90i, a small, hot, rocky planet with an orbital period of 14.4 days. In machine learning, AI is trained through artificial neural networks - somewhat replicating our brain's biological neural networks - to perform tasks like reading this article. (more...)
US FCC set to reverse net neutrality rules US FCC set to reverse net neutrality rules
- December 16, 2017

Thursday's 3-2 party-line vote , as Breitbart News' Sean Moran notes , will reclassify the Internet as an "information service", rolling back the FCC's 2015 net neutrality order , which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. Democrats in both the Senate and the House have said they'll submit Congressional Review Act resolutions, which allow the legislative branch to overturn new regulations, but so far most of the opposition to this has come from Democrats. (more...)
ARCore v1.0 release in 'the coming months', Project Tango support ending ARCore v1.0 release in 'the coming months', Project Tango support ending
- December 16, 2017

Tango support will cease March 1, 2018. However this does not mean that Google isn't pursuing AR tech anymore. Unlike Project Tango, it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones. However, neither phone was a particular sales sensation, and Tango failed to attract a huge number of developers. The company had already confirmed this much to us when they announced ARCore in August , but now we have an official timeline for Tango's demise. (more...)
ITunes for Microsoft Store Delayed to 2018 ITunes for Microsoft Store Delayed to 2018
- December 16, 2017

Windows users have long had access to iTunes, and the availability is as simple to get as going to Apple's website to download the software. Plus, Apple is only bringing the existing iTunes app for Windows to the Microsoft Store using Microsoft's Desktop App Bridge, so it's not too clear as to why the company is taking outrageously long to release the app. (more...)
Facebook just admitted that using Facebook can be bad for you Facebook just admitted that using Facebook can be bad for you
- December 16, 2017

Facebook has acknowledged that too much social media can be damaging to people's mental health . Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone's life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. (more...)
NASA finds distant star circled by eight planets NASA finds distant star circled by eight planets
- December 16, 2017

This suggests that there may be hidden worlds and solar systems in the data we have already collected but which we have not noticed because there are so many signals to be tracked. Compared with Kepler , TESS will use a similar transit method for observing planets when they pass in front of their parent stars. "We've come a long way in our understanding of planetary systems", said Jessie Dotson, Kepler's project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Northern California, which ... (more...)
Another 8-Planet Solar System Discovered 2500 Light Years Away Another 8-Planet Solar System Discovered 2500 Light Years Away
- December 16, 2017

These cycles are good indicators that a planet is orbiting the star, and based on the time it takes to dim and how quickly it brightens, information on length of orbit and size of the planet can be extrapolated. The discovery has also shown the crucial part played by machine-learning processes and neural networks in the search for exoplanets. The Kepler system is an nearly picture-perfect image of our own with inner rocky planets and outer gaseous giants, NASA have said, but its capacity ... (more...)
Signing Off: AOL Instant Messenger Officially Closes Down Signing Off: AOL Instant Messenger Officially Closes Down
- December 16, 2017

Eulogies poured in for AIM on Twitter, with users remembering old screen names and lamenting the passage of time. AOL doesn't give a direct reason for shutting down AIM. AOL has been hinting at AIM's discontinuation for some time, even pulling the service from third-party clients this past spring. Although its popularity dropped off a cliff during the later part of the last decade, AIM was incredibly popular in the United States during the late 90s to mid-2000s. (more...)
Watch The Historic SpaceX Reusable Rocket Launch Here Watch The Historic SpaceX Reusable Rocket Launch Here
- December 15, 2017

Meanwhile, the Dragon headed for the International Space Station (ISS). "We are incredibly excited to link the inspiration brought by "Star Wars" to our International Space Station, highlighting research that is happening right now in space", Gregory H. (more...)
Google Play Music Updated for iPhone X Google Play Music Updated for iPhone X
- December 15, 2017

The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple's HomeKit accessory line. Those who want to benefit from the newest iOS update can download it for free by going to the Settings app. This bug was responsible for giving unauthorised access in vulnerable circumstances. (more...)
Facebook's New Feature Will Help You Temporarily Avoid That One Friend Facebook's New Feature Will Help You Temporarily Avoid That One Friend
- December 16, 2017

The statement that unfriending them would make is just not worth the headache, and honestly, you love to see what they're up to, but you don't want to be inundated with that (pet, child, meal) every time you open up Facebook. You can also choose to end the snooze at any time. The post was entitled, " Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? . Facebook is rolling out the snooze option now, and based on my experience with the service, I'm sure a lot of you will find ... (more...)
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is coming in 2018 Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is coming in 2018
- December 15, 2017

After years of Adventure Time games that ranged from top-down action RPGs and free-to-play infinite runners, fans are finally getting an open-world game set in the world of Ooo. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion will be launching in spring of 2018 for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Pirates of the Enchiridion features an original story voiced by the show's cast, as well as tactical combat, 3D visuals matching the show's art style, and hero progression. (more...)