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Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect

All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different. For what is ...

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A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can’t Do It All Yet

Yet the recent advances, while impressive, have been mainly in image recognition. The next frontier, researchers agree, is general visual knowledge — the development of algorithms that can understand not just objects, but also actions and behaviors. Computing intelligence often ...

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Bits: Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

Photo Marc Benioff, left, chief executive of Salesforce, talked with Matthew Panzarino, editor in chief of TechCrunch, at its Disrupt conference in San Francisco last week. Credit Beck Diefenbach/Reuters SAN FRANCISCO — This is the year artificial intelligence came into ...

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How Tech Companies Disrupted Silicon Valley’s Restaurant Scene

With razor-thin profit margins, restaurateurs find they can increase wages only so much. Paying a livable wage is a struggle in Palo Alto, where the average one-bedroom apartment rents for $ 2,800, the same as in New York City, according ...

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Spin Class Full? Feel the Burn From Your Living Room

Peloton isn’t the only company offering an alternative to boutique fitness classes and vying for a piece of the health club industry’s nearly $ 26 billion in revenue. Companies like Daily Burn, Qinetic and FitFusion offer members unlimited streaming video ...

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Bits: Farhad’s and Paul’s Week in Tech: Apple’s China Conundrum and Samsung’s Recall Conundrum

Paul: I do think the Chinese are still in love with the iPhone, but as with any relationship that goes on long enough, some of the thrill has gone. The main problem Apple is facing at the moment is a ...

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Want to Find Fulfillment at Last? Think Like a Designer

As self-actualization messengers, the two men are an odd couple. Mr. Burnett, 59, is a self-contained, acerbic, existential atheist with an earring, while Mr. Evans, 63, is an outgoing, verbose, practicing Christian with the gray beard of a philosopher. Both ...

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Inspired by the U.S., West Africans Wield Smartphones to Fight Police Abuse

So, just as in the United States and other places where social media has enabled protest, citizens who feel marginalized are using the videos to seek justice when law enforcement officers abuse their authority. “There is a general sense that ...

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Who’s Too Young for an App? Musical.ly Tests the Limits

This puts Musical.ly in a strange position. Websites and online service operators that target users under 13 must meet federal requirements regarding the collection and sharing of personal information, which is defined broadly to include names, photos or videos, or ...

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Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy

Video Snowden: ‘Being Patriotic Doesn’t Mean Simply Agreeing’ Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who lives in exile in Russia, in an interview with The New York Times in a Google Hangout, discussed his view of patriotism. Publish Date ...

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