Samsung Galaxy Fold: Your Guide to the $2,000 Smartphone

Samsung wants to welcome you into the Fold–but it will cost you $2,000. Still, the buzz is strong for the company’s new high-priced Galaxy Fold folding smartphone, which goes on sale on April 26. The device, which Samsung unveiled in February, takes aim at conventional flat smartphones, like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s own Galaxy S10. Samsung has already stopped taking preorders online, saying the demand exceeded its initial supply. But it’s unclear whether that’s much of an accomplishment because the Korean conglomerate didn’t disclose how many Galaxy Folds it manufactured. Whatever the case, a number of technology news outlets published their generally positive reviews of the Fold on Monday. But… Read More

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Inside Arzeda’s synthetic biology lab, where industrial ingredients are brewed like beer

(GeekWire Photo / James Thorne) Alexandre Zanghellini can’t help but think about what makes up the world around him. Sitting in a conference room, Zanghellini considered the paint on the walls, the table, the window shades, the plastic chairs. It’s all oil. “The entire world is made from oil. We just don’t realize it,” he said. Zanghellini’s job, as the CEO of Seattle-based synthetic biology company Arzeda, is to reconsider how we make the basic molecules that go into anything and everything in the human world. And he has a bias for processes that use living organisms. “The tools of biology, proteins, are better at doing chemistry than chemists,” he… Read More

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Germany’s first criminal indictment in VW emissions scandal is ex-CEO Winterkorn

Enlarge / Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen Group CEO. (credit: Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images) On Monday, German prosecutors filed a criminal indictment against former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn for participating in the fraud that led to the diesel-emissions scandal that rocked the company in 2015. Four other managers were also indicted today, but their names were not released. In 2015, US officials accused VW Group of putting illegal software on diesel Audis, Volkswagens, and Porsches. The software would essentially kill the cars’ emissions-reduction systems during real-world driving to improve performance, but under laboratory conditions, the cars would pass emissions tests easily. Later, it was discovered that VW Group’s… Read More

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Autumn is coming: Expert says hype cycle will give way to ‘rich harvest’ of useful AI

Winter isn’t coming. At least not for the world of artificial intelligence. Jeff Bigham, program director of the Human-computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon, believes we’ll soon reap the bounties of an AI autumn instead. An AI winter is a period in which research and funding freeze up and it becomes difficult to break new ground. Since the inception of artificial intelligence technology in the 1940s there’s been several of these periods. The last decade has brought new hope for AI – and with it all the hyperbole the modern media can muster. AI is in the public’s eye on… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Get destroyed by OpenAI’s masterful Dota 2 bots this weekend

OpenAI achieved a historic milestone in the world of artificial intelligence this weekend when its Dota 2 system, called OpenAI Five, handily bested the strategy game’s world champion e-sports team, OG, in a best-of-three contest. Now, the AI research organization wants to let the public get a taste of what it’s like to play against a program that’s virtually trained for the equivalent of 45,000 years to play the game at the highest possible level. The company is calling the platform Arena, and it will be live for just three days starting Thursday, April 18th at 9PM ET. You can sign up here to get access, as OpenAI says it… Read More

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