This Piano-Playing Computer Makes Me Feel Less Lonely But Also Really Weird Inside

This Piano-Playing Computer Makes Me Feel Less Lonely But Also Really Weird Inside

Most people, with the exception of those who live beneath the subway grates and Ted Cruz, don’t like to be alone for too long. We need — nay, crave — the attention of others. When that attention comes from an intelligent piano-playing machine, however, shit gets weird. A.I. Duet, a new experiment from Google, does just this. It’s pretty simple: Open up the web player, play a few notes on your keyboard, and wait for your strange new robot friend to respond with its own music. It’s like jamming, if…

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Why unlimited data is making a comeback

Why unlimited data is making a comeback

Unlimited data is the hot new thing … again. It’s been almost five years since the last of the great unlimited data plans died out and left just a few calcifying tendrils of grandfather access for those willing to live the remainder of their days on 3G phones. People were upset when AT&T and Verizon ended those plans, even if few ever used their monthly allotment of 2G of data. Most, however, realized how awesome unlimited would have been in the age of 4G LTE. Obviously, carriers realized how not…

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Human Wearing Chimp Suit Chased Around Zoo in the Name of Safety

Human Wearing Chimp Suit Chased Around Zoo in the Name of Safety

It was only a drill. Staff at the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo recently chased an unlucky coworker dressed in a droopy chimpanzee suit during an escaped animal drill. Eventually, the zookeepers shot at the costumed human with a tranquilizer gun, loaded the poor guy into a truck, and hopefully, paid for all the beers at happy hour. This seems like a cruel tradition, although it remains unclear whether the tranquilizer gun was loaded or not. (News reports offer conflicting accounts.) Regardless, you should definitely watch the video of the…

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Spotify has tapped an unexpected source to build you the perfect playlist

Spotify has tapped an unexpected source to build you the perfect playlist

Gloomy days really do mean gloomy music. Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Marissa Wenzke2017-02-08 03:28:08 UTC Spotify has tapped an unexpected source to cue up a perfect playlist for your day: the weather report.  Partnering with Accuweather, Spotify built Climatune, a website that generates playlists based on the weather in your location. The playlist-generator follows a yearlong research project that compared music streamed on Spotify to data compiled at 1,000 weather stations. Turns out, the weather seems to play a factor in the music you stream. “For almost all of the…

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Watch The New Top Gear Trailer: Evans Out, Reid and Harris In

Watch The New Top Gear Trailer: Evans Out, Reid and Harris In

The BBC has just released the trailer for the new series of Top Gear – the second since the departure of Clarkson, May and Hammond, and the first since Chris Evans also drove off into the night. In a skit set in the BBC insurance office, it appears that Evans’ departure has led to Rory Reid and Chris Harris receiving much deserved promotions, to sit alongside Le Blanc in the show’s driving seat. As you can see in the trailer, it appears that the next series will be much of…

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You can finally control YouTube videos playing on a TV from your iPhone's lock screen

You can finally control YouTube videos playing on a TV from your iPhone's lock screen

Image: MASHABLE ILLUSTRATION By Manish SinghIndia2017-02-02 09:47:17 UTC If you have an iPhone and use Chromecast streaming dongle a lot, you can now thank Google for finally bringing some peace to your life.  Users no longer have to go through the pain of unlocking their iPhone (or iPad, for that matter) every time they wanted to forward or rewind the YouTube video they are beaming on the TV.  The welcome feature comes as part of an update Google rolled out to YouTube on Thursday. Google isn’t limiting the new feature…

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Hackers Locked Every Room in This Hotel Until a Bitcoin Ransom Was Paid

Hackers Locked Every Room in This Hotel Until a Bitcoin Ransom Was Paid

As more and more things become connected to the internet, they all become more susceptible to hackers. So it should come as no surprise that even state-of-the-art hotel lock systems are now getting ransomed. Hackers recently penetrated the security system of a 4-star hotel in Austria, locking every room’s door from the outside. The doors were only unlocked after the hotel agreed to pay a ransom in Bitcoin. The £240 per night Seehotel Jaegerwirt hotel in Austria has been hit by several cyberattacks, but it became a true nightmare scenario…

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MashTalk: How Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm could affect future iPhones

MashTalk: How Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm could affect future iPhones

Image: mashable composite By Raymond Wong2017-01-27 17:51:50 UTC Apple’s suing another company again, and this time it’s not Samsung. On this week’s MashTalk, Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal, Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and yours truly chat about Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm and the latest iPhone 8 rumors.  We also have special guest, Tech Reporter Brett Williams, to explain why everyone should get laser eye surgery in case of the apocalypse. Consumers might not care as much over legal battles between tech giants, but Apple’s $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm could…

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So It's True: Apple is Releasing its Own 'Find My AirPods' 

So It's True: Apple is Releasing its Own 'Find My AirPods' 

Apple just released the first seed of iOS 10.3 to software developers this morning, and it packs in a bunch of new capabilities, one of which is the introduction of a new feature that helps you find misplaced AirPods. The feature is integrated into the Find My iPhone app, and for now it’s only unofficially nicknamed “Find my AirPods”. It will help you find misplaced AirPods within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices signed into iCloud. When you launch the app, you’ll be able to see the last…

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Watch the Women's March on Washington streamed in 360 degrees on Facebook

Watch the Women's March on Washington streamed in 360 degrees on Facebook

A crowd gathers at the Women’s March on Washington on Dec. 21 as a 360-degree camera streams the event. Image: RYOT via facebook  By Adario Strange2017-01-21 18:39:14 UTC The Women’s March on Washington is already proving to be a historic event, with the massive number of marchers from around the country far outpacing the attendance of Friday’s inauguration event in Washington, D.C.  And while there are still thousands of women (and men) streaming into the nation’s capital, there are many who for various reasons weren’t able to attend and are…

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What the Hell Happened to Mozilla and Firefox?

What the Hell Happened to Mozilla and Firefox?

Mozilla has a new logo, the latest step in the plan the company announced last year to rebrand itself in an effort to stay relevant despite plunging usage of its key product: the internet browser Firefox. Somewhere out there is a designer who still uses Adobe Pagemaker and is very proud of their work on this logo. And only a logo designer circa 1997 would have thought this was a good idea. Back when internet-based companies all insisted on including or alluding to their URL in the logo and name….

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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, will be arriving very soon. The pressure is on for the Korean electronics giant to deliver a flagship phone that not only improves on the specs of last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but also kicks the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ butt. Adding more features has always been Samsung’s approach with new flagships, but as the company is no doubt aware after the Galaxy Note7 literally burned out, everyone will be watching closely to see what new safety measures it includes…

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An Exhaustive Explanation of the Best Nerf Dart to Reach For in Battle

An Exhaustive Explanation of the Best Nerf Dart to Reach For in Battle

Some people take their Nerf dart blasters very seriously. There are entire leagues dedicated to running around and blasting fellow players with foam darts — essentially a less painful version of paintball. But what darts are worth arming yourself with? Nerf expert Frank Cooper breaks it down in this exhaustively comprehensive comparison video. Hasbro’s Nerf brand certainly makes a high-quality dart for its toy blasters, but they’re also more expensive than third-party alternatives. And when you’re planning to spend a few hours launching hundreds of darts at your friends, you…

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WeChat beats Google to the punch, releases apps that don't need downloading or installing

WeChat beats Google to the punch, releases apps that don't need downloading or installing

A jewelry buyer posting her latest goods on WeChat. Image: Ke yi/Imaginechina By Yi Shu Ng2017-01-10 09:30:34 UTC Click on a link in China’s top messaging app, WeChat, and you’ll be taken to a rich app-like experience, but without needing to download or install anything. Tencent, WeChat’s maker, on Monday released “mini programs” (Apple wouldn’t allow the word “app” to be used, it seems.) The new mini programs work within the messaging app, and the early crop at launch include a Prisma-like photo editing app, a Pomodoro Timer productivity app,…

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So Why Do Action Movies Make Actresses Fight Like This?

So Why Do Action Movies Make Actresses Fight Like This?

I’ll admit to being dumb and not noticing this before, but action movies seem to make all actresses do the same move during a fight scene: the ‘between-the-legs’ takedown. There’s different variations of it, of course, but the end result is almost always the same, someone ends up in between the action heroine’s legs, and it’s kind of weird how common it happens. This quick-hitting video from Dominick Nero for Fandor Keyframe shows fight scenes from various movies like Goldeneye, X-Men, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, a couple of the Fast…

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Super cute little Elmo robot wants to teach kids to code

Super cute little Elmo robot wants to teach kids to code

LAS VEGAS — Elmo’s coming to Sesame Street with a brand new set of wheels.  On Tuesday, WowWee showed off ELMOJI, its upcoming robotic collaboration with Sesame Workshop. It’s a teeny robot version of your favorite Sesame Street character, and its goal is to teach kids to code. ELMOJI works alongside an app that WeeWow says will teach young children the basic foundations of coding through cute, visual Elmo emojis. As kids work their way through games, Elmoji moves around, reacts to stimuli and encourages their progress. The ELMOJI and…

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The Best Fitness Trackers to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Resolutions

The Best Fitness Trackers to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Resolutions

A brand new year is upon us, and with it comes everyone attempting their own personal New Year’s resolutions. Lots of people tend to opt for the business of dieting or getting fit, and thankfully there is tech to help you out along the way. Particularly if physical fitness is your main end goal. Here are a few options you should take a look at if you want some help keeping track of your progress. Fitbit Charge 2, £110 Fitbit’s latest and best fitness tracker, complete with all the usual…

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2016: The year Facebook became the bad guy

2016: The year Facebook became the bad guy

Facebook numbs us.  It’s supposed to: As an app and social network, it offers an unending feed of comforting memories, photos from friends and updates from trusted brands. (“Not enjoying pooping at work?” Let Charmin help.) But we felt a little sting in 2016, when Facebook, despite its best efforts, became political — an institution with far more power than many of us once recognized. It was the bad guy in an era that felt like a dystopic movie. It plotted to expand its internet service empire, giving us a…

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