Amazon Will Pay Developers With the Most Engaging Alexa Skills

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Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. From a report: Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations — like Google, Samsung, […]

Higher Minimum Wages Bring Automation and Job Losses, Study Suggests

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An anonymous reader shares a report via email: As of the start of the year, 19 U.S. states had raised minimum wages, dramatizing a long simmering debate: Do minimum wages kill jobs, and make the working class worse off in the end? Or do they simply make them a little richer, with little or no […]

New Work Suggests That P Is Not Equal To NP

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New submitter cccc828 writes: In a new paper Norbert Blum tackles the P=NP question and finds them to be not equal. While this is exciting news (for theoretical computer scientists at least), remember that there is a long list of findings pointing either way. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Sharing is Caring…

Ask Slashdot: Female Engineers, Could You Please Share Your Thoughts On the Google Memo

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Reader joshtops writes: The widely circulated memo written by software engineer James Damore has become the talking point across companies in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere. In an interesting take, The Economist on Tuesday argued with the scientific or otherwise assumptions made by Damore. I was wondering what female engineers — or females in other STEM […]

Apple Is Bringing a Billion Dollar Checkbook To Hollywood and Wants To Buy 10 TV Shows

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Apple is officially open for business in Hollywood. From a report: The company is telling content makers it wants to spend $1 billion on its own stuff over the next year. That’s music to studios’ ears, and a tune they have been expecting for some time — especially after Apple hired two top Sony TV […]

WordPress Bans Fascist Website Linked To Charlottesville Killer

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tedlistens writes: WordPress has said that it does not censor websites like that of self-proclaimed fascist group Vanguard America. But last night, the group’s site was taken offline for violating the company’s terms of service. The about-face was likely prompted by Vanguard’s participation in last weekend’s Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which […]

Energy Drinks May Trigger Future Substance Use, Says Study

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New research suggests persistent consumption of energy drinks may predispose young adults to substance use. “Investigators, led by Amelia M. Arria, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, found that college students who regularly drink highly caffeinated energy drinks were at increased risk for later use of alcohol, cocaine, or prescription stimulants,” […]

Google Allo For Chrome Finally Arrives, But Only For Android Users

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Google Allo, the chat app that arrived on the iPhone and Android devices last year, now has a web counterpart. Head of product for Allo and video chat app Duo, Amit Fulay, tweeted: “Allow for web is here! Try it on Chrome today. Get the latest Allo build on Android before giving it a spin.” […]

Scientists Finally Unlock the Recipe For Magic Mushrooms

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An anonymous reader writes: Aside from being a schedule 1 drug, scientists haven’t fully understood the chemistry behind how mushrooms produce the chemical psilocybin — until now. A new study may finally lay the groundwork for a medical-grade psilocybin patients can take. Gizmodo reports: “Living things make molecules through a series of chemical reactions, similar […]

Intel Officially Reveals Post-8th Generation Core Architecture Code Name: Ice Lake, Built On 10nm+

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Intel has confirmed the existence of a new processor family called Ice Lake that will be made on Intel’s 10nm+ process. The company published basic information on the Ice Lake architecture on their codename decoder. AnandTech reports: This is an unexpected development as the company has yet to formally detail (let alone launch) the first […]