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Swing and a miss: Why Virtual Reality Is Striking Out With Sports Fans

People of the world, we have been deceived. The sky isn’t filled with flying cars, we can’t plug into the Matrix (unless I’m already in it), and despite lofty promises, VR has done next to nothing to make watching sports any better. In the last few years, nearly every major sporting league dabbled in virtual reality, promising fans a better sports viewing experience than they get from “ordinary” TV. Watch boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady G...
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J.K. Rowling tweets the perfect advice for a new 'Harry Potter' reader

J.K. Rowling isn't just about burning trolls on Twitter. Image: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock By Sam Haysom 2017-10-23 09:54:14 UTC J.K. Rowling doesn't spend all her time on Twitter dishing out sick burns. When she's not busy roasting trolls , Donald Trump supporters , or Donald Trump himself , the Harry Potter author likes to take time out to give advice to her fans. Take Dan Snow and his daughter, for instance. On Sunday, the podcaster sha...
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When an AI Tries Writing Slashdot Headlines

For Slashdot's 20th anniversary, "What could be geekier than celebrating with the help of an open-source neural network?" Neural network hobbyist Janelle Shane has already used machine learning to generate names for paint colors , guinea pigs , heavy metal bands , and even craft beers , she explains on her blog. "Slashdot sent me a list of all the headlines they've ever run, over 162,000 in all, and asked me to train a neural network to try...
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JPMorgan reaches beyond its branches with new mobile account app

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In its first offering of online bank accounts, JPMorgan Chase & Co on Monday launched a new smartphone app that it hopes will attract new depositors, many of whom are young and may live far from any of its branch offices. FILE PHOTO: People pass the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Corporate headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo The app, named Finn by Chase, all...
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NBN Co has finally switched on the first Fibre to the Curb connection

The NBN rollout has reached a major proving point as the first Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) connection has been switched on, giving the company a chance to test its latest format in the Multi-Technology Mix (MTM) approach. NBN Co announced in a blog post that the first FTTC connection (also known as Fibre to the Distribution Point, FTTdP) has been activated at a single property on a trial basis, revealed in a post from June, 2017 to be in Cobur...
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Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop, existing customers get credit

Essential has an offer that’s honestly very hard to refuse: The price of the Essential Phone (PH-1, going by technical model number), is now $200 cheaper, so $499 off-contract and unlocked. That’s an amazing price for their debut smartphone, which remains my favorite in terms of straight up industrial design (and it has one of the best color-tuned displays in devices right now in my opinion). The Essential Phone went on sale just a few mont...
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You Can Play All Of The Evil Within 2's PC Version In First-Person

The Evil Within 2 is a much larger game than the first, featuring some new scares as well as a bigger playground to get terrified in. If walking around tense environments while waiting for a zombie to spot you isn't scary enough, however, and you have the PC version of the game, you can play it entirely in first-person. It will take some extremely light modding to make it work, though. As PC Gamer details , if you right-click the game in yo...
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Oliver Cabell raises $1.2 million to slip into the shoe business

Oliver Cabell , a Los Angeles-based startup selling bags and other accessories, has raised $1.2 million to slip into the shoe business. The company’s high end canvas and leather bags caused a bit of a stir around TechCrunch’s offices a few years ago (we were too busy using the bags to review them) — and now the company’s ready to try on footwear to see how the new product line will fit. With the new cash, raised from an undisclosed angel in...
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How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much)

There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered app. Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff . I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a combination of the reasons above, I’ve almost completely quit Facebook over the past three weeks. No surprise, I have been much happier for it. Whatever your reasons, if you want to quit Face...
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Say "Bye-Bye" To Bad Pie With These Easy Fixes

Welcome back to Sunday Sustenance! As we have discussed before , apple season is finally here, just in time for me to get obsessed with pie making. However, it turns out that, while I am very enthusiastic, I am not “good” at making pies, and have seen a very wide gamut of failures over the last two months. Overcooked and cracked crusts, soggy bottoms, burnt edges, apple soup inside a crust—I’ve been there. And this isn’t as isolated as you’...
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