January 28, 2021

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Last month Nature published a damning response written by 31 scientists to a study from Google Health that had appeared in the journal earlier this year. Google was describing successful trials of an AI that looked for signs of breast cancer in medical images. But according to its critics, the Google team provided so little information about its code and how it was tested that the study amounted to nothing more than a promotion of proprietary tech.

“We couldn’t take it anymore,” says Benjamin Haibe-Kains, the lead author of the response, who studies computational genomics at the University of Toronto. “It’s not about this study in particular—it’s a trend we’ve been witnessing for multiple years now that has started to really bother us.”

Haibe-Kains and his colleagues are among a growing number of scientists pushing back against a perceived lack of transparency in AI research. “When we saw that paper … Read the rest


Activists protest a new Amazon warehouse in France in June 2020. | Pascal Guyot/AFP via Getty Images

The EU’s competition commission says the tech giant uses non-public data from its own merchants to compete against them unfairly.

The European Union announced antitrust charges against Amazon on Tuesday, alleging that the online retail giant has broken EU competition laws by using non-public data from the small-business merchants who stock its virtual shelves to compete against those same sellers.

Amazon’s use of seller data to compete against its own merchants has also been a focus of antitrust probes in the United States, both in Congress and at the Federal Trade Commission. Now the European Union has announced that it believes the tech giant’s data-mining practices in Germany and France have broken EU competition laws.

“We must ensure that dual role platforms with market power, such as Amazon, do not distort competition,” … Read the rest


Apple CEO Tim Cook with his MacBook (Credits: EPA)

Apple has revealed its first ever MacBook products running on its own processors.

Like the iPhone and the iPad, Apple has now shifted to in-house production for the beating heart of the MacBook rather than outsource to Intel.

The company claims the change will have a ‘profound effect’.

New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini were announced as the first to include the Apple M1 chip, as the company begins to transition away from Intel processors.

The move, which was first confirmed in the summer, will see Apple gradually introduce its own silicon to all its computers over the next few years, greatly improving performance, Apple claims.

During a virtual event to announce the new line-up, Apple boss Tim Cook said the change was a ‘huge leap forward’ for the Mac and that the M1 was ‘by … Read the rest


Nanoleaf’s latest smart lights are colorful, affordable, and the first to support Thread wireless connectivity.

What you need to know

  • Nanoleaf has launched the Essentials A19 Light Bulb and Lightstrip.
  • Latest Nanoleaf lights support millions of colors, Circadian Lighting, and Thread wireless connectivity.
  • Essential lights are available now exclusively at Apple Stores worldwide.

Nanoleaf has announced the release of two new smart lighting products, the Essentials A19 Light Bulb and Essentials Lightstrip. The latest Nanoleaf accessories provide affordable, colorful lighting options with a simple setup process that works with Apple’s HomeKit.

“As we continue to push the boundaries of what smart lighting can do, Essentials was the natural next step to ensure we’re meeting all the smart lighting needs of consumers, especially for everyday lighting now that we’re spending more time at home than ever before,” said Gimmy Chu, CEO and co-founder of Nanoleaf. “With Essentials, we’re making smart

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  • Xbox Live went down for about two hours on Xbox Series X|S launch day.
  • Microsoft didn’t say what caused the problem, but in the middle of the day on Tuesday, people were having trouble signing into Xbox Live and playing games.
  • In addition to Xbox Live, a few games had their own connectivity issues as well, including Destiny 2 and Rogue Company, but it’s unclear if these are related.

Launch day is always chaotic in the world of video games. Whether it’s a new title with online multiplayer or next-gen console that connects to the internet, something inevitably goes wrong, and that appears to be the case for Microsoft as it launches the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on Tuesday. Starting at around 1 p.m. ET, Xbox Live went down as the status page explained that an outage was affecting the core services of the platform.

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How do organizations best ensure a resilient cyber ecosystem–from assessing risk to implementing and managing controls to ensuring compliance internally and with external partners? Is it possible for defensive technologies to catch up and move ahead of attackers?  

Join us at CyberSecure, our inaugural virtual event on the business of cyber risk, to hear how smart companies are striking preemptively, and what emerging technologies are proven to support smart security. 

  • Best Practices to Mitigate Cyber Risk from the Front Lines 
    This session presents a compilation of tactics designed to mitigate cyber risk across the public and private sectors–from implementing security best practices in the White House to establishing a network of intelligence for a leading financial institution. 
    Featuring: Alissa Abdullah (Dr. Jay), Deputy Chief Security Officer, Mastercard 
  • Phishing, Phones, and the New Social Engineering Threat 
    How does spear phishing gain access to mobile devices, what makes them so vulnerable to attack, and what can be done about it?   
    Featuring: Aaron
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A supporter of President Trump at a Republican watch party in New Hudson, Michigan, on November 3. | Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

America’s polarization problem is bigger than we thought it would be.

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When Eli Pariser coined the term “filter bubble” a decade ago, he narrowly defined it to be a situation in which algorithms skew the variety of information we get online in favor of stuff we like. At the time, he worried that might lead to political polarization through less exposure to divergent viewpoints.

Ten years later, America is in the aftermath of a hyperpartisan presidential election in which people not only disagree with those on the other side, they actively hate them. Different parties are operating in what seem like different realities, with different sets of facts or at least completely different reactions to those facts. Social media seems to be making a bad situation … Read the rest


A study has found parents are increasingly concerned about their kids’ access to fake news (Credits: Getty Images/Hero Images)

A quarter of parents are concerned about their children being exposed to fake news but few are actually having a conversation about how to spot it, according to a survey.

More than a third (36%) of the 2,006 UK parents who took part in the research commissioned by online safety group Internet Matters said they are most worried about their children seeing misinformation about coronavirus.

This ranked higher than any other internet worries, such as hoax challenges (33%), terrorism (33%) and false medical and health-related advice, such as a cure for cancer (28%).

Despite this, only 16% have sat down with their children to discuss how to look out for fake news online.

Professor William Watkin, a fake news expert from Brunel University, said: ‘You can’t shield your child from the … Read the rest


Apple Music is trying to appeal more to generation Z.

What you need to know

  • Apple has launched new Apple Music playlists for Gen Z.
  • “Viral Hits” focuses on music that has become popular on social media.
  • They’ve also released playlists to help users find calm.

Reported by TechCrunch, Apple has launched ten new Apple Music playlists that are focused on the musical tastes of Gen Z. One, in particular, called Viral Hits, focuses on music that has become popular across social media apps like TikTok.

TikTok’s music-laden memes and trends today heavily influence what younger users are listening to. The app has also long-since proven its ability to break new artists and send tracks, both new and old, to the top of the streaming charts across Spotify and Apple Music, as well as the Billboard charts, at times. With the “Viral Hits” playlist, Apple will round-up the

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  • The early Black Friday 2020 sale is in full swing, with several retailers already hosting deals online.
  • Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target are already running pre-Black Friday sales promos that are available online and in stores, with more early Black Friday events to follow in the coming weeks.
  • Smaller retailers have either published their Black Friday discounts online, or the ad scans leaked ahead of time.

Black Friday shoppers have been ordering their favorite deals online for years, as most retailers adapted their holiday shopping experience to support and encourage online shopping. Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other retailers have increased the number of Black Friday online events in the past few years, looking to match Amazon’s reach. 2020 is no different in that regard, and some early Black Friday sales have already started. What’s different about this year is the novel coronavirus pandemic. That’s the biggest incentive to … Read the rest