MTailor (YC S14) Is Looking for a Business, Operations and Supply Chain Analyst

... | May 22 @ 00:26

Job DescriptionThe Business, Operations and Supply Chain Analyst will report directly to the CEO and be the US point person on MTailor’s Bangladesh operations. MTailor is the first easy and accessible way to experience the luxury of custom clothing. DescriptionAbout MTailorMTailor sells custom clothing by measuring you with your phone's camera. Since custom clothing at scale is new and has a different structure vs. typical off-the-rack clothing, you will often have to think from first principles and design new procedures from scratch. Custom dress shirts start at $69, custom suits at $499 and custom jeans at $79.

Amazon to launch a new app store with tools for its two million sellers

... | May 22 @ 00:20

Called the Marketplace Appstore, it will feature apps made using Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) by Amazon and third-party developers screened by the company. Amazon is launching new app store with tools created specifically to help its sellers manage their inventory and orders. There are now about two million sellers on Amazon, including more than a million small to medium-sized businesses in the United States. According to a report by CNET, the Marketplace Appstore launches to sellers today. Amazon MWS is an integrated web service API that allows sellers to share data about their inventory, orders and logistics with Amazon in order to automate more tasks.

Ask HN: What is good business advice for independent mobile app developers?

... | May 21 @ 23:50

Sony's smaller, cheaper Digital Paper tablet reaches the US

... | May 21 @ 23:21

As it is, both Digital Paper variants will receive some welcome upgrades on May 30th. If you want to use Sony's slate as a part of your professional workflow, it should be a little easier going forward. There's a new mobile app for Android and iOS to help shuttle documents to the device. The company hasn't committed to an official release date, although Amazon lists the CP1 as arriving on June 21st (we'd take that with a grain of salt until Sony says otherwise). You'll get screen capture and video output modes for sharing your work with a larger crowd, support for smart forms (including interactive PDFs), a page jump feature, view panning, automatic page rotation and a thumbnail viewing mode to survey files at a glance.

HTC website leaks new flagship phone

... | May 21 @ 22:39

A testing subdomain on HTC’s website, spotted by Roland Quandt, has confirmed the already-leaked specs and design of HTC’s next flagship phone, while also giving us an indication of its price. Priced at 5,888 yuan in China (roughly $920) with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the U12 Plus appears poised to compete against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Apple’s iPhone X, and Huawei’s P20 Pro. The U12 Plus is also set to have Boomsound speakers, IP68-rated water and dust resistance, a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 2TB, a 3,500mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 845 processor beating at its heart. That doesn’t leave much for HTC to reveal at its launch on Wednesday. The testing website has quickly been pulled down, so HTC has at least been quick to correct its mistake, though the images, price, and spec confirmation have all made their way out into public knowledge already.

Is Information in the Brain Represented in Continuous or Discrete Form?

... | May 21 @ 22:32

Edmunds Tesla Model 3 Long-Term Road Test Update for April

... | May 21 @ 22:19

Where we drove our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3 in April is a bit less relevant than what happened while we were driving it. 2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for April 2018by Travis Langness, Staff WriterWhere Did We Drive It? That is so NOT the case with the Tesla Model 3. Early adopters who could spend six figures on a car such as the Model S might've given Tesla a bit of extra leeway. Maintenance and UpkeepBased on many issues we had early in the month, we took the Model 3 in for service.

Trump reportedly ignores ‘inconvenient’ security rules to keep tweeting on his iPhone

... | May 21 @ 22:05

Obviously we’ve known for some time that Trump has an iPhone that he uses Twitter on; his tweets are all tagged as coming from Twitter for iPhone. President Trump has been ignoring White House protocols meant to keep his phones secure, according to a report this evening in Politico. It’s not clear if the camera and mic are still present on the phone the president uses for Twitter. At one point, it says the president uses “at least” two phones, suggesting their could be more. Trump’s phones do, at least, have their GPS disabled, according to the report.

Comcast’s mesh Wi-Fi system, xFi Pods, launches nationwide

... | May 21 @ 22:00

The Comcast xFi pods can be bought from its own website, the xFi app and in some Xfinity retail stores. While Plume technology is a component of the new pods, they are not Plume devices, Comcast tells TechCrunch. More importantly, perhaps, is that Comcast’s system is different from the pods featured in earlier reviews. The company said that it would launch its own xFi pods that pair with Comcast’s gateways to its own customers as a result of that deal. The launch follows Comcast’s announcement last year that it was investing in the mesh router maker Plume, which offers plug-in “pods” that help extend Wi-Fi signals.

Comcast’s mesh Wi-Fi extender pods are now available

... | May 21 @ 22:00

Comcast has launched new Xfinity xFi Pods, which are mesh Wi-Fi extenders meant to combat dead zones in homes. The xFi Pods come in three-packs for $119 and six-packs for $199, which doesn’t include shipping and handling. The xFi Pods are supposed to keep checking Wi-Fi connections in the house and monitor their own performance. They’ll be available in select Xfinity retail stores, from the xFi app, and on the website. They are small pods that can be plugged into an outlet and paired with the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway.

Comcast is now selling mesh WiFi 'pods' to its internet customers

... | May 21 @ 22:00

That means the potential number of customers who'd benefit from isn't exactly massive, but it does help Comcast position Xfinity as a one-stop solution for all WiFi customers, regardless of how big their house might be. Schaefer also admits that mesh WiFi networks is a bit of a niche product for its customer base. To use the new Pods, you'll need to be running one of the newer Xfinity home "Gateway" routers, something that Comcast says the majority of its customers (15 million of the total 26 million internet subscribers) have in their homes. But Comcast will also make it easy for new customers to determine if they'd benefit from Pods during the setup process; the xFi app can also help users figure out extending their network would be useful. Assuming that's the case, setup should be a breeze: Plug the pods in where you need better coverage, open the xFi WiFi app on your iPhone or Android device and then follow the on-screen directions.

After Meltdown and Spectre, Another Scary Chip Flaw Emerges

... | May 21 @ 21:54

Some systems, particularly browsers, already have some protection against Speculative Store Bypass attacks just from the initial Meltdown and Spectre patches. Microsoft says it began researching SSB in November, after Spectre and Meltdown were already being researched, but before the flaws were publicly disclosed in January. Some Meltdown and Spectre updates caused real problems for businesses and consumers. At the beginning of the year, everyone was talking about processor vulnerabilities called "Meltdown" and "Spectre" that potentially exposed data in everything from servers and desktops to tablets and smartphones. At the same time, though, a larger concern was also looming: Spectre and Meltdown represented a whole new class of attack, and researchers anticipated they would eventually discover other, similar flaws.

What's on TV: 'The Matrix' 4K, Michelle Wolf and 'Detroit: Become Human'

... | May 21 @ 21:48

Netflix drops in WHCD comedian Michelle Wolf with a new weekly show Sunday morning, after releasing a new Tig Notaro special. This week the NBA and NHL playoffs get ready to jump to their final rounds, but the big release is an old one: The Matrix in 4K on Ultra HD Blu-ray and streaming. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). For gamers, on PS4 we have two notable additions, as the free H1Z1 beta gives it a console battle royale exclusive to match Xbox One's PUBG, and David Cage's Detroit: Become Human arrives.

Is Sleeping with Your Baby as Dangerous as Doctors Say?

... | May 21 @ 21:47

Guidance For Safe Sleep And Bed-Sharing Parents should never sleep with a baby if they use drugs, drink or smoke. Suffocation can also happen when babies sleep on sofas because babies can be trapped between a parent and the cushions. The baby also hears the mom's breathing, which has a rhythm similar to the sounds the baby heard in the womb. So her baby's risk of SIDS is tiny, even when Nichols sleeps with the baby. toggle caption Cristina Spanò for NPR./Sources for statistics: BMJ Study On Bed-Sharing (SIDS); NOAA (lightning); CDC (drowning and car accident); NIH (peanut allergy)Instinct and tradition, but is it safe?

“Play, don’t show”: How VR storytelling compares to movies

... | May 21 @ 21:30

To do that look at your constraints, make them advantages and present the audience a great world, a message, and, of course, a question. It’s a very different trend from traditional triple-A games, however I feel it’s a critical lesson and learning for great design and storytelling. With that though, people often say games, movies, animation, TV, and VR are opposing mediums. In my experience, designing for VR feels more like designing a ride a theme park or immersive theater where the participant is anonymous than designing a traditional triple-A game. Finally, the last lesson I’d like to share is what I feel are three things I feel every great story has.

An Ebola Vaccine Gets Its First Real-World Test

... | May 21 @ 21:27

Beginning Monday, health care workers and other people on the front lines of the outbreak will receive a recombinant Ebola vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV. By the time the West Africa outbreak began, researchers were working on nearly a dozen different approaches to an Ebola vaccine. That’s good news, but it’ll only work if WHO, MSF, and Congo’s health care teams identify the right people to vaccinate. Serafini says, the vaccine will stay fresh for a few days at up to 8 degrees, so the health care workers have a little latitude. The health care workers that went through this and gained intellectual capital are able to share it.”Though the rules are a little different this time.

Tesla Expands Its Model 3 Offerings—At a Steep Price

... | May 21 @ 21:26

Offering the high-end variants of the Model 3 now means buyers waiting for the $35,000 car are less likely to benefit from the government’s largesse. (Most reviews, including WIRED’s, have praised the car’s performance and handling. So is the performance version of the car, with extra-blistering acceleration, starting at $78,000. With a larger battery and premium upgrades, that version starts at $56,000, well north of the much-touted $35,000 base price. )Now that Tesla seems to finally be emerging from “production hell”, Musk took to Twitter this weekend to reveal a series of new options for prospective Model 3 owners.

The lava striking the sea is gorgeous — and can be deadly

... | May 21 @ 21:15

“So the lava is boiling the sea, but the sea is also cooling the lava,” he says. Most people have left the area because of the lava, Poland says. Made out of hydrochloric acid, steam, and shards of volcanic glass, the gas is hazardous to anyone who breathes it. The white laze plume is the site of ocean entry. Lava spilling off the southeastern edge of the island of Hawaii is producing a noxious haze where it hits the seawater.

Epic Games will pump $100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions

... | May 21 @ 21:08

The company announced the investment in a short blog post:In the 2018 – 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. Epic Games doesn’t want the party to stop. The gaming company announced today that it plans to funnel $100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions for the “2018-2019 season,” a move which will undoubtedly drive talent and enthusiasm to the battle royale title. Unlike a lot of popular eSports titles, Fortnite is available across a pretty wide variety of platforms beyond just the PC, with console and mobile flavors also available. Epic hasn’t released much in the way of usage numbers lately, but the game hit 2 million concurrent players in January and it has undoubtedly surged in popularity since then.

On Folk Epistemology: How We Think and Talk about Knowledge

... | May 21 @ 20:58

Some slogans that represent Gerken's metaphilosophical perspective include "Our folk epistemological practices should inform epistemology but folk epistemology should not rule epistemology" (p. 3) and "Epistemology without folk epistemology is empty. Folk epistemology without epistemology is biased" (p. 294). This carefully crafted book will raise the level of discussion and theorizing about folk epistemology going forward. In addition to developing a broad methodological approach for thinking about the empirical study of folk epistemology, Gerken also defends a variety of specific theses in epistemology. Yet these ideas have not been fully developed and applied to the empirical study of folk epistemology until now.

Amazon is in talks to resurrect 'The Expanse'

... | May 21 @ 20:31

Amazon has the on-demand streaming rights to The Expanse in North America. If Amazon picks up The Expanse, the series might have a considerably better home than it did on conventional TV. Amazon is potentially a good fit, though, and not just because Expanse fans have been campaigning for a deal. However, its arch-nemesis Netflix offers the show beyond North America and New Zealand. The internet behemoth has been pushing for blockbuster shows, and a well-received sci-fi series might just do the job.

Don’t expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

... | May 21 @ 20:30

Canonical, the company best known for its Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a path to an IPO. That meant killing projects like the Ubuntu Phone (which Shuttleworth said was “painful,”) as well as the Unity desktop environment. The stuff that really matters is computers, virtual machines, virtual disks, virtual networks. Thanks to Ubuntu Core and its Snap system, it has all the tools in place, including a lightweight management layer. But don’t expect that IPO to happen this year.

Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

... | May 21 @ 20:27

While this problem is at large, it’s no good changing your password — Comcast will just provide any malicious actor the new one. Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. What will likely happen is Comcast will issue a notice and ask users to change their router passwords at large. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the Wi-Fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity internet activation service. So until further notice all of Comcast’s Xfinity customers with routers provided by the company are at risk.

R. Kelly is still doing just fine on Spotify

... | May 21 @ 20:25

We demand investigations into R. Kelly’s abuse allegations made by women of color + their families for two decades. Before the policy change on May 10th, his music received an average of 6,584,000 streams per week on Spotify; in the week after the announcement it received 6,676,000 streams. Despite a new Spotify policy on hateful content or conduct that removed R. Kelly’s music from the service’s official playlists, the musician’s streaming numbers have been unaffected, according to The Associated Press. #MuteRKelly #TIMESUP #WOC — Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 30, 2018After Spotify decided to deemphasize Kelly by not actively promoting him on their playlists, Apple Music and Pandora followed suit. Kelly’s music was originally blacklisted from the curated playlists created by Spotify — but not from the service itself — because of the numerous allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation leveled against him over the years.

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

... | May 21 @ 20:24

Aharonov’s approach is called the two-state-vector formalism (TSVF) of quantum mechanics, and postulates quantum events are in some sense determined by quantum states not just in the past—but also in the future. “It’s generally accepted that the TSVF is mathematically equivalent to standard quantum mechanics,” says David Wallace, a philosopher of science at the University of Southern California who specializes in interpretations of quantum mechanics. This is what makes quantum mechanics so diabolical.”For decades researchers have stalled at this apparent impasse. That is, the TSVF assumes quantum mechanics works the same way both forward and backward in time. Elitzur agrees their experiment could have been conceived using the conventional view of quantum mechanics that prevailed decades ago—but it never was.

Uizard raises funds for its AI that turns design mockups into source code

... | May 21 @ 20:21

The traditional software development from front-end design to front-end html/css development to working code is expensive, time-consuming, tedious and repetitive. Uizard’s computer vision and AI platform claims to be able to automatically turn design mockups — and this could be on the back of napkin — into source code that developers can plug into their backend code. What if you could just turn wireframes straight into code and then devote your time to the more complex aspects of a build? When you’re trying to build apps, there is a very tedious point where you have to stare at a wireframe and then laboriously turn it into code. But most approaches to solving this problem have been more complex than they need to be.

Intel details fourth Spectre-style CPU security flaw

... | May 21 @ 19:51

There won't be a permanent solution (complete immunity to the flaws, rather than mitigation) for Spectre-like exploits until Intel and its competitors release updated chips. Like earlier vulnerabilities, the new issue affects most modern chip architectures, including many of Intel's CPUs from the past few years. The good news: many of the same patches for earlier Spectre and Meltdown variants should mitigate against Variant 4. The industry hasn't really had such universal hardware-related flaws before, and it's not clear where they end. There is the potential for new exploits, however, so Intel and partners (including PC makers and operating system vendors) are releasing BIOS and software fixes in the "coming weeks.

Apple’s Siri will get a brand new voice and more at WWDC

... | May 21 @ 19:32

Users with compatible devices can ask Siri to tell them about this year’s event, it responds:La la la, Siri is getting a brand new voice. According to the virtual assistant, it’s getting a brand new voice and another smart speaker. Apple’s Siri today began leaking information about the upcoming WWDC event. What’s the meaning of this: It looks like Apple is turning to Siri to generate some buzz for the upcoming WWDC event. And – if we can start our own rumor – maybe the “la la la” portion of Siri’s response indicates it too will have a famous singer voicing it like John Legend will for Google Assistant.

Microsoft spells out its plans for Semantic Machines

... | May 21 @ 19:32

Recent advances from Microsoft and Semantic Machines’ work in multiturn dialogue may also help the Cortana company keep up with evolving assistants from competitors. How Semantic Machines will help developers make voice appsWhereas today Cortana voice apps or skills are created using the Azure Bot Service or Microsoft Bot Framework, in the future, when Semantic Machines tech is integrated into Microsoft products, developers will be able to teach voice apps to function by learning from example. Conversational AI centerA Microsoft spokesperson declined to share the financial terms of the deal, but they did say it acquired Semantic Machines for both its technology and its team. Microsoft announced Sunday it acquired conversational AI startup Semantic Machines, a company whose staff includes former Siri chief scientist Larry Gillick and researchers such as Percy Liang, who helped create Google Assistant. That gives the company a presence both near Boston and in Berkeley, close to many researchers with expertise in advanced dialogue and conversational AI.

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