AI2 scales up Semantic Scholar search engine to encompass biomedical research

AI2’s Marie Hagman drew upon person experience during her work on Semantic Scholar. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) The inspiration for the latest extension of the Semantic Scholar search engine, adding tens of millions of biomedical studies, may well have come from Marie Hagman’s aching stomach. As senior product manager at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, or AI2, Hagman played a key role in figuring out how to incorporate documents from PubMed and other biomedical databases in the academic search tool. She drew upon her personal experience from 15 years earlier, when she was a software engineer suffering from two stomach ulcers and gastritis. Her specialist gave her a… Read More

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A ‘People’s RFP’: Civic groups demand transparency and worker rights in Amazon HQ2 search

The view from inside an Amazon building in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) As the deadline for Amazon’s HQ2 request for proposals looms, the company is getting some blowback from community organizers around the country. Leaders of 73 labor, faith and community groups sent an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today demanding a “People’s RFP” process that requires Amazon to pay taxes and respect local labor and culture wherever it decides to establish its second corporate headquarters. The letter demands minimum standards for diversity, wages, and investment in local infrastructure in the city that wins HQ2. For example, signatories are asking Amazon to pay all taxes in… Read More

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Google Pixel 2 Review: So good, I almost don’t care about the headphone jack

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not phones I expected to be impressed by. Not after a year full of some of the most groundbreaking smartphones in recent memory, like the Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note8, the V30, and the OnePlus 5. Not after the iPhone X was announced to commemorate a decade-long legacy of revolutionizing the smartphone. Not after relentless leaks suggested the Pixel 2 would be little more than a stock Android take on rote 2017 specs. And especially not after Google removed the headphone jack. And yet here I am, ready to gush about the… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Steps you can take to help protect yourself from the next KRACK attack

So, by now, you’ve probably heard of the KRACK vulnerabilities and the announcement made through a website that credits Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet with the discovery. While, there is a lot of technical jargon, what is essentially happening with this vulnerability is that it gives people easy access to Wi-Fi networks through the core WPA2 protocol. Even the Wi-Fi based encryption is no match, and those with malicious intent have basically an open ledger to peruse at their leisure both a wealth of information and the ability to upload ransomware to devices on these networks. While this is mainly going… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Love Arduino? Then get lifetime access to fan hub Codebender for under $70

If you love Arduino and their host of multi-skill level electronics projects, then you’re probably also a big fan of Codebender, the web’s one-stop-shopping for all the coolest Arduino code, ideas, and discussion. Now, you can get a lifetime pass to Codebender, an over $1,200 value, for just $69 from TNW Deals. …read more Source:: The Next Web – Technology

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Magic Leap vets raise $3.5M for new virtual reality prototyping platform Torch

Torch 3D helps users design 3D prototypes in virtual and augmented reality. Photo via Torch 3D. Designing 3D concepts for virtual and augmented reality apps and programs can be a time-consuming process. Now two former Magic Leap engineers have come up with a way to help. Paul Reynolds. Photo via Torch 3D. Portland-based Torch 3D today announced a $3.5 million seed round led by The Venture Reality Fund and Silicon Valley Data Capital. Additional investors include Seven Peaks Ventures, GVR Fund, Presence Capital, Antipodean Ventures, Jerome Capital, and TWB Investment Partnership. Torch 3D builds software that helps users design 3D prototypes in virtual and augmented reality. It also provides a… Read More

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