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AI asked to create an image of what death looks like

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Aug 8, 2022 5:25 AM CDT

An artificial intelligence has been asked to create an image of what death looks like, and the results are simply stunning.

The artificial intelligence (AI) that was asked to create the images seen in the above video is called MidJourney, which was created by David Holtz, co-founder of Leap Motion, and is currently run by a small self-funded team that has several well-known advisors such as Jim Keller, known for his work at AMD, Apple, Tesla, and Intel, Nat Friedman, the CEO of Github, and Bill Warner, the founder of Avid Technology and inventor of nonlinear video editing.

MidJourney is an incredible piece of technology, and it recently went into open beta, which means anyone can try it by simply heading over to its dedicated Discord server. Users can enter "/imagine", followed by a text prompt of what they want the AI to produce. Users have been testing the AI's capabilities by entering descriptive words such as HD, hyper-realistic, 4K, wallpaper, and more. All of which work perfectly.

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Major Twitter flaw exposes millions of celebrity and company accounts

Jak Connor | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 8, 2022 2:38 AM CDT

Twitter has been discovered to have a major flaw that has reportedly exposed account data of millions of users, including celebrities and companies.

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A cybersecurity expert that goes by the name Zhirinovskiy took to the HackerOne forum in January to report a vulnerability within Twitter's login pipeline. According to the report, the vulnerability was a gaping hole within the platform's cybersecurity, and just within a few days, Zhirinovskiy was able to successfully infiltrate and discover Twitter accounts linked to specific numbers and email addresses. Zhirinovskiy explained that a malicious party could easily find an individual's Twitter account with a phone number or email address.

Zhirinovskiy contacted Twitter support about the security flaw, which was found in Twitter's Android app, and was rewarded a $5,040 bug bounty for the discovery. A patch was rolled out that fixed the major issue, but according to Restore Privacy, it was already too late as a malicious individual that uses the username "devil" had already exploited the flaw and scraped 5,485,636 Twitter accounts. The swath of data was then thrown onto the dark web hacking community forum 'Breached Forums', where the lister claimed that the data included users that "range from Celebrities to Companies, randoms, OGs, etc."

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1,000 people trapped after historic flash flooding takes out roads

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 8, 2022 2:13 AM CDT

About 1,000 people have been left trapped after historic flash flooding submerged roads leading in and out of Death Valley National Park.

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Reports indicate that 500 staffers and 500 visitors of the Death Valley National Park have been left stranded, with CNN reporting that some individuals have managed to find ways out of the park despite the mass flooding. Notably, at least 60 vehicles have been left in the dirt and debris, with Death Valley officials writing in a Facebook post that conditions have lessened, allowing for repair crews and authorities to work on fixing the roads and escorting individuals out of the park.

So, what caused all this destruction? A historic storm battered the region, with officials writing that Death Valley experienced 75% of its annual rainfall in just 24 hours. Notably, Death Valley gets about two inches of rain every year, with the 24-hour record being 1.47 inches. Over the weekend, the Furnace Creek region got 1.46 inches of rainfall.

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NASA's Mars rover hits incredible milestone as it unlocks Mars secrets

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 8, 2022 1:33 AM CDT

NASA successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars on August 6, 2012, and since then, it has been exploring the Gale Crater to answer one big question.

NASA sent the now-seasoned rover to the Red Planet to answer a simple yet difficult question - did Mars have all the ingredients to support life? According to Curiosity's Deputy Project Scientist Abigail Fraeman, after 10 years of being on the planet and streams of data acquired by Curiosity, researchers can definitively say that Mars did have ingredients to support life.

Notably, NASA only expected to get about two years out of Curiosity, meaning the rover has more than surpassed its mission requirements and still, to this day, continues to explore the Martian surface. Being stationed on the Red Planet for the past 10 years has caused some damage to the rover, with its wheels taking most of the beating as it traverses Mars' rocky terrain. So far, Curiosity has sent back 3,102 gigabytes of data and drilled 35 samples.

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Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO to a 'public debate' over a big issue

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 8, 2022 1:04 AM CDT

Elon Musk has issued a challenge to the CEO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal, for a "public debate" regarding the number of bots on the platform.

The issue of the number of bots on Twitter has been the cornerstone of Musk's offer to purchase the company for $44 billion being withdrawn, which resulted in lawsuits being filed from both teams. Now, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has taken to Twitter to issue a challenge to Agrawal, with Musk writing that "I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage".

The challenge from Musk came after he replied to a Twitter thread that supported his legal case against Twitter as the billionaire wrote that "If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they're confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms". If Twitter provides its method for getting its estimate of less than 5% of Twitter's daily accounts are fake or spam, and it's proven to be accurate, Musk says the deal will go forward as its SEC filing would then be accurate.

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North Korean hackers are using never-before-seen tools to hack Gmail

Jak Connor | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 8, 2022 12:51 AM CDT

North Korea has stepped up its hacking game as cybersecurity firms drop warning about new never-before-seen malware that infects Gmail accounts.

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According to reports, cybersecurity firm Volexity has detected North Korean hackers using simple browser extensions to gain access to individuals' Gmail accounts. The cybersecurity firm has warned that the malware is different from the usual "spear phishing" techniques that would require users to agree to download infected software, as the new malware is capable of downloading itself on an individual's PC without the user even knowing its happening.

Volexity wrote to Ars Technica and said that the malware is called SharpTounge and that it's currently only affecting Windows users. However, the cybersecurity firms President Steven Adair has warned that there is a big possibility of macOS and Linux users also being targeted. Reports indicate that the North Korean state likely backs the hacking group and that it targets users in the US, Europe, and South Korea who are working on topics involving North Korea.

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Surprise asteroid wider than two football fields approaches Earth

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 8, 2022 12:07 AM CDT

An asteroid that was only discovered at the end of last month by astronomers has made its approach to Earth, confirms officials.

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The asteroid recently dubbed 2022 OE2 was discovered on July 26, and according to astronomers' estimates, the space rock is approximately the size of two American football fields - between 557 and 1,246 feet wide. If this asteroid was to collide with Earth, officials have estimated it would release more energy than approximately 1,000 nuclear bombs. However, that won't happen as NASA has confirmed that its trajectory won't put it on a collision course with our little blue planet.

Officials have measured 2022 OE2 and found that it will pass Earth at about 3.2 million miles, which is about 13 times the average distance between the Earth and the moon. 2022 OE2 safely zoomed past Earth on August 4. If you are wondering if Earth is due to be impacted by any large asteroids of this caliber, fear not, as NASA is tracking thousands of space rocks such as 2022 OE2, and according to the space agency, there isn't a cataclysmic asteroid that its aware of due to impact Earth for at least the next 100 years.

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Intel Core i9-13900K at 5.8GHz: up to 54% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 7, 2022 11:33 PM CDT

Intel's new flagship 13th Gen Core "Rocket Lake" CPU is in the news again, with a new Geekbench run seeing the new Rocket Lake flagship CPU boosting up to 5.8GHz, and smashing AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X in the process.

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The Core i9-13900K has a maximum frequency of 5520MHz according to the Geekbench results, but the CPU actually boosted up to 5790MHz at its peak, while sitting at around 5.7GHz for the most part. We don't know if this is automatic or manual overclocking, but we should see close to and over 6.0GHz with high-end AIO coolers and 6.0GHz+ under exotic cooling setups: think custom loop, LN2 cooling, and some much higher power numbers.

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the new Intel Core i9-13900K hits a huge 2314 points in the single-core run of Geekbench 5, and 26464 in multi-core.

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Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro 27: all-in-one PC, 100Hz display, Intel Arc A370M

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Aug 7, 2022 11:06 PM CDT

Lenovo has just announced the world's first all-in-one PC that uses an Intel Arc GPU, with the introduction of the Xiaoxin Pro 27.

The new Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro 27 is an all-in-one (AIO) PC that packs Intel's latest 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPU as well as an Intel Arc A-Series GPU in the form of the Arc A370M. Lenovo is making a 23.8-inch and 27-inch version, both with a native 2560x1440 resolution and smooth 100Hz refresh rate.

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Lenovo is also baking in dual 5W speakers from JBL and a 2.5K resolution camera. The Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro 27 AIO system can be configured with either an Intel Arc A370M graphics card or NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. Gaming-wise, Lenovo is saying that its new AIO system can handle something like League of Legends (running at 1440p) at 152FPS, CS:GO (running at 1440p) at 110FPS, and World of Tanks (running at 1080p) at 142FPS.

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Acer's new pre-built PC packs an Intel Arc A380 graphics card

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Aug 7, 2022 10:35 PM CDT

Acer's new Nitro N50-640 pre-built gaming PC has been announced: packing the Intel 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPU and some mid-range GPU offerings, one of which includes the Intel Arc A380 graphics card.

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French retailer Boulanger has been the first in Europe to list the Acer Nitro N50-640 pre-built gaming PC, and while we've got this listing in early-August, we won't see the Acer Nitro N50-640 gaming PC not shipping until at least October 8... two months from now.

Inside, the Acer Nitro PC packs an Intel Core i5-12400F processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and 500GB of SSD storage... in total we're looking at a rather high $950+ price tag. You can get the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card inside of the Acer Nitro N50-640 system, for a bigger $1500 price (but you'll get the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity here, too.

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