Natalie Portman Will Miss The Oscars

There’s clearly something in the air in Hollywood — first Beyonce cancelled her Coachella gig, and now Natalie Portman’s skipping out on The Oscars — and it’s all because she’s about to pop. Portman, who’s nominated for best actress for her…
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From RFID implants to genital yogurt, Epicenter is the future’s awesomely odd office

Epicenter is part of a movement to build the office space of the future. For many Epicenter members, the goal isn’t just to kick back with yesteryear’s pleasures — it’s to push forward as early adopters of untested technology.
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Conversational AI and the road ahead

In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of so-called “intelligent” digital assistants being introduced on various devices. Although the technology behind these applications keeps getting better, there’s still a tendency for people to be disappointed by their capabilities — the expectation of “intelligence” is not being met. Read More
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Over 1,000 Games are in Development by ID@Xbox Devs

Microsoft created the ID@Xbox program to enable qualified game developers of all sizes to self-publish their digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live.
Having first been announced in August 2013, with the first batch of indie games released in 2014, ID@Xbox has assisted the publication of gaming gems including I Am Bread, Goat Simulator, Astroneer and INSIDE.
Yesterday, Director of ID@Xbox at Microsoft Chris Charla announced that more than 1,000 games are now under development by the program’s developers:
There are more than 1,000 games in development from @ID_Xbox developers. Pretty amazing! Excited to show off some new ones at GDC!
— Chris Charla (@iocat) February 24, 2017
A selection of the games in development will be featured by Microsoft at the Game Developers Conference 2017, to be held in San Francisco from February 27 to March 3.
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6 big unanswered questions as Tom Hardy’s Taboo comes to an end

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Playing favorites: Brain cells prefer one parent’s gene over the other’s

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions — one inherited from mom and one from dad — is treated the same. A new study shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders.
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BlackBerry KeyOne Hands On—BlackBerry wants $549 for mid-range device

Ron Amadeo
BARCELONA, Spain—Mobile World Congress is starting right now, and BlackBerry is the first out of the gate with a new phone. Remember the “BlackBerry Mercury” from CES? That phone is now the BlackBerry KeyOne, a mid-range QWERTY-bar phone.
The release of the KeyOne marks the end of BlackBerry’s days as a hardware manufacturer. While the KeyOne seems like it was designed by BlackBerry, from now on the hardware will be outsourced to TCL, a Chinese company that also owns the Alcatel brand. We’ve already seen the beginnings of this with the DTEK line, but the KeyOne looks like the last “BlackBerry” BlackBerry phone.
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Verizon’s unlimited advertising is confusing everyong

Verizon has rolled out a thorough ad campaign to go with its new unlimited data plan. As is normal these days, the ads focus on the pricing per line when you have four lines, which works out to $45 per line, plus taxes and fees.
Unfortunately for sales reps working in Verzion’s stores, wannabe customers don’t read the fine print.
Several Verizon retail sources have told BGR that customers are coming in “every hour” asking for “that $45 Unlimited plan,” just to be told that actually, it’s $80 plus taxes for the plan if there’s just one of you. I’m sure Verizon is happy that customers are excited by the pricing of its unlimited plan, but people wanting one line for $45 per month seems to be causing serious problems for the retail outlets. One employee said that “if I have to explain the bad math to one more customer, I’m going to go [around the city] and write ‘$80’ on every Verizon ad I can find.”
A poster on the Verizon subreddit echoed the comments:
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