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Day: June 19, 2023

Day: June 19, 2023

Parallel Domain’s API lets customers use generative AI to build synthetic datasets

Parallel Domain is putting the ability to generate synthetic datasets into the hands of its customers. The San Francisco-based startup has launched a new API called Data Lab that stands on the shoulders of generative AI giants, giving machine-learning engineers control over dynamic virtual worlds to simulate any scenario imaginable.  “All you have to do is you go to GitHub, you install the API, and then you can start writing Python code that generates datasets,” Kevin McNamara, founder and CEO of Parallel Domain, told TechCrunch. Data Lab allows engineers to generate objects that weren’t previously available in the startup’s asset

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Reddit communities adopt alternative forms of protest as the company threats action on moderators

Multiple subreddits are adopting alternative methods of protesting like publishing only one kind of post, changing the topic in focus, and days when the community turns private. A lot of these communities took part in the Reddit blackout from June 12-14 to rally against Reddit’s API rule changes, which could effectively kill a lot of third-party apps. As the company — and its CEO Steve Huffman — decided not to make any changes, subreddits started thinking about going dark indefinitely. However, Reddit pointed out that moderators must keep the community open. Plus, they can’t decide that their community should go dark

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What happens to the smaller VC firms in a more conservative market?

Smaller venture funds are finding a way to manage in the midst of a conservative market. As with all bear markets, the appetite for risk drops, and although emerging fund managers are often noted to outperform their more established counterparts, some limited partners are weary of bringing on new venture partners. Instead, they retreat to their trusted, established partners. For some emerging managers, this means the market will become tougher to penetrate. For those with funds that are focused on backing diverse founders who are already working with less capital, the drawback is often the difference between another round or

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India’s Byju’s to cut up to 1,000 more jobs

Byju’s is cutting 500 to 1,000 more jobs at the firm, this time eliminating several non-sales roles as well, as the Indian edtech giant pushes to improve its finances, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, which has cut over 3,000 jobs in the past one year, declined to comment. The new wave of layoff is aimed at improving the finances at the firm as it pushes to become profitable, the person familiar with the matter said, requesting anonymity discussing nonpublic matters. Byju’s, valued at $22 billion, is the most valuable Indian startup. The firm, which

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Radiant is a no-frills iOS client for Mastodon

While platforms like Reddit and Twitter are changing rules and making life difficult for developers of third-party clients, the ecosystem of Mastodon apps is still growing. Today, indie developer Jake Nelson released a simple iOS app called Radiant, which focuses on simple and functional design. Other clients, such as Ivory, Mammoth, and Woolly are made by developers who had popular Twitter clients before the Elon Musk platform ostracized them. However, Nelson had no social media app in his development portfolio. He has released various apps like a cookie blocker for Safari, a barcode scanner app to store them in a

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The best E Ink tablets for 2023

I’ve been a notebook person for most of my life. I’ve had dozens of notebooks over the years that served as repositories for to-do lists, story ideas, messages jotted down during meetings and everything in between. But at a certain point in my adult life, I turned away from physical notebooks because it became easier to save all of those things digitally in various apps that were always available to me on my phone. I sacrificed tactile satisfaction for digital convenience, and a small part of me mourns for all of the half-filled notebooks I left in my wake. For

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Apple Watch Series 8 is back on sale for $329

This is a good moment to get an Apple smartwatch if you’re more concerned about price than anything else. Amazon is once more selling the Apple Watch Series 8 with a 41mm case and GPS for $329, or a steep $70 discount that’s very nearly a record low. This applies to all but the Product Red color, and you’ll also see bargains for cellular and 45mm models. The Apple Watch Series 8 may be an iterative update, but it remains our favorite overall smartwatch. You can expect brisk performance, an exceptional display, solid fitness tracking and robust health features that

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Samsung brings its self-repair program to the UK

Samsung has announced that its self-repair program is now available in the UK and other European countries, after launching in the US last year. Users will be able to access tools and parts needed to fix supported devices, namely the Galaxy S20, S21 and S22 smartphones, along with the Galaxy Book Pro regular and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops. “Samsung is working to extend the lifecycle of our devices to encourage users to experience the optimised performance of their Galaxy device for as long as possible,” said Samsung’s president and Head of Mobile eXperience, TM Roh. “We are committed to

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The best smart scales for 2023

Data is a useful tool in any battle, especially if you’re opting to wage war against your waistline in an attempt to be healthier. Back in 2007, I bought a dirt-cheap scale and drew my own graph sheets in order to chart my weight’s downward progress after a rough year at university. I think that while 2007 me wouldn’t be pleased with my own fitness journey, he would love the fact that the process is entirely automated, and affordable. Consequently, allow me to take you (and him) on a journey to pick the best smart scale to help you on

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Even galaxies recycle

Enlarge / A quasar ejects a jet of material into intergalactic space. (credit: J. A. Biretta et al., Hubble Heritage Team) On Earth, recycling signs are everywhere, urging us to save our planet while we still can. In space, some galaxies apparently recycle without any signs to remind them. At least one galaxy isn’t letting materials that could form potential stars go to waste. An international team of scientists led by astronomers Shiwu Zhang and Zheng Cai of Tsinghua University in China has found evidence that an enormous galaxy within an even larger nebula called MAMMOTH-1 is drawing in material

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