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Two leaders in the field of artificial intelligence have announced that they’re open-sourcing their AI platforms.

After investing in building rich simulated environments to serve as laboratories for AI research, Google’s DeepMind Lab on Saturday said it would open the platform for the broader research community’s use.

DeepMind has been using its AI lab for some time, and it has “only barely scratched the surface of what is possible” in it, noted team members Charlie Beattie, Joel Leibo, Stig Petersen and Shane Legg in an online post.

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Wine is well known to Linux and Mac users for opening up the possibility of running Windows software on their preferred operating system. The self-referentially-named software (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is due for a new release in the next few weeks, but the hoped-for Windows-on-Android support is not yet there.

That said, it is in the pipeline. Wine developers are working on integrating the existing CrossOver Android software into the open source Windows API. This will allow for Windows software to run in Android, but it won’t make it into the up-coming Wine 2.0, and there are limitations.

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Chromium is an open-source web browser developed and maintained by The Chromium Project. The git rolling release web browser was first introduced in 2008 and its different parts are released under different free software licenses which include BSD License (for the portion written by Google) and MIT License, LGPL, etc for other portions.

Google Chrome, also released in 2008, is a proprietary web browser developed and maintained by Google.

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Audiophiles who want to listen to the highest quality audio streaming from Apple Music and iTunes Radio from the Music app when on the go can enable an optional high quality streaming option in iOS Music settings.

While this improves the sound quality and bitrate of the songs you listen to over cellular connections, the obvious downside is that Music streaming will use more cellular data, so this is a feature perhaps best limited to iPhone users with unlimited data plans, or those who don’t care about their cellular phone bill for whatever reason.

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Today security company Symantec, best known for its consumer anti-virus programs, spent $2.3 billion on a company called LifeLock. LifeLock is a so-called “identity protection” provider that is supposed to help alert its subscribers to odd activity on their accounts.

The idea is that if your credit card number is stolen or your identity is used by someone else, LifeLock will alert you of the bogus activity and keep it from harming your credit score or life. That sounds awesome, but the company has been marred in controversy and lawsuits over the years.

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Back in September, Apple announced plans to start removing outdated apps from the App Store, promising to eliminate apps that are non-functional, not compatible with recent versions of iOS, or that do not adhere to current review guidelines.

According to data app analytics firm Sensor Tower shared with TechCrunch, Apple has made good on that promise. In October of 2016, the number of apps removed from the App Store increased by 238 percent, with Apple purging a total of 47,300 apps throughout the month.

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It has been recently known that the much-awaited video calling feature has arrived on the instant messaging platform WhatsApp. Other messaging apps including Messenger and the recently launched Google Duo already have the video calling functionality. In this article we have mentioned the steps by which you can try the WhatsApp video calling feature which is currently in the beta testing stage.

We tried this method on Android devices. You must backup your WhatsApp data before making any changes. Here are the steps to enable video calling in WhatsApp instant messenger.

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Apple Mail isn’t exactly the greatest email app out there, but it’s serviceable and gets the job done for most people. That said, one common problem is slowness, which App Factor suggests fixing by cleaning up the mail database now and again.

This is a pretty old trick, but it’s useful nonetheless. The idea is to vacuum up the indexing system, which in turn significantly improves Mail’s speed. You can do this manually from the command line (the command varies based on which version of macOS you’re running), but it’s much easier to set up an Automator action that runs every time you close Mail.

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Apple over the past two days has started approving Mac App Store apps that have been updated with Touch Bar support on the new MacBook Pro.

One of the first Touch Bar apps is OmniGraffle 7, a popular vector drawing tool for designing graphics and diagrams. After updating to version 7.2, users will have access to text controls when editing labels, for example, or manipulation controls when working with shapes. Without anything selected on the canvas on the main screen, the Touch Bar can be used to add shape, a stencil, or an image.

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