AI can detect COVID-19 by listening to your coughs

The AI is highly accurate in early tests. After the team trained its model on tens of thousands of cough and dialog samples, the technology recognized 98.5 percent of coughs from people with confirmed COVID-19 cases. It identified 100 percent of people who were ostensibly asymptomatic, too. There are clear limits. The technology isn’t meant…

Someone’s Leaked the Covid-19 Hospitalization Data That Trump’s Kept Under Wraps

Photo: John Moore (Getty Images) When the federal government put the Department of Health and Human Services in charge of hospital data aggregation instead of its subsidiary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, critics feared that the Trump administration might be trying to stifle news to keep the public in the dark about how…

Tesla’s updated Full Self-Driving beta needs fewer human interventions

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta is already making some significant (and arguably needed) strides forward. Electrek says the automaker has rolled out an update that, according to Elon Musk, should reduce the need for human intervention by about a third. He didn’t elaborate on what led to the improvements besides more real-world use, but that’s still…

You’re Not Hearing Things, Some Apple AirPods Pro Have Static and Crackling Issues

Apple launched a service program for AirPods Pro with crackling and static issues, among others.Photo: Adam Clark Estes If you’ve been hearing static or crackling sounds on your AirPods Pro, rest assured: You are sane. The sound issues are actually an Apple problem, and the company wants to fix them for you for free. Advertisement…

Joe Biden’s campaign has a ‘Fortnite’ island

If you’re running Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and want to make a last-minute push for the youth vote, what do you do? Set up a Fortnite island, apparently. Mashable reports (via Kotaku) that the Biden-Harris campaign has introduced a “Build Back Better with Biden” island map that aims to inform and motivate you through mini…

Intel’s Iris Xe Max dedicated graphics are now available in laptops

However, it might be more appealing beyond games. New Deep Link tech lets software split tasks between Intel’s integrated GPU on Tiger Lake-based PCs and the Iris Xe Max, sometimes delivering performance that would normally require a desktop video card. Intel is claiming twice the single-stream video encoding prowess of a GeForce RTX 2080 by…

9 Trump Quotes About Climate Change With Totally Random Photos

A man sits in the shade of his umbrella at the Dog Park under high tension power lines in Redondo Beach, California on Aug. 16, 2020. California ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2001 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system.Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP (Getty Images) “There is a cooling, and…

Nest thermostats in the US and Canada can now monitor your HVAC system

The latest Nest thermostat isn’t the only model that can tell you if something’s wrong with your HVAC system. Even older models will get the capability, now that the Google-owned brand has rolled out HVAC monitoring to all Nest thermostats across the US and parts of Canada. According to software engineers from the Nest team,…

This Is How Wuhan, China, Is Celebrating Halloween

Photo: Stringer (Getty Images) For those hoping to do traditional trick-or-treating, sorry to break it to you, but that’s a high-risk activity, per the CDC. The agency recommends people avoid these activities to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They also include: trunk-or-treating, crowded indoor costume parties, indoor haunted houses where people may be…