Adobe Is Killing Contribute, Director, and Shockwave

Reader Krystalo writes: Adobe today announced Adobe Contribute and Adobe Director will no longer be for sale nor supported as of February 1, 2017. At the same time, Adobe is also stopping Shockwave for Mac updates and support on March 14, 2017 after the last release of the product. The reason Adobe gives for the death of Contribute and Director is simple: The company’s customers are embracing “the new features and efficiencies offered by Creative Cloud.” As for Shockwave, its content is made with Director, so the company is merely tying up loose ends. It’s about time.

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Massive networks of fake accounts found on Twitter

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The networks of fake accounts can be used to boost followers or post junk messages

Massive collections of fake accounts are lying dormant on Twitter, suggests research.The largest network ties together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggests others may be even bigger.UK researchers accidentally uncovered the lurking networks while probing Twitter to see how people use it. Some of the accounts have been used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics.On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run remotely by someone who automates the messages they send and activities they carry out. Some people pay to get bots to follow their account or to dilute chatter about controversial subjects.”It is difficult to assess exactly how many Twitter users are bots,” said graduate student Juan Echeverria, a computer scientist at UCL, who


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Linux Kernel 4.4.45 LTS Is Another Small Patch, Introduces ARM Improvements

 Softpedia: Just like the Linux 4.9.6 kernel, Linux kernel 4.4.45 LTS comes approximately one week after the release of the previous maintenance update of the series, namely Linux 4.4.44 LTS.


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TensorFlow 1.0.0-rc0 is available – with XLA, TF-DBG, Java API and more

Major Features and Improvements

XLA (experimental): initial release of XLA, a domain-specific compiler for TensorFlow graphs, that targets CPUs and GPUs.
TensorFlow Debugger (tfdbg): command-line interface and API.
New python 3 docker images added.
Made pip packages pypi compliant. TensorFlow can now be installed by pip
install tensorflow command.
Several python API calls have been changed to resemble NumPy more closely.
New (experimental) Java API.
Android: new person detection + tracking demo implementing “Scalable Object Detection using Deep Neural Networks” (with additional YOLO object detector support)
Android: new camera-based image stylization demo based on “A Learned Representation For Artistic Style”
Breaking Changes to the API

To help you upgrade your existing TensorFlow Python code to match the API changes below, we have prepared a conversion script.

TensorFlow/models have been moved to a separate github repository.
Division and modulus operators (/, //, %) now match Python (flooring)
semantics. This applies to tf.div and tf.mod as well. To obtain forced
integer truncation based behaviors you can use


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Stock Research Moves Past PDFs as Customers Demand More for Their Money

With investment firms cutting costs and portfolio managers combating a barrage of information, financial research shops around the globe are looking for new ways to keep their product relevant. From a report: A raft of startups have launched to support that effort, offering tools that can use Google search data to get an edge on retail sales, deploy drones to examine oil supplies or allow investors to rank analysts and bid on their reports, like a Netflix or eBay of research. Whether these innovations will lead to smarter investments, or be used widely enough to prop up research budgets, is yet to be seen. But the startups are forming alliances with banks, brokerages and investors by the dozen. People who use and sell the tools say the trend is changing how research is financed, distributed and consumed for the first time in decades. “We are coming up on a very


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Warning: most Android VPN apps are insecure

VPN software can be used to not only circumvent geoblocking, censorship and ISP blocks, but also to remain anonymous online. At least that’s the idea. If you’re an Android user who has a VPN app installed on your phone or tablet, the chances are that it is not safe. Research shows that the majority of VPN apps to be found in Google Play contain spyware or malware, leak data, or include tracking components. This is in stark contrast to what most people would expect from such apps, and users are warned to double-check the choice they have made. TorrentFreak shares… [Continue Reading]


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