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As Affordable Care Act Repeal Teeters, Prospects for Bipartisanship Build

While he presses Republicans to get behind his bill for undoing Obamacare, Senator Mitch McConnell is also raising the specter of bringing Democrats into Senate health care talks.

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Kurt Cobain, a New Player in the Art-Fair World

A Hollywood agency will bring two of Cobain’s paintings to his hometown for the Seattle Art Fair.

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New AI tools could help customer service reps get to your complaints faster

If you're a customer service rep sick of dealing with an endless inbox of complaints to sift through, you might finally have some relief on deck. The complaints will still likely be endless, but Salesforce is rolling out some new AI tools for its third-party developers to help make its customer relationship management (CRM) platform even smarter and identify PR fires to put out before they have the chance to start.   The new tools, which harness Salesforce's in-house AI, Einstein, will give developers the ability to add features like natural language processing and image recognition to their apps for the CRM service. There are three new services available: Einstein Sentiment, Einstein Intent, and Einstein Object Detection.  Read more...More about Einstein, Salesforce, Crm, Tech, and Artificial Intelligence

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Just being able to see our smartphones might be draining our brain power

Let's face it — some of us are living deep in the trenches of smartphone addiction. Whether it's by constantly checking social media networks, reading push alerts, or responding to texts, we spend more time than ever on our phone. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that, according to a new study from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, our brain power is significantly reduced when we are near our smartphones. SEE ALSO: Want to stop being connected 24/7? Try this 'dumbphone' The study is titled "Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One's Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity" and the study suggests that — as the title states — our proximity to our smartphone reduces our brain power.  Read more...More about Smartphones, University Of Texas At Austin, Mccombs School Of Business, Cognitive Ability, and Brain Drain

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Sports of The Times: Zen Phil Is Gone, but All Is Not Lost for Knicks

The Knicks’ landscape is not as hopeless as it may seem, but the future requires years of rebuilding without interference.

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You can now make your own Snapchat filters without leaving the app

Snapchat is making it even easier to make your own custom geofilter.  The app just added its geofilter creation tools to its main app so you can design and buy a filter without ever closing the app. Previously, you could only make filters on Snapchat's website. SEE ALSO: Snapchat maps can figure out what you're doing and it's either cool or creepy Beginning Wednesday, you can create the "on-demand geofilters" from within Snapchat's settings. There, you can find pre-made templates for events like weddings, birthdays, graduations, and baby showers, as well as seasonal events like the Fourth of July or "Summer Vibes." Read more...More about Tech, Snapchat, Apps And Software, Tech, and Consumer Tech

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Somebody beat Nintendo and made a mini SNES out of an old SNES cartridge

The Super NES Classic Edition is going to be a hot item this year, but one inventive creator beat Nintendo to the punch with their own SNES emulator.  SEE ALSO: Super NES Classic is real and it's out in September Yesterday, a Redditor shared a Frankenstein SNES creation with the world: an SNES emulator installed inside of an old SNES cartridge. The tiny computer inside that cartridge was made using a Raspberry Pi board and was loaded up with an SNES emulator, complete with a few classic SNES games like Super Metroid and Super Mario World. If you're looking at that Super Metroid cartridge and worried that some monster destroyed it, don't worry, the engineer just printed out a Super Metroid label and slapped it on a copy of some SNES hockey game. Read more...More about Tech, Gaming, Nintendo, Raspberry Pi, and Snes

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Philippine Military Says 17 Mutilated Civilian Bodies Found in Marawi

The grisly discovery comes as troops struggle to retake the city from Islamist militants, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to between 150 and 200 fighters.

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California Today: California Today: The Fight Over Single Payer

Wednesday: Single-payer politics, the growing problem of bee hive thievery and why Jay Leno still does stand-up.

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iPhone 2020: What the iPhone of the future will look like

If we asked you to close your eyes and describe an iPhone, the image in your head would be pretty clear.It would probably look something like this: It’s a rectangle with rounded corners, with another rectangle — the display — on the front, a circular home button below the screen, a few more buttons on the left and right sides and maybe the top, and a charging port on the bottom.There have so far been 15 different iPhone models, and they all fit that description. Some people might look at the iPhone’s relatively static design over the years and think Apple has stopped innovating. But if you take even the most cursory look at the power, features, and components of the original 2G iPhone and compare them to today's iPhone 7, it's hard to take that point of view seriously. Like all of Apple’s products, each new iPhone evolves on the progress of its predecessors. Read more...More about Tech, Apple, Iphone, Ios, and Iphone 2020

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