Cuba’s Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, state TV has announced.

It provided no further details.

Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing over the powers to his brother Raul in 2008.

His supporters praised him as a man who had given Cuba back to the people. But his opponents accused him of brutally suppressing opposition.

 

Has Hyperloop One bitten off more than it can chew?

We find out from co-founders Shervin Pishevar and Josh Giegel.

“I don’t want to be remembered as the guy that put a train in a tube” is the quote du jour from Hyperloop One’s Josh Giegel. Giegel and co-founder Shervin Pishevar have been showing off a revised vision for how the future of public transportation will operate that moves far beyond intercity travel. But does this level of futurism run the risk of alienating governments and regulators who just want a cheap alternative to high-speed rail? We sat down with the pair to ask them to justify their even more utopian vision for the future of travel.

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Tesla cars will get even quicker through a software update

Both the Model S and Model X will deliver added bragging rights.

Tesla isn’t done wringing every last drop of performance out of its electric cars, apparently. Elon Musk has revealed that a December software update will improve the off-the-line acceleration of both the Model S and Model X in their ultimate P100D trim levels when using their “Easter egg” (read: Ludicrous) modes. In both cases, it should shave a tenth of a second off both their 0-60MPH and quarter mile times. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big deal for EVs that are already competitive with the quickest cars on the planet. The 2.4-second 0-60 time for the Model S could make Bugatti Chiron drivers nervous, and a 2.8-second launch for the Model X would put the Bentley Bentayga to shame.

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Acura’s Precision Cockpit fuses AI and Android in your auto

The concept design hints at Acura’s in-car future.

 

Digital dials are great and all, but why not turn things up a notch? That’s exactly what Acura is doing with its Precision Cockpit, unveiled at the LA Auto Show today. More than just an in-car infotainment system, the concept includes cabin elements borrowed from the NSX (such as the seats and the steering wheel), which show us just how future Acura motors will look and feel inside, along with how we’ll interact with them. Acura’s calling it a “choreographed in-car experience” (of course) and it appears that experience includes some clever technology.

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Illinois explosion kills 1, injures several

CANTON, Ill. — Authorities say one person was killed and several people injured in a natural gas explosion in the central Illinois community of Canton.

Officials say the explosion Wednesday evening occurred near the downtown square and damaged several buildings. Authorities say the cause of the explosion hasn’t been determined.

Canton, with a population of about 14,000, is about 30 miles southwest of Peoria.

Authorities say 11 victims were taken to Graham Hospital in Canton. Fulton County Coroner Steve Hines said one of the victims – an employee of Ameren Illinois, a gas and electric company – later died at the hospital. One victim was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria with non-life threatening injuries.

The Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency reported that the multiple buildings had been damaged and that large amounts of debris were scattered around the Canton square.

Onlookers reported that Canton’s historic Opera House had been leveled by the blast.

“We have structural engineers in the area checking area buildings. This is a very slow and methodical process. They are working hard and as fast as possible,” the agency said in a statement shortly after 9:30 p.m.

The agency has advised residents to avoid the area around the square. Displaced residents were being directed to a Salvation Army facility.

 

Can president-elect Trump follow through on ISIS?

With U.S. forces fighting and advising in Syria and Iraq, CBS News compares his campaign rhetoric with the campaign against ISIS

 

In two months, President-elect Donald Trump will be commanding troops in combat for the first time.

With U.S. forces fighting and advising in Syria and Iraq, CBS News is comparing the Trump campaign rhetoric with the campaign against ISIS.

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Facebook finds more exaggerated ad data

A self-audit has revealed flawed metrics, and the company is determined to fix them.

After Facebook realized that it had been overstating video views for years, it conducted an internal review to search for more flaws messing with its ad data… and it’s not happy with what it found. The social network reports that it found multiple problems with how it calculated or represented the info that marketers thrive on. It wasn’t always counting end-to-end video playback properly, for example, since clip lengths would occasionally change when you started streaming. Facebook also over-reported how long people spent reading Instant Articles, and included more clicks and views than it should in some dashboards.

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Microsoft officially launches the first preview of Visual Studio for Mac

Given that Microsoft already mistakenly published this announcement earlier this week, the fact that the company is launching Visual Studio for Mac doesn’t come as a major surprise now that it has made this official.

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Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to analysis by security firm Kryptowire.

Personal data being transmitted without users’ knowledge or consent included text messages, call logs, contacts, app usage data and even a user’s location.

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Google’s AI Experiments help you understand neural networks by playing with them

Google’s work in machine learning and artificial intelligence is often interesting, but it can be a bit academic. People like to get their hands on these things — as much as you can, anyway, with something intangible. To that end, Google is collecting a bunch of little demonstrations of this emerging category of tech in its AI Experiments showcase.

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