'Neon Genesis Evangelion' comes to Netflix June 21st


Netflix’s flood of content includes a significant anime pushGhost in the Shell, Ultraman — and as part of that it’s going to be the first streamer with Neon Genesis Evangelion on tap, worldwide. The classic series will go live on Netflix June 21st, complete with all 26 episodes plus the two films: Evangelion: Death True² and The End of Evangelion. There’s a brief trailer to help reacquaint you with its mech action and melodrama, but we figure you can just mark your calendar.

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Firefox finally takes fuller advantage of your iPad


Your choices for iPad-friendly web browsers just got ever-so-slightly larger. Mozilla has released an arguably overdue version of Firefox that aims to take better advantage of the iPad’s extra screen real estate. It supports iOS’ built-in split screen and support for keyboard shortcuts, as you might expect, but there are also interface tweaks specific to the tablet version. Firefox now shows all your tabs as easier-to-discern tiles, and private browsing is a single tap away on the main screen.

The new version also enables sending tabs to other synced devices (no more copy-pasting links). And if you use Outlook for iOS, you now have the option of setting Firefox as your default browser.

This combination of features probably won’t have you racing to replace your existing browser if you’re already happy. It might, however, tip the balance if you were already looking Mozilla’s way and were just waiting for a Firefox version that did justice to your Apple slate.

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DC Universe celebrates Batman's birthday with free access March 30th

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Batman is about to celebrate his 80th ‘birthday’ (his first appearance in Detective Comics) on March 30th, and DC Universe is using that as an opportunity to hand out more freebies. The service is providing free access to a wide swath of its Batman movies, TV shows and (of course) comics for 24 hours that day, starting at midnight EST. It doesn’t include everything — most notably, Christopher Nolan’s movies will remain locked behind a subscription. However, you’ll still have access to quite a large chunk of the Dark Knight’s catalog.

The pre-Nolan Batman movies will be free, whether it’s classics like the 1989 Tim Burton release or, er, less-than-well-received titles like Batman & Robin. There’s also a veritable deluge of cartoons, including the legendary Batman: The Animated Series and Super Friends. DC is somewhat choosier with its comics, but this still includes some issues of Detective Comics (sadly not Batman’s debut in #27), Batman and Son and the Superman/Batman series.

Naturally, there’s a hard sell involved. Anyone who’s new to DC Universe can get their first month for 80 cents (get it?) between midnight EST on March 29th and the end of April 4th. It’s clearly hoping you’ll be sufficiently enthralled that you’ll pay for a subscription after the free day is over. Nonetheless, it’s still a relatively pain-free opportunity to see if you’ll like what the service has to offer.

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MIT’s AI can train neural networks faster than ever before

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In an effort “to democratize AI,” researchers at MIT have found a way to use artificial intelligence to train machine-learning systems much more efficiently. Their hope is that the new time- and cost-saving algorithm will allow resource-strapped researchers and companies to automate neural network design. In other words, by bringing the time and cost down, they could make this AI technique more accessible.

Today, AI can design machine learning systems known as neural networks in a process called neural architecture search (NAS). But this technique requires a considerable amount of resources like time, processing power and money. Even for Google, producing a single convolution neural network — often used for image classification — takes 48,000 GPU hours. Now, MIT researchers have developed a NAS algorithm that automatically learns a convolution neural network in a fraction of the time — just 200 GPU hours.

Speeding up the process in which AI designs neural networks could enable more people to use and experiment with NAS, and that could advance the adoption of AI. While this is certainly not uncomplicated, it could be a step toward putting AI and machine learning in the hands of more people and companies, freeing it from the towers of tech giants.

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Study claims AT&T's fake 5G is slower than other carrier's regular 4G

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AT&T has been accused of slapping a 5G label on top of what is effectively still a 4G LTE network, and now there appears to be some evidence to support that theory. According to a study conducted by OpenSignal, AT&T’s so-called 5G E network offers similar speeds to LTE and actually clocked in just a tick slower than enhanced 4G services from Verizon and T-Mobile.

AT&T promises in its marketing materials that its 5G E service is a “first step on the road to 5G” and can offer “up to up to 2x faster than standard LTE.” However, the speed tests from OpenSignal seems to indicate that isn’t the case. The company collected data from 5G E capable phones on AT&T’s recently rolled-out 5G E network to smartphone users getting standard 4G LTE services from other carriers. While it found AT&T was providing solid speeds, an average of 28.8Mbps download rates, it offered no discernible difference when compared to most LTE networks. T-Mobile achieved download speeds of 29.4Mbps, while Verizon users averaged 29.9Mbps.

In a statement provided to Engadget, AT&T contends that OpenSignal’s study is inaccurate. “OpenSignal’s note reveals their methodology is flawed,” a spokesperson for AT&T said. “Speed test data purporting to show the ‘real-world experience of 5G Evolution’ without verifying the capable devices were tested in a 5G Evolution coverage area as shown by the indicator does not accurately represent the 5G Evolution user experience.”

AT&T has been all in on the 5G E network despite criticism. The company has introduced a 5G E indicator for smartphones on its network and opened up the pseudo-5G service in more than 100 locations so far. Competing carriers have taken shots at the company over the service, and Sprint has gone so far as to sue over the branding.

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