First-half thoughts from Iowa State vs. Texas Tech Football


Iowa State coach Matt Campbell’s message never changes. He’s the same after a win or a loss. Never too high. Never too low

Des Moines Register

Thirty minutes down in Ames, and Iowa State leads Texas Tech, 21-7, at halftime.

The Cyclones have been pretty well dominant in their first game back since defeating Oklahoma last week as they try to stay undefeated in Big 12 play.

Here are the big takeaways from the first half:

Iowa State is making a statement

Beating Oklahoma was a huge accomplishment for the Cyclones, but it would have been worth a lot less if they didn’t back it up with a win this weekend against Texas Tech.

The Cyclones aren’t there yet, but they’ve been head and shoulders better than the Red Raiders. It’s exactly what a Big 12 title contender should look like.

Special teams is still a problem

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4 Thoughts on Amazon’s Echo, Fire TV and Cloud Gaming Launches

Like many of its predecessors, the 2020 edition of’s (AMZN) Echo/Alexa event was jam-packed with hardware, software and services announcements.

Among other things, Jeff Bezos’ firm revealed new Echo speakers and Fire TV sticks, a revamped Fire TV UI, Alexa improvements, a cloud gaming service known as Luna, a security service known as Alexa Guard Plus, Ring security products for cars and a $250 autonomous home security drone that for some reason was named the Always Home Cam.

Here are a few thoughts on what Amazon showed off.

1. Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service Isn’t For Everyone, But it Has a Selling Point or Two

For the time being, the Luna cloud gaming service has more in common with Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Stadia gaming service than with Microsoft’s (MSFT) xCloud service.

Whereas xCloud is bundled with an existing gaming service (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) and for now only works on Android

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A computer predicts your thoughts, creating images based on them — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a technique in which a computer models visual perception by monitoring human brain signals. In a way, it is as if the computer tries to imagine what a human is thinking about. As a result of this imagining, the computer is able to produce entirely new information, such as fictional images that were never before seen.

The technique is based on a novel brain-computer interface. Previously, similar brain-computer interfaces have been able to perform one-way communication from brain to computer, such as spell individual letters or move a cursor.

As far as is known, the new study is the first where both the computer’s presentation of the information and brain signals were modelled simultaneously using artificial intelligence methods. Images that matched the visual characteristics that participants were focusing on were generated through interaction between human brain responses and a generative neural network.

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