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This fake Hallmark Christmas commercial is the best gift “SNL” has ever given us

This fake Hallmark Christmas commercial is a perfect "SNL" sketch

This fake Hallmark Christmas commercial is a perfect “SNL” sketchhttps://hellogiggles.com/reviews-coverage/tv-shows/hallmark-christmas-snl-james-franco/This sketch got cut from the original broadcast, but better late than never! Franco stars as Chris Bearstick, a handsome Canadian actor who appears in not one but two Hallmark Christmas films. First up is Yes, Santa, in which a big-city girl moves to her hometown to run her grandmother’s Christmas tree farm and, despite having a workaholic boyfriend in the aforementioned big-city, falls in love with her high school sweetheart, who happens to be young Santa. In Prince Santa, an ice skater gets amnesia after a head injury but manages to capture the heart of a prince — who also happens to be Santa.

Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled 10TB Drives to Consumer, Business Lines

Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled 10TB Drives to Consumer, Business Lines - ExtremeTech

Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled 10TB Drives to Consumer, Business Lines – ExtremeTechhttps://www.extremetech.com/computing/249709-western-digital-adds-helium-filled-10tb-drives-consumer-business-storage-solutions?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=titleWestern Digital is pushing its business and commercial storage array drives up to 10TB and offering them in helium-sealed flavors as well.

New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

by Lucian Constantin @ macworld.com

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it.

OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. It is written in Apple’s Swift programming language by what appears to be an inexperienced developer, judging from the many mistakes made in its implementation.

Google swallows 11,000 novels to improve AI’s conversation

by Richard Lea @ theguardian.com: As writers learn that tech giant has processed their work without permission, the Authors Guild condemns ‘blatantly commercial use of expressive authorship’

by Richard Lea @ theguardian.com: As writers learn that tech giant has processed their work without permission, the Authors Guild condemns ‘blatantly commercial use of expressive authorship’

Forster’s thriller is just one of 11,000 novels that researchers including Oriol Vinyals and Andrew M Dai at Google Brain have been using to improve the technology giant’s conversational style. After feeding these books into a neural network, the system was able to generate fluent, natural-sounding sentences. According to a Google spokesman – who didn’t want to be named – products such as the Google app will be “much more useful if they can capture the nuance of language better”.

Apple in the Big Apple

MacNN has posted Apple’s new advertisements currently on display in New York City. The new posters, being displayed in subway stations and bus stops, are a precursor to the Macworld Expo being held at the Javits Center from July 17-20. Macworld Conference & Expo/New York presents two dynamic conference programs: the Macworld/Pro and Macworld/Users Conferences present over 120 sessions on software and hardware tools.