IBM’s Watson learns to compose music

A small team at IBM’s Austin operations center is doing something amazing — teaching the company’s famed Watson artificial intelligence platform how to compose music. Although it’s still in the development phase, the technology’s creators...

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Non-human songs: IBM’s Watson technology learns to compose music 

Musician Richard Daskas is trying to write a new song.  He stands over his keyboard and plunks down a few chords. Then he stops. Janani Mukundan, who is operating a Mac laptop on a nearby table, asks him if what type of music he’s in the mood for...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook signs deals for original video content

Happy Thursday, everyone, we’ve almost made it to the weekend. Here’s the most buzzed-about tech news from the last 24 hours: Facebook signs deals for original video content Facebook will buy news and entertainment videos from companies like Vox Media...

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How much money were Dell executives paid last year?

Want to know how much money Dell Technologies executives made last year? You’ve come to the right place.  We’ve analyzed an annual filing from Dell Technologies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which discloses how much money their...

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Former Dallas police chief urges UT graduates to bridge divides, and seek public service

“Invite someone home for dinner.” Former Dallas police chief David O. Brown made this simple declaration no less than a half-dozen times during his commencement address at the University of Texas on Saturday evening.  What he meant was: be inclusive...

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Report: A body in a stolen hearse was dumped on the side of the road, police make arrest

Two people allegedly stole a hearse with a body in it from Travis County, dumped that body on the side of the road, and then eventually were arrested in Brazos County, according to a newspaper report. The Bryan-College Station Eagle is reporting that...

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More rain expected Sunday in Austin area, with chance of floods

It’s shaping up to be a soggy weekend in Austin, but meteorologists say the area has likely dodged severe weather that other parts of Texas could see. Thunderstorms moved across the Hill Country toward the Austin area Saturday morning but...

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Man with knife threatened Barton Hills convenience store worker

On Thursday evening, a man entered the Barton Hills Market with a knife and threatened to stab several convenience store workers, according to a police arrest affidavit.  When police arrived, they took 26-year-old Ryan Schissler into custody after...

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Child drowns at Temple apartment complex

Temple police officials said a five-year-old boy found at an apartment complex died of drowning. The Temple Police Department and the local fire department were called at about 9:14 p.m. on Friday evening to The Retreat at Western Hills Apartment...

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Thunderstorms hit Central Texas, severe weather warning for Sunday

1:45 p.m. update:  In part thanks to a cold front, the National Weather Service says they are not expecting thunderstorms to materialize this evening. Meteorologist Corey Van Pelt said a storm they have been tracking that is west of San Antonio is...

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