Can ElliQ the robot combat social isolation in the elderly?
Intuition Robotics has a new AI companion called ElliQ, aimed at keeping older adults active and engaged and less lonely.
Google's Waze is launching a new project to save lives in Europe
Waze announced a new pilot project with EENA to use real-time community traffic information to improve emergency services in Europe
Facebook is taking on revenge porn with photo-matching tech
A 2013 study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative found that 93% of revenge-porn victims suffer significant emotional di
SwitchCharge Aims to Fix the Switch Battery Life Problem
As well as claiming to add 12 hours of battery life, it improves the kickstand and lets you charge in tabletop mode.
Carbohydrate overload—Krispy Kreme’s owner is buying Panera Bread
Everyone knows doughnuts and bread make the perfect breakfast combo, and now it looks like corporate America is finally
YouTube TV Arrives Today–Promising, But A Work In Progress
50+ channels for $35 a month, unlimited cloud DVR capability, and smarter search make for a worthy rival to services such as DirecTV Now. But there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Seattle’s Monstrous Tunnel Machine Finally Breaks Through
After four years, 'Bertha' completes its epic, arduous, 1.7-mile journey.
How to Download the Windows 10 Creators Update Right Now
Personally I think the most exciting thing about this so-called Creators Update is the new MS Paint with 3D modeling. I look forward to spending hours every day painstakingly recreating the entirety of Toy Story starring me as Andy. Other features include clearer privacy controls to manage what Microsoft can see about your usage, new ways to stream your gaming as well as a dedicated ‘gaming mode’, Windows Ink on tablets, and plenty more. We’ll have a more thorough look when the update officially launches next week.
Microsoft launches “Who’s In,” a social event planning app for iMessage
Microsoft’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with social networking, though that hasn’t stopped the company from finding angles into this space – generally, with more of a focus on the business side of socializing, as with its LinkedIn and Yammer acquisitions. It’s own efforts in social, meanwhile, have failed, as with last month’s shuttering of its social network for students, Socl.
Facebook introduces new photo-matching tech to fight revenge porn
The United States Marine Corps was recently shook by a photo sharing scandal after a secret Facebook group that shared a Google Drive link filled with explicit photos of servicewomen came to light. Since many of those photos weren't directly posted to Facebook, the new tools might not have prevented the group's initial impact — but the increased resources for support tools give those victims, and others in similarly troubling circumstances, even more places to turn in its aftermath.
Taser Debuts Orwellian New Name, Offers Free Body Cams for Every Cop in America
On Wednesday, stun gun maker Taser announced that it’s offering free body cameras to every police department in the United States. That’s 700,000 cops across 18,000 departments. Rebranding itself as “Axon” (as in the nerve fibers that connect neurons throughout the human body), the company said in a press release that it’s “going ‘all-in’ to empower police officers” and will offer departments free cameras and storage for an entire year.
Watch SpaceX land a reused Falcon 9 rocket for the first time
Further ReadingWe may have just witnessed the dawn of truly commercial spaceflight While it took a whole year to reuse B1021, Elon Musk now wants to get that window down to just 24 hours. "Reusability has been put forth as really too hard, or not really feasible," Musk said at a press conference after the successful landing. "Now, in order to be competitive in launch costs, I think it's going to be necessary for other companies to do the same thing. Imagine if we were an aircraft company selling aircraft that could be flown many times, and everyone else was selling aircraft that could be flown once, I mean, you know, that's not a very competitive position to be in."
Lower operating costs (i.e., no fueling) will allow carriers to reduce fares by 40 to 80 percent, they predict. And by flying a smaller aircraft that would be subject to fewer TSA regulations, Zunum claims it will take less time to go through security before boarding one of its planes. Zunum aims to build several models of hybrid-electric propulsion jets. At launch, its first class of aircraft will be tiny, in the 10-15 foot range, with a 10-passenger capacity and a range of up to 700 miles on a single charge. (Think San Francisco to Portland or Atlanta to DC.) Those planes can be expected to roll off the assembly line by the early 2020s, the company's CEO Ashish Kumar told The Verge. By the 2030s, as electric battery technology improves, Zunum hopes to build larger aircraft that can carry up to 50 passengers and travel up to 1,000 miles on a single charge. (Think Seattle to LA or Boston to Jacksonville, Florida.) Zunum's aircraft will feature hybrid electric motors with the capacity to accept recharging power from a variety of sources. Because airplanes are typically kept in service for up to 30 years, Kumar says its important for Zunum's aircraft to be future proof.
Rando friends can see your Facebook Stories and you can't stop it
You can easily share your stories with individual friends and groups with the Direct option. It's simple: just snap your pic or take a funny video, throw on a filter or two, smash the paper airplane Direct logo, and choose exactly to whom you want to DM your masterpiece.
Microsoft comes clean(ish) on Windows 10 data collection
The most visible of these changes will be a new Privacy Settings screen that shows up when installing the Creators Update (whether via an update or a fresh install). The screen provides several toggles for data collection for location, diagnostics, ads, speech recognition, and “tailored experiences.”
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Jeff Bezos will sell Amazon stock every year to fund Blue Origin
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said today that he plans to sell $1 billion worth of stock in the e-commerce giant every year to help fund his spaceflight company Blue Origin, according to SpaceNews . As the world’s second richest person with a net worth of more than $78 billion , behind only Bill Gates, Bezos certainly has the financial resources to do that for many more decades. That bolsters the chances that Blue Origin will stay competitive with Elon Musk’s SpaceX as the two companies continue to pioneer privatized space transportation, both for the commercial and tourism industries.
Uber finds one allegedly stolen Waymo file – on an employee’s personal device
The document was found on a personal device belonging to Sameer Kshirsagar, Uber’s attorney Arturo Gonzalez said at a court hearing today. It’s the first time that Uber has acknowledged that any of Waymo’s documents are in the possession of any Uber employees. However, Uber emphasized that the document was not found on Uber’s computers. “We did collect documents from him and thus far we have only found one document from his computers that matches the documents identified in the complaint,” Gonzalez said.
YouTube's live TV service is here
Google announced YouTube TV at the end of February, and today the live TV streaming service is ready to launch. It's available today on your phone and computer in five markets: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. If you hadn't heard yet, the $35 monthly service offers live streams from all four major broadcast networks (CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC) and a host of other networks like ESPN, FX, the CW and many others. All told, YouTube TV is launching with 39 stations, but 10 more (including AMC, IFC and BBC America) will arrive soon.
What actual activists have to say about that terrible Pepsi ad
The mass outrage in reaction to this ad was undoubtedly heard by Pepsi — but it never hurts to take your dissent right to the source. Feel empowered to write a letter to the corporation outlining whatever you have to say in reaction to the ad.
A driverless shuttle called Harry is coming to London and it's low-key exciting
As part of a public trial that will see 100 people travelling in a prototype driverless vehicle in Greenwich, London, we got to test "Harry," a cute, symmetrical shuttle that is able to navigate the real-world environment without a steering wheel or typical driver controls.
Amazon will soon refund your kids' in-app purchases
That means that if you were charged for an in-app purchase made by kids between November 2011 and May 2016, you’ll likely be eligible to get your money back. Details of the refund program will be announced shortly.
Google says its custom machine learning chips are often 15-30x faster than GPUs and CPUs
Google says it started looking into how it could use GPUs, FPGAs and custom ASICS (which is essentially what the TPUs are) in its data centers back in 2006. At the time, though, there weren’t all that many applications that could really benefit from this special hardware because most of the heavy workloads they required could just make use of the excess hardware that was already available in the data center anyway. “The conversation changed in 2013 when we projected that DNNs could become so popular that they might double computation demands on our data centers, which would be very expensive to satisfy with conventional CPUs,” the authors of Google’s paper write. “Thus, we started a high-priority project to quickly produce a custom ASIC for inference (and bought off-the-shelf GPUs for training).” The goal here, Google’s researchers say, “was to improve cost-performance by 10x over GPUs.”
Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next year
The choice, ultimately, is to invest in the areas which are contributing to the growth of the company. Those are Ubuntu itself, for desktops, servers and VMs, our cloud infrastructure products (OpenStack and Kubernetes) our cloud operations capabilities (MAAS, LXD, Juju, BootStack), and our IoT story in snaps and Ubuntu Core. All of those have communities, customers, revenue and growth, the ingredients for a great and independent company, with scale and momentum. This is the time for us to ensure, across the board, that we have the fitness and rigour for that path.
Uber Judge Warns Not to Expect ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’
Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo says Uber Technologies Inc. is stonewalling -- and a judge said he agrees that the ride-hailing company’s explanation isn’t a “get out of jail free card.”
IBM reveals 5 methods hackers use to steal your tax info and 6 ways to protect yourself - TechRepublic
Tax season is one of the most active times of the year for phishing and other cyber fraud. Here's what to look out for and how to protect your personal information.
New Mac desktops on the way, Apple admits its mistake with pro users - TechRepublic
As such, Schiller said that Apple is "'completely rethinking' the Mac Pro." The new Mac pro will be a modular system (addressing one of the biggest complaints with the 2013 model), and it will be available alongside a new external pro display as well. According to Schiller, as quoted by TechCrunch, the display will not be a touch screen, and the new Mac Pro won't be available until after 2017.
YouTube Is Officially in the Live TV Game Now
YouTube TV—the cordcutting service Google teased six weeks ago—is now available in five cities. If you live in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Philadelphia, or Chicago, you can sign-up for the $35 a month live TV bundle right now.
Microsoft's Snapchat-like Sprinkles app showcases the power of AI on mobile - TechRepublic
Microsoft has launched a new camera app called Sprinkles that uses the company's machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to analyze photos, and can detect faces, the age of photo subjects, and their celebrity look-a-like. The app can even offer captions based on what is happening in the photo, according to its iTunes App Store description .
Windows 10 Creators Update and Creators Update SDK are Released - Building Apps for Windows
This is a big day! Today we opened access to download the Windows 10 Creators Update and, along with it, the Creators Update SDK . And today is a great day for all Windows developers to get the SDK and start building amazing apps that take advantage of new platform capabilities to deliver experiences that you and your users will love.
How a burger-making robot named Flippy could impact fast food jobs - TechRepublic
"We have built Flippy to work with kitchen staff, not displace them," Zito told TechRepublic. "Restaurant managers and chefs often discuss key pain points in the kitchen, including a consistently high turnover rate and tough environment of working in the kitchen. These are just some of the problem areas that Flippy is designed to fix." Zito said that Flippy can help companies boost productivity and keep talent. And, by acting as a "kitchen assistant," taking over when a human has more important tasks, Flippy gives staff the chance to move into different roles, such as ones that involve more interaction with customers. Also, said Zito, the new arrangement may give chefs a chance to experiment on the menu and staff to learn how to operate the robotics system. "We're just scratching the service of what automation can do in the kitchen and we're excited to help it evolve in a way that will benefit restaurant workers around the world," he said.
Udacity spin-out Voyage aims to build a full self-driving taxi business
Voyage will enter a busy space with tough competitors, including Uber and Ford, who have a lot of road experience already under their belts. The company also isn’t taking any of the tech developed by Udacity students via its self-driving program with it, according to Udacity, and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun said that he’s keeping his distance from any of Voyage’s activities because of conflicts related to his prior role at Google’s self-driving car program.
More than 8,000 ride-share drivers flunked Mass. background checks
More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers flunked their state background checks - including 51 applications by sex offenders, more than 1,559 applications by drivers who had a history of violent crime and 1,640 applications by drivers with a suspended license on their record - the Department of Public Utilities said today.
Katy Perry Googles hot pictures of herself to boost her confidence
Sometimes all it takes is one really good, hot Instagram picture to remind you that you're not as gross as you think you are. And no one knows this better than Katy Perry.
Lucky dog gets the cutest mini versions of his human's dinner every night
Every night, Tiny gets treated to, well, tiny versions of his family's dinner, like the classy breed it is. A single ravioli! 11 beans! A baby carrot! And he has a variety of plates, too.
Google is backing Indigo, a new undersea cable between Asia and Australia
Google today is announcing that it’s contributing to the development of a new submarine cable that will send data to and from Singapore, Indonesia, and two cities in Australia. Other companies going in on the cable include AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra.
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iPhone 8 rumors: Launch date has been pushed back to October (or maybe November)
Plausible? Certainly. Apple has no qualms about ditching old technology, even its own. Remember the 30-pin connector that it sacrificed for the proprietary Lightning port? A move to USB-C would actually be a positive one, at least in terms of compatibility. USB-C is a standard that tech companies are quickly adopting, so the iPhone would finally play nice with peripherals and accessories that aren’t made or licensed by Apple. The new MacBooks are also all-in with USB-C, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the iPhone made the move.
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Utah becomes the first Power Five school to give scholarships to video gamers
However, Utah’s new program is the first of its kind for a Power Five school and paves the way for bigger schools to offer these programs and scholarships, which is something the school says it hopes to encourage.
World Create Day 2017
World Create Day lays down a design challenge. The people at your meetup will pick a challenge and brainstorm a solution for it. Use the skills of everyone involved to come up with mechanical, electrical, and design solutions.
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Sling TV now offers Showtime for additional $10 per month
Sling TV now claims itself to be the first over-the-top internet TV streaming service to (optionally) offer all four “premium” networks: HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz. Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers HBO and Showtime, but not Cinemax or Starz. AT&T’s DirecTV Now has HBO, Cinemax, and Starz, but not Showtime.
Why the latest Linux Foundation flame war is a waste of time for open source advocates - TechRepublic
Restrictive Licenses present the most legal risk and complexity for companies that re-distribute or distribute software. These licenses are often termed 'viral' because software combined and distributed with this licensed software must be provided in source code format under the terms of those licenses. These requirements present serious risks to the preservation of proprietary software rights. The GNU General Public License is the archetype of this category, and is, in fact, the most widely used open source license in the world.
The Tasmanian tiger may not be extinct after all
Recent sightings may indicate one of the most famous extinct mammals could still be with us. The search is on.
AT&T is including free HBO in its Unlimited Plus plan
AT&T is offering the free HBO in three ways: if you already pay for HBO through DirecTV, DirecTV Now, or U-verse, then AT&T will simply make that free. Similarly, DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-verse subscribers who also have Unlimited Plus plans will get access to HBO’s channels automatically if they don’t already have them, while customers who don’t use any of AT&T’s video services will be able to access HBO through either DirecTV Now or HBO Go.
GM Hooking 30,000 Robots to Internet to Keep Factories Humming
General Motors Co. has connected about a quarter of its 30,000 factory robots to the internet, and the largest U.S. automaker already is reaping the benefits of less down time.
Twitter just lost the one thing it did well
Today the NFL announced it has reached a deal with Amazon to stream 10 NFL games over the course of the 2017-18 season. Worth a reported $50 million, Amazon now takes the reins and those with Prime will reap the benefits.
How to record phone calls
That said, when you call a customer-service number and hear the message, "Calls may be recorded for training and quality purposes," that's the company's way of obtaining your consent. (If you don't consent, you obviously have the option of hanging up.) To my thinking, this also implies consent on the part of the company, meaning you should be free and clear to record at your end. But I'm not a lawyer.
This Startup Backed By JetBlue And Boeing Plans On Flying Electric Planes By The Early 2020s
In fact, Kumar said, as much as 86% of the total door-to-door travel time for such short-haul trips is taken up with driving to and from larger airports. By allowing more passengers to use the 5,000 regional airports, much of that would no longer be necessary. And that could make it possible to cut the average time for a trip between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles from more than five hours today to two-and-a-half hours, or to cut in half the time and cost of flying from Boston to Washington, D.C.
YouTube TV: Everything you need to know about the new TV streaming service
YouTube TV is a US-exclusive live TV streaming service – think Netflix but instead of on-demand TV shows and movies you’ll see cable channels like ABC, NBC, FOX, ESPN and Disney among many, many more. It’s like cable in the sense that everything is divided by channel and, yes, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for it, but the difference here is that you’ll be able to take shows whenever and wherever you go.
You can now draw with a thicker brush in Snapchat
To change your brush size all you have to do is select a color to draw with, then use two fingers to “pinch” in or out to make the brush size bigger or smaller. It’s exactly the same motion you’d use to zoom in or out on a picture.
Trello CEO Michael Pryor's 3 tips for power using Trello
When house hunting, his realtor would send him a few properties via email to look over with his wife in order to see if they wanted to see them that weekend. He would get the email from his realtor, forward it to his wife, they would discuss, then he would reply back to the realtor. By that time, he would learn that one or two of the homes had already been sold. He realized email caused so much delay, and that using a Trello board could not only eliminate the delay, but keep him and his wife updated on what homes are still available and their thoughts on them, while working with his realtor.
The massive, versatile and unusual Airlander 10
Hybrid is now modifying and promoting the Airlander for a variety of uses including freight, advertising, surveillance, communications and luxury passenger transport. Since it doesn't need a runway, it can carry heavy loads to remote areas where an airplane couldn't land. Or closer to home, it could monitor large public events for safety while broadcasting Wi-Fi and cellular service to the data-starved participants below. For me, the idea of sailing leisurly above the Earth with the view of a lifetime sounds the most appealing.
Microsoft clarifies exactly what personal data is collected in Windows 10
So, to make things clear, Microsoft has published an exhaustive list of all the data Windows 10 relays back to the mothership when diagnostic data collection is set to ‘basic’ (which is one of two options, the other being ‘full’). And, boy, is it exhaustive – it’s tiring just scrolling through the thing, let alone reading it. Have a look for yourself here , if you’re brave enough.
In Battle With Uber Eats, Deliveroo Deploys Field Kitchens
If restaurants contribute to the capital investment in their "RooBox", as the field kitchens are called, Deliveroo charges the same commission it does when it provides delivery service for an established restaurant. In other cases, Deliveroo makes all the capital investments in the kitchen, but then charges a higher commission on each order, Deliveroo Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Will Shu said.
If you owned an older iPhone, Apple may owe you money
Several app makers, including Twitter, Yelp, and Instagram, are offering $5.3 million to settle a five-year-old suit alleging that they violated users’ privacy.