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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

New algorithm can tell when you'll get bored of mobile game

Scientists have developed a new mathematical model that can predict how soon a user will get bored of a smartphone game, an advance that may help …

Data Science

Sounds of the Solar System: Podcast Eavesdrops on Planets

Sound is a constant presence for most organisms on Earth, but throughout the rest of the solar system, sound is often entirely absent.<p>A new episode …

Astronomy

“Utterly Shocking”: Silicon Valley Slams White House for Ignoring A.I. Threat

The Trump administration just dismissed the single greatest challenge facing the U.S. economy.<p>If there’s one thing that labor economists and leaders in Silicon Valley generally seem to agree on, it’s that increasingly sophisticated technology is coming to replace American jobs. According to a new …

Silicon Valley

YouTube automates sound effect captions with AI

YouTube has used algorithms to automatically caption speech for eight years now in an effort to make its billions of videos more accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. While the feature was pretty rough at first, it has significantly improved it over time, getting "closer and closer to human …

America's Got Talent

Baidu's AI Chief, Andrew Ng, Resigns; He's Coy About What's Next

Andrew Ng, one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers, said in a Medium post that he is resigning as the head of AI initiatives at Baidu Corp., one of China’s largest Internet companies.<p>Ng said he said he will “continue to shepherd” the growth of AI in society, but provided few …

Machine Learning

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak joins $9.5 million investment into ‘robotic digitization’ startup Ripcord

A new “robotic digitization” company launches to the public today with funding from some notable backers.<p>Tapping robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence, Ripcord is striving to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace.” Today it announced its formal launch alongside $9.5 …

Startups

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Artificial Intelligence

Adelaide airport, uni campus to test driverless vehicles

Driverless electric shuttles will be used at Adelaide Airport in a trial for moving passengers between the main terminal and the long-term car …

Transportation

Analyst says iPhone 8 will cause a ‘paradigm shift’ because of Apple’s lead in AR tech

Well known Apple analyst Gene Munster is today out with his latest predictions and expectations for Apple and the iPhone 8. As noted by CNBC, Munster today spoke on the effect the upcoming iPhone 8 could have on the market, saying the device will lead to a “paradigm shift.”<p>Mujjo Wallet iPhone 7 Case<p>…

iPhone

6 Hot Internet of Things (IoT) Security Technologies

Internet of Things (IoT) security breaches have been dominating the headlines lately. WikiLeaks’s trove of CIA documents revealed that internet-connected televisions can be used to secretly record conversations. Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway believes that microwave ovens can spy on you—maybe she …

Internet of Things

Tesla to stop selling its least-expensive car

BTW<p>Tesla will no longer offer its cheapest model after April 16.<p>According to Electrek, the Tesla Model S 60 and 60D, which started at $68,000 and …

Tesla

Meet 'Professor X,' the AI genius who left his lab at Princeton to beat Uber, Google, and Intel at their own game

In the spring of 2016, Dr. Jianxiong Xiao — affectionately known among students and staff as "Professor X" — said goodbye to his plum professorship at Princeton and his post as the founding director of the school's Computer Vision and Robotics Labs.<p>By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as …

Artificial Intelligence

An internet security expert says a cyber arms race has just begun – and the big players might surprise you

Mikko Hypponen, a cyber security expert told Business Insider: "I believe we are right now seeing the beginning of the next arms race. This time it’s going to be a cyber arms race.<p>"Cyber attacks are, well they are, effective, they are affordable, and they are deniable. That’s a great combination in …

Cybercrime

Nintendo Switch: Tips, games, problems and everything else you need to know

Your ultimate beginner's guide to Nintendo's hybrid tablet/handheld/TV game console.<p><b>What is the Nintendo Switch?</b><p>It's Nintendo's new Wii and Game Boy merged into one -- a handheld game system that transforms into a TV game console when you slide it into a dock. Or into a touchscreen tablet, complete …

Nintendo

Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone updated with redesigned UI and new features

Microsoft’s Cortana for iPhone app gets an update today that introduces a redesigned user interface and a few new features and enhancements that offer an improved experience for the Siri competitor.<p>Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllers<p>On top of some streamlining for navigation and the user …

Microsoft

17 Little But Mind-Blowing Details You Missed In "Beauty And The Beast"

Seriously, why all the similarities to The Wizard of Oz???<p>1. Bambi’s mother (RIP) can be seen roaming the forest near the Beast’s castle at the beginning of the movie.<p>(Seriously, I zoomed in 40x and it’s her! Or it sure does look like her!)<p>2. The Latin phrase “<i>Vincit qui se vincit</i>,” which appears …

Walt Disney Company

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Leaks Are Bad News, Apple's Secret New iPhone, MacBook Losing To Windows 10

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the iPhone 8’s diminishing new features list, the challenge of selling a $1000 iPhone, the return of the iPhone 6, the future of the Mac, secrets of Portrait Mode, HDR going RAW in Lightroom, what is the iPad …

iPhone

10 'Innovative' Space Firms Make Fast Company's Annual Roundup

Fast Company's annual list of the "50 Most Innovative Companies" includes a firm working to make sense of a flood of data coming from space.<p>The …

Busy Road to Mars Opens in 2020

Come July 2020, a half-dozen rockets from around the world will be preparing to launch an armada of rovers, landers, and orbiters to Mars in a …

Space

'Robot lawyer' that overturned 160,000 parking tickets now helping refugees

A chat bot that helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets is now giving free legal aid to asylum-seeking refugees through Facebook.<p>DoNotPay, which has been dubbed the world’s first robot lawyer, was created by London-born Stanford University student Joshua Browder.<p>The 20-year-old, who has made …

Robots

Cyberpunk Hacking Game "Darknet" For PlayStation VR Arrives; Win a Free Code

Darknet For PlayStation VR Launches & We Are Giving Away Codes<p>Archiact today announced that Darknet, a cyberpunk hacking game, is now available on …

PlayStation

New travel ban. Same response from Silicon Valley

President Trump’s new travel ban was revised to pass legal muster, but the changes did nothing to win support in Silicon Valley, where signs of political activism remain on the rise.<p>The executive order issued Monday suspends entry for residents of six Muslim-majority countries and blocks refugees …

Silicon Valley

Cassette Is a Voice Recorder That Makes Organizing, Sharing, and Transcribing Conversations Easy

You have a ton of voice recording apps for iPhone, but a lot of them don’t work super well. Cassette manages to offer up a good organization scheme, …

Apps

Another Uncharted game from Naughty Dog is ‘unlikely,’ studio says

Naughty Dog has ‘lots of other ideas’<p><i>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy</i>, the upcoming Uncharted side story starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, will almost certainly be the final entry in the franchise from developer Naughty Dog, the studio said in an interview with Game Informer.<p>The adventures of series …

PlayStation

Is your daughter learning the computer skills she needs for the future?

There's a technological revolution happening around the world, but it must be more than a boys' club if it's to create worthwhile change, according …

Education

Stephen Hawking reminds us technology will kill us all and it's all our fault

We are well into 2017 and the situation hasn't got any better, so here comes the routine alert from world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking that we're all gonna die — and it's all our fault.<p>During an interview with <i>The Times</i>, Hawking repeated the concept that humanity faces existential …

Artificial Intelligence

Sitecore Cognitive Services

For a few years now I've been working to raise awareness how machine learning could be used with Sitecore to make web applications a much more …

Uber Has Been Evading, Targeting Officials With Fake Version Of The App

, Women@Forbes<p>Uber drivers surround the Ministry of Transportation during a demonstration in Taipei on February 10, 2017. (Credit: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)<p>Amid a range of recent revelations, it came to light that the world’s most famous ride-hail platform has been successfully avoiding undercover …

Uber

How I Tricked Myself Into Reading More Books

I love books. I can’t leave a bookstore without at least one. But I also have a tendency to buy books and not actually read them. Somewhere along the …

Productivity