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Chinese police are using glasses with facial recognition tech to scan people's faces

For as long as it has been around, there have been concerns over the privacy implications that come with facial recognition systems. Now, the debate …

This self-driving delivery robot uses facial recognition to unlock the goodies

Small, wheel-based delivery robots continue to be of interest to many startups around the world, though considering the tragedy that befell this …

Robotics

IBM's Watson Data Platform aims to become data science operating system

IBM's plan is to create a data science operating system that can bring together data scientists, analysts, and business leaders.<p><i>How big data powers</i> …

Cognitive Computing

Tap Nike's new app-connected NBA jerseys with your smartphone

The only way to access Nike's new app? Tap your phone on an NBA jersey.<p>Nike has announced a new stage for its eight-year NBA partnership, in the form …

Los Angeles

Robots will soon do your taxes and your bookkeeper is cool with that

Up until about ten years ago, choosing a career in accountancy was considered a safe bet. It came with a decent salary, plenty of job opportunities and all sorts of benefits. Robots were still a distant reality. Something to worry about for blue-collar workers, maybe, but in no way threatening to …

App offers to rent a person to stand in line for you, because even that's too hard now

Heads up Apple fans, we have a feeling this service could soon come in handy.<p>A new startup aptly named iQueue, is offering to stand in line for you, …

Google brings its resources for founders and startups to a single site

Google launched “Startup with Google” today, a new site that brings together all the company’s resources for founders and their startups.<p>As the name implies, the focus here is on Google’s own tools, services and initiatives (think everything from Firebase and Android Studio to Analytics and …

Startups

Lyft's redesigned street concept could fix L.A. traffic

Want your city to fix its traffic issues? It should start by narrowing streets and planting treeswhere cars currently drive.<p>A new partnership with Lyft and transportation experts highlights the overlooked secrets of good urban design -- and the answers may sound counterintiutive. For example, …

Urban Design

The chip inside the iPhone X and iPhone 8 makes it more powerful than a 2017 MacBook Pro

The A11 Bionic SoC powers the newly announced iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.<p>Benchmarks are synthetic tests that put a device's SoC to a squeeze to understand its capabilities, mainly speed. They address the chip's cores and calculate how long it takes for them to complete a task.<p>Cores can …

Mobile Technology

Elon Musk says the Tesla truck is coming on Oct. 26, and it will be 'unreal'

Tesla hasn't forgotten about its electric semi-truck. Originally slated for a September launch, Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced that the truck …

Tesla

China has banned ICOs

It is looking like a new era is coming for ICOs, at least those in China for now. In the U.S., the SEC has issued official warnings around the risks of ICOs, also known as token sales, but the Chinese government looks set to beat it to implementing regulation around the rapidly growing fundraising …

Cryptocurrency

VMware expands hybrid cloud strategy with series of announcements at VMworld

VMware, the company that gave rise to the virtual machine concept in the enterprise data center, announced a series of products and services today at VMworld in Las Vegas that show a company clearly shifting to managing hybrid environments.<p>The hybrid strategy really began to gain momentum last year …

Vmware

New York City cops will replace their 36,000 Windows phones with iPhones

Following the death of Windows Phone 8.1<p>As new smartphone models hit the market this approaching autumn, it’s not only everyday consumers who are thinking of switching phones. The New York City Police Department says it will give up its 36,000 Windows phones and transition to iPhones starting this …

Windows Phone

Apple shows off new AR apps just as Google launches ARCore

The AR platform wars have officially commenced<p>Ever since Apple announced ARKit at its annual developers conference earlier this summer, the app-making community has enthusiastically shown off what it has been able to make with the new framework for augmented reality apps. ARKit hasn’t even …

Augmented Reality

Google and VMware are teaming up with a $2.8 billion startup to get an edge in the cloud wars with Amazon

The weapon is Kubernetes, a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a go-to tool for modern software developers.<p>The partners are VMware and Pivotal, a spinoff of VMware valued at $2.8 billion. Together, the three …

Vmware

Barbot is a robot cocktail mixer you won't have to tip like a bartender

Cocktails are cool – minus the unreasonably high prices, the flashy bartending shenanigans and the expectation to tip the person that whipped it. But thanks to the wonders of microcomputing, there is now a robot that can do the same – and you won’t even have to talk to it.<p>Barbot is a …

Bartending
Autonomous Cars

Snapchat And Facebook Are Going To Change Television Forever

Steven Levy, the sixty-something journalist who spent over a decade’s worth of his career working as a senior writer for the Wired Magazine, left the organization in 2014 to establish his own media publication. Today, three years since that fateful resignation, Levy has returned to Wired once again …

Mini-series

MIT’s new Ford-funded robot can deftly navigate pedestrian traffic

Robots have a lot of challenges remaining before they become commonplace in our lives, and many of those are likely not even something you’d think about when trying to make a list. One good example is simply walking around among people, and keeping pace with pedestrians on streets and sidewalks. …

Robotics

LG's smart appliances will work with Google Assistant and Alexa later this year

Smart appliances are pretty neat, when they're not being used as a botnet to take down the internet. To make matters worse, you usually have to use …

AI trained on Yelp data writes fake restaurant reviews ‘indistinguishable’ from real deal

‘Omgggg! Very flavorful! It was so delicious that I didn’t spell it!!’<p>How much do you trust the reviews you read online? Probably not a lot, right? You know, like most people, that glowing write-ups and five-star ratings can be easily bought. And you might even think you’re pretty good at spotting …

University of Chicago

Selfie app 'spots early signs of pancreatic cancer'

A team of medical clinicians and computer scientists have teamed up to create an app designed to spot early signs of pancreatic cancer.<p>The disease, which killed Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, is one of the hardest types of cancer to treat, but detecting and treating it early can make a big …

Cancer

Yamaha now has an Alexa-controlled piano

Yamaha's MusicCast links up with Alexa, adding 40 multi-room connected products.<p>Alexa, play my piano.<p>Yamaha's MusicCast multi-room audio technology links a number of Yamaha's audio products together. A new Amazon Alexa hook-in means these will work with Alexa-controlled tech such as the Echo and …

Smart Homes

Alphabet’s Verily and Google found a potential new test for heart disease using AI

New research from Alphabet’s life science company, Verily, and Google shows that one day there might be a far easier test to determine risk of heart disease.<p>Researchers were able to find new indicators of heart disease risk present in pictures of retinas by analyzing them with artificial …

AI is going to replace retail workers sooner than you think

<i>Citibank</i> recently disseminated a predictive research paper in its “Technology at Work” series, wherein a number of experts lay out the future of human employment. The co-director for the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, Carl Benedikt Frey, writes “Retail is one industry in …

A company building the YouTube of virtual reality music highlights the biggest issue with VR

But that what MelodyVR is building — a virtual reality (VR) platform that lets you watch concerts from the "unobtainable seat in the house," right on stage, up close and extremely personal.<p>In reality though, it doesn't work like that. In the British company's Camden, North London offices in August, …

Virtual Reality

MIT figured out a better way for drones to use RFID technology

With a clever hack<p>A research team at MIT has created a clever new way for drones to use RFID technology in warehouses for stock-keeping purposes. It lets companies use much smaller, safer drones to find stuff in giant buildings than was possible before.<p>When RFID tags started replacing bar codes in …

Drones

CEO Secrets: AI boss says build a smart, thinking machine

Vishal Chatrath is the CEO of Cambridge-based artificial intelligence start up Prowler.io. He told #CEOSecrets that all bosses can strive to turn their businesses into smart, thinking machines.<p>Follow #CEOSecrets on our website here.<p><i>Video journalist & series producer: Greg Brosnan. Follow Greg on</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

New camera can see through human body

<b>Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body.</b><p>The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations.<p>Until now, medics have had to rely on expensive scans, such as X-rays, to trace their progress.<p>The new camera …

Medical Technology

One of the biggest challenges of self-driving cars: The humans inside them

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson warns that we might get too complacent about the technology before it’s totally ready.<p>Replacing human-driven cars with fully autonomous vehicles will take 30 years or more, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson says — but there are some important …

Autonomous Cars