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MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

We’ve all seen evil machines in <i>The Terminator</i> or <i>The Matrix</i>, but how does a machine become evil? Is it like Project Satan from <i>Futurama</i>, where …

Artificial Intelligence

Samsung owes Apple $539M for infringing iPhone patents, jury finds

Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011, a jury decided Thursday in a legal fight that dates back seven years.<p>The unanimous decision, in the US District Court in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, is just about halfway …

Judiciary

Google loses Android battle and could owe Oracle billions of dollars

Google just lost a major copyright case that could cost it billions of dollars and change how tech companies approach software development.<p>An appeals court said on Tuesday that Google violated copyright laws when it used Oracle's open-source Java software to build the Android platform in …

Open Source Software

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

Google sold 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017

Less than a week’s worth of iPhone sales<p>In the 16 months since its initial release in October 2016, Google’s Pixel family of phones has earned plenty of acclaim and scrutiny, but not very many sales. The latest update on Pixel sales comes from IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo, who notes that Google shipped …

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Android Bug Lets Attackers Record Audio & Screen Activity on 3 of 4 Smartphones

Android smartphones running Lolipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat, are vulnerable to an attack that exploits the MediaProjection service to capture the …

Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

Nobody should pay $159 for a product that still feels like it’s in beta testing.<p>Find me a critic who would recommend any company's first-ever earbuds …

Can a Machine Be Conscious?

Three neuroscientists argue that the architecture of consciousness in the human brain can help create artificial consciousness.<p>The term 'artificial intelligence' gets thrown around so much these days that it can sometimes feel meaningless. Generally speaking, AI tends to refer to applications of …

Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

It's no secret that work on Windows 10 Mobile has wound down given the lack of new devices and software features (talk of mobile Windows updates was virtually absent at Build, for example), but what's happening with it, exactly? Well, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has just settled the matter. The …

Last year, Google mocked Apple's removal of the headphone jack on iPhone. Today, it removed the jack from its new Pixel phones #madebygoogle https://t.co/VH8FiR5h3a

An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?

In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human. In the next 50 or 100 years, an AI might know more than the entire population of the planet put together. At that point, there are serious questions to ask about whether this AI — …

Android Oreo hits 0.2% adoption after 1 month

A new Android version arrived recently, and that means we’re back to watching paint dry. Per Google’s Platform Versions page, the latest and greatest version of the company’s mobile operating system took more than a month to hit a whopping 0.2 percent adoption.<p>Google started rolling out Android 8.0 …

Google Looks Set To Buy HTC As Memo Leaks And Trading Suspension Is Announced

Noted phone leaker Evan Blass has been sent a memo from within HTC calling an all-hands meeting tomorrow (Thursday 20th September) and the Taiwan Stock Exchange has issued a statement saying trading of HTC stock will be suspended from tomorrow. The subject of the meeting will be, according to …

HTC

Yet Another Android Malware Infects Over 4.2 Million Google Play Store Users

Even after so many efforts by Google, malicious apps somehow managed to fool its Play Store's anti-malware protections and infect people with …

CVE-2017-0780: Denial-of-Service Vulnerability can Crash Android Messages App

<b>by Jason Gu and Seven Shen</b>Just about anyone can appreciate a good old meme GIF every now and then, but what if one caused your Android Messages to …

Google launches Gradient Ventures, an AI-focused venture fund

Google launched today a venture capital fund, named Gradient Ventures, that will focus on early-stage AI startups.<p>Gradient’s site says the new fund aims to “invest in and connect startups with Google’s resources, innovation, and technical leadership in AI.”<p>“Many members of our team are engineers, …

There may not be enough new jobs to compensate for robots after all

When optimists reassure the public not to fear the new age of robotization, they say that, as has always happened since the beginning of the …

PC market notches 11th straight quarter of declining shipments

The global PC market continued its downward spiral in the second quarter of 2017, registering its 11th consecutive quarter of declining shipments and continuing the longest slump in the PC industry's history.<p>PC makers shipped 61.9 million personal computers in the quarter, a 4.3 percent decline …

MacBook Pro

RIP Windows Phone: Microsoft finally rings the death knell for its failing mobile OS

Over the weekend, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore openly admitted it was drawing a line through Windows 10 Mobile<p>Windows Phones are dead. Kaput. Finito. …

How the CopyCat malware infected Android devices around the world

Check Point researchers identified a mobile malware that infected 14 million Android devices, rooting approximately 8 million of them, and earning …

Apple iPhone Ban Being Sought By Qualcomm

Qualcomm is seeking a block on the sales of iPhones which use chips from rival chip firms like Intel. The company says that these specific devices infringe six of its patents. There are two kinds of iPhone on sale, those which use Qualcomm chips and those which instead have Intel SoCs.<p>As a general …

Mobile

Survey: Apple iPhone demand improves as competition fades

From a note to investors by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley that landed in my inbox Friday:<p><b>Surveys indicate steady demand in seasonally</b> …

This chart spells out in black and white just how many jobs will be lost to robots

When robots come for our jobs, the first people to fall will be those working in retail and fast food restaurants as well as the ubiquitous …

Malware Reaches Play Store as Google Wages War Against BankBot Trojan

The BankBot Android banking trojan is giving Google engineers headaches, as this particular piece of malware has a knack for avoiding Google's …

The 'open and free' Android is no longer what anyone wants to buy (or sell)

Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen the light of day. But the Android you're …

Firefox OS now completely dead as Mozilla lays off entire connected devices team

Mozilla isn’t having much success when it comes to expanding the reach of its most famous product. The company ceased development and sales of …

Google isn’t safe from Yahoo’s fate

Justin Choi Contributor<p>Justin Choi is the CEO of Nativo.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub<br>• Adtech isn’t dead, it just has a lot of dead weight<p>Yahoo has been beaten up in the press for so long that it’s hard to remember how untouchable the company once …

The current state of machine intelligence 3.0

Almost a year ago, we published our now-annual landscape of machine intelligence companies, and goodness have we seen a lot of activity since then. …

Adobe's upcoming audio tool lets you synthesize speech in anyone's voice

Get ready for a whole new universe of scams and conspiracy theories. At its annual MAX event, Adobe showed off a tool it’s working on that’s basically Photoshop for audio, in that it can generate authentic-sounding speech in anyone’s voice based on a small sample.<p>You read that right: Feed Project …