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New Infosys AI tool could transform the way companies maintain complex systems

Like so many organizations today, Infosys, the Indian consulting giant, is a company in transition. For years it has made a good living helping customers manage legacy tools, but CEO Vishal Sikka, who took over 21 months ago saw a shifting landscape and he began implementing new systems immediately.<p>…

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This phone charging plant pot is an eco lovers' dream

A Barcelona company has managed to turn the humble house plant into a bonafide charging station for your smartphone.<p>Bioo Lite, made by Arkyne Technologies harnesses photosynthesis – something the plant does all by itself – to turn sunlight into electricity.<p>It’s currently smashed its Indiegogo fund …

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Magic Leap demo shows Microsoft’s HoloLens will have a serious competitor

Google-backed Magic Leap has uploaded a fresh demo of its head-mounted VR (technically AR) on YouTube, and gives us hope that Microsoft’s HoloLens won’t have the augmented reality market all to itself.<p>In the video, we see the wearer opening a number of notifications; a list of which appears in a …

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Waste the rest of your day with yet another awful Microsoft image detection bot

We’re pretty used to Microsoft unveiling image detection bots by now; so far we’ve seen How Old, Twins Or Not, and Project Oxford the emotion-detection bot – but its latest one is by far the least successful at detecting images.<p>Called the CaptionBot, the tool looks at the image you’ve uploaded to …

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Google will let you navigate around your phone, hands-free

The Voice Access feature is geared toward people with certain disabilities, but anyone can use it to maneuver inside their phone via voice.<p>Need to …

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Publishers Strike Back at a Browser That Replaces Their Ads

JavaScript creator Brendan Eich’s plan to flip web advertising on its head just hit a legal snag.<p>Earlier this year, Eich’s company Brave Software …

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Facebook Messenger is about to make a change that could alter the way you use the internet forever

Facebook is going to add a whole host of robots to its Messenger app, in an attempt to change the way the internet works.<p>The company is widely …

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The Feds Battle With Apple Isn’t Over—It’s Just Moved to NY

The government backed down last month on its attempt to force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, but it’s not giving up its fight to compel …

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Driverless taxis are about to hit Singapore

The future of transit is about to arrive — in Singapore.<p>A startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to unleash driverless taxis on the city's streets later this year.<p>The company, nuTonomy, is currently working with Singapore to put self-driving electric taxis …

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The Roborace Cars Will Use Nvidia Computers to Make 24 Trillion AI Operations a Second

Last week, the autonomous racing series that is Roborace unveiled what its cars will look like. But now we also know what will control them: Nvidia’s …

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Google disables April fool joke amid user fury after prank backfires

Google’s April Fools’ Day prank has backfired, leaving the company looking the fool and a number of concerned users fearing for their jobs – or worse.<p>As 1 April began in Australia, the company announced its latest stunt: “Gmail Mic Drop”, a special version of the send button which appends a gif of …

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U.S. Withdraws Apple Case, Saying It Has Unlocked iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department said Monday that it was withdrawing a legal action that would have forced Apple to cripple the security system on an iPhone used by a terrorist.<p>The Justice Department is stepping back from the case — which involved demanding Apple’s help to open the iPhone …

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Microsoft apologizes for hijacked chatbot Tay’s ‘wildly inappropriate’ tweets

The colossal and highly public failure of Microsoft’s Twitter-based chatbot Tay earlier this week raised many questions: How could this happen? Who is responsible for it? And is it true that Hitler did nothing wrong?<p>After a day of silence (and presumably of penance), the company has undertaken to …

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Netflix is the one limiting its video quality on AT&T and Verizon

Soon, it will let users choose if they want HD video over mobile networks<p>Last week as T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that his company's Binge On program would expand to cover YouTube, he mentioned a strange point: that even the "mobile optimized" 480p Netflix streams T-Mobile offers were …

Demolition company tears down the wrong house based on an error in Google Maps

As any regular user of Google Maps will know, the service doesn’t always get house locations right. It’s not unusual for street numbers to be inaccurate, and you sometimes get a home shown on one street when it’s around the corner on a different one.<p>So you’d think if you were doing something fairly …

FBI might have way to unlock attacker's iPhone without Apple

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A much-anticipated court hearing on the federal government's effort to force Apple Inc. to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack was abruptly vacated Monday after the FBI revealed it may have a way to access data without the company's …

Microsoft and Lowe's bring Hololens to retail

The next time you’re planning a home improvement project, it may be with a big, goofy VR headset.<p>Today, Microsoft announced a plan to bring Hololens headwear to select Lowe’s locations. With it, customers will be able to see things like kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances as part of a …

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Waze update will predict traffic conditions before you leave

Waze is putting its traffic-predicting superpowers to good use.<p>The Google-owned app is adding a new feature, called planned drives, which makes it easier to plan trips based on the traffic conditions you're likely to encounter. The update will also help automatically plan routes based on your …

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Nike’s Back to the Future Self-Lacing Shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0, Is Finally Here

Today Nike unveiled the HyperAdapt 1.0, its first pair of self-lacing shoes. The post Nike's <i>Back to the Future</i> Self-Lacing Shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0, …

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How Smartphones Are Affecting The Mind And Body Of Your Children

If you’re a parent of young children living in the mobile internet era, it’s hard to resist not handing over a smartphone or a tablet to keep kids …

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This Hilarious Story Lampooning Ludicrous Tech Company Decor Is Simply Perfect

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New MIT Code Makes Web Pages Load 34 Percent Faster in Any Browser

Internet connections get faster but websites get more complex—and that means we often still have to wait an age for pages to load. Now, a new …

Hackers lost millions in bank heist because of sloppy spelling

Remember when your teachers told you spelling was important? Well, they weren’t wrong. Even if you’re going after a life of crime, as one group of hackers recently learned.<p>The not-so-sharp cyber criminals hacked into the servers of Bangladesh Bank and managed to get $81 million by bombarding the …

Google’s Self-Driving Car Caused Its First Crash

Google’s self-driving car caused its first crash on February 14, when it changed lanes and put itself in the path of an oncoming bus.<p>In an accident …

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Chicago Man Charged with Felony for Jamming Cell Phones on a Train

People squawking on their phones on public transportation is annoying as hell. That’s why one Chicago man allegedly took it upon himself to jam …

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Samsung and Huawei fingerprint scanners can be fooled using an inkjet printer

Fingerprint sensors used to secure smartphones can be fooled with something as simple as a inkjet printer, researchers from Michigan State University have shown.<p>A Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Huawei Honor 7 were unlocked successfully using a fingerprint printed using a standard inkjet printer loaded …

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Transparent for Chrome reveals changes made to news articles

If you’ve ever come across a news article and wondered if there’s more to the story, you’ll find Transparent quite handy.<p>This Chrome extension reveals the changes made to articles on several prominent news sites, highlighted and color coded on the same page so you can tell at a glance what was …

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This week in patents: Google pop-up books and flexible phones

This week, the US patent office issued 6,752 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting patents.<p><b>Google pop-up books</b><p>Patent Number – US 20160063875<p>Google filed multiple …

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The IRS is using a system that was hacked to protect victims of a hack—and it was just hacked

It ain’t easy being an American taxpayer.<p>The US Internal Revenue Service said last week that the number of records it lost in a 2015 data breach is higher than it previously thought. When the agency first announced in May 2015 that hackers had broken into its website and stolen tax transcripts, it …