When Walmart set up shop in a small West Virginia town, Foodland, a grocery chain of around 30 stores spanning areas of the south and southeast, buckled under the pressure.Piggly Wiggly, a larger chain with over 500 stores, followed suit shortly after.It speeds into town, horns blaring, and steamrolls any resistance it should face.But in the years to follow, Amazon quickly evolved into the web version of Walmart, only on a much larger scale.For anyone that worries about Walmart, they should be losing sleep over Amazon.Amazon is disruptive force primed for global domination, a business thats target is, as Motherboard put it, “trying to control the underlying infrastructure of our economy.”
Because not all ears are made equal (and because hearing, like eyesight, changes drastically over time), the Even team built the EarPrint system, which analyzes the wearer’s hearing to create a unique equalizer based upon each ear’s response to tones of differing volumes and frequencies.Today marks the launch of the H2 – the second iteration of Even’s flagship line (following the H1, naturally).The company kindly sent us a sample pair of the headphones, which we took for a spin.The H2 emerge from their black-and-yellow packaging in style, tucked within a hard carrying case bearing Even’s cool, symmetrical logo.All four buttons – play/pause, volume up/down, and the Even button, which controls power and EarPrint activation – are located on the right cup, which is also home to a 3.5mm jack.A sound for every ear
low-cost airline Ryanair has detected a problem on their flights: savings seeking holidaymakers are putting taaperonsa to drag luggage on a plane, so that the parents themselves avoid extra baggage fees.according to the Newspaper, fewer and fewer Ryanair passengers will put their bags into the hold to avoid paying extra charges.Ryanair finance director Neil Sorahan, the phenomenon of the background should have an impact in the second half of 2013 made a change to the company's luggage I use to work.At the time, one piece of hand luggage rule loosened and the machine has since received the take a trip bag in addition to a small handbag.Previously, all of the hand to pass of the goods is supposed to fit into one and the same bag – duty-free -shopping including.No less than one to six passengers pay for hold baggage on Ryanair flights.
Tech boss denies any wrongdoingSymbolic IO CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello was arrested last week on outstanding warrants and for allegedly violating a restraining order, it is reported.According to the Asbury Park Press, Ignomirello was cuffed last Tuesday at his six-bedroom mansion that he shared with his girlfriend and their two children in Colts Neck, New Jersey, USA.No further charges were laid against Ignomirello after he was collared, it is reported.A spokesperson for Colts Neck police was not available for comment.A spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office also declined to comment due to the sensitive nature of the case, which involves an allegation of domestic violence.
China’s government has a well-founded reputation for its excessive censorship and surveillance of online behavior, but it seems the problem is even worse for some of its minority citizens.In the north-western border region of Xinjiang, home to much of the country’s Muslim population, residents have been told to install an Android spying app or face detention.Authorities used messaging service WeChat to inform residents of Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, that they must install an app called Jingwang.The notice was written in both Mandarin and Uyghur - the language of ethnic group Uighur.It says the app will automatically detect “terrorist and illegal religious videos, images, e-books, and electronic documents.”The message included a QR code for downloading the surveillance app.
Neural net technology might contribute to making the next Disney movie one that you're almost guaranteed to enjoy.Disney really wants to know if you like its movies.The entertainment company conducts copious research to answer that question, and in fact, it has its own division, Disney Research, that’s focused on figuring out ways to make you love its movies even more.Now, the company is applying neural net technology to determining if audiences are reacting as they should to Disney’s latest films.The information comes via Phys.org, which took a look at some recent work by Disney Research to apply deep learning concepts to figure out how audiences are reacting based on their facial expressions.So far, the methods are having better results than the organization’s usual techniques.
With Twitter has come under intense scrutiny and criticism in recent times, one of the platform’s biggest identified problems has been trolls and abuse, and the platform’s historic inaction to address such concerns.Twitter has acknowledged such, and made it a key focus, and over the last year they’ve introduced a range of tools to protect users and eliminate such behavior.Those measures include collapsing or hiding potentially offensive tweets, the ability to mute certain words from your notifications, an update of the default egg avatar to encourage users to upload an actual photo, new transparency over reporting processes, placing warnings on potentially offensive profiles and tweets and a secondary ‘message requests’ DM inbox.And that’s not even all of them – while Twitter has taken a lot of heat over their previous inaction, they deserve credit for the work they’ve done on this front of late, with an increasing array of options to help users improve their on-platform experience.According to the platform’s latest update, yes they have – Twitter’s General Manager, Consumer Product and Engineering says that the platform is now taking action against 10x more accounts, compared to the same time last year.Amongst the actions stemming from those investigations, Ho says that they’ve:
Researchers at MIT have developed deep-learning algorithm that can compile a list of ingredients and even recommend recipes after looking at photos of food.The artificially intelligent system still needs some fine tuning, but this tool could eventually help us learn to cook, count calories, and track our eating habits.Imagine being able to snap a picture of a meal you’re devouring at your favourite restaurant, and having a smartphone app provide you with the list of ingredients, and even a recipe to help you make it at home.Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have taken us one step closer to this goal by beginning to train a system to do exactly that.Using machine learning, the program analyses still images of food, and by referencing a massive database, it then predicts a list of ingredients and recommends a recipe.In tests, the system was able to retrieve the correct recipe around 65 percent of the time.
Up until then, each game in the Japanese role-playing series had been like a reenactment of a ritual, one built and added to over years.When a franchise becomes defined by a set of beloved traditions and repeated ideas, change is always a tricky proposition; FFXII felt like a breakdown of that tradition.This is a game concerned with the rise and fall of empires and royalty, not with whether or not you as the player feel a personal stake in that drama.The viewpoint character, Vaan, is a punky Luke Skywalker type without the Force or a cool evil dad.He's also all but extraneous to the otherwise high-minded plot, accompanying the exiled princess of his homeland on a quest to prove her right to the throne and fend off the tyranny of the conquering Arkadian Empire.Said fending involves the game's other significant departure: "gambits," a technical and unusual combat system influenced heavily by Western and massively multiplayer role-playing games.
I ett pressmeddelande skriver Avast att Piriforms produkter kommer att fortsätta utvecklas separat.Kunder kan enligt utsago räkna med samma service som tidigare.Avasts egna verktyg som liknar CCleaner, Cleanup och TuneUp, kommer att finnas kvar efter uppköpet.
magine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building.Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder.Inspired by natural organisms that cover distance by growing -- such as vines, fungi and nerve cells -- the researchers have made a proof of concept of their soft, growing robot and have run it through some challenging tests."Essentially, we're trying to understand the fundamentals of this new approach to getting mobility or movement out of a mechanism," explained Allison Okamura, professor of mechanical engineering and senior author of the paper.To investigate what their robot can do, the group created prototypes that move through various obstacles, travel toward a designated goal, and grow into a free-standing structure.The basic idea behind this robot is straightforward.
A San Diego-based company that believes “tomorrow’s robots will be intelligent autonomous machines that can take care of us,” which will be “as commonplace as computers and mobile phones are today” has raised $114 million in Series C funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures.Brain Corp‘s primary product is its BrainOS platform, which is software designed to make it possible to create autonomous commercial robots using off-the-shelf hardware and sensors.Brain’s tech uses AI to allow robots to control their own motion, as well as perceive their surroundings.The BrainOS software includes self-driving technology tailored for indoor use, as well as obstacle avoidance.Its business model involves selling its platform as a SaaS offering, which means its clients pay subscription fees to add autonomy to their robots.BrainOS is intended to “play the same role as Android OS plays for smartphones,” the company says, offering equipment manufacturers an easy way to convert their existing machinery into functional robots.
And now we can add Discovery to that list.This new poster comes as Star Trek: Discovery prepares to have its very own San Diego Comic-Con panel.We saw bits of the ship last year, but it was shared as part of a larger Star Trek panel.Now the newborn show is all grown up.We can also see that the design of Discovery has undergone a bit of a change since we first saw the ship at Comic-Con last year.For one thing, you couldn’t really tell in this image that the saucer section had a double-ring, whereas it’s clearly got gaps in the new poster.
AR-based mobile business platform aims to revolutionize the home design processNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 18, 2017–Genie Design has released a revolutionary mobile business platform aimed at the interior design and home décor markets.Available on iOS and Android, Genie Design combines proprietary augmented reality visualization technology developed by in-house experts over the last 4 years with a unique business model to bring features currently not offered by any other visualization tool.The app offers a patented solution that addresses challenges faced by home furnishing manufacturers, retailers and consumers, including:Manufacturers and vendors are unable to showcase their products in a personalized way
Mayak bird so bright it may outshine Venus, JupiterSkywatchers are going to see a new light in the heavens this week after the successful launch of the Russian satellite Mayak this past weekend.Mayak, the Russian word for "beacon," is a standard tiny CubeSat probe.It will deploy 170 square feet (16 square metres) of reflective Mylar material in a pyramid shape that will reflect the Sun's light as it tumbles through its orbit.The satellite will be brighter in the sky than the International Space Station (ISS) and may even appear brighter than Venus or Jupiter.Basically, a sorta crap version of the Icarus space laser in James Bond low-point Die Another Day.
As daring automakers go, you might not count Honda as high on the list of risk-takers, but that’s certainly not the case with the new 2018 Accord.Honda revealed its brand new sedan over the weekend, and while you might have thought the equation for what makes an Accord an Accord was sewn up right now, turns out the Japanese firm has something new in mind.As well as the dramatic new design, there are some potentially controversial new directions Honda is taking the car.That’s been retired altogether, with Honda execs arguing that the design of the four-door sedan will be sufficiently compelling on its own.“[With] our new styling direction and a Sport trim with a 6-speed manual for both turbocharged engines, we’ve injected a lot of coupe goodness that will make this new Accord sedan … a car coupe intenders will want to take a hard look at,” Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President of the Automobile Division at American Honda Motor Co. said of the car.The 2018 Accord has gained more than 2-inches in the wheelbase, while height has dropped and width increased.
And, er, that's all we've got for youThe company, which currently exists as an intellectual property firm with just 10 or so employees, has released some pictures of the new Ataribox – but refused to provide any other details, including a launch date.But beyond the fact that it will have an HDMI output, four USB inputs and will use "PC technology," there is no other information available: no hardware details, no software details, no price, no launch date, no distribution deals.That confirms our suspicions last month, when Atari announced the idea, that the company is trying to gauge demand before it commits to hiring a hardware team to turn the concept into reality."We've been blown away by the feedback since the teaser release, and today, we're excited to share an exclusive first look at the Ataribox design with you," the company said in an email to those who had signed up for updates."Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari."
AT has some online-only deals today for those who can't get enough fitness tracking into their lives.The carrier has the Fitbit Charge 2 (select colors only) and the Fitbit Surge (tangerine) on sale for $74.50 and $124.50, respectively.Both prices are quite a bit cheaper than the usual prices, though the color options may not appeal to everyone.The Fitbit Charge 2 is selling for about $130 at other retailers, while the Surge normally sells for $200.We looked at the Fitbit Charge 2 last September, and we really liked it.The upgraded tracker has a larger OLED touchscreen and a higher quality design than its predecessor.
There’s never been a time when you’ve had to remember so many passwords, and yet it’s never been more important given the cyber-assailants lurking online.You can’t be expected to remember and update dozens of different passwords, which used to leave you with two options: write them down or use the same one for everything.It stores all of the details you’re repeatedly asked to input online and populates those standard forms in one click of a button.But where RoboForm really comes into its own is as a password manager.It works across all of your devices, so it could save you remembering 30-50 constantly changing key codes.If you’re thinking that it’s no different than writing them down, think again.
It’s the simple bargain that made companies like Google and Facebook into giants: in exchange for the convenience of running your life from a smartphone, you hand over gobs of data on your every activity.Tim Cook has aggressively positioned the company as uninterested in collecting user data, and boasts that it sets Apple apart.“They,” of course, refers mostly to Google and Facebook, which rely heavily on cloud computing for search and recommendations and other features.Who among us doesn’t want to reduce our privacy risk?But Cook’s steadfast aversion to the cloud presents a challenge as Apple tries to build up new features powered by machine learning and AI.Of the two, only Apple’s app will let you search your iPhone snaps for “dog” while in airplane mode at 30,000 feet, and not having to wait while your query and the response travel across the internet can in theory make searches snappier.