Alexa is constantly getting new functionality via third-party skills, and a fresh one will likely be of interest to Raspberry Pi owners, as it allows for clarifying certain details while working with the compact computer board.The idea of the Pi Spy skill is that you can ask Alexa about any of the pins on the Pi’s GPIO header and their respective functions, or their location.So for example, you can say: “Alexa, ask Pi Spy what is Pin 2.”Or: “Alexa, ask Pi Spy where is GPIO 16.”As Matt Hawkins, who developed the skill, explains, this sort of GPIO information can easily be looked up elsewhere, but by using a voice assistant, you can check things while you’re absorbed in the process of soldering, or when your hands aren’t otherwise free.As ever when talking to Alexa on whatever device you have, you should speak reasonably slowly and clearly, and Hawkins further notes that you should also pronounce GPIO as ‘gee-pee-eye-oh’ (and hope that Alexa doesn’t fire up ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ from Prime Music).
It was less than two months ago that Google rolled out Android 8.1 and, with it, Android Go, the super lightweight configuration-not-version of Android for extremely constrained phones.Along with Android Go came a set of “Go” apps designed specifically to consume less data and less RAM.One app, however, was late to the party and is sneaking in quietly.Gboard Go is now available for compatible smartphones, bringing the same keyboard goodness Android users love but without the whimsical cruft.It won’t be easy to distinguish Gboard Go from the full Gboard.Especially when the package name is almost similar, save for a “lite release” appended to it.
The first Windows 10 laptops with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant embedded in the operating system – debuted at CES 2018 – are apparently just the beginning.By the end of the first quarter of this year, laptops (and PCs) from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and HP will include the feature.This will be made possible by an Alexa app for Windows 10 that will be available for download in the near future, with those four aforementioned vendors being the first to receive it.The first Acer laptops to feature the Alexa app (announced during CES) are the Acer Aspire 5, Aspire 7, Spin 3, Spin 5, Switch 7 Black Edition, Swift 3, Swift 5, Swift 7, Aspire Z24, Aspire U27 and Aspire S24.Asus, on the other hand, has yet to explicitly state which of its laptops are going to feature the app, but said during CES that select ZenBook and VivoBook models will include it.Today, Amazon revealed that the ZenBook UX331 – otherwise known as the 2018 edition ZenBook 13 – will offer Alexa upon release.
You may recall that last week, Intel warned that its fixes for Meltdown and Spectre had caused elements of instability with some of its older processors, but now the firm has said that the stability gremlins also pertain to newer chips.Much newer chips, in fact.In a news update which clarified that firmware updates have now been issued for 90% of Intel’s processors introduced in the past five years, as planned, Intel restated that some customers have reported ‘more frequent reboots’ on Haswell and Broadwell (4th and 5th-gen CPUs) powered PCs after the patch had been applied.The chip giant then added that ‘similar behavior’ occurs on some machines which have still-older Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (2nd and 3rd-gen) processors, but more worryingly, newer Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs (6th and 7th-gen).Intel said that it had replicated these issues in internal testing, and that it’s making progress in terms of identifying the precise cause.The firm also noted that it will be providing a fresh beta microcode patch to manufacturers and software developers next week for testing.
DJI has already made a name for itself building small, powerful drones such as the DJI Mavic Pro, and clues from a new teaser video suggest we'll see a smaller device that's rumored to be called the "Mavic Air" next week.The trailer, titled "Adventure Unfolds," strongly recalls the "Powers of 10" video you probably saw in your middle school science classes, as it zooms from sweeping, spacebound views of Earth to extreme closeups of neurons.In a Carl Sagan-like voice, the narrator hints at what the device may be like, saying, "from seemingly insignificant size comes formidable strength and power."After all the microcosm and macrocosm shots, the trailer then shifts to closeups of what may be the drone itself, but the perspective is so close that you might as well be trying to identify a portrait of someone from a single freckle.The actual reveal event will take place on January 23, and the site DroneDJ believes the "Mavic Air" name is legit, largely on account of a working redirected URL on DJI's site.The video's language also seems to suggest whatever device gets shown may be smaller than the already tiny $499 (£519, AU$859) DJI Spark, but we could also end up seeing a mid-range device with specs somewhere between those of the Spark and the beefier $999 (£999, AU$1,689) Mavic Pro.
In an attempt to curtail spammy content, WhatsApp seems to be testing out notifications that alert users if they receive a message that has been forwarded many times, or if they are about to forward one of these messages themselves, as reported by TechCrunch.Several WhatsApp sites have provided screen caps of these messages, which don’t directly say the message is spam or fake news, but notify you that the content has been frequently shared.If you receive one of these messages, you’ll see “Forwarded Many Times” under the sender’s name, and if you’re about to send along one of these messages, you’ll see at the top of the forward screen “A message you are forwarding has been forwarded many times.” A WhatsApp spokesperson declined to speak with TechCrunch so it’s unclear where WhatsApp is currently testing this, or if it plans to implement it officially in the future.WhatsApp chain messages can be innocent, but they can also contain any manner of scams.Some popular ones include a message that urges users to pay in order to use the service, one that touts access a non-existent service called WhatsApp Gold, and another that tricks you into opening a legitimate-looking document that can download malware and steal your personal information.WhatsApp also has a problem with fake news frequently being forwarded as well.
And yet, in a world where retailers win or lose, the battle for the shopper on the level of customer experience they provide is table stakes for retailers.For many people, that means lofty goals of going to the gym more, running a mile a day, or finally taking up yoga.Eventually, you’re connected to an agent, and you begin the tortuous process of spelling out your last name and repeating a 12-digit order number three times.Is that what you’d like to talk about?”That contextual awareness makes for a far quicker and more pleasant experience for the customer.On a basic level, bots are good at those routine, repetitive tasks like processing returns and exchanges or changing shipping addresses.
Sheng Fu founded Cheetah Mobile in 2010, and it found a business making security apps such as Security Master for smartphones.I met with Fu when the company opened its Silicon Valley office in 2016, and we met once again at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.“In the past 10 to 20 years, the environment around us is changing faster and faster.About 70 percent of the users are outside of China, making it one of the rare Chinese companies that has had success in international markets.Sheng Fu: The strategy for Cheetah Mobile for the next five to 10 years is to focus on AI and robotics.VB: What area of AI is most important to you, or most relevant to your existing business and future business?
You have to consider a number of aspects like the battery capacity, display quality, software support and the overall durability of the smartphone when you decide to buy one.Fortunately, thanks to the growing competition, you now have a number of options that you can consider while choosing one that fits you best.Best value for money budget phoneWeight: 137g | Dimensions: 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1240 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MPThe Xiaomi Redmi 5A is one of the most affordable entry-level smartphones that you can buy in India currently.It comes with a 5-inch HD display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset.
Every year adult content titan Pornhub releases its annual report to highlight some of the most popular and unusual trends it noticed on its website over the course of the past twelve months – and we finally have the rundown on what kept netizens excited in 2017.The porn giant has revealed that it managed to attract a total of 28.5 billion visits to its website, averaging at about 81 million visits per day.All this activity amounted to more than four million new videos uploaded to the platform, equalling a total running time of more than 68 years.Pornhub further says users consumed a staggering 3,732 petabytes – a little over 10 million GBs per day – of porn throughout the entire year.For context, this is enough to fill the storage of every iPhone currently in use around the world, according to Pornhub.Curiously, it seems that most people’s preferred watching device is their smartphone.
Aromarest wants you to get a better night’s sleep through a combination of colors, scents, and sounds.The company has debuted its sleep gadget, which includes an “insomnia buster” setting, at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.It has rivals such as Bescent, maker of Sensorwake, but Aromarest contends it has a smart device that addresses the entire sleeping and waking cycle.It promotes restful sleep and awakens you in a gentle way with scientifically tested techniques.You can control the device, which comes with dimmable LEDs capable of generating 98 million colors, through a mobile app on iOS and Android.The insomnia buster setting provides a slow pulse of red light to help slow breathing and heart rates and make sleep come more quickly.
Ricoh’s Theta V may not be the only 360-degree camera on the market, but come the spring it could have a big advantage over rivals.That’s when the Ricoh Theta V Partner Program will launch, the company has announced today at CES 2018, opening the door for third-party apps to run directly on its Android-based camera.Released last year, the Theta V is the latest in a long series of 360-degree cameras from Ricoh.It improved both image and video quality, in addition to cutting transfer times versus earlier models, but the real improvement wasn’t visible.Ricoh opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset for the heart of the camera.More commonly found inside smartphones, it means the Theta V is effectively a phone – albeit one without a display or a cellular radio – when it comes to developing new functionality.
Opera uses ad-blocking tech to stop websites using your computer to mine for cryptocurrencies like BitcoinOpera has added protection against unsolicited cryptocurrency mining into the latest version of its browser, saving users’ system resources and bandwidth.As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin rise in value and popularity, while the resources needed to mine new coins increase, some attackers have sought to use ordinary web users’ systems to share the load.There have been reports of website scripts and even public Wi-Fi networks issuing instructions to mine for these currencies on vulnerable devices.Now Opera is deploying its ad-blocking technology to combat against these scripts.The new ‘NoCoin’ setting, when enabled, prevents mining scripts from running in the same way ads are blocked.
If you have a whole lot of free time, you might be able to type out the largest known prime number.The newly found number has 23,249,425 digits, nearly one million digits more than the previous record holder, discovered a year ago.Here comes the math: the new prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one.Because no one, not even a mathematician, has the time to recite 23 million digits, the number was given the not-so-catchy name of M77232917.(But its friends call it 2 to the power of 77,232,917 minus 1.)A collaborative computer project called the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, which has been going on for years, found the number in late December, on a computer volunteered by Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace.
Malware discovered by Symantec researchers sneakily spoofs Uber’s Android app and harvests users’ passwords, allowing attackers to take over the affected users’ accounts.The malware isn’t widespread, though, and most Uber users are not effected.In order to steal a user’s login information, the malware pops up on-screen regularly and prompts the user to enter their Uber username and password.Once a user falls for the attack and enters their information, it gets swept up by the attacker.To cover up the credential theft, this malware uses deep links to Uber’s legitimate app to display the user’s current location—making it appear as though the user is accessing the Uber app instead of a malicious fake.Deep linking routes users to specific content within an app (think of it as clicking the link to this story rather than a link to the Gizmodo home page).
Alexa’s tentacles continue to spread through the connected home, with Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant now adding cooking capabilities.While you won’t be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves.Meanwhile, Amazon itself has invested in one smart oven startup.That’s June Oven, the touchscreen-fronted smart appliance that was announced back in 2015.It promises easier cooking using a variety of presets, real-time monitoring of whatever is being prepared, and a camera to beam back the ongoing results to your smartphone.It already has an Alexa skill, too, which allows Echo users to preheat the oven, set and check times, and stop the cooking process by voice.
LG is intent on making useful robots.Last year at CES it unveiled a pair of bots designed to clean up in airports and help travelers find their way around.Today, it announced a trio of new robots designed to help carry stuff — from drinks to suitcases to shopping.Technical details on the three bots are sparse (including how big they are and how fast they move), but judging by their pictures, they’re shorter than humans, with some sort of hidden wheelbase for movement.There have built-in displays, presumably for providing information and receiving instructions, and have the same bright-eye robot face the company used for its home hub robot.For comparison, here’s LG’s airport guide robot:
Looking for a tablet and thinking about an Android device?Well, there are other options out there with Windows 10 tablets such as the Surface Pro 4 - but tablets running Android remain the main rival to the iOS 10-toting New iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad mini 4.And there are plenty of options to consider.We've gathered together the best the Android tablet market has to offer, across all prices and size points, so read on to see which Google-powered slates you should be considering.Want to include some iPads or don't have as much to spend?Step right up and see our: Best tablets
In 2017, their preoccupation with disruption came to a head, as Tesla surpassed Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in market cap and at times challenged General Motors.No doubt about it, Tesla finished 2016 on a low note — but then defied naysayers and short sellers of its stock by blasting to new heights in 2017.Other carmakers saw big stock moves in 2017 as well: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, GM, and Ferrari made moves.Tesla has been around for 14 years.All have been late, and all have suffered from what Musk admits was "production hell."And now the company needs to build five times that many vehicles to satisfy Model 3 pre-order demand, it's imperative that Tesla solves its biggest problem, as fast.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 2, 2018–AEGEA Medical Inc. (“AEGEA”), a privately held medical technology company in the women’s health space focused on the development of its patented Adaptive Vapor Ablation technology for endometrial ablation, today announced it has closed on a $30 million financing with Perceptive Advisors (“Perceptive”).In connection with the financing, AEGEA also raised an additional $10 million from its existing equity investors including Alloy Ventures, Delphi Ventures, Medtronic, BioMed Ventures, and Solas BioVentures.AEGEA’s Adaptive Vapor Ablation system is the first FDA-approved endometrial ablation system specifically designed to treat menorrhagia, or abnormal uterine bleeding, in the doctor’s office with minimal anesthesia/analgesia and rapid recovery.This financing provides substantial incremental capital to fund AEGEA’s operations while it prepares to launch commercially in the US.Don Gurskis, President and CEO of AEGEA, commented, “AEGEA is at an important inflection point as we prepare to transform the experience for the millions of women suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding, and the physicians that serve them.