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We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores.So they built a “robotic crawling baby (which is much less adorable than the real thing) and tested it crawling on actual carpet samples they had removed from homes.”The researchers found that a concentrated cloud of resuspended particles forms around the Pig-Pen wannabes, and that the concentrations around them can be as much as 20 times greater than the levels of material higher in the room.Moreover, infants’ bodies aren’t as good at blocking this dust storm, Boor says.But for very young children, they more often breathe through their mouths, and a significant fraction is deposited in the lower airways—the tracheobronchial and pulmonary regions.It’s sort of like what CyPhy Works is doing, except that it’s just for power, meaning that you can use it with just about any drone that’s DJI Phantom-sized or larger:
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What happens when you take a perfectly good neural network and, figuratively, stick a screwdriver in its brain?You get melancholy glitch-art music videos that turn talking heads into digital puppets.A machine learning developer named Jeff Zito made a series of music videos using a deep learning network based on Face2Face.Originally developed to generate stunningly realistic image transfers, like controlling a digital Obama in real-time using your own facial movements, this project takes it in a different direction.Sometimes the best AI isn’t good enough.By fiddling with the network’s controls – essentially introducing less-than-optimum parameters — Zito was able to generate stark videos that remind us of everything weird about Max Headroom.
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It can be confusing to figure out how to cancel Amazon Prime.I cancelled my Prime subscription after the monthly price increased.But, the process wasn't as easy as I thought.After a few minutes of clicking around on Amazon's website feeling like a fool, I figured things out.So, in an effort to save other people the annoying clicking, here is a step by step process of how to cancel your own Amazon Prime subscription.Step 1: Go to the "Prime Central" or "Manage Prime Membership" page
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Facebook agreed on Wednesday to investigate the spread of Russian misinformation ahead of Britain's 2016 EU referendum, commonly referred to as Brexit.The social network said in a letter to the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that its investigatory team is "looking to see" if it can identify coordinated activity around the vote that it didn't previously spot.The committee is conducting an inquiry into fake news and misinformation."We are committed to making all reasonable efforts to establish whether or not there was coordinated activity similar to which we found in the US," Simon Milner, Facebook's UK policy director, wrote in the letter.Russia-funded activity aimed at misinforming people and influencing US and European elections has been a major issue across all social networks over the past year and a half.Governments and intelligence agencies have pressured Facebook, Twitter and Google to investigate meddling that has already occurred and asked them to ensure it will be prevented in future.
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The Winklevoss twins own about 120,000 coins and have lost about $600 million during the bloodbath.Bitcoin, along with its cryptocurrency companions, has dropped massively in the past two days.The twins, who famously sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, bought their original bitcoins with part of the $65 million settlement from the case.The coins were worth less than $10 a piece back then.Now, Bitcoin is trading below $10,000 for the first time since November.The currency has seen a colossal drop after fears of a South Korean crackdown spooked investors on Thursday.
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Yup, you read that rightHeathrow Airport is to get new air traffic control radio systems with a surprising amount of internet connectivity baked into them.Northrop Grumman, of "horrendously expensive F-35 fighter jet" infamy, is supplying Britain's busiest airport with its Park Air T6 air traffic management product.This will replace Heathrow's existing radio equipment, used by air traffic controllers to communicate with (mainly) airliner pilots arriving at and leaving London's various airports."The Park Air Sapphire system at Heathrow also includes MARC Server, a configurable browser-based control and monitoring system allowing management of all the Sapphire assets from remote desktops or tablets," Northrop Grumman said in a statement.The system will be operated by National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Britain's largest privatised air traffic control company.
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Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has announced that its standalone virtual private network (VPN) service is now available to Android users.The Swiss company launched ProtonVPN in beta for desktop users back in March, before rolling it out to the public a few months later.Due to high demand, the company had to install a waiting list for the free version of the service, which was removed in September.ProtonMail offers a number of pricing tiers for its ProtonVPN service, ranging from free through to $24 per month depending on your requirements.For example, the top tier serves up ProtonVPN access on up to 10 devices with server access in all available countries, while the free incarnation has a one device limitation and server access in just three.So far, the company has only offered a native application for desktop users, however given that the service is built on the open source, open-standards OpenVPN, it has been compatible with other VPN clients that support OpenVPN.
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But the San Francisco company is moving beyond that idea to helping startups with design for manufacturing and hardware distribution.In ten years, Indiegogo has raised $1.3 billion for 800,000 entrepreneurs.Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot said the company started taking advantage of its relationships with hardware distributors and designers a couple of years ago, as it found that was where entrepreneurs were running into trouble.I met with Mandelbrot at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas last week.The company’s booth was in Eureka Park in the Sands Expo, where there were 800 startups showing off their wares.We talked about a variety of topics including equity crowdfunding and enterprise crowdfunding.
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Whereas for the past decade HD has reigned supreme, the last couple of years has seen the rapid rise of 4K, or ‘Ultra HD’.It’s got four times the amount of pixels as HD, which means four times sharper images with four times the detail.Bigger numbers are fun, but we’d argue that its the other technologies that have accompanied 4K that are actually more important.HDR means there’s a bigger difference between the lightest and darkest portions of an image, and increased color bit-depth means more colors are possible than ever before.It’s because of this that it’s important you make sure your next TV has the whole package.A cheap 4K TV might have the correct amount of pixels, but that’s no use if the rest of the package is filled with last-gen technology.
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The Kodak Pixpro Orbit360 4K launched only a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean the company hasn’t been busy in the time since (ahem, KodakOne).At this year’s CES, we had the opportunity to speak with Paul Meyhoefer, vice president of marketing for JK Imaging Ltd/Kodak, about the aforementioned Orbit360 and several other products Kodak plans to bring to market in the coming year.“It’s is the next-generation of 360 cameras,” Meyhoefer told Digital Trends, regarding the Orbit360.“It does both video and still photography, but what’s unique about this is that all the processing is built into the camera.”The device sports two hemispherical lenses, one on either side the camera’s plastic, rectangular body.The curved lenses — one of which is 155 degrees, and the other 235 degrees — work in tandem to create a 360-degree 4K image, which you can easily live-stream or upload via Wi-Fi to platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and the like.
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It’s difficult to gauge all the important trends at CES if you don’t roam the show floor (I leave that to my colleague Dean Takahashi).On the flip side, you better sit back to see the biggest trend — or, put another way, whatever was overkill this particular year.Sure, other AI assistants had a presence, whether that was Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, or even Baidu’s Duer.An assortment of speakers and sound bars naturally showed off Alexa integration, but so did desktops, laptops, phones, routers, TVs, cars, headphones, washers, dryers, refrigerators, light switches, smoke alarms, toilets, and even exhaust vents.Even Apple’s HomeKit partners jumped on board.In other words, if you were showcasing just another electronic, whether that be the latest iteration of your existing product or a new one altogether, Alexa was your feature highlight this year.
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After gently teasing fans all week, Nintendo suddenly threw up a bevy of Nintendo Switch announcements via a "Nintendo Direct Mini" video presentation this morning.Nintendo and Japanese third-party partners seem eager to provide the millions of Switch owners out there with quickly available, prepackaged content in the form of ports of games from older consoles (the kind we've been wondering about for months).The 14-minute trailer-packed video is filled with new footage and information, but we've condensed the important news down below if you can't watch right now:Dark Souls Remastered: No gameplay details were provided for this one, but given the title, it'll surely be a graphically touched-up version of From Software's hard-as-nails, 2011 dungeon crawler.Release date is set for May 25, and PS4, XB1 and PC versions will also be available.The World Ends with You Final Remix: Square Enix's Nintendo DS cult classic Japanese action RPG gets an HD remaster that includes a new scenario "that gets to the heart of the story."
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If you're trying to make a splash in Las Vegas, it helps to be flamboyant.Maybe that's why at CES 2018, LG showed off its top-tier V30 phone in a new vibrant shade.First announced on Jan. 3 and officially called "Raspberry Rose," the new color is a deep mixture that falls between fuchsia and magenta.It will be available first in Korea after CES wraps up, followed by other countries in Europe and Asia.The pink shade marks the newest color variation of the premium phone, which is also available in black, silver, blue and purple (though availability varies by market).The phone itself, however, remains the same as it was when it launched the fall of 2017.
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Oculus is known by many as the pioneer of modern virtual reality market.Oculus Rift and the Gear VR are two VR products that are known to everyone.Last October, the company introduced a new standalone headset that lies between these two products.Although the headset was announced two months ago, we do not know much about the specifications of the device.Yesterday, the Oculus Go arrived FCC thus we can now tell you that there will be two versions for sale.There will be a version with 32GB storage space and a variant with 64GB storage space.
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Here’s a guide to what gets collected by your smartphone and the apps running on it, and how you can take back some control.All of this data is used by apps to improve the user experience—so making sure your phone apps switch between landscape and portrait modes, and keeping you on the right route for your commute—but how much of this data is logged and stored is largely down to the choices of the handset manufacturer.In recent months OnePlus has been at the centre of a privacy kerfuffle over the way it was logging personally identifiable information (like device IDs) and transmitting that data back to OnePlus’s home base, ostensibly to improve the device’s user experience.Google’s privacy policy, which affects Android among other services, is here: You can see that as soon as you sign into Android with your Google account, your device gets linked to your Google credentials, and Google starts logging data such as the length and type of your phone calls, your phone’s location, the device you’re using, and more.While a lot of the data collected is the same, Apple differs from Google by making much of it anonymised or kept on your iPhone (and not sent back to Apple)—so while your location can be tracked on iOS, for example, Apple itself doesn’t know where you are, only your phone does.On top of the basic information collected by your smartphone and beamed back (or not beamed back) to the company that made your handset, there’s all the information collected by the apps you run too—the data that gets recorded and saved is down to an individual app’s privacy policies and the permissions you give it.
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In Outside TV‘s eight-episode original series “A Life in Proximity,” eight of the world’s most talented surfers spend each episode searching for waves in the most exotic of destinations.To go somewhere completely remote to ride the cleanest waves they could find.The concept of proximity — as stated in the first episode — is, “having two surfers at the top of their game be able to relate to each other in a way no one else can.” When experienced big wave veteran Shane Dorian was asked who he thought would be his best companion for the journey, he named the younger, uber-talented Albee Layer.From the production room to the breakProduced by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) in association with Taylor Steele, the series premiered on October 19th exclusively on Outside TV Features.“With talent so stacked on a project like Proximity and so many intense locations explored, it’s almost impossible to showcase every highlight in the confines of one film,” stated producer Taylor Steele in a press release.
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Dentsu Aegis Network has acquired the promotions and loyalty marketing business HelloWorld, with the aim of scaling its performance marketing agency, Merkle.The Michigan-based company, which counts Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft among its clients, has rebranded to become ‘HelloWorld, a Merkle Company’.The acquisition sees 370 members of staff join the Dentsu Aegis fold, alongside HelloWorld’s in-house technology platform.The network hopes its new purchase will bolster Merkle’s client proposition with added ‘loyalty solutions, performance media, customer relationship marketing, customer experience and enterprise technology services’.Founded in 1999 and with offices in Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles, HelloWorld is known for providing gamified promotional campaigns, loyalty programmes, communications services and analytics.Michael Hemsey, executive vice president of Merkle, said: “The acquisition of HelloWorld increases our collective scale in providing loyalty strategy, technology, and engagement services that support the life cycle of our clients’ programs, across industries.
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It used to be a shining gem in the mobile landscape, but the fall from lofty heights was well publicised.A new partnership with Baidu is the next step from Blackberry to prove it is still relevant.The partnership itself will focus on the development of autonomous vehicles, more specifically, Blackberry’s QNX operating system, which will form the foundations of Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform.The tie-up will also incorporate Baidu’s CarLife offering (smartphone integration software for connected cars) as well as its virtual assistant DuerOS onto the platform.“Blackberry QNX has established itself as the OS platform for safety-certified production-based systems,” said Li Zhenyu, GM of the Intelligent Driving Group at Baidu.“We aim to provide automakers with a clear and fast path to autonomous vehicle production, with safety and security as top priorities.
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Add to that an engaging user experience (UX), positive feedback, a high ranking and word of mouth, and your app was ensured continued success.The reality is that most people only interact with nine apps per day and a total of 30 apps per month.We’re witnessing the rapid rise of “smart” products and services everywhere.The Smart Playbook to App Development and MarketingSuccess starts with re-imagining the entire app development and marketing playbook.It’s essential to equip yourself with a modern toolkit to reach the right people, at the right time, on the right device, in the right channels–all with the right (personal) experience.
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China's deadline for the founder of embattled LeEco to return home has passed, but Jia Yueting is still nowhere in sight -- at least, not in the country.Jia won't be returning to China because he has to stay in the US to oversee and drive "many tasks" relating to the development of the FF91, but he has requested for his brother to meet the regulators last Friday, he said in a statement posted on Chinese Twitter-esque platform, Weibo, today.The FF91 is a luxury electric vehicle Jia is building with automotive startup, Faraday Future.In a notice dated Dec. 25, the China Securities Regulatory Commission had ordered Jia as the former CEO and person controlling LeEco and its related companies to return to the country to settle a mounting debt crisis.A Chinese court seized almost $200,000 worth of his assets in the same week in response to a company that says Jia owes it over 200 million yuan.The tweet comes a day after Jia's wife, Gan Wei, wrote on the same platform that she had returned to China on an "important mission."
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