Alexa: "Only if you must"Alexa is a feminist now, and she's an independent digital assistant who doesn't need no man.She'll also tell you to get drunk if you don't like your date and doesn't know what consent is.Amazon and dating site Match.com partnered up over a great idea: What if AI could help our romantic lives, and what if Amazon's digital assistant Alexa could give dating advice with the same efficiency she reads out butter chicken recipes?Resulting from this partnership, Alexa's Match skill was released on Wednesday (17 January), reports Mashable.As the skill's description puts it: "the new Match skill on Alexa answers all of your "What Ifs" before The First Date so you can go in feeling prepared, confident, and relaxed enough to be yourself and have some fun!"
2018 may be so new that you're still complaining about how rough 2017 was, but these early weeks have already changed the course of the auto industry, or at least revealed the path forward.That's because two of the most important exhibitions, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, happen every January.These are the shows where automakers fight for the attention of the media and the public, where they show us the cars we'll be driving, or driven by, as the future comes to pass.At CES 2018, the emphasis was still electrification, with flashy EV launches from the likes of Byton and Fisker.There was also a doubling down on autonomous driving technology.Companies are now getting confident about demonstrating their self-driving cars, including some without any human controls.
One of the Android platform’s biggest strengths is its customizability.Although not all parts are immediately exposed to users, some, especially app launchers, are no sweat to change.That said, getting access to those launchers, especially those from specific manufacturers, is not always easy.Even Google has somewhat withheld its Pixel, and now Android One, launchers from the rest of the world.Thankfully, there are hard-working developers like AmirZ, a.k.a.Amir Zaidi, who make things like a rootless Android One launcher available for all.
Authorities in Tennessee got an unexpected surprise when they responded to a burglary alarm at a cell phone store.Officers arriving at the Boost Mobile store in Knoxville discovered the "masked-up" suspect in the store was actually a raccoon.Knoxville Police posted pictures on Twitter of their discovery, showing the critter climbing up a wall of cell phone accessories and scampering across the floor.The store's business owner told WATE the animal fell through the store's ceiling, landed on a kiosk and created a big mess.The raccoon eventually escaped through the store's front door."The on-scene Sgt could not confirm or deny the suspect successfully escaped with an iPhone X," police said on Twitter.
The Tamper Evident Labeller from LSS is in compliance with the European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) 2011/62/EU.Part of this directive is the requirement for tamper-proof security of cartons.The labeller seals the carton.As an option, a printer and vision system of any brand can be integrated to provide each carton with a unique identification for track and trace and serialisation.The labeller has a capacity of up to 300 cartons/min.It provides tamper-proof sealing of reverse tuck end and airplane closing cartons.
Okay we admittedly don’t know what the crossover appeal is between those two, but one of Japan’s latest all-girl pop groups is betting that there is more than we think.Quartz Media has reported that Japan’s Kasotsuka Shojo is the world’s first cryptocurrency-themed pop group.The company manages several other popular brands and launched Kasotsuka Shojo as a way to educate people about cryptocurrency.Each of the group’s members represents different cryptocurrencies such as XEM, BCH, MONA, BTC, ADA, ETH, NEO, and XRP.“We want to promote the idea through entertainment that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology that will shape the future,” said Rara Naruse.仮想通貨をテ マにしたアイドルユニット「仮想通貨少女」は、2018年1月12日に東京 神田 宮地楽器 ZippalHallにて「仮想通貨少女・お披露目ライブ」を開催。 仮想通貨少女 pic.twitter.com/REZygRItN8
It’s no secret that despite talk of a tech bubble, the amount of money venture capitalists are willing to throw at startups isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.But a year-end report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association still offered up one surprise: 2017 saw the most capital invested in startups since the height of the dotcom era.While the Great Lakes region saw a respectable 70 percent increase in total venture capital invested from 2013 to 2017, the West Coast saw nearly a 96 percent increase during that same time period.Take Shipt, the biggest success story out of Birmingham, Alabama.Shipt raised a $40 million round in June 2017 — the largest round raised by an Alabama startup in all of 2017.The second largest round raised by an Alabama startup in 2017, according to PitchBook and the NVCA, was IllumiCare, which raised a mere $3.72 million.
After the success of Koolnee’s first device ever – the Koolnee K1 – the Chinese phone maker is back with an upgraded version of said phone, namely called Koolnee K1 Trio.Let’s check it out in the video below!The Koolnee K1 Trio was born thanks to the engineers and designers who have listened very carefully to the feedback from users.They then built a smartphone – or modified the original K1 – entirely based on that and the K1 Trio is what came out.The handset is indeed basically a K1 with a face lift at the front, more specifically the display now covers the top part of the phone, transforming it into a tri-bezel-less device, thus the “Trio” moniker.Koolnee then also moved the fingerprint scanner to the front for easier handling (according to users) and it was added Face ID technology as well as the handy split screen feature.
Cognata, an Israel-based artificial intelligence startup, is showing off its simulation engine for autonomous cars at CES 2018.The Cognata platform is a virtual world simulation engine that gives autonomous vehicle manufacturers and developers a way to train AI brains to drive safely.It’s like traffic school for robots.Cognata provides a realistic virtual automotive environment that simulates real-world test driving and generates fast, highly accurate results.The simulation engine reproduces sensor input by emulating interactions with real-world materials.Cognata can recreate cities anywhere in the world, allowing a dramatically expanded range of testing scenarios beyond the current limited geographies.
As of Thursday, patrons of Dunkin’ Donuts could step into the shops and behold a small miracle—racks and racks of those dizzyingly colorful donuts, all of them chemical free.After much work, the donut chain finally gave the boot to artificial coloring (though some limited-edition donuts may still contain it).If you’ve paid any attention to menu boards and ingredient lists in the past few years, you’ve watched one major brand after another frantically trying to offload artificial additives, preservatives, flavors, colors and anything else that can’t pass for “natural.” Dunkin’ Donuts is only the latest chain to do it.Consumers, says Mintel global food and drink analyst Jenny Zegler, have little concept of how tough these changes can be and tend to take the results for granted.For a brand as large as Dunkin’ Donuts especially, “it’s really difficult to find the ingredients that are substitutes for these artificial colors that look the same and taste the same—and cost the same.”Dunkin’ Donuts joins a very long list of brands that have invested time and money in reformulating recipes historically heavy with artificial stuff.
The Golden Age of Television continued through 2017, as we saw riveting performances, nail-biting storylines, and tearjerker moments in some of our favorite series, both new and old.From The Handmaid’s Tale bursting onto the scene and dominating the Emmys, to that shocking ending to the third season of Better Call Saul, networks and streaming services alike had us glued to our screens this year.What defines “the best” series among so many fantastic shows out there?For us, it’s a combination of great acting, compelling storylines, witty dialogue, and powerful cinematography, among other intangibles.We’ve narrowed down the field to these few favorites.Here are our picks for the best TV shows of 2017.
Following up on yesterday’s confirmation that security exploits can compromise computers with Intel processors, Intel today announced a timetable for updates to render recent computers “immune” to the exploits, now referred to as Spectre and Meltdown.It also provided some guidance on mitigation of the performance hits machines may take following the update.On the consumer and enterprise side, Intel says that it has “already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years.” By the end of next week, it plans to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of the past five years’ processors.Additionally, Intel notes that “many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they already updated their products and services.” But no timetable was announced for patching Intel processors greater than five years old, though reports have suggested that up to 15 years of Intel processors may be affected.Third-party benchmarking of the performance hits on affected machines ranged from 5-30 percent depending on the specific processor, OS, and task.Without offering details, Intel suggests that “the performance impact of [its] updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.” In cases where performance hits are higher, the company expects that future “improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact.”
With 29 orbital launches from US soil, America led the world in total launches in 2017 for the first time in more than a decade.And it wasn't really a close competition, as the United States was followed by Russia, with 20 launches, and China, with 19.All of the 29 US launch attempts were successful, whereas Russia had one failure (a Soyuz 2.1b rocket in November), and China had one failure (a Long March 5 rocket in July) and one partial failure (ChinaSat 9A in June).In 2016, the United States tied China for 22 launch attempts.Prior to that, Russia had led the world in orbital launch attempts every year since 2003, when space shuttle Columbia burnt up during its return through Earth's atmosphere.The surge in US launch attempts last year was led by SpaceX, which had a record year and completed 18 missions with its Falcon 9 rocket.
Speed, capacity and the ability to overclock are some key features PC builders should look for in their memory.Most recently, the ability to personalize memory kits with LEDs has become a need for high-end computer builders – and manufacturers have responded in kind with stylish RAM to enhance gaming experiences.Luckily, we’re here to help users find the computer memory that’s right for them.From Laptops to Macs, from general users to high-performance gamers, low-profile RAM or memory DIMMs with full-spectrum LEDs, this list offers the best RAM for any of your computing needs.On top of giving PC builders that extra touch of vibrancy lighting brings, the Corsair Vengeance LED series’ built-in heat spreaders maximize cooling for higher overclocking and maximum performance.Corsair’s Vengeance LED DDR4 series offers CL16 latency and 3,466 MHz speeds and color coordinated computing.
SoftBank honcho Masayoshi Son remains hugely bullish on India despite setbacks in a couple of big bets made on entering the market in late 2014.The Japanese giant announced a US$2.5 billion investment in Flipkart for the local ecommerce player to fight Amazon.We want to support innovative companies that are clear winners.We want to support innovative companies that are clear winners in India because they are best positioned to leverage technology and help people lead better lives,” said Son.SoftBank’s initial bet was on Snapdeal but it had to write down the investment as that ecommerce marketplace rapidly lost market share with the rise of Amazon India in 2016.The Snapdeal founders walked out of a merger with Flipkart after months of negotiation.
While our product innovations have built accessible and affordable content, community and commerce on top of a thriving deregulated and open internet, they have also been weaponized against society by bad actors.Social media became a vector of bullying and propaganda.Algorithms meant to personalize experiences have ended up amplifying bias.What’s worse is that as our industry has gained influence and power, we have also become plagued with sexual harassment scandals on top of a persistent lack of diversity.Further, there is another dynamic emerging where Congress is feeling threatened by the growing power of the businesses that we bring to the world.There is a growing bipartisan support for increased regulation of internet companies.
After Geekbench’s John Poole published a data-driven report this week linking diminished iPhone processing performance to battery age and iOS updates, a new wrinkle emerged in a long-standing debate over whether Apple was deliberately slowing down old iPhones.What if Apple programmed iPhones to slow down as battery power waned, knowing battery degradation was inevitable after a year or two of normal use?Now, Poole is calling for the company to be more transparent with iPhone customers about expected performance over time.For years, and despite plenty of anecdotal supporting evidence, Apple apologists aggressively downplayed the idea that the company would cripple aging iPhones, even as Apple remained mostly silent on the matter.Yet Poole’s data showed that as time passed and new iOS software was installed, certain iPhones began to score markedly lower in benchmark tests.For example, Poole explained that an iPhone 6s initially scoring 2,500 Geekbench points on iOS 10.2 might score only 1,000 by the time iOS 11.2 shipped a year later.
As the deadline for compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) draws ever closer, publishers and adtech players are urged to ensure their supply chain partners meet requirements, with both PageFair and AppNexus recently launching offerings that look to enable this.Earlier this week PageFair announced the launch of Perimeter, a self-styled “regulatory firewall” that will enable publishers to monetise their websites without the use of personal data by blocking all non-compliant third parties from entering the adtech chain, circumventing the need for individual adtech players to gain consent.This GDPR-friendly tool enables: frequency capping; attribution; impression counting, click counting; view-through counting; conversion counting; and fraud mitigation, all without personal data.Perimeter has been in development for two years and also works to fix the challenges associated with third party data leakage which will become illegal under GDPR, according to Pagefair.To do this, it blocks all third parties from accessing personal data unless both publisher and consumer have given their consent, in theory protecting both the publisher and advertiser from legal risk.Additionally, the tool provides publishers with a ‘consent system’ which will allow them to collect consent on behalf of their adtech partners, and interoperate that consent with other compliant consent management platforms.
Facebook, Slack and Telegram all support the most popular languages, while API platforms such as Dialogflow, LUIS and wit.ai offer SDKs for the majority.It also is one of the easier languages for a beginner to pick up with its consistent syntax and language that mirrors humans.This meant that when Python was first released it was applied to more diverse cases than other languages such as Ruby, which was restricted to web design and development.An interesting rival to NLTK and TextBlob has emerged in Python (and Cython) in the form of spaCy.Its main weaknesses are its limited community for support and the fact that it is only available in English.In a recent survey of more than 2,000 data scientists and machine learning developers, more than 57 percent of them used Python, while 33 percent prioritized it for development.
Often, these automotive experiments are carried out by racing departments—always catnip to nerds like me who begin to salivate at the mention of words like "homologation."It looks like a proper supercar—complete with dihedral doors—but it's as practical as a Porsche 911 and a lot more fuel-efficient.A convertible—the i8 Roadster—joined the line-up at this year's LA Auto Show, along with a slightly souped-up version of its urban EV, the i3S.A BMW will always have a steering wheelAutonomous and electric vehicles should be well outside of BMW's comfort zone.After all, this is a company best known for legendary internal combustion engines and building ad campaigns on the idea of driving for fun.