To wit, there were evil cackles from Alexa, fake phone calls from Google Assistant, and concerns a-plenty about the connected cameras and microphones filling our homes.That's not to mention the well-founded fears about the mass amount of data that these devices are asking to be trusted with (looking right at you, Facebook Portal."In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh,'" the company ultimately explained.which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.'"Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request."In this age of disinformation, where fake news thrives and the public has trust issues with technology, Google designed a machine that can deceive humans," wrote CNET's Bridget Carey, who also voiced concerns over the fact that Google's Assistant never identified itself as a robot.
Knowing which Americans have installed solar panels on their roofs and why they did so would be enormously useful for managing the changing U.S. electricity system and to understanding the barriers to greater use of renewable resources.To get accurate numbers, Stanford University scientists analyzed more than a billion high-resolution satellite images with a machine learning algorithm and identified nearly every solar power installation in the contiguous 48 states.The results are described in a paper published in the Dec. 19 issue of Joule.Above $150,000 a year, income quickly ceases to play much of a role in people's decisions.For example, in areas with a lot of sunshine and relatively high electricity rates, utility bill savings would exceed the monthly cost of the equipment.These tracts on average cover about 1,700 households each, about half the size of a ZIP code and about 4 percent of a typical U.S. county.
Many of us view the year's end as a time for reflection, and chemists are no different.As we say goodbye to 2018, Chemical & Engineering News (C), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, highlights the year's biggest chemistry trends, most memorable molecules and more in a special issue.As part of its wrap-up, the magazine peers into its crystal ball to predict the hottest chemistry advances to watch for in 2019.2018's top research stories illustrate the breadth and diversity of the chemistry enterprise, with topics including machine learning, new solutions for plastic waste, e-cigarettes, catalysts' molecular secrets and hearing-loss headway.C's most-read article for 2018 described new definitions for the kilogram and mole.And C readers voted holey graphene, a semiconducting version of graphene with periodic gaps in it, as the molecule of the year.
The most impressive Samsung Galaxy S10 model of the year 2019 was leaked today with a few unique details.This will be Samsung’s first 5G-capable smartphone, and it’ll look and feel a whole lot like the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S10 family.Comments made by Ice Universe this morning confirmed some details we’ve reported before: The Samsung Galaxy S10 unit with codename “Beyond X” will be the first to feature 5G connectivity and will be released after the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S10 family.Just as soon as 5G networks are ready to roll in the year 2019 – in South Korea and the USA.ToF is Time of Flight, and a ToF sensor estimates the distance between the device and the subject matter at which it’s pointed.That places it right on the largest side of the bunch of smartphones in the Galaxy S10 family.
An Uber driver arrested after attempting to attack police outside Buckingham Palace with a Samurai sword has been found not guilty of preparing terrorist acts following a trial at the Old Bailey.Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, from Luton, targeted police during the August 2017 incident but denied the attack was terror-related, insisting instead it was an attempt at “suicide by cop”.Jurors were unanimous in acquitting Chowdhury of one allegation of preparing acts of terrorism after a retrial at the Old Bailey.Chowdhury bit his lip, raised his eyebrows and then saluted the jurors after they spent 11 hours and 36 minutes considering the verdict.A woman in the public gallery cried “It should never have happened” moments after the verdict.The court heard previously how he was overpowered and detained by officers after he launched out of his Toyota Prius car brandishing the sword.
Less than two years after coming up with the name ‘Oath’ to encompass all its media properties, Verizon has sensibly concluded it’s a rubbish name.As a result it’s being rebranded as Verizon Media Group, a much more prosaic, utilitarian name and more of a default description than a brand, but nonetheless better than Oath.We don’t know how much good money was thrown after bad in trying to polish this turd of a name, but Verizon at least deserves credit for not persisting with it indefinitely.“I’m excited today to share that beginning January 8, 2019, Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand, representing our strong alignment as a core pillar of Verizon’s business,” wrote K. Guru Gowrappan, who replaced former AOL boss Tim Armstrong just ten days ago at the top of Oath.The immediate renaming of the group would appear to be a fairly symbolic act by Gowrappan and Armstrong is only hanging around until the end of the year.The rest of Gowrappan’s post commenced with the standard ‘this just goes to show how well everything’s going’ corporate spin that it’s apparently compulsory to attach to any announcement.
“We measure the data quality coming in on five different dimensions…”HSBC is building an AI-powered Client Intelligence Utility (CIU) built on 10 petabytes of corporate and institutional client data from 1.6 million clients.The utility will be underpinned by the largest aggregation of corporate and institutional client data HSBC has ever put together: 22,000+ physical tables of information.His team is now openly seeking help from AI specialists to develop the utility.HSBC plans to use the CIU to tailor how products are structured, offer predictive insight into how macroeconomic and geopolitical events can impact a client’s global risk profile – allowing it to hedge exposure – and help automate compliance efforts.(HSBC currently processes millions of transactions daily, sourced from 200 different data systems, 66 jurisdictions, 14 major product lines, and 75,000 data fields).
Blippar, a former UK tech industry “unicorn” said to have been worth more than $1 billion (£790m), has gone into administration over a funding dispute.The company was a pioneer in the field of augmented reality (AR), and its charismatic co-founder, Ambarish Mitra, at one time served as a brand ambassador promoting the UK tech sector in other countries.But more recently the company suffered from an apparent lack of direction and lost £35m last year.One of its major shareholders, Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, blocked an emergency $5m round of funding that would have diluted Kazanah’s share in the company.Blippar was founded in London in 2011 by Mitra and Omar Tayeb.It made its name with smartphone software that would display on-screen information, advertisements or animations when objects, landmarks or even people’s faces were picked up by the phone’s camera.
Let’s face it – we’ve often been wowed by a stylish-looking car or a sleek new smartphone, but very rarely has a home appliance caught your attention.But with the LG SIGNATURE collection, things are about to change.These aren’t just your normal home appliances – they’re cleverly-designed works of art that feature innovative design without compromising on technology.Take the LG SIGNATURE Air Purifier for example.This futuristic-looking piece of home kit looks great in any room of your house, and doesn’t generate any loud noises while it works hard to purify your air.It also helps to keep moisture in the air at healthy levels – too many times the constant use of central air-conditioning can lead to quite dry air indoors, which in turn can lead to a number of health-related issues.
Divers claimed biz knew of defective kit, failed to fix itAs anyone who has gone scuba diving will understand, it is critical that you know how deep you are, how long you have been diving, the air pressure in your tank, and how much air you have left.Without this knowledge, divers risk ascending too quickly, and can get the bends: nitrogen absorbed in body tissue forms bubbles and can cause everything from headaches and joint pain to paralysis and, in extreme cases, death.Which is why two divers, Ralph Huntzinger and Eric Bush, were less than excited when their diving computers, bought from scuba company Aqua Lung and manufactured by Finnish company Suunto, appeared to malfunction and allegedly started displaying the wrong depths, wrong air time left, and wrong air pressure.They soon discovered that their problems were not a one-off, and other divers had complained about the same computers.It is even feared a diver died in 2010 due to a malfunctioning Cobra 2 Suunto computer: the brand new gizmo said the diver, Pamela Seigman, 55, had plenty of air left but her supply had in fact run out, it is claimed, and she drowned.
On Tuesday, Micromax launched two new smartphones, the first of its new Notch series, the Infinity N11 and Infinity N12.Both devices will be available both online as well as in major offline retail stores across the country starting December 25.So far, the company has only announced the colour variants of the Infinity N12- Blue Lagoon, Velvet Red, and Viola.The variants for the Infinity N11 are still unknown.Both phones feature a 6.19-inch HD+ (720x1500 pixels) notched display, with 18.9:9 aspect ratio.There is a dual rear camera with identical specs on both devices- one 13MP sensor and another 5MP sensor.
Tiny, disordered particles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, find UCL and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.The study, published today in Nanoscale, reports a new, scalable method for making a material that can reversibly store magnesium ions at high-voltage, the defining feature of a cathode.While it is at an early stage, the researchers say it is a significant development in moving towards magnesium-based batteries.To date, very few inorganic materials have shown reversible magnesium removal and insertion, which is key for the magnesium battery to function."Lithium-ion technology is reaching the boundary of its capability, so it's important to look for other chemistries that will allow us to build batteries with a bigger storage capacity and a slimmer design," said co-lead author, Dr Ian Johnson (UCL Chemistry)."Magnesium battery technology has been championed as a possible solution to provide longer-lasting phone and electric car batteries, but getting a practical material to use as a cathode has been a challenge."
Netflix revived a story first brought to TV as a Nickelodeon show with its newly launched original series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.The new series is quite different from the first, though they both share some common elements.The new series has proven popular with fans, prompting the company to order another 16 episodes that will be split between two “seasons.”The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina launched in recent weeks with an 11-episode “season” listed as Part 1 on Netflix.The company had already ordered Part 2 for the show, which is supposed to be 10 episodes long.With this latest renewal, Netflix has committed to releasing a third and fourth season, as well.
Facebook said Thursday it identified and removed hundreds of pages and accounts linked to Myanmar military efforts to spread fake news and hate speech, which has fueled deadly violence in the country.In all, Facebook said it removed 425 Facebook pages, 135 Facebook accounts, 17 Facebook groups and 15 Instagram accounts linked to the Myanmar military "engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior" on the platform.The purge is the second takedown targeting Myanmar military activity on Facebook that the social network has undertaken in recent months.In August, Facebook removed 18 accounts and 52 pages associated with the ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country.The pages removed in the recent purge masqueraded as independent news, entertainment, beauty and lifestyle pages.One of the pages removed had about 2.5 million followers, Facebook said.
When we got behind the wheel of Porsche's lightweight and (relatively, for Porsche anyway) low-buck Carrera T, we were thrilled at how amazingly fun and driver-focused it was, but it left us wondering what a T version of the 718 twins would be like.Thankfully, Porsche seems to have wondered the same thing because it announced the 718 Boxster and Cayman T models on Tuesday.What exactly goes into a "T" model?Unlike the more costly GTS model, the T is based on the non-S version of the 718.It gets the base engine, which produces a still-healthy 300 horsepower from its turbocharged flat-four engine.Buyers can choose to leave things out of the car too, like the stereo.
Actor and director Penny Marshall, best known for her role as Laverne in the '70s TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley and for directing blockbusters such as 1992's A League of Their Own, died on Monday at the age of 75.In addition to the Happy Days spinoff show Laverne & Shirley, Marshall acted as a guest star in numerous TV shows such as '70s comedy series The Odd Couple.Marshall was also the first guest star on The Simpsons in the role of Ms. Botz, aka The Babysitter Bandit in the 1990 episode "Some Enchanted Evening" during the show's first season on Fox.Later in her career, Marshall became an in-demand director with hits including the 1986 action-comedy Jumpin' Jack Flash starring Whoopi Goldberg and 1988's feel-good comedy Big starring Tom Hanks.With Big, Marshall became the first female director to helm a movie that grossed over $100 million.Marshall's brother Garry Marshall (who died in 2016) was also a well-known director and screenwriter.
Episode 39 of Digital Trends Live saw trending headlines about the Boring Company tunnel demonstration and a plant-robot hybrid.We were also joined by Alana Mitchell to talk about Skincare by Alana, as well as a pair of Digital Trends writers who talked about advancements in cars and robotics over the last year.An invite-only demonstration for the Boring Company’s Hawthorne test tunnel in California was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the first two miles of the high-speed transit system.While we don’t have a ton of information about the demo as of yet, this could be the first step toward long-term traffic solutions in California.We also talked about Elowan, the first cybernetic plant of its kind, unveiled this month by Harpreet Sareen and other designers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Elowan is a plant-robot hybrid that moves around on a mechanical base in response to stimuli.
With a rising middle class and a booming tech startup scene, Southeast Asia (SEA) sits where China did 10 years ago — on the cusp of a major economic boom fueled by the tech industry.The only questions over the last few years have been: When will the tipping point be reached, and when will SEA mature from a promising regional market into the next big world economy?I’ve seen promising signs that in 2019, our region may finally reach that tipping point.For example, a multitude of cultures are represented and a large number of languages are spoken — in Indonesia alone, more than 700 languages are spoken across 17,000 islands.According to World Bank data, GDP per capita in Singapore, SEA’s wealthiest nation, is 9 times that of Indonesia, 24 times that of Vietnam and 44 times that of Myanmar, one of its poorest countries.An influx of Sea Turtles will fuel global growth
What's better than bragging about your favorite game winning an award?Getting a discount on it.Lucky for you, you might be able to do both soon: Valve has announced that voting for the Steam Awards kicks off on the same day as its annual Winter Sale: Dec. 20th.Steam sales may be a long running tradition, but the awards aspect is relatively new, having only started up in 2016.Back then, they were a little tongue in cheek, featuring categories like "Villain Most In Need Of A Hug," and "Best Use Of A Farm Animal."This year seems a bit more straightforward, with categories for Game of the Year, Best Developer, and Better with Friends.
But spare a thought for 'nauts coming home in punctured SoyuzRoundup It's been a packed week to round out the year for rocket fans still giddy from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital jaunt.Rocket Lab – most definitely in businessSmall-sat specialists Rocket Lab celebrated a third successful launch of its Electron rocket at 06:33 UTC on Sunday from New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula, deploying a 78kg payload of 13 satellites into orbit.— Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) December 16, 2018The "It's Business Time" launch was just over a month ago and the latest brings the total satellites dumped in orbit by the company this year to 24.