LG has done a really terrible job keeping the G7 ThinQ under wraps. But clearly the company doesn’t mind. Building up the hype cycle is clearly more important to the handset maker than any kind of big reveal. In addition to leaked images from nearly every angle, the company has already issued several official press releases ahead of today’s big unveil in New York.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Today, researchers are have created technology to tap into the creative state between sleep and consciousness, YouTube reveals how many inappropriate videos it's deleted, Aleksandr Kogan apologises for Facebook data syphoning and more.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system designed to influence and tap into the murky, deeply creative state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness (Motherboard). Named Dormio, it takes advantage of this hypnagogic state by combining a hand-worn tracking device to monitor when the sleeper drifts off with and a Jibo social robot – which can be replaced by an app – that uses audio messages to slightly rouse the subject and suggest topics to dream about, such as a fork or a rabbit. The dreamers were then asked questions, via the robot, which produced intensely creative ideas and logical leaps, helping to generate novel ideas and, even after the event, boosting creative performance in the participants.
YouTube has published its first transparency report, revealing that it deleted 8.3 million videos for violating its guidelines between October and December 2017 (BBC News). Of those, over six and a half million were picked up by YouTube's automated flagging system, 1.1 million by expert members of its Trusted Flagger programme and just over 400,000 came from user reports, of which YouTube received over 28 million. In an accompanying blog post, the company explained the relationship between automated and human-reported flags, saying that "Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer. Our systems rely on human review to assess whether content violates our policies."
Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University researcher who developed the This is your Digital Life Facebook data syphoning survey app for Cambridge Analytica, has apologised for his actions, which led to details on 87 million Facebook users being captured for use in creating highly targeted political advertising technology (Ars Technical). Speaking to outlets including Buzzfeed News ahead of his scheduled testimony before Parliament today, Kogan also decried implications that he ever worked for or was involved with the Russian state. Speaking to The New York Times, Kogan said: "Back then, we thought it was fine. Right now, my opinion has really been changed. I think that the core idea we had – that everybody knows, and nobody cares – was wrong."
To mark the imminent arrival of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, LEGO has revisited an iconic piece of kit from the previous film, the Mark 44 Hulkbuster Iron Man suit (WIRED). The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition, which clocks in at a heroic 26cm tall and nearly 1,400 pieces (it took us just shy of four hours to build - the video is mercifully shorter). And it costs £119.99. Of all the superhero LEGO kits we've built, this one feels the most technical, and appropriately so - there's a lot of quite fiddly superstructure creating volume under the smoothed-over exterior, and you'll need to pay very close attention to some of the more intricate sections.
Doom might be the Ur-epitome of violent video games, but developer JP LeBreton has used its vision of hell to create a very different, far more peaceful kind of experience (PC Gamer). Described as "a cozy Doom mod that radically repurposes any Doom level into an Animal Crossing-like nonviolent social space where each monster has a name and something to say", you're a Guardian Demon charged with helping your colleagues relax and enjoy the better things in life. You can grab the Mr. Friendly mod for free on itch.io and you'll need the open source GZdoom 3.3 and a Doom IWAD file to play it - most free user created ones, and presumably, the original shareware levels, should work perfectly.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
An origami inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion to be transported to disaster zones across the globe has picked up first prize in a prestigious design competition
An origami-inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion could help provide temporary shelter to hundreds of people left homeless in disaster zones.
Designed by a group of Polish architects, the Skyshelter.zip concept could be packed into a box and carried underneath a helicopter to almost any site.
The structure of the skyscraper unfolds almost instantaneously thanks to a large load-bearing helium balloon placed within, which protects it from external forces.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
The terrifying robo-SPIDER: Eight-legged 'flic-flac' bot can curl up into a ball and roll after you at alarming speeds
A German technology company has built a robotic spider that looks like the stuff of nightmares.
Called the BionicWheelBot, the robo-spider is outfitted with eight terrifyingly spindly legs that allow it to walk, run and transform into a rolling wheel that can chase after you at alarming speeds.
Scientists from Festo modeled the somersaulting robot after the real-life flic-flac spider, which is known for its unusual movements.
Read Full Article Here: www.dailymail.co.uk
Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Nokia 7 Plus is powered by octa-core Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The Nokia 7 Plusruns Android 8.0 (Oreo) and Non-removable Li-Ion 3800 mAh battery. As far as the cameras concerns, 12 mega-pixel back camera and 12 mega-pixel front shooter for selfies.
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By 2020, China will have completed its nationwide facial recognition and surveillance network, achieving near-total surveillance of urban residents, including in their homes via smart TVs and smartphones.
According to the official Legal Daily newspaper, the 13th Five Year Plan requires 100 percent surveillance and facial recognition coverage and total unification of its existing databases across the country.
Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan reported in December that they had completed the installation of more than 40,000 surveillance cameras across more than 14,000 villages as part of the "Sharp Eyes" nationwide surveillance network, the paper said.
Guangdong-based Bell New Vision Co. is developing the nationwide "Sharp Eyes" platform that can link up public surveillance cameras and those installed in smart devices in the home, to a nationwide network for viewing in real time by anyone who is given access.
Read More Here: www.rfa.org
No more secrets! New mind-reading machine can translate your thoughts and display them as text INSTANTLY
Scientists have developed an astonishing mind-reading machine which can translate what you are thinking and instantly display it as text.
They claim that it has an accuracy rate of 90 per cent or more and say that it works by interpreting consonants and vowels in our brains.
The researchers believe that the machine could one day help patients who suffer from conditions that don't allow them to speak or move.
Read Full Article Here : www.dailymail.co.uk
Robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly more efficient, reliable and functional. Businessmen also see great cost benefits to them because robots do not need wages and health insurance.