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Google Photos Can Now Recognize Your Pets And Automatically Group Their Photos: Here’s How It Works : TECH : Tech Times

Self-driving car technology faces a crucial test in the U.S. Some people take tons of photos of their pets all day. Google has now updated Google Photos to make sure those photos are properly recognized, categorized, and grouped, as it does on humans.  ( Google ) Google has now updated its Photos app to recognize individual multiple pets that users have in the household. The app will now automatically group photos of pets together the same way it groups photos…

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The billion dollar widget steering the driverless car industry

No matter what it took, David Hall was going to kill that clown. He maneuvered Drillzilla for another ramming run. The robot was squat and heavy, with serrated blades coming off one end and a sharp drill whirling on the other. Across the arena, Conquering Clown awaited. It had the face of a goofy jokester, but its hands were a pair of smashing hammers and its body was equipped with a pair of circular saws. Drillzilla managed to flank the…

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Gentleman takes issue with fellow car racer’s parking skills / Boing Boing

At Anderson Speedway in Indiana, driver Jeffrey Swinford was not pleased with Shawn Cullen for crashing into him and taking both of them out of a race. Then Cullen was not pleased with Swinford parking his car on top of Cullen’s. Fisticuffs led to a tazin’ for Mr. Cullen, aka a typical night in my home state. Via IndyStar: After burning off an angry donut and verbally expressing some frustration, Swinford did the unthinkable. He turned the Crazy Figure 8…

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‘WTF?’ author Tim O’Reilly says tech and business elites are setting the world up for ‘war and revolution’

O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly says he’s trying to prevent a “disaster.” On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, O’Reilly explained how the title of his new book, “WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us,” can be read in two ways. “‘WTF’ is an expression, either of amazement or dismay,” he said. “And technology can give us both; in fact, it often is. I’m saying, ‘What’s the future? It can be the WTF…

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Apple and GE team up on software to track power plants, machinery

(Reuters) – Apple Inc and General Electric Co say they are working together to make it easier to write software that can track power plants and jet engines on Apple’s iPhones and iPads. The companies have come up with a tool for app developers to connect Apple’s iOS operating system more easily to Predix, the cloud-based software at the heart of GE’s effort to turn itself into a “digital industrial” company. The Predix software connects sensor-laden industrial machines like wind…

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Microsoft’s Snapdragon laptops will have multi-day battery life

Microsoft’s Snapdragon laptops will have multi-day battery life MICROSOFT HAS claimed that its new ARM-based laptops will blow standard laptops out of the water when it comes to battery life. According to a report in Trusted Reviews, the company’s first round of Windows 10 machines powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips will be out in December. The company is already testing “hundreds” of devices running Qualcomm processors to check Windows compatibility with Pete Bernard, principal group program manager for Connectivity…

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Man’s Kung Fu Slinky Tricks On Talent Show Program

Because Slinkies are making a comeback in a big way just like slap bracelets are (at least I hope so — I bought an 8′ x 12′ storage unit full of each to sell right before Christmas), this is a video from a Chinese talent show program of a guy pulling every move out of his bag of Slinky tricks. *shrug* Everybody needs a hobby. For some people it’s Slinkies, for other people it’s yo-yos or Rubik’s Cubes or domino…

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Invoxia’s latest Triby IO speaker works with both Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit

Invoxia has a new smart Bluetooth Triby speaker that works with both Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit. Triby IO is similar to its predecessor physically, featuring an adorable retro inspired design with a handle, rechargeable battery, and a magnet on the back so it can be attached to places like a refrigerator. Most importantly, it now adds HomeKit support for anyone that’s bought into Apple’s smart home ecosystem. “The Triby becomes one of the first portable HomeKit switches,” Invoxia CEO…

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Sonos Finally Squished Alexa Into a Speaker, But Maybe Just Buy a Dot

Sonos wouldn’t like it, but you could call its new smart speaker an “Echo.” A high-end, very nice-sounding, but flawed Amazon Echo—the kind someone who just got a promotion might buy themselves, because unlike the £50 Dot or new £100 Echo, this speaker will set you back £200. Sonos has talked up smart speakers for more than a year, but now that it’s finally releasing one, the Sonos One, the big debut feels anti-climactic. Yes, the One sounds and looks…

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US v Microsoft: data privacy case heads to Supreme Court – General

Long-running case between Department of Justice and Microsoft is considered pivotal for data privacy rights. The American Supreme Court will hear a case between Microsoft and the US government about data privacy — but Microsoft would prefer if Congress would just write new laws. The long-running case started back in 2013, when Microsoft refused to hand over emails held in an Irish data center to US authorities who were investigating drug trafficking. A judge initially upheld the US warrant, but…

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Big Blue back on the attack, analysts cautious

(Reuters) – IBM shares surged 5 percent on Wednesday after the world’s first big computing company beat expectations on third-quarter revenue and gave an outlook that hinted it was back on a growth track after six years in retreat. There was no initial sign of changes to major brokerage trading recommendations or price targets for International Business Machines Inc and most shied away from calling a complete turnaround in the company’s fortunes. But the results pushed Big Blue shares 4.7…

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Voices in AI – Episode 9: A Conversation with Soumith Chintala

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese In this episode, Byron and Soumith talk about transfer learning, child development, pain, neural networks, and adversarial networks. 0:00 Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Today our guest is Soumith Chintala. He is an Artificial Intelligence Research Engineer over at Facebook. He holds a Master’s of Science and Computer Science from NYU. Welcome to the show, Soumith. Soumith Chintala: Thanks, Byron. I…

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More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes / Boing Boing

The Week catches up on a few years’ worth of “minor to major” edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about old Yorkshiremen enjoying their endless retirements. Someone should make that sound tragic and sinister instead, a sort of “Last of the Middlesborough Vodka.” Also: On Thursday…

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Google Chrome 62 Stable is out

Google announced the availability of Google Chrome 62 Stable today for all supported operating systems on the Chrome Releases blog. The new version of Chrome brings the version of the web browser to 62.0.3202.62 on the stable channel. Chrome 62 comes with security fixes and other improvements. Google released the full change log on the Google Source website; beware, the log is very long and it may take hours for you to go through it. The following guide lists the…

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Discovering the threats below the surface on the Dark Web

You can’t stop what you can’t see coming. Understanding the value of intelligence gathering on the Dark Web and gaining Open Source tools to better protect your company The Dark Web is inherently scary for those who are unfamiliar with it, which to be frank, is most of us. Even asking most regular internet users to define what the Dark Web is could be quite a stretch. Most will probably rattle off something about open-air drug markets, illicit pornography, and…

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This organic robot could save lives

Stanford University researchers created this vine-like robot that can move around by ‘growing’ and shrinking. Inspired by natural organisms like fungi, this polyethylene robot can grow up to 72 meters long and move at 35 km/h just by inflating and deflating its limbs. It can lift a 100 kg crate, crawl under small gaps, create a free-standing structure and navigate difficult spaces thanks to the camera on its arm/tentacle. Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot on…

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How To Enable Speech Recognition on Windows 10; A Step By Step Tutorial

Windows Speech Recognition was introduced in Windows Vista Operating System and allows a user to control a computer through voice commands, without the need of a keyboard or a mouse. With the help of speech recognition, users can dictate text within documents and e-mails, control the operating system user interface, move the mouse cursor, and perform keyboard shortcuts. The accuracy of speech recognition increases through use, and the feature adapts itself to a user’s grammar, word usage, speech patterns, and vocabulary.…

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Studio behind Dead Space gets shut down, Star Wars game gutted

Visceral Games, the studio behind Dead Space and Dante’s Inferno, has officially been shut down, EA has announced. The publisher added that people from the Visceral Games team will be integrated into other EA projects. Notably, the Star Wars game being developed at the now-defunct studio is being delayed. “In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game,” explained EA’s Patrick Söderlund. “Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with…

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Vidéotron expands partnership with motion detection company Aerial

Quebecor-owned regional carrier Vidéotron has expanded its partnership with Aerial, a Montréal-based provider of wireless motion detection tools. Aerial’s motion detection technology relies on existing wireless signals to recognize people and animals, and gather data about their activities and locations. This works because Wi-Fi signals interact with walls, doors, objects and bodies. A person moving through this wireless mesh disrupts the signals in a unique way, giving them their own ‘signature,’ which the company uses to track them. The disruption in the wireless…

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