Microsoft Research uses AI to help drones soar like eagles
Aug16

Microsoft Research uses AI to help drones soar like eagles

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Microsoft is looking to the skies for its next round of AI inspiration. Specifically, Redmond’s Research division is using the birds that capture columns of warm air to glide around without expending much energy to guide its work. So far, it’s been able to keep a 16.5 foot, 12.5 pound sailplane in the air thanks in part to algorithms that aid the craft in finding and using the thermals. “Birds do this seamlessly, and all they’re doing is harnessing nature.” principal researcher Ashish Kapoor says. “And they do it with a peanut-sized brain.” AI doesn’t have a brain, per se, so it has to not only assess air temperature, but then predict where the next thermal might be and then catch it. For this test, though, the craft had a motor and someone on the ground with a remote control serving as backup in case the craft’s smarts failed. The ultimate goal is to keep the craft in the air indefinitely with solar or wind power, and, perhaps serve as autonomous floating cell towers. Kind of like what Google’s Project Loon and Facebook’s Tether-antenna. More than that, Microsoft is looking at the complex AI at play here as a proving ground for applications where algorithms need to make split-second decisions — like self-driving vehicles. Source: Microsoft Research Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Home voice calling starts rolling out today
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Google Home voice calling starts rolling out today

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google Home is getting a big upgrade today: The smart speaker can now place voice calls, no cellphone needed. This feature was first announced back at Google I/O in May, but it’s now ready to roll out to users in the US and Canada. It’s yet another feature that helps keep the Home competitive with Amazon’s Echo family, which added calling back in May. We haven’t gotten to try it out yet, but it sounds like it should be pretty straightforward to get your Home working as a speakerphone. But there are a few things you’ll want to know before you give it a shot. For starters, voice calling on Google Home supports multiple users, so anyone in your household who has set up the device to recognize her particular voice will be able to make calls directly from her personal contact list. Basically, that means if you and a roommate both ask Home to call your mom, it’ll use your contacts to find and call the right parent. Speaking of contacts, you’ll need a Google account with a well-maintained contact list for this to be useful. If you’re an Android user, this probably won’t be an issue. But if you’re using iOS and have also had a Gmail account for a long time, it’s entirely possible your contacts list is long, unorganized and unruly. Fortunately, Google has made managing your contacts online much, much easier in recent years: The current web contacts interface for your Google account is simple and clean. And if you have a master list stored somewhere else, you should be able to export it and then import it into your Google account without much trouble. As Google said when this feature was first announced, Home doesn’t actually use your cellphone to place a call. Obviously, most everyone with a Google Home will also have a smartphone of some sort, but if your phone breaks or is otherwise unavailable, that won’t stop you from from making calls through your smart speaker. Unfortunately, that means the people you call won’t see your familiar phone number pop up when you ring them from Google Home. Instead, they’ll see “unknown caller” or “no caller ID” — not the best thing to pop up, given the growing annoyance of robo-callers. The good news is that Google will let you link your personal phone number to Google Home by the end of the year, so at least this will be a temporary problem. That said, if you use Google Voice or Project Fi, you can link those numbers up...

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T-Mobile boosts coverage with the first 600MHz LTE network
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T-Mobile boosts coverage with the first 600MHz LTE network

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. That cellular equipment you see above may not look like much, but don’t dismiss it too quickly — it could be crucial to the future of wireless data. T-Mobile has switched on the world’s first 600MHz LTE sites in Cheynne, Wyoming, promising less congested networks (and thus higher real-world speeds) and better coverage, especially indoors and in those rural areas where range is vital. It’s a modest start, but the carrier promises more 600MHz sites in 10 additional states before the year is over. The tricky part is getting a device that can take advantage of it… you’ll have to wait a while for that. The network notes that both LG and Samsung expect to ship 600MHz-ready phones sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017. While there’s no mention of which phones are in line, the timing suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 and V30 may be first in line. Whatever shows up, this could still leave you waiting a while before you can find out whether or not 600MHz is as helpful as T-Mobile makes it out to be. That’s especially true if you live elsewhere in the world, where 600MHz wireless is a long-term dream at best. It’s potentially a coup for T-Mobile. While the 700MHz LTE you see across big carriers today isn’t exactly crude, it doesn’t perform quite as well as the 600MHz band. And T-Mobile’s huge number of 600MHz licenses gives it plenty of headroom, whether it’s for additional customers or future 5G rollouts. This isn’t to say that rivals like AT&T or Verizon are necessarily in trouble. It’s just that T-Mobile might have an ace up its sleeve. Source: T-Mobile Newsroom Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google adds allergy forecast info to mobile search results
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Google adds allergy forecast info to mobile search results

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. One antihistamine or two? Google is making sure hay fever sufferers can answer that question in double quick time, thanks to the new addition of pollen measurements in search results. Plug an allergy- or pollen-related query into your Android smartphone and search results will now include a simple breakdown of current and predicted pollen levels. The new type of rich card result is populated by data from The Weather Channel, and as always, you can get more detailed info by tapping on the card itself. Search within the Google app and you’ll also be prompted to turn on notifications. Your phone will hit you with a reminder if the pollen count is creeping particularly high in your area so you can dash to the nearest store and grab a pocket-pack of tissues before you start streaming from every facial orifice. Source: Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Docs version tracking makes collaboration easier
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Google Docs version tracking makes collaboration easier

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Since adopting the G Suite moniker in September, Google has been steadily beefing up Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Whereas, in the past its updates have targeted select sets of users (like one-tap citations for researchers) its latest crop of tools are all-encompassing. And, they’re all about tracking changes on collaborative docs — even from mobile devices. Google seems to be fond of rebrands, because starting today “revision history” is dubbed “version history.” This is the place where you can track your team’s changes. The new title also brings with it the ability to assign custom names to versions of a doc, sheet, or slide. That way you can keep on top of things by maintaining a historical record of your squad’s progress. It can also be used to indicate that a doc is actually final (as in completed). If you’re someone that likes to review documents on the go, Google has you covered. Now, you can suggest edits to a doc from an iPhone or Android handset, and an iPad. Just click the three dots menu at the bottom right of your screen, turn on the “suggest changes” toggle, and input your thoughts in the new “suggestion mode.” Docs is also receiving a couple of quick-action prompts, including a new preview option that scrubs out comments and suggested edits to show a clean version of your draft. Or, you can skip the review stage altogether by instantly accepting or rejecting all changes. Both options can be accessed via the tools drop-down menu. Rounding out the updates are a bunch of new templates and add-ons for businesses. And, G Suite is also integrating Google Cloud Search (which uses machine learning to find relevant info from across Google’s productivity apps) for business and enterprise customers. Source: Google Blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Shonin’s wearable Streamcam simplifies personal security
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Shonin’s wearable Streamcam simplifies personal security

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. In times like these, you learn to keep yourself safe with what you have on hand. Whether that’s broadcasting to Facebook Live, Periscope or Instagram, people have been using their phones to capture video for the world to see. The problem is that uploading live video takes a serious toll on your handset’s battery. That’s where Shonin’s Streamcam comes in. Billed as a wearable security camera — not a life-logging device — the gizmo has a swath of features designed to help keep you safe without draining your phone’s battery. We’re talking IP67 waterproof construction (like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus), automatic cloud backup and a simple one-touch recording system. The Streamcam is available in LTE and WiFi flavors, and will record encrypted 1080p video to an included, and expandable, 8Gb SD card. An available clip-on battery pack will double the camera’s shooting time, too. It’s worth noting that base battery life isn’t listed anywhere on the pitch page, however. Shonin promises direct broadcasts to Facebook, YouTube and “many other destinations” as well. If there’s a downside, it’s that the Streamcam won’t begin shipping until next February. That’s the nature of Kickstarter projects. Given that Shonin’s cofounder Sameer Hasan was behind the Kobu e-reader, maybe any worries about this device actually coming to market are unfounded. The Kickstarter campaign has already raised $116,642 of its initial $30,000 target. If the $150,000 stretch goal is hit, the team promises to add software-based image stabilization. Currently, two early bird backing tiers have yet to sell out. $169 will get you a WiFi model, and $10 more will upgrade you to a LTE-equipped camera. The price goes up from there, but unlike other campaigns there aren’t any crazy things like dinner with the design team. Instead, Shonin is keeping everything focused on the product itself, opting for hardware bundles instead. Refreshing, no? Source: Kickstarter Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Protests supporting fired Google employee have been postponed
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Protests supporting fired Google employee have been postponed

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The multi-city Google protests organized by alt-right conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec have been called off for now. Posobiec began planning the protests after James Damore was fired by Google for circulating his ridiculous, nonsensical anti-diversity memo and the marches scheduled in multiple cities across the country were said to be demonstrations in support of free speech. “Google is a monopoly, and its abusing its power to silence dissent and manipulate election results. Their company YouTube is censoring and silencing dissenting voices by creating ‘ghettos’ for videos questioning the dominant narrative,” said Posobiec on Medium. “The firing of James Damore for calling out Google’s Echo Chamber of Ideology is only further proof of Google’s insidious anti-free speech agenda.” Peaceful March on Google Postponed Due to Alt Left Terrorist Threats https://t.co/Hpp5mdfhpT pic.twitter.com/PDUUO8CVYS — Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 16, 2017 But in an early morning tweet and a post on the protest’s website, Posobiec announced that the marches have been postponed due to “credible Alt Left terrorist threats for the safety of our citizen participants.” This is something Posobiec has been going on about on Twitter for the last few days, usually referring to the protests as a peaceful march on Google, strong emphasis on the “peaceful.” He points to the tiny code of conduct he created for the event as evidence of the peacefulness of the protests and seems outraged that others have (supposedly) threatened that peace. However, throwing around the word peaceful, doesn’t make something so, and a code of conduct isn’t going to ensure it either. Plus, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if these “credible threats” don’t actually exist. Posobiec was active in spreading the PizzaGate and Seth Rich conspiracy narratives, so his credibility isn’t exactly up to snuff. The real explanation for the postponements could be a lack of engagement with the events. Facebook events for marches in Pittsburgh, Boulder and Austin, for example had just five, one and three confirmed attendees, respectively. Posobiec appears to be holding out hope that people will jump on board though. In his post about the postponement he said, “We hope to hold our peaceful march in a few weeks’ time.” Via: Recode Source: March on Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Optical laser uses shockwaves to peer inside distant planets
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Optical laser uses shockwaves to peer inside distant planets

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Scientists at SLAC’s National Accelerator Laboratory are able to peer even further into space thanks to an improved optical laser. The laser uses shockwaves to create high pressure conditions in materials, and the material’s response is then captured by an ultra-bright X-ray laser, revealing what’s going on inside planets and meteors. Upgrades to the optical laser means it’s now three times more powerful, with the equivalent power of 17 Teslas discharging their 100 kilowatt-hour batteries in a single second. Using this technology researchers have already investigated the effects of meteor impacts on minerals within the Earth’s crust, but the increased range and power of the laser means scientists can now begin exploring higher pressure material much further away. Shaughnessy Brennan Brown, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, said the upgrade enables researchers “to generate exciting, previously-unexplored regimes of exotic matter — such as those found on Mars, our next planetary stepping stone — with crucial reliability and repeatability”. Source: SLAC Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The Essential Phone is finally shipping next week
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The Essential Phone is finally shipping next week

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Ex-Android boss Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will start shipping next week, at least in one color, according to an email spotted by 9 to 5 Google. “As shipment of your Pure White device is still a couple of weeks away, we want to give you the option to change your order from a Pure White to a Black Moon device, which will ship within seven days,” it reads. That should be a relief to folks who placed pre-orders, as the device was originally supposed to ship in June. The Essential Phone has top-tier specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and an amazing, nearly edge-to-edge screen. With a cutout on the display for the selfie camera, it could be a preview for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, which has a similar, but larger cutout, judging by leaked renders. Sprint has an exclusive on the Essential Phone at launch, and will supposedly start selling it on Friday, August 18th. However, it’s only a carrier exclusive — you can also buy it from Essential’s site, and it should work on any other carrier (“unlocked phone, all carriers, no traps,” the marketing says). Amazon’s Alexa fund is an investor, so it may come to that site and other retailers later. At $699, or $749 with a 360-degree camera, it’s not exactly a budget device like the $499 OnePlus 5 (which has slightly better specs), so we imagine you’ll want some more info about what it’s like. Luckily, Essential is holding a “First Look” event next week, on August 25th, and with the Sprint release ahead of that, we should know more about it very soon. Source: 9 to 5 Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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ESPN's Apple TV app streams four live feeds at once
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ESPN's Apple TV app streams four live feeds at once

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Just in time for football season, ESPN updated its Apple TV app to include a handy new feature for sports fans. Thanks to tvOS MultiCast, you can now watch up to four live streams at once across all of the network’s programming options. This means you can put shows and events from ESPN’s broadcast channels beside the online-only streams at the same time. It sounds fairly straightforward, but it’s sure to come in handy when you’re trying to follow multiple things that overlap in your viewing schedule. Of course, you don’t have to watch four at once. You can also choose to watch one, two or three feeds and arrange them in one of five different layouts that suits you best. And yes, you can re-order the feeds, select audio and change to fullscreen view when the action gets intense. When you want to go back watching to all of your streams at once, you can do so easily. Sure, this isn’t the first app to allow multi-feed viewing as the MLB At Bat app and ABC News are among the options already employing the feature. However, with football season nearly here, it makes a lot of sense for ESPN to take advantage and allow fans to track multiple games on Saturday afternoon. Yes, the ESPN app on Apple TV requires a cable subscription — at least until next year when Disney launches a standalone service for the 24/7 sports network. Via: Recode Source: ESPN Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Hope Floats' is a seaborne bot that spams lawmakers with calls
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'Hope Floats' is a seaborne bot that spams lawmakers with calls

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. On a plain white wall at a large Brooklyn gallery, a seemingly old-fashioned phone booth sits about five feet off the ground. The words “Hope Floats” are painted in white on the black box, which houses a computer, a screen, a keyboard and a handset. It’s a nondescript façade for a potentially subversive art-meets-tech project. Hope Floats is a two-part interactive installation that encourages you to pick up the phone and make your voice heard, and it is also a commentary on the aging technology that powers the American political system. The project started out as a reaction to the 2016 US presidential election. “Right after the election, we were strapped with wanting to provide something to our community (in Red Hook) and our audience … People needed to get stuff out,” says Bethany Tabor, technology programs manager at Pioneer Works, the nonprofit foundation behind Hope Floats. At first, the idea was to build something cathartic. “We wanted to just build a screaming booth where you could go in and scream,” added David Sheinkopf, the organization’s director of technology. But Sheinkopf wanted to encourage what he called “constructive expression” instead of futile yelling, so the team decided to develop something more effective. So they set about building a phone booth for people to call their elected officials. That’s the first part of Hope Floats, which launched online and in physical form this past Sunday at Pioneer Works’ monthly open house, which happens every second Sunday. As hundreds of New Yorkers wandered around the bright, airy gallery, the installation was actually quite easy to miss. Aside from a small sign next to the phone booth, there wasn’t an eye-catching setup to draw your attention to the installation. Still, several people stopped to read the project’s on-screen explanation, while a handful of them stayed to leave a message. If sending your representative a note is something you prefer to do in private, you can also do so on the Hope Floats website. The physical phone booth lets people without internet access use the service. Sheinkopf pointed to the neighborhood’s elderly population as an example. Only one phone booth is up and running at Pioneer Works right now, but Sheinkopf says the dream is to have phone booths that are solar-powered, with 3G or 4G LTE connections via a mobile hotspot so they can be installed “in the public space.” The setup is already weatherproof, making it a good fit for parks and sidewalks. The team’s ability to bring Hope Floats to more places depends on whether it gets enough sponsors....

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Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows
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Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Apple is finally putting its money where its mouth is, setting aside $1 billion to pursue the original programming agenda it’s been making so much noise about it recent times. In June, the company poached Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg — the TV execs behind Breaking Bad and The Crown — from Sony, noting at the time that it “had exciting plans in store for customers”. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has opened its war chest to make those plans a reality. There’s no word yet on how Apple will spend its budget, though. A cool $1 billion sounds like a lot but programming costs can easily run into the millions for an episode of a high-end show — Game of Thrones episodes regularly top $10 million apiece. And after Apple’s initial and extremely lackluster original show attempts in the form of Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, it’ll need at least one quality standout hit to make itself relevant in a market crowded by companies with much bigger budgets: Netflix is expected to spend more than $6 billion on its content this year. It’s also not clear how original programming will fit into Apple’s existing video business, if at all. Buying movies and TV shows individually feels like an antiquated way of doing things now monthly-subscription services are the norm. Indeed, iTunes’ share of the movie sales and rental market has dropped to less than 35% from 50% in 2012. Plus, the company needs to find a way to take on rivals such as Netflix and Amazon without jeopardizing the 15% cut of subscriptions it gets from its app stores for video services such as HBO Go. But Apple has the right people on board, and the check the company has just given them demonstrates that it is genuinely serious about sliding out of Silicon Valley and into Hollywood. Whether Hollywood will have them though, is a different matter. Via: Wall Street Journal Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Yet another 'Game of Thrones' episode has leaked
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Yet another 'Game of Thrones' episode has leaked

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When you have the world’s most popular show, keeping a lid on new episodes is tough, apparently. After Game of Thrones‘ fourth episode hit torrent sites due to a leak from HBO partner Star India, episode 6, due to air on August 20th, was accidentally released by HBO Nordic in Spain. It was quickly pulled after an hour, but during that brief period, someone of course managed to copy the episode and it quickly appeared on torrent sites and the infamous Freefolk Game of Thrones leak Reddit. HBO has struggled to contain leaks, despite putting a lid on pre-release review copies after the first four episodes of season 5 were stolen. However, the latest release was not a hack or theft, but a simple mistake on the part of an affiliate. While the network is somewhat insulated against by its subscriber base, the leaks damage its reputation and destroy some suspense for the upcoming episodes. The leaked episode 4 “screener” was watermarked with the Star India logo, and resulted in the arrest of four employees of a Star India subcontractor in India. An earlier HBO breach, for which the hackers demanded a $6 million ransom, revealed some spoilers but no leaked GoT episode leaks yet. HBO confirmed the theft of multiple documents but said it wouldn’t negotiate with the hackers, despite a leaked email showing that it offered “good faith” $250,000 bug bounty payment. HBO has had blockbuster audience numbers for the second-to-last Game of Thrones season, despite all the unauthorized releases. If you’re no longer reading this and hunting for torrents, bear in mind that the quality of the episode four release was reportedly shoddy (also, it’s illegal). A preview of the upcoming season is embedded below. Via: Fossbytes Source: Reddit Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Amazon's Alexa can now steer exoskeletons
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Amazon's Alexa can now steer exoskeletons

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Exoskeletons don’t come cheap and they’re not one size fits all, making them a daunting prospect for the average buyer. But, some companies are working towards changing that. In December, Hyundai promised to make the suits cheaper. And, researchers are using machine learning to make them more accessible for people with mobility issues. That’s where Bionik Laboratories comes in. The startup is adding Amazon’s Alexa to its Arke lower-body exoskeleton, allowing wearers to control it with their voice. The exoskeleton is mainly aimed at those who have suffered spinal injuries. Although, its lower-body support mechanism could also aid stroke and traumatic brain injury victims, claims the company. With Alexa integration, users will be able to bark orders at the suit — such as “Alexa, I’m ready to stand” or “Alexa, I’m ready to walk.” This will activate the sensors in Arke’s feet and joints, allowing it to carry out the actions. However, there is a slight niggle: Currently the functionality only works if you’re within range of an Amazon Echo. Additionally, this version is just a prototype — it still has to pass clinical trials and FDA approvals before a public launch. Alexa is proving a versatile AI, but pairing it with an exoskeleton is a bold move. After all, people currently use their Amazon Echo to skip Charlie Puth tracks or order toilet roll. Whether or not it will make for a reliable assistant for those with physical impairments (where every command becomes critical), remains to be seen. Bionik Laboratories’ co-founder Michal Prywata recently told Fortune that the exoskeleton could hit the market by 2019. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Amazon's Alexa can now steer exoskeletons
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Amazon's Alexa can now steer exoskeletons

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Exoskeletons don’t come cheap and they’re not one size fits all, making them a daunting prospect for the average buyer. But, some companies are working towards changing that. In December, Hyundai promised to make the suits cheaper. And, researchers are using machine learning to make them more accessible for people with mobility issues. That’s where Bionik Laboratories comes in. The startup is adding Amazon’s Alexa to its Arke lower-body exoskeleton, allowing wearers to control it with their voice. The exoskeleton is mainly aimed at those who have suffered spinal injuries. Although, its lower-body support mechanism could also aid stroke and traumatic brain injury victims, claims the company. With Alexa integration, users will be able to bark orders at the suit — such as “Alexa, I’m ready to stand” or “Alexa, I’m ready to walk.” This will activate the sensors in Arke’s feet and joints, allowing it to carry out the actions. However, there is a slight niggle: Currently the functionality only works if you’re within range of an Amazon Echo. Additionally, this version is just a prototype — it still has to pass clinical trials and FDA approvals before a public launch. Alexa is proving a versatile AI, but pairing it with an exoskeleton is a bold move. After all, people currently use their Amazon Echo to skip Charlie Puth tracks or order toilet roll. Whether or not it will make for a reliable assistant for those with physical impairments (where every command becomes critical), remains to be seen. Bionik Laboratories’ co-founder Michal Prywata recently told Fortune that the exoskeleton could hit the market by 2019. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google offers Lunar Xprize finalists an extra $4.75 million
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Google offers Lunar Xprize finalists an extra $4.75 million

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s been almost 10 years since Google and Xprize launched their lunar spacecraft challenge, and they’re giving the final contenders more incentive to cross the finish line. The partners are fattening up their Milestone Prize purse with an extra $4.75 million “to recognize the full gravity of these bold technological feats taking place in the race to the moon.” The five remaining contenders will now compete for two near-end-goal prizes: the Lunar Arrival and the Soft Landing Milestone Prize. To win Lunar Arrival and its $1.75 million reward, the team’s spacecraft has to complete one orbit around the moon or enter a direct descent approach to the moon’s surface. In order to win Soft Landing’s $3 million reward, though, the team’s spacecraft must be able to beam data back to Earth to prove that it has landed on the lunar surface. The Google Lunar Xprize challenged teams from all over the globe to develop a privately funded spacecraft that can land on Earth’s faithful companion. It must also be able to travel 500 meters on the moon and send back high-res images and videos. The five final contenders announced in January have until March 31st, 2018 to reach the project’s ultimate goals and win the Grand Prize that’s worth a cool $20 mil. Source: Xprize Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Intel’s self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold
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Intel’s self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Intel’s self-driving supergroup has added another member to the team: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The partnership, which already includes BMW, Intel and Mobileye, has ambitious plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021, and FCA’s inclusion is likely to make that goal more achievable. FCA already has a decent chunk of autonomous expertise under its belt — it partnered with Waymo (formerly Google) in 2016, adding 100 self-driving Pacifica minivans to the Waymo fleet — but compared to its rivals the group lags behind. The new partnership gives the company access to the research and resources it needs to keep pace in the field. But FCA brings something useful to the table, too. Scalability remains an issue for autonomous vehicles — that is, making the technology work with different makes and models. FCA owns a number of very different brands, including Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep, so the partnership can now work towards autonomy across the board, from Jeeps used off-road to Fiats designed for zooming around cities. The partnership aims to have 40 self-driving test vehicles on public roads by the end of 2017 — a small step towards its grander plans to have Level 3 and Level 4/5 self-driving cars in production by 2021. FCA made a smart move getting involved at this stage — no doubt other manufacturers will soon be looking for a piece of the action as well. Via: The Verge Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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AMC wants to opt out of MoviePass' one-movie-a-day deal
Aug16

AMC wants to opt out of MoviePass' one-movie-a-day deal

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You and your friends might be thrilled at MoviePass’ new $10-a-month subscription service, but AMC sure isn’t. According to Variety and Deadline, the theater chain is trying to find a way to block the service’s users from using their subscription at its cinemas. MoviePass’ revamped plan allows subscribers to watch one 2D flick a day in participating theaters, which the company says covers 91 percent of all theaters in the US. The service previously cost between $15 to $21 per month, depending on location, for only two movies a month. The company buys tickets from theaters at full price, so AMC is finding it hard to see how it can sustain its renewed business model. “[I]t is not yet known how to turn lead into gold,” AMC said in a statement. “In AMC’s view, that price level is unsustainable and only sets up consumers for ultimate disappointment down the road if or when the product can no longer be fulfilled.” MoviePass explained that it’s funding the venture with the $27 million it’s getting by selling a 51 percent stake to data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics. It knows that it will lose money from subsidizing tickets, but it’s hoping that theaters and studios will eventually sell them at discounted rates once viewers pour in — it aims to gain 80,000 new subscribers — and concession sales go up. That might be why AMC is opposed to the idea. Deadline says the theater chain’s value dropped 35 percent this month, and it’s worried about losing money from MoviePass’ offerings in the long run: “From what we can tell, by definition and absent some other form of other compensation, MoviePass will be losing money on every subscriber seeing two movies or more in a month… While AMC is not opposed to subscription programs generally, the one envisioned by MoviePass is not one AMC can embrace. We are actively working now to determine whether it may be feasible to opt out and not participate in this shaky and unsustainable program.” Netflix cofounder and MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe doesn’t think AMC’s reaction would affect the deal his company is closing with Helios and Matheson. However, he’s worried that people would think that they can’t use the service for AMC’s theaters from the get-go. He likened the chain’s reaction to video rental services’ when Redbox and streaming services started popping up. “It’s the big guy being afraid of the little guy offering better value to consumers,” he added. Ultimately, though, he believes MoviePass can work with studios and theaters “in a constructive manner...

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Barack Obama breaks the record for most-liked Tweet
Aug16

Barack Obama breaks the record for most-liked Tweet

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Barack Obama’s August 13th tweet promoting racial and religious tolerance has become the most liked of all time, Twitter says. The message — apparently in response to the death of a woman at Charlottesville neo-Nazi marches — quotes Nelson Mandela and reads, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.” So far, it has hit three million like, easily surpassing Ariana Grande’s 2.7 million-like-tweet following the bombing of her Manchester, UK concert that killed 23. This Tweet from @BarackObama is now the most liked Tweet ever. https://t.co/wEjYaxIHI1 — Twitter (@Twitter) August 16, 2017 Obama tweeted the message shortly after President Trump told a White House press gathering that “both sides” were to blame for the racial violence at Charlottesville. Trump later backpedaled and blamed those groups in a statement, but doubled down on his “both sides” comments at an impromptu press conference yesterday. That prompted a furious backlash from groups on all sides of the political spectrum, who say the president should have only condemned the actions of KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Since the initial comments, Facebook, Reddit and other sites have shut down hate groups, GoFundMe has cut off the defense funds for alleged Charlottesville killer James Alex Fields, and gaming chat app Discord has closed racist accounts. After surpassing Ellen Degeneres’ 2014 Oscar selfie tweet, Obama’s tweet soared past Grande’s sometime yesterday. With 1.2 million re-tweets, it also sits in fifth place for that record, though still well behind the inane Wendy’s “Nuggs” tweet at 3.65 million and 3.4 million retweets for Degeneres. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017 Obama’s tweet is actually part one of three; the first two have 1.2 and 1.1 million likes, respectively. They complete Mandela’s quote, saying “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” With Heather Heyer’s tragic Charlottesville death and the worst US racial strife in a while, it’s obviously a message that resonates. Source: Twitter (Twitter) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The Morning After: Wednesday, August 16th 2017
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The Morning After: Wednesday, August 16th 2017

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Welcome to Wednesday! Virtually creep inside Kendall Jenner’s closet, watch a drone chill on the UK’s biggest warship and hear about a smart-lock update that bricked said locks. Whoops. The series was shot with Google’s new Jump cameras. Google’s latest Daydream VR series puts you in Kendall Jenner’s closet The latest Google Daydream series will give you a VR look into the closets of supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford. The series is imaginatively called Supermodel Closets and was made in partnership with Vogue and Condé Nast Entertainment. It’s one of the first projects to use Google’s newest Jump camera — the Yi Halo — which allows for 360-degree views and 4K images. Google notes that the cameras were even able to give great images in tight closet spaces, but these closets are larger than most Manhattan apartments. It touched down and lifted off with nobody batting an eyelash. A drone landed on Britain’s biggest warship and nobody cared The Pentagon has already approved a policy giving military bases the right to shoot down drones that get too close. A lot of other countries’ governments and militaries, however, are still figuring out how to deal with them as they become more common. A photographer operating under the name Black Isle Images, for instance, landed a drone aboard Britain’s biggest warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, and nobody seemed to care. The subscription doesn’t include 3D or IMAX screenings, though. The MoviePass $9.95 ‘unlimited’ deal is one movie a day Going to the movies isn’t cheap and MoviePass wants to fix that. The company has just announced a $9.95 no contract subscription plan that’ll grant subscribers access to one movie a day in a theater without blackouts. Previously, users were limited to two movies a month for $15, and in Los Angeles and New York that price bumped to $21. As Variety notes, the deal won’t apply to 3D or IMAX screenings, but how it’ll actually play out and what any other restrictions might entail aren’t clear at the moment. It promises to virtually eliminate wait times for the basics. Amazon Instant Pickup service offers you basics in two minutes Amazon’s Prime Now usually does the job if you need something in a hurry, but what if you can’t even wait a couple of hours? If you happen to live in the right city, you might now have that quick fix. Amazon has launched an Instant Pickup service that lets Prime subscribers grab food and other essentials (and, logically, Amazon devices) at a staffed pickup location within two minutes...

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Facebook’s AI suggestions come to Messenger in the UK
Aug16

Facebook’s AI suggestions come to Messenger in the UK

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. According to Facebook, chatbots were going to change the way we get things done. Users were meant to be able to to buy flowers, order fast food and check in with their bank without ever having to leave the Messenger app. The company quickly dialed back its enthusiasm, admitting that they were somewhat overhyped, but its core technology, M, still underpins Messenger today. Most of that functionality has been limited to the US, but this week Facebook has brought what it calls “M Suggestions” to the UK, allowing users to enjoy recommendations from its AI-powered personal assistant. Facebook’s M assistant is designed to pop up when it feels it can deliver content or provide timesaving advice inside an open Messenger chat. This might include a sticker, which allows users to quickly sign off a conversation without having to open the keyboard, or an offer to share someone’s whereabouts when they’re asked “where are you?” Other suggestions include the option for friends to create a plan, which Facebook inevitably offers to coordinate, start a group poll, make in-app video calls and save content inside Messenger conversations, which can be read, watched or shared later. A little M logo will appear to notify the user of the suggestion, which can also be dismissed if it’s in the way. For users who are constantly dipping in and out of the Messenger app, M will likely provide a couple of timesaving suggestions. After all, it’s actively listening out for relevant keywords and taking a very small load off their hands. For others, it’ll be something they’ll never likely interact with, unless they’ve forgotten about someone’s birthday and need a reminder to pass of their best wishes. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Micromotors' alter your gut's chemistry to safely deliver medicine
Aug16

'Micromotors' alter your gut's chemistry to safely deliver medicine

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. There’s a reason diabetics can’t take their insulin orally (for the time being): stomach acid is super effective at dissolving it and similar large proteins, like antibiotics. But rather than force patients to pound pints of Maalox or chew a tub of Tums before taking their medicine, a team of researchers at UC San Diego have developed a novel method of getting your medication past the acid by using nearly microscopic drug delivery vehicles which increase the pH as they swim through your stomach. Conventionally, the medication used to treat maladies like ulcers or bacterial infections, have to be administered alongside a secondary compound known as proton pump inhibitors. These chemicals temporarily halt the production of stomach acid, allowing the medicine to do its work without being destroyed. However, long term use of PPIs can make matters much worse, from headaches and fatigue to anxiety and depression. UCSD’s “micromotors” are made up of a titanium dioxide protective shell surrounding a spherical magnesium core. Above the TiO2 layer is a layer of antibiotic medication and above that,is another layer made up of a positively-charged polymer that helps the motor stick to the gut wall. Now here’s the really cool part. These motors use the stomach’s own acid as a fuel source. The magnesium layer reacts to the gastric acid to generate a stream of hydrogen bubbles to produce thrust, while also reducing the amount of acid present. Once the stomach’s pH hits the correct level, the motors release their medication and finish dissolving. These devices are still in the early days of their development so don’t expect to have your antibiotics squirming through your belly for a few years yet at least. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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BT to remove half of the UK's remaining telephone boxes
Aug16

BT to remove half of the UK's remaining telephone boxes

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. With the majority of Britons now carrying a smartphone in their pocket, demand for static, boring telephone boxes has dwindled. A small number of them have been repurposed, turned into tiny offices, WiFi hotspots and charging kiosks, but many of them remain derelict. This week, BT announced that it will do something about that, confirming that it will remove half of the UK’s remaining telephone boxes in order to focus on the units that people actually use. According to BBC News, there are still 40,000 telephones boxes dotted across the UK, 7,000 of which are feature the iconic red design. At their peak, back in 1992, there were 92,000. BT says that its kiosks still handle 33,000 calls a day, but over a third of them are never used to make calls. “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90% in the last decade, we continue to review and remove payphones which are no longer used,” a BT spokesperson told BBC News. The removal won’t be swift, however. BT intends to phase the remaining 20,000 boxes out over the next five years. Over half of them lose money and the number of calls continues to drop by more than 20 percent each year, but the company must also repair damage, which includes the replacement of glass panes and broken receivers. Oh, and the removal of human waste. All told, those costs amount to £6 million each year and BT understandably wants to trim those losses. Source: BBC News Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google's Pixel 2 may also borrow HTC's squeeze controls
Aug16

Google's Pixel 2 may also borrow HTC's squeeze controls

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s been widely rumoured that HTC and LG will be handling manufacturing duties for Google’s Pixel 2 and the next Pixel XL respectively. And, it seems both brands are keen to put their stamps on the handsets. Previous leaks showed that LG is adding more display on the Pixel XL (like it did with its own flagship, the G6). Now, courtesy of a FCC filing made by HTC, we know that the smaller Pixel 2 will sport the same squeezable frame as its larger sibling (borrowed from the HTC U11). Yes, that feature came off as little more than a gimmick on HTC’s handset, but we’ll stop short of passing judgement before reviewing Google’s phone. Labelled “Active Edge” in the document, it seems a squeeze of the phone will prompt it to open Google Assistant. Add to that its rumored BoomSound-style stereo speakers, and HTC’s creeping influence becomes even more apparent. We’ve also heard that Google is following in the footsteps of Apple and Lenovo, by ditching the Pixel line’s headphone jack. Although HTC’s documentation offers no new pics of the device, it does drop some additional tidbits of info. Storage on the Pixel 2 is listed at 50.66GB free when 21% is used, revealing a likely 64GB capacity, as spotted by 9to5Google. The “8998” codename featured in the baseband version also suggests it will house either the Snapdragon 835 or 836 chipset. With Android O predicted to drop next week, it was a given it would feature on the next Pixel models. Interestingly, the test device detailed in the FCC filing is running Android 8.0.1 with an August security patch. Fans can expect Google’s new flagships to land in October. Source: FCC Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Home Preview Program is now available to everyone
Aug16

Google Home Preview Program is now available to everyone

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you like being on the bleeding edge and aren’t afraid of a few bugs, the Google Home Preview Program is now available to anyone who wants to sign up, as 9 to 5 Google noticed recently. If you’d rather not be an AI assistant guinea pig, fear not. When Google first announced the program, it assured users that “this is not beta software.” Rather, it is production quality, and users are “simply getting earlier access to new features before they’re released broadly.” If that’s so, it seems like every Home owner would sign up, so what’s the catch? For one, Google is using the preview as a way to spot minor bugs. “If you have a great idea or see a bug while you’re using the Preview firmware, send it our way. Your suggestions could help make the product even better,” it says. In other words, having braver users working with early production software will make for less problems when it’s released widely, and thus fewer headaches for Google’s support team. The company ran essentially the same Preview Program with Chromecast to spot bugs. It’s also likely that Google wants to spot serious issues that don’t necessarily qualify as bugs. For instance, earlier in 2017 Google Home was giving racist and anti-Semetic replies from the Nazi website Stormfront in response to user questions. That would make Google Home guilty of hate speech crimes in countries like Germany where it’s expected to arrive soon. While the search giant has since implemented new guidelines to eliminate such issues, a large base of Preview Program users could help spot new problems early. The program should be available in your area, but you may not see it until you reboot your Google Home device. After that, you won’t necessarily get an update immediately, but will be the first get new features when they arrive. Via: 9 to 5 Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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AltspaceVR is keeping its virtual hangout open
Aug16

AltspaceVR is keeping its virtual hangout open

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. AltspaceVR might have just saved its virtual world at the 11th hour, because the company is halting its plans to shut down. According to a new post by the team, AltspaceVR isn’t closing down and is going to live on. It’s still unclear what’s going on behind the scenes, but the company says it’s “now deep in discussions” with people who are “passionate about AltspaceVR” and “want to guarantee that [the] virtual oasis stays open.” We have good news! AltspaceVR is going to live on thanks to you. https://t.co/MlYimlKSYu — AltspaceVR (@AltspaceVR) August 16, 2017 If you’re not familiar, AltspaceVR is sort of like Second Life for virtual reality that works with the Gear VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It announced its shutdown in July after running out of money and failing to secure another round of funding on time. Since the company had no choice but to let most of its employees go, a skeleton crew is keeping its virtual world running for now. While the company is being very secretive about its future plans, TechCrunch has spotted a potential investor in Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. When AltspaceVR announced its shutdown, Luckey polled his followers, asking whether he should try to save the California-based firm: Should I try to save @AltspaceVR? (caveat: may not be possible) — Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) July 29, 2017 Now, he has retweeted the company’s story announcing that it’s living on. Whoever its new investors are, AltspaceVR users can now throw virtual parties to celebrate their virtual hangout’s new lease on life. Via: TechCrunch Source: AltspaceVR Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Now Alexa can do your bidding through Ultimate Ears' speakers
Aug15

Now Alexa can do your bidding through Ultimate Ears' speakers

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Alexa keeps making its way to non-Amazon devices recently, such as Anker’s Dot clone and HTC’s U11 phone. Now, it’s gracing two more devices with its presence: Ultimate Ears’ Boom 2 and Megaboom wireless speakers. Simply press the Bluetooth button and issue a voice command to play music, order food, get sports scores and do other things Alexa is capable of wherever you are, whether you’re in the pool, out for a picnic or just chilling at home. While it’s great that you now have a portable choice if you want Amazon’s voice assistant in your life, take note that it does have limitations on Ultimate Ears’ devices. You can only access Alexa through the company app’s “Just Tap and Ask” feature that’s exclusively available on Android. There’s more: the app and firmware updates that come with Alexa won’t be available for Pixel and OnePlus phones, as well as for the Huawei Mate 9 due to “known experience reasons.” You might not also get all of Alexa’s features on Ultimate Ears’ devices. In other words, the voice assistant’s addition is a welcome plus if you already have the speakers and have access to a compatible Android device. However, you may want to weigh your options before getting one if you’re in the market for an Alexa-enabled gadget and couldn’t care less about portability. Source: Ultimate Ears Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Intel's second 10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake
Aug15

Intel's second 10-nanometer chip architecture is Ice Lake

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Intel still hasn’t shipped its first 10-nanometer processors, but that isn’t stopping it from teasing the next batch. The company’s codename page has revealed Ice Lake, a series of chips built on a “10 nm+” (read: iterated 10nm) process. There’s virtually nothing else known about it at this point, but AnandTech speculates that this will be the more comprehensive 10nm launch. The initial architecture, Cannon Lake, may be focused on mobile CPUs that are smaller and thus easier to make when chip yields are relatively poor. Ice Lake would come once yields are relatively stable and can handle bigger desktop-class parts. The timing is unclear. Cannon Lake is slated to arrive sometime in 2018, though, so Ice Lake is more likely to show in either late 2018 or 2019. It’s not surprising that Intel would start dribbling out information. Intel has had to repeatedly push back its processor launches as the scientific realities of ever-smaller processes make upgrades difficult, but Cannon Lake finally appears to be on the horizon. Now, PC makers and investors are likely wondering what comes next. While it was virtually certain that the post-Cannon Lake design would stick to 10nm, this helps frame the discussion going forward. Via: AnandTech, 9to5Mac Source: Intel Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Blow stuff up and fight evil as ‘Agents of Mayhem’ on console and PC
Aug15

Blow stuff up and fight evil as ‘Agents of Mayhem’ on console and PC

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. In the age of online-only Overwatch, you might think to yourself, ‘I’d love this hero shooter stuff if it was in a single-player campaign.’ You might want a game that had great cartoony art as you blow enemies away. You might want it to be funny and a bit crass — say, written by the studio responsible for the bizarre sandbox series Saints Row. If you checked those boxes, Agents of Mayhem is probably right for you, and it’s available now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Time to cause some Mayhem! Out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC! pic.twitter.com/tPloAFIeTo — Agents of Mayhem (@aomthegame) August 15, 2017 Players fill small squads of characters with different skills and unleash them on the minions of an evil mastermind. The game follows through on its cartoony setup with Saturday morning cartoon-esque intros and outros for each mission. We were beyond excited for the game when we saw it at E3 this year and favored it over the similar but less-polished-at-the-time Crackdown 3. We’ll have to wait until November when the latter comes out to truly compare, but Agents is out now — and who likes waiting? Source: Agents of Mayhem (Twitter) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Vudu movie streaming comes to Apple TV on August 22nd
Aug15

Vudu movie streaming comes to Apple TV on August 22nd

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s not just Amazon that’s bringing an arguably overdue video service to the Apple TV in the near future. After a tease in June, Vudu has announced that its streaming movie service will come to Apple’s media box on August 22nd, or weeks ahead of the originally announced fall release. You likely won’t pay for movies directly on the device given Apple policies taking a cut of in-app media sales (we’ve asked Vudu for clarification). Still, this means you can watch your purchased or rented Vudu shows on the Apple TV without resorting to AirPlay on one of your iOS devices. The addition isn’t completely necessary given that iTunes frequently covers the bases for purchases and rentals. All the same, it’s still closing a conspicuous gap in availability. Vudu has been available on Roku players, smart TVs, Chromecast and other devices for years — the Apple TV is one of the few gadgets that can’t access it. You probably weren’t basing your purchasing decision on Vudu (not by itself, at least), but this might help sway you if you’re determined to have as many choices as possible. Source: Variety Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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