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As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’
“Anyone who does synthetic biology should be under surveillance, and anyone who does it without a license should be suspect.”
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2 days ago by seaugust
Common cold cured (or so it would seem)
Roberto Solari and Edward Tate at Imperial College London, UK and a whole bunch of other researchers made this discovery a reality.
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Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
“We understand if this is disturbing -- it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as ‘speculative design’ to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It’s not related to any current or future products.”
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Amazon’s Alexa can now learn your voice automatically
Amazon’s Alexa is able to recognize up to 10 voices per household.
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PayPal will spend $2.2 billion to buy the Square of Europe — iZettle — in its biggest acquisition ever
PayPal said on Thursday that it planned to spend $2.2 billion to buy iZettle, a European payments company that provides point-of-sale software and other services to brick-and-mortar shops.
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Chinese school installs facial recognition cameras to monitor students
The Hangzhou No. 11 Middle School has installed a “smart classroom behavior management system”, which captures students’ expressions and movements, analyzing them with big data to make sure they’re paying attention, media reported on Thursday.
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Hasbro just trademarked the smell of Play-Doh
According to Hasbro, the protected Play-Doh scent is a complex one. It’s described as “the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”
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Bitcoin to use 0.5% of world’s electricity by end of 2018
The estimates, based in economics, put the minimum current usage of the bitcoin network at 2.55 gigawatts, which means it uses almost as much electricity as Ireland. A single transaction uses as much electricity as an average household in the Netherlands uses in a month.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Microsoft controller makes gaming more accessible to people with disabilities
But with the Xbox Adaptive Controller and some custom devices he plugged into it, he was able to jury-rig a solution that fits him. I watched him play Overwatch, and it was a truly emotional experience to see how well he could play with the controller.
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2 days ago by seaugust
YouTube Music and Premium: Everything you need to know about Google’s new streaming subscriptions
YouTube’s long-rumored subscription music-streaming service is now official. Last night, the company announced the all-new YouTube Music, a service that includes original audio songs and albums provided by artists and labels, artist radio channels, remixes, covers, personalized playlists, and — of course — videos.
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Intel’s Mobileye gets self-driving tech deal for 8 million cars
Financial terms of the deal and the identity of the automaker were not disclosed.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Nissan's Following Tesla Into Solar Power and Home Batteries
Given the weather in the United Kingdom—that cloudy, foggy, drizzly country—it doesn’t seem like the best place to launch a business that revolves around solar power. But this is where the builder of the world’s best selling electric car just started selling Nissan Energy Solar, a generation-to-acceleration scheme that equips customers with roof-mounted panels and a battery to store some of the electricity they generate.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Nest’s big outage shows the IoT has a downside
Nest first acknowledged reports from Nest Secure and Nest x Yale Lock users, who were complaining that they were unable to arm or disarm the security system, or lock or unlock the connected lock, through the Nest app. Physical controls on the devices themselves were unaffected, however. Of course, if you were on the wrong side of a locked door and didn’t have the PIN code, that might not be much of a consolation.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Dialpad acquires TalkIQ for AI that transcribes conferences calls
TalkIQ’s platform and natural language processing and speech recognition services, are now known as VoiceAI. They will be incorporated into all Dialpad products, CEO Craig Walker told VentureBeat in an interview, including Uberconference, Dialpad phone replacement, and its offerings for call centers.
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This jolly little robot gets goosebumps
Cornell researchers have made a little robot that can express its emotions through touch, sending out little spikes when its scared or even getting goosebumps to express delight or excitement. The prototype, a cute smiling creature with rubber skin, is designed to test touch as an I/O system for robotic projects.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Intel launches OpenVINO computer vision toolkit for edge computing
Intel today announced the launch of OpenVINO or Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization, a toolkit for the quick deployment of computer vision for edge computing in cameras and IoT devices.
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