Sextech as a necessity?

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Note: the video in this article contains graphic language.  Viewer discretion is advised.   Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop is hellbent on bringing “sextech” out of the fringes.  You’re probably thinking: Does the world really need more connected vibrators or smart kegel trainers?  But Gallop defines “sextech” as any technology venture designed to innovate and enhance human… Read more »

The AI that knows when we cheat

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Detecting online crime typically means knowing what to look for. Artificial intelligence that monitors any unusual behaviour can do it better – and step in when habits get out of hand. Source: BBC – Future Date: January 26th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170126-the-ai-that-knows-when-you-cheat-by-learning-your-habits Discussion 1) “By monitoring frame-by-frame data from the game, Aric flagged unusual hikes in the accuracy of… Read more »

Gadget trash is piling up in Asia

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In Asia, electronic trash has reached new heights.  A growing number of gadgets — and more people who can afford to buy them — has led to a 63% increase in electronic waste in Asia, according to a study from the United Nations University. And that’s only in the past five years.  Phones, computers and… Read more »

Uber to share data to help ease city congestion

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Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing.  It will provide data on dozens of cities from next month.  Uber’s transportation data could help cities to improve traffic flow.  The controversial app-based taxi service had previously… Read more »

Facebook ‘to launch ads within videos’

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Facebook is to test “mid-roll” video advertising – in which ads are played after a video has already started.  The ads would probably first appear in Facebook videos by professional publishers, said one analyst.  To date, the social network has resisted allowing “pre-roll” ads that play before a video starts.  Publishers would receive 55% of… Read more »

Facebook Is Recycling Your Likes To Promote Stories You’ve Never Seen To All Your Friends

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Facebook is now recycling users’ Likes and using them to promote “Related Posts” in the news feeds of the user’s friends. And one more thing, the users themselves have possibly never seen the story, liked the story or even know that it is being promoted in their name. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2017 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2013/01/21/facebook-is-recycling-your-likes-to-promote-stories-youve-never-seen-to-all-your-friends/#2b6cc6e05777 Discussion… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

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CAUTIOUS COMPUTER USERS put a piece of tape over their webcam. Truly paranoid ones worry about their devices’ microphones—some even crack open their computers and phones to disable or remove those audio components so they can’t be hijacked by hackers. Now one group of Israeli researchers has taken that game of spy-versus-spy paranoia a step… Read more »

Tech firms seek to frustrate UK internet history log law

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Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.  Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.  The Home Office (the UK department responsible for the… Read more »