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The world's most automated country moves toward setting a 'robot tax' - 0 views

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    "A new proposal could see the country reduce the amount of tax benefits for companies that invest in automated machinery."
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Robot monitors in homes of elderly people can predict falls, says study | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "The study found that when a person's gait-speed dropped by 5cm/second within a week, this was a sign that they were at increased risk of a fall - in fact, 86% had a fall within three weeks when such a drop in walking speed was observed. By contrast, the elderly residents who had no change in walking speed had a background probability of falling of 19.5%."
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How India is bringing digital payments to its billion people without smartphones - 0 views

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    "IDFC Bank has launched an app called Aadhaar Pay that aims to help millions of its citizens without a smartphone to pay for their purchases digitally with just their fingerprint. 

    Merchants will be able to download the app on their Android smartphones and attach a fingerprint scanner device. To make payments, buyers will only have to choose their bank name, input their unique Aadhaar number and scan their fingerprint, which acts as a password to make the payment directly from their bank account linked to their Aadhaar card."
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Algorithm Give Better Breast Cancer Diagnosis | Health News - 0 views

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    "Unlike other companies, Zebra's algorithms provide an actual diagnosis, completely automatically using only imaging data. This is a very new field - older technology was always driven by the radiologist, and never automatic. The algorithms are part of the Zebra Analytics Platform - a cloud based analytics engine that receives medical imaging studies, analyzes them and returns results to participating hospitals and physicians."
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On Ada Lovelace Day, we break down how diverse tech companies actually are | Technology... - 0 views

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    "A woman helped create and program the world's first general purpose computer. How much progress has there been since Ada Lovelace Day began in 2009?"
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Baby robot unveiled in Japan as number of childless couples grows | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "The baby automaton joins a growing list of companion robots, such as the upcoming Jibo - designed by robotics experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and resembling a swivelling lamp - and Paro, a robot baby seal marketed by Japanese company Intelligent System as a therapeutic machine to soothe elderly dementia sufferers. Around a quarter of Japan's population is over 65 with a dearth of care workers putting a strain on social services."
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Rich and poor teenagers use the web differently - here's what this is doing to inequali... - 0 views

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    ""Equal access does imply equal opportunities," says the report, which goes on to point out that while anyone can use the internet to learn about the world, improve their skills or apply for a well-paid job, disadvantaged students are less likely to be aware of the opportunities that digital technology offers.

    "They may not have the knowledge or skills required to turn online opportunities into real opportunities," the report says."
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Hands on with India's £3 smartphone - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Ringing Bells also plans to sell other more expensive handsets - ranging in price up to about $100 (£75) - at a profit.

    But, with just over a week to go until Freedom 251's launch, critics remain unconvinced.

    "I find it difficult to believe that any sort of phone can be manufactured for 251 rupees, so it's difficult to see what kind of business model they have," says Pranav Dixit, a tech expert at the news site Factor Daily."
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Vietnam 'blocks' Facebook over the weekend due to protests over dead fish - 0 views

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    "So over the weekend, when protesters were expected to rally for the third time, Facebook was inaccessible to locals, who had been using the platform to organise.

    People also had problems accessing Facebook's Instagram service.

    Israeli VPN service Hola posted a statement saying it saw a surge of about 200,000 users from Vietnam on its system over the weekend, using it to access Facebook."
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Iraq shuts down the internet to stop pupils cheating in exams | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The blackouts coincided with exams for secondary and high-school students and were implemented as the ultimate step in the country's battle to stop students cheating using smuggled mobile phones and internet-connected devices in exam halls.

    While attempting to ban mobile phones from exams or setting up local jamming equipment might be a less draconian measure, shutting off the internet is undoubtedly efficient. However, the outage impacted every person and business in the parts of the country controlled by the Iraqi government, causing human rights campaigners, including Access Now, to condemn the move."
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Review: Sony Smartband 2 is the dumbest fitness tracker (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    Sony is developing a new smarthand watch for fitness
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Languages are dying, but is the internet to blame? (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    Here is an article discussing weather it is the internet fault for globalisation with the loss of language or if it is a problem happens naturally. There is also a mention of equality of access
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The BBC micro:bit will, predictably, be delayed until 2016 (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    A cool bit of tech that should help educated young brits on coding and other things to help them in jobs later in life although this could put the younger people at an advantage due to the inequality between older students and younger ones
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BBC defends delay of 'truly transformational' micro:bit (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    The BBC has defended its plan to supply a million schoolchildren with free micro:bit computers after it was criticised for delaying the launch until at least 2016.
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Twitter takes on Facebook, Snapchat with improved photo tools | Gigaom - 0 views

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    "The new tools appear to allow Twitter users to share images with text overlays, stickers, and other modifications. Twitter's existing tools merely allow people to crop images or run them through filters that greatly change their appearance, whether it's by upping the contrast or making them look like old Polaroid shots."
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This New Tool Is Changing the Way Visually Impaired People Use the Web | GOOD - 0 views

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    "Last month, Parsley presented Depict, a crowd-sourced image description tool that could change the experience of the browsing the web for the blind and visually impaired. The tool works in two parts-a browser extension for blind users that provides user-created descriptions of images around the Internet, and a website for sighted users to provide those requested descriptions."
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WhatsApp offers lifeline for Syrian refugees on journey across Europe - 0 views

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    "Many hope to reach the economically stable countries in northern Europe, and use WhatsApp's messaging system as a virtual road map to help them navigate their journey. They stick to groups of their countrymen, connecting through friends of friends. Unlike some other ways of communicating, WhatsApp is free, and only requires that the user have access to the internet."
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How Google's New Search Preference for Mobile-Friendly Sites Will Affect Smal... - 0 views

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    "The National Small Business Administration found in 2013 that roughly 20 percent of small businesses are lacking a mobile-friendly website, and 18 percent have no web presence at all. Falling further down the search result hierarchy affects both the business itself and the costumers looking for the business."
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India's $11 cellphone could change the world - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The Micormax Joy phone is no iPhone. Selling at around $11, it is a candybar style device with color screen and keyboard wheel controls, and runs on the Android-based Cyanogen OS. "
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A Beacon System to Guide the Blind Through London’s Subways | GOOD - 0 views

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    "This challenge inspired the Royal London Society for Blind People to team up with design firm Ustwo and create Wayfindr, a Bluetooth enabled beacon system to guide people who are blind or visually impaired through the London Underground."
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