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Harvard Study Proves Apple Slows Down old iPhones to Sell Millions of New Models - Anon... - 0 views

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    "People have made the anecdotal observation that their Apple products become much slower right before the release of a new model.

    Now, a Harvard University study has done what any person with Google Trends could do, and pointed out that Google searches for "iPhone slow" spiked multiple times, just before the release of a new iPhone each time."
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'Fontgate': Microsoft, Wikipedia and the scandal threatening the Pakistani PM | World n... - 0 views

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    "Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.

    But the font was only made commercially available in 2007, leading to suspicions that the documents are forged."
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In China, Daydreaming Students Are Caught on Camera - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "School officials see the cameras as a way to improve student confidence and crowdsource the task of catching misbehaving pupils. Parents use the feeds to monitor their children's academic progress and spy on their friendships and romances. But many students see live-streaming as an intrusion, prompting a broader debate in China about privacy, educational ethics and the perils of helicopter parenting."
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AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs | New Scientist - 0 views

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    "DeepCoder uses a technique called program synthesis: creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software - just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which pieces of code were needed to achieve the desired result overall.

    "It could allow non-coders to simply describe an idea for a program and let the system build it""
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Internet-connected teddy bear leaked kids' data online / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, "represents the nexus" of the problem with internet-connected appliances and toys: children being recorded, data being leaked, and the technical possibility of surreptitious access to children through networked toys. "The best way to understand what these guys do is to simply watch the video [advertisement for the toy].""
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AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health."
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This is the fastest way to alphabetize 1,000+ books (or anything else) / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "How can you sort the books quickly? Chand John shows how, shedding light on how algorithms help librarians and search engines speedily sort information."
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Basic common sense is key to building more intelligent machines | New Scientist - 0 views

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    "At Imperial College London, Murray Shanahan and colleagues are working on a way around this problem using an old, unfashionable technique called symbolic AI. "Basically this meant an engineer labelled everything for the AI," says Shanahan. His idea is to combine this with modern machine learning.

    Symbolic AI never took off, because manually describing everything quickly proved overwhelming. Modern AI has overcome that problem by using neural networks, which learn their own representations of the world around them. "They decide what is salient," says Marta Garnelo, also at Imperial College."
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'This is awful': robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision | Techn... - 0 views

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    ""Robots are a great educational tool for children. It inspires them to learn about science and engineering," Sharkey told the Guardian in March. "But there are significant dangers in having robots mind our children. They do not have the sensitivity or understanding needed for childcare." "
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Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia' | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Najjar told the Huffington Post that the error was most likely due to Bing's use of crowdsourced translations. The service can promote alternative translations to the top spot if they receive suggestions from about 1,000 people, which means that without manual correction it is possible to manipulate the system and substitute the correct translation for an alternative."
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Death by GPS: are satnavs changing our brains? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Anyone who has driven a car through an unfamiliar place can attest to how easy it is to let GPS do all the work. That GPS can have a transformative effect on a society is undeniable. We have come to depend on a technology that, in theory, makes it impossible to get lost. But not only are we still getting lost, we may actually be losing a part of ourselves."
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Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The people who are on the list are not guilty until they've been prosecuted and taken to court, and the system makes that very clear", Simon says - and under the Data Protection Act "if anyone misuses that data there are very significant fines".

    Simon is also sanguine about the risk of misidentification. Images from the watch list will be sent with alerts so staff can check that there's a good match, he says. "
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Google, NASA's quantum computer is 100 million times faster than yours - 0 views

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    "Google and NASA announced at an event at NASA's Ames Research Center that the D-Wave quantum computer they bought in 2013 has proven itself to be 100 million times faster than a conventional single-core computer"
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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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