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10 Haiku Inspired by Facebook's Terrible New Trending News Algorithm

10 Haiku Inspired by Facebook's Terrible New Trending News Algorithm

Facebook fired its entire human trending team and replaced them with an algorithm that has failed miserably. After Microsoft released "Tay," a bot that was supposed to simulate a teenage girl's speech patterns turned into a racist, homophobic, fascist (completely true, and completely horrible), Facebook's trending services pulled up many NSFW topics, but the results are so laughably awful to go unnoticed. This is why humans still have use.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/gallery/10-haiku-inspired-by-facebooks-terrible-new-trending-news-algorithm/

 

Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive

Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive

Google knows everything about your past. It knows the location of your previous vacations, the questions you orate, and the pitch of your voice. It's a little creepy.

If you are slightly paranoid, you have good reason. Fortunately, you can delete your Google history by reaching www.history.google.com, which has all your random questions, and choosing which items you want Google to delete. Or, you can listen to how your younger self sounded and complain about much higher your voice was.

Source: http://qz.com/526545/googles-been-quietly-recording-your-voice-heres-how-to-listen-to-and-delete-the-archive/

For law enforcement, the rule must be no implementation without representation

For law enforcement, the rule must be no implementation without representation

Privacy for Americans is a fallacy. Plenty of spyware is employed on regular citizens by federal, state, and municipal governments to track practically everything and anything. Devin Coldewey writes a very pertinent and clear op-ed on the depravity of espionage on unsuspecting people within the U.S. borders. I highly suggest reading his take.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/29/for-law-enforcement-the-rule-must-be-no-implementation-without-representation/

Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

Microsoft leaked a picture of an unnamed black, sleek looking device on its Instagram.  Speculation is that the picture models part of the Surface Book 2, with a slimmer hinge that differentiated and popularized the original Surface design. Still, this is more preliminary buzz than ready to release product.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/29/microsoft-teases-what-looks-like-a-black-surface-book-2/

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Startups will overtake enterprises in the new AI ecosystem

Startups will overtake enterprises in the new AI ecosystem

As AI's capabilities increase, the ability for computers to perform automatic tasks also increases. Everybody has access to high speed technology, allowing startup hopefuls to research, plan, and create a website with almost no effort.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/27/startups-will-overtake-enterprises-in-the-new-ai-ecosystem/

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HopSkipDrive wants to be the Uber for kids

HopSkipDrive wants to be the Uber for kids

HopSkipDrive is a Califronian startup designed to take the wheel for busy moms and dads. Uber passengers must be at least 18 years-old to ride by themselves, so HopSkipDrive hopes to find a home in an relatively untapped market (one of its competitors went out of business and HopSkipDrive picked up some of its traffic). Of course, child security is paramount, and the young company is confident in their background checks and fingerprinting.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/26/hopskipdrive-wants-to-be-the-uber-for-kids/

Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

What time is it? Time to realize that Garmin has created a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch.

The all-purpose watch is part identifier (with an altimeter and a barometer), part Fitbit (checking heart rate, stride rate, and a litany of other rates), and part sleek-looking timekeeper. Plus, this luxury watch's price emphasizes the luxury part with a price tag of $1,500.00. Garmin's still trying to move away from the GPS image with this cool, new gadget, and it will be intriguing to see how much revenue Garmin can swipe from Apple.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/garmin-releases-its-first-luxury-smartwatch-the-fenix-chronos/

Harvard’s Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics

Harvard’s Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics

Without any metal or plastic, Robert Wood and Jennifer Lewis from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Impaired Engineering have created a completely "soft" robot that moves on its own! Called Octobot because of its eight legs and general octopus shape, the bot moves through a microfluid system which pushes hydrogen peroxide to and from its legs to propel the little bot forward. Octobot's future younger sibling will be expected to swim and react to its surroundings.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/24/harvards-octobot-is-the-first-autonomous-machine-to-be-made-with-all-soft-robotics/

 

Verizon is once again the best performing mobile carrier

Verizon is once again the best performing mobile carrier

Telecommunications powerhouse Verizon paces the cellphone competition... again. Competing against Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, in six criteria, Verizon blew its opponents off the map with an aggregate score of 93.3 out of 100 points, beating AT&T by 4.4 points, Sprint by 7.8, and T-Mobile by 10.8. Expect to see a lot of boastful Verizon wireless commercials.

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/23/technology/verizon-top-performing-carrier/index.html

Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

Thank. Goodness. Starting next January, Google will crack down on sites with bothersome pop up adds by lowering their Google Search rank (page rank). The caveat is that Google will allow popups that actually contribute value to the website's content or the user's search to remain unaffected, as these pop-ups aren't considered pesky spam.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/23/good-riddance/

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VR rendering software used to trick facial security systems

VR rendering software used to trick facial security systems

For users who are too lazy to type in a password and rather use facial scanning, don't. A study at The University of North Carolina was able to render a 3D image that can fool the security system by finding just a name and three pictures attached to that name. On the five systems UNC tested, only one passed.

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2016-08-vr-software-facial.html

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Android Nougat comes out of beta

Android Nougat comes out of beta

Google's Nougat has left beta mode, and is now available for most Nexus phone models, the General Mobile 4G and the Pixel C Tablet. Major changes include a notifications overhaul, combining all notifications into one centralized app.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/22/android-nougat-comes-out-of-beta/

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From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

OSIRIS-REx is destined to blast off to Bennu, an Asteroid near Earth, to collect 4.5 billion year old space dust. Like every other space mission, the objective is to find any characteristics that could suggest life in the universe. Jim Harris, a Lockheed Martin engineer, is the brainchild (brainadult?) behind the OSIRIS-REx.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-solo-cup-asteroid-nasa-space.html

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How the International Olympic Committee is using technology to educate future host cities

How the International Olympic Committee is using technology to educate future host cities

As the Olympics wind down, the International Olympic Committee is already looking forward to the 2020 game in Tokyo. A branch of the IOC known as the Olympic Games Knowledge Management Program has been working to create content that is more video-oriented to avoid language barriers. The IOC is working with the Swiss-based startup Teleport to compile the data.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/21/how-the-international-olympic-committee-is-using-technology-to-educate-future-host-cities/

Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

Facebook is looking at you, Snapchat, and is copying. Facebook has released its own version of Snapchat called Lifestage but with a little twist: it's for only those under 21 years of age (that means no drunk videos). Another twist: the project manager of Lifestage is only 19! Will Lifestage take any market share away from Snapchat? If you start sending "Stages", then probably.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/19/facebook-lifestage/

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Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

For anyone who has ever been bored in an area with no data coverage, here's a new app. Mimo is a mobile coding teacher, breaking down Swift, HTML, JavaScript, Python, and others on the go. There is also a points and badge system for those who are achievement based. Right now Mimo is free to download from the App Store, and users can take two courses for no cost; after that, the cost to access the whole content of the app is $49.99.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/19/mimos-new-app-teaches-you-how-to-code-on-your-iphone/

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What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

Fitbit has revolutionized the wearable tech industry with its sleek wristbands and addictive numerals about the user's health. However, a study at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, concludes that the Fitbit's sensors can be off. Way off. Up to 20 beats per minute off. Fitbit is involved in a class action law suit as a result, and other health tech companies (wearable and non-wearable) should be wary not to repeat. It's worth noting that Fitbit is not necessarily crooked as it is still early in the legal process.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/18/what-the-fitbit-lawsuit-means-for-clinical-researchers/

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Coursera’s co-founder Daphne Koller set to start anew at Calico

Coursera’s co-founder Daphne Koller set to start anew at Calico

Daphne Koller has announced she will be leaving Coursera, an online program that provides students with hundreds of programs to learn from (including coding). Koller will join Calico, which is under the Alphabet umbrella. Calico is attempting to find ways to combat aging and diseases/conditions related to aging. Koller will join as Chief Computing Officer.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/17/courseras-co-founder-daphne-koller-set-to-start-anew-at-calico/