News by ‘Anthony D. Curtis’

Canada plans to set up an AI hub

Canada wants to be an artificial-intelligence hotbed. Don Walker, chief executive of Canadian carparts giant Magna International, hosted a number of the country’s leading executives, scientists and politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at his summer home last July to mull ways Canada could move...

Future Robots May Be Controlled By Magnetic Fields

Robots have to be soft and flexible if they are  to become more lifelike or if we want to start using them for more biological applications. Scientists studying soft robotics are trying to overcome some of the inadequacies of moving metal beings made from janky,...

10 million users help Microsoft test Windows 10

Microsoft has amassed over 10 million volunteer testers who help the Redmond tech giant to rigorously test and polish the software. Anyone can sign up to test Windows 10, and now 10 million people are helping Microsoft refine and improve its operating system. Unlike the...

Google disables Gchat to foist Hangouts

One of the best parts about using Gmail is Gchat, the instant-messaging function that lets you chat with other Google users and still look like you’re the most productive person in the room. Google is replacing Google Talk. Google released Hangouts back in 2013 as...

YouTube’s AI can now describe sound effects

YouTube understands the power of video to tell stories, move people, and leave a lasting impression. One part of storytelling that many people take for granted is sound, yet sound adds color to the world around us. YouTube has had automated captions for its videos...

Uber Rival Grab Said Raising $1.5 Billion in New Funding Round

Grab, Uber Technologies Inc.’s largest rival in Southeast Asia, plans to raise more than $1.5 billion in a new funding round backed by SoftBank Group Corp., people familiar with the matter said. SoftBank is pledging about $1 billion in the ride-sharing company backed by Tiger...

Google announces app updates to Allo, Duo, and Photos

Google has announced a slew of updates to its Duo, Allo, and Photos apps, including new calling capabilities, file transfers, and easier photo sharing. Google Duo will also offer audio-only calls on Android and iOS. The new feature is now available in Brazil and will...

ISPs argue Web history isn’t “sensitive” they should be able to sell it

Internet providers are continuing to argue that they should be free to share and sell users’ web history without permission because it isn’t “sensitive information.” “Web browsing and app usage history are not ‘sensitive information,'” CTIA said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission...

Google kills off the Captcha Feature

The online tests to check whether you’re a human or a robot  have been a necessary evil, but Google is finally killing them off in their current form. For some time now, Captcha has served as the primary way of telling humans and robots apart...

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Adopt Facial Recognition

When Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Note 7 last year, it introduced a new iris scanning technology designed to bolster device security. However the Galaxy’s note 7 life was short lived. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will reportedly both include iris scanning...