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Artificial Intelligence triumphs over humans, making humankind the winner.
It was the biggest man-versus-machine supremacy test in history since “Deep Blue”, the IBM computer that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Watson is the IBM computer that researchers have been prepping to take on humans in the
“Thank you, but I’m not interested.”
How many times have you just sat down to dinner and had the phone ring and when you pick it up you hear, “Hi! You have just won an all-expense paid trip to somewhere-you-have-always-wanted-to-go-but-couldn’t-afford!” and just hung up? The calls are irritating, to say the least (especially since the calls always seem to come… Continue reading
Cloning the Ice Age.
Japanese researchers are launching a project to revive the extinct woolly mammoth, using cloning technology to bring it back in an estimated 5-6 year’s time. They will do this by using the tissue obtained from a mammoth carcass that has been preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun (a mass-circulation daily) reported.
This week: Cool gadgets that are “in the news”.
A refrigerator to tweet about?
Did you ever find yourself standing at the refrigerator thinking about how much you would love to tweet someone about what you are about to eat?
I am not joking.
Samsung has… Continue reading
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December 29, 2010.
3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.
Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.
The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading
Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.
That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.
Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading
Caregivers get Smart.
Caregivers of elderly and disabled friends, relatives, and patients are eagerly looking forward to getting “Smart”, thanks to Mizzou University of Missouri’s electrical and computer engineering professor, Harry Tyrer, Jr.
The professor has invented the “Smart Carpet”, a computerized flooring system that uses embedded sensors to monitor walking activity and then sends the data to a computer that… Continue reading
November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.
Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading
What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?
Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading
Access Multiple Gmail Accounts
Do you have more than one Gmail account? I know I do: One for personal use, and another which I use when I register for a website (to ensure my personal email is not spammed till the end of time). Previously, Gmail accounts have only allowed users to access a single account at a single time when using the same web browser. Last… Continue reading
It appears this horse never got out of the stable. Google Wave, Google’s real-time communication app that allowed the input of live text, dragging and dropping of images and more, all in your web browser, has been killed off quietly.
Here’s part of the announcement from Google’s Official Blog:
“…when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web
Facebook, the popular social networking platform, has purchased Nextstop, a site which provided user added lists of interesting things to do in locations around the world. During the announcement of the purchase, Nextstop stated that they would be shutting down the service on September 1. Those currently using the service have two months to continue using Nextstop and will also have the ability to export the… Continue reading
Last week the iPhone 4 made a well known entrance into the world, with 1.5 million devices being sold on the first day of its availability. But almost immediately after the release, consumers began to report problems with the device, relating to the loss of cellular reception when holding the bottom left corner of the phone in a certain way. As more users began to report this issue… Continue reading
Remember when IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in May 1997? IBM is ready to challenge human knowledge again with their supercomputer named “Watson”. Watson will complete against human players in the game of Jeopardy, although it does have a tendency to crash or answer a series of questions incorrectly. The supercomputer has already completed against humans in IBM’s development environment, but there are… Continue reading
AT&T has removed their older iPhone data plans and replaced them with lower-priced but lower-capacity plans. iPhone users, as well as smartphone users, now have the option between two data plans: A 200MB plan for $15 per month or a 2GB plan for $25 per month. AT&T stated that they introduced these lower data plans because a vast majority of their smartphone users fit into these… Continue reading
Google TV: Late last week, Google announced their new upcoming product: Google TV. Google TV will be a platform which combines television and the Internet, allowing you to quickly access your favorite websites from the comfort of your couch, view content from YouTube and other media websites on your television, and also navigate and schedule your cable television channels. Google TV will be built using Android and Google… Continue reading
Google will discontinue selling the Nexus One, their Google Android Phone, on their website; instead opting to partner with cell phone carriers in order to sell their phones inside brick and mortar stores. Google had originally planned to sell the Nexus One through their web store without a service plan, however, the search engine giant stated that customers want hands-on experience before buying a phone, and the ability… Continue reading
As many Internet users may know, Russia is one of the hotspots for spammers and fraud online. Well, beginning on April 1st, the Russian government has plans to change that. From that date forward, those who register a .ru domain, which is the top-level domain allocated to the country of Russia, will be required to provide a copy of their password for verification of their identity. Russia hopes… Continue reading
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has released a Internet speed test service to assist customers in comparing their actual Internet speeds to the speeds advertised by their broadband Internet provider. In preparation for the National Broadband Plan, a program by the FCC to ensure that all Americans, including those in rural regions of the country, have access to broadband Internet. The Internet speed test and information… Continue reading
Apple announced on Friday that customers will be able to purchase the Apple iPad on April 3, with pre-orders beginning on March 12. However, it was also noted that the 3G model may not be available until the end of April. Steve Jobs announced the device on January 27 during his keynote speech, but has since stated that the iPad will not support tethering, even though the iPhone… Continue reading
The European Union’s Data Protection Directive has ordered Google to delete their Street View pictures after six months, because retaining the images for a year may violate privacy laws in the European Union. The Directive also ordered the search engine giant to give United Kingdom citizens more information and lead time regarding when its Street View cars would be in certain areas of the country to take photos… Continue reading
Google has entered into another unexpected industry: electric utilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the search engine’s application to become a electricity utility, since according to the FERC, there were no real reasons to deny the application. Google Energy will be the brand used to develop opportunities to contain and manage the cost of energy for Google, which hints that the company will be using… Continue reading
A hard drive the size of a postage stamp? Sounds like science fiction, but according to a report from technology firm, Toshiba, it may soon become new technology. The company, through a partnership with Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, has developed the ability to create a Solid State Drive (SSD) the size of a postage stamp. Toshiba stated in the report that it expects to have a proof… Continue reading