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Impact of electric cars on global oil consumption

Every self respecting automobile manufacturer is trying to push the electric cars but the demand is currently limited. Without an unlikely boost from government policy, electric vehicles aren’t likely to rule the roads anytime soon. Researchers however blame transportation as major carbon polluters than coal and gas fired power plants. Despite knowing the fact that gasoline is bad for the planet we continue...

AI can now judge a book by it’s cover

A pair of researchers from Kyushu University in Japan have trained a neural network that predicts the genre of a book based on the visual clues provided by its cover. Brian Iwana and Seiichi Uchida (the researcher pair) downloaded a set of 137,788 books covers from Amazon.com in order to train the model. The goal is to determine if genre information can...

Bionic Implants Let a Paralyzed Monkey Walk Again

  https://youtu.be/1sjeytKmlCk Swiss scientists have helped restore control of non-functioning limbs in monkeys with spinal injuries. The achievement tends to raise hopes for the paralyzed people to walk again one day. Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale have created a proof of concept using two monkeys with partial spinal cord injuries while creating a wireless bridge between monkey's brains and limbs enabling them to walk over...

Cash from Trash : Sweden’s way of burning garbage for energy

Every country produces garbage - Sweden is no difference but it's what they do with that waste is a bit unusual. Sweden produces fair amount of waste approximately 460kg per person per year which amounts to 4.4 million tonnes a year, in which less than 1% goes to landfill and the rest is about recycled for energy recovery. With recycling...

New Delhi fails to understand its smog

Delhi’s polluted air saw an additional kick with a haze reducing visibility to 50 meters at times as India celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, the country’s Central Pollution Control Board said. The capital recorded its second-worst day in nearly 10 years, thanks to coal-fired industries, power plants, and surging automobile use. The levels of particulate matter finer than...

Meet IBM Watson – a super answering machine

Even if you follow developments in AI closely, though, it can be hard to keep track of all the things Watson can do. It raises a question: what is it, exactly? Well, in simple terms - Watson is a question answering (QA) computing system implementing wide range of AI techniques and related applications—everything from natural language processing to medicine, voice...

AI is ready to replace doctors very soon

Can a supercomputer with artificial intelligence take more care than a doctor ? Well that's a mind boggling question. The idea is simple. To augment doctors by smarter computers.  To blow it over - there's an interesting verbal battle going on between prominent tech venture capitalists over the future of AI in health care. Mr Khosla (Founder - Khosla Ventures) -...

Tesla’s Elon Musk unveils stunning solar roof tiles

Elon Musk - (CEO Tesla) while addressing an audience in Los Angeles unveiled Solarcity newest energy product - solar roof tiles. The event was held at the Desperate Housewives drama set in Los Angeles.  The idea of replacing roofing with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. Musk outlined the significance of an “integrated future” that would enable consumers to charge...

Like Apple, like Microsoft

At an event in NewYork this week, Microsoft, launched a sleek new and forward-looking Surface Studio  -  a 28-inch all-in-one PC to help media professionals work more effectively. The hardware converts into something akin to a digital drafting table. Reclined at about 20 degrees, and you a get an full gamut color dense touchscreen.  The hardware comes with a dedicated stylus and...

Google cuts cord on it’s Fiber rollout plans

Google Fiber - an ambitious plan of the search giant to go up against cable and telecom Internet providers with a broadband offer at gigabit speeds is now putting holds on expansion plan, while shedding jobs and losing its chief executive along the way. While announcing changes and resignation over a blog post Craig Barratt, the CEO of Access (Google Fiber)...

Mark Zuckerberg’s love affair with China

When Facebook was blocked in 2009 in China and Instagram - a photo sharing service in 2014, many Chinese experts believed that it would be impossible for social network giant to get an entry, but a Facebook launch in China now looks probable. In a rare meeting of Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan...

Space can be the next internet : Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, head of space tourism operation - Blue Origin confirmed to launch test pilots by 2017, followed by commercial passengers in 2018. He metaphors space as the next internet,  that is desperately lacking in infrastructure to support new entrepreneurs. While speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Bezos emphasized that rocket re-usability needs to be improved, and both...

Tesla announces fully autonomous self driving cars

Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it would equip all of its new vehicles with technology that enables fully autonomous driving, but would not activate the system until it undergoes further testing. In a blog post, the maker of electric cars said the new hardware included cameras, sensors and radars that allow the vehicles to operate without a human driver. The...

It’s official – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead

Well it's official, Galaxy note 7 dead. The smartphone manufacturer giant -  Samsung has announced to cease production of Note 7. The news came after several cases of Note 7 models having caught fire over even exploded. It has also advised owners to stop using their phones and switch them off immediately. Supporting their customers interests , Samsung quoted - "Taking our customer’s safety as...

BMW 5 series – First vehicle to feature wireless CarPlay

BMW on Thursday unveiled its upcoming 5 Series Sedan  and in doing so announced the model to be the first car featuring Apple's wireless CarPlay - a smart iOS-style infotainment system, capable of communicating with supported vehicles wirelessly.  In a press release, announced today, it will be the first car to get wireless CarPlay support. This implies that car drivers will no longer...

BMW’s Motorrad – Future is all about Experience

BMW on Tuesday unveiled Motorrad Vision Next100 in Santa Monica, Calif as a celebration for it's century in transportation business. The debuted concept motorcycle was designed with decades in mind, contrary to production bikes which are normally 5 years ahead. Motorrad is so artificially intelligent that it eliminates the need for the rider to wear protective gear, including a helmet. The BMW Motorrad...

Samsung up for AI race – buys Viv digital assistant

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Samsung on Thursday announced that it will buy Viv Labs - a four year old aritificial intelligence startup based out of Silicon Valley. The company is founded by the core team that created Apple’s Siri digital assistant. The ambitious deal came after the day when Google unveiled its new digital assistant as the core feature with its first high-end smartphones. The search giant highlighted AI’s growing importance...

Google unveils Daydream View – woos masses

At a splashy event on Tuesday Google unveiled Daydream View, a $79 headset along with smartphone Pixel, this one has a very different feel from others on the market. It has reimagined how VR can fit in with the rest of our technology. The device is built from materials used in clothing and has basic design like many VR headsets....

Theranos shut down its clinical labs, shedding jobs

Theranos, a blood testing company based in Palo Alto, California announced on late Wednesday to shut down its clinical labs and shrink its workforce by more than 40%. Once valued at $9 billion, it claimed to perform an array of blood tests from just a finger-prick of blood. But Wall Street Journal first alleged about the incompetencies held by Theranos...

Google’s Assistant is light years ahead than Siri and Alexa

The search giant on Tuesday unveiled a smartphone, the Pixel, and Google Home - a home speaker. built to integrate its core feature - Google Assistant. While the event showcased how Assistant integrates with its existing services and products. It seems that the company is working hard to make Assistant more powerful and personal. The Pixel launch was held in San Francisco as "the first phone...

Don’t use Google’s new Allo messenger app, says Edward Snowden

Google I/O 2016 announced the release of search giant's new Whatsapp competitor - Allo, to allow to chat like never before.  The app featured end-to-end encryption as per the reports but when the app was released on playstore it created an upset for privacy activists and tech enthusiasts. Edward Snowden said in a series of tweets.   https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/778588715736260608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/778585040976502784   Lately, Google has received much...

Meet HemaApp – a smartphone app that detects anemia

In this app frenzy world where smartphones are more reachable than medical resources, could become an indispensable medical equipment. A team of researchers from the University of Washington have developed an app that turns smartphones into anemia detectors. Anemia, which is an incredibly common in developing countries is caused due to lack in hemoglobin/red blood cells in the blood. It likely affects...

Meet the new Snap’s Inc – Spectacles.

  After the failure of Google Glass, technology companies around the world have been pushing to turn the human desire to log the realities of everyday life into successful products. Ladies and gentlemen, with new pair of smart glasses on offer, its time for Snapchat's Spectacles. It seemed that people who sought to record everything from sleep and steps to calorie intake and...

SpaceX rips off Facebook dream – blows $200 million satellite

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida on Thursday ruining Facebook dreams to beam high-speed internet to Africa. Though the blast was at Cape Canaveral it contained no injuries. Speculations made were anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. “Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant...

Google thinks AI can fly its balloons for Project Loon

It seems that Google Loon Project - internet beaming balloons have been working hard on its pilot program and is proactively collecting data on how best to launch them all the while, but now Google believes its better AI takes over. Wired reports that the engineering team behind Google’s Project Loon is going to move away from using control algorithms that...

Qualcomm VR820 – High-End, Cord-Free VR Headsets Are finally coming to Reality

For an instance "I was into it, sitting in the cockpit", the F-16 fighter jet was shooting like a bullet with a speed of Mach 2 — but then the next moment i realized, a bulky black virtual-reality headset strapped onto my face. And it had a cable running down my back to connect it to a PC. Ah.....

Forget China – Indian startups are the new favorite of Asian VCs

India is a special country, because of its diverse nature and isolated culture. These qualitiies combined with business acumen of young turks have got attention of VC from US and some from China like Alibaba and Didi Chuxing. Well, this is not a conincidence - the increasing penetration of mobile users along with growing urbanization and tech savvy youth has...

How mobiles are changing the way we consume information

Just in case you haven’t noticed, perhaps you’re checking your phone notifications a lot more than you did even a year or so ago. Around 350million Indian citizens own a smartphone. That’s supposed to be a massive jump from 200million a year ago. Thanks to the changed reforms, speedy urbanization and 65% of tech savvy youth. But one thing is noticeable;...

Is DARPA Memex search engine Google killer ? – watch out

DARPA recently announced to open source Memex project - an online search tool intended to fight crime over "Dark Web" through artificial intelligence. Memex project is a domain focused search engine and is initially deployed to curb human trafficking, this would reveal the strategy and analysis. The project is expected to be available to wider public audience so that they...

DARPA gears up with MEMEX to fight Crime On The ‘Dark Web’

Lately DARPA has been showing growing interest in open sourcing it's project like the army robot. And it has Memex Technology that has surfaced recently as a search tool for the dark web. Law enforcement agencies has already begun to deploy Memex search engine in real life scenarios to counter crime in places like Tor. Though Memex agenda for...

Project ‘Titan’ – Inside Apple’s ambitious autonomous car project

Apple is reportedly rethinking plans to enter the self-driving car business, and in so doing has shut down portions of the widely rumored development project, laying off dozens of employees. Citing sources familiar with the company's plans, The New York Times reports Apple's autonomous vehicle initiative, dubbed internally as Project Titan, is getting a "reboot" under new project lead Bob...

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