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Baidu Announces Plans To Launch A Self-Driving Bus In China

Tyler Lee October 18, 2017

It is no secret that many tech companies and carmakers are working on making self-driving cars a reality. In fact over in China, internet search giant Baidu is making some progress of their own and had previously teamed up with the likes of BMW and Microsoft to help further their self-driving car efforts.

However it seems that Baidu’s interest does not lie just with cars, but with transportation in general because during The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, Baidu’s CEO Robin Li revealed that the company had plans to launch a self-driving bus in China. Li announced that the company is working with a large bus maker in China and plans to have a self-driving bus route running in the country by next year.

This is actually not the first time we’re hearing about public transportation going down the self-driving route. Over in Singapore, the country had launched various initiatives, such as driverless pods that can ferry people in neighborhoods to nearby bus stops, or the country’s Nanyang Technological University where they plan to launch an autonomous shuttle bus to ferry students around campus.

It will be interesting to see if Baidu can get a self-driving bus up and running in the country next year. For the most part, self-driving technology is still very much in the testing phase due to various legal and regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome before it can be fully commercialized.

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Lego Women Of NASA Set Available From November 1st

Adnan Farooqui October 18, 2017


Lego confirmed earlier this year that it was building a “Women of NASA” set. The idea was actually submitted to the company by Maia Weinstock, the MIT deputy news editor, in its Lego Ideas competition. The set is ready now and will soon be available for purchase. Lego has confirmed that the Women of NASA set will be sold starting next month.

There are four different figures included in this set that pay tribute to the four exceptional women who achieved great things at NASA. It includes Sally Ride, she was the first American woman in space while Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space.

Margaret Hamilton helped develop the software for NASA’s Apollo missions while Nancy Grace Roman played a big role in bringing the Hubble Space Telescope to life. All four of these women get their very own Lego versions.

Weinstock’s original pitch for the Women of NASA set also included Katherine Johnson, she was known for her accuracy in computerized celestial navigation. She conducted technical work at NASA for decades.

However, she doesn’t seem to have been included in the final set. According to reports, Lego ran into some problems in gaining approval from her and her family.

Lego is going to release the Woman of NASA set on November 1st for $25.

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Nielsen Will Now Track TV Audiences On Netflix

Adnan Farooqui October 18, 2017


The age-old method of finding out how many people watched a particular program on TV no longer get the job done. That’s because millions of people have cut the cord and moved to online streaming services. It’s important to count those numbers as well to get a true sense of how many people watched a particular show. Nielsen is now going to track TV audiences on online streaming services as well.

“The syndication of SVOD measurement as part of Nielsen’s Total Audience offerings represents a big step forward in terms of moving closer to transparency within the SVOD marketplace,” said Megan Clarken, the president of watch at Nielsen.

Nielsen has been tracking demographic information and the number of people streaming a program for decades now. It’s essentially going to do the same thing for subscription-based streaming services like Netflix now as well.

The company’s new service, Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings, will measure streaming services’ program in a way that’s compatible with linear TV. The data collected will include ratings, frequency, reaches, and segmentation reporting.

Only Netflix has signed up for this so far, however, Nielsen is looking forward to adding Amazon Prime and Hulu to the list by next year. Other testers who want to try out this new service include NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC, A+E Networks, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. Television, and others.

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Snapchat Dancing Hot Dog Costume Now Available For $80 On Amazon

Adnan Farooqui October 18, 2017


The Snapchat dancing hotdog was introduced earlier this year when the app introduced augmented reality filters. It’s a 3D rendering of a smiling hot dog that’s wearing headphones and dancing to some wicked tunes. It took the world by storm and now it’s going to make an impression at Halloween. Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, is actually selling a smiling hot dog costume on Amazon for $80.

Snapchat first renamed itself to Snap last year before launching its first piece of hardware ever, a pair of glasses that make Snapchatting easy called Spectacles.

This is the second piece of “hardware” from Snap, and who knows, it might end up selling more units than the Spectacles. Snap is selling the smiling hot dog costume on Amazon itself for $80.

It’s described as a hot dog tunic with attached sleeves and hands, and pants with attached shoe covers. The costume comes with a pair of fake headphones to complete the look. The gloves are removable so users can quickly pick up their phone and start Snapchatting while looking like the beloved AR filter.

If you’re in the market for a new Halloween costume, then perhaps you should consider looking like the avatar that Snapchat referred to as its “first augmented reality superstar.”

Snapchat Dancing Hot Dog Costume Now Available For $80 On Amazon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Researchers Create ‘Skin’ For Robots That Will Allow Them To Feel

Tyler Lee October 18, 2017

Image credit – UCLA Engineering

If there is one advantage that robots might have over humans is that they can’t “feel” what they are touching, meaning that picking up hot or cold objects that are too cold for our bare hands will not prove to be an issue with robots. However this can also be a disadvantage as it means that in terms of operations, robots can be less nuanced than humans.

However that could soon change thanks to the efforts of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA who have developed a flexible “skin” for robots, which is essentially a flexible sensor that can be stretched over any part of a robot’s body or a prosthetic that can help convey information when it comes to grasping objects, like shear forces, vibration, and so on.

The sensor is said to be capable of mimicking the way a human finger experiences tension and compression, similar to how your hand feels when you are grabbing or holding onto a object. By allowing a robot to feel these nuances, the engineers believe it will help to improve the ability for robots to perform tasks that require a subtle touch, like dismantling a bomb, for example.

According to Jonathan Posner, a UW professor of mechanical engineering and of chemical engineering, “If a robot is going to dismantle an improvised explosive device, it needs to know whether its hand is sliding along a wire or pulling on it. To hold on to a medical instrument, it needs to know if the object is slipping. This all requires the ability to sense shear force, which no other sensor skin has been able to do well.”

Researchers Create ‘Skin’ For Robots That Will Allow Them To Feel , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Nude App Uses AI To Hide Nudes From Camera Roll

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


There are plenty of ways that you can make sure that the intimate photos on your phone don’t show up in camera roll. If they do show up in the camera roll, it becomes very risky to show off unrelated pictures to someone on your phone as there’s always a risk of an accidental swipe or tap. There’s a new app called Nude that aims to save users from such incidents. It uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect and hide nudes from the camera roll on iPhones.

The Nude app for iPhone uses artificial intelligence to figure out which images need to be hidden from the camera roll. The AI analyzes the photos on the device itself, it doesn’t upload them to a server for analysis. The images are then deleted from iCloud if they’ve been backed up and moved to a password-protected vault in the Nude app.

This functionality doesn’t work with videos at this point in time so users will have to be careful about them on their own. Eventually, the tech might be solid enough to analyze and do the same for videos as well.

The app has been developed by young entrepreneurs from UC Berkeley. It uses the CoreML technology that Apple introduced with iOS 11 for enhanced artificial intelligence applications on its platform. The Nude app for iPhone itself is free but there’s a $0.99 per month charge to use it.

Nude App Uses AI To Hide Nudes From Camera Roll , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Star Wars Han Solo Movie Title Confirmed

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


It has been known for quite some time now that a standalone Star Wars Han Solo movie is in the pipeline. What the studio hadn’t confirmed, though, was the actual title. We no longer have to guess or rely on rumors anymore because the movie’s director Ron Howard has just confirmed that Star Wars Han Solo movie title.

Ron Howard confirmed today that the Star Wars-related movie that he’s been directing is going to be called Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second standalone movie in the universe after Rogue One was released last year. It ended up doing very well at the box office, bringing in over $1.06 billion worldwide.

Production began several months ago and the movie was originally being directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. However, their stint was cut short by creative differences and Ron Howard stepped in as the director.

The standalone Han Solo movie has quite the cast, featuring actors like Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thandie Newton.

Not much is known about the actual plot itself, so it’s going to be very interesting to see what sort of a story is told about one of the most beloved characters of the Star Wars universe.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on May 25th, 2018.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

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Google Offers Advanced Protection For Those At Risk Of Targeted Online Attacks

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


There are several common-sense steps that everyone should take in order to keep safe online. However, there are some people who can be at risk of being targeted online specifically. To help them prevent such attacks, Google is now offering a new feature called Advanced Protection. The feature will aid them in protecting themselves against accidental sharing, phishing, and fraudulent access to their accounts. It’s great for human rights workers, journalists, activists, and more.

The Advanced Protection feature will rely on Security Keys. These are small wireless devices or USBs that are needed to sign into accounts. They are said to be the most secure version of two-step verification as they need digital signatures and public key cryptography to confirm identity. An attacker who doesn’t have the Security Key is blocked automatically even if they have the user’s password.

Those who sign up for this program will also have to go through extra steps during the account recovery process. The steps will include additional questions and requests about why they have lost access to their account. It can also automatically limit full access to Gmail and Google Drive for certain apps. This will help prevent accidental sharing.

Any and all users with a personal Google Account can sign up for Advanced protection starting today.

Google Offers Advanced Protection For Those At Risk Of Targeted Online Attacks , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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GM Will Be First To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York City

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


New York has some strict rules for self-driving cars which is why companies haven’t been rushing there to test their technology. General Motors has seen past that, though, and it’s going to be the first company to start testing autonomous vehicles in New York City. General Motors’ self-driving unit Cruise Automation will begin testing its autonomous Chevy Bolts in the city. GM will thus be the first company to test Level 4 autonomous cars on public roads.

The law that allows testing of self-driving cars in New York lapses on April 1st, 2018 so these tests have to been conducted by then. Moreover, a police escort is also mandatory for each self-driving car and the company will be the one paying for it.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office sent out a press release confirming this agreement with Cruise Automation. As part of this deal, Cruise Automation will be allowed to map a geofenced area in Manhattan where it will be able to test the cars.

“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives, and we are proud to be working with GM and Cruise on the future of this exciting new technology,” the governor said.

During testing, there’s going to be an engineer in the driver’s seat to keep an eye on things. There’s also going to be another person in the passenger seat. Cruise will also have to open an office in New York City and hire employees for a new team.

GM Will Be First To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York City , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Waymo Trains Law Enforcement How To Handle Self-Driving Car Crashes

Tyler Lee October 16, 2017

There are many questions surrounding self-driving cars, like the legality behind it, how will our current rules apply to the technology, and so on. One question is that in the event of a self-driving car crash, how will law enforcement or first responders handle it? Should it be treated like a regular car crash? Or will it be accessed differently?

We suppose that is a question that has yet to be answered, but Alphabet’s Waymo is hoping to provide some answers. The company has recently published a 43 page report (via Recode) that attempts to address some of those questions. According to the report, it has been revealed that Waymo is currently training law enforcement in various cities that it is testing its technology on how to recognize and access a self-driving car in the event of an accident.

The report reads (in part), “We plan to continue conducting these on-site trainings, while expanding the scope of the training program as our vehicles become more capable and our operational design domain expands.” Prior to this Waymo was working on teaching its self-driving cars on how to detect emergency vehicles and move out of their way.

That being said, Waymo is just one of the many companies working on the technology so their solutions aren’t necessarily definitive, but we suppose eventually there will be a unified set of rules on how to deal with self-driving cars.

Waymo Trains Law Enforcement How To Handle Self-Driving Car Crashes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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