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UPS To Improve Driver Safety Using Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Virtual reality (VR) technology might seem like a perfect vehicle for gaming, but recently we’re starting to see how some companies are exploring using the technology as a means of educating and training people. Recently Google did an experiment and found that those trained in VR performed better than those who trained by reading and watching videos.

This means that there is clearly a benefit to using VR, although the extent still needs to be fully fleshed out, but in the meantime it seems that other companies are also interested in the technology, such as UPS who has announced that they will be training student delivery drivers in driver safety using VR.

According to Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer, “Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training. VR creates a hyper-realistic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our drivers whose previous exposure to the technology was through video games.”

It seems that UPS isn’t shy when it comes into exploring new technologies. Earlier this year the company explored the possibility of using drones to make their parcel deliveries, where a driver with a van will drive around making his/her own deliveries, while a drone can be dispatched from the back making its own deliveries as well.

UPS To Improve Driver Safety Using Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Engineer Creates Nintendo Switch Accessory For One-Handed Gamers

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

As able bodied gamers we tend to take a lot of things for granted, like when playing PC games we can use both the mouse and keyboard successively, and when playing consoles using gamepads aren’t a problem either, but what about those who are unfortunate enough to only have one hand?

There are several solutions out there for PCs and consoles, but it looks like the Nintendo Switch could be getting its first accessibility accessory. Designed by engineer Julio Vazquez, he has created an accessory for the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers that will allow gamers with one hand to play with both controllers at once.

Vazquez has created two accessories, one of which squishes both Joy-Con controllers together into a single unit, while the other puts the Joy-Cons at a right angle so that your fingers can wrap around the controller to reach the other side. The best part is that these accessories can actually be printed by a 3D printer at home or at a local shop with the blueprints posted on Vazquez’s Thingiverse page.

This means that if you have access to a 3D printer, you will be able to print a set for yourself for free. Now whether or not these accessories are useful remains to be seen, but from what we can see in the demo video above, it seems to work pretty well.

Engineer Creates Nintendo Switch Accessory For One-Handed Gamers , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Scientists Create A New Way To Deliver Medicine Through Your Stomach

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

The acids in our stomachs are great for helping to break down food to digest them, but when it comes to medication, there are some instances where consuming medicine orally might not be the most effective way around it, such as insulin which is typically administered through injections.

However a team of researchers at UC San Diego might have come up with an interesting method of delivering medicine through your stomach and ensuring that it does not get destroyed by your stomach acids, and that is through the use of “micromotors” that will change your stomach’s pH levels so that the medicine can be delivered safely.

The concept isn’t entirely new because in the past, medication used to treat ulcers and bacterial infections are typically administered with a secondary compound that temporarily halts the production of stomach acids. In this case, the “micromotors” are made of a titanium dioxide shell that surrounds a magnesium core, with a layer of antibiotic medication around it, and also another layer of a positively-charged polymer that helps it stick to your gut’s wall.

It sounds like a really cool idea, especially when you consider the fact that these micromotors will use your stomach acids as a fuel source, and once the stomach’s pH levels hit the correct level, the motors will release the medication and finish dissolving. Unfortunately it seems that the research is still in its early days so probably don’t expect to see them so readily available just yet.

Scientists Create A New Way To Deliver Medicine Through Your Stomach , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Algorithm Determines How Much Privacy You Give Away When Clicking Links

Tyler Lee August 14, 2017

Have you ever clicked on something on a platform like Facebook or Amazon and then been offered suggested links that are similar to what you just clicked? In a way it sounds pretty good as this can sometimes help you get more information about something you’re reading, or finding a complementary product, and so on.

However at the same time it seems that everytime you click on a suggested link, you could be giving away more of your privacy than you would like. This is according to a researcher at EPFL by the name of Mahsa Taziki who has developed an algorithm that can calculate how much information you are revealing about yourself whenever a link is clicked.

According to Taziki, “80% of the clicks provide a utility-privacy tradeoff for the users. Some clicks are very useful and don’t compromise your privacy, while others are just the opposite. My objective is to compute accurately the utility and privacy effects of the user’s clicks. The users can decide what to click on, and the service providers can also use it to improve the experience of their users.”

In a way you can think of this system as being similar to how browsers like Chrome will warn you when you’re about to visit a potentially dangerous website. The system is still being developed and there are plans to eventually turn it into an extension that can warn users when a website is being too liberal with their personal information.

Algorithm Determines How Much Privacy You Give Away When Clicking Links , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HBO Hackers Leak New Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

Adnan Farooqui August 14, 2017


It has been widely reported that HBO was hacked recently. The first signs of a hack came after a script for an unreleased Game of Thrones episode was released. We also saw some unaired episodes of other HBO shows being leaked online. As reports about the hacker’s demand and HBO’s efforts to plug the leaks pick up steam, there has been yet another leak, and this time unaired episodes from the new Curb Your Enthusiasm season have been leaked online.

Several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and other series have been leaked online. The new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm wasn’t due to air until October this year but HBO’s hand has been forced here.

HBO hasn’t offered a direct comment on the latest leak, saying that it’s well known that there has been a “cyber incident at HBO” and that it’s “not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released.”

Aside from the Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes, unaired episodes of the HBO comedy Insecure and episodes of the latest season of Ballers were leaked online as well. Episodes of Barry and The Deuce, two HBO series that have yet to air a single episode, have been leaked too.

A recent report suggested that the hackers have demanded millions in ransom from HBO but the cable giant doesn’t seem to have agreed to the ransom. It did try to pay them $250,000 as a “bug bounty” but apparently that offer wasn’t accepted.

HBO Hackers Leak New Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Elon Musk Calls Artificial Intelligence A Bigger Threat Than North Korea

Adnan Farooqui August 13, 2017


Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk is known for his views on artificial intelligence. He’s all for regulating the emerging technology as he views it as a risk to the world. While others in the tech world like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disagree with him, Musk holds on to his views about AI firmly. He’s sounding the bells once again, saying that he believes AI to be a bigger threat to the world than North Korea.

If you’ve watched the news at any point over the past weeks, you’ll be aware that tensions with North Korea are rising again. The most isolated country in the world is believed to possess nuclear weapons and the display of verbal aggression isn’t helping matters.

Musk has repeatedly called on people to be concerned about the rise of the machines. In a post on Twitter, he says that people who are not concerned about AI safety should be concerned about it. “Vastly more risk than North Korea,” he adds.

He’s all for the “safe” development of AI, though, as he backs OpenAI which is a nonprofit that promotes such development. He’s not the only influential personality highlighting the potential risk posed by artificial intelligence. Stephen Hawking has issued stern warnings about the technology as well.

If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea. pic.twitter.com/2z0tiid0lc

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017

Elon Musk Calls Artificial Intelligence A Bigger Threat Than North Korea , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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World’s Best Dota 2 Players Beaten By Artificial Intelligence Bot

Adnan Farooqui August 13, 2017

You’ve seen artificial intelligence beat the world’s best Go players and now an AI-powered bot has beaten the world’s best Dota 2 players. During Valve’s yearly Dota 2 tournament there was a surprise segment which introduced the AI-powered bot from OpenAI, an artificial intelligence startup backed by Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk.

OpenAI engineers say that the bot learned fast enough in two weeks to beat the world’s best Dota 2 players. In this training period, the engineers say their bot amassed “lifetimes” of experience.

Musk obviously talked about this achievement on twitter. Pointing out that the OpenAI bot is the first ever to defeat the world’s best players in competitive eSports, he also mentioned that Dota 2 is “vastly more complex” than traditional board games like Chess and Go.

The demonstration was limited to a few variables of gameplay, nevertheless, the crowd was excited to see Dota 2 professional Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin being beaten badly by the bot in the live 1-vs-1 match.

Ishutin lost twice matches in succession to the bot and forgeited future matches to it. He was a bit surprised to see that the bot could perform at a level comparable to that of a human. He said that the bot “feels a little like human, but a little like something else.”

OpenAI engineers now want to work on expanding the bot’s capabilities so that it can compete across the entire game in a 5-vs-5 match by next year.

OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017

World’s Best Dota 2 Players Beaten By Artificial Intelligence Bot , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Has Secretly Been Testing An App In China

Adnan Farooqui August 13, 2017


Facebook connects billions of people across the globe but it has so far not been able to gain any ground in the world’s most populated country. China has banned Facebook since 2009 go so the social network has no official presence in the country that counts more than a billion people as its citizens. This doesn’t mean that the social network sits around and does nothing. According to a new report, Facebook has secretly been testing a new app in China.

The New York Times reports that Facebook has released a photo sharing app in China called Colorful Balloons. As far as the app’s features are concerned, it’s quite similar to Facebook’s own Moments app in that respect but doesn’t carry any of the branding that would give away that it’s a Facebook app.

In its response to the Times’ report, Facebook doesn’t confirm or deny that it’s involved in this test. “We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways,” a spokesperson for the company said.

Zhang Jingmei is believed to have developed this app and has reportedly attended at least one important meeting between Facebook and officials in China. There’s a possibility that she might be in an advisory position at Facebook or perhaps even an employee.

It’s unclear if the regulators in China are aware of this, if they weren’t and Facebook has indeed been secretly testing an app to see how internet users in China share content, that’s going to lead to some tough discussions the next time officials from both sides meet.

Facebook Has Secretly Been Testing An App In China , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HBO Offered Hackers $250,000 To Prevent Leaks

Adnan Farooqui August 13, 2017


You might have heard by now that HBO has been hit by a cyberattack. Reports suggest that 1.5TB of data has been stolen from the cable giant’s servers. We’ve already seen leaked scripts of unaired Game of Thrones episodes and it’s said that unaired episodes of some other shows have been leaked as well. According to a new report, HBO offered hackers $250,000 as a “bug bounty payment” to prevent these leaks.

The hackers behind it all have leaked a screenshot of an email which shows that a senior HBO vice president offered them $250,000 as a “bug bounty payment.” The email is dated July 27 and was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The email indicates that a negotiation was going on between the network and the hackers. HBO’s response has been worded carefully so that it doesn’t seem like the cable giant is paying them a ransom, it gives the impression that HBO is offering them a reward for discovering vulnerabilities in its system.

“As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin,” the email reads.

It’s believed that the hackers are demanding millions in Bitcoin from HBO to stop leaking more content. It’s not entirely known at this point in time what other data they’ve managed to obtain from HBO’s systems. The cable giant has not yet commented on the leaked email.

HBO Offered Hackers $250,000 To Prevent Leaks , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Researchers Develop Flexible Batteries That Can Run On Saltwater

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

Image credit – iFixit

The problem with a lot of consumer-grade batteries is that they are rigid and fixed in terms of their shape, meaning that there are limitations when it comes to designing products based around them, although we have seen companies try to work around those limitations by creating different shapes or stacking them.

However in the future that may no longer be a limitation because in a paper published by Chem (via The Verge), it seems that researchers have managed to create a battery that is not only flexible, but it can also be powered by saltwater, which in turn could lead to the creation of new types of devices and wearables that don’t necessarily have to conform to traditional battery designs.

In the batteries created by researchers, they found that they were able to fold it in half a hundred times without damaging it. It was also found to be safer because instead of being powered by toxic chemicals, it is powered by relatively harmless liquids such as saltwater and IV rehydration solutions.

So far the researchers have managed to create two versions of the battery: a belt-shaped model and a nanotube. They have also experimented with various solutions, such as sodium sulfate (which is sometimes used as a laxative) and saline, with the former offering the best results based on their tests.

Researchers Develop Flexible Batteries That Can Run On Saltwater , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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