News: Tech & Science

Voice assistants still have problems understanding strong accents

Friday  15:10,   20 july 2018
engadget

Cultural biases in tech aren't just limited to facial recognition -- they crop up in voice assistants as well. A second study showed how voice assistants would frequently mangle interpretations when people read news headlines out loud. [...]
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Apple’s new 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros now have four full-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports

Friday  15:10,   20 july 2018
msn

Unlike the earlier 13-inch Touch Bar models, which only offered two full-speed portsIt’s a small but useful update to the earlier 2016 and 2017 13-inch models, which only offered full-speed data on the two left-side ports, while the two right-side[...]

Google may put its Fuchsia OS on smart home devices within three years

Friday  15:10,   20 july 2018
msn

The Fuchsia team wants to replace Chrome OS and Android with something newAccording to a new report from Bloomberg, the Fuchsia team’s goal is nothing less than creating a single, unifying operating system that could run on all of Google’s devices:[...]

'The veil has lifted': NASA releases stunning new mosaics of Saturn's massive moon Titan, revealing the clearest views yet of the world said to be an 'alien Earth'

Friday  15:10,   20 july 2018
dailymail.co.uk

<p>In the decades since the first grainy images beamed back to Earth to reveal our first close looks at Saturn and its moons, Titan has remained veiled in mystery.</p>In the decades since the first grainy images beamed back to Earth to reveal[...]

Instagram’s new status dots tell you if your contacts are online – but you can turn them off

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
msn

The company says this is meant to make it easier to connect with people.&nbsp;The next time you pop into the Direct messaging section of the app, you’ll see green dots next to your contacts’ names if they’re presently online. The company says[...]

Facebook can now sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
techcrunch

Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram.&nbsp;The feature was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, who posted a screenshot to[...]

Google AI experiment compares poses to 80,000 images as you move

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
engadget

Google released a fun AI experiment today called Move Mirror that matches whatever pose you make to hundreds of images of others making that same pose.&nbsp;"With Move Mirror, we're showing how computer vision techniques like pose estimation can [...]

Amazon's Part Finder helps you find those weird screws you need

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
engadget

If you have a home hardware part you can't really identify but need more of, you might find that the camera in Amazon's iPhone app is a bit more useful after a low-key recent update.&nbsp;The new Part Finder tool uses computer vision to[...]

WhatsApp to limit message forwarding

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
reuters

<p>Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after Indian authorities sought curbs on spread of rumours that have led to violent[...]

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a giant screen and a battery to match

Thursday  14:45,   19 july 2018
msn

Xiaomi has announced the Mi Max 3, the latest and biggest yet in its line of colossal phones.&nbsp;Powering all this is a 5,500mAh battery, which Xiaomi has managed to cram into a 7mm-thick chassis. The company says it can be charged to 71[...]

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X smartphone could launch in early 2019

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
techradar

Next year, Samsung hopes you'll spend thousands of dollars on its new, cutting-edge foldable phone.&nbsp;Samsung's Galaxy X smartphone, codenamed "Winner", is a fully bendable and foldable device that, when flat, will be the size of a small[...]

Huawei crosses 100M shipments mark, inches closer to Apple

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
cnet

CEO Richard Yu wants to sell 200 million phones by end of this year. Apple last year sold 215.8 million.The Chinese phone giant crossed its 100 million shipments mark on July 18, CEO Richard Yu said in a post on China's Twitter-equivalent,[...]

Nokia X5 launched with dual rear cameras, notch display

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
techradar

Finnish smartphone maker Nokia has announced its latest budget device dubbed as the Nokia X5 in China.&nbsp;The Nokia X6 was launched in China earlier this year and is expected to make its India debut in August. At the moment, there is no[...]

Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
msn

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year.&nbsp;A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly[...]

Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change

Thursday  11:15,   19 july 2018
engadget

Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by[...]