Google Improves Image Recognition; Releases Project as Open Source Software

Google says its algorithm can correctly caption a photograph with nearly 94 percent accuracy. The company says the improvements come in the third version of its system named Inception, with the score coming from a standardized auto-caption test named ImageNet. It reports the first version scored 89.6 percent, the second 91.8 percent and the new […]

FREE Ebook: A Comprehensive Guide to Optimizing Windows 10 (a $14.95 value) FREE for a limited time!

For today’s free ebook offer, get A Comprehensive Guide to Optimizing Windows 10 (a $14.95 value) for FREE! Windows 10 is Microsoft’s newest and most powerful Operating System but at the end of the day, it’s still software. Like any other software program, it needs to be properly configured and optimized. Learn how to optimize […]

New York’s Free Web Surfing Comes To Sticky End

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New Yorkers will no longer be able to browse the web on screens in former phone booths. The change came after reports of “lewd acts” by some users taking advantage of the free facility. The free-to-use LinkNYC program was announced at the start of this year and 400 booths have been converted already, with an […]

Amazon Smart Control System Echo Dot Relaunched At $50

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Amazon has dropped the price of its Echo Dot – already a budget version of the Echo voice control system – from $90 to $50. It’s also offering bulk discounts with the idea of people filling their homes. The full-sized Echo device appears to have become established despite being somewhat awkward to describe and promote. […]

Scanner ‘Reads’ Pages Of Closed Books

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A variant on X-rays could scan the pages of a closed book according to MIT researchers. Tests already show the technique working on a bundle of nine sheets of paper. The research is detailed in the snappily-titled Nature Communications article “Terahertz time-gated spectral imaging for content extraction through layered structures.” It’s based around using T-rays, […]

8 FREE eBooks for Programmers!

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For all you programmers out there, here are a few ressources you might want to check out as part of our free ebook list for today! –Java Design Patterns: Reusable Solutions to Common Problems A design pattern is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context in software design. A […]

Google Ditches Modular Smartphone

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Google has given up on its modular smartphone plans known as Project Ara. The news comes only a few months after it significantly scaled back plans for the devices. The original idea was that the phones would effectively be nothing more than a frame with every major component replaceable and upgradable in a process that […]

OpenOffice May Be Doomed

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The people behind OpenOffice say the free software may need to be ditched. A lack of staff working on the project is making it increasingly difficult to be confident about maintaining security in the software. The news comes in an email from Dennis Hamilton, vice president of the Apache group that oversees the software. He […]

Jimmy is a Cheeky Little Robot by Disney Research [Videos]

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Early test of Jimmy, a teleoperated robot based on hybrid hydrostatic transmissions, developed by researchers from Disney Research, the Catholic University of America, and Carnegie Mellon University. Video courtesy: Disney Research.

Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet Digitizes Ink Pen & Paper

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If you like the idea of a stylus but prefer pen and paper, Lenovo’s latest tablet could be for you. The Yoga Book captures handwritten notes and drawings even through a paper notepad, though has some big limitations. Available in both Android and Windows 10 versions, the device folds out with a screen on one […]

Europe Gets Net Neutrality But With Some Catches

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The European Union has published strict guidelines to enforce net neutrality. However, the rules do have exceptions that mean they fall short of a ‘pure’ interpretation of the principle. While the net neutrality debate in the US has been bogged down in arguments about legal authority in the rulemaking process, the EU had already agreed […]

‘Mars Visitors’ Return After Year-Long Mission

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Six people have finished a year of isolation designed to replicate life on Mars. The crew have been inside a 36 by 20 foot dome near a Hawaiian volcano. It’s the third and longest such mission following previous experiments lasting four and eight months. While similar studies have concentrated on the long journey inside a […]