1. Oct launches a social network built around augmented reality Octi has created a new social network that uses augmented reality to connect the act of seeing your friends in real life with viewing digital content, like their favorite YouTube videos and Spotify songs. When I wrote about the…
1. Darabase and Zappar launch AR solution for location-based ads Darabase Ltd., a platform for managing and making money from augmented reality permission in the physical world, and AR developer tools company Zappar Ltd. today announced a partnership to deliver location-based permission-controlled AR content. The objective of the partnership…
1. TestFit raises $2M for a new breed of building design software TestFit Inc. said Thursday it has raised $2 million in seed funding for its building configuration software that uses co-creation principles to combine human knowledge with algorithms. The goal: to design prototypes of multifamily housing units based…
1. Google launches online coding course to train workers for tech jobs As the tech industry continues to change the employment landscape for American workers, Google says it wants to prepare them for jobs in the industry. The search giant on Thursday announced a new course in the coding…
1. Microsoft and NSA say a security bug affects millions of Windows 10 computers Microsoft has released a security patch for a dangerous vulnerability affecting hundreds of millions of computers running Windows 10. The vulnerability is found in a decades-old Windows cryptographic component, known as CryptoAPI. The component has a range of functions,…
1. Microsoft Chooses 54 Startups To Strengthen Ecosystem In India Microsoft’s ‘Highway to a Hundred Unicorns,’ an initiative to help startups to scale up, has selected 54 startups from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala and Telangana in its efforts to enable the startup ecosystem in Tier 2 cities across the…
1. India’s fast-growing startups cut employee costs Fast-growing internet startups with high cash-burn rates have started downsizing staff — after years of ballooning wage bills — on the back of increased investor scrutiny of their money-guzzling business models. Big-name startups that have handed out pink slips recently or are…
1. Meet Ballie, Samsung’s rolling personal assistant that does…stuff This time last year, we asked the question: is Samsung getting serious about robotics. I’m not sure we’re that much closer to an answer, but tonight’s CES keynote pointed to a company that clearly wants to convince us of as…
- Google LLC’s health unit has hit the ground running in 2020, today detailing a homegrown artificial intelligence model that it says can identify breast cancer more accurately than human radiologists.
- The project is the fruit of transatlantic research collaboration. Google Health worked together with Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre, Northwestern University, Royal Surrey County Hospital and DeepMind, Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s AI development unit.
- The search giant taught the machine learning model to identify cancerous tissue by training it on anonymized mammograms from more than 91,000 women in the U.S. and the U.K. Then, Google put the neural network to the test by having it analyze a separate dataset of scans from 28,000 patients.
- Apple has just been granted a patent — concerning virtual positioning of audio — that could eventually lay the groundwork for new, more immersive audio applications. It builds on a previous patent Apple filed last month that enabled users to hear where people are physically located in a room through special headphone tech. Today’s patent does exactly the same thing, but with built-in MacBook speakers.
- According to 9to5Mac, it’s a virtual acoustic system that works by using crosstalk canceling, which makes users feel like sound is coming from a different place than loudspeakers. (Crosstalk, here, refers to the overlapping sound waves that the ears receive from the left and right channels of a speaker.) The effect, as reported by Patently Apple, is to allow audio signals to contain “spatial cues” that let a sound be positioned virtually in a space. The patent was originally filed in 2018, according to Patently Apple.
- For people who want to check in on their gaming achievements in Steam or stay up to date with the latest sales, this Apple Watch app has you covered.
- Smoke gives Apple Watch users access to their Steam account, but that doesn’t mean people have the ability to play games from their wrist. The app exists to let you stay up to date on gaming news and to see what friends are playing while you might be away from your PC. There’s an ability to save news articles that come up in the Apple Watch and read them in Smoke’s companion app for iOS, according to 9to5Mac.
- The full list of features Smoke brings to Apple Watch users includes:- View the games you own as well as your achievement statuses and total play time
– View the store information for the games you and your friends own (Price, review and player numbers, genre etc.)
– See if your friends are online and the games they have recently played
– Find news articles for the games you own.
– Tap a news article to save it to your phone!
– Customize the iOS app by choosing the theme color and changing the app icon
– Share saved news articles with friends
- The app is available now on the App Store. Just note: it’s not made by Valve, but by independent developer Damien Sheridan. So it may not have full access to your profile in the way a Valve-made piece of software would.
- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi might be the first smartphone OEM to feature the Indian Space Research Organisation’s NavIC, the Indian version of Global Positioning System (GPS). This was confirmed by an ISRO official who said that Xiaomi and ISRO are in the advanced stage of talks on the provision of chipsets that can support NavIC.
- The chipset will be manufactured by US chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies. The chip is expected to be released later this month. And if the deal with Xiaomi gets finalized, we may see a “mid-range” smartphone in about 7 months according to the official. This inclusion of NavIC in smartphones might finally let ISRO take its technology to the masses.
- In terms of accuracy, NavIC is said to provide a position accuracy of better than 20 meters in its primary service area. In comparison, the US’s GPS and Russia’s GLONASS offer accuracy of less than 5 meters while Europe’s Galileo offers an accuracy of less than 1 metre.
- It was earlier this year in May when Instagram began working with third-party fact-checkers in the US to identify, review, and label false information. And now Instagram is expanding its fact-checking feature globally to allow fact-checking organizations to analyze and rate misinformation, reports FirstPost.
- The fact-checker pop-up can be spotted on Instagram Stories and for posts that are detected to be factually incorrect, the images are blurred with a ‘False Information’ warning. You’d also be able to spot an option below the warning, stating why the image has been blocked. You’d also be able to check details surrounding the fact-checker, authenticity of the content, and more after you tap on the option.
- When content has been rated as false by a third-party fact-checker, Instagram reduces its distribution by getting rid of it from Explore and hashtag pages. The labels applied to the posts would be visible to everyone around the world in their feed, profile, stories, and direct messages.
- CES 2020 is only a week away and will be conducted between January 7, 2020, and January 10 Jan 2020. A slew of different companies would gather together to showcase their different innovations and projects. Samsung also plans to reveal several projects at CES 2020 including a new SelfieType, which would allow smartphone users to type on their devices using a virtual keyboard via the phone’s selfie camera, reports Samsung.SelfieType project that Samsung plans to reveal is a part of Samsung’s C-Lab Inside projects. This system would make use of the phone’s selfie-camera and an Artificial Intelligence engine which would help analyze the user’s finger movements. These finger movements are then converted into text via QWERTY keyboard inputs. This new system wouldn’t require any additional hardware and is applicable to a large number of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, et al.
- Samsung recently unveiled its large-format display called ‘The Wall’ in India and while that name sounds like just another name you’d probably come up with for a super high-end TV, its anything but just a super premium TV and you’ll have to see it to believe it. The reason I say this is because reading about a monstrous 4K, 6K or 8K modular display is quite different than experiencing one and I’ve been waiting to see ‘The Wall’, ever since it was first revealed at CES almost two years ago. Why?
- Well, firstly, instead of using an LCD or OLED panel, ‘The Wall’ uses individual LED clusters to form its picture. Called microLED, this breakthrough display tech involves each microscopic LED emitting its own light. Now, ‘The Wall’ uses multiple cabinets, each with a resolution of 960×540 pixels to form a unit. What I mean is, unlike your regular high-end OLED TV, ‘The Wall’ has to be assembled in blocks of at least 16 micro-LED cabinets, mounted flush with one another, to fit into your space.
1. India To Allow Huawei & Others To Participate In 5G Trials Amid US Pressure Amid the rising demand for bringing the fifth-generation (5G) technology of mobile networks in India as soon as possible, the government is now looking to kick start the trials for this technology in India….