Self Learning Robot

Stanford University is developing a robot that can learn how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviours. Speaking to media, Stanford University’s Alexandre Alahi explained that unlike self driving cars which follow well-defined rules, crowds of people have unwritten rules, interacting with each other based on social convention and etiquette. “Every country, every culture has its own behaviour and that is why we decided to invent an algorithm which can learn on the fly,” Mr Alahi explained. The idea is to create an algorithm which can Read more...

Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Chat logs from WhatsApp linger on your phone even after you’ve deleted them, according to new research published by iOS expert Jonathan Zdziarski. Forensic traces of chats linger on the phone even after a user archives or deletes them, Zdziarski found, and could be accessed by someone with physical access to the device or by law enforcement issuing a warrant to Apple for iCloud backups. Although the data is deleted from the app, it is not overwritten in the SQLite library and therefore remains Read more...

Facebook is changing the way stories come into your News Feed

Your Facebook News Feed is about to get a makeover. That’s because the social network announced Wednesday that it is tweaking the computer software that controls what you see in your feed to favor posts from friends and family more than those by companies or publishers. In a statement issued by Facebook, the company’s engineering director, Lars Backstrom, explained that the change is being made after users of the social networking behemoth told the company that they were afraid they were Read more...

Friends to get higher priority in Facebook News Feeds

Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed – and this time, it’s personal. The social media giant says it updated the news feed so that people will see more posts from their friends and family rather than to content posted by the news media and brands. Facebook says it will now put posts from friends and family that users are “likely to care about” at the top of their news feed. Over time, the algorithm adapts and Read more...

China builds world’s most powerful computer

A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world’s most powerful machines. The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi. At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. It is twice as fast and three times as efficient as the previous leader Tianhe-2, also from China, said Top500 which released the new list on Monday. Its main applications include advanced manufacturing, weather forecasting Read more...

Algeria blocks Facebook, Twitter to stop exam cheating

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks have been temporarily blocked in Algeria to try to stop cheats posting high school exam papers online. Thousands of high school students are retaking part of their baccalaureate exams after details of earlier papers were shared on the internet, according to state media. An official source quoted by the APS news agency said: “The cut in social media is directly related to the partial baccalaureate exams that are taking place on Sunday. “This Read more...

Stolen Twitter logins put on sale

More than 32 million Twitter login names and passwords are reportedly being offered for sale online. A hacker using the name Tessa88 is asking for 10 bitcoins (£4,000) from anyone that wants to copy the list. It is not yet clear whether the list is genuine or how it has been compiled. Some reports suggest it brings together data stolen from users by malware. In a statement, Twitter said it was “confident” that the data did not emerge from a breach of its network. Virus victim Information Read more...

Apple Invested $1 Billion in Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple has invested $1 billion(£693m) in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s biggest car-hailing competition in China. Chief executive Tim Cook said that the move will help the firm to better understand the Chinese market. Didi Chuxing, previously known as Didi Kuaidi, is said to control most of the Chinese market for car-hailing services. Didi Chuxing was attempting to raise funding at a valuation of $25 billion USD. Apple’s investment might hint at the Cupertino-based company’s long-rumored plans to get Read more...

Facebook lets blind people ‘see’ photos

As the internet becomes dominated by images, Facebook is launching a system which can “read” photos and tell visually impaired people what appears in them. The internet is changing. From a medium based almost entirely on text, it is now becoming increasingly picture-led. An estimated 1.8 billion images are uploaded every day to social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Good news for aspiring photographers, bad news for blind or partially sighted users who often have Read more...

Windows Ink Wants to Integrate Paper and Pen to Your Computer

The next update of Windows 10 will have a new exclusive feature. While electronic devices have taken over our lives, There are still many works that need pen and paper. Microsoft knows that and during its developer conference it announced Windows Ink, a new addition to the update which will arrive in mid-year. At first glance, Windows Ink does not seem new because the use of Surface Pen is something we have seen for some time in the latest versions of Windows. The interesting thing is that Windows Read more...