March 6, 2018 - Written By Justin Diaz Samsung‘s C-Lab will use SXSW to introduce new A.I. projects next week. All of them are aimed at providing users with new and innovative as well as somewhat unique experiences that are using artificial intelligence technology to amp things up a bit and make them more interesting and engaging. The first of these projects for example is called Toonsquare, and uses A.I. to basically take what a user types and transform it into a cartoon that the user and others can see visually.With Toonsquare users will be able to basically create their own cartoons and can use character graphics that are already going to be integrated with the app or they can even use their own photos to create a new character of their own so the cartoon feels a little bit more personalized. Toonsquare will also analyze different aspects of the text so it can gather enough information for giving the characters in the cartoon expressions and emotions that are supposed to … [Read more...] about Samsung’s C-Lab Will Use SXSW To Intro New A.I. Projects
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TRÅDFRI range, but GE’s C-series bulbs have been around for much longer. Now, GE is upgrading its low-cost smart lighting range with the release of the C-Reach – a hub that lets users control their lighting setup with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice commands. The hub is priced at $50 as a standalone purchase. It’s also available as a bundle with two white light-only C-Life bulbs for $65, or $85 with two color-changing “Sleep” bulbs. If you can wait a few days, the two sets will be discounted on Cyber Monday, with the C-Life pack selling for $50 and the “Sleep” set down to $65.Even with the discounts, adding the C-Reach into the equation significantly bumps up the price of GE’s budget bulbs, but it does make them far smarter. Read: What is Google Assistant? How can you use it? On their own, the C-series lights are restricted to Bluetooth connectivity which restricts them to simple, localized commands via your phone. The … [Read more...] about GE’s C-Reach hub adds Google Assistant and Alexa support to its budget smart lights
posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:26 2 2. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012) Frankly you should be able to use your phone on whatever compatible carrier you want after the contract is up. posted on 11 Sep 2012, 00:06 0 5. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) In the real world that's not how it works. posted on 11 Sep 2012, 00:12 0 6. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012) Thank the greedy carriers posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:57 0 3. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 2011) This form makes AT&T customer service rep's lives a whole lot easier. "Go online, I said go online, no, I will not unlock the iphone you "found" on the back of a truck in Hong Kong." posted on 11 Sep 2012, 00:06 0 4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) Think of the money AT&T could make if they charged for the service. posted on 11 Sep 2012, 09:47 0 7. apexgroove (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2012) Even if you don't meet AT&T's requirements to unlock your … [Read more...] about Comments for : AT&T’s new online form allows you to request that your out of contract Apple iPhone gets unlocked
Now here is a good example of why the App Store contributes so much value to Apple's gadgets. When Faber & Faber, the publishing house of one of the greatest English-language poets of the last century, T.S. Eliot, started plotting a suitable means to usher his works in the digital era, it asked Touch Press to co-create an iPad application.And within hours of its appearance in the form of an app on the UK iTunes store, "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot, one of his best poems, climbed to the top in the books category. Not only that, but Apple also officially proclaimed it as the iPad App of the Week. Needless to say, the publishers were thrilled that a niche poetry app, and fairly expensive at that, $13.99, is receiving such recognition:"The pioneering new digital edition of T. S. Eliot’s great poem features a powerful filmed performance of the complete work by acclaimed actress Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter) , as well as readings by Sir Alec Guinness, Ted Hughes, Viggo … [Read more...] about T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” becomes official iPad App of the Week, a first for poetry
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and National Association of Attorneys General have banded together with other government agencies to aggressively seek out and prosecute perpetrators of online auction fraud.The new Internet fraud initiative was unveiled Monday, on the first day of National Consumer Protection Week. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney General Christopher M.E. Painter, it is an idea whose time has come."The Internet has created tremendous opportunities for communications and commercial transactions," Painter said. "Unfortunately, it has also created new opportunities for cyber rip-off artists intent on ensnaring victims in the World Wide Web."Painter, who is also the computer crimes coordinator in Los Angeles, California, said that consumers who use the Internet to make transactions should be afforded the same protections that are offered in their hometowns. "The Department of Justice is committed to working … [Read more...] about U.S. Targets Online Auction Fraud
With national elections looming, many Americans are getting ready to show up at their polling place and mark paper ballots. Some have already cast their votes via absentee ballots, early voting, or vote-by-mail options.But in this age of broadband Internet, smartphones, tablets, and near-ubiquitous connectivity, paper ballots – and all the problems they entail – seem tremendously backwards and counterproductive. After all, we trust billions of dollars in financial transactions to the Internet every day: Why can’t we use technology to do something simple like vote?The reasons, of course, are complicated.Advantages of online votingAmericans have been casting ballots at polling places for more than 200 years, but few would argue requiring citizens to show up in person at precincts, schools, churches, and other locations to cast votes is a perfect system. Simple access to polling places is a major issue for many voters, including the disabled and elderly, students … [Read more...] about It’s the 21st century! Why aren’t we voting online yet?
The currently economic climate is expected to have a depressive effect on end-of-year holiday sales in the United States—a period of consumers spending many retailers rely upon to keep their businesses in the black. Now, Forrester Research has released its forecast for U.S. online retail sales for this holiday season: on one hand, the picture is rosy, with the company seeing some $44 billion in online retail spending during the period. That would be a 12 percent increase over the same period a year ago, and 12 percent growth isn’t anything to be sad about, right? Perhaps…unless one considers that would be the slowest rate of online holiday sales growth to date. “While eCommerce has traditionally been resistant to negative offline trends, growing concerns about the stability of the economy are finally affecting consumers’ online shopping decisions,” said Forrester Research Principal Analyst Sucharita Mulpuru, in a statement. Forrester found … [Read more...] about Economy to Slow U.S. Holiday Online Sales?
If you’re in the public or even at your home, as long as technology is around, privacy cannot be taken for granted. Need proof? Meet Florida-based location service company, Navizon. Its latest product, coined “Navizon Indoor Triangulation System,” or Navizon I.T.S for short, enables pinpoint tracking of any Wi-Fi enabled device within a building.Navizon I.T.S works thanks to the installation of nodes. The technology enables business owners to track the flow and location of customers in a mall, restaurant, office and any building. While most Wi-Fi triangulation often uses Wi-Fi hotspots, these nodes work without hotspots and plot a three-dimensional space within the building. And installation is surprisingly simple: The nodes can be plugged into electrical outlets with the only requirement being that it needs to maintain a distance of 100 feet from other nodes while accounting for the entire space of the building. The I.T.S will then be superimposed on a map of … [Read more...] about What privacy? Navizon I.T.S. tracks any Wi-Fi-enabled device inside buildings
Biotech COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary must pay South Carolina $327 million for deceptive marketing of an antipsychotic drug, a Spartanburg County judge ruled June 3.State officials said the amount was the largest drug marketing award to date in South Carolina history and the largest penalty levied for violations of the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act. A spokeswoman for Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc., a subsidiary of the New Brunswick, N.J.-based drug manufacturer—said the company was disappointed and would appeal.In March, a jury said Janssen broke the law by sending misleading letters to about 7,200 doctors in South Carolina downplaying the links between diabetes and its schizophrenia drug Risperdal and improperly claiming the drug was safer than competing medications.The blockbuster antipsychotic lost patent protection in 2008. Johnson & Johnson said earlier this year that Risperdal Consta, the long-acting version of the drug, generated $1.5 … [Read more...] about Judge Orders Drug Company to Pay S.C. $327 Million
Biotech COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC improperly marketed the diabetes drug Avandia to South Carolina consumers, hiding the medication's harmful side effects, according to a lawsuit filed by the state's top prosecutor.A spokeswoman for the company, however, said GlaxoSmithKline supports both its drug and the ways in which it was marketed.In a lawsuit filed May 17 in Spartanburg County, Attorney General Alan Wilson argued that the drug maker acted negligently when it claimed that Avandia did not put patients' hearts at risks and could actually reduce the potential for heart problems."GSK did not just fail to disclose the potential cardiovascular risks Avandia posed, which include heart attacks and sudden cardiac death, it affirmatively represented that Avandia could reduce diabetics' cardiovascular risks," Wilson wrote. "GSK knew or should have known that these representations were not true and likely to deceive."First approved by the Food and Drug … [Read more...] about S.C. Suing GSK Over Avandia