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McDonald’s is exploring ways to automate its drive-thru service with the help of artificial intelligence.It means that you could soon be chatting with a robot rather than a human when you pull up to place your order.Helping the fast-food giant in its high-tech endeavor is Silicon Valley-based Apprente, which McDonald’s revealed this week it has agreed to acquire.Apprente was founded in 2017 to create a voice-based, conversational platform for complex, multilingual, multi-accent, and multi-item conversational ordering.According to McDonald’s, Apprente’s technology, which is already being tested at select restaurants, will pave the way for “faster, simpler, and more accurate order taking at the drive-thru.” Because no one likes to get an Egg McMuffin when you order a Big Mac.McDonald’s has been turning increasingly to technology in a bid to boost its bottom line.
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The threat was in relation to an AI-powered chatbot Microsoft created to interact with people on social media, called Tay.When the bot was given its own Twitter account, it was quickly manipulated by trolls into spewing racist remarks and abuse.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.An anecdote from Microsoft president Brad Smith's upcoming book reveals that he once received a legal threat from Taylor Swift over a chatbot.The chatbot in question was called XiaoIce, and was designed to converse with real people on social media.Read more: Microsoft President Brad Smith says these are the 10 biggest challenges facing tech in 2019
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President Donald Trump released a photo Friday from a classified intelligence briefing in a tweet taunting Iran after another failed rocket launch.The photo appears to have come from a classified US surveillance asset, a KH-11 satellite known as USA-224.The satellite is one of the US's most secretive assets, and experts say the photo Trump tweeted could be a windfall for hostile adversaries like Russia and China.President Donald Trump tweeted out an image on Friday from a classified briefing to taunt Iran, and analysts suspect the photo came from one of the US's most advanced satellites.Specifically, the photo is believed to have come from a US KH-11 spy satellite called USA-224."These are high resolution optical satellites that resemble the Hubble Space Telescope but look down to Earth instead of to the heavens," Marco Langbroek, a Dutch expert who tracks satellites, wrote recently.
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On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission voted to settle federal privacy charges against YouTube, according to a report by Politico.The exact terms of the settlement are unclear, but Google will reportedly pay fines between $150 and $200 million.The charges stem from data collection and targeting practices in YouTube, which consumer groups alleged violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Some details of the settlement had been reported in July by The Washington Post, but they were not finalized until today’s vote.The same day as the vote, YouTube unveiled a new web portal for YouTube Kids, along with a set of more discerning content filters.The platform has made a number of policy changes in response to the pending settlement in recent weeks, most notably instituting an explicit ban on violent or “mature” videos that appear to be marketed toward children.
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It was supposed to be the ultimate handheld portable gaming console, but the Nintendo Switch didn’t quite fit the bill.The Switch Lite promises a better design for gaming on the go, but Nintendo has only just revealed what is possibly the best new feature for improved portability: a snap-on case with a flip cover for protecting the console’s screen and joysticks.Right now the case only appears to be available through Nintendo Japan’s online store in your choice of grey, grey, or grey.Sadly, Nintendo isn’t bundling it the with its new console (presumably to keep its discounted price as small as possible) and you’ll have to wait until early November to grab one for about $35.But if Nintendo decides not to release this accessory over here, you can expect to pay considerably more if you have to import one.There’s no shortage of cases for the original Nintendo Switch, but they all tend to be on the bulky side to accommodate extra Joy-Cons, accessories, and game cartridges.
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For the past several weeks there have been rumours regarding the next big set Lego has planned for its Star Wars range.The consensus was that it would have to be some sort of Imperial ship, and speculation was that it would be a redesigned version of the imperial Star Destroyer that first graced the screens back in 1977.Yesterday Lego released a teaser, and it all but confirms that the speculation was correct.Stay tuned for the reveal on September 5th!— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) August 29, 2019There's the Imperial March theme, long linked to Darth Vader, and the triangular shadow of a Star Destroyer looming over that dog's chew toy.
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Google has said the forthcoming Huawei Mate 30 smartphone may not come with Google apps or services onboard, due to the ongoing ban against U.S. firms trading with the Chinese smartphone company.An unnamed spokesperson told Reuters the phone, which has not been officially announced yet, “cannot be sold with the licensed version of Android and associated Google apps and services,” because of the situation.Although the temporary license given to Huawei means it can continue working with U.S. suppliers has recently been extended, it does not apply here according to the spokesperson.Previously, the temporary license allowed Huawei to incorporate Android and the official Google apps into new phones it had already announced.The list included the Mate X folding smartphone, and the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro.It could also secure crucial updates for its existing phones.
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VMworld Ahead of day-two of VMware's VMworld 2019 conference in San Francisco, CEO Pat Gelsinger promised to further overhaul the virtualization giant's reputation in the open-source world.The Avi Networks Platform has been rebranded to the VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer following VMware's acquisition of the biz in June.As well as load balancing, as its name suggests, it also has firewall and monitoring features.A new release of troubleshooting-tool vRealize Network Insight will, we're told, support VMware SD-WAN, AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS, and Azure, can detect changes to firewall rules, track virtual tunneling latencies, and other bits and bobs.Meanwhile, NSX-T 2.5 has a big bunch of updates, including the ability to secure public cloud resources using native security controls.We're reminded that VMware bought AI upstart Uhana this year so that its machine-learning tech can be used, hopefully, to tune 5G radio networks.
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Waymo is operating its self-driving ride-hailing service in two cities: Phoenix, with some paying customers and some riding for free, and San Francisco and the surrounding towns, with just employees as passengers.A majority of riders leave positive feedback about their experiences riding in Waymo’s robot taxis, but there are still some notable complaints, according to internal data reviewed by The Information.The Information reviewed feedback on 10,500 trips that took place in July and August.Most of the rides — 6,100 — took place in the suburbs of Phoenix, with the rest occurring in the Bay Area.Of those 10,500 trips, 70 percent received the highest rating of five stars, while 30 percent were rated four stars or less.That’s down from 40 percent negative complaints from a previous batch of data that was reviewed by The Information.
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Elfärjan Later, it can take 30 vehicles and 200 passengers.the Boat weighs 650 tons, and it is the most powerful, it has so far, in a elfärja – 4.3 Mw.as With its fixed-routes, and predictable consumption, the ferries are very good candidates for battery operation, and at the same time, not only on the environmental.According to the owner Norled has been A since then, has lowered the company's costs on the route by 80%, and also cut emissions by 95 percent.Later, walking between the ferry Fynshav on the island of Als and the town of Søby on the island of Ærø.the Ferry boat is 60 feet long, 13 feet wide and weighs 650 tons.
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.We closed the day, August 21 2019, at a price of $10,138.That’s a worrying 5.82 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$626.52.We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $181,364,502,142.Yesterday’s volume of $19,473,084,768 was the highest in four days, 27 percent above the year’s average, and 56 percent below the year’s high.
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Google researchers have managed to develop a sign language-translation tool that can be integrated into a smartphone.Google announced in a blog post that the tools capable of translating sign language already exists but still require powerful computers.For example, SignAll or Kintrans.“Our method provides real-time performance on a mobile phone,” said Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang, researchers at Google.How Google translates sign language with a smartphone?To develop its technology, Google artificial intelligence used 30000 images of different hands in different poses.
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Physical locomotion has remained one of virtual reality’s larger challenges, as things like real walls and tethered headsets tend to inhibit a user’s ability to walk endlessly through digital environments.Rather than asking people to rely on handheld controllers, several companies have come up with foot-based solutions ranging from treadmills to rocker boards — now an Austrian company called Cybershoes is releasing an alternative that places sandal-like controllers on your feet, paired with a special carpet and one of three optional chairs.The most basic version of Cybershoes sells for $400 and comes with a circular carpet you can place beneath a self-supplied rotating chair.One sandal straps on to each of your feet, using RF rather than Bluetooth to send positional data to a receiver at your computer as you move.In addition to orientation tracking, the Cybershoes use rollers to judge depth motion, and have grips to provide some traction for turning.Each sandal has a battery for eight to ten hours of usage on a three-hour micro-USB charge.
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You will realize white balance is a very important part of photography as you advance in the art.Getting familiarized with color temperature and tint is crucial, and today we are here to help you with that!Different light sources emit varying color temperatures, ranging in a spectrum between orange and blue.Changing the white balance settings will help you find a balance between these colors and achieve a more natural effect.Modern cameras try to emulate our brains, and do a pretty good job figuring out white balance in auto, but they can get things wrong.Tint is as important to keep in mind when shooting under artificial lighting and uncommon lighting situations (like sunsets, sunrises, and other natural phenomena).
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It’s a good thing that HBO never shipped a virtual reality experience it created a few years ago as an early attempt to take its Westworld show into VR.“I think you could look at the first one as almost a proof of concept.“It would lean toward introspection, because there are a lot of themes that run through Westworld, like memory.Survios also teamed up with TV production company Kilter Films to make the game.This is a full product that you’re going to enjoy,” Survios producer Michael Patrick Clark said in an interview.The show puts those robots in an amusement park, where real humans can kill them for sport.
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Svenskisländska Advania fortsätter att satsa nordiskt.Den här gången handlar det om att ta ett rejält kliv på den norska marknaden genom att köpa Itello, ett bolag som grundades 2007 och levererar produkter, mjukvara och tjänster till stora och medelstora kunder inom både offentlig och privat sektor.Verksamheten finns i Rygge, Stavanger, Bergen och Oslo.Genom uppköpet av Itello blir vi betydligt större på den norska marknaden och det är otroligt spännande att Advania Norge nu blir ännu mer relevanta som partner för både befintliga och nya kunder, säger koncernchef Mikael Noaksson om det nya norska äventyret.Det var i september 2018 som Advania gav sig in på den norska marknaden genom att anställa ett antal personer och sedan följa upp med att köpa Stepper.Genom köpet av Itello kommer man även jobba med kunder i offentliga sektorn.
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Here’s the good news: there is a Wizarding World after all.Hogwarts, hippogriffs, flying broomsticks, the Ministry of Magic, it’s all real!That’s to say, the Wizarding World is specifically not built for you.But owning the wrong device isn’t the only way to be excluded from the game.As AR technology matures, it promises to layer the spaces around us with infinite informational possibilities, transforming the way we interact with our environment and each other.This reimagination will reach almost every aspect of the human experience, from entertainment to health and fitness, shopping, navigation, work, and education, just to name a few.
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Venmo has added the ability to transfer your balance funds into a bank account in mere seconds.The peer-to-peer payments company has offered this instant deposit capability with Visa and Mastercard debit cards for some time, but opening it up to bank accounts adds more flexibility.As with instant transfers to a debit card, Venmo will take 1 percent of the money for itself.That’ll be at least 25 cents no matter how much you’re depositing, but there’s also a maximum of $10.Transfers can take up to 30 minutes but are often completed in under 60 seconds in my experience.As with other transactions, Venmo reviews instant deposits and says they could be subject to delays or frozen funds.
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the Messenger app is already dark, and now even the Facebook app is a little more dazzling in the evening.It is the writing of Jane Manchun Wong, who recently leaked a lot of details about the future updates of The app and the services.this is A leaked screen-shot of a not yet released version of the Android app shows a lot of development still to be done, but progress is well underway.When the updates are ready to be released, however, is not clear.Facebook has not commented on the particulars, and This note that it may take some time for such a comprehensive app is that the whole be set in a darker location.it is Highly likely it will, of the dark mode to be selectable to a user, who do not want to be blinded in a darkened room.
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Interrail tickets will stop working across the UK from 1st January 2020, as the rail franchises of the nation have decided to end their participation in the decades-old trans-European ticketing system.From next year, those Interrailing around mainland Europe will find their journeys terminating in London, and that's only thanks to the fact that Eurostar is independent of our rail franchise system and will continue to offer discounted Interrail travel.The change also means that any UK traveller hoping to broaden their horizons won't be able to count the exiting-the-county leg of their trip as an included journey, but then who wants to broaden their horizons these days anyway?The decision has nothing to do with the political B-word, they say; it's the rail franchises deciding they're done with Interrail and would presumably rather overseas visitors fly in or go somewhere more welcoming instead.[The Man in Seat 61]
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Google must let Android owners in Europe choose their default search engine app and web browser, as a measure to rectify one of the violations in the European Union’s antitrust case, and consequent $5 billion fine against the search engine giant.Naturally, Google’s found a way to profit from and tax its competitors.Set to be implemented by early 2020, the new setup process for Android devices in the EU will include three choices for search engines and web browsers in addition to Google’s own.These options will vary by region and the corresponding apps will be automatically downloaded upon the device owner’s selection.But Google is taking bids from smaller, competing search engines, selecting those that will pay the highest premium when a user chooses them over Google’s search service.Although Google can profit from this, it’s still satisfying the EU’s requests for competition.
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In an attempt to encourage the youth of the country, the Indian Air Force has released a new flight simulation mobile game in India.Titled Indian Air Force: A Cut Above offers players to experience the role of an IAF Commander and also has links to the career page of the Indian Air Force website.Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa launched the game at an event in New Delhi, earlier this week.IAF: A Cut Above has been developed by Threye Interactive for the Indian Air Force and features a training and single-player mode.The developers have promised a multiplayer mode that will be announced during the Air Force Day.The single-player campaign has 10 missions which revolve around airstrikes, air-refueling, aid and disaster relief.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Look, let’s be honest: smartphone cameras are getting ridiculously good these days.The images are getting sharper, brighter, and more vibrant as the tech inside handsets gets better.Your phone’s camera will be more than enough for selfies, random daily situations, and even certain special occasions.But let’s not fool ourselves: it’ll never perform as well as a real camera – like Sony‘s A7R III.For that money, you’ll get a brand new A7R III mirrorless camera and every other accessory you’ll need to start shooting like a pro, including a speedy SD card, an extra battery pack for long shoots, and a 28-70mm lens with built-in image stabilization to get those crispy shots you’ve always wanted.
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest person, has cashed in $1.8 billion (£1.5 billion) worth of Amazon shares, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission submitted last night.Bezos will keep an estimated $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) from the sale after taxes, based on calculations by Forbes magazine.The $1.8 billion coincidentally matches the amount of money Bezos made back in September of 2018 when Amazon’s market cap topped $1 trillion (£823 billion).As Forbes notes, this recent sale, which happened over the course of three days, is probably the Amazon CEO’s largest stock sell-off to date.Bezos still has an estimated net worth of $115 billion after the sale.Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning, but Bezos has previously said that he sells about $1 billion (£823 million) worth of stock every year to fund his space company Blue Origin, so it’s a safe bet that much of the money is going to that.
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A Japanese manufacturer that makes parts for hard disk drives has admitted to racking up millions in profits from a price-fixing scheme.US prosecutors say that from May 2008 until April 2016 NHK Spring conspired with other unnamed factories to artificially inflate the prices they charged drive makers for suspension assemblies – the part of the arm that holds hard disk read/write heads in place."NHK Spring and its co-conspirators exchanged pricing information including anticipated pricing quotes, which they used to inform their negotiations with US and foreign customers that purchased suspension assemblies and produced hard disk drives for sale in, or delivery to, the US and elsewhere," the Uncle Sam's Justice Dept said on Monday.NHK Spring will plead guilty to one felony count of violating the US Sherman Act on conspiracy.The Yokohama-based manufacturer will also shell out a $28.5m fine, and agrees to cooperate with investigators on further investigations.According to court filings (PDF), NHK could also get up to five years supervised conduct on the charge.
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One more consequence of the FTC’s investigation of Facebook, which culminated in a record $5 billion settlement announced today: it’s finally tightening another string in its privacy policy by cutting off access to friend data for Microsoft and Sony, the company announced today.It described having allowed them access up to now as “our mistake” after limiting similar access for about 10 other companies at the end of last year.It also noted that it has “not found evidence that any data was used in violation of our policies” as a result of the continuing access.Little by little, Facebook has been trickling out changes to how it handles its users’ personal data in the wake of a number of privacy breaches — not just the biggie involving Cambridge Analytica, a breach investigation that is not winding down soon — and a subsequent investigation by regulators.The announcement specifically impacting Microsoft and Sony comes as the company is also announcing a larger overhaul of its API.The tech giants had been the last two remaining of a group of 12 select partners (others included Yahoo, which is owned by Verizon, which also owns us, as well as Spotify, Netflix and Blackberry) that had a particularly wide deal with the social network, in which they were allowed to access and use data relating to a users’ friend lists, in addition to data about the users themselves, when those users were logged into their services using their Facebook sign-ins.
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Every year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization which oversees emoji development, adds new emoji ranging from hand gestures to objects.Now a bot on Twitter is trying to create fresh emoji by mashing them up.Emoji Mashup Bot, built by student and developer Louan Bengmah, Emoji Mashup Bot takes two random emoji from Twitter and mixes up their elements.Here are some fun ones to look at.beaming-closed-eyes + money-lover = pic.twitter.com/2N07oCaM9F— Emoji Mashup Bot (@EmojiMashupBot) July 23, 2019
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It’s a hallmark of Comic-Con International that Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige will take the stage and announce a huge slate of films—essentially laying out huge chunks of what will be hitting theaters in the coming years.Only this time, not everything he hyped will see the inside of a multiplex.That means that, in addition to huge highly anticipated movies like Eternals and a new Thor flick—now with the great subtitle Love and Thunder—the next phase of the MCU will have WandaVision, an original series where Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Loki, about, well, Loki.Also on the menu: Hawkeye, which will introduce female archer Kate Bishop, What If…?, which will present alternate realities of events in the MCU, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which follows Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes’ adventures after Avengers: Endgame.It’s an amazing lineup, especially when you consider that all of the big movie stars are reprising their roles for the smaller screen.The actually cinematic Marvel Cinematic Universe is clearly going into wildly different directions with movies like The Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Thor: Love and Thunder, which will introduce Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as the new Female Thor.
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Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator.While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are “unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.”On its face, the idea seems useful, much in the same way that I turn on subtitles for things that I’m watching on TV, but publishers have some reason to be concerned: it’s possible that fewer people will buy distinct e-book or physical books if they can simply pick up an Audible audiobook and get the text for free, too.And Audible may not have the right to provide that text, anyhow.As an audiobook publisher and retailer, Audible gets the rights to produce an audiobook based on a book, or to sell an audiobook that a publisher creates in its store.Publishers say that a feature that displays the text of what’s being read — itself a reproduction from the original text — isn’t one of those specific rights that publishers and authors have granted, and they don’t want their books included in Audible’s feature when it rolls out.
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Verizon continued the rollout of its 5G network in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company said in a press release Thursday.This is the carrier's fifth city with the higher-speed service following Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Providence.Not all areas of St. Paul will be able to access Verizon's 5G network.Parts of downtown, Lowertown and West Seventh neighborhoods can access the faster service, according to the carrier.Speeds test of Verizon's 5G network in Chicago showed downloads breaking 1 Gbps.While the carrier's speeds were faster than its rival Sprint, who also launched its 5G in the Windy City, Verizon's didn't have as much wide coverage as its competitor.
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