How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-13 12:45:01 Source: techcrunch

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine […]

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Sony filed a patent for a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-12 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

According to a patent application continuation filed in 2017 and published recently, Sony may have tentative plans to build out a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller. Whether the value added from having a touchscreen right on the controller will be worth the added cost is not yet clear. Right now, PlayStation controllers have a touch-enabled center button […]

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SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 19:00:00 Source: techcrunch

SpaceX's planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company's terrestrial users as well.

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Gift Guide: 11 picture perfect gifts for your photographer friends

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 17:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Photographers are tricky to get gifts for because every one of them has preferences they may already have spent years indulging. But we have blind spots, we photographers. We will spend thousands on lenses but never buy a proper camera bag, or properly back up our shots, or splurge for a gadget that makes certain […]

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Jaquet Droz’s ‘Sports Watch’ is a high-end, heavy-duty chrono

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 10:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz makes luxury watches that cost more than some San Francisco apartments. Now, however, they’ve decided to go “downmarket” with their Sports Watch chronograph, a handmade watch that is designed for both work and play. The watch is a standard chronograph with big date, a complication that displays the date as two digits […]

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Samsung’s dual-screen folding phone is very strange and probably doomed

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 10:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Let me just say that I love the idea of a folding phone/tablet device. I was a Courier fanboy when Microsoft floated that intriguing but abortive concept device, and I'm all for unique form factors and things that bend. But Samsung's first real shot at a folding device is inexplicable and probably dead on arrival. I'd like to congratulate the company for trying something new, but this one needed a little more time in the oven.

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Security flaw in DJI’s website and apps exposed accounts to hackers and drone live feeds

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 10:44:58 Source: techcrunch

It took about six months for popular consumer drone maker DJI to fix a security vulnerability across its website and apps, which if exploited could have given an attacker unfettered access to a drone owner’s account. The vulnerability, revealed Thursday by researchers at security firm Check Point, would have given an attacker complete access to […]

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Sony’s new noise-canceling headphones are great traveling companions

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 10:44:58 Source: techcrunch

I’ll admit that I’ve been caught up in the Bose hype. I’ve worn qBoseSony WH-1000XM3, a pair of wireless/wired cans that truly give everything else I’ve tried a bad name. These $349 headphones come with a USB cable, audio cable, international audio adapter, and a compact case that holds the whole thing in a tight […]

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There’s a new PS4 Pro and it’s much quieter than the original

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-08 10:44:58 Source: techcrunch

There’s a new Sony PS4 Pro and it’s much quieter than the original. Right now, it’s only available in a Red Dead Redemption bundle but eventually, it will likely be available as a standalone product, too. The new CUH-7200 version reportedly dropped the console’s noise from 50 decibles to 44 decibels though as EuroGamer notes, […]

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TWIICE One Exoskeleton furthers the promise of robotic mobility aids

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-06 18:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Few things in the world of technology can really ever be said to be "done," and certainly exoskeletons are not among their number. They exist, but they are all works in progress, expensive, heavy, and limited. So it's great to see this team working continuously on their TWIICE robotic wearable, improving it immensely with the guidance of motivated users.

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Jaquet Droz’s “Sports Watch” is a high-end, heavy-duty chrono

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-06 17:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz makes luxury watches that cost more than some San Francisco apartments. Now, however, they’ve decided to go “downmarket” with their Sports Watch chronograph, a handmade watch that is designed for both work and play. The watch is a standard chronograph with big date, a complication that displays the date as two digits […]

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This 3D printer squirts out wet paper pulp

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-06 13:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Like a kid shooting spitballs, designer Beer Holthuis has figured out that sopping wet paper is the best material for making mischief. His 3D printer, a primitive RepRap clone that literally squirts out huge lines of paper pulp, is designed to allow artists and designers to create more sustainable 3D objects. According to 3DPrint.com, Holthuis […]

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Yub nub! Students dress a bipedal robot like an AT-ST

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-05 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Students at Oregon State University dressed up their bipedal robot, Cassie, in a delightful AT-ST costume. This robot, which everyone said looked like one of the Empire’s two-legged walkers anyway, can now zap both Rebels and Ewoks in a deadly battle to take control of the forest city of Corvallis. The robot, as you can […]

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Security researchers have busted the encryption in several popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-05 10:59:58 Source: techcrunch

Researchers at Radboud University have found critical security flaws in several popular Crucial and Samsung solid state drives (SSDs), which they say can be easily exploited to recover encrypted data without knowing the password. The researchers, who detailed their findings in a new paper out Monday, reverse engineered the firmware of several drives to find […]

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Yub nub! Students dress a bipedal robot up like an AT-ST

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-05 09:29:58 Source: techcrunch

Students at Oregon State University dressed up their bipedal robot, Cassie, in a delightful AT-ST costume. This robot, which everyone said looked like one of the Empire’s two-legged walkers, anyway, can now zap both Rebels and Ewoks in a deadly battle to take control of the forest city of Corvallis. The robot, as you can […]

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Review: The iPad Pro and the power of the Pen(cil)

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-05 07:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Laptop users have been focused for a very long time on whether the iPad Pro is going to be forced upon them as a replacement device. Depending on who you believe, Apple included, it has at one point been considered that, or a pure tablet with functions to be decided completely by the app development […]

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‘World of Warcraft: Classic’ demo limited to 60 minutes of playtime

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-02 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

Put away the Jolt, Blizzard is limiting the time gamers will be able to play the World of Warcraft: Classic demo. Basically, after playing for an hour, players will be logged off and will have to wait 60 minutes before resuming for another hour. The goal is to ensure a mass of players do not […]

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The Zortrax Apoller safely smooths 3D prints

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-02 09:14:57 Source: techcrunch

qZortraxApoller, a Smart Vapor Smoothing device that uses solvents to smooth the surface of 3D-printed objects. The resulting products look like they are injection molded and all of the little lines associated with FDM printing will disappear. The system uses a microwave-like chamber that can hold multiple parts at once. The chamber atomizes the solvent, […]

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Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-01 19:15:00 Source: techcrunch

The continuing die-off of the world's coral reefs is a depressing reminder of the reality of climate change, but it's also something we can actively push back on. Conservationists have a new tool to do so with LarvalBot, an underwater robot platform that may greatly accelerate efforts to re-seed old corals with healthy new polyps.

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GoPro shares tank after reporting revenue dives 13%

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-11-01 18:45:00 Source: techcrunch

GoPro stock is currently down 15% in after-hours trading and is falling after reporting its third quarter earnings. The company saw revenues dive 13%.3, while still managing to beat Wall Street revenue expectations. Overall GoPro reported a net loss of $27.1 million, or 19 cents per share, in the quarter that ended on Sept. 30. […]

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