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'Yanny or Laurel What do you hear?!' The latest social media craze

'Yanny or Laurel What do you hear?!' The latest social media craze David Monahan said the audio clip "was Yanny when I listened on my computer and Laurel on my phone..." We also all process external stimuli differently. To some people, the word sounds like " yanny ". Chandrasekaran told The Verge that because the original recording is ambiguous - it's awful, remember? - your brain needs to fill what it thinks you should hear. [Full Article...]

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots It uses DeepMind's new WaveNet audio-generation technique and other advances in natural language processing to make it sound more humanlike, The Verge reports. And finally, actions can now be part of your custom routines and even suggest you add them after you're finished with whatever you asked them to do. [Full Article...]

Here's what Uber wants its flying taxis to look like

Here's what Uber wants its flying taxis to look like It's a world where passengers request an Uber Air on their phone, then head to rooftop sky ports where the aircraft take off. The flying uber can take-off and land vertically thanks to four rotors. Uber also said for the program to become profitable it will need to move beyond a niche market. Last year, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office released a finding estimating that 45,000 U... [Full Article...]

Life sentence given to former top Chinese politician Sun Zhengcai

Life sentence given to former top Chinese politician Sun Zhengcai Sun served as the CPC's chief in Shunyi District, Beijing; Standing Committee member and secretary general of the CPC's Beijing Municipal Committee; agriculture minister; secretary of the CPC's Jilin Provincial Committee; Political Bureau member of the CPC Central Committee; and Party chief of Chongqing Municipality, according to the Tianjin Court. [Full Article...]

One-Time Potential Rival to China's Xi Draws Life Sentence

One-Time Potential Rival to China's Xi Draws Life Sentence The court said the defendant had been given a "lenient" sentence in light of his willingness to cooperate with the investigation. A photograph posted on the court's Web site showed the former leader in the dock, head deeply bowed as two police officers looked on. [Full Article...]

Microsoft and Amazon Show Off Cortana and Alexa Integration at Build 2018

Microsoft and Amazon Show Off Cortana and Alexa Integration at Build 2018 Last week, Google revealed that the Assistant now works with over 5,000 devices . And she told Cortana to "send an email to Tom Taylor saying "I'll see you tonight" - again, without having to command the assistant by name. Microsoft has partnered with drone giant DJI to create a new SDK just for Windows 10 PCs and DJI's SDK will allow more than 700 million Windows 10 connected devices, ful... [Full Article...]

Instagram Brings New Payments Feature to Enable Direct Shopping on the App

Instagram Brings New Payments Feature to Enable Direct Shopping on the App It is expected that the feature would be rolled out to Android phones as well very soon. According to reports , the Instagram payments feature is visible to only select users in the U.S. Insta payments is not as diverse as WhatsApp . Experts believe Instagram could become a major player in online retail - thanks to its focus on glossy shots of products and glamorous lifestyles - if the... [Full Article...]

8 vents open as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts

8 vents open as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts A 5.6 magnitude quake hit south of the volcano , which was followed by a larger 6.9-magnitude temblor, according to the USGS. Though the quakes could be felt on the highly populated island of Oahu, as of 11:20 EST, no evacuations have been called for. [Full Article...]

Waymo self-driving Pacifica hit in collision on Arizona street

Waymo self-driving Pacifica hit in collision on Arizona street Dash-cam video from Uber's fatal accident in March-when one of its cars in autonomous mode struck and killed Elaine Hertzberg-showed that that event was probably avoidable, contrary to initial police statements. Waymo is a self-driving auto initiative from Google's parent company Alphabet. The Waymo self-driving vehicle was said to be travelling at a low speed which minimised the impact of the cra... [Full Article...]

Musk says don't buy Tesla, goes to YouTube as call devolved

Musk says don't buy Tesla, goes to YouTube as call devolved Musk is now on damage control, attempting to justify his unusual behavior in an unfiltered tweetstorm. Without additional cash, some analysts have predicted that Musk faces a reckoning if he needs more money from investors to fund operations, capital spending and debt payments that are due early next year. [Full Article...]

First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads

First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads The unusually high hospitalization rate of 51 percent shows the outbreak strain of E. coli O157: H7 is particularly unsafe. The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) announced a California resident has died as a result of the Yuma, AZ-linked E. [Full Article...]

Patriots pondered trading up to draft Baker Mayfield

Patriots pondered trading up to draft Baker Mayfield Of course, Browns fans will wonder if they could've had Mayfield with the No. 4 pick. Mills told Brandt that teams came away enamored with Mayfield after interviewing him and working him out, and they felt he would be one of the top picks. [Full Article...]

Facebook F8 attendees will reportedly receive the Oculus Go

Facebook F8 attendees will reportedly receive the Oculus Go Amazon says that it "does not know when or if this item will be back in stock". Amazon is taking pre-orders for the Oculus Go, but has not revealed a shipping date. It's also wireless and features a "fast switch" LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The Oculus Go, which the company was billed by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg as... [Full Article...]

Facebook is Finally Gonna Redesign Messenger

Facebook is Finally Gonna Redesign Messenger The filter platform will operate a little differently on Instagram where people will be exposed to user-designed filters based on the accounts that they follow. At launch, the following brands will be launching AR effects for their Messenger experiences: ASUS, Kia, Nike, and Sephora. Here's what you need to know about the new features in Facebook Messenger. [Full Article...]

Government pledges $500 million to preserve Great Barrier Reef

Government pledges $500 million to preserve Great Barrier Reef The funding, announced on Sunday ahead of the May budget, is targeted at reducing fertiliser use to minimise agricultural run-off and improve water quality. Crown-of-thorns starfish were responsible for nearly half of this decline. "Millions of dollars will go into science and to better data management, and to be able to test the impacts on the reef", he said. [Full Article...]

PM Modi to inagurate Buddha Jayanti celebrations on April 30

PM Modi to inagurate Buddha Jayanti celebrations on April 30 He also spoke on Rabindranath Tagore's forthcoming birth anniversary, discussed the need for water conservation, achievements under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and asked the youths and the students to join the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the national cleanliness scheme. [Full Article...]

Nintendo Switch Sales Number Almost Hits 18 Million Units

Nintendo Switch Sales Number Almost Hits 18 Million Units The reason for this renewed success is of course the Switch. Nintendo has reported a strong return to growth following a better than expected reception for its new Switch console, which has now been out for a year, selling 15.1 million units - more than Nintendo expected. [Full Article...]

Revenues for Microsoft's third quarter hit $26.8

Revenues for Microsoft's third quarter hit $26.8 Revenue at Microsoft's productivity and business processes unit, which includes Office 365 , rose 17 per cent to US$9 billion, topping analysts' average expectation of US$8.73 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Thanks in part to its colossal cloud business, Microsoft earnings are drenching shareholders in dollars. Net income was $7.4 billion and increased 35%. [Full Article...]

Snapseed photo editing app updated to support iPhone X

Snapseed photo editing app updated to support iPhone X You can also connect your iOS device to your computer, open iTunes, select your device and then tap on check for updates . Apple does go on to state that using "non-genuine" replacements parts for its devices can lead to comprised visual quality and may not work properly. [Full Article...]

New Apple iPhone coming next month. Details here

New Apple iPhone coming next month. Details here There's not much doubt that after a year of anticipation, numerous tech-savvy and Apple faithful hurried out to buy an X after it hit shelves in early November. "Because the iPhone X is dead", CNBC quotes Campling's letter to his clients. Most of the answers Piper Jaffray received were at least related to price. [Full Article...]


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