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Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

Slashdot - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 11:32am
Lashdots writes: Amid the unveiling of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook's wrist distracted from another new product last month: ResearchKit, an open source iOS platform designed to help researchers design apps for medical studies—and reach millions of potential research subjects through their iPhones. Alongside the company's new frontiers, like the car and the home, Cook told Jim Cramer last month that health "may be the biggest one of all." As Fast Company reports, Cook says Apple's devices could could help pinpoint diseases within decades—and position the company at the center of a "significantly underestimated" mobile-health industry.

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How Uber customizes its approach for overseas: auto-rickshaws in India, Lamborghinis in Singapore, designated driver service in Colombia (Johana Bhuiyan/BuzzFeed)

TechMeme - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:35am

Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
How Uber customizes its approach for overseas: auto-rickshaws in India, Lamborghinis in Singapore, designated driver service in Colombia  —  This Is How Uber Hopes To Take Over The World  —  The ride-hail giant is expanding globally — and it's doing so by replicating the hyperlocal approach …

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Nepal Earthquake: Facebook To Google, How Tech Is Helping Survivors Reach Out

Slashdot - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:29am
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal, many social media sites and mobile applications have come up with features that could help locate friends and loved ones. From the Times of India: "Social networking website Facebook, and Google's Person Finder have helped locate the whereabouts of those stranded in quake-hit areas. For instance, members of one Himmatramka family residing in Birgunj in Nepal marked themselves safe on Facebook. 'Our relatives back in India were worried about our safety. So, we marked ourselves safe to inform them,' said Nitesh Himmatramka.

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Tiny Robots Climb Walls Carrying More Than 100 Times Their Weight

Slashdot - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 9:24am
schwit1 writes: Mighty things come in small packages. The little robots in this video can haul things that weigh over 100 times more than themselves. The super-strong bots — built by mechanical engineers at Stanford — will be presented next month at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, Washington. The secret is in the adhesives on the robots' feet. Their design is inspired by geckos, which have climbing skills that are legendary in the animal kingdom. The adhesives are covered in minute rubber spikes that grip firmly onto the wall as the robot climbs. When pressure is applied, the spikes bend, increasing their surface area and thus their stickiness. When the robot picks its foot back up, the spikes straighten out again and detach easily.

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In New AI Benchmark, Computer Takes On Four Top Professional Poker Players

Slashdot - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 8:22am
HughPickens.com writes: Stephen Jordan reports at the National Monitor that four of the world's greatest poker players are going into battle against a computer program that researchers are calling Claudico in the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Claudico, the first machine program to play heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em against top human players, will play nearly 20,000 hands with each human poker player over the next two weeks. "Poker is now a benchmark for artificial intelligence research, just as chess once was. It's a game of exceeding complexity that requires a machine to make decisions based on incomplete and often misleading information, thanks to bluffing, slow play and other decoys," says Tuomas Sandholm, developer of the program. "And to win, the machine has to out-smart its human opponents." In total, that will be 1,500 hands played per day until May 8, with just one day off to allow the real-life players to rest. An earlier version of the software called Tartanian 7 (PDF) was successful in winning the heads-up, no-limit Texas Hold'em category against other computers in July, but Sandholm says that does not necessarily mean it will be able to defeat a human in the complex game. "I think it's a 50-50 proposition," says Sandholm. "My strategy will change more so than when playing against human players," says competitor Doug Polk, widely considered the world's best player, with total live tournament earnings of more than $3.6 million. "I think there will be less hand reading so to speak, and less mind games. In some ways I think it will be nice as I can focus on playing a more pure game, and not have to worry about if he thinks that I think, etc."

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Nokia says it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets (Jussi Rosendahl/Reuters)

TechMeme - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 8:15am

Jussi Rosendahl / Reuters:
Nokia says it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets  —  Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing  —  (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones.  —  “Nokia notes recent news reports claiming …

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Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:15am

Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head  —  Xiaomi is making a push to be a local player in India.  Days after unveiling its first phone customized to the South Asia country (the impressive $205 Mi 4i), Xiaomi announced that it has taken investment from leading Indian businessman Ratan Tata.

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