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February 6, 2016

Microsoft XiaoIce: a massive social experiment in China

 

Microsoft released the Chinese version of Cortana, but including other interests in a its new project.

According to Yondong Wang, a senior researcher and scientist working with the company:

“It could be the largest Turing test in history”.

The digital assistant and artificial intelligence was named Xiao Na, included in the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 in China. Developed with the help of Microsoft’s Bing division of software developers and researchers, the artificial intelligence is also designed to offer human-like conversations and can act as a friend on social networks.

A Turing test, is a test that looks to see if a human can detect [...]

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December 15, 2014

Wakie lets you wake up strangers

Wakie is an app that lets you wake up strangers

Wakie is a brand new social alarm clock that hopes to reinvent the alarm clock. It connects you with strangers to either wake them up or be woken up by them at chosen times set by an alarm in the app.

Wakie is already available on iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices and is completely free to use. With the app already gaining 1.5 million members from 80 countries, you could be woken up by anyone across the world.

For example, by setting an alarm for 7am other users of the app will see that you want waking up and one person will connect to you at that time. If you feel in the mood for waking someone up, you can check who [...]

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August 12, 2014

Death by iPhone

Stolen iPhone revenge killing

Patrick Bradley aged 29 has a history of violence. However, on the 30th August he approached a politics student called Jordan Grant and mugged him, stealing his iPhone in the process. Jordan has two younger brothers called Lee (17) and Jamie (16). Later that day he approached his father Derek aged 38 who’s a driver and told him of the incident.

Jordan Grant

Using the ‘Find my iPhone’ app they managed to locate Patrick Bradley, and so, Derek armed himself with a knife knowing that he might be in danger and headed to the location of the phone with his three sons. Upon arrival he approached Patrick and [...]

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June 19, 2014

Amazon Introduces Fire Phone

Amazon hopes to start a fire in the smartphone market

Amazon became the latest entrant into the crowded smartphone market today with the introduction of the much-anticipated Fire Phone.

With a 4.7 inch display and a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, the Fire Phone comes standard with 32GB of memory. It has a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, both of which support 1080p HD video recording. The operating system is based on a heavily modified version of Android.

What makes the Amazon Fire Phone unique is that it also includes four ultra-low-power cameras to track the position of the user’s face. The facial tracking also works in the [...]

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