Hi-Tech


    • MIT transforms itself to shape the future

      MIT transforms itself to shape the future

      MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) announced on 15 October the launch of a new college of computing, that would address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). In resources to the new school, the university is committing $1bn, and it also received a $350 m donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman (CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms), who will be the naming donor. As MIT said, its commitment is the largest of a university yet to the discipline.

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    • New Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

      New Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

      Are you determined to finish that last page of a book no matter what? Even if it means reading while walking in the pouring rain or swimming in the pool, or just taking a shower? Well, Amazon’s most popular Kindle eBook reader, the Paperwhite, comes with a solution as it's new version is completely water-resistant, which means it can be dropped into a pool or up to 6 feet of water for 60 minutes without getting damaged.

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    • Audi to use AI to optimise quality probes

      Audi to use AI to optimise quality probes

      Due to the increasingly sophisticated design of its cars and the high quality standards at Audi, currently the company inspects all components directly after production in the press shop. In addition to visual inspection by employees, several small cameras are installed directly in the presses. They evaluate the captured images with the help of image-recognition software. This process, however will soon be replaced by an machine learning procedure.

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    • Winamp gets a streaming era refresh

      Winamp gets a streaming era refresh

      Winamp, the legendarily customizable music player considered a staple of early 2000s computers, is currently being reinvented as a platform-agnostic mobile audio app that would give you one place to listen to all your music - including playlists, podcasts, streaming radio stations, and more.

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    • Self-healing material builds itself from carbon in the air

      Self-healing material builds itself from carbon in the air

      Engineers at MIT were able to take a leaf out of nature’s playbook to design a material that’s self-healing and carbon-negative. It’s a welcome new tool in the fight against climate change, and could one day replace emissions-heavy materials like concretewith a far more low-maintenance, environmentally friendly alternative. In the new study published in Advanced Materials, chemical engineers demonstrated how to design a material capable of drawing climate-warming carbon dioxide from the air and then use it to to grow, strengthen, and even repair itself.

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    • ‘Quantum artificial life’ created for the first time

      ‘Quantum artificial life’ created for the first time

      Exciting new research, published in Scientific Reports last week, provides a striking breakthrough that may eventually help answer the question of whether the origin of life can be explained by quantum mechanics — a new approach to one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries in science: How does life emerge from inert matter, such as the “primordial soup” of organic molecules that once existed on Earth?

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    • Google is shutting down Google+

      Google is shutting down Google+

      In the aftermath of a massive data breach, Google announced today that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers. As the company finally admitted - Google+ failed to live up to expectations and achieve broad consumer or developer adoption since its introduction. In a blog post creators even wrote that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds. So in Ilight of the newly revealed security concerns with Google+'s API, the company has opted to put it out of its misery over the next 10 months rather than try and make the social network more secure.

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    • Pocket washing machine cleans clothes in 30min

      Pocket washing machine cleans clothes in 30min

      A reusable gadget that can turn any sink into a mobile washing machine and zap clothes clean with ultrasound waves has gone on the market after a crowdfunding campaign. The Dolfi, which is a soap-sized portable device aimed at making "travel easier, happier and a lot more fun," can easily blast a load of washing clean in 30 minutes by forming microscopic, high pressure bubbles which then implode into jets of water and blast the dirt from the clothes when the gadget is dropped in a sink full of water and laundry detergent. 

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    • Toyota, SoftBank to develop self-driving car services

      Toyota, SoftBank to develop self-driving car services

      Japanese automaker Toyota and tech giant SoftBank announced Thursday that they are forming a joint venture by April 2019 that will use data to optimize supply and demand in the transportation space. SoftBank has already invested in Uber  and a range of other ride-hailing startups like Didi in China and Grab in Southeast Asia, but this initiative with Toyota is not related to those deals. Instead, it is designed to combine SoftBank’s focus on Internet-of-Things technology and Toyota’s connected vehicle services platform to enable new types of services that run on autonomous vehicle tech.

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