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    • Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

      Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

      Samsung and Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturers of Android smartphones, are now joining an interesting initiative along with Qualcomm. The three companies have agreed to support and play a key role in promoting the MPEG-5 EVC (Essential Video Coding) codec. This standard will find application in devices supporting 4K and 8K resolution, but it is also optimised for virtual and augmented reality (AR).

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    • Bulgarian smart camera takes temperature in 0.5sec

      Bulgarian smart camera takes temperature in 0.5sec

      The Bulgarian company Allterco Robotics has released its latest smart product on the market – a smart camera with the capability of remotely taking body temperature with an accuracy level of within 0.3℃ of the real number. As the company notes, the MyKi Tcam is a pandemic control solution with features like body temperature screening and a smart warning system.

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    • Dreaming of far away? Hop on a virtual trip

      Dreaming of far away? Hop on a virtual trip

      Beaches deserted, city squares devoid of people: Many tourist attractions are currently unrecognisable. People are stuck at home because of coronavirus lockdowns, wondering when they can travel once again. But that gives them plenty of time to plan and make the next trip really count. In the meantime, they can digitally explore the world from their sofa.

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    • Alibaba invests $1.4bn in AI system for smart speakers

      Alibaba invests $1.4bn in AI system for smart speakers

       Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will invest 10bn yuan ($1.41bn) into an AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) system centered around its Tmall Genie smart speaker, the company announced on Wednesday. The announcement comes as the e-commerce giant continues its push into new technologies and business sectors beyond online shopping.

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    • Can mosquitoes stop quadcopters going bump in the night?

      Can mosquitoes stop quadcopters going bump in the night?

      Researchers have taken inspiration from a mosquito's ability to fly and land in the dark to develop a new collision-avoidance sensory system that has been tested on a quadcopter. The international team of scientists, led by Professor Richard Bomphrey at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, looked at the sensory mechanism in the male Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito and found a way to mimic the insect's ability to use airflow to detect obstacles.

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    • Meet the AI jukebox that creates songs

      Meet the AI jukebox that creates songs

      OpenAI, an independent research organisation aimed at developing “friendly AI,” has been cranking out a lot of impressive work over the past few months. The organisation, for example, recently provided the source code for the language generating tool, Talk to Transformer. Now, OpenAI is adding to its repertoire of AI tools, Jukebox: An AI that generates raw audio of genre-specific songs.

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