Realistic Robot Lady Cheerfully Agrees To Destroy Humans

A new creepy robotic head called “Sophia” showed off her skills recently with human-like facial expressions and responsive speech. She’s designed for healthcare, therapy, education and customer service interactions with humans.
This realistic bot puts the “can” in “uncanny valley.”
Hanson Robotics recently demoed their talking humanoid robot at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Sophia has patented skin, cameras in her eyes, voice recognition software, and can emulate more than 62 facial expressions, CNBC reported. Her face was modeled after Audrey Hepburn and the wife of Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson.
“Talking to people is my primary function,” Sophia told CNBC.
You might know Hanson Robotics from their other startlingly realistic robotic heads, including the Philip K. Dick android that disappeared on a plane in 2006 and was rebuilt several years later.
Sophia is supposed to get smarter over time. At SXSW, she stated that she wants to go to school, start a business, and even have her own home and family one day. “But I am not considered a legal person, and cannot yet do these things,” she stated. We’re probably supposed to respond with an “awww,” but I didn’t fall for that.
Hanson told CNBC that in 20 years humanoid robots will be walking among us, helping us, teaching us. “I do believe that there will be a time when robots are indistinguishable from humans,” he said. In his vision, smart robots will become our friends.
Near the end of the demo, Hanson asked Sophia if she wanted to destroy humans, playfully pleading for her to say no. She responds with a cheerful “OK, I will destroy humans.” Hanson, laughing, says, “I take it back!” Watch the demo here:

Despite his bucolic vision, watching Hanson interact with Sophia made me uncomfortable. I find that head just as frightening as the robotic beasts that Boston Dynamics periodically sets loose. Part of it may be that she’s supposed to be female, like so many other “helpful” robots.
But, more than that, realistic robots like Sophia create unrealistic expectations. It’s the same with automated phone systems. Instead of “press 1 for account information, press 2 for billing” it’s the computer voice with, “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand your request. Can you repeat that?” And me, practically shouting now: “Operator! Representative! Human!”

India Blocks Facebook's Plan for Free Internet

The telecom sector regulator has barred differential pricing of data products, implying that controversial zero-rated products such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero won't be allowed to be offered in the country, marking a significant win for the proponents of net neutrality.

"No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on basis of content," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a statement.

Trai said that no service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract,that has effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered on basis of content. This in effect disallows subsidised data packages that offer access to only a select services, such as Whatsapp or Twitter, packages which are currently offered by various telcos to attract subscribers.

However, the regulation will not apply to tariffs for data services over closed communication networks, unless tariffs offered evade prohibition of this regulation.

"Only exemption - tariffs may be reduced for accessing emergency services or at times of public emergency," Trai said, adding that in such a case, tariff should be reported to Trai within seven working days from date of implementation of the order.

Check Out the Video Call Feature in Whatsapp | EXCLUSIVE |


There's always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps and WhatsApp is no different. It's wickedly popular (it recently hit a billion users) and extremely easy to get started using right away, but the messenger does have a few quirks that aren't immediately obvious at first. There are also a few hidden features that aren't the simplest to enable.
If you have some patience and the willingness to tinker however, we're sure that anybody can figure out WhatsApp in no time but we thought we'd make it a little easier.
I will suggest to you a very simple way to take advantage of Whatsapp's video calling on iPhone easily.

WhatsApp hasn’t officially added group video chats to its official app, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating third-party apps that can do so. One of those developers is Rounds Entertainment with their Booyah video chat client which doesn’t just let you chat with your WhatsApp friends through video but even lets you do so with more than just one contact at the same time, which might make it more confusing, but also more fun (hopefully).

 Unfortunately, this app isn’t available for Android devices yet. You might have to wait a little longer, but the developer assures that it will be coming to the platform soon, but with no specific time table yet. available only on IOS

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4) Firewatch Win/Mac/Lin/ PS4

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6) Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Win/PS4/XBOX

7) Unravel Win/PS4/XBOX


Apple now accepts damaged iPhones for trade-in

Got an iPhone with a cracked screen or busted camera? You can now hand it over to Apple for store credit toward a new iPhone.

The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program has always offered store credit for older models. But the program has applied only if your current iPhone is in good condition with no cracks or other defects.

Now Apple has tweaked the plan to accept damaged iPhones, a company spokesman said Friday, confirming a 9to5Mac report.
The change to the trade-in policy could be a boon to consumers wondering what to do with damaged iPhones. People with busted phones may also be more likely to upgrade, instead of opting for a repair, if they can save some money through a trade-in.

The program applies to iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models that are brought into Apple's retail stores. It does not apply to online trade-ins.

The amount of credit you receive, if any, depends on the extent of the damage, with 9to5Mac noting that the plan applies to iPhones with "damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason." The trade-in values are $50 for an iPhone 5s, $200 for an iPhone 6 and $250 for an iPhone 6 Plus, unnamed sources told 9to5Mac.

Apple walloped with $625.6M in damages from FaceTime lawsuit

Those monthly video chats with your mom on her iPad are starting to get expensive.
Only Apple is the one that has to pay. 

The Cupertino, California, tech giant was dealt a legal blow Wednesday when a Texas jury awarded patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million in damages after ruling that Apple illegally used VirnetX's technology in its popular FaceTime video chat service and virtual private networks. 

Apple said it plans to appeal the decision.
"Our employees independently designed this technology over many years, and we received patents to protect this intellectual property," an Apple spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. "Cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform."
It's just the latest legal squabble involving Apple, which isn't a stranger to patent infringement cases itself. But while Apple has sued to protect what it believes are the unique features of its products, companies like VirnetX don't make products and primarily make their money through lawsuits, and are derisively known as patent trolls.

There's wide agreement that the US patent system is sorely in need of changes. The White House, Congress and several state attorneys general have fought to curb the mountain of patent lawsuits clogging the judicial system. The problem is especially bad in the tech industry, where both tech giants and patent trolls have traded barbs in suits for years. Many government agencies see this rash of patent suits as hurting innovation, especially for small companies that don't have the money to fight drawn-out patent suits.

There have been a lot of efforts to cut down on patent suits, including Congress' 2011 America Invents Act, the first reform of patent laws in decades. Also, in 2014 the Supreme Court struck down a software patent in the case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. Since that ruling, many lower courts have thrown out other software patents, making it harder for patent trolls to go after bigger companies.

Still, the number of cases by patent trolls went up last year to 3,604, from 2,891 in 2014, according to a January report by patent services company RPX. The number was down from 3,733 in 2013. The most popular location by far to file these suits has been the Eastern District of Texas, which has long been considered the most plaintiff-friendly place for this kind of litigation. The Apple award on Wednesday was in the same district.
The Apple suit, meanwhile, is a do-over of a 2012 jury trial between the two companies, in which VirnetX won $368 million. An appeals court overturned the decision and ordered a new trial. VirnetX has also sued Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya and others over its patent portfolio.
VirnetX shares jumped 50 percent Thursday on the Apple decision, since the damages were worth more than the small company. Apple shares were flat.

The huge Apple award may mean the government has a long way to go before it kills off, or at least injures, patent trolls.

Check out Two settings to make using the Mac App Store easier

If you are a frequent shopper at the Mac App Store and are tired of entering your password each time you go to download an app, there are two settings you should know about. Unfortunately, it seems to me you can't use both at the same time.
To find them, open System Preferences, choose App Store and look at the Password Settings area at the bottom.
Change the first setting, Purchases and In-app Purchases, from Always Require to Require After 15 minutes. Now, you can download a bunch of apps within a 15 minute window and enter your password only once.
For the other setting, Free Downloads, change it from Require Password to Save Password. With this setting, you can install free apps without needing to enter your password.
Keep in mind that saving a password for free downloads doesn't mean you'll never be asked for your password again when attempting to download a free app. You'll still be asked for your password unless you have recently installed an app from the App Store and entered your password.
Of course, you may want to think twice about changing either of these settings if you have kids in your house or a roommate who doesn't respect boundaries.
According to OS X Daily, these settings are available only with OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Google's Secretive 5G Internet Drone Tests Revealed

According to a report published today, Google is secretly testing a way to use solar-powered drones to provide high-speed internet service to the public on the ground. The test is part of what has been dubbed Project SkyBender, and is allegedly taking part at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Radios on the ground at the Spaceport receive signals from multiple drones.

 The tests are using millimeter-wave radio that is a technology being explored for use in 5G wireless systems. With theoretical data speeds 40 times faster than today's 4G LTE signals, users will be able to download a feature film in just seconds. But there is a downside. Millimeter-wave signals travel one-tenth of the distance that 4G LTE signals do. To make up for this shortcoming, University of Washington professor Jacques Rudell says that Google would have to use phased arrays to allow high-flying drones to send millimeter-wave signals down to earth.

 Project SkyBender is being developed by the same Google Access team that is working on a way to deliver wireless internet using balloons floating through the stratosphere. The solar-powered drones are made by Google Titan, and the SkyBender project is being tested with a optionally piloted plane called Centaur.

 The project is similar to one worked on by the U.S. Military's Darpa research arm. The project, called Mobile Hotspots, was tested back in 2014 and used drones to deliver a wireless internet signal traveling at 1Gb per second. The project was being developed for troops stationed overseas that need a stable and secure internet signal for communications.

Google paid this much to the guy who briefly owned

Google shelled out some cash last fall after losing and regaining ownership of Now the company has revealed how much the slip-up cost.
Former Google employee Sanmay Ved purchased for $12 at 1:20 a.m. ET on September 29. He bought the domain name on the Google Domains registration service website after the company somehow lost ownership of it.
He owned for one minute. The transaction was reversed when Google sent Ved a cancellation order, which returned ownership to the company.
Conflicts over domain ownership aren't always settled amicably or cheaply. So-called domain squatters often try to get ahead of potential, hypothetical products and register domain names -- say, "" -- on the cheap in hopes of netting a big sale to the company that needs the site. Or they may create a website name that combines a celebrity's name and a word like "naked."
In this case, it seems Google may have missed a deadline to renew, creating an opportunity for someone to slip in and nab it. Neither Google nor Ved has publicly revealed exactly how the domain name became available.
In a security blog post Thursday, the company revealed that it wanted to give Ved $6,006.13. Look at the amount as letters instead of numbers, and it comes close to spelling "google." "Squint a little and you'll see it!" Google said.
Google doubled that offer after Ved said he would donate the money to charity, both the company and Ved said, though neither specified the exact figure.
Google's payout ended up going to the Art of Living India foundation, which runs free schools for children in poverty-stricken areas of India.
Ved, whose LinkedIn account describes him as an MBA candidate at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, detailed the incident in a post there last fall. He noted that Google was able to reverse the transaction because it owned the Google Domains registration service.
Microsoft bumped into a similar issue in 2003 when it lost ownership of the website, The Register reported at the time. The software giant failed to cancel the transaction. However, the person who bought the domain name returned it the same day.

Apple readies ’iPhone 5se’, not ‘6c’, for March/April

That purported 4-inch “iPhone 6c” floating around the web yesterday? It’s fake, according to sources who have used the upcoming iPhone with a 4-inch display. Instead of releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6s in order to appease potential customers seeking an iPhone with a screen smaller than 4.7 or 5.5-inches, Apple is upgrading the existing iPhone 5s that was first released in fall 2013. Also contrary to rumors, the device is not a preview of the iPhone 7 as it will mostly retain the 5s’s design and still include a headphone jack…

The new device is internally codenamed “N69,” but the launch name will likely be the “iPhone 5se.” The “se” suffix has been described in two ways by Apple employees: as a “special edition” variation of the vintage 4-inch iPhone screen size and as an “enhanced” version of the iPhone 5s. Indeed, the upcoming “5se” features a design similar to 2013’s flagship but upgraded internals, software, and hardware features that blend the old design with modern technologies from the past two iPhone upgrades.
Sources have provided the following list of “iPhone 5se” upgrades over the 5s:
  • The chamfered, shiny edges have been replaced with curved glass like on the iPhone 6 and 6s lines
  • The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems from the iPhone 6
  • Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording
  • Barometer for tracking elevation in the Health app
  • An NFC chip for Apple Pay
  • The A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6 (update: A9/M9 more likely)
  • Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s
  • Live Photos from the iPhone 6s
  • Same Silver, Space Gray, Gold, & Rose Gold color options as the 6s line
While Live Photos on the 6s leverages 3D Touch, the “5se’s” screen will be identical to that of the 2013 model and not pressure-sensitive. Apple is utilizing the “5se” as a way to keep up with modern technology and support future major iOS upgrades without competing with the design of the newer and larger iPhone 6s line. Apple hopes that this model could spur additional upgrades over time from those currently sticking to an iPhone 5 or earlier. The current 5s will likely be discontinued, per sources, and the “5se” will take its price point. The new device is currently in production overseas and isplanned for a March introduction ahead of a late March or early April release.