Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

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screen_shot_2014-07-10_at_9.43.09_am In what must be the cutest example of human-robot interaction I’ve seen in recent months, researchers at Georgia Tech are helping kids teach robots how to play Angry Birds and, in the process, help the kids regain muscle movement and control. The process is fairly simple. Kids play games and a little two-legged robot watches. The robot keeps an eye the score, recreates what the child… Read More

Samsung’s Tizen phone delayed yet again

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Samsung’s plans to diversify its portfolio with the introduction of smartphones running the open source Tizen OS have had to be postponed once more. Originally scheduled to launch at a developer event in Moscow yesterday, the Samsung Z has now been delayed to an indeterminate point in the future. In a statement sent to The Verge, the Korean company says that it “plans to postpone” the Russian release of the phone, but will continue to “actively work with Tizen Association members to further develop TIzen OS and the Tizen ecosystem.”

This follows the scuppering of plans to release a Tizen handset in Japan last year, which Samsung rationalized as the result of “poor market conditions.” The strategy was altered again earlier this year to…

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Mount WSO2 products to a remote WSO2 Governance Registry instance(MsSQL 2012)

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In this post we are going to mount wso2 products into a remote
governance registry. In the default scenario wso2 governance registry is
pointed to a local h2 database.

First lets configure the governance registry instance to point to the MsSQL data source.
Download WSO2 Governance Registry product and extract the product.Go to /repository/conf/datasources  and open…

Meet Louise, Microsoft’s digital assistant before Cortana

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Cortana may have only debuted with Windows Phone 8.1 recently, but Microsoft has been experimenting with personal digital assistants for years. In newly released videos, the software maker has detailed Project Louise, an automated personal assistant that started life back in 2010. Many of the features that Cortana performs on Windows Phone were present in the prototype versions of Louise, including the ability to control calendar events and search for nearby restaurants.

There’s even a hint at how Cortana may debut in Windows 8, with a restaurant booking demo of Louise on a Windows 8 tablet. While Louise was clearly a codename for what has become Cortana, Microsoft did consider Alyx and Naomi as final names for the digital assistant….

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Docker meets Vagrant (registry-less mode)

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In very common web application I’m using MongoDB as a database, memcached to store session data and caches, ActiveMQ for messaging and Solr for full text search. 
And every time there is a very common team is working on a very common app. And every developer in my team is changing stuff in databases. And every QA wants to have they own junk in databases. Finally I need up to 7 different…

Google’s top lawyer says EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ restricts freedom of expression

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Google’s chief legal officer has explained why the company disagrees with the EU’s recent ruling that people have the “right to be forgotten” by its search engine. Writing in The Guardian, David Drummond explains the search giant’s problems with the judgement, saying that it contradicts the information on freedom of expression in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the language used by the court means the removal of results comes after “very vague and subjective tests” as to whether the information is of public interest.

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Amazon wants to test new 50 mph drones in its own backyard

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Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration if it can start testing delivery drones in its own facilities in a bid to speed up the rollout of its Amazon Prime Air shipping service. The company sent a letter to the FAA this week, in which it requested the opportunity to carry out research and development on the unmanned aerial vehicles designed to carry packages to Amazon customers. Currently, if the Seattle-based company wants to test new designs for its drones outside, it has to travel to one of six FAA-approved sites dotted around the country. If its request for exemption from FAA rules is granted, it would mean the company’s R&D team — which includes an ex-NASA astronaut — wouldn’t need to leave the Amazon campus to trial new…

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Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

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screen-shot-2014-06-24-at-9-37-23-am Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

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Good Riddance JerkTech ReservationHop and MonkeyParking, the two startups last week called emblems of exploitative #JerkTech, have both changed their ways. ReservationHop announced Tuesday a “soft pivot” away from its site that stole and resold dinner reservations without compensating restaurant owners. Meanwhile, MonkeyParking has complied with its cease-and-desist order from San Francisco by… Read More

Our Polyglot Nightmare

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94256599_a8314b18fb_b The diversity of human languages has been on the decline for decades. With the rise of globalized communications and business, the world has accelerated its shedding of unpopular languages, as speakers increasingly focus their efforts on those that afford them the most economic and social opportunities. The loss of these languages has even spawned efforts like the Endangered Languages Project… Read More

MonkeyParking Shuts Down In San Francisco For Now

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parking MonkeyParking, one of two apps that made the Internet get all shouty last week, is “temporarily disabled” in San Francisco following a cease and desist letter from the city.
In case you missed all the hubbub, MonkeyParking allowed drivers to make money when leaving a parking spot by selling the spot to another driver. Turns out the City of San Francisco, with its already… Read More

Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Clears Senate Committee

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shutterstock_146383358 A bill that will allow consumers to transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers more simply was amended and approved by a Senate committee Thursday. The House passed similar legislation in February, and the bill is now expected to see a full Senate vote.
The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was first introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Read More

You have until August 25th to sound off on Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable

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Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner is, to put it lightly, controversial. The $45.2 billion all-stock transaction would extend Comcast’s already substantial swaths of subscriber territory even farther, an idea that’s incensed Senator Al Franken and a former FCC commissioner, among others. Now it’s the public’s turn to weigh in.

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