Social Networks 

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI Going through airport security is a universally painful experience. And despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system simultaneously more accurate and efficient. Kaggle, acquired by Google earlier this year, regularly hosts online competitions where data…

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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s top dating app, raises $70M for monetization push and overseas expansion Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony…

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Microsoft 

After three days, Skype’s outage is resolved

After three days, Skype’s outage is resolved After three days of connectivity issues that prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isn’t saying — at least not yet — is what exactly happened. Microsoft’s decision to stay silent on an incident of this duration and scale — the outage impacted users across Europe and elsewhere — lends further credence to reports that a hacker group may be to…

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Gadgets 

Smell PGH lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh

Smell PGH lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh Today in odd apps I present Smell PGH, an app that lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh. Why would you do this, you ask? Well hold on. “If you smell something bad in the air, chances are that air isn’t good to breathe,” said Beatrice Dias, project director for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab. “Smell PGH provides a way for citizens to both report unhealthy air to authorities who can investigate it and alert other users so they…

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Gadgets 

The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their “Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring,” a watch-like wearable that “bites” you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels. The system uses a shape memory alloy actuator which contracts when heated and then snaps back into its original form. “When equipped with a small needle, the SMA-based actuators produced much greater penetration force into the skin than the bioelectric actuators and allowed…

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Social Networks 

Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me — and I’m old), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up a certain amount of privacy. The bot’s natural language processing works well and not as programmatically as some…

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Social Networks 

Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users

Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others. The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image. The new ‘photo guard’ feature has a range of safety measures that include: Preventing other users from downloading a person’s profile pic, or sharing…

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iPhone 

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1 In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is also partnering with Apple to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores. To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited talk, text and data for only a dollar. There are a few caveats to this deal, of course. Like…

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Gadgets 

The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet

The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet In a hole in your pants there lived a wallet. Not a nasty, dirty, wet wallet, filled with the receipts and cigarette papers and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, boring wallet that fit nothing and there nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Baggizmo wallet, and that meant lots of gadgetry. It had a perfectly flat folder design, with a programmable NFC chip installed. The wallet opened to a built-in motion sensor and…

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Gadgets 

Google Glass is apparently still around — and just got its first update in nearly three years

Google Glass is apparently still around — and just got its first update in nearly three years Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them — the $1,500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates. Today, in its first update since September 2014, Google Glass got a “MyGlass” companion app update, some bug fixes and now supports Bluetooth. That means the new “XE23” version can now hook up mice, keyboards and other Bluetooth-enabled objects to their Glass device. The app update rolled out…

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