Stamford Hackathon Congratulates Its Winners

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We're proud to announce the winners of the second Stamford Hackathon as follows: The Grand Prize was awarded to Shishir Garg, Anuj Garg, and Pradeep Yenneti for their Smart Home Assistant, a project that combined AI and IoT. The AI track first prize went to Marc Ira, Jared Russell, Brian McHugh, Cody Hess, and Tom Harvey, for the "Aziz-bot" an AI-enabled Slackbot. SIC's own Matt Terenzio won the AI second prize for "Follow This" The IoT track featured some fantastic projects, and the first prize went to Emily Serven and Caleb Dre for a room occupancy/management project, called "Is anyone here?" Best Hacker went to a team called MAPE, which incidentally were invited to Harman to present to their internal team, and comprised Vitali Kobzeu, Dmitri Komin, Roman Presnakov, and Aliaksandr Tsoi.


CES 2019: The biggest 5G news

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With 5G one of the biggest topics of the show, we round out the biggest news of CES 2019, from smartphone prototypes to promises on the value of 5G deployments across all industries. Samsung became the first out of the gate to produce a display 5G smartphone prototype, showing off a glass-encased device at CES. Samsung retained the form factor of its current smartphones, with volume keys and Bixby button appearing to be on the left side of the handset and the power/lock button on the right side of the device. The front-facing camera was also visible at the top of the device. Samsung CEO HS Kim on Monday confirmed that the Korean tech giant will be releasing a 5G smartphone to the market this year. Using the Samsung CES 2019 press conference to outline the tech giant's end-to-end solution across 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI), Kim said Samsung is continuing to invest in R&D.


Contemporary French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies at age of 93

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PARIS – France's most famous contemporary poet, Yves Bonnefoy, has died at the age of 93, officials confirmed Saturday. The author of more than 100 books translated into 30 languages was highly decorated in his native France, and his name was often mentioned as a favorite to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. He died Friday, according to the College de France research and education institute where he was an honorary professor. He was also known for his translations of Shakespeare's plays, as well as the works of Yeats, Petrarch and his friend Georges Seferis. Admirers from around the world took to Twitter to mourn Bonnefoy, known for his piercing gaze and mop of white hair, many of them quoting lines from his most famous works.


"It's Funny How a Purse Can Instantly Make You Feel Adult"

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Kate Valentine, better known as Kate Spade, died on Tuesday at age 55 in an apparent suicide. The fashion designer was most famous for her accessories, first at her namesake company and later at Frances Valentine, which she launched with husband Andy Spade in 2016 after taking a hiatus from fashion to focus on her family. Her admirers, including famous ones like Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the designer after news of her death broke. Many recalled how it felt to purchase their first Kate Spade handbag or to receive one as a gift. "It's funny how a purse can instantly make you feel like an adult," wrote actress Olivia Munn.


Can I Parent Without Facebook?

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Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email careandfeeding@gmail.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. I have been disturbed by the recent steady stream of news headlines about Facebook's apparent flagrant disregard for privacy. I believe that the only way to get Facebook to adopt higher privacy standards is for people to leave the platform.