Your iPhone won't recognize you in a face mask – but a Samsung Galaxy might

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You're wearing a mask, as encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and possibly by your local government during this coronavirus outbreak, and you want to use FaceID to open your iPhone or Android phone. Yes, says a Chinese researcher from Tencent's Xuanwu lab. But according to Apple, this is frowned upon big time and could affect the integrity of your phone. There are several hacks available online, and most will send the user to reregister for FaceID on the iPhone by covering the left and right side of their face separately. After the researcher from Tencent originally demonstrated and popularized this setup, many others copied and tweaked with videos on YouTube.


Apple 2020 iPad Pro 12.9in review: the best mobile tablet can now get real work done

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The 2020 iPad Pro takes 2018's wow-factor redesign and beefs up the camera on the back with lidar (light and radar) technology, commonly used in self-driving cars, not tablet computers. The new £769 iPad Pro is essentially identical and just as stunning two years on as the original, here reviewed in its larger 12.9in form starting at £969 plus the Smart Keyboard Folio costing £199. The tablet has four excellent speakers in the sides, a USB-C port, magnetic wireless charger for the Apple Pencil stylus and a little pogo-pin smart connector on the back for keyboard cases. The camera lump has grown on the back, mirroring that used on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, featuring a dual camera system and the lidar scanner – more on those in a moment. The Apple A12Z Bionic processor is the same as the A12X Bionic used in the 2018 iPad Pro, but with an eight-core GPU instead of seven.


Let them eat play! Google makes its video game streaming service Stadia free for two months

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Google will make its video game streaming service Stadia free for two months while many around the world are living under restrictive shutdown policies. People who register new accounts will have access to Stadia Pro games and services, which allows users to play video games via stream on a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or equipped television. People who already subscribe to Stadia Pro will have their monthly subscription fees waived during the free two month period. The free two months will run through June 8, after which all accounts will be required to pay a monthly subscription fee of $10. The free promotion is available in 14 countries, according to a report in Engadget, including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.


'Half-Life: Alyx' And The Promise of Virtual Reality

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When Half-Life released in 1997, it was unlike any other first person shooter -- a genre of video games predicated on the central mechanic of blasting things with a firearm. Popular pioneers of the genre, like Doom and Quake, were known for being over-the-top and full of bombast. Half-Life is not like those games. It begins not with a bang, but with a slow, methodical tram ride. "Welcome to the Black Mesa research facility," says a sterile voice over the tram speakers; it is the first day on the job for MIT graduate scientist Gordon Freeman.


Deep Learning Framework Power Scores 2018

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Deep learning continues to be the hottest thing in data science. Deep learning frameworks are changing rapidly. Just five years ago, none of the leaders other than Theano were even around. I wanted to find evidence for which frameworks merit attention, so I developed this power ranking. I used 11 data sources across 7 distinct categories to gauge framework usage, interest, and popularity.


Andile Ngcaba's inq Wants to be Africa's Number one AI Service Provider.

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ICT industry veteran Andile Ngcaba's inq., a Pan-African digital service provider, wants to be Africa's number one artificial intelligence (AI) service provider. The company has points of contacts in 12 African cities, Johannesburg, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kanu and Abidjan. It has concluded the 100% acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa's operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire with a further planned acquisition in Cameroon pending regulatory approvals. At the time of the announcement of the transaction last June, inq. said this deals represents a significant milestone to its vision to be a leading provider of cloud and digitally based services in key markets across sub-Saharan Africa and provides additional vital assets in its build-out of a regional footprint. Today, inq. said this landmark transaction grows inq.'s regional footprint to 13 cities in 7 countries across Africa including its existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique.


Compress Data And Win Hutter Prize Worth Half A Million Euros

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"Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily" To incentivize the scientific community to focus on AGI, Marcus Hutter, one of the most prominent researchers of our generation, has renewed his decade-old prize by ten folds to half a million euros (500,000 €). The Hutter prize, named after Marcus Hutter, is given to those who can successfully create new benchmarks for lossless data compression. The data here is a dataset based on Wikipedia. Marcus Hutter, who now works at DeepMind as a senior research scientist, is famous for his work on reinforcement learning along with Juergen Schmidhuber. Dr Hutter proposed AIXI in 2000, which is a reinforcement learning agent that works in line with Occam's razor and sequential decision theory.


Can Emotional AI Supersede Humans or Is It Another Urban Hype?

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Humans have often sought the fantasy of having someone who "understands" them. Be it a fellow companion, a pet or even a machine. No doubt man is a social animal. Yet, this may not be the exact case in case of a man engineered machine or system. Although, machines are now equipped with AI that helps them beat us by sifting through scores of data and analyze them, provide a logical solution when it comes to emotional IQ this is where man and the machine draw the line.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cyber Security Industry: 2020-2026 Global Market In-Depth Size, Status, Demands, Growth, Share and Forecast Report – Science In Me

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cyber Security Market 2020 Industry Research Report Artificial intelligence (AI) is a result of software that tries to create a decision mechanism similar to human brain's decision mechanism. Artificial intelligence is playing a crucial role in cyber security by identifying threats and protecting organizations' data from lethal cyber-attacks. It speeds up the process of noticing attacks and enables organizations to adopt predictive measures in combating cyber-crimes. Market Overview: The Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cyber Security market 2020 research provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cyber Security market analysis is provided for the international markets including Development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.


What is artificial narrow intelligence (ANI)?

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This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. In 1956, a group of scientists led by John McCarthy, a young assistant-professor of mathematics, gathered at the Dartmouth College, NH, for an ambitious six-week project: Creating computers that could "use language, form abstractions and concepts, solve kinds of problems now reserved for humans, and improve themselves." The project kickstarted the field that has become known as artificial intelligence (AI). At the time, the scientists thought that a "2-month, 10-man study of artificial intelligence" would solve the biggest part of the AI equation. "We think that a significant advance can be made in one or more of these problems if a carefully selected group of scientists work on it together for a summer," the first AI proposal read.