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Dating App Requires Verbal Sexual Consent Amid #MeToo Era

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The discussion of sexual assault and harassment are all the more paramount in an era dominated by the #MeToo and Times Up movement, but now there is a mobile dating application that is working towards making such complaints a thing of the past. Enter "Yes to Sex," a dating app created in 2016 that requests for an explicit sexual consent agreement to be made between both parties. The app, which is available for download through Apple's App Store and Google Play, requires users to verbalize the words "yes" or "no" before engaging in sexual relations with another user. The entire process is expected to take no more than 25 seconds, Yes to Sex's website claimed. "The media talking about consent is the first step in the right direction of making it the norm to verbally ask a potential partner straight-up every time, if they are interested," Wendy Geller, the app's president, CEO and inventor, told International Business Times.


LG Whisen ThinQ Is AI-Enabled Air Conditioner With Smart Sensors

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Earlier this week, industry sources disclosed that Samsung and LG are planning to launch artificial intelligence-based air conditioners later this month. At a media event in Seoul, LG introduced its premium air conditioning unit that boasts of artificial intelligence capabilities. "The Whisen ThinQ air conditioner has evolved to an air conditioner that can see, hear, think and speak," Song Dae-hyun, president of home appliance & air solutions at LG, said. The 2017 model did come with sensors that gave it the ability to learn about the room where it is placed, so it could provide optimum temperature to users. With ThinQ, the 2018 model features the ability to learn about the room and analyze real time changes that are taking place inside and outside of it.


Galaxy S9 To Feature Face ID? Samsung AI Gets Facial Recognition Technology

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Samsung Electronics has revealed that its Internet of Things or IoT platform now has facial recognition technology. Does this mean the South Korea tech giant could be incorporating a Face ID-like feature to its upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship? On Thursday, South Korean online news outlet Etnews learned that Samsung's IoT platform, called "ARTIK," has absorbed a technology that will allow its to recognize faces based on machine learning. This means Samsung products that support its IoT platform could also be capable of recognizing users through facial recognition. Samsung has also said that the machine learning of ARTIK can recognize faces with the help of Microsoft's "MS-Celeb-1M," a large scale real world face image dataset that already contains images of 1 million people.


Couple Found Together Married Forcefully In Accordance With Islamic Custom

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A couple in Belapunranga village, South Sulawesi, Indonesia was forced to marry Monday in a traditional marriage ceremony after they were found alone in a rambutan farm by local people. According to a report by the Jakarta Post, the couple identified as Sugiani (19) and Manai (20) married in a ceremony in the presence of a "pengulu" (Muslim wedding official). Witnesses to the marriage included village officials and police personnel from the Parangloe sub-district. The couple was spotted alone in the farm by local residents earlier in January after which they were targeted and harassed. Later, the family of Sugiani met Manai's family and the former accused the latter of breaching the customary law of nikah siri.


AI Predicts Death?

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While the use of artificial intelligence to predict deaths may sound ludicrous, researchers are trying to establish the technology's potential in alerting physicians and medical professionals of patients that are at greater risks of dying in the near future. This way, doctors can administer the right end-of-life approach in dealing with the patients and their loved ones. A team at Stanford University has examined the use of artificial intelligence in palliative care in their paper "Improving Palliative Care with Deep Learning" published on the arXiv preprint server. Researchers used the machine learning technique called deep learning, which utilizes neural networks to filter and learn from massive data, in the study. What they did is come up with a model and fed its deep learning algorithm with data from the Electronic Health Records of 2 million adult and child patients admitted to either Stanford Hospital or Lucile Packard Children's hospital.


Crime Prediction Algorithms Aren't Very Good At Predicting Crimes

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Some courts in the U.S., particularly in states from California to New Jersey, use crime-predicting algorithms to determine if a defendant is likely to commit another crime in the future. While the software helps judges decide who gets bail, who goes to jail and who can walk away free, it appears the technology isn't very reliable and opens doors to a more unfair justice system. Dartmouth College researchers Julia Dressel and Hany Farid tackled the issue with the so-called risk assessment algorithms in a paper published in Science Advances. The study examined one popular risk-assessment algorithm, called Compas, and pointed out how the software's recidivism predictions are no different from the answers random people give to online surveys. Farid, who teaches computer science at Dartmouth, and Dressel, who majored in computer science and gender studies at the same school, used Amazon Mechanical Turk in the study.


Most Effective Birth Control Methods: Does Natural Cycles Contraceptive App Work?

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More than 50 women in Sweden who said they used the Natural Cycles app as contraception ended up pregnant and reported their cases to the Medical Product Agency, according to a statement from Natural Cycles. The app, a certified contraceptive in Europe, has about the same failure rates as the pill, but only under certain circumstances, according to experts. "Natural methods, when used correctly, are very very effective," Richard J. Fehring, professor, and director of the Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Natural Family Planning, told International Business Times. The Natural Cycles app uses an algorithm to calculate the days a woman is fertile and therefore most likely to get pregnant and when used properly, it claims to be about as effective as the pill. The app requires that users take their temperature each morning and input it into the app, then after some calculations, the app says whether users are "not fertile," or should "use protection."


Artificial Intelligence Could Let You Speak With Your Pet

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Humans may soon be able to understand the meaning behind a dog's bark through a new device in the works that will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Con Slobodchikoff, an animal language expert, is working towards enhancing how humans communicate with dogs. Through his company Zoolingua, Slobodchikoff intends to use AI technology to create the first-ever dog translation device. The device, which is expected to surface in the next 10 years, would help humans to decipher the sounds and movements of animals. "AI technology has now advanced to the point where we can apply it to learn what our pets are trying to say to us," Slobodchikoff told International Business Times.


watchOS 4 Tips: How To Use Apple Watch Series 3 Workout App

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The Apple Watch can help users stay active, track their health data and can boost workouts with the watchOS 4 update. Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 3 and the watchOS 4 update in September 2015. The Series 3 is priced at $329 for the standard Wi-Fi version and $399 for the LTE cellular model. The wearable device includes a dual-core processor, a faster Siri, a heart rate sensor and is about the same size as the Series 2. While Apple doesn't sell the Series 2 anymore, the company still sells the original Apple Watch for $249. The original Apple Watch also supports watchOS 4. The Workout app is also another feature that can boost users' exercise sessions.


Wi-Fi Problems? Chromecast, Google Home May Be The Cause

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It could be the fault of Google Chromecast or the Google Home smart speaker. Users and experts alike have indicated the devices are causing trouble for wireless routers. A number of complaints have started to crop up on product pages and online forums in recent months suggesting that the introduction of internet-connected Google products into the home have caused disruptions including the internet connection dropping out completely. The first round of complaints focused on the Google Home Max--the company's high-end speaker that has its Google Assistant built in--and how it interacted with routers from TP-Link, the world's top provider of wireless networking devices. TP-Link quickly identified the issue, which stemmed from how the Google device would MDNS packets, which are used to identify individual internet-connected devices on the same network.