I gotta give it up to Apple for pairing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with Siri -- yes, the iPhone's digital assistant -- for its latest TV commercial. This fall, Siri turns six, and while Apple has expanded the digital assistant's features over the years -- it now supports 21 languages, can control smart home devices, is built into macOS and Apple TV, etc. Bixby's spectacular failure at launch is good evidence that despite Siri's seemingly stunted evolution, taking things slow may not be the worst strategy. Make no mistake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Siri's mini film is a huge publicity stunt -- a reminder that, hey, Siri is still a thing and it does more now.
Eventually, Mercedes plans to have the service recognize any Mercedes-Benz vehicle with the proper systems after it drives into a special valet zone in the parking garage. The parking system would communicate with eh car, syncing with the sensors built into the garage to complete the parking job. There are no headaches circling a cramped garage for spots, no handing of keys to expensive luxury cars over to strangers, no memorizing parking lot zones -- just a few taps on a smartphone, a quick ride, and patrons are free to explore the museum. The car communicates with the sensor system built into the parking garage itself, so driving systems of varying sophistication will theoretically be able to navigate the space with equal precision.
According to a report from the Financial Times, authorities are tapping on facial recognition tech, and combining that with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behaviour patterns. And tech like Cloud Walk's shows that people can be marked for past behaviour, too. The crime technology is dependent on other AI techniques like behavioural recognition and gait analysis, and it is reportedly even able to pick out suspicious people in crowds. Another Chinese company, named UniView, tracks individuals who frequently travel to sensitive countries like Myanmar and Vietnam and automatically marks them.
Dwayne'The Rock' Johnson is awesome, and Siri helps him out being even more awesome. That's the gist of Apple's new Siri ad, which features The Rock who goes around the world (off-world, even) and is pretty much the best at everything. The Rock announced the new "movie" on Facebook on Sunday with a suspicious claim that "ROCK Apple FUN," but we gotta hand it to Apple, the clip is kinda fun. We're not sure if this is just the first ad in a series, or is this the entire thing, but we wouldn't mind seeing more Apple ads like this one.
On Saturday, the UK government posted new rules governing the use of drones weighing over 250 grams (about half a pound), with input from the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Military Aviation Authority. The guidelines state that drone users will have to register their devices and undergo safety awareness testing to ensure that they're aware of UK security, privacy, and safety rules. "By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions." "By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public."
There are still plenty of people out there in search of the perfect match, but the dating app Hater, which matches people based on the things they mutually dislike, has discovered an interesting trend among its users. There weren't always enough users in any given region, so the app expanded the radius for people in those areas, allowing users to start matching all over the globe. One recent survey found that more than 90 percent of college students are using dating apps for purposes other than hooking up or finding love -- mainly they're there for entertainment and the ego boost you get from being "liked." In an effort to capitalize on this, Bumble added BumbleBFF in early 2016, and Tinder launched Tinder Social a year ago.
One reason airports tend to look and function remarkably alike is that they're designed to accommodate air travel infrastructure--security, passenger ticketing, baggage, ground transport--with the primary concerns being safety and minimal overhead for their tenant airlines. "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." At Changi, concession revenues rose 5 percent last year to a record S$2.16 billion ($1.6 billion), while the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, topped $1 billion in concession sales in 2016, also a record.
In its latest shot at competitor Verizon, Sprint decided to open up a unique pop-up shop in Queens called "Twice the Price," which essentially trolls Verizon's prices by overcharging for all of the featured items. SEE ALSO: Amazon Alexa is so not ready to be your phone's digital assistant Sprint explained in a press release that at "Twice the Price" shoppers can find items like "potato chips, party supplies, boogie boards, makeup mirrors, mops, bottles of water, and more" for twice their regular price. The store is conveniently located directly next to a Verizon store, which makes the fact that Sprint used the same font and colors as the classic red and white Verizon logo that much more awkward. "People ask me how I came up with this genius idea and I told them, 'If Verizon can charge customers twice as much for four lines of Unlimited, why can't I?'"