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9 reasons you should buy an iPhone 8 instead of an iPhone X

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All of these phones are powered by Apple's new A11 Bionic chip, a neural engine, and the M11 motion coprocessor. The only difference is how the phones use these features: The iPhone X uses the A11 chip and neural engine for its new face-detection system Face ID, which the iPhone 8 does not have. On paper, the FaceTime HD cameras of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are functionally identical to the front-facing camera inside the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system. The iPhone X has completely different dimensions from past iPhones, so your old cases won't work with this phone -- one more expense to consider when buying this already-expensive phone.


China's security boss planning to use AI to stop crime before it even happens

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China's top security officer has revealed plans to use artificial intelligence to predict crime, terrorism and social unrest before it happens. "Artificial intelligence can complete tasks with a precision and speed unmatchable by humans, and will drastically improve the predictability, accuracy and efficiency of social management," Mr Meng told colleagues at a meeting in Beijing on Friday. He said security forces should look for patterns in data about terror attacks and build an analysis model to help authorities predict where the attack may strike, Chinese news website thepaper.cn Mr Meng also called for all elements of the Chinese state and the party to share data with each other and for renewed efforts to integrate surveillance footage systems across the country. In Shanghai, traffic police reportedly use facial recognition technology to identify cyclists and pedestrians who violate road regulations.


Chinese internet search engine Baidu sets up $1.5bn self driving car fund

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Chinese search engine Baidu announced a 10bn yuan ($1.1bn) self-driving car fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with US rivals. The "Apollo Fund" will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects over the next three years, Baidu said in a statement. After years of internal development, Baidu in April decided to open its autonomous driving technology to third parties; a move it hopes will accelerate development and help it compete with US firms Tesla and Google project Waymo. Baidu's Apollo project - named after the NASA moon landing - aims to create technology for completely autonomous cars, which it says will be ready for city roads in China by 2020.


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Apple showed off those features as the centrepiece of the introduction of the new watch, and charges people $70 extra for the feature as well as a charge that must be paid to phone networks. "It became apparent after my first full day using the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE that something wasn't right," wrote Lauren Goode on the Verge. By 11:42 that morning, after 60 minutes of working out with LTE, multiple attempts to use Siri, and two seven-minute phone calls, the Watch's battery had drained to 27 percent." "We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular," the company said in a statement provided to The Verge.


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Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Sheldon, master of Wellington College believes. Sir Anthony, a historian and political commentator who has written biographies of ex-prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown, said: "It certainly will change human life as we know it. They will listen to the voices of the learners, read their faces and study them in the way gifted teachers study their students. "We're looking at screens which are listening to the voice of the student and reading the face of the student.


Artificial intelligence can identify 'gay faces' from a picture, study claims

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According to its authors, who say they were "really disturbed" by their findings, the accuracy of an AI system can reach 91 per cent for homosexual men and 83 per cent for homosexual women. The paper, titled Deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at detecting sexual orientation from facial images, was co-authored by Stanford University's Yilun Wang and Michal Kosinski, and first spotted by the Economist. The researchers say that homosexual men were found to have narrower jaws, longer noses, larger foreheads and less facial hair than heterosexual men, and that homosexual women tended to have larger jaws and smaller foreheads than heterosexual women. "Additionally, consistent with the association between baseball caps and masculinity in American culture, heterosexual men and lesbians tended to wear baseball caps."


iPhones, PCs and Amazon Echo worryingly easy to hack through their microphones

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Popular voice assistants, including Siri and Alexa, are easy to hack because of huge design flaws in modern devices, researchers have found. The team, from Zhejiang University, found that voice assistants can be triggered by voice commands that are inaudible to humans. "By injecting a sequence of inaudible voice commands, we show a few proof-of-concept attacks, which include activating Siri to initiate a FaceTime call on iPhone, activating Google Now to switch the phone to the airplane mode, and even manipulating the navigation system in an Audi automobile," the researchers said. By triggering Siri, Google Now, Samsung S Voice, Huawei HiVoice, Cortana, Alexa and Audi's voice recognition system, the researchers were able to hijack the following devices (maximum attack distances for recognition (executing control commands when the voice recognition systems are manually activated) and activation (when the voice recognition systems are unactivated) in brackets): To protect yourself from such an attack, you can switch off the always-on setting on Siri or the Google Assistant, or press the Mute button on Echo.


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It's like something from the Jetsons – a robot washing machine that'll fold your clean clothes into a pile ready for storage. After that, the machine gets to work – washing then drying the item – before robot arms pick up and fold the freshly cleaned item before placing it on top of the pile of finished clothes. Noemi Besedes, also from the firm, added: "It does everything automatically, from washing the clothes, to drying, to folding. "It saves you a lot of time, it also washes every item at its perfect optimal setting which makes your clothes last longer."


Elon Musk warns battle for AI supremacy will spark Third World War

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Other Russian AI startups are only known to experts, and while large Russian information technology companies such as Yandex and Mail.ru Group have invested a lot of resources in AI research and built products using neural networks (Yandex search, more popular than Google in Russia, is powered by proprietary neural tech), these achievements are overshadowed by those of bigger Western rivals. The first loan the BRICS Development Bank -- a financial institution set up jointly by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- has approved for Russia is meant to fund a project that includes the use of AI in Russian courts to automate trial records using speech recognition. It's likely that, as in Soviet times, the military applications of AI in Russia are outpacing consumer ones. Last month's call by Musk and a group of AI researchers for a global ban on robotic weapons is timely but probably unworkable: The use of ostensibly conventional but actually autonomous weaponry is far more difficult to detect, making a prohibition on them harder to enforce than existing bans on chemical and biological weapons, or even than restrictions on various forms of cyberwarfare would have been.


iPhone 8 announcement: Apple Park drone video shows company preparing for biggest ever launch

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Covert footage shows Apple preparing for the launch of the iPhone 8. As well as releasing its most dramatic handset ever, the company is hosting the announcement event at the Steve Jobs theatre on its brand new Apple Park, some parts of which are not yet finished. And as has happened throughout the building of that campus, drone footage shows Apple running last-minute preparations for the major announcement. The company will be livestreaming all of the events from inside the Steve Jobs theatre on a range of platforms, it has all but confirmed.