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Grimes and Endel bring their AI-powered sleep sounds to Android


Last October, Endel announced that it had partnered with Grimes for a special'soundscape' inside its music app, which is meant to help you focus, relax or fall asleep. The collaboration was called AI Lullaby and, as you might have guessed from the name, combined artificial intelligence with Grimes' original music and vocals. There was just one problem: it was only available on iOS. The slumber sounds have now disappeared for iPhone users and, as promised, hopped over to Endel's Android application. If you own a phone or tablet powered by Google's operating system, it should be accessible the next time you open the app.

Vacos Cam review: This promising security camera is handcuffed to a mess of an app


Battery-powered security cameras are a great option for outdoor use, because they remove the logistical hassle of finding a convenient electrical outlet to power them. But their easier installation comes with a cost, as they tend to be priced higher than their AC-powered counterparts. The $139 Vacos Cam would seem to be the best of both worlds, then--supremely flexible, modestly priced. Unfortunately, testing revealed this camera to be far from a polished product. While its video quality and smart motion detection are solid, its barely baked app makes the camera virtually unusable. The camera is the latest to crib its look from the Arlo line of home security cameras, in this case the Arlo Go (except that camera connects to the internet via an onboard LTE radio).

Kali Linux hands-on: A look at the installation options


Anyone involved in or even significantly interested in cybersecurity has probably heard of Kali Linux. Since its early days as BackTrack, it has been considered the standard in penetration testing and security analysis platforms. In my opinion, it also happens to be one of the best Debian GNU/Linux distributions available. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) (TechRepublic) It is based on Debian stable (currently 10/buster), but with a much more current Linux kernel (currently 5.9 in Kali, compared to 4.19 in Debian stable and 5.10 in Debian testing). Kali is available for installation in a number of different formats, for a number of different systems, and that variety can sometimes be a bit intimidating.

See who's at the door with a Ring video doorbell on sale


The more time you spend at home, the more you start to notice things that need upgrading. Want to invest in a smart doorbell? You've probably already heard of the Ring Video Doorbell, which features an advanced 1080P HD camera, two-way audio, and customizable motion sensors. So, next time you get a contactless delivery, you can still communicate with (and thank) the delivery person. The Ring Doorbell also includes infrared night vision and motion-activated alerts that can be sent straight to your smartphone.

Using AI-enhanced music-supported therapy to assist stroke patients


Stroke currently ranks as the second most common cause of death and the second most common cause of disability worldwide. Motor deficits of the upper extremity (hemiparesis) are the most common and debilitating consequences of stroke, affecting around 80% of patients. These deficits limit the accomplishment of daily activities, affect social participation, are the origin of significant emotional distress, and cause profound detrimental effects on quality of life. Stroke rehabilitation aims to improve and maintain functional ability through restitution, substitution and compensation of functions. The restoration of motor deficits and improvements in motor function typically occurs during the first months following a stroke and therefore, major efforts are devoted to this acute stage.

Amazon's Alexa Guard Plus security subscription comes to the US


Amazon's Alexa Guard Plus subscription service is now live in the US. The company unveiled Guard Plus back in September as a paid option for those who want the extra features that come with the premium version of its free Guard service. While the basic Guard feature can already turn Echo smart speakers and displays into home security devices, its premium version takes things a step further by giving subscribers hands-free access to emergency services and giving Alexa the power to deter intruders from breaking in. Customers who pay for a subscription will be able to ask Alexa to call Emergency Helpline for them to request medical, fire or police assistance. The service also gives Alexa the capability to detect sounds of activity in the house if its residents are away and to sound a siren from Echo devices if it does. Alexa could also play the sounds of dogs barking from the speakers if connected outdoor security cameras detect motion outside the door.

IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast with Ali Khademhosseini: Biomaterials, soft robotics and the Terasaki Institute


Prof. Ali's journey from Harvard and UCLA to the Terasaki Institute is truly inspiring. What does the institute do to bring a product to the real world? You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and explore support options on Patreon.

AI helps this Koda social robot dog sense human emotions


If you can't adopt a real dog, why not opt for this robot dog from Koda that uses artificial intelligence? Man's best friend has always been the domesticated dog, but mutts around the world could end up with some serious competition in the form of Koda's AI-powered robot dog. Unlike other robot dogs on the market, the Koda artificial intelligence dog is meant to interact socially with its human owners. The robot's AI helps it sense when its owner is sad, happy or excited so it can, over time, respond in an appropriate manner to human emotions. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.

Nine Experts on the Single Biggest Obstacle Facing AI and Algorithms in the Next Five Years


Five years ago, the world of artificial intelligence--and the algorithms it runs on--looked very different. Asking your Google Home to play Adele's chart-topping single wasn't possible yet. IBM Watson was still widely considered a beacon for AI advancement, and DeepMind's AI victory over a human at Go was still fresh. Machine learning engineers were facing earlier versions of today's image classification and speech recognition challenges. And though most tech giants hadn't earmarked corporate funding for ethical AI, the conversation was becoming more mainstream as the impact of algorithms on human lives became clearer.

Comparing Different AI Approaches to Email Security


Innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) have fundamentally changed the email security landscape in recent years, but it can often be hard to determine what makes one system different than the next. In reality, under that umbrella term significant differences exist in approaches that may determine whether the technology provides genuine protection or simply a perceived notion of defense. The Rise of Fearware When the global pandemic hit, and governments began enforcing travel bans and imposing stringent restrictions, there was undoubtedly a collective sense of fear and uncertainty. As explained in this blog, cybercriminals were quick to capitalize, taking advantage of people's desire for information to send out topical emails related to COVID-19 containing malware or credential-grabbing links. These emails often spoofed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, later on, as the economic impact of the pandemic began to take hold, the Small Business Administration (SBA).