MIT Builds Robot Hand That Can 'See and Feel' Objects

Robotic hands capable of picking up objects as fragile as a crisp by "sensing" objects have been developed by researchers. The Independent reports: Two new tools built by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) offer a breakthrough in the emerging field of soft robotics -- a new generation of robots that use squishy, flexible materials rather than traditional rigid equipment." These types of soft robots often draw inspiration from living organisms and offer numerous...
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135-Year-Long Streak Is Over: Renewables Overtake Coal, But Lag Far Behind Oil and Natural Gas

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Last week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported something extraordinary. For the first time in 135 years, last year U.S. consumption of renewables surpassed consumption of coal. There are two interrelated reasons for this: The collapse of coal consumption over the past decade, which was fueled by the rise of cheaper alternatives. I have covered the reasons for coal's collapse previously. The short version is that policies to curb ca...
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: Quick but Detailed Look at the Trim Levels & Options

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is the PHEV variant of the popular SUV. Two trim levels are available along with several optional packages. Expect the Toyota RAV4 Prime in dealerships later this summer. Toyota recently shared more information about the 2021 RAV4 Prime, the RAV4’s first-ever plug-in model. Unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota bills the RAV4 Prime as a performance-minded rendition of their SUV line. Also, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime serves as a further extension of th...
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Apple Retailers Cut iPhone Prices in China for 6.18 Shopping Festival

Apple is dropping prices on the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max in China in celebration of the 6.18 shopping festival, reports CNBC. Apple has cut prices on its official store on the Alibaba-owned Tmall, and, an Apple reseller, is also offering significant discounts. This is the second time that Apple has participated in the 6.18 event.On Tmall, users can buy an ‌iPhone 11‌ 64GB model for 4,779 yuan ($669.59), down around 13% from its original 5,499 yuan sell...
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How To (Finally) Set Business Goals That You Achieve

by Corey Fradin, Founder of QuickBooost Running a business is a lot of things. Sometimes, it’s insanely fun. Other times, it’s a slog. But, you already know that. You know all about the ups and downs of operating a business. You can picture the feeling of joy you get when you finally: Make that sale Hit that certain amount of email subscribers Or get that work published The high points aren’t the problem. The low points are the ones that cause issues. It’s those periods...
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Google's 'Overpromising' Led To Stadia 'Disappointment,' Says RDR2 Publisher

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A year ago, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he was "pretty optimistic" about Google's Stadia game-streaming service. The concept of "being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world, and to do it with low latency, well that's very compelling if that can be delivered," he offered in May of 2019. Now, though, Zelnick has changed his tune a bit. In an interview given during the Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Confer...
Tags: Google, Tech, EA, Nba, Activision, Borderlands, Strauss Zelnick, Red Dead Redemption, Zelnick

Know your rights while demanding justice for George Floyd #BlackLivesMatter

Protests and violent attacks by police continue across the country today, in response to the apparent killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. The murders of David McAtee today and Tony McDade last week at the hands of law enforcement officers have further fueled Black Americans' grief and rage. The ACLU recently sent out a notice to activists “taking to the streets to express their pain, their outrage, and their demands for racial justice and an end to police vio...
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Tesla Model 3 Drives Straight Into Overturned Truck In What Seems To Be Autopilot Failure

A viral video making the rounds on social media shows a Tesla Model 3 smacking into the roof of an overturned truck trailer. The crash took place on Taiwan's National Highway 1 and appears to be "caused by the Tesla's Autopilot system not detecting the large rectangular object right in front of it, in broad daylight and clear weather," reports Jalopnik. From the report: There's video of the wreck, and you can see the Tesla drives right into the truck, with only what looks like a solitary attempt...
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Brands Without Meaning Are No Longer Essential

Retailer J. Crew announced a bankruptcy filing last month that will potentially close its nearly 200 stores and those of sister company Madewell. Problems for the company have been racking up for years: unsustainable debt, fit and quality issues, a misguided push toward higher income consumers (which alienated its core customer base) and extreme discounting. But J. Crew’s real problem is that the company doesn’t mean anything to anyone. It has no thematic reason for being. The challenge of cr...
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If You’re Not Marketing on These 3 Platforms, You’re Screwing Over Your Business

When you're running a business, you need to advertise. Here are the best online advertising platforms you need to be taking advantage of.
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Companies like Netflix, McDonald's, and Target are speaking out amid the George Floyd protests — and some are actually taking action

Protests are spreading through the US after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes. Many companies are weighing in on the protests, but not all of them have announced specific actions, donations, or internal changes. Read more to see how companies and their leaders are responding. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Protests erupted across the US after the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black m...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spotify, Cook, Instagram, Minnesota, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Youtube, Satya Nadella, Disney, US, America

Setting This Image As Wallpaper Could Soft-Brick Your Phone

Well-known leaker Universe Ice on Twitter, along with dozens of other users, have discovered that simply setting an image as wallpaper on your phone could cause it to crash and become unable to boot. Android Authority reports: Based on user reports, many models from Samsung and Google are affected, while we've also seen some reports from users of OnePlus, Nokia, and Xiaomi devices (it's not clear if these latter devices ran stock software or custom ROMs). From our own testing and looking at user...
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Twitter restricts Republican lawmaker’s Antifa tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

Twitter placed a tweet from a close political ally of the president behind a warning label Monday, citing its policy prohibiting content that promotes violence. The tweet, from Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, suggested that the U.S. government “hunt down” anti-fascist activists in the country like it would pursue international terrorists. “We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet from @mattgaetz,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch, linking its platform policy page. Tw...
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Google’s Pixel phones can now perform scheduled check-ins for your safety

Every few months, since the Pixel 4’s launch, Google has been surprising users with ‘feature drops.’ It’s that time again, with Google adding four notable improvements to its flagship devices. As noted in the headlines, the most interesting feature might be a new ‘safety check.’ Within the Pixel’s Personal Safety App (which is now available on the Pixel 3 as well as 4), you can ask your phone to check in to make sure you’re okay at a given time. This is useful if you’re walking home at night, ar...
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Mobile safety app Parachute’s new feature prevents anyone from turning off your live-streamed video

Mobile safety app Parachute is today rolling out a new feature that will prevent an unauthorized person who grabs your iPhone to stop it from recording live video, even if they attempt to turn off the phone entirely. The timely update arrives amid the nationwide George Floyd protests against police brutality and the systemic racism present in the American justice system. Bystander video of Floyd’s death triggered the demonstrations and protests, and video has continued to serve as key documentat...
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After a Breach, Users Rarely Change Their Passwords, Study Finds

Only around a third of users usually change their passwords following a data breach announcement, according to a recent study published by academics from the Carnegie Mellon University's Security and Privacy Institute (CyLab). From a report: The study, presented earlier this month at the IEEE 2020 Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection, was not based on survey data, but on actual browser traffic. Academics analyzed real-world web traffic collected with the help of the university's Securi...
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Global iPhone Sales Dropped an Estimated 8% in Q1 2020, Overall Smartphone Sales Down 20%

Apple's iPhone sales dropped eight percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to new data shared today by Gartner. Apple sold an estimated 40.92 million smartphones during the quarter, a 3.7 million drop from the 44.57 million that it sold in the first quarter of 2019. Other smartphone manufacturers saw much steeper drops in sales. Samsung's sales, for example, were down 22.7 percent, and Huawei's sales were down 27.3 percent. Xiaomi was the only smartphone manufacturer that saw a sligh...
Tags: Apple, China, Germany, Samsung, Xiaomi, Gartner, Huawei, Gartner Apple, Annette Zimmermann, Anshul Gupta, Australia Canada Italy

Get rich quick! Work from home! Earn $100,000 easy – just find a critical flaw in Apple's sign-in system

Yeah, we know 'just' is doing a lot of hard work, we're being flippant Security researcher Bhavuk Jain has landed a $100,000 payday after he reported a critical flaw in Apple’s sign-in system that could be exploited to access countless accounts on sites from Dropbox and Spotify to Airbnb.…
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Is Zoom the next Android or the next BlackBerry?

Gaurav Jain Contributor Share on Twitter Gaurav Jain is one of the founders of Afore Capital, a $124 million fund focused on pre-seed. He was also an early product manager for Android. More posts by this contributor The pre-seed diligence framework How To Be A VC Without Any Capital In business, there’s nothing so valuable as having the right product at the right time. Just ask Zoom, the hot...
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Microsoft Researchers Say NLP Bias Studies Must Consider Role of Social Hierarchies Like Racism

As the recently released GPT-3 and several recent studies demonstrate, racial bias, as well as bias based on gender, occupation, and religion, can be found in popular NLP language models. But a team of AI researchers wants the NLP bias research community to more closely examine and explore relationships between language, power, and social hierarchies like racism in their work. That's one of three major recommendations for NLP bias researchers a recent study makes. From a report: Published last w...
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Max Q: SpaceX launches astronauts to orbit

This was a HUGE week in space: SpaceX flew its first ever human spaceflight mission, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken hopping a ride on a Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. It’s a milestone for commercial spaceflight, for the U.S. space program, and for crewed exploration general. Liftoff! CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – MAY 30: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft attached takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May ...
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The coronavirus has hastened the post-human era

Mario Gabriele Contributor Share on Twitter Mario Gabriele is an investor at Charge and the editor of The Generalist. In the mid-1970s, Professor Fereidoun M. Esfandiary decided to change his name. From then on he would be legally called “FM-2030.” “Conventional names define a person’s past: ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, religion. I am not who I was ten years ago … The name 2030 reflects my conviction that the years aroun...
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Breaking: AI startup Stitch Fix to conduct massive layoffs starting this week

AI startup Stitch Fix, a company that uses algorithms and computer vision to help consumers find clothes they like, is apparently taking a bold approach to company expansion: it’s “significantly reducing” the number of employees it has so that it can hire people in other states. TNW obtained a copy of a memorandum sent to “Stylists” at the company and confirmed its veracity with independent sources familiar with the situation: According to the memo, the company is laying off stylists in two wave...
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Here's a list of the social change organization that tech companies and rich tech CEOs have vowed to support in response to George Floyd's death

The wealthy tech elite are opening their checkbooks to donate millions of dollars to organizations that they think will bring about criminal and social reform. Some of them are even vowing to match the donations of others who contribute. For those wanting to do the same, this list may act as a reference of organizations that have the endorsements of some powerful people. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the nation has risen to protest the death of George Floyd, luminarie...
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iOS 14 Again Said to Be Compatible With All iPhones Able to Run iOS 13

iOS 14 will be compatible with all iPhones and iPod touch models able to run iOS 13, according to information shared today by Israeli site The Verifier. The compatibility data was allegedly found in a leaked version of iOS 14 and confirmed by what The Verifier says is a "trusted source from the system development process." iOS 13 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later, with a full list of models below. iPhone SE (2020) iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS ...
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Apple Releases iOS 13.5.1, Patching Out the Unc0ver Jailbreak

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1 today, which the company says "provides important security updates and is recommended for all users," albeit without much detail in the change log. But as noted by Twitter account Apple Software Updates, the update is meant to patch out the kernel vulnerability used by the recent Unc0ver jailbreak. The Verge reports: Apple's support page lays things out more clearly -- the update was designed to prevent an application from being able to "execute arbitrary code with ...
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How to export contacts from Outlook to backup your contact information, or add it to other programs

To export contacts from Microsoft Outlook, you'll need to use Outlook's "Export to a file" feature. Exporting your Outlook contacts is a great way to backup your contact information, and add it to other platforms like Microsoft Excel. Once you export your contacts, Outlook will put them into a .csv file, which can be opened in other programs. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. No matter what device or service you're using, it's a good idea to backup your data ...
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China Roundup: SoftBank leads Didi’s $500M round and Meituan crosses $100B valuation

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Last week, we had a barrage of news ranging from SoftBank’s latest bet on China’s autonomous driving sector to Chinese apps making waves in the U.S. (not TikTok). China tech abroad The other Chinese apps trending in America TikTok isn’t the only app with a Chinese background that’s making waves in the U.S. A brand new short...
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Video: Tesla Slams Into Overturned Truck in Probable Autopilot Failure

A Tesla Model 3 became one with an overturned box truck in Taiwan on Monday, raising another red flag for advanced driver-assist features. Since we routinely crap upon driving aids — which never seem to work when and how you need them — we’ll keep this one under 650 words. Fortunately, our task has been made easier […] The post Video: Tesla Slams Into Overturned Truck in Probable Autopilot Failure appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Mark Zuckerberg: Now is the time for your Oversight Board

Like Mark Zuckerberg, I defend freedom of expression. Two days ago, I wrote this post about the value of hearing many voices, about history’s lessons regarding the protection of speech. But Donald Trump’s unfettered use of Facebook to sow division and encourage violence is not a matter of freedom of expression. There is no requirement that Facebook be his platform for noxious speech. This is a question of what Facebook stands for and what Mark Zuckerberg stands for. As I have asked before, wh...
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