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Samsung’s triple-camera Galaxy A7 phone is now official – Mashable

Mashable Samsung's triple-camera Galaxy A7 phone is now official Mashable It's got a 6-inch, 2,220x1,080 Super AMOLED screen, an unnamed octa-core processor (which will differ by market and mobile operator), 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage (again, depending on market and operator), a 3,300mAh battery and Android 8.0 ... and more »

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‘Jackrabbot 2’ takes to the sidewalks to learn how humans navigate politely

Autonomous vehicles and robots have to know how to get from A to B without hitting obstacles or pedestrians — but how can they do so politely and without disturbing nearby humans? That’s what Stanford’s Jackrabbot project aims to learn, and now a redesigned robot will be cruising campus learning the subtleties of humans negotiating one another’s personal space. “There are many behaviors that we humans subconsciously follow – when I’m walking through crowds, I maintain personal distance or, if I’m talking with you, someone wouldn’t go between us and interrupt,” said grad student Ashwini Pokle in a Stanford News release. “We’re working on these deep learning algorithms so that the robot can adapt these behaviors and be more polite to people.” Of course there are practical applications pertaining to last mile problems and robotic delivery as well. What do you do if someone stops in front of you? What if there’s a group running up behind? Experience is the best teacher, as usual. The first robot was put to work in 2016 , and has been hard at work building a model of how humans (well, mostly undergrads) walk around safely, avoiding one another while taking efficient paths, and signal what they’re doing the whole time. But technology has advanced so quickly that a new iteration was called for . The JackRabbot project team with JackRabbot 2 (from left to right): Patrick Goebel, Noriaki Hirose, Tin Tin Wisniewski, Amir Sadeghian, Alan Federman, Silivo Savarese, Roberto Martín-Martín, Pin Pin Tea-mangkornpan and Ashwini Pokle The new robot has a vastly improved sensor suite compared to its predecessor: two Velodyne lidar units giving 360 degree coverage, plus a set of stereo cameras making up its neck that give it another depth-sensing 360 degree view. The cameras and sensors on its head can also be pointed wherever needed, of course, just like ours. All this imagery is collated by a pair of new GPUs in its base/body. Amir Sadeghian, one of the researchers, said this makes Jackrabbot 2 “one of the most powerful robots of its size that has ever been built.” This will allow the robot to sense human motion with a much greater degree of precision than before, and also operate more safely.

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Best deals for Sept. 19: Save on Apple MacBook Air and iPad, Nintendo Switch games, NutriBullet, Amazon Echo … – Mashable

Mashable Best deals for Sept. 19: Save on Apple MacBook Air and iPad , Nintendo Switch games, NutriBullet, Amazon Echo ... Mashable Hump day deals are coming in hot. We've rounded up the best deals from across the internet on laptops and kitchen gear. We also gathered deals on Amazon video streaming and home security devices, Udemy online classes, and discounts and sales you ...

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Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson … – Mashable

Mashable Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson ... Mashable Jimmy Fallon dragged out live music looping app Loopy to create a doo-wop iPad masterpiece with powerhouse singers Queen Latifah and Kelly Clarkson. YouTube HTML5 Video Player YouTube Jimmy, Kelly Clarkson and Queen Latifah Create a Doo-Wop Song on an iPad YouTube Kelly Clarkson Talk Show Picked Up by NBC Stations Variety all 92 news articles »

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Solving the mystery of sleep

Alice Lloyd George Contributor Alice Lloyd George is an investor at RRE Ventures and the host of Flux , a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology. More posts by this contributor A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!” Using drones to build the ambulance fleet of the future Below are excerpts from the most recent episode of the Flux podcast hosted by RRE Ventures principal Alice Lloyd George.  AMLG: Welcome back to the pod. I’m excited to be here with  Dr. Assaf Glazer . He is the co-founder and CEO of  Nanit  a leading human analytics company that uses computer vision to help parents navigate their child’s sleep. Essentially it’s a baby data collector that every sleep-deprived geek parent has dreamed of. A little background on Assaf: He got his Ph.D. at the Technion in Israel and was previously at Applied Materials as well as Wales where he worked on solutions for missile defense systems. Nanit was born here in New York at Cornell Tech disclosure — RRE is a long-standing investor in the company. Welcome Assaf it’s great to have you.  AG: Thank you for having me. AMLG: I’ve got a stat here, that on average parents lose 44 days of sleep during the first year of their baby’s life and nearly 3 in 10 babies have problems sleeping at night. Those numbers sum up the nature of what you’re trying to solve, but can you lay out how you identified this problem and started the company? AG: It started for me as a parent.

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There’s no going back now: YouTube fully commits to vertical video with new ad format – Mashable

Mashable There's no going back now: YouTube fully commits to vertical video with new ad format Mashable According to the company, “more than 70 percent of YouTube watch time happens on mobile devices” and because of that YouTube acknowledges “it's important to adapt to their viewing behaviors.” Companies and brands will now have the option to upload ... and more »

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