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111111Humans aren’t the only animals who benefit from technology, and the emerging field of animal-computer interactions (ACI) seeks to understand how animals interact with human-made technology in order to adapt tools to animals’ innate characteristics. Devices as varied as touchscreen computers for apes and self-milking machines for cows, for example, have allowed animals to perform complex tasks themselves, proving they are intelligent enough to adapt to new tools. Although animals are the end-users of devices, their needs and limitations are often not taken into account in the design process.Researchers typically focus on designing systems first and seeing how the animals like them after the fact. ACI seeks to turn this practice on its head.

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ACI posits animals as both technology users and developers. Researchers are redefining the role animals play as they develop technology for them, measuring their responsiveness and behavior during the process of creating new tools. Clara Mancini, senior lecturer in Interaction Design and head of the Animal-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the Open

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Humans learn to very quickly identify complex objects and variations of them. We generally 0000000recognize an "A" no matter what the font, texture or background, for example, or the face of a coworker even if she puts on a hat or changes her hairstyle. We also can identify an object when just a portion is visible, such as the corner of a bed or the hinge of a door. But how? Are there simple techniques that humans use across diverse tasks? And can such techniques be computationally replicated to improve computer vision, machine learning or robotic performance?

Researchers at Georgia Tech discovered that humans can categorize data using less than 1 percent of the original information, and validated an algorithm to explain human learning -- a method that also can be used for machine learning, data analysis and computer vision.

"How do we make sense of so much data around us, of so many different types, so quickly and robustly?" said Santosh Vempala, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology and one of

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iipThe combination of human and computer intelligence might be just what we need to solve the "wicked" problems of the world, such as climate change and geopolitical conflict, say researchers from the Human Computation Institute (HCI) and Cornell University.In an article published in the journal Science, the authors present a new vision of human computation (the science of crowd-powered systems), which pushes beyond traditional limits, and takes on hard problems that until recently have remained out of reach.Humans surpass machines at many things, ranging from simple pattern recognition to creative abstraction. With the help of computers, these cognitive abilities can be effectively combined into multidimensional collaborative networks that achieve what traditional problem-solving cannot.Most of today's human computation systems rely on sending bite-sized 'micro-tasks' to many individuals and then stitching together the results. For example, 165,000 volunteers in EyeWire have analyzed thousands of images online to help build the world's most complete map of human retinal neurons.This microtasking approach alone cannot address the tough challenges we face today, say the authors. A radically new approach is needed to solve "wicked problems" -- those that involve

Today, the smartphone has become so ordinary subject that is difficult to find a person who does not possess this irreplaceable gadget, except, perhaps, the elderly people who find it difficult to deals with all the functions. There is myriad of smartphones on the market ranging from cheap entry-level Android-devices to expensive premium gadgets from Apple and Samsung. Mobile phones have come a long way from the device to make and receive calls, as well as working with text messaging to really clever gadgets - smartphones. Today, they are repositories of important personal and even financial information. And this information needs reliable protection.
In the future, you will have to trust more and more personal and financial data to your smartphones and the chances are that you will be able to purchase goods or pay for the services with your Samsung Galaxy or HTC, that is why protection of data from your bank cards, which will be stored on your smartphone will be, more relevant than ever.

Until recently we relied on passwords, keys or graphical PIN-codes in order to protect the mobile devices against unauthorized access. Although these security measures seem pretty reliable in the current conditions,

Industrial monitors more popularly known as rugged monitors have to go through a large number of challenges before being classified as durable and trustworthy enough to be used in industrial applications. Challenges in this scenario can also be termed as critical features, referring to each and every component of the monitor, comprising the external housing, all internal parts, and the pivotal point, the monitor's screen.

Random vibrations produced by nearby operational devices or vehicular traffic and shocks caused as a result of unanticipated, impulsive motional changes can be fatal. To be more precise, unrelenting, incessant, vibrations experienced by products installed inside industrial applications could be extremely lethal. As rugged monitors could be employed in various different scenarios, that includes off-shore oil drilling, in sea-vessels, and other maritime applications, automobiles, railways, manufacturing plants, power grids, amongst a host of others, you need to ascertain that in addition to designing, your manufacturer has also tested your monitors – for vibrations as well as for shocks.

Another serious challenge faced by rugged monitors is their exposure to various sources of water. These sources may include: sea water, rain, or various other kinds of

Also referred to as the Digital Parent Mobile, the Spy Mobile App has become a norm of these modern days. With the kids' increasingly becoming tech savvy, it is becoming quite tedious to keep an eye on their activities. Many of us wouldn't mind protecting our kids when it comes to blocking unsuitable websites, limiting cyber bullying and controlling our kids to computer usage. Well, there are countless software available and the most prominent one is Cell Phone Tracking App. This app basically help the parents to keep an eye on the activities of their kids and keep them protected against the challenges of Cyber world, which can prove to be quite vicious.

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Using Cell Phone Tracking App, parents can not only track SMS, calls and mails but can also find out the exact location of their kid using a smart phone or a computer. Many times, companies also make use of this App to keep a tab on the movement of their executives. In lieu of cut throat competition, where dog eat dog world is a fairly common scenario, the management is left with no

It is time for you to kick start your business with carpooling service, and enjoys some lucrative earnings, in return. Once you have taken help of these carpooling services, you do not have to look further for another secondary mode of earning livelihood. Create a seamless communication between riders and drivers, and earn a commission for every single ride made. You have to register your bank account number with the website, and the amount is transferred over there, at the end of every shift. The procedure is simple, and you do not have to visit any spot physically.

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Most of the carpooling scripts are a clone of original carpooling websites. Therefore, most of these products are always available at great rates, and with features, which are already inbuilt in nature. Now, you might want to make some changes, which, according to you, will help you to earn some lucrative bucks. Some of the reliable carpooling scripts have the liberty to provide their users with customized services. It means they can change the template and theme, along with other measures of a carpooling script.

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With the digital world witnessing exciting and enthralling changes and nearly every industry across the world adopting these eye-opening changes with open arms…it comes as no big surprise that even the military is becoming an integral part of this new change by stepping into the digital age. Nearly everyone across the globe relies on some kind of electronic gadget these days, with computers being the main device, the military also joined the same race as it depends a lot on rugged computers. Rugged PCs have been specially designed by technicians to serve the needs of armed men stationed at borders or at critical locales and wanting to communicate critical information.

Engineered specifically for military needs as mentioned earlier…these rugged systems continue to operate even in the gravest of grave situations. They can withstand callous environmental conditions like torrential rains, dust storms, acute temperatures, brawny vibrations, RFI (radio-frequency interference) radiations, shocks, power shortages, amongst a host of others. These PCs are wholly sealed, which means that dust, dirt, and water cannot make their way into these computers. Besides this, usage of metals like magnesium and aluminum increase the resistivity of the hardware used in these computers

The first purely silicon oxide-based 'Resistive RAM' memory chip that can operate in ambient conditions -- opening up the possibility of new super-fast memory -- has been developed by researchers at UCL.

Resistive RAM (or 'ReRAM') memory chips are based on materials, most often oxides of metals, whose electrical resistance changes when a voltage is applied -- and they "remember" this change even when the power is turned off.

ReRAM chips promise significantly greater memory storage than current technology, such as the Flash memory used on USB sticks, and require much less energy and space.

The UCL team have developed a novel structure composed of silicon oxide, described in a recent paper in the Journal of Applied Physics, which performs the switch in resistance much more efficiently than has been previously achieved. In their material, the arrangement of the silicon atoms changes to form filaments of silicon within the solid silicon oxide, which are less resistive. The presence or absence of these filaments represents a 'switch' from one state to another.

Unlike other silicon oxide chips currently in development, the UCL chip does not require a vacuum to work, and is

How is it possible to create computer memory that is both faster and consumes less energy? Researchers at the Institut d'électronique fondamentale (CNRS/Université Paris-Sud) and CEA-List have unlocked the physical mechanisms involved in new-generation magnetic memory, and have shown that these mechanisms could be used as "synapses" in a new type of neuro-inspired system, able to learn how to store and retrieve information.

Today there are two main categories of computer memory, without which our computers would not be able to store and retrieve information. Volatile memory can process a large amount of data in a short period of time, but it is dependent on continuous electrical power to retain the information it has recorded. On the contrary, non-volatile memory, such as USB keys or CDs, are not dependent on a source of electricity, but they are much slower. An alternative is being developed: magnetic memory (STT-MRAM), which combines processing speed and energy independence, and stores information as a magnetic orientation rather than as an electric charge.

One of the main problems of this new technology is its high energy cost. To program magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ), the basic nanocomponents of magnetic memory,

The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers. The discovery opens doors to the creation of biological supercomputers that are about the size of a book.  That is what an international team of researchers led by Prof. Nicolau, the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, believe. They've published an article on the subject earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), in which they describe a model of a biological computer that they have created that is able to process information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic super computers do.

Except that the model bio supercomputer they have created is a whole lot smaller than current supercomputers, uses much less energy, and uses proteins present in all living cells to function.

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"We've managed to create a very complex network in a very small area," says Dan Nicolau, Sr. with a laugh. He began working on the idea with his son, Dan Jr.,

What are the prime factors, or multipliers, for the number 15? Most grade school students know the answer -- 3 and 5 -- by memory. A larger number, such as 91, may take some pen and paper. An even larger number, say with 232 digits, can (and has) taken scientists two years to factor, using hundreds of classical computers operating in parallel.

Because factoring large numbers is so devilishly hard, this "factoring problem" is the basis for many encryption schemes for protecting credit cards, state secrets, and other confidential data. It's thought that a single quantum computer may easily crack this problem, by using hundreds of atoms, essentially in parallel, to quickly factor huge numbers.

In 1994, Peter Shor, the Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT, came up with a quantum algorithm that calculates the prime factors of a large number, vastly more efficiently than a classical computer. However, the algorithm's success depends on a computer with a large number of quantum bits. While others have attempted to implement Shor's algorithm in various quantum systems, none have been able to do so with more than a few quantum bits, in a scalable

President Obama wants kids to learn to code. So much so, he's pledged billions of dollars to teach them.

"Now we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy," he said in his radio address on Jan. 30.

And adults are looking to learn, too. Coding academies, or "boot camps," are cropping up across the country, promising to teach students to code in a few months or even a few weeks.

But computers are not just about coding. There's also a lot of theory — and science — behind technology. And those theoretical concepts form the basis of much of computer science education in colleges and universities.

Lisa Singh, an associate professor at Georgetown University, stands behind that theoretical approach.

"We now need to train everybody to understand the basics of computer science," she says, "and I don't equate it to just coding. I equate it to principles of thinking."

There are ways of approaching problems, for example, or of structuring data, that help students program more effectively and more thoughtfully.

If coding boot camps may downplay

The Fellowes Powershred 99Ms Micro-Cut Shredder ($499.99) is a good choice for accountants, attorneys, and other professionals who need to destroy sensitive documents. This micro-cut shredder, designed for use in a small office by up to three people, cuts paper into much smaller pieces than even the best cross-cut shredders that we've seen. If you don't need the 99Ms' level of security, for $170 less you can get the Editors' Choice Fellowes AutoMax 130C Auto Feed Shredder, which can chew through large stacks of documents unattended.

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The 99Ms is a large and tall shredder, measuring 25.2 by 17.4 by 11.2 inches (HWD), and it stands on four casters. Its layout is somewhat unusual in that the 9-inch-wide feed slot on top of the shredder is perpendicular to the door of the paper basket, running straight back. The only shredder with a similar configuration that we've tested is the Swingline EX14-06 Super Cross-Cut Jam Free Shredder . Paper inserted in the 99Ms' paper slot ends up in its good-size 9-gallon pull-out bin.The 99Ms is a micro-cut shredder, cutting paper into shreds shorter and narrower than cross-cut shredders. I measured the shreds at about 0.088 by 0.5 inches. Its ability

For many technologies, the time to die will be 2016.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be people still using the deceased technologies. After all, at least one company is still using an Apple IIe for accounting.

But these dying technologies are so far gone they’re not going to matter to most users and companies. For example, while Windows XP is still used by a handful of businesses and by 11% of users, according to NetMarketShare’s count, no one thinks of XP except as a slowly dying, zombie operating system. And, considering how insecure Windows XP is these days, many of those XP PCs probably really are malware zombies.

So what’s going to the chopping block in 2016?

Well, a lot of once-popular gadgets are on their way out. Remember when digital music players were all the rage? All that’s really left of that is Apple’s iPod. The iPod has been declining for a while now. Some people hoped that Apple Music could relaunch the iPod, but that’s not happening. The future of music in your pocket belongs to smartphones.

Speaking of smartphones, I don’t see BlackBerry staying alive for another year. The latest model, the BlackBerry Priv, hasn’t found much love. It was fun for

In a recent article, we explored the multi-core efficiency of Solidworks 2016 to determine the type of CPU (either one with a high core count or a high frequency) Solidworks works best with. Our overall conclusion was that a quad core CPU with a high operating frequency will actually give you the best overall performance for almost every task in Solidworks. However, the one exception to this rule is rendering where the efficiency is high enough that a high CPU core count can result in huge gains in performance. The problem is that higher core count CPUs tend to have lower operating frequencies so you would be giving up performance for every other Solidworks task in order to improve your render times. Luckily, there are a few options available to let you have the best overall performance in Solidworks as well as reducing the time it takes to render images. The easiest option is simply to have a second dedicated machine that is optimized for rendering. In fact, this is exactly what our Rendering Optimized Recommended System for Solidworks machine is designed for. It has relatively poor performance for other Solidworks tasks, but it is as good as you can get (short of a Quad Xeon system) for rendering from a

Security professionals are increasingly acknowledging an uncomfortable truth: No network is secure from a sufficiently skilled and determined attacker. So while every effort should be made to prevent intruders getting on to the corporate network, it's important that you can quickly spot an intrusion and minimize the damage that can result.

Anton Chuvakin, a security expert at Gartner, points out that if hackers are made to work hard to find what they are after, intrusion prevention and detection systems have a far greater chance of spotting them before they can do too much damage.

"What companies need to be doing is switching away from trying to prevent hackers from getting in to their networks," Dr Chuvakin said. "Thinking about how they can slow hackers down so they can catch them is much more sensible. If hackers steal your encrypted data but then have to spend three days searching for your encryption keys, then you have a much better chance of detecting them."

Breach prevention involves measures such as firewalls, intrusion prevention and detection systems (IPDS) and anti-virus software. Intrusion prevention and detection systems may include anomaly detection, log monitoring and even non-traditional approaches, such monitoring

A real-life U.S. version of “Q Branch” from the James Bond films has greater ambitions than creating personal spy gadgets such as exploding watches or weaponized Aston Martins. It’s betting on an IBM team to develop the first logical qubits as crucial building blocks for universal quantum computers capable of outperforming today’s classical computersMost quantum computing efforts have focused on building ever-larger arrays of quantum bits, called qubits, made from physical components such as superconducting loops of metal or charged atoms trapped within magnetic fields. Qubits can harness the weird power of quantum physics to exist in two states simultaneously and influence distant qubits through quantum entanglement, but the challenge comes from maintaining fragile quantum states long enough to perform computer calculations. As a next step, the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has given IBM a five-year research grant to assemble physical qubits into a single logical qubit that lasts long enough to perform complex computer operations.“The idea is that the encoded logical qubit would last longer than individual physical qubits, so it could be part of a computation in a larger universal quantum computer,” says Jerry Chow, manager of experimental quantum computing at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.A universal quantum

Intel is gearing up for what it sees as the biggest revolution since the introduction of USB. In June, the company finalized the development of Thunderbolt 3, a new chip, protocol, and physical connection that Intel hopes will replace all the existing cables we use to connect peripheral devices and allow us to go beyond with some new applications.Shortly thereafter, we had a chance to sit down with Shahaf Kieselstein, Intel’s general manager for the client connectivity division (and vice president of the client computing group), who headed the development of Thunderbolt 3.Thunderbolt has been in development at Intel Labs for more than five years and has its origins in the Light Peak project, which was developed by Intel with Apple. As the project moved from the lab to the market, the initial optical fiber of Light Peak gave way to the more traditional copper wiring in the first-generation Thunderbolt, which hit the market back in 2011.According to Kieselstein, the vision behind Thunderbolt 3 was to create one cable that allows users to connect every type of peripheral to their computers, and to do so with as much bandwidth but as little cabling as possible. More specifically, what the

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A new computer model can now mimic the human ability to learn new concepts from a single example instead of the hundreds or thousands of examples it takes other machine learning techniques, researchers say.The new model learned how to write invented symbols from the animated show Futurama as well as dozens of alphabets from across the world. It also showed it could invent symbols of its own in the style of a given language.The researchers suggest their model could also learn other kinds of concepts, such as speech and gestures.Although scientists have made great advances in machine learning in recent years, people remain much better at learning new concepts than machines.a"People can learn new concepts extremely quickly, from very little data, often from only one or a few examples. You show even a young child a horse, a school bus, a skateboard, and they can get it from one example," says study co-author Joshua Tenenbaum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In contrast, "standard algorithms in machine learning require tens, hundreds or even thousands of examples to perform similarly."To shorten machine learning, researchers sought to develop a model that better mimicked human learning, which makes generalizations from very

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If we look few decades back, it was almost impossible to think of working with a computer without any proficiency of knowledge about it. Gradually, the developers made it simple by making use of a graphical operating system. Now, it is simpler yet by the invention of Raspberry Pi, it has been developed by a charity called Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is not more than the size of a credit card. The feature which makes it genuinely special is its ‘ease of use’, especially for the beginners. Another important factor is its price, which is either $25 or $35, depending upon the version. The price is good news for them who can’t afford to buy a usual desktop.These days computers are important, as these have become important means for communicating, be it for business purpose or some personal need. We could assure you that Raspberry Pi fulfills the basic needs of all classes of people. However, you need to understand one thing clearly, from the moment you take the circuit out of the package, do not expect things to happen automatically. If you do not know how to work with Raspberry Pi, land up on Raspberry Pi’s website

Here are five windows operations that you can use on some occasions with windows or associated software.

1 – Open new links in brand new tabs on Windows Internet Explorer

If your mouse has three buttons – then use the middle one to open new tabs. Hover the mouse pointer over the link and press the mouse wheel to open up new tabs.  All you need to do is place the mouse pointer over a link and then press down on the middle mouse button (the mouse wheel).The middle mouse button is able to roll forward or back, however, it is also able to be pressed down and clicked just like a button.  If you do this on a link then it will open up that link in a new tab.  This is a lot quicker than pressing right-click and clicking on “open in a new tab.”  It is an easier way to research certain items by simply clicking in order to open new tabs.If you are feeling the super lazy you can hold CTRL and press Tab to scroll through your tabbed windows – or you can even hold Alt and press Tab to see

Tablet devices are not cheap. Even the good starter models are going to cost you over $150. So you have a moral obligation to make sure that you pick one that going to be right for you. It is in your best interest to purchase a tablet device that is going to have a clear return on investment for you in particular. The tablet must provide you with both a short term and long-term use. You must ensure that the return on your investment is more than just having another gadget to fill your drawers at home. This article has seven tips that will help you to pick the right tablet device for you. It features tips that are less about technical specifications, and more about real-world issues revolving around usability, usefulness and practicality.

1 – The feel, shape and grip of the device

This should be the most obvious factor when you are choosing a hand held device, specifically because it is a “Hand held device,” which indicates that it is going to spend a lot of time in your hand.Why should the feel of the device affect how easy the tablet is to hold?