Apps & Software

Breathe in Data, Breathe out Poetry? This is the future of poetry. Data as the birthing ground for grand, extravagant, allegorical verses written by robots. Yes, it is. Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science will be holding three Turing Tests in Creativity that will benchmark the "humanness" of machine-generated verse, writing and, DJ sets. The competition will be held all through the next academic year and will be open to contestants around the globe. The competition hinges on British computer pioneer and cod...
In recent years, public awareness of Virtual Reality technology, has helped push journalism and entertainment to new heights. But, for the first time in the history of VR and medical technology, comes an innovative VR system that could probably change the face of the medical industry. Even with advanced imaging technology such as MRI, CT scans and ultrasounds, it’s still a tad bit difficult for doctors to get a 3-D view of a patient’s insides. EchoPixel, privately-owned company is hoping to develop medical visualization solutions u...
On the second day of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, one of its secretive research arm announced an intriguing project that hopes to create conductive fabrics that can be entwined into everyday clothing. The project called Project Jacquard, is named after French inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard who revolutionized textile manufacturing and ushered in for modern computing with Jacquard Loom. Similar to screens on mobile phones, these conductive fabrics can register the user’s touch and transmit the information somewhe...
We spend a lot of time staring into an abyss, waiting for the person on the other end to IM. Don't we? Well, a group a researchers at MIT are tinkering away to make that inefficacious time more productive for us. A team of PhD students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created an app, WaitChatter that basically teaches you a foreign language in that standby time when you wait for IMs from your friends. WaitChatter teaches you basic words in foreign languages like Spanish and French while you w...
Ransomware can be a pain in the butt. The deceitful vex of a program accuses you of cheese pizza (=child pornography), pedophilia, zoophilia or sending out bulk spam. It is thought to infiltrate your computer when you click on a legitimate-looking attachment or read any junk email or through existing malware creeping around in your hard drive, and once it’s let loose, it straightaway encrypts all your files, and locks you out until you pay an astronomical sum in ransom. A dark web hacker has embraced the crowdsourced approach to ge...
About a year ago, Facebook noticed a massive, one-of-a-kind botnet-powered malware slinging campaign that used various social networking services to push malicious software onto the machines of as many users as possible. The flagship social networking site couldn’t stop it then, without help from Pinterest, Tumblr and others. The botnet-powered malware used jagged web properties to host content or propagate or simply to obscure the nature of the attack. Fast forward a year, andFacebook has partnered with Bitly, Dropbox, Pinteres...
For more than a decade, Reddit, the hugely successful social content aggregation site, has been known for its freewheeling slant on letting its users govern themselves. It has resulted in a spate of user-generated content, of all kinds, attracting nearly 160 million regular users to the site. Now, Reddit is upping its privacy game in a bid to crack down on sexual content following the posting of private-nude photos of many celebrities on the site last year. The company announced that it is changing its privacy policy that bans user...
A team of Google researchers recently unwrapped the first computer program capable of learning largely impressive tasks independently, in what can be contemplated as a radical accomplishment in the field of artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence system spends all of its time playing dozens of Atari videos games from the 80s like a crazy teenager. GAME-PLAYING ALGORITHM OUTPLAYS HUMANS AT ATARI GAMES The research project carried out by DeepMind Technologies, the British startup that Google acquired last year for $400...
Microsoft Corporation has outlined a few developer-friendly changes to the Windows Store ahead of the much anticipated Windows 10 launch in 2015. According to Todd Brix, the general manager of Windows Apps and Store, currently the tech goliath is trying to make it simpler for developers to monetize their apps once the highly anticipated Windows 10 OS released in 2015. In spite of tailing Google Play and Apple’s App Store in the app count as well as popularity, Microsoft’s Windows Store failed to bring in any passive revenue. Pre...
Ever since DIY robotics went mainstream, we come across geeky booze aficionados who build robotic bartenders to help them fix the perfect cocktail drinks. We’ve seen a dozen such cases previously, ranging from uncontrollably expound bots that fill an entire room, to tiny ones that pleasantly fit on your countertop and with each passing month, it looks like it’s going to be more than a growing fad. The most recent addition to the big family of robotic bartenders is Somadar. A lot of times, news of such booze-dispensing bots isn’t note...