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Flowers for Siri: what made Apple’s AI so stupid?

Siri was once lauded as an application that could learn from others, not unlike IBM’s supercomputer Watson, which drew its wide base of knowledge from all corners of the web. But just what has she been learning from us? IBM’s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer eventually had to have Urban Dictionary scrubbed from its memory to keep it from responding to questions with foul language. Is this what happened to poor Siri? Did she finally stumble across one too many shock videos on ebaumsworld, and decide to give herself an overzealous memory wipe?

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When you think of 3D Video, you may recall days of paying for extra-expensive movie tickets and wearing uncomfortable plastic glasses for hours on end, only to have the movie you’re seeing make use of the 3D technology for one gimmick and never again. I share your frustration there. But luckily, there’s about to be another show in town. 3D Video capability is rapidly being introduced to smartphones and other devices so that we may soon be seeing ultra-realistic YouTube videos and Vines in all three dimensions, or even R2D2 style 3D projections!

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Tesla Motors is a company known for its willingness to take on huge, seemingly impossible projects, and turn them into amazing products, all without compromising the original idea. This is evident in their range of fully electric cars, nationwide charging stations, and home solar batteries. Could they also be a name soon synonymous with smartphones? A smartphone designed and built top-down by Tesla Motors, with the full strength of their expert team and incredible innovation behind it?

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BBC ignites wave of young smartphone programmers

It’s no secret that much of today’s world is built around computers. There are tons of jobs that require extensive knowledge of them, meaning there is job security in being current and proficient in computer programming. Because of this, the BBC has taken a bold and innovative step to promote computer education for British youth. They are sending minicomputers to each student in the UK enrolled in years 7 and 8. This could represent a huge change in how the next generation will be able to use and understand computer programming.

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With manufacturing and technology costs for drones becoming lower and lower, Consumer drones are quickly becoming a top trend this year. A company called xCraft is now looking to make that dream a reality for more and more consumers with the literal launch of their affordable quadcopter, dubbed the PhoneDrone. And they’ve done so in an innovative way that tends to elicit one of two reactions: “that’s amazing!” or, “that’s really, really dumb.”

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Everything you need to know about caring for your iPhone

You know those first few days after you receive a brand new iPhone, when you're so careful with it, for fear of it breaking, that you barely want to touch it? Then, a few days later, you are throwing it to the bottom of you bag without a care in the world? We all do it, every single time. However, while you don’t want to wrap it up in cotton wool, you must take steps to care for your phone in order to keep it in good condition and looking as good as new for as long as possible. 

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For the past couple years, there has been talk of flexible smartphones being right around the corner, but we haven’t really seen it happen yet. There have been small steps in that direction, and in the past, manufacturers have claimed that it is coming soon, but it seems that the technology involved to make a bendable phone may be just slightly out of reach. How long will we be waiting for these phones to become available, really?

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Text treatment in TV and film

If you’ve ever watched any television show or movie set after the year 2000, there’s a good chance there is a depiction of two characters texting each other. While this activity is something casual and second nature to us in 2016, there is a reason why texting may also be conspicuously absent from lower-budget TV shows or ones with less experienced directors and graphics departments.

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No more car keys? New Volvo runs from your smartphone

If you buy a new car in the next few years, you may find yourself missing something important: the keys. The 2017 Volvo S90, nearing production, is incorporating new technology to make the owner's smartphone their primary car key. Volvo has even said that they’d eventually like to eliminate car keys entirely, replacing them with more high-tech keyless entry systems. This is likely the first step in a long line of alternative access technologies based on your smartphone. At this point, one has to wonder... is there anything your smartphone can’t do?

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Internet access may be considered a basic human right, but, according to the BBC, catching up on Sherlock is not. Mobile device users in the United Kingdom may soon be required to pay the same license fees as TV owners in order to access live streaming service from a number of different sources - most notably, the BBC.
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