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Apple’s expanding health lab

“Details: Parts of the lab resemble a gym, with dozens of treadmills, rowing machines and other exercise machines” reports axios.com. After a sit-down interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook for “Axios on HBO,” Axios got a tour inside the exercise lab Apple uses to make sure its watch can accurately track your workout of choice — whatever that might be. Source: axios.com Share This:

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Washing machines, dishwashers are more expensive after Trump tariffs

“The only other period when prices have risen faster was briefly in 2012, based on government records going back 20 years” writes Jeffry Bartash for marketwatch.com. Prices for major appliances have jumped 8.1% in the past 12 months, with all of the increase coming since April, according to a government index that tracks consumer prices.Before President Trump began to impose trade restrictions in the spring, the price of appliances had fallen each year since 2013. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines

“With these industrial robots, they have abilities that are how we describe superhumans” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. At the World Economic Forum in September, Gannon installed 10 industrial robot arms in a row, linking them to a single, central controller.One of my earlier projects was a large-scale installation in the Design Museum in London — a giant industrial robot arm engaged with crowds of people.Anyone who’s been up close and personal with an industrial robot will tell you that these machines have an uncanny, almost unsettling presence.This work, Manus,…

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Apple Kicks Off SSD Service Program For Certain 2017 13-Inch MacBook Pro Models, Here’s How To Register

“The program only covers those machines with 128GB and 256GB SSDs built in, with impacted machines sold between June 2017 and June 2018” writes Oliver Haslam for redmondpie.com. According to Apple, a limited number of machines sold during that time period may be susceptible to data loss or entire drive failure, something that’s never a good sign. Source: redmondpie.com Share This:

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Georgia needs election security, not more bickering

“In Georgia, this quagmire meant that as long lines formed outside polling places, voting machines remained sequestered due to a pending lawsuit about election security” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Listed by serial number, almost 700 voting machines remained locked away even as lines grew in Fulton County alone.Georgia uses only electronic voting machines that do not produce a verifiable paper trail.This legal fight and its consequences in the Atlanta suburbs, however, highlights the challenge of bolstering election security in the United States.Voting machines can be tampered with in numerous ways, willful disinformation…

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AI will match human intelligence by about 2062

“Artificial Intelligence will learn unique human traits such as adaptability, creativity and emotional intelligence by 2062, says an Australian expert” writes Chris Pash for businessinsider.com. He believes the issue is creating machines aligned with human values, which is currently a problem on other platforms driven by Artificial Intelligence.Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney, believes that there has already been a fundamental shift in the world as we know it. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Broken voting machines and long lines are under scrutiny in Georgia as the state’s hotly contested governor’s race remains undecided

“Democrat Stacey Abrams, vying to become the nation’s first female black governor, trails Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state’s chief elections official” writes Jeff Martin for businessinsider.com. “When those machines are down, it eliminates the possibility of voting with the touch screens,” said Joe Sorenson, a Gwinnett County spokesman.ATLANTA (AP) — Malfunctioning voting machines, missing power cords and hourslong lines at the polls are being scrutinized by candidates and election officials in Georgia, where the governor’s race is undecided while votes are still being tallied.It accuses Kemp…

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Americans donated more than 10,000 pizzas to voters this election

“Some lines were unnaturally long because of malfunctioning polling machines or so few machines available in certain areas” writes Alessandra Malito for marketwatch.com. Americans showed how much they cared about the elections this year, in the form of votes and pizza.Voters faced registration problems in Texas and North Carolina, while others in South Carolina said the machines flipped their votes. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Why America is using glitchy electronic voting machines

“Since states began introducing electronic voting machines and other technology in the voting process, digitizing various aspects of voting has been a boon for democracy in many ways” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. But on Tuesday, there were reports in states across the country that problems with electronic voting machines were causing massive delays.Right now, auditors are limited in the way they can evaluate electronic voting, because the machines and counting systems contain proprietary technology. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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