Over the past week there have been some weird and wonderful happenings
in the tech world, including Apple buying out an AI company, a CES stall being
raided by US marshals, and reassurance from the Planetary Defence
Coordination Office that they will do everything they can to prevent Earth being
hit by an asteroid. Here’s what’s hot in tech 11/1/2016:
Apple has bought out artificial
Emotient, a company that uses AI to read human emotions by analysing facial expression and detecting emotions, has now been bought out by Apple. The AI gathers detailed data on emotions, and can provide businesses with ‘Emotient KPIs’ in engagement, attention and sentiment, which can enable businesses using the technology to better understand
emotional connection and attention on their advertising and products.
The technology can also be used in large crowds to identify who is looking at
advertising, as well as detect the race, age and gender of who is looking.
Read more on the acquisition here.
Virtual Reality to be the 2016
Virtual reality headsets have been slowly getting more and more recognition, and 2016 is tipped to be the year of it’s breakthrough. Sony, Facebook and HTC are betting on VR becoming the next big thing in entertainment, taking the world by storm. Oculus, the VR company bought out by Facebook in 2014, has announced that Oculus Rift, its first headset, will be released in March.
More on this story can be found here.
Hoverboards raided by US
marshals at CES
The biggest expo in the world, CES, had more than one controversy this year, with the major one being a Chinese hoverboard maker’s stand being raided by police over a patent dispute. The hoverboard infringes on a patent secured by an American company called Future Motion, where the board has one wheel in the middle rather than a wheel either end, like the
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UK draft surveillance bill
worries big tech companies
Tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have contacted UK Parliament over worries concerning the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The tech firms are concerned over the phrasing of proposals on encryption, bulk collection of data and openness. The bill, which hasn’t been passed yet, would change rules on how authorities access people’s
Read more here.
Internet Explorer support to end for versions 8,9 and 10
Microsoft has announced that support for all versions of IE except version 11 will no longer receive support. A notification will pop up on 12th January 2016 urging people to upgrade to the latest version of the browser, but if users don’t upgrade they will be at risk of malware and other security threats.
For more information on this story and the upgrade, click here.
End of the Earth by asteroid
less likely than ever before
The Planetary Defence Coordination Office (PCDO) will work with both Nasa and government agencies to protect Earth in case of asteroid or Near Earth Object threat. Nasa’s planetary defence goals include developing technology for deflecting or redirecting objects on an impact course with Earth. If such defence was impossible, Nasa will provide advice and expertise to government agencies in order to develop emergency response to both impact and aftermath. Lindley Johnson, lead program executive for the PCDO said: “The formal establishment of the Planetary Defence Coordination Office makes it evident that the agency is committed to perform
a leadership role in national and international efforts for detection of these
natural impact hazards, and to be engaged in planning if there is a need
for planetary defence.”
Find out more here.
[Oculus image from: Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock]