Research


StarCraft 2 Being Used to Accelerate AI Research StarCraft 2 Being Used to Accelerate AI Research
- August 11, 2017

The company said new breakthroughs in machine learning would be required for its software agents to master the game.Just how close DeepMind may be to such breakthroughs, the blog post didn't reveal. To succeed, a player needs to have a good memory, prioritize among tasks, and plan under conditions of uncertainty. Even StarCraft's action space presents a challenge with a choice of more than 300 basic actions that can be taken. (more...)
2016 confirmed as hottest year on record 2016 confirmed as hottest year on record
- August 11, 2017

Temperatures , the rise of the oceans and the greenhouse gas emissions have reached unprecedented levels in 2016, a new dark year for the climate, shows Thursday an global study of reference. Record high annual temperatures swept Mexico and India. As to the overall temperature on the oceans it has been higher (+0.1 degree Celsius) than the trend from 1950 to 2016, the report says. (more...)
IPhone 8, 7S, 7S Plus Launching In 3 Different Colors This September IPhone 8, 7S, 7S Plus Launching In 3 Different Colors This September
- August 10, 2017

While the name and precise release date of the next big change to the Apple's iPhone , dubbed the D22 iPhone , is unknown the leaked software for Apple's upcoming HomePod smart speaker has already revealed what the phone will look like, that it will have face recognition and other details. (more...)
Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economy Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economy
- August 11, 2017

The new pickup powered by the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for a 22-mpg combined rating, making it best-in-class for fuel economy. The 4×4 does slightly worse, with 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The 3.3-liter V6 engine that will be returning about 19mpg in the city and 2mpg on the highway. (more...)
London & LA Teams Added to Growing Professional League London & LA Teams Added to Growing Professional League
- August 10, 2017

In July, we welcomed the first seven teams into the Overwatch League ™ - Boston, Los Angeles , Miami-Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai - and we told you that we would be announcing more teams in the future. According to earlier reports, Blizzard has set the franchise fee for the Overwatch League as high as $20 million. From August 1 until October 30, teams can sign Overwatch players to a contract that guarantees a minimum of $50,000 per year and 50% of all team ... (more...)
Uber Executive Ryan Graves to Step Down in Management Shakeup Uber Executive Ryan Graves to Step Down in Management Shakeup
- August 10, 2017

After Kalanick founded Uber with Garrett Camp in 2009, they brought on Graves as the first employee. He served as CEO briefly in 2010 before being replaced by Kalanick. Graves steps down from the executive team as the company is still searching for a chief executive, after former CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down. He announced his departure in an email sent to the company. (more...)
BMW Unveils Concepts at Monterey Car Week BMW Unveils Concepts at Monterey Car Week
- August 10, 2017

Mercedes has officially teased a new concept auto days after a tip off from the firm's design boss Gordon Wagener, who hinted that we'd see a new design concept "pretty soon". The video shows a long, flowing hood and interior design that are definitely closely related to the stretched 2016 concept, so a deep-blue Maybach 6 Cabriolet seems likely. (more...)
China tests hack-proof quantum satellite communications China tests hack-proof quantum satellite communications
- August 10, 2017

The form of key distribution (think of it as a unique random password only known to the sender and receiver) has been branded "hack-proof", because any tampering would be noticed due to the fact it permanently disturbs the communication. when the spacecraft is in Earth's shadow. QUESS , also dubbed Micius after an ancient Chinese philosopher, is a proof-of-concept project, which demonstrated that quantum communication is possible over a distance of over a thousand kilometers. (more...)
New 13 Million-Year-Old Infant Skull Sheds Light on Ape Ancestry New 13 Million-Year-Old Infant Skull Sheds Light on Ape Ancestry
- August 10, 2017

The location of the extraordinary fossil find, said the team, supported the idea that the ape-human ancestor lived in Africa and not in Asia as some have speculated. "This complete skull - it is now forever going to be a touchstone for all future studies in primate evolution and growth and development in the apes , so it's fantastic in that way". (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date revealed in new leak Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date revealed in new leak
- August 10, 2017

Apparently a standard Galaxy S8 in pink is on the way to some regions in eastern Europe. Now, however, it seems it will be more widely available and will also be an option for the regular Galaxy S8 as well, according to a tip from Roland Quandt on Twitter . (more...)
Nugget of Knowledge: Perseid Meteor Shower Nugget of Knowledge: Perseid Meteor Shower
- August 10, 2017

Although it will go on for a few days it will peak on Saturday, August 12. They won't be as spectacular as 2016, an "outburst" year that doubled the number of meteors seen in a typical Perseid shower, the website says. The agency relayed via an official statement that Malaysians are in for a treat as they will be able to visibly see between 60 and 150 meteors an hour - provided the area of sky you are viewing is free of light pollution throughout the astronomical phenomenon. (more...)
Trailer of Sanjay Dutt's 'Bhoomi' out and it looks gripping! Trailer of Sanjay Dutt's 'Bhoomi' out and it looks gripping!
- August 10, 2017

While Producer Bhushan Kumar adds, " Bhoomi is a story about a father daughter relationship and this poster speaks volumes about the film and their relationship". The trailer gives us a glimpse of the emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and his daughter. "He'll always protect her". (more...)
WhatsApp to allow bank to bank transfer using UPI? WhatsApp to allow bank to bank transfer using UPI?
- August 10, 2017

In April this year, TheKen , a tech news site, had reported that WhatsApp was working to integrate Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Aadhaar payments into its platform. The UPI transaction system, which is now offered by around 50 banks, was launched in August 2016. The service also supports Paytm. This feature will facilitate instant money transfer for users of the app. (more...)
Wi-Fi will be available on global Virgin Australia flights in October Wi-Fi will be available on global Virgin Australia flights in October
- August 10, 2017

By the end of 2018, Virgin says all of 737 and 777 fleet will be Wi-Fi equipped, with its Airbus A330 fleet to follow in 2019. Virgin Australia is not the only airline working on delivering in-flight internet access, with Qantas also commencing trials back in April. (more...)
Swipe Elite VR with 5.5-inch HD display, 13MP rear camera launched… Swipe Elite VR with 5.5-inch HD display, 13MP rear camera launched…
- August 10, 2017

For the photography, the device has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. We can also assume that the company has launched the device as an entertainment partner. The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, WIFI, 3.5mm audio jack, and Global Positioning System. On ShopClues customers can now get 10 percent instant discount on Kotak Mahindra credit cards and on Standard Chartered debit and credit cards on the purchase of Swipe Elite VR . (more...)
The Times of India The Times of India
- August 10, 2017

The consultation paper will mark the beginning of the consultation process. The Trai through the paper plans to define personal data and who should have ownership and control when a customer uses telecom services. "My call logs or my SMS data can not be the data of the device manufacturer". "The ownership should remain and shall remain with the consumer who produced the data". (more...)
Scientists find four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting closest sun-like star Scientists find four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting closest sun-like star
- August 10, 2017

The researchers discovered the four Earth-like exoplanets by observing wobbles in the movement of tau Ceti. "We are now finally crossing a threshold where, through very sophisticated modelling of large combined data sets from multiple independent observers, we can disentangle the noise due to stellar surface activity from the very tiny signals generated by the gravitational tugs from Earth-sized orbiting planets", study coauthor Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC ... (more...)
Ace Attorney' is arriving for the 3DS later this year — Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' is arriving for the 3DS later this year — Apollo Justice
- August 10, 2017

Last month we posted about a South Korean media rating that hinted at a Nintendo 3DS port for Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney . An updated version was released on iOS and Android in December of a year ago. The game was well-received back in the day as it gathered its fair share of fans. Apollo Justice : Ace Attorney follows the story of, you guessed it, Apollo Justice as he makes his debut in the series. (more...)
Google to build a Snapchat-like news system Google to build a Snapchat-like news system
- August 10, 2017

Google and Facebook are both working towards positioning their primary platforms to provide all the information that the average user is looking for - Google through its massive search engine user base and Facebook through its 2-billion-strong social network. (more...)
Golf Tournament Odds: PGA Championship 8/7/17 Golf Tournament Odds: PGA Championship 8/7/17
- August 10, 2017

And he has never felt more at ease. Enhancing those odds is the fact no one in the year's final Major enjoys a better record at Quail Hollow than McIlroy. "Awesome", he said. "Great year". Walker was a +12500 long shot when he won it past year, and he is listed at +10000 this time around. "I just feel I can turn up and play golf, without any outside distractions". (more...)