Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old.  Computers have no common sense.“To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler,” says a story on New Scientist.  The article is an interview with Ben Goertzel, who is trying to get A.I. up to toddler level and beyond.  “Step one is to make an AI program that understands the world, and itself, in a basic common-sense manner,” he said.  “I think the best way to get there is to build a robot toddler.”Computers and robots are very good at fast searches through vast amounts of data.  They can also outperform chess champs.  But prudence and sound judgment at even a 3-year old level are beyond them.  According to Live Science, “Machines can’t yet be programed to form intuitions about the physical world without doing extensive calculations, and they seem to fail at answering open-ended questions.”A.I. researchers in Zurich believe they have developed a chip that will make the breakthrough: chips that mimic the brain.  Medical Xpress tells about the new neuromorphic chips.  We’ll have to wait and see if the robots have sense enough to come out of the rain before they short out.Human brains have some pretty sophisticated wiring, including a new method of signaling described in another article on Medical Xpress.  Exosomes provide a kind of “delivery on call” capability, the article says.Another article on Science Daily said that cells have a “zip code” capability that is linked to learning and memory, including redundancy to ensure proper delivery.  In addition, PNAS published a paper that says “Flexible frequency control of cortical oscillations enables computations required for working memory.”  The brain also finds it easy to pick out salient sounds from background noise, Science Daily said, by tracking frequency and time.But it’s not just the squishy hardware in brains that makes them excel over computers in so many ways.  Where is the seat of common sense?  Can a computer judge a piece of music?  A robot can dance, but can it “know” that it is dancing?  Before A.I. gets close to making humanoid robots, there will still be ample time for philosophers and theologians to debate the nature of consciousness, and even simple questions about qualia (our sensations of attributes of things) – the “hard problem of consciousness” according to philosopher David Chalmers, who believes science will never solve it (see Evolution News & Views video clip).A.I. is a variety of biomimetics, the imitation of nature.  Trying to reproduce simple intellectual tasks our brains take for granted should be a good way for scientists to learn humility, and conclude intelligent design.  Unfortunately, too often, the opposite occurs.  That’s a sign of human stubbornness and pride – more evidence that underscores the Biblical view of man created in the image of God but fallen into sin.  That’s why Jesus, knowing the mind of a toddler He created, said to the prideful adults of His day, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).last_img read more



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African agenda set at COP 17

first_img28 November 2011South Africa acknowledged its role as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said as the African agenda was set at COP 17 in Durban on Monday.The all-important 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) got under way at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Monday.“We are responsible for 38 percent of Africa’s total emissions,” said Molewa, who leads South Africa’s negotiating team at COP 17.“The National Climate Change Response White Paper states our commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 34 percent … in 2020 and by 40 percent in 2025 before stabilising our emissions in absolute terms and ultimately reducing them.”DeforestationDeforestation was another major challenge, Molewa said, with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) placing six out of the 10 largest forest losses in the world in sub-Saharan Africa. This was largely due to forest areas being converted for relatively low-income usage.“A programme of incentives to avoid deforestation in Africa could make great inroads into mitigating CO2 emissions, at the same time supporting greener alternatives,” Molewa said.Although Africa has contributed the least to the build-up of greenhouse gases globally, it will bear the brunt of the adverse effects of climate change because the continent is already highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as rain-fed agriculture.It is said that the average African generates about 13 times less greenhouse gases than someone in North America.In the absence of an overriding mitigation and adaptation agenda, this figure is set to rise in coming years, as development and population rates grow.‘Green’ opportunities for developmentHowever, opportunities for economic development were vast, and Africa therefore needed to embark on a path of sustainable development with new, clean, appropriate technologies and to build climate-resilient communities, Molewa said.There are around 550-million people in Africa that do not have access to electricity, putting the continent in a position to become a world leader in the deployment of renewable energy sources.“Hydropower, for instance, is an under-utilised energy source, with less than 10 percent of the hydropower potential in Africa being utilised currently,” Molewa said.“A national, regional and international effort towards unlocking this potential is an example of how African societies could go from being amongst the most vulnerable to becoming climate-resilient.”Partnership with African UnionThe minister added that the African Union has partnered with South Africa to ensure that the African Pavilion at COP 17 effectively presented the issues of climate change that Africa was grappling with, as well as the opportunities for green development in response to climate change.“Because of Africa’s vulnerability to climate change, failure to contain average global temperature increases to within 2 degrees would be an unacceptable outcome for the global mitigation effort,” Molewa said.“The impacts of climate change know no borders, and have been a driving force for cooperation between African governments,” she added, noting that the Commission of the African Union had begun work on an African Strategy on Climate Change.This strategy was based on four interrelated themes, namely: climate change governance; mainstreaming climate change in development; harnessing education, science, research and innovation for climate change; and promoting regional and international cooperation and partnerships in combating climate change.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more



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BJP backs NCP in Nashik

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has queered the pitch for the Shiv Sena in the Legislative Council elections, which were held for six seats in Maharashtra on Monday, by backing the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate in Nashik.According to sources in the BJP’s Nashik unit, the party decided to support NCP candidate Shivaji Sahane instead of the Sena’s Narendra Darode. The decision was reportedly taken at a late night meeting on Sunday under the district’s Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan and the BJP’s city unit chief Kishor Kalkar.The Nashik seat has a total of 644 voters and the Shiv Sena leads the party-wise representation with 207 voters, followed by the BJP with 167, the Congress with 100 and the NCP with 71. The voters of the other parties add up to 99. “A BJP-NCP alliance will make things difficult for the Sena candidate,” said a BJP leader on condition of anonymity. BJP’s reported support for the NCP candidate comes on the heels of the Sena’s decision to field Shrinivas Wanga as its candidate for the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll on May 28. The BJP has fielded ex-Congressman Rajendra Gavit.The shadow of Palghar is expected to be cast on polling in the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat in Konkan region. The NCP has fielded Aniket Tatkare, who is backed by parties including Narayan Rane’s Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, the Congress and the Peasants and Workers Party.Meanwhile, rebel NCP leader Suresh Dhas, who is the BJP’s candidate for the Beed-Latur-Osmanabad seat, has expressed confidence in comfortably winning the seat. Mr. Dhas said, “I am confident of winning the seat by a margin of 100-150 votes. Our party has received a good response in the voting across these three districts in the State.”The Beed-Latur-Osmanabad seat is also a prestige battle between the two estranged Munde cousins: BJP leader and State Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde. The seat has 1006 voters, with the NCP and the Congress represented by 527 voters, the BJP by 321, the Sena by 64 and other independents by 94.Corporators in civic bodies, municipal councillors, and members of the zilla parishad and the panchayat samiti are eligible to vote.last_img read more



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Rhino poacher in Assam mortgages son for arms, held

first_imgNurjamal Rahman knew a rhino horn was worth thrice its weight in gold. The prospect was enough for him to mortgage his 12-year-old son for a .303 rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition to kill the endangered animal.Nurjamal was caught in Assam’s Orang National Park on Sunday along with Sadikul Islam and Niyamat Ali — all from No. 1 Borsimalu village on the eastern edge of the park straddling Darrang and Sonitpur districts on the bank of the Brahmaputra.Orang, about 110 km northeast of Guwahati, has an estimated 68 rhinos as per the last animal census in April this year. The arrest is part of a crackdown that has netted more than 330 poachers across four rhino habitats, including Kaziranga National Park since 2015. Nurjamal’s interrogation revealed the extent poachers are willing to go, forest officials said. Nurjamal told interrogators that he had struck a ₹3 lakh deal with the arms dealer, who wanted “security in human form” – his son in this case – to ensure the arms and unspent ammunition were returned. The money was to have been paid after selling the horn for at least ₹50 lakh to an animal body parts trader linked to the arms dealer. The plan to kill at least one rhino was hatched in far away Chennai, where Sadikul, who worked in the unorganised sector, met Iman Ali of Nagaon. “Ali had contacts with dealers in arms and rhino horn in (Nagaland’s) Dimapur,” Ramesh Gogoi, Orang’s Divisional Forest Officer, told The Hindu.When Sadikul returned to his village, he made a plan with Nurjamal and Niyamat, hired a car and left for Dimapur along with Nurjamal’s son. They picked up Iman en route.“They paid a token advance to the Dimapur arms dealer and mortgaged the minor for three months, by which time they hoped to kill a rhino,” Mr Gogoi said.Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub and virtually controlled by extremists, is said to be the epicentre of wildlife trade. Everything from deer musk, bear bile, tiger bones and teeth, pangolin scales and of course, rhino horns are reportedly smuggled out through adjoining Myanmar via Dimapur. Mother gives son awayBut while Nurjamal staked his son for a “strike of a lifetime”, a woman from his village turned in her son to help police foil his plans. In a complaint to the police on June 13, Mursa Sulekha Khatoon said her son Idris Ali, a forest tracker had left home on June 8 with a group of rhino poachers. Two days later, forest officers reported a failed attempt to kill a rhino.Subhalakshmi Dutta, Sonitpur’s Deputy Superintendent of Police who led the operation against the trio, attributed the success to Ms. Khatoon’s FIR. The police caught Idris after he returned home. He spilled the beans about Nurjamal and his associates, but police and forest officials had to wait till their next strike on Sunday to arrest them.Prized hornThe last rhino census said Assam has more than 2,610 of the one-horned herbivore. Though made of keratin, the same type of protein found in human hair and fingernails, the horn is believed to be an aphrodisiac as well as a cure for cancer in China and southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam.Between 2015 and February this year, poachers have killed 74 rhinos in Assam. But stronger vigil has led to the killing or capture of many poachers during this phase.One of the biggest catches was Mohammad Yakub Ali, whom the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had charge-sheeted in 2014 for multiple cases of killing rhinos and smuggling horns. He was arrested in Guwahati on June 26, revealed a poaching-smuggling network across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and beyond, all the way to Yunan in southern China.“We have taken major steps for the protection of wild animals and their habitat despite the ease with which poachers and smugglers operate in Nagaland,” Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said.last_img read more



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Maharashtra to distribute 30 lakh cloth bags among students

first_imgThe Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is planning to distribute 30 lakh cloth bags among school children to promote the State government’s plastic ban in Maharashtra and spread awareness about not using plastic bags. “We have given ₹5 crore to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for the manufacture of cloth bags. We plan to make 30 lakh bags and distribute them for free among school children across Maharashtra,” said Environment minister Ramdas Kadam. Mr. Kadam said the bags would help the government connect easily with the parents and the children’s family. “We are promoting the government’s ban on plastic and this is part of that campaign,” he said. The State government’s decision to ban plastic has also grabbed attention of others across the country. Apart from the central team which visited the State to review the decision and implementation, teams from Tamil Nadu, and Bihar have also been here while officials from Kerala are likely to visit in the next fortnight.On Tuesday, Mr. Kadam held a meeting with representatives of milk producers, and distributors regarding the ban on plastic milk bags which has not yet been implemented. “We have asked the industry to come up with a plan to ensure that no milk bag is seen on the road. They have to submit it within two months. If not, then we will move ahead with the ban,” he said. As per the present provision, the bag can be deposited back to the vendor upon which the user will get 50 paise. He said the government’s aim is to ensure no used plastic milk bag is seen on the road and if the industry comes up with a better idea, his department would be happy to implement it. Since the ban came into effect, the government has collected ₹3.5 crore in fines and confiscated 400 tonnes of banned plastic from across the State, Mr. Kadam added.last_img read more



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Amazon 10inch Fire tablets 50 off at Best Buy

first_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Rylo Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comments Apple iPhone XS See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $59 at eBay CNET Deals Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tablets An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 lights your tablet fire, for less Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 1:44 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 See at Turo Best Buy See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) David Carnoy/CNET Today only, Best Buy is offering $50 off of Amazon’s largest tablet, the Fire HD 10, bringing the price down to $100. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the 32GB model. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the product featured on this page.)See it at Best BuyBest Buy is also offering $50 off the 64GB version of the tablet, which now costs $139. See it at Best BuyThe Fire HD 10 was already a pretty sweet deal starting at $150 (which remains the price for the 32GB model at Amazon, by the way, though we’ll be watching to see if it matches Best Buy’s price). Sure, it lacks the elegance of the 9.7-inch iPad and can’t match the power of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it’s definitely a better value — especially at $100. You get a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance, 32GB of storage — equal to the base model iPad — and hands-free Alexa capabilities. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more



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Uber Standard Chartered Bank announce cashback for rides in India Singapore Malaysia

first_imgCab hailing aggregator Uber and London-based Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) announced a tie-up on Monday that will enable the bank’s credit cardholders in six countries to get up to 25 percent cashback on Uber rides.SCB cardholders in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE will be able to get cashback on all global rides, SCB said in a press statement on Monday.The offer is available to all SCB cardholders in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Vietnam, Indonesia from Oct.1, while the date of availability for UAE cardholders will be announced “in the near future,” the bank said.In India, SCB cardholders will receive 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cashback cap of Rs 600 per per month.”There has been a dramatic shift towards digital and cashless payments across the region and we are seeing success in the seamless integration of the Bank’s services in our clients’ everyday life,” Sebastian Arcuri, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank said.Uber said that th tie-up will bring “more value” to SCB credit cardholders.”We look forward to welcoming cardholders as first-time Uber riders to join over 50 million riders globally to experience the ridesharing revolution,” Chan Park, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, said.Uber had announced a tie-up with American Express Bank last month benefitting the bank’s credit cardholders. “The tie-up allows AmEx to integrate its Corporate Card programs with Uber’s corporate platform ‘Uber for Business,'” the taxi-hailing aggregator said in a statement on Sept. 28, 2016.San Francisco-based Uber claims it has over 50,000 business enterprises worldwide that use “Uber for Business” for their mobility solutions. Billed as the “most valuable start-up” at about $66 billion, Uber’s operations in India cover 28 cities and is a significant market. “India accounts for 12% of all rides on our platform globally and there remains tremendous potential,” Amit Jain, Uber India president, told Bloomberg.last_img read more



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Stowaway falls from Kenyan plane flying over London found dead in residential

first_imgKenya Airways flight.ReutersA body of a man suspected to be a stowaway was found in a London garden on Sunday. It is believed that the man fell from a plane heading to Heathrow Airport.London’s Metropolitan Police investigation confirmed that the man fell from a landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. After the plane landed, a bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear area of the aircraft.It is reported that that body of the individual fell few metres away from a resident who was sunbathing in the garden.BBC report that that the resident was “shaken” after the witnessing the unfortunate sight.The neighbour of the resident revealed that he saw “blood all over the walls of the garden” after a sound of hitting the ground by force was heard. According to the police statement, the police responded to the call from Offerton Road in the south London neighbourhood of Clapham at 3.39 pm after the resident claimed “a body was discovered in a garden,” CNN reported.Police stated the man is not yet identified and the post-mortem examination will be conducted. The death is also not being treated as suspicious.Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.Who is a stowaway?A stowaway is an individual who illegally hides in a vehicle (ship, aircraft, train, cargo, truck or bus) in order to avoid paying for the travel.last_img read more



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Optical fibre scopes coming to Nabanna to bolster security

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further strengthen the security arrangement in the state Secretariat Nabanna, a decision has been taken to install optical fibre scopes in the building.With installation of the optical fibre scopes, video of a moment along with sound will get captured and will help security officers get minute details of the place that will get captured in the video.Sources said that video footages that get captured through optical fibre scope will be monitored from the control room in Nabanna itself. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to senior officers in the state secretariat, the step has been taken considering the need to further enhance the security arrangement in Nabanna, where everyday there is constant movement of VVIPs. The 14-storeyed building houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police.The optical fibre scope will be installed at strategic locations and the places have been identified by the expert policemen who look after the security of Nabanna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the state secretariat is under the coverage of surveillance cameras. A decision was also taken to set up separate dog squads, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of dog squads, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.Recently, 244 CCTV cameras were installed and it took the total number of CCTV cameras in to around 400.The step to install more CCTV cameras was taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. The CCTV cameras were installed both inside and outside the building. Cameras were also installed at parking lots.A survey was conducted to identify the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed and based on the same, the work of installing the cameras was carried out.last_img read more



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A Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone Display

first_img Smartphone addicts will want to pay close attention to this.Say, for example, you’re taking a shower or relaxing in a hot bath. Your smartphone is nowhere near your wet, soapy hands. Just then an important email comes in. You either have to ignore the message until you’re done or prematurely have to jump out and dry off. Not fun. Not convenient.The inventors of something called Cicret (pronounced “secret”) want to change that. With the simple flick of your wrist, the Cicret bracelet can project your smartphone’s display onto your forearm. Your arm essentially becomes a fully interactive display — a swipeable, touch-sensitive, full-color one that allows you to read and send emails, get directions, you name it.Related: A Watch That Shoots Lasers? Yes, Please.And it’s apparently water-proof, too.Sound too good to be true? Check out the video to get a look for yourself:See? With Cicret on your wrist, you’d never lose touch with your precious smartphone again. Your phone fix would be skin deep.Related: Want a New Smartwatch? Hold On. Why Not a Smart Ring Instead? Basically, Cicret lets you do everything you do on your phone on your forearm, palm up or palm down, depending on which way you wear it. Per Cicret’s website, you can rock it to “Read your emails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm.”How it works isn’t, well, much of a Cicret, er, secret. The promo video explains that the snap-on device works its magic using an embedded system that includes one mini projector, one microprocessor and eight long-range proximity sensors. It’s also packed with lots of other geeky goodies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, “vibrator,” micro USB port, battery, LED light components. Oh, and it comes in either 16-GB or 32-GB, and in 10 fun colors.  Also in the promo clip, the bracelet appears to be activated in a quick flick of the wrist. The smooth move instantly lights up a projection of a nearby Bluetooth-paired smartphone (notably an Android), illuminating several inches along the user’s wrist. Pretty bright idea, eh?Related: Gold? Silver? Pffft. This Necklace Is Pure Illumination.The one thing you can’t do unfortunately is get one right now. Cicret is still only in prototype mode. Soul crushing as that is, you can’t even pre-order one yet, either.Cicret’s Paris-based developers say they still need to raise about $1.2 million dollars to make the project a reality. They’re opting for their own PayPal fundraising campaign, forgoing trendy crowdfunding on Kickstarter and on Indiegogo. They recently failed to fund an ephemeral, Snapchat-like messaging app on the latter, ponying up a mere $15 of their $50,000 goal. Let’s hope it’s not a bad omen for their brilliant wearable offering.A beta version of the free app, simply called Cicret, is, however, available on Google Play. We’re guessing they want you to use it on their wristlet, you know, when you’re not busy taking a call in tub. Two questions remain: Does it work under water? And how much will one cost?Related: A Wearable Women Want to Wear? Behind Intel’s New Smart Bracelet. December 8, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more



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