Technology 

Apple boost as thousands of students get help building their digital future

With Apple revealing it’s paid out nearly $18 billion (£12 billion) to developers across Europe, there’s never been a better time to get involved in this growing digital industry. Learning how to code is becoming a vital skill and students have just been given a huge boost in gaining this knowledge.  Apple today announced that 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps.  These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with…

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Gaming 

Nintendo Switch tops US gaming systems for holiday shoppers – CNET

Looks like holiday shoppers went all-in on Mario and Link.  According to NPD Group, which tracks US video game sales, 1.5 million Nintendo Switch systems were purchased during December — more than any other video game system. With more than 4.8 million systems sold in the 10 months since its release, the Switch is the fastest-selling home console in US history. The Japanese gaming giant also reported strong holiday sales for its portable 3DS hardware with more than 750,000 systems sold — its best sales month since December 2014 —…

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Nintendo Labo lets you build Switch accessories from cardboard – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Nintendo Labo uses carboard ‘Toy-Cons’ There was a time when Nintendo was almost synonymous with needless accessories: plastic tennis rackets, baseball bats and wheels that gave the company’s Wii controllers a little more shape. Now it seems Nintendo’s at it again, but this time it’s not creating pointless accessories. It’s building a Nintendo Switch-powered DIY cardboard creativity kit. It’s called Nintendo Labo, and not only does it look fun, but kind of educational, too. At a glance, Nintendo Labo is a pair of Switch games, each with…

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Gaming 

Nintendo Labo release date, trailer and first Nintendo Switch games reveal

UPDATE ONE: More from Nintendo on their new Labo Toys for Nintendo Switch: “Building on the history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and gameplay experiences, Nintendo Labo continues the company’s mission of putting smiles on people’s faces. With each Nintendo Labo kit, inspired minds across all generations can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers – into interactive creations called Toy-Con. “From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life…

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Science 

Small but fast: A miniaturized origami-inspired robot combines micrometer precision with high speed

The milliDelta robot integrates a new microfabrication technique with high-performance composite materials that can incorporate flexural joints and bending actuators, the milliDelta can operate with high speed, force, and micrometer precision, which make it compatible with a range of micromanipulation tasks in manufacturing and medicine.

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One of VR’s most annoying problems could be solved soon – CNET

On-headset room sensing comes to VR: Occipital’s hardware on an HTC Vive. Scott Stein/CNET When wandering around with a VR headset on, I’m afraid of going too far without someone to spot me. The reason is simple: I can’t really see where I’m going. Odds of tripping over a chair or a table are extremely high. One company seems to have tried to solve that problem, and I tried out the result deep in the noisy VR/AR subsection of CES in Las Vegas. Occipital, a company based in Boulder, Colorado,…

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AI beats humans in Stanford reading comprehension test – CNET

Yes, AI-based systems are becoming as smart as, if not smarter, than us. STR/AFP/Getty Images AI created by Chinese tech giant Alibaba and Microsoft have tied for first place on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) this month, beating the human score for Exact Match (providing exact answers to questions). Alibaba and Microsoft announced the news separately on Monday. According to the SQuAD website, it is a machine reading comprehension dataset comprising of questions pertaining to a set of Wikipedia articles. Answers to questions are usually a segment of text…

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Science 

Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk

robot reading books artificial intelligence AI More An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Trending: Pope Francis Is Worried About Nuclear War and Calls for Ban on Nukes Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies…

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CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech – CNET

When “health tech” first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices we saw at the 2018 iteration of the world’s biggest electronics show raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology in some surprising new ways — and for an audience that reaches far beyond runners and gym addicts.  This…

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A Man Is Holding a 10-Year-Old Boy Hostage and Firing at Officers, Police Say

Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers More (WEST CHESTER, Ohio) — Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers and their vehicles. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says no one has been hurt since the hostage situation began early Saturday after midnight. He says there was an altercation inside an apartment and that a man who doesn’t live there stayed…

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