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AI-powered seeing robot guide dog provides new leash on life for the blind
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AI-powered seeing robot guide dog provides new leash on life for the blind

'CyberGuy': Meet RoboGuide Kurt Knutsson introduces you to the revolutionary AI guide dog for the visually impaired for safe indoor navigation. Imagine a world where the visually impaired navigate public spaces with ease, their steps guided not by a furry friend, but by a chatty robotic companion. This is a reality that could soon be possible with the help of experts at the University of Glasgow, who are working on the RoboGuide project.CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE NEWSLETTER, THE CYBERGUY REPORT RoboGuide (University of Glasgow) (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)The birth of RoboGuideIn the labs of Glasgow’s James Watt School of Engineering, a team of experts has partnered with industry leaders and charitable organizations to create an AI-powered, four-legged robot that promises to revolutioniz...
Windows 11 will soon let you grab text from images on your Android phone
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Windows 11 will soon let you grab text from images on your Android phone

Phone Link (called Link to Windows on the phone side) lets you sync calls, messages, notifications, and images — and cast your entire phone — from your Android phone to your Windows computer. It also works in a more limited fashion with iOS devices, which only sync notifications, messages, and calls over Bluetooth. Phone Link will now let you select and copy text from images synced from your Android phone. Screenshot: Nathan Edwards / The VergeThe Windows Snipping Tool got text extraction last year around the same time Phone Link got image share notifications, so it’s been possible for a bit to extract text from phone photos with the Snipping Tool. This update just saves you a step and lets you do it in-app. The feature is live in Phone Link 1.24051.91.0 and I gave it a quick test in ...
Elon Musk’s xAI raises $6 billion to fund its race against ChatGPT and all the rest
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Elon Musk’s xAI raises $6 billion to fund its race against ChatGPT and all the rest

Elon Musk founded xAI last summer, and today it announced raising $6 billion in funding, saying it will help bring the startup’s “first products to market, build advanced infrastructure, and accelerate the research and development of future technologies.” So far, xAI has launched Grok, a supposedly edgier version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT available via X, formerly known as Twitter, where the chatbot is currently only available to X Premium subscribers. Funding in this round came from several sources, according to xAI, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Saudi Arabian Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. Last year, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed that xAI was looking to raise up to $1 billion in equity investments, and a few months ago, The Financial Times re...
Ecrans : enfants accros, chercheurs inquiets
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Ecrans : enfants accros, chercheurs inquiets

A quel point les écrans peuvent-ils affecter la santé mentale et physique des enfants et adolescents ? Alors que la vie numérique envahit le quotidien, la question taraude et divise familles, professionnels de l’éducation et de la santé, chercheurs… et politiques, jusqu’au plus haut niveau de l’Etat. Le 30 avril, les dix personnes d’horizons divers mandatées par le président de la République en janvier pour explorer ce sujet lui ont rendu leur rapport. Intitulé « Enfants et écrans, à la recherche du temps perdu », il dresse un constat inquiétant assorti de vingt-neuf propositions. Certes, ce travail, fondé sur l’analyse de la littérature scientifique et de nombreuses consultations, est loin d’être le premier à alerter sur les dangers potentiels des écrans, et à recommander d’en ...
Can you bypass VPN blocks, protect your online privacy?
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Can you bypass VPN blocks, protect your online privacy?

In today’s digital age, the significance of virtual private networks (VPNs) cannot be overstated. These powerful tools are essential for safeguarding your online activities and maintaining privacy against ever-evolving cyberthreats. Despite widespread recognition of their benefits, many users, like Beth, who recently contacted us, encounter challenges in effectively leveraging VPNs."Hi. I recently had some jerk hack my Amazon account and cause all sorts of problems and I believe they also hacked my Etsy account. … Anyway, I wanted to start using a VPN since 99% of my time both for work and at home is spent online and the same for my son and my husband. However, we noticed that a HUGE number of sites want to block people who are using VPNs. Do you have a suggestion for a VPN that is les...
How Netflix turned from chasing HBO to signing a deal with WWE
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How Netflix turned from chasing HBO to signing a deal with WWE

His dream project: a Netflix series created by Warren Beatty. “He’s great in long form,” Sarandos says. “His only problems have been when he’s constrained.” Sarandos is also warming up Jodie Foster, who directed an episode of Orange Is the New Black. “The goal,” he says, “is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” His seductive pitch to today’s new breed of TV auteurs: a huge audience, real money, no meddlesome ecutives (“I’m not going to give David Fincher notes”), no pilots (television’s great sucking hole of money and hope), and a full-season commitment.
MoviePass, MovieCrash review: a damning account of corporate green
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MoviePass, MovieCrash review: a damning account of corporate green

To many, MoviePass was an overnight sensation whose too good to be true monthly cost was a sign of its potential to revolutionize the theater industry. The promise of being able to see as many newly released movies as you wanted for less than the price of a single normal ticket was intoxicating enough to convince much of the public that MoviePass had a game plan in place. But there were a handful of people within the company who had long been sounding alarms about its unsustainable growth. MoviePass, MovieCrash — director Muta’Ali’s new HBO documentary — is a damning account of how MoviePass’ C-suite executives were dead set on ignoring all the warning signs leading up to its filing for bankruptcy in 2020. And while the film plays into some of the same wide-eyed mythmaking that ultimate...
How to save full-page screenshots as images on your iPhone
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How to save full-page screenshots as images on your iPhone

Ever stumbled upon a web page so informative you wished you could keep the entire thing, not just what’s visible on your screen? Well, you’re in luck. Today, we’re diving into the nifty trick of capturing a full-page screenshot that’s way bigger than your iPhone screen’s real estate. When you took a screenshot in iOS 16 and earlier, you would normally get an option to save it as a PDF. As of iOS 17, you will see a Save to Photos option. This will let you save the full page of your screenshot as an image instead if you’d like. This only takes a couple of steps. Here’s how to save a full-page screenshot as an Image in iOS 17. Now, if you own an Android, you can perform the same steps. To learn how, click here. GET SECURITY ALERTS, EXPERT TIPS - SIGN UP FOR KURT’S NEWSLETTER - THE CYBERGU...
Au Maroc, le business en ligne des pilules abortives
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Au Maroc, le business en ligne des pilules abortives

Manifestation après la mort d’une jeune fille de 14 ans à la suite d’un avortement clandestin, à Rabat, le 28 septembre 2022. FADEL SENNA / AFP Désemparée à l’idée d’avoir un nouvel enfant, Asmaa a creusé toutes les pistes pour avorter. Mais au Maroc, cet acte reste illégal et tabou et elle s’est retrouvée à chercher de l’aide sur les réseaux sociaux, où sévit un trafic de pilules abortives. « Prix abordables », « Marchandise d’Europe, efficacité garantie », « Grossesse honteuse, corrige ta faute » : sur Facebook, des internautes anonymes proposent des comprimés contenant du misoprostol, substance qui déclenche des contractions utérines et l’expulsion de l’embryon. Ces médicaments, Artotec et Cytotec, destinés ...
La souris des sables, papa poule par la magie d’une hormone
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La souris des sables, papa poule par la magie d’une hormone

Une femelle souris des sables et ses petits. WYATT TOURE La souris sylvestre et la souris des sables. A eux seuls, les deux héros du jour – puisque autant le dire tout de suite, ce sont les mâles qui vont tenir le haut de l’affiche – dégagent un doux parfum de fable. Mais que les fidèles de cette chronique se rassurent : pas de La Fontaine au menu cette semaine. De la science, rien que de la science. Avec des cellules, des enzymes, des hormones, le tout puisé dans la revue Nature du 15 mai. Deux espèces, donc. A ma gauche, la souris sylvestre (Peromyscus maniculatus), le mammifère le plus abondant d’Amérique du Nord : 18 grammes de muscles et de poils, une énergie débordante. A ma droite, la souris des sables (Peromyscus polionotus...