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The creators behind Pokemon Go will let a handful of developers take advantage of their AR platform. The company also spoke about ways they’re improving their AR technology. (Photo via Niantic)   Niantic, the developers behind popular mobile game Pokemon Go, will allow third-party developers to use their AR platform. Called The Real World platform, it powers games like Ingress, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the aforementioned Pokemon app. According to CEO John Hanke, the company d ...
Rather shocking security issue, reported here: https://www.bbc.com
ews/technology-44628399   Long story short, users are seeing video captured from cameras they don't own. Quite pathetic how come the system would allow such a situation to occur so easily - both the hardware and the software ought to have been designed to eliminate this possibility, from using guaranteed unique hardware keys (permanently burned in) to software developed and tested at a significant level commensurate to t ...
I found out this week that Saturday 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day.   I only see one side of engineering (working in Marketing) which is quite a blinkered view, so I thought I would catch up with our resident female engineer and ask her a few questions about why she chose this as a career.   Meet Courtney Kennedy - Technology Solutions Marketing Manager for Farnell element14   Q. When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?   I’ve always be ...
Engineers face a challenge when presenting the product concept they are building to stakeholders (managers, clients, investors, or board members) who need to understand and approve how it works. Explaining functional aspects of the conceptualized design using simulations, debuggers, or even CAD models often ends up with “can you prove it?” questions at a product concept stage.   Is quite common that engineers struggle with adoption of their proposed ideas as stakeholders want e ...
Stringent high-performance requirements for reliable products are rising design complexity both in hardware and software; because of this, embedded systems are becoming a key differentiating factor for (technological and commercial) success. This demanding need to create robust and complex systems with huge quality, safety and security, in less time and cheaper, is pushing engineers to turn into Model-Based Design (MBD) —a mathematical and visual approach for developing complex control sys ...
The company's open source project development will be beneficial to both Microsoft and Github (image via Github)   Microsoft is buying GitHub for a price valued at $7.5 billion, as announced on Monday. The software-coding sharing platform was last valued at $1.9 billion. The purchase would enable the company to make a turn and head back to where it was a decade ago and maintain itself in a way where it was in its earliest stage.   Microsoft's story first began with the progression of ...
Anne Taylor, part of the Microsoft Accessibility team, is looking to use AI to benefit disabled people. (Image credit: Microsoft)   Microsoft is going on an AI kick as of late and one of their most significant announcements at this year’s Build (2018) conference was about using AI (Artificial Intelligence) for social challenges, more specifically- their AI for Accessibility program, which looks to put tools into the hands of developers to develop AI solutions for the disabled.   ...
The Adaptive Controller features a pair of large programmable buttons and a host of ports to connect virtually any Joystick, buttons, switches or other controllers to help those with disabilities play games. (Image credit: Xbox)   This is a great idea. It's definitely a "why didn't I think of this" kind of design.   Microsoft recently announced their Xbox Adaptive Controller: a gamepad that lets disabled users play games through special configurations. This is not the first foray into ...
Microsoft is using its developers conference to announce a new compensation plan that the company hopes will attract more developers to its platform. Joe Belfiore at the Microsoft Developer Conference (Image via Microsoft Build 2018)   Earlier in the month of May 2018, Microsoft held its developers conference during which the Vice President of Operating Systems, Joe Belfiore, announced that the corporation has designed a new compensation plan for developers interested in selling applicatio ...
HTC's new Exodus phone, the blockchain phone. (Image via HTC)   HTC has just announced the creation of a new smartphone called "Exodus" - which comes just before the release of their new phone on May 23rd. The device is meant to be focused on Android privacy, and while that's a plus, there have yet to be more specifications about the new phone. The only support it offers to its customers that we know of to date is that it will be holding a waller for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Networks a ...
Artificial Intelligence is playing a bigger role in the medical care industry. It has expanded on its role by detecting more severe and life-threatening conditions that the usual diagnostic tools can't. AliveCor, a company known for branding KardiaBand has developed a way by using machine learning to detect heart conditions - specifically Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) which usually doesn't gain much detection.   The QT interval is measured by the influence of time between the start of the Q wav ...
  A brand new proposal has just sought approval in California that requires solar panels to be built on newly constructed homes. The aim of this is to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions even though it will have the extra cost tied to it when construction is complete. However, it also has the advantage of cutting back on utility expenses within a household. The proposal would go into effect in 2020.   California is the only state in the United States to propose and accept this propo ...
Old radios, almost a shame to recycle them! (Image via free use)   Recycling is a movement that took off in the 1970s, but people have been recycling for thousands of years. Initially, early Americans recycled because goods were rare, and products could not be made cheaper and faster like they are today. People recycled and reused every piece of metal, every container, every piece of clothing, etc. Today, thanks to the industrial revolution, the manufacturing of goods is at a peek volume. ...
The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transformation due to evolving business models and mobility preferences, but also because of technological developments. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Over the Air (OTA) algorithms, Machine Learning, Electrification of Vehicles and infrastructure, advancement in sensors and semiconductors, Self-Driving Vehicles, and more are not only disrupting the traditional automotive ecosystem but making it obsolete.   Adopting innovations in th ...
The introduction of Google's do-it-yourself kit has a gentle introduction to learning about artificial intelligence and Google has already come out with two separate projects to support this idea. The first one, known as the AIY Voice Kit is a voice recognition kit for Raspberry Pi. It includes the following: same VoiceHAT (Hardware Accessory on Top), mic board, speaker, components, connectors and cardboard form. To add depth to the technology, the Google Assistant SDK is configured to bring hot ...