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Audi will make paying tolls simpler with its Integrated Toll Module – Roadshow

The device is built into the E-Tron’s rearview mirror and is configurable through MMI.
Source: CNET

Samsung launches an LTE-enabled Tile competitor

Samsung, naturally, would never be content to launch a regular old Tile competitor. The company just doesn’t roll like that. While the basic foundation of the SmartThings Tracker is similar to what Tile and a number of other startups offer, Samsung’s packed all it can into the product.

The device tracker utilizes a combination of GPS to help locate lost products. The addition of LTE-M, meanwhile, means things like lost keys, backpacks and other belongings can be found through a much broader range of settings than standard Bluetooth-enabled products. That means, among other things, that tracking is easier to pinpoint indoors and below ground.

The device is compatible with Samsung’s existing SmartThings app (kind of a catchall for all things Samsung IoT) for Android and iOS, offering, among other things, real-time tracking. There’s also a geofencing setting that lets the Tracker double as an arrival sensor to help trigger different smart home functionality when the wearer gets home. When attached to something like a dog collar, meanwhile, it will set a notification when a pet has crossed a certain barrier.

The product launches September 14 as an AT&T exclusive, with a Verizon version launching later in the year. It’s not exactly cheap, with a $99 price tag — though that includes 12 free months of LTE-M service. After that, it will run $5 a month — so that will add up pretty quickly.


Source: TechCrunch

Adobe supercharges Photoshop’s content-aware fill so you have more options, fewer AI fails

Everyone went nuts for Adobe’s “content-aware fill” in Photoshop when it came out. The boring-sounding feature is in fact an incredibly useful tool, essentially an AI-powered clone stamp that intelligently brought in other pieces of the image to replace your selection. But it still failed in hilarious ways that only an AI is capable of. That should happen a lot less with the hot new tools Adobe is shipping soon.

Teased in a sneak peek video today, the new content-aware fill has a ton of new settings that shooters will love playing with. Photographers love tweaking things — that’s just a fact — and the more things they have to tweak, the better.

So, what used to look like this…

…and would occasionally produce results like this…

…now has a whole right-hand menu full of lovely options to choose from.

The most important difference is certainly the ability to choose which parts of the image the filling agent samples when it’s looking for stuff to put inside your lassoed area. If, as in the fail above, it decides to fill the field in with horse parts, you just exclude the horse from the agent’s consideration with a few brush strokes. No need to be exact — the algorithm is smart enough to work without the handful of pixels that are casualties of overeager mousing.

The improved algorithm also lets you tell the algo that it should be liberal with rotation and scaling of the elements it uses, or that it should mirror-image the content it finds to make it fit better.

Lastly, you can output the fill to a new layer — non-destructive editing is critical to any digital artist’s workflow. I can’t imagine why this wasn’t the case before.

Okay, so maybe some purists will scoff at those who use such heavy-handed means to fix a shot. But sometimes you have to go with the shot you’ve got, and sometimes there’s one too many cows in it. So I at least appreciate the option to do some major alterations without the hassle of manual clone-stamping and other techniques.

The new updates are “coming soon,” so keep an eye out for updates to your client.


Source: TechCrunch

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode makes a great first impression – CNET

Commentary: See you later PUBG, there’s a new military battle royale in town.
Source: CNET

The Ocean Cleanup launches its plastic collecting system video – CNET

The Ocean Cleanup successfully launched its ocean plastic cleanup system on Saturday, Sept. 8 from Alameda, California, and is now on its way to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Source: CNET

SETI neural networks spot dozens of new mysterious signals emanating from distant galaxy

The perennial optimists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, have joined the rest of the world in deploying AI to help manage huge data sets — and their efforts almost instantly bore fruit. Seventy-two new “fast radio bursts” from a mysteriously noisy galaxy 3 billion miles away were discovered in previously analyzed data by using a custom machine learning model.

To be clear, this isn’t Morse code or encrypted instructions to build a teleporter, à la Contact, or at least not that we know of. But these fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are poorly understood and may very well represent, at the very least, some hitherto unobserved cosmic phenomenon. FRB 121102 is the only stellar object known to give off the signals regularly, and so is the target of continued observation.

The data comes from the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia (above), which was pointed toward this source of fast and bright (hence the name) bursts for five hours in August of 2017. Believe it or not, that five-hour session yielded 400 terabytes of transmission data.

Initial “standard” algorithms identified 21 FRBs, all happening in one hour’s worth of the observations. But Gerry Zhang, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and part of the Breakthrough Listen project, created a convolutional neural network system that would theoretically scour the data set more effectively. Sure enough, the machine learning model picked out 72 more FRBs in the same period.

A Berkeley GIF visualizing the data of a series of bursts.

That’s quite an improvement, though it’s worth noting that without manual and traditional methods to find an initial set of interesting data, we would have little with which to train such neural networks. They’re complementary tools; one is not necessarily succeeding the other.

The paper on the discoveries, co-authored by Cal postdoc Vishal Gajjar, is due to be published in the Astrophysical Journal. Breakthrough Listen is one of the initiatives funded by billionaires Yuri and Julia Milner, of mail.ru and DST fame. The organization posted its own press release for the work.

The new data suggests that the signals are not being received in any kind of pattern we can determine, at least no pattern longer than 10 milliseconds. That may sound discouraging, but it’s just as important to rule things out as it is to find something new.

“Gerry’s work is exciting not just because it helps us understand the dynamic behavior of FRBs in more detail, but also because of the promise it shows for using machine learning to detect signals missed by classical algorithms,” explained Berkeley’s Andrew Siemion, who leads the SETI research center there and is principal investigator for Breakthrough Listen.

And if we’re being imaginative, there’s no reason some hyper-advanced civilization couldn’t cram a bunch of interesting info into such short bursts, or use a pattern we haven’t yet grokked. We don’t know what we don’t know, after all.

Whatever the case, SETI and Breakthrough will continue to keep their antennas fastened on FRB 121102. Even if they don’t turn out to be alien SOS signals, it’s good solid science. You can keep up with the Berkeley SETI center’s work right here.


Source: TechCrunch

La radio atómica pondría fin a las interferencias electromagnéticas

Investigadores de Rydberg Technologies han desarrollado una antena que usa un láser para medir la forma en que las señales de radio interactúan con ciertos tipos de átomos. De momento, han conseguido acabar con las interferencias electromagnéticas. La radio atómica está en camino
Source: MIT

De la Primavera Árabe a Donald Trump: las RRSS en una década

Las redes sociales se convirtieron en Egipto en la herramienta inseparable de aquellos que iniciaron la Primavera Árabe desde la Plaza Tahrir para contar al mundo su revolución. Sin embargo, una década después, son un hervidero de polarización y noticias falsas. 
Source: MIT

Un parque eólico en Marruecos, la solución energética para el Bitcoin

Soluna ha adquirido un parque eólico con potencial de hasta 900 megavatios. La empresa cree que su parque podrá generar energía tan barata como la de China, hecho que conseguiría una manera más limpia de mantener la minería de Bitcoin
Source: MIT

AMD Ryzen 2500X and 2300X expand quad-core options for new CPUs

AMD’s Ryzen 2000-series has a couple of new X CPUs: The 2500X and 2300X. They should provide system builders with a broader range of hardware options for those looking for mid-range gaming PCs.

The post AMD Ryzen 2500X and 2300X expand quad-core options for new CPUs appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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