Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:26
From ComputerWorld: Facebook is expected to announce chatbots, among other things, at its annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco this week, in pursuit of its continuing goal of luring back younger users.
Chatbots are programs that largely use artificial intelligence to simulate conversations with humans; the technology will likely be included in the company's Messenger app. The goal is to change the way we communicate with businesses, and with each other, on the Internet.
Whenever I go to university, I park my car at a location about eight minutes' walk away from the engineering building. Now, eight minutes of walking is not too far away, but if you ask me what the best way to get from the engineering building to my car is, I would have to say it is to take the bus. Why? Because if I take the bus, I am statistically going to be faster most of the time, or at least tie the normal walking pace at worst. Although it takes two minutes to talk to the bus stop, a bus comes every two minutes on average (Any bus from that stop will work), with a maximum wait time of four minutes. It takes the bus about two minutes to get to the parking lot. This makes the average traveling time using the bus six minutes, including the wait time, with a maximum of eight minutes and minimum of four minutes. In other words, even if maximum wait time occurs, I have lost nothing -- yet any time a bus comes before the four minute mark, I have gained everything. As you can see here, an understanding of parameters and sufficient real life statistics allow us to apply elements of optimization theory to make our lives better with better decisions. In September last year, I reviewed the OCZ Trion 100 480GB, a value oriented SSD that was not bad in read performance, but definitely suffered when it came to write speed. Fast forward half a year or so, OCZ shook up a few things, and came up with the Trion 150. The updated model features new 15nm TLC NAND flash memory as well as firmware updates to give it a boost in performance, while keeping things chugging along at a rather competitive $140 at press time. The Trion 150 does not promise to break any speed records, but it does promise to be a venerable alternative to a moderately sized hard drive. Will these changes in parameters impress us with its statistics to make a purchase decision? We benchmarked one to find out.
If you ask me which consumer electronics product has one the fastest market growth rate in recent years, my answer would be the drone. According to an article from the website Dronelife, DJI sold 416,000 units in 2014, while in 2015, the number became almost one million. This is an impressive 100% growth! All of a sudden, we see drones all over the place -- big box retail stores, random places in the sky, the news, and for the enthusiast among us, even in your room. Actually, this amazing little thing is also quite simple. The essentials you need for making a drone are DC motors, propellers (essentially fans), and a control unit. The interesting thing is, if you use a different blueprint, the aforementioned materials could also become a laptop cooler, just like the main character of today’s review, the Cooler Master Storm SF-19 V2. It is hard to say which way is the best way of using these materials, since their purposes are really different. For one, the drone is designed to blow the air downward to generate lift force, while the laptop cooler is made to blow the air upward to cool your computer. We have reviewed the predecessor of this V2 version, which is the Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Force, nearly six years ago. The question then becomes, has the product been improved since then? Let us find out!
Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:26
From PC World: Apple's Mac Pro is aging fast, especially with screaming fast Windows desktops being announced in recent weeks.
Introduced in 2013, the Mac Pro was a top-of-the-line desktop at that time. It looked exquisite in its sleek cylindrical design, and it sported new features like Thunderbolt 2 ports, plus the latest CPUs, GPUs and NVMe storage.
Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:26
From CNET: Uber agreed Thursday to pay as much as $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the county of Los Angeles and the county of San Francisco that accused the ride-hailing company of misleading consumers about safety.
Uber also agreed to a host of changes to its marketing and operations to address concerns raised by the suit. Uber said in a blog post Thursday that it had already instituted some of those changes.
Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:25
From ComputerWorld: Users of Outlook for iOS and Android now have new ways to get important reminders and events into their calendars, thanks to integrations that Microsoft unveiled Thursday.
The new Calendar Apps feature allows users to add reminders and events from Wunderlist, Evernote and Facebook into their calendars and view key information from those sources alongside calendar details from Exchange, Google Calendar and iCloud.
Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:18
From InfoWorld: One of the major announcements from Microsoft's Build developer conference last week was that the company was bringing the popular Bash command line interface to Windows 10 with a new Linux subsystem. Now, developers can give it a shot with a new beta build of the operating system, which Microsoft released Wednesday morning.
Submitted by Kenneth Kwok on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:17
From PC World: Samsung Electronics’ flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones and sales of its mid-range devices in emerging markets have likely helped the company boost its operating profit in the first quarter.
The South Korean company forecast Thursday that its operating profit for the quarter was likely to be 6.6 trillion won (US$5.7 billion), an over 10 percent increase from close to 6 trillion won in the same quarter last year.
Revenue likely increased 4 percent in the quarter to 49 trillion won, according to the company’s guidance.