Just Pop To The Robot Shop.
Amazon look set to launch a new type of high tech grocery shop next year that allows customers to use an app to record (and pay for) their purchases rather than having to go through a checkout.
Tech Tip - The Action Centre.
If you like using the Notification Centre on your smart phone, Windows 10’s new ‘Action Centre’ feature offers you something very similar for your computer.
Record Breaking Online Sales For ‘Cyber Monday’
Just as we’re getting over Black Friday in the UK, news comes from the U.S. about record-breaking online sales on the first day after the Thanksgiving break that has become known a ‘Cyber Monday’.
Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now the popular culture names for the day after Thanksgiving (which is on a Thursday), and the following Monday. Black Friday became a popular shopping day because U.S. workers would take the day after Thanksgiving off work to have a long weekend, which meant that retailers dropped prices on the Friday to tempt them to shop on their day off. Cyber Monday came about because retailers noticed that people were still continuing to buy goods online on Monday.
Up until 2014, Cyber Monday had been the world's biggest online sales day until its rival Black Friday took over. Now Cyber Monday has made a huge (online) sales comeback.
Keresley Rugby Club Get Vital Sponsorship.
Mercia Facilities Management has provided sponsorship to help train and develop the junior/senior section of Keresley Rugby Football Club.
Keresley Rugby Club, based at Burrow Hill Lane, Corley Coventry, have been appealing for donations or support to help maintain and develop a new generation of coaches and players.
iPhone Users Hit By Spammers.
Up until recently, Apple products have been widely regarded as being safe from viruses, spam and other unwanted online intrusion. iPhone users, however, have reported an increase in unwanted invitations turning up in their calendars, and unwanted photo-sharing alerts.
What Kind of Spam Invitations?
Some have reported receiving clearly ‘spammy’ offers relating to fake Black Friday deals and discounts on famous designer labels which don’t actually come from the brands themselves. It has been reported that many of the ‘offers’ appear to come from sources in China, and are most likely to relate to fake / copy goods.
Those who have their calendar for business use can it invite others to meetings and events. Now spammers have exploited this feature and the invitations are being sent as part mass mailouts and appear as calendar notifications.
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Facial Recognition Allows 'No Hands' Driving.
Details of a new smart ‘no hands’ cruise control that uses facial recognition technology to make sure that the driver is paying attention are reported to have been revealed in correspondence between The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and auto manufacturer General Motors Co (GM).
Drive With No Hands On The Wheel.
A letter from the NHTSA to GM is reported to have outlined the main details of the news Super Cruise system. The details of the system were not due to be officially unveiled until early 2017.
Unlike current cruise controls which require the driver’s hands to be on the wheel at all times, when the new GM Super Cruise feature is activated it will enable the car to be driven in cruise control mode without the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.
Ofcom Rules To Separate Openreach From BT.
After a long negotiation, the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has now ruled that it will be formally asking the European Commission to start the process of separating BT from its network infrastructure arm, Openreach.
Through Openreach, BT owns (and is responsible for providing) the vast majority of the UK’s telecoms network infrastructure, not just for itself but also for any competitors including TalkTalk, Sky, and Vodafone (and BT's own retail arm). This has led to competition problems.
There is also an argument that greater investment is needed in the network, and that action needs to be taken to improve broadband and phone services across the UK.
Artificial Intelligence Now Reads Lips Better Than People.
A research alliance between Google’s AI company DeepMind and Oxford University is reported to have developed a new AI system that can read lips better than humans.
Better Than a Trained Lip Reading Professional?
According to a recent scientific paper about the project, the newly developed AI system known as Watch, Listen and Spell (WLAS) can read human lips to the point where it is able to interpret more words than a trained lip reading professional. When tested against each other using 200 randomly selected BBC television video clips, the WLAS system was recorded as having a lip reading accuracy rate of 46.8%, whereas the human lip reading professional only managed a 12.4% accuracy rate.