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Samsung New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Bixby will take on Siri and Alexa

Samsung New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Bixby will take on Siri and Alexa

Samsung Bixby has all the big guns! Siri better watch out!

Yes, Samsung Bixby has all the big guns! Anyone who watches The Big Bang Theory would perhaps recall the episode in which Penny has a great idea for an app: you take a picture of a shoe and this app searches it for you. With the market flooding with different voice assistants, you would think, this had already been done! But apparently not! Even though technology news keeps updating us consumers about every little thing that happens, there has been no news for this!
Until now!After the very public and very embarrassing debacle with their flagship device, Note 7, Samsung has been thrust quite voluntarily under the public eye once more for its new flagship device the S8 which they are launching with their new player: Bixby.

Sure you know Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’ Cortana, which are basically all AI voice assistants. In fact when Apple released the iphone7, the marketing was primarily strategized around Siri, whose performance, the company claimed has been upped a few notches. And if technology news is anything to go by, they were not wrong.

So how does Bixby endeavour to compete with its existing competition? Before getting into that, it might be prudent to remember that all these apps primarily run via voice commands, so once you change over to any other form of communication, perhaps a touch command, and your task would either be left in medias res, or be begun entirely anew! Frustrating as it may sound, no substantial improvement has been made in this area. Until Bixby that is!

Samsung claims that Bixby unlike other voice-operated assistants, can be used on multiple platforms. It markets the S8 as a completely new way to use your phone. In addition, you can do it via touch; you can use texts or the simplest: your voice, being integrated throughout the device. Of course if technology news is anything to go by, Samsung wants Bixby to perform so unparalleled in its capability so that it can transcend from just a phone interface and can be integrated in all phases of your life, even household appliances.

If you are lost and find it problematic to navigate Google maps, then perhaps Bixby is going to be your best friend because if Samsung’s claims are anything to go by, all you have to do is open the camera and take a photo and the rest of the information would be provided to you by your phone.

Once again if technology news and Samsung’s claims are anything to go by, Bixby is apparently well endowed to follow commands like “show me a picture of Billy. Text it to mom”. If this is to be believed, then there is nothing on the market close to it now and apple must sit up and take notice.

Samsung however does tell you that Bixby operates based on your needs which it picks up from the way your phone has been customised to the apps which are used most frequently. And of course unlike any other assistant, it is also your daily planner and fitness tracker, just a bit better than its competitors.

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Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: The Tough Coating for Silicon

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: The Tough Coating for Silicon

We are living in a society, where the science and technology have taken the center stage of all possible developments and in almost every day, we are witnessing some new concepts or developments in the arena of the science and technology that helps our life and circumstances to be more composed and ease. Very recently some scientists and engineers have developed a method that can be of great help for materials, especially Supercritical carbon dioxide, for various applications, ranging from batteries to the most elegant biosensors1. Some of the relevant issues, related to these developments are as follows:

  • Sreenivasa Reddy Puniredd and his colleagues of an “A” Star Material Research and Engineering institute have developed a simple and new way that can be helpful to deliver the essential protective molecules by using the Supercritical carbon dioxide, popularly known as scCO2.
  • In this process, the normal Carbon Dioxide is being converted to the Supercritical carbon dioxide under extremely high pressure, when this becomes the free-flowing liquid, which is chemically inexpensive, inert and comparatively more environment-friendly than other traditional solvents.
  • The research team used the Supercritical carbon dioxide, scCO2, in carrying molecules, known as alkyl thiols, which is having a long chain of carbons and an atom of Sulfur at one of the end. Here Sulfur forms the stable bond with the silicon, while water-repelling chains of carbons make the tightly-packed skin on the surface of the silicon.
  • This is a simple green method, where the silicon forms the oxide layer on the surface at the time of exposure to moisture and air, which have the potential to detract from its own electronic properties. It can be noted that the adding of the molecular “skin” to the silicon is providing a physical barrier to prevent oxidation, but by forming these monolayers could have been tricky and require longer processing time, as well as, the inert atmosphere or demanding the uses of the harmful solvents of organic nature.
  • In applying the coating, researchers had used alkyl thiols that contain seven to eighteen atoms that could coat germanium, silicon and the silicon nanowires. Each of the procedures took almost few hours and able to produce monolayers of 1.6 nanometers to 2.3 nanometers of thickness, which are able to resist wear and in repelling water to a great extent. The most notable and greatest effect had been seen for the longest chains of alkyl thiols.
  • These monolayers also having the potential of protecting the surface, more than fifty days, from oxygen. These are prepared by using the conventional solvents, had been typically stable for the shorter period of time, even less than one week. It is stated that the increase in the stability was an expected issue, but such a longer stability was a real surprise for the research team.
  • Ths Supercritical carbon dioxide technology can be used in the modification of a different variety of inorganic surface and it may be worth mentioning that this technology is able to enhance the stability and enhancement of the respective film, apart from being scalable.

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Materials That Emit Rainbows

Materials That Emit Rainbows

A New Discovery: Rainbow Emitting Materials

There is no dearth of amazement in the world of science. The news of the existence Mechanochromic Luminescent Materials or commonly known by their abbreviation MCL and are very popular among tech enthusiasts and physicists and even the masses for the simple reason; when these materials come in contact with the presence of certain pressure or temperature, or when there is a shift or change in the atmospheric pressure or temperature, they change their normal colours.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Refashioning the Retail Industry

How Artificial Intelligence is Refashioning the Retail Industry

Artificial Intelligence is Changing The Way Of The Retail Industry Quietly

Currently we make use of technology each day to buy online through the E-commerce websites which helps us in keeping in sync with latest fashion. But fashion has been in relation with technology for ages. About twenty years ago a famed designer called Alexander Mc Queen made use of two robots for spray painting on the model’s white dresses. If you think that it was a long lost blurred coming together of fashion with the modern day advancement then the last years ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’  theme in the Met Ball will strike more cords.

As stated earlier the narrow bridge between the technology and retail world is closing down and turning into a single entity. This is the result of the incredible rise in the online shopping along use of the Artificial  intelligence which is simply changing the way people shop and they will shop in future.

Retailers believe in Artificial intelligence

Blue Yonder has conducted a survey few months ago wherein more 750 groceries retailers from all across the globe were asked questions specifically related to the decision making and customer service. Their survey has shown that the most of groceries retailer understands the in upcoming years the robotics, Artificial  intelligenceand machine learning will play a vital role in the retail industry. More than 77 percent believed that AI and machine learning will make a huge impact while rest of the retailers believed it is happening already.

Benefits of using Artificial intelligence in retail

By adding the Artificial  intelligence along with machine learning to the decision making has helped businesses in becoming highly efficient. On such German retailer has seen a remarkable difference in their business altogether.

  • €20m less waster through making replenishment projections.
  • Out of the stock products turned down by 20 percent as retailer was to get right products in right quantity at the right time.
  • €5 m in capital savings with price optimization
  • €5 m efficiency came into the savings due to streamlining of the processes.

Some of the incredible advantages brought by the use of the Artificial  intelligence and varied other technology includes not just boost in the business potential, efficiency but also a notable increase in the revenue. Decision making process is certainly enhanced by the AI which helps store managers in taking right decisions related to products in small amount of time.  Forecasting the demand of product, ordering, pricing and scheduling process tends to get streamlined.

Predictive analytics and customer behavior analysis has received a huge boost and automation further helped the retail industry. Employees were able to concentrate on their core capability which related to ensuring that the business runs in full swing without any hassle. Machines & technology takes away the pain of dealing with the monotonous decisions while the team behind the upcoming and established retail chain can work on innovations and make some of the much needed strategic decisions with ease and grace.

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How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode?

How to Activate YouTube Dark Mode?

Did you ever stay up at night binge watching cat videos or anything that catches your fancy? Ever wish the bright lighting had been dulled to go a little easier on the eyes? Ever streamed videos in the dark to hide its content from your parents or significant other? Well your prayers have been answered. YouTube has developed a super-secret ‘dark mode’ to make our lives a little easier.

Even though YouTube has been in business since 2006, it has lacked this common feature that has otherwise been available in a lot of video players around the web.

We have found a way to officially ‘dim the lights’ so you can better focus on the video you choose to stream. The fully functional dark mode was first discovered by Owen Williams who chose to share this information with all other users across the World Wide Web.

The dark mode not only swaps YouTube’s classic red and white theme for an all-black, but also tweaks its interface. The dark theme can be toggled on and off like a light switch. The activation takes a bit of fiddling but I promise the whole process will take less than a minute for even the most technologically challenged out there. So read on, to find out how to activate YouTube’s dark mode.

You will not find this feature being officially advertised as it’s still in the testing stage. Google is financing a trial for this experiment as a part of their new website’s design.

For now, only Chrome users can benefit from this experience. After enabling this effect it will apply to the entire web page including the homepage and dedicated channel pages. So let’s get started.

  • First things first, install the most recent version of Google Chrome that is, Version 57 or later.
  • Next, navigate to YouTube’s home page and create a new account. If you already got one, log into it.
  • Now you have to open the Developers Window. You can do this by going to Chrome’s Developers Tool Tab. If you are a Windows user, hit Ctrl + Shift + I on Chrome. If you’re a Mac user press Option + Command + I to do the same.
  • After this click on the ‘Console’ tab.
  • You must Paste in the following text. Carefully note the code: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
  • Hit enter, close the Developers Window, and refresh your browser.
  • To find the dark mode toggle, click on your profile icon in the main settings menu in the top right.
  • Click the toggle switch to activate Dark Mode.
  • Voila! You have activated dark mode, enjoy your videos in the dark all night.
  • Even if this method does not work for you, Youssef Sarhan points out that adding ‘gaming’ in the beginning of your YouTube URL will have a similar effect without changing anything in the console.
  • Unfortunately, you need to reactivate the dark mode every time you restart Chrome.

 

So here you have it! By adding a dark UI you have now achieved a bold new look.

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