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MIT Team Develops New Technologies To Improve Wi-Fi At Large Venues

It’s not easy to get a good Wi-Fi signal at a major sporting event, however that is about to change because researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believe they have found a solution. When we are in crowded areas such as a conference hall, airport, stadium or concert, multiple wireless routers need to be installed so that everyone has access to the internet. However, this cause the problem of interference with so many routers in play which results in a crowd that is frustrated by incredibly slow access to the internet.

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Google Making Its Artificial Intelligence Powered Assistant Available To Third Parties

The Google Assistant is no longer exclusive to Pixel phones anymore. Google’s digital assistant will soon be available for iPhones as well. Google’s Scott Huffman made the announcement during the keynote presentation at the Google I/O developer conference Which was held recently. If you think Google was done by making its digital assistant available to iPhone users, you would be wrong. As Google makes its AI technology available to more devices, its smart assistant gets much smarter.

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SpaceX Developing Internet Network To Be Beamed From Space

By 2019 Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX will be launching rockets that have its own satellites as its payload. According to Patricia Cooper who heads up the company’s satellite government affairs division, the company wishes to build a network of internet connected satellites. Ms Cooper revealed the company’s plans at a United States Senate committee hearing about broadband infrastructure. SpaceX has plans to launch its first prototype satellite into space by the end of this year. The first fully operation satellites will be launched by 2019.

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Apple Testing 5G Technology

Just about every major United States mobile carrier is working on Fifth Generation (5G) wireless technology. It will probably be ready to deploy within a few year’s time. Device manufacturers in the meantime are making sure their products will be ready for use when the time finally comes when 5G networks are deployed. According to a Business Insider report, Apple is quick off the mark and has already sought permission to begin testing 5G technologies just for that purpose.

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Microsoft Opens Up Cortana Digital Assistant To Developers

Microsoft has decided that it will open up its digital assistant named Cortana to developers. The company has provided a Cortana Skills Kit which will enable developers to integrate their services with the digital assistant. At present the skill set is in public preview which means we could see some really cool stuff happening with Cortana in the near future. The news comes hot on the heels of a launch by speaker maker Harmon Kardon of Invoke, its Cortana powered speaker.

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Australians Embrace The Idea Of Driverless Cars

Australians love the idea of the driverless car, but they want to inspect the vehicle first. According to the results of a national study undertaken by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), Australians are pretty keen to get rid of the steering wheel. The survey polled over 5000 Australians aged 18 or over and the results indicate that the majority liked the idea of using a driverless car when they were tired or when driving was monotonous. Another reason for liking the idea was they could let the vehicle do the driving if they had consumed alcohol.

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WhatsApp Rolling Out New Features

Developers at WhatsApp continue to introduce new features and changes on a gradual basis to the wildly popular messaging app. Recently the app introduced improvements such as Live location sharing and after doing so revamped the interface for both video and audio calls. The new interface unifies it with the material design guidelines for the calling interface. If you are wondering why you haven’t seen it yet, this is because it is still under testing and is only available as a hidden feature in WhatsApp Beta for Android.

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Apple Files Patent That Makes Use Of Wi-Fi For Charging Your Phone

The future is closer than you think, in the coming years, charging your iPhone could be as simple as accessing a Wi-Fi signal. According to AppleInsider, Apple was recently granted a patent for a technology that has the ability to harness the wireless signals sent out by routers to charge mobile devices. The system would make use of the same frequencies we currently use to transfer data wirelessly and would give our phones a constant supply of power.

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New Payment Platform To Ensure Internet Publishers Get Paid For Content

It is no secret that most websites rely on advertising dollars, however ad blocking extensions are increasingly becoming more popular which means creators of content are losing out on what used to be a reliable revenue stream. The internet is fast evolving and if websites want to keep the lights on, they need to find new ways of bringing in cash.

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Researchers Figure Out How To Unlock Smartphone Finger Print Readers

Are you worried about keeping your smartphone protected from prying eyes? Even the most basic phone security is not practised by many people and according to the results of a new study suggests that one of the most basic tools for keeping your device safe may not be as secure as you thought. Researchers from Michigan State University and New York University were able to exploit vulnerabilities of common fingerprints scanners.

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