Science and Technology

Throughout history, attempts by mere mortals to plumb the inner recesses of the soul have been seen as hubristic. Shakespeare had Hamlet express this powerfully when he rages against those who “would pluck out the heart of my mystery”. He accuses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of trying to play him like some kind of instrument, rather than treating him as a human being. “How unworthy a thing you make of me,” he chides. Today, there are no such taboos. Hamlet refers to himself metaphorically as “this little organ” but now we dissect the self by studying a very literal organ: the…
WhatsApp has launched four new text formatting options today These are bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes, and incline code There's nothing more frustrating than coming home from the shops only to realise you've forgotten a vital ingredient. But with new text formats in WhatsApp, there will no longer be any excuse for forgetting your shopping list. Today, the popular messaging app has launched four new text formats to make it easier for users to communicate. These are the bulleted list, numbered list, block quote, and incline code. Here's how you can try them out for yourself. How to use…
Children had a gene mutation that blocked a protein needed for hearing The treatment injected a version of the gene in the inner ear Children began hearing just six weeks after the single injection A breakthrough treatment has allowed six deaf children, ages one through 11, to hear the world for the first time. The children were part of two experimental groups in China and the US, who were all born with a gene mutation that blocked production of a protein needed for hearing. Scientists injected a version of the gene, called otoferlin (OTOF), into the inner ear, and the…
Your iPhone contains sensitive information, including saved passwords, Apple Wallet cards, and cherished photos. Losing your phone, even temporarily, can evoke concerns about the security of your data. In its recent iOS update, version 17.3, Apple introduced a new feature called Stolen Device Protection to alleviate such worries. Tech reporter Rich DeMuro from Nexstar’s KTLA explains that this setting enhances security against potential theft attempts, making it more challenging for thieves to access personal information, even if they possess your passcode. DeMuro points out that typically, someone with your passcode could perform actions such as changing your Apple ID password,…
Israel on Wednesday announced the recent test of a new air-defense configuration. The test involved the Spyder surface-to-air system, made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. During the trial, the Spyder system's components were combined into a single vehicle. Israel's defense ministry announced Wednesday the completion of a "successful trial" last week involving the Spyder surface-to-air system, an air-defense asset that's manufactured by the country's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The system has been operated for nearly two decades by a handful of militaries, and is capable of engaging drones, aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, and precision-guided munitions. The trial, a collaborative…
Chinese officials claim a Beijing company has cracked Apple's AirDrop encryption, a development that could enable police to trace dissidents who've used the app to spread anti-government messages. A Chinese tech company claims to have cracked Apple's AirDrop encryption. Chinese authorities say the information helped catch people sending "inappropriate information." Government critics have used the app to send information wirelessly. The company Wangshendongjian Technology was able to identify users by hacking encrypted device logs, according to China's Justice Bureau. The information was used by police to trace people using AirDrop to send what the filing described as "inappropriate speech." It…
Saturday, 23 December 2023 04:34

10 functions Android could borrow from iPhone

Many users consider Android as an operating system for mobile devices that offers numerous features and extensive customization options. In a sense, this is indeed true; however, it's worth noting that despite its rich functionality, Android, as before, lacks some capabilities available in iOS. RBC-Ukraine has compiled 10 iPhone features that should definitely appear on Android, making the use of the operating system much more convenient. Face ID Face ID is facial recognition technology created by Apple for its devices. To unlock the iPhone, you simply need to look at its screen. Face ID sensors use infrared rays for precise…
Friday, 22 December 2023 04:43

Cargo plane flies with no pilot on board

One of the world’s most widely used cargo planes completed an entire flight with no one on board for the first time. Lasting approximately 12 minutes in total, the flight departed from Hollister Airport, in Northern California, and was operated by Reliable Robotics, which has been working since 2019 on a semi-automated flying system in which the aircraft is controlled remotely by a pilot. The company recently announced that the 50-mile flight took place in November. The plane was a Cessna Caravan, a robust single-engine aircraft that is a popular choice for flight training, tourism, humanitarian missions and regional cargo.…
Researchers from Google AI have unveiled Translatotron 3, an innovative AI model that revolutionizes speech-to-speech translation, promising to turn users into real-time polyglots. This breakthrough technology eliminates the need for vast amounts of parallel speech data, making it accessible for languages with limited resources. Overcoming language barriers Language barriers have long been a hindrance to effective communication, both in everyday life and across global borders. While speech-to-speech translation (S2ST) models have emerged to address this challenge, they traditionally rely on extensive parallel speech data, limiting their utility for many languages where such data is scarce or entirely unavailable. Enter Translatotron…
Drone swarms shown to talk, collaborate and split up duties using human language, making it easier for operators to understand the machines' behaviour The technology has potential for use in security patrols, rescue operations and aerial logistics and transport, research team says A team of Chinese scientists has developed drones that can engage in "group chats" to discuss and assign tasks among themselves, much like human teams. The technology could be used to improve security patrols, disaster rescueand aerial logistics, the researchers said. While communication strategies for drone swarms are typically designed to simulate bee and ant colonies, the Chinese…
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