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Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

AI assistants may be called "personal" but they definitely aren't personable. Never mind their obviously fake personalities, these intelligent chatbots are really intelligent in only the factual sense. Huawei, however wants AI assistants to grow beyond that to become something more relatable, more approachable, more human-like. In other words, it wants to make its AI have some EI, emotional intelligence, as well to help identify human emotions and, if needed, console their users. Considering what Huawei is going through, it might be in need of some of that emotional support itself.

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How to use Alexa Blueprints for DIY fun galore

How to use Alexa Blueprints for DIY fun galore

It's time to turn Alexa into a joke machine, using the first round of Alexa Blueprints to do some mischief. If you're a big fan of The Office, you know the episode cold open where Michael Scott figures out he can make his computer speak. Today, you can make all your Amazon Echo or otherwise Alexa-infused devices do what you want. Or at least answer all the questions you ask it, how you wish.

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Rylo 360 camera gets new mode, Bluetooth remote in app update

Rylo 360 camera gets new mode, Bluetooth remote in app update

The miniature 360-degree camera Rylo has gained new features thanks to a software update released today. Owners who update the mobile app will see a new 180-degree mode, enabling content to be recorded using only one of the camera's two sensors. In addition, the update brings a photo timer, the ability to wirelessly capture content using Bluetooth, and more.

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Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Microsoft has launched Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google's Chrome browser via an extension. Anyone can download the extension now, adding an extra layer of protection to block malicious websites. The extension, which is free, alerts users when they attempt to load a dangerous website and directs them back toward safety.

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Virus removal for Android: A step-by-step in 2018

Virus removal for Android: A step-by-step in 2018

Today we're taking a peek at the so-called Android virus, and how one might destroy said malicious entity. Before we go any further, know this: if you stick to Google Play, chances are you're gonna be safe. Google's got a fairly good handle on the "virus" game at this point, and any app you've installed from Google Play is going to be remotely removed if it's found to be malicious. For everything else, there's a quick process.

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View and control your Android phone from your PC: here’s how

View and control your Android phone from your PC: here’s how

Smartphone users these days are often chided for their inability to put down their phones. Those of us who have to work with computers everyday, however, aren't always so attached. That said, there are times when we do wish, or even need, to have access to our phones even while typing away. At the risk of really keeping us connected to our Android phones, here is a selection of some of the top apps and services you can use to not only but even control what's on your phone without leaving your desktop or laptop.

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Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Google is on a crusade to banish bad ads from the Internet. Some would argue that it's a self-serving crusade meant to steer the industry towards its own brand of ads. It's hard to argue, however, that Google is also addressing some of the biggest complaints surfers have with ads. With Chrome 66, now available on all platforms, the web browser finally delivers on the promise of blocking autoplaying videos and audio. That is, if they fall under criteria.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Google is not one to shy away from throwing anything and everything at a wall to see which ones stick. It has admittedly given birth to some highly successful products but has also resulted in a few false positives. But as big as Google may be, it doesn't have an infinite amount of resources, especially human ones. And as a skunkworks project becomes more and more official, more and more resources might be diverted away from those that need them even more. That might soon be the case with Fuchsia OS, the third Google operating system it doesn't really need.

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Apple puts 32-bit macOS apps on notice

Apple puts 32-bit macOS apps on notice

As far as Apple is concerned, it's a 64-bit world. It already evicted 32-bit apps from iOS starting iOS 11 and it has begun the process to do the same on its macOS desktop operating system. Users will now be greeted by an ominous warning when the start a 32-bit app in the latest macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. But there's no reason to panic as the app will continue to work as normal, at least for now.

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PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

Everyone wants to ride the PUBG train. Short for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale game is like that popular kid in school that everyone wants to be or, at the very least, be with. That seems to be true even for malware. A new type of ransomware has popped up blatantly calling itself PUBG Ransomware. Although it does hold your files hostage by encrypting them, it does also provide the key to restore them. Or you can just play PUBG for one hour.

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Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

The 90s called and want their file manager back. File managers have become de-emphasized thanks to the more app-centric world of mobile devices, but once upon a time, they were pretty much the center of a user's computing world. Perhaps timed to commemorate the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it’s "uncluttered" File Explorer, Microsoft has just released Windows 3.0's File Manager as open source software for both developers and users to look at. And, yes, it runs on Windows 10 too.

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