Amazon Astro Robot unveiling calls to mind The Jetsons and WALL-E

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The tech giant introduced the in-home device alongside new Ring and Alexa products. Amazon recently held its annual hardware and services event, this time virtually, and rolled out a spectrum of new products including everything from its Astro Robot to Alexa-powered Echo devices and Ring security products. Artificial Intelligence (AI) was a central technology behind many of the newly unveiled gadgets. The ambient AI was developed to understand what users want and when they want it. These gadgets are powered by the new AZ2 processor to provide the experience. Amazon…

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Smartphone sensors collect enough data to detect when you’ve used weed

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Rutgers University researchers found that phones have a 90 percent cannabis use detection accuracy. A team of researchers from Rutgers University have determined that data collected through nothing more than smartphone sensors, when combined with machine learning, can be enough to detect if someone has been using marijuana. The researchers’ goal was to develop a passive cannabis usage detection proof-of-concept method. The research goal was to develop a proof-of-concept passive detection method for marijuana use which could be used as an alternative to the current conventional detection methods such as…

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Smartphone magnetic fields could affect pacemakers and defibrillators, says study

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This is a good reason for anyone with this type of implant to keep devices out of bras and breast pockets. It may seem harmless to tuck your phone into your bra if you need both hands to do something else, but smartphone magnetic fields could make this a dangerous practice for pacemaker and implanted defibrillator patients. Same goes for devices tucked into breast pockets and the inner chest pocket of a jacket. New research shows that these types of gadgets should be kept at least 15 cm (6 inches)…

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European Union intends to legislate for universal phone charger

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Despite Apple’s complaints about the move, the EU intends to move forward with the requirement. At the end of last week, the European Union presented a legislative proposal that would require smartphones, tablets and headphones to all require a universal phone charger. This move is likely to have the largest impact on Apple, which is notorious for its proprietary cables. The iPhone is the smartphone most commonly associated with a proprietary charger, while rival devices typically use one of two different cable types at the moment. Most Android-based phones charge…

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New Kindle Paperwhite models unveiled with larger screens

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These e-readers also feature a notably longer battery life than previous generations of the device. Amazon recently announced that it would be releasing three new versions of its e-reader called the Kindle Paperwhite. This represents the first update the device has seen since its last release in 2018. Many technology experts had started questioning whether the last Kindle Paperwhite devices were the final models to be released. As many people have opted for tablets and phones with large screens instead of e-readers, there had been some speculation as to whether…

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