Google Mastered a Game That Vexed Scientists - and Their Machines - for Decades 1

Google Mastered a Game That Vexed Scientists – and Their Machines – for Decades

February 9, 2016 PTdrivers 7

Home | Science | Science Features Google Mastered a Game That Vexed Scientists – and Their Machines – for Decades Matt McFarland, The Washington Post , 1 February 2016 Artificial intelligence took a historic step forward last week when a Google team announced that it taught a machine to master the ancient Chinese game Go, a feat researchers have chased for decades.
While computers learned to outclass humans at checkers and chess in the '90s, Go – a 2,500-year-old game – was still vexing computer scientists. Because the game offers players a nearly infinite number of moves – and is difficult to score in the middle of a match – it has proved to be the most difficult of classic games to teach computers to play.
But that all changed last week as Google's researchers brought a fresh approach and wealth of computing power to findings published in the scientific journal Nature.
“It's a real milestone and surprise for me how quickly things have happened,” said Martin Muller, a p..

Check Out Massive Discounts on Laptops, Speakers, Printers, and More 2

Check Out Massive Discounts on Laptops, Speakers, Printers, and More

March 7, 2016 PTdrivers 0

This week we have the Lenovo ThinkPad, a curved screen LED monitor from Samsung, wireless headphones by Sony and a lot more at great discounts.
1. Lenovo X250 ThinkPad

In the market for a solid Windows laptop? The Lenovo X250 ThinkPad is available with a decent cashback offer on Paytm. You can grab the laptop for as low as Rs. 84,301 (effective after cashback). Use the promo code A10K to get a cashback of Rs. 10,000 in your Paytm Wallet. The Lenovo X250 ThinkPad is powered by the fifth generation Core i7 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. You may want to upgrade the RAM later on, for a better experience. The laptop ships with a 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 8 Pro out of the box. You'll be able to upgrade to Windows 10. The laptop features a 12.5-inch display with anti-glare coating. It has one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. The 6-cell battery can last up to 9 hours on a single charge, according to Lenovo.
Price: Rs. 84,301 (effective)
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2. Samsung 24-inch cu..

Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password 3

Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password

February 22, 2016 PTdrivers 0

Home | Mobiles | Mobiles Features Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password Yanan Wang, The Washington Post , 21 January 2016 After Peggy Bush's husband, David, succumbed to lung cancer last August, she liked to play card games on their iPad to pass the time. The 72-year-old resident of Victoria, Canada, was on an app one day when it suddenly stopped working, and she was unable to reload the device without providing a password for their Apple ID account.
Bush's husband never told her the password, and she hadn't thought to ask. Unlike so many of the things David had left for Bush in his will – car ownership, the title of the house, basically everything he owned – this digital asset followed him to the grave.
According to reporting by the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, the journey to procure the password proved more difficult than any other process involved in David's passing.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” Bush told CBC. “I could get th..

MWC 2016: Samsung, LG Improve Smartphone Cameras, Turn to Virtual Reality 4

MWC 2016: Samsung, LG Improve Smartphone Cameras, Turn to Virtual Reality

February 22, 2016 PTdrivers 0

South Korean tech giants Samsung Electronics and LG unveiled Sunday new smartphones with better cameras and turned to virtual reality to boost interest in their headsets at a time of slowing sales.
Samsung launched two versions of its flagship phone, the flat screen Galaxy S7 and the curved screen Galaxy S7 Edge, with cameras that can take better pictures under low-light conditions.
The company, the world's number one smartphone maker, also debuted its first 360 degree camera, the Gear 360, in Barcelona where the mobile industry is gathered for the start of the Mobile World Congress on Monday, in its latest attempt to remain ahead of Apple.
The camera is designed to make it easy to take all-around photos and videos that can be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or viewed as immersive experiences on Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR headsets which went on sale in November.
(Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. LG G5 vs. Sony Xperia Z5)
“User generated 360 degree photos..

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale: What’s on Offer

February 19, 2016 PTdrivers 0

Home | Mobiles | Mobiles Features Flipkart Republic Day Sale: What's on Offer by Gadgets 360 Staff , 21 January 2016 Flipkart on Wednesday kick-started its Republic Day Sale period by offering deals and discounts on mobile handsets, television sets, tablets, and laptops. The three-day sale, which lasts from Wednesday through Friday, also includes offers on accessories such as headphones, microSD cards, and more. Note that some deals may be app-only, which means you will need to use the Flipkart app to make use of the offers.

(Also see: Amazon Great Indian Sale, Snapdeal Republic of Savings Deals)

In the mobile section, the Flipkart Republic Day Sale besides offering exchange offers with up to Rs. 20,000 off on the purchase of a new mobile, also offers flat Rs. 500, Rs. 3,500, Rs, and 3,000 off on Lenovo K3 Note, Nexus 6P, and Moto X Style respectively. Other smartphones that are being sold on discounts as a part of the Republic Day sale include Asus ZenFone 2 series, Xiaomi Red..

Meet the Man Who Holds the Future of the Internet in His Hands 6

Meet the Man Who Holds the Future of the Internet in His Hands

February 22, 2016 PTdrivers 0

It took years for the Internet to reach its first 100 computers. Today, 100 new ones join each second. And running deep within the silicon souls of most of these machines is the work of a technical wizard of remarkable power, a man described as a genius and a bully, a spiritual leader and a benevolent dictator.
Linus Torvalds – who in person could be mistaken for just another a paunchy, middle-aged suburban dad who happens to have a curiously large collection of stuffed penguin dolls – looms over the future of computing much as Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs loom over its past and present. For Linux, the operating system that Torvalds created and named after himself, has come to dominate the exploding online world, making it more popular overall than rivals from Microsoft or Apple.
But while Linux is fast, flexible and free, a growing chorus of critics warn that it has security weaknesses that could be fixed but haven't been. Worse, as Internet security has surged as a subject..

Japan's 3D Printers Shape Dreams 7

Japan’s 3D Printers Shape Dreams

February 9, 2016 PTdrivers 8

Home | Laptops | Laptops Features Japan's 3D Printers Shape Dreams Yomiuri and Seita Watanabe, The Japan News , 20 January 2016 It's well known that 3D printers can use data to manufacture a variety of three-dimensional objects. The technology has attracted attention for being able to create nearly anything and is being increasingly applied to industry, as well as research and development.
Recently, however, it seems that even company employees and housewives are utilizing 3D printers for a variety of needs.
“A gear in the washing nozzle of my toilet seat broke.” “I want to fix the broken trigger on a high-pressure water hose.” These are examples of the problems that customers bring every day to “Ah! 3D Printer Shop!!” in Nakano Ward, Tokyo.
One customer was Mieko Hiramatsu, 58, the manager of a condo in Tokyo's Koto Ward. She was dealing with old, cracked frames for elevator control buttons.
Hiramatsu contacted the elevator maker to try to get them repaired, but the nee..