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Change Is For The Better

“All change is change for the better. There is no such thing as “change for the worse.” Change is the process of Life Itself, and that process could be called by the name “evolution.” And evolution moves in only one direction: forward, and toward improvement. Therefore, when change visits your life, you can be sure things are turning for the better. It may not look that way in the very moment change arrives, but if you will wait a while and have faith in the process, you will see that this is true.”

— Neale Donald Walsch

I found this interesting research report on the value of adding AI to businesses

Quartz is incorporating AR into its news app. The company has been working on the AR feature for a few weeks and its first 3D rendering was of the Cassini probe that recently ended its Saturn mission. Quartz used ARKit tools to build the feature and obtained the 3D images of Cassini from NASA. They used the images to allow readers to virtually place the probe on a real environment to get a sense its actual size.

This story is an interesting piece on why and how we should incorporate empathy and ethics in A.I.

It sounds impossible now, but just wait, it might happen . . .

Intel is investing more than $1 billion in AI startups, and acquiring other significant AI companies

A Bay Area couple has created a drone that can remove graffiti remotely. Candace Marbury and Chris Farmer won San Jose, California’s “Unleash Your Geek” competition, which focused around finding solutions for removing graffiti from the city’s highways and streets. The two built a drone with a spray can that can remove graffiti remotely. The city spends about $1 million in removing graffiti each year. The grand prize of the competition was $25,000. There are still some regulatory hurdles, however, since drones are not allowed to fly over individuals.

Usually, when Apple introduces a new version of iOS they improve security. That doesn’t appear to be the case with iOS 11, which deliberately makes it harder to turn off both its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios. You will want to continue to use the radio buttons in the Settings screens, rather than using a new interface.

Google Earth VR is getting an update and adding street-level viewing to the app. Street View VR is available as a separate app for Google Daydream and Cardboard users, but the update adds Street View to Google Earth VR for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users. The Street View images come from 85 countries and can be viewed in 360 degrees. Google opened up the Street View API to other partners to help create more 3D content.

Researchers have analyzed Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer, and found Chrome to be the most resilient of the three against attacks. This is because it has a tight lockdown of components, separation of duties, and greater identifiable vendor efforts for automated vulnerability discovery.


Pimax has quadrupled its Kickstarter funding goal for the 8K VR headset. The company first revealed a prototype of its ultra high resolution headset, which has a 200-degree field of view, at CES 2017. Pimax launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter this month with a modest $200,000 goal, and it has already surpassed it and raised more than $880,000. The company plans to ship devices to its backers in December of this year.

Latest and best products I’ve seen on ProductHunt

In as little as five minutes and 20 questions, you can identify your knowledge gaps and strengths with our skill assessments. Your results tell you where to start within a learning path, so you can develop the skills you need most and not waste time on what you already know.

GIPHY World is an augmented reality app that lets you communicate in AR. Just add a few GIFs around you and share. You can record a video of your creation to post on the web or even better, share a link to your scene for your friends to explore!

Giv is a dead simple tool for creating engaging Snapchat and Instagram giveaways.

iZooto is an audience re-engagement tool that drives higher conversions, order fulfillments, and user callback exponentially. Say goodbye to cart drops and leaks with iZooto

• Segment users by interest, clickstream, and behavior

• Automatically send notifications when your users are most likely to engage with them

  • Add banner images, emojis, CTAs

Boost Editor uses AI to analyse your writing for the five base emotions: joy, sadness, anger, anxiety and disgust. After you know what emotions your writing elicits naturally, the Boost Editor will suggest word changes to optimise your writing to elicit the emotion of your choice.

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