Palmer Lucky: Oculus Co-Founder Leaves Facebook

Palmer Lucky, co-founder of Oculus and the man behind the Oculus Rift headset, is saying goodbye to Facebook. Following a shocking news that he had intentionally donated a huge sum of amount to a group spreading memes in support of Trump, Lucky started disappearing from the eye.

Even after becoming a controversial figure, Oculus and Facebook revealed that Lucky has been working actively with the company at that time. Moreover, this what the company has to say about Palmer Lucky:

“Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kick-start the modern VR revolution and build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”


Facebook Messenger on the Roll – Adds Reactions and Mentions for Improved Group Chats

Facebook messenger is always on the roll towards improved chat experience for the users. And for this, it keeps on adding interesting features quite frequently. But this time, Facebook messenger has added two extremely major features that are certainly going to give some tough time to the competitors.

Let’s start with the first one. Reactions!

Yes, Facebook messenger now allows users to react to their friends’ messages. Be it a link, text or any other form of message, you will be able to react to it accordingly such as love, laugh, anger, surprise and thumbs etc. And once you react, a user will instantly receive notification.

The second amazing and pretty useful feature from so many perspective is Mentions. With such an addition, you will be able to mute your group chats and still receive notifications when anyone specifically @mentions you.

Both of the updates are rolling out to users from today. So, you can expect it to be visible on your messenger app in a next few days.


Amazon Added New Feature to Judge Your Daily Outfit Choices

Amazon certainly has something new to offer to its prime members. The latest version of one of the most prolific e-commerce apps has introduced a new feature called “Outfit Compare”. The feature is quite simple in its nature. All a user has to do is upload two pictures of himself in different clothes and receive a response in just a few minutes. And, that particular response will let him know which outfit looks better. Sounds cool, right?

To make Outfit Compare work well, Amazon has hired a group of stylists with massive experience in retail and the fashion industry, so that your clothes could be judged based on their colors and ongoing trends.

The company is aware of the fact that uploading images will discourage you from using the feature. Therefore, Amazon has made it clear that only the staff will be able to see the images just to make sure that privacy of the users get protected at all costs.

As far as the feature’s usability is concerned, it gives scores on a style scale. And due to the reason, a ranking system has been designed, suggesting you about which outfit works fine on you today.

Although Outfit Compare looks like an interesting feature, but what Amazon is expecting from it is still not clear. However, when Amazon has been asked to make a comment, it said that “Outfit Compare is a prime feature that aims to make the membership service something that becomes part of our members’ daily life”.


Gmail Now Allows You to Stream Video Attachments on the Desktop

Google is bringing out a little but useful change to Gmail’s desktop version today. And, if you send or receive video attachments quite frequently via Gmail, then it certainly is a great news for you. Because, from now on, you will be able to stream all videos on the page, instead of downloading them on your system’s hard drive.

The feature has been announced today and it will only be available to the desktop users. The ultimate aim of Gmail’s latest feature is to make it easier for a user to check out the content of a video attachment by utilizing the streaming preview option within the email.

Well, we truly believe that the feature can save a lot of precious time by enabling a user to decide whether or not the video attachment he received is worthy enough to download. However, Gmail still doesn’t allow you to exceed the limitation of 50MB available space, but you always have Google Drive to upload bigger files.


Burger-Flipping Robot is the New Member in CaliBurger’s Kitchen

CaliBurger, one of the finest burger joints has unveiled the new addition to their family on Tuesday. Well, for your kind information, it is not a human employee at all, but a robot that will serve as an assistant for flipping burgers. Therefore, CaliBurger has named it Flippy. And, the fast food chain is planning to roll out this new tech assistant to more than 50 locations worldwide by the end of 2019.

This AI-driven kitchen assistant is developed by Miso Robotics and CaliBurger’s owner, Cali Group. In order to detect ingredients in a kitchen, Flippy uses cameras, sensors and deep learning software. Most importantly, it doesn’t only flip the patties, but also tracks their temperature and cooking time too, so that a human cook never misses out a single second to apply the toppings.

While talking about Flippy, John Miller, chairman of the Cali Group said that this burger-flipping robot will not replace a kitchen worker completely, but will allow the restaurant to engage more employees with customers to provide an awesome customer service experience.

“The application of artificial intelligence to robotic systems that work next to our employees in CaliBurger restaurants will allow us to make food faster, safer and with fewer errors.” Said Miller.

However, as far as the cost of this burger-flipping robot is concerned, Miso Robotics is working closely with customers to come up with a reasonable pricing model.


Line is Teaming Up with Sony and LG to Build Its Own Digital Assistant

Yes, you have heard that right. Line is developing its own voice-activated assistant that could possibly help this incredible messaging app compete with Google and Amazon.

All this happened yesterday at the Mobile World Congress trade show, where the CEO of Line, Takeshi Idezawa highlighted the company’s plan which clearly suggests that Line wants to think beyond just smartphones. And, in result, the company has collaborated with Sony and LG to build its own digital assistant that could compete with voice-activated devices such as Google’s home and Amazon’s Echo.

We are still short of complete details, but Line promises all the basic features including the ability to check weather, order products, update calendar and listen to news. However, some surprising features such as facial recognition and the ability to answer complicated questions will be there to stand it out from competitors.

Clova, Line’s assistant, will be available as a smartphone app and speaker called Wave, and expected to be released sometime in summer. As the company’s target market is Asia, therefore it looks optimistic to give a solid tough time to its competitors.


Ford’s ‘Autolivery’ Concept Brings Drones and Self-Driving Vans to the Party

Ford seems to have a strong vision for the future which clearly visualizes an army of autonomous vans and drones delivering things to people located in urban areas. The company calling it the ‘autolivery’ concept which aims to use self-driving vans and drones for the purpose.

The concept is developed by Shanghai-based Ford designers Euishik Bang, James Kuo and Chelsia Lau for the company’s last Mile Mobility Challenge and brought to the limelight at Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona.

Ford truly believes that the need to develop fair mobility solutions is likely to be increased in the future and concepts like Autolivery can play a great role in lessening air pollution and gridlock drastically.

“It’s all about making life in the city easier. The possibility of harnessing autonomous and electric vehicle technology with drones to quickly and easily send and deliver parcels could help to make life better for everyone,” said Bang.


Good News for Readers: Kobo Launches Its E-Book Subscription Service

E-book subscription is not something new. Amazon launched its Kindle Unlimited service in 2014, whereas Scribd has been providing ebook subscription service since 2013. However, the good news for readers is, Kobo is also joining the fray by launching Kobo Plus.

The service offers free unlimited reading for a complete month. And once you like the subscription, you can keep it for 10 Euros/month. Isn’t that cost-effective?

Well, Kubo offers books accessibility through both of the reading apps and makes sure that the readers have enough material to read in the form of both international and Dutch books. But, it wasn’t merely possible alone, therefore the company has partnered with a regional online retailer called Bol, so that it can serve readers in the best way possible.


YouTube Says Bye-Bye to Unskippable 30-Second Ads from Next Year

YouTube has made an announcement that it will no longer support 30-second video ads that appear before a played video and are merely impossible for a user to skip.

This news has been first revealed by a Google spokesperson to Campaign. He said that the platform will more focus on commercial formats that are comparatively better for both viewers and advertisers in terms of engagement.

The change is not going to affect shorter ads, like 20-second videos or below. It means advertisers will still have enough room to show their creativity and get the job done. However, the short-form videos which are also known as six-second bumper ads will be given a lot of focus.

“We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers, “Google said.


Scientists are Building Tiny Cancer-Fighting Robots to Combat Disease

Scientists have been working so hard to integrate robotics into intricate medical treatments. Well, due to the reason, doctors now have tiny devices that are excessively used to inject drugs into an individual’s eye. Moreover, such devices are also used on areas which are hard to reach.

The good news is, scientists have recently come up with an effective way to combat cancer using magnetized swarm of microscopic robots.

A team of researchers at Phillips Innovative Technologies in Hamburg, Germany is the mind behind this innovation. They have created a way to place each robot in a swarm and provide them specific tasks through magnetic fields.

“Our method may enable complex manipulations inside the human body,” said study lead author Jurgen Rahmer, a physicist at Philips Innovative Technologies in Hamburg, Germany.

Such a group of scientists believes that treating cancer with this technology can protect healthy tissues and possibly lessen harmful side effects. But, I think it’s too early to say anything until we have some real-life examples.

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