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This app can solve differential equations, just by taking a photo of them

Anonymous Coward writes | 12 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Croatian startup MicroBlink built an an app that solves differential equations, just by taking a photo of the equation. If there was concern in higher education about smartphones being used to cheat in exams, now that fear has become even more justified.
The app, called PhotoMath operates in the most intuitive and easy to use manner: You just need to use your smartphone’s camera. After running the app, you aim the camera at the equation or exercise, and within seconds, without even pressing one button, the solution will appear on the screen. Just like that. To reach this level of simplicity, the application uses an advanced and fast OCR algorithm that identifies the characters and digits in front of you instantaneously. But the application does not stop there. If you want, with one click you can see all the steps taken to get to your final answer. The solution can be broken down into the step-by-step actions, and the user can simply browse back and forth between the different steps. The app currently supports arithmetic functions like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; fractions and decimals; roots and powers; and simple linear equations with one or two unknown variables. Application developers are promising that additional, more complicated functions will be introduced in the near future to solve calculus and combinatorics equations."

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Pangu 1.2.1 Jailbreak

Anonymous Coward writes | 46 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "pangu1.2.1 jailbreak update out for the public with crashing issue fix after pangu 1.1 and pangu 1.2 jailbreak updates.. But currently this is a windows based jailbreak system. Pangu team could release their new update after few days of releasing pangu1.2. it is a real surprise for the jailbreak community. The v1.2.1 addresses the bug issue that was causing the program to crash on Windows."
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COBOL Compiler

scarlett0524 (3888297) writes | about an hour ago


scarlett0524 (3888297) writes "NetCOBOL puts you in control of your application distribution costs because there is never an additional charge for distributing applications created using NetCOBOL. And, NetCOBOL gives you flexibility because it runs on .NET, Windows®, Linux and Solaris Which is right for you?"
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Machine learning expert Michael Jordan thinks Big Data is heading for a big fail

agent elevator (1075679) writes | yesterday


agent elevator (1075679) writes "In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges; hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree."
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jamefvdx (3883479) writes | 1 hour ago


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Immediate Road Sign Display

irsdmanager (3888211) writes | 2 hours ago


irsdmanager (3888211) writes "Increasing Safety on the Roads with Immediate Road Sign Display: the Project Runs Crowdfunding Stage

October 20, 2014 – A new ambitious project, Immediate Road Sign Display (IRSD), aimed at increasing safety on the roads runs its engines and will reach crowdfunding on October 20, 2014.

The device identifies road signs or pedestrians crossing the road and immediately projects respective information on the car’s windscreen. This allows the driver to pay necessary attention to a sign or to any other object on the road and take all necessary measures.

With the help of Indiegogo, this innovative project calls on everyone who cares about the problem of the growing number of road accidents. The project offers to make a donation and contribute to the future of global safety. Contributors will be awarded with project-related presents and devices.

According to ASIRT (Association for safe international road travel), every 30 seconds someone is killed and 19 others are injured on roadways worldwide. The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 made by WHO (World Health Organisation) highlights that although total number of road traffic deaths each year has not increased, it remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. The report adds that 31% of road traffic deaths worldwide accounts for car occupants.

“Immediate Road Sign Display is our attempt to improve global level of safety on the roads. Cars are useful and at the same time very dangerous vehicles. That is why we find it crucial to drive innovation and introduce new technologies to guarantee safety around the globe. The IRSD team finds that road safety should be a global concern and responsibility”, says Anton Kononov, initiator of the IRSD project.

Crowdfunding for IRSD project on Indiegogo aiming to collect $50,000 starts on October 20 and will last 45 days.

About the project!"

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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines

Lucas123 (935744) writes | yesterday


Lucas123 (935744) writes "Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the UK. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine."
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CryptoWall Ransomware Infecting Visitors to Major Websites like Yahoo, AOL and M

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | 4 hours ago


DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Up to three million visitors to some of the web's more popular websites — like Yahoo, AOL and — are being put at risk of being infected with the pernicious ransomware known as CryptoWall through malicious advertisements, with the criminal gang behind the campaign thought to be raking in $25,000-a-day"
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test A Wide Range Of App Ideas

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft today launched a new sectionon its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up."

How the Big Bang's alternatives died

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes | 7 hours ago


StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "It’s such a part of our cosmic and scientific history, that it’s difficult to remember that it’s only been for the past 50 years that the Big Bang has been the leading theory-and-model that describes our Universe. Ever since the 1920s, when Edwin Hubble discovered the apparent expansion of our Universe, we’ve recognized that it’s a much bigger place than simply what’s in the Milky Way. But the Big Bang was hardly the only game in town. Yet the discovery of not only the Cosmic Microwave Background, but the detailed measurement of its temperature and spectrum, was able to rule out every single alternative as a non-viable model."

Fiber-to-the-Home Creates New Digital Divide

dkatana (2761029) writes | yesterday


dkatana (2761029) writes "Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream.

Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber."

Glaciers in the Karakoram mountains do not melt - reason found

Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes | 9 hours ago


Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "In a phenomenon known as the "Karakoram anomaly," glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a range within the Himalayas, have remained stable and even increased in mass while many glaciers nearby — and worldwide — have receded during the past 150 years, particularly in recent decades. Researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience that the ice is sustained by a unique and localized seasonal pattern that keeps the mountain range relatively cold and dry during the summer."
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Oldest human genome reveals when our ancestors had sex with Neandertals

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | yesterday


sciencehabit (1205606) writes "DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neandertal DNA. But his Neandertal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neandertals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That’s a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago."
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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

astroengine (1577233) writes | yesterday


astroengine (1577233) writes "Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. “If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that’s a like more like what’s happening in Beta Pic,” astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News."
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Send your name into orbit and beyond with NASA's Orion

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes | 11 hours ago


DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "NASA are inviting everyone (even Slashdotters) to put their name which will be on a microchip onboard the maiden flight of the Orion capsule. The flight is scheduled to launch on December 4th 2014 on top of a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. When you fill in your name, you also get a facsimile boarding card with your name and a unique code to save and keep.

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

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