Turkey Blocks Wikipedia To Protect National Security
Turkey has blocked Wikipedia. This not happens in the first time in turkey, Turkey had also blocked facebook and other websites. The country’s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
The move to close down Wikipedia access is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey’s western allies, who say Ankara has curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year’s failed coup.
“After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website,” the BTK telecoms authority said in a statement on its website.
BTK is required to submit such measures to a court within 24 hours. The court then has two days to decide if the ban should be upheld.
A block on all language editions of the online encyclopedia was detected at 5 am GMT on Saturday, monitoring group Turkey Blocks said on its website.
“The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” it said.
Amazon Alexa new Feature Makes it Voice More than Human
Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.
Amazon announced this week that it’s integrating new features into Alexa, which will allow developers of Skills to make it sound more expressive and human. Alexa will be supportable for Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), which allows developers to control the tone, timing, and emotion of its voice. With this update, Alexa will whisper, emphasize, and even bleep inappropriate words if the developer chooses. As Amazon says, “These SSML features provide a more natural voice experience.”
Human-sounding voices would probably go a long way towards making Alexa one of the personalized, JARVIS-like personal assistants.
Is NASA Planning To Move On Mars? Engineers Have Discovered a Way to Make Bricks out of the Soil on Mars
NASA continues to set its sights on Mars, and a new discovery by engineers, The engineers figured out that by simply applying pressure to the soil on Mars, it can be packed together into solid, brick-like material without needing any other ingredients to hold it together.
In the study, engineers used a high-pressure hammer to press together simulated Mars soil material. They found that not only does the material form blocks, but the blocks are actually even stronger than steel-reinforced concrete.
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This Doctor Plans To Play With Human Head, The First Human Head Transplant
Sergio Canavero, a controversial professor, and neurosurgeon wants to perform the first human head transplant in December.He told German magazine OOOM that the procedure will take place in China. According to the Observer, it will take 80 surgeons, 36 hours and $10 million to execute.
Sergio Canavero, who’s also the former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, claims that people whose brains have been cryogenically frozen could be revived within three years. His announcement comes after a recent study in which his team transplanted the head of a smaller rat onto a larger one, which was published in CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, according to Newsweek.
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South Korean consumer electronics company Samsung continued leading the Indian smartphone market in Q4 2016, while Xiaomi was the second-largest smartphone vendor in India during the same period as the Chinese company shipped 3 million devices, according to a recent report published by market research firm Canalys.
Indian brands like Micromax, Intex and Lava lost a significant amount of market share during the quarter, mostly because of the central government’s controversial decision to demonetize Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 banknotes without any prior warning in a country that still does most of its transactions via cash.
Xiaomi spotted on number two on the country’s list of largest smartphone vendors. Xiaomi recently announced that it earned $1 billion in revenue in India last year.
This study conducted by Canalys also confirms earlier reports of the phenomenal growth of Chinese smartphone companies in India over the past couple of years. That being the case, three other China-based brands have now entered the top-five list in India alongside Xiaomi. OPPO came in at number three with a 9% share of the country’s smartphone market during the past quarter.
Apple Car, Focused On Building An Autonomous Driving System.
Starting in 2014, Apple began working on “Project Titan,” with upwards of 1,000 employees working on developing an electric vehicle at a secret location near its Cupertino headquarters. Apple has several teams working on different aspects of the software. In Canada, a team made up of two dozen former BlackBerry QNX customers are helping to develop the base operating system, while another team works on developing the software that will run on it, such as a heads-up display and self-driving capabilities.
Steve Jobs considered developing an Apple car, and even met with the manufacturer of the lightweight, inexpensive “V-Vehicle” in 2010, but is said to have ultimately decided not to work on a car in 2008, preferring instead to focus development on the iPhone.
As of early 2017, work on the software appears to be progressing. Apple has been granted a permit from the California DMV to test self-driving vehicles on public roads and is rumored to be planning to test its self-driving car software platform in three 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs. The SUVs have already been spotted out on the road with a host of sensors and cameras.
On Thursday ARM announced its first image signal processor – the ARM Mali-C71. Mali-C71 is the first product in the Mali Camera family is targeted at the automotive industry. ABD(Automatic Brake Differential) was designed from the ground up for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) SoCS. The Mali-C71 is focused on providing better camera output where the image quality should be clear and reliable.
The company gives an example of mirror replacement in a car where Mali-C71 will offer a ultra-wide dynamic range (UWDR) up to 24 stops which are more than what a DSLR camera can provide in the real world which is around 15 stops of dynamic range. “OmniVision has been closely collaborating with the ARM ISP team (formerly Apical) for several years now, and see the Mali-C71 as an important advancement in image signal processing for emerging automotive applications. ARM’s expertise in ISP technology together with OmniVision’s best-in-class HDR image sensor technologies offers an industry leading solution for our automotive customers.”