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This Humanoid Robot Named Atlas is Growing Up

This Humanoid Robot Named Atlas is Growing Up

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In December 2013, Google bought Boston Dynamics – an engineering company that was looking to build towards the future of artificial intelligence.

Yesterday, Boston Dynamics released some footage that shows off its latest humanoid robot named Atlas – a quirky looking robot that is eerily human.

Take a look at the video below:

According to Boston Dynamics; "Atlas is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated.

It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs."

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WeLive Apartments Open With All the Coffee, Tea, and Beer You Can Drink

WeLive Apartments Open With All the Coffee, Tea, and Beer You Can Drink

featureWeWork, a company valued at $16B from renting out shared workspaces has just launched its shared living space initiative called WeLive. It officially opened its doors to New York residents on Monday.

Individual bed starts at $1,375, and private units start at $2,550 – and while that may seem high, consider the fact that it's all inclusive and includes things like "all the coffee, tea, and beer you can drink," according to the WeLive website.

Image source: WeLive

WeLive currently has two locations; one in New York and one near Washington DC. The Crystal City location is cheaper than the New York location (as expected), with beds starting at $1,000 and private rooms beginning at $1,300. The Washington location won't be launching until May.

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Facebook Introduces Reactions, the Better Like Button

Facebook Introduces Reactions, the Better Like Button

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Today Facebook made their new reactions available worldwide

For years, people have been begging Facebook for some form of reaction beyond the traditional thumbs up "like" button – and now, Facebook has delivered.

Sammi Krug, Product Manager at Facebook says "We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel. That’s why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way."

 

Adding a reaction is easy. Just hold down the Like button on mobile or hover over the Like button on desktop to see the reaction image options, then tap either Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.

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Alibaba Actively Working to Bring Virtual Reality to Ecommerce

Alibaba Actively Working to Bring Virtual Reality to Ecommerce

featureAlibaba has reportedly begun its journey into the virtual reality space. Their goal is to use virtual reality to give its customers a more immersive shopping experience.

According to TechCrunch, GnomeMagic Lab will be working with Alibaba to integrate virtual reality into the ecommerce experience while exploring other applications, such as video and entertainment via Alibaba Pictures.

Alibaba isn't the only company looking to get in the virtual reality space – Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. "We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate,” the companies said in a joint statement.

Former Facebook engineer Zhao Haiping – who is now on Alibaba’s GnomeMagic Lab team, believes virtual reality could help enable customers shop virtually on New York’s Fifth Avenue from the comfort of their own home.

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Amazon Wants You to Pay With a Selfie

Amazon Wants You to Pay With a Selfie

featureWith mobile becoming increasingly important in the world of commerce, Amazon wants to make "pay with a selfie" a solution when checking out online.

Amazon recently filed a patent application that would make it so shoppers can purchase a product by taking a photo, or video of themselves rather than typing in a password.

source: US Patent & Trademark Office

The patent application, filed in October last year, was initially spotted by Re/Code. 

Amazon believes selfies are a safer solution when compared to facial recognition software, which "can be spoofed by holding a picture of the user in front of the camera as the resulting two-dimensional image can look substantially the same whether taken of the user or a picture of the user".

In February, Mastercard confirmed that it will start accepting selfies as an alternative to passwords when verifying IDs online.

Would you pay with a selfie?

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Apple Geniuses Fly to Twitter

Apple Geniuses Fly to Twitter

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Good news, everyone! Twitter is no longer going to be full of tweets from Kanye West and Donald Trump.

Thursday of last week, Apple launched a Twitter account to field support questions from their customers, as well as to offer them tricks and tips.


By Friday, the @AppleSupport account had 134,000 followers and had sent more than 3,000 tweets. Today, they're continuing to make good use of the account – and are incredibly engaged with their customers.

Business Insider reports showed that the account responded directly to over 2,200 requests from Apple users, detailing how they could fix their issues.

The support team only works 15 hours a day, that's between two and three tweet-based troubleshoots per minute!

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Amazon to Start Air Delivery Program After Leasing 20 Boeing Jets

Amazon to Start Air Delivery Program After Leasing 20 Boeing Jets

featureAmazon is reportedly making big moves with its logistics. 

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) said that Amazon has agreed to lease twenty of its planes for 5-7 years.

The announcement is confirmation from rumours late last year that Amazon wants its own cargo planes. That, as a result, will give them a closer control of their fulfillment process – which is currently largely run by companies like UPS. In addition to that, it will (hopefully) help them save cost on shipping and fulfillment.

The leased planes could potentially go into operation on April 1, according to Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman.

This deal comes at a time when Amazon offers (in most cases) free shipping for its products, at an incredibly fast delivery time. With Amazon Prime, you can order a product and receive it same day.

 

Amazon has been testing drone deliveries, but has indication as to when they expect to have them in service.

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Facebook Acquires App Msqrd to Compete With Snapchat

Facebook Acquires App Msqrd to Compete With Snapchat

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you've probably noticed the huge increase in video content online and in mobile apps.

With apps like Snapchat becoming increasingly popular, and from a business standpoint – now worth $16 billion according to their last valuation – it's clear that video isn't going away any time soon.

And Facebook wanted to get in on the fun.

Yesterday, Facebook announced they had acquired the team at Masquerade – an app that creates filters that enhance and alter your appearance.

 

"At Masquerade, we’ve worked hard to make video more fun and engaging by creating filters that enhance and alter your appearance," Masquerade said in a blog post.

"Now, we’re excited to join forces with Facebook and bring the technology to even more people. Within Facebook, we’re going to be able to reach people at a scale like never before."

We expect Masquerade's video and filter features to show up in Facebook eventually. 

The acquisition was first reported by Business Insider.

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Nigerian Ecommerce Startup DealDey Acquired by Ringier

Nigerian Ecommerce Startup DealDey Acquired by Ringier

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Ringier Africa Deals Group, a venture between Swiss Ringier Africa AG and South African Silvertree Internet Holdings, announced that it has acquired one of Nigeria’s biggest shopping platforms called DealDey.

DealDey was launched in 2011 by Simdul Shagaya. With over 1 million users, 15,000 active merchants and 20,000 businesses, DealDey is the largest online deals business in the region.

In addition to that, DealDey also comprises of the couponing platform Promohub and discovery platform Lyf, both forming part of the acquisition.

“The DealDey team is excited about joining forces with the newly-formed Ringier Africa Deals Group. It offers great opportunities as DealDey brings a wealth of experience in technology, merchant management and consumer behaviour in Nigeria – and we will be leveraging the Ringier Africa portfolio in marketing, classifieds and media as well as Silvertree’s e-commerce expertise towards supporting the sustainable growth of the group.” said DealDey's CEOs.

Kehinde Oriola will continue as the CEO of DealDey as part of the new Ringier Africa Deals Group.

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Periscope Broadcasts Reach 200 Million Streams in First Year

Periscope Broadcasts Reach 200 Million Streams in First Year

featureThis past weekend, Periscope celebrated its one-year anniversary by highlighting some of its favourite broadcasts. 

Acquired by Twitter for $86M last year, Periscope revealed that 200 million broadcasts have been made within the app, 100 million of which were done in just the past three months.

Image Credit: Periscope

Since its initial launch in March 2015, Periscope has added landscape support, web profiles, the ability to browse by map and to skip ahead in replays

Broadcasts have also become available within Twitter feeds, and GoPro support was added earlier this year. It was also named Apple’s App of the Year in 2015 after launching for the new Apple TV.

Periscope has risen dramatically in its usage since its acquisition and subsequent launch by Twitter, eclipsing its competitor, Meerkat, as the predominant live streaming service.

Facebook has attempted to counter Periscope by launching its own live video service, which had only been available to celebrities or influencers on Facebook until recently.

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