Author: Mobile Syrup

Canadian researchers win $1 million Turing Award for teaching AI to learn like humans

Two Canadian researchers have received a $1 million USD (about $1.34 million CAD) Turing Award for co-developing an artificial intelligence (AI) that can be taught to learn like humans.
Specifically, this AI is able to study examples to find and recognize patterns and acquire new skills, similar to how the human brain works.
Two Canadians have won the world’s top prize in computer science. Congratulations to @UMontreal’s Yoshua Bengio, @UofT’s @geoffreyhinton & their colleague Yann LeCun of @nyuniversity on winning the Turing Award for their work on AI and deep learning. https://t.co/VC2bmXYIz3
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 27, 2019
The two Canadians, Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal professor and scientific director of Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute Mila, and Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto emeritus professor and vice president at Google, worked on the AI alongside Yann LeCun, New York University professor and vice-president and chief AI scientist for F..

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Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls: Blades action-RPG now in early access on Android

The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a mobile entry in Bethesda Game Studios’ popular open-world fantasy role-playing game series, is now available in early access on Android.
The free-to-play game was first announced at E3 2018 last June and shown off running on the iPhone XS at an Apple keynote in September. However, it was subsequently delayed to early 2019 out of its original fall 2018 release window.
Outside of the U.S., MobileSyrup can also confirm that the early access version of Blades is available on Canadian Android devices as well.
A short demo is available before the game prompts players to register for a free Bethesda.net account. Once that is sorted out, players will gain access to the full early access build of Blades.
Right from the start, Blades will feel at home to Elder Scrolls fans with the series‘ signature melee- and magic-based combat, which can be carried out using various swipes and taps on the screen. The game will feature fully customizable characters and both hand-cr..

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Google is transcribing podcasts with software to make episodes easier to find

Google has begun transcribing episodes of podcasts on its platform so that users can search for episodes using keywords and terms, according to Android Police.
The Search company is storing the transcriptions for the shows in the page source of the web version of Podcasts, according to the report.
The transcription covers all of the show’s content so users can easily search and find specific chunks of conversations that they’ve heard before.
Android Police also note that the transcriptions aren’t incredibly accurate, but it should help finding old podcasts by keywords.
The web version of the app is also kind of hidden away, but one easy trick unlocks it.
When you share a URL from the mobile Google Podcasts app, it looks like this – https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL21vYmlsZXN5cnVwLmxpYnN5bi5jb20vcnNz&episode=OWE5NTkxZDQxODI4NGYzMzljNzg2YWRjNTBmOWRmMjI
If you change the beginning of the URL from ‘google.com/podcasts,’ to ‘podcasts.google.com,’ according to Android Police, t..

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Apple Card could encourage banks to make their cards numberless too

When Apple does something, other companies tend to follow. Look at some recent smartphone trends, like the much-despised display notch or the dual-camera craze.
However, the next trend Apple starts might not be in phones, but in credit cards.
Apple recently unveiled its digital-first credit card, Apple Card, as well as a Mastercard-branded physical card for use in places that don’t accept Apple Pay. That physical card is unique, and not just because it’s made of titanium — it doesn’t bear a card number, security code or expiry date.
Instead, all that information is stored in Apple’s Wallet app on the cardholder’s iPhone. By moving these crucial details into the digital wallet, Apple hopes to improve security should a user lose their card.
Mastercard’s president of North America thinks this could encourage other banks to ditch card numbers to improve security.
“We want security to be at the highest level possible across the ecosystem, and we want to do that in ways that don’t introduce ..

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Torontonians have reported getting scammed by Uber Eats drivers

If you’ve been scammed by Uber Eats lately, you’re not alone.
Reportedly, Uber Eats customers in Toronto have been scammed by the company’s drivers. According to Narcity, drivers will pick up the order, but will not update the status of the order on the app. Then, when the driver arrives at the user’s home they’ll update the status, inform the customer they’ve arrived and then cancel the order. This will charge the customer for the food, and allow the driver to make off with it.
People have reported to the Toronto subreddit to inform people of their experience, which resulted in the loss of their cash.
Drivers are even bragging about their scams online. In the online forum for Uber drivers, an anonymous driver shared their tactics.
If you believe this is happening to you, contact Uber. One of the Redditors reported that they got all of their money back when they contacted the ridesharing company.
We’ve contacted Uber Canada to learn more about the situation.
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