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Artificial intelligence (AI) in phones set to change the mobile industry

In the past one year, artificial intelligence in phones has actually come of age.

Apple pioneered the technology in 2011 by incorporating this technology in its Apple Siri hit iPhones, and from that point on there has been no looking back. Now, more apps and more technological gadgets are increasingly using AI. In the future, AI will frequently take up roles of instructors and could also be used for teaching according to technology pundits.

And now, Samsung is rumored to launch its own virtual assistant that will come with the Galaxy S8 set to be launched in February 2017.

Sammobile which is a community of Samsung users, which shares news, reviews, as well as tutorials, has reported that AI will be used in all the apps that will come pre-loaded with the Galaxy S8.

Samsungs AI development got a significant boost when it bought Viv Labs which is an Artificial Intelligence software company that is based in the United States. Viv Labs are the same company that was behind Apple’s Siri technology. The new AI assistant in the Galaxy S8 will have a male voice called Bixby and a female voice, Kestra.

The Galaxy S8 will also try and have a more powerful and intelligent assistant that will take the place of the previously used S Voice and will also compete with Google’s and Apples Assistant and Siri respectively.

It will be equipped with a system-wide reach and an Application Program Interface(API), that will also accommodate third party developers.

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A hacker creates a way to steal all your passwords from your Chrome browser

Only weeks after Google’s Chrome was stated to be the biggest browser in the world a hacker has come forth and explained how easy it is to steal information of the browser.

The hacker explained that he used the auto fill sequence so popular with modern browsers. What he does is send a bait site to the unsuspecting hack victim.

These are often dummy sites that resemble popular well-rated websites. The victim will often use the auto fill option and send the details of the login to the hacker.

“A hack has been discovered in some modern web browsers that can use the “Autofill” feature to allow cyber thieves to view user names, emails and even passwords,” said David Snelling from Express UK.

But this technique has been used for a while now so what makes this new method different. The hacker explained that with his method Chrome doesn’t just send the details of that particular login. Instead, it sends all the save passwords and personal information.

The information includes CVV numbers, bank account information and every other piece of information saved in your browser.

This could be catastrophic if not looked into because many people today have all their bank and personal setting saved on Chrome.

The hacker explained that the worst part is that he did not need any specialized tool to carry our his malice just the chrome browser.

But it’s not just Chrome that is susceptible to this hacking. All the modern browsers that have the ability to auto-fill your information can suffer this.

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Gut bacteria is linked to successful weight-loss

New medical research indicates a mix of microbes in your gut can either help or hinder weight-loss efforts. “We started with the premise that people have different microbial makeups, and this could influence how well they do with dieting,” says Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Kashyap and her team tracked the progress of individuals who were participants in a weight-loss lifestyle-intervention program. They advised the participants to follow a low-calorie diet as the researchers tracked them closely for three months.

They discovered that people who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight had different gut bacteria than those who did not lose 5 percent of their body weight. According to their findings, the successful dieters had an increased amount of Phascolarctobacterium.

Another bacteria, Dialister, was associated with an inability to lose weight. Kashyap says there probably are other types of bacteria that influence dieting too.

As it turns out, we can get a large number of calories from microbes. We do not have the right enzymes to digest every bit of certain types of food, but our bacteria can.

These bacteria eat what we cannot, and during the process of eating they produce byproducts that we digest. These byproducts become another source of calories.

The new study concludes that certain bacteria may be more efficient at creating extra calories for the body to digest. And microbes in the gut could hinder or help efforts to lose weight.

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AOL’s instant messenger returns as AIM Phoenix

Popular messaging application AOL Instant Messenger, from the late 90s and early 2000s, has reemerged as AIM Phoenix, without AOL association.

AIM operates through the same corresponding AOL software while controlled by Wildman Productions, a non-profit gaming development team.

Users will have no access to old buddy lists or messages due to the dissolved affiliation with AOL. Nonetheless, there is an opportunity to obtain the username or old credentials before the acquirement by another user.

When launched in 1997, AIM was a staple of personal computers. Created as an extension of AOL’s desktop software, the instant messaging client helped to revolutionize the way people interact online. The service’s popularity declined as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter took over the online social scene.

AOL only officially shut down the service late last year, citing a “cultural shift” in the way people communicate.

Users may download the old version from the AIM Phoenix website where a prompt to choose from 10 different release options spanning from 1.0 to AIM Lite will appear.

Opting for the Lite version allows users to choose from nine different themes including Gray Moose, RedBull, and Pink Sparkles.

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Dodge unveils 797-horsepower, 200 mph Hellcat Redeye

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) premiered the 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which the company highlighted Thursday at its Chelsea Proving Grounds.

Steve Beahm, head of passenger car brands for FCA North America, expressed numerous sentiments involving the high-performing vehicle. He notably acclaimed, “I like to say it’s a Hellcat that’s been possessed by a Demon.”

FCA explains the process of leveraging power output for the supercharged Hemi Demon V8, which powered the limited-edition Challenger SRT Demon that recently ended its production run in an attempt to boost the Hellcat Redeye.

Managing 707-pound-feet of torque with its 6.2-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed transmission, FCA says the Hellcat can reach 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 203 mph.

“Like its Demon brethren, it has 25 major component upgrades, including a larger supercharger, strengthened connecting rods and pistons, high-speed valve train, fuel injection system and improved lubrication system,” FCA explained in a news release.

While pricing has not yet been confirmed, Beahm stated the cost exists around $70,000 and with an availability in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In contrast to the Dodge Demon, the Hellcat Redeye will be broadly available to the public.

“We’re going to make them available to everyone rather than a select few,” Beahm said.

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Standing desks a feature now for all Apple employees

According to Fox Business, Apple CEO Tim Cook has for years professed that sitting is the “new cancer.” Each employee at Apple now has a standing desk at the company’s headquarters in California.  In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook stated that he wanted all of his employees to have a standing desk, and that the health benefits are overwhelming.

According to Cook, “If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle.” Although Cook hasn’t disclosed the model of the desks, they are able to switch between sitting and standing with the touch of the button, and the use of the desk in standing position is not compulsory.

Cook is passionate about getting people moving, and reminds people that they should stand and move throughout the day. The Apple watches have been designed to instruct users and employees to stand or walk every hour for this reason, implemented three years ago.

Dr. Robert Glatter told of Lenox Hill Hospital told Fox Business that sitting too long allows toxins to accumulate throughout your body. He recommends that people who sit a lot should practice good posture, and get up five to six times every hour, at a minimum.

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New study proves that fasting increases stem cell regeneration

A new study examining the effects of fasting in mice reveals that just 24 hours of caloric restriction can boost the regeneration of cells in the gut, reports Peter Dockrill for Science Alert. “Fasting has many effects in the intestine, which include boosting regeneration as well as potential uses in any type of ailment that impinges on the intestine, such as infections or cancers,” explains MIT biologist Omer Yilmaz.

The study showed that fasting turns on a “metabolic switch” in the intestinal stem cells that increases fat burning. Intestinal stem cells typically renew intestinal lining in about five days, but once the metabolic switch is turned on, the process occurs much faster. Yilmaz’s team harvested intestinal stem cells from mice that had fasted for 24 hours, growing them in a culture to amass cells called organoids.

The team found that these cells had double the capacity to regenerate in comparison to mice that hadn’t fasted. “This was something that we saw in both the young mice and the aged mice, and we really wanted to understand the molecular mechanisms driving this,” says Maria Mihaylova, a biomedical researcher who participated in the study. The team discovered that fasting had activated transcription factors called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor, which turn on genes involved in metabolizing fatty acids.

That activation induced the cells to break down fatty acids while increasing the cell’s ability to regenerate themselves. The researchers then treated the mice with a molecule that reproduced some of the beneficial effects of fasting, possibly opening avenues to replicating this effect in a pill, or other drug treatment.

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Why aren’t we using Biosimilar drugs?

Biomedical drugs could be an alternative to prescription drugs, according to Health Line. It’s important to know that one of the most significant but perhaps less understood breakthroughs in healthcare in recent years has been the availability of biosimilars.

Biosimilars are drugs that are highly similar to the biologic drugs on which biosimilars are based.  When a biopharmaceutical company’s patent or exclusivity protection for its biologic drug expires in the United States, biosimilars that have actually received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval can then enter the marketplace and compete with that existing drug.

Medical expery say that biosimilars, which have to go go through a thorough and complicated  review by the FDA, provide the very same benefits for patients as the original drug and demonstrate no clinically meaningful difference from the existing biological drug in terms of safety, potency or purity of content.

In an long and thorough review of science literature evaluating patients who switched from regular prescription medicines to biosimilars, Hillel Cohen, executive director of scientific affairs at Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals (a Novartis company), and her fellow researchers looked at 90 biosimilar studies that enrolled 14,225 patients.

Thelie results showed that safety concerns and efficacy were not changed after patients made the switch.

“Biosimilars offer affordable options that increase access with no compromise in safety, efficacy, or quality,” Gillian Woollett, MA, DPhil, a senior vice president at Avalere Health and research scientist in immunology who’s worked for many years in the biotech industry says. These drugs however are not mentioned by doctors and aren’t promoted. That probably should change.

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IGN gaming editor fired for plagiarism

Filip Miucin, IGN’s former Nintendo editor, has been cited this week with plagiarism allegations involving his review of Dead Cells by YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming.

As a result, IGN fired Miucin after launching an investigation into the claims.

According to IGN, the infringement became public this week when Miucin was accused of plagiarizing sections of his Dead Cells review.

YouTuber Boomstick Gaming, who noted several similarities between his review of the game and Miucin’s, uploaded a comparison video to support his accusations.

On Thursday morning, IGN removed the text portion of Miucin’s Dead Cells review and replaced it with an editor’s note that read, “As a group of writers and creators who value our own work and that of others in our field, the editorial staff of IGN takes plagiarism very seriously. In light of concerns that have been raised about our Dead Cells review, we’ve removed it for the time being and are investigating.”

In a statement, the outlet has since announced that it had “parted ways” with Miucin after determining “that there were substantial similarities between a review posted weeks earlier and our review that could not be justified and warranted taking down.”

After further investigations, executed by IGN, the review has been removed.

“There are certain phrases in the two videos that are perhaps generic enough to be understandably similar (for instance, both reviewers highlight the way the game blends the Metroidvania and roguelike genres). However, as the comparison video goes on, we start to hear more and more statements that are indeed too close for comfort. The most damning similarity can be found at the end of Boomstick Gaming’s comparison video where he shows that his review and the IGN review feature almost an almost word-for-word closing statement”, Nintendo Enthusiast notes.

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Scientists uncover second way bacteria make methane

Researchers from various U.S. universities have discovered a new way microorganisms produce natural methane, according to recent research published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are the main way natural nitrogen gas transforms into a form that humans and plants can both process. Of all those bacterial species, nearly 10 percent have the genetic code to create a back-up enzyme known as iron-only nitrogenase.

In the new research, scientists found that the enzyme enables bacteria to convert nitrogen gas to ammonia and carbon dioxide into methane at the same time. The ammonia is the main product of that process, and methane is simply a side effect. That means the newly discovered enzymatic pathway is a previously unknown channel for the natural biological production of methane.

“Methane is potent greenhouse gas. That is why it is important to account for all of its sources,” said study co-author Caroline Harwood, the Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, according to Phys.org.

Methane is released from fossil fuels, but it is also generated from microbial activity. In fact, microorganisms form and consume at least a billion tons of methane per year. As a result, further study of the gas could have large ecological significance.

This research could also be important for the medical community because methane plays a role in the interactions between the microbes that inhabit humans and animals. For instance, scientists suspect methane in the gut contributes to certain digestive disorders.

This new finding builds on previous research that shows iron-only nitrogenase is active in microbes more often and in more conditions than previously thought. The team found it in the microorganism Rhodopseudomonas palustris, as well as three other nitrogen-fixing bacterial species that create the enzyme. They hope to expand on the study to see what else they can learn about the new pathway, as well as find what other applications it might have. 

“Our findings are significant because they give scientists a second target to chase in understanding biological methane formation and rising methane emissions,” said study co-author Lance Seefeldt, a professor in Utah State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in a statement. “In addition, the discovery could drive efforts to turn waste gasses into usable fuels.”