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An anonymous reader writes: At the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has made a case for robots to be developed so as to form empathic and emotional relationships with people. "I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friendSomeday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people," SoftBank's Aldebaran tech group will make its empathic "Pepper" robot available for companies to rent in Japan from October at a rate of $442 per month.
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2015-07-31 01:59:00 UTC

A surfer was seriously injured as he fought a shark off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police said.

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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have left the BBC for Amazon Prime, but they certainly made their mark on the legacy of Top Gear. Sometimes, that mark was a little too literal. In the Polar Special episode that aired in July 2007, the three co-hosts raced to be the first person to reach the North Pole.

On the way, Clarkson went for a … thorough … test drive of the toilet attached to his Toyota Hilux, perhaps the pinnacle of his taste for toilet humor.

Watch the clip, and hope he’s got something left in the tank for three seasons of what we’ll provisionally call Uppermost Gear, which premieres for Prime customers next year.

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The 8-Bit City Home Screen

8-bit designs may have been a technological necessity back in the day, but now they have a nostalgic charm. This 8-bit landscape, by reddit user Esrahaddon, can actually animate a retro city on your home screen when set up properly.

While the image above may not show it, you can see this design in motion here. To get this look on your own device, here’s what you’ll need:

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Californians Cut Water Use By 27% During the Hottest June On Record

Looks like all that #droughtshaming worked. Last month, California’s urban water use dropped more than the 25% reduction ordered by Governor Jerry Brown—the state cut water use by 27.3%, in fact. We did it!

Well, not all of us. According to the Wall Street Journal, some cities still missed the mark. Earlier this year the state water board set goals for different communities based on current water use for the 405 municipal districts. Looking at the data it appears that some overachieving cities took up the slack for cities that failed to conserve enough:

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If everything we've heard so far is true, Samsung's next Gear smartwatch could be far more interesting than any of its current products. Following news that the wearable comes with a round design, the company has reportedly confirmed it's also going to feature a rotating, functional bezel ring. The Gear A, as the device is said to be called, plans to let people take advantage of this attribute by letting them use it to zoom in and out across the OS, as well as play games. According to SamMobile, the Tizen-powered smartwatch sports Exynos 3472 dual-core processor with 4GB of onboard storage, a 250mAh battery and a 360 x 360 display that'll rely on the rotating bezel for some features. We'll likely know for sure on August 13th, when Samsung's scheduled to host its Unpacked 2015 event.

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Startup Mobcrush, now in open beta, is bringing Twitch-style live game streaming to mobile phones and tablets. The beta is currently only open to people with iOS devices and Mac computers, but Windows and Android betas will follow. Ultimately Mobcrush intends to provide “one-click, multiplatform streaming, which allows players to live stream gameplay sessions at the touch of a button, chat with their communities in real time, and save videos for future viewing and distribution.”

In pursuit of this goal, Mobcrush has been hiring executive talent from the major, relevant companies. Alongside the public beta, today the company announced hiring Koh Kim, who previously worked in Google Play games business development, and Greg Essig, who ran the games section of the Apple App Store. The pair will co-run business development, joining a team that also recently added Eric Doty, a former Xbox strategist for Microsoft.

Related: Google officially plans to take on Twitch with new YouTube Gaming site

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Cisco will pay incoming CEO Chuck Robbins a higher salary than outgoing chief John Chambers made in fiscal 2014.

Robbins will make US$1.15 million in salary in fiscal 2016, which began this week, and he could earn another $2.59 million based on performance under Cisco’s Executive Incentive Plan. Add in as much as $13 million in stock grants, and Robbins could bring in more than $16.7 million for his first year at the helm.

By contrast, Chambers got $1.1 million in salary and a smaller basic percentage bonus under the Executive Incentive Plan in fiscal 2014, according to the company’s proxy statement issued last September. Chambers was a 20-year veteran at the helm of the company and was also chairman of the board. He’s now stepped back to become executive chairman.

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Today while I was at the dentist there was a moment when the dental assistant was taking x-rays of my teeth and the x-ray machine played some classical music momentarily for 15 seconds to entertain me while the x-ray machine did its job. Since I am a classical music fan I really liked this piece that was playing. But unfortunately no one at the office could tell me the artist since it is packaged with the machine as something to play for the patients while the machine worked.

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While most other industries have enjoyed a decades-long marriage with the Internet, in health care, we’re still in the “getting to know you” phase, working to establish a level of trust. Understandably, there are major concerns in our industry surrounding data integrity, both in and outside of the firewall.

Even as health care and the Internet continue their awkward slow dance (Jonathan Bush of Athenahealth likes to poke fun, with respect to health care, “that Internet thing is going to be big!”), the Internet of Things (IoT) is already upon us. And while almost all (physicians are on the fence about the worth of some of the data and their ability to be present with it) appreciate the IoT’s tremendous promise in health care toward enabling a digital health revolution and the future of care delivery, as an industry, we must get the security piece right.

Gartner estimates that approximately 3.9 billion connected things were in use in 2014. This number is expected to increase to 25 billion by 2020, a growth trajectory that will surely impact the health-care industry, which is already being flooded with devices for generating valuable patient data. It is my belief that as consumers become more and more comfortable with sharing data through wearables (a market expected to reach $35 billion on its own by 2020), our industry will get used to the idea of sharing personal health information (PHI).

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Google is reportedly pitching a new version of Glass aimed at the workplace. Sarah Tew/CNET

Google Glass has officially been on hiatus since January, as the company tries to find new ways to get consumers hooked on the search giant's smart eyewear. In the meantime, the company is courting customers more likely to respond better to the product: the workplace.

Google has been distributing a new version of Glass to companies, engineered specifically for workplaces in sectors including health care, manufacturing and energy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Hot on the heels of Best Buy's announcement that it will start selling Apple Watch in the U.S. on Aug. 7, the big box electronics retailer confirmed its Canadian outlets plan to commence sales of the wearable one week later.

Best Buy Canada on Thursday told local website MobileSyrup to expect Apple Watch to land at 50 brick-and-mortar stores across Canada, as well as online, on Aug. 14. Watch will also be available for "feel and try-on" sessions at 20 stores. "It has become one of the most popular searched products on BestBuy.ca," said Tony Sandhu, senior vice president of merchandising at Best Buy Canada. "We're excited to bring the highly-coveted Apple Watch to more Canadian consumers, especially with the holidays coming up."Apple confirmed Best Buy Canada's announcement in a separate statement. Like Best Buy's U.S. Apple Watch launch, Canadian stores will not gain access to solid gold Apple Watch Edition models, meaning selection is limited to stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport versions. The company plans to sell a number of official Apple accessories like straps and charging cables alongside Watch units. Best Buy announced on Sunday that it will start stocking Apple Watch at U.S. outlets on Aug. 7, making it the first major retailer to carry Apple Watch outside of Apple's own stores, pop-up shops and a handful of high-end boutiques. Initial availability is expected to be limited, but Best Buy plans to expand Apple Watch sales to more than 300 locations before the lucrative holiday shopping season.
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A new agreement by IBM and CVS will use Watson to better manage patient care. However, there are a few concerns about privacy.
7 Smart Ways To Leverage Social Data

7 Smart Ways To Leverage Social Data

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IBM and CVS Health are entering into a new partnership that will see Big Blue's Watson computing engine utilized as a way to provide care management services for CVS patients suffering from chronic diseases.

The partnership, which both companies announced Thursday, is aimed at enabling health care practitioners to gain insights from a wide mix of health information sources, including medical health records, pharmacy and medical claims information, environmental factors, and fitness devices.

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After reporting an earnings beat earlier today, shares of mobile device management firm MobileIron fell roughly six percent during regular trading.

The firm reported $34.8 million in revenue, resulting in an adjusted loss of $0.25 per share. Investors had expected $33.68 million in revenue, and adjusted profit of negative $0.27 per share. The firm beat on both revenue, and profit.

As noted by other sources, the firm guided in-line with expectations, including revenue of $37 million to $38 million for the current quarter.

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Facebook has had the same policy for years: if you want to sign up for an account you must use your real name and prove it with ID. However, that is now becoming an issue in some countries due to the privacy concerns and complaints it raises. In Germany, the practice has been deemed unacceptable and the social network is being told to allow fake names.

The ruling comes from the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (HDPA) after it conducted a review following a complaint from a German woman. She had setup a Facebook account using a false name. Facebook blocked her account, requested ID, and changed her account to use her real name. She did not want this to happen, but the practice was forced upon her by the service.

The HDPA views this as a violation of the woman’s privacy rights. Facebook takes the opposite view that real names actually protect privacy and promote online safety because everyone know who they are talking to–nobody is hiding. As Facebook has its European headquarters based in Ireland, it believes it can abide by Irish laws and apply them to all of Europe, which means the real name requirement stands.

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Drone manufacturing king DJI has a plot to expand its unmanned aerial empire. It’s teamed up with prestigious VC Accel to launch the $10 million SkyFund, which invests in companies expanding the drone market — and DJI’s sizable slice of it. Today SkyFund revealed to me that its first investment goes to DroneBase, which lets any business rent a drone and pilot.

Normally, businesses would have to constantly upgrade drone hardware that spends most of its time idle, plus hire people to fly them. DroneBase gives customers the aerial photo, video, mapping and data benefits without the hassles of ownership. Here’s an example of the aerial footage DroneBase can produce

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The Federal Communications Commission received about 2,000 net neutrality complaints from consumers over a one-month period, according to a National Journal article today. The overarching theme of the complaints is that customers are fed up with their Internet service providers, often due to slow speeds, high prices, and data caps. In a sampling of 60 complaints, the most frequent targets were AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

There doesn't seem to be any smoking-gun proof of violations of the core net neutrality rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or prioritizing services in exchange for payment. But the FCC's reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers allows customers to complain that general business practices are “unjust” or “unreasonable," making it a judgment call as to whether many of the early complaints are really violations.

National Journal filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FCC, which provided an estimate of the number of complaints received in the first month after the rules took effect June 12. The FCC also provided copies of 60 complaints, which are available here.

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It is no conspiracy. Look at all the leaders that are calling for a "New World Order." Biden, Bush, Putin, etc. Google is your friend... unless you are boB.

“The ‘affirmative task’ before us is to “create a New World Order.”
–VP Joe Biden, speech Import Export Bank, April 5, 2013

“I think that his [Obama’s] task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a New World Order can be created.”
—Henry Kissinger, CNBC 2008

“We will succeed in the Gulf. And when we do, the world community will have sent an enduring warning to any dictator or despot, present or future, who contemplates outlaw aggression. The world can therefore seize this opportunity to fufill the long-held promise of a new world order – where brutality will go unrewarded, and aggression will meet collective resistance.”
–President George HW Bush, State of the Union Address 1991

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CVS is turning to IBM’s thirstiest supercomputer, Watson, to see if it can predict which customers are at risk chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.

For CVS customers who opt into the service, Watson will use data gathered from their medical records, prescriptions, and fitness devices to suggest ways in which they might improve their health. More incredibly, IBM says Watson might also be able to use predictive analytics to determine which customers are at risk of developing a chronic illness, such hypertension and obesity.

Individualizing the health advice CVS gives its customers

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