How to turn on Night Shift on Mac

Night Shift is an optional feature that warms up the colour palette of a device’s screen, particularly late in the day. It’s believed that cooler (bluer) artificial light from a screen can affect a person’s circadian rhythms and disturb their sleep, and Night Shift is designed to stop this happening.

Night Shift was first made available on iPhone and iPad as part of the iOS 9.3 update, but it’s since been added to macOS. In this article we explain how to use Night Shift on the Mac. See also: Best sleep apps for iPhone

Update your Mac

Night Shift was added as part of the Sierra update, so you’ll need to be running that or a later version of macOS. Here’s how to update macOS on a Mac.

Turn on Night Shift manually

If at any point you decide that your Mac’s screen is making you feel tired or straining your eyes, you fancy a snooze in a bit etc, you can switch on Night Shift mode manually. This is very easy to do.

Notification Centre

Open the Notification Centre sidebar (if it’s not open already) by clicking the icon with three dots and three lines at the very top right of your Mac’s screen, or by swiping from right to left on your trackpad.

Scroll up a little and two toggle switches – Night Shift and Do Not Disturb – will appear above the date (if you’re in the Today screen) or the latest notification (if you’re in the Notifications screen). Click the Night Shift toggle; it will turn blue, while the whole screen will change to a warmer colour palette.

Siri

This may be the quickest method of all. Click the Siri icon at the top right and say: “Turn on Night Shift.”

How to use & turn on Night Shift on Mac: Siri

To switch it off again, you can click the Night Shift toggle in the Siri pane, or activate Siri again and say: “Turn off Night Shift.”

System Preferences

Open System Preferences > Displays, and click the Night Shift tab on the far right. Where it says Manual, tick the box that says ‘Turn On Until Tomorrow’.

How to use & turn on Night Shift on Mac: System Preferences

Schedule Night Shift automatically

Generally speaking we’d say it’s a far better idea to set Night Shift to automatically follow a schedule – otherwise you’re dependent on thinking about your sleep hygieneat some point late in the day.

As before go to System Preferences > Displays and click the Night Shift tab. In the dropdown menu you can choose the Sunset to Sunrise option or create your own custom schedule. Fill in the From and To fields and Night Shift will come on automatically between those times.

How to use & turn on Night Shift on Mac: Schedule

Adjust the colour shift

In the same section of System Preferences (Displays > Night Shift) you can adjust how radically Night Shift will alter the colour balance of your screen. Use the slider labelled ‘Color Temperature’ to suit your preferences.

As long as you’re holding down the mouse button to move the slider, the screen will change colour to give you a preview; once you let go, it will slowly fade back into the standard setting for right now, whether that’s Night Shift or your conventional colour balance.

Source:-.macworld.

iPhone 8 Design Revealed in Leaked Images, ‘Won’t Be Cheap’ Says Foxconn Exec: Reports

iPhone 8 Design Revealed in Leaked Images, 'Won't Be Cheap' Says Foxconn Exec: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new render suggests same design as many previous renders
  • The yield of the new OLED displays is said to be low
  • The iPhone 8 has been tipped to come with wireless charging feature

While the design on the upcoming iPhone 8 has been leaked several times in the last few months, each new round does certainly build the anticipation. The iPhone 8 has been leaked in a fresh set of renders and live images yet again. Separately, a new report reiterates support for wireless charging on the iPhone 8, while a Foxconn executive is said to have suggested the handset will not come in cheap.

First talking about the leaked render, shared by popular tipster @evleaks aka Evan Blass. In it, the iPhone 8 has been shown encased in a smartphone cover with a near bezel-less design and a distinct top notch – expected to feature a range of sensors including the 3D front camera. The design on the display is almost identical to some of the earlier leaks and is quite likely to be the final design on the iPhone 8 as well. While Blass didn’t share the name of the case-maker, 9To5Mac points out that the case in the leaked render resembles to the ones made by UAG.

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Photo Credit: Weibo

On Chinese social networking website Weibo, some of the images that claim to show an X-Ray view of the iPhone 8 have been posted. While it is very hard to figure out much from these images, the constant dark spot in the middle suggests that the iPhone 8 might feature wireless charging support, as per a report by 9To5Mac. To recall, several reports have previously indicated that the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging and Wistron CEO Robert Hwang was also said to have confirmed that this year’s iPhone models will support wireless charging.

However, Daily Mail points out that these images don’t give a layered look of the device and are therefore not taken through X-Ray. Further, the images have been said to be likely of an early stage version of iPhone 8 as the codename ‘FERRARI’ can also be seen in the leaked images.

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Photo Credit: via MyDrivers

Moving on to the leaked live images, the iPhone 8 images shared on Weibo suggest that the smartphone will come in a new Copper Gold colour variant. Apart from Black and White colour variants, the new live images have shown a Copper Gold colour variant of the yet-to-be-announced smartphone.

Finally coming to the pricing of the iPhone 8, Foxconn Vice President Luo Zhongsheng is said to have revealed to reporters that due to supply chain issues, the iPhone 8 “will not be cheap”, reportsMyDrivers. Zhongsheng is cited to say the yields of the company’s new OLED display on the smartphone are low (60 percent success rate) – something another report about Samsung’s role in the OLED display supply corroborates. This could possibly be because of introduction of the new top-notch design by the company.

As we mentioned, the role of the top notch seen against the shape of the iPhone 8’s display – also visible in the schematic pulled out the HomePod firmware – is said to correspond to Face ID facial recognition (said to completely replace Touch ID fingerprint sensor) as well augmented reality features, both powered by a 3D front camera and an infrared sensor.

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Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

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Display

4.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Resolution

750×1330 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

iOS 11

Storage

32GB

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Google Pixel 2 Live Photos Leak, Show Off Stereo Speakers and Wide Bezels

Google Pixel 2 Live Photos Leak, Show Off Stereo Speakers and Wide Bezels

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pixel 2 live photos tip sufficient bezel on top and bottom edge
  • The smartphone is seen having two stereo speaker cut outs
  • The fingerprint scanner sits at the rear end

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones are slated to release this fall, and ahead of the launch event, leaks have been flowing aplenty, with the most recent detailing the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the presence of bezels in the smaller variant, as well as the different manufacturers of both devices. Fresh tips today come in the form of live photos showing the front and back of the Google Pixel 2. The smartphone appears to be a bit wider, with sufficient bezels, and two stereo speakers in the front.

GSMArena has gotten hold of two photos showing the Google Pixel 2 smartphone from the front and back. The smartphone’s overall shape seems to have changed, with the rounded corners retained, but the overall frame being a bit wider and rectangular than the current generation Google Pixel. There is a wide bezel on all sides, disappointing us a little bit, and stereo speaker cut-outs are seen on the top and bottom edge as well. This hints at better audio output, as the current generation only has a single cut-out at the top.

At the back, there is a single camera setup, reiterating previous rumours, and the fingerprint sensor sits at the back as well, in the centre. These images show a Black colour variant, however a Silver renderhas also been spotted in the past. The Google Pixel 2 is expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, come with a support for USB Type-C, and the camera is expected to bump out a little bit at the rear.

Another recent leak hints that the Pixel 2 will be made by HTC, and sport the ‘squeezable’ frame and EdgeSense seen in the HTC U11, apart from the stereo BoomSound speakers the company is known for. It will also not feature a bezel-less display. On the other hand, the Pixel XL 2 is said to be manufactured by LG, and sport a FullVision style display seen on the LG G6.

Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are rumoured to feature a 4.95-inch full-HD and 5.99-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) displays that will be manufactured by LG. The smartphones will sport 4GB RAM, apart from 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options. So far, they have also been tipped to sport an ‘Always On’ display mode. recent report also suggests that the upcoming Pixel smartphones will be the first to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 SoCs.

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Karbonn A41 Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Karbonn A41 Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Karbonn A41 Power runs on Android 7.0 Nougat
  • The smartphone is powered by the quad-core processor
  • It offers 8GB of internal storage

After the launch of the Aura Note Play earlier this month, Karbonn has now launched the A41 Power smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 4,099 in the country, and availability of the smartphone is still not clear. The Karbonn A41 Power smartphone has been listed on the company website, but hasn’t been announced officially yet.

The budgeted smartphone comes in three colour variants – Black-Champagne, Black-Red, and White-Champagne. It has capacitive buttons in the front, the power key and volume buttons sit on the right edge, and the speaker is seen at the back. The Karbonn A41 Power has its camera sensor on the top left corner of the smartphone.

As for the specifications, the Karbonn A41 Power runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports dual-SIM slots. It sports a 4-inch (480×800 pixels) WVGA display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Karbonn A41 Power offers 8GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand it further via microSD slot (up to 32GB).

As for optics, the Karbonn A41 Power sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash support and a VGA front camera for selfies and video chatting. It packs a 2300mAh battery that is rated to offer 8 hours of talk time (on 2G), and 300 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4G VoLTE, and Micro-USB port. The dimensions on the Karbonn A41 Power smartphone are at 121.5×66.9x12mm, and the device weighs 130 grams.

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Karbonn A41 Power

Karbonn A41 Power

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Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

480×800 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2300mAh

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LG V30 Launch Set for August 31, Gets Leaked in Company’s Own Video Promotion

LG V30 Launch Set for August 31, Gets Leaked in Company's Own Video Promotion

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG V30 is expected to be launched on August 31
  • The smartphone has been tipped to feature dual camera setup
  • LG has previously collaborated for its products with HitRecord

LG on Tuesday announced the launch date of the V30, it next flagship smartphone. LG had already sent a ‘save the date’ invite last month, and in the latest invite (seen below), it clearly mentions the LG V30 by name. The invite also bears the words ‘Lights. Camera. Action.’ The invite also reiterates the launch event will be in Berlin, Germany, and the date hints it will be a pre-IFA 2017 event.

With its previous products, LG has partnered with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his HitRecord organisation to showcase new products’ capabilities through innovative videos. However, this time around, the new video entries have appear to have given us our first glimpse of the company’s yet-to-be-released LG V30 flagship smartphone.

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Photo Credit: GSMArena

Through a competition organised in collaboration with Gordon-Levitt’s c, LG encourages people to shoot videos with new products from the company and this year’s entries have provided us with clean shots of the unreleased LG V30, as pointed out in a report by Droid Life. While the videos are not in high-resolution, they do show the smartphone with dual camera setup, metal body back, and a fingerprint sensor along with ‘V’ moniker at the rear end.

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Photo Credit: via Droid Life

Notably, the design on the handset in the videos is similar, if not identical, to the one that was earlier leaked in a render video back in July. The alleged LG V30, in the submitted videos, can be seen sporting a FullVision Display with thin bezels across top and bottom of the display and rounded corners, just like the LG G6 and the Q6 smartphones from the company..

To recall, LG recently confirmed that its next major smartphone, i.e. LG V30, will feature a 6-inch FullVision QHD+ P-OLED display. As we reported earlier, the LG V30 display will come with the 18:9 aspect ratio, just like the LG G6, and the company has said that it will cover 109 percent of the DCI-P3 colour space and support HDR10 as well.

The secondary display on the LG V30 is believed to have been ditched by the company and the smartphone has been tipped to pack a Snapdragon 835 SoC. The handset is expected to house a 3200mAh battery and measure at 151.4×75.2×7.4mm. It can be offered by the company in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacities.

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Honor 6X Gets a Limited Period Discount in India

Honor 6X Gets a Limited Period Discount in India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Honor 6X was launched in India on January
  • The company is offering a Rs. 1,000 limited period discount
  • The smartphone’s discount will be available on Amazon India

Huawei Terminal brand Honor on Tuesday announced that its popular budget smartphone, the Honor 6X (Review), will be available with a limited period discount of Rs. 1,000 from Wednesday, August 9 to Saturday, August 12 on Amazon India. To recall, the company had slashed prices of the smartphone back in June, dropping the the price of the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant from Rs. 12,999 to Rs. 11,999, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant from Rs. 15,999 to Rs. 13,999. The company had launched the smartphone in India back in January this year.

A hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone, the Honor 6X runs EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company says a beta version of EMUI 5.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, will be available for buyers at launch, with the final version due to release in Q2 2017. The Honor 6X display measures 5.5-inch and has full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution, 2.5D curved glass protection and pixel density of 403ppi – the company is also touting an ‘eye-comfort mode’ that filters out blue light. The new Honor smartphone is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

The Honor 6X features a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor that supports PDAF (autofocus time of 0.3 seconds is being touted) and an additional 2-megapixel sensor right below it, helping provide depth-of-field or Bokeh effects with a combined wide aperture range of f/0.95 – f/16. On the front, Honor 6X bears an 8-megapixel front camera with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and 1.25-micron pixels. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Honor 6X include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. The new smartphone is powered by a 3340mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 600 hours of standby time and up to 11.5 hours of video playback. Honor 6X battery features fast charging support that charges the whole battery in 2.5 hours. It measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

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Huawei Honor 6X

Huawei Honor 6X

Rs.10,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Decent app and gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Bright and sharp display
  • Accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Bad
  • No Wi-Fi ac or USB Type-C
  • Average low-light camera performance
  • Hybrid SIM slot
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  • Huawei Honor 6X (Grey, 32GB) – 
    Rs.10,999
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Swipe Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Swipe Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017 With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swipe Elite VR is already available for purchase at ShopClues
  • The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery
  • The Elite VR comes bundles with VR lens headset

Swipe Technologies on Tuesday launched its Elite VR smartphone with a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and 3000mAh battery in India. The new handset has been priced by the company at Rs. 4,499 and has already been made available exclusively through ShopClues in the country. The smartphone is being offered in Black, Grey, Gold, and Red colours. Separately, the company also launched its Konnect Star 2017 smartphone at Rs. 3,333 as well. Both smartphones support 4G VoLTE connectivity.

First talking about the Swipe Elite VR, the smartphone has been presented as an entertainment product and comes bundled with a VR headset.

The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The Swipe Elite VR is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 1GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Elite VR comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, tagged with flash, and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The Swipe Elite VR comes with 8GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). As mentioned earlier, the handset houses a 3000mAh battery. The connectivity options offered by the Swipe Elite VR include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack and GPS. It measures 155.6×76.6×9.3mm.

On ShopClues customers can currently get 10 percent instant discount on Kotak Mahindra credit cards and on Standard Chartered debit and credit cards on the purchase of Swipe Elite VR.

Moving to the Konnect Star 2017, successor to last year’s Swipe Konnect Star, the new dual-SIM smartphone is being offered in Black Grey, and Gold colours. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It packs a 4-inch display and is powered by a quad-core 1GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Konnect Star 2017 comes with a 5-megapixel primary rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel camera at front.

The smartphone comes with 16GB of built-in storage and offers 4G VoLTE as well. It houses a 1800mAh battery. “Swipe Konnect Star will connect Indians to the world by bridging language barriers through Indus OS with 12 regional languages which covers 90 percent of the population and has translation and transliteration feature for easy communication,” the company said in its release.

Swipe Elite VR

Swipe Elite VR

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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    Rs.3,699
Swipe Konnect Star 2017

Swipe Konnect Star 2017

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1GHz quad-core

Front Camera

1.3-megapixel

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

5-megapixel

Battery Capacity

1800mAh

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There’s no easy solution to Canada’s border problem

The latest spate of asylum seekers crossing the border over dirt paths in Quebec has once again sparked some, including Conservative politicians, to ask why Ottawa doesn’t press Washington to allow those people to be turned back to the United States.

There is, after all, a deal in place with the Americans that allows Canadian border guards to turn back asylum seekers who arrive at official border crossings from the United States – but not in between them. Many have called for the Canadian government to close that “loophole.”

But the Americans don’t want to close it. They don’t want to go through a lot of trouble to stop migrants from leaving the United States. It’s time to stop thinking there are easy, wave-of-the-pen solutions for Canada’s border problem.

Read more: False information sends asylum-seeking Haitians to Canada

Read more: Quebec’s resources wear thin as wave of asylum seekers swells

Read more: Fearing Trump, asylum seekers travel across U.S.-Canada border, regardless of risks

Donald Trump won’t jump in: His immigration crackdown is encouraging people to walk into Canada. And for a peek at his sentiments, just look at the recently leaked transcript of a phone call between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr. Trump used the call to berate the Australian leader about an Obama-era agreement that calls for the United States to resettle 1,250 asylum seekers detained while trying to get to Australia.

Mr. Trump didn’t grasp, and didn’t even care about, Mr. Turnbull’s case for why the Australian program would reduce the flow of asylum seekers on people smugglers’ boats. After all his campaign rhetoric about a Muslim ban and extreme vetting, he said accepting those people would make him “look like a dope.”

“I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Turnbull. The U.S. President won’t help other countries with migrant flows by taking people off their hands.

So those demanding that Canada strike a new deal with Washington to close the border “loophole” – as Conservatives did throughout the leadership race that ended in May – can save their breath.

Jason Kenney, who is running for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party, told The Globe and Mail’s Laura Stone last week that the Liberal government should renegotiate the safe-third-country deal. But he also admitted that when he was the federal immigration minister, Obama administration officials refused.

Before 2003, asylum seekers often came through the United States to Canada. But after 9/11, the two countries signed several border-management agreements, including a “safe-third-country” agreement that stipulates if someone arrives at an official Canadian border post and claims refugee status, they can be turned back to make their claim in the United States. But the Americans didn’t want to agree to take back anyone who managed to sneak into Canada elsewhere.

That means anyone who crosses the border through a field or a across a dirt path can claim refugee status, and have their claim heard. That loophole has always been there. It’s just that more people are using it lately.

Mr. Trump’s immigration crackdown is one reason. That sparked a number of Somalis living in Minnesota to cross into Manitoba last winter. Now many Haitians who fear they will be sent home when a U.S. moratorium on deportations ends in January are coming to Quebec’s border, reportedly encouraged by false info on social media that suggests they will automatically be allowed to stay.

What to do? Conservative MP Michelle Rempel issued a press release calling for Mr. Trudeau to “take action” – but tellingly, she didn’t specify what kind.

Some suggest suspending the safe-third-country agreement, because people will at least cross the border at official entry points if they can make a refugee claim there. But history suggests that will lead to a major increase in people travelling through the United States to seek refugee status in Canada – especially with Mr. Trump cracking down on migrants from Mexico.

There’s really two ways to discourage the flow. You can make the lives of border crossers rougher, by locking them up. But that means locking up desperate families.

Or you can speed the processing of refugee claims, either through reform or extra funding, so that people without valid claims are returned home quickly – in theory, that might discourage those who aren’t bona fide refugees. Right now, Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping this latest flow of asylum seekers will subside. After Mr. Trudeau’s words about refugees being welcome, they don’t want to act tough. And there just aren’t simple solutions: Certainly, Canada can’t expect Mr. Trump’s help.

[“Source-theglobeandmail”]

Emojis help software spot emotion and sarcasm

Emoji icons on smartphone screen

Emojis could be a good guide to a message’s hidden meaning, researchers found

Emoji icons have helped scientists train computers to understand sarcasm.

Researchers used 1.2 billion tweets containing at least one of the most popular 64 emojis to develop DeepMoji.

The algorithm learned first to predict which emoji was likely to be used and then to recognise sarcasm, allowing it to spot hate speech faster than humans.

It could also be used to assess how people really feel about different brands or to improve human interaction with smart programs such as chatbots.

“Because we can’t use intonation in our voice or body language to contextualise what we are saying, emojis are the way we do it online,” Prof Iyad Rahwan told MIT’s Technology Review magazine.

Prof Iyad Rahwan and graduate student Bjarke Felbo have created a websiteinviting people to refine DeepMoji’s education by submitting and annotating their own messages.

The pair also plan to release the algorithm’s code so it can be used by other researchers.

“Using emojis as labels for training neural networks is a great idea,” said Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn who studies human-machine interaction at the University of Hertfordshire.

“Applying it to tweets seems also a smart choice, since communication via tweets is much more impoverished than actual face-to-face conversation,” she said, “so chances are better for the algorithms to work.”

Prof Dautenhahn raised doubts about the wide range of human activity that was now being monitored and analysed to try to guess what people think and feel.

“Are we happy with more and more detailed profiles of us being created?” she asked.

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SoftBank adding technology ambitions, with ARM, robotics

In this July 20, 2017 photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a SoftBank World presentation in Tokyo. SoftBank said Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 its quarterly net profit was 5.5 billion yen ($50 million), down from 254

In this July 20, 2017 photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a SoftBank World presentation in Tokyo. SoftBank said Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 its quarterly net profit was 5.5 billion yen ($50 million), down from 254 billion yen the previous year. Quarterly sales added 3 percent to 2.19 trillion yen ($20 billion). (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Photo ops of SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son sometimes show him chatting happily with his company’s humanoid robot, the childlike Pepper, or grinning as President Donald Trump heaps praise on him for creating American jobs.

It’s clear Son, Japan’s richest person, stands out in Japan Inc.

He is no “salaryman” president, those typical executives who rise gradually and quietly through the ranks, Japan-style, in a corporate culture that frowns upon mavericks and tends to squelch self-made ventures.

Since founding SoftBank in 1981, Son, a Japanese of Korean ancestry who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, has won both criticism and accolades as a daring investor who has gathered partners in diverse technology sectors from around the world.

Sometimes those adventures cost him. But often, they have paid off.

SoftBank Group Corp. reported Monday a 98 percent drop in its April-June profit at 5.5 billion yen ($50 million) on losses stemming from investments in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

Quarterly sales rose 3 percent to 2.19 trillion yen ($20 billion), while the Tokyo-based company’s operating profit, which highlights core operations, logged a 50 percent increase year-on-year as its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint, previously a drain on the bottom line, boosted profitability.

The first telecoms carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan, SoftBank has bought British semiconductor company ARM. Its acquisition of U.S. robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics is awaiting regulatory approval. Recently, it has announced it will invest in Encored, a U.S. company specializing in IoT technology in the energy sector.

Son believes artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors will benefit people more than the 19th Century Industrial Revolution, helping to treat cancer, deliver accident-free driving and grow safer food.

Son also has money to invest: a private fund he set up last year for global investments in the technology sector, called the Vision Fund, with the potential to grow to as much as $100 billion. Trump has praised him for promising to invest $50 billion in U.S. startups to create 50,000 jobs.

Son stressed at a news conference Monday that his company was neither an old-style Japanese “zaibatsu,” a business conglomerate with roots dating to the 19th century Meiji Era, nor a venture capital outfit pursuing a quick payback.

SoftBank tries to influence strategy in the businesses it invests in, without exerting outright control or overhauling their management, he said, instead collaborating on a shared vision of what he called the “information revolution.”

“We don’t try to stamp our color on our group companies,” he said. “We feel a brand should be free.”

Son’s spectacular rags-to-riches story, making one big acquisition after another including an approximately 40 percent stake in Yahoo in the 1990s, has left many skeptical over what appears to be a risky way to run a business, said Satoru Kikuchi, a senior analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities Co.

But as he added stakes in one technology powerhouse after the other, names like Microsoft Corp., Novell, Cisco Systems, Ziff-Davis and Comdex, Son has shifted gears when necessary, adjusting his portfolio and often emerging a winner and winning trust from key investors, Kikuchi said.

“His goal is to become the No. 1 company in the world through expanding in the technology area,” he said. “He has the ability to gather money and information. He can act, and he can make decisions.”

In a recent, nearly three-hour presentation in Tokyo, Son presented some of the ventures he is partnering with, including OneWeb, whose founder and chairman Greg Wyler wants to use satellites instead of underground cables to provide affordable internet access for everyone.

He showed off Spot, a four-legged robot that can climb steps and dance. ARM’s chips are found in nearly all smartphones and wearables, he noted. Data gathered from such omnipresent sensors provide far more comprehensive data than what can be gathered through mobile phones or computers, Son said.

“Those who rule chips will rule the entire world. Those who rule data will rule the entire world.” Son said. “That’s what people of the future will say.”

SoftBank also runs a solar power business, which Son plunged into with fervor after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. His business empire also includes financial-technology, ride-booking services and a baseball team, the Softbank Hawks.

Takenobu Miki, who worked closely with Son in the late 1990s and early 2000s, says Son excels in bringing together partners whom he thinks will be instrumental in the future.

Big Japanese companies often hoard resources like money, facilities and employees. Son doesn’t, says Miki, who now has his own business, Japan Flagship Project Co., which provides consulting and project management, among other services.

He says those who criticize Son for chasing quick bucks misjudge him.

“What you don’t want is an unprofitable company,” said Miki. “And he has a passion, a dream.”

 

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