SoundCloud tracks can now be shared to Instagram Stories

Streaming service SoundCloud makes it easier for its users to share music from service directly to Instagram. The tracks from SoundCloud are shared as links that appear within in Instagram’s story. To actually listen to the track, users have to click the “Play on SoundCloud” link, which then redirects them to the SoundCloud app to begin listening. This offers a way for fans and artists to promote their music through Instagram’s hugely popular Stories platform, but it’s not quite the same as being able to actually share music via Instagram, as the listening takes place elsewhere.

The sharing feature follows the recent launch of SoundCloud’s monitization program for artists, and serves as another means for musicians to reach their fans outside of the platform itself.


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3D Printing in medical field

3D printing has many functions in a variety of industries, however, in the medical field it has four main applications. Allie Nawrat found out how this technology could be used to replace human organ transplants, speed up surgical procedures, produce cheaper versions of required surgical tools, and improve the lives of those reliant on prosthetic limbs.


  1. Bio-printing tissues and organoids: One of the many types of 3D printing that is used in the medical device field is bioprinting. Rather than printing using plastic or metal, bioprinters use a computer-guided pipette to layer living cells, referred to as bio-ink, on top of one another to create artificial living tissue in a laboratory.
  2. Surgery preparation: Another application of 3D printing in the medical field is creating patient-specific organ replicas that surgeons can be use to practice on before performing complicated operations. This technique has been proven to speed up procedures and minimise trauma for patients.
  3. 3D printing of surgical instruments: One of the main benefits of using 3D printing rather than traditional manufacturing methods to produce surgical instruments is the production costs are significantly lower.
  4. Custom-made prosthetic:3D printing in the medical field can be used to produce prosthetic limbs that are customised to suit and fit the wearer. It is common for amputees to wait weeks or months to receive prosthetics through the traditional route; however, 3D printing significantly speeds up the process, as well as creating much cheaper products that offer patients the same functionality as traditionally manufactured prosthetics.



A Robotic Home Assistant

A popular trend in modern families are smart devices such as the Amazon Alexa.  This robot has all of the features of Alexa, while also being fully mobile.  The robots name is Kuri and she rolls around on wheels and can adapt to different floor plans specific to your home.  Kuri’s eyes have a built in camera that can take photos and videos, and also has a built in speaker.

The robot is 20 inches tall and is controlled by users smart devices.  This robot can use its camera feature to be a home surveillance system.  It is available to pre-order for $699 and will most likely be shipped out by the end of the year.  The purpose of this robot is to provide entertainment and perform tasks. If you want to play music you can have the robot follow you from room to room so you are still able to hear.  You can also set up custom commands for specific actions.

When you’re not home, you can watch a livestream from the Kuri app on your phone.  You can use this feature to check up on pets or make sure that no one breaks into your house.  Microphones are also embedded in the robot and can detect unusual sounds.  When it detects this, it is designed to roll towards the sound to take a look at what’s happening.  This robot is so smart that when its low on battery, it will roll itself over to its charging dock.


New Artificial Intelligence Can Crack Website Security Captchas

Majority of the world’s most popular websites uses text captcha security system to protect their website. The new algorithm which is based on deep learning methods developed by computer scientist from three counties are now able to crack captcha that no other attack system is capable of. Moreover, this new artificial intelligence is efficient in recognizing captcha that it can solve it in 0.05 second by using desktop PC.

The key technique using is called “Generative Adversarial Network” or GAN. Under this technique, the researchers only need 500 genuine captchas to train a solver instead of manually tag captchas at previous stage. Also, since the new solver only require little human involvement, it can be easily adjust to crack new or modified captcha schemes. In the research, the program was tested on 33 captcha schemes and many of them are popular websites like eBay and Microsoft. The success and efficient in cracking captcha security system gives warning for both websites users and creators. Researches hope websites should consider multiple layers of security instead.


A wristband that can tell you if you’re too drunk to drive

This wearable alcohol sensor is going to help protect people from drunk drivers.  The wristband is called Proof and works similarly to a fitness tracker.  The band takes data from your body by reading the alcohol molecules in your skin so that you don’t have to physically type it into your phone. This product is being compared to the accuracy of Breathalyzers on the market.

The wristband will show you information about your alcohol intake and will send you a message if you are too drunk to drive.  It is left up to the person whether or not they act on the message to not drive, but it is made to try to prevent a terrible accident from occurring.

The wristband can also measure your friends drinking levels too.  The app that is synced with the band allows you to check on them if they were to decide to go out without you.  Your friends just need to invite you for you to see what their levels look like.  This could save so many lives and present serious injuries and damage.

3-D Metal Printing

Most 3-D printers rely on the use of plastic as their medium.  Anything other than plastic has been found to be expensive and time consuming.  Over the years it has become much cheaper and easier.  If more companies experimented with other materials, mass producing would be much more efficient.  This could make daily life much easier because you would be able to print things like car parts and more.

The reason why this technology is so interesting is because it can create lighter, stronger, and more complex shapes that are not possible with the metal fabrication methods we have now.

In 2017, a company called Markforged released the first 3-D metal printer for under $100,000.  Printing metal has become a lot easier in the past years.  Desktop Metal released a software to create designs ready for 3-D printing.


This breakthrough will make it easier for people to create needed parts rather than take the time to find parts that are available.


Compiling Mobility Data Can Unmask Anonymous Users

Recently, a new study by MIT researchers gives us a big shock through revealing a big privacy risk of compiling anonymized data. The initial intention of collecting anonymized data is data can provide insights of human behavior, society and mobility. Companies, developers, researchers and other institutions can utilized these anonymized data to better design, optimize and make correction on the goods and services they provided. However, these anonymized data contains location information that can put users’ privacy at risk.

Anonymized data that contains location information comes from mobile phone record, credit card transactions, public transportation record and apps in your mobile phone. Location information can be very specific to individuals. In our daily life, it is almost impossible to avoid doing these activities. In a paper published by MIT researchers shows that researchers use a statistical model to track information in two large-scale datasets from Singapore, one from a mobile operator and one from a local transportation system. In one week’s data, researchers can successfully match around 17 percent of individuals. The users model can identify increases to around 55 percent if match based on one month of data. Every users trajectories can be unique and hard to be consistent especially when compiling longer time period of data. Users trajectories is the key to unmask the anonymized data.

What MIT researchers also put into their research is the probability of false positives. In this scenario, they are compiling between two low-density datasets. At first, the probability of false positives are high since the small size of the merged datasets. However, as the number of matching points increases along a trajectory, the model eliminate the possibility of false positives. They also demonstrate that about 95 percent of users can be identified after compiling data for 11 weeks. Another crucial findings in their research is how much activities are needed to unmask users in one week. Averagely, model can successfully match 90 percent of users if users have about 30-49 personal transportation records and around 1,000 mobile records.

Through the study, researchers wish to increase public awareness of this privacy risk as well as promote more regulations on sharing users data. In a word, we still need to find a right way which is capable of preserving users privacy and utilizing anonymized data in a good way.


Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Releases

As a juggernaut in in the home party game and competitive Esports scene, Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers Ultimate comes in as the fifth installment in the franchise on the Nintendo Switch. Involving everyone’s favorite Nintendo (and few third-party developer) characters duking it out in a fun “Brawl”, the franchise has had a massive impact in the gaming world from its release.

Described by the website Gamespot “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a comprehensive, considered, and charming package that builds on an already strong and enduring fighting system”.

Garnering up to $83,758 in a prize pool, the competitive scene of Smash 1 v 1, the preferred game of choice: Super Smash Bros. Melee released in 2001. Though with the release of Ultimate on Friday the 7th, it will be interesting to see if competitive gamers will move over to this new addition.






3D printing – bioprinting

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3D printing is the next innovation. It can be the solution to many existing problems. Nowadays 3D printers can print almost anything, scientists are still studying and investigating but until now they had reach to the point that 3D printers can print body parts. This is called “bioprinting”.

Bioprinting is the 3-dimensional printing of biological tissue and organs through the layering of living cells. Bioprinting can produce living tissue, bone, blood vessels and whole organs for use in medical procedures, training and testing. Although bioprinting is still in the experimental stage, it is an innovation in the medical world and it is about to transform medical treatment.

Some of the body parts that can be printed right now are a bionic eye, antibacterial tooth, heart, skin, bionic ear, elastic bone and ovary. All these are still a prototype and in test. They still have many problems and scientists are trying to improve on this. However, a team of scientists at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and its McCormick School of Engineering, Evanston, IL, have created functioning 3D-printed ovaries. The bioprosthetic ovaries were implanted in sterilized mice, which were able to ovulate and birth live pups.

Day through day the technology is improving, when the bioprinting is mastered and applied in science it will totally change the medical area giving a lot of opportunities to many people and making easier the medical treatment.



“Smart Reply” Technology based on AIs are added to Google’s Hangouts Chat

During these days, Google Incorporated the “Smart Reply” technology on its chatting application Hangouts Chat. For those who never heard about this app, Hangouts Chat is “an intelligent and secure communications tool, built for teams.” which defined by Google Play, Google’s online app shop.

As most users are able to recognize, Google is clearly planning to implement its AI-assisted writing and text prediction technology across all of its tools and services. I think most of the Gmail users already experience that. Firstly, at the end of every email you got, there will be three options for quick response which you can choose. Also, on the half way of your writing, Gmail will show some light-grey color words inside the editing area to guess whether those are words you would like. Thus, after Gmail which was enriched with these features, “Smart Reply” will also be implemented on the Hangouts Chat.

“Smart Reply” is a system that utilizes machine learning methods. Its function as proposing three possible replies to a received message, and allowing the user to simply click on the one they treat as the most appropriate.  For the benefits, it will save users’ time like the Gmail system will try to finish phrases and sentences for Gmail users. And they benefit should also be found on Hangouts too.

However, Smart Reply doesn’t always offer the best possible suggestions. Since all answers are expected from machine-learning AIs, and AIs don’t understand people’s emotion, so Smart Reply always can’t get the point and tone of a message. In Hangouts Chat, this may become even more evident, because there are too many special abbreviation and new words coming out every day. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the system copes with the added complexity of having fewer words to help it deduce what is going on.

Actually, service of Hangouts is going to end by 2020, but Google will not stop its step on putting AIs into its all service. Plus, Google has assured that Hangouts will still be available to users even if it is in the form of some other product.