Electric cars are believed to be part of our future, at least if we want to live in a greener society. However the question is, is there a demand for them? As it turns out there is, at least according to the International Energy Agency who has recently published its World Energy Outlook (via Bloomberg).
Given that our cellphones (and a lot of our electronic devices) give off radiation, there have been many who wonder whether or not our phones give off enough radiation where it could be potentially dangerous to our health. Now according to an updated study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, it seems that there is “clear evidence” of health risks.
How often do you find yourself checking your phone everyday? Back in the day of the feature phone, chances are we only check our phones when we get a message or phone call, but with our smartphones being connected to the world, we check our phones when we get new comments, new tweets, news, videos, messages, emails, and more.
Social media, as its name suggests, lets people be “social” on the internet where you can share your life with your friends and family members even if you’re living thousands of miles away. However social media seems to have had a very different effect, where friends and families can go out with each other, but yet bury their noses in their phones.
You would think that as our phones got smarter and more powerful, simple and basic things like battery would be improved upon as well. While we are seeing changes such as the introduction of fast charging technology, our overall battery life seems to be going down, at least that’s according to a test conducted by The Washington Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler.
Several years ago, Facebook had an issue with fake news where it was found that people were spreading and sharing “news” from outlets that were known to spread misinformation. The company has since taken active steps to reduce fake news from appearing on its platform, and it looks like they might be succeeding in doing that.
We know that Apple had previously used the Apple Watch in a study with Stanford to determine if the device was good enough to track your heart rate and rhythm. It seems that the study helped them come up with new features for the Apple Watch and improve on existing ones. Now it seems that the company could be interested in tackling another health aspect: binge eating.
Unlike humans where emotions are involved, robots are usually depicted as being cold and uncaring, and base all their actions and decisions on the information and data that is available to them. However in a study by researchers at Cardiff University and MIT (via TechCrunch), it has been discovered that robots actually have the ability to develop prejudices just like humans.
Companies are always looking to increase the amount of engagement on their websites, apps, services, and devices. However it seems that we have gotten to a point where we might be engaging too much with our devices, which is why companies like Google have introduced a digital wellbeing initiative to its products in hopes to try and get users to stop being so addicted.
For the generation who grew up not surrounded by phones, tablets, and computers, we know what life was like without such devices, and we also found ways to enjoy our lives without the need to be connected all the time. This is versus the younger generation where more are getting raised with iPads placed in front of them.
Whenever we see companies like Apple and Google and Amazon demonstrate their digital assistants on stage or in advertisements, they always seem to work so flawlessly. It almost never mishears and always seems to be capable of spitting back results perfectly. However as many users can testify, that’s not always the case in real life.
There have been some studies in the past that have shown that using your smartphone too much can be bad for your neck. This is because of the stress and pressure you put on your neck while staring down at your phone, which during prolonged usage is actually quite bad for you.
Let’s say you are out with friends and are splitting the bill and your share amounts to $19.75. What do you do? Do you pay your friend back precisely $19.75, or do you give them $20 and tell them not to bother with the change? Chances are it is the latter which is perfectly fine because of the hassle of having to deal with change.
There are many digital assistants in the market today, and obviously not all of them were created equal and according to a recent study conducted by Stone Temple, it seems that they have found that Google Assistant is the most accurate digital assistant amongst the competition, at least as far as this year is concerned.