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Microsoft bid goodbye to Windows 95 era icons On May 09, Sunday, 2021

Microsoft preparing to refresh Windows 95-era icons in Windows 10. The company has been slowly improving icons for File Explorer, folder, Recycle Bin, disk drive icons and more. The work is part of a design overhaul to Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley. The visual changes are expected to appear in the Windows 10 21H2 update that should arrive in October.

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Crisscrossed Captions - Automatic Image Captioning On May 07, Friday, 2021

Image captioning is a task in which a computer algorithm creates written descriptions for images. Large scale datasets that pair images with descriptions created by people can support important practical applications. These datasets also enable investigations into important and exciting research questions about grounding language in visual inputs. Crisscrossed Captions dataset extends the development and test splits of MS-COCO with semantic similarity ratings for image-text, text-text and image-image pairs. It was recently presented at EACL 2021.

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Google Arts & Culture - Woolaroo tool for indigenous languages On May 07, Friday, 2021

Woolaroo is a new experiment from the Google Arts & Culture app and it uses the Google Cloud Vision API to create this open-source tool. The first language that will be featured here is Yugambeh, an indigenous Australian language in Southeast Queensland. It also supports 10 other global languages including Louisiana Creole, Calabrian Greek, Maori, Nawat, Tamazight, Sicilian, Yang Zhuang, Rapa Nui, and Yiddish.

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New Tools for Hybrid Learning - MIcrosoft Teams On May 07, Friday, 2021

Microsoft Teams will now begin to provide for personalised learning for every student. Teams will organise the online classroom experience and make assignments more engaging. Teachers will be able to better understand student engagement and the emotional well being of their students. This is while encouraging class participation during synchronous learning for better hybrid and remote classes. The features are set to create a holistic learning environment for the next chapter of education.

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Apple reveals two iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that allow attackers to access fully patched devices On May 05, Wednesday, 2021

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1 patch for two zero-day vulnerabilities that let hackers execute malicious code. The vulnerabilities are located in the browser engine Webkit, which provides web content for App Store, Mail and Safari. Apple has issued a notice that these vulnerabilities may have already been exploited. Alongside patches for the discovered vulnerabilities, the company has also confirmed a patch for the App Tracking Transparency feature bug. Google's Project Zero vulnerability research team has assessed that these three new vulnerabilities make the total number of seven actively exploited Apple zero-days.

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Verizon to offload Yahoo and AOL for $5billion On May 04, Tuesday, 2021

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) is getting rid of its media businesses that include iconic brands Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion, ending an expensive and unsuccessful run in the media and advertising world. The move concludes a steady drip of deals that saw Verizon sell blogging platform Tumblr in 2019 for an undisclosed sum and news website HuffPost to BuzzFeed last year. The divested unit, which was previously named Oath and recently renamed Verizon Media, will now be called Yahoo when the deal closes around the second half of 2021.

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Apple hires ex-Google AI scientist On May 04, Tuesday, 2021

Samy Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy. Bengio left Google last week after about 14 years. Fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell and Timnit Gebru were fired in recent months.

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Computer model encourage improvements in bionic eye technology On April 13, Tuesday, 2021

The Argus II, the world's first retinal prosthesis, reproduces some functions of a part of the eye essential to its function. Researchers are seeking future improvements upon the technology. The Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering are using an advanced computer model of what happens in the retina. "We can mimic the behavior of the neural systems, so we can truly understand why the neural system does what it does," says Dr. Charles Lazzi.

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