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New Raspberry Pi launches with 6x performance boost

By - February 2, 2015 3 Pictures
The Raspberry Pi has been responsible for kickstarting a small revolution in DIY electronics, giving amateur enthusiasts a cheap but capable mini-computer that can be turned to all kinds of tasks and projects. Today there's a new model on sale, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, offering a host of performance improvements over the Model B+ edition released last year. The price remains the same though, at US$35. Read More
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Interactive intent modelling gives SciNet the edge over other search engines

By - January 29, 2015
Google may be dominant in the battle of the search engines, but its ever-evolving page rank algorithm and straightforward list of results don't always get you the information you want – especially when you're not sure precisely what keywords to use. Now researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) have developed a new alternative called SciNet that uses information visualization to help you dig through related terms in narrowing down a search. Its creators claim that it outperforms conventional search user interfaces in finding information in an academic database. Read More
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Creative AI: Computer composers are changing how music is made

You've probably heard music composed by a computer algorithm, though you may not realize it. Artificial intelligence researchers have made huge gains in computational – or algorithmic – creativity over the past decade or two, and in music especially these advances are now filtering through to the real world. AI programs have produced albums in multiple genres. They've scored films and advertisements. And they've also generated mood music in games and smartphone apps. But what does computer-authored music sound like? Why do it? And how is it changing music creation? Join us, in this first entry in a series of features on creative AI, as we find out. Read More
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MIT's "better Siri" helps you get there on time

By - January 22, 2015
Researchers at MIT are building a sophisticated algorithm to help with time-sensitive planning, estimating your chances of success and even suggesting alternate approaches that are more likely to succeed. The software, described by its creators as "a better Siri," could help plan projects on all scales, from long drives to air travel to multi-billion dollar NASA missions. Read More
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