Tesla Model X Price Revealed

Tesla have become a well known, if not a household name, when it comes to their vehicles. Named after Nikola Tesla, Tesla are known for the creation of top line electric cars, and some weird gadgets to go with them, such as the robotic snake charger. The latest release in their extensive line is the Tesla Model X, an SUV vehicle that has some unique features that fans of Back to the future might recognise.

The latest Tesla vehicle will feature falcon doors for the rear passengers, with a total of 7 passenger seats, the environmentally friendly SUV will offer a new way to show off as you try to open the door in a packed parking lot. The Model X however does not come without a price tag to match the stylish design, with a reservation price of £4000 and a sale price of $132,000 (roughly £86,521.07) for the basic model with added features raising the price to a whopping $143,750 (approximately £94,222.75).

The added features include a Tow Package, Sub-zero weather package and the well-known Ludicrous Speed Upgrade with a 0-60mph of around 3.2 seconds. With a quick youtube search showing a variety of videos with people getting shocked at Tesla’s quick acceleration boost.

Now all we need is a flux capacitor and an 88mph stretch of road and we can set off on an adventure.

Thank you Ars Technica for the information and the image.

Facebook Reaches Over a Billion Users in One Day

Facebook has reached another unbelievable milestone and recorded over one billion users within a single day. The announcement was made via Mark Zuckerbeg’s official Facebook account and the data indicates 1 in 7 people throughout the world used Facebook on Monday. It’s impossible to quantify how momentous this achievement is and it’s clear that social media has become an integral part of daily life.

In theory, the statistics could be incorrect as it’s possible for individuals to access multiple accounts. Therefore, did 1 in 7 real people actually use Facebook in one day? Honestly, I can believe it and know of many people who are addicted to Facebook. Instead of waking up in the morning and cleaning their teeth, they check Facebook and reply to any notifications.

To celebrate this event, many advocates of Facebook have been sharing inspirational stories about meeting long-lost relatives, and how Facebook changed their lives. Over the years, some critics expected Facebook’s popularity to curtail as people became disinterested with the monotony of posting life-events online. However, the opposite has occurred, and many social media services including Facebook and Twitter are as influential as ever. In the future, it’s perfectly feasible for Facebook to reach 10 billion people accessing the site in a day as the current numbers could be greatly reduced by the older generation not using computers.

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Reddit Launches New Harassment Rules

Reddit is banning a handful of its worst communities. “Our goal is to enable as many people as possible to have authentic conversations and share ideas and content on an open platform,” “We want as little involvement as possible in managing these interactions but will be involved when needed to protect privacy and free expression, and to prevent harassment.”

One of the bans will include the only subreddit with more than 5,000 subscribers — is r/fatpeoplehate, a forum devoted to posting pictures of overweight people for ridicule. Also, four more subreddits have been names.as r/

  1. r/hamplanethatred
  2.  r/transfags
  3. r/neofag
  4.  r/shitniggerssay

They’ve all now been shut down, with a message stating:  “for violating the Reddit rules to keep everyone safe.” According to reddit these last four ranged from 149 to 3071 subscribers, although in r/fatpeoplehate’s case, “more than 5,000” is a bit of an understatement; the last Reddit metrics (and a Google cached page) put it at around 151,000 subscribers.

The changes have been made by Reddit this morning, there is approx 650,000 subreddits on the website, each one requires moderating and looking after. Over the past few years, Reddit has restricted the anything goes rule, to exclude sexual photos of minors, leaks of celeb nudes and more.

Deciding on what is banned and what is not could be a difficult problem for Reddit, especially because it’s hard to agree what harassment is actually constituted of.

Thank you to TheVerge for providing us with this information

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Facebook Started Looking for EU Talent by Opening an AI Research Lab in Paris

Are you a Ph.D. graduate or really good and enthusiastic about artificial intelligence? Well, if you live in Europe, you should know that Facebook is opening a new AI research lab in Paris and is looking for the best Europe can offer in the latter area of expertise.

The company also did some research into available talent and noticed that France has quite a reputation in AI research. LeChun, who is said to be a renowned AI researcher, said that one of the key areas AI scientists in the country are focusing on include deep learning and computer vision.

Facebook is said to have already hired six researchers and is looking to hire around 25 more next year. The main focus Facebook is keen on researching into links to image tagging, predictions and face recognition. Aside from the latter, Facebook is also working on their own virtual reality projects and I bet you get really excited when you see the possibilities of merging both research fields.

However, Facebook is not the only company interested in AI. Google, Amazon and other tech companies are researching and looking to acquire AI talented individuals. They may not research the same AI related topics such as Facebook, but they do work on researching methods of processing large amounts of data.

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Might Come with External Airbags

Airbags are the main protection feature inside a car, aiding in protecting the driver and passengers from serious harm in the event of a violent accident. However, we still don’t have anything to protect the car itself or the objects it might hit.

Google has been thinking about adding an extra protection feature to the exterior of its self-driving cars and came up with the idea of having external airbags. As shown in a patent filed by the company, it looks like its self-driving cars might come with a new revolutionary protection feature in the near future.

The external airbags are said to help protect the car, other cars or even people if an unfortunate accident occurs. However, the airbags might have an opposite effect on people, sending them flying and suffering more severe injuries. Google apparently thought about this problem and came up with a solution which involves a visco-elastic material that would have a bit of give to help prevent serious injury.

Though the idea might become a reality in Google’s hands, it’s worth pointing out that Volvo was the first to think about this solution. External airbags seem to have a lot of potential on paper, but do they really do the trick in real life situations? That would remain to be seen.

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Watch Some Old People ‘Play’ GTA V

There’s a lot of these videos nowadays. Kids, teens and old people get sat in front of a game, piece of old or new technology, an outrageous YouTube video, or pretty much anything else that’ll get an interesting reaction, and they’re just asked to say what they think about it.

Well this time, the latest ‘REACT’ video features a bunch of elderly people attempting to get Michael De Santa to walk. There’s more to it obviously, but a lot of it is just about getting him to walk.

See it and their hilarious reactions for yourself in the video bellow.

Source: REACT on YouTube

British Government Want to Build a ‘Super Database’ To Help Run the Country

Even with all its power, the UK government has admitted that it’s at a point where simple tasks, such as sharing information or data between two different departments, has become a burden. This is mostly due to the fact that there are a wide range of databases controlled by each government department.

However, the cabinet’s data sharing policy team came up with a plan back in April that would have all departments link all of their databases. This means that local authorities, emergency services, schools and even government departments would merge their databases into a single ‘super database’.

The resulting database then said to be able to handle huge amounts of data and provide more accurate information. Other benefits that might follow are said to include a saving of up to £37 billion in error, dump and fraud.

Another beneficial outcome from all of this is the government’s ability to understand a person’s life and help him with their money problems. For example, if an individual is in debt to various departments, the payment can then be structured and manageable on a low-income.

To be noted is that the policy is still just a proposal and the government is now looking for the people’s opinion in order to find out if they support the plan or not.

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OkCupid Follows in Facebook’s Footsteps, Admits to be Experimenting on Humans

After the Facebook fiasco and their little research on human behaviour, it seems that its time for OkCupid, the online dating service, to do the same. The service is said to have admitted that it too had manipulated what is shows users in order to see what would happen.

Three examples of the experiment are said to have been posted by OkCupid’s co-founder, Christian Rudder, in an article entitled “We Experiment On Human Beings!”. It can be viewed over at the site’s OkTrends blog.

“OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing,” said Rudder. “Neither does any other website. It’s not like people have been building these things for very long, or you can go look up a blueprint or something. Most ideas are bad. Even good ideas could be better. Experiments are how you sort all this out.”

It is said that when talking about Facebook and its experiment that involved manipulating users’ news feeds in order to study their real-life reactions, Rudder stated the following:

“Guess what, everybody,” he says, “if you use the internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”

The first experiment is said to have happened in January 2013, when the website removed all user images and called it “Love is Blind Day”. The user count is said to have been low on that day, but those who were online proved to have responded 44% more often to messages.

The second one involved the user’s rating, a score given to them by other users. Rudder attempted to see how much the user’s profile image counts when rating someone by presenting a small subset of users with their profile text hidden. He stated to have found that only 10% of the typical user’s score is based on what they write about themselves, while 90% is based on the profile image.

The final experiment is stated to have been more “controversial”, having OkCupid tweak with the users’ “match” rating. It is basically used to show people’s “compatibility” rating based on the information given by the user.

“In the back of our minds, there’s always been the possibility: maybe it works just because we tell people it does. Maybe people just like each other because they think they’re supposed to? Like how Jay-Z still sells albums?” Rudder stated

OkCupid has then tweaked the compatibility ratings for most of its users and noticed how many single messages led to a full conversation. The experiment noted that most users do not talk to each other due to the low compatibility ration, for example 20% or 30%. Change those to a 90% and it seems that ‘weird things happen’.

All in all, what Facebook and OkCupid did are far from ethical, but it still underlines a solid truth in all. When information is available on the internet, we tend to trust it more than we trust ourselves. Do we really need a webpage or app to tell us who to love or what to believe in?

Thank you The Guardian for providing us with this information
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Cheap 3D Food to Help Bring Delicious Meals in Nursing Homes

People who have been in a nursing home and inside the cafeteria will know that eating is one of the most difficult activities for an elderly person. They are most probably being served food which is easy to chew, such as puree and mashed food, but in most cases this comes at the expense of taste. However, a German company by the name of Biozoon Smoothfood is seeking to change the way elderly people eat and aims to bring some taste to their meals by using 3D-printed, easy-to-chew food.

THe company states that it is using liquified ingredients such as vegetables, meat, carbs and others instead of ink or PLA which a 3D printer would normally use. The ingredients then are inserted into the printer’s cartridge and come out as food which ‘melts in your mouth’, thanks to a binding agent. Bizoon currently makes six types of food, namely peas, pork, chicken, cauliflower, pasta and potatoes, but the company states they will add more diversity in the future.

Given that is a 3D printer, the food can be made in any shape dictated by the software. However, nobody wants to eat for example meat in the shape of fruit, therefore the company makes the food in the shape of its food items. Currently, the food is made off-site, but Bizoon plans to place printers directly inside nursing homes in the future since it makes it more practical and at hand to serve the food as soon as it is made.

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Users Can Now Make ‘Loop Back’ Requests For Loved Ones Who Have Passed Away

On Facebook’s 10-year anniversary, the social media giant celebrated the occasion by introducing the ‘Look Back’ feature which basically consisted of a video generated with bits and glimpses from each user’s ‘life’ on Facebook.

The most shared, most liked, first moments and active discussions, everything compiled in an amazing video which brought happy memories and probably nostalgia to users who had spared the time to view it.

However, Facebook’s videos are more capable than just show you a few bits of your life. It can also show you brief reminders of who you are and the kind of life you’ve lived, and they can do this even after you’re not amongst us anymore.

Facebook has introduced the ability for family members to request a ‘Loop Back’ for loved ones who have passed away by requesting a video here. Along with the feature request, Facebook has also stated that the company is changing the way it will manage accounts belonging to the deceased.

Previous accounts belonging to people who have passed away were switched to friends-only upon death. However, pages will now remain ‘as-is’ so that people can continue to view the page the way the owner intended while they were alive. Nevertheless, this will still remain something to think about when managing your account’s privacy settings.

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