Category: Did You Know?

Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Pledged 99% Of Their Shares To Human Advancement

zuckerberg-chanIndeed: 99% of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s shares at Facebook is equivalent to $45 billion United States dollars — making this one of the largest donations made to charity in human history.

To be issued over the course of Zuckerberg’s lifetime, this amount is per Facebook’s current valuation. The announcement comes with the arrival of the couple’s daughter Max; she essentially serves as the spearhead of the move.

While the exact details of the pledge aren’t outlined in its entirety, the essence of it is this: the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. It will be a new non-profit organization tasked with two main concerns: advancing human potential and most importantly, promoting equality.

Fun fact? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (of Microsoft fame, obviously) was founded in 2000 and has a current endowment of $44 billion — a splice away from Chan and Zuckerberg’s.

Via: Facebook

Amazon And Jeremy Clarskon Begin Promoting Prime Air Drones

prime-air-drone-1It’s no secret that Amazon has been prepping Prime Air — a drone delivery service. But this is the first time we’re seeing what looks to be a nearly-finished model drone designed for the service, through a YouTube video posted by the company. Also, tagging along: Jeremy Clarkson as a presenter, who will be premiering a new motoring show with Amazon next year, along with the other two blokes of TV motoring fame: James May and Richard Hammond.

Of course, all of this is a major bet that Bezos and co. are taking: the company can’t actually publicly operate drones, at least legally. Until the feds pass commercial drone delivery rules that suit Amazon’s needs, then videos like these will be the only real demonstrations of the technology.

Via: Amazon

Apple Poaches NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence Expert


Talent in artificial intelligence is much sought after and Apple thought it wise to make an offer to the NVIDIA resident expert on the subject.

Keep in mind the company’s focus is graphics processing units and processors for use in computer and mobile devices, respectively.

The director of deep learning in question is Jonathan Cohen, and the acquisition of his talents make sense; NVIDIA’s GPUs power the auto-pilot systems in many vehicles that currently support the feature; the implications for hiring someone who used to work at such a company is more than convenient.

What is all of this for you ask? For the often-rumored but well-known fact that Apple is developing a car that will debut in the next few years.

Oculus Will Add VR Support For Netlfix, Twitch, Hulu And More


Welcome to a world of VR that is (or will be) more consumer-friendly.

Oculus is working with some of the top apps of this generation, including Twitch, Hulu and Netflix — the latter launching today — to bring virtual reality versions of the services to the Oculus Rift platform. Facebook, Lionsgate, Fox and even TiVo support are all in the works, as well.

Also announced on the side, but still of importance: Minecraft for VR and a Samsung Gear VR headset that works with all 2015 Samsung phones for $99. Indeed, the virtual reality onslaught is ramping up for 2016.

Via: Oculus

Android Wear Devices Are Now Compatible With The iPhone


Ah, the day has arrived: Android Wear on iOS. It’s totally expected, but surprising nonetheless.

All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawei (pictured), Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS. Fitness information, Google Now commands and search queries, and plenty of notifications.

The announcement comes only days before IFA in Berlin, where Android Wear watches will be announced from nearly every major manufacture partnered with Google on the wearable project.

Via: Official Google Blog

Apple Books September 9th As Media Event For New iPhones


Tagged in the invite, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”, there is no doubt that that time of year is approaching: a day of new iPhones. along with animated wallpapers, 4K capabilities, and speed improvements, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event is pegged at 10AM PT, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Coincidentally, September 9th is my first day of college — don’t worry though, I’ll still keep everything up-to-date, even if it’s just through Twitter.

Facebook Is Building An AI Assistant, Named “M”


Google has Google Now, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana — and Facebook has M. According to FB’s own David Marcus, M can do things that the aforementioned AI assistants can’t:

“Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.

Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.

This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives.”

Essentially, M can do things for you, on your behalf, including purchases (!). By tapping the icon inside of Messenger, the AI or a real person can pick up the task (the human comes in where the AI might not cope) and stay in touch with you to notify progress — like a real assistant, for instance.

Currently, M is available for a select few SF testers of Messenger, but the future roll out of the technology could prove to be very interesting, granted that it works as well as FB claims it can.

Via: Facebook

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Are The New Top Phablets

note5-s6edgeplusPhablets are getting renewed this year, and the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only one: the Galaxy Note 5 has been announced, here in New York City, alongside its edged partner, the S6 Edge Plus. Both devices have 5.7-inch 2560×1440 displays at 518 pixels-per-inch, an 64-bit Exynos chipset including an octa core 2.1GHz quad plus 1.5GHz quad-core processor setup, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB sotrage options, 3,000mAh batteries, 16 megapixel back-facing cameras and 5 megapixel front-facing (both at at f/1.9 aperture).

Software-wise Android 5.1 Lollipop comes along with Samsung’s best (and cleanest) Touchwiz user interface layer to-date. Truly, the greatest difference between these two phones are their weights: the S6 Edge Plus weighs in at 153 grams and the Note 5 at 171 grams. Oh, and that the Note 5 comes with the S Pen, which can be stored inside the phablet.

Both are available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today at 3PM Eastern.

Via: Businesswire