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Philippines switches on to using SMS in typhoon and disaster response

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Philippines set to expand WHO-supported text message system to cut deaths and improve response times during emergenciesThe Philippines looks set to expand its rapid monitoring system, based on mobile phone text messaging, to lessen the number of deaths and improve emergency response times. With over 7,000 islands and more than...
Philippines switches on to using SMS in typhoon and disaster response

Sheep form an impenetrable forcefield around a confused motorist [Video]

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Domesticated sheep have the propensity to follow each other into downright dangerous situations and be herded by the most innocuous of shepherds, so it's no surprise these sheep formed an ovine circle of death around one unlucky automobile. They do have plenty of reasons to hate humans, after all....
Sheep form an impenetrable forcefield around a confused motorist [Video]

Bionics users show pace of change

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Rock climbers tell DLD conference of how their bodies 'can go beyond what nature intended'Legendary explorer Reinhold Messner said he lost his enthusiasm for rock climbing and switched to mountain climbing after losing some of his toes to frostbite at 25. Hugh Herr, was also a well-known climber, but his...
Bionics users show pace of change

Editorial: Self-driving cars FTW, but not for everybody

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I drive a two-seat roadster known for its great handling. The last thing I want is for a machine to take the steering wheel out of my hands. My car company isn't into self-driving cars, but others are: Ford, BMW, Audi. And, of course, Google is moving quickly forward...
Editorial: Self-driving cars FTW, but not for everybody

Wireless Emergency Alerts system to warn of storms, floods

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The US National Weather Servicewill soon start sending severe weather warnings to smartphone owners in potentially dangerous situations. The Wireless Emergency Alerts system will send warning messages to those at risk of flooding, hurricanes, dust storms and blizzards via compatible smartphones, complete with a special warning tone and vibration reserved...
Wireless Emergency Alerts system to warn of storms, floods
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US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot

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A team of US-based engineers, funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and DARPA, has begun the development of a MacGyverbot — a robot that, like the tenacious TV hero MacGyver, can interact with its environment in novel ways to solve problems.As it currently stands, robots are incredibly proficient...
US engineers begin work on MacGyverbot
MyForce stands guard against attackers in the night

FCC asks US carriers to adopt Messages-like text-to-911

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The FCC is calling on the top cellular carriers in the US to implement a text-to-911 system similar to that used throughout Europe, proposing a method called "over the top" messaging (uses either Wi-Fi or 3G/LET depending on what's available) similar to Apple's own Messages service. A text-to-911 service offers...
FCC asks US carriers to adopt Messages-like text-to-911

Groupon Is Hiring An Army Of Engineers In Silicon Valley (GRPN)

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Groupon, which already has about 200 engineers working out of its Palo Alto office, is looking to hire as many as 100 more, boosting the Chicago-based company's headcount out West, the company tells us. Groupon is going to host a big recruiting event for the office later this spring. The...
Groupon Is Hiring An Army Of Engineers In Silicon Valley (GRPN)

US Navy funds 'MacGyver' robot

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US researchers are given $900,000 to build a robot that can work out how to use nearby objects to solve problems or escape dangerous situations....
US Navy funds 'MacGyver' robot

BART defends mobile service shutdown to the FCC

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Disrupting mobile phone service is a legitimate tool for law enforcement authorities working against terrorism or other dangerous situations, a mass transit agency has said in defending its own mobile shutdown last August....
BART defends mobile service shutdown to the FCC
Uber releases its cabs service, Uber X, on San Francisco

BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown to the FCC

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Disrupting mobile phone service is a legitimate tool for law enforcement authorities working against terrorism or other dangerous situations, a mass transit......
BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown to the FCC

This Week In Bots: Bee Serious! Introducing A Robot That's Smarter Than A Buzzing Insect

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Bot Vid: Quadrocopters Play Catch Precision quadrocopter aerobatics are always eye-pleasing, but the amazing display can distract us from remembering why someone bothered to do that. Now ETH Zurich has a new video of three quadrocopters cooperating to toss a ball in the air and catch it in a net--it's...
This Week In Bots: Bee Serious! Introducing A Robot That's Smarter Than A Buzzing Insect

Ret.io, A Crowdsourced Answer To Corruption In Mexico

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Three years ago Mario Romero Zavala and José Antonio Bolio decided to create a Twitter account in Mexico City to alert people to cumbersome police checkpoints that too often resulted in various forms of harassment to locals. This was the beginning of Ret.io, which has since changed tremendously. Ret.io’s Twitter...
Ret.io, A Crowdsourced Answer To Corruption In Mexico

Georgia Tech Team Working on a 'MacGyver' Bot; Hijinks Sure to Ensue

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More like ActionHeroBot, right? (Photo: Georgia Tech) They might be able to make burritos and rescue the drowning, but robots are still lacking in some basic functionality. Namely: The set of skills that humans typically call “common sense.” If you are walking down the street and encounter an unexpected fallen...
Georgia Tech Team Working on a 'MacGyver' Bot; Hijinks Sure to Ensue
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