With the capability to store data of maximum 10 people, the artificial intelligence powered robot dog from Sony’s stable will monitor kids and the elderly through two cameras, it makes it easier to keep an eye on your dear ones. The cameras are housed in the dog‘s nose and tail, along with numerous sensors, which are capable of detecting its owner and develop an understanding of its environment.
In order for the dog to function, the names and faces along with the map data need to be first registered following which reports pertaining to the said people can be accessed by the owner, on a real-time basis. The current robot dog from Sony is the second-generation version, which shares its legacy with a robot of the same name (AIBO) that was in production from 1999 till 2006.
The parents of unaccompanied kids and the family of elderly people with care needs set to majorly benefit from this household robot. The robot dog is designed to work with cloud-based AI and also recognizes gestures such as praise and stroking to better understand it’s owners behavior. And with the help of AI, develop such behaviors as it has learned during the period spent with its owner.
The sales for Aibo has been reassuring, with over 20000 units in the first six months of its launch since its launch in January last year. At $1800 (excluding taxes) and $821 for the three-year cloud subscription, you too could benefit from this innovative robot.
Source: AIBO, Mainichi
The pastor of a Roman Catholic school in Tennessee has banished JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels from the school’s library shelves. The decision has come in the wake of Reverend Dan Reehill’s assessment of the spells and curses in the Harry Potter – which according to him is capable of conjuring evil spirits in real life.
Reverend Reehill claims he has taken the decision to outlaw all the seven volumes of Harry Potter series after consulting both the exorcists in the US as well as the Vatican.
According to the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Rebecca Hammel, the Catholic Church does not an official position on the Harry Potter novels at the moment. Ms. Hammel also said that the school has no intention of stopping kids from consuming any content as long the kids’ parents deem it fit to be read or seen by their kids.
Source: The Independent
Eight members of Hotel Fairmont’s staff have fallen sick after exposure to poisonous chemicals. According to the San Jose fire fighting teams, the woman, who committed suicide on the 19th floor, may have used the hazardous material.
As part of the decontamination procedure, the HAZMAT teams of San Jose and Santa Clara County fire dept. have also sprayed the hotel staff with water, in case they may have been exposed to the gas in the aftermath of the suicide.
Although the HAZMAT teams couldn’t have identified the hazardous gas, the investigation about the same is carried out with the assumption that it could be a sulfur compound, based on the guests’ complaint.
As global markets are witnessing a slowdown and ongoing trade war between US and China, on the other hand, changes in US tax policy are expected to contain the damage, which may affect the US economic outlook in the future.
After much speculation however on expected changes in the US tax policy front, President Trump has finally cleared the air and retracted on payroll tax cuts and indexing of capital gains – with none going through at the moment. The reasoning for the same has been shared to be strong economic fundamentals.
President Trump also criticized Federal Reserve Jerome Powell several times for hiking interest rates throughout 2017 and 2018, while comparing him to a golfer “who can’t putt”.
A wellness company has been accused by fertility experts in UK of duping women with false hopes of being able to conceive a baby, using their £250 drip. The drips are being marketed with the image of a baby in the womb.
Doctors have unequivocally rubbished the claims made by GetADrip.com , which is presently being looked at as one of the popular products in the wellness industry. The said IV rehydration drips provide no benefit to women in resolving any medical condition which they may be struggling with in their efforts to conceive a baby.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas), as well as the Fertility Network UK, has raised issues such as lack of regulation being at the root of this issue – leading to exploitation of women.
Source: The Guardian
Ministry of Home Affairs is planning to punish West Bengal police officials who have sat on protest with CM Mamata Banerjee for violation of All India Services (conduct) Rules 1968/AIS (D&A) Rules, 1969.
Disciplinary Action to be initiated against the below police officers:
-Virendra Kumar, IPS, Director General of West Bengal Police
-Vineet Kumar Goyal , IPS, Additional Director General
-Anuj Sharma, Additional Director General (law and order)
-Gyanwant Singh, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the National Guard for the return of its troops from the southern border, refusing to be part of United States President Donald Trump’s ‘charade’. Gov. Grisham ordered for the return of troops, shortly before Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is the first Latina Democratic governor of New Mexico said she does not agree with the “federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border.”
Lebanon’s new interior minister, Raya El Hassan, has become the first Arab (woman) as well as Lebanese woman to take on the charge of a number of government security agencies, ending a nine-month political deadlock.
Hassan is one of the total four women elected to the cabinet – setting a new record for women political representation in Lebanon.
Source: The Times of Israel
Since the new e-commerce rules have come into force in India on Feb 1, the sales of Flipkart and Amazon fell by as much as 30 percent. The new regulations prohibit e-commerce companies from holding any stakes in companies that sell on their platform.
Also for companies whose overall sale volumes cross the 25% mark on a marketplace shall be barred from continuing to sell on them. To comply with the new government regulations, the two captive sellers on Amazon – Cloudtail, and Appario will only be accepting B2B transactions going forward.
Walmart-owned Flipkart, on the other hand, continues to offer platform-exclusive products like earlier and hasn’t taken them down. On the other hand, electronic products from some leading companies are unavailable on Amazon.
At Amazon, the legal teams are still working towards finalizing a structure that is fully compliant with the new rules.
Cloudtail and Appario ownership structure-
-Prione Business Services owns 100 percent of Cloudtail, which is 49-51 joint-venture between Amazon and Catamaran India
-Appario is a 49-51 joint-venture between Amazon and Patni Group
Source: Economic Times
The bail application of American spy suspect Paul Whelan has been denied by a Moscow City Court, in a closed hearing. Whelan is a retired US Marine who was arrested in Russia on charges of spying.
According to Whelan’s family, he went to Russia to attend a wedding ceremony – while also denying the charges of him spying on Russia. The likelihood of him getting free in the near future appears to be really bleak at the time.
The Rosbalt news agency has published reports earlier claiming that Whelan was found to be in possession of a USB stick at the time of his arrest, which allegedly contained Russian state secrets.
About Whelan, he was discharged dishonorably from the Marines about a decade ago. Whelan was serving at the Michigan based auto parts supplier BorgWarner as a global security director before leaving for Russia recently.
Maruti Suzuki India has signed a pact with Haryana Government to set up a model industrial training institute (ITI). The institute will be known as Japan-India Manufacturing (JIM), which will be located in Uncha Majra village of Gurugram district and expects to train over 500 individuals annually.
“While the state government has provided land and building, Maruti Suzuki will offer latest equipment and tools, employ industry experts as trainers and ensure students are trained in quality, safety, discipline, kaizen, and other Japanese practices so that they are employable and have a sound long-term career,” MSI Executive Director (Corporate Planning) A K Tomer said.
JIM is a joint initiative of the Japanese and Indian government to provide training opportunities for plugging the skill deficit in manufacturing. The first JIM was setup by Maruti Suzuki in 2017 at Mehsana, Gujrat. The first session at the Gurugram institute (JIM Uncha Majra) is expected to begin in August, 2019.
Source: Business Standard