The 20 most popular emoji in America

#AceSocialNews – Aug.18: Harvard linguist Steven Pinker recently told us about how emoji are a new form of punctuation.

But as a new report from SwiftKey says, some punctuation marks are more popular than others.

The keyboard app makers analyzed over a billion emoji used from June 2014 to June 2015.

In addition to figuring out which states love certain emoji more than others — Connecticut and koalas, Oklahoma and volcanoes — SwiftKey put together the data on the most-used emoji nationwide.

They are:

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That’s basically the sum of human experience: joy, love, sadness, and a thumbs up.


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Microsoft just reminded us how Windows 10 is a huge change from all previous versions (MSFT)

pushing boulder

#AceSoftwareNews – Aug.18: With Windows 10, Microsoft is doing something it’s never done before, and it goes to the heart of the fundamental shift the company is making.

The company just announced that members of the Windows Insider Program could download a new build of Windows 10 with some minor feature improvements like better memory management and new color schemes.

The features themselves are no big deal. But the fact that Microsoft is still running the Insider Program, even though Windows 10 shipped last month, is a big deal.

Here’s the key sentence:

With the general availability of Windows 10, the Windows Insider Program will focus on building and delivering Windows as a service by updating Windows 10 with new features and functionality on an ongoing basis.

No more boulder

In the past, Microsoft built new versions of Windows like it was pushing a giant boulder up a hill.

The whole team would work heads down for two or three years aiming for the big launch date.

At some point before the actual release, Microsoft would allow interested parties — developers, IT professionals, Windows enthusiasts — to download a test (“beta,” usually) version of the new release. Those beta releases would get updated periodically with newer builds that were closer and closer to the final product.

But once the final product shipped, the beta program ended. Until the next release was almost ready to roll.

The release of a new version of Windows was usually the cue for most Windows employees to take a week-long vacation, then split into several groups. Some would go heads-down planning the next version, which would ship in another two to three years.

Others, known as sustained engineering, would get to work fixing the biggest problems with the newly released version, and release those updates as piecemeal patches (particularly for urgent security holes). Eventually, Microsoft would roll up all those patches, plus some feature updates, into annual (or so) releases known as Service Packs.

But this time around, Microsoft will trickle out a steady stream of small updates to Windows on a regular basis. Today was the first example, and Microsoft is keeping its beta testers around to help make sure these releases are stable before putting them out to all Windows 10 customers.

The inspiration for this is “cloud” services such as Salesforce or Google Apps, or Facebook on the consumer side. Microsoft’s 2012 acquisition of Yammer, a cloud collaboration service that did small piecemeal updates this way, has also had a big influence on the company, according to people there during the transition.

Microsoft hasn’t said whether Windows 10 will be the last huge new version of Windows ever released. But as the company moves more to cloud services like Office 365 and Azure, it makes less sense to have a whole huge team devoted to cranking out massive releases of Windows every two or three years.

Instead of a boulder, think a steady stream of pebbles.

And instead of a huge bump in Windows revenue — and a huge bump in corresponding marketing expenses — think of a more steady stream of revenue that tracks almost exactly to the PC upgrade cycle, plus a growing subscription business on the enterprise.

NOW WATCH: The 7 best new features coming to Windows 10

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Google’s AI created a bunch of trippy images when let loose on the internet

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#AceSocialNews – Aug.18: Google’s image recognition programs are usually trained to look for specific objects, like cars or dogs.

But now, in a process Google’s engineers are calling “inceptionism,” these artificial intelligence networks were fed random images of landscapes and static noise.

What they get back sheds light on how AI perceive the world, and the possibility that computers can be creative too.

The AI networks churned out some insane images and took the engineers on a hallucinatory trip full of knights with dog heads, a tapestry of eyes, pig-snails, and pagodas in the sky.

Engineers trained the network by “showing it millions of training examples and gradually adjusting the network parameters,”according to Google’s research blog. The image below was produced by a network that was taught to look for animals.

Each of Google’s AI networks is made of a hierarchy of layers, usually about “10 to 30 stacked layers of artificial neurons.” The first layer, called the input layer, can detect very basic features like the edges of objects. The engineers found that this layer tended to produce strokes and swirls in objects, as in the image of a pair of ibis below.

As an image progresses through each layer, the network will look for more complicated structures, until the final layer makes a decision about the objects in the image. This AI searched for animals in a photo of clouds in a blue sky and ended up creating animal hybrids.


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These 6 robots made by Google parent company Alphabet will amaze and terrify you

#AceMediaNews – Aug.18: There are now robots that move almost exactly like humans. Don’t believe me? Look no further than Boston Dynamics’ “Atlas” robot for proof:

Okay, okay – Atlas is a bit more “drunk human” than human in its movement, but it’s incredibly impressive nonetheless. Again, don’t take it from us. Here’s what Stuart Russell, a University of California computer science professor who studies AI, told Tech Insider about Boston Dynamics’ incredible robots:

Leg locomotion was, for decades, thought to be an incredibly difficult problem. There has been very, very painstakingly slow progress there, and robots that essentially lumbered along at one step every 15 seconds and occasionally fell over.

That was his answer, unprompted, when asked about “the most mind-blowing thing you’ve learned during your career.” If it impresses a man who deals in human consciousness, who can explain “the singularity,” who are we to shrug it off?

Follow us below for a more thorough demonstration of Boston Dynamics’ (owned by Google’s recently spun off parent company, Alphabet) mind-blowing robots.

And maybe start preparing your life for the impending robot future? If nothing else, learn the three rules.

The “Sand Flea”


It’s not just buildings that the Flea can leap onto – how about this rocky ridge?

No sweat! (Literally.)

The “RHex” Rough-Terrain robot

The “RHex” Rough-Terrain robot may have the silliest name of all, but it’s the only one that can navigate tiny, water-filled passages.

And emerge victorious on the other side. This thing is no joke.

Here’s the full video of the RHex in action:

The “Cheetah”

“But these robots aren’t so fast. I can outrun them.” WRONG, friend. The “Cheetah” is faster than the actual fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Good luck!

This guy reaches a top speed of 29.3 MPH without breaking a sweat.

Here’s the full Cheetah video, which is just as thrilling as you might imagine.

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Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Everyone wants to rule the world is so close to the Truth it is unreal as the world changes your post represents the ying and yang of life. We may go backwards but we are still going forwards and at same time standing still as we are but a second in time.
A real #Donnamazing post you inspire and fulfill with your writing and research Ian 🌹


1funny898Why is everybody so gosh darn anxious to rule the world?
I guess the pay and benefits would be awesome, but I can’t imagine there’s any time off.
It would be high stress and thankless, well, unless you paid or forced people to thank you.
And look at all the decisions you’d have to make; I don’t always know what I want for breakfast.
Then there’s the meetings, slogans, pillaging, fear-mongering, plans, plots, the overthrowing, and feeling like you had to wear a fancy military-looking outfit and get giant pictures of yourself to hang up everywhere.
Sounds monotonous and a lot of work.
Tears For Fears might have been exaggerating, for effect, but humans do want what we can’t have.
We can’t seem to help ourselves, it’s a yearning that lives deep inside us.
We want what’s beyond our reach.
It’s what makes us magnificent, but can be our Achilles…

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Japan airline announces 2 new Star Wars droid planes


#AceMediaNews – Aug.18: Japan’s All Nippon Airways can’t get enough Star Wars.

The airline has announced two new planes, both painted to resemble characters from the movies. One will be painted like R2-D2, and the other will feature the droid character debuting in Force Awakens, BB-8

Monday’s announcement follows the April reveal of the airline’s first R2-D2 jet.

See also: An R2-D2 themed jet will soon be ready for takeoff

The ANA Star Wars Project is a partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd., which is owned by Disney. Check out ANA’s video to see a rendering of the planes traveling to a galaxy far, far away:

In addition to the exterior theme, the planes will have Star Wars headrest covers and other themed amenities. Star Wars Episodes I through VI will be available on demand.

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China fashion exhibition is New York smash hit


Garments are seen on display at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's "China: Through The Looking Glass" on February 16, 2015 in New York City#AceMediaNews – Aug.18: In the latest sign of China’s pulling power in America, an exhibition exploring Chinese influence on Western fashion has become a summer smash-hit, attracting more than 670,000 visitors. “China: Through the Looking Glass” is the most visited exhibition at the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been extended for three weeks, the museum said Tuesday.

It has smashed the previous record set by a 2011 exhibition celebrating the late British designer Alexander McQueen.

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The new Apple TV is going to feel a lot more like using an iPhone, report claims (AAPL)

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#AceTechNews – Aug.18: When Apple’s new set top box launches, it’s going to feel a lot more like using your iPhone.

That’s because this model will be the first Apple TV to run software that’s mostly powered by iOS — the operating system on iPhones and iPads — rather than Apple’s custom TV interface, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman.

The report says that the new Apple TV will run on a version of iOS 9 that’s optimized for TV.

This is why Apple didn’t release its new streaming console in June like many had expected — it was worried about using up too many iOS 9 engineering resources, Gurman says.

The upcoming model is codenamed J34 and is expected to launch alongside Apple’s next iPhone, which is rumored to come at an event next month.

In addition to running software that’s largely based on that of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, the company is also reportedly launching a dedicated App Store for the Apple TV. This means developers will be able to build their own apps for the Apple TV just like they do for Apple’s other products.

For months, reports have indicated that the next Apple TV will support Siri and will come with a revamped remote control that supports voice input. It’s also expected to come with a slimmer and wider design, more storage space, and a faster processor.

We’ll know more when Apple holds its next event.

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