first_imgDell is creating mood-reading softwareAs soon as 2017, Dell software could be reading your moods.Dell Enterprise Group CTO Jai Menon told the BBC that Dell’s research and development division is working with hardware manufacturers including Neurosky to build headsets that accurately identify the wearer’s emotional state. A pair of Dell researchers has already tested a version of the headset that can identify a wearer’s mood half the time.(Related: Inside some other software that recognizes human expression) Menon, who moved to Dell after more than two decades at IBM, told the BBC, “We’re trying to push the accuracy of our software into the 90% or better range, and if we can get there then the product starts to make sense. If an individual device doesn’t give us that accuracy, then we will also add additional inputs: a pulse oximeter [to monitor the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood] or ECG (electrocardiogram—a heart rhythm monitor) or other readings, to see if multiple inputs help the software get to the correct value.”Dell hopes to release a product in the next three years, putting a target market date at 2017. – Rob MarvinBlackBerry ends restructuring processOver the last three years, BlackBerry has reduced its workforce by about 60% in an attempt to reinvent and restructure itself; today, that painful process ends. According to an internal memo viewed by Reuters, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has announced that the workforce reduction process is over and hiring in key departments will begin.“We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us,” he said in the memo, according to Reuters.last_img read more

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first_imgThe New Mutants is the final film in the X-Men franchise. The film, produced at the Fox studio before its acquisition by Disney, has had its release date pushed back indefinitely. It’s already been a turbulent ride. The New Mutants was slated to hit theaters in 2017. Then, it was delayed until 2018 in order to undergo extensive reshoots. Then it was delayed again and again. And again. Fans aren’t the only ones frustrated, as even the film’s stars have publically vented. A couple weeks ago, Disney included The New Mutants on its slate of planned 2019 releases. Obviously, there’s nothing from keeping the entertainment giant from reversing course. The whole thing is giving everybody involved a massive headache, and they’d prefer to just not think about it right now. It’s been speculated that the flick might bypass a theatrical release and head straight for a streaming platform such as Disney+. Dark Phoenix, which will wrap up the saga of the main X-Men team, endured similar production troubles and release delays not to mention disastrous test screenings, but it finally hits theaters this June. So, what the heck is really going on with The New Mutants? It seems nobody is really sure. It’s apparently anybody’s guess when exactly that point will be, but the film may very well end up in theaters yet. Source: Looperlast_img read more

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