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Submission + - London police still to decide on iPad plans 12 months after £6m pilot ende (google.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The London Police service has not made any decision on whether to rollout between 15,000-20,000 iPads to frontline officers over a year after a £6m trial that deployed 641 devices to frontline officer. The force had hoped the tablets would become a key part of its crime fighting arsenal, but issues of portability and battery life have put the plans on the back-burner.

Submission + - UK bank group RBS builds 'human' AI tool to answer staff and customer questions (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Banking groups RBS has revealed that it has built its own 'human' artitifical intelligence system called Luvo to answer staff questions, removing the need for a human advisor. The company also said it may use the system for customer-facing queries in time, with a simple text-messaging based interface, as it builds own the Luvo system to have a human-like personality.

Submission + - UK supermarket firm Ocado builds a robot army to do grocery shopping (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: UK supermarket firm Ocado has explained how it built a 1,000-strong 'robot army' for its new, cutting-edge distribution center, creating a grid system along which the robots travel to pick items from the 47,000 items in stock. The supermarket designed the robots itself because, perhaps surprisingly, it has two in-house robotics teams.

The system is powered by a new network technology running on unlicensed 5GHz spectrum, which can handle 10 communications per seond between the 1,000 robots and the command centre.

The company hopes to sell the system its created to other retailers around the world.

Submission + - Russian Data Centres To Heat Water In Nordic City (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Russian search giant Yandex is set to help the Finnish city of Mäntsälä reduce its carbon emissions by up to 40%, by lending excess heat from its data centres to warm local water. Yandex data centres located in the city in southern Finland will use their waste heat output to warm the area’s water, in a project funded by Finnish energy company Mäntsälän Sähkö OY. The initiative forms part of a series of tests carried out by Nordic data centres and energy companies to put excess heat from the sites to better use. The ‘green’ experiment hopes to cut heating costs for the city’s residents by 5% over the coming year, and should slash utility providers’ gas consumption by half.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi founder wants self-driving robots for Robot Wars return (theinquirer.net)

DW100 writes: The founder of Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, says he wants to see self-driving robots, possibly powered by the mini Raspberry Pi, to be used in the new series of Robots Wars coming to the BBC this year. "I'd like to see driverless Robot Wars. Robots that use the addition of compute to be really fierce," he told The Inquirer. "Yeah, autonomous Robot Wars would be great."

Submission + - Google's driverless cars have had surprisingly few crashes (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Google’s driverless cars suffered 272 failures and were involved in 13 traffic accidents between September 2014 and November 2015, according to data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV).

The drivers monitoring the cars had to seize control of the vehicle nearly 300 times when the autonomous technology failed, but the figure is relatively small given the 424,331 miles of testing over the 14-month period. The number suggests that driverless car technology is nearing a phase where it could be ready for real-world deployment, although government restrictions could hamper use.

Submission + - UK number plate monitoring 'one of world's biggest surveillance systems' (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The monitoring of number plates by UK police forces represents one of the biggest surveillance systems in the world — yet it has no legal basis or judicial oversight, the UK’s surveillance camera commissioner has warned. He noted that there are currently 8,300 ANPR cameras in use submitting 25 to 35 million records daily, but the government has not introduced any safeguards around the collection, storage, and deletion of this data.

Submission + - North America runs out of IPv4 addresses (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has been forced to reject a request for more IPv4 addresses for the first time as its stock of reamining address reaches exhaustion. The lack of IPv4 addresses has led to renewed calls for the take-up of IPv6 addresses in order to start embarcing the next era of the internet.

Submission + - Domain autority ICANN asks FTC to rule on .sucks concern as it lacks authority (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: ICANN, the body in charge with overseeing the management and rollout of new top level domains such as .porn, .adult and .sucks, has asked the FTC to investigate whether the registry running .sucks is acting illegally, after concerns raised by ICANN's own in-house legal team it is selling the domains to brand owners in a 'predatory' manner.

Submission + - Intel to build 180 petaflop supercomputer for US Department of Energy (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Intel has been awarded a contract to create two next-generation supercomputers for the US Department of Energy (DoE) that should deliver top-level performance of 180 petaflops. The DoE will use the systems at the Argonne National Laboratory, and Intel will deliver the first machine, a Cray Shasta-based supercomputer known as Aurora, by 2018.

Submission + - 5G speeds of 1Tbps acheived at UK university (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Speeds of a staggering 1Tbps have been achieved during tests at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC). The speed achieved is more than 10 times faster than anything before. Professor Rahim Tafazolli (pictured below), director of the 5GIC said the speed was akin to fibre optic communications and would be taken out of the lab for real-world testing next year.

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