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Machines are taking control of the world, so why stop them?


Wojtek Borowicz is a community evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer and a strong believer in the Internet of Things. That might sound like a nihilistic newspaper headline from the day before Skynet woke up and bombed us, but it’s actually pretty far from that. Leaving more control in the hands of machines is not only something we cannot stop, but something we shouldn’t stop. Soon we’ll have so many connected devices crunching such enormous amounts of data that effective and independent machine-to-machine communication will become essential to sustaining further growth and development of all things digital. Stephen Hawking, a brilliant…

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A.M. Links: House Suing Obama, Ebola Epidemic Out of Control, Israel to Investigate Gaza School Shelling

Source: reason.com – Thursday, July 31, 2014
Before the House voted, largely along party lines, to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) suggested on the House floor yesterday that the lawsuit against the president was a "veiled attempt" at impeachment and claimed Democrats never tried to impeach President Bush even though he "pushed" America into the Iraq War. In fact, Rep. Lee co-sponsored a bill to impeach Bush in 2008. Democrats continue to use the threat of impeachment, suggested by Democrats, to raise money and political support. In a town hall meeting yesterday, Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) warned that the state government won't be able to meet all of its pensions obligations. The Peace Corps is evacuating from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone over concerns about the ongoing Ebola outbreak while Doctors Without Borders warns the epidemic is out of control. Israel says it will investigate the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza . A government spokesperson said he was sure Israel would apologize if it finds it was responsible for the attack. Prosecutors in China have formally charged with "separatism" a Beijing-based Uighur professor who disappeared with seven students seven months ago, although there was no mention of the students. George Bush will be writing a book about his father, George Bush . Follow Reason and Reason 24/7 on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you— sign up here .

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Sunni Militants Control ’75 %’ Of Iraq’s Largest Oil Refinery

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Wednesday, June 18, 2014
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Sunni militants have taken control of most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, an official at the refinery said on Wednesday. "The militants have managed to break in to the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four watch towers. This is 75 percent of the refinery," an official speaking from inside the refinery said. He says clashes continue near the main control room with security forces.   (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Toby Chopra)   Join the conversation about this story »

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Apple launches CarPlay, integrating your iPhone in the car with Siri voice control

Apple WWDC 520x245 Apple launches CarPlay, integrating your iPhone in the car with Siri voice control

After announcing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDCApple has officially launched the program today with partners FerrariMercedes-Benz and Volvo — which will premiere it to their drivers this week.

The program, called CarPlay, is described as a “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.” Users can control CarPlay from their car’s native interface or just push and hold the voice control button on their steering wheel to activate Siri.

Once your iPhone is connected to a vehicle via CarPlay, Siri will be able to help you access your contacts, make phone calls, return missed calls or listen to voice mails. When you receive incoming notifications, Siri will respond to your requests via voice commands — it can do so by reading your messages and letting you dictate your responses.

CarPlay also works with Maps to provide directional instructions, give updates on traffic conditions, as well as predict estimated time of arrival. Maps and turn-by-turn directions will appear on your car’s built-in display once you make a request of Siri.

Other than that, CarPlay also gives you access to music and iTunes Radio — all you have to do is ask Siri to help you pull up the requested music. It also supports some third-party streaming services such as Spotify.

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