How Dolphin finally cracked the code on Star Wars: Clone Wars, now emulates every GameCube title

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After extensive work, the GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin can now emulate every single licensed title — including one outlier that eluded the team for over a decade.

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Gene Amdahl, The Man Behind The Mainframe, Dies At Age 92

Gene Amdahl in March 2008

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Gene Amdahl, the man credited with pioneering mainframe design at IBM, died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Growing up without electricity in South Dakota, Amdahl went on to study engineering physics and theoretical physics. When he was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, he developed an early digital computer known as the Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer for his PhD thesis.

Amdahl joined IBM right after he graduated, having been recruited while in school. He was instrumental in developing IBM’s mainframe system, known as the System/360 series. It was introduced at a shareholder’s meeting on April 7, 1964, and became the most successful line of mainframe systems for IBM. And indeed, the design and architecture was evident in computers for decades to come.

Amdahl worked at IBM for six years, before leaving to forge his own path. He went on to found a rival company called the Amdahl Corporation in 1970 which built faster, cheaper hardware that was compatible with IBM software, and it became the first company to truly compete with IBM. The corporation became part of Fujitsu in 1997 and is no longer a stand-alone company, but the Computer History Museum notes that Amdahl at one point captured about one-fifth of the market. The path wasn’t always paved with gold, though. Amdahl’s later ventures, Trilogy Systems, and the Andor Corporation never saw the same success.

You can read an oral history Amdahl gave about his life in the late 1980s here.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/gene-amdahl-man-behind-mainframe-dies-at-age-92

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Computer Vision Is Better At Seeing Your Secret Emotions Than Humans

An angry face

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A lot of people aren’t able to perceive micro expressions. They’re the tiny facial ticks that reveal what we’re feeling when we’re trying not to let it show. So, understanding those micro expressions could allow you to look deeper into peoples’ faces and know what what’s really going on inside.

But even people who can perceive micro expressions aren’t always accurate. In 2012, researchers in Finland described what they claimed to be the first system that used a computer to detect micro expressions. In the paper, they write that computers are particularly attractive in this field, since humans are only correct about 47 percent of the time.

And computers have only gotten better at their craft. In a paper submitted to arXiv, Xiaobai Li and a team of researchers (also in Finland), share their new machine vision algorithm. And they say it’s better at reading human faces than humans themselves. To test it, they first needed a database of what all of these micro expressions look like. To create the database, they asked 20 study participants to watch videos designed to elicit an emotional response. But, they were told, if they did demonstrate a response, they would have to complete a long questionnaire explaining those emotions (a brilliant deterrent). Turns out, it worked and the researchers were able to gather 164 micro expressions using a high speed camera.

Then, the algorithm needed to learn how to recognize and interpret those expressions. The algorithm gets its super powers by being able to “magnify” the micro expressions by isolating the parts of the face that are moving, and distorting that area to move further. The algorithm then learned which emotion is attached to those particular movements.

But the real test is how does it stack up. Li and the team pitted the algorithm against lowly humans, having both watch videos of just micro expressions. Participants were instructed to identify which emotion went with which expression. Team human was about 72 percent accurate, and the computer’s best accuracy was about 82 percent. The second task involved picking out micro expressions from a longer video. The researchers made it easier on humans (allowing them to replay the videos, and only having them note how many micro expressions they saw, not when they saw them), since they felt the task was “too difficult.” Even with that advantage, humans scored an accuracy of about 50 percent, while the computer earned a comparable 42 percent.

All of this means, we’re going to have to get a lot better at hiding our feelings from our computers.

[Via MIT Technology Review]

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/computer-vision-is-better-at-seeing-your-secret-emotions-than-humans

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Apple removes cable maker Monster from MFi program in wake of Beats lawsuit

Electronics maker Monster is no longer allowed to manufacture licensed “Made for iPhone” accessories and must stop selling its current stock by October, having been booted from Apple’s certification program following a January lawsuit against Apple subsidiary Beats.



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First MFi-licensed iPhone 6 & 6 Plus battery cases announced by Mophie, Otterbox

The first Made for iPhone licensed battery cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been announced from popular accessory makers Mophie and Otterbox, giving users the ability to not only protect their latest-generation handset, but also extend its battery life.



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