Air New Zealand wants to use augmented reality to see how you feel inflight

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Airlines already have a whole bunch of information about you when you fly.

So just imagine if augmented reality could remind attendants about your favourite drink and even figure out how you’re feeling? It’s a future that Air New Zealand is exploring, with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset.

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The HoloLens could also display information about your meal preferences, when your last drink was, when your last flight was, where your final destination is, loyalty status, and even pick up on audio visual cues to indicate your emotion.  Read more…

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The king of Go is no longer a human

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Google’s AlphaGo AI has won over world champion and number one ranked Go player Ke Jie for the second time in a row. 

Since there’s only one match left to play, AlphaGo has clutched the overall win in the mini tournament, held from May 23-27 in Wuzhen, China. The best Ke Jie can hope for now is winning the last match for a 1:2 score. 

SEE ALSO: Google’s AlphaGo beats world’s best Go player

According to DeepMind founder and CEO Demis Hassabis, the AI assessed that Ke Jie played perfectly at some points in the game. 

Incredible. According to #AlphaGo evaluations Ke Jie is playing perfectly at the moment.

— Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) May 25, 2017 Read more…

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Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia is here, and this is what it looks like

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Apple’s first destination in Southeast Asia? Singapore. 

The doors of the two-storey high store, which features a stunning glass facade spanning 120 feet, opened briefly on Thursday for a media preview into the store. 

SEE ALSO: Apple shares photos and video of its fancy new store in Dubai

Inside, the store embodies the sleek designs Apple is well-known for.

Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE

Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE

The stairs, leading up to the second floor of the store, are meant to draw inspiration from Apple Park in Cupertino. 

Image: YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE

The centerpiece of the second floor is a lush space featuring trees that are specially brought in from China, that is meant to give the store a “modern-day town square” feel. Read more…

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Chinese authorities banned the broadcast of a match between top Go player and AlphaGo AI

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A Go match between the world’s top player, Ke Jie, and Google’s AlphaGo that took place this week was censored by authorities, reports Quartz.

The AI beat Ke Jie in yet another match today, securing a win in the three-part match.

SEE ALSO: Is the AlphaGo AI the best in the world? We’re about to find out.

Three journalists have reported receiving verbal directives barring their news organisations from broadcasting the match — as well as the Go and AI summit held in Wuzhen, east China. 

One journalist reported being barred from even mentioning Google’s name while reporting on the event, while another said that while they could mention Google, they were barred from writing about Google’s products. Read more…

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Rocket Lab successfully launches rocket into space from New Zealand

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After several weather delays, Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket from its Mahia peninsula site on New Zealand’s South Island Thursday afternoon, as part of a series of tests. 

SEE ALSO: Rocket Lab plans to launch its rockets off a cliff

The 17 metre (56 feet) long Electron finally took off at 4:20 p.m. local time, marking the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world.

“It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team,” Peter Beck, CEO and founder of California-based Rocket Lab, said in a statement.

#ItsaTest pic.twitter.com/JI4M6iTqiC

— Rocket Lab (@RocketLabUSA) May 25, 2017 Read more…

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Ben & Jerry’s bans 2 scoops of the same flavour in marriage equality statement

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The battle to make marriage equality legal in Australia has been a protracted and frequently ugly process, inhibited by the government.

So Ben & Jerry’s is trying to speed up the case for legalisation by banning two scoops of the same flavour at their 26 stores across Australia.

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“We are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their MPs to tell them that the time has come – make same sex marriage legal! Love comes in all flavours!” reads a statement on its website.

The ice cream company will also install post boxes at its stores, where postcards will be provided for customers to write in and show their support for marriage equality. If they haven’t already. Read more…

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‘Spoon bandit’ bathes in 1,500 spoons he ‘stole’ from school

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A self-described “spoon bandit” lavished in his hard work after claiming to heist 1,500 spoons from his high school cafeteria.

Warning: The following tweet may be too badass for some readers. 

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Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500 spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit pic.twitter.com/ZZnbrujeUc

— J.White (@Jayw1303) May 22, 2017

“Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500[sic] spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit,” student J. White tweeted, racking up more than 11,900 retweets in just two days.  Read more…

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GOP candidate allegedly body-slammed a reporter on election eve — and the audio is insane

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So 2017 has reached a new low.

On the eve of Montana’s special election, Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs reported that Republican candidate Greg Gianforte body-slammed him at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman.

Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017

Audio of the incident was recorded, which we’ve embedded above. On it, Gianforte can be heard screaming at Jacobs to “get the hell out of here” after a scuffle. “You just body-slammed me,” Jacobs then says. Jacobs reported the incident to the police, who are investigating the alleged assault, and he sought medical attention. Last month, Jacobs broke a story about Gianforte’s ties to U.S.-sanctioned Russian companies. Read more…

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Trump didn’t let Sean Spicer meet the pope even though he really wanted to

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The Trumps and some White House officials met with Pope Francis on Wednesday, but one figure was notably missing: Sean Spicer. And apparently, he’s pretty upset about it.

A source close to the White House told CNN that Spicer not being brought along to the meeting was “a slight,” and that to meet Papa Francesco was “all he wanted.”

SEE ALSO: James Comey once pulled a Sean Spicer to avoid Trump

Granting the one thing Spicer wanted was, uhh, just not on Trump’s mind we guess. 

Though he did manage to bring along Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, in addition to Jared and Ivanka.  Read more…

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The Lakers just hired Kim Kardashian’s trainer, because LA

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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the NBA’s proudest and most storied franchises, but haven’t been relevant in years. Seeking to restore their former glory, the team just made a big hire. The Lakers have turned to … 

… Kim Kardhashian’s trainer? 

Apparently so. And so L.A. 

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Gunnar Peterson will be the Lakers’ new director of strength and endurance training, the team announced Wednesday. It’s his first NBA team gig — until this week, Peterson was better known for being a celebrity trainer. 

Peterson started training Kardashian when she was 19 and as recently as two years ago the internet celebrity was still coming to him five days a week, according to a Sun profile from 2015 titled “Keeping fit with the Kardashians.” Read more…

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