Hangouts adds a ton of Easter egg emoticons and an in-app browser


The last update to Hangouts on Android added arguably the greatest emoticon of them all: ¯_(ツ)_/¯, also known as the shruggie. That was literally the only real update in Hangouts v12. But as spotted by Android Police, Hangouts v13 adds a whole slew of new emoticon Easter eggs. Here’s the full list of new commands: /algebraic /dealwithit /disapprove /facepalm /flowerbeam /happy /lgtm /lit /octodisco /puppyparty /shame /shrug /success /sunglasses /tableback /tableflip /that /this /wizard /yuno Go have fun and test them all out, or just head to the source link below if you have better things to do with your time. They…

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‘Pepper’ robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child’s game


Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the game to the robot by guiding its arm. By the end of the video below, Pepper no longer required their assistance. It took 100 tries, but each failed attempt left Pepper to analyze and try to improve upon past performance, much like a human. After each failed attempt, the robot attempted to alter the movement slightly in an…

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