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RoboKiller assures you never waste time with a spam call or text again

TLDR: The RoboKiller Spam Call and Text Blocker eliminates 90 percent of the spam phone calls and texts you receive — and now, it’s almost 50 percent off.

Last month, Americans received an estimated 5.3 billion spam calls. While that’s an insane number of needless wastes of time and stupid distractions, it actually represents a 5 percent decrease from the numbers posted in April. But don’t cheer too loudly just yet for a blow struck against scammers. May also saw 7.1 billion spam texts flooding American smartphones and tablets, which was actually 7 percent higher than the previous month.

Those figures, all nearly 12.5 billion of ‘em, were compiled by RoboKiller, an app on a zealous crusade that may not eradicate fake phone calls and texts from the world entirely, but will at least eradicate them from your devices. Right now, a 2-year subscription to the RoboKiller Spam Call and Text Blocker service is almost 50 percent off its regular price, just $39.99 from TNW Deals.

RoboKiller has developed a legion of hardcore fans, with more than 350,000 of them in the Apple App Store and Google Play giving the app a 4 out of 5 star review. The love of RoboKiller comes from the app’s Terminator-esque effectiveness, squashing over 1.3 million spam numbers from your phone before those calls even ring through. Their block list is so robust, that RoboKiller says that alone will eliminate 90 percent of the spam phone calls you get in a given month.

While that’s impressively effective, 90 percent still leaves a handful of calls that might skirt their blockade. Even then, RoboKiller stays hyper vigilant. If a spammer spoofs a number that gets through to you, the app analyzes the voice on the other end of that fake call, archives it, and makes sure to automatically dispatch that person if they ever call you again.

To add to your enjoyment, RoboKiller bots actually answer those spam calls, irritating and wasting the time of spammers. While it might not end their operations altogether, every minute they stay on the line puzzled by RoboKiller is another minute they aren’t calling someone else.

Meanwhile, RoboKiller is also completely customizable, with your own personal block and allow lists so you can always connect with those you want to talk to and ace out everybody that you don’t.

RoboKiller is just as ruthless on spam texts, with SMS protections that stop all that endless pinging of worthy texts you don’t want.

With this offer, a two-year subscription to the full range of RoboKiller Spam Call and Text Blocker features is on sale at one of its lowest prices of the year, just $39.99, a savings of almost 50 percent off. You can also get RoboKiller and save money on similar one-year ($29.99; 24 percent off) or three-year ($59.99, 50 percent off) offers too.

Prices are subject to change.

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MIT CSAIL taps AI to reduce sheet metal waste

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) say they’ve created an AI-powered tool that provides feedback on how different parts of laser-cut designs should be placed onto metal sheets. By analyzing how much material is used in real time, they claim that their tool — called Fabricaide — allows users to better plan designs in the context of available materials.

Laser cutting is a core part of industries spanning from manufacturing to construction. However, the process isn’t always efficient. Cutting sheets of metal requires time and expertise, and even the most skillful users can produce leftovers that go to waste.

Fabricaide ostensibly solves this with a workflow that “significantly” shortens the feedback loop between design and fabrication. The tool keeps an archive of what a user has done, tracking how much of each material they have left and allowing the user to assign multiple materials to different parts of the design to be cut. This simplifies the process so that it’s less of a headache for multimaterial designs.

Fabricaide also features a custom 2D packing algorithm that can arrange parts onto sheets in an efficient way, in real time. As the user creates their design, Fabricaide optimizes the placement of parts onto existing sheets and provides warnings if there’s insufficient material, with suggestions for material substitutes.

MIT CSAIL Fabricaide

Fabricaide acts as an interface that integrates with existing design tools and is compatible with computer-assisted design software like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Adobe Illustrator. In the future, the researchers hope to incorporate more sophisticated properties of materials, like how strong or flexible they need to be.

“By giving feedback on the feasibility of a design as it’s being created, Fabricaide allows users to better plan their designs in the context of available materials,” Ticha Sethapakdi, a Ph.D. student who led the development of Fabricaide alongside MIT professor Stefanie Mueller, said in a statement. “A lot of these materials are very scarce resources, and so a problem that often comes up is that a designer doesn’t realize that they’ve run out of a material until after they’ve already cut the design. With Fabricaide, they’d be able to know earlier so that they can proactively determine how to best allocate materials.”

The AI in manufacturing market is expected to be valued at $1.1 billion in 2020 and is likely to reach $16.7 billion by 2026, according to Markets and Markets. AI-based solutions like Fabricaide, if commercialized, could help manufacturers to transform their operations by playing a crucial role in automating stages of manufacturing and augmenting human work.


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