Monday, 22 July, 2019

Tech

FACE FIXERS Facebook’s creepy new tool can open your closed eyes in dodgy selfies

The bot could be unleashed on your group selfies

FACEBOOK has developed a creepy tool that swaps out closed eyes for open ones in your botched photos.
It’s all thanks to the company’s artificial intelligence that’s been taught to recognise faces and create realistic images.

With no shortage of snaps of people blinking on its social network, Facebook set about training the so-called neural network to fix the pics.

European Commission opens investigation into Apple’s purchase of Shazam

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The European Commission (EC) announced it had opened an “in-depth investigation” into Apple’s proposed acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. The EC seeks to determine whether the merger breaches competition guidelines.

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular mobile apps, with more than one billion downloads to date. Every year, the app helps between 300 and 400 million users identify songs at the push of a button, solving a long-standing problem for music lovers the world over.

Facebook bans gun-accessory adverts for children

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Facebook will stop showing children adverts for gun accessories as part of a policy update, reportedly to try to reduce gun violence in the US following a number of school shootings.

Currently, any user on Facebook can see adverts for a full range of gun attachments, including scopes, holsters and gun-mounted lights.

But from June 21 the social media giant will block underage users from seeing the posts.
According to tech news website the Verge, the decision was linked to a renewed focus on gun violence in America after a number of school shootings.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build high-speed rail underneath Chicago

  • Jun 25, 2018
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The tunnelling company Elon Musk founded to alleviate traffic in Los Angeles has secured its first major project: a high-speed underground transportation system linking downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport.

On June 13, Elon Musk’s tunnelling enterprise, the Boring Company, announced it had been chosen to design and build an express rail system connecting Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport with the city centre. This is the first major contract the company, which had been dismissed by some as a mere side project to Tesla and SpaceX, has managed to secure.

Coinrail hack sends bitcoin price tumbling

  • Jun 25, 2018
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Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail has lost 30 percent of its coins following a hack, leaving investor confidence in bitcoin, among others, shaken

On June 10, the value of bitcoin fell by roughly 10 percent after Coinrail, a Korean cryptocurrency exchange, was hacked. Hackers were able to take around 30 percent of the exchange’s coins in what is the latest cyberattack on a crypto-exchange platform.

Audeze iSINE 10

  • Jun 25, 2018
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The worlds first planar magnetic in-ear looks innovative. We take a listen to see how it performs
Audeze is best known as manufacturer of full-size headphones that use planar magnetic driver technology to achieve thin and lightweight units with the voice coil printed into them, resulting in a large radiating area with little mass. The iSINE 10 is the first in-ear to make use of such a driver.

Making such a design work in an in-ear form is no small undertaking. By the standards of a normal planar magnetic driver, the 30mm unit used here is tiny but still larger than the ear canal utilised by in-ear models.

PHONE WARS iPhone or Android? We reveal the truth about which handset is actually better

  • Jun 25, 2018
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If you’re feeling confused about your next big smartphone purchase, our guide to iPhone and Android might just help

IT’S the ultimate question when buying a new blower: Apple or Android?
If you’re stuck on whether to invest in the stylish iPhone, or dive into the diverse world of Android, our handy guide on the key differences between the two will help.

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