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Oppo‘s Find X takes a radical approach to killing the notch

While a number of Android phone brands have embraced the notch at the top of their device screens, a couple of them are bucking the trend with innovative approaches to creating a bezel-less front fascia without ditching the selfie camera. The latest entry is Oppo‘s clever new design for its Find X handset. The 6.42-inch AMOLED display doesn‘t have a cutout on its screen; instead, a front camera module slides up from the top of the dev

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Facebook has an AI solution for those who can never seem to keep their eyes open in photos

Facebook researchers have developed a new tool for that friend who never seems to have his eyes open during photos. The tool uses artificial intelligence to retouch the eyes much like Adobe fills over content using the ‘content-aware fill tool.‘ Adobe‘s tool takes an educated guess at an item‘s surroundings and fills in what it thinks should go there when photographer‘s attempt to remove certain items from a photo: l

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Android Messages gets a little closer to iMessage with desktop support

I‘ve been a happy Android user since my first smartphone and there‘s only ever been one thing I‘ve envied about iPhone users: iMessage. Being able to to easily respond to texts on your computer is wonderful. Now Google is trying to bring some of that convenience to Android. The company is rolling out an update to Android Messages that lets you reply to text messages via a web browser. Text images and stickers are currently suppo

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Google‘s no frills Podcasts app is the start of something beautiful

Google today announced the return of its dedicated app for podcasts on Android. It‘s called Podcasts, and its feature-base is about as basic as the name. But all the pieces are there and, thanks to the company‘s AI, it may quickly become the best option available. The app features Google‘s AI-powered insights and, upon installation, it starts trying to figure out what kind of podcasts you‘d enjoy. Every time you listen to

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Silicon Valley lacks the backbone required to stand up to Trump

Silicon Valley‘s outrage machine is broken. CEOs didn‘t hesitate to speak out about the plight of the ‘dreamers.‘ Their voices, coupled with those of employees, echoed through halls of multi-billion dollar campuses as they organized rallies and fundraisers to support same-sex marriage. But when it came time to shift their collective anger to our southern border - where a humanitarian crisis is playing out in front of our v

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Steam‘s new tool shows how much money you‘ve blown on games

Valve recently added a new feature to Steam that shows how much money you‘ve thrown down the black hole that is gaming - on the Steam store, anyway. The ‘External Funds Used‘ tool has existed for a few weeks, but was only spotted by VentureBeat this week. It‘s a simple enough tool. Just follow this link and make sure you‘re logged in to your account. So let‘s see what the damage is in my case: Not too bad consi

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Adobe‘s Project Rush is a new all-in-one app for video creators

If you‘ve ever had to work on video project, the wealth of options can be frustrating. Software like Adobe‘s Premiere and After Effects are both industry standards, but they‘re expensive and the learning curve can be daunting. Project Rush is Adobe‘s attempt to combine the best features of its professional production software into one app. You can capture edit video like Premiere, add motion graphics and special effects li

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Facebook Live update brings polling and trivia features

Facebook today announced it‘s rolling out several updates to its live video service, including game shows, polls, subscriptions, and other ways of snagging audience attention. The two major updates to Live with Faceboook are polling and gamification, both of which make videos more interactive. Polling is just what it sounds like: video hosts ask viewers to vote and give their opinion on a variety of different topics. It‘s available fo

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How Digital Sight Will Change The Smart Home Forever

In a remarkably short period we‘ve become accustomed to phones and gadgets that interpret and react to our voices. Google Home‘s voice match can even go as far as to recognizing different people, shifting preferences between entire accounts based on who it perceives it is hearing. With the speed at which this technology has iterated, it‘s strange to even imagine that in 2011 Popular Science and others were bearish on it having t

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GitHub‘s free education bundle is now available to all schools

Software development isn‘t just about writing code. It‘s also about what you do with that code - testing, documenting, and proper source management. These skills are often left by the wayside in the classroom. GitHub wants to change that, and has announced that it‘s expanding GitHub Education, and will begin offering it to all schools. Previously, GitHub Education was offered to a limited number of selected degree or certificate

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Yelp uses machine learning to create Popular Dishes list

Yelp‘s latest update will compile a list of Popular Dishes for each restaurant, using AI to figure out what everyone prefers to eat based on the restaurant‘s reviews. The details: Yelp is using machine learning to skim the reviews for each restaurant in its considerable catalog. Once it does, it determines the most popular dishes based on the number of times they‘re mentioned. You‘ll see a list of Popular Dishes on each re

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IBM is offering a free blockchain course for students in India

IBM is offering a freecertificate course on blockchain technology for students in India. The technology giant has partnered with Indian elearning platformNational Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) to offer a 12-week online course titled ‘Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases.‘ The enrolment for the course is currently open, but the coursework will not be available until July 30. Students will be required to subm

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Preview: Dungeon Brewmaster is a disgustingly good VR game

Dungeon Brewmaster is an early access virtual reality game available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It‘s a clever riff on the job simulator genre that tasks players with concocting potions and poisons to satisfy the clientele of a working dungeon. The big idea: Players slip on their virtual reality headsets and step into the shoes of a magical bartender surrounded by tables and shelves featuring exotic ingredients. Through the course of the g

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Burn your boat

There are roughly three types of innovation: Opportunity-based innovation Threat-based innovation Appearance-based innovation The first type is the most positive and has the most potential for success. It‘s the kind of innovation where someone finds an opportunity and seizes it. They have nothing (or not much) to lose, and great things to achieve. The second type of innovation is more common with bigger and more successful companies who are

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Organize your Instagram scheduling with Planagram - and save over 90%

Despite more than 800 million active monthly users, it hasn‘t always been easy for Instagram fans to use their accounts like they wanted. That includes scheduling posts. Now, you can enlist a true aide in all your Instagram endeavors with a lifetime subscription to a Planagram Agency Plan. Right now, it‘s only 49.

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EOS freezes 7 accounts in violation of its own ‘constitution‘

EOS is struck with another controversy just days after the launch of its blockchain. The 21 block producers (BPs) of the cryptocurrency have unanimously decided to freeze seven EOS accounts that were suspected to be carrying stolen funds. The action was taken as part of the EOS911initiative - a safety protocol put forth by block producer EOS42, which makes it possible to recover funds in cases of emergencies like thefts. What is particularly cont

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A robot operated on a human eye for the first time ever

Humans, we best watch out. Surgeons have used a robot to conduct eye surgery for the first time ever. The trial took place at Oxford‘s John Radcliffe hospital and was published inNature Biomedical Engineering.12 patients were involved, half of them were operated on normally, while the other half were insane enough to say ‘yes‘ when asked if they‘d be happy with a robot helping out. Using devices designed by PRECEYES, a Dut

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How the World Cup leaves fans and footballers vulnerable to cyber attacks

Visitors to the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be eager to enjoy the football and soak up the culture. But safety concerns are lurking in the background of this tournament. Whether it is the threat of racial abuse, football hooliganism, or falling victim to fraud, many football fans have good reason to be wary. But alongside these traditional threats, traveling fans and players also need to be vigilant of cybercrime. The 2018 World Cup presents a

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Cryptocurrency startup TRON has acquired BitTorrent for 140M

Peer-to-peer trailblazer BitTorrent has purportedly sold its business to blockchain startup TRON for a fee of 140 million, TechCrunchreports. The publication notes details are still being worked out and shareholders are yet to sign off on the deal definitively, but it is unlikely negotiations could fall through at this point. TechCrunch suggests the holdup has to do with a dispute over who made the introduction between TRON CEO Justin Sun and Bit

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How Ring went from Shark Tank reject to Amazon‘s 1B acquisition

Just five years ago, wireless doorbell company, Doorbot - now Amazon‘s billion-dollar Ring- was a team of eight struggling to make ends meet in CEO Jamie Siminoff‘s Pacific Palisades garage. Desperate for investment, Siminoff took a gamble and applied for season five of ABC‘s ‘Shark Tank,‘ where he‘d try to convince several multi-million dollar tycoons to invest in his concept. As Siminoff explains on his blog:

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You can now play Pokmon on the blockchain

Developers are finding new fun ways to test blockchain technology. Software engineer Joo Almeida has created Poketoshi, a platform that lets you play Nintendo‘s iconic game Pokmon via the Lightning Network. The game is hosted on live stream video platform Twitch and works just like the rest of‘Twitch Plays Pokmon‘games. The games work by reading commands entered into the chat room by users. In Poketoshi, the commands are instead

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The EU‘s disastrous Copyright Reform, explained by its lovers and haters

The EU‘s extremely controversial Copyright Reform - which might introduce upload filters, ancillary copyright, and restrictions on text and data mining - will finally go to a vote on June 20. It‘s not certain how the vote will go as members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are still split on key articles of the reform, but whatever the conclusion will be, it‘s certain that it‘ll greatly affect the future of the internet i

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The EU‘s disastrous Copyright Reform, explained

The EU‘s extremely controversial Copyright Reform - which might introduce upload filters, ancillary copyright, and restrictions on text and data mining - will finally go to a vote on June 20. It‘s not certain how the vote will go as members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are still split on key articles of the reform, but whatever the conclusion will be, it‘s certain that it‘ll greatly affect the future of the internet i

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GitHub for Unity exits beta to simplify source management in game development

Modern software development workflows are built around Git (and to a lesser extent GitHub). That said, not all projects are created equally, and depending on what you‘re doing, using Git can be pretty hard. Those working in games development, for example, may struggle with Git, due to the fact that they have to manage large binary files, like visual and audio assets. GitHub has tried to address many of the pain points faced by game devs wit

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