Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots from your phone

imageMany modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some…

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Police will scan every fan’s face at the Champions League final

imageIf you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security — and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th…

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Twitter is gaining more users, losing less money

imageTwitter has updated us on the state of its business and, if you squint, you can almost see that things are picking up for the service. The company revealed that while revenues fell by $ 164 million, it managed to trim its quarterly losses down to just…

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Bloomberg: Google co-founder Sergey Brin has a ‘secret airship’

imageA couple of days ago we got a good look at a "flying car" backed by Google's Larry Page, and now Bloomberg reports that Sergey Brin has a project too — it's a zeppelin. The airship "which isn't an Alphabet project" is being built in a leased hangar…

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Samsung’s emoji chat app helps people with language disorders

imageIt seems like emoji has become a language of its own, but each symbol is really a stand-in for a wide array of thoughts and emotions. This shorthand can be useful for someone who struggles to digest written words — like those with aphasia, a languag…

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Uber’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017

imageUber is believed to be the world's most valuable startup, with estimates pegging the company as being worth around $ 70 billion. Its business, and its CEO, have always garnered controversy, but to date, Uber has been able to survive whatever slings an…

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‘Super Mario Run’ gets an update, if you’re still playing

imageThe first Nintendo game that came out on smartphones, Super Mario Run, got its first update since launching on Android last month. Assuming anyone's still rocking and hopping in the mobile Mushroom Kingdom, they can finally track friends down by thei…

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HipChat resets all passwords after hackers break in

imageToday, Hipchat alerted its users that someone broke into one of its servers through a vulnerability in a third-party library. The chat service saw no evidence that other Atlassian systems or products like Jira or Trello were affected, but they're for…

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We lived through the history of evolution in VR with ’Life of Us’

imageIt's easy to criticize virtual reality for being isolating and a bit anti-social, but there's a lot of potential for connection with shared VR experiences. One good example is Life of Us, the latest entry from the VR studio Within and director Chris…

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‘A Moment in Time’ shows the charming potential of art in VR

imageQuill, like Google's Tilt Brush, is an artistic tool that lets you paint in virtual reality. Designed for the Oculus Rift, it's a liberating way to draw and view art in 3D space. The next step? Animation. Goro Fujita, art director at Oculus Story Stu…

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