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How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition

Surveillance at concerts is just the beginning, as fears grow around an unregulated, billion-dollar industryTaylor Swift raised eyebrows late last year when Rolling Stone magazine revealed her security team had deployed facial recognition recognition technology during her Repudiation tour to root out stalkers. But the company contracted for the efforts uses its technology to provide much more than just security. ISM Connect also uses its smart screens to capture metrics for promotion and marketi...
Tags: Music, Technology, Taylor Swift, Privacy, Computing, Rolling Stone, Swift, Facial Recognition, Artificial intelligence (AI


Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds

Samsung’s newest product launch happens next week, but already the Korean tech giant has revealed its entire upcoming range of wearable devices that will seemingly be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10. That’s because the company’s Galaxy Wearable’s app was uploaded today with support for a range of unreleased products which include wireless earbuds, a sports-focused smartwatch, and a new fitness band. First reported by The Verge — and originally noticed by @SamCentralTech on Twitter — the new we...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Smartwatch, Samsung, Tech, Computing, Wearable Technology, Galaxy, Wearable Devices, Samsung Galaxy, Wireless Earbuds, AirPods, Ubiquitous Computing


Looking for a new laptop? These 5 notebooks are on sale through Presidents’ Day

If you're ready to ditch your aging notebook, you can score some fantastic Presidents' Day savings right now on Microsoft's Surface Pro 6, Dell's XPS 13, HP's Spectre x360, Lenovo's Yoga C930, and Dell's G5 15 Gaming laptops. The post Looking for a new laptop? These 5 notebooks are on sale through Presidents’ Day appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Deals, News, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, Dell, Lenovo, Laptop, Laptops


Did New York lose anything with Amazon’s rejection? It’s complicated.

Now that Amazon has said that it’s taking its ball and going home rather than deal with mean, pushy New Yorkers, outside observers are giving off the sense that the city (and its local politicians) are losing out for their recalcitrance. They’re wrong. New York City is running at about a 4.3% unemployment rate — higher than the national average of 3.9%, but a respectable number for jobs. Amazon’s promise of 25,000 jobs (high-paying jobs) may have reduced that number, but there’s no guarant...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Publishing, Real Estate, New York, Technology, Boston, New York City, America, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Software, Queens, Computing


New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators

The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuseThe creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse.OpenAI, an nonprofit research company backed by Elon Musk, says its new AI model, called GPT2 is so good and the risk of malicious use so high that it is breaking from its norm...
Tags: Books, Elon Musk, Technology, George Orwell, Computing, Artificial intelligence (AI, Journalism books


How to enable Flash in Chrome

Want to know how to enable Flash in Chrome? You need to jump through a couple of hoops but it's far from difficult. Just visit your favorite Flash site and follow these instructions and you'll be enjoying Flash content in no time. The post How to enable Flash in Chrome appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Chrome, Google, Adobe, Trends, Web, Computing, Flash


The best Mac apps for 2019

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find. The post The best Mac apps for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Apps, Mac, Trends, Computing, macOS


What's the best Windows all-in-one or iMac for illustrators?

AT wants to replace her MacBook Pro with an all-in-one computer with a bigger screenI’m an illustrator, and I’m looking to replace my old MacBook Pro with a PC. I have a budget of up to £1,500, but would love to spend less if possible (about £1,300). I mainly use Adobe Photoshop for digital painting and editing scanned artwork, InDesign and occasionally Illustrator.For space and comfort reasons, I would ideally buy an all-in-one. I want a fast processor, lots of RAM (16GB at least) and a good sc...
Tags: Technology, Windows, Computing, Windows 10, Bernadette


Xnor.ai Makes Solar-Powered Computer Chip to Crunch, Learn from Data

By now, many consumers know that uploading a photo, video, or other file to “the cloud” on a service like Google or Facebook often means storing it in a data center. But the computer servers inside data centers don’t just store information—they are constantly processing complex algorithms and using energy to glean new insights for the companies that store it.A Seattle-based startup, Xnor.ai, is attempting to build a business on the belief that it could also be possible to run machine learning a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Hardware, Electronics, Big Data, Trends, Tech, Data, Smartphones, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, SaaS, Computing


Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room

In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery. They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient and insert a small robot while across the country a surgeon puts on a virtual reality headset, grabs their controllers, and prepares to operate. While this scene may seem like science fiction now, a Charlestown, Mass.-based startup called Vicarious Surgical, is developing the technology to make that vision a reality. The company’s co-founders, Adam Sachs and Sammy Khal...
Tags: TC, Yahoo, Massachusetts, Tech, Mit, United States, Idaho, Bill Gates, Healthcare, Computing, Surgery, Food And Drug Administration, Virtual Reality, Salesforce, Johnson, Robot


Google Chrome’s Progressive Web Apps will soon play nicer with Windows 10

Google is adding a capability to the Chrome browser in an upcoming release that will integrate its Progressive Web Apps with notification badges in the system taskbar in Windows 10. The post Google Chrome’s Progressive Web Apps will soon play nicer with Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, News, Trends, Computing, Progressive Web Apps


This Mac keyboard is slim, dark, and clicky, but it’s still not perfect

There aren't many great mechanical keyboards for Macs. The Keychron K1 is just the latest attempt to join that hallowed group, but does its blend of style and substance tick all the boxes? The post This Mac keyboard is slim, dark, and clicky, but it’s still not perfect appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Keyboard, Computing, macOS, Keychron


Get ready for new AirPods, MacBooks as rumored dates for Apple WWDC 2019 emerge

Apple developers and fans alike look forward, every year, to the company's World Wide Developer Conference, WWDC, and for this year, we already have the rumored dates that might bring us Apple's latest tech announcements. The post Get ready for new AirPods, MacBooks as rumored dates for Apple WWDC 2019 emerge appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, WWDC 2019, AirPods MacBooks


Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

Chris Lorenz, Geoffrey  Anderson, and James Borow may have spent their days over the past few years working at Snap, but on nights and weekends Anderson and Lorenz were laboring on a different project — improving Ethereum development tools.  Now the three men are finally ready to take the covers off of the labor of love they’ve been working on and launch Forge Platform, a new toolkit for distributed applications. Both Lorenz and Anderson were heavily involved in monetization at Snap, but over t...
Tags: TC, Los Angeles, Tech, Computing, Programming Languages, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Ethereum, Upfront Ventures, Anderson, Sdk, Go, Lorenz, Smart Contract, James Borow, Forge Platform for Ethereum devs


The best free antivirus platforms for Mac in 2019

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as choosing from the best free antivirus apps for Mac suites. The post The best free antivirus platforms for Mac in 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Security, Mac, Trends, Computing, Antivirus


Spice up the look of Google Chrome with one of 14 official new themes

Looking to apply a fresh coat of paint in Chrome? For the first time ever, the Google Chrome team has published 14 official themes, with color choices that aim to spice up your browsing experience.   The post Spice up the look of Google Chrome with one of 14 official new themes appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, News, Trends, Computing


The latest Best Buy sale takes up to $150 off the 2018 MacBook Air

Looking to save on a new MacBook Air? As part of an Apple Shopping Event, retailer Best Buy is currently taking off $150 off select models of the 2018 MacBook Air, bringing prices to as low as $1,100.  The post The latest Best Buy sale takes up to $150 off the 2018 MacBook Air appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, News, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Bestbuy


No, Tencent isn’t about to burn Reddit down

Ahoy, it’s doom and gloom for Reddit after the company welcomed investment from Chinese censorship overlord Tencent. Well, not quite. The reality is, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. In recruiting the company behind one of the internet’s largest and vibrant social networks — chat app WeChat — and countless blockbuster games, Reddit has pulled off a major coup and banked a huge amount of cash, both of which can help it grow to the next level. But, right now, reports in the U.S. are suggesting...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, China, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, United States, Computing, Tencent, WeChat, Reddit, Vpn, Firewall, Evan Spiegel


Using A.I., Lightroom can now boost the resolution of RAW photos

Need to eek a bit more resolution out of a RAW file? Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw can help with a new feature called Detail Enhance. The tool uses A.I. in the demosaicing process to enhance details and reduce artifacts. The post Using A.I., Lightroom can now boost the resolution of RAW photos appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Photography, News, Trends, Computing, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Lightroom, AI in photography


Gmail adds lots of new functionality to its right-click menu

Right-click on an email in Gmail and the list of actions is pretty limited. That's about to change, though, as Google has just announced it's expanding the list of options to make its email client that little bit more useful. The post Gmail adds lots of new functionality to its right-click menu appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Gmail, Email, Trends, Web, Computing


Is 5G millimeter wave spectrum dangerous? We asked an expert

There's plenty of consumer anxiety about radiofrequency (RF) radiation, specifically around millimeter waves (mmWave) used on 5G networks, but is it based in reality? We asked the FDA to give us its official view on the subject. The post Is 5G millimeter wave spectrum dangerous? We asked an expert appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Web, Ask An Expert, Computing, Fda, 5g, Networks, mmWave


Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. Available only for the China market, anyone who wants one has to buy one directly from the mainland. Lucky for Erez Yalon, head of security research at Checkmarx, an application security testing company, he was given one from a friend. But it didn’t take him long to find several vulnerabilities that allowed him to change user’s...
Tags: Gadgets, Bluetooth, China, Tech, Spokesperson, Encryption, Password, Computing, Api, Lenovo, Computer Security, Zhongguancun, Web Server, Checkmarx, Erez Yalon, Yalon


YouTube beats Apple, Netflix as the most trusted brand by millennials

The popular video sharing website YouTube climbed up in an annual Mblm study, moving up from third place in 2018 and coming ahead of both Apple and Netflix in final 2019 rankings.  The post YouTube beats Apple, Netflix as the most trusted brand by millennials appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Business, News, Youtube, Trends, Social Media, Web, Netflix, Computing, Millenials, Movies & TV, Apple Netflix


Mac Mini and MacBook Air 2018 hit Apple refurbished store in U.S.

Apple is now selling refurbished versions of its MacBook Air and Mac Mini refreshes from 2018. Although the savings aren't astronomical, they can be a good way to get the latest hardware for cheaper than you might expect. The post Mac Mini and MacBook Air 2018 hit Apple refurbished store in U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Laptops, Mac Mini, Refurbished


How to use a blue light filter on your PC or Mac

Filtering blue light from your monitor is a great way to make long days of work easier on your eyes, especially when it gets later in the day. You can use ones built into MacOS and Windows, or one of the third-party options. The post How to use a blue light filter on your PC or Mac appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, How-to, Computing, Windows 10, Night Light, macOS, Blue Light Filters


How did Apple’s AirPods go from mockery to millennial status symbol?

Back in 2016, Apple’s wireless earbuds were ridiculed by the tech industry. Now, thousands of memes later, the tables have turnedOf all the widely ridiculed tech products, Apple’s AirPods have experienced an extraordinary turnaround. Back in 2016, they were roundly mocked by the tech industry. Tiny wireless earbuds? It seemed like a recipe for disaster – streets would be littered with these lost headphones, which would clutter up city pavements like discarded gloves and babies’ socks.“If only th...
Tags: Apple, Music, Technology, Culture, Computing, Cnet, Julia Carrie Wong, Ashley Esqueda


The next big challenge for Google’s A.I. is a card game you’ve never heard of

DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned deep learning company, thinks the next big challenge in A.I. is mastering a cooperative card game about fireworks, called Hanabi. Here's why it's so tough. The post The next big challenge for Google’s A.I. is a card game you’ve never heard of appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Ai, Alphabet, Deepmind, Emerging Tech


Amazon, B&H sale brings the MacBook Air 2018 to one of its lowest prices ever

In the latest limited-time sale, both B&H and Amazon are taking $200 off the new MacBook Air 2018 bringing the cost of entry-level models down to $1,000, one the lowest prices ever. The post Amazon, B&H sale brings the MacBook Air 2018 to one of its lowest prices ever appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, News, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Apple MacBook Air, Amazon B amp


Opera adds a free VPN to its Android browser app

Opera became the first browser-maker to bundle a VPN with its service, and now that effort is expanding to mobile. The company announced today that its Android browser app will begin offering a free VPN. The feature will be rolled out to beta users on a gradual basis. The VPN is free and unlimited, and it can be set to locations in America, Europe and Asia as well as an ‘optimal’ setting which hooks up the faster available connection. Switching on the VPN means that user traffic data isn’t colle...
Tags: Android, Startups, Apps, Asia, Europe, America, Search Engines, Web Browsers, Software, Computing, Vpn, Opera, Nasdaq, Freeware, Ad Blocking, America Europe


The AI program that can tell whether you may go blind

Built on thousands of retina images, algorithm helps diagnose eye problem caused by diabetesDr Ramasamy Kim is looking at the inside of an eyeball. There is nothing particularly surprising about that: he is head of retina services at an eye hospital in southern India.The image on his computer screen shows the first blush of a condition linked to diabetes that affects millions of Indians – and can lead to blindness. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Computing, Global development, Consciousness, Artificial intelligence (AI, Ramasamy Kim



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