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Instagram is now using AI to describe photos for users with visual impairments

Instagram is now using AI to describe photos for users with visual impairments

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Instagram announced today that it’s going to roll out new features specifically catered to people with visual impairments. The first will involve “automatic alternative text,” that’ll read descriptions of photos aloud when someone browses their feed, Explore page, or a profile. It relies on object recognition technology to create these descriptions. The company’s also introducing […]

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Anna and the Apocalypse is everything the words “Scottish Christmas zombie musical” imply

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review originally ran after the film’s premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. It has been updated for the theatrical release. There are two kinds of people in the world: people who hear the words “Scottish […]

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Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices

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Three years after it first launched, Google is making its cell service a little more official today. Project Fi is graduating into something a little more ambitious and getting a new name in the process: Google Fi. But the bigger news is that it’s also going to support more phones — a lot of phones […]

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Spire Rolls Out Microsoft Natural-Like “Ergo” Split Mechanical Keyboard with RGB

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Spire has introduced its Ergo keyboard, a new ergonomic keyboard aimed primarily at gamers. The keyboard features a curved Microsoft Natural-like design, however under the hood it’s based on Cherry MX switches. Following the latest market trends, the keyboard also has RGB backlighting. The Spire Ergo keyboard features a split layout with half of the keyboard […]

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People want more than just a photo opp at Instagram museums

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What makes you post a photo to Instagram? What space is truly worthy of a post? Are we willing to destroy nature for a good pic? This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I discuss the characteristics that create an Instagram-worthy place. We talk about the old underground restaurants in […]

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Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

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Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to her wildly popular dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in September 2019. Called The Testaments, the book is set 15 years after the conclusion of the original story. The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a fictional version of New England where the US government has been overthrown and rewritten […]

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You can preorder an Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass for $40

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Experts aren’t buying the White House’s spin on an authoritative climate report

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After attempting to bury a climate change report during a long holiday weekend, the White House has pivoted to calling it “not based in facts.” Unfortunately for the White House, the report is filled with years’ worth of facts gathered by scientists, which paint a clear and alarming picture: climate change is already affecting Americans, […]

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HP Launches ProBook 400 G6 Series: Thinner & Sleeker Workhorses

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HP on Wednesday introduced its sixth-generation ProBook 400-series laptops, which are aimed at small and medium businesses. Just like their direct predecessors, the new HP ProBook 400-series G6 systems are powered by Intel’s 8th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors. Meanwhile, the new notebooks come in sleeker and thinner aluminum chassis and generally look better than the […]

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This coffee cup can be topped up with cash to pay for your drink

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The UK coffee chain Costa has announced plans to sell a reusable coffee cup called the “Clever Cup” that doubles as a way to make payments via a removable NFC chip (via Engadget). As well as getting you the same 25p discount that using your own cup already grants you at the chain, the chip […]

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