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These hyper-realistic masks are being used to train facial recognition tech

These hyper-realistic masks are being used to train facial recognition tech

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A small company in Japan that makes hyper-realistic face masks has found popularity within the tech industry, as reported by Reuters. The masks, which cost about 300,000 yen ($2,650 USD) to create, are made of resin and plastic by REAL-f Co. at the company’s location in Otsu. Image: REUTERS The company’s founder, Osamu Kitagawa, spent […]

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The FCC’s plan to fight spam texts could give phone companies more power over messaging

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The FCC unveiled two proposals today to battle the scourge of phone spam, although at least one of those moves is likely to be controversial. In its announcement, the agency said it plans to formally classify text messaging as an information service, a legal distinction it said will be key to battling spam text messages. […]

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NASA will review workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing because Elon Musk smoked marijuana

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The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager

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https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/20/18103516/black-friday-cyber-monday-amazon-fulfillment-center Continue reading…

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Amazon just opened Alexa to all Bluetooth headphone makers

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Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is about to expand to a new class of devices, especially hands-free listening and communications. In a blog post published today, Amazon says it’s made its Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit tool widely available to developers. First introduced back in January, the software development kit was designed as a way to bring […]

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Facebook used to auction off a teenage girl for marriage in South Sudan

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Last month, men in South Sudan engaged in a bidding war over a 17-year-old girl after they saw a post on Facebook advertising her for marriage. Just a few days after the post circulated online, she was purchased by a wealthy businessman to be his wife, according to Reuters. It’s yet another example of how […]

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Fallout 76 journal: an ongoing exploration of post-apocalyptic West Virginia

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Surviving the wasteland Continue reading…

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Google’s Find My Device app can now show the indoor layouts of large buildings

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Google has tinkered with its Find My Device app so that it displays indoor maps to show you where you might have dropped your phone inside a large building. It’s the result of years of recording the layouts of complex spaces like department stores, malls, and airports. That way, when you lose your phone, you […]

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Fallout 76 journal, day 3: in search of friends and fun

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No more following orders Continue reading…

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Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco

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Teens used to try alcohol first, then tobacco, and then marijuana. Now, marijuana is increasingly the first “gateway” substance for adolescents, according to new research. This trend is not because teens are smoking cannabis more than ever. Rather, the change is because teens are smoking cigarettes and drinking less while the numbers for marijuana have […]

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