Tag: category-/Hobbies & Leisure

Wing launches drone delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia

As of this afternoon, select residents of Christiansburg, Virginia can tap drones operated by Google parent company Alphabet’s Wing for quick and easy deliveries of packages, over-the-counter medications, snacks, and gifts. The company today revealed that it’s become the first to operate a commercial air delivery service directly to homes in the U.S., with the […]

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Google unveils Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with gesture recognition and dual rear cameras

At an event this morning in New York City, Google took the wraps off of latest additions to its four-year-old Pixel smartphone portfolio: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. They’re the successors to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively, and there’s little to distinguish them from each other beyond variations in size, […]

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Wheels raises $50 million for ebikes focused on safety and durability

Wheels has raised a $50 million round of venture capital for its micro-mobility platform that uses electric vehicles with a design that falls somewhere between scooters and bikes. Based in Los Angeles, the company has built an ebike, but with a minimal frame, narrow seat, and smaller wheels than most conventional dockless electric bikes. However, […]

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Salesforce sharpens its computer vision teeth on shark-scanning AI

White sharks are being spotted off the Pacific coast more than ever before. A 2014 study found that, at minimum, California’s shark population now exceeds 2,000. And the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that since 1950, there’s been at least 158 documented cases where a shark approached a person in the water, 44 […]

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Apple’s Deep Fusion hands-on: AI sharpens photos like HDR fixes colors

Digital photographers coined the term “pixel peepers” years ago to denote — mostly with scorn — people who focused on flaws in the individual dots that create photos rather than the entirety of the images. Zooming in to 100%, it was said, is nothing but a recipe for perpetual disappointment; instead, judge each camera by […]

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UPS wins full FCC approval to start commercial drone deliveries

(Reuters) — UPS on Tuesday said it won the U.S. government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent U.S. drone delivery business over rivals Amazon and Alphabet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary a Part 135 Standard certification on Friday. The […]

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Vivo’s V17 Pro has a retracting dual selfie camera

Ever wished your smartphone had a dual selfie camera? What about a dual selfie camera that retracted into said phone’s body? If so, Vivo’s newly revealed midrange flagship might fit the bill. The Dongguan, China-based firm this morning took the wraps off of the V17 Pro, a handset sporting what might well be the world’s […]

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Wing kicks off drone deliveries from Walgreens and FedEx Express in Virginia

If Wing has its way, autonomous drones will soon save residents of two towns in Southwest Virginia a trip to the drug store and bakery. The Alphabet X lab graduate will next month launch a pilot to make available on-demand delivery from FedEx Express, Walgreens, and Sugar Magnolia. Sugar Magnolia will box up birthday cards, […]

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Planet Zoo gets a closed beta on September 24

The following is a true zoo story. Planet Zoo will be holding a closed beta from September 24 to October 8. It will be available to anyone who has preordered the game on Steam. Frontier Developments has a history of making sim games, including the theme park builder and management game Planet Coaster (which has […]

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Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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The unlimited potential in on-device AI for camera and imaging

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. One of the primary benefits of AI today, whether you develop AI software, shoot video, or take photos, is that AI can accelerate the process and bring your product to reality quicker. Specifically, for software developers, the AI tools at their disposal for edge devices like smartphones are opening the […]

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FXhome launches HitFilm Express video editing tool with tutorials for creating gameplay videos

FXhome said it made a significant update to its popular HitFilm Express, the free version of the company’s advanced editing, special effects, and compositing tool that has become popular for making game videos. Users have downloaded the free version of the visual effects (VFX) tool 4 million times, and it is popular in video game […]

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Asmodee Digital launches The Lord of the Rings card game on Steam

Asmodee Digital has launched The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game on the Windows PC and Mac via Steam. The first adventure card game set in the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game lets players face epic challenges during solo and cooperative adventures. The game is inspired […]

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NeuralCam lets iPhones slowly mimic Google’s Night Sight photo mode

For frequent iPhone camera users, the new low-light photography tool Night Sight was quite possibly the most compelling addition to Google’s Pixel lineup last year; it used machine learning to restore colors and details that would otherwise be lost to tiny phone camera sensors. Now third-party developer Halcyon Products has brought a similar tool to […]

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Elroy Air’s autonomous aircraft can carry over 250 pounds of cargo

Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup developing delivery drones for large commercial payloads, today announced a milestone toward its goal of commercializing its aircraft by 2021. The company says that in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School on August 14, it completed a test of an over 1,250-pound prototype drone — the Chaparral — it […]

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iPhone 11 Pro may feature shatter-resistant body, live video editing, and AMX chip

Apple’s upcoming update to the iPhone XS might not be beautiful, but it’s going to pack more significant internal and external improvements than previously expected, Bloomberg reported this morning. Expected to be called the iPhone 11 Pro, the new model is said to feature shatter-resistant glass and improved waterproofing on the outside, as well as […]

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Animoca Brands buys Quidd for up to $8 million as it moves into blockchain collectibles

Animoca Brands has agreed to acquire Quidd, a maker of a digital collectible marketplace with 6.8 million unique users. The purchase price is as much as $8 million. The move is part of Animoca Brands‘ long-term effort to marry blockchain technology — the transparent and secure digital ledger — with sellable digital merchandise such as […]

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Kast acquires remnants of group-watch company Rabbit

Kast announced that it has acquired Rabbit‘s intellectual property, software stack, and several patents. Rabbit was a service that let users watch videos together online. Although it averaged about 3.5 million viewers a month, the company shut down in May. Kast is another live-share experience — one that also supports game parties and video chat […]

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Intel’s RealSense SR305 camera is designed for low-cost depth tracking

Intel’s RealSense Technology, a suite of solutions designed to imbue machines with depth perception and object tracking capabilities, welcomed a new member to the family this afternoon. In a blog post, the Santa Clara chipmaker took the wraps off of the Depth Camera SR305, a standalone short-range coded light camera with a “streamlined” form factor […]

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MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time. Fortunately, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science […]

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