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DeepNude is a web app that uses deepfake technology to turn any photo of a woman into a realistic-looking nude image.DeepNude is currently offline because its servers have been overloaded from too much traffic, according to the website's developers.A new web app that lets users create realistic-looking nude images of women offers a terrifying glimpse into how deepfake technology can now be easily used for malicious purposes like revenge porn and bullying.Up until now, most deepfake technology and software requires uploading vast amounts of video footage of the subject in order to train the AI to create realistic-looking — yet false — depictions of the person saying or doing something.But DeepNude, which was first discovered by Motherboard, makes generating fake nude images a one-click process: All someone would have to do is upload a photo of any woman (it reportedly doesn't generate male nudes), and let the software do the work.But others have used the technology to effortlessly spread misinformation, like this deepfake video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was altered to make the senator seem like she doesn't know the answers to questions from an interviewer.
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The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has announced the latest version of its insect-like RoboBee ‘X-Wing’ is officially the lightest vehicle to achieve sustained untethered flight.The solo flight milestone was recorded as a slow-motion video in which viewers see the tiny robot’s wings flap rapidly, just like an ordinary insect.The achievement was made possible via a number of improvements made to the RoboBee.RoboBee X-Wing is described as lighter than a paper clip at 259 milligrams.Due to that low weight, it takes only 290 milligrams of lift to make the insect-inspired robot rise.The RoboBee’s energy requirement sits at 115 milliwatts, which is described as less than the power required to illuminate a single bulb on a strand of Christmas lights.
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There have been whispers of a Samsung Galaxy A90 smartphone for months now, but we finally have a first idea of what the phone might offer.Or rather, what the phones might offer, as there’s seemingly two of them.Reputable leaker @OnLeaks has shared specs for both models.They apparently have a 6.7-inch screen, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, and a triple-lens rear camera with a 48MP main lens and a 5MP secondary lens.The main difference in the specs is that one model (with the model number SM-A908) apparently supports 5G, as had previously been rumored, while the other (with the model number SM-A905) is just 4G.The 5G model is said to have an 8MP rear lens in addition to the two listed above, while the 4G model has a 12MP third lens, so the 4G phone seems like it's got a sligtly better camera.
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As 5G networks begin rolling out and commercializing around the world, telecoms vendors are rushing to get a headstart.Huawei equipment is now behind two-thirds of the commercially launched 5G networks outside China, said president of Huawei’s carrier business group Ryan Ding on Tuesday at an industry conference.Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecoms gear, has nabbed 50 commercial 5G contracts outside its home base from countries including South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Finland and more.In all, the Shenzhen-based firm has shipped more than 150,000 base stations, according to Ding.In China, for instance, both Ericsson and Nokia have secured 5G contracts from state-run carrier China Mobile (although Nokia’s Chinese entity, a joint venture with Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, is directly controlled by China’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission).Huawei’s handsome number of deals came despite the U.S’s ongoing effort to lobby its allies against using its equipment.
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The headquarters of the European Meteorological Satellite Agency in Darmstadt, Germany (“city of science”!Unlike airplanes, whose graceful lines and smooth skins help them slip through the atmosphere, they have delicate protuberances and pocked exteriors.Or we see them in artists’ renderings, those sci-fi looking images of spacecraft zooming along in orbit.“But globally, it has become much more accurate.There’s no black hole of an area.”Today’s weather forecasts are better than ever before, thanks to continual advances in observing the atmosphere and using those observations for fine-grained computer simulations—“weather models”—capable of confidently predicting future skies, 5, 6, 7, even 8 days in advance.
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now it is time for AMD to launch the third generation of Ryzen processors, which means Intel is now working on how to meet the ever keener market competition.According to the Digitimes are looking to Intel to lower the prices of eighth-and ninth-generation Core processors, with 10 to 15 per cent.In some cases, it may even be a reduction of 75 per cent.If the reports are true, does it mean that Intel cpu's are only getting one or a few hundralappar more expensive than AMD's counterparts.What gives the most value for your money to learn, we have every reason to come back to when we had the chance to try out the new line of processors from AMD.
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Apple must be feeling confident about iOS 13 and iPadOS, as the public beta for both operating system updates has launched a week sooner than anticipated.Originally scheduled for July, Apple's public beta program allows you to get iOS 13 as well as iPadOS today and test them out on your existing iPhone and iPad, respectively.There are a lot of changes attached to iOS 13, and even more in the separate iPadOS public beta.Apple is treating them as a distinct software platforms this year.iOS 13 and iPadOS change listWe already have a good idea of what you'll experience in the iOS 13 and iPadOS beta program, given the first look Apple gave us at WWDC 2019 on June 3.
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The U.S. air taxi market is heating up: Aeronautics industry giant Airbus will be among the companies operating on-demand air travel service in 2019 in American skies, FastCompany reports.Airbus’ Voom on-demand helicopter shuttle operation will set up shop in the U.S. starting this fall, after previously providing service exclusively in Latin America.Uber announced its own Uber Copter service earlier this month, which will provide service from Manhattan to JFK airport starting in July, and Blade also already offers similar service between New York City and its three area airports, as well as Bay Area air shuttle routes.Airbus’ Voom is also going to expand to Asia in 2019, the company confirmed to FastCompany, and intends to cover 25 cities globally by 2025 with an anticipated passenger volume of two million people per year.All of these companies see their helicopter service as an entry point for planned shifts to use of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) craft.Airport shuttles seem to be the perfect use case for these early instantiates of air taxi services, since they greatly reduce travel times at peak hours, and also cater to clientele who are likely frequent traveler and can either expense or afford the ~$200 trips.
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The much-awaited Samsung Note 10 will launch on August 7, sources told CNET.The flagship phone will be unveiled at Samsung’s yearly Unpacked event, which will be held in Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn - the same venue it occupied last year, the sources continued.The Note series iterates on company's main S-series of flagship phones, and we can expect some of the developments - like the punch-hole 'Infinity Display' - in the Samsung Galaxy S10 line to make an appearance.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.If the day job is getting you down, learning to code in Python might be just the change of pace you need.You can start today and save almost $800 in the process.There are always thousands of well-paid roles available, and possibly the chance to work remotely.Whether that’s from your bedroom or a sunny foreign terrace, it has to be better than the office cubicle.Python is a particularly good choice for beginners to programming.
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Tesla might not engage in traditional advertising.That doesn’t mean the automaker isn’t keen on getting new customers and retaining the ones it already has.Most of Tesla’s methods have focused on leveraging its existing customer base to attract new buyers.And that strategy has continued.This time, the company is turning its showrooms into arcades and inviting owners to bring their family and friends to try it out through June 30.Tesla sent out an email earlier Tuesday with the promotion that invites people “to experience the new Tesla Arcade.” People who are interested are asked to RSVP to their local showrooms via this link.
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Here's what you need to know about blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin.With analysts at UBS estimating that blockchain could be a $300 billion to $400 billion global industry by 2027, it's clear that regardless of what happens in the bitcoin bubble, the technology is here to stay.Inside every block is a complete history of everything that has ever happened on that chain, as well as the rules that all of the blocks follow.Every time you add a song, you create a new version of the playlist, or a new "block" in the chain.But many of these exchanges can also be achieved using blockchain technology as a smart contract — or a self-executing contract.If Person A is leasing an apartment, for example, the smart contract could require that Person B transfer $1,000 to Person A in exchange for the apartment door code.
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Following a string of trade restrictions from the U.S., China’s telecoms equipment and smartphone maker Huawei expects its revenues to drop $30 billion below forecast over the next two years, founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei said Monday during a panel discussion at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters.Huawei’s production will slow down in the next two years while revenues will hover around $100 billion this and next year, according to the executive.Huawei’s challenges are multifaceted as the U.S. “entity list” bars it from procuring from American chip makers and using certain Android services among a list of other restrictions.In response, the Chinese behemoth recently announced it has been preparing for years its own backup chips and an alternative smartphone operating system.We will grow stronger as we make this step.”“Heroes in any times go through great challenges,” reads a placard left on a table at a Huawei campus cafe, featuring the image of a damaged World War II aircraft.
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Gone are the days where you need to know coding to create a video game.With Google's prototype Game Builder, you can make 3D games by simply selecting a series of cards, the tech giant announced in a blog post Thursday.The card-based visual programming, free on Steam for PC and Mac, allows users to drag and drop different cards that end up building the game.Through these steps, anyone with or without a coding background can create platforms, scoreboards, cars and more.However, those with the technical expertise can opt to use JavaScript and tweak the existing application programming interface (API).An API is a series of tools and definitions used to connect software.
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Instead of planting all their best and newest-available technology on their most expensive smartphones, they’d be putting said features on midrange phones first.That way, people would have access to these features at affordable prices if they wanted to focus on one new feature or the other, rather than having to invest large sums of money on a device with lots of features they did not need.In the year 2019, this ‘lesser first’ or ‘midrange first’ strategy worked pretty well for Samsung, it would seem.They’ve continued to release features on their “A” series Galaxy phones before their Galaxy S and Note series.When they reveal the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, much like previous years, it will seem like the topmost premium smartphone in the market.He worked using images posted previously by OnLeaks, which you can also see below.
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AWS has been accused of treating the British public like "mugs" after it emerged HMRC splashed £11m with the cloud giant last year, more than six times the amount it received in corporation tax from the US firm.In total, UK government has awarded the cloud arm of Amazon 36 public sector contracts worth £660m in the past four years, according to a study commissioned by the GMB Union.Some £45.5m was forked out by central government on AWS services last year, with the Home Office the biggest spenders at £16m, HMRC coming next and the Department of Work and Pensions at £4m.The DWP payout is in part for hosting bits of the Universal Credit system, the GMB claimed.The Brit tax collector – which El Reg exclusively revealed had ended its service agreement with UK minnow DataCentred in October 2017 in favour of AWS – received £1.7m in corporation tax from AWS on profits of £72.4m for calendar 2017.Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues
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Humankind has entered uncharted territory: atmospheric CO2 levels soared to record-breaking 415ppm for the first time in human history.The need to find a sustainable alternative to CO2-producing fuels is in dire need.One of the most promising environmentally-friendly energetic sources is hydrogen generated via water splitting - the reaction in which water is broken down into oxygen and hydrogen.In a paper published in Nature Energy, scientists from ICIQ's Galán-Mascarós and López groups describe how, for the first time, a magnet has been used to directly enhance the production of hydrogen in alkaline water splitting via electrolysis."The simplicity of the discovery opens new opportunities to implement magnetic enhancement in water splitting.Furthermore, the low cost of the technology makes it suitable for industrial applications," explains Felipe A. Garcés-Pineda, first author of the paper.
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HMD Global, the company licensing the iconic Nokia marque, today announced it’s latest entry-level handset, the Nokia 2.2, which will retail for €99 (about $110).The Nokia 2.2 is an interesting duck, as it doesn’t seem overtly compromised.And, uniquely for a phone in its price bracket, it’s overtly emphasizing low-light photography, which is something phones in its price range traditionally suffer with.But before we get into that, here’s the specs:2GB or 3GB DDR4 RAM13MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera with LED flash
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Pokemon Sword and Shield will appear on Nintendo Switch worldwide Nov. 15, the company revealed Wednesday, whipping Pokemaniacs everywhere into frenzy ahead of E3 2019.Nintendo gave us a 15-minute dose of fresh details about upcoming Switch games, showing off the Pokemon-embiggening Dynamax phenomenon, Max Raids and each game's super cool legendary wolves.Regardless, you can expect Zacian to be exclusive to Sword, while Zamazenta is probably only in Shield.If you noticed that Zacian looked a lot like Great Grey Wolf Sif from Dark Souls, you're not alone.Bandai Namco highlighted the similarity in a cheeky tweet on Wednesday."If you're going to battle a legend then make sure to bring a big enough shield," the Dark Souls publisher wrote.
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Mercedes-Benz is expanding a pilot subscription service that lets users switch between different luxury models to a third U.S. city a year after launching in Nashville and Philadelphia.The pilot is another example of how automakers are experimenting — with mixed levels of success — with different ways to make money beyond producing and selling cars, trucks and SUVs.The luxury automaker, which is owned by Daimler, plans to bring its so-called “Mercedes-Benz Collection” to Atlanta, the same city where its U.S. headquarters are located.Clutch Technologies will continue to operate the subscription platform.Mercedes also plans to test a new subscription tier in Atlanta that will consist exclusively of the company’s high-performance AMG models.The decision to expand is based on the success in its two initial markets, according to Mercedes.
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This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.The pending $26 billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger has been through a regulatory roller-coaster, but Amazon may save the day, according to Reuters.After the FCC chairman endorsed the merger, the Department of Justice recommended that the carriers make concessions for the merger to gain approval: They should sell off their prepaid businesses and lay the groundwork for a fourth wireless carrier to emerge.While it's not confirmed why Amazon is interested in operating its own MVNO, the purchase would give it access to New T-Mobile's wireless network to bolster its service for at least six years.And it may want to follow Google's lead: The firm is already in the space with its Fi MVNO service.Boost Mobile is the more successful of Sprint's prepaid mobile businesses, as it was the carrier's only prepaid brand to add new customers in 2018.
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Greetings from sunny San Jose.Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference officially kicks off this morning at the McEnery Convention Center with a big keynote.While the rest of the week is focused on developers, today’s show is all about what’s the come from the company, and after relatively low key events from Google and Microsoft, Apple’s looking to make a splash this year.We’ve already seen a fair share of rumors and leaks — you can read about those here.The list includes system-wide dark mode for iOS 13, a focus on health and perhaps even the long awaited return of of the Mac Pro.The show kicks off at at 10AM PT/1PM ET, so grab a snack and get comfy, because we’re going liveblogging below.
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In 2019 so far, there have been 34 new unicorns amassing over $8.3 billion in new money.This onslaught of capital adds to the pressure startup founders already face, making it easy to get caught up in the rush and make major mistakes that will affect a company’s future.I have so far taken the alternate route and bootstrapped all four of my companies, growing them organically.Of course, this isn’t always a feasible path for everyone.With limited capital, entrepreneurs are forced to be creative and come up with new tactics to grow the company.Hiring a bunch of people and throwing money at a problem is not an option, so the focus must be on creative problem-solving.
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At the start of the year, Google added the ability to see speed cameras and speed limits in Maps for select markets, and now it’s bringing the feature to more than 40 additional countries.Likely loathed by traffic cops but loved by drivers, the feature is finally getting a proper rollout — a full three years after it first appeared on Google-owned navigation app Waze.Google is yet to officially announce the expansion of the feature but confirmed the news to TechCrunch on Thursday.It means that with Google Maps, motorists in the newly added countries can now see the speed limit displayed in the bottom corner of the screen for any road they’re driving along.The speeds cameras, on the other hand, will appear at their precise location on the road, with a single audio alert prompting approaching drivers to adjust their speed should they be a little over the limit.If you’re not seeing any information about the presence of speed cameras but you’ve seen a few of them when you’re out and about, it’s likely because such a feature is illegal in your country.
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The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the better smartphones in 2019, thanks to that slick screen, top-end silicon, and pop-up camera.Like any major smartphone though, there are bound to be a few niggles, and the firm has addressed some of these user complaints on its forum.Starting with battery life, some OnePlus 7 Pro users have complained that the phone’s endurance left them wanting.But OnePlus’s testing so far found that the new phone is in the same ballpark as its previous device.Read: T-Mobile is quietly testing its 5G network in New York City“According to our actual test, the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the refresh rate set to 90Hz (which automatically scales down according to content) and intelligent resolution enabled, exhibits a battery life that is greatly improved in comparison with the OnePlus 6, and very close to OnePlus 6T under the same test condition,” the firm noted.
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Efforts by shareholders to instruct Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to government customers failed by a wide margin, according to a new corporate filing with regulators.About 2.4 percent of shareholders voted for the proposal, a fraction of the 50 percent necessary to pass.The measure needed to reach a 5 percent threshold for it to be re-introduced to shareholders again.A second proposal to ask Amazon to carry out an independent human rights assessment of its facial recognition technology also failed.About 27.5 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the proposal.Amazon has come under fire for its facial recognition tech, Rekognition following accusations of bias and that it’s inaccurate, which critics say can be used to racially discriminate against minorities.
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The movie is in theaters worldwide now.Orphaned street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls for Princess Jasmine of Agrabah (Naomi Scott) after a chance encounter and finds a magic lamp containing a wise-cracking, wish-granting Genie.This version, however, gives Jasmine a much bigger role, making her the emotional heart of the story as she struggles in Agrabah's male-dominated hierarchy.It's a surprising turn that infuses the update with renewed relevance, aided by the addition of handmaiden Dalia (Nasim Pedrad).Of course, the charismatic Genie is the reason we're seeing this movie, and it's impossible not to compare Will Smith's version with the late Robin Williams' incredible 1992 portrayal.And a surprising romantic subplot proves rewarding as it explores a fresh aspect of his character.
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The global digital transformation market is growing at a CAGR of over 18% and according to IDC, global spending on digital experiences (DX) will reach a staggering $1.7 trillion globally by the end of 2019, highlighting the demand for digital infrastructures which increase business efficiency and help to deliver excellent customer service.Research shows that many companies are not achieving their digital goals.According to research conducted by AppDirect, 90% of the businesses surveyed revealed that they were facing significant obstacles to digital transformation success.Just look at the Ministry of Justice – despite investing £1bn into digitising the courts, the MoJ still suffered major disruption in the form of an IT outage that lasted serval days earlier this year.The integration of new technology comes at a cost, both financially and in resources, and many organisations cannot afford to replace the entirety of their IT infrastructure in one go.While the introduction of a few new technologies may provide the appearance of updated systems, many organisations still have old, legacy software running throughout the entire network.
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The latest version of Tesla Navigate on Autopilot finds itself in the crosshairs of Consumer Reports’ criticism this week, with the testing organization singularly unconvinced that the automaker’s promises of a “more seamless” drive hold up to scrutiny.“In practice, we found that Navigate on Autopilot lagged far behind a human driver’s skill set,” the testing company concluded.“The feature cut off cars without leaving enough space and even passed other cars in ways that violate state laws, according to several law enforcement representatives CR interviewed for this report.As a result, the driver often had to prevent the system from making poor decisions.”There are a few elements to the complaint.Another criticism is how the car well the car chooses its moments to maneuver.
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