Google smartphone now with kiss detection
It does not sound too romantic – but clever! The “Photobooth” mode in Google Pixel 3 now detects when people kiss and triggers the camera automatically at the right moment. This is how perfect photos and selfies are created. In a new blog post, Google explains how the “kiss detection” works. Artificial intelligence recognizes unmistakable signs of a kiss: tongue out, kiss mouth, inflated cheeks and surprise and joy in the eyes.
Original sound Google: “Kiss someone you love, and the camera will automatically capture this moment!” The software update for Pixel 3 should also allow even better group photos. Because the camera triggers just in the moment in which all the photographed show their best side. Photos in which people have closed their eyes are not supposed to happen anymore. For the development of the AI, Google has collaborated with photographers who have set exact criteria for good pictures.
Pepsi canceled advertising in space
Setback for advertising in space! For the time being, Pepsi has said goodbye to plans to display satellites of the Russian startup StartRocket Advertising in the night sky. According to space.com, the US concern was apparently worried that space advertising could lead to massive underground protests. The magazine Futurism had reported only a few days ago that Pepsi wants to advertise with the help of StartRocket for his energy drink “Adrenaline Rush”. Small satellites fly in formation so that the reflected sunlight indicates a logo in the night sky. As an example, SkyRocket has presented on its website advertising for a fictional soda called “LocaCola”. The aim of the Russians: “Space must be beautiful, and with the best brands, our skies will astonish us every night.” Pepsi Russia has already spoken of a “marketing revolution”, but the US headquarters has now stopped the plans.
Apple has bugs – real bugs!
“There is no software update that can stop Apple’s worst bug,” Gizmodo says. And that’s true: Apple’s store on 5th Avenue in New York has apparently been massively attacked by bedbugs (“bed bugs”). According to New York Post, the problem has been around for a month. Employees have to pack their belongings in the staff rooms in plastic bags to protect them from the bugs. This is confirmed by several photos and videos on social media. In the meantime, the shop was even closed for that. An employee with the code name “Maestro Cohen” has posted details, but wants to remain anonymous: “Otherwise they would throw me from one minute to the other.”
The other news this Apple morning: Apple and Qualcomm have ended their years of patent litigation. Apple pays an undisclosed sum to Qualcomm, which will receive a multi-year supply contract for chips. Intel responded immediately to this message and discontinued its development of 5G modem chips. The future Mac system macOS 10.15 should allow the use of iPads as an additional screen from autumn. The current Mac update to 10.14.4 increases the – sometimes criticized – maximum brightness of the new MacBook Air from 300 to 400 nits. And according to a tweet by Tim Cook, Apple is also financially involved in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.
@Apple @NYCDCA bed bugs at Apple’s 5th Avenue location has employees in their bags while they work ?! pic.twitter.com/AHeuSji5YS
– Brayden Cohen (@maestrocohen) April 15, 2019
We are heartbroken for the French and those around the world. Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple wants to donate to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019
Smart speakers soon become more popular than tablets
Speaking of bug: As such – more specifically, as an “assistant bug” – the blog Netzpolitik.org Amazon’s language assistant Alexa has called. And the Stiftung Warentest has criticized curiosity speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod recently because blatant privacy issues. Conclusion of the testers: “Who uses such a service intensively, are compared to Amazon, Apple or Google on a good part of his privacy.” The desire of the users to be eavesdropped in the living room or bedroom, however, remains unclouded by such criticism. According to analysts at Canalys, the number of smartphones used worldwide is nearly doubling from 114 million to 208 million this year. By 2021, Echo & Co. would therefore for the first time surpass the favorite gadget of the last decade, the tablet.
First information about the PlayStation 5 – and the new Xbox is here!
Sony has released the first information about the PlayStation 5, which is expected to appear in late 2020. According to chief developer Mark Cerny, the PS5 supports games in 8K image format for the first time. A new audio chip from AMD should provide for drastically better sound in 3D quality. Perhaps the most interesting novelty: SSD memory as a supplement to a hard drive reduces load times by a factor of 20. According to Cerny, a game like “Spider-Man” should not start after 15 seconds, but after 0.8 seconds. Due to the similar architecture, PlayStation 4 games also run on the PS5. Meanwhile, as expected, Microsoft has unveiled the “Xbox One S All Digital Edition” without a DVD drive. It will be published on May 7 for 229 euros. On the 1TB hard disk, “Forza Horizon 3”, “Minecraft” and “Sea of Thieves” are preinstalled.
The end of the LEAD: Artificial intelligence beats e-athletes
Young, hip e-athletes have never looked so old. Because Team OG, world champion in the Battle Arena game “Dota 2”, has now been defeated – by artificial intelligence. Contestant “OpenAI Five”, which consists of five bots, won a tournament 2-0. According to vox.com, the developers of the Elon Musk-funded initiative OpenAI have trained their software to draw on 45,000 years of “Dota 2” experience. That so much experience was needed to beat a human team also shows that people still learn faster than artificial intelligence.
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