Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Snapchat can already recognize faces well enough to apply puppy dog ears and floral crowns, so why not use the technology to blur the background for a better selfie? Apparently, Snapchat is thinking the same thing. Reverse engineering of the Snapchat app recently uncovered a handful of potential features for the Snapchat camera. The biggest feature […]

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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]


I tried an LTE laptop for a month, and I wasn’t really convinced

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends LTE laptops are on the rise. Whether powered by Intel or Qualcomm, they seem destined to be the “next big thing” in laptops. This new breed of 2-in-1 laptops come with all sorts of advantages: All-day battery life, instant-on capabilities, and high-speed internet connection anytime and anywhere. It’s hard not to see the big […]

Emerging Tech

Transplanted pig hearts show promise in baboon trials. Are humans next?

Walter Brendel Center of Experimental Medicine Transplant surgery has advanced significantly over the past few decades. One problem that’s hard to solve, however, is how to eliminate the organ transplant waiting list, which results in the death of thousands of people every year who die before receiving the organ replacement that they desperately need. One […]


Nikon Z6 review

The Nikon Z7 was certainly the star of show when Nikon launched the mirrorless Z-series earlier this year, but there was another camera sitting next to the spotlight: the Z6. A little sibling to the Z7, the Z6’s full-frame sensor packs in fewer megapixels (24.5 versus 45.7), but it gets a boost in both shooting […]

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Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

Enlarge / The PlayStation Classic’s internal USB, removed and picked at as part of the hacking effort. Yifan Lu / Twitter In the days since the PlayStation Classic’s official release, hackers have already made great progress in loading other PlayStation games (and even non-PlayStation software) onto the plug-and-play device. What’s more, it seems some sloppy […]


Huawei MateBook X Pro review

Huawei is huge. It’s larger by revenue than Dell or HP, the giants of computing in North America, and employs more people than both those competitors. You likely didn’t know that, of course. Gaining traction in the U.S. and Canada for further growth hasn’t been easy. Just look at the company’s cancelled smartphone partnership with […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for 'tone deaf' Myanmar tweets

Twitter’s chief executive has been criticised for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Jack Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar last month for a meditation retreat. “The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he […]

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Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand the number of cashier-free Amazon Go stores may include opening locations at major airports, Reuters reports. Representatives from two California airports told Reuters of emails and conversations in June with Amazon personnel exploring potential interest in Amazon Go stores in their terminals. Since those initial contacts, however, the process has […]