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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 […]

Emerging Tech

Robot janitors will soon be scrubbing floors at your local Walmart

Robot janitors are coming soon to a Walmart near you. While we rather like the idea of a team of androids making their way around the store with a mop and bucket, the reality isn’t quite as cool as that. Instead, the company is using something that looks a bit like an oversized mobility scooter. […]

Computer

Chrome OS could soon get another tablet feature that it always needed

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Some Chromebooks and the new Pixel Slate work good as tablets, but not every website reads nicely on the devices. That might soon change, as Google is apparently adding a tablet view option to Chrome OS, according to Android Police. It is not clear when the tablet view option will be coming, […]

Emerging Tech

Hikers missing on Mount Fuji could soon find a drone buzzing above their head

Trevor Mogg Every summer, thousands of hikers head to Mount Fuji to embark on what for many will be the most ambitious climb of their lives. At 3,776 meters, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain, with outdoor enthusiasts attracted by its distinctive volcanic-cone shape and special place in the nation’s culture. People come from across […]

Gaming

PUBG’s “console exclusivity” may soon end, as loud hints of a PS4 version mount

Enlarge / This image, along with one with a more obvious "PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds" logo, is still live at Sony’s official PlayStation.net servers, linked specifically to the logo codes that are normally assigned for retail games. PUBG has not yet been announced for PS4. PlayStation.net Nearly a year after the popular PC shooting game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds […]

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Uber may start delivering burgers by drones as soon as 2021 because its CEO says 'We need flying burgers'

Saumya Khandelwal/ReutersUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Uber is looking to hire an operations executive to make drone delivery functional by next year and available for commercial use by 2021, according to a jobs listing spotted by The Wall Street Journal. In May, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged his company was working on a drone delivery project […]

Emerging Tech

Regular paints and plastics will soon be able to ‘heal’ like skin

[embedded content] Imagine if paints, plastics, or even coatings like the ones which protect our cell phone screens were able to heal the way human skin does whenever they suffered damage. That’s what researchers at Clemson University have been working toward — and their solution is almost ready for mass-manufacturing prime time. Although the technology […]

Gears & Gadgets

Coming soon from Google: The Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, and more

The third annual Google hardware extravaganza is kicking off in just a few days. On October 9 at 11am, Google will show off its next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 3, along with a few other products. The new Pixel phone is usually the headline launch at these hardware events, but Google often announces four or […]

Computer

Smart Reply not smart enough? Desktop Gmail users can soon opt out

After users complained that Gmail’s Smart Reply wasn’t so smart, Google announced that it will soon give desktop users the ability to disable the A.I.-based feature. Although the time-saving feature relies on artificial intelligence to come up with short responses based on the context of the email message, users complained that early iterations of Smart […]

Emerging Tech

Scientists may soon be able to treat autism with CRISPR gene editing

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing is capable of some pretty impressive feats, from creating more efficient crops to malaria-resistant mosquitoes. Now researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and other institutes have discovered another potentially life-altering application: Editing out the genetic traits commonly associated with autism. While it’s so far been demonstrated on mice only, it raises […]

Computer

Researcher claims to bypass iPhone security limits, but may have spoken too soon

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends For a brief moment, it seemed as though a security researcher had found a way to get past the security limits on iPhones and iPads by entering an infinite number of passcodes in order to hack into a device. The purported vulnerability was apparently even present in the latest version of iOS, […]

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Sony just revealed tons more details about the incredible-looking PlayStation games you'll be playing as soon as this year

1. “The Last of Us: Part II” 1. “The Last of Us: Part II” The folks behind the Indiana Jones-esque blockbuster third-person action “Uncharted” series are true veterans of video game creation. The studio, Naughty Dog, goes all the way back to the first PlayStation console, having created the beloved “Crash Bandicoot” series. Beyond those […]

Gears & Gadgets

The Apple Watch will soon ditch its mechanical buttons, report says

Enlarge / Buttons on the side of an Apple Watch Series 3. Valentina Palladino FastCompany published a report today citing “a source with direct knowledge” of Apple’s plans for a future Apple Watch that will feature solid-state, touch-sensitive buttons instead of the clickable ones that are currently part of the device. This will apply to […]

Emerging Tech

Addicted to sugar? Neuroscientists could soon reprogram your brain to hate it

In the quest to get ready for summer, many of us want to get in better shape by exercising a bit more and maybe losing a few pounds. But when you’re confronted with stacks of candy bars at the supermarket checkout, sometimes it can be a bit too tempting to cheat on our diet. Sure, […]

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You can soon mute annoying friends clogging your Instagram feed

Instagram Annoyed or indifferent to a certain Instagram friend, but don’t want to go quite as far as to unfollow them? Instagram is rolling out a new tool to help. The mute option, announced on May 22, allows Instagrammers to temporarily keep a user off their feeds and Stories playlist. A mute isn’t quite the […]