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Feb 19, 2019
Sales of spinning disc players sales are declining in the entertainment device market now that streaming devices are gaining popularity, and according to reports, the use of disc players decreased by 10% in one year. Samsung announced that they would stop producing its Blu-ray models in the US market, but their existing products would still be on sale outside the US. Samsung isn't the first company to quit the Blu-ray business, Oppo made the same decision last year, and it is expected that more companies will give up on it too.
Feb 18, 2019
Apple is still a few months away from releasing iPhone 11, but there are already several rumors regarding its features. The most recent one claims the smartphone can act as a wireless charger for other phones just by placing both devices facing from the back. Huawei already developed the tool in its Mate 20 Pro smartphone, but people reported that it isn't very efficient. The wireless charger not only could serve to save another one person's battery life but also might allow users to charge the company's earphones AirPods 2 with the same technology.
Feb 18, 2019
PlayStation has launched new games for PS4 that can be downloaded for free without the need of a subscription. Sony has developed the "free game deals", which will be available for some time on the PlayStation Store, and it will include free shooters and playtime trials of other games. Another exciting announcement for R6 fans is that the full version of the new edition will have a special offer of 60% off during the "free weekend." According to rumors, this wouldn't be a one-time-only event, and it's possible that Sony will keep expanding their free trial demo packs in the future.
Feb 18, 2019
The dating app Coffee Meets Bagel offers a safer online dating experience by only showing the friends of the user's Facebook friends as potential dates. On Valentine's Day, the company informed its users about a data breach from an unknown unauthorized party that accessed the names and emails of the users, but they assured that a hired security firm is currently working to solve the issue. CMB hasn't been the only firm to suffer from this type of crime in recent times; giant companies like Facebook and Marriot Hotels have had massive data breaches in recent months.
Feb 18, 2019
Peach, the microblogging app, left thousands of users wondering if it was gone forever after it crashed next week. The online diary was designed to share writings with friends in a Tumblr-like platform, and a lot of people said they used it as therapy voice their feelings and help others. A few days ago, the users reported that the servers went down, with no response from the developers, and users claimed to feel lost or empty after its disappearance. After a few days, the company finally acknowledged the issue and reported on Twitter that they were working to bring the servers back next week.
Feb 18, 2019
PullString or ToyTalk is a startup founded by former Pixar executives, which is responsible for giving voices to Mattel toys using artificial intelligence tools. Recently, Apple acquired the company to use its technology as part of Siri, to compete against its rivals Alexa and Google Assistant which have become increasingly more popular over the last few years. According to rumors, this acquisition could bring Apple one step closer to the in-house catalog business including speech-activated toys for kids, and improve their smart home devices.
Feb 18, 2019
Since the beginning of the year, foldable phones have become the latest technology that companies want to launch, with many firms competing to be the first to have a functioning foldable phone in the market. Now, tech giant TCL has entered the race, according to a recent leak. According to the report, the company plans to create a line of foldable devices that will include everything from smartphones and tablets to a foldable smartwatch. The leaked information suggests that they are still in the early stages of development, and might take a while before we know any more official details.
Feb 18, 2019
During the NBA All-Start Technology Summit, the commissioner Adam Silver revealed an innovative technology for merchandise clothing that includes a smart jersey able to change the name and number shown on the back through a mobile app. The company didn't give many details about the development of it, but it did mention other technological advances in sport such as the use of facial recognition to enter stadiums, hologram mascots, and personalized game experiences. It is unclear what the aim of the smart jersey is, but it might be for fans that want to change their jersey's name to represent new players or the accomplishments of another.
Feb 18, 2019
A recent report confirmed the truth behind the phrase "once on the internet, always on the internet" when they found a Twitter bug that allows users to obtain their deleted messages by downloading the archived data of their accounts. These "deleted" private messages are stored years after being deleted, and they are available in the archived data even when the receiver suspends or deletes their account. Twitter acknowledged the problem and claimed it was working on it, but there's nothing they can do about the messages have already been recovered.
Feb 18, 2019
Scientists recently developed an artificial intelligence software that uses an algorithm to look into profiles of dating apps and detect the fake ones. The technology was trained to analyze the user's data such as IP address, phone number, and photos that are used in several accounts, which could indicate it is fake. During the tests, the algorithm flagged fake profiles with 99% accuracy, and although it is still under development and not ready for the market, popular dating apps could soon start using the technology.
Feb 18, 2019
When typing thispersondoesnotexist.com on the URL bar, it opens a website with a human face, at first sight, it might look like a regular person, but in reality, the person shown in the picture doesn't exist. The website uses an algorithm created by Nvidia that analyzes a database of billions of human photos to generate realistic ones in just seconds, so every time that the page is refreshed, it created a new image. The developers claim that the technology can be used to generate fake cars, cats, and even bedrooms, but so far, they have only launched one that recreates human faces.
Feb 15, 2019
The EOS R camera launched last year will have a second version at a more affordable price. Canon announced its second full-frame mirrorless camera named EOS RP, which has a 26.2-megapixel sensor, 4K video recorder, a 2.36-million-dot viewfinder, dual-pixel autofocus, and a rear flip LCD. Surprisingly, Cannon wants to make this camera more mainstream and offers a retail price of $1,299 for the camera body, which is $1000 cheaper than its previous version. The company is also offering mount adapter for free.
Feb 15, 2019
After three months of crowdsourcing campaign to come up with a brand name, General Motors finally announced that the name of its first e-bikes would be Arriv, pronounced like "arrive." The e-bikes will come in two models, one small bike named the Meld, and one folding bike called the Merge; both will have motors able to speed up to 25 km/h, and rechargeable batteries that last around 3.5 hours. The bike is already available for pre-order for $3200 and $3800 respectively, and they will be shipped to Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands in the second quarter of the year.
Feb 15, 2019
Nintendo released a new game that breaks away from the traditional Battle Royale games, while those are full of guns and blood, this new game will include a new genre with the famous puzzler Tetris. The game is called Tetris 99, and it will combine the traditional game of block clearing with the spin of including 98 more players that can fill the Tetris well of other opponents with blocks and junk; and as any Battle Royale, the winner is the last player standing. Tetris 99 is already available for Nintendo Switch on Nintendo's Online subscription service.
Feb 15, 2019
The "News Camera" is a feature that has been developed by Twitter in secret as a Snapchat-style sharing option that is accessible with a swipe from the home screen. This camera will provide more visual content to Twitter since users can quickly capture an image, a video, or even live stream and directly send it as a tweet without the need of opening the app. The feature allows users to add captions, locations, and overlays to the photos before submitting them. According to reports, the camera is in mid-development, so the launch date is still unknown.
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