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Facebook AI turns real people into controllable game characters

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Facebook's AI Research team has created an AI called Vid2Play that can extract playable characters from videos of real people, creating a much higher-tech version of '80s full-motion video (FMV) games like Night Trap. The neural networks can analyze.....
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Netflix experiments with a random play button

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Sometimes you just don't want to think. Who cares if it makes no narrative sense, let's just watch a random episode of your favorite show. For some Netflix users, they can throw caution to the wind. As spotted by Android Police, the streaming service.....
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The Morning After: The Weather Channel got hacked

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Add The Weather Channel to the list of ransomware victims, and we have some news about the Google vs. Amazon tiff. Also, the Child's Play remake will have Chucky terrorizing people via their smart-home devices......
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Google will block embedded browser log-ins to fight phishing

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Embedded browsers within apps can be useful if you want to use an existing account from another service -- say, your Gmail log-in -- to access their features. However, they're also really easy to weaponize for man-in-the-middle types of phishing atta.....
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Instagram test visualizes hiding ‘Like’ counts from viewers

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Everyone has their own opinion about what specifically is wrong with social media, but the currency of likes is a commonly-cited issue. The latest grab bag of Instagram test features dug up by Jane Manchun Wong includes a version that doesn't let the.....
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Uber’s self-driving unit gets its own CEO and a $1 billion investment

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
As Uber finally closes in on its IPO, its self-driving car unit is getting a big cash infusion and some independence. The company announced tonight that Toyota, Denso and Softbank are investing a total of $1 billion in its Advanced Technologie.....
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Ransomware interrupted a ‘The Weather Channel’ morning show

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
On Thursday morning, from 6AM to 7:39AM, viewers weren't able to learn any useful weather information from The Weather Channel. The TV network had to show a taped program instead of airing its morning show AMHQ, because it suffered a security breach.....
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Original ‘Burnout Paradise’ servers shut down August 1st

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
All good things must come to an end, and that includes multiplayer support for the original Burnout Paradise. Emails sent to players and a tweet from Criterion confirm that the game's servers -- which have been in operation since it launched in 2008.....
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Alexa owners can listen to Amazon Music for free — with ads

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 19 april, 2019  
Rumors started circulating last week that Amazon was exploring a free, ad-supported tier of its streaming music service. Turns out there was something to those rumblings. Today, the commerce giant announced that Alexa device owners in the US w.....
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Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 18 april, 2019  
Virtual reality can be a rush to the senses, but not if you have vision problems. Microsoft researchers are trying to solve that problem via a tool kit for Unity VR developers to help players with low vision. Since vision problems vary by indi.....
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How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter

Door: Devin Coldewey   / 18 april, 2019  
If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there...
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Samsung updates Galaxy Buds with Bixby voice controls

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 18 april, 2019  
Thanks to a recent firmware update, Samsung's Galaxy Buds now work with the company's Bixby voice assistant. In addition to having hands-free control of music and audio, users can now use voice controls to request a battery status update, change to a.....
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‘Overwatch’ travels to Havana for its latest map

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 18 april, 2019  
Overwatch's Storm Rising brawl kicked off this week in a new locale: Havana. As with last year's edition of the Archives event, which saw the debut of Rialto, Blizzard is bringing its gorgeous take on the Cuban capital to the standard modes. It's the.....
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Netflix will invest up to $100 million in a NYC production hub

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 18 april, 2019  
Netflix films many of its productions in New York City (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is just one example), so it only makes sense to have a large presence there, doesn't it? The company certainly thinks so. It's establishing an NYC production hub that w.....
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