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Apple reportedly planning three iPhones for 2019, one with new triple-camera system

Apple reportedly planning three iPhones for 2019, one with new triple-camera system

Apple is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones later this year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will introduce a successor to the iPhone XR with an LCD display, alongside two other handsets. The high-end 2019 iPhone best camera phone ever made, presumably the largest of the three, is also rumored to include a triple -camera system at the rear, in an effort that’s clearly designed to compete with the latest crop of Android handsets that include multiple cameras.Renders of a triple-camera iPhone leaked last week, with OnLeaks claiming Apple will introduce such a system later this year. It’s not clear what an additional camera at the rear of an iPhone will enable, but the rumors have emerged after reports that Sony is boosting its 3D camera output for chips that will power rear-facing 3D cameras on smartphone camera ranking in 2019.
Google Photos update makes an already smart app even smarter

Google Photos update makes an already smart app even smarter

Every year Google brings new features to its Photos app together with the Pixel launch. This year, Google introduced Live albums and new editing features in the app and google photos back up.Live albums is a feature that automatically adds photos of people and pets to an album as you take them. To create a live album, select ‘Automatically add photos of People & Pets’ option while creating it, and add people to it. This feature is rolling out to Android, iOS, and the web app in select countries.The Google Photos app now has the ability to adjust depth in portrait upload photo to google, like in some of the new iPhones. Additionally, a new option for portrait photos allows you to make the background black and white, while leaving the subject in color. The new editing features will be available for the Pixel 3, the Pixel 2, and the Moto G6, that support portrait photos.
The Teslasuit could turn Black Mirror’s terrifying ‘Playtest’ into a reality

The Teslasuit could turn Black Mirror’s terrifying ‘Playtest’ into a reality

Black Mirror is a show that takes hypothetical looks into the future of modern tech. Usually with a dark twist, the scenarios you’ll find in it are typically pretty outlandish. Playtest is one of those episodes that seems like pure science fiction. Or, well, it used to.Playtest follows a young fellow named Cooper, who lands a job as a tester for a game company that specializes in survival horror games. At his new gig, he tries out some new VR virtual reality technology that warps his reality into the most terrifying experience possible, based on the responses from its user. What follows is a series of seemingly real and horrifying events that, unknown to Cooper, are an illusion created by the new AR technology.
Amazon’s IMDb launches a free streaming service, Freedive

Amazon’s IMDb launches a free streaming service, Freedive

Amazon’s  IMDb movie website today announced the launch of a free streaming service, called Freedive. The service offers viewers in the U.S. access to an ad-supported collection of TV shows like  Fringe, Heroes, The Bachelor and Without a Trace, as well as Hollywood movies like Awakenings, Foxcatcher, Memento, Monster, Run Lola Run, The Illusionist, The Last Samurai, True Romance, and others.The content is free to watch without a subscription, and can be viewed on a phone, laptop or a big screen by way of Amazon web hosting Fire TV devices.IMDb was already the home for some video content, AWS hosting, including trailers, celebrity interviews and short-form original series such as The IMDb Show, Casting Calls, and No Small Parts. These are now being bundled into Freedive, says the company, and will remain free to watch.The new service will also feature X-Ray, the IMDb-powered service that offers details about the title’s cast, crew, music, and more.
It's more affordable to rent than buy in most US cities, report finds

It's more affordable to rent than buy in most US cities, report finds

As home prices continue to grow faster than wages, an increasing number of US may turn to rentals.Renting a home was more affordable than buying one in 2018 in more than half of the counties analyzed by the national property database ATTOM Data Solutions, according to a rental affordability report out Thursday, with real estate Denver co prices rising faster than wages in 80% of US markets."Renting a home is clearly becoming the more attractive option in this volatile housing market," said Jennifer von Pohlmann, spokesperson for ATTOM. In 2018, it was less expensive to rent a three-bedroom property than to buy a median-priced Denver home in 442 of 755 analyzed counties, or 59%, the company found using official wage and housing figures and public record estate sales Denver deed data.
Privacy lawsuit over facial recognition in Google Photos dismissed by federal judge

Privacy lawsuit over facial recognition in Google Photos dismissed by federal judge

From face recognition to fingerprints, biometric data is widely used in today’s consumer technology to sort through pictures, unlock phones, google photos backup and more. Some states have passed privacy laws to govern usage, with the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in Illinois allowing individuals to seek damages. A lawsuit involving Google Photos was just dismissed in a win for the company.Rivera v. Google, Inc. dates back to 2016 and involves two individuals alleging that Google Photos made biometric scans of them without explicit permission as required by the 2008 Illinois law.The first case involves a separate individual using a “Google Droid device” to take pictures of the plaintiff that were then upload photo to google. Presumably, the account where the pictures resided had the “Group similar faces” feature enabled.
After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced the Echo Auto, an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars. But the device has remained in pre-order status, even as other products also unveiled at the same event — like the Fire TV Recast, AmazonBasics microwave and various Echo devices for the home — went on sale and shipped to customers. The Echo Auto, meanwhile, is still only available on an invite-only basis. But Amazon web hosting confirmed to TechCrunch that it has begun to ship the device to pre-order customers.In fact, some Echo Auto customers received their new device in time for Christmas, according to Steve Rabuchin, VP, Alexa.
Lennar Shares Surge After Homebuilder Sees Improved Q1 Activity as Rates Ease

Lennar Shares Surge After Homebuilder Sees Improved Q1 Activity as Rates Ease

Lennar Corp. (LEN - Get Report)  shares surged to a three-month high Wednesday as two Federal Reserve officials signaled slower 2019 rate hikes, easing pressure on mortgage levels, and the nation's second largest real estate Denver co. homebuilder said current quarter activity would likely pick up as a result. Lennar CEO Stuart Miller told investors on a conference call that he expects the firm to open 50,000 new Denver homes in the currency fiscal year, which began on December 1, after reporting adjusted earnings for the three months ending in November of $1.96 per share, just ahead of the Street consensus of $1.92 per share. However, while group sales rose 71% to $6.5 billion, and new home deliveries surged 64% to 14,154 units, each missed forecasts of $6.53 billion and 14,185 units respectively.
Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

When I think of VR virtual reality, the word ‘gimmick’ hovers in my mind. Yes, I’m aware of all the wonderful things it can do, and is aiming to do. Yet VR remains — especially in gaming — a big investment. And no one wants to invest in tech that feels half-baked.I’d love to experience stunning open world role-playing games and adrenaline-fueled action games in a way that makes me feel I’m really there. That’s the romanticized version of VR development software gaming that many headsets are trying to sell. In truth, the technology isn’t quite there, and most of the experiences I’ve tried so far have a shelf life of 30 minutes. They’re fun at first, but become annoying (or even nauseating) after an hour in the headset.
New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

Although it's impossible (at least for now) to travel back in time to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has provided its readers the closest simulation of the experience via its latest augmented reality feature.On Friday, the Times published "It's Intermission for the Large Hadron Collider," an interactive story that gives readers a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and explores its most famous discovery, the Higgs boson.A series of 360-degree photos and an accompanying VR video make up the virtual tour of the massive and costly Large Hadron Collider, which enables physicists to smash subatomic particles together to simulate the conditions of the Big Bang and reveal the hidden secrets of the universe.


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