Windows 10 photo app updates with a ‘Choose a star’ auto-generated video feature

There’s a new update for the Photos app that Microsoft added in the Windows 10 Creators Update that brings more features to those auto-generated videos, similar to Google Photo’s movie feature. Now, there’s a new “Choose a star” option that lets you drop in a bunch of videos and pictures and create a new video file highlighting a specific person. As the title implies, the “Choose a star” function works pretty similarly to the existing auto-generated videos in Photos: you can select the pictures and videos you want to include and “remix” the video until you find a style you like. But then you can pick a person that the… Read More

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Tesla is still reportedly making batteries for the Model 3 by hand as the company fights to get out of ‘production hell’ (TSLA)

A new report from CNBC claims Tesla is struggling to make Model 3 batteries at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. The report includes claims from current and former employees who raised concerns about inexperienced employees and the fact that some parts of the batteries were being made by hand as recently as mid-December. A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider that the report is “extremely misinformed and misleading” and denied that Model 3 batteries are potentially dangerous. Tesla has struggled to produce its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, after receiving hundreds of thousands of pre-orders for the vehicle. While CEO Elon Musk said the company would be making 20,000… Read More

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There’s a hidden message in Apple’s new privacy logo — and you can’t unsee it (AAPL)

Apple has a new icon that it will display when the company is collecting personal information. Apple’s new privacy warnings will start showing up in the next major iPhone update, which will be released this spring. Apple’s new privacy logo is two people holding hands — but if you squint, it looks like a smiley face too. Once you see it, you can’t un-see it. When you install Apple’s next major iPhone software update, you’ll receive a new pop-up after your phone reboots. Basically, Apple is using a new icon showing two people holding hands to show when an app is using personal data. The first time you’ll see it… Read More

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The Oldest Human Fossil Outside of Africa Has Been Found

(WASHINGTON) — A fossil found in Israel indicates modern humans may have left Africa as much as 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists say that an ancient upper jawbone and associated stone tools could also mean that Homo sapiens — modern humans — arose in Africa far earlier than fossils now show. And it may cause rethinking about how we evolved and interacted with now-extinct cousin species, such as Neanderthals. “When they start moving out of Africa and what geographical route they choose to do it are the two most important questions in recent human evolution,” said Tel Aviv University anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz, lead author of a study published… Read More

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Evidence iPad Pro 2018 could look a lot like the iPhone X

After the iPhone X launched with Face ID, it was only a question of when, not if, the next iPad would get the feature. And that “when” could actually be pretty soon, according to an analyst from KGI Securities. Some curious wording was recently scooped up in iOS 11.3 code that makes a mention of a “modern iPad”. This might not sound like a big deal on its face, but 9To5Mac points out that the phrase “modern iPhone” was used in advance to describe the features of the iPhone X before its 2017 release. Face ID on an iPad would theoretically have a few major implications on the greater design… Read More

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Intel promises more “transparency” around chip flaws, as strong Q4 offset by weaker 2018 forecast

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Intel enjoyed one of its best years ever in 2017. 2018 is going to be a lot tricker. The chip giant reported its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings Thursday afternoon, setting revenue records in both categories with $17.1 billion in quarterly revenue and $62.8 billion for the full year. Quarterly revenue, which grew four percent, easily surpassed analyst expectations of $16.3 billion as polled by Yahoo Finance. Intel actually posted a net loss for the quarter, but only because of a one-time tax event associated with the passage of new U.S. tax laws in December. Excluding that charge, net income was $5.2… Read More

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Apple prepares macOS users for discontinuation of 32-bit app support

Enlarge / The iMac Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon) At last year’s Worlwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Apple announced to Mac app developers that macOS High Sierra “will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise.” Now, in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is notifying users of the impending change, too. In the beta release notes, Apple says: To prepare for a future release of macOS in which 32-bit software will no longer run without compromise, starting in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, a user is notified on the launch of an app that depends on 32-bit software. The alert appears only once per app. When users attempt… Read More

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You can preorder Elon Musk’s new flamethrower – if you guess the password

Back in December, Elon Musk tweeted that if his new Boring Company – the one digging giant holes – sold 50,000 hats, it would also start selling a flamethrower. I mean, why not? It turns out he wasn’t kidding. As reported by The Verge, a few redditors noticed that going to boringcompany.com/flamethrower would prompt you to enter the password. If you typed in ‘flame’ you’d be taken to a pre-order page, where you could buy the flamethrower for $600. The page notes that the final version will ‘be better’ than the prototype image, and that the device would ship in… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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In a cryptic letter, Airbnb’s CEO announces a new board member — and that it’s now an ‘infinite company’

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Thursday published a letter to the Airbnb community. Outgoing American Express CEO Ken Chenault will be joining Airbnb’s board of directors. The letter seems intended to define Airbnb’s vision for the future, but is full of vague, cryptic language. He describes Airbnb as an ‘infinite company’ with an ‘infinite time horizon.’ “This is the magical world of Airbnb,” Chesky writes. “We will probably never fully realize this vision, but we will die trying.” Airbnb is turning 10 years old in August, and it seems to have gotten CEO Brian Chesky thinking about where the $31 billion travel company is headed. In a new message to… Read More

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Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers “see pretty much everything including feedback, and yes, pick up… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch – Startups

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Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers “see pretty much everything including feedback, and yes, pick up… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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California Growers Association sues state, seeks 1-acre marijuana grow cap

California’s largest cannabis farmer organization has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s decision to not limit marijuana farmers to 1 acre. The California Growers Association’s civil litigation filed in the Sacramento County Superior Court this week claims the state’s cannabis laws clearly spell out the intention to limit the regulated pot market to small- and medium-sized farms — which the group claims are grows of 1 acre or smaller — until 2023. The association’s executive director Hezekiah Allen said Wednesday that they have exhausted every other option including meeting with state regulators and staff from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office during the past few months. “Our… Read More

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George Soros: Google and Facebook ‘Deliberately Engineer Addiction’

George Soros said Facebook Inc. and Google are almost monopolies and have purposely fostered addiction among users. “They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide,” Soros said in a speech in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. “This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents.” Soros compared the internet platforms to gambling companies, and said they may be permanently damaging human attention. Overseas, Soros said he’s concerned that some social media and technology companies may fall into “unholy marriages” with regimes in Russia and China, creating a “web of totalitarian control.” Facebook and companies from Twitter Inc. to Apple Inc. have been confronting a mounting public backlash against technology and social… Read More

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Red Hydrogen One release date, price and features

The Red Hydrogen One is an ambitious new Android phone from the team that consistently pushes the boundaries of cinema-quality cameras. But mostly everything about it is a big mystery. It promises to display “4V” holographic video content without the need for 3D glasses and also capture “H4V” (the company’s holographic file format) through a unique camera. What this tech actually looks like in action… is unknown to everyone outside of Red. That’s going to change “probably in April,” according to Red, which said that it will likely have its preview event that month. We do, however, know key details about the release date window and the price. Red Hydrogen… Read More

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