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See your own photos through the eyes of Google’s AI

See your own photos through the eyes of Google’s AI

Last month the trippy so-called “dream” photos created by Google’s Artificial Neural Networks took the Internet by storm, and the response was split down the middle: some found the photos, which include things like a “pig-snail” and random faces, to be fun and creative while others found them creepy. If you’re skewed toward the former group and want to see what your own photos look like through the eyes of AI, you’re in luck. A new tool gives you a peek.

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Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

The pressure in France against Uber’s UberPOP service reached explosive levels last month, resulting in violent protests and, among other things, a legal order for police to begin seizing Uber cars that were in violation of the ban. Uber still pushed back, though, and that rolled over into two of its executives being arrested. The protests and legal battles appear to have exceeded Uber's willingness to fight, as it announced today that it has ceased UberPOP in the nation.

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Wet Hot American Summer: Netflix releases first long trailer

Wet Hot American Summer: Netflix releases first long trailer

Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer mini series will be arriving this month, and after teasing subscribers with short and long trailers that refrained from giving us a solid look at the show, it has finally released the first long trailer for the series. At more than two and a half minutes long it isn't disappointing, and we see many of the familiar faces we've since heard are among the cast. Many of them starred in the original and have reprised their roles.

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Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

At some point Google thought it would be fun to turn its logo into a game, and since then we’ve seen different browser-based games that can be played directly on the search engine’s website. Microsoft has decided to do something similar with its own search engine, but it is starting small: with Pong, which involves just two paddles and a square ball bouncing between them. It is the same as the classic game, and can be found simply by searching for it.

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Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

The jury duty letter comes in the mail and many people immediately start thinking of ways to get out of it. In one county, at least, not having access to public transportation or a vehicle will no longer be an applicable excuse, as Uber has struck a new partnership that will see it giving free rides to those who have to report for jury duty. The new service is being launched in Macomb County north of Detroit, Michigan; it isn't clear if it will expand in the future.

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Chicago adds ‘amusement tax’ to services like Netflix and Hulu

Chicago adds ‘amusement tax’ to services like Netflix and Hulu

Chicago is about to become a little less welcoming to cord cutters, with the city authorizing an 'amusement tax' on online streaming services like Netflix and Pandora. Under this, subscribers are going to be paying a 9-percent tax on their various cloud-based streaming entertainment services, as well as for the 'privilege' of playing games online. This is the expansion of the existing amusement tax which was previously applied to things like buying concert tickets, and it will apply to businesses as well.

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NASA finds more mystery spots, this time on Pluto

NASA finds more mystery spots, this time on Pluto

NASA has been increasingly gathering more detailed looks at the planets that are close to us. It found itself a little mystery with Ceres, where one of its spacecrafts found a couple clusters of bright spots. The space agency still hasn’t quite figured out what those are, but now it has itself another mystery — this time on Pluto, where the New Horizons spacecraft has taken an image that shows a line of big dark dots in an evenly-spaced single line.

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SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

In late May SoundCloud released its app for the Apple Watch, expanding its reach on Apple devices while lending additional features for those with the new wearable. Now it has followed that up with another update for its iOS app, one the maker calls "significant" as it brings many features like new playback controls and improved sharing functionality. The update is available now from the App Store, so if you haven't updated yet be sure to do so.

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Eyefi’s Mobi app arrives for Windows Phone

Eyefi’s Mobi app arrives for Windows Phone

Eyefi's Mobi app has finally arrived for Windows Phone, lending them the same features that have been enjoyed by iOS and Android users. The app arrived in the Windows Phone store on Wednesday, but you'll need to be running Windows Phone 8.1 in order to use it. All of the basic features come with it, such as transferring files from the SD card to your Windows Phone (the whole reason for the app), but it does appear some of the more advanced features found on the other apps aren't yet available on the Windows Phone version.

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Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 build 10158 and 10159 back-to-back earlier this week, and now it has released yet another with build 10162. As with the others, the build has been released into the Fast ring, and if you are a Windows Insider you can get it now. Don’t expect anything big with this release, though — Microsoft is getting down to the polishing point of things, and build 10162’s biggest bragging points are one you won’t be able to see.

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