Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Arsenal taps AI to shoot pro-tier photos with your DSLR

Arsenal taps AI to shoot pro-tier photos with your DSLR

The number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds. Even if you've mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera's settings. That's where a new camera dongle comes into play, one backed by the power of artificial intelligence to make the hard decisions for you.

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MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

Imagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic. Now imagine removing that flat, uninspiring pasta and, a few minutes after boiling it, discovering that the noodles had transformed into new shapes. Such is a possibility introduced by MIT's Tangible Media Group, with researchers developing a new type of past that changes shape after being submerged into water.

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US lost 33% of bee colonies last year, and that’s not a bad thing

US lost 33% of bee colonies last year, and that’s not a bad thing

The Bee Informed Partnership has released a new study conducted in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, and the results are largely favorable. According to the study, beekeepers lost a bit over one-third of their bee colonies over the past year, and while that sounds like a startling number, researchers say it is the second-best figure recorded over the past seven years.

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Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Late last month, restaurant franchise Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed that it had suffered a security breach affecting its POS system. The company has released an update on that revelation, saying that 'most' of its stores in the US were affected by the malware. Chipotle says the investigation into the breach, which involved both law enforcement and security firms, has been completed.

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Apple ‘Neural Engine’ AI processor tipped in development

Apple ‘Neural Engine’ AI processor tipped in development

Apple is developing a chip called 'Neural Engine' that will be dedicated to artificial intelligence tasks, according to new sources. This AI processor will handle things like speech recognition, facial recognition, and other 'advanced capabilities' for Apple products. Artificial intelligence tasks will reportedly be handled by this new dedicated chip rather than the device's primary processor, helping with battery life and more.

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Watch ‘Terminator 2’ recreated entirely with Grand Theft Auto V

Watch ‘Terminator 2’ recreated entirely with Grand Theft Auto V

We've seen bits and pieces of movies created in other mediums, everything from pieced-together scenes from other movies to ones recreated with LEGOs, clay, animation, and more. This newly surfaced video from 'Kramer's Media' may trump them all, though, if for no other reason than its creator's sheer determination and willingness to follow through on a project: the entirety of Terminator 2 made in Grand Theft Auto V.

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We were so wrong about Jupiter

We were so wrong about Jupiter

NASA has received the first results from its Juno mission to Jupiter, and the findings are surprising. Researchers long held certain assumptions about Jupiter, things that Juno's early findings have challenged. One of the surprising discoveries were the massive storms on the planet, ones with cyclones as large as our own planet. As well, current measurements indicate that Jupiter's magnetic field is much stronger than expected.

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The 30 best YouTube channels you’ve never heard of (2017)

The 30 best YouTube channels you’ve never heard of (2017)

YouTube has been around a long while, so long, in fact, that you've probably developed an impression of it that's a bit obsolete. Once the bastion of cat videos and fail compilations, YouTube has developed into a platform with some seriously great content -- including series and shows with production and writing quality that'll rival anything you see on TV. Still, finding this content is not a simple task, and so we're here with a list of the 30 best channels you've (probably) never heard of.

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Facebook tipped in video deal with Vox Media and more

Facebook tipped in video deal with Vox Media and more

Facebook is rumored to be launching its own video service, one that will compete with things like Snapchat and YouTube, and it has just signed a deal with several big media companies as part of this. Such information comes from recently surfaced sources stating Facebook has penned a deal with Vox Media, Group Nine Media, ATTN, BuzzFeed and more. Content provided by those companies will reportedly be presented with advertisements and will be of both the long and short varieties.

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Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Uber has long offered a high-end service for customers who want to rent a luxurious ride, something for a nice night out or a good first impression. Now Lyft has finally gotten into that game, offering its own high-end service. Called Lyft Lux, this new option gives Lyft customers the ability to order a 'luxurious ride' that is operated by 'a top driver.' The service also comes in a Lyft Lux SUV version.

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Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla is in the midst of heavy criticism following allegations from workers and others over working conditions. A report surfaced recently via The Guardian claiming poor Tesla factory worker conditions resulting in one hundred ambulance visits over the last three years. While these allegations continue to roll in, Tesla has announced the appointment of a new HR leader, not stating the reasons for its former HR chief's departure.

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Blippar AI app is like Shazam for cars

Blippar AI app is like Shazam for cars

If you walk into a store, only to hear the latter half of an interesting song playing over the store's speakers, you can identify what it is using the app Shazam. This same kind of functionality has now been been launched for cars, though not by the company behind Shazam. Called Blippar, this app can tell you the make and model of any car using a smartphone's camera. That may sound a bit useless, since most cars have this information on the truck, but Blippar adds some extras into the mix.

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