Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Proper portrait photography takes skill: you have to know how to frame the subject, the proper lens to use, how to set up the lighting, and more. Taking a selfie, by contrast, doesn't require much skill at all, and that is generally reflected in the average selfie's quality. Compounding issues with taking good-looking selfies is the lens limitation, one of multiple things Adobe Research addresses with its latest mobile photography technology.

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‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

A couple years ago, researchers discovered what they called the 'most important planet found outside [our] solar system,' the exoplanet named GJ 1132b. This planet is about 16-percent larger than our own, and it is located about 39 light-years away. While this planet is itself far too hot to sustain life, researchers had said that if GJ 1132b has an atmosphere, that'll be a monumental discovery indicating other -- potentially cooler -- planets nearby may likewise have an atmosphere. That makes this latest discovery all the more exciting: GJ 1132b does, indeed, have an atmosphere.

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Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable designed specifically for runners, the Polar M430 GPS running watch. This wearable offers a bunch of features, not the least of which is built-in GPS. As with similar products, the Polar M430 keeps track of the runner's various metrics, such as their heart rate, running information, and even sleep data, assuming the watch is worn during the night. The wearable is available now to pre-order.

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YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

Back in 2007, YouTube launched its YouTube Partner Program, a way for its creators to monetize their videos. In the years since, many scammers and opportunistic intellectual thieves have swiped creators' videos and re-uploaded them under their own accounts to try and make some ad revenue money. This has been a persistent complaint among creators, and so YouTube is taking a step to prevent this kind of IP theft: minimum lifetime view thresholds for earning ad revenue.

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Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

Researchers find 1,800 big patient data breaches at hospitals

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that many hospitals aren't adequately protecting their patients' data, leaving many vulnerable to identity theft and more. Researchers found almost 1,800 'large data breaches' involving patient information spread over a time frame of seven years. The medical facilities where the data breaches were discovered span many states ranging from Michigan's Henry Ford Hospital to California's UC Davis Medical Center.

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Western Digital My Passport SSD is maker’s fastest portable drive

Western Digital My Passport SSD is maker’s fastest portable drive

Western Digital has taken the wraps off what it says is its fastest portable drive ever, the My Passport SSD. This presents a new category of external drives for Western Digital customers, one that features a solid state drive rather than a hard drive. The company says this model is palm-sized with rapid speeds and a durable body for safe, fast data storage and access. Among its other features, this new drive has a USB-C port for use with compatible computers.

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Ollo Case for iPhone 7 brings four interchangeable lenses

Ollo Case for iPhone 7 brings four interchangeable lenses

Olloclip has announced the launch of its new ollo Case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as add-on Connect lenses. The setup is designed for those who are serious about mobile photography and who need something more robust than the iPhone's built-in camera lens. With the case and add-on lenses, iPhone 7 owners are able to attach a large, high-quality mobile photography lens to their handset.

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ASUS VG245Q monitor is designed for console gaming

ASUS VG245Q monitor is designed for console gaming

ASUS has launched a new budget-tier monitor designed specifically for console gamers. The VG245Q will likely fall within most gamers' budgets, but it boasts a nice array of features, not the least of which is a Full HD resolution and AMD Free-SYNC technology, as well as ASUS's GamePlus hotkey. To give console gamers incentive to use the monitor over their television, the monitor also boasts GameFast Input technology to deal with time delay.

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Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Crosley Radio has taken the wraps off its new Star Wars Turntable, a turntable featuring iconic Star Wars imagery to coincide with both A New Hope's anniversary and the 10th annual Record Store Day. As we'd expect, the Star Wars Turntable is a limited edition model; Crosley says it'll be available to purchase from select indie record stores starting on April 22. This marks the company's fourth annual exclusive release for Record Store Day.

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Samsung 2017 MU Series 4K Ultra HD TVs now available

Samsung 2017 MU Series 4K Ultra HD TVs now available

Samsung has announced the availability of its 2017 MU Series televisions, all of which feature Ultra HD 4K resolutions alongside a host of features, including things like (depending on model) a smart remote control, HDR Extreme, 4K Color Drive Extreme, Triple Black Extreme, and more. The lineup is composed of four series ranging from MU 6 to MU 9, and as expected, the prices are likewise scattered across a somewhat large spectrum. All of the models are available now.

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Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox has introduced a new online interface that makes its service both easier and faster to use, according to the company. Those who access their cloud-stored data via the Dropbox.com domain will find a cleaner, neater design that makes files and Paper easier to access, as well as prominently placed actions like viewing a document's version history or adding a comment to something. The new interface began rolling out yesterday.

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Reebok ‘Cotton + Corn’ project will bring green shoes to market

Reebok ‘Cotton + Corn’ project will bring green shoes to market

We've seen numerous green efforts from adidas, and now Reebok is getting in on the action. The latter company has announced a new initiative called 'Cotton + Corn,' and it aims to launch plant-based shoes on the market under this effort. Cotton + Corn is the brainchild of Reebok's Future team according to the company, which has already produced one environmentally-friendly shoe under it: a pair of shoes that feature an organic cotton upper component and a base made from industrial corn.

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