Computing

Snapchat Cameo will let you deepfake your way into starring roles

Snapchat Cameo will let you deepfake your way into starring roles

Machine learning and AI have definitely made some impact in today's society but none more so than their potential for abuse. Never mind chatbots, deepfakes are the new media darling when it comes to demonstrating how such technology could be used to spread misinformation. Perhaps trying to defuse the tension, Snapchat will soon be offering a new feature that uses that very same machine learning principles to put users' faces on other people's heads to make a cameo that is far too obviously fake to deceive anyone.

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New Apple Mac Pro finally gets an official order date

New Apple Mac Pro finally gets an official order date

Apple's long-anticipated new Mac Pro - along with the Pro Display XDR - has finally got an order date, with the Cupertino company quietly notifying would-be buyers when they can open their wallet. Announced earlier this year, the new Mac Pro brought a marked change in design from its predecessor, stepping away from the controversial "trash can" aesthetic.

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Qualcomm targets affordable Windows notebooks with Snapdragon 8c & 7c

Qualcomm targets affordable Windows notebooks with Snapdragon 8c & 7c

Qualcomm isn't giving up on putting its Snapdragon chips into laptops and 2-in-1 tablets, with the new Snapdragon 8c and 7c Compute platforms promising more options for the mainstream and entry-level. Joining the Snapdragon 8cx, the new chipsets will enable Windows notebooks and other form-factors with all-day battery life, baked-in cellular connectivity, and fanless designs.

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Firefox Private Network accepting new beta testers, new mobile app updated

Firefox Private Network accepting new beta testers, new mobile app updated

Given the number of things they do on the Web and the number of news regarding hacks and scams, you'd think people would be more careful about their online activities. They would if not for the sometimes complicated process of ensuring that no one is watching you. That's why browser makers are bending over backward to make it easier for their users to protect their privacy, sometimes just by flicking a switch. For Mozilla, that goes beyond more powerful Do Not Track features in firefox and right into VPN territory, which is what its Firefox Private Network or FPN wants to offer to the next batch of beta testers.

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Airport facial scans to include US citizens in proposed DHS rules

Airport facial scans to include US citizens in proposed DHS rules

Facial recognition is slowly but surely becoming the focal point of the next tug-of-war on privacy as more and more companies and governments are embracing the technology for their own needs. While an effective tool in safeguarding phones and computers, it is also feared to be a more subtle but more intrusive way to monitor people without their knowledge. It is against that backdrop of uncertainty that the US Homeland Security is proposing that face recognition checks in all US airports be done on all travelers, including the country's own citizens.

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Lenovo Chrome OS tablet could take another stab at a dying niche market

Lenovo Chrome OS tablet could take another stab at a dying niche market

It ended even before it had the chance to begin or something to that extent. For a brief moment, it seemed that Chrome OS was on its way to embracing a new form factor beyond typical laptops or convertible Chromebooks. Standalone or at least detachable Chrome OS slates definitely seemed within Google's sights until it wasn't anymore. Now it seems that Chrome OS tablets are all but extinct or forgotten but that's not stopping Lenovo from trying its hand in a market that Google just quit.

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MacBook butterfly keyboard lawsuit will proceed after all

MacBook butterfly keyboard lawsuit will proceed after all

Apple may have finally changed back (or changed forward) to a more familiar keyboard mechanism in its new MacBook Pro but that doesn't change the past one bit. It is also not enough, apparently, to save the company from having to fight a class-action suit hurled against it over its previous "butterfly" keyboards. It tried to get that case dismissed but was shot down, effectively giving the green light to move the case forward in court. That is if it isn't settled out of it first.

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Mini-LED may soon be the star of Apple’s product lineup

Mini-LED may soon be the star of Apple’s product lineup

It may not be long before we see Mini-LED displays make their way to Apple products. While we may not see the tech featured on iPhones anytime soon, one analyst thinks that Apple will look to outfit iPads and MacBooks with Mini-LED displays as early as next year. When that happens, it could be the start of a trend for Apple, which could begin using Mini-LED in as many as 4-6 products over the next two or three years.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Foldable phones are a hot topic in the mobile market but they are still far from something that most consumers will be able to use, let alone afford. It will be quite a while before flexible screens become reliable and durable enough to meet the standards of those who can afford them. In the meantime, a different breed of foldable phones, those with dual screens, is sparking up some interest, especially with Microsoft's long-awaited Courier, or Surface Duo rather. That admittedly eccentric and niche phone runs the risk of becoming a spectacular dud unless Microsoft takes the time to learn from LG's dual screen foray.

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Chuwi MiniBook, HiPad LTE, GBox Pro remind users there are always other options

Chuwi MiniBook, HiPad LTE, GBox Pro remind users there are always other options

It's not unusual that big brands like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo, and the like get the lion's share of the attention and the sales. They are industry giants for a reason but their imposing stature could lead some to believe that they are the only ones out there. The holiday shopping season is upon us and these large corporations are putting their big marketing machines to work overtime. Companies like Chuwi, however, are giving consumers a nudge to remind that they might not need to go bankrupt, provided they're willing to make a few compromises.

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Autonomous SmartDesk Home Office Review: Standing desk on the cheap?

Autonomous SmartDesk Home Office Review: Standing desk on the cheap?

Over the past few weeks I've been using the Autonomous SmartDesk Hybrid-Edition while I work. This is a standing desk, but can also be used as a sitting desk. It has a control panel on its right side to adjust the heights at which it's able to rest. OF NOTE: This desk was originally called "Hybrid Edition" but is now called "Home Office" - you'll find that reflected on their listing site.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to bring 64 cores to high-end PCs in 2020

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to bring 64 cores to high-end PCs in 2020

The CPU market has always been a numbers game but, until recently, the unchallenged Intel was content in keeping the number of cores low. AMD, however, is turning the tables and is turning the competition in a CPU numbers game once more, offering more cores and threads at the usual lower-than-Intel price tag. Nowhere is that emphasis on cores clearer than in AMD's Ryzen Threadripper processors and sometime next year it will bring its most ambitious 3rd gen processor yet, boasting the market's first 64-core desktop processor to topple Intel.

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