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Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Today Apple launched LivePhotosKit JS Live Photos API software for developers, enabling use in iOS apps, macOS, and on the web. Developers can utilize the new Live Photos SDK (software developer kit) with sample code - to do this, developers must download Xcode, which includes the SDK's for building apps that support Live Photos. Developers will also gain access to details on how to build app extensions and entire apps using the new Live Photos API. This is the first time developers have had access to Live Photos API since the first announcement of Live Photos back in September of 2015.

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Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

The folks at the Facebook innovation lab "Building 8" have announced Project: Hear With Your Skin, one of two projects aimed at new types of communication. "Two projects focused on new capabilities of communication" is what the folks at Building 8 (B8) are suggesting this set is all about - the other is "Project: Type With Your Brain". With Project: Hear With Your Skin, work begins by developing and building the hardware and software Facebook will need to "delivery language through the skin."

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Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google has made its Cloud Speech API generally available to developers following its successful open beta last year. This Automatic Speech Recognition service is built upon the same foundation that powers Google Assistant and Google Now's speech recognition abilities, and it aims to solve the speech-to-text needs of Google Cloud customers, the company says. Joining its general availability are a couple improvements and expanded support.

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The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

Facebook is no longer willing to hang around and wait for augmented reality glasses, it's pushing the technology into its smartphone apps today with a new platform. "I used to think that glasses would be the first mainstream AR platform, and we'd get them maybe five or ten years from now," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on stage at the opening keynote for F8 2017, the company's annual developer conference. "But over the last couple of years we've seen primitive versions of these things on our phones."

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Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Developers of apps and awesome next-level software will find that Amazon's Echo technology (the microphone bit) is now available for use. This technology was previously a closely-held secret made by Amazon to make the most of their Amazon Echo hardware and Alexa. With this release, developers and OEMs will be able to get their hands on the "Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit".

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

We could be seeing many more Alexa skills launch shortly, as Amazon is rolling out new incentives for developers today. Aimed at making development of Alexa skills more affordable, Amazon will begin offering Amazon Web Services promotional credit to developers who have already published an Alexa Skill. Amazon says that in a lot of cases, this could make development of new Alexa skills entirely free.

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NVIDIA Jetson TX2 detailed: made for robots, drones, and smart cameras

NVIDIA Jetson TX2 detailed: made for robots, drones, and smart cameras

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed the newest in their line of Internet of Things-aimed processing power in the Jetson TX2. This platform is made for manufacturing, industrial, and retail product, ranging from commercial drones to hardware for artificially intelligent cities. This latest piece of hardware joins the original Jetson TX1 and TK1 in NVIDIA's family of embedded computing products.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google is putting trolls on notice, announcing a new project dubbed Perspective which aims to take the vitriol out of comment sections online. Co-developed with Jigsaw, Perspective relies on machine learning to act as a constantly improving filter, just as a human admin might, only without the risk of the AI getting offended or overwhelmed along the way. Each comment is assessed for what potential impact that could have on the ongoing conversation.

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Google IO 2017 ticket details released, schedule incoming

Google IO 2017 ticket details released, schedule incoming

The basic schedule for Google IO 2017 has been shared and tickets have almost been put on sale. As it was last year, so too will it be here in the year 2017 - Google I/O will be held in the great outdoors. Sort of - kind of - actually at the outdoor Shoreline Amphitheatre. Those attending should plan on bringing sunscreen or one very big hat.

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Android embraces Progressive Web Apps that act like local software

Android embraces Progressive Web Apps that act like local software

Google is further blurring the line between local apps and web apps in Android, rolling out the ability to add Progressive Web Apps to the homescreen but with the speed of a regular app. A feature of Chrome, the new functionality is currently only available in Chrome Canary - the most cutting-edge of versions for developers - but will be rolling out to Chrome 57 beta over the next few weeks, Google says. The upshot for users, so the promise goes, is apps that have the visibility of locally-installed software but the flexibility of online services.

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