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Google is using AI to help The New York Times digitize 5 million historical photos

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

The New York Times doesn’t keep bodies in its “morgue” — it keeps pictures. In a basement under its Times Square office, stuffed into cabinets and drawers, the Times stores between 5 million and 7 million images, along with information about when they were published and why. Now, the paper is working with Google to digitize its huge collection.

The morgue (as the basement storage area is known) contains pictures going back to the 19th century, many of which exist nowhere else in the world. “[It’s] a treasure trove of perishable documents,” says the NYT’s chief technology officer Nick Rockwell. “A priceless chronicle of not just The Times’s history, but of nearly more than a century of global events that have shaped our modern world.”

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This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch
The first episode of Deadwind (aka Karppi), a Finnish detective series that debuted earlier this year and did so well in its homeland that it’s already been renewed for a second season. Pihla Viitala stars as Sofia Karppi, a recently widowed Helsinki homicide detective who returns to work after a way-too-brief family leave. On the day of her…

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Not a cellphone in sight

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

Welcome to Fav’d For Later, a Friday roundup of our favorite memes, trends, and all-around good internet content. This week, I have been liberated by a meme.

Can I just say something real quick? People who yell at you to get off your phone and live in the moment are annoying. They’re annoying! God, that feels good.

As someone who spends 85 percent of my life online professionally, I get it. Comparing our lives to others on Instagram makes us sad. Facebook is where all your old high school acquaintances show off how racist they are. Twitter is a hellmouth parading as a social media site. We spend all this time swiping and tapping and liking and tweeting, and our phones keep us connected wherever we are.

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy J4 Core, its second Android Go phone

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

Samsung has quietly unveiled its second Android Go phone, the Galaxy J4 Core, following up on the previously released Galaxy J2 Core from over the summer, via Android Police.

Like the J2 Core, the J4 Core is still based on the Android 8.1 Oreo version of Android Go, not Android 9 Pie. Specs have been improved a bit for the J4 Core, though: it has a higher resolution 6-inch 1480 x 720 display, a larger 3,300mAh battery, and double the storage at 16GB.

The rest of the specs are similarly lackluster: a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, although, fortunately, the whole point of Android Go is that it’s designed to work well on less-powerful devices. The cameras are also identical to the J2 Core: a rear 8-megapixel shooter and a…

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Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell new iPhones and iPads

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

Amazon has made a deal with Apple that will see the Cupertino tech company sell its products — including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches — directly on Amazon, according to a report from CNET.

Amazon has sold Apple products before, but those have been from third-party sellers, which means that the prices are often variable (and wildly different from the “official” Apple prices) and that sourcing isn’t as reputable.

Rolling out on Amazon sites in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India over the next few weeks
Apple products will start rolling out on Amazon sites in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India over the next few weeks, including both Apple’s devices and those sold under the Apple-owned…

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Google is using AI to help The New York Times digitize 5 million historic photos

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

The New York Times doesn’t keep bodies in its “morgue” — it keeps pictures. In a basement under its Times Square offices, stuffed into cabinets and drawers, the Times stores between 5 million and 7 million images, along with information about when they were published and why. Now, the paper is working with Google to digitize its huge collection.

The morgue (as the basement storage area is known) contains pictures going back to the 19th century, many of which exist nowhere else in the world. “[It’s] a treasure trove of perishable documents,” says NYT’s chief technology officer Nick Rockwell. “A priceless chronicle of not just The Times’s history, but of nearly more than a century of global events that have shaped our modern world.”

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Walmart is building an AI lab inside one of its stores

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

Walmart has just announced its plans to launch what it’s calling an Intelligent Retail Lab inside one of its stores in Levittown, New York.

The idea is to test both associate and customer experiences. For example, Walmart wants to use artificial intelligence to better identify when items are running low on stock so that it can proactively replenish the stock. Led by an internal team called Kepler, Walmart also envisions using the technology to identify spills, better understand when shopping carts are running low near the entrance and identify when items are on the wrong shelf.

Tech publications, including this one, had previously reported that Project Kepler would entail cashierless stores. Instead, Walmart says Kepler is the name of the team building the AI lab inside the working Walmart store in Levittown.

Walmart has not yet launched the IRL, but it’s already begun installing hardware, software and the other necessary equipment to thoroughly test the technology. The IRL team is ..

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This magician brings some serious tricks to the iPad Pro

November 9, 2018 Alex 0

iPad magic pro#iPad #magic #mac #apple #iphone #magician #gadget #ガジェット #マジック #手品 #art #表参道 #Tokyo #iPadpro pic.twitter.com/DdfNupZhQE

— Shinya Uchida(内田伸哉) (@shinyamagician) November 7, 2018

TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino’s more conventional iPad Pro review is a must-read if you’re thinking of forking out for the device — tricks not included.

Review: The iPad Pro and the power of the Pen(cil)