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Google is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS texts in Messages

a635e320-9d2d-11ea-b73b-aa1538d914e3RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically snoop on your messages where they can’t with services like iMessage. You might get y…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/google-messages-rcs-encryption-004535523.html
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Windows 10 is adding a slew of accessibility upgrades in May

e907b410-9b95-11ea-9edf-a9c19890bf50Microsoft has shared the latest accessibility enhancements it’s working on for Windows 10. To start, the company is adding additional customization options that will allow you to adjust the width of the operating system’s cursor. Similarly, you’ll be…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/windows-10-may-2020-accessibility-updates-193010784.html
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DaVinci Resolve 16.2 can take on Premiere Pro CC

cd55b900-9b69-11ea-b9fe-4e644e8381f2Since Blackmagic Design’s Resolve 16 came out last year, a lot of video editors may have been tempted to ditch Adobe Premiere Pro CC. To start with, Resolve 16 is free, and even the $300 Studio version costs less over time than Premiere Pro’s obligat…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/davinci-resolve-versus-premiere-pro-132803785.html
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‘GrokNet’, the AI behind Facebook Shops, looks for body type, skin tone, location, socioeconomic class in photos

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• Yay, Clearview AI but for shopping!

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of Facebook Shops, an e-commerce feature to allows business users to list and sell products on Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s the Facebook blog post launching the new shop feature.

Today we’re introducing Facebook Shops, which will make it easy for businesses to set up a single online store on both @facebookapp and @instagram, and soon @messenger and @WhatsApp too pic.twitter.com/bBloRGBFzP

— Facebook (@Facebook) May 19, 2020

Here’s more at CNBC about Facebook Shops.

Separately, Kyle Wiggers at VentureBeat reports on some of the very creepy personal details examined for the shopping experience by Facebook’s artificial intelligence:

Facebook says its AI-powered shopping systems segment, detect, and classify images to know where products appear and deliver shopping suggestions. One of those systems — GrokNet — was trained on seven data sets containing images of products that millions of users post, buy, and sell in dozens of categories, ranging from SUVs to stiletto heels to side tables. Another creates 3D views from 2D videos of products, even those obscured by dim or overly bright lighting, while a third spotlights apparel like scarfs, ties, and more that might be partially obscured by their surroundings.

Facebook says that GrokNet, which can detect exact, similar (via related attributes), and co-occurring products across billions of photos, performs searches and filtering on Marketplace at least twice as accurately than the algorithm it replaced. For instance, it’s able to identify 90% of home and garden listings compared with Facebook’s text-based attribution systems, which can only identify 33%. In addition to generating tags for colors and materials from images before Marketplace sellers list an item, as part of a limited test, it’s tagging products on Facebook Pages when Page admins upload a photo.

In the course of training GrokNet, Facebook says it used real-world seller photos with “challenging” angles along with catalog-style spreads. To make it as inclusive as possible for all countries, languages, ages, sizes, and cultures, it sampled examples of different body types, skin tones, locations, socioeconomic classes, ages, and poses.

Rather than manually annotate each image with product identifiers, which would have taken ages — there are 3 million possible identifiers — Facebook developed a technique to automatically generate additional identifiers using GrokNet as a feedback loop. Leveraging an object detector, the approach identifies boxes in images surrounding likely products, after which it matches the boxes against a list of known products to keep matches within a similarity threshold. The resulting matches are added to the training set.

Well, that’s not creepy at all.

Read more at venturebeat.com:
Facebook details the AI behind its shopping experiences

[Kyle Wiggers, May 19, 2020, via techmeme.com]

FB is working on some very powerful stuff here -> Facebook details the AI behind its shopping experiences, accounting for consumer traits like body type, skin tone, location, socioeconomic class, age, and poses https://t.co/OwOE7cvGJU pic.twitter.com/FyyNJi3rXi

— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) May 20, 2020

“Our long-term vision is to build an all-in-one AI lifestyle assistant that can accurately search and rank billions of products, while personalizing to individual tastes.” https://t.co/3vLFi5l3xn

— Emil Protalinski (@EPro) May 19, 2020

it also may give average people the heebie jeebies in a world in which people are growing uncomfortable about tracking. https://t.co/LUHzPQN44n

— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) May 19, 2020

This must give @Pinterest the heebie-jeebies:

“The new products are powered by a family of new AI and ML systems that can search and rank products, while personalizing its recommendations to individual tastes.”#GrokNethttps://t.co/jx2yVOj5cV

— Chris Messina (@chrismessina) May 19, 2020

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/05/20/groknet-the-ai-behind-fac.html
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Facebook goes big on ecommerce with Facebook Shops feature

Shopping on Facebook is already A Thing thanks to the social network’s ‘Marketplace’ feature, an eBay-like service connecting private buyers and sellers. Now Facebook is pushing on with its own ecommerce strategy, announcing Facebook Shops yesterday. “Facebook Shops make it easy for businesses to set up a single online store for customers to access on both […]

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Source: https://musically.com/2020/05/20/facebook-goes-big-on-ecommerce-with-facebook-shops-feature/
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Origin PC’s refreshed EON17-X laptop has a high-end Intel desktop chip

f44fcea0-9a7a-11ea-bf7f-95128951eca1When Origin PC first launched its EON17-X gaming laptop back in 2012, it clocked in at twelve pounds and measured over two inches thick — a behemoth by today’s standards, but its specs were otherwise so impressive that die-hard gamers were undeterred…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/origin-p-cs-refreshed-eon-17-x-laptop-has-a-highend-intel-desktop-chip-130016172.html
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Dell XPS 13 (2020) Review: Hail to the Tiny King

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For years I’ve read that the Dell XPS 13, or rather the version following the 2015 redesign, was the best all-around Windows laptop out there. As Apple’s MacBook line has taken a few knocks, it’s been called the best laptop, period. After that high praise, I admit I went into this review with a degree of skepticism.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/42687/dell-xps-13-2020-review-hail-to-the-tiny-king/
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Chrome is making some huge privacy changes

Google’s Chrome browser is getting a huge privacy and security makeover, with a redesign of the settings with simplicity in mind. In addition to making controlling how Chrome handles privacy, Google is also switching up how extensions are managed, and how cookies are handled when you’re in the Incognito private browsing mode. A new “You and Google” section in the … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/chrome-is-making-some-huge-privacy-changes-19621224/
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This Video Chat Prediction From 1918 Was So Much Cooler Than Zoom

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People living in the year 2020 have plenty of options for talking over video chat: Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Portal, and perhaps the most popular video app of our pandemic era, Zoom. But none of them look nearly as cool as this idea published in a tech magazine from 1918, a time when radio broadcasting was in its…

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Source: https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/this-video-chat-prediction-from-1918-was-so-much-cooler-1841260045
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