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Changing Faces With AR and AI

The combination of Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has led to a cosmetics chain enabling customers to experiment with virtual make-up, and the animation of single still images into photos with moving facial expressions. Virtual Cosmetics App Back in March, the new ‘Virtual Artist’ app was first unveiled[…]

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Southend … The ‘Smart City’

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is reported to have signed an agreement with tech company Cisco to deploy its ‘Kinetic for Cities’ platform in order to share the benefits of new digital technologies with its businesses and citizens, thereby making it a ‘Smart City’. What Is ‘Kinetic For Cities’? According to the[…]

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Tech Tip: Android: Use Your Phone By Voice Alone

Open the latest version of the Google App. Top left, tap Menu, Settings, Voice, then OK Google Detection. Make sure that “From the Google App” and “Always on” are switched on. Making A Call By Voice Say “OK Google, call (person’s name)”. Google will ask which number you want to[…]

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Major Wi-Fi Security Risk

Researches have uncovered a major flaw in Wi-Fi connections dubbed as Krack, which could be putting homes and businesses at risk from hackers. The Flaw Researchers from Belgian university, KU Leuven, discovered that there is a critical flaw in the authentication system used by secure wireless connections. All protected Wi-Fi[…]

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Cortana Integrated With Skype

Microsoft has added its talking digital assistant ‘Cortana’ to Skype to provide ‘contextual assistance’, which could help Skype users in their online chats. What Kind of Assistance? The idea is that the digital assistant can use its AI to pick up on what is being said in a Skype chat[…]

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Alexa Now Recognises Multiple Voices

Amazon’s Alexa AI digital assistant is now able to tell the difference between the voices of different users in the same household, thus enabling the Amazon Echo to handle multiple-user profiles in a convenient way. Following Google This latest development from Amazon follows Google Home’s rollout of multi-user support in[…]

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Drone Hits Passenger Aircraft

A remotely piloted drone struck a Skyjet turboprop passenger plane as it made its approach to land at Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec, Canada last Thursday. What Happened? The drone craft, which was being operated by a person as-yet unknown, was reported to have been flying at a height of[…]

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Staff Sue Morrisons Over Personal Data

5,518 former and current Morrisons employees are suing the company in the High Court over failing to protect their personal data after it was posted online by a rogue employee with a grudge. What Happened? Back in 2014, Andrew Skelton, who was an auditor at the head office of Morrisons[…]

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Cash From Cloud Bigger Than Expected

A Gartner report shows evidence that revenues from the public cloud look likely to grow by 18.5% this year, and could top $260 Billion. Public Cloud The ‘public cloud’ refers to the service whereby companies / individuals can access virtual machines (VMs), applications or storage over the Internet on a[…]

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Tech Tip: Android: Device Manager Locates Your Phone

If you’ve put your phone down somewhere in the house or office but can’t remember where, you can use Android Device Manager (Find My Device) to help you locate it. Here’s how: You can access Device Manager via the web on a mobile device or computer. Find My Device is[…]

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