FaceApp changes your race with its latest selfie-editing filters (update)

FaceApp uses neural networks for realistic-looking changes to your selfie photos. Originally, it had filters to add smiles, change your age, change gender or “beautify” your face. Unlike Snapchat’s overlays, FaceApp uses deep learning technologies to change the photo itself. Now, a new update adds race to the mix, with an update to enable users to make themselves look Asian, Black, Caucasian or Indian.

There has been some outrage over the new filters, with some Twitter users calling it “digital blackface.” This isn’t the first time photographic filters have come under fire, of course. Snapchat’s 420 Bob Marley filter came under fire for the same lack of racial sensitivity, while its “anime-inspired” lens felt downright racist. FaceApp itself has already faced criticism when it released a “hot” filter that basically just made people look more “white.”

The app developer doesn’t feel that the new filters are specifically racist, however. “The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects,” Yaroslav Goncharov, the app’s CEO and creator, told Engadget in an email. “They don’t have any positive or negative connotations associated with them. They are even represented by the same icon. In addition to that, the list of those filters is shuffled for every photo, so each user sees them in a different order.”

Update: Goncharov just emailed Engadget with the following: “The new controversial filters will be removed in the next few hours.”


Ford EcoSport spied with minor tweaks – speculated to be ST variant

Ford EcoSport spied with minor tweaks – speculated to be ST variant

The heavily updated Ford EcoSport is expected to unveil itself sometime next month. However, the newer sub-four meter compact SUV has already broken cover in the international market. That being said, another heavily camouflaged test mule has been spotted with minor cosmetic changes – and is speculated to be the top of the line ST variant.

The  test mule was equipped with an aggressively styled, wider body kit. However  the design can only be commented upon once the compact SUV sheds its camouflage. On the side is a new rocker panel and the EcoSport now sits on a freshly designed set of alloy wheels – speculated to be 18inch alloys.


As the vehicle is speculated to wear the ST badge, the state of tune is expected to be higher than its standard models. The vehicle is expected to have its potent engine mated to a Dual clutch transmission and the option of an all-wheel drive may be added to the ST range. Also, the suspension setup is expected to be tweaked to offer improved handling.

Ford will prioritize the international market. However, it is anticipated that the EcoSport ST will make its way to the Indian soil. Ford may adapt the ‘S’ moniker for the ST variant which was  recently seen on its hatchback and sub-four meter sedan. If the ST variant debuts in the Indian market, it will compete against the Renault Duster all-wheel drive.  However, the standard variants will rival against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300 and the recently launched Tata Nexon.


Kia C’eed spotted testing with newer interior

The all-new Kia C’eed has been in development for quite some time now. After beingen spotted undergoing cold weather test, it hit the Nurburgring. Now the Korean hatchback has been spied in southern Europe and for the first time, we got a glimpse of the revamped interior on the test mule.

The current generation C’eed has been around since 2012 and is set to be replaced next year with the third generation. Carrying the same camouflage as before, the C’eed seems to be slightly bigger than the model currently on sale. Even with the increase in dimension, the new generation version of the Kia’s highest selling model will be lighter owing to new and revised underpinnings.

The Korean carmaker’s Euro hatch will wear the same conservative yet modern styling which it is famous for.  Kia’s grille can be seen on the test mule while the and DRLs are alsoimminentto be expected in this model. The wider tail lights also get some LED treatment while the overall layout of the hatch remains the same.

The most prominent changes come areon the inside. The dashboard layout moves away from the older C’eed and is significantly similar to the new i30, with which of it shares most of its parts and bits. The centre console, although under cladding, now gets a floating infotainment system. The instrument cluster and the steering wheel appears to be new as well.

Even Under under the hood, the new Kia C’eed will be similar to the Hyundai i30 as well. The new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the roost withcomes with 138bhp powero and 242Nm torque. The 1.0-litre unit which currently does duty in the C’eed GT Line will be retained while the naturally aspirated 1.4-litre mill will be the entry level powertrain. As far as the oil burner is concerned, the 1.6-litre engine will be available in three states of tune – 95, 110, and 133bhp. Transmission options would include a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

The three-door ProCeed and the GT Line along with the estate variant are going to follow suit once the five-door hatch spotted here goes on sale sometime next year. It will be built in Zilina, Slovakia and continue to be Kia’s offering in the Euro hatch segment.



Female official works LaVar Ball AAU game in solidarity with removed official

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LAS VEGAS — A female official officiated Friday night’s game between LaVar Ball’s Big Baller Brand and College Bound in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in a display of solidarity for another female official who was berated and replaced after she gave Ball a technical foul Friday morning.

The group that supplies officials, Court Club Elite, had initially pushed for an all-female crew, according to a source. Before tipoff, a source said a “compromise” had been reached that would have two women and one man officiate the game.

But Friday’s crew featured only one woman alongside two men. It was unknown why the change was made.

A female official was removed from Friday morning’s game after Ball threatened to pull his team from the court if she were allowed to stay.

“She’s gotta go,” he repeated before she was replaced.

The official, who was visibly shaken after her removal, was replaced by a male official.

After the game, Ball criticized the woman, a Division I women’s basketball official, and said she wasn’t fit to officiate and claimed she wasn’t in shape. He also said she should “stay in your lane.”

Court Club Elite is owned and operated by ex-NBA ref Ed Rush.

Also Friday, a source said officials with Adidas had pressured referees at the event to avoid calling technical fouls against Ball because of his drawing power and value to the tournament.

The source said Court Club Elite officials were told to “put three officials on the game who will keep him in the building” whenever Ball’s team played this week.

Ball pulled his team off the court last weekend after receiving a technical foul during a playoff game at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim, California.

In Las Vegas, he drew a technical foul in Wednesday’s loss to Zion Williamson’s SC Supreme squad. He did not get a technical Thursday when, according to a source, he used profanity toward officials throughout the game. The technical issued by the female official Friday morning was his second in three days at the tournament.


Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

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No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday that any hardware device that falls out of the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future Windows 10 updates.

In the case of the four “Clover Trail” processors (part of the Cloverview platform) that have fallen into Intel’s End of Interactive Support phase, they will be ineligible for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed. Instead, they’ll simply be offered the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, plus security updates through January, 2023, the end of the original Windows 8.1 support period.

The problem, however, is that Microsoft’s language opens up the possibility that any unsupported hardware device could be excluded from future Windows 10 updates. “Recognizing that a combination of hardware, driver and firmware support is required to have a good Windows 10 experience, we updated our support lifecycle policy to align with the hardware support period for a given device,” Microsoft said in a statement. “If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update.”

Why this matters: For years, the rule of thumb was that you could run virtually any operating system on top of any Intel, AMD (or even Cyrix) hardware. Chances are that it would run, if slowly. Over time, though, things changed. As malware became more potent, running a supported Windows operating system became more important. Now, there’s Windows as a Service: If Windows 10 never really goes away, what limits PC builders is supported hardware, apparently. Now we have to worry about how long all of our PC hardware components are supported, lest we lose access to upcoming versions of Windows 10.

Is this more than sweeping Atom under the rug?

Microsoft appears to be doubling down on its belief that up-to-date hardware requires an updated operating system, and vice versa. Microsoft said last year that it would restrict the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen silicon to Windows 10. Recently, the company has blocked patches on PCs that try to run older Windows operating systems on modern hardware.

“As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” Microsoft said in January, 2016. “This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.”

Microsoft’s Clover Trail stance sets limits on what those previous generations can expect. If a processor platform falls out of support by a chip vendor, Microsoft may drop it from its OS list.

What’s unclear, though, is whether Microsoft’s new position represents a fundamental shift in policy, or a rather narrow focus on Intel’s troubled Atom processors. At one time, Atom’s “Clover Trail” architecture represented the future of Intel processors within the smartphone and tablet markets. But Intel never could quite develop the system-on-chip with logic and communications that rivals like ARM provided, and Intel essentially killed the Atom platform in 2016. Without a healthy customer base to support, Intel apparently decided to refocus its support resources away from the Clover Trail architecture.

Devices that use Intel’s Clover Trail chips “require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update,” Microsoft said in a statement. “However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel… and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.”

Specifically, the Clover Trail chips have moved into the “End of Interactive Support,” (EOIS) which is defined as “Intel Customer Support Agents no longer respond to telephone, chat, community support forums, or email inquiries for this product.” Self-help is provided by Intel’s support community, generally made up of other users.

What’s worrying about Microsoft’s statement, though, is its broadness. Conceivably, any “device”—microprocessor, hard drive, network controller, sound card, headphones, monitor, and more—that a manufacturer discontinues or fails to actively support could drop out of Windows updates. While this would certainly encourage new PC and hardware purchases, it would also infuriate millions of PC users whose otherwise-functional legacy devices fell by the wayside.

A related question is whether Microsoft will refuse to support any other Intel processors that have reached EOIS status. Intel has published an enormous list of legacy Core processors on its site, which includes dozens if not hundreds of chips that have already fallen into the EOIS bin. The most recent EOIS chip appears to be the Core i7-990X, a 32-nm Gulftown processor most recently sold during the first quarter of 2011. But chips including the Ivy Bridge (2012) architecture are already at end-of-life status, and presumably headed for EOIS status next. It’s not clear whether moving a chip to an EOIS status is decided on a chip-per-chip basis, or if there’s a fixed timeline by which chips move from officially supported to end-of-life, and then to EOIS status.

Intel representatives declined to comment on whether other chips beyond the four Clover Trail processors were affected, referring questions to Microsoft.

If there’s an upside, it’s that Microsoft said it will actively work with chip vendors to find support for older hardware. “We know issues like this exist and we actively work to identify the best support path for older hardware,” Microsoft’s statement added.

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Mysterious Samsung device spotted on GeekBench with 1.77GHz Quad-core CPU [updated]

Update: Another Samsung device under SM-G96XX model series has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing reveals SDM845 SoC (which is rumored to be Snapdragon 845).

So, a model number series that should ideally be for a 2018 Galaxy S flagship, plus Snapdragon 845 SoC, plus reports that Samsung is eyeing SD845 for its next S series flagship. Are we looking at the Galaxy S9? Well, our guess is as good as yours.

Original story follows:

We are looking to the fall for Samsung’s next major announcement, that of the Galaxy Note 8. But before looking at Samsung’s phablet, we are trying to figure out what the latest Samsung leak could be.

A Samsung device with the model number “SM-G9600” has been spotted on GeekBench with some intriguing specifications. First off, the device ran Android 7.1.2, which has yet to make it to many devices outside of the Pixel and late-Nexus family of smartphones. Otherwise, the benched smartphone has 4GB of RAM, and runs a CPU: “Qualcomm @ 1.77 GHz… 4 cores”.

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Samsung SM-G9600 with Snapdragon 840 (!) and 4 GB RAM. Seems like an S8 “Lite” to me. http://winfuture.de/news,98550.html 

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Leaker Roland Quandt tweeted the results claiming it might be a “Snapdragon 840”. Which prompted many other outlets to report the same, but a quad-core CPU with 1.77GHz couldn’t possibly be anything more than a Snapdragon 600 series chip. Given somewhat mid-range performance scores, we could be looking at a “Mini” or “Lite” version of the Galaxy S8.

What throws off that theory is the SM-G9600 model number. The Galaxy S8 uses the SM-G95XX number and the Galaxy S7 and Note7 preceding it used the SM-G93XX. SM-G94XX was skipped, likely for the same reason OnePlus skipped using the number “4”: cultural superstition. This aside, the SM-G96XX numbering scheme would logically mean it’s a 2018 model. Perhaps it’s only a placeholder, as many early devices use to keep folks like us guessing.


2018 Ford Mustang spotted with Black Accent Package

2018 Ford Mustang spotted with Black Accent Package

What you see in this shot is the 2018 Ford Mustang draped in, what will be called, the Black Accent Package. While the facelifted car will be available in the US market from September 2017, let’s look at the some of the highlights of this package, given that Ford hasn’t revealed all the details yet.

These include the large black ‘5.0’ badges on the fender, the blacked-out pony badge on the front grille, and the slim black spoiler on the rear section of this prototype. There’s more ‘black’ in store for buyers, like the obvious black alloys, the blacked-out roof and the seemingly unnoticeable GT badge between the rear tail lamps.

Sources add that a 2018 Ford Mustang order guide leaked a few days ago, and if we go by the information on that, the facelifted Mustang will get the Black Accent Package on both the GT and the EcoBoost models. Ford has always built Mustangs with a number of packages, since the market has always warmed up to these add-ons. Stay tuned to CarWale for more news on Ford’s plans with the facelifted Mustang in the months to come.


Audi showcases the R8 and TT with Sport Performance Parts

Ahead of the world premiere of the Audi A8 flagship sedan at the first Audi Summit, the German carmaker showcased both the TT and the R8 supercar, retrofitted with a special Sport Performance Parts package. This retrofit package will be available beginning from late 2017.

These personalisation parts could be opted for with both the vehicles to enhance four key areas – suspension, exhaust system, exterior and interior. This additional kit not only makes the dynamic duo look more aggressive, they are also functional performance upgrades.

In the suspension package, for instance, there are two- or three-way coils over suspension available for both the cars. The brakes get ‘sport brake lining’ which fades slowly, compared to the standard one. The linings are available for both steel and ceramic brakes. The R8 gets ultralight titanium carrying plates done in fluorescent red, thus shaving off a kilogram in weight. For the TT, multiple bolt mountings are available with various brake cooling kits, thus improving the braking performance.

The fully-milled 20-inch black alloy wheels for the pair are of motorsport grade, thus helping them save on a total weight of 7.2kg and 8 kg on the Audi TT and R8 respectively. For the all-wheel-drive TT with quattro, the retrofit range includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. A higher top speed of 280kmph is also a part of the package. The exhaust system includes a sonorous and ultralight titanium muffler sourced from Akrapovic.

On the exterior front, the Audi Sport Performance Parts offers aero kits developed in Audi’s wind tunnel. There are aggressive front air vents, side sills and diffusers which can substantially boost the downforce on both the cars. A whopping 250kg of downforce can be had on the R8 at the speed of 330kmph (an increase of 100kg on standard car). There is also a splitter and flics at the front apart from a large fixed rear wing. The TT gets an engine hood with large air vent. All these aero parts are made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the Audi R8 and for the Audi TT out of CFRP and plastic.

The interior is dominated by a sports contour steering wheel with multifunction features wrapped in Alcantara. The paddle-shifters are made of CFRP as well. The rear seats in the TT can be replaced with CFRP strut cross braces thus shaving off at least 20kg in weight while enhancing torsional rigidity and improving high-speed cornering capability.

Although it is initially available for just these two models, additional model series will soon be offered with the same, affirmed the Ingolstadt-based carmaker.


Grab Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for $500 with book cover keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 landed in the US back in March, carrying a $600 price tag. Then in May, it was listed on Amazon for $543. A few weeks later, Samsung officially slashed the tablet’s price to $500.

While officially, the device is still going for $499.99, retailer B&H has an even better deal as it’s offering a free book cover keyboard with each purchase.

The keyboard cover usually goes for $130. Keep in mind that immediate shipments aren’t available – the listing says, “Expected availability: 7-14 business days.”

The offer ends Jul 8 at 11:59 pm ET. For more information, head to the Source link below.


Apple To Ink Investment Deal With LG To Ensure iPhone OLED Display Supply: Report

Apple could invest billions to ensure that its iPhone units going forward will have OLED displays, multiple reports claim.

Most importantly, said reports suggest Apple could ink a deal with LG to expand manufacturing capacity.

Apple Could Bankroll LG’s E6 Plant To Make More OLED Displays

The up in production could help Apple achieve its rumored goal of equipping all iPhone units with OLED displays by 2019.

South Korean publication The Investor says Apple and LG Display might arrive at a deal prompting Apple to invest 2 to 3 trillion won, or about $1.75 billion to $2.62 billion, in a new facility so LG could exclusively focus on manufacturing OLED displays for the Cupertino, California tech firm. The report adds that Apple and LG have agreed on such plans tentatively, though with the timing and the investment amount still not finalized.

One industry source tells The Investor that so far, Samsung is the only manufacturer that meets Apple’s requirements, adding that LG fulfills about 70 percent of those requirements, while other Chinese display manufacturers struggle to parallel LG’s efforts.

The centerpiece of this deal, a new LG plant called E6, will therefore focus on iPhone orders. The report notes that around 3.5 trillion won, or more than $3 billion, is needed for an OLED production line that has a monthly capacity of 30,000 units of the sixth-gen OLED “mother glasses,” which is then parsed down further to make multiple iPhone screens. The facility could start in 2019.

At present, Samsung leads the smartphone OLED market with a 95 percent capture. LG, on the other hand, knows more about producing OLED TV screens. The report didn’t specify exactly how large a capture LG has in the broad OLED market, but if its deal with Apple pushes through, that number could surely balloon.

Aside from Apple, however, LG could supply OLED displays to other companies as well. Back in December, Korean reports suggested Microsoft, Google, and Apple had tapped LG for its foldable OLED displays, planned for mass production next year.

Why Apple Needs OLED Displays

But why would Apple ink a deal with LG specifically for OLED displays? Well, in addition to the Apple Watch having OLED screens, plenty of rumors say that the iPhone 8, Apple’s forthcoming flagship, will come equipped with an OLED screen — a first for any iPhone iteration. However, two iterative iPhone variants, tentatively named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, might come equipped with the same LCD as the models before them.